Doritos Chicken Taco Salad Bowls

Taco seasoned chicken is tossed with corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, cheese and lettuce, then topped with a sprinkling of Doritos, and finally finished with salsa and sour cream.

Are you surviving your first full week back to work after the holidays? I always think it’s so hard to go back after having time off; it’s as if the week seems to take twice as long. But on the flip side it’s good to get back into a routine; at least it is for me.

For the first time in quite awhile I don’t think I hardly have anything going on this week. No dinners, going away parties, happy hours – just a boring week. BUT, I needed it. I fell off the working out wagon quite awhile ago. Literally months ago. It’s quite embarrassing. So this week was the week that I started back up. And UGH why did I stop?!

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Turkey & Artichoke Penne Bowls with Garlic White Wine Sauce

Turkey breast, roasted artichokes and broccoli are tossed in a whole wheat penne pasta, then topped with a garlic white wine sauce.

Congratulations! You survived turkey day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday – phew! I hope you’re lucky enough to have all of your holiday shopping completed – I sure don’t. I vowed that I wouldn’t online shop for myself this year, but it’s just so hard when there are so many good deals and you’ve been eying something! Why not get what you’ve been wanting on sale?! I suppose it’s more of those ‘oh well look at that, I didn’t even know I wanted that‘ impulse purchae that get people (read: ME!) in trouble than buying the item I’ve been wanting on sale.

I swear I walk a fine line between wanting to minimalize and impulsively online shopping. I think I always have a donation box going at my house, and honestly I don’t have that much more to donate at this point. I’m not into chotskey’s and clutter. I’m super picky about my art. I take FOR-EV-ER to pick out a new piece of furniture. But sake’s alive I won’t think twice about a new cookbook, cozy cute blanket, or updated wine glasses (stems or no-stems – I CAN’T DECIDE!).

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Easy Cheesy Salsa Chicken & Rice Bowls

Cheese is melted on top of salsa and shredded chicken, then paired with sautéed broccoli and brown rice

It’s Fri-YAY! And you guys…how are we already less than a week to Thanksgiving?! It’s crazy to think that we were just anticipating Halloween, and suddenly Thanksgiving is right on our heels.

Thankfully we never host Thanksgiving so I don’t have to plan, organize and cook for that, and I’m able to focus on these bowl meals and keeping on the healthy path.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Arugula, Blue Cheese & Orzo Bowls

Healthy bowls with sweet potatoes, orzo, mushrooms, arugula, blue cheese and balsamic

Happy Monday, friends! Or should I say, happy meatless Monday? That’s right, I unintentionally made this dish last Monday and it just happened to be meatless Monday. I mean, I had this recipe written out to make, but selfishly, I was craving sweet potatoes. In fact, I’ve moved on from my ridiculous broccoli craving I told you guys about and now I’m going down a deep, dark, sweet potato hole.

I was quite surprised how popular this dish was at home. And I guess when I say ‘popular’ I mean Dylan liked it. We don’t exactly let the pup partake in our dinners, though I’m quite sure she wishes she could, but he was really digging the flavors of this bowl. I know this because he’s usually open-minded and nice about eating what I make, but when he goes out of his way to tell me he liked it, I know it was good.

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Garlic Zucchini Salmon Cake Bowls with Cilantro Cream Sauce

Garlic zucchini salmon cake bowl meals with asparagus, potatoes and cilantro cream sauce

Happy Sunday, friends! Can you believe we’re only a few weeks from Thanksgiving?! I’ve been exercising my willpower for the  better part of the week over here because I found roundtrip flights out of Chicago to Italy for $300-$400 dollars. That is a STEAL! And I love Italy. And travel. And Italian food. And the people. I fell in love the country the first time I was there and have been itching to go back.

But, we have been vacationing like crazy and have to build our vacation time back up, plus we’re going to Ireland in May (I’m going to my first food and wine conference!) and we’ve been toying with the idea of making a life change that may require some travel in the winter months, so, unless Santa wants to buy me an all-expenses paid trip to Italy (are you listening Santa?!?) I think we have to table this crazy good deal.

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Salmon BLT Bowls

Bacon, lettuce and tomato are stirred with a light mayo and topped with salmon

It’s officially November and we’re heading into my favorite holiday season! I should just admit that yes, I am one of those people that loves the Christmas season. And ugh I hate saying ‘Christmas’ because everyone celebrates the holidays differently which I think it awesome, but I didn’t want to confuse it with the Thanksgiving holiday, so forgive me.

But here’s my deal. I completely and utterly (and proudly!) nerd out on Thanksgiving day. First of all it’s the superbowl of eating. Hello foodie paradise! Then, there’s football on all afternoon, and fun fact about me – I love sports! I’m actually in a fantasy football league for the third year in a row, and doing quite well I might add.

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UPDATED: Deconstructed Green Smoothie Bowl

green-smoothie-bowl with bananas

UPDATE: My Deconstructed Green Smoothie Bowl has been one of my most popular recipes. Healthy, fun and packed with nutrients, readers are loving this different take on a traditional smoothie. The below recipe is updated in partnership with with more healthy, science based information on why bananas, a key ingredient in this smoothie, are such a great fruit that you should be adding to all of your smoothies!

Green smoothies. They’re all the rage. And rightfully so – they’re packed with healthy fruits and vegetables, you can customize them to your preference, add ‘super foods’ and proteins, use them to recover from workouts, and in one tasty glass you can get most of your daily intake of vegetables that you need for a healthy diet.

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