Archive for: Easy Weeknight Meals


Sweet Potato Noodles with Peanut Sauce {Vegan, Gluten Free}

30 minute sweet potato noodles with a spicy peanut sauce and chickpeas. An easy and healthy dinner recipe that's vegan and gluten free. So I finally did it. I bought a spiralizer! And I've been having so much fun making veggie noodles. The Friday night after our spiralizer came in the mail, Brad and I tested it out with these sweet potato noodles. After a long week of work and kids, making veggie noodles is about as exciting as it gets around here on Friday nights. ;) If you're on the fence about whether or not to invest in a spiralizer, I say go for it. Making noodles out of veggies is not only fun but also a great way to sneak more nutrients into your diet. ... [Continue Reading]

Whole Wheat Macaroni and Cheese

A creamy cheese sauce coats every bite of this Whole Wheat Macaroni and Cheese. This mac and cheese recipe is a family favorite that we've been making for years! Who out there could use some comfort food? Yeah, me too. Between parent-teacher conferences at work, sick kids at home, and almost losing my voice, I'm ready to put my feet up and relax. Which means we need easy, comforting dinners that make everybody happy. Yes, this Whole Wheat Macaroni and Cheese has lots of cheese, which you might not consider the healthiest food. Me? I see cheese as protein. And protein is good for us. :) I make this mac and cheese with whole wheat pasta for added fiber and nutrition. And it's ... [Continue Reading]

Slow Cooker Turkey Chickpea Chili

Put your crock pot to work with this easy, protein-packed Slow Cooker Turkey Chickpea Chili. This is my favorite healthy chili recipe! Meet my new favorite chili. We've got chickpeas. And veggies. Some lean protein in the form of ground turkey (and more from the chickpeas!). And just enough spice to make both the grown ups and the kids happy. :) That's a quadruple win. Wait a second. We need to add one more win to the list because this turkey and chickpea chili is made in the slow cooker! The slow cooking process allows the flavors plenty of time to develop, and it also means that come dinner time all you have to do is spoon this deliciousness into your bowl. ... [Continue Reading]

Spinach Pesto and Tomato Flatbread Pizzas

These Spinach Pesto and Tomato Flatbread Pizzas with a crispy flatbread crust are a 30 minute meal from start to finish! You'll love the flavorful spinach pesto and crunchy pine nuts on these cheesy pizzas! I can hardly believe that March is here, along with 30 Minute Thursday! We say it all the time, but it really is so crazy how fast time goes by! If you're new here, 30 Minute Thursday happens on the first Thursday of every month. A group of bloggers, including myself, each create a dinner recipe that you can have on your table in 30 minutes, start to finish. These 30 minute recipes are quickly becoming favorites with my family, as I'm adding them to our menu week after week. We need ... [Continue Reading]

Avocado Enchiladas

Enchiladas stuffed with creamy avocado and cheese, and smothered in the best homemade enchilada sauce. These avocado enchiladas are my favorite easy enchilada recipe! Who out there loves enchiladas?! If I had to pick a favorite type of food, it would most likely be Mexican... well, maybe Italian would be first (hello, pizza!) but Mexican is a very close second. And of all of the Mexican food options, enchiladas (and enchilada flavored dishes) are definitely my fave. While I love enchiladas, I don't always love all of the work that goes into making them. That's why these Stacked Chicken Enchiladas are one of my favorite recipes. Stacking the ingredients in the baking dish rather ... [Continue Reading]

Slow Cooker Maple Chicken Stew

This Slow Cooker Maple Chicken Stew is full of healthy vegetables and flavor! It cooks all day in your crock pot, so it's perfect for busy workdays. When you look at my top 10 most popular recipes, three of them are slow cooker recipes. Surprised? I can't say that I am. I know how much I love to use my slow cooker, so it makes sense that you do too. So what's a girl to do? Bring you more crock pot recipes of course! Today we've got this Slow Cooker Maple Chicken Stew, and I won't stop there. I've got plenty more ideas for slow cooker recipes to test and send your way as soon as they've proven their worth. ;) And just in case your curiosity is getting the best of you... those top 3 slow ... [Continue Reading]

30 Minute Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup

This healthy 30 Minute Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup is so easy to make! It's a warm and comforting vegetarian meal. Last week was quiet here on the blog, but I had a good reason! I've been really busy, with life in general, but also with something super exciting. My sister just had her second set of twins! Yes, you read that right, she has four-year-old twin girls and now she just had a sweet little baby girl and boy. It seems like forever ago when we celebrated her first babies with this twin girls baby shower. I still can't believe that she's a mom to two(!) sets of twins now. Of course I've been doing what any proud Auntie would do – visiting her as much as possible and cooking and ... [Continue Reading]

23 Healthy 30 Minute Real Food Dinners

These 23 healthy 30 minute real food dinners make it easy to get a wholesome meal on the table, even on your busiest days! I'm here because I want to help you solve the "What's for dinner?" question. In the fastest, easiest way possible. You're here because you want to cook dinner for yourself and your family, rather than relying on takeout. And I'm guessing you also want those home-cooked meals to be on the healthy side, right? This round up of recipes is for you! 23 dinner recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less. With real, unprocessed ingredients. We're talking healthy proteins, whole grains, and vegetables. As you scroll through the photos, you'll notice that these meals ... [Continue Reading]

