Picnic-Perfect Pasta Salads

6 Pasta Salads that are perfect for picnics! #SoFab

6 Pasta Salads that are perfect for your next family picnic!

We love pasta salads because they are perfect for springtime picnics, as a side dish to a family meal, or even as a hearty lunch all by themselves. There are so many different types of pastas and the vegetables and sauces you can use in pasta salads can vary so greatly that you can create a new version each time depending on your taste preferences. We found 6 pasta salad recipes that we absolutely love and we couldn’t wait to share them with you.

  • This hearty dish might just be our Favorite Pasta Salad. It’s highly customizable so you can take the basis of this recipe and switch it up a bit depending on what you already have in your refrigerator and pantry.
  • This mayonnaise-based Prosciutto and Asparagus Pasta Salad is packed with flavor. Tossed with a lemony dressing, it’s a simple yet sophisticated salad that would pair perfectly with chicken for dinner.
  • If you have leftover spaghetti noodles, you’ll definitely want to try this recipe for Spaghetti Salad. Simply mix the noodle with fresh vegetables and McCormick’s Salad Supreme for a delicious pasta salad the whole family will love.
  • This Pepper and Broccoli Pasta Salad is colorful, simple to make, and completely satisfying. This pasta salad is great for a barbecue, potluck, or as side dish. It is deliciously creamy and you will probably make it more than once.
  • With a vinegar-based dressing and loads of fresh vegetables, this Pasta and Cucumber Salad would be a huge hit at your next family picnic.
  • If you love Walmart’s version of Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad, you’ll definitely want to try this copycat recipe. Instead of heading to the store to buy gallons for your next party, make it at home instead.

We hope you enjoy the flavors of spring with these 6 colorful and simple pasta salads as much as we do. If you enjoyed these easy meal enhancers, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you never miss a single recipe. For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and stop by our Google+ Community to see all of the amazing recipes our community members are sharing. Enjoy!

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a great source of protein and serving up Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms for dinner is one of our favorite meatless meals. So many different cheeses and vegetables pair perfectly with the portobello so the flavor combinations are endless. You can bake these in the oven or cook them on the grill. Either way, they are delicious as a main course or hearty side dish. For this recipe, we used peppers, onions, a blend of cheeses, and sprouted bread, but you can just use course bread crumbs if that’s all that’s available.

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
 
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 Portobello Mushrooms
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 Pieces Sprouted Bread
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Wash mushrooms and scoop out stems.
  2. Chop your green pepper and onion and sauté in olive oil for about 10 minutes.
  3. Chop the bread up into small crouton-like pieces and mix with vegetables and cheeses.
  4. Fill mushroom caps with above mixture.
  5. Bake in the oven at 325º for 30 min, or cook on the grill until the cheese has melted and the mushroom is tender.

We hope you enjoy this recipe for Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms as much as we do. If you love this healthy dinner idea, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you never miss a single recipe. For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and stop by our Google+ Community to see all of the amazing recipes our community members are sharing. Enjoy!

Our Favorite Spring Cocktails

12 Deliciously Fruity Spring Cocktails #SoFab

12 Deliciously Fruity Spring Cocktails

Spring is in the air and most of the nation is enjoying warmer weather which means more time outdoors on the weekends relaxing with family and friends. What better way to celebrate the season than gathering with friends on the back porch just sitting, relaxing, and enjoying great conversation and a delicious cocktail? With so many fresh fruits now in season, we thought we’d share our 12 favorite Fruity Spring Cocktails with you to help you plan for your next weekend gathering.

