Lightened Up Crockpot Potato and Chicken Tikka Masala

A lightened up version of an Indian food classic that includes potatoes. This Lightened Up Crockpot Potato and Chicken Tikka Masala is as easy as dumping the ingredients in your slow cooker … it practically cooks itself!

Crockpot Potato and Chicken Tikka Masala

Can you believe that in my 23 years of life, I had never tried Indian food until last month?! I had no idea what I was missing. It’s possibly some of the most flavorful, comforting food I’ve had … and it’s so easy to make a lighter version at home.

This Crockpot Potato and Chicken Tikka Masala is like your classic recipe, but with potatoes mixed in with the chicken. I had some extra potatoes to use up and only two chicken breasts thawed, so I decided to cook the two in this delicious Tikka Masala sauce. Hello, budget-friendliness! Since the potatoes are included in the dish, I ate this plain without any rice.

Plus, this makes a LOT of food and it doesn’t take very much to fill you up since it’s so rich and spicy. I’d even recommend freezing half for later if you’re only feeding a couple people. Since I cook for one, I ate this leftover for lunches all week – still good!

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Crockpot Paleo Pot Roast with Mashed “Potatoes”

Pot roast is one of those nostalgic meals for me that always tastes like home. This crockpot paleo pot roast is comfort food at its finest – paired with creamy cauliflower mashed “potatoes,” you’ve got yourself a cold weather comfort meal.

Paleo Pot Roast

Hey! Those aren’t potatoes.

Okay, you caught me. But you’ll never know the difference! If you’ve yet to try cauliflower mashed “potatoes,” run to your kitchen right now. They’re super simple to make and are creamy and as satisfying as the real thing. You can even make a big batch of these faux-tatoes ahead of time and reheat when you’re ready to eat. Continue Reading

“Secret Ingredient” Protein Pumpkin Pie Bars

These pumpkin bars are packed with protein and have all the taste of pumpkin pie, but with one secret ingredient that make them grain-free … garbanzo beans! Just throw the ingredients in a blender, blend to form a batter, and bake. 

Secret Ingredient Protein Pumpkin Pie Bars


AND THE PUMPKIN BEGINS! Man I love fall … the leaves, the apple orchards, and the pumpkin recipes.

This is just the first of many pumpkin recipes to come because, let’s face it, pumpkin is a magical healthy ingredient that only really comes around once a year and transforms dessert into a delightful experience.

These “Secret Ingredient” Protein Pumpkin Pie Bars have the taste and consistency of pumpkin pie, but in a grain-free dessert bar! If you’re just dying to know what the secret ingredient is … I’ll tell you.  Continue Reading

5-Minute Healthy Tuna Salad: 4 Ways

If you’re even borderline a fan of tuna, you have got to try these variations of healthy tuna salad. It’s a super quick and easily portable lunch option that’s healthy, filling and delicious!

5-Minute Tuna Salad: 4 Ways

The amount of tuna I have eaten this summer is borderline embarrassing. Whenever I fail to plan ahead and don’t have anything to bring to work for lunch, I always grab a can of tuna! (I buy the bulk packages from CostCo … yeah, it’s serious).

Disclaimer: your coworkers might hate you for eating smelly tuna every day, but ignore them. Delicious food to fuel your day is more important than worry about your reputation of being that girl who brings smelly lunch every day. Trust me.  Continue Reading

Mom’s Homemade Apple Sauce

Apple sauce is just another one of those things that’s SO much better homemade! This recipe for homemade apple sauce is one my mom makes all the time – it’s simple and so much healthier than store bought. 

Mom's Homemade Apple Sauce
Yay for fall! And apples! And apple orchards! And Mom’s Homemade Apple Sauce!

Everything is better homemade, and apple sauce is no exception. My mom introduced me to this homemade apple sauce recipe that she makes all the time when apples are in season. It’s so easy you don’t even need a recipe to make it! Plus, it’s so sweet on its own that you don’t even have to add sugar. Just throw some apples in a pot and you’ll be on your way to enjoying delicious homemade apple sauce that even the picky boys will eat. Continue Reading

Crockpot Zucchini Chicken Parmesan

All the flavors of chicken parmesan are combined in this crockpot recipe that uses up that extra summer squash! Just dump the ingredients in your slow cooker and let it cook itself.

Crockpot Zucchini Chicken Parmesan
Guys … this summer has been BUSY! And I know fall is busy for a lot of people, so easy crockpot meals are a must. With two jobs and a blog to maintain (oh and a social life, gym schedule, etc), I tend to run out of time for basic things – like cooking. And showering. And wearing makeup. Oops.

That’s why I love this Crockpot Zucchini Chicken Parmesan recipe so much. I literally just threw all these ingredients in my slow cooker and let it do the cooking for me. Sometimes I like to imagine that a tiny hot guy wearing nothing but an apron lives in my crockpot, cooking over a stove, and then POOF – the meal is cooked to perfection and ready for consumption. No? …. just me? Continue Reading

Homemade Ice Cream with Fresh Peach Sauce

Homemade vanilla ice cream is topped with a fresh peach sauce that just tastes like summer. This ice cream recipe is irresistibly creamy and totally addictive – top with the fresh peach sauce for a sweet treat so good, you’ll never want it to end.

Homemade Ice Cream with Fresh Peach Sauce
Man, I get hearts in my eyes just looking back at these photos. Now I know everyone is all pumpkin this and apple that lately, but I’m still holding onto the last bit of summer! Labor Day weekend I visited my family in North Carolina – which feels a heck of a lot more like summer than Chicago! We went to the mountains to get fresh peaches from the cutest farm, and with it we made sangria AND this homemade peach sauce.

If you’ve never tasted the magic of homemade ice cream in an ice cream maker, you’re seriously missing out. Imagine that store bought stuff taken to like the thousandth degree of deliciousness. After tasting homemade vanilla ice cream, I’ve become a total ice cream snob – the kind from the grocery store just doesn’t do it for me anymore. Trust me when I say, this stuff is worth the effort. It’s creamy, smooth, full of vanilla flavor, and absolutely delicious.

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Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Mushrooms

All the flavors of jalapeño poppers are stuffed into mushrooms and topped with a crunchy Panko topping. These Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect side dish or appetizer for any occasion. 

Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Mushrooms

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