This is a sponsored post by Stonyfield Greek Yogurt. As always all opinions are my own. Looking to cool off during the dog-days of summer? Try my easy recipe for Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup made with Stonyfield Greek Yogurt.

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I’ve always had a love for cucumbers. From as young as I could remember I would eat slice by slice as a snack. I remember in the summer months visiting my Uncle Sammy’s garden in Pittsburgh, where he grew an insane amount of tomatoes and cucumbers. I’m talking rows and rows of cucumbers and tomatoes. I think of my summers visiting his garden when I eat cucumbers and tomatoes in the summer months. Since it’s so dang hot out right now I figured a nice chilled soup would be good to cool off with. This recipe for Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup is just what the doctor ordered and best of all it’s made in 10 minutes.

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All you need to make this soup is a high power blender or even a food processor. I used my food processor and it worked just fine. I may or may not have had to puree this soup in my garage while working on this recipe. My baby boy was finally napping and the last thing I was about to do was take a chance and wake him up thanks to a minute’s worth of food processing.  Instead of using sour cream, heavy cream, or milk or a combination of any one of the three I used one cup of Stonyfield Organic Plain Greek yogurt! Did you know that there are 23 grams of protein in just one serving of Greek yogurt. So you can eat this soup guilt free and meat free without having to worry about getting your serving of protein in! Cool off this summer with my super simple and quick recipe for Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup!

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Looking for more chilled soup recipes? Check out the following bloggers recipes:

Quick Cold Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Greek Yogurt from Cook the Story
Pea Soup from Peaches Please
Chilled Cucumber Peach Soup from Cooking with Books
Chilled Tomatillo & Avocado Soup from The Kitchen Prep
Roasted Red Pepper Greek Yogurt Gazpacho from Take a Bite Out of Boca
Chilled Mango Raspberry Soup from It’s Yummi

Katie Original Recipe

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2-1/2 cups

2-1/4 cup servings

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 European Cucumbers, Peeled
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, lightly packed
  • 2 tbsp red onion
  • 1 cup Stonyfield Organic Plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp red bell pepper, finely minced

Directions

  1. Peel European cucumbers and cut in quarters. Place in food process (make sure you reserve at least 2 tablespoons of diced cucumber for garnish) along with fresh dill, red onion, Greek Yogurt, salt and black pepper.
  2. Puree for 1 minute until everything is well incorporated. Pour into two bowls and top with one tablespoons each cucumber and red bell pepper.

Notes

You can also add finely diced tomato to garnish. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

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Spinach Arugula and Cherry Tomato FlatbreadA few weeks ago my husband celebrated his 30th birthday. I asked him what he wanted to do (given that I’m 9 months pregnant and pretty limited on what I can do I didn’t want to be a party-pooper). I was willing to throw/ host a party at our house and/or do just about whatever he wanted. I wanted to make his birthday as special as could be. All he wanted to do was go to a local craft beer bar with friends. So I arranged that, and then managed to sneak over before we arrived to drop off a cake and some balloons and a 30 birthday banner for our reserved table. We had a good group of people come out–about 20 or so friends. Lots of friends we haven’t seen in a while. I was trying to make it all about Jon; however, it was more like our last happy hour outing before we will need a baby sitter.

Spinach Arugula and Cherry Tomato Flatbread

I will be the first to admit, I wasn’t exactly thrilled about the craft beer bar he chose. Let’s face it–I can’t drink, so really the only thing I have to look forward to right now is eating. And the food at this said beer bar is sub-par in my book. Anything I’ve ever had there was just so-so. They definitely do better as a beer bar then a food establishment (at least in my book, although all the guys love the food at the place). I was trying to be optimistic and when we got there I took a long hard scan at the menu.  I was starving and wanted to eat something I would actually enjoy. I decided to try the veggie flatbread. I mean how can they mess this up? When it finally arrived to the table I had a few bites and finally found something that I really enjoyed. I devoured the flatbread in seconds. It tasted like salad on a flatbread. About an hour later I was still hungry and decided I would order another veggie flatbread. I mean come on… who is going to judge… I’m a pregnant lady and if they were judging then shame on them. The flatbread was so good that I had been dreaming about it and wanted to recreate it at home. I mean how hard can it be to recreate a salad style flatbread. So I used all the same ingredients they listed out on their menu and I must say so myself its pretty darn close to the veggie flatbread I had at the craft brew bar. The only difference, I used a blend of arugula and spinach and their’s only had arugula. I left out the red onion because red onion and I aren’t really agreeing these days (cue insane heartburn).

If you are looking for a salad like flatbread, this easy recipe for Spinach Arugula and Cherry Tomato Flatbread will do the trick!

