Easy Spinach Lasagna is made with delicious and thick layers of marinara sauce, ricotta, spinach, no-boil noodles, and mozzarella.
So it’s about 95 degrees out, but this mama needed lasagna, and it was totally worth turning on the oven for. Back in college, I was a deli manager at Mothers Market and Kitchen, that’s where I fell in love with spinach lasagna. The cooks would make huge trays for us to put out in the hot section and at the end of the night whatever was not eaten we got to take home to eat! I’m pretty sure rules have changed since then, haha!
Spinach lasagna may be the perfect meal in my opinion, and it’s perfect for a meatless meal option. I have one child who loves meat and one that won’t eat meat most of the time. This meal pleases all parties at my house! This dish also makes an excellent freezer meal, or meal to bring to a new mama!
The ricotta spinach filling is to die for, I could eat this with a spoon!
Love easy meals, also try:
This Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is a light and fresh dish with delicious flavor. Packed with veggies, herbs and the perfect dressing to go with it. Serve up the best healthy vegetarian Mediterranean bowl today!
You will soon learn my love for meals in a bowl. It just feels so complete all nestled inside a bowl! For lunch today I whipped up this insanely easy and delicious Mediterranean Chickpea Salad, then added it to my very own style nourish bowl. Honestly, this bowl hit the spot! Now that the weather is warming up salads are making a way back into my heart.
So I totally get salads can be boring, but I promise you will not find a boring salad around here! Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is filled with juicy cherry tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, chickpeas, parsley, red onion, and feta all tossed it in delicious dressing to bring it all together. It is the perfect salad to serve with any meal or to have on its own.
Eating Mediterranean Chickpea Salad in a nourish bowl is my favorite way to enjoy it. I filled the bowl with quinoa, arugula, hummus, and warm pita bread, so good! Make this salad once and serve it up with different dishes all week! This nourish bowl is a must-have for me at least once a week!
Love easy and delicious salads also try, Beet and Goat Cheese Salad + Golden Balsamic Dressing, Creamy Cashew Dressing, and Tuscan Kale Salad with Apples.
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
- 15.5 oz can chickpeas, drained
- 1 cup cucumbers, diced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 3/4 cup parsley leaves, diced
- 1/3 cup red onion, diced
- 1/4 cup feta crumbles
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp lemon, juice of
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp agave (can sub sugar)
- salt to taste (I used about a 1/2 tsp)
For the Bowl
- 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked, or more as needed
- 1/2 cup arugula, or more as needed
- 1 heaping spoonful roasted garlic hummus
- 1 warm pita bread, cut in triangles
- In a large bowl toss together chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, parsley, and feta.
- Make the dressing, in a small jar whisk together minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, agave, and salt.
- Pour dressing over salad and toss. Enjoy
- To make a nourish bowl serve over quinoa and arugula. Top with hummus and warm pita bread.
Strawberry Pop-Tarts are made with flakey pie crust, strawberry jam filling, and a sweet glaze to top it off. This recipe is easy to make and a huge hit with everyone!
Strawberry Pop Tarts were my absolute favorite snack growing up! My parents were rather strict when it came to food so they always got us the ones at Trader Joes, but even those were so delicious! I got the idea on my run this morning, yes I was thinking about food and running, haha! It just popped in my head and I couldn’t get the idea out so I knew it was time to give these a try!
I had premade pie crust in the freezer for some time now, I think Trader Joe’s brand pie crust is the best tasting. I used both sheets up for these Strawberry Pop Tarts. There is a lot of steps in this recipe however its fairly simple to make. You can eat these pop tarts warm, so dang delish, or room temp! The kids and I have already gobbled up 3 of the six that were made today! Hubby will definitely help himself to a few tonight too when we Netflix and chill!
Never buy a store-bought pop tart again, there are so easy to make and taste so much better!!!
As I said, there are quite a few steps. Sometimes seeing that can overwhelm you, I totally get it! However, the steps are so easy here are a few pictures for guidance!
- Start with a floured surface, roll out your pie dough, and trim off edges with a knife or pizza cutter.
- Cut each pie crust into three strips, you will have a total of six. Add a spoonful of your strawberry jam mixture to one side of each strip.
- Brush edges with egg.
- Fold the top of the strip over.
- Using a fork crimp edges together on all 4 sides.
- 2 whole refrigerated pre-made pie crusts
- 1/2 cup strawberry jam ( any fruit spread will work)
- 1 tbsp arrowroot (can sub corn starch)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup powder sugar
- 4 tsp water (or more as needed)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a small bowl whisk, one egg set aside. In another small bowl mix together your jam and arrowroot set aside.
- On a floured workspace slightly roll out your pie crust.
