The official first day of fall is almost here and I am ready for all the fall recipes to go down in my kitchen. Pumpkin bread always seems like a good place to start when it comes to fall baking and I realized that I had never shared my go-to recipe that is healthy and delicious. (That obviously has to change right?) Pumpkin bread is one of those things that I look forward to every year and there is nothing better than the smell of warm spices baking in your oven! Aside from the perks of having your house smell like your favorite fall candle, but way better, I also like making my own pumpkin bread at home because I get to make a healthier version of my favorite fall bread. My healthy spiced pumpkin bread is a must make this season and you will love how simple the recipe is too!
After being out of town for a week, I spent the day yesterday meal prepping to help prepare for a week of getting back on track with work, school, and our regular routine! One of the first items up that I prepped was an easy pasta salad. Pasta salads are on of those dishes that I love making ahead of time because they make easy lunches and/or a simple addition to dinner! Another perk is that they just get better in the fridge after sitting for a day or two. I love that I can add a tons of veggies into the mix to bulk up the pasta along with whatever protein I want to add in whether that be beans, chicken, or cured meats! I am currently obsessed with my new favorite pasta salad which just so happens to use one of my go-to seasonings, everything bagel seasoning. My Everything Bagel Pasta Salad is not only easy to make, but your whole family is going to love eating it all week long!
I love Vietnamese food. Lately I can’t stop making dishes with an Asian flare and meatballs happen to be the perfect vessel to infuse with those delicious flavors! One of our favorite Vietnamese dishes is a Bahn Mi Sandwich. It can be made with several different proteins, but I happen to love a pork Bahn Mi the best, especially when topped with quick pickled veggies, spicy jalapeño, and cilantro! It’s a sandwich loaded with flavor and my family can’t get enough of it! I have even made Bahn Mi Tacos in my slow cooker that are so perfect for any weeknight dinner! My new favorite twist on the traditional sandwich, is my Bahn Mi Meatball Sandwich that is perfect for meal prepping and dinners that the whole family will love!
My kiddo happens to be a donut lover. It’s the one thing he can’t resist and asks for whenever we are out and about and they are available. Of course the occasional donut indulgence is fine, but when you can make your own at home and the ingredients are all good ones, you don’t have to feel bad about serving them up to your kids any day of the week! With the end of summer approaching at a rapid pace, I find that everyone I know has a ton of zucchini in their fridge and I know I am always looking for recipes to use up my zucchini in new ways! My healthier chocolate zucchini donuts are perfect for a healthy and fun breakfast and they happen to be loaded with all the good stuff!
We are meatball obsessed in my house and I am a firm believer that meatballs don’t have to be just for Italian cuisine! I love taking some of my favorite flavors, like chicken shawarma, and turning them into a meatball! I love that meatballs can be prepped in advance, are kid-friendly, and make for an easy dinner any night of the week! Greek flavors in general are some of my favorite and I created a bowl that combines all of my favorites into one dish that makes for the best weeknight dinner! My chicken shawarma meatball bowls are full of flavor and easy to whip up making this recipe ideal for a healthy family friendly dinner!
Back to school is in full swing and this week I am all about making your life easier as a parent when it comes to lunch boxes and after school snacks that are healthy and kid-approved! I know it can get old packing the same old lunch boxes every single week and I know that your kids get tired of those same lunch boxes too! I am hosting a back to school series over on my Instagram throughout the whole week to provide recipes, tips, and tricks on how to get your child to actually eat the good food that you pack them that will keep them nourished and energized throughout their day! I have also rounded up my top 25 lunch box and after school snack ideas that are perfect for meal prepping, healthy, and they are kid-tested and approved!