These no bake peanut butter granola balls are super simple to make, full of healthy ingredients, and make a great snack for active kids and adults alike.  

peanut butter granola balls

I’ve been making these Peanut Butter Granola Balls for many years.  I’ve made lots of different versions but this recipe is probably our favorite.  Such a great combination of healthy fats, complex carbs, and protein!  They are easy to make, don’t require any cooking or baking, and they are sweet enough to feel like a little bit of a treat.  My boys love them and have some every day after school until they run out. Continue reading

Start your day with a hearty breakfast sandwich!  This Egg and Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sandwich with Strawberry Butter is the perfect mix of savory and sweet.  

egg and turkey sausage breakfast sandwich

We have a breakfast routine that usually includes avocado toast + a fried egg, oatmeal, peanut butter toast, scrambled eggs, and occasionally pancakes or waffles.  But every once in a while I get a wild hair and make something different.  Enter this egg and turkey sausage breakfast sandwich.

The secret to this sandwich is the strawberry butter!  I mix softened butter and strawberry jelly together and spread it on a toasted English muffin and top it with turkey sausage and an egg.  The savory breakfast sausage and sweetened butter are a great combo!  I add the egg because everything is better with an egg on it, right?  My boys prefer the yolk cooked through but I love mine runny.  Either way, this breakfast sandwich is a hit!

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Requiring little prep, this Instant Pot Black Bean Soup is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.  It’s quite filling on its own and makes a great meatless meal.  Don’t have an Instant Pot?  No worries, I included instructions for cooking in the slow cooker as well.instant pot black bean soup

I’m back with yet another soup recipe.  Yep, another one.  I’m sorry, I just can’t get enough.  I’ve made this recipe several times and decided it was time to share it on the blog.  I realize this is not the most appetizing picture but it really is delicious.  If you like refried black beans you’ll enjoy this soup, I promise!

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Follow this simple method for making delicious buttery brown rice in the Instant Pot.

How to make brown rice in the instant pot

I absolutely adore brown rice but it can be tricky to make, often turning out too dry or with excess liquid in the pot.  So I recently decided it was time to figure out the best method for making it in the Instant Pot.  I’ve made it several different ways and finally settled on this method as my favorite.  It makes the perfect buttery rice that’s ready to eat straight from the pot.  No need to add salt or butter because it’s already in the mix.

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Just two simple ingredients come together to make this flavorful and easy Crockpot Italian Chicken recipe.

two ingredient crockpot italian chicken

This Italian chicken is so simple and easy; I hardly feel like I can call it a “recipe”.  It’s made with just two ingredients and it literally takes about 3 minutes to throw together.  I found this Italian dressing on sale at Sprouts the other day and knew I wanted to make something super simple with it.

To make this recipe you’ll place 3-4 chicken breasts in a crockpot and pour a bottle of Italian dressing over the chicken.  Cook on low until the chicken is cooked through and it’s ready to serve.  Doesn’t get any easier than that!

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This savory salad is perfect for a light dinner or served as a hearty side dish.  Made with roasted sweet potatoes, bacon, pecans, and feta cheese, it’s sure to please even your biggest salad avoiders!

I shared this salad on Facebook a while ago and decided I needed to write it up so I don’t forget how to make it!

This roasted sweet potato salad is the perfect cure for the winter blues.  It’s hearty and full of so many of my favorite foods.  You start by roasting sweet potato cubes in olive oil and salt and pepper.  While those are roasting you fry up a few pieces of bacon.  The grease from the bacon becomes the base for this salad’s delicious and savory dressing.  If you aren’t a fan of vinegar you’ll be happy to know that I use lemon in place of it.  You’ll top your favorite salad greens with feta cheese, toasted pecans, the roasted sweet potatoes, bacon, and dressing.  I didn’t include it in the recipe but my husband threw a few dried cranberries on top of his and he said it was tasty!

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A quick and easy chili made with lean turkey, sweet potatoes, and black beans. The sweet potatoes along with the spices makes a perfectly flavored chili with just a hint of sweetness.


I am a big fan of sweet potatoes.  I especially love topping my sweet potato with things like taco meat, meatloaf, and chili.  When coming up with this recipe I thought why not add sweet potatoes cubes right into the chili and save a step.  The combination of spices and the potato cubes makes the best sweet and savory chili.  This is the perfect recipe for this time of year, when it’s cold and people are thinking about making healthier choices.  Using lean ground turkey (I used Jennie-O) rather than beef makes the chili a little lighter and the addition of sweet potatoes adds in an another vegetable.  Win-win.

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This lightly sweet and tangy Apple Cider Vinaigrette is super simple to make and tastes great on just about any salad.


This dressing takes just a couple of minutes to make and it’s mild and slightly sweet flavor make it perfect on just about any salad.  It pairs especially well with a salad that has sweet and salty toppings.  I love it with apples, candied nuts, and Feta or honey ham, avocado, and Cotija.  Just the other night I had it on a salad with sautéed kale and mixed greens, roasted butternut squash, Feta, and sausage.  It was SO good!  The possibilities are endless.

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All you need are a few simple ingredients to make this tasty shredded salsa chicken.  As an added bonus, it’s healthy and low in calories as well.  Easy, nutritious, and delicious – my kind of recipe!


I’ve tried a lot of salsa chicken recipes and finally found one that’s made with the perfect salsa. This Tomatillo and Roasted Yellow Chili Salsa is the perfect mix of sweet and savory.  I found it at Trader Joe’s but you can probably find something similar at your local grocery store.

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Photo cred: Lisa Leake

I am so excited to share this recipe for White Chicken Chili with you.  It’s finally starting to feel like fall around here and you know what that means…yep, soup and chili season!  Who am I kidding, it’s always soup season at my house.  But it’s definitely all the more enjoyable when it’s cold outside.

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