Tag Archives: clean eating

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 →


Happy Heart Challenge: 50 Days to a Happier You

Join me in The Happy Heart Challenge - 50 Days to a Happier, Healthier You! Printable PDF to help you track your goals and progress are included. Welcome to a fun Happy Heart Challenge to get you started on a journey to a happier you! The number challenge focuses not on pounds lost or calories counted - it's an approachable, real-life strategy for being a little more intentional about your time. This challenge runs the course of 50 days. You can start today, you can start Friday, you can start next month. The beauty of this challenge is that it can be started at anytime Continue Reading →


8 Simple Smoothie Recipes to Liven Up Your Day

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 bit Continue Reading →


Healthy Whole Grain Zucchini Muffins

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 grains, natural Continue Reading →


Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchilada Bake

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 →


Pineapple Salsa

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, crunch, Continue Reading →


9 Energy Bites Recipes Everyone Needs

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 all Continue Reading →


Easy Vegetable and Cheese Egg 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 simpler Continue Reading →


Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad

When you make and blog about 9 staple salad dressing you should know how to make, you suddenly have a fridge full of dressing, which means you need to make some perfect salads to use up that dressing. That's why we eat salad, right? To have a medium with which to eat salad dressing? This Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad is a simple delicious meal that can be the host to just about any of the dressings I love. If you need a serving suggestion, I'd try this salad with the honey mustard, ranch, or blue cheese. Grilled chicken salads are one of Continue Reading →


8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

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 is it Continue Reading →


How to make any pulled meat in the slow cooker (beef, pork, lamb, and more)

I have made "pulled ________" no less than a million times in the crock pot. I have thrown in everything from pork and lamb, to beef and elk, and I love it every single time. This is one of my all-time favorite ways to cook a chunk of meat. It takes no skill and very little hands-on time, and it comes out perfect every single time. I have done a ton of reading in preparation for writing this because I swear that I'm the only one cooking hunks of meat in the slow cooker without adding much more than some salt and pepper. I don't Continue Reading →


Amazing Easy Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce

I adore all things Tex-Mex/Mexican/Southwest in flavor and that includes all things enchilada. I often want to turn taco night into enchilada night but what holds me back is the lack of enchilada sauce. I don't keep it on hand and I don't normally think of it when I'm at the store. This has caused me to find the best and easiest homemade green enchilada sauce recipe, and I'm so glad that I have! You won't believe how easy this homemade green enchilada sauce is You might need put a few extra ingredients on your shopping list this week (hello, tomatillos), Continue Reading →


Easy Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

I adore all things Tex-Mex/Mexican/Southwest in flavor and that includes all things enchilada. I often want to turn taco night into enchilada night but what holds me back is the lack of enchilada sauce. I don't keep it on hand and I don't normally think of it when I'm at the store. This has caused me to find the best and easiest homemade red enchilada sauce recipe, and I'm so glad that I have! Chances are great you have everything on hand to make this amazing homemade red enchilada sauce (no special chili peppers required) and it only takes about 15 Continue Reading →


Healthy Cherry Energy Balls (Homemade Cherry Pie Larabars)

Have you gotten on the energy bites, energy ball, date ball/bite, little-nuggets-of-heaven bandwagon yet?! I'm here to convince you that you need this simple, healthy, whole food treat in your life. Healthy Cherry Energy Balls are going to become a staple in your freezer in no time! I taught a menu planning/food prep/cooking class last week and I had so much fun! I took 8 different kinds of date balls with me as part of the treats. I had a lot of questions about what they were and what was in them, lots of people were a little skeptical too, but the Continue Reading →


Roasted Chickpea and Vegetable Quinoa Bowls (Meatless/GF)

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 a Continue Reading →


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

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 on Continue Reading →


The Life Changing Magic of the Veggie Box

A few months ago I discovered the best/simplest/easiest way to incorporate more vegetables in our day and I have to to tell you about it. I feel like I do a pretty good job at feeding my family healthy food while retaining a good balance. My kids are well rounded when it comes to food and I really like that. They love fresh peas and tomatoes from the garden and they love when we make cookies together. Sometimes though I think I'm the only one eating the vegetables that I make for dinner and the rest of the family is filling up Continue Reading →


The 4 Best Ways to Cook a Chicken Breast that Everyone Should Know

Chicken breast are one of our country's most popular meats but so often they are dry, tasteless, hunks of protein that just aren't worth eating! I'm here to solve the problem of the dry chicken breast forever. Everyone needs to know the best way to cook chicken breast and I'm here to let you in on the secret. This post is going to change the way that you cook chicken breast. There's one simple method to prepping the chicken and then I'm going to tell you four (yes, four!) different ways to cook that chicken breast. This is going to change your dinner Continue Reading →


