Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

This is the BEST Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe for an easy family dinner! Topped with fresh avocado, cheese and tortilla strips, it’s a fast meal to cook that everyone will love. Best Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup When you need a quick and easy dinner, try this incredible Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup […]

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BLT Wraps with Homemade Guacamole

BLT wraps with easy homemade guacamole recipe. Bacon, lettuce and tomato wraps are a delicious idea for lunch or a quick dinner.

BLT wrap with easy homemade guacamole recipe. Bacon, lettuce and tomato wraps are a delicious idea for lunch or a quick dinner.

Easy BLT Wraps with Homemade Guacamole

These tasty BLT wraps are perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or quick lunch.  Enjoy this easy homemade guacamole recipe and bacon, lettuce and tomato wrap recipe.

Dinner doesn’t have to be super fancy and wraps are always a favorite in my family. I’m happy to have Divian Connor, our amazing contributor, back with another quick and easy recipe idea!

We have had numerous wraps for lunch lately, as I am always stocked with flour tortillas. Seriously, you can make any sandwich combination and use a tortilla. I was hankering for a BLT sandwich, but my kids had used the last of the loaf of bread the day before on peanut butter sandwiches… but hey, I had flour tortillas, avocados and lemons. I decided to give it a go and really, this BLT wrap was so yummy! And bonus, my kids loved it.

Originally published July 23, 2013

BLT wraps with easy homemade guacamole recipe.

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Quick and Easy Homemade Guacamole

I have a new-found love of avocado and each time I head to the grocery store, I am buying four or five at a time. I love the creaminess of avocados. They are just so refreshing!

BLT wraps with easy homemade guacamole recipe. Bacon, lettuce and tomato wraps.

For the easy chunky homemade guacamole, I used one avocado, the juice from one lemon, two tablespoons of sour cream and a little salt and pepper to taste.

Using a spoon, mash and mix everything together. I like mine chunky, and really, the avocado is so creamy, the chunks melt in your mouth.

How to make BLT Wraps

For the wrap, cook a few slices of bacon and cut into chunks or crumble. Slice fresh tomato and cut up a bit of lettuce. I love lettuce with color and texture, so I purchased a small package called Artisan Lettuce I got at the grocery.

BLT wraps with easy homemade guacamole recipe. Bacon, lettuce and tomato wraps are a delicious idea for lunch or dinner.

 

Simply layer your guacamole on your flour tortilla, then add lettuce, tomato and bacon pieces. Wrap by taking one side of the wrap and tucking it under the ingredients and roll.

BLT wraps with easy homemade guacamole recipe.

Super easy, but so simple and so good. My kids ate their entire wrap!

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BLT Wraps with Homemade Guacamole Recipe

BLT wrap with easy homemade guacamole recipe. Bacon, lettuce and tomato wraps are a delicious idea for lunch or a quick dinner.

  • 4 slices bacon, crumbled
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 cup lettuce
  • 4 flour tortillas

Homemade Guacamole

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper

Guacamole

  1. Use a spoon to scoop out the avocado into a medium bowl. Then add the juice from a lemon, sour cream, salt and pepper. Mash and mix with a fork, set aside.

  2. Cook a few slices of bacon and cut into chunks or crumble.
  3. Slice a fresh tomato and cut up a bit of lettuce.

  4. Layer the guacamole on your flour tortilla, then add lettuce, tomato and bacon pieces.
  5. Wrap by taking one side of the wrap and tucking it under the ingredients and roll.

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Baked Chicken Greek Salad with Avocado

This simple Baked Chicken Greek Salad with Avocado is a perfect dish to share when watching Mamma Mia! Here we Go Again, now available to own on Digital and available on Blu-ray October 23. A juicy baked chicken recipe and fresh avocado slices loaded onto a homemade Greek salad is an irresistible low carb meal packed with flavor!

Baked Chicken Greek Salad with Avocado. Juicy baked chicken and fresh avocado slices loaded onto a homemade Greek salad is an irresistible low carb recipe packed with flavor!

The Best Baked Chicken Greek Salad with Avocado!

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Greek food and ABBA are two of my favorite things! When I was asked if I wanted to share a recipe to help celebrate the Worldwide Phenomenon and Sing-Along event of the year, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Sing-Along EditionI said of course!

