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The Best (and easiest) Way to Cook Rice without a Rice Cooker

Rice

This is the way we cook our brown rice and it is so good this way! Ingredients: -4 cups beef or chicken broth (32oz) -1 cup brown rice -1 cup quinoa (or if you don't have quinoa you can just do another cup of brown rice) Instructions: In a medium pan mix together broth, rice, and quinoa.  Turn on your burner and bring liquid to a boil.  Once boiling, stir and then reduce heat to low and cover with ...[Read More]

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (a 15-second video)

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    How to cook spaghetti squash! 1) Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds 2) Line a cookie sheet with foil and bake with the skin up at 375 for 40 minutes 3) Once baked, the inside will easily scoop out in strands similar to cooked spaghetti 4) Serve with your favorite spaghetti sauce and enjoy! Share with a friend who would like this! Here is the link for my Easy 30 Minute Homemad ...[Read More]

Lazy Man Sweet Potato Recipe

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 Sweet potatoes are SO inexpensive right now! My grocery store has them for 25 cents a pound!  This is my favorite 'lazy man' (or woman) sweet potato method. Two steps: 1) wash sweet potatoes 2) throw in crockpot Done! Cook on high for 4 hours until soft. I threw in a few red potatoes here and will mash them all up together for dinner with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Enjoy! PS - A lot of peo ...[Read More]

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Thai Peanut Turkey Lettuce Wraps 2

When I first started eating healthier after I had gained 65lbs during my first pregnancy, I knew that I needed to find a way to fix my sweet tooth.  I didn't know how to cook and I was terrible at baking, even when I was following recipes.  I knew that I had to learn to get creative in the kitchen, even if it meant a lot of bad experiments in the process.  It was during this time that I really lea ...[Read More]

Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash

  This is one of the easiest ways we like to roast butternut squash. Next time you are at the grocery store grab one butternut squash and one rotisserie chicken and you have a super easy dinner. Roasting the squash helps to bring out the sweetness, paired with coconut oil, salt and pepper makes a delicious healthy carb source. Winter squash (butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, e ...[Read More]

The Best Protein Mug Cake You've Ever Tried

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This month's Recipe of the Month was a challenge for me to make!  I've been playing around with mug cakes lately to curb my sweet tooth at night, but I've found that a lot of the time they end up really dry.  I found that adding a little extra unsweetened cocoa powder can really be a game changer and can make them really rich and moist.  I also added a healthy frosting to this one that makes the c ...[Read More]

Healthy Baked Calamari!

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Today's post is Day 11 of my 30 Day of Blogging challenge (click here to read about this crazy challenge I gave myself). This recipe was supposed to be posted yesterday, and I am so sorry it didn't get finished in time!  I spent the majority of the morning on the phone with my web hosting provider trying to figure out what on my website kept causing it to shut down!  We had a number caching issues ...[Read More]

Zucchini Tots

I saw this recipe on Pinterest the other day (if you aren't following me yet you should!  Click HERE to see my 'Clean Eats' board).  They looked delicious but had cheese, whole eggs, and italian bread crumbs and I knew I could clean them up even more.  So, I started experimenting in my kitchen and these turned out GREAT!  My 2-year old loved them and I did too!  We will be making these a lot more ...[Read More]

Homemade Healthy Ranch Dressing/Dip

Homemade Ranch Dressing Dip (Makes approximately 7 tbsp.) *NOTE* If you find this is too thick or too thin, you can add more almond milk to make it thinner, or less almond milk to make it thicker. 4 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk 3 tbsp. non-fat plain Greek yogurt (I like Fage 0%) 1/4 tsp. onion powder 1/8 tsp. dried dill 1/2 ts. dried parsley 1/2 tsp. dried chives 1/4 tsp. sea salt 1/4 tsp. black ...[Read More]

Sweet Potato Chips

This is how I will sometimes prep my sweet potatoes for the week. I cut them into slices and sprinkled cinnamon and truvia on top (I cut up 5 sweet potatoes and only needed to use two packets of truvia). I only did one side but you could flip them and put the cinnamon/truvia on both sides if you wanted. I cooked them for about 35 minutes on 350. Once they were cooled I portioned them out and put t ...[Read More]