Katie Original Recipe

Spinach, Arugula, and Cherry Tomato Flatbread

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 13 minutes

Yield: 1 flatbread

Spinach, Arugula, and Cherry Tomato Flatbread

Ingredients

  • 1 Flatbread (I like Archer Farms brand)
  • 2 tbsp Whipped Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Organic Girl Super Greens
  • 1/2 cup Mixed Organic Cherry Tomato Medley, halved
  • 1 tbsp Olive OIl
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Smear the two tablespoons of cream cheese on the flatbread. Bake the flatbread for 8 minutes.
  3. While the flatbread is baking mix together the greens and tomatoes. In a separate bowl mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour on top of the greens and tomatoes. Toss until well combined.
  4. Once the flatbread is done cooking, remove from the oven. Using tongs place greens and tomato mixture on top. Cut into 6 equal pieces and enjoy!

Notes

I like to use Archer Farms (Target Brand) flatbreads. Any flatbread though would work.

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Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Looking to spice up the traditional mashed potatoes? Why not make my recipe for Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes? They are perfect for any day of the week, a special occasion, or even a holiday. The other day, I need to make a new slow cooker ham recipe and while that ham was slow cooking away in the slow cooker I started to think about the side dishes I wanted to serve with it. That’s when the idea of Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes came to mind. I had a 5lb bag that was close to being on its way out, so I decided to make the entire bag. I know what your thinking… you made 5 pounds of potatoes for just two people?

Well, yes, but I have a great reason. I froze the leftovers! Yes, you can freeze mashed potatoes. Who knew?

I’m kind of on a food freezing kick since the baby will be here any day now (15 days and counting–gah)! I don’t think I can fit a single item in my freezer at this point, so I guess this baby better come soon, so we can start eating every thing I’ve been making/freezing.

Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

I was also a nice friend/neighbor and invited our neighbor over for dinner to help with the 5lbs of mashed potatoes. We hadn’t had dinner together in a while and I knew I had plenty of food. Plus who doesn’t love a ham dinner on a Tuesday night? That’s the beauty of the slow cooker, my friends. You can have a swanky holiday like meal during the week day. And mashed potatoes don’t take long at all to make. I had contemplated baking these mashed potatoes after I was done mashing them, but didn’t feel the need to add more time to the cooking process. I was hungry and wanted to photograph them and then do a face plant right into the bowl. If you love a good sour cream and chive baked potato you’ll love these mashed potatoes. They complemented our sweet ham perfectly. Stay tuned next month for the ham recipe.

Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Katie Original Recipe

Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8

Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 5lbs Golden Russet Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 2 tbsp chives, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic in water,
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste

Directions

  1. In a large stock pot, add salt to water and boil peeled cubed potatoes for 20-25 minutes until they are fork tender. Drain the potatoes.
  2. While potatoes are draining melt the butter in the stock pot. Once the butter is half way melted, add the potatoes back to the stock pot followed by sour cream, chives, minced garlic, and black pepper. Using a hand mixer, mix potatoes until smooth and creamy. Taste and decide if you want to add any additional salt and/or pepper. Top with additional chives and butter if desired and serve immediately.

Notes

Have leftovers? Freeze the mashed potatoes in a freezer zip lock. They will store for up to 3 months in the freezer. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal side dish!

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Cream of Asparagus Soup

Valentine’s Day is less than 2 weeks away. How the heck did this happen? Over the next week I’ll be sharing a few delicious recipes you can cook for the one you love this Valentine’s Day. Let’s start with this Cream of Asparagus Soup. You can make this right before dinner or make it ahead of time and reheat the night/day your serving it.  Just because you might not be going out to a fancy restaurant this v-day doesn’t mean you can’t make fancy food at home. If you do chose to stay home, make your meal extra special. Don’t just make a main course and dessert.

Serve several courses just as if you were dining in a 5 star restaurant (of course for a fraction of the cost). Start with a salad like my Beet, Tomato, & Artichoke Salad, then move on to Cream of Asparagus Soup, and then maybe make Steaks with Mushroom Sauce and a little Cauliflower-Leek Puree. Finish off your meal with Puff Pastry w/ Strawberries & Cream. Most of the recipes can be prepared a head of time or at least some of the ingredients can be prepared ahead of time like slicing strawberries and mushrooms, etc.

Normally, we stay home and make a meal together, which is rare since my husband is not the cook in the house, so its a nice welcomed change. It’s nice to cook together every now and then–it makes the meal that much more special. At least it does in our home. This year, since its our last kid-free Valentine’s day I’ve insisted we go out to dinner. This is the last year (for a very long time) that we won’t have to worry about getting a babysitter on Valentine’s day! I don’t care how over-priced the meal is–we are taking advantage of  our last few carefree weeks of no babysitting scheduling needed. In the 12 Valentine’s days we have celebrated together–that is something we have never had to worry about and as it crossed my mind this year I realized we need to enjoy our “last” holiday together as 2. I then started to try and imagine how different next Valentine’s day will be. I envision a baby, sitting in between us in his high chair as we take turn feeding him peas and mashed potatoes! More reasons why we are going out this Valentine’s day. But if you are in our shoes that we will be in next year–make a nice multi-course meal at home and try to enjoy a few minutes together without interruption (easier said then done as I’m told by friends with kids).