  • Fresh orange juice, vanilla vodka, and Grand Marnier take center stage for this bright and cheery Sunrise Spritzer Cocktail. Add a little maraschino cherry juice and some club soda for the perfect springtime cocktail.
  • Passion fruit, blood red orange, and pineapple juices make this champagne-based Lascivious Love Potion cocktail a tropical taste sensation that everyone will enjoy.
  • Spice up your next party with this cocktail recipe for Jalapeño Blood Orange Sangria. Fresh citrus fruit and jalapeños make this white wine based drink a real winner in our book.
  • Sake and vodka pair beautifully with pineapple and papaya in this Pineapple Saketini. With flavors of the tropics, you’ll feel like you’re on the beach with each sip.
  • This Cherry Bomb Skinny Cocktail is a light and fruity drink that’s reminiscent of a Shirley Temple and lighter in calories than most alcoholic drinks.
  • Moscow Mules are all the rage these days, but this recipe for a Blueberry Moscow Mule is definitely our favorite variety. Fresh blueberries give this version a taste like no other.
  • The crisp flavor of apples combined with vodka and whipping cream makes this Whipped Apple Cocktail the perfect after-dinner drink on a warm spring evening.
  • This Cucumber Mint Martini is as beautiful as it is delicious. There’s just something so refreshing about the cucumber and mint combination that we simply can’t resist.
  • If you’re having an outdoor party, we know your guests would love these Raspberry Margaritas. Fruity and refreshing, margaritas are easy to make in batches so that you’re certain to be able to serve up all of your guests.
  • This simple White Wine Sangria gets its delicious flavor from strawberries, peaches, and a white grape and peach juice blend. Everybody loves a good sangria!
  • Planning a fiesta? Have plenty of these Refreshing Kiwi Lime Margaritas ready for your guests. They’ll love the sweet and salty flavor combination of this cocktail.
  • Moscato wine is the base for this Peach Blueberry Sangria that’s simple to make and bursting with the flavors of spring.

These 12 Fruity Cocktails are absolutely perfect for springtime gatherings with friends. If you love these refreshing cocktail recipes, be sure to visit our Drinks Section for more like them. For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and stop by our Google+ Community to see all of the amazing recipes our community members are sharing for spring. Enjoy!

DIY Lemon Essential Oil Sugar Scrub

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Lemon Essential Oil Sugar Scrub

There are so many wonderful ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen that can double in the beauty department. One of our favorite DIY projects is also a fantastic kitchen helper that also makes a great gift. We love creating wonderfully eye-appealing, lovely-scented sugar scrubs with items from the kitchen and essential oils. These scrubs will slough off your dry winter skin and leave your hands smelling divine. You don’t have to spend a lot of money buying these scrubs when you can make them for pennies on the dollar at home.

DIY sugar scrubs can be used on the body, face, hands, and even your feet. We love the idea of packaging sugar scrubs in little Mason Jars with party-themed DIY tags to give to our guests as take aways they’ll enjoy for months to come. This DIY Lemon Essential Oil Sugar Scrub is one of our absolute favorites so we decided to share it with you.

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DIY Lemon Essential Oil Sugar Scrub
 
A Body Scrub made from kitchen ingredients.
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Recipe type: Beauty Scrub
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 20 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil
  • Food coloring of choice, 3-4 drops *optional*
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together.
  2. Store in an air-tight container for at-home use or in small-sized Mason Jars for gift giving.
  3. Use each time you wash your hands in the kitchen for smooth, soft, crack-free hands.

If you love our DIY Lemon Essential Oil Sugar Scrub, be sure to check out our recipe for DIY Orange Sea Salt Scrub. Make sure you stop back by often because we will have a lot more DIY Kitchen Beauty Products to share with you to help you with simple ways to enhance your busy lifestyle with items from your kitchen!

RITZ® Buffalo Chicken Crackers

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Easy Party Appetizer: Buffalo Chicken Crackers

If you love the taste of Buffalo Chicken Wings, you’ll definitely want to try this appetizer recipe for your next party or family gathering this spring. All you’ll need to make these Buffalo Chicken Crackers is 2 cups of shredded chicken, provolone cheese, melted butter, Frank’s hot sauce and RITZ® Crackers, along with some ranch dressing and green onions for garnish. This flavorful party appetizer can be ready in less than 15 minutes and it not only tastes amazing, it also makes for a great party table presentation.

RITZ® Buffalo Chicken Crackers
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • ¼ Cup Frank's Hot Sauce
  • 2 Cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 4 slices provolone cheese, cut into 24 smaller pieces (to fit on top of cracker)
  • Ranch for drizzling
  • Green onions for garnish
  • 24 RITZ® Crackers
Instructions
  1. Gather your ingredients.
  2. Visit the original recipe post on Must Have Mom for full preparation and cooking instructions.
  3. Enjoy!

We hope you enjoy this appetizer recipe for Buffalo Chicken Crackers as much as we do. If you’re still looking for finger foods for your next Spring Fling, be sure to check out all of the other recipes in our appetizer section. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter so you never miss a single recipe. For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and stop by our Google+ Community to see all of the amazing recipes our community members are sharing. Enjoy!