I don’t know if you’ve heard about Kale Chips, if not you HAVE to try them! Kale chips are a delicious, healthy alternative snack that is easy to make. With just 3 ingredients, you can whip these up in a flash for a quick afternoon snack.
Even though I am very committed to a healthy eating lifestyle, we still have cheat days. On those days, I choose my very favorite sweet treat and enjoy every single last bite. In the summertime, I especially love anything with strawberries. These Very Strawberry Cupcakes are the perfect treat for a cheat day sweet! They reminds me so much of my grandmother’s 6 layer Strawberry Cake, but it’s much easier to make! [Read more...]
The Despicable Me movie series and Minions are such popular movies right now, many people are looking for fun DIY ideas that are “Minion Themed.” These Minion Pops are easy to make and such a cute idea for a summer party or an afternoon snack after the pool. [Read more...]
This time of year squash and zucchini are typically bountiful especially if you happen to have your own garden. Just over the past year or so, I’ve fallen in love with squash and zucchini and add it to all kinds of recipes. If you are looking for clean eating recipes or low fat meal ideas, these recipes are fabulous. Here are 5 healthy squash and zucchini recipes [Read more...]
Homemade Whole Wheat Pancakes
Kasey here, as my family continues our quest to eat healthier I am always looking for new recipes. Since we are staying away from boxed processed foods as much as possible, I have prepared many of our favorite meals from scratch. I’ve been looking for a good homemade whole wheat pancake recipe but have had a hard time finding one that sounded good. As I was perusing recipes online this morning, I found one that looked delicious and I just so happened to have all the ingredients on hand. I modified the original recipe a bit and can’t wait to share my version with you.
My kiddos have raved about these pancakes all day long! They said they were the absolute best they have ever had. Although I still think that it’s hard to beat Cracker Barrel’s pancakes, these turned out delicious! [Read more...]
I love easy recipes! Especially those that I can throw in one pan together and bake so I can focus on other tasks at hand. This recipe for Rosemary Chicken and Veggies in Mustard Sauce turned out amazing!! I used all fresh veggies including carrots, onions, red potatoes, and green beans. You could use any kind of chicken you want, however my kids requested legs (which I hate) so I bought a whole cut up chicken. Serve with a simple green salad for a healthy easy dinner.
This recipe is AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge friendly.
Recently, I’ve seen all kinds of yummy looking recipes all over facebook. Since many are shared, and not linked to the original source I am a little leary of trying the recipe. So, when a recipe gets my attention I prefer to test it out in my kitchen.
Of course I am not a great recipe follower, so I tend to change up the ingredients a bit to suit my family’s taste. We loved this recipe, although it was a little spicy. I made homemade Mexican Brown rice to serve with the Baked Chicken Fajitas to complete the meal. If you are looking for low carb chicken recipes, I would suggest serving the chicken fajitas in lettuce wraps or whole grain tortillas. Since we completed our AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge, we are still following the principles of the eating plan so this recipe worked perfectly. My husband and I both feel so much better and he has lost 43lbs (see our story here).
Meat Lovers 3-Cheese Baked Rigatoni
Baked pasta is a go-to dinner in my house, but recently I tried out this meat lover’s 3-cheese baked rigatoni to rave reviews from my guys! It’s an incredibly easy recipe – customizable with whichever meat/pizza toppings your family normally loves. For this particular night, we had a lot of leftover grilled chicken and pepperoni in the fridge, so we used those. (I have no doubt that we’ll be adding bacon, sausage, and other meats sometime in the future.)
On that note, can I just praise my husband for a second? Each weekend he grills whatever meats I plan to use during the week, so that my meal prep is easier. This past Sunday he cooked several split chicken breasts, as well as smoked a pork loin – and made grilled corn and other vegetables as well. I’ll take the chicken and make tacos, baked pasta, grilled chicken salads, red beans & rice with chicken, or chicken quesadillas. Or I’ll shred it up and add BBQ sauce for some easy barbecue sliders. This makes my week SO much easier come suppertime, which is really nice in the summer when you want to spend more time having fun!
Okay back to the recipe. For meat lovers 3-cheese baked rigatoni – you’ll need your choice of meats that are already cooked, a box of rigatoni pasta, a jar of spaghetti sauce, mozarella cheese, parmesan cheese and cottage cheese.
Begin by cooking your rigatoni until just al dente. (It will cook more in the oven and you don’t want it too mushy!) Next, start laying down your meats on the bottom of a pyrex dish. My kids are picky – and half of them think that chicken is evil while the other half think that pepperoni is the devil. Hence the carefully divided meats (above).
Next, in a large mixing bowl, gently stir pasta sauce together with half a container of cottage cheese (or about 12 oz), just until loosely combined.
Strain cooked pasta and add to the bowl of sauce/cheese. Spoon that whole mess into the pyrex dish to cover the meat.
Top with an 8 oz bag of shredded Mozzarella, and then sprinkle about 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese on top of that. If you like, you can layer even more meats on top. Meat that you want to have a crispiness about it will be good here, like pepperoni or sausage or bacon.
Bake at 350 for 20 – 30 minutes, or until the top has a slightly golden crust. Serve with garlic bread and salad, and enjoy!
DOUBLING TIP: I usually bust out my giant 15 x 10 pyrex dish for baked pasta because my family of 6 can really demolish some food. This recipe just barely made enough for the family, but in the future I would double the recipe in my big dish so we could have leftovers for later in the week. If doubling to make a deep dish pasta bake, I think it would be a good idea to layer another meat layer in the middle somewhere to keep things interesting
- Box of Rigatoni or Penne Pasta
- Jar of Pasta Sauce
- 12 oz of Cottage Cheese
- 8 oz Shredded Mozzarella
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Pepperoni, Sausage, Chicken, etc...
- Begin by cooking your rigatoni until just al dente. (It will cook more in the oven and you don't want it too mushy!)
- In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350.
- Next, start laying down your meats on the bottom of a pyrex dish.
- Next, in a large mixing bowl, gently stir pasta sauce together with half a container of cottage cheese (or about 12 oz), just until loosely combined.
- Strain cooked pasta and add to the bowl of sauce/cheese. Spoon into the pyrex dish to cover the meat.
- Top with an 8 oz bag of shredded Mozzarella, and then sprinkle about ¼ cup of parmesan cheese on top of that. If you like, you can layer even more meats on top.
- Bake for 350 for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese on top is turning golden.