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Mediterranean Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

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 a 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 →


10 Healthy Snacks You Can Prep in Advance

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 pint jar Continue Reading →


Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna

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 to Continue Reading →


15 Weeknight One Skillet Meals

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 a Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Flatbread Pizzas

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 →


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 →


Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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 →


Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad

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 potassium Continue Reading →


Rainbow Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

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 you Continue Reading →


Bless this Mess Weekly Meal Plan 1 and Shopping List

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 collect 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 →


Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Baked Pasta

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 →


Zucchini Boats with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

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 now 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 →


The Ultimate Hummus and Veggie Sandwich

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 →


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 →


Simple Roasted Tilapia and Vegetables (easy 20 minute sheet pan dinner)

Today I'm sharing the easiest healthy meal around, simple oven roasted tilapia with vegetables. You can make this meal all on one sheet pan too which I love. I'm working with Bumble Bee SuperFresh® today and I'm really really excited about it. I am super picky about who I work with on the blog because I have to love their product, and even more, you have to love them too. I work for you, so I only work with companies that I know you are going to love. I choose to work with Bumble Bee SuperFresh® today for a couple of 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 →


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 →


Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos

Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos are as tasty as the pictures look friends! I am working with Sabra (you know, the hummus folks) today and I'm so excited! I made this recipe with football, parties, and entertaining in mind. I love these easy skillet nachos for a few reasons. One, they are delicious and they look fabulous. Two, they take very little time to make which makes them perfect for a party. Three, who doesn't love nachos!?! They are a total crowd pleaser. Making a huge batch of nachos in a skillet means that you can serve them 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 →


Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

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 →


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 →


Not Yo Mama’s Bean Dip

Bean dip is my jam. I love the stuff. My mom has been whipping up her amazing bean dip to take to parties and family functions for as long as I can remember, and I find myself making it again and again. It's super easy, it travels well, and who doesn't like a creamy cheesy bean dip?! Appetizers and finger foods are in high demand this time of year and I've got just the recipe for you today. There are two secrets for making a truly amazing bean dip. First, you season and then whip the beans. Whip 'em, whip 'em 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 →


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Bacon, and Maple

Brussels sprouts: you either love them or you hate them, but I'm here to convince you to love them. Let's address something I just learned though. Did you know that the little vegetable I'm referring to is actually Brussels sprouts with an "s" on the end of Brussels? I literally just learned this a week ago and my mind is still blown. How have I lived 30 years assuming they were called Brussel sprouts sans an s? Did you know this?! Surely I'm not the only one who's been calling these by the wrong name for years. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Bacon, 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 →


20 Heavenly Cornbread Recipes

It's no secret that I love cornbread. Today I'm sharing 20 Heavenly Cornbread Recipes with you and 4 of those recipes are my own! My love stems from my Indiana upbringing (because Hoosiers love their corn!) and my love for easy side dishes that my whole family will gobble up. I make a lot of vegetable heavy soups and stews and sometimes they fly with the kids and other time I'm pretty sure half of dinner ends up in the chicken scrap bucket. I often use cornbread as a bargaining chip. "If you eat two more bites of your soup Continue Reading →


Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili

Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili

Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili is the best of so many worlds. Slow cooker meal? Check. Healthy? Check. Use some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving? Check (but not necessary if you don't have it, see the notes on the recipe). This recipe is also part of the November #eatseasonal group, which means other bloggers have made delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients and you can find links to all of their dishes down below! This group of bloggers has been a huge treat for me to work with this year, and this month is no different. Here's what a seasonal Continue Reading →


South of the Border Cheesy Bacon Quiche

South of the Border Cheesy Bacon Quiche is just the dish that you need in your meal plan this coming week. I love making egg heavy dishes because owning backyard chickens means I always have eggs on hand and because they are delicious. Quiche used to really scare me and I would often make egg bakes (same idea just without a crust) because pie crust! Just thinking about making a pie crust sent shivers down my spine. I have attempted so many different pie crusts it's not even funny. They always turn out weird. I need a pie crust cooking lesson Continue Reading →


Meatless Monday Baked Macaroni (dairy free!)

