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Kale and Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad

*If you are looking for the perfect salad to go along with your holiday meal to balance out all of those unhealthy goodies, this Kale and Quinoa Sweet Potato is perfect!*

You guys, I can’t even explain how many times I think about what I (we) will eat next when we are on vacation. Mix that vacation with a HOLIDAY vacation, and basically all I think about is what I’ll have for breakfast, where we are going for lunch, is there a dessert place near by, how about a holiday dinner, and will there be a chocolate fountain that I can lay under before I go to bed?


Obviously I should see a doctor about this obsession, or be put in a straight jacket, but let’s put all those issues aside for a second to talk about this salad.

This is the salad that you make if you want people to eat kale.

This is the salad you make if you’ve had too many bites of gingerbread cookies, even one that you found on the floor.

This is the salad that you bring to a holiday dinner so that you can have your garlic butter cream cheese mashed potatoes sitting next to it on your Christmas plate.

This is THE salad.

Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

Will it cancel out the chocolate cake or the ‘we stopped counting at 7’ rolls you’ve had.


But at least you had kale on Christmas, and for some people that just might be the Christmas miracle.

Especially if your my husband, because that fool has a serious Christmas roll problem. And yet he maintains that 150 pound figure so well…

Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

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Kale and Quinoa Harvest Salad
  • 1 head of kale, rinsed and chopped/thinly sliced and chopped
  • ½ c. dry quinoa, cooked according to package directins
  • 2 sweet potatoes/yams, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg
  • ½ c. dried cranberries
  • ½-3/4 c. crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ c. chopped pecans, roasted and salted
  • (dressing)
  • ½ c. olive oil
  • ⅛ c. balsamic vinegar
  • ⅛ c. red wine vinegar
  • ¼ c. dijon mustard
  • ¼ c. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. chopped garlic
  • salt/pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet, add the chopped potatoes. Coat with the olive oil and toss. Sprinkle with a good toss of salt, pepper, a little bit of cinnamon, and a few dashes of nutmeg. (No measuring, just coat.) Toss the potatoes around, and roast in the oven for 10-20 minutes, occasionally tossing them. Roast until the potatoes are soft.
  3. While the potatoes are roasting, assemble the salad.
  4. To a bowl add the kale, quinoa, cranberries, feta, and pecans. Toss.
  5. Once the potatoes are done and COOL, add them to the salad.
  6. When you are ready to serve, make the dressing.
  7. Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together and coat the salad. (you might not need all of the dressing.)
  8. Serve immediately.
  9. (If you are making this for a party, add the dressing before eating the salad.)


Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and holiday season!! May your hearts and belly’s be full!



Overnight Apple Cider Quinoa Breakfast Cereal (Protein Packed!)

I soooo look forward to breakfast.

It’s my absolute favorite meal

For as long as I can remember, every morning I would chow down 3-4 bowls of cereal. No problem.

Lucky charms were like eating AIR to me. And fruity pebbles?! Holy crap, you don’t even KNOW….

But then I grew up and realized a massive sugar crash and a 6th month pregnant looking bloated belly just wasn’t worth it, no matter how incredibly delicious dried marshmallows in milk taste.

Since saying goodbye to sugary cereals I’ve tried my fair share of favorite breakfast, such as Green Smoothies, Waffles, etc., but some days I really do miss cereal.

Especially since my husband makes me buy him Reeses Pieces Cereal on a weekly basis…And he eats it in front of me. And he weighs like 110 pounds. Don’t you hate him?

So I knew if I was going to create my own kind of ‘cereal’, it had to be easy, fast, flavorful, mom and kid approved! Not to mention, full of protein! Something that will keep you full, without giving you that 10 a.m. sugar crash.

The best thing about this cereal is that it can be made the night before, so all you have to do in the morning is add milk. Then have your kiddos add their favorite fruit/toppings and viola! You could also easily eat this as a parfait with maple sweetened greek yogurt! Or you could add dried marshmallows shaped like rainbows to it as well…

The possibilites are endless!

