Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Balls {Vegan, Gluten-Free}


Here we are in our first full week of school (last week was short due to the Holiday). The kids are both doing so well, but our schedule has officially picked up with the addition of after school activities like gymnastics, church class and soccer twice-a-week for both kids. The kids come home starving as it is, but now that we go straight to another activity I have to keep the house well stocked with healthy snacks. One of their favorites is the snack balls I make in a variety of flavors- they often have some sort of dried fruit, some form of nuts and/or oatmeal. Since I've had oatmeal … [Read more...]

Friday Favorites

Caprese salad | www.nutriitouseats.com

This week was slow. It dragged for me, yet here we are again on Friday. Funny how that happens. My husband was out of town for work for 5 days and it made me wonder how the heck I made it through that 9 month deployment. Man, the beginning of Dad being gone is always the toughest. I hoped to get more cooking in but that always seems to be the case, but let's see what I was loving on this week's edition of Friday Favorites. Favorite food There were no really amazing dinners with the hubs being gone this week. It's a miracle that I got the kids fed, bathed and to bed on time. This … [Read more...]

Apple Pico de Gallo {#YahooFood}

Apple Pico de Gallo | www.nutritiouseats.com

    When I was in graduate school I became friends with a fellow RD intern whose parents lived in Cabo San Lucas. She invited me and another one of our classmates to go hang out there one summer. I fell in love. Not only is it gorgeous, but the local fruit stands, taco shops and markets add such character to the Mexican town.   We stayed for a full month (yes, lucky us!) because her family was kind enough to make room for us, and I have such great memories of going to the market to pick out our produce. Tomatoes, cilantro, onion, lime and peppers were the usual suspects. Coming … [Read more...]

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with Pesto & Garlic Yogurt Dressing


A hearty vegetable sandwich goes down as one of my top favorite sandwiches ever. There is so much you can do with the flavors in terms of seasoning, fresh herbs, dressing, etc. This one has grilled eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper and red onion and fresh tomato, basil and arugula. Then the amazing yogurt dressing paired with the pesto. Oh goodness, this is a keeper. Remember when I shared my Hawaii photos? I told you about this amazing veggie sandwich that I had at a little cafe there.  Well mine is different but equally delicious. As soon as I saw what was in my CSA box, I … [Read more...]

Friday Favorites


It's amazing what a long weekend does for the following week- makes it fly by! I didn't get done quite as much as I had hoped for the week but I had some quality time with my little ones as big brother and sister were off at school. Without further delay, let's talk friday favorites. Favorite food Blackberries! We have been picking and stocking up on blackberries before the season comes to an end. They mostly go straight to the freezer and are used for smoothies, but I couldn't resist baking up a blackberry cobbler with a bunch from our backyard. It was superb. I need to make it one … [Read more...]

Favorite Ways To Use Soy Milk


Hope you all had a great long weekend! We stayed local and did some fun activities with the kids- the movies, blackberry picking and the Northwest Trek, a beautiful wildlife park about an hour away from us. We all had an awesome time seeing the buffalo, bears, deer, cougar, and more and are enjoying the last bit of summer weather while we can. Long weekends call for leisurely breakfasts and that is just what we had- pancakes are always a perfect weekend breakfast because they take up a little more time than I care to give on a weekday. While I was cooking up my favorite vegan pancakes I … [Read more...]

Back-to-School Snacking with NatureBox & Lunch Tips


It's back to school week over here. My oldest started 2nd grade yesterday and my daughter started kindergarten! As much as I will miss having my daughter around, she has gotten to the point where she just wants to do stuff all day. Since her two youngest siblings take up a lot of my time I just can't keep her entertained enough. She will do amazing at kindergarten and her awesome big brother will be there to keep an eye on her. Nowthat I have lunches to pack again on a regular basis, I love having new ideas. I am not sure who gets bored with the lunches more- me or the kids. These snacks … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken Avocado Melts

Chicken Avocado Melts | www.nutritiouseats.com

As you've probably figured out by now, I am not a big red meat eater. Although I do appreciate all food, I prefer eating a lot of plant-based foods along with occasional chicken, fish and seafood. It's not that I don't ever buy meat, it's just when I am craving protein I usually go to chicken first. I can get a chicken dish on the table in no time. Tyson® Fresh Chicken is mindful of the challenges that busy families face during mealtime preparation. Their goal is to bring families together in a healthy, yet achievable manner. I love the versatility of chicken, the fact that it's a lean … [Read more...]

Kale Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette & Meal Planning


Is anyone tired of kale yet? I'm not! It's one of my weekly staples in my CSA box and I love it! I usually sauté it, use it in smoothies or chop it thinly and enjoy it as a salad. Occasionally I'll look for a good recipe incorporating kale just to change things up- it's such a versatile veggie. Not to mention it's a nutritional powerhouse. I'd need a whole separate post just to talk about the benefits, but here are some: full of cancer-fighting compounds, crazy high amounts of Vitamin K (careful if you're on an anticoagulant medication), Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Iron. High in … [Read more...]

Friday Favorites

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I feel like I say this every week but boy did this one fly by. I find myself chauffeuring my kids to and from summer school, juggling naps, making mental "to do" lists every chance I get, thinking about Christmas gifts...yes seriously. My mind is on overdrive. And we all know when that happens, very little gets accomplished. What I can do is share my friday favorites with you. Then I'll get back to attacking my crazy "to do" list.   Favorite meal  Oh the summer salads continue. I kid not when I say we have a huge salad at least 4-5 nights out of the week in these summer. … [Read more...]