Look at this darling mama!! Isn’t she just beautiful?!!! She really is beautiful on the inside and the outside. Sharon is my daughter -in-law’s sister and from the first time I met her, I was so impressed with her. She is one of the most grateful women that I have met and her beautiful girls are just as polite. That is one great little mama! I’ve been hearing what a great cook Sharon is and so I’m really excited for her to share with us today. Thanks so much for sharing with us today. So here’s Sharon!!!

Growing up my sisters and I would spend summers in Mexico with our grandparents. I enjoyed spending time in the kitchen with my grandma which is where my interest in cooking began. I was always coming up with new recipe creations for my family to try. Needless to say, some were very interesting and not appetizing at all! To this day I like using recipes as a guide verses a step by step instruction (which is why I am not a very good baker). I enjoy looking through recipe books, meal planning, and cooking for our family of four. Things are busy with two toddlers and cooking meals, though crazy at times, is where I get a little of me time. This recipe originates from the Clean Eats cookbook.

Grilled Lemon Chicken Burgers

1# of ground chicken

1 small onion diced

1 garlic minced

1/4 cup fresh parsley

1 teaspoon of thyme

1 teaspoon of salt

Juice of 1 lemon

Combine herbs and seasoning into a bowl.

Then add the juice of one lemon and ground chicken. Mix together with your hands.

Form into four equal size burgers. I use burger molds.

Grill over medium/high heat 5-6 minutes per side. Insure the internal temperature of the chicken burgers is 165 degrees. Serve with any of the suggested toppings, customize as you would like, on your favorite bun.
Suggested Toppings:
caramelized red onions

sliced tomatoes

baby spinach


thousand island dressing

Primal Kitchen avocado oil mayo


Ham and Havarti Panini with Bosc Pear

One day while talking with my dear friend, Heather, at the gym, she suggested to me to put a pear on my panini and my reaction was, “WHAT?????”………… and then I tried it and it was oh, so very good.  I did not doubt my friend knew what she was talking about, but it just sounded ………. different, but I soon found out that this was going to be one of my favorites and paninis are such a quick fix!

Here is what I love on my panini, but use whatever meat and cheese you like, and use pear slices :). I hope you love it as much as I do. 

I love Boars Head ham and Havari cheese on my panini and, of course, a little bit of mayo :). 

Put mayo, ham and cheese on your favorite bread (some of my favorites are Great Harvest Dakota, Dave’s Organic Good Seed, and Kneaders 12 Grain Hazelnut bread). Spread a little butter on both sides of the bread and put it on the panini maker or when I didn’t have one, I put it in a fry pan, cover it with a lid and cook it on medium heat. Turn and cook on the other side.

Remove from heat and add pear slices.  I added some iceberg lettuce to mine but it’s great with just the pear.  And that’s it! Dinner is ready in about 10 min!!  Enjoy 🙂 and don’t forget the pear 🙂