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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Caramel Brownie Cookie Bars

Chocolate Caramel Brownie Cookie Bars

Delicious oatmeal cookie bars with a chocolate caramel brownie base – a “brookie” (brownie-cookie) bar at it’s best!

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Chocolate Caramel Brownie Cookie Bars

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? And how is this dessert for starting your Monday off in a great kind of way?!

Mondays definitely call for a bar just like this! Brownies combined with cookies, plus caramel, and a chocolate layer? Yeah this is kind of a crazy dessert, but it’s absolutely delicious. And it’s honestly not “too rich” even though it kind of looks like it would be.

I had the idea to make some kind of brookies (brownies and cookies mashed together) and thought bars would be the simplest way to make them. From there, I wanted to get a little more creative with the cookie topping and since these molten lava oatmeal caramel cookies are probably my favorite cookie ever, they were the inspiration for the caramel-chocolate-oatmeal cookie layers…. 

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Corn, Zucchini, and Avocado Pasta Salad

Simple Roasted Corn, Zucchini, and Avocado Pasta Salad

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Ronzoni, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RonzoniSummer 

A super simple and healthy roasted corn, zucchini, and avocado pasta salad. A great summer take along pasta salad that takes minutes to whip up!

Roasted Corn, Zucchini, and Avocado Pasta Salad

How was your weekend? And Father’s Day? Here’s a belated wish to all the Father’s for a wonderful Father’s Day and to know how grateful we are for you! Especially my own dad, my father-in-law, and my husband — the father of my little one (and a half!)

My cute sister-in-law came over this weekend and I taught her how to ice (royal icing) sugar cookies this week. It totally ignited in my the royal icing bug and on Saturday I decorated a ton of Father’s Day cookies — ties, wrenches, hammers, saws, and pliers. You can see a picture of how they turned out here!… 

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Frozen Nutella Chocolate Mousse Pie

Frozen Nutella Chocolate Mousse Pie

This frozen nutella chocolate mousse pie has two layers. The bottom layer is a dense and rich chocolate cream and the top layer is a light and creamy nutella mousse.

Frozen Chocolate Mousse PieA few weeks ago, I made my mom a cake for her birthday – it was pretty much a death by chocolate kind of cake. Four chocolate-cake layers with chocolate mousse in between each layer and the whole cake was covered in a chocolate ganache. (The cake I made was adapted a bit from this recipe!)

I thought it was going to be too rich, but it was her birthday and she wanted as much chocolate as I could cram into a cake. Surprisingly it wasn’t as rich as I thought it would be thanks to all the layers of mousse which definitely lightened it up. Everyone LOVED the cake and especially that mousse in the center of the layers…. 

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Simple Greek Couscous

Healthy skillet Greek couscous

An easy weeknight meal: 20-minute Greek couscous packed with veggies and protein. This vegetarian meal is hearty, filling, and packed with flavor.

Simple and HEALTHY Greek CouscousWith seven kids growing up, pleasing everyone for dinner proved quite the challenge for my mom. Inevitably there would always be someone that wouldn’t like something that she put in one of her dishes.

There were so many of us with so many varied preferences that it was extremely hard for her to keep track. That, and, she didn’t believe in making too many special adaptations for meals – what she made is what we ate. Obviously her mindset wasn’t something I always appreciated, but now, I definitely do. I’ll eat pretty much everything and enjoy trying new things…. 

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Slow Cooker Southwestern Fajita Quinoa

Crockpot Southwest Quinoa and Veggies2

Throw everything in a crockpot and forget about it! A super easy and healthy crockpot quinoa and veggie dish with southwestern fajita flavors. Chicken or ground beef can easily be added into the dish.

Easy crockpot southwestern quinoa - tasty and healthy!

I am seriously convinced this is the easiest meal to prepare! It’s one of those throw stuff in a crockpot and a few hours later a super tasty and healthy dinner is ready.

Plus the flavors on this one – WOWZAs. A little bit of a kick and a lot of flavor. Don’t be too worried about the kick though – it can easily be avoided if you aren’t a fan of that kind of thing. And on the opposite side, it can definitely be intensified! :)… 

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Simple Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

4-ingredient vanilla frozen Greek yogurt

Simple tart vanilla bean frozen yogurt – top it with fruit for a super delicious dessert!

4-ingredient vanilla frozen Greek yogurt

A few summers ago, the husband and I (no babe yet) were at my sister-in-law’s home for one of her amazing dinners. After dinner she made some type of fruity frozen yogurt that we all went nuts over. It was honestly the best frozen yogurt I’ve ever had and the husband agreed.

He mentioned about five different times how we needed the recipe, needed an ice cream maker, and needed to make it often!… 

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{One Pot} Pesto Chicken Tortellini

An easy one pot pesto chicken tortellini

A thirty-minute, one pot, simple dinner. Pesto chicken and sun-dried tomatoes tossed with tortellini and fresh basil.

An easy one pot pesto chicken tortellini

My sister recently graduated from high school (WAHOO!) and came over one afternoon to play with Grey and hang out for a bit. Naturally, I had to make sure she was well fed and so I made her this dish for lunch.

Let me just tell you, I’ve never seen her eat so much in one sitting. Ever. And a direct quote from this sister: “This is the best thing you’ve ever made!” Bold words, but man this dish is good!

Since there weren’t any leftovers from that lunch, I had to make sure to make it for the husband and he too went nuts over it. A meal that can be made in one pot, under thirty minutes, and make a crowd go crazy? Yes, this is the dish!… 

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Mint-Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream Bars

EASY Mint-chocolate brownie oreo ice cream bars

Super simple mint-chocolate ice cream bars with a mint oreo brownie bottom and a delicious fudge topping. This easy dessert is sure to be your new summer dessert staple!

EASY Mint-chocolate brownie oreo ice cream barsSo you all know and love mint-chocolate frosted brownies right?! They are pretty much a staple dessert in my home and, personally, one of my all-time favorites.

Well, my goal with this dessert was to make those mint-chocolate frosted brownies but in a cooled-down summer form! Instead of the typical mint frosting, there is an even better cool and creamy mint-chip ice cream on top of these brownies. Oh yeah, and I added oreos because every dessert is better when you add oreos. Especially cool-mint oreos which are just plain good…. 

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Cheddar Ranch Chicken Quinoa Bake

Cheddar Ranch Chicken Quinoa and Veggies! Everything gets cooked together!

This post brought to you by Hidden Valley Ranch. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Chelsea’s Messy Apron. This cheddar ranch chicken quinoa bake is loaded with good-for-you ingredients plus lots of veggies. A simple casserole where the chicken and quinoa get baked in the same dish!

Secretly healthy cheddar ranch chicken quinoa bake - the creamy flavor comes from Greek yogurt!

Okay so you know how creamy foods are usually loaded with butter or high fat milk or heavy cream? Well, welcome to a whole lot healthier with this creamy dish. I’m talking chicken broth, low-fat milk, and a little bit of flour. And the cheddar ranch part? Well of course there is cheddar cheese, but I used reduced-fat (and couldn’t even tell a difference!), then GREEK YOGURT, and the newest, latest, and greatest Greek yogurt ranch mix.

It’s kind of crazy all of the healthier swaps I made in this recipe when it doesn’t even taste lower fat or calorie. It tastes like the real-deal, ultra-creamy, delicious comfort food. I’m trying to convince myself it is not in fact magical, because it kinda sorta does seem magical.

Are you freaking out yet about this recipe? Clearly I am…. 

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Easy Tomato Basil Pasta with Veggies

Simple Tomato Basil Pasta and Veggies -- One pot!

Special thanks to Bertolli for sponsoring this post and creating the BEST tomato-basil sauce for this dish! A simple dinner that is ready in under thirty minutes! This pasta dish with a creamy tomato-basil sauce is packed with vegetables such as zucchini, mushroom, and sweet bell peppers.


Simple Tomato Basil Pasta and Veggies -- One pot!The little guy goes absolutely crazy for two foods. Thankfully both foods are a lot healthier than candy and I swear he’d pick ’em over dessert any day.

The first is quinoa. Which, if you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know probably can sense that about half of my dinner recipes include quinoa. Because it’s literally his favorite thing to eat and the rest of us really love it too. And the second is any kind of pasta with a red sauce. Give that boy some spaghetti and he will out-eat anyone. It’s pretty amazing really…. 

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Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Bake

Creamy Tortellini and Veggie Bake

A creamy tortellini bake filled with summer veggies! This bake is sure to be a crowd pleaser!Creamy Tortellini and Veggie Bake2I can not believe it is June already. Where has this ENTIRE year gone?! Time goes by way too quickly!

HOWEVER… it is nice to be here at summer and already enjoying some very summery foods :) I broke out the healthy zucchini bread last week along with a few frozen desserts (this lemon berry slush being my favorite!) already. I’m in full-blown summer mode now!

And the babe is loving summer. He’s outside pretty much all the time and loves exploring AKA throwing dirt and rocks everywhere. We’ve also got to babysit my in-laws little dog (Mazie) while they are vacationing and he’s absolutely crazy about her. Even if the affection is not quite returned… In fact, poor Mazie is terrified of little Grey…. 

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