I can’t think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.
Summer means a lot of things to me. It means warm sunny days where I can soak in as much Vitamin D as my body can store. It means bike riding, camping, hiking, and swimming with the kids. Maybe best of all, it means delicious meals cooked on the grill and eaten outside.
This shrimp recipe is particularly wonderful because it’s so easy to pack in so much flavor with very little work.
The marinade is made of a few simple ingredients and you might even already have them on hand! I like to heat up the marinade so that all the flavors come together. Since the marinade has to cool completely before smothering the shrimp, you can easily make it ahead of time and just store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to give that shrimp its “flavor bath”, as my kids like to call it.
The heat from the spice nor the sweet from the honey overtakes the flavor of the shrimp. This is one of those recipes where everything compliments everything and it will leave everyone asking for the recipe! Shrimp gets extra bonus points, in my opinion, for only taking a few minutes to cook.
Now, what are you waiting for? Go make these… now!
Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding is an easy, tasty, healthy, paleo, nutrient packed snack that not only tastes great and fills you up, but its good for you!
Apparently, chia pudding isn’t a new thing. Sometimes I’m kind of behind on the trendy food curve, and this stuff probably became all the craze a couple of years ago. I’ve had a steady supply of chia seeds at my home for quite some time now because they’re a nutritional superfood. Bottom Line: Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients. I’d throw the occasional tablespoon in my smoothie or on my oatmeal, but this is the first time I’ve actually made pudding with them.
To be completely honest – I really enjoyed this pudding. Not only did I think it tasted great, but I really liked the texture and it made me feel good. Because I blended some strawberries into the pudding as well as adding some after the fact, there was a perfect balance of strawberry and coconut flavors. I ended up eating it with even more fresh strawberries than what I show in my pictures and I thought the crunch from the toasted coconut I added was the perfect balance when combined with the texture of the pudding. This definitely qualifies as a fast, healthy, and delicious snack that both you and your kids will love!
Homemade Chicken Marasala made with tenderized lightly breaded chicken breasts and a mushroom wine butter sauce is a favorite dinner at our house.
I had a craving. For whatever reason, I wanted chicken marsala and I wanted it bad. The thought of perfectly tender chicken smothered in a mushroom wine butter sauce… well, let’s just say I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. What can I say? When this girl has a craving, the only way to stop it is to satisfy it.
Now, melting an entire cube of butter into this sauce may seem a bit extreme, but its not. Its nothing but good. The trick is to reduce the wine down by half if not more, then cook up those mushrooms in the reduced wine with some chicken stock, and then let that butter melt until its oh-so-good.
This recipe nearly didn’t make it onto the blog because I made it before daylight savings and it was a really dark rainy day here in Oregon. I refuse to get out my extended lighting set up so I cranked the ISO on my camera up to 3200. If you know how to shoot in manual, you know that is pretty high and it results in some grain in the photo, but this dinner was so tasty I thought it was worth it.
Add this delicious chicken with mushroom sauce to some pasta with fresh herbs and finely grated cheese and you have one satisfying meal. Enjoy!
If you’re looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.
I’m not a huge ground turkey fan. The only time I’ve ever used it and liked it was when I made my spicy turkey burgers, and oh boy those were amazing because of a secret ingredient. I much prefer to make my meatloaf with ground beef and wrapped in bacon. Occasionally I like to try out healthier alternatives and I know ground turkey is not only lean and full of protein, but its pretty inexpensive too. I also find ground turkey rather bland on its own, so I added a ton of flavor and texture by mixing in things like crushed chips (or stale taco shells in my case), corn, black beans, green chile, and corn.
I had no idea how long to cook this thing, so I inserted my handy digital thermometer and took it out of the oven at the optimal temperature which was when it was cooked and safe to eat, yet moist and not dried out. WIN.
I simply served this up with some avocado and sour cream and it was fantastic. I even took a piece of the cold leftovers and ate it for lunch the next day with a green salad and some fresh citrus cumin vinaigrette. You should try it!
I love starting my day off with a smoothie. Unfortunately, its a habit I tend to loose in the fall and don’t get back into until the first of the year. My typical smoothie involves frozen fruit and a handful of fresh greens so that I can sneak in a few servings of fruits & veggies that I wouldn’t otherwise eat. Some of my favorites are my not so green smoothie, blueberry avocado smoothie, tropical green smoothie, peaches & cream smoothie, and my vegan pumpkin oat smoothie. If I want my smoothie to act as a meal replacement, I add a scoop of protein powder. Smoothies make me feel good and they give me a ton of energy. I really like to mix it up, though, in terms of the different smoothies I enjoy. My kids have gotten to the point where they actually beg for me to put a smoothie (and a bendy straw) in their thermos so they can take it in their school lunch. I love packing it for them because I know that little baggie of carrots gets tossed in the garbage sometimes, but that smoothie is always consumed. So, if you’re looking for inspiration to keep your smoothie repertoire interesting, just take a look below!
After enjoying non-stop treats throughout the entire holiday season, I look forward to starting the new year out right with delicious inspiration like these 25+ Healthy New Year Recipes.
