Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad Bowls with Apples and Blue Cheese

Winter salad bowls never looked or tasted so good when you season and roast sweet potatoes and add them to bowls of chopped kale, red apples, blue cheese, and shredded carrots, then drizzle with balsamic and fresh cracked black pepper.

Show of hands for those of you that thinking about salads make you think about summer?! My hand definitely would have went straight up in the air – until recently that is. I always thought of a fresh salad with a glass of crisp white wine enjoyed on a patio with the sun shining. In this 20 degree winter weather I think about mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and other various calorie-heavy comfort foods.

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Tex-Mex Sweet Potato Noodle Stir-Fry Bowls

Tex-Mex Stir Fry Bowls with sweet potato noodles have seasoned steak, peppers, mexi corn, black beans, and fresh garlic.

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and are feeling good about this week! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday?! I feel like it should be next week, but nope; it’s upon us already!

We spent the weekend being for the most part, low key, which I was a-okay with. Between goodbye parties, dinners and get togethers I am socially and emotionally exhausted. I’ve consumed lots of wine, laughter and tears as I have geared up to say goodbye to my best friend who left for Portland on Friday, and a close girlfriend who is starting the next chapter of her life in Denver this week. Last week wasn’t nearly as “normal” as I had hoped, and while the holiday’s call for anything but normal this week, I feel myself sliding into a good routine. Back to normal, as they say!

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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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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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Sweet & Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Fun fact about me – I am a huge bookworm. I believe I read somewhere in the ballpark of 52 books in 2015, and while I certainly won’t reach that number this year (I’m spending much more time working on thee ol’ bloggity blog here), I am making time to read more books related to food blogging. Specifically, I’ve been focusing on food photography books.

I took a class last fall and learned all about using my camera at a basic level, and while I certainly have improved, I have a lot more I can do to kick up my food photography game. With that in mind, I went out and hit up some Labor Day sales last week and began to climb down the rabbit-hole of collecting food styling props.

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One Pan BBQ Chicken, Asparagus & Spiralized Sweet Potato Noodle Fries

One Pan BBQ Chicken

Okay, I’m going to be honest – I rarely make one pan meals. And whenever my food-related newsletters come through email, I think to myself – why don’t I make my life easier and  make more one pan meals? Kinda like how I don’t eat enough fruits in my diet, and there’s really no rhyme or reason for it because I like fruit.

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