Healthier Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Casserole

There are a handful of reasons why there is no need to make anything healthy when it comes to Holiday dinners. For starters, its a Holiday. Splurge, go all out, pull a Joey and wear maternity pants!

We all have that one dish we look forward to every Holiday dinner. Mine are the rolls and mashed potatoes. Two of the healthiest things on the menu. Wheat and vegetables as I like to call it.

 

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But you see, sometimes it’s a good idea to balance out the indulgent recipes and healthier recipes…for me at least. For my husband, hecks no.

So let me tell you what happened the other day…

I was at the library with all three of my kids at 4:30 in the afternoon. I know. Anyways, I was doing my best to lasso them up so we could leave when a lady came up to me and said, “Excuse me…”

In my mind I had figured she was going to say one of two things,  “Your kids are just so cute, I don’t know how to do it raising three good little obedient girls!” Or…

“Girl, what the hell were you thinking! Get these kids in check!”

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Instead she said…

“So, I’m not a lesbian or anything but girl you have a nice ass! You’ve got a big booty, I’m so jealous!”

I was so flattered and kind of embarrassed thinking those tight Lululemon leggings were a mistake, but I quickly replied, ” Oh if I could, I would give my big booty to you!”

In a non sexual way. Like a plastic surgical kind of way. I need to leave. Immediately.

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I’m not quite sure what it necessarily has to do with this Healthier Sweet Potato Casserole, but let’s just assume for a second that sometimes when you’ve been blessed with extra junk in the trunk…I’m all for a healthier side dish at Thanksgiving!

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Healthier Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Casserole
 
Ingredients
  • 2-3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1 TB. molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. milk of choice
  • 1 tsp.pumpkin pie spice
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • ½ c. coconut sugar
  • (For the topping)
  • 2 TB. softened/room temp coconut oil
  • 3 TB. coconut sugar
  • 1 heaping TB. flour
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ c. pecans, measured, then finely chopped
  • ½ c. mini marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Wash your sweet potatoes, stab them with a fork multiple times, and bake them in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until soft. You can also skin, dice, and boil your sweet potatoes until soft as well!
  3. Once they are cooked and cooled, remove the skin (if you roasted them), and place in a medium bowl. Mash them together. You want about 2 cups of puree.
  4. Add in the rest of your ingredients, minus the toppings.
  5. Mash together until smooth.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  7. Grease a 8x8 baking dish, and add your sweet potato mixture to it. Gently smooth it on top.
  8. In a separate bowl, add your toppings (minus marshmallows) and mash together with a fork.
  9. Sprinkle toppings evenly on top of casserole.
  10. Bake for 20, remove from the oven, then sprinkle marshmallows on top, and place back in the oven for 10 more minutes.
  11. Once done, remove and let cool slightly! Then serve and enjoy!

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving Holiday!!

Pumpkin Butternut Chicken Noodle Soup

We all know that when it comes to accomplishing certain tasks, if you throw a few children in the mix things can tend to get…tricky.

For example, walking out the door. What should be a simple thing which requires little to no brain activity can turn into one of the biggest trials of November. One lost shoe, 15 minutes late, someone has a dirty diaper, you just noticed you aren’t wearing a bra…and then FUDGE! Where are your keys?

Every parent says FUDGE when they want to swear but can’t. Unless your me, then you say shit. Then your baby says shit. That your 6 your old says, “Mom! The baby said shit!”

FUDGE.

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Let me talk about this morning for example. We’ve all been so lucky to get that extra hour of sleep this weekend, unless you have children. Because now they wake up at 5:45 instead of 6:45, and you went to bed at 10:45…(technically 11:45, but you figured you would get that extra hour in the morning.) Think.Again.

We just happened to have an extra hour this morning before we had to leave for school! An extra hour never happens, and then your mind starts to wonder about all of the marvelous things you could accomplish if you had time like this EVERY DAY!

You could shower, curl your hair, wear matching clothes, find your kids shoes in time…

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I decided to do a yoga video. I’m trying to embrace Yoga as of lately because of stress. I’m hoping it will calm me, as well as get me toned in all the areas that seem to have just given up.

