My First Experience With Sriracha Sauce (Can You Believe It)! Skinny Taste’s Honey Sriracha Chicken and Broccoli

I tried sriracha sauce for the first time… Skinny Taste’s Honey Sriracha Chicken and Broccoli. It was Sunday morning, and my husband was preparing the food list  for the week. “What are we having for dinner this week?” Ugh, the dreaded question he asks me every week!  I hate having to pick out dinners. It’s stressful to find new recipes because, what if it isn’t good? What if it’s too difficult?  What happens if I screw it up (pizza delivery, anyone?).  

I love Skinnytaste recipes, so I started with her blog, and found this Honey Sriracha Chicken and Broccoli recipe and had to give it a try. I literally just said to my husband last week that I have never had sriracha! Not only was this meal SO easy, it was equally as delicious.  I even made extra for lunches this week. 

I hope you enjoy this meal as much as me and my family did!

Meghan

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Do You Need A Quick And Easy Meal For Your Family? We Have Just The Meal For You! Teriyaki & Pineapple Chicken Meatballs

Need an easy meal? Craving something sweet? One of my favorite meals that I like to make is Aidells Teriyaki & Pineapple Chicken Meatballs, in pineapple juice.  I serve them over brown rice with a delicious green vegetable. The pineapple gives it the right amount of sweetness, and it’s great for leftover lunch! It takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. Yum!

Melissa

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Are You Sick Of Your “Normal” Burger Night? Then Try These Greek Turkey Burgers With Tzatziki Sauce And Greek Tomato Salad

In the summer, turkey burgers are a staple in my house. I don’t grill, that’s my husband’s job, so they’re easy to make for me 🙂  I wanted to mix up our “normal” turkey burger night, and stumbled upon this recipe because I am a sucker for Medeterranian food. All I can say is WOW. These Greek Turkey Burgers With Tzatziki Sauce And Greek Tomato Salad burgers were so freakin’ delicious. My husband couldn’t stop talking about how he wanted to eat another one. I promise you… you’ll want to make these!

Enjoy!
Meghan

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Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese (SkinnyTaste)

The Skinny Baked Macaroni and Cheese meal is so delicious that it even fooled our husbands because they didn’t know  it was “skinny”! It is so easy to make, and can be frozen for another meal! We love make-ahead and freezer friendly meals, mainly because it takes some of the stress out of our night by trying to come up with a family friendly meal. We highly recommend this meal for you and your family.

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Is The “Family Dinner” At Risk Of Fading? Read To Find Out How These 4 Slow-Cooker Meals Can Help

Most of us think… “Dinner…ugh. Do I really have time for that? Isn’t it just easier to get take out? Yes, but it is healthier? Is it cheaper?” The answer is most likely, no. Well, you are in luck because we have compiled some of our favorite slow-cooker recipes that are bound to be family favorites! We both have toddlers, and even they would eat most of them… if we tell them they are waffles. HA! A few times we got the dreaded, “Ummm… I don’t like that!”, but in the end it was still a win for us!

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5 Tips to Stay Healthy on a Busy Schedule {Guest Post}

Hi loves❤

Welcome to the Kate’s Life Family. I wanted to take a quick second to introduce myself to you all. My name is Kate – and I am a lifestyle blogger from the Midwest. I write about Creativity (DIY’s, Pinterest Recipes, Organization), Personal Development, and Health & Fitness. If you want to join my family, hop on over to sign up for my newsletter. Check me out on Insta, Pinterest, and Facebook, too!

Today I want to focus in on how to stay healthy when you are living a busy life. This can be for parents who split their time between working and taking care of their kids, people who are simply overworked and don’t have much time for personal care, or can be for individuals who need a few simple steps to keep them on track. I share these tips out of experience and am still trying to find complete balance (if that even exists) between all of my avenues in life.

What Does Being Healthy Even Mean?

Being Healthy has become such a controversial topic because everyone defines this term differently. To me, being healthy is implementing changes in your life that will benefit your mind and body. They can be as big as tracking what you eat to lose weight – or a small task of drinking enough water each day. The great thing about the term, “being healthy” is YOU get to decide what that looks like for you and your life.

Creating Healthy To-Go Meals

I know, I know. If you are on a busy schedule, how are you supposed to create a few healthy meals and snacks? I get it, I do. You can create a few small meals and snacks in under 30 minutes. You can keep these staples in the pantry or fridge which will allow you to grab them when you are on the way out. A few of my favorite to-go snack are pre-portioned nuts, dried fruit, hard boiled eggs, and string cheese. My preferred simple and quick meals are: healthy pasta salad, yogurt parfaits, and Mason jar salads. I love using Pinterest to find new meals to incorporate into my busy schedule.

