{No Bake} Healthy Breakfast Fruit Tarts

Healthy and Simple Greek yogurt no bake fruit tarts

These no-bake healthy tarts are filled with vanilla Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. A unique and delicious on-the-go breakfast!

Breakfast Fruit Tarts - no bake and healthy

One of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh berries and fruit that come with it. My in-laws have strawberry and raspberry bushes that produce the absolute best ever berries. I’m pretty excited to try some this season and to see if the babe can figure out how to pick his own.

He’s not the biggest fan of strawberries lately, but he adores raspberries. Except the sour ones – he always spits those ones out leaving bright red stains in the most convenient of places. :)… 

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Corn, Zucchini, and Avocado Pasta Salad

Simple Roasted Corn, Zucchini, and Avocado Pasta Salad

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A super simple and healthy roasted corn, zucchini, and avocado pasta salad. A great summer take along pasta salad that takes minutes to whip up!

Roasted Corn, Zucchini, and Avocado Pasta Salad

How was your weekend? And Father’s Day? Here’s a belated wish to all the Father’s for a wonderful Father’s Day and to know how grateful we are for you! Especially my own dad, my father-in-law, and my husband — the father of my little one (and a half!)

My cute sister-in-law came over this weekend and I taught her how to ice (royal icing) sugar cookies this week. It totally ignited in my the royal icing bug and on Saturday I decorated a ton of Father’s Day cookies — ties, wrenches, hammers, saws, and pliers. You can see a picture of how they turned out here!… 

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Simple Greek Couscous

Healthy skillet Greek couscous

An easy weeknight meal: 20-minute Greek couscous packed with veggies and protein. This vegetarian meal is hearty, filling, and packed with flavor.

Simple and HEALTHY Greek CouscousWith seven kids growing up, pleasing everyone for dinner proved quite the challenge for my mom. Inevitably there would always be someone that wouldn’t like something that she put in one of her dishes.

There were so many of us with so many varied preferences that it was extremely hard for her to keep track. That, and, she didn’t believe in making too many special adaptations for meals – what she made is what we ate. Obviously her mindset wasn’t something I always appreciated, but now, I definitely do. I’ll eat pretty much everything and enjoy trying new things…. 

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Slow Cooker Southwestern Fajita Quinoa

Crockpot Southwest Quinoa and Veggies2

Throw everything in a crockpot and forget about it! A super easy and healthy crockpot quinoa and veggie dish with southwestern fajita flavors. Chicken or ground beef can easily be added into the dish.

Easy crockpot southwestern quinoa - tasty and healthy!

I am seriously convinced this is the easiest meal to prepare! It’s one of those throw stuff in a crockpot and a few hours later a super tasty and healthy dinner is ready.

Plus the flavors on this one – WOWZAs. A little bit of a kick and a lot of flavor. Don’t be too worried about the kick though – it can easily be avoided if you aren’t a fan of that kind of thing. And on the opposite side, it can definitely be intensified! :)… 

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{One Pot} Pesto Chicken Tortellini

An easy one pot pesto chicken tortellini

A thirty-minute, one pot, simple dinner. Pesto chicken and sun-dried tomatoes tossed with tortellini and fresh basil.

An easy one pot pesto chicken tortellini

My sister recently graduated from high school (WAHOO!) and came over one afternoon to play with Grey and hang out for a bit. Naturally, I had to make sure she was well fed and so I made her this dish for lunch.

Let me just tell you, I’ve never seen her eat so much in one sitting. Ever. And a direct quote from this sister: “This is the best thing you’ve ever made!” Bold words, but man this dish is good!

Since there weren’t any leftovers from that lunch, I had to make sure to make it for the husband and he too went nuts over it. A meal that can be made in one pot, under thirty minutes, and make a crowd go crazy? Yes, this is the dish!… 

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Cheddar Ranch Chicken Quinoa Bake

Cheddar Ranch Chicken Quinoa and Veggies! Everything gets cooked together!

This post brought to you by Hidden Valley Ranch. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Chelsea’s Messy Apron. This cheddar ranch chicken quinoa bake is loaded with good-for-you ingredients plus lots of veggies. A simple casserole where the chicken and quinoa get baked in the same dish!

Secretly healthy cheddar ranch chicken quinoa bake - the creamy flavor comes from Greek yogurt!

Okay so you know how creamy foods are usually loaded with butter or high fat milk or heavy cream? Well, welcome to a whole lot healthier with this creamy dish. I’m talking chicken broth, low-fat milk, and a little bit of flour. And the cheddar ranch part? Well of course there is cheddar cheese, but I used reduced-fat (and couldn’t even tell a difference!), then GREEK YOGURT, and the newest, latest, and greatest Greek yogurt ranch mix.

It’s kind of crazy all of the healthier swaps I made in this recipe when it doesn’t even taste lower fat or calorie. It tastes like the real-deal, ultra-creamy, delicious comfort food. I’m trying to convince myself it is not in fact magical, because it kinda sorta does seem magical.

Are you freaking out yet about this recipe? Clearly I am…. 

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Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Bake

Creamy Tortellini and Veggie Bake

A creamy tortellini bake filled with summer veggies! This bake is sure to be a crowd pleaser!Creamy Tortellini and Veggie Bake2I can not believe it is June already. Where has this ENTIRE year gone?! Time goes by way too quickly!