Katie Original Recipe

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4

8 oz.

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 2 lbs Asparagus, cut 1/2 inch pieces (reserve tips)
  • 32 oz Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Directions

  1. In a large stock pot, add olive oil and 1/2 inch pieces of asparagus tips. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat with lid on until asparagus has started to soften. Then add chicken broth to the pot. Cook on high with lid on for 25 minutes. During the last 5 minutes add the asparagus tips and cook until just tender. Remove the tips and set to the side.
  2. Once the asparagus is done, carefully pour the broth and asparagus into a blender. Blend until pureed (about 20-30 seconds). Return back to the stock pot. Add salt and pepper and heavy cream. Cook for 5 minutes on medium-high until cream has thickened and soup is hot. Serve immediately with freshly ground black pepper and steamed asparagus tips.

Notes

Feel free to strain the soup if you don't like the added texture from the pureed asparagus stalks.

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{Guest Post from Katie's Cucina} Smoked Paprika and Shallot Brussels Sprouts #recipe #vegetarian #sidedish

Last year, I shared this recipe over on Rachel Cooks. I figured why not share it this year with my readers in case you missed this awesome recipe last year.  People either love or hate Brussels sprouts. I am a lover, but I’ll be the first to admit it wasn’t until my late teens / early twenties when I first began to fall in love with Brussels sprouts. I am always looking for new ways to cook them up. I also love to keep my vegetable side dishes relatively healthy and not drown them in butter and fattening sauces. That is why I turned to my good friend, I mean spice, smoked paprika. This spice packs a punch and can bring tons of new layers of flavors to any dish. I just so happened to have a shallot in my pantry so I decided to make them fancy and add an extra-large shallot to the pan.

Smoked Paprika and Shallot Brussel Sprouts Guest Post from KatiesCucina.com #recipe #vegetarian

The night I made the Smoked Paprika and Shallot Brussels Sprouts I served them with the most delicious (and once again easy-to-make) Crunchy-Baked Chicken Strips and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower. This is a perfect healthy meal to cook on a busy weeknight when time is limited. Instead of reaching for your phone to call take-out give my complete meal a try!

Katie Original Recipe

Smoked Paprika and Shallot Brussels Sprouts

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and stems removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme + more for garnishing

Directions

  1. Trim and remove stems from brussels sprouts. Place in a large pot and boil for 10 minutes until tender.
  2. In a skillet, add two tablespoons olive oil and one shallot (thinly sliced). Cook for 3 minutes on medium heat then add the salt, pepper, and smoked paprika to the pan. Stir well and then add brussels sprouts: stirring so that the shallots and seasoning cover the sprouts. Cook for 5 additional minutes. Once the Brussels sprouts are done sprinkle with fresh thyme and serve!
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Use up your leftover mashed potatoes and make this decadent and creamy mashed potato soup!

So the leftovers are dwindling? You have random bits and pieces of your holiday dinner scattered throughout your refrigerator? Did you make one, too many potatoes this year? All you need is 3 cups of leftover mashed potatoes to make the most decadent mashed potato soup I’ve ever tasted. I mean this soup is rich, creamy, and full of flavor with only a few ingredients!

My goal after the holidays is to use up and re-purpose all my leftovers. I love to transform them into brand new meals so that everyone isn’t tired of eating a ham dinner for the 15th time in just 3 days. I made over 10 lbs of potatoes for Thanksgiving for just 8 people. That meant that everyone had to eat over a pound of mashed potatoes and we would still have leftovers. The day after any holiday (when I have leftover mashed potatoes) I always make my easy potato pancakes. But then after that if I have any leftover I’m always confused as to what else to make. I did try my friend Joanne’s recipe for Crispy Mashed Potato Mounds which were out of this world delicious. But even after that I still had about 3 cups of leftover mashed potatoes. That is when the thoughts of baked potato soup crossed my mind. Well I should say, Mashed Potato Soup. All I needed were some green onions and bacon to top off the soup and I think I would have been in heaven! With or without the bacon this recipe for Mashed Potato Soup was out of this world delicious! Go ahead, give it a try and use up the last of your leftover mashed potatoes!