Schedule Your Workouts

Scheduling workouts into your calendar is one of the most important tasks to do. When you schedule your workouts, you gain the mentality that it is an IMPORTANT appointment that you cannot miss. When I was establishing my workout routine, this habit was monumental in keeping me on track. When I schedule my workouts, I put in the day and time of each workout during the week. It helps me plan out the week and work around my workout so that I can truly get it in.

Workout Wherever You Can

The one thing I learned early during my quest for fitness – is that it doesn’t matter where you workout – it matters that you worked out. A great workout can mean very different things to different people. It doesn’t mean you have to be working out at the gym, or attend a class (BUT if you do prefer to workout in those ways – make sure to schedule them into your calendar so you can make it happen). Working out at home can still be an efficient and killer workout. If you need a few tips of what workout equipment you should be keeping around the house to get in a great workout, check out this blog.

Find a Workout Routine that Works for You

If you are a busy mom, working 9-5, then taking care of the kids when you get home – a 2 hour intense gym workout MAY not be the best for you. AND if this is how you are trying to workout, and can’t get it done – you may be sabotaging yourself. Find a workout routine that will fit your schedule, abilities, and equipment available. Set aside time to discover moves you can complete that fit into your schedule – with the internet being at our fingertips these days – there is an unlimited source of information.

Take a Look at Your Spare Time

A lot of people use the excuse that they don’t have time to stay healthy and fit.

Okay.

Now look at where you are spending your time. Are you sitting on the couch scrolling through Social Media during any part of the day? Do you watch TV for any amount of time? DO YOU HAVE 20 MINUTES TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF? If not, try to take a serious look at where you are spending your time. If being healthy is a real priority to you; you will find time to do these things to improve and support your health.

Your health is your priority, but that doesn’t mean you should be putting pressure on yourself. Be understanding with yourself. You can only do as much as your life allows. The great thing about life is that we go through different seasons throughout our life. You may not have a lot of time on your hands right now, and a quick 15-20 minute workout is all you can get in. Maybe in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years – you will be in a different season which can allow you to have a different workout routine.

Find beauty in the current season you are in. Take in all life has to offer in this moment right now.

Find ways to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your routine. What works for one person – may not work for you. It is an ever-changing process that should adapt to your current life situation.

What ways are you staying healthy throughout your busy life? What are some areas you are looking to improve on??

Much Love,

Kate

Easy Roasted Lemon-Garlic Shrimp (Skinnytaste)

Some crazy days lead into crazy dinner nights! Tonight was one of them. I got the kids all set, but what about me? Well… what about an easy and yummy meal just under 10 minutes from start to finish? This Easy Roasted Lemon-Garlic Shrimp recipe from Skinnytaste is a winner! I love the taste and simplicity of this go-to meal for mommy.

Enjoy!

Melissa

Easy Roasted Lemon-Garlic Shrimp (Skinnytaste)

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs shelled and deveined jumbo shrimp (36) **I only did ½ pound for myself of large raw shrimp from the Seafood section at Wegmans**

    2 cloves garlic, minced

      1 tablespoon olive oil

        1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

          1 lemon, juice of

            1 tablespoon chopped parsley

              Instructions

              Preheat the oven to 400F. Spray 2 large nonstick baking trays with cooking spray.

              • Combine the shrimp, garlic, oil and crushed red pepper together in a bowl and stir to combine.

              Arrange the shrimp on a baking sheet in a single layer.

                Roast 6 to 8 minutes or until the shrimp turns opaque.

                  Squeeze lemon over the shrimp and garnish with parsley.


                    Taco Pizza

                    Ok so this next one is one of my specialties. I call it the “Taco Pizza” only because I use a taco shell as my crust, there is nothing else “taco” about it. I have told you all before that I am really bad when it comes to eating lunch. I usually skip it, because it is too hard for me to come up with something easy to make. The one day I was in the mood for pizza, but the kid was napping, and I had no cash for pizza delivery. I brainstormed, and came up the the perfect solution! Let me introduce to you to… the Taco Pizza! Easy, healthy, and delicious, especially if you are a pizza lover like me.

                    Enjoy!

