8 Healthy and Quick Weeknight Dinners

30
Jan
2017

8 Healthy and Quick Weeknight Dinners

Quick, homemade healthy meals and weeknight dinners – we all are looking for the secret, right? Seems like during the week I often struggle with keeping dinner fresh and tasty. We easily fall into a rut with our favorites, so it is time to shift things a bit.

Here are a collection of simple recipes to liven up your dinner hour and help you keep your sanity. I love using my Instant Pot – cooking up whole organic chickens that I find on markdown at my grocery store truly makes my heart SING! I am kind of funny that way, but saving money on our grocery budget and getting healthy real food that nourishes my family really makes me happy!

Needs some dinner inspiration? Put one or two of these on your menu for this week!

#1: Fall-Off-The-Bone Pressure Cooker Chicken (in 30 Minutes!)

Fall-Off-The-Bone Pressure Cooker Chicken (in 30 Minutes!)

#2: Texas Beef Chili (Slow Cooker & Instant Pot)

Texas Beef Chili (Slow Cooker & Instant Pot)

#3: Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

#4: One Pan Blackened Cod, Sweet Potatoes, and Zucchini

One Pan Blackened Cod, Sweet Potatoes, and Zucchini

#5: Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

#6: Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies

Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies

#7: One Pan Ranch Pork Chops with Crispy Potatoes

One Pan Ranch Pork Chops with Crispy Potatoes

#8: 4-Ingredient Salmon Patties

4-Ingredient Salmon Patties

Which one caught your eye or made your tummy grumble?

Simple Crustless Quiche Recipe

14
Nov
2016

Simple Crustless Quiche Recipe
This recipe has been a lifesaver on so many occasions – providing breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. It is perfect for a potluck or to whip up last minute.

My basic recipe is just that – the base. You can add most anything to it and make it uniquely yours.

Here’s the base:

  • 10 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Then feel free to add any combination of the following:

  • 8 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped ham
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups organic spinach or kale
  • 3/4 cup grated cheese – cheddar or mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir in the other ingredients (spinach, bacon, etc). Pour into a greased 9 X 11 inch baking dish and top with tomato halves and any cheese.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the quiche is set.

I really love this recipe because I can be creative and use little bits of ingredients I can find in my fridge! If I am out of fresh basil, I will use a drop of Basil Vitality Essential Oil – which will really bring some fabulous flavor too. You can easily make it Paleo, 21 Day Sugar Detox compatible, and it is gluten-free too.

14 Easy Gluten-Free Weeknight Dinner Recipes

29
Aug
2016

14 Easy Gluten-Free Weeknight Dinner Recipes

The ease of summer is quickly vanishing (or perhaps you have already had your summer come to an abrupt halt with back to school already). We start next week, so I wanted to grab some tasty and easy weeknight dinner recipes to help ease the crazy busy days the school week brings.

I am a gluten free eating machine and I want to find healthy options that can still be quick in the kitchen. I do love freezer cooking and big batch cooking, but recently with our move, I have not had the space or the time to prepare in advance. I can’t wait to get back into my groove!

Here are 14 recipes to fill your menu planner and mine for the next two weeks. Which one will be your family’s new favorite? Now, let’s get cooking!

One-Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls via No. 2 Pencil

#1: One-Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls

Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion and Potato Hash via The Two Bite Club

#2: Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion and Potato Hash

Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak with Grilled Peppers via Paleo Newbie

#3: Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak with Grilled Peppers

Garlic Butter Baked Salmon in Foil via Little Spice Jar

#4: Garlic Butter Baked Salmon in Foil

Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole via Making Thyme for Health

#5: Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole via My Gluten-Free Kitchen

#6: Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Zucchini Pizza Boats via A Saucy Kitchen

#7: Zucchini Pizza Boats

Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup via CincyShopper

#8: Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup

Baked White Fish with Pine Nut, Parmesan, and Basil Pesto Crust via Kalyn's Kitchen

#9: Baked White Fish with Pine Nut, Parmesan, and Basil Pesto Crust

Lentil Chili via Little Broken

#10: Lentil Chili

Tomato Basil Artichoke Baked Chicken via Julia's Album

#11: Tomato Basil Artichoke Baked Chicken

 Loaded Potato Soup via Iowa Girl Eats

#12: Loaded Potato Soup

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers via Little Family Adventure

#13: Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Zucchini Lasagna via Skinnytaste

#14: Zucchini Lasagna

Insanely Yummy #21DSD Chocolate Energizing Shake

8
Aug
2016

Insanely Yummy #21DSD Chocolate Energizing Shake

Oh my word – I can’t believe I haven’t shared this recipe with you all sooner! I apologize now, because once you begin to add this to your daily routine, you will see why I love it so much.

