Food

My Top Tip to Simplify Big Holiday Meals

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2018 | 59 comments

I like to keep ALL holidays as simple as possible, but Thanksgiving is a big one for me — it can be so much work to roast the “perfect turkey” and have all the foods ready at the exact same time (but it doesn’t have to be).

If you’re hosting a big meal this holiday season, let me share one tip that has completely revolutionized the way I prepare big holiday meals, and drastically helped to simplify my most favorite holiday! I’m also linking to TONS of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

Meal Planning 101: How I Plan our Side Dishes

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2018 | 23 comments

Over the years, I’ve written countless posts about meal planning. These posts DO mention the various side dishes we eat with our meals, but I’ve never really gone into much detail about how I plan, prep, and prepare our side dishes

I’ve gotten a huge number of questions about side dishes, so I felt it was finally time to devote one full post to the topic… that’s what we’re focusing on today!

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix (for a crowd!)

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2018 | 12 comments

Today’s recipe for Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix is a newer favorite of ours. I got the recipe from a friend this summer — and WOW is it good! 

I’ve made it a few times for food gifts, and I’m sure I’ll make it a few more times for holiday parties. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, salty, spicy, savory, crunchy, chewy, and oh so delicious! 

Impossibly Simple Slow Cooker Squash

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2018 | 35 comments

If you’ve never tried squash before, NOW IS THE TIME! They are fresh, in-season, and most likely selling at rock-bottom prices at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. 

I hope today’s impossibly simple slow cooker method of cooking squash will give you the motivation you need to serve squash as a side dish for one of your meals this week! It’s SO tasty, super nutritious, and even Clara loves it!

Simple Vegetable Quiche {Gluten Free}

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2018 | 12 comments

Even though no one in our family is gluten-free or low-carb, this veggie quiche fits the bill for both. The veggies serve as somewhat of a crust, and the tomatoes on top add a fantastic pop of color!

If you’re looking for a really yummy way to incorporate lots of veggies into your breakfast, give this Vegetable Quiche a try!

Practice Makes… It Easier!

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2018 | 26 comments

If there’s something you wish you were better at, something you wish were easier for you, something you wish you enjoyed more, my simple tip for today is PRACTICE IT!

Today I’m sharing how simply practicing various skills over and over again has helped make so many areas of my life feel easier and less stressful. I most likely won’t ever achieve “perfect” but with a little practice, things sure feel a lot easier! 

A Detailed Look At Our Weekly Meal Plans

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2018 | 23 comments

Although I’ve shared many posts about meal planning over the years, it continues to be one of the most requested post topics… so I’m back again with a more detailed look at what exactly we eat and how I plan all our meals each week. I’m even including breakfast and lunches in this post! 

If you’ve never tried meal planning before (or if you’ve fallen off the meal planning bandwagon) I think today’s post will help simplify the process and (hopefully) motivate you to give it another try!

Cheesy Zucchini “Rice” Casserole

posted by Andrea | 10/11/2018 | 10 comments

I’m frequently asked for more “side dish” recipes — and today’s recipe has been a favorite side dish of ours all summer long. The kids eat it really well, which is impressive considering it’s basically all vegetables as I swap out the rice for cauliflower rice.

I guess if there’s enough cheese, kids will eat anything!

Harvest Spinach Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

posted by Andrea | 10/4/2018 | 9 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of “stuff salads” with lots and lots of ingredients besides just lettuce, cheese, croutons, and a slice of cucumber… and today’s Harvest Spinach Salad is most definitely a STUFF SALAD!

It feels like I’m enjoying a gourmet lunch at home, especially with the addition of homemade honey mustard dressing (which takes me less than 1 minute to whip up!)

Grilled Corn, Tomato, Avocado Salad

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2018 | 12 comments

This recipe for grilled corn, tomato, avocado salad is SO versatile — you can serve it as a condiment for tacos, as a dip for chips, as a side dish for almost any type of Mexican meal, as a salad topping, or even as a stand-alone main-dish (yes, I have eaten a big bowl of this for lunch many times!)

Oh, and it’s extremely simple to make, uses fairly basic ingredients, includes TONS of seasonal veggies, and can easily be made well in advance — win, win, win, win!

Eat At Home… My Simple Weight-Management Plan

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2018 | 7 comments

Over the past year, our family has eaten almost every single meal at home… and it’s honestly amazing how much we’ve saved (both money and calories!)

Today I’m sharing a little more about how simply eating at HOME has been a key factor in helping me lose my baby weight and manage my weight moving forward.

Kid-Friendly Charcuterie… one of our favorite simple meals

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2018 | 10 comments

One of our children’s most favorite thing to eat is “meat and cheese” — a.k.a. a plate of food consisting of various meats, cheese, fruits, veggies, crackers, dips, nuts, etc.

Over the summer months (in an effort to spend less time in the house and more time outside by the pool) I decided to regularly serve up their’ favorite “meat and cheese” meal as a fun-looking, fun-to-eat, kid-friendly charcuterie board. WOW, was it ever a huge hit!

Our School Snack Simplifier

posted by Andrea | 09/7/2018 | 14 comments

I’ve wanted to share one of our favorite ways to simplify school snacks for some time now… but I wanted to wait until the back-to-school season was in full swing.

Now that we have a couple weeks of school under out belts, it’s time for my tip…

Peach Crisp For 2!

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2018 | 13 comments

It’s peach season… and our family LOVES peaches! We’ve been eating them fresh at almost every meal, on yogurt, on ice cream, in pie, in salsa, with chicken, and even on flatbread.

Today’s recipe was a recent concoction of mine — in attempts to satisfy Dave and my hankering for peach crisp one night after the kids went to bed. I’ll definitely be making it at least a few more times before peach season is over!

How “Fun Lunches” Simplify Our School Routine

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2018 | 64 comments

When it comes to packing lunches, it’s definitely not my most favorite thing on my list of daily to-do’s, but I certainly don’t despise it the way some of our friends, relatives, and other school families seem to!

In fact, after thinking about lunch packing more this past month, I might know at least one reason I don’t dread or despise packing lunches… I’m sharing my “secret” in today’s post!

Easy Italian Chopped Salad

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2018 | 5 comments

Dave is not a picky eater, but when it comes to salads, he definitely prefers one with a fair amount of meat and cheese to go along with the vegetables… so this hearty Italian Chopped Salad is a win-win for both of us.

It’s also extremely quick and easy to put together, and can be assembled several hours (or even a day) in advance without sacrificing freshness!

16 Of Our Favorite Zucchini Recipes

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2018 | 14 comments

Yup… it’s THAT time of year again — when I’m forever and always on the lookout for new, different, interesting, and yummy ways to use up ALL the zucchini we get from our garden.

If you’re looking for a simple zucchini recipe to work into your menu plan this season, today’s compilation post should offer you a good selection!

A Life of Moderation (home, food, technology, life)

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2018 | 2 comments

As part of my summer blogging break, I’m sharing a week of “compilation posts” where I compile all the information I’ve shared on a specific topic into one post for easy reference.

I have a fun line-up of compilation posts planned for the rest of the week, but I wanted to kick off the week with the topic of moderation — especially considering it’s one of the main simple-living principles that guides the course of my entire life!