Make Ahead Omelet in a Jar

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 →


Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Curry (meatless)

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 curry Continue Reading →


Healthy Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Happy spring! I love this time of year and I'm so excited to be sharing a beautiful Healthy Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie recipe with you today. Things in my neck of the woods are warming right up. The lovely thing about living in a high desert is that it's still nice and cool at night though it can get into the seventies during the day already. I planted a raised 8 foot by 6 foot box of strawberry pants last year and planted four little rhubarb plants down the center of the box. I kept calling it my "pie box" all summer. Continue Reading →


Healthy Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

You guys, you guys!!! Homemade Healthy Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs are going to change your life. I'm telling you what, they are amazing! I made these yesterday with the kids after school and I planned on posting them here on Monday. While we were making them I posted a picture on Instagram and I got such great feedback that I figured I better post them today so that you all could have the recipe over the weekend! Who knew that using a few natural ingredients could turn out so delicious. These have peanut butter, a few tablespoons of maple syrup (which you can't Continue Reading →


Avocado Egg Salad

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 ready Continue Reading →


Healthy Lower Calorie Brownies (still made with real ingredients)

Healthy Lower Calorie Brownies (still made with real ingredients) is the fourth recipe in whole food dessert week and you are going to love these! This recipes is a little different from the Whole Wheat Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies, Blueberry Muffin Date Bites, and Whole Wheat Honey Cake because these are meant to be lower in calories. These brownies have no butter or oil in them but they also don't have any hidden beans, avocados, or protein powder. It's just a smart recipes that uses ingredients wisely. They aren't your traditional perfect brownie (I have that recipe for you right Continue Reading →


Blueberry Muffin Date Balls (healthy, no-bake treat)

Welcome to another day of healthy, real treats and desserts. I decided I was going to send a bonus extra recipe this week to my newsletter list, so if you haven't signed up yet, do it here! Have you jumped on the date/energy ball craze yet? If not I'm here to convince you that you need these treats in your life. There are a million kinds of date + nut based snack bars/balls out there (I have made this healthy nut and cocoa snack bar recipe a million times) and I thought it was high time I shared a few other Continue Reading →


How to make freezer smoothie bags (the easiest smoothies ever!)

I've ween working on this post for weeks and I can't wait for you to read it today. How to make freezer smoothie bags (the easiest smoothies ever!) is going to make your life just a little bit easier and just a little bit healthier. I started making these smoothie freezer bags a few months ago and they have totally changed my smoothie game! Here's the details on freezer smoothie bags. You essentially put everything you need for your smoothie, minus the liquid, into a plastic baggie and you pop the whole things in the freezer. When you want to make Continue Reading →


Simple Hearty Winter Green Salad

Salads aren't just for summer, and I'm here to tell you all about how to make a beautiful, healthy, hearty winter green salad. Yep, you can use seasonal ingredients and make a gorgeous salad even when daylight is in short supply. This Simple Hearty Winter Green Salad is the perfect dish to bring to your last parties, dinners, and get-togethers. It's also going be a big hit in your own home when January rolls around and you are ready to eat your veggies again. Let's chat about what makes this winter green salad great: The greens. Dark leafy greens are in season right Continue Reading →


Simple Roasted Beets

I'm still enjoying family and I'm sure eating way too much, so I thought a nice vegetable post would be just the thing we need to finish out the holiday weekend. Simple Roasted Beets is just about the only beet recipe you need in your life (except for maybe pickled beets, those are good too). So many people tell me that beets taste like dirt to them, but I think you'll change your mind after you have them roasted with a little olive oil and kosher salt. The simplest things are often the best. Who am I kidding?! I've been scrambling Continue Reading →


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

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 element. Continue Reading →


Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole

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, and Continue Reading →


Postpartum Recovery Smoothie

Can you believe it's been three whole weeks since baby Graham was born? It feels like it's been ages and the blink of an eye all at the same time. The passing of time is funny like that, isn't it? He's a sweet baby who is off of the lights for jaundice, has his days and nights all mixed up, and doesn't love being awake. He wants to be nursing or asleep all day, every day. Life with five little kids to love is busy! Thank goodness my mom flew in to help out and my sister is still here. We'll be Continue Reading →


Fresh Corn Salad

Oh summer produce, how I love thee! If you ask me, eating healthy in the summer is just plain easy because everything is so fresh and delicious. Today is this month's Eat Seasonal post which I love (and hope you do too!), so sit back and enjoy a plethora of amazing looking seasonal dishes from some crazy talented bloggers. My recipe today is for Fresh Corn Salad. You will LOVE how easy this simple side is. Just mix a little honey and lime juice in the bottom of the bowl, add your veggies, toss in the spinach, season with a little Continue Reading →


