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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Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

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.

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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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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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Sweet And Spicy Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Sweet And Spicy Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Our family loves sweet potatoes! There are so many good reasons to add them to your grocery shopping list and make them your new go-to carb. They are a great healthy substitute for all those starchy side dishes we normally fill our plates with. I love that they pair equally well with sweet and savory preparations, and I am always in search of new ways to cook them. This particular recipe is both sweet and savory with a little heat to excite your taste buds. It is perfect for the summer months because it’s super easy to put together, and it cooks very well on the grill with little clean-up.

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