Archive for: Main Dish


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]

Quinoa and Roasted Broccoli Lunch Bowls

Make these Quinoa and Roasted Broccoli Lunch Bowls ahead of time, and you'll have a nutritious, protein-packed lunch ready for busy weekdays! How are you doing with your New Year's goals? I have to admit that some of the things I wanted to work on are already starting to slide a little bit. Like for a brief few moments I thought I'd cut out sweets and sugar for the month of January... I've decided that having an occasional treat is part of my balanced lifestyle. ;) I've given in to cravings for dark chocolate and these scones and that's ok with me right now. Another ... [Continue Reading]

Healthy Quinoa and Sweet Potato 7 Layer Dip

This Healthy Quinoa and Sweet Potato 7 Layer Dip is a flavor-packed appetizer for snacking on while watching the big game, at your next party, or anytime! I am beyond excited to share this recipe with you guys. This healthy 7 layer dip is my new favorite meal/snack/everything. This is the perfect thing to eat while watching the big game. There's so much flavor in this Healthy Quinoa and Sweet Potato 7 Layer Dip, thanks to all of the different layers and my homemade enchilada sauce. With some tortilla chips for dipping, you'll be glad this dip is healthy because you'll be going back for seconds for sure! ... [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]

Slow Cooker Spinach Ricotta Lasagna

A hearty, vegetarian lasagna made easy in your crock pot! This Slow Cooker Spinach Ricotta Lasagna is a healthier take on your favorite comfort food! Don't you love it when you can do a little bit of dinner prep early in the day, and then come dinner time there's nothing to do except set the table? That's why slow cooker recipes are some of my favorites. With this lasagna, you can spend about 20 minutes putting it together in the early afternoon, and then it will be ready at dinner time. The lasagna only takes 4 hours to cook (that includes 30 minutes of rest time), so this isn't one of those recipes that you can leave cooking all day while you're at work. But it is perfect for days when ... [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]

Quinoa Enchilada Stuffed Delicata Squash

Raise your hand if you love easy, healthy dinner recipes, especially with an enchilada twist. Me too! This Quinoa Enchilada Stuffed Delicata Squash is a dinnertime favorite! Black beans and quinoa provide lots of protein in this meatless meal. One of my personal favorite recipes is my Quinoa and Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole. Judging by its popularity, it's a reader favorite too. I guess you guys love healthy takes on enchiladas as much as I do! After our recent farm box delivery, we found ourselves with an abundance of squash. The butternut squash is destined for this Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, but the delicata squash? After eating a ton of it simply roasted as a side ... [Continue Reading]

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells with Brown Butter Alfredo Sauce

The creamy butternut filling for these stuffed pasta shells is lightened up with a secret ingredient.  Plus, brown butter alfredo sauce!  Need I say more? It's the middle of October, and I am ready for the fall season. This past week it was in the high 80's most days, and I know I shouldn't be complaining about this. California weather is certainly nothing to complain about. But I'm ready to feel a chill in the air, ready to wear boots and sweaters, ready to spend afternoons snuggling in and drinking hot cocoa with the kids. This weekend was a tiny bit better, as there was a breeze in the air and our high temperatures were in the 70's rather than the 80's. I've been craving soup lately, ... [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]