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Honey BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos

Easy Honey BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos, filled with a creamy mixture of chicken, cheese, and homemade BBQ sauce! Cooking the chicken in the crock pot makes it so tender and full of delicious BBQ flavor! These Honey BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos... they're my favorite easy meal right now! With these taquitos, you get a lot of payoff for your (minimal) efforts. The recipe makes about 18 good-sized taquitos. Depending on the size of your family, you should have plenty of leftovers. Freeze those leftover taquitos, and you'll have the easiest meal ever waiting and ready for super busy nights. These freeze so well, and I've included freezer directions in the recipe ... [Continue Reading]

Mexican Quinoa and Sweet Potato Skillet

This Mexican Quinoa and Sweet Potato Skillet is an easy one pot meal that you can have on your table in 30 minutes. Here we are again... it's a new month and another 30 Minute Thursday! If you're new here, let me explain. On the first Thursday of each month a few of my blogging friends and I each share a recipe that can be made in 30 minutes or less, start to finish. We want to help you get dinner on the table, and fast! Since today also happens to be Cinco de Mayo, I couldn't help but share a Mexican-inspired recipe! I took this Quinoa and Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole, one of my all-time most popular recipes, and adapted it ... [Continue Reading]

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]

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]