Category Archives: Main Dishes: Meatless

Filled with roasted chickpeas, cucumbers, olives, and artichoke hearts, this Mediterranean Salad is sure to be a favorite. Spring is in the air, and salad for dinner is one of my favorite things to transition to this time of year. I LOVE all things Mediterranean in flavor, and this salad is one of my all-time favorites. The roasted chickpeas add enough fiber/protein that you can serve this as-is for a main dish (though the addition of some grilled chicken or shrimp would be delicious), which makes it one of my favorite meatless hearty salads. You can also serve this as Continue Reading →

Mediterranean Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

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 Continue Reading →

Tortellini Vegetable Soup

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 are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Pulses grow in pods and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and Continue Reading →

Healthy Lentil Chili

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own. I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer. What Continue Reading →

8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

Few things are more delicious than a perfectly executed sandwich. With summer around the corner and today being National Hummus Day I thought a veggie hummus sandwich would be the perfect way to celebrate. I often go to a restaurant and buy a delicious sandwich and I always roll my eyes a little at myself when I do because it’s just a simple sandwich. But simple sandwiches are so very good! I think the difference between a sandwich you make at your house and the one you might order at a restaurant are the creative/fun/delicious extras and the number of Continue Reading →

The Ultimate Hummus and Veggie Sandwich

Have you heard of dinner “bowls” lately? Well if you haven’t I’m here to let you in on the secret and share this simple and healthy Roasted Chickpea and Vegetable Quinoa Bowl recipe with you today. This dish is one of my favorite meatless meals and it comes together in a flash. You are going to love it! I first started making bowls a few years ago in the form of “burrito” bowls which are essential rice topped with all the delicious things you find in tacos/burritos. They are easy to put together and very customizable. Recently I have seen Continue Reading →

Roasted Chickpea and Vegetable Quinoa Bowls (Meatless/GF)

Today is the day! The book I’ve been writing, testing, and getting ready for you since last September is LIVE! Get all the details here. I started this massive project of learning about and creating the very best healthy freezer to slow cooker recipes last September. I had a big prep day with my sister and my freezer was full. I started eating my way through each recipe and trying them again and again. Little did I know that in October, my 4 oldest kids would be misdiagnosed and we’d be horribly ill for 6 full weeks. Raising littles and getting dinner Continue Reading →

14 Healthy Freezer to Slow Cooker Recipes (NO cooking on prep day!)

You know how some things are just normal to you and you don’t think much about them, but when someone sees you doing them they have questions because it’s new to them? This “omelet” in a jar idea is just that… I have been chopping up vegetables and sticking them in a jar for years. It started with salad in a jar (here’s a full tutorial on how that amazing-ness works!) but I started doing it with other things to. It’s just normal. So when I told my friend about this breakfast trick, she loved it and made my promise Continue Reading →

Make Ahead Omelet in a Jar

I have made this amazing Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Curry no less than 6 times in the last month. It takes about 5 minutes to put together, another 30 minutes to cook, I have everything on hand most of the time, and it is DELICIOUS!!! I literally can’t wait for you to make this and tell me how much it has changed your life; you are going to love it. I also love that this is a perfect meatless meal, trust me on this one, you aren’t going to miss the meat! There’s something magical when you mix a little Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Curry (meatless)

Avocado Egg Salad is the perfect recipe for today! Today is St. Patrick’s Day and this food is a great naturally green dish and Easter is in just a week and a half which means you’ll have lots of boiled eggs on your hands. So make this recipe today and again in 2 weeks and you’ll be glad you did. I love all things avocado and my family loves egg salad. This is one of those “best of both worlds” kind of recipes. Thomas was working at the house the day that I made this so I got a plate Continue Reading →

Avocado Egg Salad

Breakfast for dinner is such a great option, but truth be told, if I try to pass pancakes, waffles, or french toast off as dinner my kids give me the side-eye. I guess I’ve set them up for too high of dinner expectations because they don’t consider “breakfast foods” to be legitimate dinner fare. The few times I tried to tell them that cold cereal was dinner I had a full riot on my hand. There were literal tears being shed for my lack of a proper dinner. What’s wrong with them?! Who doesn’t love pancakes for dinner? That being said, Continue Reading →

Healthy Roasted Sweet Potato Breakfast Burritos

How is the new year treating you?! I assume you’ve made a few goals or resolutions and chances are pretty good that those include something along the lines of being healthy. I’m here to help you out with some of those goals with this awesome Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese recipe. I love this recipe! It’s easy to make, you are sneaking in some fabulous vegetables, and this happens to be a little lower in calories than traditional macaroni and cheese (thanks to the vegetables). The flavor is awesome, it’s creamy, it’s rich, and it makes for a great meatless Continue Reading →

