Grilled Honey-Lime Chicken over Cilantro-Lime Quinoa

The BEST marinated honey-lime chicken with a Greek yogurt avocado sauce

The juiciest and ultra-tender marinated chicken grilled and placed on a bed of cilantro-lime quinoa. Serve with fresh veggies and this delicious Greek yogurt avocado dressing.BEST ever grilled honey lime chickenHappy Friday!! How about some easy marinated grilled chicken to kick off your weekend? And not just any marinated chicken – this is honesty some of the best I’ve ever had.

It feels like I’ve been holding back on you guys – no grilled chicken recipes yet this summer and we are officially at the last day of July. The reason it’s taken me so long? I’ve been working really hard trying to perfect this recipe – I wanted it to be some of the juiciest and most delicious grilled chicken. And finally, this recipe is ready!

Not only do I have the marinade recipe for you, but also a great way to serve it — with some cilantro-lime quinoa, a side salad (lettuce, tomato, avocado), and a secretly healthy creamy avocado-cilantro dressing. But don’t worry – the chicken is good enough to stand alone (or even just with that dressing) so this meal can be done in a flash if that’s what you need! But if you do have the extra time, preparing the salad and quinoa as sides will be well worth the time spent!… 

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{Nature Valley Copycat} Soft-Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Squares

A delicious and healthy copycat of the Nature Valley Soft-Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Squares. The perfect on-the-go snack the whole family will enjoy!

A delicious and healthy copycat of the Nature Valley Soft-Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Squares. The perfect on-the-go snack the whole family will enjoy!Nature Valley Copycat Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares

Well, it’s about time. There are two other soft-baked Nature-Valley Copycat bars on this blog and finally I have a much requested third one for you all!

I’ve gotten countless emails and comments asking for a blueberry copycat after people have enjoyed the peanut butter bars and the brown sugar cinnamon bars. The reason I’ve been holding out on you all? I had actually never tried the blueberry ones until a couple of weeks ago! I regularly bought the other two flavors until I created a copycat recipe for them and never went back to try any of the other flavors.

Finally, I made a trip to the grocery store with JUST these bars in mind and nabbed a box. I ate one on the way home and liked it — I thought it was a bit dry and hard, but that may have just been the batch I got. Other than that, the flavors are pretty great. So the experimenting began to make a (less dry/hard) flavorful blueberry soft-baked oatmeal bar!… 

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Roasted Garlic Parmesan Red Potatoes with Homemade Fry Sauce

{Extra Crispy} Garlic Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes with Homemade Fry Sauce

Extra Crispy Garlic Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes with Homemade Fry Sauce.

The secret ingredient to EXTRA Crispy Baked Garlic Parmesan Red Potatoes. PLUS a delicious Homemade Fry Sauce
So I’ve been working on this dinner dish for you all the last couple of weeks. It’s a one pan chicken + veggies + red potatoes kind of dish and while I think I’ve finally perfected the recipe (YUM!), I still haven’t gotten pictures of the finished dish that I like. Hopefully it will be here on the blog soon though because it would be really rude to keep it to myself :)

Anyways, I made the dish 4 times until I was perfectly happy with it. However, with each experiment, everything was always still completely edible and ended up as a dinner that we all enjoyed. (The last version being the best and the one I’ll share here soon.)

Well, I blame that dish for completely re-igniting my love for red potatoes. My dad is a huge fan so we had them all the time growing up, but for some reason or other, I really haven’t made them much for my own little family. Until now of course and probably for the rest of forever! I’m not sure if it’s a pregnancy thing or what, but I’ve had massive cravings for red potatoes just about daily. And since I was getting a little tired of making that same dish over and over again, these little bites were born to squelch the crazy red potato cravings…. 

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Crockpot BBQ Ranch Chicken Tacos

Crockpot BBQ Ranch Chicken Tacos - easy and delicious!

These simple, yet boldly flavored BBQ-ranch chicken tacos are made in the slow cooker and perfect for a summer get together!

Crockpot BBQ Ranch Chicken Tacos - easy and delicious! copy
If you are fan of lots of flavor for very little work, you have come to the right spot! These chicken tacos are crazy easy to make, but the result is some of the tastiest chicken tacos I’ve ever had!

My family goes crazy over chicken tacos and so naturally, we have them quite a bit at our home. Whenever we have chicken tacos, the chicken is always cooked in the slow cooker. Slow cooking chicken breasts yields (in my opinion) some of the very best and most tender chicken…. 

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BBQ Pasta Salad

EASY BBQ Pasta Salad

A delicious pulled pork BBQ pasta salad that makes an easy 30-minute weeknight dinner.

EASY BBQ Pasta Salad
Who else eats pasta salads like crazy during the summer? They have definitely been one of my go-to’s this summer and since the whole family loves them, the only catch is coming up with some different varieties of pasta salads.  (These three have been on frequent rotations: tortellini pesto salad, catalina chicken pasta salad, and avocado corn pasta salad)

Most of the time I’ll add some shredded chicken or grilled and chopped hot dogs to our pasta salads to give them a little more protein (the husband loves the hot dogs in ’em), but with this salad there is pulled pork! Except without all the work that pork takes to prepare/season and cook and shred. Getting excited yet?! … 

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{Flourless + Healthy} Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

Healthy + Flourless Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

These delicious pancakes are made super healthy with lots of good-for-you swaps such as a mashed banana, Greek yogurt, oats, coconut oil, and dark chocolate! {Gluten-free recipe}

FLOURLESS + HEALTHY Chocolate-chip oatmeal cookie pancakes with Greek yogurtReturn of dessert for breakfast! Seriously though, these little pancakes taste like a full-on dessert. Not that I’m sick of eating cookies for breakfast because I don’t think that will ever get old, but it was time to try something new.

