Category Archives: Recipes

These easy no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites are healthy snacks disguised as dessert. Make a batch today to enjoy all week! I’m so into these easy no-bake oatmeal bites. They are made with all kinds of whole foods, simple to put together, and just the thing you need in the afternoon when your sweet tooth is making a fuss but you are trying hard to eat well. This year I’m not doing any organized diets or challenges (except for this fun one!) and I’m simply trying to eat whole foods, move more, and be more intentional with my time Continue Reading →

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Healthy Snacks in Jars

These healthy snacks in jars have been a healthy eating game changer in my kitchen, and I know you are going to feel the same way! I’m SO excited to share this post with you. These healthy snacks in jars have been a healthy eating game changer in my kitchen, and I know you are going to feel the same way. Having healthy, simple, easy to grab snacks on hand in your fridge is a lifesaver when it comes to healthy eating, feeding a family, and getting some more whole foods into your diet. The idea here is that you pack a Continue Reading →

10 Healthy Snacks You Can Prep in Advance

8 Simple Smoothies

8 simple smoothie recipes to get you excited to drink your fruits (and veggies!) again, plus my best tips and tricks for making great smoothies, every time. I’m so excited about this post! Today I’m writing all about 8 simple smoothie recipes to get you excited to drink your fruits (and veggies!) again. Smoothies are a great affordable snack the whole family will enjoy. There’s no right or wrong way to make a smoothie, but here are some of my bare bones (4-6 ingredients) recipes to get you started on the road to delicious and healthy smoothies. There’s a little Continue Reading →

8 Simple Smoothie Recipes to Liven Up Your Day

This Classic Chicken Noodle Soup comes together in just 30 minutes. It is warm and comforting, and the whole family will love it!  Welcome welcome, January! This is one of my favorite months of the year. I love the fresh start – I’m putting away my Christmas decor and decluttering/purging/organizing, it’s my birthday month, and it’s a natural season of renewal for most of us (me included!). I love setting down the cookies, candies, and party food, picking up my meal plan with my favorite healthy dinners, and moving a little more. Long live January. I think 2016 was rough for Continue Reading →

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Save yourself some kitchen time this holiday season – this one dough recipe makes four different kinds of Christmas cookies! I love Christmas and the holiday season and all of the delicious and fun things that this time of year brings into my life. That being said, it’s also a super busy time and I like to make sure that I’m using my time wisely. I’m making all kinds of slow cooker and one-pot meals this time of year so that I can spend more time baking cookies, celebrating with friends and family, sending out Christmas cards, and teaching my Continue Reading →

1 Dough, 4 Christmas Cookies

A dip in chocolate and some festive sprinkles turn year-round favorite peanut butter cookies into a delicious Christmas treat. I don’t traditionally think of peanut butter cookies as Christmas cookies, but they are one of my all-time favorite cookies, so I thought it would be awesome to make Christmas peanut butter cookies! When you dip the cookies in a bit of melted chocolate and add a few festive sprinkles, you turn a year-round favorite into a tasty seasonal treat perfect for a party! And can we just talk about how perfect that chocolate and peanut butter combo is?! Few things are Continue Reading →

Christmas Peanut Butter Cookies

Christmas Magic Cookie Bars are simple holiday treats that you can probably make without needing a trip to the store. Watch out – they’re addictive!  Confession: I have an outstanding “Mom Date” with a few of my girlfriends to watch Hallmark Christmas movies every Tuesday in December. We’ve watched Cookie Jar and another one with Candace Cameron Bure in it so far. I’m not sure how this informal mini-tradition started, but I’m so pleased it did. We planned it at a time when the bulk of our kids would be at school or preschool. So we all show up with Continue Reading →

Christmas Magic Cookie Bars

No-Bake Chocolate-Covered Fluffernutter Cookies are simple, delicious treats that can be made in just a few minutes!  There are few things more simple or more delicious than these amazing chocolate covered fluffernutter “cookies.” These go by a few names – Ritz Cookies, Cracker Cookies, New Mom Cookies, Knarr Cookies, Ho-Ho’s, and a handful of other family specific names. No matter what you call them, you are going to love making and eating these simple treats. These might be a no-brainer for some people, but I actually had never had these until a few years ago, when my sister-in-law made them Continue Reading →