Protein Packed Overnight Apple Cider Quinoa Bowl/Cereal
Need a quick ready made breakfast for the morning? Want something to look forward to when you wake up? This Breakfast Quinoa Bowl can either be dressed up in a cereal with cold almond milk, topped with your favorite toppings. OR you could warm it up with warm milk and toppings. OR you could mix it with greek yogurt sweetened with a little maple syrup!
Serves: 2
  • ½ c. quinoa
  • 1 c. apple cider
  • 1 c. almond milk
  • 1 TB. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. cloves
  • (Toppings)
  • Almond milk, greek yogurt, diced apples, diced fruit, slivered almonds/nuts, extra cinnamon, maple syrup, etc.
  1. In a sauce pan add quinoa, cider, milk, syrup, and spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes, or when the quinoa is mostly cooked and there is still a little liquid left.There is more liquid to make it nice and creamy. (Note: Depending on the apple cider you use, you may have to add ¼-1/2 c. more liquid.)
  2. Add quinoa to a bowl, let cool a little bit, cover, and place in the fridge.
  3. Technically you don't have to let this sit in the fridge overnight, but it's nice to have a ready made breakfast for you waiting in the morning!
  4. In the morning top with cold milk, and your favorite toppings. OR you can heat up the quinoa with some added milk. OR you can mix it with maple sweetened greek yogurt! There are so many possibilities!


Maybe a drizzle of nut butter would even make this taste like…Reeses Pieces?

Maybe…just maybe…

My Husband’s Favorite Salad-Mexican Grilled Chicken Quinoa Salad

Don’t let that incredibly bright and charming sexy smile fool you…

My husband is one of the pickiest eaters I know. But in HIS defense, he is picky in my standards and probably not real life standards. I will say that he’s really easy to please when it comes to what he likes to eat. The problem is his wife who likes to make it all that more difficult for him.

You know…Just fulfilling my wifely duties of making easy things hard.

He’s like, “Wife, just make me frozen tacquitos for dinner topped with melted cheese.”

And I’m like, “Are your frackin crazy?! I will definitely not make that! I’m just going to make tacquitos from scratch, but a vegan version, and we will top it with salsa…k?”

Don’t even get me started on picking a place to go out to eat.

Hubs is like, “Babe. Taco Tuesday at Del Taco. Right now. Sounds amazing!”

Wifey is like, ” Ha in your dreams lover boy, I don’t do drive throughs! Let’s go to that sit down place that serves expensive organic food and bring our two screaming children…k?”

We were definitely meant to be.

So besides being partially the worst wife ever, I do try and please my husband occasionally and feed him the food he loves. BUT in MY defense, he eats out for lunch every day. So you have to understand he gets his taco tuesday, hamburger wednesday, and chicken wings thursday…

So I don’t feel so bad when it’s, “Welcome home lover buns! Hope you like vegetables!!”

Printable Recipe for Chicken:Seasoned Grilled Chicken

Printable Recipe for Pico De Gallo:Pico De Gallo

Printable Recipe for Salad:Mexican Grilled Chicken Quinoa Salad

Also, Check out our favorite salad dressing topping : Copycat Chili’s Salsa. Recipe from Chef in Training! Bonus, this is my hubs favorite restaurant. Bonus #2: He likes to mix a little with ranch for his salad dressing.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that in marriage…the main thing is to be selfless. And don’t you think it would be selfish of me if I didn’t share with my husband all my favorite foods?!

Good. I’m glad we are on the same page.


Green Goddess Honey Cilantro Stir Fry (With Quinoa)

I love a fancy dinner more than I love shopping for pants.

Whew! So glad I got that off my chest.

Honestly I’ve NEVER liked shopping for pants, so I would pretty much do ANYTHING to avoid seeing my bottom half in skinny jean after skinny jean.

And while we are on the subject of being truthful, our weekly dinners are rarely ever fancy. A lot of them require little effort and can be prepared by someone half asleep. (That last part IS a true statement…)

The picture above was taken last week. See, dinner time=total bore!

The only thing I try and strive more is high nutrition and little effort. Which is why my favorite dishes are the ones that involve throwing everything into one pot/bowl/ etc. And by everything I mean a ton of veggies,  a good source of protein, and lots of flavor.

Easy right?

So easy you could do it in your sleep!

