Salmon & Rice Bowls with Tomato-Cucumber Salsa

Salmon is topped with a fresh tomato-cucumber citrus salsa, sautéed zucchini, and brown rice for a healthy bowl meal.

Happy Tuesday friends! How was your weekend? Ours was b-u-s-y! Well, mine was. I have a sick fella at home so his weekend was filled with lots of DayQuil, NyQuil and couch time. I, on the other hand, went the opposite direction.

Trying to get the house updated is a lot. I feel as though I’ve been to Menards and Home Depot more times than I can count, and that’s only to update the bathroom. Which I still need to touch up the paint on but I keep putting it off because, well, it’s painting.

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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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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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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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Steak, Egg & White Gravy Breakfast Bowls

Steak and egg breakfast bowls with hash browns, tomatoes, broccoli, and gravy.

Happy Friday, friends! I’m back from a wonderful vacation in Asheville, NC and excited to be back into the swing of things (well almost, the laundry isn’t doing itself I suppose) and I’m hitting the ground running with my new focus on bowl meals! If you didn’t see my post last week, I have focused the direction of Creative Life Explored exclusively on bowl meals. That means all types of meals and all kinds of new recipes – because everything tastes better in a bowl!

I have lots of fun, healthy, and themed stuff in store for you going forward; you don’t have to be restricted to what you make JUST because it’s a bowl meal!

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Caprese Hasselback Chicken Breasts

caprese chicken

I have been dreaming of baking chicken in the oven ever since my old oven died on me. I mentioned in a previous post that after 15 years we had to say goodbye to our oven, and I’m thrilled to report that we have a new one, and I feel complete!

I had been planning on making this Caprese Hasselback Chicken before my oven died – literally like 2 days beforehand. So then basically I dreamed about baking chicken for the entire two weeks that I was oven-less, and was thrilled to finally be able to do so!

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Grilled BLT Cheese Sandwich

BLT Grilled Cheese

Sometimes world’s collide and the stars align and you get something amazing. Something like this Grilled BLT Cheese Sandwich. Two simple concepts forged into one delicious sandwich that you can make in no time, and the ingredients allow you make this into a healthy, hearty sandwich.

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