Make plans for a Mamma Mia movie night in soon with this amazing recipe for Baked Chicken Greek Salad with Avocado. First of all, this baked chicken is super moist, easy to make and perfect for a healthy Greek Salad. Second, you’ll want to be sure to serve it up while watching Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which is on digital now and on Blu-ray & DVD Oct 23.

Seriously, this easy baked chicken greek salad is drool worthy don’t you think? I could eat this everyday!!

Baked Chicken Greek Salad with Avocado and fresh vegetables. Juicy chicken and fresh avocado slices loaded onto a Greek salad is a low carb recipe packed with flavor!

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

As soon as this movie came out in the theaters, I was there! Now that it’s on digital, I’m even more excited to watch it again, so I can sing along at home. LOL! If you haven’t seen this cute movie yet, it’s a must! It’s so fun to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi with this musical full of ABBA songs.

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The original cast returns and I love that Cher makes an appearance! The guys are my favorite though, because I have a crush on Colin Firth. I dream of living on a Greek island running around singing ABBA songs! When I visited Greece, that’s kind of what I did. LOL! Get the film here.

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Easy Baked Chicken Greek Salad

Since I don’t live on a Greek island, this yummy Baked Chicken Greek Salad will have to do for now. It’s a twist on the traditional Greek salad. I made a homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing and added avocado. It’s full of flavor and very easy to whip up for dinner or party.

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Romaine lettuce tossed with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, yellow peppers, olives, red onion and feta cheese makes the most amazing salad! I love the rainbow of colors.

Baked Chicken Greek Salad with Avocado and fresh vegetables recipe.

You don’t have to add chicken to your salad, but it makes more of a hearty meal. This baked chicken recipe is my go-to meal for perfectly moist chicken every time!

First, I marinade the chicken in the dressing, then brown each side over the stove and finally bake in the oven.

Baked Chicken Greek Salad - Easy recipe to bake moist delicious chicken

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Adding this delicious baked chicken to your Greek salad is the best and looks beautiful!

Baked Chicken Greek Salad with Avocado Recipe

Before serving, I will pour some of my homemade dressing over the chicken to give it a glossy, even more appetizing look. People will go crazy when they see this dish!

Baked Chicken Greek Salad with homemade dressing and fresh vegetables. Juicy baked chicken and fresh avocado slices loaded onto a Greek salad is a low carb recipe.

Head out to the store to get your ingredients for making this salad and don’t miss the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Sing-Along Edition, now available on Digital, and on Blu-ray & DVD Oct 23.

Baked Chicken Greek Salad Recipe

Baked Chicken Greek Salad with Avocado

Juicy baked chicken and fresh avocado slices loaded onto a homemade Greek salad is an irresistible low carb recipe packed with flavor!

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper

Greek Salad

  • 2  large skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 4  cups  romaine lettuce leaves (chopped)
  • 1  avocado (sliced)
  • 1 cucumber (halved and sliced)
  • 2  small tomatoes (cut into wedges)
  • 1/2  yellow pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2  red onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Feta cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/4  cup  pitted kalamata olives (sliced)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Fresh ground pepper

Dressing

  1. In a bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar and mustard together.
  2. Slowly add the olive oil and blend.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer to an air tight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Baked Chicken

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of dressing and chicken breasts to a large zipper bag or bowl and toss together.
  3. Lightly coat a baking dish or skillet that is oven and stovetop safe with cooking spray and place the chicken breasts into the dish.
  4. Brown the chicken breasts over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  5. Remove from heat and bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes or until cooked all the way through (meat thermometer should read 165°). If your dish is not oven safe, place chicken into a casserole baking dish before putting in the oven.?Remove from oven, cover the dish with foil for 5 minutes to let the chicken rest before slicing for the salad.

Greek Salad

  1. While the chicken is baking, fill a large bowl with romaine lettuce.
  2. Combine the avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, yellow pepper, onion, Feta and olives.
  3. Squeeze the juice from a lemon wedge over the vegetables.
  4. Add the sliced chicken and sprinkle with fresh pepper to taste.
  5. Drizzle a tablespoon of dressing over the chicken.
  6. Serve this baked chicken greek salad with dressing on the side.

