Chicken Pasta Salad with Feta, Lindsay Olives, and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Chicken Pasta Salad with Feta, Lindsay Olives, and Balsamic Vinaigrette on http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/chicken-pasta-salad-with-feta-lindsay-olives-and-balsamic-vinaigrette/

- My olive-averse boyfriend LOVES this chicken pasta salad. Yay. -

It’s time for my yearly cold picnic salad recipe. I don’t post these kinds of dishes very often because I’m not generally a fan, but when I develop a good one, I sing it far and wide. This chicken pasta salad with feta cheese and Kalamata olives is one such winner. Not only do I love it, but so does my boyfriend – and he’s about as anti-olive as they come. So that’s a winning endorsement if I

Someday I would like to visit Greece. I’m captivated by all I’ve read about its culture, its history, and of course, its food! Until I’m able to cross the pond, I’ll have to settle for a culinary staycation while nibbling on all the lovely things I’ll likely stuff myself stupid with when I finally set foot on Greek soil. Namely dolmas, souvlaki, fresh feta, and my favorite single-bite snack ever: Kalamata olives.

Am I the only one who has a hard time keeping my fingers out of the olive bar at Whole Foods? I wouldn’t dare eat out of the tubs, but once they’re in my little plastic container, well………. all bets are off.

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Morning Baked Oatmeal with Berries and Coconut

Morning Baked Oatmeal with Berries and Coconut on http://www.theculinarylife.com- Whole lotta baked oatmeal lovin’ here -

There’s no way around it – I’m a huge breakfast fiend. There’s nothing I love more than big plate full of fluffy blueberry pecan pancakes, tender French toast, or a hearty cheese and avocado frittata alongside hash browns and bacon. And of course, I can’t forget about my favorite coconut-lime waffles with a hint of vanilla. Dammit, now I’m hungry for breakfast and it’s almost dinnertime.

These days, I’m looking for breakfast recipes that are not only delicious, but take care of my body. Notice I didn’t use “healthy” there? Personally, I’m not a fan of the word. There are so many stigmas at play when it comes to healthy eating, and “healthy” means different things to different people. Half of my family thinks that boxed Tater Buds are perfectly healthy, while I’d have to disagree 1000%.

So instead of using the word “healthy,” I’m going to call this recipe real. It’s real food, and it’s good for you.

Morning Baked Oatmeal with Berries and Coconut on http://www.theculinarylife.com

This baked oatmeal recipe is more like a breakfast bread pudding, only it’s full of the stuff your body wants more of – namely whole grains, nuts, fruit, and healthy fat – without sacrificing any of the incredible flavor you want for your first meal of the day. It’s got rolled oats (good for your gut), fresh berries (super nutrient bombs!), toasty pecans (yay protein…), and shredded coconut (healthy fats FTW!). It’s got a supporting cast of ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, and a generous dose of BUTTER.

Because, you know, everything is better with BUTTER. So much so that it warrants ALL CAPS. Read more >>