No-Bake Chocolate-Covered Fluffernutter Cookies

These soft gingerbread cut-out cookies are sweet, soft, and lightly spiced. They will quickly become a family favorite for the holidays!  Welcome to Cookie Week 2017! I’m so excited to share with you all kind of Christmas cookie inspiration this week (and next!) because this is the most wonderful time of the year indeed. Whether you are attending a cookie exchange, taking treats to work/school/a party, giving goodie plates to neighbors, or just needing a weekend baking session with your people, I have you covered. These cookie recipes are some of my all-time favorites and I can’t wait for you to Continue Reading →

Soft Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies

Ultimate Pulled Pork Sandwiches are perfect for anyone who is on Team Simple for their party food. You can make almost all of the elements in advance! There are few things more tasty than a perfect pulled pork sandwich. We make these all of the time because they are just so good. If you ask me, this is the ultimate party food because everyone loves it, you can make 90% of the elements for the sandwich ahead of time, and it’s an easy dish to feed a crowd. I know that turkey and ham might be all the rage this Continue Reading →

The Ultimate Pulled Pork Sandwich

Five Ingredient Sides will save you time on Thanksgiving – and there are 8 easy recipes for them here! Bonus: everything is easily made vegan/gluten-free. So I know that I set you up with all kinds of pie recipes this week, and I had so much fun making them, but I didn’t forget about the rest of the holiday dinner! I feel like we need something healthy after all that dessert, don’t you? I have created 8 different healthy side dish recipes for you today, and all of the recipes have FIVE ingredients or less. How’s that for awesome!? The beauty of Continue Reading →

Five Ingredient Sides for Thanksgiving

8 Must-Make Pies

You need something delicious to fill your favorite pie crust – so I’ve pulled together my 8 favorite pie recipes for you, all in one place! After writing a huge post all about pie crust, I wanted to share a few classic, simple, perfect-for-every-holiday pie recipes to go with it. You need something delicious to fill your favorite pie crust and this post is just that – all things pie! I decided I’d group 8 different traditional pie recipes together for you. This way, when you need a pie to try, you can just pop into this post and look Continue Reading →

8 Must-Make Pie Recipes for Your Holidays

4 Recipes for Perfect Pie Crust

This is your ULTIMATE guide to making a perfect pie crust! It has 4 great recipes – traditional, whole wheat, graham cracker & chocolate cookie crusts. I’ll be the first to admit that I used to be totally intimidated by pie crust. I felt like there were too many rules, too many recipes, and too many differing opinions on what makes one crust work and another one flop. Do you use shortening, butter, or lard? For how long do you chill it? I thought that if I didn’t know exactly what I was doing, I’d ruin hours worth of work because pie crust was fussy Continue Reading →

4 Recipes for a Perfect Pie Crust

Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake

This Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake comes together quickly when you use leftover shredded meat and extra homemade green enchilada sauce. I love cooking a big batch of meat in the slow cooker, pulling it apart while it’s warm and tender, and then using the meat throughout the week. Cook once and eat on it all week is my kind of meal prep! This recipe is just perfect for any kind of meat that you have already shredded and in the fridge. You can use shredded beef, pork, chicken, or even lamb. You can’t really go wrong with any of Continue Reading →

Easy Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake

This Slow Cooker Pot Roast recipe is a keeper – it is full of flavor, the meat is fork-tender, and the vegetables are perfectly cooked. Truth be told, I have not made a lot of pot roasts in my life. I have tried making my fair share of pot roast recipes, but I’m always disappointed when the meat is a little dry, the veggies are overcooked and mushy, or when the flavor is just kind of “meh.” I gave up on most things post roast a few years ago. I’d rather turn a roast into some kind of pulled meat Continue Reading →

Perfect Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Easy, healthy vegetable lasagna made in the slow cooker. So much to love! I can remember the first time that I had lasagna cooked in the slow cooker. My older sister was blessing her new baby in church in Idaho, and my little family (we had 3 kids at the time) drove up to celebrate the day with them. The problem and benefit of having so many people show up at your door to celebrate a new baby is that you have a new baby and you have company. My sister thought ahead and made two slow cookers of lasagna for us all Continue Reading →

Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna

This is your go-to guide for cooking the best chicken legs. You have three options for cooking methods, and eight different sauces to choose from! Years ago, I published this Caramelized Chicken Legs recipe, and today it is one of the most popular recipes on my site. So many people make it and love it. I wanted to further share my love of all things chicken legs with you so that you too can make a simple dish that you family will love. I’ve made literally hundreds of chicken leg recipes, and today I’m sharing all of my tips, tricks, Continue Reading →

