{Slow Cooker} Mexican Quinoa

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This crockpot Mexican quinoa is bursting with deliciously fresh and healthy ingredients. This dish is all cooked in the slow cooker (even the quinoa and butternut squash) and has lots of “hidden veggies.”

A ONE dish, Crockpot Mexican Quinoa #dinner #crockpot #quinoa #cleaneating

How do you all feel about butternut squash? Personally, its my favorite squash ever.

When I started dating my husband, just guess who said he hated butternut squash? Yeah it would be him. This news was almost a deal breaker. Luckily he flashed his cute smile and all was fine in the world for then. So we dated longer and I avoided cooking with squash. Then we got married and I further avoided cooking with squash.

And then we were married for 2 years and I went and bought all the squash in the store. The exact number was 9 butternut squashes because they were 59 cents apiece and I tend to go overboard when I find produce on sale. This purchase wasn’t because I was trying to be an awful wife (pinky swear I try to always please him for dinner!) but I had a sudden maddening determination to get him to like it. I just couldn’t go another Fall without the squash. So I searched the best recipes and ended up deciding to just coat the squash cubes in olive oil + salt + pepper + some other spices and roast them in the oven.

You may be able to guess that the story has a very happy ending. Not only did he LOVE the squash, but I’m pretty sure the husband is more obsessed with it than I am. In fact, when they go on sale now, he asks me to stock up. And nowadays, when he asks me to make butternut squash, well, he just gets even cuter to me.

So the moral of the story? It’s all how you prepare the squash. Or, you get really lucky. Or you really will hate it no matter what and just wasted your time reading a very boring story. Basically I’m not sure the moral of the story. What I am sure of – this is one of the best ways I’ve ever eaten butternut squash!… 

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{One Skillet} Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls

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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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Creamy Pesto Tomato Pasta

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Special thanks to Sam’s Club and Collective Bias, Inc. for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. ~ A creamy pesto and tomato pasta filled with broccoli and topped with fresh Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and fresh basil.
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You will not believe how easy this dish it to make! When I first started experimenting with this recipe, I created and made my own pesto that got mixed into the sauce for this recipe.

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Greek Pasta Salad

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A delicious Greek salad with pasta and romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, black olives, feta cheese, and a red wine vinaigrette. A traditional salad made even better!

Greek Pasta Salad - so good and healthy with the BEST dressing! I via chelseasmessyapron I #Greeksalad #cleaneatingThis post is coming to you from Pittsburgh, PA!

The husband has been in Pittsburgh for work this week so the little guy and I decided to make the trip down to stay with him for the weekend. I was a little nervous for the car trip down, but it turns out I’m more restless than the babe.

I was ready to be done about 30 minutes into the drive and he didn’t start fussing til hour 3. Pretty impressive I think! I gave him some toys and he stayed pretty entertained for most of the ride. I started listening to Allegiant on tape and oh, man it is good! Have you all read this series? (Divergent) Have you seen the movie yet? I’m dying to see it!… 

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Creamy Farmer’s Market Tortellini + A Giveaway

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A homemade healthy cream sauce coats your choice of fresh vegetables all over a bed of delicious cheese tortellini. This is vegetarian food at it’s best! Scroll down to the bottom for a chance to win a grill or $300 gift card.

A healthy cream sauce covered tortellini with fresh veggies - ready in under 30 minutes I via chelseasmessyapron I #cleaneating #vegetables #tortellini

I always look forward to summer food for three main things: grilling, loads of ice cream, and farmer’s market/fresh garden fruit and vegetables…. 

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{Slow Cooker} Quinoa Tex Mex

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A one-dish, slow-cooker tex mex quinoa casserole. This dish is bursting with fresh and healthy flavors with some good spice plus a great summer recipe. This dish is vegetarian, but chicken, ground beef, or ground turkey can easily be added in. 

A one-dish, slow-cooker tex mex quinoa casserole. This casserole is bursting with fresh and healthy flavors with some good spice. This dish is vegetarian, but chicken, ground beef, or ground turkey can easily be added in.

I tend to kind of forget about my slow cooker as soon as it gets warm outside.

Which is totally a shame, because slow cooker meals are my favorite.

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{Vegetarian} Cajun Chow Mein

A vegetarian cajun dish made in chow mein noodles and with a lightened-up creamy sauce. This dish can be ready in under 30 minutes and you can add a protein of choice if desired.

A vegetarian cajun dish made in chow mein noodles and with a lightened-up creamy sauce. This dish can be ready in under 30 minutes and you can add a protein of choice if desired.

A vegetarian cajun dish made in chow mein noodles and with a lightened-up creamy sauce. This recipe is one you are going to want to have and use over and over again.

And here’s why – let me give you three quick reasons:… 

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