Category: Food & Drinks

Who here loves using a slow cooker? *Raises both hands, waves them around, leaps out of my chair for joy.* Okay, okay. Yes, I’ll admit, I’m a slow cooker fanatic; hence, why I am obsessed with this light chicken tikka masala made in the Crock Pot!

If you haven’t utilized this method of cooking before, what’s wrong with you? I joke. In all seriousness, though, there are few things better than throwing a handful of ingredients in a pot, going about your daily business for four-to-eight hours, and coming home to a warm, perfectly cooked meal.

“Why, who did all of this slaving away in the kitchen? Oh – heh heh – it was me. Silly me.” *hair flip*.

Recently I’ve also become a bigger fan of Indian foods, but sometimes the heavy creams in those deliciously thick sauces just don’t sit too well in the tummy… or on the thighs. Ha! Therefore, I bring to you today a recipe that has grown near and dear to my heart (and tastebuds) – Slow Cooker Light Chicken Tikka Masala.

Continue Reading … Chicken Tikka Masala – Lightened Up & Slow-Cooker Recipe

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You know the feeling: the clock seems to be creeping past three-thirty, your lunch has fully digested, and it seems like forever until dinner time – not to mention, your energy-level has officially tanked. Don’t grab the chips, don’t grab the cookies, and definitely don’t go for the candy bars; instead, whip up a batch of easy, nutritious energy bites!

Made with only six ingredients, these energy bites will leave you feeling empowered and ready-to-go, unlike those greasy, processed, chemical-filled snacks calling from that tempting metal box in the breakroom. These are great for an afternoon pick-me-up, children’s sports team snack, quick breakfast, or when you just want a few bites of something sweet!

Continue Reading … No Bake Nut Butter Energy Bites

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Hiya! Hope everyone’s doing well! Quickie post here for my new favorite recipe: Creamy Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Veggie Bake!

September is always a busy month, whether the kids are going back to school, or secular work is getting more hectic; the end of summer means getting back into a schedule and accomplishing goals!

I’m adjusting to a new work schedule; starting the first week in September, I switched from Monday’s and Wednesday’s at the office to Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. I spend my “off” days volunteering and taking care of things around the house, groceries, cleaning, etc.

I LOVE this new schedule, but one aspect has been a bit more difficult: for many different reasons, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s are the busiest days for my husband and I. That’s when it comes in handy to have a recipe like the one I want to share with you today!

Continue Reading … Creamy Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Veggie Bake

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Burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, fruit… you know it all: staples of a good ‘ol cookout. It’s everything to make even the most hard-hearted cynics shed a tear at a beautifully stocked picnic table. Even though we are nearing the end of August (gasp!), I do believe we have a few more good barbeque days left.

Speaking of which, is anyone going away for the lo-o-ong weekend next week? My husband and I are heading to the Poconos to spend some time with friends! Hopefully, the weather will be cooperative for everyone planning to squeeze out a few, final bits of summer.

If you do happen to be cooking out within the next few weeks, I have THE recipe for you idea of the century! Okay, so that may be a small exaggeration, BUT I do hesitate to list this post as a “recipe”, for reasons that will soon become apparent.

Honestly, it’s somewhat of a food-DIY, a crafty-kitchen-concoction, if you will. Nevertheless, if you want to win impress everyone at your next get-together, continue reading. Also, if I have piqued your interest and you’re curious… keep reading! And, if you want me to quit rambling, well… you know it: keep reading.*

Continue Reading … Watermelon Bowl – So You Think You Have The Best Cookout Dish?

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Like many do as the winter season nears it’s end, Max and I have been attempting to keep up a balanced and nutritious lifestyle. To this regard, reducing our carb intake has been one method that is quite – and noticeably- beneficial. However, cutting out carbs creates it’s own issue: all of our meals begin to look the same! Some sort of grilled or baked protein served aside steamed or roasted veggies. BOOO-RING.

So, a few weeks ago, in an attempt to liven up our dinner menu, I whipped up a new recipe- and I have made it weekly since. It is flavorful, satisfying, fun, and (perhaps best) you don’t miss those pesky carbs at all! Thus, I present to you today my recipe for Taco-Stuffed Peppers!

Continue Reading … Healthy Dinner Recipe: Taco-Stuffed Peppers

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I LOVE ITALIAN FOOD probably more than the average person. I mean, I could eat lasagna every single day of my life with no qualms whatsoever.

Well, with only one qualm- the obvious injustice to my waistline. Because, really, all the gooey cheese and tasty carbs are Healthy-Eating-101 “no-no”s.

So what is a girl to do? Lightened up Italian, of course! Hence, this recipe was born; by replacing the carbs, adding some veggies, and combining a few diet-specific tweaks, we have created a delicious, healthy dinner that does not sacrifice taste!

Continue Reading … Baked Meatball-Stuffed Zucchini (Gluten Free/Paleo/Whole30/NSNG Compliant)

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Friday is a HIGHLY anticipated day for many; I, personally, have been counting down the days since September.

What is this big event, you ask? Well, no, it’s not Black Friday (even though I cannot wait to shop my heart out).

This Friday, Netflix will release the “Gilmore Girls: A Year in The Life” revival episodes!


Continue Reading … Gilmore-Approved Snack: Easy Pop-Tart Truffles

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Raise your hand if you have been personally victimized by a love of carbs.

In fact, I don’t even know if you can call what I feel a “love”, really; it would be more accurately described as an inescapable addiction. *loaves of bread everywhere laugh villainously*

Anyway, in a concentrated effort to “clean up” mine and my hubby’s eating habits, I have attempted to replace typical carb-filled meal staples with healthier alternatives. This week, the aforementioned meal staple was rice! We love to eat Asian style food, so I tried to embrace the delicious goodness of fried rice while substituting out the actual carb-filled offender.

Continue Reading … Easy Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

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What comes to your mind when you hear the word “autumn”?

Perhaps you think of fall activities like apple picking, hay rides, and watching football! For many, like myself, the cooler season brings musings of bon fires, warm colors of the leaves, delicious comfort foods, and gathering together with family and friends.

For today’s blog post, I want to share how you can incorporate all your favorite aspects of the season, by throwing an autumn-themed chili-bar party!

Whether it’s your turn to show hospitality to a few of your close friends, you want to throw a big bash for all your acquaintances, or it’s time to have a fun family get-together, the ideas below are sure to be a major hit with all of your guests! Let’s cover all the possibilities, from A to Z!

Continue Reading … How-To: Autumn Chili Bar Party

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It’s the same, old story time and time again: preparing to make dinner after a long, tiring day, and the last thing that you want to do is spend time slaving away in the kitchen on new “experiments”. So, reluctantly, you throw together that one meal that you can always count on, that meal you could probably put together while blindfolded. “Not *insert meal name here* again!” the family whines as you sigh. Well, if this is a common occurrence in your household, here’s a new way to switch up tacos, an oldie-but-goodie! Served burrito-bowl-style like Chipotle, but all piled on a warm, slightly sweet, cornbread waffle, this spin on an old classic will be sure to please!!

Gather Your Ingredients:

Continue Reading … Cornbread Waffle Breakfast-for-Dinner Tacos

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