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 →


Zucchini and Sweet Corn Quesadillas

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 →


Healthy Whole Grain Zucchini Bread Pancakes

Recovering from pregnancy and birth means that I'm not getting out of bed very quickly in the morning. Thank goodness it's still summer break! The kids are just about big enough that they can get out the cold cereal themselves, but man alive do they make a mess when they try to feed themselves. I end up with half a box of corn flakes and a half-gallon of milk on the floor and table. Let's just say that set-up is less than ideal. Healthy Whole Grain Zucchini Bread Pancakes to the rescue! These zucchini bread pancakes have been a life saver! I 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 →


One Pot Pasta Primavera

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 →


Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad

Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad is one of my favorite dishes to throw together in a hurry and eat for the next few days. My kids and husband love this chicken salad and I love all the great flavors and vegetables it has. The best part? You can eat it however you see fit. I like to use mini bell peppers, celery, and cucumber to dip into the chicken salad. My kids liked it served on top of cracker, and my husband likes it on toasted whole grain bread with extra mayo on the bread. No matter how you 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 →


6 Ways to Use Swiss Chard

Spring has sprung in lots of locations and if you are like me, you are thinking about all the delicious things that you'll be planting and harvesting soon. Swiss chard is on my list to plant this week, it's a great cold hardy vegetable (here's a post I wrote about vegetables that don't mind a little cold). So in honor of spring I thought I'd share 6 Ways to Use Swiss Chard. I wrote this article for Hobby Farm's Magazine's blog today. You can visit the whole article there. I love working with Hobby Farms and their website is a great resource. Continue Reading →


How to Store Fresh Asparagus

Asparagus is in season in California right now which means I can get it pretty cheap since we aren't all that far from the Sunshine State. I have been loving having a seasonal vegetable to cook with! It's been so very long. Welcome spring. I bought a 3 pound bag at Costco for $3.99 last week and it was beautiful tender asparagus. The only problem? I had 3 whole pounds of it. So I did some research to figure out how to store fresh asparagus the best. I bought the asparagus on Thursday, stored it properly on Friday, and just finished Continue Reading →


Spinach and Mushroom Marinara with (or without) Meatballs

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, but Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Tortellini Soup with Spinach

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 full Continue Reading →


30 Minute Stir Fry with Crispy Shrimp plus this Week’s Meal Plan

30 Minute Stir Fry with Crispy Shrimp was a huge hit with my family and it will be with yours too. Here's a little secret though, it's super easy! I saved myself a whole lot of time and effort by using frozen SeaPak Butterfly Shrimp. It's super nice to have a few things in the freezer like this for busy nights. A rice cooker takes all the work out of making rice, Meal Prep Monday takes all the work out of the stir fry, throwing everything in a jar and giving it a shake takes all the work out of the sauce, Continue Reading →


Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Vinaigrette #eatseasonal

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Vinaigrette sounds way fancier than it actually is. This simple recipe takes about 10 minutes to prep, 15 minutes to cook, and tastes like a dream. It's so easy to be stuck in a vegetable side dish rut, but this recipe my friends, is here to save you from that. Roasting is one of my all-time favorite ways to cook just about any vegetable, but cauliflower is the true roasted vegetable star in my book. It is so very good. I use roasted cauliflower as "noodles" when I want to enjoy a rich alfredo sauce or use Continue Reading →


Ingredient Spotlight: Pumpkin

I worked with Emily from One Lovely Life today to bring you a really fun ingredient spotlight on pumpkin. Since chances are good you'll be downing a piece or two of pumpkin pie this weekend, you might as well know a little bit about them! And if you happen to remember a few of the facts and bust them out at the dinner table you might just impress your great Aunt Sue. Who doesn't love some good trivia?! I know I'm a sucker for it. Basics Pumpkin is a member of the same family as squash. I mentioned this with summer 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 →


Stove Top Chicken and Rice

My mom made a chicken and rice dish that she baked in the oven when I was a kid, and I just did not like it. I have no idea why; I'm sure it was fine, but every time I think of chicken and rice I don't get the best mental picture. I decided it was high time to change that mentality and make a chicken and rice dish that not only would cure my mental dislike, but also become a simple meal to feed my family. Rice is one of my kids' very favorite foods. Stove Top Chicken and Rice Continue Reading →