Breakfast Bowls with Chicken Sausage & Egg Whites

Breakfast Bowls with Chicken Sausage and Egg Whites – a super healthy, hearty breakfast with egg whites, sauteed mushrooms, diced tomatoes, and chicken sausage.

Breakfast Bowls with Chicken Sausage and Egg Whites - a super healthy, hearty breakfast with egg whites, sauteed mushrooms, diced tomatoes, and chicken sausage.

My parents get here today!!  This is going to be a busy week and weekend with them here.  We are finally going to be celebrating our Christmas with them.  Every year we head up into the mountains and spend the weekend up there as a family.  Hopefully the weather is nice, so we can get out and enjoy the snow.  My 10 year old is looking forward to going sledding and playing in the snow.  Should be a good time together.

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Herb Pan Seared Shrimp

Herb Pan Seared Shrimp – quick and easy sauteed shrimp in a herb and citrus marinade.  Ready in minutes, and the whole family will love it!

Herb Pan Seared Shrimp - quick and easy sauteed shrimp in a herb and citrus marinade.  Ready in minutes, and the whole family will love it!

We are finally getting back into a routine and back to normal life around here.  Amazing how 2 weeks off can really mess with things.  Bedtime is back to normal, real dinners are a thing again, and getting up early to get a jump on the day is back in place.  I have to admit, I am a creature of habit, so I am happy to have it all back….even if a want to throw the alarm clock across the room when it goes off. Are you back into your routine?  Do you have a new routine that involves going to the gym these days?

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Tuscan Chicken

Tuscan Chicken Recipe – a super easy, one pan chicken recipe.  Tons of great flavors, healthy, and delicious!  

Tuscan Chicken Recipe - a super easy, one pan chicken recipe. Tons of great flavors, healthy, and delicious!

I can’t believe it has been over 2 weeks since I wrote my last blog post.  I have pretty much taken the last 2 weeks off to spend time with my family and relax over the holidays.  It was amazing!!  My in-laws were here for about a week, we went to see a couple movies, played games, watched football, ate lots of great food, and we celebrated my birthday! Today is back to the grind for all of us.  I have to say, I think I am actually ready to get back to work.  I am rested, rejuvenated, and full of new ideas! I hope that you had a great Christmas and New Years and are ready to have a great 2016!

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 25

Weekly Meal Plan Week 25 – 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 25 - 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

 

Happy New year!!  I can’t believe how quickly 2015 flew by!  Did you do anything fun to ring in the new year?  We never do much of anything.  There was football watching, game playing, my husband made a cake from scratch for my birthday, and we were in bed by 10pm.  I was up at midnight though!  Someone very close to our house was shooting off fireworks at midnight, so I couldn’t help but be up :)

So it is time to start with all of those resolutions that you set.  If they are food related we are here to help!  We have a great meal plan for you this week.  If eating better, cooking more, getting take out less, or anything along those lines is a goal for you, a meal plan is a must!!  If you don’t have a plan, it is really hard to succeed.  So each Saturday I am here with 9 other bloggers to bring you 6 main dishes, 2 side dishes, and 2 desserts to help get you through the week.  And check out all the great recipes in the meal plan this week.  Some healthy comfort food to start your year off right!

I hope your 2015 was great and your 2016 will be even better!!  Happy New Year!

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25 Healthy Recipes for the New Year

25+ Healthy Recipes for the New Year – over 30 healthy recipes to get you started on the right foot this new year!

25+ Healthy Recipes for the New Year - over 30 healthy recipes to get you started on the right foot this new year!

Tomorrow starts a new year.  Do you set New Year’s Resolutions?  I don’t usually.  I consistently workout all year round.  I know my diet could use some work, but I am always trying to be conscious of it, even when I am shoveling in the cookies. This year though, I want to make a resolution.  I want to spend less time working.  I tend to spend too much time in the evening on the computer, monitoring social media and doing blog stuff.  I want to take a step back and try to have more set work hours.

