Italian BBQ Chicken and Squash Bowls

BBQ sauce and Italian dressing make a tangy sauce that is baked into chicken breasts, then placed into a bowl meal with a squash medley of zucchini, yellow squash and butternut squash.

So I’m pretty excited to say that I reached the 10 pound weightloss mark! Now, I have a long ways to go in this journey. Right now my focus is on losing weight, then I’ll switch my focus to getting stronger, but I have to say it was great to step on the scale and see double digits!

But, it hasn’t been that easy…

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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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Garlic Zucchini Salmon Cake Bowls with Cilantro Cream Sauce

Garlic zucchini salmon cake bowl meals with asparagus, potatoes and cilantro cream sauce

Happy Sunday, friends! Can you believe we’re only a few weeks from Thanksgiving?! I’ve been exercising my willpower for the  better part of the week over here because I found roundtrip flights out of Chicago to Italy for $300-$400 dollars. That is a STEAL! And I love Italy. And travel. And Italian food. And the people. I fell in love the country the first time I was there and have been itching to go back.

But, we have been vacationing like crazy and have to build our vacation time back up, plus we’re going to Ireland in May (I’m going to my first food and wine conference!) and we’ve been toying with the idea of making a life change that may require some travel in the winter months, so, unless Santa wants to buy me an all-expenses paid trip to Italy (are you listening Santa?!?) I think we have to table this crazy good deal.

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Grilled Hawaiian Bowls

Grilled Hawaiian Bowls with pork loin, pineapple, zucchini, red pepper, brown rice and avocado

Fall may be in the air but there isn’t snow on the ground yet (at least not in most places!), so it’s still the perfect time to make a Hawaiian-inspired bowl to make you feel like you’re lounging on the beach instead of breaking out the cozy sweaters and jackets.

I wanted to combine that pork and pineapple flavor – the savory and sweet – in a refreshing way, and this bowl was the perfect recipe for that.

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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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