Roasted Veggie Burrito Bowls

I’m always on the hunt for a good meatless meal. No, I’m not a vegetarian (nor do I ever aspire to be one), but I do think that eating a couple meatless meals each week 1) helps us eat more veggies than we otherwise would and 2) helps us stay within our grocery budget.

Roasted Veggie Burrito Bowls //

I threw this meatless meal together for the first time about six months ago. It was an idea that sprung from veggies we had that needed to be used up. To my surprise David loved it, and it’s been a favorite of his (and mine) ever since. Really, really.

Honestly I think I’m still a little bit in shock, and you would be too if you knew how much of a meat lover David is, and how little he likes sweet potatoes. Continue reading “Roasted Veggie Burrito Bowls”

Slow Cooker Pineapple Huli Huli Chicken

Slow cooker chicken braised in a savory-sweet pineapple huli huli sauce, then baked and basted with additional sauce. These easy chicken thighs are saucy, sticky, and delicious!

Pineapple Huli Huli Chicken (made in a slow cooker!) //

I have to admit that I used to be an overly-complicated cook. I’d do anything to make a great tasting recipe. It didn’t matter how many ingredients it took, how many dirty dishes it produced, or how much time it took to make.

Okay, okay… I still have a little bit of a tendency to overcomplicate recipes. But that is okay for me to do sometimes, since I sort of enjoy it. To see what I’m talking about, check out these AMAZING apple crisp pancakes. Definitely not yo’ mama’s typical pancake, but so worth the extra steps.

Ever since having baby #2 I’ve realized that I really need to simplify our family dinners so that I can spend less time in the kitchen before and after mealtime and more time doing important things (like dancing with the kiddos, their usual post-dinner activity of choice).

Also, we moved into a new apartment this summer that has a much smaller kitchen than our previous apartment, and a much smaller dishwasher than I’m used to (about half the size of our last dishwasher). Basically the fewer steps and ingredients needed in a recipe, the fewer dirty dishes I make, meaning fewer dishes I have to wash after dinner. That’s a big reason for me to start simplifying because I HATE DISHES. Hate ’em, hate em’, HATE THEM. Continue reading “Slow Cooker Pineapple Huli Huli Chicken”

Maid-Rite Sandwich Copycat (Lightened Up!)

A quick and easy ground beef recipe inspired by the Maid-Rite loose meat sandwich.  On the table and ready to eat in just fifteen minutes!

Maid-Rite Sandwich Copycat (Lightened Up!) //

David does not like sloppy joes, but I very much do. AND being the good wife that I am (heh heh heh) I don’t make sloppy joes, like ever, so that David doesn’t have to eat something he doesn’t like.

I joke, I joke. I do make sloppy joes sometimes, and David is a good sport and eats them just fine. The problem is he doesn’t like them enough to eat any of the leftovers… so I end up eating sloppy joe mix for days. Continue reading “Maid-Rite Sandwich Copycat (Lightened Up!)”

Summer Sweet Corn and Avocado Salad

This salad is bursting with flavor; crispy bits of romaine lettuce topped with sweet summer corn (cut right off the cob), vine ripened tomatoes, sliced avocados, and red onion. Before being served, it’s drizzled with a tangy homemade red wine vinaigrette.

Summer Sweet Corn and Avocado Salad //

I know I went on and on about the heat in my last post, and during the summer it really does get to me. But, the one thing I never get tired of during this HOT season is all of the fresh summer produce. It’s the one thing that makes me wish it was summer all. year. long. Continue reading “Summer Sweet Corn and Avocado Salad”

Skinny Pop Copycat

An easy and healthy whole grain snack made with just three ingredients! Perfect for an afternoon or late night snack.Skinny Pop Copycat // bakingyum.comMy kids are asleep at the same time right now. The same time! This is especially amazing since my three-year-old hasn’t taken a regular nap for about a year now.

But, he went to bed too late last night and he woke up far too early, and as a result he threw a massive temper tantrum this morning. When I told him it was time for a nap, he asked why, and I told him it was because of the tantrum he threw. Continue reading “Skinny Pop Copycat”

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wraps

Seasoned yogurt marinated chicken, grilled, sliced, and then served on multigrain flatbread. Top it off with an extra tasty fresh greek salsa, and a dollop of plain greek yogurt (if desired). 

Summer is definitely my favorite cooking season. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems a lot easier to eat healthy and be active in the summer; warmer weather means playing outside, grilling, and lots of local seasonal fresh fruits and veggies.

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wraps //

The other day I was doing my grocery shopping and out of the corner of my eye I saw a new greek dressing mix by Good Seasons. No, by the way this isn’t an advertisement, I just love the product. You can find this new greek dressing mix at Walmart in the dressing aisle. Most often I mix my seasoning mixes from scratch but this seemed like a worthwhile substitution. I’m all about convenience and ease. I used to way over-complicate things at dinner time, making everything from scratch with long lists of ingredients, but after having baby #2 I got tired of the time and energy I was putting into just one meal. Not to mention the mess David had to clean up for me afterwards. He’s a saint. I’ve recently come to realize that dinner can be just as special but still easy. Continue reading “Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Wraps”