Eating healthy is one of the most common resolutions people set.  I have shared healthy dinner recipes on this day in the past.  See Healthy Dinners for the New Yea, and Healthy Dinner Recipes to start the New Year for some great, healthier dinner recipes all in one place.  This year I am sharing lots of my friends recipes that include dinners, healthy desserts and more. In fact I have over 25 healthy recipes to get you started out right!

I hope you find something you want to try, that you can feel good about to start 2016!

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No Bake Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites – Simple, healthy little balls of peanut buttery, oaty goodness.  Just a little bite for when you need a quick and easy snack.

No Bake Energy Bites - Simple, healthy little balls of peanut buttery, oaty goodness.  Just a little bite for when you need a quick and easy snack.

Today I have a fun treat for you.  Aside from these cute little no bake energy bites, I have a giveaway going on!!  I teamed up with some of my friends are we are giving one lucky winner two (2) Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Bands!  I personally don’t have a Fitbit, I have a different brand, but I love it!  It is great to see how many steps you have taken, try to hit goals, see your sleep patterns, and just the reminder to be active!  So make sure you scroll down to the end for your chance to win his and hers Fitbit bands!

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Southwestern Cobb Salad

Southwestern Cobb Salad – A classic Cobb salad with a Southwestern, tex-mex twist!  Topped with a creamy cilantro lime dressing for a hearty, filling, and delicious salad.

Southwestern Cobb Salad - A classic Cobb salad with a Southwestern, tex-mex twist!  Topped with a creamy cilantro lime dressing for a hearty, filling, and delicious salad.

 

Summer is all about eating better and not trying to heat up your house. Thankfully, you can use the grill and achieve both of these goals at one time. Ok, so there may be more to summer like friends, family, vacations, getting outside, swimming, sun, baseball etc…but this is a food blog, so I am here to solve your summer food goals. Today I have you more than covered with eating a little better and keeping the air conditioning from working over-time with this incredible Cobb Salad.

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Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – a lightened up (but you would never know it) banana muffin with chocolate chips. They freeze well, so you can always have them on hand for quick breakfasts.

Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins - a lightened up (but you would never know it) banana muffin with chocolate chips. They freeze well, so you can always have them on hand for quick breakfasts.

Spring is officially here!  Is the weather spring like where you are?  We had a really mild winter, aside from a few weeks, that I really can’t complain.  Most of January was in the 50’s.  When the weather did decide to return to close to normal, it was hard to deal with!  Snow, in February, how dare you!  Amazing how we get so used to, and spoiled by a good thing, we only complain and see the negative when things return to normal.  Well, now that April is only 2 days awhile, hopefully things will stay nice from now on!

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Cheesy Skillet Gnocchi

Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet is a one pan, quick and easy dinner.  A healthified version of pure comfort food.

Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet is a one pan, quick and easy dinner. A healthified version of pure comfort food.

Looks like the holidays are over and it is back to work.  My son doesn’t actually have school today, but for the rest of the world, it is back into routine, schedules, work, and school.  I am so ready to be back.  I loved being home with my family for the last two weeks, but the lack of structure gets to me.  Over the last few days my husband and I, cleaned out closets in our house.  We have so much stuff it is incredible.  So much work to go through everything (I am talking days), but it feels so good to get rid of stuff and de-clutter.  Now to see how long we can keep it that way!

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Multigrain Pilaf with Sunflower Seeds

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The International Housewares Association for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Multigrain Pilaf with Sunflower Seeds is a great side dish for your holiday table.  High fiber grains with leeks and sunflower seeds makes a great alternative to stuffing.

 Multigrain Pilaf with Sunflower Seeds is a great side to have for the holidays!  Doesn't take up any oven space!

I can not believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  This weekend we had my son’s Lego Robotics competition.  They did great.  It was so fun to see all of their hard work pay off.  For 4th graders, who have never done this before, they came a really long way over the last two months.  It will be fun to see what happens next year.  So now that life is calming down a little bit, it is time to start thinking about the holidays.  Planning a menu, getting the decorations together, and making sure the day will be great.

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