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 Grilled Romaine Salad~The Easiest & Most Affordable Side Dish Ever!

This Recipe for Grilled Balsamic Romaine Salad is my “go to” when I need a side dish.  Grilled Balsamic Romaine Salad is super inexpensive and really easy.  10 bucks & 10 Minutes and you can feed about 10 people.  You can’t beat that.  I serve it with just about everything from burgers to steaks.  I hope you enjoy!Grilled Balsamic Romaine Salad


Grilled Romaine Salad

Quick and Simply Grilled Salad! 

Course Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8


  • 2 Heads Romaine Lettuce Not just the hearts the whole head
  • 1 cup Italian or Balsamic Dressing of your choice
  • 1/2 onion Sliced (optional) Yellow or Red is fine


  1. Slice the Heads of Lettuce down the middle in half,   As well as the onion.  Place on Medium Heat Grill.  Grill for 5 minutes or until Grill marks.  Do not over grill, the salad will be wilted. 

  2. When you get the grill marks you desire, remove from heat and chop immediately.  I slice the onion very thin,  I don't like it to overpower the salad. 

  3. After chopping toss with dressing of your choice.  I use Olive Garden Dressing I like the sweetness of it against the char of the grill.  I have used Balsamic before that also works.  

  4. Serve warm and Enjoy! 

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It’s National Avocado Day!

Happy Tuesday!  Isn’t it weird how some things just play out?  Example Sunday I made had to make guac didn’t have ripe avocados.  I researched aka googled how to ripen them up quickly, figured it out and posted about it yesterday!  And today is National Avocado Day, Coincidence? I don’t believe in those even if it’s silly, like avocados. Here is my post incase you missed it.  I also have for you today’s recipe and deals.  Have a super day and stay cool! How to Ripen an Avocado Fast! National Avocado Day

I’ve never met an avocado I didn’t like, especially a guac recipe! So here is a cool one I found for you this morning! Kind of basic but with a technique I have never used.

National Avocado Day

Daily Deals

Free Guac at Chipotle!

Use the 7-digit offer code AVOCADO when placing an online or in-app order to receive FREE Guac on your entrée OR a FREE side of Guac OR a regular order of Chips & Guac with a purchase of a burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos. Offer valid on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 from open to close at participating Chipotle restaurants in the U.S. Not valid for in-restaurant orders. Here are just a few of today’s sales Anne Cole, Bob Strollers, Fiesta Ware, Miss Me and Hanna Anderson!   Click HERE for the entire selection of awesome deals. 




 50% Off Select Styles from 7/30 at 12am – 8/2 at 11:59pm There are tons of items less than $20!

LOFT is an awesome site for deals.  They have a deal of the day section HERE to look over with super deals on goods.  Today they have a summer coupon code to apply also! In my area they have Samsclub deals, Rockin Jump and so many other great deals! Check it out!


How to Ripen an Avocado Fast!

Yesterday I found myself with 4 unripe avocados and people coming over for dinner.  What’s a girl to do? My first approach was the usual brown bag and sunlight.  So out they went, and four hours later what did I have?  Just a barely softened avocado…drats! Google to the rescue.  I found several articles on how to ripen avocados.  One method kept popping up, foil and an oven method.  It promised to deliver a ripe avocado guac ready in 10 minutes.  I had nothing to lose!

I grabbed foil and my avocados, and preheated my oven (convection) to 220.  While it was preheating, I wrapped the avocado in foil.How to Ripen an Avocado Fast!

Once the oven was ready I placed in the oven and checked on it every 5 minutes.  There was a weird smell in the air, so I was convinced I was burning it but no, they just stink when you heat them up.  I took it out after ten minutes and it wasn’t quite done yet.  I don’t think this is an exact science, It depends on the size, ripeness, etc of the avocado.  So my advice to you is keep the oven low around 200 and keep checking on it.  How to Ripen an Avocado Fast!

After 15 minutes I took it out, WARNING it was HOT,  Steam gathers in the foil.  When you cut it steam releases again from it.  I probably should have waited to cut it, but I don’t comprehend the word patience.

When I opened the avocado (which I was able to do because it was soft) I was pleasantly surprised I had a softened all be it very hot avocado!  How to Ripen an Avocado Fast!


How to Ripen an Avocado FastI placed it in the fridge to cool down for a bit and went on to make my guac! Do you have any kitchen hacks you would like to share? I would love to hear about them, leave me a comment below!

How to Pick the Sweetest Watermelon Every Time

Watermelon the Perfect Side Dish for Any Summer Party

With summer finally here and weekend BBQ’s on on the agenda, I often find myself at the grocery store looking for a quick and easy side dish.  Sliced Watermelon is my “go to” dish for most of the backyard shindigs.  Watermelon is easy, inexpensive and takes 15 minutes to prep with no hot oven heating up my kitchen!  Making Watermelon the perfect compliment to any summer meal.

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