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  • Easy Homemade Ketchup
    Ketchup is surprisingly easy to make at home! This version is tangy and sweet and is naturally sweetened with balsamic vinegar and a touch of honey. If you make this, your whole family will be looking for things to dunk.
  • How to Roast Frozen Vegetables
    Did you know that you can roast frozen vegetables? It’s true! They come out perfectly browned, caramelized, and absolutely delicious. Next time you need an easy side dish idea, look no further than your freezer!
  • Small Batch Almond Thumbprint Cookies
    Almond thumbprint cookies a such a treat! These delightfully chewy cookies are naturally gluten- and dairy-free and the small-batch recipe makes just 6 cookies — perfect for a mid-afternoon snack.
  • Baked Crab Cakes (with Minimal Filler!)
    This Maryland crab cake recipe is baked in the oven instead of fried, so they come out perfect every time with less oil. My simple recipe uses minimal filler (and no mayo!) for the best texture and intense crab flavor. They’re so easy to make, with just 5 steps.

Healthy One Pot Recipes

  • Thai Barbecue Crock Pot Meatloaf
    This slow cooker meatloaf and potatoes recipe is glazed with a delicious Thai-inspired barbecue sauce that’s perfectly tangy and just a little bit spicy. Just one bite will leave you craving more. The leftovers are even better the next day, so this recipe is perfect for meal prep!
  • Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken
    This slow cooker lemon chicken recipe is loosely based on chicken piccata, a classic Italian recipe made with sauteed chicken in a rich lemon sauce.
  • Sheet Pan Mediterranean Chicken Thighs (Low Carb, Whole 30, Gluten-Free)
    Crispy chicken thighs baked over a bed of Greek-inspired veggies and finished with tangy kalamata olives and salty feta is one of my favorite sheet pan meals. You’ll love how easily this delicious low carb dinner comes together!
  • Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
    Seasoned chicken and veggies all bake together on one pan for this super simple sheet pan chicken fajitas recipe. Wrap them in your favorite tortillas, serve over rice, or go low carb and gluten-free by wrapping your fajitas in crispy lettuce.

Easy Weeknight Dinners

  • Baked Crab Cakes (with Minimal Filler!)
    This Maryland crab cake recipe is baked in the oven instead of fried, so they come out perfect every time with less oil. My simple recipe uses minimal filler (and no mayo!) for the best texture and intense crab flavor. They’re so easy to make, with just 5 steps.
  • Creamy Mushroom + Quinoa Soup
    This creamy mushroom and quinoa soup is one of my new favorites. It’s warm and hearty, with tons of nutrition. Even better, this vegan mushroom soup is entirely plant-based!
  • Harvest Kale Salad with Pomegranate + Apples
    Harvest kale salad is a healthy recipe that’s perfect for winter and fall. Kale is massaged with a tangy lemon vinaigrette, then topped with crunchy apples, juicy pomegranates, and protein-packed quinoa for tons of flavor and texture in every bite.
  • Seared Steaks with Chipotle Compound Butter
    Perfectly seared steaks topped with chipotle compound butter look impressive, but they’re so easy to make at home! In this post, I share some tips for the best homemade steaks.

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Whole 30 Recipes

  • How to Roast Frozen Vegetables
    Did you know that you can roast frozen vegetables? It’s true! They come out perfectly browned, caramelized, and absolutely delicious. Next time you need an easy side dish idea, look no further than your freezer!
  • Moroccan-Spiced Roast Carrots
    Simply the BEST roast carrots recipe. These tender and flavorful carrots are perfectly seasoned with an earthy mixture of Moroccan spices. Make them in the oven or the air fryer for a quick and easy side dish. Who said veggies have to be boring?
  • Roasted Butternut Squash
    This roasted butternut squash recipe is the perfect healthy side dish for your favorite fall meals, in soups, or as an additional topping to your salad. It’s super versatile and so easy to throw together!
  • Grilled Zucchini (Low Carb, Gluten Free, Whole 30)
    Grilled zucchini is a simple, nutritious summer side dish that goes with just about anything! You’ll love this version with lemon and Italian herbs.

Gluten-Free Recipes

  • Easy Homemade Ketchup
    Ketchup is surprisingly easy to make at home! This version is tangy and sweet and is naturally sweetened with balsamic vinegar and a touch of honey. If you make this, your whole family will be looking for things to dunk.
  • How to Roast Frozen Vegetables
    Did you know that you can roast frozen vegetables? It’s true! They come out perfectly browned, caramelized, and absolutely delicious. Next time you need an easy side dish idea, look no further than your freezer!
  • Small Batch Almond Thumbprint Cookies
    Almond thumbprint cookies a such a treat! These delightfully chewy cookies are naturally gluten- and dairy-free and the small-batch recipe makes just 6 cookies — perfect for a mid-afternoon snack.
  • Moroccan-Spiced Roast Carrots
    Simply the BEST roast carrots recipe. These tender and flavorful carrots are perfectly seasoned with an earthy mixture of Moroccan spices. Make them in the oven or the air fryer for a quick and easy side dish. Who said veggies have to be boring?

Healthy Drink Recipes

  • Strawberry Peach Smoothie Freezer Packs
    Smoothie freezer packs are a game-changer for busy mornings. Make them ahead, then just dump, blend, and go! These strawberry-peach smoothies are my current favorite. It’s finally starting to feel like summer here in Upstate New York, which means I’m getting excited about smoothies again! It’s well documented that I’m not a morning person AT
  • How to Make Homemade Horchata (Dairy Free)
    Homemade horchata is a cool, creamy drink made from rice, almonds, and cinnamon. This recipe is dairy-free so everyone can enjoy it. Cheers! I love Mexican food. I’m pretty sure I could eat it every day and not get tired of it. There are a few different Mexican restaurants here in town that I frequent
  • Ginger Lemon Tea (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo)
    Ginger lemon tea is a great way to warm up on a cold winter night. The spicy ginger and soothing honey is also excellent if you’re battling a cold or the flu. In this post, I’ll show you how to make the best ginger tea at home with just 3 ingredients! One of my favorite local soup
  • Honey-Sweetened Frozen Lemonade [Paleo, Dairy Free]
    Icy cold honey-sweetened frozen lemonade will be your go-to drink for hot days this summer. Before you ask, yes, there’s a boozy option.  A few weeks ago, it finally started to feel like summer here in New York. Yay! I’ve lost a good amount of weight since last year, which meant none of my shorts

Healthy Breakfast Recipes

  • Slow Cooker Granola with Cherries and Almonds
    Crunchy homemade granola made in your slow cooker! This crock pot granola recipe has a hint of cinnamon, dried cherries, and almonds. Make it your own by swapping out the fruit and nuts for your favorites!
  • Mushroom and Spinach Quiche (Vegetarian)
    Your whole family will love this easy spinach quiche recipe. It’s great any time, but we especially love it for holiday brunches.
  • How to Make Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats (Video!)
    Instant pot steel cut oats are one of my favorite healthy breakfast recipes. They’re rich and creamy and practically foolproof! Steel cut oats are higher in fiber than rolled oats and have a coarse, chewy texture that I love! Instant pot oatmeal is a great way to get your morning started on the right foot.
  • Savory Chaffles with Ham and Jalapenos (Low Carb, Gluten Free)
    Low carb ham and cheddar “chaffles” have jalapeno and scallions for extra flavor. These low carb waffles are perfect for people on a low carb or keto diet! OK, I know what you’re thinking. What on earth is a chaffle? No, that’s not a typo. A chaffle is a grain-free, low carb waffle that’s great

 

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