Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Let me tell you a story…

Once upon a time there was this Princess. She was of coarse the fairest of all and had control over all the house hold…um land, I mean land!

She danced, sang, and pranced around like most princesses do, but most of all she was known for her dramatic, and quite loud,  personality.

Often times you might walk into her living quarters to find jewelry, purses, and plastic heels strewed about the room. Then when you look up to see the Princess, you notice her standing against her table wearing an oversized tutu talking to a line up of her favorite princess dolls. She talks politely but demanding to them, and if one disappoints her she slaps them onto the floor…

Her mother, quite beautiful I might add, loved to watch this Princess grow on a daily basis but knew the more she grew the more independent she would become. Instead of request to be held and cuddled, it was more like, “Go away mom, I’m playing!”

 So, in her desperate efforts to hold onto her little princess just a little longer, before Teenage Charming comes along, her mother whisks her away into the kitchen to prepare a snack.

It’s where they connect every time and share stories, laugh, and learn.

And for that moment in time, nothing matters except the love in their hearts and the chocolate on their faces…

Oh…and the muffins in the oven. Those are pretty important too…

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. spelt flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

dash of salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1 c. homemade pumpkin puree, or puree from a can

1 egg-or 1 flax or chia egg

1 TB. vanilla

1/3 c. almond butter

1/3 c. melted coconut oil-cooled

1/4 c. packed finely shredded carrots, or 1 large carrot finely shredded

1/3 c. maple syrup

2 TB. non dairy milk

1/2 c. chocolate chips.

Directions:

1. Whisk dry ingredients together, (flour, salt, BP, BS, spices) in a medium bowl.

2. In a separate bowl whisk the rest of the ingredients together, besides chocolate chips. Add wet to dry and stir until incorporated. DO not overmix. Fold in chocolate chips.

3. Spoon batter into muffin liners in cupcake pan. Bake in a preheated oven of 350 degrees for 20-23 minutes.

As soon as the muffins are done and consumed, the little princess gives her mother a hug and a kiss and quickly runs off to her big girl duties.

The mother, grateful for the time they spent, realizes what a precious and polite angel that little princess really is and wants nothing more than to give her one last big hug before she goes about her duties.

Knowing this would be no easy task, the Princess’ mother bends down and says to the princess, “Can I tell you a secret?” In which the princess replies, “Sure!”

Her mother quietly whispers in her ear saying, “I Love You!”

At that moment, the Princess looked at her mom, rolled her eyes, and said…

“That’s no secret Mom!”

The end.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree + Video Tutorial

So here’s the deal.

Pumpkin season is like a food bloggers Christmas…Am I right?

We load up on canned pumpkin, bake muffins, pies, cookies, pasta dishes etc.

We freakin’ love it.

Then the other day at Costco when I was considering buying the 90 oz. of canned pumpkin puree they were selling, I realized that the pumpkin in the can obviously wasn’t fresh. And who knows how long it had been sitting in those cans.

More importantly I was planning on loading up on the puree for baby food in the future, but then I realized that was definitely not ok…

Canned pumpkin puree is great … But fresh pumpkin puree that’s in season…

It’s phenomenal. I mean, it’s practically a different color than the canned puree. That right there should say something.

So for those of you interested in how to make your own puree, whether your going to cook with it or feed it to your baby, here is a simple how to.

And if the pictures aren’t enough, I put together an incredibly embarrassing video tutorial for you to see.

Merry Christmas.

First your going to start with a small pumpkin. I believe they are called sugar pumpkins, but I really don’t know. Neither did the guy  working in the produce section…So it’s all good.

Just make sure they aren’t the large jack-o-lantern pumpkins.

After you have washed the pumpkins, cut the stems off the pumpkins.

My knife is about as sharp as a butter knife, so this counted as an arm workout for me.

Then cut the pumpkins in half.

Next your going to scoop out the seeds, or as Baby Boo calls it, the yucky stuff…

Save the seeds people…save the seeds.

Roast them, and then coat them in chocolate. Then buy me a diamond ring because after that you will love me forever.

Next preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the pumpkins face down, or face up, on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 45 min to an hour…or until the pumpkins are soft and you can poke them with a fork.

They will brown and the skins will shrivel a little when they are done!

Using a spoon or your hands, peel off the skins.

Discard the skins and add the rest of the pumpkin into a blender or food processor and process until creamy.

Note #1: Some pumpkins are more dry then others. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal. Just add a few TB of water until you reach the desired consistency!

