Hi, friends! Over the years, I have created and published soooooo many recipes – yet it’s amazing that I make the same ones again and again.  I definitely have some tried-and-true favorites, and I know you guys love a lot of the same recipes. Great minds think alike, right? Personally, I think the key to recipes that stand the test of time is that they’re both super easy and (obviously) delicious. Many of my 3-ingredient dinners…

Good morning! Happy March 1st and National Nutrition Month! Speaking of which, please check out our first post over on the Designed to Fit Nutrition blog: Why You Need a Nutrition Coach! Ok, so I’m totally one of those people who goes through phases with food. For instance, I’ll be super into hot sauce and put it on everything for two weeks straight. Then, I get bored with it and then I’m onto nutritional yeast or pizza…

You guys know how much I enjoy meal planning, right? It’s typically a lot of fun for me– everything from coordinating the recipes and grocery shopping list to creating new meal ideas and prepping everything on Sunday afternoon. Hey, it’s a good time for me! Although, like a lot of people, there are some weeks that I’m just not super motivated to meal plan, but I’m not someone who can totally wing it because I know that even a little planning…

Hi, friends! I heard a rumor that you guys like quick and easy meal ideas, so here are four delicious ones that you might enjoy. I hope they inspire some tasty meals in your house! 1. Half of a baked sweet potato with chicken salad, steamed spinach, and buffalo sauce This meal requires a little Sunday prep, but once you’ve done your cooking for the week, you can throw this meal together in just a…

So, I think this week’s grocery shopping was a success? I created a meal plan and headed to Trader Joe’s with my list in hand. I tried to stick to my Trader Joe’s shopping list, but I veered off track a little bit here and there. I just can’t help myself when I’m there. Trader Joe’s has so many fun foods! Even still, I managed to come up with two weeks worth of groceries from…

Hi, friends! As you might remember, I had the opportunity to use Cook Smarts last week to plan our dinners, and I really enjoyed the experience. This post is sponsored by Cook Smarts, but I would be more than happy to tell you guys about this meal planning service even if it wasn’t. I truly love meal planning, and if you’re a fan too, I think you will really enjoy this service. It gives you…

Hello, hello! I hope your Monday is off to a fabulous start! Mal and I tag-teamed this week’s meal planning and grocery shopping. Usually, I always have a few meals in mind that I want to make for the upcoming week, but I was totally tapped out yesterday. I asked Mal for some ideas, but he replied: “You know what I like.” Um, thanks, Mal. Super helpful. Ha! But, I kind of get where he’s…

On Sunday afternoons, I typically spend about an hour preparing food for the upcoming week. I usually cook the most time-consuming meal of the week on Sundays, so while I am preparing it, I prep other foods””most of which will be stored in Tupperware containers and incorporated into meals later in the week. A “Sunday Cook-up,” as I’ve started to call it, might seem like a lot of work, but it’s totally worth it since…

Hi, guys! I totally slacked on publishing my meal plan post this week. Sorry about that! I started this post yesterday morning, but never ended up finishing it. Oops. Anyway, without further ado, here’s what’s on the menu for this week: Sunday: Roasted chicken with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and chilis Monday: Chicken Bacon Alfredo Tuesday: Spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and TJ’s turkey meatballs Wednesday: Shrimp stir fry with rice Thursday: Avocado egg salad sandwiches…

I was definitely starting to feel the cabin fever this morning. I felt restless, sort of cranky, and even a bit claustrophobic being all cooped up in the house for the past 24+ hours. When I realized our box was holding Open Gym today, I immediately got dressed and ready to go. I needed to get out of the house in a bad way! The roads in our neighborhood are still pretty messy, so Mal and I…

Yesterday, I watched a really interesting episode of The Dr. Oz Show called “Dr. Oz’s Super Market Survival Guide.” It was all about learning how to save time and money while taking the guesswork out of what to buy at the grocery store. I’m semi-obsessed with meal planning and saving money at the grocery store, so I was totally into it. What I liked most about the episode was the three experts (a nutritionist, a…

Hello! Happy Tuesday! Workout Have you ever had one those days when you just NEED a good workout? Like, the only thing that could possibly make you feel better is getting your sweat on? Well, yesterday was one of those days for me. I needed a workout that was going to kick my butt (in a good way) and get me back on track both mentally and physically, so I was psyched to see the…

I’ve had a nice, little Sunday over here: pancakes, gym, errands, and a delicious dinner is on the menu for this evening. But, the best part of my Sunday hasn’t happened yet. In about an hour, I’ll be reunited with Murphy!!! He’s been with our dog sitter since Thursday afternoon, but he’s getting dropped off at our house soon. How adorable is that photo?! Our dog sitter sent it to me a little while ago….

GAH! Look what happened overnight! SNOW! BOO times a million. Murphy felt the same way about the snow this morning. I had to drag him outside into it, but once he was out there, he quickly did his business”” he wanted to get back in the house as much as I did! I’m glad that Murphy is a snow-hater too. Breakfast At 7:45 this morning, Murphy was hungry for breakfast, so he woke me up….

Here’s the next blog post in my Grocery Shopping 101 series: Meal Planning. If you missed the first one, here it is: Assess Your Kitchen. Meal planning is the second step in my grocery shopping process. It saves me time during the busy work week and, of course, it saves me money. I plan my meals on Sunday morning for the upcoming week (Monday – Sunday), and I only buy what I need for that…

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