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Parmesan Roasted Eggplant

Eggplant is colorful! And color in veggies and fruits is a sure sign of nutrition, antioxidants, and enzymes! Eggplants are super high in fiber, but low in starch — so they’re excellent for gut health (ahem, regularity). This high fiber helps you feel full without eating a large amount of food, so eat more eggplant if you’re watching your waistline. Parmesan Roasted Eggplant is one of my family’s favorite ways to enjoy this lovely vegetable!

Blackened Salmon Over Cajun Zoodles {in 1 skillet!}

Here’s a Whole30 and keto version of a classic Cajun favorite — Blackened Salmon with Cajun Zoodles! This is a perfect meal when you forget to meal plan because it takes just 30 minutes and 1 skillet!

Spicy Chipotle Kale Chips

Ever seen preteens scarf down an entire bunch of kale? One minute, the kale’s sitting there, all leafy and dark green; and the next minute, it’s just gone. These kale chips will allow you to perform the miracle of preteens eating their greens with delight!

No-Jello Chocolate Pudding Cups {just 5 ingredients!}

Jello chocolate pudding cups were the stuff of my childhood. I want my kids to have warm-and-fuzzy food memories — but without the processed junk. No-Jello chocolate pudding cups: just 5 ingredients, no powdered mixes, dairy, or thickeners necessary!

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

I’ve been cooking up a storm lately… And so I cook soup. I want bone broth and veggies and cheese. I want warm and creamy and soothing. I can’t really ask for a better soup than this to settle in and cozy up with: a creamy broccoli-cheese soup that is nothing like the gloppy, gooey mess you pour out of a can.

Lemon, Herb, & Garlic Roasted Chicken with Heirloom Carrots

Remember the old days when the boss and his wife were invited to dinner? Do people still do that — the cute apron/high heels/pearls thing? The children behaving perfectly. Flowers from my garden gracing the table. In my world, I’d serve this roasted chicken and heirloom carrots for dinner. And when you have the boss (or the pastor or the new in-laws) over, don’t tell them this took you just 20 minutes of hands-on time, deal?

Spontaneity In The Real Food Kitchen + My CSA Pasta Recipe

I have a bent toward perfectionism — even to the point that, if I make a mistake when writing a grocery list, I will often wad up the paper, throw it in the trash, and start all over. I thrive in a clean, organized environment and am frequently re-organizing my already organized spaces in an attempt to make them even more organized. I am overly practical and have very little tolerance for frills and fuss. I am a do-er and find it difficult to sit still and just be.
In all this organization, list-making, doing, and planning, it might surprise you to know that I have an alternate ego — the Mr. Hyde to my usual Dr. Jekyll. This side of me flies by the seat of her pants. In this alternate mode, creativity flows, unlimited by a plan, to-do list, or the written menu on the fridge.

This is when I do some of my best work … like the recipe I’m sharing for one of our new family favorites: CSA Pasta!

Chicken, Bacon, & Kale Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

Around here, I’m all about quick and easy meals, especially lunches. The Hubs comes home four out of five days every week for lunch; plus, he’s home all day on the weekends. I love having leftovers for lunch since all I have to do is re-heat and serve, but sometimes I run out of leftovers by the end of the week. Especially on the weekends, I want a healthy meal I can throw together quickly so that I can spend the hubby’s days off with him instead of in the kitchen.

This chicken, bacon, and kale stuffed sweet potato recipe is one of those meals that I love having up my sleeve. Every, single ingredient is nutrient-dense, so this simple meal is also very filling.