Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Bowls

Loaded with carrots, celery, onion, cauliflower and broccoli these healthy chicken pot pie bowls are not only healthy, but they allow you to put everything in your slow cooker on those busy days.

Have you ever had a dish that you knew was probably easy, but for some reason you were intimated to make it? The first dish that comes to my mind that intimidates me is Shepherd’s Pie. Random fact, I’ve never actually even had shepherd’s pie. My parents never made it when I was growing up, it’s not something you can commonly order from a restaurant menu, and when I look at recipe for one I just get overwhelmed. The second dish? Chicken Pot Pie.

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Spinach, Tomato & Egg White Scramble Bowls

Egg Whites are scrambled into a veggie-loaded bowl meal with tomatoes, spinach, red bell peppers, mushrooms, shallots and fresh garlic for a healthy, vegetarian meal

Holy crap, tomorrow is Thanksgiving! I told you guys about my Thanksgiving tradition but I do have to confess my tree is already up. I KNOW! I’m officially that person that put their tree up before Thanksgiving. But you know, I just sort of figured that if the Cubs could win the World Series, Donald Trump could become President and I could go to a pizza place and only order a salad (yep, for real, that happened last week!), well, to hell with it. I could put up my Christmas tree and it just wouldn’t be the strangest thing that’s happened over the last month.

In my defense, I put it up last weekend, so technically there was less than a week until Turkey Day. The truth is that I bought the most adorable new ivory faux fur holiday tree skirt and I couldn’t wait to use it. Further signs I’m firmly approaching 34 in just over a month – new holiday tree skirts are my jam.

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Caesar Salmon & Brussel Sprouts Bowls

Caesar salmon bowls with croutons and cheese breading, and a side of sautéed brussel sprouts and brown rice

I don’t know about you, but the last 2-3 weeks have been a blur for me. There is so much emotion going around right now and it’s been particularly difficult to open social media with the intensity of emotions that are happening. Please don’t misunderstand, I am not here to talk politics on this post. Despite the political climate at the moment, I also have my best friend moving to Portland at the end of the week and another very close friend moving to Denver the week of Thanksgiving, and my 8 1/2 year old lab gave me a bit of a health scare recently. To say that November 2016 has been a time of change is perhaps the biggest understatement I could make.

But, I woke up on Monday excited to start this week fresh. While there are still many emotions to sift through, I needed to get back on a regular schedule, needed to eat healthy, needed to be intentional and thoughtful and positive. While I cannot control everything going on around me, I can control myself and how I react, respond, and behave. So this week, even though it’s only a few days in, is about taking care of me.

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Grilled BBQ Ranch Chicken & Veggie Bowls

Grilled BBQ Ranch Chicken bowls with brown rice and sautéed brussel sprouts, corn, onion and tomato.

Happy Monday! I’m officially back into the swing of things here at Creative Life Explored. Before I left for vacation I had worked ahead to have recipes and posts planned while I was away, but when I returned I had nothing except for the Steak, Egg & White Gravy Breakfast Bowls, which was incredibly frustrating for me. I’m definitely a planner, and time management is important for me since I’m still working thee ol’ full time job (my crazy bank expects me to pay my mortgage, ya know?) 🙂

So last week I was lacking in the recipe post department, but fear not! I’ve spent the last 2 days cooking and photographing like craaaaaazy, so I’m back to being a little ahead of curve and have l-o-t-s of fun bowl meals comin’ your way.

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How to Spiralize Zucchini

how to spiralize zucchini

This how-to Tuesday was a bit of a no brainer. Not only do I spiralize a lot and have a whole category dedicated to the recipes, but if you haven’t heard I am a new Brand Ambassador for the Inspiralizer!

Spiralizing is easy and fun, and you can create so many healthy recipes! In addition, the number of different fruits and vegetables you can spiralize is endless. From zucchini to sweet potatoes, to apples, cucumbers, onions and butternut squash (just to name a few), there are so many options!

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