Note #2: Some pumpkins are more mushy than others and when blended into a puree it might seem TOO watery. Don’t worry, this is normal too! :) Just strain puree through a cheesecloth!

Store in the fridge for about a week, or store in the freezer for 6 to 8 months!! Just add about 1 c. of the puree to a plastic bag and flatten it out and lay it flat in the freezer!

Perfect for baby food!

Check out the wacky video to go along with it:

And don’t you worry my little pumpkins, I’ve got pumpkin recipes coming up to go along with this puree!

But in case you can’t wait, here is a favorite one from last year!

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

Be back soon for more pumpkin madness!

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

Hubby Meals: Baked Pumpkin French Toast AND Date Night Video!

Every saturday when my husband has the day off we always watch the food network in the morning together.

Our favorite show to watch together is The Pioneer Woman.

If you know anything about The Pioneer Woman, she’s a food blogger too, so right away I was drawn in. She has a quirky sense of humor and her food…although not healthy lol…looks mighty tasty.

Every time we watch it together my husband sits there with his mouth wide open in awe at the delicious food she makes…

And every time he say’s the same thing, ” Now why can’t you make that?!?”

In which I reply, “Shut up and drink your greens!”

Every once in a while, because I love him, I give in and make him something that he’s been begging for. One of those dishes just happened to be baked french toast.

I’ve talked about this on the blog before, and my husbands obsession with french toast, but when he saw Ree Drumond pour that buttery sugar egg mixture over that white sourdough bread he well…Practically sharted.

JK.Gross.

Let’s just say he got really excited. Ever since then, that’s all he can talk about, so I decided to show that boy I love him and make him the meal he’s been requesting for ages…

Of coarse I practically changed the whole recipe and added a vegetable…

It’s the thought that counts right…?

Baked Pumpkin French Toast

Adapted from: the pioneer woman

Ingredients:

1 loaf crusty whole wheat bread

coconut oil for brushing pan

3/4 c. pumpkin puree

6 eggs

1 1/2 c. coconut milk

2 TB. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. garam masala

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

dash of ginger

3/4 c. coconut sugar

Topping:

1/2 c. coconut oil

1/3 c. whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 c. coconut sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

dash of salt

Directions:

1. Begin with your loaf bread. You want a sturdy crusty loaf bread so it won’t get soggy.

2. Rip pieces of bread up and pour into greased 9X13 pan.

3. Take the rest of the ingredients for the filling and whisk together until everything is incorporated.

4. Pour filling over bread pieces and distribute filling evenly.

5. Make your topping by mixing everything together. Your oil can be hard or liquid. If it’s hard just use a fork or pastry cutter to incorporate all ingredients. If it’s liquid stir it together until combined. Drop topping through out top of french toast. Cover and place in fridge for a few hours of over night…You can also put it in the oven right away if needed.

(This is a great make ahead dish!)

6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350. Bake for 45 min. for a bread pudding consistency, or an hour + for a harder crust. (We prefer an hour.)

7. Top with maple syrup…take a bite…

Welcome to heaven!

At first I didn’t tell my husband I changed the recipe. I waited till he ate THREE servings of it!

It’s safe to assume it was a hit!

Here’s to making our husbands healthy!

I mean, happy! :)

P.S.

If your bored, we filmed a family fun video of the a Surprise Date Night that the husband took me on!

Have a great rest of your week!!

Exercising w/ Kids and Post Workout Food

If there is one thing I have noticed with RESTARTing exercise, is that it isn’t coming easy.

I find myself running around all day playing mommy and wifey, and by the time the end of the day is near all I want to do is cuddle with my family and relax for the rest of the night. The last thing I do is want to exercise…

Finding that exercise groove again is hard, but I am not putting the pressure on myself to do it all because I know that will cause me to  give up. Because of this, I am focusing on the things that I know will make it easier for me to exercise:

Knowing these things helps me to understand where and how I am comfortable with fitting in exercise into my daily schedule.

What’s on your list of things that you know will make exercise easier?

One of the most important things for me is making sure my little chickpeas are with me and happy.

My goal is to keep things balanced, so you won’t see me going to the gym, then taking the kids on a run, then coming home and doing a workout video.

It’s just not me.

I’ve got tea parties and dress up appointments with my little gals scheduled everyday. :)

Sometimes you can’t always throw the kids in the stroller and go on a long run.

OR you little girl is missing her toy ice cream cone and if it’s not found she’s going to scream…a lot..

THEN your littlest chickpea can’t sit in a car seat in the stroller because it’s 107 degrees outside.

