Since dealing with some mild food sensitivities in my family, I’ve recently started dabbling in the Paleo Diet. Hence my search began for easy, make-ahead breakfasts that the whole family would enjoy. This egg bake has now been added to the list of family favorites. It is simple, healthy, and of course delicious. Plus, it is free of gluten, dairy, and soy – the typical culprits of most people’s food allergies. Simply make a large pan on Sunday night, and you will have breakfast ready for the rest of the week. Feel free to create your own version of this recipe by simply swapping out the sausage for bacon or ham and changing up the veggie mix as your palette desires. You truly can’t go wrong.
When I was a kid, I loved sloppy joes. Though I have to confess, I did not know you could actually make them from scratch. I thought sloppy joes only existed from a can until I was well into adulthood. When I finally discovered the formula for making them without all the icky processed garbage you usually find in canned varieties, I fell in love all over again. This recipe is really just as easy to throw together on a busy night. Plus, it is far healthier and tastes even better than you remembered. Serve it traditional on a bun with a side of corn and oven roasted sweet potato fries. Or eliminate the processed carbs, and serve it over a baked sweet potato. My kids love it either way.
During the long, cold months of winter, you can never have too many go-to recipes for delicious soup. Chicken tortilla soup is such a classic soup, and one of my favorites to order when going out to eat. I just knew I had to find a way to recreate it at home. This recipe is so easy to throw together, and it freezes beautifully. So, make sure to make a large batch. Plus, it is super healthy, and the kids love it. Feel free to spice up your pot of chicken tortilla soup, if you like the heat. Or keep it mild for the kids, and add a little hot sauce to your own bowl.
Breakfast cookies are the perfect grab-and-go meal for those busy mornings we all have. If you’re someone who likes a little something sweet in the morning with your coffee, consider adding this recipe to your arsenal. These breakfast cookies are packed with protein and fiber and sweet enough to take care of those morning sugar cravings. Plus, they won’t have you crashing before 10AM like those donuts typically do. And to top it all off, the kids will love them so much they won’t even realize they are eating something good for them.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s probably also the most often skipped. We are always in such a hurry to get the kids off to school or get to work (or both) that it’s just easier to grab a coffee and maybe a bar, or more likely a donut, and go. Then, we wonder why we’re crashing an hour later. If this sounds like you, these simple mini quiches are the answer to your prayers. They are so easy to make. Simply whip up a batch on Sunday, and you will have a grab-and-go breakfast that’s actually healthy every day of the week. These mini quiches are low in calories and fat, but high in protein and fiber making them the perfect meal to start your day.
I don’t know about you, but I am definitely feeling like I indulged a little too much over the holidays. My pants are fitting a bit tighter, and my over-celebrating has transformed me into a bloated, sluggish mess. It’s time to finally get my diet back on track, and I love to jumpstart a healthy eating lifestyle with a 3-4 day detox.
It’s that time of year again…the holidays are over, and everyone is recommitting to their plans to eat healthy and get in shape. This typically means eliminating processed foods and added sugars, and including more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Smoothies are a great way to get your recommended fruits and vegetables, but they are so often done wrong. You start with such good intentions and end up with a finished product that has more sugar and calories than a dish of frozen custard.
So, I am giving you a foolproof “build-your-own” smoothie recipe you can use daily as a breakfast or lunch meal replacement. Packed with protein, fiber, and a variety of fruits and veggies to choose from, you won’t be bored and you will easily be able to stay on track. Feel free to mix and match, and play with different combinations of flavors. Make healthy eating fun.
Plus, most of these combinations are kid-friendly as well. You can get your kids all of their veggies for the day in a delicious smoothie. What’s better than that?
**I prefer to keep my smoothies plant-based, grain free, and dairy free.
Who doesn’t love pizza, right? It is definitely a staple dinner in our home year-round. My kids actually prefer the homemade version to any restaurant pizza we’ve had. I get cheers from everyone when it’s pizza night. We typically make two pizzas, one for the adults and one for the kids. The following two are our go-to favorites, but you are welcome to top your crust with whatever you prefer. Be creative, go a little crazy. You can even split the dough into smaller individual pizzas, and have everyone make their own. This is super fun for the kiddos. Just remember a smaller pizza will cook for a shorter time.
The key to making a great homemade pizza is really in making the crust as flavorful as possible and baking it just right. ***I’ve found that using a good quality infused oil in your pizza crust makes all the difference in the world.
The outside temperatures are finally starting to drop. We’ve had our first official snowfall, and there’s no denying that winter is alas on its way. Our bodies are calling for warm, hearty comfort foods to heat us up from the inside. Unfortunately, many of those foods, like delicious homemade meatloaf and mashed potatoes, are also conducive to fattening up for hibernation. And since humans don’t hibernate (binge watching shows on Netflix doesn’t count), it is necessary to have some balance on your dinner table. Or you may be kicking yourself when spring and summer inevitably come around.
Pureed vegetable soups are a great way to strike this balance. Occasionally, I will even eat pureed soup for a day or two just to reset my body after a particularly bad food fest. This curried ginger soup is one of my favorites. Rich and creamy without added fats, a little sweet from in season squash and carrots, and a touch of spice from the mix of curry and ginger. It will excite your taste buds as well as nourish your body. Start your meal with a bowl, or eat it on its own for a light vegan lunch or dinner.
Over the last few years, sweet potatoes have invaded. They’ve taken over our homes, our restaurants, even many fast food joints now offer an alternative to the traditional potato. As for me, this is now the third recipe involving sweet potatoes on my blog. So, you can decide for yourself where I stand. Sweet potatoes are simply a delicious, healthy choice for my family. And as much as I still love traditional French fries, sometimes I crave something a little different. These sweet potato fries are so easy to make, and they are addictive. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, salty, smoky, and just a little bit sweet. The kids love them, and they work well as a side dish for nearly every meal. Try sweet potato fries the next time you find yourself reaching for another bag of frozen French fries or tater tots.