Green Goddess Honey Cilantro Stir Fry (With Quinoa)


Serves 4-8 (small-large servings)

2 c. dry quinoa

4 c. vegetable broth

1 large TB. coconut oil

1 large shallot

4 cloves garlic chopped

1 green pepper diced

1 zucchini diced

1 broccoli floret chopped

1 tsp. coconut oil

3 eggs

3 TB. soy sauce

4 TB. honey

1 bunch cilantro chopped

Optional toppings: green onions, avocado, pineapple, and almond slivers!


1. Add quinoa and vegetable broth to a rice cooker and cook until done, about 15 minutes. (You can also do this on a pot over the stove.)

2. While the quinoa is cooking prepare your veggies. In a large skillet over the stove, add your coconut oil. Add your shallot and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Throw in your veggies and cook for about 5-7 minutes.

3. Turn heat to low. Make a hole in the center and add coconut oil. Crack your eggs in the center and whisk them until scrambled. Once quinoa is done, fold it into the stir fry. Add soy sauce and honey and toss to coat. Remove from heat and fold in cilantro. Serve and top with desired toppings. (If needed add salt and pepper, probably not necessary though!)

Want to know something terrible wrong with this whole dinner. I made enough for leftovers for lunch during the week and well…

After dinner I got sidetracked and the littles got my attention and I forgot to store it in the fridge and kept it out over night.

Somethings you just can’t remember when you are half asleep.


Black Bean Quinoa Cilantro Salad

Before Sweet Pea came along and Boo was really young, her and I would spend our days reading and learning about things that little minds need and love to learn about.

I taught her the colors, she learned her numbers, and she sang the ABC’s 845 times a day.

She was an extremely fast learner and would pick up on practically any song, dance, letter, and/or number that we would teach her. I have to admit that she made me one proud mama, and I loved having her perform and repeat the things she learned to others.

Recently though, Boo’s ability to ‘pick up and learn things’ at an extremely fast rate has somewhat made me wonder if we are destined for trouble in the future. And more often than not, I would much rather she not repeat the things she’s learned..from whatever sources they have come from.

If your wondering what types of things Boo has been saying or doing, I can give you a brief synopsis…

I also must add that I’ve been told to knock it off several times a day…

I’m at a loss for words…

And on days when I ask Baby Boo what she wants for lunch and her response is simply, “Nobody Cares…”

Well then I make what I want and don’t consider whether or not she’s going to like it.

How Rude.

Black Bean Quinoa Cilantro Salad

Makes 5 cups


2 c. veggie broth

1/2 c. dry quinoa

1 c. cooked corn

1 can black beans drained and rinsed

1 red bell pepper diced

1 large tomato diced

2 avocados diced

(For the dressing)

1/4 c. onion

2 garlic cloves

1 tomatillo

1 bunch cilantro

juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp. dijon mustard

1 tsp. agave

1 TB. olive oil

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. salt/dash of pepper


1. In a pot add veggie broth and quinoa. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook quinoa until fully cooked for about 20 minutes. For better directions on how to cook quinoa, click HERE.

2. While the quinoa is cooking, make the dressing. Process dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor until combined, like so:

3. Once the quinoa is done and cooled down, add it to a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and fold in the dressing. Top with crushed tortilla chips! 🙂 Or use tortilla chips to scoop it out! 🙂

I was completely confused as to where Boo was learning these not so nice phrases until I sat down with a big bowl of this for lunch and turned on my recorded episode of Housewives.

One of the ladies shouted, “What the He!!”, and Boo quickly responded…

Ya. You get the picture.

Tomato Basil Quinoa Salad

I have this problem with saying no to buying things when they are on sale.

Whether it’s a good sale or bad, I will somehow find a way to convince myself that it’s worth buying because I’m saving money. (Although I’m not taking into consideration that I probably wouldn’t buy that item normally…)

That’s right. You can bet that I still have yet to find a place for that life sized green butterfly wall decor that I bought on the sale rack at Pier 1, or the ugly lamps that my neighbor was selling for a STEAL, and don’t forget to mention a grey chair sitting in our living room with an unquestionable wet stain right on it…

But the worst part of my problems happens when I buy food that’s on sale. Like when I saw a sign off the side of the road for a  huge box of tomatoes, let’s say maybe 30 to count the size of baseballs, for 6 dollars.

Let me remind you our household is only 2 1/2…and one of those persons passionately hates tomatoes. (Hubbers.)