So I popped in a TWENTY minute yoga video. To some, this seems so insignificant, but to a busy mom, twenty minutes is basically like asking for Milo Ventimiglia from ‘This Is Us’ to show up at your door unannounced with chocolate. (P.S. why do I want to say his last name all the time?)

5 minutes in, things got dark. The baby was SCREAMING. I have no idea, but I’m pretty sure it was for no reason at all. She climbed all over me yelling in my ear as I tried my best to twist side to side and feel that deep stretch. In between screams I could hear, “Ahhhh. Just breath…”

And then, just like that, with FOUR minutes to spare I hear a cry up stairs, “MMOOOOM! COME WIPE ME!” For real.

“Honey, I can’t! I’m “exercising!” Give me 4 minutes!”

“But it’s DIARRHEA!!”

Baby screaming. Lady breathing. Kid yelling.

FUDGE.

Pumpkin Butternut Chicken Noodle Soup

This is why I make soup. Why, you ask? Because soup is something I love, something that comes together SO quickly. I can make a big pot with whatever vegetables I want and can store it in the fridge for a few days of lunch. Then I can store the other half in the freezer for my lunches next week.

Because sometimes as a mom, you don’t have time to think about yourself. Sometimes, it’s nice to have a meal ready for you in the fridge when you need it. So, hence this soup. It’s warm, comforting, and has vegetables in it! Just make sure everyone is wiped and the baby is napping before you sit down to eat…because we all know what happens when moms try to sit down…

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Pumpkin Butternut Chicken Noodle Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • ½ large sweet onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1½ c. chopped carrots
  • 3 c. diced butternut squash
  • ½ c. milk of choice
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 12 cups water
  • 6 boullion cubes
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 7-14 oz pasta
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dash of pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil.
  2. Add onions and garlic. Cook until translucent.
  3. Add carrots and butternut. Continue to toss and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add in milk, pumpkin puree, water, and boullion cubes.
  5. Stir and come to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and let cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. Next add in pasta and chicken, along with spices. Cook until pasta is slightly undercooked/al dente. (The pasta will continue to retain water as it sits.)
  6. Serve hot and enjoy!
  7. (The pasta I used was rather large and took about a lot of the soup, that's why I say 7 oz-14 oz, depending on pasta size and shape.)

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The pasta I used was this CUTE pasta I purchased from Trader Joes! Those little pumpkins were the perfect match for this soup. But If you do use this pasta, be careful because it get’s rather large. I think next time I might only use 3/4 of the bag. To find the pasta, you can purchase it here: (affiliate link)

 

So tell me busy moms/dads/persons, what do you do to find time for YOU? I specifically struggling when it comes to exercise, so let me know when and how you fit it in! Have a great week!!

Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza

I don’t remember ever eating anything pumpkin flavored as a child. I remember pop tarts and lucky charms…

But I don’t think I ever even dared to try pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, nor did I ever smell pumpkin bread baking in the oven. And I definitely don’t remember pumpkin bagels with pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin flavored hot chocolate and spiced pumpkin whipped cream.

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Oddly enough, I can’t stop shoving pumpkin flavored shenanigans down my family’s faces and throats. Pumpkin cookies? Pumpkin pasta? How about a pumpkin smoothie?

You know what would taste good with that? Let me just sprinkle a bit of pumpkin pie spice right on top of your dinner there!

It doesn’t go over well and I don’t understand…

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Shockingly when I announced we would be having pumpkin pizza, I was expecting a full blown expression of love but instead I got SO.MUCH.HATE.

I promised they would love it, if they just trusted me. They didn’t and my husband started to cry for Papa Johns…But I stood my ground because dang it! It’s 2016!! EMBRACE THE PUMPKIN!

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The star of the show is this Pumpkin Cream sauce which could be consumed alone! It’s so easy and comes together in under 10 minutes, and you could put it on top of any pasta dish! Or on your face! Or on your husbands face! Get pumpkin freaky.

Too far.

