How to Make Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

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Hawaiian Mixed Plate - Rice, Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, Teriyaki Chicken Thigh, Kalua Pork

Impress your family and friends at your next picnic or luau with this classic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad recipe. It pairs perfectly with any mixed plate meats!

One of my favorite things about a Hawaiian Mixed Plate is the sides! I absolutely love the brown calrose rice and Hawaiian Macaroni Salad. They are the the perfect parings for all the rich meats. Plus, they are delicious on their own. So, I knew I would have to figure out how to do both at home! I’ve found out how to make a great Hawaiian Mac Salad at home, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Additionally, this recipe for Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is perfect for potlucks, luaus, or other entertaining. Watch it be one of the first things to disappear! It’s so flavorful, rich, and creamy!

While this recipe calls for a short list of ingredients, for best flavor, it requires a few hours of chilling time. So, be sure to plan ahead when bringing this to your next gathering.

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Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

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Making grilled, sweet, and sticky Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs at home, just like those found at your favorite restaurant, is simple and totally doable!

Let’s just get this out there. Why is teriyaki so hard to spell?! No matter how hard I try, the spell checker is correcting me. Please tell me it’s not just me! Even though I struggle spelling it, teriyaki sauce tastes so delicious! So, I’m pushing through this for you!

Nothing quite compares to the taste of authentic Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs! As it grills, the sticky and sweet marinade caramelizes and intensifies in flavor. You would never guess how simple it is to make at home.

At least, the toughest part of this recipe is waiting for the chicken to marinate. Though, once that’s done, dinner can be on the table in about 15 minutes! This recipe for Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs is bound to be your new family favorite!

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Low-Carb Baked Katsu Chicken

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BONUS Recipe Included: Togarashi-Style Seasoning

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Hawaiian Mixed Plate with Katsu Chicken, Tonkatsu Sauce, Macaroni Salad, Rice

Low-Carb Baked Katsu Chicken is a healthier version of the popular Japanese-style fried chicken that is delicious served with homemade Tonkatsu sauce.

At Hawaiian restaurants, my mom loves ordering Katsu chicken. Since it is usually made to order, she expects to wait longer for her entree. But, it is always worth the wait!

Katsu, or “cutlet” in Japanese, refers to meat pounded thin prior to cooking. Traditionally, chicken Katsu is made by dredging thin chicken breasts in flour, egg, and panko. Then, the chicken is either deep fried or pan fried.

Rather than coating the chicken in all purpose flour and panko, this low-carb baked katsu chicken is breaded in almond flour and pork rinds. By baking the chicken, the chicken will still be crispy without frying. Because the chicken is baked, it will have fewer calories that if it is fried.

Many people like to serve Katsu chicken with white rice and Tonkatsu sauce. To pay homage to the original, we’ll serve ours with a homemade, quick, low-carb Tonkatsu sauce. For a full meal, serve with a side of cauliflower rice.

As a bonus, I’m including a recipe for Togarashi-style seasoning. If you want to spice up your Katsu chicken, add this seasoning on the chicken before it bakes. If you don’t use it, the classic seasonings will be just as delicious.

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Slow Cooker Kalua Pork and Cabbage

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Easy 4-ingredient, Hawaiian Slow Cooker Kalua Pork and Cabbage tastes just as delicious without cooking it in the ground! You don’t need a whole pig either!

Kalua Pork is always my family’s go-to recipe for easy and inexpensive entertaining. More specifically, it’s great for mixed plates, or for potlucks, or luaus. Since it only requires 4 ingredients and cooks in the slow cooker, it comes together quickly! Plus, pork is a great protein to feed a crowd on a budget.

Translated, Kalua literally means “to cook in an underground oven”. Traditional Hawaiian Kalua pork is made by cooking a whole pig in an underground pit oven called an Imu. Although, no underground oven or whole pig needed for this recipe! Instead, we’ll use pork butt (or pork shoulder) and a slow cooker.

When cooked in an Imu, Kalua Pork get’s its characteristic flavor from smoked hardwood and banana leaves wrapped around the meat. To mimic this cooking flavor, we’ll use liquid smoke and cabbage leaves!

This is such a great summer recipe because it cooks in one pot, and you don’t have to heat up the whole house. Although, it’s absolutely delicious any time of the year too!

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Pineapple Water (Agua de Pina)

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Pineapple Water (Agua de Pina) in Mason Jar

Make sweet, refreshing, and delicious Pineapple Water (or Agua de Pina) at home by simply blending fresh pineapple with water and sweetening with sugar.

Agua de Pina is the Spanish name for Pineapple Water. It was introduced to me by a family member who orders it whenever she goes to her favorite Mexican restaurant. She asked if I could figure out how to make it, and I am happy to oblige!

Another name for pineapple water is Pineapple Agua Fresca (when translated means “fresh water”). Generally, agua fresca is made by combining fruits, grains, or flowers with sugar and water. As the name suggests, pineapple agua fresca is made by blending pineapple with sugar and water.

If I had to describe it, pineapple water tastes like delicious and refreshing kool-aid. Although, you will not find any artificial flavors in this drink! It’s the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican dish. And, it would be perfect for a hot summers day. So, let’s get to it!