So by the time those tomatoes are gone I’m either going to have one heck of a stomach ache, or turn red and round like a tomato…I’m hoping for the latter.

Unless of coarse you want to come over and pick up some tomatoes? I’ll do a free trade, maybe for a huge pillow? One that would most likely cover that stain…yuck.

But if whole tomatoes aren’t your thing, maybe dicing them up and throwing them in a salad is. And if that’s the case, consider your self lucky!

Tomato Basil Quinoa Salad


2 c. prepared quinoa

1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed

3 1/2 c. – 4c. diced tomatoes

2 c. spinach

1 c. packed basil


2 TB. balsamic vinegar

1 TB. olive oil

2-3 cloves garlic finely diced

zest of one small lemon

salt and pepper to taste

(parmesan cheese:optional)


1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and set aside. 

2. In a food processor, finely chop basil leaves and spinach. Set aside

3. In a large bowl add quinoa, beans, tomatoes, chopped greens, and dressing. Mix until combined, and add more salt and pepper to taste.

4. Set in fridge until ready to serve.

If you want, feel free to add parmesan cheese on top.

This would be a great side dish, main dish, or a healthy snack! I had it for lunch, and ate it on top of pita chips:

Now I’ve got to work on my other ‘problem’, which is making excessive messes in the kitchen…

Either that, or I’ve got to some how find someone willing to buy that stained chair…

Some idiot will buy it, right?

Roasted Quinoa Bean Burger

I’m feeling extremely happy today!

Not because I found a $50 gift card to Target at the bottom of my diaper bag…

But because I am happy to say that I have kept up with my running goals.

I never thought I would pick up running again after having Baby Boo. After not working out for “nine months”…which turned into…a year…it is just so hard to pick back up.

Sure I walked, and did some spin classes here and there, but when your a mom 24/7 with no time for yourself…

It’s hard to fit it in.

And now I wonder…

How do people with more kids exercise?? Take time for yourself??

I guess this whole Mama thing is a work in progress, but I can attest that every day Baby Boo gets older, it’s easier to exercise. Now that she can entertain her self with teething biscuits and measuring spoons,

Mama can fit in a workout video here and there…

Or have more time in the kitchen to cook some delicious food. =]

Like a life changing…

OK I won’t go there again.

But i’ll just say…it’s pretty amazing.

Roasted Quinoa Bean Burger


1/3 cup cooked black beans

1/2 cup assorted roasted veggies

(sweet potato, zucchini, onion drizzled w/ EVOO & balsamic vinegar, S&P)

1/3 cup plain cooked Quinoa


*A reader said these stick together really well when you add 1 chia egg to the recipe!*


1. Start with your veggies. I used 1 sweet potato, 1 zucchini, and 1/2 of onion.(What I had on hand. Would def suggest the sweet potato & onion!) Chop and spread on baking sheet. Drizzle w/ EVOO and Balsamic vinegar, Salt and pepper. If you don’t want extra veggies to save for later uses in the week, divide veggies in half. (I.E. 1/2 sweet potato, 1/2 zucchini..etc..)

2. Cook in oven to 350 for 30 minutes.

3. Reserve 1/2 cup of mixture, and if you have extra veggies, save the rest in a sealed container in fridge to use through out the week. On salads, in sandwhiches, in quesadillas, etc..

4. In a food processor add veggies and black beans.

5. Blend until a little chunky.

6. Then add quinoa and process until blended. Leave a little chunky, you don’t want it too creamy.

7. Add a little spices if you would like such as cumin or paprika. Then add Salt and Pepper to taste.

8. Form into balls, 2-3, and flatten out to patties.

9. In a preheated 400 degree oven, bake patties for 30 minutes. 15 minutes on both sides.

10. Once they are done, you can add a little coconut oil in a skillet and fry both sides for a crispy outer edge. (optional)

11. Place patty in a tortilla, or hamburger buns, and load with your favorite toppings.

12. Enjoy!

Unfortunately I was out of toppings since I was Low on groceries.

