{One Skillet} Lemon Chicken and Red Potatoes

ONE SKILLET Lemon chicken, red potatoes, and carrots #healthy

A healthy, fresh, and flavorful one skillet meal – lemon chicken, red potatoes, and carrots. This is a simple dish all made in one skillet over the stove-top.

ONE SKILLET Lemon chicken, red potatoes, and carrots #healthyHow was your weekend everyone?! Are you all sad it’s Monday already? Just the thing to combat with the Monday Blues is this dinner! It’s a super tasty and ridiculously easy one pot meal for you all. BONUS: it’s quite healthy – no cream sauces and still loads of flavor! Second bonus: definitely a family friendly meal! … 

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Peanut Butter Cup Yogurt Parfaits

PB Cup Parfait

The tastiest peanut butter cup granola mixed into a creamy and delicious yogurt parfait. A healthy and flavorful breakfast that can easily be taken on-the-go.

EASY Peanut Butter Cup Granola

It’s time we talk about one of my favorite people ever which would be my father-in-law. The first time I ever met him I was on my second date with my now husband.

My (now) husband had gone home from college for the weekend. I happened to be pretty close to his parent’s home so he invited me over to see a movie at his home. When I came into their house (after obviously driving around lost for close to an hour because that’s just how I do things), he introduced me to his parents and guess what his dad did? He came right over and gave me a big hug. He gives some of the best hugs by the way.

Anyways I thought that was the cutest thing ever and instantly fell in love with his parents. Which is a good thing since they are my parents kind of now too. So you may be wondering why I’m telling you gushy dating stories or introducing my father-in-law here on the blog? Well the reason is this recipe is all his idea…. 

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Easiest Half-Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies (One Bowl, No Mixer Required)

Easiest, no mixer chocolate chip cookies

The easiest (and softest + chewiest) chocolate chip cookies you will ever taste! This recipe makes a half-batch of cookies (approx. one dozen) and requires only one bowl and no hand beaters/stand mixers. PLUS only 8 ingredients needed!

The easiest and BEST half-batch chocolate chip cookies - no mixer and one bowl!

I know, I know. It’s supposed to be healthy January. But just hear me out on this one… (Warning. It’s a stretch.)

This recipe is not only the very chewiest and yummiest and perfectly crisp-on-the-outside-chewy-in-the-inside cookie recipe, BUT it’s also only for a half-batch. It makes one dozen cookies, instead of the typical two dozen. (Two dozen is the typical these days right? I mean what do you do with those recipes that call for 4+ dozen cookies when it’s not the holiday season?)

Therefore, because there are less cookies to be consumed, this recipes totally fits into healthy January. Less calories overall.

Okay. I told you it would be a stretch. But I really am so excited about this recipe. I’ve tested it at least half a dozen times to make it what I  consider the perfect (unhealthy) chocolate chip cookies. Since we’ve already got the perfect healthy ones here…. 

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Vanilla-Almond + Creamy Peach Overnight Chia Pudding

Peach Chia Seed Pudding

5-minutes prep and a delicious + healthy breakfast will be ready the next morning! This tasty vanilla-almond crunch and creamy peach chia pudding will be your new favorite breakfast!

Vanilla-Almond + Creamy Peach Overnight Chia Seed Pudding #chia #seed #breakfast #healthy

I love overnight breakfast ideas – you probably know this from my overnight oats obsession (here, here, here, here, here, here).  Or perhaps from my overnight slow cooker quinoa, OR maybe even the fact that I bake cookies for breakfast so I can grab a cookie in the morning and go.

So I guess saying I love overnight breakfast ideas was probably an understatement…. 

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{No Bake} Healthy Tropical Breakfast Cookies

tropical breakfast cookies

These delicious no bake breakfast cookies are naturally sweetened with no refined sugars. The perfect on-the-go easy breakfast or snack option!

No Bake Coconut and Greek Yogurt Tropical Breakfast CookiesHappy Friday everyone! Any big plans for the weekend? We are planning to head up to the beach in Perth tomorrow and maybe stop by the zoo that’s pretty close to where we are staying. I know it’s still frigid cold most place in the states, so in attempts to not make you all envious I won’t tell you about the beautiful warm weather we’ve been enjoying. And the fun times we’ve had going swimming. Or the summery foods we’ve been eating. Or the few parks we’ve been playing at. Or the shorts and flip-flops I’ve been wearing all. the. time. :)

I won’t even mention those things…

No. not another word. Instead I’ll share some of the summer weather with you all in the form of tropical breakfast cookies! This is the first recipe I’ve made in Australia and of course it had to be a summer-y type recipe because that’s totally what I’m feeling like since being here…. 

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Healthy Cookie Dough-Filled Chocolate Cups (GF)

HEALTHY Cookie Dough Cups

A delicious “energy bite” type of treat – a center cookie dough filling made with natural ingredients such as cashews and oats. The “cookie dough” bites are coated in a rich dark chocolate shell. These delicious treats are gluten-free, packed with protein, and an indulgent treat to satisfy your cravings in a healthier way.Secretly Healthy Cookie Dough Chocolate Truffles - the cookie dough has no butter, flour, or refined sugar!

So back when I was experimenting on these deeelectable brownie chocolate chip thumbprint cookies (have you tried them yet?!), I also experimented making some cookie dough-filled chocolate cups. Since the cookie dough used for the thumbprint cookies is egg-less and totally edible without being cooked, I thought, why not?!

So that’s exactly what happened – out of one of the final test batches for those cookies, I used half the dough to make these little candies. Of course I fell in love with them. Because what’s not to love – cookie dough + chocolate? I mean that’s straight happiness right there.

