Easy Chicken Curry and Rice {One Skillet}

one pot easy chicken curry

An incredibly simple chicken curry and rice dish with fresh vegetables. This dish is all made in one pot (even the rice) and can easily be customized to personal preference. One Pot Chicken Curry

I’ve had quite a few comments and e-mails asking for some Australian-inspired food! I can’t even begin to explain how inspired I’ve been with food and recipes since being here, but it’s hard to put a finger on what “Australian” food is.

We’ve eaten out A LOT. And I say that feeling like the caps are still an understatement. We want to really take advantage of being here and trying all the new places. So although I’ve been so inspired by all types of foods and tried many different things that I typically wouldn’t, I don’t know that I really have an “Australian dish” for you all. At least, not yet.

I can tell you what seems to be very popular here – meat pies (still can’t find that appetizing, but I’m not a huge “meat” person), lots of muesli, tons of pastries (different from America and YUM), vegemite on toast (definitely an acquired taste in my opinion – it tastes like straight iron), and biscuits which are basically unique types of cookies.  Oh yeah, and I even saw kangeroo meat at the local market!… 

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Lemon Chia Seed Muffins {Healthy + Flourless}

Healthy + Flourless (GF) Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

Gluten-free and healthy lemon chia seed muffins. The chia seeds could also be replaced with poppyseeds for a delicious traditional lemon poppyseed muffin. These muffins are free of refined white flour, oil, and butter. Leave off the glaze for an even healthier muffin!

Healthy Lemon Chia Seed Muffins - NO flour, butter, or oil!

Return of the flourless and healthy muffins! Because you all figured there would be more right?! I mean I have told you about our obsession with muffins. And it is lemon season…

It’s kind of funny how often muffins are on the blog and how often I make them, because I never really ate ‘em growing up. And then in college occasionally I did, but not that often. However, since being a mom, I make a batch at least once a week. Oh, and that is how often I make them with only one kid. He barrels through muffins like it’s nobody’s business.

They make him so happy and he is always asking for more. And by asking, I mean pointing and grunting in the direction of where they are kept :) PLUS they are a lot healthier than store-bought muffins so it’s totally a win-win.


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Peanut Butter Cup Yogurt Parfaits

PB Cup Parfait

The tastiest peanut butter cup granola mixed into a creamy and delicious yogurt parfait. A healthy and flavorful breakfast that can easily be taken on-the-go.

EASY Peanut Butter Cup Granola

It’s time we talk about one of my favorite people ever which would be my father-in-law. The first time I ever met him I was on my second date with my now husband.

My (now) husband had gone home from college for the weekend. I happened to be pretty close to his parent’s home so he invited me over to see a movie at his home. When I came into their house (after obviously driving around lost for close to an hour because that’s just how I do things), he introduced me to his parents and guess what his dad did? He came right over and gave me a big hug. He gives some of the best hugs by the way.

Anyways I thought that was the cutest thing ever and instantly fell in love with his parents. Which is a good thing since they are my parents kind of now too. So you may be wondering why I’m telling you gushy dating stories or introducing my father-in-law here on the blog? Well the reason is this recipe is all his idea…. 

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Vanilla-Almond + Creamy Peach Overnight Chia Pudding

Peach Chia Seed Pudding

5-minutes prep and a delicious + healthy breakfast will be ready the next morning! This tasty vanilla-almond crunch and creamy peach chia pudding will be your new favorite breakfast!

Vanilla-Almond + Creamy Peach Overnight Chia Seed Pudding #chia #seed #breakfast #healthy

I love overnight breakfast ideas – you probably know this from my overnight oats obsession (here, here, here, here, here, here).  Or perhaps from my overnight slow cooker quinoa, OR maybe even the fact that I bake cookies for breakfast so I can grab a cookie in the morning and go.

So I guess saying I love overnight breakfast ideas was probably an understatement…. 

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{No Bake} Healthy Tropical Breakfast Cookies

tropical breakfast cookies

These delicious no bake breakfast cookies are naturally sweetened with no refined sugars. The perfect on-the-go easy breakfast or snack option!

No Bake Coconut and Greek Yogurt Tropical Breakfast CookiesHappy Friday everyone! Any big plans for the weekend? We are planning to head up to the beach in Perth tomorrow and maybe stop by the zoo that’s pretty close to where we are staying. I know it’s still frigid cold most place in the states, so in attempts to not make you all envious I won’t tell you about the beautiful warm weather we’ve been enjoying. And the fun times we’ve had going swimming. Or the summery foods we’ve been eating. Or the few parks we’ve been playing at. Or the shorts and flip-flops I’ve been wearing all. the. time. :)

I won’t even mention those things…

No. not another word. Instead I’ll share some of the summer weather with you all in the form of tropical breakfast cookies! This is the first recipe I’ve made in Australia and of course it had to be a summer-y type recipe because that’s totally what I’m feeling like since being here…. 

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Healthy Cookie Dough-Filled Chocolate Cups (GF)

HEALTHY Cookie Dough Cups

A delicious “energy bite” type of treat – a center cookie dough filling made with natural ingredients such as cashews and oats. The “cookie dough” bites are coated in a rich dark chocolate shell. These delicious treats are gluten-free, packed with protein, and an indulgent treat to satisfy your cravings in a healthier way.Secretly Healthy Cookie Dough Chocolate Truffles - the cookie dough has no butter, flour, or refined sugar!

So back when I was experimenting on these deeelectable brownie chocolate chip thumbprint cookies (have you tried them yet?!), I also experimented making some cookie dough-filled chocolate cups. Since the cookie dough used for the thumbprint cookies is egg-less and totally edible without being cooked, I thought, why not?!

So that’s exactly what happened – out of one of the final test batches for those cookies, I used half the dough to make these little candies. Of course I fell in love with them. Because what’s not to love – cookie dough + chocolate? I mean that’s straight happiness right there.

And then I took pictures of them and planned on sharing them, but it’s already mid-January and this whole healthy eating thing is going so well. I mean besides all of the tourist-y eating I’ve been doing for just about every meal. Okay, right, I am totally failing at this healthy January thing. But dang. The food and restaurants here are delicious. There’s a little restaurant called Nando’s that I’m mildly obsessed with. It’s been 3 out of the past 5 meals for me. So that’s probably classified as more than a mild obsession, but I digress…. 

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{Metabolism Boosting} Blueberry Coconut Lime Smoothie

This delicious and easy blueberry and coconut smoothie delivers a metabolism and energy boost -- no greens required!

You can thank all of the super-ingredients in this delicious and easy smoothie for the metabolic boost this drink provides. Plus the taste is absolutely fantastic and no greens are required!

Boost your metabolism and LOSE WEIGHT Smoothie

We’ve finally made it to Australia and wow has it been an exciting journey!! We made the 30+ hour travel to Perth last week so I apologize for being absent in responding to comments, e-mails, social media, etc.  And as we are adjusting to the 15 hour time difference I may still be a bit slow. Turns out trying to get an 18-month old to change his entire schedule is going to be quite the feat. Read = any advice greatly appreciated!

I really can’t complain one bit though because he was SUCH a trooper on all the long airplane rides. There were a few meltdowns and a couple of tantrums, but overall he did fantastic. A nice man that sat right behind us on our long flight (17 hours) said little Grey did “quite remarkable really.” I can’t even tell you all how nervous I was for making these long flights with such an active little guy! So grateful it all went so well :)

Right now we are living in a hotel while we are looking for a place to live. Hopefully we’ll all be settled in somewhere within the week. But in the meantime, being right in the center of the city has been wonderful. Plus we aren’t too far from King’s Park which is the most beautiful park I’ve ever been to. I’m hoping to have some pictures of the area sometime this weekend so stay tuned…. 

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{One Skillet} Cheesy Taco Quinoa

Taco Quinoa in One Skillet

An incredibly easy (one skillet needed) + super healthy cheesy taco quinoa dish. This dish is kid-friendly, veggie-filled, and a perfect meatless meal. Meat can easily be added and still be done in one skillet.

One Skillet EASY and healthy cheesy taco quinoa

In between our move from Ohio to Australia, we were able to visit our family in Utah for a couple of weeks. One of the nights we were there my mom asked me to make a dinner — one that required very little dish clean-up was somewhere in that request. I decided to do her one better and use only ONE dish, because you all know how much I like my one dish dinners. You do know, right? Exhibit 1, Exhibit 2, Exhibit 3, Exhibit 4…bored yet?

