Caprese Pasta

This Caprese Pasta is quick, easy, and flavorful!

This Caprese Pasta is full of fresh ingredients and so easy to make.  A light tomato sauce coats whole wheat pasta, plus fresh mozzarella and basil add tons of flavor! Which summer produce are you most excited about? I love summer fruits, including peaches, strawberries, and blueberries. But I think I'm most excited about juicy summer tomatoes, especially cherry tomatoes. We are growing some in our garden and while none are ripe yet, there are lots of little green tomatoes growing on our plants. We can never grow enough, though, so I always end up buying more at the farmer's market. I love the variety of cherry and grape tomato colors – red, orange, yellow, and even purple. The yellow ... [Continue Reading]

Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie

Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie. Only 4 ingredients in this healthy smoothie!

Thank you to REAL® Seal for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed here are mine alone. This Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie is so smooth and creamy, you'll think you're drinking a milkshake. But really, you'll be enjoying a healthy 4-ingredient smoothie made with just frozen fruit, milk and yogurt. “Do you guys want a smoothie?” I mention those words in my house, and in an instant Julia and William will be pulling chairs up to the kitchen counter. Smoothies are a favorite snack (and breakfast) around here, and now that the weather is warming up we are making them more and more often. Julia likes to help by adding the frozen fruit to the blender, and William ... [Continue Reading]

Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies

Healthy Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies - boost your energy with these soft, chewy cookies!

Packed with peanut butter, flaxseed and oats, these Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies will give you an energy boost while satisfying your cookie craving! They are perfect for after school snacks for the kids, too! Tomorrow I go back to work after my maternity leave. To say I am not ready to leave my sweet baby girl is quite the understatement. Where did the past four months go? Nothing can make up for the fact that I won't be home every day with my little ones, but if I try to look on the positive it is only three days a week, my baby will be with family while I'm at work, and I only have five weeks until summer vacation. I'm trying to look on the positive side. But it's still hard. ... [Continue Reading]

Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad

This Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad is healthy and packed with flavor!

This Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad is packed with flavors and textures! Sweet strawberries, creamy avocado, toasty walnuts, tangy feta, and a honey-lemon vinaigrette will make this kale salad your new favorite! Kale salads. Are you a fan? I will admit that they can take some getting used to at first. But so long as you know a few tricks, you'll be eating bowl after bowl of these healthy greens. Raw kale sometimes has a little too much texture for my tastes. I can eat it, but I don't always crave it. The trick is to massage the kale for a minute or so to soften it up a bit. That's what I did in this Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad. A little lemon juice, a little massaging, and that kale ... [Continue Reading]

Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish

Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish - easy to make with puff pastry and a Greek yogurt and cream cheese filling!

Buttery puff pastry is topped with a cream cheese and Greek yogurt filling, plus fresh blueberries. These Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish are simple to make and just perfect for Mother's Day – or any morning! Growing up, I loved being part of a large family. I'm the oldest of five kids, and I don't know how my parents raised all of us without going crazy. There were definitely (many) moments of craziness, though, as is bound to happen with five kids in the house. Those moments sort of blur together in my memory, but one thing I always knew is how much my parents loved me. When I think back on moments with my mom, ... [Continue Reading]

Potato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza

Potato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza - you'll love this meatless pizza!

Rosemary and garlic-roasted potatoes plus sweet caramelized onions top this Potato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza. One more day until Pizza Friday! Is that a thing in your house? When I make my weekly menu plan, I always include a pizza night because it's an easy meal that I don't have to think much about. Most often, Friday is our pizza night, but not always. I like to be flexible and sometimes Saturdays call for pizza too. Or Mondays, right?  :) Our go-to pizza is a simple veggie and cheese pie, with bell peppers, mushrooms, olives, and red onion. Other times I like to mix things up and try something new. This Potato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza was a new twist ... [Continue Reading]

Orange Chia Granola

You'll love the hint of orange in this Orange Chia Seed Granola!  #breakfast #oats

You'll love the hint of orange zest in this Orange Chia Granola, loaded with healthy oats, chia seeds, and nuts! What is your favorite meal of the day? Mine is most definitely breakfast. Maybe that's partly due to the cup of coffee that I get to drink at breakfast time. But it's also the breakfast foods. Waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, eggs, and toast... I love them all. My favorite go-to easy everyday breakfast, though, is homemade granola. I love making (and eating) granola so much that last year I devoted a whole week to sharing granola recipes here. I've written about the 5 reasons why you should make homemade granola. Basically, I'm a granola addict. I never get tired of dreaming up ... [Continue Reading]

Orange and Shallot Roasted Asparagus

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This Orange and Shallot Roasted Asparagus is a simple side dish that's full of fresh flavors. I want to eat all of the oranges. We've been getting the most delicious oranges in our farm box and I cannot stop eating them. Or cooking with them. Or baking with them. Their zest lends amazing flavor to everything from cookies to fruit salad to savory dishes, and their insides are juicy, sweet, and just plain delicious. When I shared this Grapefruit Ricotta Cake earlier in the week, I mentioned that we've been getting a fruit and veggie box delivered once a week. I plan to share more about that soon, but for now I'll just say that it is turning out to be a great source of inspiration for me ... [Continue Reading]