Sweet Potato and Kale Lentil Stew

 

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Looking for a hardy, vegan dish to warm you up this winter?  This is the stew for you! 

This stew uses red lentils which are loaded in protein, iron, fiber and anti-oxidants.  The red lentils make the stew incredibly hardy….you won’t be missing meat in this dish!  The sweet potatoes and carrots provide a subtle sweetness that pairs perfectly with the mix of turmeric, cumin, ginger and garlic.  This stew only takes about 30 minutes to whip up which makes it perfect for any weeknight dinner, especially Meatless Monday!  You will be left feeling full and satisfied with out all the calories.  The recipe makes about 8 servings leaving you with the perfect lunch to heat up throughout the work week.  The flavors just improve the next day.  You can also freeze the left overs for a later date! 

 

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Stuffed Pepper Stew

Stuffed Pepper Stew (Gluten Free)

Fall weather has officially arrived and it has sent my comfort food cravings into high gear!  There is nothing like warming up on a crisp Fall day with a big bowl or soup or stew.  This healthy, gluten-free stew combines all the delicious flavors we love about Stuffed Peppers in one satisfying bowl.

This dish is incredibly easy to make.  In fact, I was able to throw everything together into my crock pot over my lunch.  This makes dinner time a breeze.  It’s so nice to come home and have dinner waiting for you on those extra busy nights.  Especially when you are busy busing your kid all over town to basketball practice or have a 2 hour Birth Preparation Class to attend in the evening (that was the case for us).

This recipe will definitely come in hand this winter after baby arrives.  A goal of mine is to prepare a bunch of freezer meals before the baby comes so that we have healthy, easy meals to throw in the crock pot.  This one definitely makes the list of those I plan on preparing!

Stuffed Pepper Stew (Gluten Free)

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Coconut Curry with Cauliflower Rice (Paleo, Vegan options)

Coconut Curry with Cauliflower Rice

 

 

Weeknights are busy for my family.  Trying to fit in time to cook something quick, easy, and healthy can be a challenge.  This recipe has become a weekly staple in my home since developing it.  Not only is it easy, delicious, and healthy but it is also cheap to make!

This vegetable dense meal is dairy/grain free, Paleo, and has options to make it Whole30 approved!  And if meat is not your thing, I have also included options in the recipe to make it vegan.

If grains are not an issue for you, feel free to serve it over brown rice or aromatic Basmati or Jasmine rice.  You can also enjoy it as a stew if you wish.

This dish serves 4-6 which means I have leftovers for lunch!  It’s even better the next day!

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Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo and I wanted to celebrate at home with a festive dinner.  Most Mexican dishes are not the healthiest!  After a weekend of travel (and not so healthy eating) I decided to make my Chicken Tortilla Soup to get us back on track for the week ahead.  This Mexican inspired soup is loaded with flavor and nutrition.  It is incredibly filling as well so it can easily be served as the main dish.  This recipe is easy on the digestive system – no beans, gluten, dairy, or grains!  Best part is you can whip it up in no time at all!

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Sweet Potato Chili

Sweet Potato Chili

Colder temperatures and snow have invaded the Midwest once again…did I mention is April 14th?

YUCK!

Saturday was absolutely gorgeous.  It felt like summer with temps in the 80’s and I was able to get a significant amount of yard work completed…6 hours worth to be exact!  I even got a little sunburned (which I am not proud of BUT the warm weather was very much welcomed!).  Then Sunday rolled in along with some crazy thunderstorms and colder temps (and sore muscles…ouch!).

I decided to make a pot of chili for dinner last night for two reasons.  One, it would be easy to throw together and could cook while I was getting some things done around the house.  Set it and forget it!  And two, it is the perfect comfort food for a cold, dreary day!

This recipe is legume free to be easier on the digestive system.  I used grass fed, organic beef which is high in omega-3’s.  The sweet potatoes provides a ton of Vitamin A, antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory properties!  This chili is also Whole30 compliant and paleo.

This chili has all of the classic flavors we love and expect.  The sweet potatoes compliment the smokey, peppery flavors perfectly with it’s subtle sweetness.  This dish will please your entire family.  Best part is that it makes quite a bit so you will have dinner ready to go for a busier night later in the week.  You could also use the leftovers as enchilada filling like I did tonight.  It would make a great nacho topping or taco filler as well.  And of course, you could always freeze it in an air tight container.

This dish could easily be added to a crock pot and cooked on low all day while you were at work or ran errands.

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Italian Sausage and Vegetable Soup

BLAH!  You guys….It’s snowing!!!  And it’s not just a few flurries…..it’s coming down hard!  Was this suppose to happen?!?!  Ugh.  Sounds like the perfect night for a big warm, hearty bowl of soup!

The view leaving work today.

The view leaving work today.

Soups are definitely one of my favorite things to make lately.  Why?  For one, they are super easy to make and we always have leftovers to take to work for lunch.  They are also super inexpensive to make,  packed with nutrients, and they fill you up!  I never feel guilty going back for a little more.  They are also very versatile….the possibilities are endless!

The beginnings of a healthy, delicious soup!

The beginnings of a healthy, delicious soup!

I made this delicious, healthy soup for dinner tonight and we really enjoyed it!  Below you will notice that there are two cooking methods- a crock pot option and stove top option.  Tonight, I used the crock pot!

Italian Sausage and Vegetable Soup

Italian Sausage and Vegetable Soup

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Easy Chicken and Rice Soup

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Let’s face it.  Week nights can be a little crazy!  After getting off of a long day at work, I usually have to rush to pick up my son Noah from school, get a quick snack in him, rush him over to football practice, and make sure that he completes all of his homework for the night along with any other errands/laundry/cleaning that may need to be done.  The last thing I want to do on a crazy busy night is slave away in the kitchen.

With fall upon us and winter months ahead, this Chicken a Rice soup is the perfect, healthy solution to those busy nights.  Throw everything in a crock pot and you are done!   I usually prepare this over my lunch break.  Come home from work, errands, and sports practice and dinner is served!

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