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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I started this blog because I believe that living a healthy life is doable when you're a busy mom. I share dinner ideas, favorite recipes, tips for healthy living & more.
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Balancing healthy & family

This easy falafel salad is so quick, easy and will fill you up! I love having it as a quick lunch. It tastes so fresh with tomatoes, cucumber and parsley. This salad dressing is also so versatile, it goes great with lots of salad combos! Falafel Salad Ingredients: 1 serving pre-made falafel (Trader Joe’s has […]

Easy Falafel Salad

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Easy summer garden salad with zucchini, tomato, basil, goat cheese, butter lettuce.

One of my favorite easy healthier living swaps is making homemade salad dressings. Did you know that store-bought salad dressings can be so full of sugar it makes eating a salad no longer healthy? Sugar, and ingredients that don’t need to be there. I love making homemade salad dressings because it’s easy (add ingredients to […]

The best and easiest homemade salad dressings

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Famers Market Salad with Cornbread Croutons. FivePlates.com

This is a recipe I tried to re-create at home from one of our favorite Sacramento restaurants, Paesano’s. It has a bunch of yummy flavors and textures and I think that’s key to making a good salad. It has sweetness from dates and corn, creaminess from avocado and goat cheese, a crunch from slivered almonds […]

Recipe: Farmers Market Salad with Cornbread Croutons

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This salad is one of our favorites, we make it at least a few times a month. I love the colors, the flavors, the textures, how healthy it is, and how quickly it comes together. Plus, it’s really great as leftovers for lunches.

Mediterranean 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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