9 Vegetarian Recipes To Try On The Grill

Summertime grilling vegetarian recipes to try, and you won’t miss the meat!

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We’ve been doing Friday night pizzas a lot lately & it’s always fun trying new homemade pizza topping combos. It has become a fun tradition in our house. I love topping mine with tons of veggies, trying different sauces, and a sprinkle of cheese. The girls like to keep it really simple. 🙂 For the […]

Pizza Fridays! Homemade Pizza Topping Combos

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We have a Pancake Friday tradition in our house: we have pancakes every Friday morning now and we all love it! We use Kodiak Cakes mix (this isn’t a sponsored post, even though I wish it were!), which I love because it has more protein than the typical pancake mix we used when I was […]

Pancake Fridays: Favorite Kodiak Pancake Combos


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We love fajitas in our house. They’re quick, easy, healthy and everyone loves them. So good! We usually make fajitas one of two ways: Black Bean Fajitas or Chicken Fajitas. Both equally delicious, but depends on our mood. (My girls and I prefer the black bean fajitas, and Alex prefers the chicken fajitas, but both […]

15-Minute Fajitas! 2 Recipes: Classic Chicken Fajitas or Vegetarian Black Bean Fajitas

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I always feel so good after having this for dinner: healthy teriyaki salmon bowls. It’s full of really good-for-you ingredients, and it leaves me feeling really full and happy. Plus, it tastes delicious too! Teriyaki Salmon (or Chicken) Bowls Serves about 4 Ingredients: 2 cups brown jasmine rice (rinsed until the water runs clear) 2 […]

Teriyaki Salmon (or Chicken) Bowls

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This Fall Salad has been a favorite over the years. And it’s really easy to tweak it and use ingredients you have and like. We love beets, apples, sweet potato, avocado and topped with goodies like goat cheese, pumpkin seeds, fresh basil and dried cranberries. It’s the perfect mix of fall flavors! Easy Fall Salad […]

Favorite Easy Fall Salad

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This is my favorite recipe for a healthier chicken salad with dried cranberries and diced apple, celery and red grapes. It’s sweet and savory, and crunchy and creamy. Plus, it’s made healthier with less mayo and plain yogurt. Healthier Chicken Salad with Apple, Cranberry, Grapes & Celery Ingredients: 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 […]

Healthier Apple Cranberry Chicken Salad

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5 Easy Trader Joe's Dinner Ideas

If you love Trader Joe's too, these are my favorite dinners using TJ's items. Kid- and husband-approved, delicious and healthy.

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