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How to Make Homemade Marinara Sauce

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Air Fryer Fried Ravioli Dipped in Homemade Marinara Sauce
Air Fryer Fried Ravioli Dipped in Homemade Marinara Sauce

Have an abundance of tomatoes right now? Use them to make an easy, 7-ingredient, freezer-friendly, Homemade Marinara Sauce! Roasting is the “secret sauce”!

If you have an abundance of garden tomatoes, look no further for a way to use them up! This homemade marinara sauce is a great way to use lots of tomatoes before they go bad. And, it’s is especially delicious with garden fresh tomatoes. To use up all the tomatoes you have on hand, feel free to double or triple the recipe.

One of the reasons I love this recipe so much is because of the intense flavor you get from roasting the tomatoes and garlic in the oven. Plus, it requires very little prep work since the oven does all the cooking! There’s no need to stand over the stove and simmer the tomatoes for hours and hours.

The rest of the marinara ingredients are easy to find and will add delicious flavor to the sauce. Furthermore, this is a no sugar added marinara sauce. So, it is low-carb friendly. For ideas on ways to use the sauce, scroll to the bottom of the post.

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Instant Pot Tex-Mex Mac and Cheese

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This yummy Instant Pot Tex-Mex Mac & Cheese is an inexpensive one pot meal that elevates an ordinary box of macaroni and cheese in about 30 minutes!

Several years ago, a friend taught me how to make this recipe for Tex-Mex Mac & Cheese. Subsequently, it quickly became one of my favorite ways to spice up an ordinary box of macaroni and cheese!

The recipe starts with a store-bought box of macaroni and cheese. Next, add several Tex-Mex ingredients (like taco seasoning, salsa, corn, beans, ground beef, and sour cream) to give the mac and cheese an amazing flavor boost! It almost tastes like a taco in a bowl.

Originally, the recipe is cooked in the microwave. Recently, I found the recipe again and decided to convert it for the Instant Pot. And it couldn’t be simpler! One of the best things about this recipe is that every thing cooks in one pot.

Additionally, this Instant Pot Tex-Mex Mac & Cheese is very inexpensive meal. Plus, it can be stretched to feed the whole family. It’s also great for meal prepping on the weekends for an easy lunch during the week!

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Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

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Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins on Baking Rack

Bake light and airy Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins in the air fryer or the oven. Then, roll in melted butter and cinnamon sugar for a healthier sweet treat!

Is it a donut? Is it a muffin? It’s both. It’s a #muffnut, or a #duffin. These Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins such a fun mash up combining some of the best elements of a donut and a muffin.

Your house will smell like a bakery as you make these Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins! The inside of the muffins is light and airy. After brushing them with butter and rolling in cinnamon sugar, they taste like a donut made at a bakery.

When air fried, they are healthier and have fewer calories. No deep fryer needed here! Although, if you don’t have an air fryer, I provide oven cooking instructions too.

They would be perfect for breakfast, brunch, snack, or dessert! I dare you to just eat one!

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One Bowl Banana Bread {Better than Starbucks}

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One Bowl Banana Bread Slices with Cream Cheese

Make easy one bowl banana bread with butter, instead of oil, to provide better flavor. Top with walnuts and sugar to mimic the yummy topping from Starbucks.

Ever had overripe bananas sitting on your counter and wondered what to do with them? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Instead of throwing those browned or blacked bananas away, make this One Bowl Banana Bread!

In the process of finding my favorite banana bread, I have made many, and this is my favorite one! Here’s a few reasons why:

  • It is made with a quick bread method meaning you only need one bowl, no mixer, and no yeast! Additionally, the ingredients are simple, and I usually always have them on hand.
  • The flavor of this banana bread is so much better because it uses butter instead of oil. I also love the hint of cinnamon.
  • If you decide to add the sugar and walnut topping, it tastes better than Starbuck’s Banana Bread. Plus, it’s a whole lot less expensive!

When I was in school, I made this one bowl banana bread on the weekends. That way, I would have a quick and easy breakfast during the week.

I still love making this for breakfast meal prep. And, I will often double the recipe, and freeze and save one loaf for later use!

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Best Frosted Mint Brownies

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Best Frosted Mint Brownies

The BEST Frosted Mint Brownies I have ever made or tasted! Made with a fudgy brownie topped with whipped mint buttercream and a dreamy chocolate glaze!

So, what makes me qualified to say these are the best frosted mint brownies? Well, frosted mint brownies are one of my favorite desserts. Ever! Over the years, I have made (and eaten) my fair share of them in search of the perfect one.

While boxed brownies can be tasty, fast, and convenient, homemade brownies can really take mint brownies to a new level! Consequently, the brownies in this recipe are the perfect complement to the whipped mint frosting and dreamy chocolate glaze.

In Utah, I frequent a little bakery named Schmidt’s Pastry Cottage. They have the BEST eclairs and mint brownies. Not only do these homemade brownies taste like the brownies from Schimdt’s, but they might be even better because they can be made at home!

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