And lastly, your husband is working a 12 hour day so there is no ‘break’ for you to break a sweat on your own and relax…

What’s a Diva to do?!?

Playing with your kids is a great way to get that heart rate up as well as get your kids moving!

More importantly it brings your family together as you laugh, dance, and act silly. :)

And after a good solid play time with the kids, a post workout snack/meal is a necessity!

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Apples/Pears N’ Nut/Seed Butter

Veggies, Crackers, and Hummus

Etc.

Printable for Week 2: Restart Exercise Program

Do you exercise with your kids?

Send me your pics, I would love to see them!

Post them to my Facebook page!

Or tweet me @TheDiVa_DiSh

Have a Great Monday!!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pretzel Pie

Let’s talk about dessert.

We’ve all been there.

8:30 at night, kids are asleep, husband is knee deep in his fantasy football draft, and you’ve plopped yourself down on the couch to watch some good ol’ trash tv.

Then it hits you…A craving like no other. First you start to itch, and then your right eye starts twitching.

Then before you know it  your legs begin to spasm and that craving for something sweet has sent you to loose all control.

It’s getting dangerous.

You try and hold yourself back from opening that package of M&M’s that somehow mysteriously ended up in your pantry, but each time you slap yourself in the face and say, “NO Dangit!,” a giant sized red M&M grabs you in the face and says…

“EAT ME!”

This is serious.

So then you do the worst thing possible because the stress is too much to handle.

You put on your stretchy pants and head to the kitchen to do some damage.

First the M&M’s, and then the Ding Dongs.

Oh Crap! Hubby bought Peanut Butter Oreos…Get in MA’ Belly!

An hour later your husband finds you in the fetal position lying on the kitchen floor cradling a package of Tums and a bottle of chocolate syrup.

He picks you up, wipes you off, pries the chocolate sauce from your hands, and puts you to bed.

As he is tucking you in, you can’t help but wish that the previous hour was all a dream, and drinking a carton of ice cream never happened…

But it did…Oh yes it did.

Wait…You mean that’s never happened to you.

Uh, ya me neither…

Dessert cravings can be a dangerous thing…OBVIOUSLY.

The stress of trying to beat those cravings and choose a healthier option can send you into full blown panic mode.

Which is why it’s almost a necessity to have a pie on hand.

One that’s naturally sweetened, packed with protein, boost of omegas, and well one that screams…

EAT  ME!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pretzel Pie

Ingredients: (For the ice cream)

3 bananas

1 avocado

1/2 c. peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter for nut free version -make sure no sugar added, just nuts for ingredients

1/3 c. cocoa powder

1/8 c. coconut oil

1 TB. vanilla

(For the Crust)

2 1/2 c. salted pretzels

20 small/medium sized dates-pits removed

1/2 c. peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter for nut free version-make sure no sugar added, just nuts for ingredients

2 tsp. vanilla

(For the topping)

1/2 c. pretzels finely crushed into crumbs-the finer the better

Directions:

1. Prepare the crust first: In a food processor, process pretzels and dates first until fine crumbs appear. Add nut butter and vanilla until combined. Mixture will be crumbly..that’s ok! Press crust into spring form pan. (PRESS HARD)

2. Prepare the filling: Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour on top of crust and spread out. Top with the 1/2.c finely grated pretzels. (The finer the better!)

3. Place covered in freezer for a couple hours until hardened. If it’s in freezer for a longer time, let thaw for a 3-4 minutes before cutting and serving.

Now..No need to be all lady like/gentleman-ish when eating this pie.

By all means, go crazy and shove this bad boy straight into your mouth…No hesitation!

SO next time that sweet tooth craving comes a creepin’, just slap your self on the hiney and remember there’s a nice delicious healthy pie waiting for you in the freezer!

Your welcome…

:)

Little Chickpea Food Wednesday: Strawberry Basil Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Today I have not sat.

Not on the couch, nor the floor, or the rocking chair, and definitely not in my bed.

(And if you are wondering if I’ve gone to the bathroom, that’s I think a no…)

I ate my meals standing up while I did the dishes, swept the floor, and fed a baby.

And I’m pretty sure the above sentences are run-on sentences.

Even my grammar doesn’t know when to slow down.

One thing I have noticed since Sweet Pea was born is that there is more things to accomplish than ever, and I don’t have enough hours in the day to do it. There is always a mess to clean, a dish to put away, and a mouth to feed.

But one thing I’m realizing is come 8:00 at night when the littles are sleeping, and my house is still not as clean as I want it to be….