I recently completed my second round of the popular 21 Day Sugar Detox program and this shake was part of my success. The thought of eliminating the sugar from my diet seemed impossible, but I have done it without losing my mind.

I like chocolate and I need quick and easy food. This powerful breakfast shake has become an integral part of my most productive days.

Insanely Yummy #21DSD Chocolate Energizing Shake Recipe

  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup almond milk (be sure to get a brand that does not have carrageenan)
  • 1 scoop unsweetened protein powder (I use this)
  • 2 Tablespoons organic cacao powder (I use this)
  • 1 teaspoon organic maca powder (I use this)
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic cinnamon (I use this)
  • 1/3 cup organic pumpkin puree (I use this)
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla flavoring (I use this)
  • 1 green tipped banana

Add all of the ingredients to your blender. Turn it on for 30 seconds and ENJOY!

Insanely Yummy #21DSD Chocolate Energizing Shake Recipe

It may take your taste buds a bit to get use to this less sweet version of a shake, but it is so satisfying and packed full of food our body can really use. Sometimes I use 1/2 cup of brewed coffee that has been cooled too. Feel free to change it up a bit to meet your taste – just NO SUGAR!

A Couple Notes About the Ingredients

I recently discovered maca powder. Check it out. Maca powder has been shown to support healthy hormone levels, enhance vitality, and sustain natural energy levels. It also promotes a radiant complexion and glowing skin. It is packed full of minerals, fatty acids, and plant sterols which offer a wide range of benefits for your body. I have noticed a difference on the days I do not start my day with a shake. I definitely have seen an increase in energy, focus, and motivation!

Pumpkin puree is a great source of fiber, rich in iron, and a great source of Vitamin A which in turn is great for your eyes. It is a low calorie source of a great punch for the body.

I have lost five pounds in my second round of the #21DSD. My taste buds have changed. My body has changed. I have more energy and less inflammation. I wake up feeling ready for the day. I especially love knowing I am reducing the risk of illness from the food I choose to eat. I dare you to do any research about what sugar does to your body and how it is hidden in everything. I am thankful to have education and knowledge. That is power for helping us be the best we can be!

Now, go enjoy this fabulous shake recipe and comment when you have. You will want to share it with everyone! Have you done a round of the #21DSD before? Did you have a favorite recipe?

Easy DIY Skin Cleansing Face Mask for All Ages

12
May
2016

Easy DIY Skin Cleansing Face Mask for All Ages

It’s time to let our skin shine this summer! I love the feeling of soft, smooth skin and I was thrilled when my daughter shared one of her favorite DIY face mask recipes with me.  

I may have an occasional blemish here or there, but my main focus is to help my skin in its maturing state. This recipe is great for all ages – from teens to mature adults (I think that is what I call myself now at almost 50!).

Why Are These Ingredients Beneficial?

Bentonite clay pulls out toxins, chemicals, and even heavy metals. The clay also helps provide oxygen to cells and has an alkalizing effect. Bentonite clay is rich in beneficial minerals, such as magnesium, silica, and calcium.

The alpha hydroxyl acids in apple cider vinegar help keep skin pores open and dissolve dead skin cells. Moreover, apple cider vinegar treats occasional blemishes, restores the natural pH of your skin, and minimizes the appearance of pores.  

When mixed together with other beneficial, skin-supporting essential oils, you can easily create a mask that can safely and effectively be used for maintaining healthy skin. I love that! It’s effective, inexpensive, and great for the entire family.

Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil (also known as Tea Tree) has long been valued for its cosmetic benefits, especially for its natural skin-cleansing benefits. Tea Tree’s intrinsic properties cleanse away dirt, toxins, and dead skin, giving you healthy-looking and feeling skin.

Lavender Essential Oil is very helpful for using to keep your skin in a healthy state. It’s balancing and gentle on the skin, promoting relaxation too.

Both of these essential oils come in the Premium Starter Kit too!

Easy DIY Skin Cleansing Face Mask for All Ages

The Easy DIY Skin Cleansing Face Mask Recipe

DIY Face Mask with Essential Oils and Clay

Here is what it looks like as it is drying. It isn’t pretty, but it is effective! Please do not pin THIS picture on Pinterest. 🙂

Combine the bentonite clay in a small bowl. Please do not use a metal utensil or bowl when working with bentonite clay. Add in apple cider vinegar to make a spreadable paste.

Add 4 drops of essential oils and stir. Apply to the face for 10-15 minutes.

To remove the mask, wash your face with warm water and a washcloth. I especially love applying this and then taking an Epsom salt bath as well. The perfect relaxing evening – and all DIY!

Use up to 3 times a week and enjoy vibrant skin for summer!

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