8 Must-Make Recipes for Chicken Legs

Perfect pumpkin donut holes that are done in about 15 minutes!   Few things are more wonderful in my world than a delicious fresh donut in autumn. Sure, donuts can be eaten all year long, but there’s something extra magical about a warm donut on a crisp fall day. This recipe for simple pumpkin donut holes is a little different than a traditional donut recipe, but you are going to love them. Here are a few reasons why pumpkin drop donuts are my favorite- Drop donuts only take about 20 minutes to make, from starting to eating. They are easy! I Continue Reading →

Simple Pumpkin Donut Holes

This Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing is a healthy and colorful way to eat the rainbow. Few things are more exciting to me than a meal that is healthy, quick, and so colorful! This Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing is going to become a quick favorite in your house because it fits the bill for all of those things. This would be a perfect main dish salad for any busy weekend. You could also serve it as a side if main dish salads aren’t your jam. I made a big pot of simple fried rice (with lots Continue Reading →

Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas is an easy main dish that the whole family will love, and can be on your table in under 30 minutes. I’m working extra hard this fall on making you all kinds of one-pot, easy, family-friendly meals, and this One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas Dinner has been one of our favorites! My friend Mary Younkin from the blog Barefeet in the Kitchen released a new cookbook a few weeks ago and this recipe is from it. The book is The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook: Simple Family-Friendly Recipes for Everyday Home Cooking. Doesn’t that sound like my kind Continue Reading →

One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas Dinner

15 One Skillet Dinners

Get on the one skillet meals bandwagon! You’ll cut back on dishes and save yourself time! My love of simple, delicious, family friendly one skillet meals knows no end; I love them as much as I love one-pot meals, which is really saying something. If you haven’t gotten on the one skillet meal wagon yet, I’m sharing a few recipes today that will point you in the right direction. Here are a few reasons why using one skillet to cook the whole meal/dish is awesome: When you cook up the meat and then add some kind of liquid to make Continue Reading →

15 Weeknight One Skillet Meals

These Whole Grain Zucchini Muffins are made with whole grains, natural sweeteners, and vegetables. Your whole family will love them! There are few things more delicious than zucchini desserts. I love chocolate zucchini cake, zucchini bread, and of course, zucchini muffins! They are always on my list to make during the summer. I love these simple treats because they are actually healthy! My kids have no idea, and I’m not sad about that. We love these and I make them all of the time! Here’s what you are going to love about these zucchini muffins: they are made with whole Continue Reading →

Healthy Whole Grain Zucchini Muffins

Sweet, bold, and zesty Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers are my favorite veggie burgers around. Today, I’m working with Sabra to introduce a brand new product they have just launched, and I’m super excited about it. Sabra Spreads are the new hummus-based sandwich and burger spread that are going to kick mayo to the curb. With tons of flavor and 75% less fat than their mayo counterpart, there’s so much to love. These spreads come in three different flavors, can be found in the refrigerated deli section at your grocery store, and are perfect for all things sandwich! Keep your eyes Continue Reading →

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers

Sometimes, all you need is a little inspiration to make the perfect simple turkey sandwich. This one is piled high with turkey, cheddar, avocado, and more. Friends, I am posting a super simple yet amazingly tasty sandwich recipe. I know what you are thinking: “I’m pretty sure I already know how to make a sammich.” Let’s me explain just a bit – I know you do, but once in a while you’ll see a little inspiration and just know that you can make THAT sandwich and it’s going to make your day. I’m here to get you out of your weekend Continue Reading →

The Ultimate Turkey Sandwich

Naturally sweetened and low-sugar pumpkin bread is full of flavor without the guilt.  America’s Test Kitchen has a new cookbook out, and I’m so excited about it. The book is called Naturally Sweet and it is going to change your baking. The first two chapters in the book are all about sweeteners in all forms, what they are, how they are processed, and how they work in baking. One of the reasons I like America’s Test Kitchen (ATK from here on out) so much is because they take the time to teach you what they did, why it works, and how Continue Reading →

