{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 qute 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 and flourless pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies have no butter, oil, or flour PLUS only two tablespoons of sugar for the whole recipe! 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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

{Slow Cooker} Poppyseed-Chicken Quinoa


 A deliciously healthy and easy poppyseed chicken quinoa dish made in your slow cooker. This is healthy comfort food at its best. PLUS a stove-top method for this meal as well.

Crockpot Poppyseed-Chicken Quinoa - healthy and easy to make!

If you’ve been following my on Instagram, you may have seen a few pictures from the vacation I’ve been on. The husband, babe, and I were able to go home and visit both our families (my family and my in-laws) which was an absolute blast.


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Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Cookie Overnight Oats


Chocolate-chip oatmeal cookie overnight oats with actual miniature no-bake cookies to top it off. The “cookies” are three-ingredients, very easy, and super healthy to make. This is the perfect on-the-go breakfast!

Peanut Butter Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Cookie Overnight Oats I via chelseasmessyapron.com I #cleaneating #overnightoatsClearly, I am not messing around with my overnight oats. These ones have actual “cookies” in them, and the last batch had actual brownie mix in em…. 

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