- With a pizza cutter or knife trim off round edges. Divide the crust evenly into three strips. Do this for your other pie crust too.
- Spoon about 1 1/2 tbsp of jam on one end of each strip. Brush the edges with egg and fold the dry end over.
- Using a fork crimp the edges together on all four sides. Repeat for all pop tarts.
- Transfer pop tarts to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 22-25 minutes or until edges are slightly golden, let cool.
- Whisk together powder sugar and water to create your icing glaze. Spoon over icing over pop tarts and immediately pour on your sprinkles before icing sets.
- Serve them warm or at room temperature, both are delicious! Enjoy
Hearty and healthy, Chia Pudding and Oats Breakfast Bowl will keep you full till lunch! Made with delicious wholesome ingredients and the perfect meal to nourish your body!
I can not think of a more Instagram friendly meal then a breakfast bowl, ha! Now that we are all home during this world pandemic I find it more crucial than ever to really focus on nourishing our bodies. For us, that means plenty of fruits, veggies, and sunshine! Chia Pudding and Oats Breakfast Bowl ensure we all start our day with good nutrition!
This morning after my quick run, I whipped up Chia Pudding and Oats Breakfast Bowl for the fam! We all like different toppings but the base of the bowl never changes. Topping we love is fruits, toasted coconut, nut butter, and chocolate!
We are trying to get fruit every morning before the kids try to snack on everything else every ten minutes, haha! Do your little kids love to snack, or is it just mine?
Love healthy and nourishing breakfasts, also try Granola Tarts!
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp agave
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 2/3 cup almond milk or can sub water
- 1 tsp agave or can sub maple syrup
- Toasted coconut
- Nut butter
- Dark chocolate
- Start by mixing together all your chia pudding ingredients, then set aside. This will take 7-10 minutes to set into a pudding.
- Prepare your quick oats. Add quick oats to boiling almond milk, stir and remove from heat.
- Prepare your toppings.
- Add oats to your bowl on one side. When chia pudding is ready, pour that in on the other side. Top with fruit and whatever your heart desires! ENJOY!
Easy Tofu and Vegetable Curry is a simple and healthy recipe bursting with flavor. Have this delicious meal out in 20 mins from start to finish!
There is nothing like a warm bowl of curry on a chilly day. I don’t know what is going on with me but I can not get enough of this Easy Tofu and Vegetable Curry. Literally I’ve eaten this 4 times in the past week!! My curry cravings are crazy, funny thing is that I never actually liked curry till 6 months ago! Maybe I am just making up for the lost time.
This dish has mild spice and is bursting with the most delicious cozy flavor. Serve it with some warm rice or naan and you got yourself the best meal ever! My love for curry lately is crazy, haha! The best part for me is it is that Easy Tofu and Vegetable Curry is a quick, nutritious and delicious meal! I can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes!
A FEW RECIPES NOTES
- Use Veggies You Like in this Easy Tofu and Vegetable Curry: Broccoli, bok choi, peas, peppers, and eggplant would all be great additions!
- Rice: curry goes excellent with rice, rice noodles, and naan.
Love curry, also try 15 – Minute Chickpea Curry and Quinoa.
If you tried this Easy Tofu and Vegetable Curry please let me know how you liked it by leaving a rating and comment below! Be sure to follow along on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook for all the delicious things happening around here!
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 14 oz tofu, extra firm cut into cubes
- 1 shallot, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1 zucchini, diced
- 4 cups cauliflower florets
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tsp ginger, crushed
- 1 1/2 tbsp curry powder
- 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
- 15 oz coconut milk, canned
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- Salt & Peper to taste
- Heat avocado oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Add in tofu and cook each side 1-2 minutes, until golden and crispy.
- Transfer tofu to a separate bowl and add in the shallot and cauliflower. Cook for 1 minute. Then add in carrots, zucchini, garlic, and ginger let cook for another 3-4 minutes.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients. Mix everything together till well combined. Add back in tofu and bring the curry to a simmer.
- Taste and adjust if needed, remove from heat and serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 244mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g
Nutted Wild Rice Pilaf is an amazing side dish filled with so much flavor and texture. The combination of sweet potatoes, nuts, herbs, cranberries, and wild rice come together and make this dish unforgettable!
One of my favorite things about this time of year is all the gatherings. I love getting together with family and friends and sharing in the spirit of gratitude for all we are so grateful for. It is a beautiful time of year and for me feels like newness is upon us. Before my parents went their separate ways we would always have the most beautiful and over the top thanksgivings spreads! I am one of 5 kids, so there were always tons of delicious food! My mom is one of the best cooks I know!! Now that, that chapter has come to a close the torch has been passed my way!