HOWEVER… it is nice to be here at summer and already enjoying some very summery foods :) I broke out the healthy zucchini bread last week along with a few frozen desserts (this lemon berry slush being my favorite!) already. I’m in full-blown summer mode now!

And the babe is loving summer. He’s outside pretty much all the time and loves exploring AKA throwing dirt and rocks everywhere. We’ve also got to babysit my in-laws little dog (Mazie) while they are vacationing and he’s absolutely crazy about her. Even if the affection is not quite returned… In fact, poor Mazie is terrified of little Grey…. 

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Healthy Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread

Healthier Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread

A healthier Greek yogurt zucchini bread – this bread has some healthy swaps with no sacrifice of taste! The dark chocolate is a delicious, but optional addition in this bread.Healthier Greek Yogurt Zucchini BreadZucchini bread has always been a weakness of mine. I love it so much that we even served it at our wedding! My mom and sisters spent days making zucchini bread in miniature bread tins and then freezing it just for our special day. <3

My mom has a zucchini bread recipe that is pretty much famous. People ask her for it all the time and the husband goes nuts over it every time I make it. I shared that recipe here. It’s the exact recipe she uses with one change – I added a quick cream cheese swirl in the center of the bread. Yum…. 

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The BEST healthy oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies

The BEST healthier oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies: NO flour or butter PLUS only 4 tablespoons sugar!

Oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies made a whole lot healthier with no flour, no butter, very little sugar, and healthy fats such as coconut oil and dark chocolate.

Best ever healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

It’s about time. For a healthy oatmeal chocolate-chip cookie that is. I mean we’ve already got the healthy REGULAR chocolate-chip cookies which you guys seriously love! And we have the breakfast oatmeal cookies, no-bake healthy cookies, and double-chocolate breakfast cookies. However, I don’t have a regular oatmeal chocolate-chip cookie that is ultra-healthier until now. And I’m pretty freaking out excited.

The healthier oatmeal cookies I do have on the blog have a whole bunch of peanut butter in ’em. Which is totally awesome for us peanut butter lovers, but not so great for those that HATE peanut butter (do you people really exist?? Oh yeah…hiii mom!) or are allergic to peanut butter. It’s actually no wonder I’m a peanut butter fanatic these days; my older brother is severely allergic to peanut butter and my mom hates it so we never had it around growing up. But this post, it has nothing to do with peanut butter so….let’s get talking about how these don’t have peanut butter instead!… 

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{Slow Cooker} Teriyaki Chicken, Quinoa, and Veggies

Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki, Quinoa, and Veggies - ALL thrown in the crockpot and dinner is ready!

The quinoa, chicken, and veggies are all cooked in ONE dish – the crockpot makes this dinner incredibly simple to make!

Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki, Quinoa, and Veggies - ALL thrown in the crockpot and dinner is ready!

This is seriously one of the easiest teriyaki chicken recipes ever. On this site, there does happen to be a very simple oven baked teriyaki dish which my family seriously loves, but as far as getting some veggies, grains, and fruit all cooked and ready in one dish? Well, this is the winner.

The chicken, quinoa, peppers, and pineapple are all cooked together in the crockpot so you don’t have to waste extra pans cooking up things separately. And the result is a flavorful, healthy, and delicious dish with incredibly little prep time!… 

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Creamy Broccoli, Avocado, and Berry Salad

Super easy creamy broccoli salad with berries and avocado!

A delicious and creamy broccoli, avocado, and berry salad with a 2-ingredient raspberry walnut poppyseed vinaigrette!

Creamy (NO MAYO!) Berry Broccoli Salad

Welcome to the third day of the third annual #BrunchWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confectionsand Shaina from Take A Bite Out Of Boca. Celebrate Brunch with us this week as we prepare for Mother’s Day. 30 Bloggers from around the country will showcase their best brunch dishes, from cocktails to casseroles, breakfast breads, sandwiches and salads – there is something for everyone! And don’t forget to enter in to win an awesome giveaway this week – just click here for more information on that!

Okay now let’s get right to this broccoli-berry salad. I am telling you – this is a must have salad/side dish for Mother’s Day. Not only is it extremely tasty and everyone will go crazy over it, BUT it’s also one of the easiest salads I’ve ever made.

When I’m saying 10 minutes prep, that may even be an exaggeration!… 

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Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad

The best mandarin chicken pasta salad!

Pasta is tossed with spinach, mandarin oranges, lots of veggies, and deliciously flavored chicken pieces all topped with sliced almonds and drizzled with a flavorful dressing.

The best mandarin chicken pasta salad!

Pasta salads are pretty much a staple at my home during the Spring and Summer. Our all-time favorites (featured on the blog) are this pesto pasta and tortellini salad, this chicken taco pasta salad with a catalina dressing, and my personal favorite this Greek pasta salad.

However, after making this salad (and subsequently making it twice more in the same week), I think it’s safe to say we have a new “family favorite pasta salad.” This salad is packed with flavor, extremely filling, has all the right textures, and, honestly, it just feels plain good eating all the vegetables/healthy ingredients while absolutely loving it…. 

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