Creative Life Explored’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for foodies and home cooks

I hate being one of those people who mentions how many days it is until the holidays, but we can’t escape the fact that it will be here before we know it, so I wanted to help make your shopping experience a little bit easier!

Perhaps you have a cook in your life you need to shop for, or you yourself have been wanting to try some new things (it’s okay, I’m not telling – 50% of the packages that arrive on my doorstep are for me during the holidays 🙂 ). Either way, I wanted to give you a breakdown of some fun gifts that you can buy this season!

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Spicy Sweet Potato Noodle, Goat Cheese & Chicken Bowl

Spicy Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese & Chicken Bowls with Shredded Brussel Sprouts

Looking for the perfect fall dish? I have  you covered with this Spicy Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese and Chicken Bowl! Sweet potatoes are fall staple and bonus – they’re so healthy for you and can be eaten so many different ways!

If you didn’t see my post last week Creative Life Explored has made the transition from an anything/everything food blog to focusing on bowl meals exclusively! You can read all the reasons behind this switch here, but what I love about making bowl meals is how fun, easy, and versatile they are! You can create any theme or throw things together from your fridge, plus, everything tastes better in a bowl!

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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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Spiralized Blackened Zucchini Tacos

spiralized zucchini tacos

I have been dying to make these tacos ever since I found them on Pinterest. This recipe is from Erin over at Well Plated, and it’s not often that I see a vegetarian recipe and think “yes, I HAVE to have that in my life”, but that’s exactly what happened.

I’ll admit I’m a bit of sucker for a recipe with corn in it, and with zucchini season coming to a close the idea that I could still get some more recipes cooked with one of my favorite vegetables definitely appealed to me.

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Exciting News – I’m a Brand Ambassador for the Inspiralizer!


I have some exciting news – I’m a new Brand Ambassador for the Inspiralizer! If you’ve been following my blog then you no doubt know that I love to spiralize. My history with spiralizing started a couple years ago when I stumbled upon the then new food blog, Inspiralized.

I was searching Google for “healthy pasta” in an attempt to satisfy a pasta craving I was having without wanting to feel the misery I would undoubtedly have by finishing off an entire bowl of Fettuccine Alfredo, and up popped a link to this food blog that talked about making your vegetables into noodles.

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