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Pumpkin Cream Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • 1 TB. chopped garlic
  • 2 TB. shallots
  • 1 TB. chopped fresh sage
  • ½ cream (can sub coconut milk for dairy free, or a non dairy milk for a lighter version)
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • ¼ c. parmesan cheese, opt. if you want to keep this dairy free
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½-3/4 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. coconut sugar, or brown sugar
  • ¼-1/2 veggie broth(Depending on how thick you want your sauce. The sauce will thicken once in the fridge, so you can add the broth later on if needed, or all at once.)
Instructions
  1. In a sauce pan, heat your olive oil on med heat. Add garlic and shallots, toss and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Next add in fresh sage and stir. Cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Slowly add in cream, while stirring. Then add in pumpkin puree, spices, sugar, and broth if needed.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Use for pastas, pizza, etc. The sauce will thicken in the fridge, so if you like the consistency, keep that in mind. To thin add, drizzle a little more broth or cream till desired consistency is reached. May need to adjust spices.

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And then we have this…

This pizza. You see that savory pumpkin cream sauce just oozing off the pizza with cheese?! I promise you, this will be a pizza to remember!

Also, we tried are darnedest to make this a ‘Jack-O-Lantern’ face…I blame my 5 year old.

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Pumpkin Pizza w/ Butternut Squash, Tomatoes, and Herbs
 
Ingredients
  • 1 recipe pizza crust, I use THIS recipe all the time!
  • 1 recipe Pumpkin Cream Sauce
  • 1 c. roasted butternut squash
  • ½ c. baby tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 TB. fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 TB. fresh basil, chopped
  • ½ c. parmesan cheese
  • 1-1½ c. shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Prepare pizza crust according to directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  3. Roll out your dough onto your baking sheet or pizza stone.
  4. Add your pumpkin sauce and spread evenly throughout pizza.
  5. Spinkle on cheese, then the rest of the toppings. (Herbs, tomatoes, and butternut squash)
  6. (Toppings aren't necessary but do add a delicious touch!)
  7. Cook for 10-20 minutes, or until crust is golden and cheese is nice and bubbly!
  8. Serve and enjoy!

 

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Savory pumpkin recipes may be my new favorite thing! What are your favorite pumpkin recipes, and do you have links to share?

I have about 17 cans of pumpkin puree needing to be used so….

 

Lemon Chickpea Noodle Soup (Vegetarian/Vegan)

*This Lemon Chickpea Noodle Soup is my vegetarian version of Chicken Noodle soup with a citrus touch. The lemon is SO perfect and pairs so well with all of the flavors, and gives it such a comforting and light taste! It’s perfect to warm your soul on a cold day, with a kick of vitamin C to knock any cold!* 

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My husband LOVES soup! So much that he just gets so tickled when I tell him to hurry home from work because there is a nice warm bowl awaiting his hungry belly!  Not before he makes a pit stop at Taco Bell (true story) because he actually hates soup and every other meal that I declare healthy and delish.

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I think he doesn’t love soup because it doesn’t satisfy his fast food taste bud. It doesn’t come in a cardboard box, greasy paper bag, with a scent of regret.

It may clean your intestines some what the way a meal from any fast food joint may do, but it won’t make you re think every life decision you’ve ever made at 3 in the morning from fast food hallucinations…

I kid….in a way.

Lemon Chickpea Noodle Soup

Come fall, or the spirit of fall shall we say, I tend to throw all that’s in my fridge in a pot with a cups of broth, grab a sweater and count down for Christmas! It’s healthy.  Despite it being 99 degrees all this week, I keep embracing the fact that I am over with summer and I’m ready for leggings!

I guess my delusions of Fall go hand in hand with my husbands acceptance and delusions of Fast Food…

And if that doesn’t make us a strong, #GOALS type of couple, then I don’t know what will!

Lemon Chickpea Noodle Soup

Lemon Chickpea Noodle Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 4 large cloves, diced
  • 3 large carrots, sliced semi thin
  • 3 sticks celery, diced
  • 8 cups vegetable broth, or chicken for a non vegan/veg soup
  • 1 can drained and rinsed chickpeas OR one can of white beans for a softer bean
  • 2 cups cooked pasta noodles of choice
  • juice of 2 lemons (Mine weren't super juicy, so start with one and add more lemon juice if desired)
  • 1 TB. dried Italian seasonings
  • ¼ tsp. tumeric, optional for color
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot over the stove on medium heat. Add the olive oil, and heat. Add the onions and garlic. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add in the carrots and celery and toss.
  3. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  4. Next add in the broth and chickpeas, followed by the lemon juice and seasonings.
  5. Once the vegetables have softened, add the cooked pasta. You can add un cooked pasta, but add 2 cups more broth for the pasta to soak.
  6. Serve with lemon slices, fresh parsley, and parmesan cheese on top if desired! Enjoy!

