Archive for: Vegetarian


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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Perfect Potato Soup with Garlic Herb Croutons

Leek, onion, and garlic bring delicious flavor to this easy potato soup. I think you'll love this Perfect Potato Soup with Garlic Herb Croutons, and it's quick enough for a weeknight! Last week was spring break week here, so of course the weather turned cooler and we got some rain. Though not enough rain to help with our California drought. We were stuck inside with colds as it was, so I would have welcomed more rain. Here's a funny side story. Brad was telling the kids that there is a drought so we need to save water. When I was helping William, who's almost three now, brush his teeth, he informed me that we need to turn off the water because there is a drought in the sink. I wonder ... [Continue Reading]

Vegetarian Chili {Stovetop or Slow Cooker}

An easy three bean chili that can be made on the stovetop or in the crock pot, both with just minutes of prep time.  Okay guys. I know there are a million and one chili recipes out there. And possibly even that many vegetarian chili recipes. But I've got a couple of reasons why you should make this one. Give it a try, and I'm certain you will fall in love with this Vegetarian Chili. Here's why. As is my way these days, this recipe is so super duper easy. You can even choose whether you'd like to make this Vegetarian Chili on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. Either way involves very little prep, it just depends on when you have time in your day to get dinner started. If you're at home ... [Continue Reading]