New year new diet.... that is often people's motto but I have never been one to "diet". I am ALL about eating healthy and eating what your body craves. Jay and I eat pretty clean at home most of the time and I am always looking to create new recipes Jay and I will both enjoy. So here is my new lunch favorite Thai chicken quinoa bowls. You can make everything ahead and then make a new bowl every day at lunch this way it keeps all the ingredients fresh.
Making cocktails for a big group can be a bit time consuming, but sometimes you need to add a little more excitement to your party then just some bottles of wine. So I am going over 2 of my favorite "punch" format drinks then also my favorite mule recipe. These recipes not only taste amazing but they are also so beautiful for serving at a party. So if you need something to be festive on your bar then try one of these out.
This soup is BOMB! I had buckets of tomatoes. Pantlaods of tacos, boat loads of tomatoes (catch the Dragon Loves Taco's reference there)! If you don't read kids books then you won't get it but if you are in the market for a kids book we LOVE Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin! Anyways, this soup is super creamy and delicious and there is no cream or anything added. The secret to making it so creamy is to use a potato. Yes a potato, way healthier than heavy cream. And it actually doesn't take that long to make the soup. I did it all in under an 1 hour while my kids napped and this includes cleaning up all the dishes. So to me that is a win. We ate it for dinner for 2 nights then the rest went into the freezer for later this fall..
So at first glance this salad looks really weird. I took it to a BBQ this summer and brought a backup salad in case it was a total bust. But instead it was a total SUCCESS! Everyone went back for seconds and Jay has been begging me to make it at home. So I made it again and had to share it with you. So don't let the ingredients deter you just try it!
Jay LOVES pizza and I do too. I'm not a pasta person so I don't have a hard time skipping that but give Jay and I a pizza and we have a hard time not eating the entire thing. So for Father's Day this year we did thin crust pizzas on the grill.... and they were OH SO GOOD! I got a few questions on instagram so I thought I'd blog about the easy process of pizzas on the grill.
Cooking everyone a healthy breakfast is so important at our house. Leo's order for breakfast most mornings is "eggs, turkey bacon, waffles, and fruit". I feel like a personal chef, between the 3 of us then Monroe started eating breakfast.... add in another meal. So I decided to test out some muffins for her that she could snack on and fed herself for breakfast along with some fruit. I didn't want them to have any sugar and tried to keep them as healthy as possible Here is what I came up with. She ate 4 of them yesterday for breakfast. They are the perfect snack size I even snuck one yesterday with my morning protein shake. They aren't sweet so if your kids are used to super sweet muffins they probably won't love these.
Ok I swear I'll blog more about things other than food.... but I have the EASIEST recipe that I made up and had to share. This was so good, so healthy (minus some cheese), and so easy. After I had Monroe a girlfriend made us quinoa enchiladas and they were insanely good. I wanted to make something similar but didn't want to take the time to actually make the enchiladas so I kinda just put it all together to make a casserole. The hardest part about this recipe is that is does get a few dish dirty with the crock pot, pot for quinoa, and casserole dish. So the clean up took a little longer than I'd prefer but the end result is a easy healthy recipe for my family so I'll take the 15 minute clean up post meal.
I hope everyone is rested from your Thanksgiving holiday. I realized I hadn't blogged in about 2 weeks. We were down with colds then Thanksgiving came and life has just been busy. But if your anything like me you might of splurged this past weekend during thanksgiving. (My favorite splurge is pumpkin pie with LOTS of whipped cream.) I still managed to get my workouts in all week long but my eating was not on point. So this week I have gotten back at it with this winter salad. I know salads don't sound good when it is 30 degrees but I promise this one will hit the spot.
Ready for a seriously good cake but not a healthy one. This reminds me of some good ole fashion cooking my grandma would do. There isn't anything special to this cake, I added some coconut flakes to fancy it up but it is just some down home baking. Leo and I went and picked peaches a week ago and I decided to make some sort of dessert. I gave Jay a few different options and leave it to my Midwest born husband he chose the one that was the most midwest (nothing against midwestern cooking it just isn't the most healthy but it is always delicious). I mean you use peach jello in this, I couldn't tell you the last time I bought jello. But nonetheless this is good! So if you have some fresh peaches I highly recommend this cake.
Summers tend to be busy for all of us. We eat out more often, we splurge on ice cream, we go on vacation. So because of this I try and eat a fairly clean breakfast and lunch. Then if we end up eating out for dinner or getting ice cream later that night I really don't beat myself up about it. Plus I'm pregnant so whatever.... with that being said I am always trying to come up with new breakfast ideas. After too many weeks or protein shakes or avocado toast with a fried egg I decided it was time to work on some new protein breakfast bars. I came up with these little guys and they are probably my best ones yet. A little side note you can make your own chai spice, but I didn't feel like spending $20 on all the spices to make that so I got a canister of chai latte mix. It does have sugar in it but I only used 3 tsp so it wasn't enough to bother me.