So I used some cilantro dressing and mustard…

Whatever works =]

This “burger” has amazing stats as far as nutrition goes. I don’t like to count calories, but these are pretty amazing =]

Nutrition Facts 


User Entered Recipe

3 Servings  

Amount Per Serving

Calories182.3 Total Fat2.1 g  Saturated Fat0.1 g  Polyunsaturated Fat0.1 g  Monounsaturated Fat0.0 g Cholesterol0.0 mg Sodium14.5 mg Potassium337.2 mg Total Carbohydrate35.1 g  Dietary Fiber5.5 g  Sugars5.3 gProtein6.7 g

Ok, are you ready for a challenge question??

What the heck does a sweet potato look like?

Are they orange, like sweet potato fries, or are they white like a regular potato..??

I’m so confused.

Guacamole Black Bean Burritos

I always said I wouldn’t be the mom who didn’t do A B C or D, but after I started having kids I soon realized not only was I doing A-D, I was going all the way to Z. Good analogy right?

Guacamole Black Bean Burritos via The Diva Dish

One thing I always told myself was that I wasn’t going to over schedule my kids. Heck no would I ever be the mom driving away from practice and thinking, “Frack, what are we having for dinner! No food at home, dangit…Drive through?”

Also, never thought I would say frack.

But alas. I’m that mom.

Guacamole Black Bean Burritos via The Diva Dish

I talk a lot about being prepared, making smart choices, and all that good stuff. But there are days…daySSSSS where it seems like this that and the other were taking up my time (and brain) and I just couldn’t get it together.

Being a healthy lifestyle blogger, I feel like I should be an example of how to live a perfect healthy life. But you guys, there is no such thing as perfect. And perfect is boring…I love when life is so chaotic I forget to put a bra on. For reals. Love it. #nursingboobsarenotpretty

So let me share this with you…

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I have tried my best not to over schedule, and I feel like for the most part we are good, but my kids enjoy going to dance and having soccer games with all their besties! It’s fun to meet at the park with all my mom friends and talk about how crazy life is. Don’t forget homework, family time, play dates, and church stuff. Life is busy, and when those kids start school it gets even busier.

And eventually you will find your self at 6 o’clock driving home from soccer practice wondering what on earth will you have for dinner…

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Some days I am prepared, crock pot meal is ready to go and I’m mom of the year. But a lot of days I’m not on top of it, and dinner needs to be fast. Obviously I won’t judge if you pour a bowl of cereal, because cereal saves lives..

But in case you decide to either plan ahead for this or happen to have it all on hand, then this is a good, fast, and if needed on-the-go dinner!

Phew…That was a lot and it’s only 10 a.m….

Guacamole Black Bean Burritos via The Diva Dish

You know what else saves lives besides cereal? TV…

Haha! Really guys, mom of the year over here!

Guacamole Black Bean Burritos via The Diva Dish

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Guacamole Black Bean Burritos
These are the perfect for on-the go lunch/dinner if you are sitting curbside while watching your kids participate in any extra-curricular activity that happens to fall around meal times! They are even delicious heated up the next day, frozen for a quick grab, or packed in a lunch box!
  • 8-10 spelt tortillas*
  • 3 avocados
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt/pepper
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ c. chopped cilantro
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt/pepper
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • 1½ c. cooked quinoa, can be flavored with a little salt and pepper
  • 1 c. cheese of choice. Cojita would be delicious!
  • *I like using spelt tortillas because they are white instead of brown, which can often turn picky kids
  • and husbands off 😉
  • **I also love adding taco sauce/hot sauce to mine!
  1. In a bowl, add your avocados, lime juice, a sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste, cumin, garlic, and cilantro. Mash together until creamy. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl add your black beans, and season with a little salt and pepper to taste, plus cumin. Set aside.
  3. Assemble the burritos by adding a little quinoa, black beans, cheese, and guacamole. Fold the burrito, and repeat until done.
  4. Heat a large pan on the stove, and coat with a non stick spray. Add the burritos, and cook about 2-3 minutes on each side, medium heat, until golden brown and warmed through.
  5. Serve immediately, or wrap up in foil for an on the go dinner!

This recipe is similar to THIS Avocado Taquitos I posted a while back!

Guacamole Black Bean Burritos via The Diva Dish

Guacamole Black Bean Burritos via The Diva Dish

So share the details my friends, what are you go-to fast dinners?! I need them, want them, can’t live without them.

Healthy Caramel Popcorn

Due to the fact that Monday night’s around our house are basically a national holiday, being Bachelor night and all…How about the perfect trash TV treat to go with it, eh? Eh?

