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Instant Pot Sesame-Lime Chicken with Coconut Vegetable Quinoa

Want a one-pot meal that includes everything you need for a healthy dinner, makes very little mess in the kitchen, and doesn’t heat up your kitchen because it’s cooked in one of my favorite kitchen appliances…the Instant Pot? Sounds about perfect, right? Well, I think...

Sweet Potato-Apple Breakfast Sausages

Anyone have Easter brunch plans this weekend? I’m sure, if you do, you already have your recipes and grocery lists figured out, but in case you don’t, put these 5 Ingredient Sweet Potato-Apple Breakfast Sausages on your menu! They are easy to make, serve a small...

Healthy Taco Meat Recipe + My Favorite Flour Tortilla

Who are my Taco Tuesday readers?? I will admit, tacos are not a weekly item for us, but I know many families love their Taco Tuesdays. This Healthy Taco Meat Recipe should become a regular addition to your Taco Tuesday (or any other day you make tacos), because it’s...

Chicken and Black Bean Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

If you're like me and you love a good burrito bowl (I KNOW you're out there), you are going to want to make these Chicken and Black Bean Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls next time you get a craving for one. Not only are they much healthier (see below for a comparison of...

No Mayo Avocado Chicken Salad

Who loves chicken salad? I have always been a fan, but it can be so decadent and rich that the traditional mayonnaise-laden version is sometimes too much for me. Plus, the traditional version is usually pretty low in veggies. This No Mayo Avocado Chicken Salad is all...

Mediterranean Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins

Happy Spring, everyone! Today’s recipe is the first of a monthly post series that I’m so happy to get to be a part of…more on that later. Besides tasting addictively scrumptious, these Mediterranean Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins are healthy and use ingredients...

Italian Pesto Turkey-Mushroom Meatloaf

How about a quick and easy turkey meatloaf to start your week off on a good note? This Italian Pesto Turkey-Mushroom Meatloaf is a big hit at my house, takes just a short time to make, and my children have no idea I've snuck in a bunch of healthful mushrooms! Meatloaf...

5 Ingredient Beef Pot Roast for Slow Cooker or Crock Pot

Who loves their slow cooker (or crock pot if that's how you refer to it!) as much as I do? I'm guessing that may be a silly question because it seems that so many people I talk with about cooking use a slow cooker at least weekly for a fix-it-and-forget-it type of...

One Pan Sweet Potato-Kale Fried Egg Hash

If you're looking for something new to make for your weekend brunch, this One Pan Sweet Potato-Kale Fried Egg Hash will have you covered! It's packed with flavor and nutrition, it uses perfectly in season Fall ingredients such as apple, sweet potato and kale, and...

Maple-Mustard Chicken with One Pan Roasted Veggies and Crispy Kale

Although the title may be a mouthful, this dish is anything but complicated! Two pans (a skillet and a large shallow roasting pan) are all you will need to make this 'dinner party worthy' meal a success. Besides being full of beneficial nutrients, this Maple-Mustard...

Grilled Fajita Turkey Burgers

These Grilled Fajita Turkey Burgers combine two of my favorite summer dishes, burgers and fajitas. Both are quick, easy, family-friendly and delicious, which makes them a homerun in my playbook of recipes. On the other hand, both can get a little tiresome if you serve...

Dirty Cauliflower Rice: 5-Ingredient, Kid-Friendly, Healthy Recipe

(this post contains affiliate links) Happy Friday, everyone! With school either in full swing or about to start, who needs a 5-ingredient, kid-friendly, healthy recipe? This Fast with Five Fridays Dirty Cauliflower Rice (more on the name later!) is just that, and I'm...

Fish Tacos with Fresh Pico and Cilantro-Lime Slaw

If you've ever wanted to make fish tacos at home, but never have for whatever reason (maybe you think they will take too long or you don't feel confident cooking fish), try these Fish Tacos with Fresh Pico and Cilantro-Lime Slaw. You'll be converted to making fish...

Fresh Tomato-Basil Pasta Sauce

Fresh Tomato-Basil Pasta Sauce When tomatoes are in season, you can bet I will be making this Fresh Tomato-Basil Pasta Sauce regularly. It's one of those recipes that will always taste great, even if you have to fudge on the amounts a bit or you use a different kind...

Homemade Brat Burgers

Brats"¦the ultimate "it's summer, we're ready to grill and eat on the deck" type of meat. I love brats because they are quick and easy, and I can have packages of brats in the freezer ready to pull out for those nights I know I'm going to have no time to cook. They...

Grilled Sesame Sirloin Kabobs with Sticky Sauce

This Grilled Sesame Sirloin Kabobs with Sticky Sauce recipe wears a lot of hats. It uses very few ingredients (obvious bonus)"¦It can be started a couple hours before dinner, making it quick to get dinner on the table when everyone is hungry"¦It uses a more economical...

Plank-Smoked Chicken Cordon Bleu

Keep track of this Plank-Smoked Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe for the next time you need a "special-occasion / I-really-want-to-impress-my-dinner-guests" kind of recipe. You won't be sorry. As you will be able to see by the photos I couldn't stop taking, I was...

