Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Potato, and Kale Soup


A delicious roasted butternut squash, red potato, carrot, shredded chicken, onion and kale broth-based soup. This soup is filled with tons of flavor and very healthy!

A healthy Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Potato, and Kale Soup #cleaneating #soup #butternutsquash

Usually with soups, I like doing them in the slow cooker. My crockpot tends to be my best friend this time of the year. Dump ingredients in, wait a bit, and a delicious dinner later – sign me up!

Buuuut, there are also times when the crockpot can be a little inconvenient or just not work in the schedule. I don’t have one of those handy-dandy set the crockpot to start and turn off at certain times. Are they as cool as they seem? And follow up question, should they make it on my Christmas wish list? Oh yes. I’m already thinking about Christmas. Mostly Christmas food though is what’s on my mind. I spent about a good portion of my day earlier this week brainstorming and writing down Christmas food ideas. And let’s just say, I’m pretty excited. It’s gonna be good :)

Okay, okay. Sorry. No more Christmas talk until at least after Halloween. Fine, Thanksgiving. I can wait til then… At least, I think I can…. 

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{Healthy + Flourless} Almond Apple Muffins


No white flour, no butter, and no oil in these almond butter, apple, and pecan muffins. These muffins are bursting with flavor, healthy, and gluten-free!

No white flour, no butter, and no oil in these almond butter, apple, and pecan muffins. These muffins are bursting with flavor, healthy, and gluten-free!

How do you feel about nuts in your baked goods? For me, when there are nuts in brownies a very good thing was ruined! I don’t like nuts in cakes or even cookies really. Okay sometimes in cookies they are okay, but on a very rare occasion. And in breads or muffins I’m not usually a fan either.

But these muffins, they have some nuts in them and oh man are they good. The nuts are scarce and far between (only three tablespoons for the whole recipe), but they make these muffins! And there are actual apple bits in these ones and when they are baked it’s just an unreal taste + texture combining soft baked apples with crunchy pecans.

And the good news is, there aren’t just pecans, there are also almonds in these muffins – in the form of almond butter. If you haven’t ever used almond butter, this recipe is a great place to start with almond butter! You can usually find it right next to peanut butter and jams in the grocery store. And if you aren’t a fan of peanut butter, I bet you’ll love almond butter. It’s definitely a very subtle taste in these muffins and complements the cinnamon, apples, applesauce, and pecans perfectly.


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{One Skillet} Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls


A dinner made in just one skillet – sweet potato burrito bowls. A  mouth-watering vegetarian meal with sweet potatoes, rice, sweet peppers, black beans, corn, and toppings such as fresh cilantro, cheddar cheese, a fresh tomato, and sour cream.

A one-skillet 30-minute sweet potato burrito bowl. Best dinner ever!!

If you could chose one vegetable to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be? Hands down, sweet potatoes for me! I can’t believe they are a vegetable with how delicious they taste. Not that vegetables are gross or anything, but I equate sweet potatoes with candy and broccoli? Not quite there…

Also when I can eat them in the form of a 30-minute, 1-skillet dinner, well somehow they taste even better than ever. Yep – one skillet. thirty minutes. You’re going to love this meal!… 

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Almonds


A brussels sprouts, bacon, and almond dish ready in under 30 minutes. Scroll down to the end of the post for a chance to win a cookbook filled with delicious almond recipes!

Super Simple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Almonds

If you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, you should really give this recipe a chance before swearing them off forever. Aaaand if you have kids to convince that Brussels sprouts are the bomb diggity, then reason #2 this recipe needs to be made ASAP.

I can’t believe I just said bomb diggity. Can we still be friends?

Super Simple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Almonds… 

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{Slow Cooker} Spicy Chicken Quesadilla Soup

quesadilla soup

An easy crockpot soup that requires 5 minutes prep! This soup is filled with chicken quesadilla ingredients and tastes like a spicy quesadilla in soup form.

Crockpot Spicy chicken quesadilla soup

I learned something new about the husband this past weekend and it’s kind of crazy when I learn things that I think I should know but don’t. I mean we’ve been together for over four years. I should know all the things about taste preferences right? Especially as a food blogger and one that aims to please said husband.

Okay, so here’s the thing – he can not handle spice. Well he can handle it, but he doesn’t like it. And me? If food can make me tear up a little, that’s when it’s starting to get good! You’re probably thinking this soup is ultra spicy-hot, but it’s not. I mean, it is spicy, but you could definitely increase the spicy-ness. The husband still ate it and still liked it, but he wasn’t too excited about the leftovers.

Which um… I’m not complaining about. That means more for me :) And the babe that apparently inherited my taste-buds and loooooves this soup.

Crockpot Spicy chicken quesadilla soup… 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Overnight Oats


A pumpkin chocolate-chip flavored cookie overnight oats packed with protein, flavored with pumpkin and spice, and with actual chocolate chips mixed in.

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie overnight oats - healthy and delicious!

Little Grey had his first experience with overnight oats and he LOVED them. I swear this kid has my taste-buds. He even ate some decently spicy soup (coming soon!) that even the husband thought was a little hot. But then again, the husband doesn’t like onions and Grey loves them.

Clearly, where it counts, Grey got the good genes. I mean taste is vitally important in life — especially as the son of a food blogger. After-all, he is the executive taste tester behind Chelsea’s Messy Apron. The husband sometimes gets demoted from taste tester when there are onions involved OR he’s gone at work and we happen to make an entire batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and then eat entire said batch in the same afternoon. I tell you what, he can pack down those pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!!


