Sheet Pan Chicken Sausage Dinner

Happy Thursday, friends! As most of you know, I am in my third trimester expecting our first child! I don’t usually share too many personal details on the blog, but you can see our announcement post here. Although I honestly do feel great– “great” being relative to growing a human inside your body– I still get tired quicker than usual and my back hurts, especially when I have to lean over the sink to do a lot of dishes. Enter sheet pan dinners to save the day, and my back!! I honestly don’t know why I haven’t done more recipes like this, especially during this seasoning of wanting quick and easy prep and clean-up. Take a look…

Easy BBQ Chicken Tostadas

Happy New Year!! I can’t believe this is my first post of 2018…things have been crazy around here–to say the least!! Because life is moving in every direction right now, my need for simple, healthy and delicious dinners is at a peak. And y’all KNOW my love for Mexican inspired dishes is unstoppable. I made these BBQ chicken tostadas the other night and it was extremely simple, but extraordinarily tasty! Take a look…

Vegetable Beef Soup

My Granddaddy is known for his vegetable beef soup! Growing up, I couldn’t get enough!! Even when I went to college, he would make it in bulk and freeze it for me to take back to school. Man, it’s the best! Now, this isn’t his recipe, but he definitely is the inspiration behind it. As y’all know, I am ALL about using what is already in the pantry. I try to keep vegetables stocked up at home {canned or frozen} because they make it so easy to throw something together that is nutritious. I had some left over ground beef –from making spicy cranberry meatballs for our Christmas Party {see more about that here} and I wanted to use it before it went bad.  {FYI, I made this recipe back in December, but am just now posting it! So the beef was just two days old, not two months! haha}. I threw in whatever I could find in my cabinets/fridge that I needed to use. That is the great thing about soups– you can really throw in whatever you have and it turns out great!! This soup hit the spot. It is a blizzard today in NYC and I am craving this soup, which is was led me to post it today. I just want to stay at home, bundle up on the couch and eat this soup!! Take a look…

Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

Daniel and I had such a nice, relaxing weekend! We went to a concert with friends, grabbed dinner with a buddy, went to Target, read my book, enjoyed time at church and shopped around. It was the perfect combination of fun and relaxation! We typically stay in on Sunday nights, so I always love to try new recipes. I had some ground turkey in the freezer, so I wanted to make something that would allow me to use it. This dish was inspired by Primavera Kitchen and is so good!! Usually, ground turkey can be bland in taste, but I think using a flavored olive oil helped bring it to life! I was pleasantly surprised at just how flavorful this dish turned out. AND it is healthy and super easy to make!! We will definitely be making it again– but next time, I may use even more sweet potatoes!  

Slow Cooker Skirt Steak Pasta

My girl SkinnyTaste did it again with another amazing recipe from her new cook book, Fast and Slow. If you don’t have it, you need it in your life. You won’t regret it. I have also made a versions of her Brussels Sprout HashandCrockpot Chicken Soupboth were amazing!This slow cooker beef ragu is SO easy and delicious. I put the beef in the crockpot before church and was able to run errands all afternoon without worrying about preparing for dinner. It basically cooks itself, which is a bonus! It’s just as comforting and delicious as it sounds. Add a glass of red wine {if you’re of age, of course :P} and it is perfection. Take a look…

Turkey Taco Spaghetti Squash

THIS.IS.DELICIOUS. Seriously. New favorite recipe!! Spaghetti squash used to intimidate me because I never cooked with it much before, and when I did cook it I don’t think I did it right. But honestly its amazing how simple it is {when you actually look up how to cook it;)}. I have been in a carb swap mode lately and {shocking} I love tacos, so why not try taco spaghetti squash boats?! There are actually a lot of recipes out there for spaghetti squash— Alfredo, pesto, tomato sauce and everything in between. Inspired by my girl Skinnytaste, with a touch of L+J, this one is a keeper! 

Crockpot Chicken Soup

Happy fall, y’all!! The temperature has dropped in NYC and that means it is time to bust out the crockpot. I have this thing about fall and crockpots… basically I try and cook every meal in the crockpot when the season changes to the fall/winter months for some reason. Just seems cozy {and easy}! So today I woke up a little under the weather, which is weird because I haven’t been congested in a long time. But, I traveled this weekend and stayed in a hotel which usually gives me the sniffles.

Anywho, because of that, I woke up wanting chicken noodle soup. My sweet hubby was going to make it for me and then reminded me that I just bought the new Skinnytaste Fast and Slow cookbook. I love all things Skinnytaste and was pumped to get her new cookbook. I flipped to the soup section and found a recipe titled “Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup for my Soul”. Well, I don’t have a pressure cooker and I assumed it was chicken noodle. It was not but it got me inspired!! Take a look… 

Cauliflower Fried Rice

I love rice and could eat it in every form, flavor and cuisine. I’m always looking for ways to make my favorite dishes healthier, without losing the flavor! I’ve even made quinoa fried rice {here}.

When I do have rice, I try to eat mainly brown rice to get some good whole grains in my diet. But, when I’m wanting to save some calories and carbs, I turn to cauliflower rice. Let’s just take a second to appreciate the creation of cauliflower rice. I mean, genius!!

This recipe was so easy and delicious and I’m excited to share it with you!  

Spinach Sausage Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Happy Friday and happy summer!! Several people have asked me why I haven’t posted lately… honestly, LIFE! Life has been movin’ and groovin’ and I’m just lucky to be holding on for the ride!

We recently moved apartments, I changed jobs, trying to take more classes so I can finish my masters {sooner rather than later}, and being a wife and {dog} mom can all be overwhelming at times. So, the blog has unintentionally taken a backseat:/

I so enjoy sharing recipes, adventures and featuring talent and small businesses, so I am going to try my best to keep it going!  And what better way to jump back into things than with an Italian comfort dish?! Every now and then I crave a good, cheesy pasta dish… I’m human! I made these stuff shells last night and they are mouth watering delicious!!  The full recipe was a lot, so I halved it and made some {skinny} changes so the overall guilt wouldn’t be as bad!