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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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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Low-Carb Copycat Wingers Wings

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Low-Carb Copycat Wingers Wings

Family favorite, crave-worthy, finger-licking, sweet and spicy, Copycat Wingers Wings can be made low-carb at home with only 3-5 ingredients! Try ’em today!

Wingers is a restaurant franchise located in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon. They are most famous for their Wingers Original Amazing Sauce and their Asphalt Pie.

Winger’s covers their hand-battered wings, naked wings, and sticky fingers in their Winger’s Original Amazing Sauce. If you’ve never tried them, they are similar to sweetened buffalo wings. They are absolutely addicting! If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself craving the sweet and spicy sticky fingers often!

Just because you may be eating a low-carb diet doesn’t mean you still can’t indulge in your favorite foods. Thankfully, the original Wingers recipe is easy to make low-carb!

In this post, I am providing three different low-carb cooking methods to replicate the hand-battered wings, the naked wings, and the sticky fingers.

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Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pretzel Bites

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Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pretzel Bites taste like ice cream and are a perfect healthy snack for whenever a sweet craving hits!

These frozen chocolate peanut butter banana pretzel bites are one of my favorite snacks to have on hand. The frozen texture of the banana almost tastes like ice cream!

I’m not sure where I got the idea to make these bites, but I made them often when I lived on my own and I wanted a simple, inexpensive, and healthier treat. I especially loved making them for my girl’s nights because they are so poppable and shareable! Kids also love these yummy snacks!

The frozen bites are very quick to prepare, and they only require four Ingredients! Plus, once you prepare them, you can enjoy them straight from the freezer. No thawing or ice cream scoop required. 😉

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Taco Bell Pina Colada Frutista Freeze Copycat

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Taco Bell Pina Colada Frutista Freeze Copycat is a quick, easy, and refreshing frozen drink that is especially satisfying during the hot summer months!

To celebrate completing the first month of Mexican May recipes, I’m sharing a quick, easy, and refreshing copycat recipe for Taco Bell’s Pina Colada Frutista Freeze!

While this particular flavor of Frutisa Freeze is not currently available at Taco Bell, it is still one of my favorites! The pina colada freeze combines flavors of pineapple, coconut, lemon, and lime, and in less than 5 minutes, you can be sipping on your own creamy, tropical concoction.

If it were possible, this Pina Colada Fruitisa Freeze tastes like summer in a glass. When you sip this yummy, frozen, mixed drink, it’s easy to let the cares of the day melt away and imagine you are on the beach! Cheers!

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(Better Than) Del Taco Carnitas Loaded Fries

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Copycat Del Taco Carnitas Loaded Fries tastes better homemade and can be made whenever the craving hits! Don’t forget the secret sauce!

To this day, my husband fondly describes the summer when he discovered Del Taco’s Carnitas Loaded Fries. For him, it was one of the worst summers he ever had. However, those fries were one of the things that helped him get through the hard times.

My husband also still remembers the devastation when he went to Del Taco after the summer was over, and Del Taco no longer carried his beloved fries. He learned Del Taco only carries Carnitas Loaded Fries for a limited time!

The following summer he anxiously looked forward to the return of the Carnitas Loaded Fries, but they never returned. They didn’t return the summer after that, and the summer after that, and the summer after that! My husband began to wonder if the fries would ever come back. He even reached out to Del Taco on Twitter asking about when they would return, and he received a response that they might never come back.

That’s where I come in. My husband related his history with Del Taco’s Carnitas Loaded Fries to me, and I set out to find what was in them and how to make them.

So, without ever trying Del Taco’s Loaded Carnitas Fries, I developed this recipe my husband and I can make whenever the craving hits!

In the summer of 2018, Del Taco brought back their Loaded Carnitas Fries, and I was finally able to try them. I have to say my version is better than theirs, and my husband agrees!

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Easy Pork Carnitas Tacos

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Slow Cooker Easy Pork Carnitas Tacos

Easy pork carnitas tacos (Mexican pulled pork) cooks slowly in orange and lime juice and then is broiled or fried to create crispy and juicy flavorful bites!

So far during Mexican March, we’ve made a slow cooker meatless dish, a chicken dish, and a beef dish. To round out our slow cooker meat preparation, we have a pork dish: tacos filled with Easy Pork Carnitas!

Pork Carnitas is the Mexican version of Pulled Pork. Traditional Carnitas are made by braising pork in lard or oil. Many Americanized recipes have been adapted for the home cook and do not use large amounts of lard or oil. In fact, the only oil used in this recipe is about a tablespoon or two used at the end to fry and crisp up the meat.

To make this recipe, liberally season a pork roast with a flavorful spice rub. Then, cook the meat slowly in orange and lime juices until the meat is tender and flakes easily. Finally, broil or fry the meat to create crispy and juicy flavorful bites!

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Easy Mexican Ranch Dressing

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I haven’t met any one who doesn’t like ranch dressing. So, what could be better than adding a few Mexican ingredients to elevate the already beloved dressing?

If you love original ranch dressing, you will love this Mexican Ranch Dressing! The taste is somewhere in between Cafe Rios creamy tomatillo dressing and Taco Time‘s house ranch dressings. I’d say it’s closer to the taste of Taco Time’s ranch dressing since it is made without tomatillos which makes this even easier to make!

This recipe is adapted from Dash of Sanity‘s recipe for Taco Ranch Dressing. Sandra has a beautiful blog with so many other delicious recipes! Check her blog out for other delicious desserts and meal ideas!

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Low-Carb Crispy Garlic Butter Parmesan Wings

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A secret ingredient makes these finger-licking, baked low-carb garlic butter Parmesan chicken wings stay juicy and have an extra-crispy skin without frying!

I’ve been pushing myself outside my comfort zone by preparing foods I dislike or have avoided for years. There are some foods I still don’t like, but I have discovered other foods I really enjoy now! I’m so proud of myself for challenging my preconceived notions by giving foods another chance.

Wings are one of those foods I gave a second chance, and I’m so glad I did! I never expected I would love eating meat off the bone. The meat stays juicy, the skin is crispy, and the garlic butter Parmesan sauce takes these wings over the top! While this recipe is not low calorie, it is low-carb friendly.

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