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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Steak & Veggie Blue Cheese Bowls

Steak and veggie blue cheese bowls are an easy way to get all of your favorite veggies into a meal and they take less than 30 minutes to make

You guys. I’m bringing you a super duper easy meal. Like ‘oh my gosh I ate too much food at Thanksgiving and DO NOT feel like cooking‘ meal. And bonus – it can be made in 30 minutes of less!

I’m curious – did you guys go shopping on Black Friday? I’m personally not a Black Friday shopper. Well, I guess maybe I’ve evolved with the times and I definitely perused the online deals with my sweatpants on and big cup of coffee on Friday morning, but no way was I going to stand in lines at the store. I know some folks love it, and that’s great, but it’s definitely not for me.

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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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Sour Cream and Chive Turkey Sausage & Red Potato Bowls

Bowls with red potatoes, broccoli, turkey sausage and sour cream & chive sauce.

It’s Fri-YAY! I don’t know about you guys but I am sure ready for the weekend. We don’t have anything particularly exciting going on, but I’m in that ‘let’s watch lots of movies and be super duper cozy and eat healthy and drink lots of coffee while we snuggle in with the doggy’ mood.

We’ve been watching a lot of baseball the last 3 weeks and while we’re both b-i-g Cubs fans and it was exciting, I’m ready to go down a deep Netflix hole in my sweatpants.

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Easy Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Broccoli Bowls

Easy Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Broccoli bowls with brown rice.

You’ve almost made it to the weekend, friends! Whether your plans include watching football, picking apples or playing in leaves I hope you have lots of fun things in store. We’ve been taking it easy since returning from vacation. It feels like we’ve been on-the-go for the last 3 months and it’s nice to just take some time to relax and enjoy being at home.

I’ve started work on my new mini recipe e-book I’m so excited to move from the writing phase to the cooking phase. Believe me, these recipes are going to be delicious! I’m aiming for a late November/early December release, and this recipe book will be available for FREE, and only to subscribers, so if you haven’t subscribed to Creative Life Explored yet, then I’d love for you to enter your email at the top (or in the right-hand menu) of this page and make sure that you have access to this awesome e-book, as well as to each new bowl meal recipe as it comes out!

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