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 // bakingyum.com

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!) // bakingyum.com

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!) // bakingyum.com

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 // bakingyum.com

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 // bakingyum.com

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”

BBQ Chicken Salad with Easy Jalapeño Ranch

Diced grilled chicken doused in Stubb’s barbecue sauce and served atop a bed of green leaf lettuce. It’s then drizzled with a jalapeño ranch that is delicious and SO easy to make.

BBQ Chicken Salad with Easy Jalapeño Ranch // bakingyum.com

Yuh guys. My life totally changed this weekend. How? Let me tell you.

  1. My ten-month-old daughter took her first steps. I’m dying! She already gets into anything and everything and I am not sure how I am going to keep up with her once she’s walking (ahem, and running… because that inevitably comes next).
  2. I found, like, 5 new grey hairs. I swear, I’m only 25.
  3. My very inquisitive three-year-old son has gone from asking what everything is to asking “why?”. About everything. EVERYTHING. In a one minute period I answer about 700 questions. You other moms will understand why, at the end of the day, it’s a miracle that I haven’t gone completely insane.

Honestly, that’s why I write this blog. Because even though I love love love my children and motherhood in general, there are still times when I desperately need an escape (aka what I choose to do during nap time). And, to me there’s no better escape than taking pictures of mouthwateringly delicious grilled chicken, and other food in general. Continue reading “BBQ Chicken Salad with Easy Jalapeño Ranch”

Grilled Lemon Tarragon Chicken

A simple summer weeknight meal. Chicken marinated in a tangy/sweet lemon tarragon sauce, and then grilled to perfection. Top with grilled lemon slices and squeeze the juice from them over the chicken just before serving for an extra boost of lemon flavor. 

While this blog will mostly highlight my favorite small batch treats, I’ll also share a few of my favorite healthy eats. Let me tell you a brief version of my weight-loss story, which inspired me to bake small batch treats and start this blog! Rewind three years; I had just had my first baby. I had only gained 26 lbs when I was pregnant with him, which if you know anything about pregnancy is pretty normal. However two months after having him, I was at the highest non-pregnancy weight I had ever been at: 190 lbs (12 lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight of 178 lbs). With the eating habits I had and my couch potato life-style, I knew this number on the scale would just continue to climb.
Grilled Lemon Tarragon Chicken // bakingyum.com
Maybe it was just having had a baby, or the humiliation I felt for being so heavy, or the fact that I desired a much healthier relationship with food; but whatever the reason, something was driving me daily to get fit and eat a healthier diet. Instead of having a goal to be thin, my goal was to take care of myself and live a healthy, long life. Becoming thin was just a biproduct of that goal. My weight loss wasn’t easy. It didn’t come off fast. I lost 60 pounds gradually; it took close to 18 months. There were ups, downs, and plateaus. Learning to eat and live healthily was a major learning curve for me. I had been very thin during my teen years but that was because of an eating disorder, not because of instinctively healthy habits. Continue reading “Grilled Lemon Tarragon Chicken”