Okay, I’m not trying to make this a sob story, I swear its happy! Now that I get to host I do very much still make the original family mashed potato and stuffing recipes, however, I add my own twist things! That’s the beauty of starting something new its a chance to change and make things better!! I can not wait to get a bigger place and start hosting for my friends too! Nutted Wild Rice Pilaf is a dish nobody will forget and my favorite part about it is the various levels of texture and delicious flavor. You get it all with this dish!
Incorporating fall flavors is easy and makes everything taste like you’ve been working at it all day. This Nutted Rice Pilaf goes great as a side dish but I also love it on its on! Its hearty and taste great with a side arugula salad.
How do I cook Nutted Wild Rice Pilaf:
In a medium sauce pan bring 2 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Next, stir in your wild rice blend. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 30-35 minutes. Uncover and fluff wild rice blend with a fork, cooking for an additional 5 minutes.
While the rice is simmering in another skillet add olive oil, sweet potato and onion, cook till tender. Add in pecans, walnuts, cranberries, and garlic, keep cooking for 2 minutes. Lastly add in the rice, spices and combine.
Love an easy side dish also try, Easy Greek Pasta Salad.
- 1 cup wild rice blend
- 2 cups chicken broth (veggie broth vegan option)
- 1 cup sweet potatoes, diced
- 1/2 cup white onion, diced
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 tsp ground thyme
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- salt to taste
In a medium saucepan bring 2 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Next, stir in your wild rice blend. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 30-35 minutes. Uncover and fluff wild rice blend with a fork, cooking for an additional 5 minutes. While the rice is simmering in another skillet add olive oil, sweet potato, and onion, cook till tender. Add in pecans, walnuts, cranberries, and garlic, keep cooking for 2 minutes. Lastly, add in rice and spices and combine.
Yield:6 | 7 freestyle points |
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 420mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 4gSugar: 14gProtein: 5g
Nothing says October like Pumpkin Spice. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins are packed with pumpkin and topped with sugar. They are super moist and absolutely delicious. How else would I celebrate on the first day of October?
I could eat pumpkin muffins year-round. They give off all the cozy Fall feels. This time of year it seems like Trader Joe’s explodes with pumpkin everything and I am all for it! First on my list of pumpkin things to make is pumpkin chocolate chip bars. Next, these amazing Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins!
Pumpkin muffins are a great pair to your cup of coffee or tea. Freezer friendly only takes second to reheat in the microwave.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, or gluten-free
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
- 1 tbsp almond butter any nut butter will work
- 1 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar, if you like a sweeter muffin add in another 1/2 cup
- 2 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- dash of salt
Spice and Sugar topping
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners. Spray each of them with nonstick spray.
- In a medium bowl mix together your flour and baking powder then set aside.
- In a large bowl whisk together the pumpkin puree, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract, almond butter, sugar, pumpkin spice and salt.
- Whisk in the flour mixture to your large bowl of wet ingredients BUT be careful to not over mix.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- In a small bowl combine sugar and pumpkin spice for topping.
- Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin liners and sprinkle each muffin with the sugar and pumpkin spice mixture.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 5-7.
Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Bowls take 30 minutes to make and are the perfect weeknight dinner for the whole family. On busy nights this is my go-to meal. A beautiful blend of chicken, carrots, broccoli simmered in a homemade teriyaki sauce and served over a bed of rice. Your next dinner is only 30 minutes away.
Isn’t it the best when all parties in your home love dinner. I do have one child that usually has something to say before every dinner even before she even takes a bite. That is unless its something like cupcakes or ice-cream. Happy to announce that this meal has my most opinionated child stamp of approval, in fact, she asked me to make Chicken Teriyaki again, winning!
I grew up competitively swimming and I must say at every swim meet there were teriyaki chicken bowls and they were my favorite thing about swim meets, ha! Swimmers, I think we can all relate teriyaki bowls and cup o’ noodles, are a swim meet snack bar staples! As I got older and more into eating clean I learned of all the added sugars and nonsense added into a bottle of pre-packed teriyaki sauce. I promise to give you the best quality ingredients in this sauce. I used agave for sweetener but feel free to sub for honey or coconut sugar.
You can make this low carb very easily by throwing it over some cauliflower rice or having it as a lettuce wrap. If you’re looking to beef up these bowls cook up some frozen egg rolls to go along with the bowls.
Can I Make This With Frozen Vegetables?
YES! But cook the veggies first to avoid a watery bowl. Feel free to add in your favorite veggies I love adding steamed cabbage!
Do I have to cook the chicken stovetop?
Nope! Feel free to use the grill just keep the chicken whole. In a pinch, use could even get away with using ground chicken or rotisserie chicken!
Tips for Success:
Don’t use excess salt coconut aminos is salty enough, you can easily over salt this by using salt.