Honey Glazed Chicken Skewers

Bring on all the grilled things! Southern Utah is HOT right now, and I don't even live in the hottest part of this region. The thermometer has been breaking 100 degrees plus every day and this very pregnant mom is hot. We have a swamp cooler, but it can only cool a house down by about 20 degrees (which is still so much better than no cooler!) but by the time dinner rolls around, I'm a toasty mess with no desire to turn on the oven or stand over the stove. We spend almost every afternoon at the pool and Continue Reading →


Perfect and Simple Grilled Fish Fillets

Welcome summer! When you combine a few pounds of beautiful fish fillets, amazing seasonal produce, and the grill, you are in for one simple yet perfect dinner. My desert-dwelling family loves all things seafood and I have such a hard time finding a good source for it here in Southern Utah. I jumped at the chance to work with Louisiana Seafood and I'm so excited to tell you about them today! Plus this recipe for simple grilled fish fillets is amazing. It takes about 5 minutes to prep, 7 minutes on the grill, and you are done. I can't wait for Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Peach Pineapple Popsicles

Today is our very fist Monday of summer break and we are celebrating in style. The house is scattered with building blocks, we plan on going to the little local pool after lunch, our summer reading point charts are ready to be marked, and homemade popsicles are pretty much the only thing my kids want to eat. These Quick and Easy Peach Pineapple Popsicles are just as great as the name sounds! They have 2 ingredients and take a full 2 minutes to throw together. The only hard part is waiting for them to freeze. I often will make popsicles Continue Reading →


Heathy Coconut No-Bake Cookies

Today's healthier recipe for coconut no-bake cookies comes from my desire to have sweets but my goal to not have too many. I'm 30ish weeks along in my pregnancy and I've gained 40 pounds so far. That combined with the fact that I started out 10 pounds too heavy means that I'm feeling huge. I hit my all-time high adult weight last week and with months left to go, there's no way I won't pass it. I'd be lying if I said that it was all just part of pregnancy and I'm ok with it, because I'm not. Being overweight is Continue Reading →


Chopped Asian Peanut Salad with Homemade Peanut Dressing

Good morning! We had an exciting weekend with our chicks hatching in our incubator! I'm planning on taking pictures and telling you all about their birth story soon. They are the cutest little fluff balls this side of the Mississippi, though I might be a little biased. While you are waiting for a chick post, you can enjoy this fabulous Chopped Asian Peanut Salad with Homemade Peanut Dressing. This salad is super versatile and would be awesome with the addition of Chow Mein noodles (you know, those "fried worms" as my dad used to call them), mandarin orange pieces and even Continue Reading →


Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is my snack right now. I love the sweetness of the peppers with all that creamy savory hummus goodness. It's fabulous with fresh veggies, but let's be honest, I love it best with homemade pita chips or even just tortilla chips. I've even been using it as a mayo of sorts in my sandwiches. I would spend tons of money on hummus every month if our grocery store carried it. I love it! Sabra's Roasted Pine Nut is my all-time favorite and I just tried the hummus quartet from Trader Joe's and it was great too. But Continue Reading →


Healthy Whole Grain Tamale Pie

A warm, filling, and healthy dinner that can be on the table in about 30 minutes is my kind of meal. If you love all things Mexican like we do, then this will really be a hit with your family. Healthy Whole Grain Tamale Pie is one of my favorite comfort foods from my childhood, and I know it will become a quick favorite in your house too. My beautiful mom made a simple version of this whole grain tamale pie using a Jiffy cornbread mix and a can of chili. I've recreated this favorite with a homemade whole grain (and naturally Continue Reading →


Cold Killer Smoothie

Have a bug floating around your house or want a great recipe to help nip something in the bud if you start to feel it coming on? This Cold Killer Smoothie from Emily at One Lovely Life is just what you need up your sleeve. Enjoy! 'Tis the season for every cough, sniffly nose, and bug out there. We were hit with a round of colds over December, and I felt like it took us a month to recover! It's so hard when no one can taste or smell anything and doesn't have an appetite. Since you can only eat so much Continue Reading →


Slow Cooker Vegetable Bean Soup

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 warmth Continue Reading →


Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie (no weird powder needed)

Happy February friends! I thought we'd start off Love Month with something sweet and a little indulgent (but still totally healthy). Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie (no weird powder needed) is just the recipe for today. I tend to get in smoothie ruts. I make a lot of green smoothies for me and a lot of traditional fruit smoothies for the kids, but I don't branch out much past that. I've seen plenty of recipes for chocolate and/or peanut butter smoothies and so I thought it high time to give some a try. After a week or so of "testing," I Continue Reading →