And then I took pictures of them and planned on sharing them, but it’s already mid-January and this whole healthy eating thing is going so well. I mean besides all of the tourist-y eating I’ve been doing for just about every meal. Okay, right, I am totally failing at this healthy January thing. But dang. The food and restaurants here are delicious. There’s a little restaurant called Nando’s that I’m mildly obsessed with. It’s been 3 out of the past 5 meals for me. So that’s probably classified as more than a mild obsession, but I digress…. 

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{Metabolism Boosting} Blueberry Coconut Lime Smoothie

This delicious and easy blueberry and coconut smoothie delivers a metabolism and energy boost -- no greens required!

You can thank all of the super-ingredients in this delicious and easy smoothie for the metabolic boost this drink provides. Plus the taste is absolutely fantastic and no greens are required!

Boost your metabolism and LOSE WEIGHT Smoothie

We’ve finally made it to Australia and wow has it been an exciting journey!! We made the 30+ hour travel to Perth last week so I apologize for being absent in responding to comments, e-mails, social media, etc.  And as we are adjusting to the 15 hour time difference I may still be a bit slow. Turns out trying to get an 18-month old to change his entire schedule is going to be quite the feat. Read = any advice greatly appreciated!

I really can’t complain one bit though because he was SUCH a trooper on all the long airplane rides. There were a few meltdowns and a couple of tantrums, but overall he did fantastic. A nice man that sat right behind us on our long flight (17 hours) said little Grey did “quite remarkable really.” I can’t even tell you all how nervous I was for making these long flights with such an active little guy! So grateful it all went so well :)

Right now we are living in a hotel while we are looking for a place to live. Hopefully we’ll all be settled in somewhere within the week. But in the meantime, being right in the center of the city has been wonderful. Plus we aren’t too far from King’s Park which is the most beautiful park I’ve ever been to. I’m hoping to have some pictures of the area sometime this weekend so stay tuned…. 

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30 Healthy and On-the-go Breakfast Ideas

30 Healthy, Delicious, and Easy ON THE GO Breakfast Ideas #breakfast #healthy

Here are 30 tried and tested favorite breakfast ideas. All of these breakfast ideas are created to be easy, on-the-go meals that are healthy (or suggest healthy substitution ideas!) Click on each link under the photo for the recipe and more healthy breakfast ideas. Check out this collection on Foodie.com as well as lots of other fun recipe ideas!

Check out Healthy Quick Meals: Breakfast

by Chelsea Lords at Foodie.com

30 Healthy, Delicious, and Easy ON THE GO Breakfast Ideas #breakfast #healthy… 

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{One Skillet} Cheesy Taco Quinoa

Taco Quinoa in One Skillet

An incredibly easy (one skillet needed) + super healthy cheesy taco quinoa dish. This dish is kid-friendly, veggie-filled, and a perfect meatless meal. Meat can easily be added and still be done in one skillet.

One Skillet EASY and healthy cheesy taco quinoa

In between our move from Ohio to Australia, we were able to visit our family in Utah for a couple of weeks. One of the nights we were there my mom asked me to make a dinner — one that required very little dish clean-up was somewhere in that request. I decided to do her one better and use only ONE dish, because you all know how much I like my one dish dinners. You do know, right? Exhibit 1, Exhibit 2, Exhibit 3, Exhibit 4…bored yet?

The tricky part of this one-dish dinner was making sure to please everyone. With 8 people around the house, there are plenty of preferences to be met. Luckily my entire family is pretty health conscious and enjoy veggie-filled meals. That being said, there are the big meat-eaters too and making a meatless meal was a bit of a gamble…. 

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{Healthy} Almond Joy Overnight Oats

Almond Joy Overnight Oatmeal

These almond joy overnight oats make the perfect healthy on-the-go breakfast. Make ‘em the night before and have a delicious + nutritious breakfast ready in the morning.

{Healthy} Almond Joy Overnight Oats via chelseasmessyapron.com

Return of the overnight oatmeal and right in time for your New Year’s Resolutions! Personally, I think overnight oats are the best way to stay on track for eating healthy breakfasts. They are ready when you wake up so no excuses, right?!

And this version is flavored to taste like a candy bar – an almond joy to be exact! Since you all liked the peanut butter cup overnight oats so very much, I thought it was time to introduce another candy bar flavor…. 

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Brownie-Chocolate Chip Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Thumbprint Cookies with a 2-ingredient Brownie Center

These delicious and egg-less cookies are easy to make and the best possible twist on a thumbprint cookie. The base is a creamy and smooth chocolate-chip cookie dough and the center is filled with a 2-ingredient brownie dough. These cookies are then drizzled with milk chocolate.

Brownie + Chocolate Chip Cookie Thumbprint Cookies with 2 -ingredient brownie filling

When I finally got this recipe to work exactly how I wanted it to, I could hardly wait to share it with you all.  But by that time, Christmas had come and gone and here I am writing up this post on December 27th. AKA: everyone is soo over cookies and baking right?! I hope that’s wrong, but even if it’s mostly right, I just couldn’t wait a whole ‘nother year to share these.

I am just too excited about this recipe. It’s a cookie + brownie mash-up in a thumbprint cookie form and I’ve made it SO easy to make. I’m talking a no-chill cookie dough and a TWO ingredient brownie center filling. Really, these couldn’t get easier to make!

Also I promise; these are the last cookies for a while, or at least the last version of unhealthy cookies (I’ve got some healthy ones coming soon!)… 

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