breakfasts, dinner, potatoes, recipes

Fajita Burritos


If you’ve been around this blog long enough, you know that I love me some potatoes. They are nutritious, filling, budget-friendly, and can be cooked in a variety of ways. From mashed potatoes, to fries, to stuffed (both sweet and savory), and even faux fried chicken substitute, potatoes are pretty darn amazing. Because of their endless versatility, I am bringing you another delicious potato recipe today. A concoction I like to call, the Fajita Burrito. Continue reading “Fajita Burritos”

dinner, kids, recipes, soup, under 30 minutes

Very Veggie Soup


For the past 2 months, Monday nights have been soup nights at my house. I love that I can make a big batch of soup in the morning during my meal prep and it gets even better sitting in the fridge while I am busy running the kids to after school activities until I am ready to reheat it for dinner. My girls love all kinds of soup, but my boy is much pickier. Either he doesn’t like the texture, or the color, or he suddenly hates every vegetable in that particular soup. It’s a challenge to make him happy with soup for dinner, let me tell you. Continue reading “Very Veggie Soup”

dinner, recipes, under 30 minutes

Simple Green Goodness Bowl


Statistically, January 17th is the day that most people abandon their New Year’s Resolutions. Yup. We give our healthy ambitions the ol’ college try for a whopping 17 days before throwing in the towel. If you’re like me and set smaller, more realistic goals for yourself this year, then you are still well on your way to a healthier 2017. Virtual high-five! Continue reading “Simple Green Goodness Bowl”

dinner, pasta, recipes, under 30 minutes

Clean Out the Fridge Noodle Stir “Fry”


A few weeks ago my house was under attack by the dreaded stomach bug. One by one the kids all succumbed to the enemy. I quickly went into to a full panic survival mode and manned all my battle stations. BRAT foods and coconut water for rehydration were strategically waiting in the kitchen for the all clear. The kids were each quarantined, surrounded by ample towels, and given the receptacle of their choice. Hand soap was restocked in all of the bathrooms as I lay in wait. Husband was sent out for disinfectant. Continue reading “Clean Out the Fridge Noodle Stir “Fry””

breakfasts, dinner, potatoes, recipes

Granola Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


Growing up we always had big holiday dinners. All of the extended family on my dad’s side would gather at my grandparents house for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve for a very traditional meal. Turkey, Honey Baked Ham, rolls, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing (well, “dressing” since it was never inside the turkey), creamed corn, candied yams, pumpkin pie, and hot apple cider were always on the table, accompanied by the traditional sweet pickle and olive plate. Even as an omnivorous child, however, I never quiet enjoyed the meat dishes, unless they were drowned in gravy (or my case, ranch dressing). I was all about the carbs. Continue reading “Granola Stuffed Sweet Potatoes”

dinner, dressing, recipes, rice, salad, under 30 minutes

Butternut Squash Risotto and Spinach Apple Walnut Salad


While procrastinating on Facebook the other day, a “memory” post popped up on my News Feed from 3 years ago. In the post I was describing our dinner for the evening; Butternut Squash Risotto served with a Spinach Apple Walnut Salad. The comment thread had several people requesting the recipe. Present day me cringed at the use of copious amounts of oil, chicken stock, cheese, and the suggested addition of shredded chicken to make it “a complete meal.” Talk about a fat, cholesterol, and sodium overload! Continue reading “Butternut Squash Risotto and Spinach Apple Walnut Salad”

dinner, potatoes, recipes, under 30 minutes

Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes


Like most families, once a week we have Leftover Night. We take whatever foods are leftover from earlier in the week and either heat them all up and have a mishmash dinner or I try to use the leftovers to create a whole new dish. This process not only helps keep our food waste down, but also gives me a creative kitchen challenge. I can pretend that I’m on Iron Chef or Chopped and try to use whatever is on hand to wow the judges, er, my family. Continue reading “Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes”

dinner, dressing, potatoes, recipes, salad

Coconut Crusted Sweet Potato Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

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This recipe came to me in a dream. I was taking a very rare and coveted nap and when I woke up, I had a vision of a salad topped with baked sweet potato wedges coated in a crispy coconut crust clearly in my mind. The problem was, we were smack dab in the middle of moving and half of my kitchen was in boxes. So I jotted the idea down on a neon blue post-it note and placed it in a notebook, where it was promptly forgotten.

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dinner, recipes, rice, sauce

Teriyaki Veggie Bowl

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A couple of weekends ago, Husband surprised the kids and I with a spontaneous day trip to Dallas. We live in the suburbs and don’t get into the “big city” very often so this was quite the adventure. Before we set out, I checked Happy Cow to find a plant-based friendly restaurant. We decided on a very interesting looking health food chain called True Food Kitchen. Continue reading “Teriyaki Veggie Bowl”

dinner, recipes, rice, under 30 minutes

5 Layer Stuffed Burritos

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On many occasions Husband and I have reminisced about our youth spent near the beach. Long hot days devoted to making sand castles, playing frisbee, collecting seashells, and cooling off in the salty Pacific are treasured memories we have of growing up in Southern California. As we got older, sand castle building was left behind in favor of beach volleyball, sun bathing, bonfires, and skim boarding (all while checking out the “talent” as we used to say). Although he was a surfer and I was more of a shore bunny, we both agree that the BEST post-beach food was a burrito.

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