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I know it’s ridiculous to how much I look forward to a scripted once in a lifetime romantic television, and I probably should end my night reading a book that will makes my brains all smarts n’ stuff…But, like have you ever seen the Bachelor?! How could you not love it?! Everyone is emotional, drunk, bat shiz crazy, and after a day of messy kitchen’s and back talking toddlers, it’s just what I need.

Is that sad?

No, no It’s not. Because today my 5 year old told me I was ruining her life because her pony tail was crooked.


Healthy Caramel Corn via The Diva Dish

The best way to watch the Bachelor in my opinion is with a group of girls. Everyone’s dressed in yoga pants bringing forth delicious goodies, and we all pile together on a couch to judge other crazy women. I’ve tried watching it at home with my husband, but he just mocks me. Especially during the scenes where the girls are in bathing suits…OH he just can’t leave the room because he HAS to tell me how ridiculous this show is!

He doesn’t get it.

It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and people are working on themselves and really finding out who they are! Pure gold.

And trust me, I’m pretty sure we would all find out who we really are as we traveled the world with our Boyfriend and his 16 other girlfriends. LIKE…Oh crap. I’m awesome.

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Healthy Caramel Popcorn
  • ½ c. popcorn kernals
  • 2 TB. coconut oil
  • ⅓ c. coconut sugar
  • salt
  1. Get a large baking sheet out and set aside. This will be used to pour the popcorn on once done.
  2. Add coconut oil, coconut sugar, and popcorn kernels to a stove top popper. Turn the heat on medium/low and stir the popcorn mixture together continuously. (This allows the coconut sugar not to burn.)
  3. As the popcorn begins to pop, continue to stir the mixture slowly until the popcorn begins to decrease to a slow pop.(If you open the lid, the popcorn will have made it's way to the top.)
  4. Pour the popcorn on the baking sheet, and spread it out. Let it cool, then enjoy!
  5. Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

This popcorn was amazing! The second It was ready to eat, I couldn’t stop. I love the fact that it’s made with a natural sugar, and there is a little bit of crunch and caramelization on there. I had this on the counter in a jar while family was in town and people could not get enough of it!

Now…Before we get to this weeks dinner menu and workout schedule, I thought I would leave with this…


Basically how we are when it’s time to eat, right?

weekly dinner

Monday: French Bread Pizza, using whole wheat french bread, veggies + fruit

Tuesday: Cilantro Lime Chicken Burgers w/ Roasted Corn, and fruit

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry w/ Brown Rice or Quinoa, Naan Bread (Recipe to come!)

(Use THIS recipe as a substitute!)

Thursday: Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes, and scrambled eggs +spinach

Friday: Turkey Meatballs (sans tomato sauce), Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Carrots

Saturday: Night off!


Monday: Run (I started a couch to 10k app!), 10 minute stretch

Tuesday: Walking kids to school, HIITilates Booty Workout, via Blogilates. Quick Leg & Butt Sculptor, via Blogilates, stretch

Wednesday: Run (Couch to 10k app.) 10 minute stretch

Thursday: Walking kids to school. Instense Ab Burn, Via Blogilates. Bikini Arms, via Tone It Up!

Friday: Bikini Yoga Flow, via Tone It Up

Saturday: Run, (Couch to 10k app), 10 minute stretch

Sunday: Rest


Enjoy your week! May it be the most romantic and exciting week of your life!!









Homemade Bread

Let me share a story with you about breadsticks…


We were young, thin, and energetic, and we went to dinner at Olive Garden. That’s where you go when you live in Rexburg, Idaho. That or Wingers. Or Jack in the Crack.

I remember being so nervous and thinking, “Ok I’ll only eat one breadstick, because if I eat more than one he’s going to thing I’m this out of control pig right?…” We sat down to order, and of coarse I asked for the soup and salad like a lady. Then, came my husband (BF). He ordered this seafood Alfredo pasta with a side of alfredo sauce and extra breadsticks.

First thought…

No making out tonight.


Our meal was brought out to us, and we casually began to eat, flirt, and eat. I remember sitting there watching him pound bread stick after bread stick, as he dipped each bite into a bowl of warm alfredo sauce.  “Another basket sir?”, said the waiter. “Why yes, thank you!”, said the boyfriend.