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{Flourless & Healthy} Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Cookies


These healthy pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies have no butter, oil, or white flour. These cookies are filled with pumpkin flavor and Fall spices making for one tasty, guilt-free treat.

Flourless + Secretly Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. These have received RAVE reviews!After making about ten bazillion batches of these healthy pumpkin muffins, I was ready to try something a little different. Still on the same track – healthy and pumpkin and all. But more…well…cookies.

Those muffins were pretty much the only thing I could get my little guy to eat for a week straight while he was sick so when I’m saying ten bazillion batches, the exaggerating is not as dramatic as you think. Okay, nevermind, it’s way dramatic. But I did make a lot of batches!… 

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{One Dish} Quinoa Chicken Parmesan Casserole

chicken parm quinoafirst

A one-dish chicken Parmesan casserole with quinoa – all the ingredients get put in a casserole dish and baked – no need to pre-cook the chicken or quinoa!

A ONE DISH chicken parmesan casserole with quinoa. Healthy and delicious!

Right after the husband and I came home from the hospital after having little Grey, my sister-in-law brought over dinner for us. It was chicken Parmesan and I still remember that meal. Best kind of comfort food right after having a baby, I’m telling you that! Not to mention my sister-in-law can cook and she can do it welllll.

This is probably completely crazy, but that was my first time having homemade chicken Parmesan. And as life-changing as it was, I still don’t make it that often. The reason? I kind of really hate cooking chicken in a skillet. I know, crazy right. I don’t know what it is about cooking chicken in a skillet on the stove-top, but I drrread it.

So one of my favorite meals never gets made and, well, to be honest, the Olive Garden version has nothing on homemade chicken parm…. 

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{Slow Cooker} Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

salsa verde soup

This healthy and made-in-the-crockpot soup is flavorful and has a deliciously spicy kick. Made with chicken, salsa verde, corn, black beans, and optional toppings of avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and lime juice this soup is not only flavorful, but very healthy as well!

So healthy and simple Crockpot soup! Salsa verde chicken with lots of customization options #soup #cleaneatingHow do you feel about salsa verde? Flavors – I am so in love with. Color? Not so much. It actually kind of freaks me out a little bit. So it’s a good thing it tastes so great. And makes this soup taste so deliciously yum.

If you’ve never had salsa verde, you’ve got to get on that. There’s nothing quite like it. Regular salsa uses red tomatoes, and salsa verde – it uses tomatillos giving it a tangy and zesty flavor while still staying true to the chili and onion flavor. All the flavors just work…. 

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Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake


A deliciously thick and creamy peanut butter cup shake packed with protein. This chocolate + peanut butter flavored shake is healthy and good for you – perfect for a breakfast, snack, or a post work-out drink.

A delicious and secretly healthy Peanut Butter Cup Shake! I via I #protein #cleaneating #shake

Airports and airplanes are the worst for catching a cold or virus! I think every single time I’ve flown, I end up with something a few days later. And unfortunately, this travel was no different. Despite my best efforts to keep our hands clean and everything sanitized, both the babe and I ended up with a cold.

It’s been so hard to drag myself out of bed and especially when all the babe wants to do is cuddle – poor guy. (The one awesome thing about being sick is lots and lots of cuddles which I

When I’m sick, there’s nothing like burning hot soup or a freezing cold shake – both seriously help a sore throat! Also, I always think the healthier I can eat, the quicker I can beat the sickness. So I created this chocolate & peanut butter shake – one for me and one for the babe. And I ended up making another one shortly after since the babe wanted to eat both his and mine. He chugged this shake down!

A delicious and secretly healthy Peanut Butter Cup Shake! I via I #protein #cleaneating #shake

A few years ago when the husband and I lived in Boston, we were right next to a health food store – it was a 30-second walk from our apartment. When I went shopping there I was first introduced to chocolate soymilk and almondmilk. I’ve been a religious vanilla (or plain) almondmilk and soymilk drinker for years now. But the chocolate version was new to me.

I still remember the first time I bought it – I practically finished the whole carton the same day! I’ve been hooked ever since.

Anyways, it was back in this little apartment in Boston that I first created this peanut butter cup protein shake. I’ve been making it for a few years now so it’s about high time I share it with you! It all starts with some chocolate soymilk – one cup to be exact. The soymilk and the chocolate protein powder are what creates the chocolate in the shake. A frozen banana gives this shake a super amount of creaminess and the rest of the ingredients are pretty standard – little bit of sweetener, vanilla extract, peanut butter (of course), and some vanilla yogurt.

A delicious and secretly healthy Peanut Butter Cup Shake! I via I #protein #cleaneating #shake

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake
Author: Chelsea
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Serves: 1

  • 1 large banana, frozen
  • 1 cup chocolate soymilk, I used Silk
  • 1 (6 ounce) vanilla or plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon truvia, or sub another sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Optional: 1/2 – 1 cup ice

  1. At least 2-3 hours previous to making this shake, remove the peel from the banana, slice into large coins, and place in a plastic bag in the freezer. (I usually freeze the banana the night before)
  2. When the banana is completely frozen, combine it with the chocolate soymilk, vanilla or plain yogurt (Greek, low-fat, or regular), peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, truiva, and vanilla.
  3. Add ice if desired for a larger and thicker shake.
  4. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large glass and drizzle with extra peanut butter if desired.
  5. Enjoy immediately.

Here are some more healthy shakes:

Thin Mint Shake

Thin mint shake

Butterscotch Apple Pie Protein Shake

Butterscotch Apple Pie Protein Shake

Skinny Pumpkin-Pie Shake

Skinny Pumpkin-Pie Shake

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.