Is that I’ve spent more time washing dishes, than reading books to Boo.

I’ve put toys away again and again, instead of using them to play and interact with Sweet Pea.

I suck.

Ok, that’s pretty harsh…But that’s how I’ve been feeling.

Sometimes I feel like I need to do it all. When in reality, I don’t…

All I really need to do is be with my kids.

They don’t care if the toys are everywhere, in fact they would probably prefer they were.

They aren’t upset if there are dishes in the dishwasher, they just want me to sit and play tea party/picnic with them.

And come dinner, they don’t want me to hand them the I-Pad so they can be entertained while I cook…

They want to sit on the counter and help, taste each food item, and laugh with Mama.

And in that moment, your child has not only made you proud by trying celery and cashews, but you’ve done something with dinner time that is very special.

Food is meant to bring people together, and cooking with your kids does exactly that!

Strawberry Basil Chickpea (or Chicken) Salad

Ingredients:

2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed OR 2 c. shredded cooked chicken OR 1 can chickpeas and 1 c. shredded cooked chicken

1 c. diced strawberries

1/2 c. grapes diced

1/3 c. diced cashews

1-2 stalks celery diced

1/4 c. finely chopped basil

salt and pepper

Dressing:

2-3 strawberries

2 TB. plain hummus

1 TB. balsamic

1 TB. maple syrup

2 TB. mayonnaise (We make homemade) , veganaise, or greek yogurt

Directions:

1. If using chickpeas, pour them into a bowl and mash up with fork. Toss in the rest of the ingredients.

2. To make the dressing, mash the strawberries with a fork. (I used my hands to mash it really well too.) Whisk in the rest of the ingredients and fold into salad. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Serve in a sandwich, on top of a salad, etc..

To me…

A delicious dinner, a happy family, and a messy house is the BEST way to end any day!

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This has been part of a series of post called Little Chickpea Food Wednesday!

Check out other Little Chickpea Food Post:

Banana Pudding

Deconstructed Omelette 

Restarting Your Exercise Program: Where to Begin-Video

Ever since the last few months of my pregnancy started, I’ve been eager to get my body moving again.

Of coarse with fatigue, taking care of two kids, recovering from birth, etc. I haven’t done much of anything exercise. But now, I am near 6 weeks post birth, Sweet Pea is sleeping like a charm, and I’m starting to feel like I might be able to do this mom of 2 thing. No doubt I have hard days, but I am more than willing to push through it to get back into shape and make exercise a priority in my life.

(And let me be more honest…Bachelor/Bachelorette isn’t on until January, so I have like NOTHING to do now!) :)

Starting to exercise is like starting to eat healthy…At first it’s hard, and frankly quite sucks.

Then it’s get’s a little easier, and eventually it becomes a part of your everyday lifestyle.

It’s just getting to that point that I find the hardest.

Which is why we have started a new series on The Diva Dish!

If you answered yes to any of the above… :)

Well then, this is just for you!!

Take the pledge to Restart Your Exercise!

For those of you who are like me, and are starting from ‘The Beginning,’ you can follow along with my workouts each week. Since I just had a baby, and haven’t worked out in a while, I’m going to be taking things easy.

Here is what this week will look like for me:

Restart Exercise Program Week 1 (PDF-Printable Version!)

I will go into what a DIVA-WALK is later on this week.

When it comes to starting to exercise, take into consideration a few of the following things:

If this is your first time working out in a while, take things slow.

I always feel like if you start by telling yourself that your going to wake up everyday at 430 and run for 15 minutes, well you are most likely NOT going to. 

Set goals in the beginning that you are comfortable with. That way you can stick with the program!

So….

Join me!

Anytime (Veggie) Cookies

So I’ve got this child…

She’s 100% sassy and tell’s it how it is, and right now it’s completely working against me.

Literally every single morning when we wake up this is the conversation Boo and I have:

Me: “Boo, what would you like for breakfast?”

Boo: “I want chocolate milk.”

Me: “How about we start off with something different. Would you like a smoothie instead? “

Boo: “NOOOOOO! I WANT CHOCOLATE MIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLKKK!!!” (Followed by throwing herself onto the floor, screaming…louder…and louder…)

Did you know I start off everyday with a headache?

Despite my best efforts in trying to hide all things sugary and sweet from my wee littles, I know that the subject…and the food…is unavoidable.

So where do we draw the line? Do we say yes to a little bit of sugar? Or do we just avoid it at all cost?