This soup is SO good! If you love chicken noodle soup, you will love this variation. The lemon is the perfect twist and adds an extra level of comfort! Let’s not forget the vitamin C punch that would be perfect for any cold!

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I’m determined to find a soup that my husband will love, even though the task might be impossible. I’m thinking a beefy baja chalupa soup might be right up his alley….

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash+ Spaghetti Squash Pesto Dish

I know everyone is getting so excited for Fall! I’m there with you friends, I promise. I walked into Hobby Lobby and almost maxed out a credit card just so I could decorate my house like Halloween at Disneyland. I want my house so badly to look like a Pinterest inspired Fall Board, but frankly it’s more of a ‘did someone ransack and rob this house?’ vibe…

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With Fall, comes squash. Mainly pumpkin if we are being honest. I’m definitely not the type of person who refuses to go there, but for today’s recipe it’s all about the Spaghetti Squash. I think this is a year round kind of veggie thank goodness because I just figured out THE BEST WAY to cook spaghetti squash!

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If you have ever tried to roast spaghetti squash, it takes like an hour. I know this because I’ve been there done that multiple times. And honestly, every time I’ve made the squash, the spaghetti comes out a tad crunchy. So I’ve avoided making it for a while because my mom energy levels at this time in my life requires no longer than 20-30 minute recipes.

Thank goodness for my pressure cooker. I’ve fallen so hard in love with this thing! Just yesterday I made a bag of dry beans cooked and ready to go in 25 minutes. (No soaking!) I’ve also cooked sweet potatoes, frozen chicken, bean soups…etc. It’s amazing!

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So when my lunch time rolled around, and the kids leftover sandwiches weren’t looking the best, I decided to treat myself to a yummy quick lunch! I cooked the squash while I got the kids lunch ready, and when they were done I was able to fix mine up and enjoy lunch all by myself…

That’s right.

Alone.

No Kids.

Just me and Instagram/Facebook/Youtube and back again.

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Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash + Pesto Spaghetti Squash Dish
 
It can take an hour to roast a spaghetti squash, but using a pressure cooker it can take 10-15 minutes in one pot!
Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 cups water
  • (For the Pesto Dish)
  • 6 oz jar of pesto-Use as much as preferred
  • 1 c. chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 2-4 oz. crumbled goat cheese
  • 2-4 TB. roasted pumpkin seeds
Instructions
  1. Add your water to your pressure cooker.
  2. Cut the ends off the squash, and then cut it in half. Remove the seeds.
  3. Add the squash by placing it on the metal stand, or just place it on the bottom of the pot.
  4. Set the manual timer to 10 minutes.
  5. Allow it to cook.
  6. Once it is done, let out the steam and remove the squash. (Careful, it's hot!)
  7. Using two forks, scrape the squash so the strings come about and add them to a bowl.
  8. You can add salt, pepper, and a little butter and eat as is. OR....
  9. You can make this pesto dish:
  10. Strain the spaghetti in a strainer to drain some of the liquid.
  11. Add your pesto, sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese, and seeds. Mix and eat immediately.
  12. If you want to make this later, add toppings in right before serving.

This is the exact pressure cooker I use, and I love it! Click the picture below to find it on Amazon! (Affiliate link)

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What is your favorite fall recipe?!

And what other recipes would you like to see cooked in a pressure cooker?

Skillet Artichoke Chicken Marinara Dish

*This dish comes together in under 30 minutes! It’s a quick and easy dish, perfect to spoon over pasta, crunchy bread, or just plain if you are watching your carb intake. It’s loaded with summer vegetables, but they can easily be changed to what you have on hand!*

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I remember my first crush like it was yesterday. His name was Joshua, he had dark curly hair and for some reason, I knew I would marry him. (I didn’t.)

I remember sitting in the back seat of my dad’s car with my friends and shouting, “I LOVE JOSHUA!” My dad looked at my oddly, probably because I was only 5 and he didn’t expect raging love hormones at such a young age…

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Sadly, Joshua moved away when I was in 1st grade to a small town in Idaho and the dreams of our future together seemed nearly impossible. But then, when I was in high school my parents got a call that Joshua and his family were in town and wanted to stop by and say hi.