And since the creation of these I have been going crazy experimenting with different types of dessert-like pancakes that are also healthy and flourless. So stay tuned :) Especially come pumpkin season because yes, I have already been baking with pumpkin for you guys (A LOT of pumpkin baking) and it is taking a lot of will power to keep from publishing some pumpkin pancakes this very day. Sneak preview: they are divine.

However as pumpkin obsessed as I am, I think these are my favorite for right now. I’m totally a sucker for anything oatmeal cookie tasting…. 

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Gender Reveal Cupcakes

Easy, Cute Gender Reveal Cupcakes

Simple, yet impressive looking, gender reveal cupcakes with a healthier cupcake base.

Easy, Cute Gender Reveal Cupcakes with Greek Yogurt Cupcake Base!It’s about time I “formally” announced here (on Chelsea’s Messy Apron) the gender of our next babe. I announced the pregnancy on this post with some help from my little guy. A few weeks later we learned the gender of our next one, but I wanted to tell you all in a more fun way than just saying writing it.

So instead of having the announcement mixed up in some random blog posts, I’ve got a bunch of pictures leading up to the final reveal of our next baby’s gender. These cupcakes were filled with a certain colored frosting and the last picture shows the cupcake cut in half…so….is the inside PINK or BLUE? :)… 

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Avocado-Cilantro White Bean Dip

Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dip

A creamy avocado-cilantro white bean dip made easy in the blender. The perfect healthy snack dip!
Creamy Avocado Cilantro DipIf you are not a fan of chickpeas, this recipe is going to make you super excited! I’m probably in the 1% of all people here, but I really dislike hummus. (Can we still be friends?!) I wish I liked it because the flavors always seem so enticing (roasted red pepper, I’m talking about you!) and it’s a super healthy snack.

I’ve come to discover it’s not so much hummus I have a dislike for, but actually chickpeas. So the fact that hummus is mainly chickpeas is perhaps why I have an aversion to it…. 

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Healthier Flourless Monster Cookies

Flourless and Healthy Monster Cookies

A healthier version of the famous monster cookies.Flourless and Healthy Monster Cookies I know I’ve said it before (it has even been mentioned on my “about” page), but a spoonful of peanut butter with dark chocolate-chips on top is one of my favorite go-to snacks. Anyone else? Other variations include (but are not limited to) raisins on a spoonful of peanut butter, crushed oreos on a spoonful of nutella, apple slices dipped in cookie butter, milk chocolate-chips on top of cookie butter AND nutella, crushed nuts on a spoonful of peanut butter (nut overload!), and a new favorite – M&M’s topped on a big spoonful of peanut butter. If you haven’t had a huge spoonful of peanut butter topped with M&M’s, you are definitely missing out!… 

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Healthy Dole Whip

Healthy and Easy Dole Whips

A healthy soft-serve dole whip smoothie made with tropical and good-for-you ingredients.

Healthy Tropical Dole WhipThis summer has been scorching hot! I keep telling myself it’s because I’ve been in Cleveland the past couple of years and forgot what a Utah summer is like. I don’t think Cleveland ever even got close to be in the 100 degree range while I lived there, but we’ve been in the 100 range quite a bit here in Utah these past couple of weeks…. 

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{One Skillet} Beef Chow Mein Stir Fry

Skillet Beef Chow Mein with Veggies

A one skillet, simple beef chow mein stir fry with lots of veggies and an easy stir fry sauce. You can substitute chicken in place of the beef if desired.

Easy Beef Chow Mein Stir FryHappy Monday to everyone! How was your weekend? We had a nice long weekend thanks to Independence Day! The husband got off an extra day of work and so we got to spent a lot of time with family which was so nice!

On the Fourth, we took the little guy to a parade in Provo. It is said to be one of the best parades in Utah and did not disappoint! It was the little guy’s first parade where he actually got excited about floats and noises instead of getting scared or being oblivious to the happenings.

I’m certain the husband and I had more fun watching his reactions than any of the actual parade. Before the parade was even halfway done, the babe was completely wiped out from getting so excited over everything…. 

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Healthy and Flourless Zucchini Muffins

Healthy + Flourless Zucchini Greek Yogurt Muffins

These flourless zucchini muffins are made with healthier swaps such as Greek yogurt, dark chocolate, and coconut oil. (Gluten Free Recipe)

Healthy + Flourless Zucchini Greek Yogurt MuffinsSo…there is already a zucchini muffin recipe here on the blog that is healthier and absolutely delicious. However, it’s not flourless, so naturally there was a need for another zucchini muffin recipe. Right? Right! I wasn’t sure I was convinced there was a need for another zucchini muffin recipe, but when an awesome reader emailed me and asked for a gluten-free version of zucchini muffins, I knew it was time to start experimenting!

My sister is gluten-intolerant and loves when I make treats that she can eat. Especially when those treats taste great too. :) These muffins are packed with good-for-you ingredients and gluten free so long as you ensure your oats are certified gluten-free. I’ve also made these with dried currants which are definitely on par with the dark chocolate addition in these muffins. If you are a fan of dried currants + zucchini you are going to love the combo. Other healthy ingredients include Greek yogurt (vanilla flavored is the best in these!), coconut oil, and a mashed banana. The riper the banana the better these are!… 

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