This Spicy Pineapple Jalapeno Mezcalita is a refreshing cocktail made with pineapple, cilantro, jalapeño, and Mezcal Creyente Joven. A delicious drink with sweet, spicy and smokey flavors all at the same time.
This post is sponsored by Mezcal Creyente, but as always all opinions are my own.

Spicy Pineapple Jalapeno Mezcalita - A refreshing cocktail made with Mezcal, pineapple, jalapenos, and cilantro.

One of my favorite things about writing a food blog is spending time in the kitchen to create new recipes. Give me the ingredients, tell me what you feel like eating and I will make it happen. It gets even more fun when it is a new ingredient that I have never used before. Therefore, when Mezcal Creyente asked me to create a cocktail based on the “ruling element” of my zodiac sign, I knew this was going to be fun. I had never tasted mezcal before, but heard a lot about it from a friend, who visited Oaxaca, Mexico last summer. (more…)

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This vegan and banana free carrot cake smoothie has all the usual ingredients that you would have in a carrot cake. Plus, to make it more nutritious I added a cup of romaine lettuce. Sweetened with natural sweeteners, like unsweetened raisins, pineapple and carrots, it is refreshing summer smoothie you ought to try.
Banana Free Carrot Cake Smoothie Recipe: A carrot cake like smoothie made with carrots, pineapple, coconut milk, and just a few raisins. Vegan and no sugar added.

I had no idea that there were people out there, who would search for banana-free smoothies until I started this summer smoothies series. Come to find out, a lot of people look for smoothies made without bananas as they (1) do not like the taste of bananas and (2) think that they take over the whole smoothie. As a banana lover, while I have no complaints with bananas dominating a glass of cold, creamy and sweet smoothie, I can understand the argument. Therefore, as a part of these series, I am going to make sure that there are ample amount of smoothie recipes made without bananas. This banana-free carrot cake smoothie recipe is the first of many to come. (more…)

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  • Traci | Vanilla And Bean - A fabulous smoothie Aysegul.. the sweeting ingredients and one of my all time favorite greens to add to smoothies: romaine (often not seen in smoothies).  I admit, I have a banana in my smoothie every day, but I have a sensitivity to them, so I really should opt out. I can’t wait to whip this up! Delicious! ReplyCancel

It is the asparagus season and I am celebrating it with this one-skillet truffled asparagus eggs served on toast. If you are looking for a creative way to use asparagus in your breakfast dishes, this recipe is a must-try.

Truffled Asparagus Eggs on Toast Recipe: A quick and easy open-face sandwich recipe made with asparagus sautéed with truffle oil and mixed with eggs and goat cheese.
Hello friends! How are things going? From my end, things are going very well. My dad is still here with us and I am taking a little time off from all things blogging to have some quality time with him. We are spending most of our time driving around and visiting the nearby towns. So far it has been so much fun to discover new parts of Vermont with him. Sadly, it hasn’t fully warmed up yet. It was great for the last few days, but now it is 60 degrees and pouring outside as I am typing this. We are all yearning for some sunshine.

The good news is that most outdoor farmer’s markets in Vermont are open rain or shine. For the last few weeks, almost every farmer in the market is selling freshly cut asparagus and we have been eating lots and lots of it. This truffled asparagus eggs on toast has been a favorite in our house so I thought I would share. If you are a fan of asparagus and looking for a different way to flavor it, I highly recommend trying your hand in cooking it with a little bit of truffle oil. I know that it is not an ingredient most pantries have, but I promise you that you will not be disappointed if you go out and buy a bottle. (more…)

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Somewhere between a milkshake and a smoothie, this vegan banana split smoothie is a healthier and refreshing way to satisfy your chocolate cravings.  

Naturally Sweetened Banana Split Smoothie recipe - Craving for something chocolate-y, sweet and refreshing? A healthier sweet treat that you can eat with no guild.