Here’s my take on it:

Life is about living and enjoying. I would be lying if I didn’t say that eating a rich piece of chocolatey cake on a special occasion didn’t make me the happiest girl in the world. I definitely wouldn’t ever want to deprive my kids from experiencing the joy that comes from eating delicious food.

But to me what makes ‘treats’ so enjoyable is that they aren’t something you eat everyday, that’s why they are special.

My goal is to teach my children to not fear food, or worse yet…stuff their face with cheetos and ding dongs at school when I’m not looking because they have been deprived at home.

Hopefully I can teach my kids the value of food, and how it’s best when it’s natural and wholesome. But that on occasion, a cookie isn’t going to hurt.

That cookie is meant to be enjoyed and savored…

And if you are a mom like me, with a child like Boo, then you know that asking Mom for a cookie can sometimes be a daily battle.

Which is why we have things like ANYTIME cookies…

Something a little sweet that we don’t have to feel too guilty about.

And something that can help avoid any tantrums at all cost…

Let’s be honest…THAT alone is completely worth it!

Anytime (Veggie) Cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/4 c. spelt flour

1 1/2 c. oat flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. garam masala

dash of salt

1 egg

1/2 c. coconut oil

3/4 c. coconut sugar/date sugar

1 c. finely grated zucchini, or 1 c. finely grated carrot, or a combo of the two

1 TB. vanilla

1/2 c. of either the following: blueberries, chocolate chips, walnuts, raisins, etc.

Directions:

1. Whisk flours, oats, spices, baking soda, and salt together.

2. In a separate bowl whisk egg, oil, sugar, zucchini, and vanilla together. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until incorporated. Fold in 1/2c. desired add in. Using a large ice cream scoop, scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet. Press down dough with fingers so it flattens a little bit.

3. Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes.

My favorite way to eat these is to keep them in the freezer, then I reheat them, add some almond butter on top…and well…then I eat like 5 more.

It’s all about moderation.

Best.Example.For Boo.Ever!

Hubby Meals: Blueberry BBQ Sauce and Chicken Sandwiches

Cooking for my husband has definitely been a challenge in my almost 4 years of marriage.

I mean seriously! How am I supposed to compete with frozen taquitos and Beef Baja chalupas from Taco Bell. (Speaking of the Bell, did you know they have taco shells made out of Dorito Chips? Way to go Taco Bell. What’s next? Cheetos in a burrito??)

We all know that husbands can have the eating tendencies of a toddler, demanding milk chocolate Ovaltine with their dinner and throwing hissy fits when something green is on their plate. Then finally after many failed attempts of the flying airplane spoon, promising him that he can watch the football game as long as he takes 4 bites of his asparagus is sometimes the only thing that works.

Which is why when I find a wholesome and healthy meal that is Hubby approved, I feel I must shout it from the rooftops and share it with the world…

That way wives across the country can stick it to the man, and actually have control of the remote after the kids go to bed.

Trash TV all the way…Goodbye ESPN.

And what better way to make a man happy then by offering him a manly meal…

One that screams, I’m no sissy la la for eating this sandwich. I’m a MAN!

Even if the dressing is a little fruity…

Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients:

1 c. blueberries

1/4 c. finely diced onion

1 TB. chopped garlic

1/2 c. ketchup

2 TB. balsamic vinegar

1 TB. rice vinegar

2 tsp. molasses

1 TB. maple syrup

1 tsp. worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

Directions:

1. In a skillet, heat about 1-2 TB. coconut oil on medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook a few minutes until onions start to brown. Add blueberries and cook for about 10 minutes (you can lower the heat a bit). The blueberries will begin to soften and burst. Start to mash with a fork, (this should be easy to do), add in other ingredients and stir to combine and cook for a few more minutes for it to thicken. Transfer to a blender and blend until creamy.

2. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for about a week.

Best.Dang.BBQ Sauce.Ever.

I don’t think I will ever buy bottled BBQ sauce again…I mean, that would just be wrong.

Now this BBQ sauce can serve many purposes, but in our household we love BBQ chicken sandwiches. (I have also used chickpeas instead of chicken on occasion.)

Don’t be afraid to load up that sandwich with as many toppings as you desire.

My favorite combo for this was avocado, spinach, goat cheese, and grilled peaches (that were brushed with coconut oil.) Add that  onto a soft and fluffy wheat carb and you’ve got yourself one happy husband.

But let’s be honest, whose really the one that’s truly happy. That’s right…You!

Happy wife=Happy life.

But you already knew that huh? :)