Living in Arizona, summer weather comes early. It’s been in the 70’s and 80’s here in March, so I was inspired to create an easy side dish incorporating grilled zucchini and summer squash.
This grilled summer squash, corn and pesto salad is a great addition to your meal prep routine, for a potluck or summer barbeque.
I wanted to try my hand at making homemade vegan pesto, which was way easier than I realized, and decided it would make a good addition to this dish. The pesto was so easy, I just threw all the ingredients in a food processor and it was ready in minutes! I was able to freeze the rest for using in future recipes.
I halved the zucchini and squash, placed them in a ziploc bag, added olive oil, white wine vinegar and some Italian seasoning.
My husband grilled the squash for a few minutes until crisp tender, but you could easily broil them instead.
Corn is not yet is season, so I used a bag of frozen corn....
Making pancakes for my family on the weekend brings back warm memories from childhood. Does anyone else feel this way? It was cold cereal and toast for breakfast during the week, but if I was lucky, my Mom would break out the Bisquick and whip up some pancakes for us. Well, I was all out of Bisquick this weekend and my boys requested pancakes on Easter Sunday. So as I tend to do, I tweaked a pancake recipe I had clipped from Food Network Magazine.
My boys and husband declared these were the best chocolate chip pancakes I’ve ever made.
These pancakes are not my usual fare. They contain gluten and dairy, but they are melt in your mouth delicious! To make them extra decadent, I added a cup of Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips into the batter as well. Be sure not to over mix the batter–just until all ingredients are moistened.
The key to making these light and fluffy pancakes is to separate the eggs and beat the egg whites...
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I have experimented with several shredded chicken recipes in my slow cooker and this by far is the easiest. This slow cooker green chile shredded chicken is a favorite of both my husband and kids. It is so versatile, you can eat it in a burrito bowl, burrito, tacos, on a salad or just plain with a scoop of guacamole! There are just 6 ingredients and the prep time literally takes 10 minutes, tops.
I used bone in half chicken breasts. I have found that this cut of chicken is by far the most inexpensive and because it’s bone in and skin on, turns out really tender and moist in the slow cooker. The key to super flavorful and tender chicken is marinating it the night before. I love these McCormick marinade packets—we always have them on hand. They are a must for grilling!
I mix the marinade directly in an extra large Ziploc bag. I throw the marinade packet, the juice of two limes and about...
I used to HATE coleslaw. It stems from being forced to eat the miracle whip laden coleslaw at daycare when I was a kid. It wasn’t until recently I was brave enough to try it again. Imagine my surprise that coleslaw can actually be DELICIOUS with the right ingredients! This crispy coleslaw with orange vinaigrette and pepitas is perfect for your next summer barbeque!
My secret weapon is the orange muscat champagne vinegar I found at Trader Joe’s.
If you can’t find it, an easy swap is fresh or bottled orange juice combined with white wine vinegar.
It just has a hint of cumin in the dressing and it pairs well with my smoky citrus spatchedcocked chicken. If you don’t know what pepitas are, they are pumpkin seeds! The add a little extra texture to the slaw.
I remember when I first decided I was going to meet my health and fitness goals no matter what. I discovered nutrition was the key, but meal prepping was sooo overwhelming!
However, I couldn’t stay on track with what I was trying to accomplish without it. Creating recipes like this Skinny Crock Pot Pulled Pork was my saving grace. This easy crock pot recipe used pork tenderloin instead of the traditional pork butt, saving you 18 grams of fat and several hundred calories. By making your own sauce, you skip high sugar bottled sauces with preservatives.
The original recipe used McCormick’s Tennessee low and slow rub to pre season the meat, but I picked up Ryan Alarie’s Smoky Barbeque seasoning at the Farmer’s Market over the weekend and decided to give it a try. It worked great for marinating the tenderloin. If you would like to try it too, type in the code HILARY10 at checkout and receive 10% off!
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I recently discovered that my two boys love bok choy. So I will take advantage of any opportunity for them to eat more vegetables! This Asian ground turkey stir fry comes together in about 20 minutes.
The last time I was at Trader Joe’s I ran across washed baby bok choy and it immediately went into my cart. Being pre washed saves down on prep time, which is always a plus in my book. I paired the bok choy with zucchini and onion along with a package of ground turkey breast I had in the fridge.
I combined soy sauce, coconut aminos, chicken broth, Sambal Oelek, garlic, jarred minced ginger (another time saver), rice vinegar, Chinese 5 spice powder and corn starch in my Ninja blending cup, blended it for 30 seconds and I was done!...
My oldest son is obsessed with Spanish Rice. However, I am always trying to find ways to sneak more veggies into his diet. This Spanish Cauliflower Rice is inspired from our favorite Mexican takeout place, but is a healthy, grain free alternative to that classic dish.
I cut a head of cauliflower into florets, washed and then pulsed them in a food processor. However, if you are super rushed on time or just do not want to mess with those extra steps, pick up some frozen cauliflower rice at Trader Joe’s or from Bird’s Eye at your local grocery store.
To season this dish, I used my own homemade taco seasoning blend that is preservative and MSG free. It’s great to have on hand for my Green Chile Chicken Stew and for a quick turkey taco meat. This Spanish Cauliflower Rice is perfect for Taco Tuesday, or for the base of a homemade burrito bowl.
Do you make cauliflower rice? What is your favorite way to prepare it?
If you have tried any of my recipes, you know our family has a thing for Mexican food. Here in Arizona, we are so close to the Mexican border and are spoiled with amazing, authentic Mexican food. My husband and I enjoy Baja style Mexican food the most, and this shrimp ceviche is a perfect example of fresh ingredients paired with seafood. What’s even better is you don’t have turn on your oven to create this low calorie meal!
What we like best about Baja style Mexican food is it tends to be lighter and healthier. Mexican food can get really heavy and calorie laden with rich sauces, oodles of cheese and high fat cuts of meat. Baja style puts an emphasis on fresh vegetables and seafood.
I get to take a break from the kitchen with this recipe, as it’s my husband Dean’s specialty! A lot of chopping of vegetables is required, so the whole family can get involved to make it go faster.
We like to eat this shrimp ceviche with corn...
Turkey burgers do not have to be dry and tasteless. In fact, these juicy grilled turkey burgers are so flavorful, you will not miss beef a bit! The last time I made these on a group camping trip, I had people asking me to come be their personal chef. As always, whenever my husband and I make meals, we always make extra to eat during the week. These reheat up well and the kids like them!
The secret weapon to make them juicy and moist is very surprising–a flax egg.
I discovered this because I have a food sensitivity to eggs. Most turkey burger recipes have an egg to serve as a binder, but I needed a substitute. You make a flax egg by soaking one tablespoon of ground flax seed in three tablespoons of warm water. Stir and let it sit for about ten minutes. The flax egg made them more moist than the egg!
These burgers are also gluten free, as I use oat flour as an additional binder instead of panko. So you have an added bonus of flax...
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