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7 Salad Ingredients to Keep In Your Kitchen At All Times

Let’s talk about salad.

Not because it’s January or because salad’s are “diet food” but because salads can be a magical trifecta of awesomeness in that they are:

  1. A delivery method for a TON of vitamins and valuable nutrients.
  2. Crazy tasty.
  3. Crazy easy to toss together.

Oh. You doubt items number 2 and 3 on that list?

I did too. For many years of my adult life salads were both dietary punishment and huge source of food waste in my kitchen. So help me, I used to need a recipe to make a salad.

My salad plot-twist came in the form of Amy. For many years, we met at Amy’s house for staff meetings and almost every time, Amy would open her fridge and pantry and with what appeared to be little or no forethought, would whip up a giant salad to feed all of us that would leave us oooooing and ahhhhing at the yumminess.

Amy would, I think, resist the urge to roll her eyes at us for fawning over her culinary prowess.

After awhile I realized that Amy had what I did not — a well stocked fridge and pantry.

Now, I’ve grown up a bit and have learned (and am still learning) this balance —planning meals but keeping a kitchen stocked with basics that work for my family and our habits.

One of those habits is salad eating.

After a lot of trial and error…and HATING myself for wasting fresh produce, I’ve landed on a way to stock my fridge and pantry so I can make a delicious salad anytime without going broke or wasting food.

My keeping an item or two from the groups below in my house at all times, I’m always ready to take whatever other fresh veggies I’ve got on hand (the standard carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers) and make a GREAT salad.

7 Salad Ingredients to Keep In Your Kitchen At All Times

GREENS
This is your salad foundation. Make it count. Make it nutritious and tasty…walk right on passed the iceberg lettuce. Tear or chop it up so it’s not smacking you in the face when you load up your fork.

  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Mixed Baby Greens
  • Romaine
  • Kale

SALTY / CRUNCHY
Texture is your friend. Salty ingredients bring out other flavors and the fats in these make your feel satisfied…no more feeling hungry an hour after lunch.

  • Nuts (Pistachios, Hazelnuts, Almonds, Cashews, Pecans)
  • Seeds (Pepitas/Pumpkin, Sunflower)
  • Bacon

SWEET
Add fiber, nutrients, and texture with these “sweet” ingredients. A little dried fruit goes a long way, so don’t be afraid of the sugar content when you look at packages…I usually stick with 1 Tablespoon of the dried fruits.

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Citrus
  • Dried fruit (cranberries, mandarin oranges, cherries)

CREAMY
I used cheese sparingly and sometimes not at all, but this ingredient adds protein and delicious taste and is wonderful when you’re stuck in a healthy eating rut. Avocados/Guac are always a hit, but I’ve found that they don’t go with many of my “sweet” items, I like to keep my avocado for my savory salads.

  • Cheese (Goat Cheese, Sharp Cheddar, Shaved Parmesan)
  • Avocados / Guacamole

BIG FLAVOR VEGGIES
Fight off boring with delicious roasted veggies. Roast a big batch and toss them into everything until you run out!

  • Roasted Beets
  • Asparagus
  • Radishes
  • Grilled Onions

DRESSING
Dressings can be tricky. Many are so full of sugar and preservatives that pouring them over your salad negates any nutritional benefit…I’m looking at YOU, Ranch Dressing. Read your labels and find your favorites. I keep one of each category below in my fridge and these are my favorites.

  • Sweet
  • Unique
  • Tangy

salad-dressings
L-R Maple Grove Farms of Vermont Citrus Vinaigrette, Trader Joe’s Sweet Onion & Bacon Vinaigrette, Briannas’ Home Style Real French Vinaigrette

PROTEIN
A salad just isn’t going to keep me full unless I add some solid protein. Sure, I could kick up my protein with nuts and cheese…but too much of those and my tummy gets angry.

  • Chicken
  • Steak
  • Pork – grilled tenderloin, shredded, or carnitas (my favorite)
  • Fish
  • Beans

Grab a bowl and start your salad!