I remember running upstairs and putting on my best clothes, getting my makeup just right, and giving a few flirty smiles to myself in the mirror. The man I was going to marry was coming back to get me, and darn it, I was going to be ready!!

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I’ll never forget when we opened the door and standing right in front of me was Joshua…wearing overalls.

For some reason his curly hair wasn’t so cute any more, he had a hick like accent and well…the sparks were just not flying! I was immediately crushed because I figured our story would be the most romantic one to tell our friends and future children. But I just couldn’t get past…the overalls.

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Odd because my husband wears overalls every weekend like it’s his job! 😉

Things haven’t changed much when it comes to young girls and raging love hormones in this house. Every time we sit down to dinner, my girls pull out their pretend cell phones and start talking to their imaginary boyfriends. They laugh as my husband “pretends” to get upset as they repeatedly say, “Oh Cruz, I just love you so much! Muah Muah Muah!”

Obviously family dinners will change in the next 15 years because my husband won’t be pretending any more, and most likely we will lock them under out stairs till they are 25…

Don’t worry, we will let them out to eat. That’s it though.

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Skillet Artichoke Chicken Marinara Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 3 TB. extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 ounces canned artichokes
  • 1 large or two small yellow squash, cut into chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
  • ¼ c. water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground pepper
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • ⅓ cup chopped basil, plus more for topping
  • 2 slices seed whole wheat bread,I used Dave's Bread
  • 4 ounces sliced mozzarella
  • ⅓ c. freshly grated parmesan plus more for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. In a skillet, heat the olive oil to medium heat. Add in the garlic, artichokes, and squash. Cook until brown spots appear, about 5 minutes. Toss while cooking.
  3. Add the tomatoes, water, salt, and pepper. Stir and bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to simmer. Allow the sauce to thicken, stirring occasionally. This should take about 10 minutes.
  4. During this time, add the bread to a baking sheet and place under the broiler for a few minutes until the bread has toasted. Break up into crunchy breadcrumbs.
  5. Add in the chicken and basil to the marinara sauce.
  6. Then stir in the ⅓ c. grated parmesan. Sprinkle the top with the bread crumbs, lay the sliced mozzarella on top, plus a little more parmesan cheese.
  7. Add the skillet to the broiler, and cook until the cheese begins to bubble, about 3-5 minutes.
  8. Take out of the oven, top with more fresh basil.
  9. Serve over pasta, crusty bread, or just eat as it!

 

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Literally as I am trying this my 3 year old just told my 5 year old, “No I like the guy with dark hair and white pants…”

Kids. Under the stairs. NOW!

A Day In The Life-Saturday

 6:20 a.m.

Find a little person cuddled next to me.

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6:30 a.m.

Little girl #2 climbs on the bed.

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6:35 a.m.

3 littles in the bed watching Mickey Mouse.

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6:45 a.m.

Make Breakfast with lots of little helpers and 1 hungry baby lacking patience…

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Kodiak Cakes + 1 Egg + Milk + Blueberries.

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7:15 a.m. 

Sneak a few bites, or more, of waffles off the kids plates. Fill a water bottle up, start Shayloss workout #7.

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8:00 a.m.

Get the girls ready for soccer, plus baby ready. Hair spray + tight pony’s + some tears.

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8:30 a.m. (Not Pictured)

10 minutes to rinse off, shave legs, look presentable. Use 1/3 bottle of dry shampoo.

8:40 (ish)

Grab some toast and a banana for a quick mama breakfast, add lots of peanut butter. Drive to soccer kind of late

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9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Soccer games.

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All of those ballet lessons came in handy when kicking the ball!

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11:00 a.m.

Our turn to help clean our church building :).

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12:00 p.m.

STARVING. Run home and make lunches for everyone. Shove random food and tortilla chips in my mouth while making lunch because I could die of starvation.

Kids Lunches:

Grapes, Raw Broccoli + Ranch (yum), Monkey Sandwiches.

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Mama Lunch:

Chipotle Black Bean Veggie Burger (Costco), Roasted Broccoli, Spinach, Tomatoes, Lots of ketchup, Dijon. And more tortilla chips.

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12:30 p.m.

Baby Nap Time.

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Sometime after 12…

Dishes, sweeping, checking Instagram, (3 times), cleaning, trash TV. (In no particular order.)

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Girls Playing ‘Mom’.

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2:45 p.m.

Baby wakey wakey.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efEoiZ2erD0

3:00

Tell the girls to get their swimsuits on for the splash pad at the park.

3:10

Remind the girls again to grab their bathing suits.

3:15

Repeat what I said 5 minutes ok.

3:20

Find one child getting ready for an evening on the town instead of water splashing at the park.

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3:30-3:45 ish p.m…

Finally get all the kids suited up, hats on, sunscreen applied and ready to go!

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4:00 p.m.

95 degrees out and water feels nice, except the baby isn’t too sure ;).

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5:00 p.m.

Come home, make a quick dinner.

For my husband and kids:

Grilled turkey, avocado, and turkey sandwich + Roasted Broccoli  (The kids said, “WE HAD BROCCOLI FOR LUNCH THOUGH?!) Bribed the kids with dessert.

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For my grilled cheese, which fell on the floor…

Avocado, tomatoes, goat cheese, balsamic drizzle. Yum! Minus the floor taste…

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5:30-6:00 p.m.

Clean up dishes from dinner, dreaming of dessert to come later.

6:00 p.m.

Dessert.

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Shari’s Berries!

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A little fighting over the striped strawberry, even though there was more than one…?

Husband chose pink + White chocolate. I bet you can’t guess which on I choose?!

Thank you to Shari’s Berries for sending us a delicious box of chocolate covered strawberries! After a long day of running around, it was nice to come together and enjoy dessert!

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6:30 p.m.

Tire the kids and my husband out by doing tricks and silly things.

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Playing with water bottles…?

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7:00 p.m.

Quick bubble bath! Easy on the bubbles…

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7:30

Delaying bed time.

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7:35

Prayers

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7:45

All 3 kids asleep, mommy and daddy are ready to party!!

Except.

ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 

 

*I was not paid to write this post. Shari’s Berries sent me a box to sample :).

 

Broccoli Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I wish you could be a fly on the wall in my house this afternoon…

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I’ve talked about the craziness of motherhood, wifehood, and life in general. I embrace the crazy. I welcome the crazy. I’ve also talked about my crazy(but we love her) Grandma B, who now retired, comes into town for a few days on end to visit. Like I said, I welcome crazy.

Whenever she comes into town, more often than not, I am in the kitchen making something for the blog or other side jobs I have. She’s always hovering closely to monitor what I’m doing, questioning the health of it all, and talking about Mcdonalds fish sandwiches.

Broccoli Cauliflower Pizza Crust via The Diva Dish

This day was no different as I tried my best to put together this post about Broccoli Cauliflower Pizza Crust.  I was editing, writing, etc. and my girls were sitting doing homework while the baby napped. I’d stop to help my daughter write or read something, or draw a necklace on a princess. Everything totally normal…

But in the typical fashion of someone who lives a crazy life, things increasingly changed. It started with my grandma, whose chair was pulled up close right in front of the TV as she watched The Americans. The volume was loud, and she happily ate a piece of chocolate cake that rested on her lap.

Broccoli Cauliflower Pizza Crust via The Diva Dish

My oldest began to get frustrated because she picked out a 3rd grade reading level book for her Kindergarten homework, and she couldn’t pronounce the word ‘multipurpose’. Then the middle child, who was drawing princesses, started to stress because of the eyebrows she was drawing looked funny. Real issues friends.

Broccoli Cauliflower Pizza Crust via The Diva Dish

All in one instance when this was going down, the baby woke up screaming from her 20 minute nap. I’m not sure if it was The Americans, Princess Eye Brow, or the freaking ‘multipurpose’ word…All I know is in that exact moment, my grandma had a very important question that needed to be answered…

Broccoli Cauliflower Pizza Crust via The Diva Dish

How to rewind the Tv.

Broccoli Cauliflower Pizza Crust via The Diva Dish

5.0 from 1 reviews
Broccoli Cauliflower Pizza Crust
 
Ingredients
  • ½ head cauliflower
  • 1 medium bunch broccoli
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ c. mozzarella cheese
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1½ tsp. italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp. garlic
  • dad of red pepper flakes, optional
  • (For Toppings)
  • What ever your heart desires.
Instructions
  1. Prepare a baking sheet by adding parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Cut the stems off the cauliflower and broccoli.
  3. Add them to a food processor and process until fine crumbs appear.
  4. Add the crumbs to a bowl and microwave for 7-8 minutes, until soft.
  5. Using a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth, drain out all of the excess liquid. This is important, make sure to drain it all out.
  6. Next in a bowl mix the veggies with egg, cheese, and seasonings.
  7. Form the dough into a ball and place on the baking sheet. Flatten into a pizza, about ¼ inch thick.
  8. Bake the pizza for about 15-20 minutes, or until it's golden brown. You don't want the middle of the pizza to be too soft.
  9. Then top with your desired toppings, and put it back in the oven to melt and cook your toppings. The time varies on what you have as toppings, but if it's just sauce and cheese then you can cook it until the cheese melts.
  10. Once it's cooked, let it cool 2-3 minutes, cut up, and serve.
  11. Enjoy!

 

Broccoli Cauliflower Pizza Crust via The Diva Dish

Broccoli Cauliflower Pizza Crust via The Diva Dish

Broccoli Cauliflower Pizza Crust via The Diva Dish

All is well now, the pizza was delicious! The Americans is over, the princess has new brows, and mommy is going to read the word multipurpose from now on.

And my grandma now knows how to rewind tv.

 

My Favorite Vegetarian (naan bread) Pizza

Have you ever tried to convince someone to do something, but they rejected you?

Then later on someone else ask that person to do the same thing, and they are all on board…

My Favorite Vegetarian Pizza via The Diva Dish

So this past week I got so mad at my husband. I gave that man the best silent treatment known to man, followed by a few side eyes just to make sure he got the point I was pissed.

All over a vegetarian pizza. #wifegoals

My Favorite Vegetarian Pizza via The Diva DishMy Favorite Vegetarian Pizza via The Diva Dish

I’ve always been a dramatic person, I won’t deny that ok. I won’t deny that maybe I shouldn’t have gotten so upset. BUT you guys, my husband…Dog House.

You see, for YEARS I’ve been trying to convince my husband to try and challenge himself to eat vegan/vegetarian for a solid week. He loves his fast food/junk food, because we are polar opposites when it comes to our appetites. So i figured, if he gave it a solid week he would all of the sudden love healthy food and we would eat at vegan restaurants on date night…

Or something like that.

My Favorite Vegetarian Pizza via The Diva Dish

So fast forward to this week when I make this pizza, aka my FAVORITE vegetarian pizza, and my husband is taking picture of it. Wait what? He never does this, what’s going on? I quickly asked him, expecting to hear him tell me he is posting it on social media to tell all his friends what a dang good cook I am…

But no. He is sending it to his co-workers because they are going to do a VEGETARIAN challenge at work coming up, and he wants to motivate them and tell them it’s do-able.

Dead.

Immediately I’m mad wife status, feeling all the feels of betrayal. He doesn’t notice as he scarfs down the deliciousness, but I subtly try and change that. A look there, shutting the cabinet door just a tad harder here…

My Favorite Vegetarian Pizza via The Diva Dish

My poor husband.

He is just so understand to my ways..He promised me that it was my idea all along and that his co-workers just gave him that extra motivation…I admitted to being a tad overdramaticitisthattimeofthemonth status, and all was well…

He told me maybe I should go run that night at the gym to have some time to myself and de-stress from the day. Obviously he was calling me fat right?

So about that pizza….