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

Don’t let the cooler weather make you feel like salad season was put away with your swimming suit and beach towels. This Fall Salad with Maple Candied Pecans, Bacon, Apples, and Shaved Brussels Sprouts is perfect all fall and winter long. This fall salad is filling and just perfect for the main dish at lunch. The apples and nuts are crunchy and sweet, bacon is never ever bad on a salad, and those shaved Brussels sprouts are my favorite. Raw Brussels sprouts taste like a mild crunchy cabbage. They are really pretty in the salad and add a fun unexpected Continue Reading →

Fall Salad with Maple Candied Pecans, Bacon, Apples, and Shaved Brussels Sprouts

I’m a big fan of meatless meals and try to make Meatless Monday happen in addition to making one other egg-based meatless meal in the week (perk of backyard chickens, I always have eggs). You all know my love of macaroni and cheese, so today I’m sharing a veggie-filled baked macaroni that is also dairy-free and perfect for Meatless Monday. I had a blast researching and developing this recipe, and I tried all kinds of things to make a creamy sauce for pasta that didn’t actually include cheese. When it’s all said and done, you essentially end up with cooked veggies Continue Reading →

Meatless Monday Baked Macaroni (dairy free!)

Thank you so much for your response to Graham’s birth story I posted yesterday. I’m so grateful for all you kind wonderful friends that I’ve made through blogging these past 4 years. Seriously, you are the best. Today’s Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole is my gift to you. I’m sure we are in the same boat – school is back in session, lessons and activities are picking up, and my personal goals and priorities have taken a bit more of a front seat than they did this summer. I’m taking a little more time to meal plan, eat well, Continue Reading →

Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole

Sometimes in life all you need is a little comfort food. That might mean a big bowl of soup, warm bread, or hot-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies. It could also mean warm gooey creamy macaroni and cheese. Seriously, is there anyone who doesn’t love mac-n-cheese! Today I’m sharing my cheesiest collection post yet; a glorious round-up of 20 Mouth-Watering Mac-n-Cheese Recipes Rumor has it that Thomas Jefferson brought back a pasta making machine from Italy and that his daughter first created macaroni and cheese to serve to guests in their home. Whether that is true or not, I thank the person Continue Reading →

20 Mouth-Watering Mac-n-Cheese Recipes

Zucchini and Sweet Corn Quesadillas are just the thing that you need to start the rest of your week off right. Meatless Monday have you scratching your head for delicious ideas that don’t involve tofu or quinoa? This simple meal is the perfect thing to stick on your meal plan for the coming week. When you add the simple pleasure of zucchini, some sweet fresh corn, and a little zip from that delicious Pepper Jack cheese, you have a winning dinner that comes together in about 15 minutes! I served these sweet corn quesadillas with some sliced tomatoes and cucumbers and Continue Reading →

Zucchini and Sweet Corn Quesadillas

I’m in love with all things “one pot” meals. They are quick, easy, full of flavor and did I mention easy? Today’s One Pot Pasta Primavera cooks in about 10 minutes and you’re done! The sauce is really flavorful but it’s still light enough you don’t feel guilty about eating it. We loved this dish! I’m at the point in my pregnancy (30 weeks along!) that I’m just plain tired. I’m constantly on the hunt for simple no-fuss meals my kids love, and this one will be heading into our permanent rotation. I love that it’s full of vegetables; they Continue Reading →

One Pot Pasta Primavera

When I was growing up, my mom bought spaghetti sauce in a jar and that was fine, but I would  beg her to let me “doctor it up.” I would sauté all kinds of things like mushrooms, peppers, carrots, and onion, then add the jarred sauce, extra seasonings, and a can of diced tomatoes. Just a few little changes made all the difference to that store-bought sauce, and I loved making the change. Now that I’m cooking on my own, I’ve realized that making pasta sauce from scratch doesn’t take much more effort than “doctoring” that jarred stuff. The idea is the same, Continue Reading →

Spinach and Mushroom Marinara with (or without) Meatballs

I have all kind of macaroni and cheese recipes on the blog, and today I have a Creamy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese to add to the collection. This is a great recipe to make for lunch when your kids are in the mood for something simple, hot, and filling, and you need something that comes together in without any fuss. This recipe is so easy and we loved the extra creamy results. This recipe is extra easy because you cook the macaroni right in the milk that helps to make the sauce. There’s no water to boil or noodles to Continue Reading →

