{Slow Cooker} Mexican Quinoa

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

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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15+ Delicious Soups

15+ Delicious Soups

It’s no secret that I love soup around these parts! So for a quick reference to lots of yummy soups (on my blog and others) I’ve rounded up a bunch for you to pick and choose the ones to try. Just click on the link under the picture to get directed to the soup or go directly to Foodie to see the collection I made there – Foodie is a great place to collect your recipes and make plans with what you will do with them!

Check out Soups and Chowders

by Chelsea Lords at Foodie.com


Sweet potato, chicken, and quinoa soup


Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat 


Smoky Bacon Corn Chowder 

Southwest Broccoli Chowder


 Tortellini Lasagna Soup

Butternut Squash, Red Potato, and Kale Soup

Butternut Squash, Red Potato, and Kale Soup 

quesadilla soup
Spicy Chicken Quesadilla Soup


Vegetable Soup

Chicken and Rice Vegetable Soup

Chicken and Rice Vegetable Soup

salsaverde soup

Chicken Salsa Verde Soup


Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Red Potato and Corn Crockpot Soup

Red Potato and Corn Crockpot Soup 


Perfect Broccoli Cheese Soup


Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Gnocchi Tomato Basil Soup

Gnocchi Tomato Basil Soup


Potato, Corn, and Bacon Chowder

15+ Delicious Soups

Special thanks to Foodie by Glam for sponsoring this post :)

{One Pot} Chicken, Rice, & Veggie Fajita Bowls

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This one pot dish tastes just like fajitas without the tortilla! (But you can definitely use them if you want!) This meal takes less than 30 minutes, is all made in one pot, and is full of flavor while keeping the ingredients to a minimum.

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Two one-pot meals two posts in a row?! You can probably guess that someone is getting molars right now. Hint: I’ve already got mine. Yeah, the little guy hasn’t been feeling the greatest in these parts and we can feel one poking through in the back. (Poor little guy!)

And since he doesn’t take teething too well… there’s been a lot of tears, a few tantrums (okay maybe more than a few), some mega-clinginess, and lots of snuggles/back-scratches (<–he loves those). Which means, when I go into the kitchen to make food, he’s not loving that. Chopping vegetables with a baby on my hip? I’m pretty sure I look really awesome in the attempt. (Read: not so awesome.)

So these one pot meals are seriously a lifesaver. Which, P.S., I see a lot more coming in the future of CMA since, well, he’s got a lot more teeth that need to come in. The great news is, this meal definitely made him feel much better; he absolutely loved it. Which, I have to admit, with all the veggies, I was skeptical how much he would like it. But, seeing as he ate pretty much the same portion that I did, this recipe is a keeper!… 

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{One Pot} Creamy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Divan

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This delicious and lightened up creamy chicken, broccoli, and rice divan can all be made in one pot and in under 30 minutes. It’s filled with flavor and keeps the ingredients to a minimum!

Easy, 30 minute, ONE POT Chicken divine with broccoli! #dinner #chicken #onepot #easy

I have been completely overwhelmed with the awesome responses on the reader survey. Seriously, you guys are the best <3! Thank you!! Oh, and then there’s my mom who specifically requested that my blog include pictures of her grandson in every post ha! Yes, I know that is you mom! :) (And if you haven’t taken it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!)

I’ll let you all know the results when it’s all finished up. But for now, I’ve got some more yummy one-pot goodness. Plus I healthified it a bit – a lightened up creamy chicken, broccoli, and rice divan in one pot and thirty minutes. Oh yeah!


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{Healthy + Flourless} Glazed Apple Pie Cookies + 2014 Reader Survey

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These delicious cookies are gluten-free, packed with protein and good-for-you-ingredients. No white flour, no butter, and no oil in these glazed “apple pie” cookies. 

No white flour, no butter, and no oil in these glazed "apple pie" cookies. #healthy #cleaneating #cookies #apple #pie

Today’s a special day! It’s Chelsea’s Messy Apron’s first birthday! …So, you would probably expect some grand cake or something right? Wrong. I made cookies. Oh and they are healthy too! Which, admittedly, seems a little bit of a weird and boring birthday celebration treat for this blog’s birthday, but if you tried these, you would know. They are far better than any cupcakes! (In a healthy, wholesome type of way of course.)

Okay, so let’s talk about these cookies. Do they look healthy to you? Yeah, me either. Surprise! They are SUPER healthy! Well, maybe not the glaze so much, but it’s completely an optional kind of thing. Like, a birthday addition for sure!

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for a whole year! It has just flown by and been such an amazing year. I’m super, super grateful for you people that have read this little blog, tried the recipes, and left such nice comments. Seriously, you all are the BEST! <3 And it means the world to me! When I published my first post a year ago, I was so nervous. I knew I was super passionate about food and the prospect of blogging, but I was so worried no one would read my blog (or even like it). Or ever try my recipes. Just ask my husband, I’m pretty sure he had to give me about ten pep talks! Okay, maybe more than ten…. 

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{Slow Cooker} Lasagna Tortellini Soup


A crockpot lasagna soup made with cheese-filled tortellini. This soup is simple to make, tastes just like lasagna in soup form, and is a sure crowd pleaser!


This soup though. Best soup I’ve ever had – hands down. I guess I have to amend that statement just a bit though…because if you are looking for a super healthy and light soup, this sweet potato + quinoa one is one of my favorites. But as far as a complete comfort meal, easy to make, super cheesy, and totally flavorful soup goes – this is the soup.

Not that this soup is necessarily unhealthy, just the amounts of cheese I stir in mine may just be a little unhealthy. Although, I’m sure I put more cheese in my soup than the average 3 6 people…

Other than that, you’ve got lots and lots of tomatoes and tomato-ey sauces, some beef broth, lots of spices. You know, these are all good for you! And for the actual beef, I used extra lean ground beef, but I’m sure ground turkey would be great in this too. However, ground beef just screams lasagna to me since I always put that in our lasagna. BUT — the best part of this soup in my opinion? It’s the tortellini. Tortellini is one of the greatest foods ever made, I’m convinced. And in this soup it is divine. It cooks perfectly in the slow cooker and it’s like having an ultra chees-y lasagna in every bite. Because the cheese is IN the pasta. Genius.

And then I mix lots of extra cheese in the soup. You know, just for good measure.


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Oatmeal Cookie Pumpkin S’mores Gooey Bars


Deliciously thick oatmeal chocolate bars with a hint of pumpkin in the middle — thanks to pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin flavored marshmallows. These bars are easy to make and very rich!

Oatmeal Cookie Pumpkin S'mores Gooey Bars #pumpkin #dessert #oatmeal #cookie #gooeybar

Pumpkin and oats were meant to be together. My favorite Fall cookies are pumpkin oatmeal chocolate-chip and these bars are basically those cookies in a gloriously gooey marshmallow form. Who’s with me on pumpkin oatmeal cookies?!

P.S. Do you like how I specify they are my favorite “Fall cookies”? Because obvi I can’t just have one favorite cookie. As a self-proclaimed cookie connoisseur I have to have a favorite cookie for every season and/or holiday. Like these ones for Christmasnothing compares.

And there I go talking about Christmas again when I said I was going to wait. I’m such a freak about holidays!! Second P.S. the hubs and I went shopping and found the cutest wood pumpkin decoration. It’s currently sitting on top of our mantel place and making me all sorts of happy and excited for Halloween. The good news is, it’s not only a Halloween pumpkin, so it gets to stay up through Thanksgiving. And along with that shopping trip, we also found little Grey’s Halloween costume. He’s a lobster if you missed the picture of him. Bahaha — he is the cutest lobster ever!!


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Mummy Milanos


A super easy triple-chocolate “mummy” milano cookie. These cookies are the perfect treat to bring to a Halloween party! 

Easy Mummy Milanos - a super quick and fun Halloween treat 2 layers of chocolate + 1 layer of white chocolate = a super delicious treat! Did I mention these take about 10 minutes to make? If you are in a pinch for a Halloween treat, these fit the bill!

I bought the double-chocolate Milanos (hence the 2 layers or chocolate) and it perfectly balanced the thick coating of white chocolate. These are incredibly delicious! At first, I was just dipping and making them as a cute and easy Halloween treat (without really thinking about how they would taste), but after one bite of these they ended up being one of my favorite tasting Halloween treats. I mean, of course I didn’t want a gross Halloween treat no matter how cute it looked, but I didn’t know it would be SO GOOD.

White chocolate mixed with dark or milk chocolate has always been a weakness of mine!… 

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{Healthy} Halloween Bat Energy Bites


Special thanks to by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser for sponsoring this post; all opinions are my own! A healthy snack for Halloween – chocolate energy bites dressed up like a bat!  Also, some “spiders” on a log in the form of peanut butter celery sticks. Plus a fun Halloween party with princess costumes, American Greetings decorations, and another healthy Halloween snack.

{Healthy} Halloween Bat Energy Bites + "Spiders" on a log #healthy #Halloween #treat #dessert #easy

Ummmm are you dying from the cute? After I finished making these bats I just couldn’t stop smiling cause they are so.dang.cute.

BONUS. They are a healthy Halloween treat. Which, there aren’t too many healthy Halloween treats since pretty much the whole point of the day is to collect all the candy. Although, I always liked the costuming party wayyy better than the candy; dressing up is my favorite!

And as a little girl, my mom would make all of our costumes. I have no idea how she did it, since trying to make 3 stockings for Christmas last year about did me in. They never made it on the mantle because they were that bad. Fact, I seriously cannot sew. As much as I wish I could and keep thinking that I can, everything I sew tends to end up as a total and miserable failure. So I’ll stick to making little bats in the form of energy bites and leave the sewing to the more talented folk. Like whoever made this adorable Lobster costume:


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Cilantro-Lime Ranch Burrito Bowls


Vegetarian cilantro-lime ranch burrito bowls made with fresh and good for you ingredients! These burrito bowls can be ready in less than 30 minutes and a meal the whole family will love; leave out the lettuce for little kids!

Super quick and easy cilantro-lime ranch burrito bowls!

I know this looks like a salad, but it’s not really. In fact, it’s based off the Cantina Bowls from Taco Bell…have you tried those? I’m not the biggest Taco Bell fan, but the hubs really likes the place so we’ve been there a few times. My husband discovered the gem we will call Cantina Bowls and I instantly fell in love with them! Who knew? Go Taco Bell!

Basically they are burrito bowls with rice, chicken, beans, a dollup of guac, a pico de gallo, dollup of sour cream, some lettuce mixed in, and a delicious creamy dressing. These are essentially a vegetarian version of the dish and more of a filling meal than a salad. You can even leave out the lettuce and these will still work out great.

Little Grey hasn’t quite figured out how to eat lettuce, but he still devoured one of these burrito bowls. That kid is obsessed with rice!!… 

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{Slow Cooker} Fiesta Ranch Taco Soup

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A simple crockpot taco soup with fiesta ranch flavorings. This soup allows you to choose your spice level, it’s quick to make, and very customizable!

Easy Crockpot Fiesta Ranch Taco Soup - a fun twist on a classic!So I’ve been posting quite a few soups over the last few weeks…is it even cold where you are at? Is it full-fledged soup season yet? Clearly I consider it soup season, but I it has been cooling down considerably where I’m at. Speaking of where I’m at, and making a not so subtle transition…I have to tell you all about the one of the coolest things I’ve done since living here.

It’s called Whirlyball and apparently it’s a sport native to Ohio. It makes me pretty proud to live here, seriously.

Basically it’s a mash-up of a few different sports. There are two teams and everyone plays in their own bumper car (awesome right!!). Then there are two goals that are set up like a basketball hoop and one small ball. Except the ball can only be handled with a short lacrosse stick. That probably makes no sense, but I don’t really know how else to describe it. Basically picture bumper cars and crazy because that’s what it felt like to me!

This game was so fun. I have no idea why it’s not mainstream and why I didn’t get to play it in college. Because I’m sure I would have made the team. Put me in a bumper car all day long and I will go places people. … I’m just joking in case you were wondering. I was probably the worst player on the team, but I sure made up for it in team spirit and enthusiasm! Oh, and I did manage to score two points or baskets or whatever they are called!

If you ever find yourself in the lovely state of Ohio (or you live here and haven’t yet), whirlyball is a must. I rank it right up there with Cedar Point — the roller-coaster capital of the world! Orrrr if you are a person of extreme prominence and can start making this sport more mainstream (why you would be reading my food blog, I have not figured out yet), you would be my best friend…. 

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{Browned Butter + Salted Caramel} Apple Pie Bars


These browned butter and salted caramel baked apple pie bars are chewy, crunchy, and the perfect autumn treat!

{Browned Butter + Salted Caramel} Apple Pie Bars I #apple #pie #caramel

Have you been out apple picking yet? I didn’t even know that was Fall tradition until I met my hubs; I’d never been apple picking before that. But as a born and raised Vermonter, he had much to teach me about apples. And that was – they make an excellent apple pie. The husband is completely obsessed with apple pie. It’s his favorite dessert and one that he will eat for every meal of the day. I’m not even kidding. Each time I make an apple pie it is gone within one or two days, and he’s the only one that eats it since I’d rather have cinnamon roll fondue or something lathered in way more chocolate than most people eat in a week…month.

So when we recently went apple picking at the cutest little farm, all he had on his mind was apple pie. The first question – “how many apples do we need for two pies?” The second question, “is this enough to make 2 big apple pies?” The third question, “You are sure this enough? It will make two pies??” Clearly, snacking on these picked apples were not in his plans – they would be for apple pie making and apple pie making ONLY.  Oh, and there had to be 2 pies. Because that was clearly very important too!… 

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