My Favorite Vegetarian Pizza via The Diva Dish

My Favorite Vegetarian Pizza
 
Not only is this pizza one of the best vegetarian pizzas that even meat lovers will crave, it's also the easiest to put together! No need to make a homemade crust, because naan bread is the perfect quick and easy substitute! You can use whole wheat naan bread for a healthier substitute too. As for the flavor combination, it's amazing! This pizza is based off of my favorite pizza called Jack Sprat from Gourmet Pizza Shoppe in Redlands, Ca.
Ingredients
  • 2 pieces naan bread
  • ½ cup - 1 c. marinara sauce
  • ⅓ c. sliced black olive
  • ⅓ c. sliced pimento olives
  • 1 roma tomato, thinly sliced
  • 2 TB. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TB. chopped onion
  • 2 TB. chopped garlic
  • heaping ½ cup broccoli, cut into small florets
  • ⅓ of a green pepper, diced
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • ⅓ cup salted and roasted halved cashews
  • 1-2 TB. Italian seasoning
  • ¼ c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ c. (or more) mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, or a combination of both
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Place the naan bread on a baking sheet and set aside.
  3. In a sauce pan, heat the olive oil. Then add in the onions and garlic, cooking about 2-3 minutes. Next add the green bell pepper and broccoli, tossing to cook about 4-5 minutes. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top.
  4. While the mixture is cooking, spread the marinara sauce on both of the crusts, followed by the olives, and sliced tomato.
  5. When the vegetables are done, and have cooled a little. Divide the mixture into two, and sprinkle on top of the pizza. Next add the cashews.
  6. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning on both pizzas, followed by parmesan cheese, and the mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

 

My Favorite Vegetarian Pizza via The Diva Dish

My Favorite Vegetarian Pizza via The Diva Dish

I actually did end up going to the gym that night because my friend text me she was going and asked me to join. Turned out to be a great way to destress and have time to myself! Who would have thought?!

😉

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup

*This is comfort food at it’s finest. Meatball and Spaghetti Soup is the perfect combination of two comfort foods, soup and pasta, mixed into one! It’s a quick and easy dish, and it’s hearty and filling. Your kids will love slurping up the noodles! And maybe adults too ;)*

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Here’s the deal. I know reading blogs is a thing of the past. So 2012. 2010? Either way, we are a visual world. I know that most of you might just scroll past this and not even read what I’m writing, look at a few of the pics, and go right down to the recipe. You will check the ingredients and then, “Hmmm that sounds doable…I’ll have to remember that, Oh wait! I have a new Instagram notification!”

 Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish 

So basically, I could really say whatever the flying fargin bastage I want. I could tell you the most embarrassing story about my husband, and no one would know. Except my mom, because I think she still reads my blog? Maybe.

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

So for now, mom, and maybe some random person from France, thank you for getting to this point. I know it was painful, and excruciating. Have you ever typed out excruciating? It’s excruciating.

I’m sorry there is no clever hilarious story, but I’m going to be honest. This day light savings thing has me screwed up and Real Housewives of Atlanta is on. I am not thinking straight.

Here is the recipe you’ve all been waiting for….The End.

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

5.0 from 1 reviews
Meatball and Spaghetti Soup
 
Ingredients
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • 3 TB. tomato paste
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 c. marinara sauce (jarred or homemade)
  • 4 c. vegetable broth
  • 1½ TB. dried basil
  • 1½ TB. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 12 oz. thin spaghetti, uncooked
  • 18-20 cooked meatballs, I used the following recipe:
  • http://thediva-dish.com/dinner/hubby-meals-simple-turkey-meatballs-over-spaghetti-squash/
  • (Can sub for vegetarian meatballs)
  • Parmesan cheese, for topping
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil.
  2. Then add in the onions and garlic. Stir and cook down the mixture until the onions are translucent.
  3. Next add in your tomato paste. Mix it around for about 30 seconds, then add in your crushed tomatoes, marinara sauce, broth, spices, and spaghetti.
  4. Cover and cook soup until the spaghetti is al dente.
  5. Add in the cooked meatballs, cook for an additional 5-10 minutes on low heat, covered.
  6. Serve with parmesan cheese on top, and enjoy!

 

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

A little about this soup. It’s the perfect combination of 2 comfort foods, soup and spaghetti. It makes a lot of leftovers if you have children who eat like birds, which makes for a perfect mommy/daddy lunch!

Don’t forget a side salad to add some veggies to this heavier carb dish, because you also can’t forget the garlic bread! If you make your own meatballs, I LOVE this recipe. It’s my go-to every time. I made the meatballs while the soup was cooking, and then threw them in at the end! It also has veggies in the meatballs, tomato veggie soup, and if you include a side salad, you are on track! It’s the perfect Sunday dinner meal or when you are having guests over. This is a really long paragraph, so hopefully you get my point :).

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

If you made it this far, go ahead and eat some chocolate. You deserve you unique one of a kind son of a gun! Bonjour! xo