My family is BUSY — I’m sure a lot of you guys can relate! Between work, school, activities and commitments, our schedule is beyond packed. Often times, that means that making healthy dinners for my husband and I tend to fall to the bottom of the priority list. Once the kids are fed and taken care of, my husband and I then have to tackle what we are going to eat.
I am however very committed to eating healthy, and I am always on the hunt for recipes that are easy, nutritious and delicious. Recently, I put together these Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers, and I have to say, they turned out so great! The dish is easy to make, tasted fantastic on top of a kale salad, and was super healthy. The skewers are topped with pesto (I used a vegan pesto), which gives the dish amazing flavor!
What I also love about this dish is that you could easily switch up the selection of vegetables (go for fresh seasonal veggies!) and protein to keep it interesting, or to match any dietary preferences or restrictions. Some ideas I plan on trying next are swapping the chicken for beef, and also adding brussels sprouts and artichoke hearts.
I hope that those of you who are on the hunt for healthy dinner options love this recipe as much as I do! Please let me know if you try it!
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers | Serves 2 | Total Time: 30 minutes
- 2 large organic chicken breasts, cubed
- 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 cup of broccoli florets
- ½ a zucchini, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 cup of cremini mushrooms
- ½ yellow squash, cut into 1 inch cubes
- ½ cup of pesto
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Wooden skewers
- In a large skillet, combine 1tbsp of olive oil and cook your chicken until it is 95% done. Remove from heat and set aside on a plate.
- Return the skillet to the stove, and add all of your vegetables and remaining olive oil. Cook your veggies until they are tender, but not brown. Remove from heat and set aside on a plate.
- Assemble your skewers with a mixture of chicken and vegetables and add salt and pepper to taste. Once all your skewers are full, carefully place back into your skillet, and continue to grill them over medium heat. Grill them until both the chicken and vegetables start to brown.
- Remove from heat, and plate over a salad of your choice.
- Finally, spoon pesto over top of your skewers and salad as light dressing.
As you guys probably know, I love discovering healthily meals that are also quick and easy to make. This is especially true when it comes to lunches. So often I am on-the-go and running from one thing to the next, and I really appreciate having a quick and nutritious meal.
One of my all-time favorite healthy lunches to make are these Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocados. They taste amazing, are fast to make, and I can even prep the tuna the night before and store it in the fridge! I also like that I can change up how I make the tuna salad, so the recipe never gets boring!
Some other ideas for tuna salad ingredients are: dried cranberries, purple onion, pickle relish or chopped celery — It’s really up to you to make the salad however you like it!
I hope you guys try these and enjoy! Let me know if you make them, and how they turn out!
Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado | Yields: 2 | Total Time: 10 minutes
- 1 large ripe avocado
- 1 can of white tuna
- 2 tablespoons of Vegenaise (or mayonnaise)
- 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice
- ½ a Roma tomato, chopped
- Fresh dill to taste, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a bowl, mix the can of tuna with all ingredients, except the avocado. Cut your avocado lengthwise and remove the pit. Scoop out about ¼ – ½ inch of the avocado from each half. Fill each avocado with your tuna salad and garnish with a little more dill.
I am a big believer of everything in moderation, and always having a balance in life. I especially try to apply this concept to the food we eat in our house! I want my children to grow up understanding the importance of eating nutritious meals, and also to have a healthy relationship with food.
That is why I have been especially focused lately on making sure that we snack smart! Recently, I was on the hunt for some healthy on-the-go snack for inspiration, and I came across the idea of topping apple slices. I decided to make this concept my own, and I played around with a few different variations — And they all turned out great! The best part is that they are really fast to make as an on-the-go snack, and prevent me from reaching for something less nutritious just because I am starving!
These topped apple slices are really easy to make, and you can pretty much get as creative as you like with the toppings! Simply cut up slices of your favorite kind of apple, and remove any remaining pieces of the core. Next, top with your favorite nut butter (I used peanut butter). Finally, finish off by topping them with whatever you like! I used a mix of the following toppings:
- organic granola
- vegan chocolate chips
- fresh shredded coconut
- crushed walnuts
This snack is also very customizable for any diet! It is already vegan, it can be made gluten free (make sure your granola is made with gluten free oats), and it can be made Paleo. I am just about to start eating a Paleo diet, and so I love that I can modify this recipe by using almond butter, and skipping granola. You can also easily limit the sugar intake by changing your toppings to other healthy options like: raisins, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, banana or cinnamon!
Let me know if you guys try these apple slices, and if so, how you like them!