Naturally Sweetened Low-Sugar Pumpkin Bread

Aren’t these pumpkin noodles pretty?! You are going to love how much fun they are to make and eat! Few things are more comforting to me than homemade egg noodles. When you grow up eating something simple, filling, and delicious, I think you crave that food whenever you need a little piece of childhood in your life. Egg noodles are one such recipe for me (I also am very sentimental over my mom’s dinner rolls, and my grandma’s cobbler and her chocolate sheet cake). My grandma lives on a gorgeous old farm in Southern Indiana (I wrote about it once Continue Reading →

Homemade Pumpkin Noodles

Quick healthy pumpkin oatmeal energy bites that taste like cookies but are good for you! No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites are going to be your go-to healthy snack all fall long. I tell my kids these are no-bake cookie balls because they taste so great. Here’s what I love about No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites: Chances are you have everything on hand to make these. Always a win. Don’t have chia seeds on hand? Leave them out or sub them for something else like hemp seed hearts, chopped nuts, or some coconut flakes (and you can go up to a Continue Reading →

No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites

Few things are more delicious than a slice of chicken pot pie on a cool fall day. This hearty one dish meal is one of our favorites. I have made a few changes to this great classic and you are going to love it. Easy Chicken Pumpkin Pot Pie is a fun fall dish because it uses pumpkin cubes in place of the traditional potatoes and puff pastry in place of the pie crust. These two little changes make the dish prettier (hello, orange pumpkin) and easier (hello, store-bought frozen puff pastry). This dish only took me about 20 minutes Continue Reading →

Easy Chicken Pumpkin Pot Pie

I’ve been on a healthy smoothie recipe kick lately and I wanted to bring some of my fall favorites into it. This Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie is a little taste of fall that you can have for breakfast! It tastes a lot like a simple pumpkin pie filling or pudding, but it’s thin enough to drink like a normal smoothie. I love this smoothie because it packs in about 20 grams of protein without any protein powder (and if you did add some, you could easily double that amount). The calories and fat will depend a lot on the type Continue Reading →

Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

Easy pumpkin sheet cake with a rich caramel icing that will feed a crowd! Fall is upon us, and that means that wonderful things like pumpkin, boots, hay rides, and pumpkin patches are just around the corner. With the heat of the summer behind us, we tend to have lots of parties and evening outside. We might roast hot dogs or just spend the evening on the porch swing; but either way, gatherings and groups often mean food! This simple Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Caramel Frosting is one of my favorite recipes to make in the fall because it’s perfect Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Caramel Frosting

Welcome to PUMPKIN WEEK! These amazing Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas are going to change the way you think about pumpkin. Cassie from Wholefully and I have been planning this week for months, and I’m so excited that it is finally here. We are sharing 7 full days of new pumpkin recipes on our blog,s and then we’ll share one massive round-up of all the pumpkin recipes we have on our sites. There are so many delicious things coming your way. Be excited! Today Cassie is sharing a recipe for perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles. These freeze great so make a double batch Continue Reading →

Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas

Beautiful simple healthy pumpkin cornbread muffins are the perfect side to all your favorite soups and chilis. When I think of fall, I think of soups, stews, and chilis. Then my thoughts move from the main dish to the side dishes that go with those delicious filling meals. I love no-knead crusty bread, pumpkin biscuits, and of course, cornbread! Pumpkin cornbread is a must-make this fall, and I can’t wait for you to try it. It’s made with whole grains, sweetened with honey, and easily made dairy-free if that’s your jam. I love this recipe! The color is beautiful, the muffins are tender but filling, Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

One pot creamy pumpkin pasta with toasted walnuts and parsley is a simple meatless meal the whole family will love. Plus, it’s done in 20 minutes! Few things are more wonderful than a hearty rich pasta dish that practically makes itself. You are going to love this One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta. Here’s what is awesome about this recipe: It’s done in about 20 minutes. It has vegetables hiding in it (the orangey color from the pumpkin just looks cheesy). It’s meatless, though adding a little protein to this dish would be a piece of cake (or chicken, for that matter). All Continue Reading →

One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Easiest. Recipe. Ever. These flatbread pizzas are perfect to make for a quick lunch, easy dinner, and everything in between. I slice them into short strips once they come out of the oven, and everyone loves the little pizza slices. This is a great meal to get your kids to help with, or to put them in charge of completely if they are working on gaining some independence in the kitchen. This recipe is also a great way to use up odds and ends of vegetables hanging out in the fridge. I get a package of twelve flatbread from Costco; I’ll Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Flatbread Pizzas

