crockpot pasta e fagioli

It’s crazy how long it has been since I shared a new blog post!  We have been really busy and I started some new things recently that have occupied a lot of space in my brain.  I’m one of those people that can only handle so much floating up there at one time.  Can anyone else relate?

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two ways to save money and eat better when flying

We recently traveled to Florida to visit my brother and his family.  In order to stick with our healthy habits and save a little money I did two things:  First, we stuck with water and second, we brought our own meals with us to the airport.  I knew we would enjoy plenty of splurges while we were in Florida so I wanted to stick to our normal eating habits during travel.

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Sausage Kale and White Bean Soup

Today’s recipe is perfect for cold fall days.  It’s made with smoked sausage, in-season kale, and white beans.  To boost the nutrition I also added in some onion, carrots, and celery.  This soup is super simple to throw together. Start by browning some smoked sausage slices, such as kielbasa or even andouille if you prefer a little spice.  (I used Kroger’s nitrate free Simple Truth brand kielbasa.)  Set aside the sausage and, in the same pot, simmer some kale and veggies in chicken broth. After the kale has wilted, add the beans and sausage back to the pot, season, and cook until heated through. Serve with some freshly grated Parmesan on top, if you wish. Warm, filling, healthy, and delicious!

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***In my Good Eats and Good Reads posts I’ll share a recap of the last several weeks in recipes, photos, and links.***

Things have been super busy around here.  I feel like the blog has been put on the back burner for a few weeks and I’m really trying to get back to it.  I recently gave two presentations to a local MOPS group and I spent a lot of time and energy preparing for that.  Hopefully future talks will take a little less preparation now that the first one is under my belt!

Here are a few yummy things we’ve eaten over the last few weeks.  (I share a lot of these on Facebook and Instagram so it may be a repeat for some of you.)

***One night I pulled out some Salmon Patties from the freezer and cooked them for the purpose of topping salads.  They make such a delicious topping for just about any salad combination.  Our salads had mixed greens, tomatoes, peppers, avocado, cucumbers, onions, and mushrooms.  We used my homemade balsamic vinaigrette for the dressing.

salmon patty salad

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***In my Good Eats and Good Reads posts I’ll share a recap of the last several weeks in recipes, photos, and links.***

School has started and we are back into our fall routine.  We have one in first grade and one in pre-k.  We also have both kids involved in sports for the first time.  So it’s a busy time of year but we are all settling into our new rhythm.  I, for one, am looking forward to the beautiful fall weather.  (But I do not like waking up to the dark outside!)

We’ve had a lot of simple dinners over the last few weeks and I’ve been relying a lot on my freezer.  I’ve been so thankful to have a freezer full of meals ready to go.  Here are a few meal ideas for you from the past two weeks.  Most of these are pretty simple.

***Mini Quiche Cups
We made about 36 mini-quiches the other night.  I detailed how we made them at the end of this post.  They made a delicious dinner and we had tons leftover for the freezer.  I pull them out the night before I want to cook them and they are ready for the oven in the morning.  I like involving the kids in this recipe because it motivates them to eat a few veggies.

mini quiches

quiche

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school lunches

Are you in a lunch-making rut?  Do you pack the same thing every day?  Are you wanting to make your kids’ lunches a little healthier?  Well, today I’m here to help you out.  I’ve got a few tips that have helped me out over the last few years and I’m going to share them with you today.  My kids’ lunches aren’t perfect and I’m okay with that but I do try to provide a variety of real, wholesome, healthy foods along with a few convenience foods when needed.  I don’t do anything fancy or cutesy but I have found a system that works for us.

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meatballs

My boys love meatballs.  I’ve made quite a few different recipes over the years and this one ranks up there as one of our favorites.  There are a few reasons for this.  Number one is that there are no onions.  I love onions but for some reason I don’t love the crunch of onions in my meatballs (and neither does my husband.)  Second, there are veggies (carrots and spinach) in the recipe but you cannot taste them at all.  Third, these meatballs are made with 1/2 ground turkey and 1/2 ground beef, making them a little more lean than all beef meatballs.  And finally, I love this recipe because it makes a lot so there are plenty leftover for the freezer.

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superfood spinach salad3

If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time it should be no surprise to you how much I love salad.  I eat one almost daily.  And it’s not because I feel like I have to; it’s because I really enjoy them.  Salads are such a tasty way to eat lots of nutrient dense foods in one meal.  Sure, you can eat all those things separately, but it’s just more fun in a salad.  Today I’m sharing one of my favorite salad combinations.  I’m calling it Superfood Spinach Salad because it is full of super healthy ingredients.

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corndog muffins

I don’t know very many kids that don’t love corndogs.  My kids would eat a Sonic corndog every day if I let them.  They do have one every once in a while but they know it’s more of a “sometimes” food.  We call something a “sometimes” food when it’s a food we shouldn’t eat on a regular basis, but it’s okay to enjoy every once in a while.  I actually used to buy the boxes of frozen corndogs from the grocery store but since I don’t do that anymore I came up with these corndog muffins as a healthier alternative.

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