I really love the changing of the seasons, and I always try to embrace each one to the fullest extent. With fall just around the corner, that means that I am starting to look forward to cooler weather, pumpkin patches with my children and getting cozy and baking!
Baking for my family is one of my favorite things to do, but I also try and make an effort to keep my recipes as healthy as I can (it’s all about balance!). So, when I decided to seek out a new muffin recipe for fall, I got really excited about the idea of trying one out that is grain free, refined sugar free and would be a healthier alternative to a traditional muffin.
These Paleo Banana Nut Muffins certainly did the trick! Even though they don’t quite taste like your classic muffin (they are made with almond flour), my family all really enjoyed them. I really love the addition of vegan dark chocolate chips to this recipe, because it ties together the savory and sweet favors very well!
Let me know if you guys try these muffins, and if so, how you like them!
Paleo Banana Nut Muffins | Yields: 12 | Total Time: 45 minutes
- 3-4 large ripe bananas, mashed
- ¼ cup of melted coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup of agave nectar (or you can use honey)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups of almond flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup of vegan chocolate chips
- ¾ cup of walnuts roughly chopped
- Start by pre-heating your oven to 350ºF.
- Line a muffin tin with paper cups and set aside.
- In one mixing bowl, combine all wet ingredients (mashed banana, coconut oil, eggs, agave nectar and vanilla)
- In another mixing bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda and salt.
- Slowly blend with the wet ingredients (stir by hand).
- Fold in your chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Pour batter into your muffin tin.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean
With school starting again (and soon The Real), mornings are busier than ever in my house! I really try and make nutrition a priority for myself, even when I have a lot going on. I know that it is really important for me to make sure that I am starting my day off with something healthy. So, recently I sought out to make a protein smoothie because I knew that it would be a realistic morning meal option for me.
I am excited to share this recipe with you guys because it has proven to be such an awesome on-the-go breakfast! This particular recipe is quick to throw together, tastes really good, and is packed with protein and quality nutrition. The protein powder I use is organic, vegan and plant-based, and I also add additional ingredients like hemp hearts (for protein), chia flour and cacao nibs (for fiber).
If you crave a little more variety, you can definitely add other ingredients like almond butter or half a banana to make the recipe your own!
Let me know if you guys try my protein smoothie, and how you like it!
Chocolate Protein Smoothie | Serves: 1 | Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 2 scoops of vegan protein powder, I like to use: Orgain Organic Slim Weight Loss Powder, Chocolate
- 1 tsp of cacao nibs
- 1 tbsp of hemp hearts
- ½ tsp of psyllium husks
- 1 tbsp of chia flour
- ½ cup of almond milk
- ½ cup of water
- ¼ cup of coconut water
- 5-6 large ice cubes
Directions: In a blender (I like to use this single serving blender) combine all ingredients, and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Extra tip: If you are serving this smoothie to others (or are feeling fancy yourself!), rim your glass with honey and dip it in coconut (pictured above) for a very pretty presentation.
I am always looking for new and healthy dinner options for my family. That’s why I got really excited about coming up with this more nutritious twist on a traditional burrito bowl. I tried to create a recipe that would ditch the rice and cheese elements, and instead use ingredients that were a little better (like arugula and quinoa).
I have to say, this recipe turned out pretty well! The dish is easy to make, and is definitely full of healthy whole foods and good fats. It also has a lot of flexibility, so if you want to add other veggies or seasonings, you can easily make it your own. Everyone in my house thoroughly enjoyed it, and I hope you guys do too!
Let me know if you guys try this recipe, and how you like it!
Quinoa Burrito Bowls | Serves 4 | Prep Time: 45 minutes
- 2 cooked chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon of chili powder
- 2 large avocados, sliced lengthwise
- ½ pound of cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup of dry quinoa
- ½ cup of cooked corn kernels
- ½ cup of black beans, drained
- 5 cups of arugula, divided into quarters
- 1 large red bell pepper, diced
- 1 large green bell pepper, diced
- ¼ cup of black olives, sliced
- Diced jalapeno pepper, to taste
- Sour cream, to taste
- Olive oil to drizzle on top
- 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt (divided up into quarter cups for each plate)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook quinoa according to instructions. Once cooked, let it cool for five minutes and then combine in a bowl corn and black beans and set aside.
- Shred cooked chicken breasts and season with chili powder and set aside.
- To assemble each bowl: Start by placing quinoa mixture in one half of the bowl. On the other side, add arugula. Next, place chicken on top, followed by all other vegetables. Top with black olives and jalapenos and one quarter cup of Greek yogurt. Next, lightly drizzle olive oil over each bowl and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve and enjoy!