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18
Sep

Zucchini Side Dish

This zucchini side dish is full of onion, tomato, herbs, and of course zucchini to make a bright and fresh side that tastes out-of-this-world delicious! Can’t get enough zucchini? (Or maybe can’t seem to get rid of it if your garden is bursting with it this time of year?) I love cooking and baking with...
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17
Sep

Healthy Carrot Cake Zucchini Muffins

Healthy carrot cake zucchini muffins come together in just a half hour and have all your favorite carrot cake flavors with an added kick of nutrients from wholesome ingredients! I am such a huge fan of healthy muffins that I can make a big batch of and use for snacks, lunch boxes, and breakfasts on...
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16
Sep

Easy 3 Ingredient Watermelon Granita

Watermelon granita is made with only 3 ingredients: watermelon, lime juice, and some sugar. After that, all you have to do is freeze it for a bit! You are going to love this simple and fruity dessert. I know the term granita seems a bit fancy, but all you’re making here is an icey! I...
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15
Sep

Easy Apple Cabbage Salad with Pecans

Apple cabbage salad with pecans is a crunchy and bright salad similar to cole slaw with just a hint of sweetness from the fruit. My favorite chopped salad of fall. Love a crunchy and colorful salad? Me, too! I have plenty of recipes for you to play with: Thai Chopped Salad with the Best Peanut...
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14
Sep

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Healthy chocolate zucchini muffins are so yummy and make for a perfect snack or lunchtime dessert, made with whole wheat flour, maple syrup, applesauce, grated zucchini, and mini chocolate chips! For more nutritious muffin recipes that still taste scrumptious, be sure to try these Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins, Easy & Healthy Banana Muffins, and Healthy...
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13
Sep

Homemade Pancake Mix for busy mornings

How to make a simple homemade pancake mix, plus instructions on how to make the mix into pancakes for your busy weekday mornings. If you love creative and tasty spins on classic pancakes, you need to try my Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes, Healthy Whole Grain Zucchini Bread Pancakes, and Whole Grain Carrot Cake Pancakes with Maple...
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12
Sep

Cheesy Chili Lime Popcorn

Quick and easy cheesy chili lime popcorn made with fresh popcorn, butter, cotija cheese, and chili powder make one tasty and simple snack. For more crave-worthy popcorn recipes, check out this Cinnamon Caramel Corn with White Chocolate and Pecans (I mean, YUM), Gooey Marshmallow Popcorn with Chocolate, and a simple guide for How to Pop...
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11
Sep

Easy Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

Easy pepperoni pizza muffins bring the delicious and satisfying flavors of pizza to bite-sized snacks you can eat on the go! For more unconventional and creative pizza hacks that the whole family will love, make sure you try my Perfect Pepperoni Pizza Sticks, Supreme Pizza Stuffed Zucchini, and 20 Minute Easy Cheesy Pizza Sticks. I...
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10
Sep

After School Snack Tray

The perfect fridge and pantry clean out! The after school snack tray is a great way to feed hungry kiddos and clear out some space in your kitchen. For more great ideas for post-school snacks for the kids, head on over to these posts: Easy After School Snacks for Busy Families, 10 Healthy Snacks You...
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09
Sep

Make Ahead Lunch Box Ideas: Pack on Sunday, No morning prep!

I actually LOVE lunch box packing. Crazy, I know, but it’s truly fun for me because I can be creative and mix-and-match my kiddos’ favorites to pack up a fun meal that they’ll love unboxing… and eating! But with 5 kids, 4 of whom are now in school, it’s getting more and more difficult to...
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08
Sep

6 Easy Pinwheel Recipes for Lunch Boxes

Pinwheel recipes for lunch boxes are a fast and simplified way to pack lunches for little ones (and adults, too!) on the go that keep well for school or work lunches. For more “out of the box” lunch box tips, tricks, and inspo, make sure you check out Six Quick and Easy Hummus Lunch Boxes,...
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07
Sep

Mediterranean Cucumber Salad

A refreshing and easy taste of summer, this Mediterranean cucumber salad is packed with fresh ingredients and flavors that you can totally make your own! If you love Mediterranean-esque salads with fresh veggies and olives galore, you’ll be a fan of my Simple Italian Pasta Salad, Mediterranean Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, and Think Greek Quinoa...
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Bless This Mess - About Me

I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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