When I was a kid bananas were my favorite fruit. If I had my way I would eat a banana for every meal. My poor mother would try to introduce me to other fruits, but I would still ask for more bananas. Then one day, someone introduced me to banana split; a large banana in middle served with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce on top. To this day I still remember thinking to myself how could something taste so good.

Now years later, though I have other favorite fruits I still love bananas and order banana split as dessert if it is on the menu. But let’s face it, with all the additional sugar added banana split is not the healthiest thing to eat. So as someone who no longer eats processed sugars, I had to come up with a healthier way of making banana split at home and ended up with this banana split smoothie. (more…)

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Get your grill game on! We are making tacos. Topped off with fresh pico de gallo and guacamole, these easy-to-make Grilled Flank Steak Tacos are juicy, bright and super flavorful.

This post has been sponsored by American Greetings. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recipe for Grilled Flank Steak Tacos with a foolproof flank steak marinade that will wow everyone in your family.

This year’s Father’s Day is going to be extra special because my father is visiting us from Turkey. Saying that I am thrilled is an understatement. It has been over 4 years since the last time we saw each other. Yes, we do talk on Facetime, but you know, it is not the same thing. Since my mother’s passing in 2012, we both had our share of sadness and helped each other cope with that sudden loss. Now almost 5 years later, the yearning is still there, but we are both grateful to have each other. Therefore, it is important to me that he feels the love and that we have a fun day this year on Father’s Day. And as you might have already guessed, my way of showing love is by feeding people, so we are grilling flank steak and making tacos! (more…)

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  • Emily - Steak tacos have been a thing lately at our house too, and it’s great to see your version here.  I’m pretty boring with mine, so I love the idea of a marinade to kick up the flavor a bit more.  These look absolutely perfect and restaurant worthy!  So glad to hear about your dad’s visit.  I bet he loves your new place in Vermont!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn | The Road to Honey - How special that your dad finally made it to Vermont to visit you.  It’s tough when you live away from your parents.  It’s really something that I miss the most as I haven’t lived near my parents since I graduated from high school (which is a long time ;-). . .Ahem. . .not that I’m old. . .wink!  wink! ).  
    BTW. . .I got a good chuckle that the guys elected to grill steak. . .it’s such the obvious guy choice.  .but a tasty one at that.  I’m absolute adoring what you did with it though.  Tacos are my very favorite and I bet these taste out of this world with that delicious marinade (hello grainy mustard 😋)ReplyCancel

  • Monica - The next time I have access to a grill, I’m so doing this recipe. Have a lovely time with your dad!ReplyCancel

Ready for a refreshing, healthy and naturally sweetened summer smoothie? This Pina Colada Smoothie is made with chunks of pineapple, coconut milk and a few Medjool dates. It is stupid easy to make and ready in 5 minutes.

Pina Colada Smoothie: Frozen pineapple chunks blended with coconut milk, dates and nutmeg for a healthy and no-sugar added morning smoothie.

The beginning of this year, I made a promise to myself. I wanted to find a way to share more recipes on the blog. I have been averaging on 1-2 posts a week, but I wanted to increase it to 3 recipes a week. However, with all my freelance work it proved to be an unrealistic goal. In between all the testing and photographing recipes and the admin work that comes right after that, I couldn’t find a way to do it.

But the other day an idea popped up in my head. What if I were to start small and find easy-to-make yet still useful recipes and share them with one or two photos? If you think about it, the part that takes most of my time is the photographing part so by changing my usual 5-6 photos per post I could have more time to reach my goal. After a little thinking and planning I decided to start a new series that I would like to call Summer Smoothies on Foolproof Living.

Starting this week, until the end of this summer, I will post one smoothie recipe a week with just a few photos and words. My goal is to be your go-to source for healthy, no-sugar added smoothies that you can make for your family during these warmer months of the year. I have already made a list of all the smoothies that I love and want to share with you throughout the next months. If you are a smoothie lover, who is looking for ways to switch up your smoothie routine, be sure to follow along. (more…)

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