All posts by Melissa

9 Simple Healthy Toast Ideas

9 sweet and savory healthy toast ideas that are simple, colorful, and filling enough to make into a meal! Which one will you try first? In an effort to help you eat the rainbow this year, I thought I'd share with you some super simple but extra delicious toast recipes! I know toast doesn't need much explaining, but I wanted to highlight the variety that you can achieve if you just set out to do it. Sure, you can have peanut butter and honey or sugar and cinnamon on your toast every morning, but look at all these beautiful, healthy, tasty Continue Reading →


Easy Roasted Chickpeas

Easy Roasted Chickpeas

Easy Roasted Chickpeas are a great snack to eat right off the pan, or to store in the fridge as part of your weekly meal prep! Roasted chickpeas are taking over my kitchen and I'm not sad about it! We are in love with this simple dish and make multiple batches a week. I was in a major snack rut last month and I asked the folks on Instagram for help. A friend mentioned they snacked on roasted chickpeas and a little light went off! I use them in main dish meals, but I hadn't thought about eating them plain for Continue Reading →


Small Batch Double Chocolate Brownies

Small Batch Double Chocolate Brownies makes just enough for a romantic dessert for two. Rich, fudgy brownies for the win! I'm so excited about this recipe! Small Batch Double Chocolate Brownies are going to change your life. Maybe we should change the title of this post to The Life Changing Magic of Small Batch Brownies, and then I can write a book all about it. It can be a companion guide to that Tidying Up book. When you are done cleaning, or just done reading the book and feeling overwhelmed, you can make some brownies and feel better. Brownies are magic Continue Reading →


Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes are one of my very very favorite dessert recipes - and they only take a total of 20 minutes from start to eating! There are few desserts that I love more than those that combine chocolate plus carbs. I love chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, and all things chocolate + butter + sugar + salt. It's a glorious combination that I adore. This Chocolate Molten Lava Cake recipe is one of my very very favorite dessert recipes, and I can't believe I haven't shared it with you before. I started making this recipe in 2012 when my friend Continue Reading →


Easy Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

Easy Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies are pretty-in-pink crowd-pleasers that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I wanted to share a few sweet recipes with you, and these Easy Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies topped the list. I like this recipe because I love sandwich cookies, they are such a perfect color for Valentine's Day, and they are easy! You know that I'm not afraid of using a box of cake mix to "cheat" a little on a recipe, and this recipe is one that starts with a cake mix too. Hooray for taking a short cut once Continue Reading →


Tortellini Vegetable Soup

Tortellini Vegetable Soup

Tortellini Vegetable Soup is a satisfying meatless meal that the whole family will love. Plus, it lets you get dinner on the table in 30 minutes! Tortellini Vegetable Soup combines all of my favorite things - vegetables, pasta, soup, and cheese - in one simple, satisfying dish that your whole family will love. I like this recipe because it's meatless, ready in about 30 minutes, and a simple way to work veggies into dinner without anyone paying too much attention. When this recipe was on my meal plan, I put cutting up the vegetables for the soup on my prep day list. Continue Reading →


6 Simple Salad in a Jar Recipes

Life gets busy, but that doesn't mean that daily salads are out of your grasp - prep a salad in a jar in advance, and you'll eat well all week long! Salad in a jar is one of my favorite things, and I wanted to revisit them for you today. A few years ago, I wrote a big old post about how to make salad in a jar that contained all the basic how tos, tip, tricks, and recipes. Today I want to share some of those ideas again, along with some more recipes to add to our growing collection. What is Continue Reading →


Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

These healthy pumpkin muffins are naturally sweet and made with whole grains, and are perfect for breakfast, snacks, or a dinner side!   I love muffins. The evidence is in my recipe archives. And what really gets me excited is when the muffins are healthy and my kids don't even know it. These healthy pumpkin muffins are one of my favorite recipes. I make them often to accompany soups and stews, to serve with smoothies for breakfast, or for a simple snack after school. This healthy pumpkin muffin recipe is made without refined sugars (just a little pure maple syrup), and is packed Continue Reading →


Currently: Snowy Edition

It's snowy out there today! Here's what I'm excited about, thinking, dreaming of, eating, drinking, wanting, and loving lately. Excited… to tell you about a new Facebook group that I just started. It's called Friends of Bless this Mess, and it's a place for you to get behind the scenes peeks at up coming projects. It will also be a place where I can ask you questions and get your input. I think this will be a great place for me to better understand how I can help you and to get information on your wants and needs, and that will Continue Reading →


Healthy Lentil Chili

This Healthy Lentil Chili is packed full of whole foods, plant-based proteins, and flavor. You won't even miss the meat!  Have you tried lentils yet? They are one of my favorite "pulses." Isn't that a cool word? I just learned about what the word "pulse" in relationship to food meant last year and I find myself saying it often; it makes me feel smart/fancy. What is a pulse? Well, let me tell you! According to Pulses.org, "Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Pulses grow in pods and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Pulses are Continue Reading →