Hi y'all! 'Tis the season for slow cooker meals, soups, and all that tastes good while cozied up indoors during the fall and winter days. I made up this slow cooker cauliflower soup this weekend as I was in the mood to get all the cozy fall feels without all the unwanted calories. I'm a big fan of using cauliflower for delicious meals in place of high carb starches. Cauliflower soup over potato soup, cauliflower alfredo, cauliflower tots, you name it, I'm on the bandwagon - I just love how basic the flavor is to begin with so you can use it as a thickening agent and get flavor from your additional ingredients. This soup turned out so yummy - I'll be happily eating leftovers all week long! I hope y'all enjoy as much as I did!
Energy bites have become a staple snack I almost always keep on hand. They take only a few minutes to make, are so yummy, and are perfect for a grab and go snack for busy days. As fall rolled around this year and everyone was talking pumpkin spice this pumpkin spice that I decided to give a pumpkin spice twist to the classic peanut butter energy bite recipe I love. The pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice added to this version is so yummy. I also added chocolate chips, because there is always room for chocolate chips in an energy bite recipe! Enjoy!
If y'all haven't tried roasted pumpkin seeds before you're in for a treat. They are so easy to make and are not only delicious but packed with antioxidants and vitamins! I've come to love pumpkin carving time each year knowing it means I get all my own fresh pumpkin seeds to roast up. So next time around don't just scoop out all the "guts" of your pumpkin into the trash, seriously, save them! All you need is a little butter and seasonings you probably already have in the pantry and you have a free healthy seasonal snack! I made up these sweet roasted cinnamon sugar seeds this year and I can't stop snacking on them. I hope y'all enjoy!
The first time I made these Pinterest inspired stuffed "pumpkin" carved bell peppers was a few years ago, every year since then they have been a fun seasonal staple but this years were my absolute favorite! I mean just look at how the cheesy rice & chili mix just pours out sort of like our lil jack o' pepper is throwing up which is just so festive. I know, thoughts of barfing and food don't exactly go hand in hand, but Halloween is our exception. Think about all of your Pinterest pumpkins throwing up guacamole all over the table, it's acceptable for this holiday. It just is. The combo of the chili, cheese, and rice was not only perfect for these gruesome lil peppers but it tasted so fantastic! Using a low fat cheese and turkey chili we're able to cut down on some fat and get a balance meal of veges, carbs, and lotsa protein! I hope you have fun and enjoy!
Oh. My. Yum. I'm a big fan of zoodles, mainly because I'm a big fan of pasta but not a big fan of the calories I'd be consuming if I ate pasta every time I craved it. Which would be a lot. I especially loved this zoodle recipe, It was so inexpensive, filling, healthy, and did I mention on the table within 20 minutes? Most other zoodle recipes I've made have been delicious but either end up not being satisfying enough leaving me hungry an hour later, or too calorie packed because they're loaded with creamy sauce or fattier meat. The lean turkey is so perfect in this recipe because it's such healthy filling protein and once mixed in with marinara you can't even tell it's turkey over beef. It also completely overpowers the texture of the zucchini and just feels like soft pasta with meat sauce. I also loved how quickly I could make this recipe from start to end. I've had a lot of later evenings at the office lately and I know all of you with busy schedules understand my appreciation for a really quick but homemade meal. Anyway, I'll stop ranting about why I loved this recipe so much and let you get to it!
Stuffed peppers have really grown on me over the last couple of years. I wasn't always a fan, or just really never thought to make them because my family didn't growing up, but lately I'm totally loving them! They're a great way to mix in your veggies and your carbs or your veggies and your protein up into one side dish that's super easy and yummy! This recipe is a great basic staple and starter stuffed pepper recipe with only a few ingredients and minimal prep time. It's one of my favorites for that very reason! I love pairing this with a serving of lean meat such as grilled chicken for a well balanced meal or if you want to get creative I'd also highly recommend mixing up some cooked ground beef or turkey into your cheese rice mix and making a complete meal out of these babies! I hope you enjoy them!
Hi y'all! After a weekend full of wine-tasting, brunch, bottomless mimosas, and pizza it was time to get a healthy meal on the table and load up on some veggies. Don't get me wrong this weekend was totally worth every calorie, but now it's time to get back into the swing of things as we roll into another week. My friends and I were tossing some teriyaki chicken on the grill tonight with my job being to fry up some rice and prepare the vegetables for a good ol' well balanced meal. Since the grill was fired up anyway I figured why not do a "stir-fry" on the grill and I'm happy to report the balance between stir-fry sauce & veggies and the taste of being cooked on the grill was perfect! I hope y'all enjoy as much as we did!
I am totally loving chilled quinoa lately, it has such a light bland flavor when chilled so it really takes on the flavor of all the ingredients you put in the salad which I love. Another huge bonus? Quinoa is packed with protein and fiber which helps you feel really full and stay that way longer than a traditional lettuce based salad. Healthy, filling, AND delicious? Yes please! If you like a standard Greek salad this is a totally delicious alternative and makes a great meal or side dish!
Y'all, I am so excited about my new meal prep containers from MacroStacks. I went off the breakfast & lunch meal plan at my office in hopes of eating healthier and less throughout the day... plus I'll get to prepare more food for SDE to share with all of you! I think the key to me actually planning out meals for work and bringing them with me is ease to use, put in the fridge without taking up too much space, and easy to clean - these containers are perfect! I reached out to some friends for input on what they'd like to see in my first meal prep post and the majority gave me feedback that it would be great to get some inspiration on a yummy lunch for people on the go who have no access to a microwave or to heat their food while on the go. I loved this idea because for any of you packing for a busy day on the go or for your kids' lunch you can't always meal prep chicken & veggies and such combos. Now that I will be packing my own lunches for work I'll be doing meal prep posts more often and would love for you to comment what you'd like to see in a meal prep post (hot or cold) to inspire me for future weeks!
I'm so excited about this recipe y'all! I love fried chicken, and finding healthy versions of fried food is not always the easiest task. The cornflakes are so plain in flavor but add the perfect crunch to these baked tenders. They're the perfect happy medium between needing to eat healthy and sticking with plain ol' grilled chicken & wanting a yummy breaded fried chicken. I also made up a really yummy honey mustard sauce to pair with these, totally optional but recipe included! While these are absolutely crunchy and delicious, I would definitely recommend making what you need for the meal and not planning on having leftovers. The breading will become slightly soggy next day. I hope you enjoy!