Southwestern Sloppy Joes: Simple Food Made Healthy

Southwestern Sloppy Joes: Simple Food Made Healthy

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.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup: Hearty And Delicious

Chicken Tortilla Soup: Hearty And Delicious

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.

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Spicy Asian Green Soup: Detox After The Holidays

Spicy Asian Green Soup: Detox After The Holidays

The end of the holiday binge is near. It’s time to think about those New Year’s resolutions of eating better and getting healthy. Pureed vegetable soups are a great way to detox the body after the holidays, and this spicy Asian green soup is another one of my favorites. Though, it is definitely not for the faint of heart, it packs a serious spicy punch. You can adjust the spice level, but I suggest trying it spicy if you can handle it. The added heat has so many health benefits. 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.

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Simple, Healthy, And Delicious

Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Simple, Healthy, And Delicious

Chicken lettuce wraps are one of my favorite dishes to order when we go out for Asian inspired food. We spent so many Friday nights at a local eatery that I was inspired to recreate the lettuce wraps at home, and of course make them healthier. I love to have an arsenal of quick, healthy dinner ideas on hand for all of those busy weeknights, and this is one of my kids’ favorites. What kid doesn’t love a dish they get to assemble themselves? If your kids like spice, feel free to kick it up a notch. If not, simply omit the spicy ingredients, and enjoy. These lettuce wraps are just as delicious either way. Serve with a side of rice.
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Warm & Hearty Chicken Bean Stew **

Warm & Hearty Chicken Bean Stew **

I live for soups and stews in the colder months, and this is one of my favorites! Tender chicken breast and a seemingly endless variety of beans will ensure that you leave the dinner table satisfied. There is nothing better than a crusty piece of buttered sourdough bread alongside a steaming bowl of this stew. I love to fill my home with the fragrant aromas of garlic, onions and tarragon as I makeup an extra-large batch on a Sunday afternoon. Even the kids get excited as it simmers on the stove. You can easily freeze the leftover stew for another day, or eat it for lunch throughout the week. But be sure to make a lot because you are guaranteed to love it as well.

**Don’t eat meat? Check out the vegan option at the bottom!

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My Marvelous Meatloaf: Nothing Beats This

My Marvelous Meatloaf: Nothing Beats This

I know I shouldn’t brag, but my meatloaf is AWESOME! This is definitely a recipe which should be saved for a splurge day as it contains a lot of ooey gooey cheese. I spent several years denying myself and my husband meatloaf because I was worried the kids wouldn’t like it. Then, one evening I decided “What the Hell, let’s try it!” I’m glad I did because it is now a staple in our house. The kids ate it up and came back for seconds. I always serve my meatloaf with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and corn. Is there any other way? This recipe serves my family of six with leftovers because who doesn’t love leftover meatloaf? If you have a smaller family, split the mixture in half, and freeze the other half for another day. Tip: When you bake previously frozen meatloaf, let the mixture thaw in the refrigerator overnight first. Then shape into a loaf, and bake accordingly.

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Pan Seared Boneless Pork Chops

Pan Seared Boneless Pork Chops

When the weather turns colder and my cooking comes back indoors, I am always in search of easy one pan meals. This pork dish is a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and a lot tasty. Plus, pork chops are such a great, healthy alternative to chicken breasts. And I don’t know about you, but we eat a lot of chicken in my house, so I am constantly trying to mix it up a little. This dish is super easy and quick to prepare. The kids love it, and it reheats well for next day lunch leftovers. The pork chops pair perfectly with my Sweet Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes: Two Ways

Mashed Sweet Potatoes: Two Ways

Are you looking for an exciting and flavorful alternative to traditional mashed potatoes? One your entire family can get behind? Try mashed sweet potatoes. Besides the fact that they are delicious, versatile, and beautifully rich in a color perfectly suited for fall, they are also healthy. There are more than a few benefits to including them in your family’s diet. Since my family loves them so much, I have created two equally delicious recipes. The first is sweet enough to feel like dessert but without all the sugar, and it pairs especially well with pork dishes. The second recipe is savory and a bit spicy. I keep it milder for the kids, but you should feel free to crank up the heat if you so desire.

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Homemade Four Bean Chili: An Autumn Staple

Homemade Four Bean Chili: An Autumn Staple

Who doesn’t love chili in the fall and winter? This dish is a staple in our home once the leaves on the trees start to change colors. I grew up with a similar version my mother made. I have tweaked her recipe slightly by adding more of a variety of beans. It is so easy to throw together. The longer it simmers on the stove or in a crockpot, the better it tastes. It even makes great leftovers, so I always make a lot. You can make it super healthy or heap on the toppings for a “free day” treat. Read more

Fajita Night: Don’t Forget The Margaritas!

Fajita Night: Don’t Forget The Margaritas!

This is a year-round favorite in our house, and also a great meal to entertain with. Saturday nights used to be reserved for going out to eat. Then, fueled by a desire to rein in our food budget, we decided to eat more meals at home. Fajita Night is our version of a fun, restaurant-style meal where for one night, we don’t worry about sugar, fat, carbs or excess. And though we typically eat fajitas on our “free” night, there are ways to also make it a healthy dinner for any night. The best thing about Fajita Night, besides the margaritas of course, is the kids LOVE it! There is definitely something about being able to create your own masterpiece, with the ingredients laid out before you, that draws kids in. But the key to having a successful Fajita Night is to remember to HAVE FUN!

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