Whole Food’s California Quinoa Salad Recipe

California Quinoa Salad (Whole Foods Copycat)

California quinoa salad is mildly Thai-inspired with edamame, fresh mango, coconut flakes, raisins, bell pepper, red onion, fresh cilantro and almonds, lightly dressed in fresh lime juice and balsamic vinegar. Hello, Whole Foods knock-off! I think I love you. This is pasta salad’s cousin, the healthier version of picnic food that doesn’t have any oil… 

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Homemade Rainbow Chip Frosting

Homemade Rainbow Chip Frosting

Imagine, if you can, the sweetest white frosting bursting with small, colorful chips. That is rainbow chip frosting. Betty Crocker used to make it with a rainbow chip cake to match. They were both favorites as a kid. The frosting, sadly, was discontinued. People are so crazy-mad about it they have gone as far as… 

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P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef Copycat Recipe

Mongolian Beef Copycat

Sliced flank steak and green onions with a sweet and savory glaze served over rice with steamed broccoli. A copycat recipe for the much loved P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef. This is proof that a few simple ingredients, as long as they’re the right ones, can join together to make something utterly delicious. The sauce comes… 

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Spicy Meatball Homemade SpaghettiOs

Spicy Meatball SpaghettiO's

Homemade spaghettiOs with meatballs, black olives and a spicy sauce. I never really did enjoy eating spaghettiOs. Not even as a kid. My palate was more sophisticated, likely from all the homemade sauce my Mom fed us. That weak imitation stuff in a can just didn’t taste good even back then.

Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp

Crunchy Bang Bang Shrimp

A copycat restaurant recipe for Bang Bang Shrimp. Breaded shrimp fried up all golden and crunchy then smothered in a spicy sauce and served over greens. It’s all the rage. Having never been to Bonefish Grill where the shrimp originates I wouldn’t know. Leading me to this. . .I have a seriously bad habit of… 

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Copycat Shamrock Shakes

Homemade Shamrock Shakes

  Homemade Shamrock Shakes are a cinch to make with vanilla ice cream, milk and peppermint extract. I made them because I thought I was missing something. . .there’s such hype over the McDonald’s shakes by the same name. . . I know people who go totally crazy for them.