Creamy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese

I put a picture of this Quick and Easy Tortellini Soup with Spinach on my Instagram feed the night that I made it and the crowds cheered! I thought I better post the recipe sooner rather than later so that you all could get right to making it! This soup is really simple, comes together in under 30 minutes, and is the perfect match for my Super Simple No-Knead Bread recipe. Have you tried that bread yet? It’s amazing. My kids like this soup because it was full of cheese tortellini, and I loved that they ate it because it’s Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Tortellini Soup with Spinach

Slow Cooker Vegetable Bean Soup is one that you need in your go-to collection. This hearty rich soup is just the thing to get you through winter. Serve it with a side of whole grain cornbread and everyone will be happy. This recipe comes from Emily at One Lovely Life ,and she’s here today sharing all of the details. I’m so glad she picked this recipe to share, because I actually made this recipe in December and we loved it. Enjoy! These first (very cold) months of the year are slow cooker season for me. I find that I crave the Continue Reading →

Slow Cooker Vegetable Bean Soup

My friend (in real life and on the web), Emily from One Lovely Life, is here today sharing a perfectly simple soup recipe. I can’t wait to make this soon with a big loaf of Rustic Italian bread. Dinner heaven! My favorite part about making a healthy meatless meal is that I never feel guilt about serving and enjoying dessert later in the evening. Take it away, Emily! November is such a beautiful month. All the craziness of Halloween is over, and thoughts turn to family, harvest, and feeling thankful. I love that tiny breath of peace before the rush Continue Reading →

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Sometimes I sit at my dinner, take a look at the meal, and try to determine what percentage of the meal I produced. It always varies but I get so excited when the percentage is really high. I’ll look over the meal and then I’ll announce to the family all of the things we grew. I love knowing where our food comes from and I want my kids to enjoy the literal fruits of our labors. Pork or lamb roast (animals we raised and processed), green beans and sweet corn (from the garden), and some canned peaches or applesauce (also Continue Reading →

Farmhouse Egg Bake

Hello again, Bless This Mess readers! I’m so excited to be sharing one of our new favorite meals with you today: Think Greek Quinoa Salad! Quinoa is one of those great high-protein grains that can keep you full for hours. It can be a touch strong on its own sometimes, but it’s just divine with a great dressing. This lemon-oregano dressing is just the ticket. The quinoa will absorb all that goodness and the flavor will pull everything together. This is an excellent salad to make ahead of time. It gets more delicious with a few hours under its belt, Continue Reading →

Think Greek Quinoa Salad

Happy Monday Friends! Post-holiday Monday’s are rough, aren’t they? I have laundry up to my eyeballs and tired kids who still seem to be coming off their sugar high. The last things that I want to do it think about dinner because all I really want is a popsicle, some leftover parade candy, and maybe a slice of pie. If you are in the same boat then I have a great recipe for easy homemade macaroni and cheese for you today. It’s so simple, it’s one of my kids’ very favorite dishes, and you probably have everything on hand to Continue Reading →

Easy No-bake Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

We are big fans of the Fancy Nancy books at our house. Fancy Nancy is a little girl who loves new adventures and using extra fancy words in her books. In a few of the books Fancy Nancy and her family eat “al fresco, which is fancy for outdoors”. Somewhere along the way, my kids picked up the term “al fresco” and now it’s part of their normal vocabulary. On many warm afternoons they ask if we can eat dinner al fresco and on more nights than not I indulge. I love eating outside as much as I love hearing Continue Reading →

Pasta Salad for a Party

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month?! Well now you do! I love a party as much as the next girl, so I thought it only appropriate to celebrate this totally random, yet quiet delicious tribute to melted cheese with you. Of course I made you no ordinary grilled cheese sammich to celebrate. I made you a ridiculously delicious South of the Border Chipotle Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Now that friends, is love. Have you tried Cabot Chipotle Cheddar Cheese? It will change your taco/nacho/grilled cheese life. I have a hard time finding it out here in Utah, Continue Reading →

South of the Border Chipotle Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Quesadillas that will knock your socks off and a chance to win an i-pad mini equal a pretty great day in my book! First up those quesadillas… I’m guest posting today over at Lil’ Luna with some amazing Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas. They are the after effects of making those oh-so-tasty stuffed bell peppers a few weeks ago. You guys, they are amazing! A little more prep than your average cheese and tortilla concoction, but so worth the effort. The recipe won’t be showing up here, so if you want it, pop over to Lil’ Luna and get it. Continue Reading →

Amazing Quesadillas and an i-pad Mini Giveaway!

