Grilled Chicken Avocado Melts

Chicken Avocado Melts |

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...]

Stitch Fix Review #5


Hello friends! Well my lil guy Roman spent Sat/Sunday in the hospital. He was having asthma-like symptoms (coughing/wheezing/difficultly breathing) so my hubby took him to the ER on Saturday around 1:30pm. They gave him breathing treatments for over an hour and decided to keep him overnight to monitor him. He ended up getting steroids and a bunch more of the albuterol to help with his breathing. I have never had any of my children stay at the hospital for an illness so it was really a weird feeling to not be there with him. Once the kids and I visited that evening I could tell he was doing … [Read more...]

Friday Favorites


It's Friday! Woo hoo! Actually as a stay-at-home mom, Fridays don't have quite the same meaning to me as before when I was in the workplace, BUT I do love having the hubby home and not being on any schedule so yay for that! Let's dive right into Friday Favorites!   Favorite meal We have been having salads almost every night during the week lately. My favorite this week was this simple BBQ chicken salad. I grilled chicken breasts and basted them in Stubbs BBQ sauce. Then sliced up the chicken and tossed it on some romaine with cilantro, cheddar, leftover broccoli, a little … [Read more...]

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites


People love to talk about the weather. It's just part of human DNA. We also like to complain about the weather. You know we all do it. I was running today with baby E in the stroller and I checked the weather channel and it said it was 85 degrees at the time. I ran and boy was it hot. Then I recalled the days I lived in Texas and ran in much hotter temps, but I am simply not used to them now. On the other hand I hate running when it's too cold. If it's under 60 degrees I want no part of it. It seems like when it's summer I am longing for the fall and when it's winter I am eager for … [Read more...]

Kid-Friendly Fried Rice


I would normally say I prefer pasta over rice, but lately I have been cooking a ton of rice lately. When I was a kid I loved eating plain white rice with butter. However, I wanted to cook something a little more special than buttered white rice for our Friday night grilled salmon dinner. Now Chinese food is definitely not a favorite for my kids, but I had this idea that they would love a basic version of fried rice because they love scrambled eggs and they like peas and carrots. If I were making this for me, I would've used sesame oil and a lot more ginger and garlic but I had my kids in … [Read more...]

Friday Favorites


Hi friends! I can't believe another week has flown by. Before long the kids will be back in school and we'll be in fall. I don't mind fast forwarding the time just a bit because I am eager to get back to our regular schedules with school and activities. Plus it's been such a hot summer for Washington and since most of the homes don't having A/C or ceiling fans for that matter, it's hot! I don't feel like cooking at all so we've been having a ton of salads. I still have a lot of recipes to write but at least I got 3 posts up this week! It's Friday so that means another installment of … [Read more...]

World Breastfeeding Week: Benefits & Tips for Breastfeeding Success


It's World Breastfeeding week so I thought we'd talk about breastfeeding! I realize that this might not interest a lot of you, but it's important and even if it helps out one new mom then it's worth it! As a Dietitian, I worked with the WIC population when I was living in San Diego. It was an invaluable experience for so many reasons, one being that I learned so much about breastfeeding and infants. And this was all before I had kids. As part of the job, we were required to obtain a certification in lactation education which was really pretty neat! I learned sooooo much about … [Read more...]

Green Ways to Pack A Lunch


Hi friends! Today I want to talk about environmentally friendly ways to pack a lunch.  I always keep foil, saran wrap and plastic baggies on hand, but we rarely use them for our lunches because there are so many great reusable options. For the month of August my three oldest are all attending my daughter's year round Montessori school. They offer such a great curriculum and fun summer camps so everyone is super excited. The sweet owner of the school even offered my two year old (who will be 3 in November) a chance to attend for the month of August as well, his first time. I have been … [Read more...]