Fall foods are taking over my kitchen in full force lately! There are some on today’s list that you don’t want to miss – like homemade applesauce! It’s so easy! Enjoy!

if you’re not sure how to use all the spices in your spice cabinet or just want to be more creative in the kitchen, this infographic is perfect for you. so much great info!!

if you don’t mind a little spice, you’ll probably love this sriracha roasted chicken

do you make homemade pizza? I used to make it at least once a week but I’ve gotten out of the habit. this thai chicken pizza would be a nice change of pace

I think I have my favorite pizza crust recipe on this blog somewhere from back in the day, but this whole wheat pizza dough is even faster. now you have no excuse NOT to make pizza this week! 🙂

did you jump on the kale chip bandwagon a couple years back? I know…it sounds like major hippie food but they’re pretty darn good and these masala kale chips look incredibly addicting.

I’m not a fan of tomato soup, but this one actually looks pretty incredible

a souffle pancake with cinnamon apples sounds like the perfect fall Saturday morning treat

fried chicken is high in unhealthy saturated fats but if it’s a routine part of your dinner menu, you can make a lighter version like this oven fried chicken

nachos are one of my favorite foods and they don’t have to be unhealthy. load them up with fiber-filled black beans, healthy fats from avocado, and veggies like bell peppers and corn for a filling meal you can enjoy and feel good about.

fall is full of all kinds of squash. if you haven’t tried it, what better way to start than squash covered in sweet and sour sauce?

everyone in the family will like easy cheese baked tortellini. bonus – it can easily be frozen so make a couple batches at once!

if you have a slow cooker and you haven’t made homemade applesauce yet, you are missing out. it is so incredibly delicious and EASY….and makes your house smell amazing.



LOTS of recipes this week! Anyone making anything new for 4th of July next week? If you still need ideas, I think you’ll find a few below – enjoy!

stir fry is a great summer meal – quick, easy, loads of veggies….this honey ginger pineapple stir fry even has caramelized cashews!

if you love polenta as much as I do, then these easy polenta chips need to happen ASAP.

how cute are these little chickpea sliders??

this grilled vietnamese steak and vermicelli bowl is a nice change from the typical steak dinner

millet is one of my very favorite grains, but I haven’t tried it for breakfast yet!

raspberry lemon yogurt popsicles would also make a completely suitable summer breakfast addition

I’m not a huge fan of kale salads so far, but I have a feeling that a grilled kale ceasar might change that

grilled fruit is amazing and this grilled pineapple relish would be killer on some grilled chicken or pork!

mini blueberry pancakes!!

samosas are flaky little dough pockets packed with flavorful ingredients…like veggies and goat cheese! they’re often fried, but these are baked. healthy bonus!

I fully intend on making this simple summer chickpea salad for a cookout next week…and trying not to eat it all before I get there. no promises on that last part though.

can’t forget dessert…and another reason to buy the strawberries and raspberries that are insanely delicious right now

to finish up this week, these are my exact thoughts on why “cheat days” aren’t such a great idea. moderation is always the best way to go for weight loss or health in general.



Here are some delicious recipes for the week ahead. You can tell warm weather has arrived with all the spring/summer foods on this week’s list!

whole fruit popsicles because it feels like summer!!

avocado cream enchiladas because avocados and mexican food are THE BEST

and to go with the above, quick and easy blender salsa – great for everyone planting a summer garden too!

how about we carry on the mexican food theme with charred corn and avocado pizza…it was cinco de mayo this week after all!

jicama can be hard to find at the store sometimes, but it’s a great crunchy vegetable to change things up, like with this jicama and carrot slaw

this spiralized zucchini salad comes together in less than 5 minutes and would make a great summer dinner or easy to pack lunch

this grilled lemon chicken salad with homemade poppy seed dressing would make a perfect spring meal

cornmeal has such an awesome texture – can’t wait to try these cornmeal waffles with blackberry compote


Before we get to the recipes, I have only one article this week, but it’s a good one on why the best diet is real food. No gimmicks or miracle weight loss foods/products/pills. Just real food like the recipes you see below. It may not have the shock and awe factor of a commercial promising a 15 pound weight loss in 5 days but it IS delicious, enjoyable, and, therefore, sustainable to eat a diet centered around real food…which also makes it the most effective. Overall health is the most important thing and it involves much more than a number on the scale – and it certainly can’t be achieved in a matter of a few days or with one miracle food or “fat blasting” workout. It’s a lifestyle!

Now, on to the recipes!

eating real food doesn’t mean neglecting your sweet tooth, so why not start off with these blueberry oatmeal cookies

I need to make this coconut cashew granola for snacking ASAP

baked banana breakfast cookies can make for a quick breakfast with some yogurt and fruit

these mayo-free greek stuffed deviled eggs make me excited for summer!

hemp seeds are a delicious source of protein and this salad dressing looks fantastic

moroccan chicken skewers with spring veggies….need I say more?

this pineapple guacamole looks like a fun twist on the traditional guac

change up your usual side dish routine with roasted broccoli with lemon tahini

good crackers with normal ingredients can often be pretty pricey – these homemade almond cashew crackers are a great solution and homeade crackers are much easier than they sound

I love hoisin sauce so I can’t wait to try this vietnamese beef bowl

if you haven’t tried sweet potato fries yet, these crispy baked sweet potato fries would be a good start

I plan to try my hand at canning again soon and this blueberry meyer lemon marmalade will be first on the list

get in loads of veggies with this easy broccoli stir fry

That’s it for this week! What recipes are you looking forward to trying? Have you made anything new lately?


I had tons of bananas left from the marathon we hosted about a week ago, so I did some serious banana bread baking over the weekend. This blueberry walnut banana bread makes a great snack and I was surprised that it wasn’t incredibly dense with the use of only whole wheat flour. Other notes:

  • To make a non-vegan version, you can use 2 eggs in place of the flax eggs (ground flaxseed + water) and regular milk.
  • I thought 1/2 cup of sugar was a lot since the bananas also provide sweetness, so I cut it in half.

Here are some other good recipes I found this week:

maple nut granola

trail mix muffins

strawberry banana muffins – you could sub whole wheat pastry flour or do 1/2 all-purpose + 1/2 whole wheat flour to make these a healthier snack or breakfast option

brown sugar salmon with pinapple quinoa

slow cooker vegetable curry

stacked roasted vegetable enchiladas

flourless browned butter brownies

And I definitely need this chocolate peanut butter pretzel granola for my sweet tooth ASAP