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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Slow Cooker Quinoa Minestrone

The BEST Crockpot Quinoa Minestrone #crockpot #quinoa #vegetarian

A simple quinoa minestrone packed with good-for-you veggies and made easy thanks to the crockpot!

The BEST Crockpot Quinoa Minestrone #crockpot #quinoa #vegetarian

I know what you are thinking…soup in the middle to end of April? I know, I know. But you guys, it SNOWED this last week. Like a few inches of snow! We had the craziest wind ever and next thing it was raining and then it turned to snow and before we knew it there were a couple of inches on our deck outside.

And anytime it snows, I have a seriously craving for soup. The good news is, this isn’t a super “winter-y” soup. It’s totally perfect for Spring and even for Summer because it’s packed with delicious seasonal vegetables.

But of course when it gets super cold outside and turns into winter and you are still craving this soup (I know I will be!) the vegetables can easily be changed out for what’s in season. This soup is highly adaptable – to seasonal need or personal preferences!… 

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5-Ingredient Lemon Pepper Chicken

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Amazing, lemon pepper chicken made with fresh lemon juice for a nice citrus burst by Layers of Happiness.

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Good Morning! I’m Emily from Layers of Happiness – food blog where I share easy, drool-worthy recipes with my mom. I’m so happy to be here with you this morning to share one amazing, quick and easy recipe: 5-Ingredient Lemon Pepper ChickenThis is such a simple and quick light dinner to make… and it has so much citrus flavor packed in!

We have been all about quick and easy dinners at our house lately. Especially now that the weather is warmer and we can finnaalllllyyy dust of the grill!

This chicken can be made on a skillet or on the grilled. What makes this chicken so simple is that there is only 5-ingredients (only 4 if you grill the chicken) and it’s so quick because there is no marinading time is required…. 

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Flourless Greek Yogurt Banana Oat Muffins

Flourless Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins

Greek yogurt banana oat muffins made with no flour, no oil, and no butter. PLUS there is little sugar required for these tasty muffins!

FLOURLESS Greek Yogurt Banana Oat Muffins!

I know I’m coming at this a little late, but how was your Easter and Easter weekend? Did you eat lots of delicious food? And…follow up question, do you need a delicious way to use up all of your leftover ham in? –> Try this quiche!

Our weekend was one of the best + busiest weekends, but I am proud to report that we are all moved in! Meaning that there are no longer boxes lying all over the house. However there is still a bit of organization left and of course the dreaded picture hanging. Well, I don’t dread it, but the husband? Yeah, he hates it…. 

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Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans

Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad with Stovetop Candied Pecans

A super simple strawberry and avocado spinach salad with a creamy poppyseed dressing and candied pecans.

Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad with 3-ingredient  Candied Pecans

Aaaaaaand we are back in the US of A! Sorry for the little bit of absence on the blog. We ended up last minute changing our flight and coming home earlier than planned on since the husband’s work study ended a bit early. In a few hours the flight was changed, we packed everything up, said our good-byes, and we started our nearly 30-hour journey back.

I’ll admit, coming out to Perth was a lot easier than returning to the States with the babe. He was a bit of a handful on our long flight from Sydney to L.A. but overall he did pretty great all things considered. I mean traveling for 30 hours isn’t too exciting for anyone I’m sure, especially not a BUSY 19-month old little boy.

We are still all crazy jet-lagged and working towards adjusting to mountain time! Hopefully we’ll be moving into our place in the next week or so and things will be getting settled down a bit. I’m pretty excited to get all of our stuff out of the storage unit its been in for the last three months!… 

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Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes with a Blueberry-Peach Syrup

Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

Light and fluffy Greek yogurt pancakes made with wholesome ingredients and a refined-sugar free blueberry-peach syrup. The syrup is a delicious addition to these pancakes made with 100% fruit and only 3 ingredients.

Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes with Blueberry Peach SyrupThese are the first ever pancakes on Chelsea’s Messy Apron. This is a momentous occasion, right?! I don’t really make pancakes all that often for a few reasons which are all changing thanks to this recipe.

First, I feel like they are just WAY too much sugar in the morning. (I know, coming from me who loves dessert for breakfast. But generally, my “dessert” breakfast recipes are fairly low on sugar and high on other wholesome ingredients. So there’s that.) It’s not the pancakes that have too much sugar for me, it’s the syrup…. 

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Pine Nut Broccoli Quinoa

Pine Nut Broccoli Quinoa

A delicious and easy one-dish broccoli quinoa with toasted pine nuts. This makes a perfect side dish or a great main course with some added protein.

ONE POT Healthy Pine Nut Broccoli Quinoa

How was your weekend? Did you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day? I love when holidays end up on the weekend because it tends to turn the whole weekend into a holiday – or at least that’s how we like to do things. :)

We had a pretty low-key Valentine’s day which is my favorite way to do it. In the morning, we went to the beach and did lots of swimming. Or, actually, we probably spent more time on the actual beach because the little guy had a sudden and intense desire to collect all the sea shells. Like all of them. And he refused to have help holding them which meant every time he tried to grab another one, all of the other shells were dropped. Haha – cute little guy…. 

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Fresh Lemon Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

A very easy and fresh lemon cucumber salad with tomatoes and a sweet bell pepper. This light salad makes a perfect side dish to just about any dinner!

Fresh, easy, and healthy lemon cucumber salad with tomato

Growing up, my mom would make a cucumber and tomato salad pretty much every single Sunday night. She would slice the cucumbers, chop up tomatoes, add in some lemon juice, salt + pepper, and that was it!

My family loves the salad so much that it’s still a Sunday night tradition.

I wanted to keep this salad as close to my mom’s recipe because it’s delicious. Sometimes (I’m finding a lot of times actually) less is more. Less ingredients and simplicity sometimes make for the best and freshest tasting food…. 

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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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