It’s a new year and a new you! Or, maybe you are just trying to cook a little healthier this year. I’ve got you covered with 30 of my favorite healthy dinner recipes! These recipes are all simple to make and would be great for just two people or a family. I’ve shared some of my favorite pasta, sandwich, slow cooker, baked, and soup recipes to keep you going throughout the year!
I used to make all kinds of pizzas years ago and for whatever reason, I just stopped and forgot all about them which is crazy because, um, hello, it’s pizza!
This Mexican Chicken Pizza has always been one of my favorites! Instead of tomato sauce, I use salsa. Once you have this simple base ready, you can really experiment with the toppings. I like to use pepper jack cheese for an added kick, but you can certainly use plain jack cheese, cheddar, or a Mexican blend if you prefer. Corn and black beans are also a must for me, but the great thing about a pizza like this is that you really can’t go wrong! You can also add diced tomatoes, beef instead of chicken, peppers, green chilies, etc.
Since the chicken is already cooked, I recommend pre-baking the dough before adding all of the toppings until it is just about done. This will help prevent the chicken from drying out, but will still allow for the cheese to melt and for the toppings to get nice and warm before the pizza comes out of the oven. I like topping mine with lots of fresh cilantro, a dollop of sour cream, and of course, diced avocado!
We love testing out new muffin recipes in this house. My very picky toddler loves my pumpkin banana muffins and my chocolate zucchini muffins and so I always try to keep a batch in the freezer to heat up when she wants a snack. She also loves peanut butter so I decided to try a peanut butter and banana muffin. Elvis totally knew what’s up because I’m all about the peanut butter and banana combo. For life!
These muffins are super moist (I know, worst word ever, but it’s really the best way to describe them)! They are full of banana and peanut butter flavors. And of course, I had to add some chocolate chips. They are optional if you are really trying to watch your sugars, but obviously, highly recommended! You can also add in chopped nuts if desired or leave the muffins plain.
I also highly recommend warming them for a few seconds in the microwave before eating. It makes the flavors stand out even more. It’s so comforting to enjoy a warm muffin on a cold morning with a cup of tea or coffee. These muffins are perfect for a quick breakfast or a snack and with the chocolate chips, can also satisfy your sweet tooth without all the guilt!
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Winter break is over and it’s back to the grind of busy days at work and trying to get dinner on the table in a timely manner before bedtime! And as always during this time of year, I’m in serious holiday detox mode. I want nothing but veggies lately and a quick stir-fry is the perfect way to pack them in!
My friends at Libby’s® recently sent me some of their new Vegetable Pouches to try out in a recipe and the timing couldn’t be more perfect! They sent me pouches of Sweet Peas, Cut Green Beans, Sliced Carrots, Whole Kernel Sweet Corn and Mixed Vegetables. I’m really loving them because they are microwavable and cook in less than 60 seconds, are grown and packed in the US, and are also shelf stable!
The other thing I love about Libby’s® Vegetable Pouches is how fresh the vegetables taste. The corn still had that fresh crispy texture like it came right off the cob! These pouches are the perfect way to easily incorporate fresh vegetables into family meals.
I decided to make a big stir-fry loaded with vegetables, chicken, and a quick homemade peanut sauce. This meal comes together in 30 minutes or less. You can prepare the quinoa in advance to save time if needed. For the chicken, I like to use rotisserie chicken or you can also use any leftover cooked chicken that you may want to use up! This stir-fry is packed with flavor and I love the slight crunch from the corn and chopped peanuts. If quinoa isn’t your thing, feel free to use white or brown rice instead.
It’s been so nice outside lately and we’ve had some pretty chilly days and nights which I love. This obviously means that I can’t stop making soup. I’ve been wanting to try making lasagna soup for a long time and finally made it a top priority!
Lasagna soup is nothing new around the interwebs and frankly, I was really unsure if I was going to like it or not. I love lasagna and I love tomato soup, but I was worried lasagna soup would taste like thinned out tomato juice with some noodles and meat thrown in. I’m happy to report that I was wrong! This soup is really very simple to make too! All you have to do is brown some ground beef and then everything else is just thrown into the pot, including the lasagna noodles which cook in the same pot. You have to love any recipe where you only have to pull out one pot!
My favorite part of this soup was piling on copious amounts of ricotta and shredded mozzarella on top of my bowl. It may or may not have been kind of an embarrassing amount, but whatever, the baby likes cheese, so it’s all good!
Happy 2017, my friends! I can’t believe the holidays are already over and it’s time to get back to regular life. I always have mixed emotions when the new year hits. A part of me can’t wait to clear away all of the holiday decor and move on, and the other part feels a bit sad to say goodbye to the holidays and spending so much time off with family. This year, however, I am okay and ready to move on. I want to de-clutter and now that 2017 is here, it’s time to seriously get ready for baby #2 to arrive!
I’m also totally ready to stop eating carbs and sugar. Seriously. This baby has been giving me a sweet tooth that I didn’t have with Madeline. I’m also craving more carbs which isn’t so good. It’s time to say goodbye to all the holiday indulges and to go back to lots of salads and veggies!
This Winter Salad is the perfect way to kick off your new year. I’ve topped this salad with pomegranate seeds, clementines, avocado, chicken, and ripe pears. Lots of good winter produce in this salad! I skipped the cheese, but crumbled goat cheese would be kind of amazing. For the dressing, I made a homemade creamy pomegranate dressing with yogurt. The dressing is so yummy, I could just eat it with a spoon!
Welcome to Eat. Drink. Love.! My name is Stephanie. Here you will find healthy and easy recipes with a few indulgences thrown in for good measure! Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!