I don’t know about you, but starting around mid-December each year, I start wrapping my head around the fact that my jeans feel tighter in the spots they should not be tight. I allow myself to eat want I want during the holidays because, well, I love food. And we all know the holidays are about family, friends, and food. Fortunately, I’ve been keeping up my exercise routine. I’d really hate to think about how I wouldn’t even be able to fit into my fat jeans had I not been exercising. I know now that the changes I need to make in the New Year revolve around my eating habits. I just thank God that Eggnog Lattes will no longer be offered. So, if you’re anything like me, should should enjoy this recipe round-up of mouth watering recipes that will help kick start your healthy New Year!
This Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata is a delicious and protein packed breakfast that can be eaten hot as a family meal or cold for breakfast on the go!
I always put a lot of thought into how I can deliciously transform traditional family favorites with smarter ingredients. Sure, scrambled eggs and bacon are a quick and easy go-to breakfast that most everyone loves. But within this last year, I’ve discovered how wonderful frittatas are. I love them because:
1) I add cottage cheese. This not only makes them super fluffy and delicious, but it adds even more protein which is something I’m always wanting.
2) I can add all sorts of delicious ingredients.
3) I make one frittata and end up with six good sized slices. Ask me to eat scrambled eggs leftover and my answer will be “no way”. Ask me to eat frittata leftover and my answer will be “yes please”. Whether you reheat it or eat it cold, its downright delicious.
I think my new favorite combo is sweet potato and bacon. If you haven’t tried the two together, you’re missing out.
Look how beautiful it turned out!
I poured half the egg mixture into the hot pan to create a bottom layer. Then I added the sweet potato, bacon, and rosemary mixture on top before I covered with the remaining egg mixture. I’m glad I did it this way because it was really easy to cut.
My husband isn’t a fan of frittatas or sweet potatoes (crazy, right?) and he took two pieces into work and said it was really good. We are always working to make smarter meals for our families. Meals made with the right ingredients, for the right price that leave more time to spend together. This is a fantastic breakfast solution that your entire family will love!
Take on your day knowing you’ve taken care of yourself already with this healthy and satisfying fall inspired Vegan Pumpkin Oat Protein Smoothie.
It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote about how I like to start my day, every single morning, with a healthy protein smoothie. The main reason is because it just makes me feel good. In addition, you have the quick and easy factor, which is always a bonus on a busy weekday morning. I’ve been using Vega protein powder for months now and I truly love it. In the past I’ve used whey and soy protein powders but was always looking for something that was better for my body. Vega Essentials is made from real, whole food ingredients you’ll feel good about. When I drink my smoothies, I can feel the nutrition giving me energy. This protein powder has 20 grams of plant-based protein, three servings of greens, 25% daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals, plus fiber and Omega-3s—all with only 130 calories per serving. Vega Essentials kinda makes good nutrition a breeze. Plus, its non-GMO Project verified, gluten-free, vegan, and made with no added sugar, dairy, or soy ingredients, artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. If you haven’t yet tried it, I highly recommend you do!
As much as I love my regular daily smoothie, I was inspired to make something with pumpkin. Oh, I don’t know… could it because I’m pumpkin-obsessed lately? Perhaps. I just so happened to have a remaining 4 tablespoons of pumpkin puree from a pumpkin I had just roasted, so that’s what went in my smoothie, along with some almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, and groats, along with the vanilla protein powder. If you’ve never had groats, they’re just steel cut oats that haven’t been cut yet. I love putting them in smoothies because they give the smoothie a bit of chew and they keep me feeling fuller even longer.
The result is a wonderfully delicious smoothie that is definitely the equivalent of a good meal that tastes a wee bit, dare I say, like pumpkin pie!
A side dish of Mashed Sweet Potatoes made with greek yogurt and a touch of brown sugar provide a tasty balance of complex carbohydrates, fiber, and protein.
If you know my blog, you’ll realize that this post is seriously lacking in the photo department. Normally I share quite a few photos when I post recipes, not only of the process but quite a few of the finished recipe along with my half eaten bite to demonstrate how good it was. There’s a serious lack of photos in this post because it happened to just be a regular old side dish that I made with dinner (pork chops, I believe) and I hadn’t planned on actually making a recipe post out of it. That is, actually, until I tasted it.
You see, I typically make my mashed potatoes with sour cream or buttermilk or even just butter and milk, but with this recipe I decided to add some plain greek yogurt instead. I thought the tang of the yogurt would go really well with the sweet potato and the addition of a little brown sugar and some spices would finish it off nicely. I was totally right. I remember saying to myself “nailed it” as I tasted it. Since the rest of dinner was hot and ready to serve, and one of my husband’s pet peeves is me delaying family dinner to take photos, I really just took the necessary shots to be able to post the recipe to the blog.
Sweet potatoes, full of fiber and vitamins, are so much better for you than your standard russet potato. Plus, this time of year they should be a staple on your weekly menu. When you add in greek yogurt to tie it all together, they really are guilt free. Enjoy!
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