Hello all! A few weeks ago my friends over at America’s Test Kitchen sent me an email asking if I wanted to try out a brand-spankin’ new cookbook that was just released and they also wanted to know if I’d host a giveaway. It took me about a half of a second to respond with a big old yes! If you are new to the blog then you might not know my love for America’s Test Kitchen, fondly referred to as ATK. A few years ago my husband bought me three of their cookbooks for Mother’s Day and it was Continue Reading →

Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa, Black Beans, and Corn

Happy Tuesday! If you are like me you spent yesterday doing all kinds of fun family things and now your house is trashed… holidays are a catch twenty-two aren’t they? Have an awesome day of fun and relaxing but then you have to make up for it the following day times ten. This is such a great pasta dish that comes together in a snap, so plan on it for tonight so that you don’t have to think about dinner or take too long getting it ready. Garden vegetable pasta is just what you need. This pasta is all things Continue Reading →

Garden Vegetable Pasta

Eating Clean isn’t rocket science, it’s planning! If you want to feed your family well but aren’t sure where to start, this is the post for you. I have a whole food approach to eating that the whole family will love, no health food store needed. This meal plan is something that I cycle through. We try to eat by my 80/20 rule (more on that at the bottom of the post) but when I feel like we are getting lazy or have had too many treats and cheat meals (read long weekends, holidays, vacations,and birthday parties) then I’ll stick to Continue Reading →

Eating Clean Meal Plan: Spring/Summer Menu

skinny mac-n-cheese

Oh blessed Thursday you are finally here! I’ve been saving this skinny macaroni and cheese recipe for days and sweet relief it’s time to share (finally!). I posted a lightened up chocolate cupcake recipe on Tuesday and announced an awesome giveaway of America’s Test Kitchen’s newest book – Comfort Food Makeovers. I also filled you in on how awesome the book is and why you’ll love it as much as I know I will. So to avoid sounding like a broken record I suggest you pop over to Tuesday’s post and see what I’m talking about, definitely worth the one click. As Continue Reading →

Skinny Macaroni and Cheese + a giveaway

Remember when I confessed my displeasure for whole wheat lasagna noodles yesterday because they fall apart? Well this is the recipe that I made with those ugly noodles, and let’s be honest, the pictures would be so much better with that little ruffled noodle edge still intact. That being said, don’t let the picture fool you, this recipe is delicious. I had never heard of butternut squash lasagna until a few years ago when Thomas’ cousin Amy made it for us for dinner one night. It didn’t sound all that great but I loved it once I tried it. The Continue Reading →

Butternut Squash Lasagna Roll-ups

I’ve been on a quest to make some awesome meatless meals that my family loves. I’m great at brown rice and bean burritos, egg dishes, and meatless soups, but I’ve been wanting to make things that are traditionally meaty without any meat. Burgers were a great place to start. Here are my notes on these burgers, which I normally just put at the bottom of the recipe, but I think it’s worth pulling to the forefront on this one. Notes: This isn’t a hamburger… the texture is much softer and creamier than a meat patty, so don’t expect it to Continue Reading →

Veggie and Lentil Burgers

When I meal plan, one night of the week is meatless/egg-based. This is a great habit to get into because it is healthy and budget friendly. I have nine spring chickens who started laying last month, and I collect around 7 eggs each day (find my very first egg story here!). Eggs for dinner is becoming more and more common for us and I couldn’t be more pleased. I buy very little convenience food, but once in a while it is nice to have such foods on hand. This casserole uses Potatoes O’Brien which is cubed potatoes, onion, and green and Continue Reading →

Easy Egg and Potato Breakfast Casserole

Our garden has been severely ravaged by wandering chickens. The little buggers ignored it for weeks and then one day just discovered that it existed. I walked outside to find all of my beet tops, spinach, and lettuce eaten to the ground and some serious pecking to the cabbage and pea plants. I’ve been leaving the birds in their coop unless I’m outside to chase them out of the garden. The kids have been pretty sad about not having the chickens out and my oldest asked me the other day when they will “be out of time-out.” I decided their time-out will end Continue Reading →

Double Cream Double Pea Pasta

I went to the dentist today and I swear the man went at me with a sledge hammer. I’m always so anxious for the fat numb feeling to go away, but this go around I want it back. Oh, the throbbing pain! I will never neglect flossing again, never ever. I’ve been eating clean off and on for a few months now, in an effort to drop the last of my baby weight. I normally give myself 9 months to lose the weight (it took that long to get there), but that deadline has come and gone and I’m still Continue Reading →

Lunch Salad