                    Meghan

                    “Taco” Pizza

                    Ingredients

                    1 soft taco shell – I used a low calorie one, I think it was Fiber One

                      2 tbsp marinara sauce (or you could use a pizza sauce, but I didn’t have that available)

                        ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese (shredded)

                          Toppings: broccoli, oregano, garlic power

                            Instructions

                            Preheat oven to 375 degrees

                              Line a baking sheet with foil

                                Put just the shell on the baking sheet and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, until browned

                                  Add sauce, cheese, and toppings

                                    Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is melted

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                                      Buddha Bowl

                                      I have been becoming more and more adventurous with my recipes, and I stumbled upon this Skinnytaste recipe and it looked so good and so easy.  Spoiler alert… it was both of those things! The flavors really complimented each other, and the pecans added a crunchy texture, which was to die for!  The only thing I couldn’t do myself was make the eggs. No matter how hard I try, I cannot make sunny-side-up eggs to save my life! I had to call in the big guns, aka my husband to do that part. Thanks, babe! Enjoy!

                                      Meghan

                                      Buddha Bowl

                                      Ingredients

                                      4 cups broccoli florets

                                        2 cups cubed butternut squash

                                          1 small onion, sliced into ½ moons

                                            1 tablespoon olive oil

                                              1 small (4-ounce) Hass avocado, sliced

                                                Olive oil spray

                                                  4 large eggs

                                                    Kosher salt

                                                      Freshly ground black pepper

                                                        2 cups cooked brown rice

                                                          ¼ cup chopped pecans

                                                            Instructions

                                                            Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

                                                              On a large sheet pan, toss broccoli, squash and onions with olive oil, salt and pepper, to taste.

                                                                Spread veggies out in an even layer and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until crisp tender.

                                                                  Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium-low heat and lightly spray with oil.

                                                                    Add eggs, one at a time, leaving space between them. Season each with a pinch of salt and pepper, cover and cook until whites are just set and yolk is still runny.

                                                                      Divide rice and roasted veggies evenly among 4 bowls.

                                                                        Top each with 1 ounce avocado and 1 egg and 1 tablespoon pecans.

                                                                          Serve immediately.

                                                                            Ground Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas

                                                                            I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner and he said “something Mexican flavored,” so here goes my first attempt at enchiladas! The were relatively easy to make, and I had most of the ingredients at home already, which is always a win! Give them a try! Enjoy!

                                                                            Meghan

                                                                            Ground Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas

                                                                            Ingredients

                                                                            2 teaspoons olive oil

                                                                              1 large yellow onion, diced

                                                                                3 cloves garlic, minced

                                                                                  1 pound extra lean ground turkey

                                                                                    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, or to taste

                                                                                      1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste

                                                                                        1 teaspoon dried oregano

                                                                                          salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

                                                                                            2 tablespoons tomato paste

                                                                                              1 can black beans, rinsed well and drained

                                                                                                1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth

                                                                                                  1 whole lime, juiced

                                                                                                    12 (6-inch) low carb flour tortillas

                                                                                                      1/2 cup low fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese

                                                                                                        1/2 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

                                                                                                          1 1/2 cups red enchilada sauce, divided

                                                                                                            thinly sliced green onions, for garnish

                                                                                                              light sour cream, for serving

                                                                                                                Instructions

                                                                                                                Preheat oven to 400F.

                                                                                                                  Grease a 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

                                                                                                                    Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

                                                                                                                      Add onions and cook for 2 minutes.

                                                                                                                        Stir in garlic and continue to cook for 30 seconds.

                                                                                                                          Add the ground turkey; season with cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt and pepper.

                                                                                                                            Continue to cook for 5 minutes, or until browned, stirring frequently.

                                                                                                                              Stir in tomato paste until well incorporated.

                                                                                                                                Stir in beans, chicken broth, and lime juice, and bring to a boil; cook for 1 more minute, stirring frequently.

                                                                                                                                  Remove from heat.

                                                                                                                                    Place 1 tortilla on your working surface and spoon about 3 tablespoons of the turkey mixture onto one end of the tortilla.

                                                                                                                                      Roll up the tortilla and set aside.

                                                                                                                                        Repeat with remaining tortillas and ground turkey mixture.

                                                                                                                                          Spread 1/2 cup enchilada sauce on the bottom of previously prepared baking sheet.

                                                                                                                                            Arrange rolled up tortillas seam side down over the enchilada sauce.

                                                                                                                                              Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas and top with cheeses.

                                                                                                                                                Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

                                                                                                                                                  Remove from oven and let stand few minutes.

                                                                                                                                                    Garnish with sour cream and green onions.