Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Pork and shrimp Vietnamese spring rolls are stuffed full of fresh lettuce, cucumber, mint and cilantro and served with a tangy, delicious peanut dipping sauce.

These pork and shrimp Vietnamese spring rolls are stuffed full of fresh lettuce, cucumber, mint and cilantro and served with a tangy, delicious peanut dipping sauce. I could live off spring rolls – not even joking, if I had to eat these for every meal for the rest of my life, I would happily oblige. My parents introduced me and my siblings to Vietnamese food very early on in our childhood.  There was this amazing restaurant in Denver, where we would make our long trek from the mountains to here at least once a month. We would always order the same thing, the 11N – which was a noodle specialty bowl full of so many amazing things, and a spring roll.  They were so fresh and stuffed with delicious vermicelli noodles, fragrant mint, crunchy lettuce, jumbo shrimp and big slices of pork.  My favorite part was always the creamy peanut sauce topped with a crumble of fresh … [Read More...]

Mini Blackberry Pies | A Happy Food Dance

Mini Blackberry Pie

Even though summer is winding down I am still in full berry mode.  Earlier in the season I made this blackberry and buttermilk biscuit cobbler.  It was the perfect summer treat.  Big juicy blackberries topped with homemade buttermilk biscuits, what’s not to love?!? Well I have another blackberry recipe, but this time it is in… 

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Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies & Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches - soft, chewy cookies and cold, sweet blueberry ice cream make the perfect summertime treat!

Blueberry Oatmeal Ice Cream Sandwiches with Blueberry Ice Cream

Smooth, sweet homemade blueberry ice cream sandwiched between two soft and chewy oatmeal cookies make for the perfect summertime treat. So these Blueberry Oatmeal cookies have been a huge hit (not only in my house, but on Pinterest too!).  Who would’ve guessed?!?  Well, I could’ve guessed the first one, since these were made at the insistence of… 

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Baked CInnamon and Sugar Donuts | A Happy Food Dance

Baked Cinnamon and Sugar Donuts

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Pulled Pork Breakfast Hash | A Happy Food Dance

Pulled Pork Breakfast Hash

So happy to be posting this Pulled Pork Breakfast Hash over at Living Better Together this morning!  I seriously make this ALL.THE.TIME – especially if I’ve just made this crockpot pulled pork.  It makes so much and even though I can eat a million pulled pork sandwiches, it’s always fun to mix it up.  I’m… 

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Pulled Pork Cookie Sheet Nachos | A Happy Food Dance

Pulled Pork Cookie Sheet Nachos

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Jalapeno Popper Sliders

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Homemade Peach Ice Cream | A Happy Food Dance #IceCream #Peaches

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

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Triple Berry Infused Vodka Lemonades | A Happy Food Dance

Triple Berry Infused Vodka Lemonades

Have you ever infused your own vodka? If not, you should totally start.  It’s super easy and the end result is delicious!  Don’t like vodka, infuse your spirit of choice. I first learned to infuse vodka while bartending and was shocked at how easy it was. We would throw strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, a sliced orange… 

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Banana Split Cupcake | A Happy Food Dance

Banana Split Cupcakes

Don’t you just love when two amazing desserts come together and create one mega awesome dessert?!? Growing up getting a banana split was a rare and special occasion.  We didn’t live close to any ice cream places and it was Colorado, where it snowed most of the year, so there wasn’t a huge demand for… 

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Gluten-Free Carrot Pancakes with Salted Yogurt Sauce | A Happy Food Dance

Gluten Free Carrot Pancakes with Salted Yogurt Sauce

I have been in a food rut lately.  I basically ate this chicken salad all last week – for lunch and dinner.  It doesn’t help that my boyfriend has been out of town for the past few weeks, so cooking dinner hasn’t really been happening.  I’ll just toss together a salad or eat an avocado… 

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Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberry Pavlova | A Happy Food Dance

Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberry Pavlova

Have I driven you crazy with the strawberry recipes yet? There hasn’t been a week that has gone by that I’m not throwing them in something and sharing it with you.  This week I’ve added some rhubarb, which is also in season right now.  Rhubarb is a crazy, stalk looking plant with a naturally tart… 

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Blueberry Mint Coconut Water Paleo Popsicles

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Cheddar Bacon Buttermilk Biscuits with Honey Butter

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Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Popsicles

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Zucchini Nut Muffins with Whipped Coconut Cream | A Happy Food Dance

Zucchini Nut Muffin with Whipped Coconut Cream

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Blackberry & Buttermilk Biscuit Cobbler | A Happy Food Dance

Blackberry & Buttermilk Biscuit Cobbler

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