I’m here today with another great (and simple) recipe using Mom’s Best Cereals. I’m loving working with this great company, and I hope you are loving the posts I’m creating for the partnership (did you see those fun cereal ice cream sandwiches? So good!). Today, I’m sharing a super easy s’mores brownies recipe with you. This is a great treat to make with the kids on movie night or after school for a little treat. It would also be fun to take to fall parties or get-togethers. Everyone loves s’mores and brownies, and when you mix them together, they are Continue Reading →

Easy S’mores Brownies

I love meatless meals that you don’t even notice are meatless. This Easy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchilada Bake is one of those meals. It has tons of flavor, color, texture, and cheese, so you won’t even miss the meat, and neither will your family. I think that sweet potatoes and black beans are one of my favorite savory pairs, and they go so very well together in this fun dish. I think the sweet creaminess of the sweet potatoes is perfect in a Tex-Mex kind of dish because it compliments all the heat and smokiness so well. You’ll Continue Reading →

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchilada Bake

There are few things that I love more than chocolate zucchini cake. I’ve been making this cake for 3 years now and it is one of my all-time favorite recipes. I make lots of recipes once and move on (I love trying new things!), but there are a handful that I go back to again and again and again; this is one of those recipes. I took pictures of it last year to share with you and then had a cute little newborn in the middle of the summer and never got it posted. I’m finally sharing this amazing chocolate Continue Reading →

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Today I’m partnering with California Avocados and I’m so excited! I very literally am the one who contacted them and asked if they’d like to work together. I am an avocado lover and I know that California Avocados are in season right now, so it only make sense that we meet in the middle to bring you all one easy, healthy, party-perfect Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad. This. Is. Summer! I adore avocados for so many reasons. I love that they have over 20 vitamins and minerals, including those great B vitamins (help fight infection/disease), folate (used for cell repair), and Continue Reading →

Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad

You are going to love this simple handy trick that will teach you the best and easiest way to preserve fresh herbs! My garden is a weed-filled mess this year (I say that like that isn’t the norm. Well friends, that’s totally the norm right now in my life.). Even though it looks pretty awful, there’s still all kinds of treasures hiding under the weeds. Such treasures include a wealth of basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, and sage! I love having fresh herbs on hand (and I’m going to love it even more when we live near our garden!). My pasta Continue Reading →

How to Save Fresh Herbs: Herb Bombs

I love fruit salsa! There’s something magical about the sweet, spicy, savory, and salty flavors all mixed together into one amazing dish. Pineapple salsa is always a favorite at our house because pineapples seem to be pretty available and sweet whenever we want them. My kids also happen to love pineapple, which means I pick one up pretty often for them to eat. I really like using pineapple for fruit salsa because it’s so acidic naturally, kind of like a tomato, that it just transitions into salsa really well. I like to add sweet colored bell peppers for some color, Continue Reading →

Pineapple Salsa

I feel like salads are like smoothies. You can make a million and one different combinations, but it’s so easy to get into a rut and make the same one over and over again. I’m here today with a gorgeous, colorful, healthy salad recipe to get you out of your salad rut and to get you excited for dinner (or lunch!) I was going for a whole rainbow of colors, and it turned out just perfect. There’s a phrase that bounces around the internet that goes something like “eat the rainbow,” and I’ve always really liked it. I think if Continue Reading →

Rainbow Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Today I’m working with Mom’s Best Cereals, and I’m sharing one of our very favorite ice cream treats: cereal ice cream sandwiches. This simple dessert is a great easy no-bake recipe you can make with little kitchen helpers. They can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer, and they’re just plain fun. My kids thought these were awesome and so much fun to make and eat. I know you and your kids will love the recipe too! Summer is in full swing and I love it. We are spending time working at the house, splashing at the pool, Continue Reading →

Cereal Ice Cream Sandwiches

Baby Graham, also fondly know as Mr. Squishy, turns one this month. Where has the time gone friends?! It seems like just yesterday that I was gigantic and miserably pregnant and now I have a baby trying to walk around the house! I’m so grateful I’m not where I was a year ago; pregnancy is rough. All that work was worth it, though. I managed to create the world’s cutest baby ,and he was well worth all the suffering to get him here. This little lamb is a bright spot in our family. His siblings adore him, and so do Continue Reading →

Watermelon Cake with Whipped Cream

Bless this Mess Weekly Meal Plan 1 and Shopping List Welcome to my very first weekly meal plan plus free printable shopping list! This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. The number one thing that I hear from you all is that you don’t have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy, family friendly meal on the table. This is going to help! I have come up with 5 recipes for the week + one sweet treat and made a PDF printable shopping list. All you’ll have to do is Continue Reading →