The tricky part of this one-dish dinner was making sure to please everyone. With 8 people around the house, there are plenty of preferences to be met. Luckily my entire family is pretty health conscious and enjoy veggie-filled meals. That being said, there are the big meat-eaters too and making a meatless meal was a bit of a gamble…. 

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{Healthy} Almond Joy Overnight Oats

Almond Joy Overnight Oatmeal

These almond joy overnight oats make the perfect healthy on-the-go breakfast. Make ‘em the night before and have a delicious + nutritious breakfast ready in the morning.

{Healthy} Almond Joy Overnight Oats via chelseasmessyapron.com

Return of the overnight oatmeal and right in time for your New Year’s Resolutions! Personally, I think overnight oats are the best way to stay on track for eating healthy breakfasts. They are ready when you wake up so no excuses, right?!

And this version is flavored to taste like a candy bar – an almond joy to be exact! Since you all liked the peanut butter cup overnight oats so very much, I thought it was time to introduce another candy bar flavor…. 

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{Easy, One Skillet} Southwest Quinoa Chili

One Skillet Southwest Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potato #meatlessmonday

A delicious and well-seasoned southwest quinoa chili made easy in one skillet. This meatless dish will have your whole family (meat lovers included!) begging for more!

One Skillet Southwest Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potato #meatlessmondayOkay disclaimer time. I had NO clue what to name this recipe! Sometimes naming recipes can be hard, or, at least for me it can be. I’m just throwing together ingredients and tasting it as I go and all of the sudden I have something amazing (or not, but that’s a discussion for another day). But then comes the part where I have to (in so many words) try to describe the amazing taste or say what it is I’ve created.

This dish was one I totally struggled with naming. One skillet and easy – well those words came easily because it perfectly describes the dish. This is done all in one skillet and is VERY easy! So easy in fact that it’s been lunch or dinner way too many times since I developed it. I’m talking like 4-5 times. Luckily no complaints yet; I guess it’s just that good :) That and I have a baby that can’t complain yet and one hecka great husband.

The rest of the name however, I didn’t know. It definitely has some chili flavors and chili beans, but I don’t know how much of a real “chili” this is. So I’m very sorry if you are expecting a traditional chili with this recipe, but it’s not so traditional. And then southwest – well there is some cilantro, fresh lime juice, and I added loads of sour cream (MUST DO!) so it definitely has a bit of a southwest kick to it.

After struggling with the name for some time, I just decided to go with what my husband named it after he had taken a few bites. He told me to call it a southwestern quinoa chili. So, if you don’t like the name, all blame goes to him ;)… 

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Slow Cooker Mexican Tortilla Chicken and Quinoa Soup

Slow Cooker Mexican Tortilla Chicken and quinoa soup

A delicious slow cooker Mexican tortilla chicken soup with delicious add-ins such as fresh lime, avocado, tortilla chips, and sour cream. 

Slow Cooker Mexican Tortilla Chicken and Quinoa Soup via chelseasmessyapron.com #soup #chickentortilla #quinoa

A few weeks ago I was able to go watch my little niece at her pre-school recital. All the adorable little kids sang some cute little songs with creative hand motions that went along with the songs. Afterwards there was a short story and then the preschool teachers read the kids’ cards they had written for Thanksgiving.

The cards were fill in the blanks: I’m thankful for my friends because BLANK. I’m thankful for my family because BLANK. I’m thankful for BLANK because BLANK.

Let me just tell you, these letters cracked me up. They were some of the funniest things I’d heard in a long time, and my niece’s responses were some of my favorite.

She was thankful for her friends because they smile at her, thankful for her family because they sleep, and thankful for lettuce and yogurt because they make her big and strong. Oh my gosh… talk about hilarious. I just can’t wait ‘til little Grey is old enough to say crazy funny things like that!

Anyways not that this story really has anything to do with this soup, but in a lame attempt to try and tie it in — my last response to those same questions would be I’m grateful for my slow cooker because it is my favorite kitchen appliance ever. Seriously, I think it is used just about daily at my house. If not daily, definitely every other day!… 

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