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Orange-Ginger Sauce

These Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Orange-Ginger Sauce are a light and healthy 30 minute meal that's packed with flavor! I'm so glad that this first week of the new year includes 30 Minute Thursday! Creating these 30 minute recipes is a challenge for me, but it's one that I'm completely enjoying. Mostly for selfish reasons. :) Cooking for my family these days has to be quick, so having a repertoire of healthy dinners that I can make in just 30 minutes is so handy. If you're new here and wondering what this 30 Minute Thursday business is all about, let me explain. On the first Thursday of every month, a few of my best blogging friends and I each share a dinner recipe that can be made ... [Continue Reading]

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce

Ready in 30 minutes, these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce are a healthy meal the whole family will love! I have something to confess to you. It actually took me 35 minutes to make this meal. Buuuut, before you run away in search of another 30 minute meal, let me tell you that I was also taking care of my three kids while I made this. So let's just say that my cooking was not uninterrupted as I prepared these meatballs. Cooking without also making sure three kids ages 6 and under get along? This dinner is totally doable in 30. ... [Continue Reading]

Honey Garlic Salmon and Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner

This 30 minute meal is about as easy as it gets! Delicious roasted vegetables and honey garlic salmon all cook together on one pan! We are getting into what is, for many, one of the busiest times of year. When I think about all of the holiday preparations that are do be done in the next two months, I mostly feel excited because I love this time of year. But I do feel a little overwhelmed when I think about shopping for gifts. Choosing the perfect present for everyone on my list stresses me out! I'm determined to get my shopping done early this year... but I say that most years and so far it has yet to happen. ;) With all of the holiday festivities (and food!) that are to come, easy and ... [Continue Reading]

One Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #YesYouCAN #CollectiveBias This One Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac is a family-friendly dinner that you can have on your table with very little time and effort! You will love this cheesy, spicy skillet meal! What is dinner prep time like in your house? If it's anything like my house it's a bit of a crazy time. I never know what to expect when trying to cook dinner with three kids underfoot. Some nights things go smoothly and some not so much. Between helping Julia with her homework, keeping William busy with his toys, and making sure Hannah's not getting into something she shouldn't, there ... [Continue Reading]

Roasted Sweet Potato and Arugula Pasta with Chickpeas

This is a healthy, meatless pasta dish that's packed with flavors.  This Roasted Sweet Potato and Arugula Pasta with Chickpeas is ready in just 30 minutes! Sweet potatoes are one of those foods that don't get enough credit. I know everyone's going crazy for all things pumpkin and apple right now, and believe me I am too. Just take a look at my recent posts for evidence. But sweet potatoes? Here's a food that's naturally sweet and healthy at the same time? A vegetable that's simple to prepare and almost tastes like dessert? (Am I the only one who tries to convince my children of this?) Lately we've been eating roasted sweet potato rounds like crazy. Even the kids love them. Julia loves ... [Continue Reading]

BBQ Chicken Sliders with Cheddar and Spinach

These BBQ Chicken Sliders with Cheddar and Spinach are one of my family's favorite easy meals. The combination of tangy BBQ sauce, gooey cheddar and chicken makes for one tasty little sandwich! I'm SO excited to introduce you to a new series of recipes starting today, Thirty Minute Thursdays! I'm teaming up with some of my very favorite bloggers to bring you recipes that are perfect for busy weeknights. On the first Thursday of every month, we'll each share an easy main dish recipe that can be made in 30 minutes (or less). At the bottom of this post you'll find links to the other amazing Thirty Minute Thursday recipes that are being shared today. I've already bookmarked them all to try ... [Continue Reading]

Spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry with Summer Squash

Why order take-out when you can make this Spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry with Summer Squash in 30 minutes at home?  It's our new favorite way to enjoy the flavors of Kung Pao in a healthy homemade meal! One of my favorite things about cooking is that I can make dishes at home that I'd usually order at a restaurant. We enjoy going out to eat, but most of the time I'd rather just stay in the comfort of my own home. In my pj's and make-up free, if that's the kind of day it is. :) Whenever we go out for Chinese food, we always order Kung Pao Chicken. Even the kids like it, so long as we make sure there are no spicy pepper flakes on their chicken. Brad and I love the spice, ... [Continue Reading]

Spinach Pesto Pasta with Fresh Green Beans and Chicken

This Spinach Pesto Pasta with Fresh Green Beans and Chicken is a delicious way to enjoy fresh vegetables. Made with whole wheat pasta, it's a light and healthy summer meal! Last week I wasn't feeling the whole meal planning thing. I'm usually really good about planning out our dinners for each night of the week, but I needed a break. So I just added a few staple foods like chicken, tortillas and cheese to our grocery list and decided to figure the rest out later. Most weeks it works best for me and my family to have a menu plan, but it was refreshing to take a break for a week and it actually inspired some new recipes! I had to get creative with what we had in our refrigerator and ... [Continue Reading]

Pear, Feta and Walnut Pizza

This Pear, Feta and Walnut Pizza is not your ordinary pizza.  The combination of sweet pears, tangy feta and toasty walnuts is out of this world delicious! Happy Friday, Friends! How has your week been? Mine's been crazy busy, but I did have the day off yesterday. I used the extra time to catch up on some housework and laundry (or at least try to), work on report cards, and take care of the kids of course! This weekend is going to be a full one, between the soccer field, finishing up report cards (next week is the last week of school – woo hoo!), and other miscellaneous kid and house stuff. What are your weekend plans? There are a few recipes that I make that I've been making ... [Continue Reading]

Caprese Pasta

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]