Bless this Mess Weekly Meal Plan 1 and Shopping List

I love having sweet treats ready while the kids are home during the summer and I love it even more when those treats are actually good for them. We eat a lot of homemade popsicles, date balls, and recently, homemade frozen yogurt. My kids loved this recipe and I did too! This recipe for 4 ingredient frozen yogurt literally takes 5 minutes to make and tastes just like a traditional frozen yogurt. I felt like this was a new way to serve fruit that wasn’t a smoothie or popsicle, which we get a lot of. The color is beautiful, I Continue Reading →

4 Ingredient Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (5 minute recipe!)

Energy bites! Also know as date bites, date balls, or little bits of healthy heaven. Have you tried them? It took me a while to put them on my list and now I’m kicking myself for taking so long! These simple treats are healthy eating/snacking/dessert perfection, and I have a batch in my freezer at all times now. The basic idea is that you throw dates + nuts + extras in the food processor, and process until it’s all broken down into a cookie dough-like mixture. You then roll them into balls, pop them in the freezer, and eat them Continue Reading →

9 Energy Bites Recipes Everyone Needs

What could be more perfect in the heat of the summer than a simple 3 ingredient Watermelon Granita? Here’s the best part, not only is it easy to throw together but you don’t have to have any kind of special ice cream making or churn for this recipe! All you need are three simple ingredients, a blender, and a freezer; with a little time and a fork you’ll have yourself a simple icy treats that the whole family will love. This recipe is simple enough to make for an afternoon snack but pretty enough to serve after dinner to guests. Continue Reading →

Easy 3 Ingredient Watermelon Granita

It’s no secret that I love a simple easy egg bake. I make some kind of egg bake or quiche about once a week or every other week and I just don’t get tired of them. They are really easy meatless (or nearly meat-free) dinner options that the whole family loves. I love that I always have eggs on hand (thank you backyard chickens), that I can sneak vegetables in to dinner, and that it reheats really well. I’ll often make a double batch and eat the second half for quick breakfasts the rest of the week. Few things are Continue Reading →

Easy Vegetable and Cheese Egg Bake

Few things are more perfect than crusty pieces of bread topped with delicious things. Bruschetta, crostini, tiny crunchy toasts – no matter what you call them, they are delicious! Today I’m working with Sabra again (pinch me! I love working with with this great company!), and I have dreamed up the most delicious crostinis ever – Mexican guacamole bruschetta! This is going to be the talked about appetizer or dish at your 4th of July cookout. Make it! This simple but perfect finger-food is buttered baguettes, grilled to perfection, grilled blistered sweet corn, Sabra’s new Veggie Fusions South-Western Guacamole, a Continue Reading →

Mexican Guacamole Bruschetta

This baked pasta has been one of my favorite meals since I was newly married. I got the recipe from my Aunt RaNae and have been adapting, enjoying, and making it in all kinds of variations for years. This recipe is simple tried and true deliciousness that you are going to make over and over again. It’s super versatile and fool-proof. I like to make the sauce the same every time because that’s the backbone of this dish. You have a lot of options when it comes to the kinds of pasta you use (you can use lots of different shapes Continue Reading →

Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Baked Pasta

Making homemade ice cream in the summer is something that I love to do. I feel like after a full day of working in the garden/playing/swimming/bike riding, then sitting down to a healthy seasonal meal (like anything on the grill + fresh beans and corn from the garden + sun sweet peaches or melon), that dessert just follows naturally. Eating healthy is pretty easy, since so many delicious things are in season. And getting in lots of sunshine and movement is also a natural part of the summer season, so I have no worries about giving my family a homemade treat Continue Reading →

Homemade Cake Batter Ice Cream

Zucchini boats are one of my favorite summer dishes when zuchinni is little, tender, and just coming out of the garden. I make this dish with all kinds of things like a rice and hamburger mixture, taco ingredients, and even pizza ingredients. Today I’m sharing the simplest way to make a zucchini boat. It also happens to be one of my favorites. This simple side is sure to please just about any crowd, and you can’t beat how it practically makes itself. Just be sure to find nice young, tender, and not too big zucchini. Super huge zucchini are inevitable Continue Reading →

Zucchini Boats with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella