Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and one of my absolute favorite Valentine’s Day desserts are chocolate covered strawberries. Chocolate plus strawberry equals a match made in heaven. It feels good not feeling too guilty about eating a dozen all by yourself. You know since it’s fruit underneath the chocolate LOL. Read More
Valentine’s day is less than 2 weeks away. I’m still not sure how we got to February so quickly but here we are. Every year on Valentine’s Day my husband prepares a delicious dinner for me and this year will be no different. My favorite Valentine’s Day dinners usually always consist of pasta and cheese. Who the first person was to prepare pasta and cheese together deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. Okay, well maybe not a peace prize, but they deserve something! Pasta and cheese are two of my food weaknesses and they’re two stars of this Bacon Kale and mushroom pasta.Read More
Last weekend I dedicated a few hours of self-care to myself. I took a nice long bath, washed my hair, did a face mask, and drank a glass of wine. It was heavenly…while it lasted. About an hour and a half into my self-care session my oldest daughter, Jordyn, invited herself into the bathroom to ask me fifty questions. Oh, and to remind me that I’m a Mom of two small children, which means time to myself is limited. Ha!Read More
French toast, eggs, and bacon is a classic breakfast combination. Who doesn’t love the combination of savory and sweet first thing in the morning for breakfast or brunch? French toast is always a favorite in our household. This is one of the recipes I make knowing my four year old will eat every single drop. But the real french toast lover in the house is my husband.Read More
Happy evening before Halloween everyone! If you look forward to the holiday season as much as I do then you know how much fun it is to create holiday themed dishes. Especially for the kids such as kiddie cocktails. There is so much room for creativity and fun during these exciting months.Read More
Making painted pumpkins for Halloween has become a yearly tradition for me. Each year I try to find a theme with three to four printable characters for my pumpkins. In past years I’ve done Nightmare Before Christmas, Ninja Turtles, classic monsters etc.
This year I turned to my Facebook family and friends for ideas on pumpkins this year. A few people mentioned the movie “Coco” and I realized as much as I love the movie this would be the perfect craft. I also knew it would be a challenge for freehand drawing to make the characters look like exact like movie.Read More
Riley loves fruits and vegetables. If you’re wondering “who is Riley?” the answer to your question is, my unborn very picky child. I am currently eight months pregnant and have plenty of vegetable cravings. Especially this delicious honey lemon green beans recipe I created on Valentine’s Day. I made a surf n’ turf type Valentine’s Day meal that called for a vegetable side dish of some sort. I bought green beans at the store earlier that day so I decided to “wing it” and throw some flavors together that complimented the dish. It was delicious and I’ve made this recipe multiple times since then simply because of how much I loved it.Read More
Winter time means comfy warm foods. This means a lot of crock pot recipes, oven baked recipes, and soups/stews. One of my favorite year round foods is potatoes. Idaho potatoes, red potatoes, Yukon potatoes, etc. they’re all my favorite. My usual go to comfort potato food is the universally loved mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes are not only delicious, they are extremely easy to make. However, as much as I love mashed potatoes, I need to switch it up every once in a while. I’ve always loved roasted potatoes, but I’ve recently discovered how much my toddler loves them too. My husband loves potatoes as much as I do so I wasn’t worried about him loving this recipe too. Ha!
Despite the fact that this recipe is absolutely delicious, it’s an extremely easy and quick side dish for multiple recipes. Whether you’re making baked chicken, searing some salmon, or going strictly veggie, this side dish fits perfectly. Did I mention this dish is cost friendly too? A 5 lbs bag of red potatoes will last for a few different meals, and if you love an assortment of seasonings like myself, then you don’t have to buy any other ingredients for this dish. Who doesn’t love having all of the necessary ingredients for a recipe in the kitchen already?
Before getting started, remember for recipes such as this, you can be as generous with your seasonings (except for the salt) as you would like. You can also add any of your additional favorite seasonings you think will add more flavor to your potatoes. There really is no wrong answer when it comes to seasoning your potatoes. Let’s go ahead and get started!
Easy Roasted Red Potatoes
- 1 lbs Red Potatoes
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Grapeseed Oil for coating the pan
- 1 tsp Sea Salt or seasoned salt (Lawry's)
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Dried Parsley or 2 tsp fresh parsley
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Wash your red potatoes well and cut into 2 inch pieces. Pat the potato pieces dry.
Using a medium sized bowl with a lid (or a gallon ziploc bag), put your diced red potatoes into the container, drizzle your olive oil in, cover and shake to coat the potatoes in the oil.
Add your sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika to the container, cover and shake again until the potato pieces are evenly coated in the seasonings.
Take your teaspoon of grapeseed oil to lightly coat a 9x9 baking dish. (We use grapeseed oil because it cooks better in high heat)
Pour your seasoned potatoes into the greased baking dish and place in the oven (uncovered) for 30 minutes or until tender.
Once your potatoes have baked to your desired crisp or softness, garnish with your parsley and serve!
Chicken Teriyaki Pineapple Bowls
About a year ago I saved a recipe video on Facebook for chicken teriyaki pineapple bowls. The recipe gave three ingredients to use but no details on measurements. I decided to wing it and see how it would taste. Although it tasted good I knew the dish could taste much better. Over the last few months I have tried many food combinations and different ingredients to achieve this final winning recipe. This is one of my family and friend favorites in our household.
One of my favorite parts of this recipe is you can use whatever vegetables you prefer in this dish. I've made chicken teriyaki pineapple bowls with broccoli, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, onions, etc. and they've all been delicious. However, out of all of these combinations, our favorite combination is the broccoli and onion. We especially love the teriyaki sauce. This recipe ensures there is plenty of gravy for your rice and any leftovers for the next day.
If you're lucky, you pick a very sweet pineapple and get to eat the delicious pineapple while you're cooking your meal. I'm currently working on a delicious drink recipe to use the sweet pineapple for so be on the lookout for that! In the mean time, enjoy this delicious, and easy, chicken teriyaki pineapple bowl recipe!
- 2 lbs. skinless chicken thighs
- 2 pineapples 1 pineapple per 2 people
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet wine)
- 1/4 cup chicken stock
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 heads of broccoli
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 2 cups rice
- 4 cups water measurement for the rice
- red pepper flakes optional
Cut your broccoli florets off of the heads of broccoli into 2 inch sized pieces. Place in a bowl to the side
Cut your onion into 1-2 inch pieces and add them to the bowl with the broccoli pieces.
Cut your chicken thighs into 2 inch size pieces and set to the side in it's own bowl.
Start cooking your rice now so that it will be done at the same time as your chicken teriyaki mixture.
Heat your olive oil over medium high heat until very hot. Add your chicken thigh pieces to the pan and brown the chicken for 2-3 minutes.
Now add your soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, and mirin the pot with the chicken. Stir the ingredients together well and let the chicken cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Add your broccoli and onions to the pot and stir until well coated. Cover and cook your vegetables for 3-7 minutes. *How long you let your veggies cook depends on how crisp or soft you want your vegetables.*
While the vegetables cook down, cut your pineapple(s) in half, the cut a square around the middle of each half, and using a spoon scoop out the pineapple. Put in a bowl to the side to eat for later or to throw into your chicken teriyaki if you want more sweetness.
In a small cup mix together your chicken stock and cornstarch until the cornstarch completely mixes into the liquid. Pour the mixture over the chicken teriyaki and vegetables and stir enough to coat the food. Cover the chicken teriyaki again and let cook for a minute or two so the sauce will thicken.
Place your pineapple bowl halves on individual plates, scoop a cup of rice into each pineapple bowl, and then top with your chicken teriyaki and vegetables.
Sprinkle with red pepper flakes for a little spice and it's time to eat!
For those of you searching for delicious clean eating recipes this Mexican Quinoa is the recipe for you!
I've been meal prepping consistently for about a year and a half. Over time I have learned how to create my own clean eating meal prep recipes for taste and variety. This recipe was inspired by having a taste for scrumptious Mexican rice. Since rice isn't the healthiest option these days I decided to try quinoa in place of the rice. This was one of my best ideas yet! Lol.
If I'm being completely honest, it started off being difficult to come up with recipes on my own, because you can easily get discouraged with the amount of terrible ingredients we don't realize are in so many foods we love to eat. Once I got the hang of learning more about food and how my body reacts to certain foods and mixtures, creating delicious and flavorful recipes such as this delicious Mexican Quinoa, are no longer a challenge.
Although this recipe tastes perfect as is, the best part about it is, you can adjust and add your own ingredients to fit your unique Mexican palette taste buds. For example: I'm not a fan of tomatoes, but I'm sure for those of you who like tomatoes, they would be a delicious addition. (Whatever foods you decide to add to this dish, be sure they are healthy options such as fresh fruits and/or vegetables. You don't want to create a non-healthier dish with the addition of unhealthy ingredients.)
Let's go ahead and get started!
- 2.5 cups Quinoa
- 5 cups Chicken Stock
- 1 lbs. Ground Turkey 99% fat free
- 15 oz. Black Beans drained & rinsed
- 15 oz. Corn drained
- 1 cup Cilantro
- 2 Jalapenos chopped
- 3 Tbsp. Taco Seasoning 1 Tbsp. separated
- 2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
- 1 Large Onion diced
- 2 tsp. Cumin
- 1/2 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil
- Sea Salt & Coarse Black Pepper to taste
Cook your quinoa by the package instructions. How ever many cups of quinoa, use double the amount of chicken stock, to cook in the quinoa in.
Heat your grapeseed oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat and sautee your onions and jalapenos until slightly tender.
Add your ground turkey to the pan and break it up into smaller pieces as it cooks.
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of your taco seasoning into the sauteed mixture and stir until well combined.
Pour your sauteed ground turkey, onion, and jalapeno mixture into the large pot of cooked quinoa.
On medium low heat, add your drained and rinsed black beans, corn, and the rest of your measured seasonings to the pot. Continually stir to throghly mix the ingredients together prevent the bottom from sticking/burning.
Add your cup of cilantro (you can chop it into smaller pieces if you wish) to the pot with your desired amount of sea salt and coarse black pepper to taste.