Add in your favorite veggies red bell pepper, cabbage, and sugar snaps are great additions.
Leftovers: Due to the nature of agar-agar powder it will become jello-like in the fridge but don’t fear will liquefy once it’s heated again!
Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Bowls
- 3/4 cup coconut aminos
- 4 tbsp agave (can sub coconut sugar)
- 3 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp agar-agar powder ( can sub corn starch)
Chicken, Veggies, and Rice:
- 2 lbs chicken thighs (can sub breast) chopped in cubes
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 1/3 cups diced carrots
- 3 cups broccoli diced
- 1/4 cup green onions diced
- sesame seeds (optional)
For the teriyaki sauce:
- In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the coconut aminos, agave, rice vinegar, garlic, and ginger. Stir with a whisk for 2 minutes.
- Mix in the agar agar powder and the water. Stir until sauce comes to a low boil and then reduce it to a simmer, turn off the heat.
For the chicken:
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat add in sesame oil, chicken, minced garlic, and onion powder. Cook chicken till lightly brown on the outside about 4 minutes.
- Add in the broccoli and carrots, sauté for 2 more minutes. Pour the teriyaki sauce into your chicken and veggies. Stir and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
To assemble bowls:
- Layer rice into 4 bowls and top with chicken and veggies. Drizzle desired about of teriyaki sauce and top with green onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
Easy no-fuss Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls that are perfect for meal prep, lunch and dinner. Prepare these bowls and have a healthy lunch or dinner for the week!
After a week of all-inclusive eating tacos and drinking margaritas in Mexico, its time to get my clean eating back on track. Craving all the hearty vegetables now!! Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls are my favorite to eat during the week. Once you make this bowl you will find yourself wanting more, healthy eating does not have to be gross or boring.
Before we jump into the recipe I don’t think of these bowls as a “recipe” they are customizable and easy to make. You can put different veggies in your bowl every time or just stick to your favorites.
- 2 cups cabbage (purple or green) cut in thin strips
- 1 zucchini sliced into rounds
- 1 cup Brussels sprouts cut in half
- 1 bell pepper sliced core and seeds removed
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- garlic powder, salt, and black pepper
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups of water
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup feta crumbles
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes roughly chopped
- Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Spread out and evenly place veggies on your baking sheet. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and toss till veggies are evenly coated. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bake for 25 minutes or until veggies is tender but crisp on edges.
- While veggies are roasting prepare your quinoa. In a small saucepan combine water, quinoa, and salt. Bring to a boil then turn down heat and cover. Cook for 15 mins then turn off the heat, keep covered for 7 minutes while heat is off. Fluff with fork before serving.
- Assemble bowls by adding quinoa and an assortment of veggies. Sprinkle liberally with feta, sun-dried tomatoes, and pine nuts. Enjoy!
- Note- if you are meal prepping you can place everything in containers and microwave when you are ready to eat.
- Optional but totally recommended to add avocado chunks!
With a pint of blackberries ready to eat and a few sad bananas in the fruit basket, I went ahead and took matters into my own hands. Whipped up this unique ONE BOWL, refined sugar free, Vegan and gluten free banana bread with a blackberry twist. This is not your average banana bread its a light, healthy and utterly delicious take on it!
Using a minimal 8 ingredients and one bowl because lets be honest…dishes are the pits! These bars where a huge hit after school today with my kiddos! Kid and mama approved is always a bonus!! This berrylicious banana bread is my new favorite. It is extremely simple to make, slightly dense, packs a big flavor and perfectly moist! The kids enjoyed it with a ice cold glass of almond milk and I love mine with some tea or coffee. It can be made in a bread pan but I find it comes out best in a brownie pan.
To make start with a medium size bowl and combine your ripe bananas, coconut sugar, chia seeds, almond milk and coconut oil. Mash bananas while mixing all ingredients together.
Now that wet ingredients are mixed, add in your almond flour and baking soda. Mix in the dry ingredients.
Gently fold in your blackberries, and transfer to your prepared baking dish.
Place more halved blackberries on top and bake!
Blackberry Banana Bread Bars
- 2 bananas very ripe
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup blackberries halved
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F, and greese a 9' x 13' cake pan, I use avocado oil spray.
- In a medium bowl combine the bananas, coconut sugar, chia seeds, almond milk and coconut oil. Comnine till all ingredients are well incorperated.
- Add in the almond flour and baking powder, combine till all ingredients are mixed in.
- Gently fold in 3/4 cups of the blackberries, reserve the rest for topping.
- Pour batter into prapred cake pan. Using the back of a spoon even out the batter. Top with the rest of your blackberries.
- Bake for 1 hr and 5 mins. Let cool and enjoy!! Stores great in fridge!