SIX baskets later, he was done.

Six baskets of bread, three extra servings of alfredo sauce, one seafood alfredo, and the most garlicky sea food breath one could ever imagine.


Want to know the worst part of the whole story…He weighs like 140 pounds. Feel free to shout at the screen, because IT’S JUST NOT FAIR!

To this day, he is still the same way. Anything he loves food wise, he goes crazy. I have to buy it or make it in bulk, because quickly it will be gone. Especially homemade bread. I usually reserve a loaf just for him, because late at night I’ll hear, “Babe? Will you toast me some bread with butter and honey? Oh, and could you get me a glass of chocolate milk too?”


So far, I’ve been making THIS homemade bread from I Heart Nap Time, and it’s worked perfectly every time! Our family loves it! Obviously this is a healthy lifestyle blog, and the recipe calls for butter, white flour, and a little sugar, which might contradict someone’s idea of “healthy.” But I’ve always felt that making something from scratch in your own kitchen is always better than buying it at a grocery store, so I’m perfectly fine with making the bread with the ingredients that the recipe calls for.

BUT, I love a challenge, and I decided to see if I could up the nutrients a little and make it a little more “wholesome.”


I was worried that the ingredients I added would completely mess up the bread, but it came out beautifully! I know that baking bread is a scary thing, but i’ve learned that practice makes perfect. I’ve finally learned how to proof yeast after years of failing. Honestly it was all trial and error, and sadly lots of errors. Play around with water temperatures, and make sure that the water is warm enough to wear you can stick your finger in it for a few seconds without it being too hot.

As for the bread rising, I’ve learned that the place it rises is crucial.

Since it’s 110 where I live, (Jealous?), I open the window and place the bread/yeast on a chair next to the door. It worked perfectly! (I just leave the door open long enough until my husband notices I’m letting out  all of the cool air…)




And besides, who doesn’t love to bake bread in a hot oven when it’s 110 outside?!

Am I right, or what?!


Homemade Bread
  • 2 c. warm water
  • 2½ tsp. yeast
  • ½ TB. sugar
  • ¼ c. melted coconut oil
  • 1 TB. salt
  • ¼ c. coconut sugar-or organic sugar
  • ⅓ c. evaporated milk
  • 5-7 c. bread flour
  • 4 TB. ground flax seeds
  • 3 TB. chia seeds
  • 4 TB. quinoa flour
  • 4 TB. oat flour
  • 1 TB. melted coconut oil
  1. In a small bowl whisk together yeast and sugar. Add warm water over the top and whisk for a couple of seconds Set aside for 15-20 minutes until the yeast rises and become bubbly and frothy. (Place this mixture next to a warm area, such as by a window with sunlight.)
  2. In a mixing bowl fitted with a stand mixer, add the oil, salt, sugar, and milk. Whisk together. Then add the yeast mixture and whisk together.
  3. Attach the bread hook to the stand mixer. Slowly add in 3 cups of the bread flour, kneading until incorporated.
  4. Next add in the flax seeds, chia seeds, quinoa flour, and oat flour. Knead, until incorporated.
  5. Then, using ½ c. measurements, slowly add in flour until the dough is somewhat sticky, but doesn't stick to your fingers.
  6. Remove the dough from the bowl, knead a little if needed. Form dough into a bowl, coat with the 1 TB. melted coconut oil.
  7. Place the dough into a bowl, cover with a light towel, and place in a warm area.
  8. Allow the dough to double in size, about an hour and a half.
  9. Punch the dough down after its doubled.
  10. Knead the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough in half.
  11. Rough each dough into a rectangle, then roll it up into a loaf.
  12. Spray a bread pan with cooking oil, place the loaf into the pan, cover with a light towel, and let the dough rise until it's come about the top of the pan.
  13. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
  14. Top with coconut oil.
  15. Enjoy!




I also made little rolls out of the loaf, and they turned out great for lunch sandwiches!


So now that my husband turned 30 this year, I told him all of those breadsticks and other food he loves is going to eventually catch up to him…And then he will come running to me saying, “Oh babe! You were so right! Please help me to eat healthier! I love you I love you I love you!! “…

Any day now…Any day…