• Dinner,  Recipes

    Dinner Recap: Diamond Burgers

    I made incredible sliders yesterday, and they were a MAJOR win. I just wanted to share them here on the blog so I could find them again, because I’m probably going to turn these into a staple in our house. They turned out way better than I imagined… even the kiddos loved them. They aren’t clean or healthy, but you could make a few adjustments to improve them: Use ground turkey instead of beef Avoid the glaze (but it’s the best part, so I’m willing to just eat more salad the next day to keep the glaze) Serve open-faced (1/2 the roll) Replace with vegan cheese, or even just nix the…

  • Recipes

    Lazy Girl’s Guide To Thanksgiving: Slow-Cooker Turkey Soup with Lemon & Sage

    I had a bag of leftover white/dark meat turkey sitting in my fridge, and we are turkey’d out. I knew I had to do something with it, so I sat down to search for a crockpot turkey soup recipe (or at least, outline) that I could use with just stuff I had in my house. That meant getting creative, crossing my fingers, and hoping my omission of a few ingredients, replacements of others, and cutting corners on steps would turn out. I just took a little taste of what I have so far, and it’s… a win. Like, a major one. Slow-Cooker Leftover Turkey Soup with Lemon & Sage Now,…

  • My Favorite Things,  Recipes,  Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving Eve

    MY FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR: Thanksgiving Eve. Actually, if I’m being honest, the EVE of Thanksgiving Eve is probably my favorite. It’s literal perfection. The anticipation, the planning, the prepping, the cleaning, the CAFFEINE. We don’t stop drinking coffee until way, way after the kids are in bed. By this point, I’m peeling potatoes like a machine and Paul has decided not to involve himself with kitchen activities, so he starts putting a puzzle together at the dining room table. We’re talking about desserts for our Thanksgiving night bakeoff, we’re texting friends and family to solidify plans, we’re listening to Christmas music and letting the kids stay up way too late.…

  • Lunch,  Recipes

    Quick + Easy Lunch: Sweet & Savory Turkey Sandwich

    I just made this quick and healthy lunch on a whim last week, and it was so delicious I had to write it down. You just need a few things in your fridge, all of which have become staples for our family. 1. Daves Killer Bread – White Done RightThis bread is THE BEST. It’s soft and fluffy, and made with 5 grains and no bleached flour or high-fructose corn syrup. It’s our new favorite for lunchtime sandwiches, especially kid-friendly ones. 2. Oven-roasted turkey or chicken breastI keep a half-pound or so in the fridge at all times – I usually spring for the pricier stuff if I can… you…

  • Dinner,  Mom Life,  Recipes,  Weeknight

    Quick Weeknight Dinner (Trust Me, You Want This Recipe On Hand)

    Make this next time it’s 5pm and you realized you forgot to plan anything for dinner. (Like, daily for me) Korean Beef & Rice I just made it for lunch because I had everything on hand, and omg… it was so good. Some healthy substitutions I did: Use coconut aminos or organic tamari instead of soy Use less brown sugar. I did barely 1/4 cup; some versions of this recipe call for up to 1/2 cup… just don’t, it’s too sweet (in my opinion). Use ground turkey instead of beef

  • Crockpot,  Dinner,  Pork chops,  Recipes

    Maple Dijon Pork Chops In The Crockpot

    This was seriously the easiest dinner! • Boneless pork chops (how many ever you want- I used my whole pack of small, boneless pork chops and then doubled the recipe I was following)• 1 large yellow onion• 3-4 tbl of pure maple syrup• 4 tbl of dijon mustard• 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar• Salt & Pepper To thicken your sauce:• 2-3 tbl of real butter• 1/2 cup flour I seared a bunch of boneless pork chops in a hot pan. They were pretty small, so I think I did like 12 of them, haha- the whole pack I got at the store. The original recipe I was following called for two large bone-in chops, so…

  • Dinner,  My Day,  My Weekend,  Rachael Ray,  Recipes,  Sunday

    Currently In The Oven

    This: Roasted Pepper & Eggplant Marinara It’s way, way, waaaay too hot to be roasting vegetables and garlic and eating pasta, right? Wrong. Shame on you. It’s NEVER too hot for pasta. NEVER. I watched Rachael Ray make this this morning as I was getting ready for church, and I was sold. So, currently, I’m waiting for my garlic and eggplant to finish roasting, sweating like… something that sweats a lot (the only thing I could think of was an inappropriate example). Review coming soon!

  • 21 Day Fix,  Meal Planning,  Recipes

    Caprese Omelet | 21 Day Fix Approved!

    I stumbled upon something new, that might have changed the way I view breakfast. I seriously look forward to this meal every single day! Caprese Omelet-2 eggs-A handful of fresh basil. I love basil, so I am very generous with how much I use-Parmesan cheese-Grape tomatoes, halved Whisk two eggs with 2 tablespoons of water. Make sure you whisk/beat them really well. Preheat a skillet (or omelet pan) to medium heat, spray with coconut oil, and pour the eggs in. Pick up the pan by the handle, and tilt the pan around around to ensure even coverage. Cover egg generously with your favorite seasonings- I used fresh cracked black pepper,…

  • 21 Day Fix,  Meal Planning,  Recipes

    21DF | Lemon Thyme Salmon

    My favorite dinner thus far! Add this into your line-up immediately, if you’re a fan of these ingredients. Salmon Lemon & Thyme Tomato Fresh Basil Fresh Mozzarella (Skim/low moisture or whatever) 😉 Balsamic Reduction We cooked our salmon the bbq, because the sun came out and we forgot that it was April. It was so easy! Season your salmon with a tsp of olive oil and whatever fresh herbs/citrus you want – we did lemon slices, and fresh sprigs of thyme. And, salt + pepper of course! Then, place it on the grill skin side down, until the fish starts to flake and the white/clear “fat” starts to emerge from the meat.…

  • 21 Day Fix,  Meal Planning,  Recipes

    21DF | Healthy BLT

    Just… you’re welcome. I could eat this every day for lunch. 1 Whole Grain Tortilla Your green of choice (romaine, spinach, arugula) 4 slices of turkey bacon For the MAYO = Plain Greek yogurt + onion powder + garlic powder + sea salt + fresh cracked pepper + a tiny bit of whole grain mustard + a splash of white wine vinegar (or balsamic… whatever you have! Try anything for a fun-flavored mayo) + any other seasoning you’d like. Get creative and experiment a bit. Spread 1tb of the mayo onto the tortilla, cover with your lettuce of choice, two slices of tomato, and 4 slices of bacon. I usually use 2 slices of bacon for my…