Honey-Glazed Shrimp Kabobs and Grilled Vegetable Stir-Fry

Shrimp and summer are like two peas in a pod for me. I love how light and fresh shrimp tastes on a hot summer day, and it works with just about any vegetable or flavor combination you like. I have mentioned below the usual way I grill shrimp, however, when I have a...

Grilled Beef Flank Steak and Tomato Kabobs

Grilling season is in full swing, and I am definitely taking advantage! What's better than walking outside and getting a whiff of that distinct smell that comes from food cooking on a grill? Except that it makes me hungry! You'll most definitely be full and happy...

Grilled Chicken-Quinoa Fajita Bowls

Grilled Chicken-Quinoa Fajita Bowls If you've never tried quinoa, or haven't loved it in the past, I think you will become a fan after trying this recipe. Like traditional fajitas, these Grilled Chicken-Quinoa Fajita Bowls will give you everything you need for a full...

Pesto Veggie Stuffed Chicken

Pesto Veggie Stuffed Chicken Do you love the idea of eating chicken breast, but when it comes down to it, you're often disappointed in the results? I'm going to guess you've all had to force yourself through a chicken breast meal that was less than spectacular at some...

Chicken Sausage and Pesto Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Chicken Sausage and Pesto Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Love casseroles? Yeah, me too. There's just something about the homey nature of casseroles that plants them firmly in the "comfort food" category for me. What's hard for me though, is that I find a lot of casserole...

Pepper-Prosciutto Breakfast Avocado

15 minutes + One pan + 4 ingredients = hearty, egg-free, grain-free, gluten-free breakfast that is loaded with vegetables and will keep you going strong all morning long. While I love eating eggs for breakfast, I've been wanting more variety lately and came up with...

3 Ingredient Roasted Fish with Pesto

Happy Friday! I'm ready for another super quick and easy recipe to get dinner on the table quickly. How about you? Fish is something I love to eat, but for some reason, have a hard time eating as much of as I know I should. Do you ever feel that way? I know one thing...

Chinese Fried Cabbage

I can easily cave into my cravings when there's Chinese fried rice around. When it's made well, there are so many textures and flavors going on and I just can't help myself! But, I know it is anything but healthy. It's loaded with sodium, and besides a sprinkling of...

Five Ingredient Italian Meatballs (Fast with Five Fridays)

Five Ingredient Italian Meatballs When I need a SUPER QUICK dinner that I know will go over well with the kids and my husband, I whip up a batch of these flavorful meatballs!  Not only do they come together quickly, they taste great and are very versatile - drop...

Grilled Turkey Avocado Sandwiches

Grilled Turkey Avocado Sandwiches I love a good sandwich, and I'm guessing, you all do too.  Who doesn't, right?  The combo of good bread, fillings and spreads can make for a really satisfying meal.  I came up with these grilled turkey sandwiches based...

Spicy Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps For as much planning as I typically do for food I take to parties or that I'm hosting, I just don't plan ahead for the annual Super Bowl party we go to.  In typical fashion, I decided (with my husband's help, I must admit) what...

Rosemary Bacon

Rosemary Bacon One of my favorite things to do as a self-proclaimed "food geek" is to try to recreate something wonderful I've had at a restaurant. Sometimes it's pretty easy to do, and other times, it takes some brain-power and a lot of trial and error!  This...

Goat Cheese and Tomato Stuffed Chicken

I recently had the privilege of helping a friend learn to cook. He was trying to gain confidence in the kitchen so he could cook at home more and rely less on eating out. I developed a few restaurant-inspired recipes that would be simple, yet flavorful, and that would...

Garlic-Sage Grilled Chicken

Garlic-Sage Grilled Chicken Confession: I like chicken thighs.  There, I said it.  I know, I know, I'm a dietitian and therefore should be preprogrammed to prefer chicken breast, right?  Wrong!  This girl likes the dark meat - it's more flavorful,...

Spaghetti Squash Pizza

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Mmm, pizza... My mouth is watering just thinking of my favorite pizzas (yes, plural!), whether homemade or from a pizza restaurant.  Over the last year I've seen a lot of pizza recipes taking the crust out of the picture, which is a little...

Herbed Lamb Burgers

Herbed Lamb Burgers Normally when I make lamb burgers, I do your basic "add salt and pepper to ground lamb, shape into patties, and grill them until they're done" recipe, which isn't really a recipe, right?  They are always good, but this time I decided to take...

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

I don't mean to point out the obvious, but where I live (Iowa), it's still pretty cold despite the fact that spring has officially arrived. After a long, cold winter, we're all ready for warmer temps so we can get outside, am I right? I also start thinking about...

Crispy Almond-Parmesan Halibut

I love fish, and while I can handle batter-laden, deep-fried fish every now and then, my taste buds (not to mention my waistline!) tend to prefer a good crisp topping that isn't drowning in days-old oil. When it comes to weeknight cooking, I need food that is quick to...

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