Pomegranate Mango Salsa

Pomegranate Mango Salsa has me drooling over here! My friend Emily from One Lovely Life is here today sharing an amazing, fresh, and healthy recipe. Take it away, Emily! I love this time of year! Fresh starts, healthy food, and so many beautiful things to eat! I can't get enough of pomegranate these days. Knowing that the season winds down at the end of this month makes me all the more eager to fit in pomegranate any way I can. This season, I've been adding it to my favorite savory dishes (like this rice), and it's been so fun to learn that it Continue Reading →


How to rock Meal Prep Monday

Have you heard of Meal Prep Monday?  Here it is in a nutshell: spend a morning in the kitchen one day a week and knock out a lot of prep work for the coming week. This normally happens on Monday for me, hence the name, Meal Prep Monday. It's a great habit to get into that saves a lots of time the rest of the week. It also puts healthy options right in front of my face which makes making smart food choices ten times easier. I tend to prep snacks because snacks are what are the easiest for me to Continue Reading →


Guilt-Free Strawberry Milkshakes

This recipe for guilt-free strawberry milkshakes is great for a couple of reasons. It packs a lot of strawberry flavor, it's extra creamy from frozen bananas and Greek yogurt, and it's extra thick and delicious, just like an old-fashioned milkshake. Can you see those cute little milkshake peaks in the glass? This stuff is thick and creamy goodness. My kids loved them and they had no idea they weren't "real" milkshakes. The ingredients are great, but putting everything in the Blendtec to make them extra thick and smooth is really what makes them amazing. You just can't replicate the power Continue Reading →


Sour Cherry and Pomegranate Detox Smoothie

I know green smoothies are all the rage right now, but let's be honest, a pink smoothie looks so much more appetizing! I have a wonderfully healthy smoothie recipe for you today. It's naturally sweetened, packs the power of both pomegranate and sour cherries, and is dairy-free. Sour Cherry and Pomegranate Detox Smoothie is pretty much amazing.   This power pomegranate detox smoothie is a great way to start off your healthy eating. I find myself craving sugar—lots of it— after my holiday bingeing, and the effects of sugar withdrawal can be harsh. So in order to help myself along, I enjoy Continue Reading →


Roasted Tomato Basil 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 of Continue Reading →


Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Cinnamon

Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are a healthy naturally sweetened way to enjoy those little gems that you just dug out of your jack-o-lantern. Or if you plan on cooking a few pumpkins using the perfect method I showed you yesterday, you'll have the seeds to enjoy too. Between scooping out the seeds for roasting and the flesh for cooking, I used practically the whole pumpkin. What little skin and pulp was left made for a tasty chicken treat. I think it's fun when everything has a purpose and very little waste is created! I love roasted pumpkin seeds because I think Continue Reading →


Healthy Snack Bars – naturally sweetened and good for you too!

These healthy snack bars are vegan, raw, gluten-free, dairy free, egg free, Paleo and Whole30 compliant, and just pretty darn good for you. Don't let all the health labels scare you, they taste great! This recipe is adapted from One Lovely Life's Healthy Almond Joy Bars and I'm so happy I tried it. These little bars are the perfect craving buster, pack well in lunches, and are best right out of the fridge or freezer. They taste a whole lot like a candy bar without the guilt. The best part is they are pretty filling. I might eat one or two Continue Reading →


How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave (I bet you didn’t know you could do this!)

It's already the 12th of August, which means it's time for the fun group of 12 bloggers I work with to post a recipe with 12 ingredients or less. Today is all about easy after school snacks! This should make that transition into the school year that much easier. Today I'm talking popcorn. Did you know that you can pop popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag in the microwave?! I sure didn't until this spring. I've always used an air-popper to pop popcorn and mine stopped working. We are total popcorn nuts and I was desperate to find a solution to Continue Reading →


Extra Chunky and Naturally Sweetened Granola with Walnuts

Just over seven years ago I remember stepping on the scale in the doctor's office and seeing what it read. 201 pounds. I didn't say anything at the appointment but I came home and cried later that day. Hitting the 200-pound mark, even at 38 weeks pregnant was a total self-esteem crusher. I was so upset and disappointed to weigh that much. I weighed 203 pounds the morning she was delivered one week later. Fast forward to today. I stepped on the scale and it read 199.6. I did a happy dance and resisted the urge to call my husband to Continue Reading →


18 Zucchini Recipes – because there really is such a thing as too many zucchini!

Zucchini is the one and only garden vegetable that I'm glad to see freeze at the end of the year. My frugal soul can't waste a single one and I think my plants take the challenge to heart. I love the stuff, but after a few months of eating it every way I can think of, it starts to lose its charm. If you are new to gardening start with zucchini, it's nearly impossible to kill and produces like you can't believe. I know I won't be the only one drowning in zucchini in the next couple of weeks, so I'm Continue Reading →