Southwest Chicken Quinoa Bowl

 

 

This Southwest Chicken Quinoa Bowl is so easy to make and is a healthier take on a classic Southwest recipe!

This Southwest Chicken Quinoa Bowl is so easy to make and is a healthier take on a classic Southwest recipe!

The first time I ever tried quinoa I hated it.

Everyone I heard talking about quinoa had nothing but good things to say about it, but there was something definitely off with the quinoa I tasted. It was very bitter, and I had to force myself to swallow it. 

Turns out, though, that when quinoa isn’t washed and prepared properly it retains a bitter taste from a natural substance called saponin. But with thorough rinsing, quinoa has a neutral, nutty taste. 

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Making Healthy Breakfast Choices

 

 

On those days when you’re rushing to get out the door on time, it can be hard to choose health over convenience. So here’s a list of healthy breakfast ideas to make your mornings a little more stress-free!

On those days when you're rushing to get out the door on time, it can be hard to choose health over convenience. So here's a list of healthy breakfast ideas to make your mornings a little more stress-free!

As someone who has just started college, I know firsthand the struggles of trying to grab something quick to eat before I have to be out the door. There are mornings when I just don’t have time to cook or put something together. 

But I also don’t want to settle for convenient breakfast items that are loaded with sugar and are WAY overpriced. So today I wanted to share with you guys some of my tips for saving time in the mornings and also share a few of my favorite healthy breakfast choices!

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

This pumpkin spice coffee creamer is the easiest way to enjoy the flavors of fall without all the extra sugar of a pumpkin spice latte. 

This pumpkin spice coffee creamer is the easiest way to enjoy the flavors of fall without all the extra sugar of a pumpkin spice latte.

Autumn is arguably the best season ever. 

It’s not “kill me I’m melting” hot and it isn’t “I can’t feel my toes” freezing. The leaves on the trees are changing from green to vibrant shades of red and orange and yellow. And, of course, it’s the perfect time of year to carry around a warm mug or thermos of coffee.

I’ve always been a huge coffee drinker. But after a while I got tired of overspending on Starbucks and the coffee creamer sold in stores started to taste a little too artificial and sweet for my liking. So I switched to making my own coffee creamers and saving loads of $$$. 

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White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola Cereal

Sweet white chocolate chips and tangy dried cranberries make every bite of this White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola Cereal an explosion of flavor. 

Sweet white chocolate chips and tangy dried cranberries make every bite of this White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola Cereal an explosion of flavor.

I remember the first time I had a white chocolate chip cranberry cookie.

At first, I thought I wouldn’t like the flavor combo, but after one bite I was in love. I found myself craving them all the time. But of course, it would be irresponsible (not to mention pretty fattening) to eat cookies whenever a craving strikes. 

So naturally, I decided to figure out a way I could satisfy my cravings in a way that was healthy.   ← this granola

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The Best 7-Layer Greek Dip

 

 


This crowd pleasing 7-Layer Greek Dip will be devoured in minutes and is super easy to make!

This crowd pleasing 7-Layer Greek Dip will be devoured in minutes and is super easy to make!

I happen to crave tangy food.  So when it is time to whip up something for a party, pot luck or a fabulous snack this 7-Layer Greek Dip is my go to recipe.  It is such a versatile and easy recipe that I make almost once a week.

I use Mezzetta Peperoncini when making this to get the bright and tangy flavor I crave.  I usually have to check in advance to see if I have any left because we hit the bottom of the jar often with the boys in the house eating them all. I also use Mezzetta Kalamata Olives and Mezzetta Roasted Red Bell Peppers to get the best results.

Just to give you a heads up Mezzetta has a national sweepstakes with Chef’d so enter for a chance to win 52 meal kits from Chef’d! Bonus: All who enter will receive a 10% coupon on any Chef’d order!!!!

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