Katie Original Recipe

Mashed Potato Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4

Mashed Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dried parsley and shredded cheddar cheese for garnish

Directions

  1. In a soup pot melt butter on medium heat, then add in onion. Cook until golden brown (almost caramelized for 10 minutes).
  2. Once the onions are golden in color add the all-purpose flour and mix well until the onions have been coated with the flour mixture. Add the whole milk and stir for one minute.
  3. Then add in the mashed potatoes. Mixing until all the potatoes have broken up. Cook on medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are smooth. Taste the soup and add salt and black pepper if desired.
  4. Ladle into bowls and top with dried parsley, shredded cheddar cheese, and cracked black pepper. Enjoy!
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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Chang’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Raise your hand if you love Chinese food? I DO! Since I can remember (the ripe age of 4) I remember bellying up to plates full of Chinese food! I was obsessed with the cuisine and most mornings when my mom would ask me what I wanted for breakfast my response was Chinese food! Which is not like your typical 4 year old. Not much has changed since I was first introduced–you can definitely still find me eating Chinese food for breakfast! When my husband, Jon, asks where to eat out you’ll frequently hear me reply P.F. Changs! They have a new Fall Seasonal Menu that will rock your Chinese food eating socks out! 

First, let’s start with a Apple Cinnamon Martini. 

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Since I can’t drink right now I’m hoping a reader will go and try it for me. I’m a lover of martini’s and this sounds dynamite! It has “Absolut Orient Apple Vodka and Tuaca Liqueur shaken with apple juice, fresh lemon juice and a hint of cinnamon.” Mmm… 


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 This is a sponsored post on behalf of OXO. 

Vegetarian Black Bean Fajitas from KatiesCucina.com using @OXO kitchen tools #VeryVegetarian

I finally spilled the beans yesterday, and announced that I’m expecting a baby in March. One thing I’ve had the hankering for over the past 2 months is Mexican food. I can not eat enough Mexican food (you might recall that before I was pregnant I also loved Mexican food so some things maybe haven’t really changed). But let’s get this straight. I can not do spicy foods like I use too. So all my Mexican meals are sans the spice for right now. Which is probably a good thing since I have a crazy amount of heartburn this early on. I love tomatoes and peppers but they kill me… for someone who has never experienced heartburn in her life… its intense!


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One Pot Creamy Vegetable Spaghetti Primavera from KatiesCucina.com

I apologize for my absence last week. I have a great excuse… my kitchen was under construction! If you follow me on social media you saw bits and pieces of the progress take place. I cannot wait to unveil my new kitchen next month. We ripped out our formica countertops and replaced them with gorgeous butcher block. Before doing that my amazing husband (seriously, he deserves the biggest shout-out ever he has done it all with minor help from me), cut out two of the cabinet walls to extend my cabinets so I could use the wasted space the builder never built out. I gained an entire cabinet!  My friends at Moen send us the deepest sink on the planet and the new MotionSense Faucet by Moen. We extended our kitchen island so I have even more work space and built on a custom bookshelf to store my ever growing collection of cookbooks and other kitchen stuff. All that happened in the past week. In the coming weeks we have backsplash to do, a new door to install for our pantry, a custom spice rack to build, and hopefully some custom lighting. That’s all phase one, and we are both hoping for it to be done by the end of this month! I’ll share a glimpse into my kitchen on Katie’s Cucina but all the tutorials will be available on my DIY blog, Sew Woodsy.

One Pot Creamy Vegetable Spaghetti Primavera from KatiesCucina.com
Enough about my kitchen, let’s talk about this delicious one pot meatless meal! I’m all for less dishes after cooking and so is my husband who usually is a trooper and cleans them for us after dinner. I don’t know why I make more one pot pasta meals. This meals comes together beautifully in just under 30 minutes. Of course if you have carnivores in your home that demand meat you could always cook chicken on the side, slice it up, and serve it on top of a big bowl of this Creamy Vegetable Spaghetti Primavera! We prefer this dish just as it is. It makes for a wonderful lunch on the weekend and best of all it makes a lot so you could indulge on it later in the week. Or make it as a quick week night meatless dinner.

Head on over to Food Fanatic to get the recipe for Creamy Vegetable Spaghetti Primavera: Buon Appetito for Meatless Monday


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Grilled Corn & Poblano Guacamole from KatiesCucina.com

Y’all. I love guacamole. By far I think this is the best guacamole recipe I’ve ever created. Minus my classic guacamole that I make rather often. I was partly inspired to make this recipe after making grilled corn chowder. I had a leftover ear of corn on the cob and a poblano pepper, both already grilled and sitting in my refrigerator waiting for me to make something of them.

Grilled Corn & Poblano Guacamole from KatiesCucina.com

By combining both grilled items made for the most flavorful and smokey guacamole I could have ever dreamed of! Bite after bite I felt like I was in a gourmet Mexican restaurant–not at home! That is one of the luxuries of cooking at home. You can create food that would cost double if not triple the amount that a restaurant would charge.


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