Here are my 12 Favorite Combinations:

Arugula + Spinach + Roasted Beets + Bacon + Apples + Pistachios + Grilled Chicken

Greens + Avocado + Tomatoes + Bacon + Grilled Chicken7 Salad Ingredients to Keep In Your Kitchen At All Times

Greens + Roasted Red Beets + Goat Cheese + Steak + Grilled Onions

Greens + Apples + Hazelnuts + Bacon + Guacamole + Grilled Chicken 

7 Salad Ingredients to Keep In Your Kitchen At All Times

Greens + Broccoli Carrot Slaw + Apple + Pork Carnitas 

7 Salad Ingredients to Keep In Your Kitchen At All Times

Greens + Tomatoes + Carrots + Asparagus + Kale + Broccoli Slaw + Guacamole + Grilled Pork Tenderloin 

7 Salad Ingredients to Keep In Your Kitchen At All Times

Greens + Red Bell Peppers + Kale + Guacamole + Grilled Chicken 7 Salad Ingredients to Keep In Your Kitchen At All Times

Greens + Apple +Dried Cranberries + Goat Cheese + Pistachios

7 Salad Ingredients to Keep In Your Kitchen At All Times

Greens + Grapes + Goat Cheese + Dried Mandarin Oranges + Pistachios 

7 Salad Ingredients to Keep In Your Kitchen At All Times

Greens + Cucumbers + Apple + Almonds + Sharp Cheddar + Bacon + Chicken

Spinach + Strawberries + Pecans + Goat Cheese

What’s your favorite salad combo? I’d love to hear it in the comments!

Easy Honey Avocado Face Mask

Nourish and brighten your skin with this easy DIY Honey Avocado Face Mask recipe. It leaves your face feeling soft and hydrated while diminishing pore size.

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How to Make an Avocado Face Mask

I’m enjoying making DIY face masks at home to help my skin look brighter and healthier. Enjoy this easy Honey Avocado Face Mask recipe! Last week, we shared 5 Simple Homemade Honey Face Masks and now I love adding avocados to my masks!

Avocados are a fantastic fruit. Some even refer to it as the “super food”. Avocados have huge health benefits due to being loaded with vitamins and other nutrients.

DIY Honey Avocado Face Mask Recipe - Easy skin care at home!

What Does Avocado Do to Your Face?

As great as they are to eat, they are also amazing for your skin. You can use them to make wonderful masks that will leave your face feeling soft and hydrated. Avocados are a great antioxidant and loaded with vitamins C and E which are great for your skin. The fatty acid in them make a great moisturizer. Avocados have also been known to reduce redness and irritation as well as damaged skin cells.

 

What Does Honey Do to Your Face?

Honey draws moisture into the skin and is a natural hydrating boost for dry skin. Honey also has natural antibacterial properties, making it good for acne-prone skin.

DIY Avocado Face Mask Recipe - Easy skin care routine you can make at home.

 

How Often Should You Use an Avocado Face Mask?

You can use this homemade mask recipe 1-3 times per week. Use on your face in the morning or night, either option is up to you and your schedule.

Avocado could clog pores, but is wonderful hydration for your skin. Avocado oil can diminish pore size and remove impurities from the skin.

So whip up a DIY mask using avocados the next time you really want to pamper yourself. You will not be disappointed!

Easy DIY Honey Avocado Face Mask recipe. It leaves your face feeling soft and hydrated while diminishing pore size.

What do You need to make This Face Mask?

All you need to make this easy face mask are a few ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

What you’ll need:

  • honey
  • coconut oil
  • avocado
  • rose essential oil (This is Optional- I use these pure therapeutic essential oils here)

I also love using Frankincense essential oil which came with my Young Living Premium Starter Kit. It helps reduce dark age/sun spots on skin. Any reason I can find to get rid of those yucky sun spots… I’m doing it!

Print the directions below. Enjoy!

Originally Published on July 14, 2015

Honey Avocado Face Mask

Nourish and brighten your skin with this easy DIY Honey Avocado Face Mask recipe. It leaves your face feeling soft and hydrated while diminishing pore size.

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 2 drops rose essential oil ((optional))
  1. In a bowl, mash the avocado then add all other ingredients and mix well.

  2. Smooth the mask over your face and neck.

  3. Leave on your face for 15 minutes, the wash off with warm water.

Want more ideas for which essential oils work best with your skin type? Click here for a list of best oils for your skin.

Easy DIY Honey Avocado Face Mask recipe - Homemade skin care. LivingLocurto.com

 

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