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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
A healthy vegetarian chili soup made entirely in the crock pot. This Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili Soup is an easy meal for lazy, chilly days.
We are in full on slow cooker season around here. Last week I shared this Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna, today we have Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili Soup, and next week I have another super easy crock pot recipe to share. And those are just the new recipes that I've been working on for the blog. I've also been making my tried and true favorite slow cooker recipes during the past few weeks. I'm putting that kitchen appliance to work!
Judging by all of the slow cooker meals that I've seen popping up on my favorite blogs, ... [Continue Reading]
Served barely warm or at room temperature, this Farmers' Market Minestrone is just bursting with fresh summer produce!
Are you feeling ready for fall, cooler temperatures, rain, hot tea, and cute boots? Or are you holding on to summer as tight as you can, soaking up every moment of sun-filled fun? I'm still in the latter group, not ready for summer to be over quite yet. The fall season is one of my favorites, but it's just so hard to let go of the relaxed days of summer.
One thing I am starting to get excited about, though, is fall food. Cinnamon, apples, pumpkin... fall has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to baking. Something else to love about fall? Soup time! ... [Continue Reading]
You will love this vegetarian take on enchiladas! These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas are a spicy, cheesy, and filling meatless main dish.
What's your favorite Mexican entree? For me, I'd have to say it's a tie between tacos and enchiladas. I just never seem to tire of them, and I find myself adding a Mexican-inspired meal to my menu plan at least once a week. Part of the reason why I love tacos and enchiladas so much is that there are endless ways to customize and adapt them. These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas are a healthy take on this favorite dish.
While the filling for these enchiladas is meatless, it's definitely not lacking in flavor. Besides the ... [Continue Reading]
Need another easy summer meal in your rotation? You will love this Summer Vegetable Skillet Lasagna, full of fire-roasted tomatoes and summer squash!
I'm all about the easy meals these days. You too? When dinnertime nears, I just don't have the motivation or desire to make a complicated meal. And, let's be realistic, even easy meals take longer than they should when you're also supervising 5- and 2-year old siblings. Julia and William have actually been wonderful about playing together nicely lately, but, you know, sharing is hard!
Most often, I'm having to stop them from having so much fun that someone's going to accidentally get hurt. Like when they decide to ... [Continue Reading]
This simple pasta dish is full of cheesy tortellini, healthy spinach, and crunchy pine nuts. It's a delicious easy dinner, and is also great as a cold pasta salad for lunch.
Today's recipe is an old favorite from the early days of the blog (July 2010!) that deserved an updated photo and repost to highlight it once again. I've been making this Tortellini with Spinach, Onion, and Pine Nuts for years, and it's still a family favorite!
Are any of you feeling a little lazy lately? I certainly am, especially when it comes to cooking dinner. I want a homecooked meal most nights, but don't want to put in a whole lot of effort to get it! I'd much rather spend my time outdoors or relaxing ... [Continue Reading]