field beautyI truly hope you had the most amazing Christmas with your loved ones, friends and all those you hold dear!  We are currently on location (<- always wanted to say that, but not sure what it means) with family in the chilly state of Virginia spending loads of time enjoying the cool climate change from our norm (read: shivering 98% of the time), having girly shopping trips, constant game activity, laughter and a whole lot of delicious food!  I can’t wait to share more with you of all the festivities and pictures (<-did you really think I wouldn’t?!) of all the fun!  Full updates are promised next week as we will be cherishing our family time and soaking up some much-needed relaxation😆 I hope you will as well! ...continue reading "Words Like Honeycomb Survey 2015"

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Creamy Cheesy Kale with Toasted Almond Crunch- is the perfect cheesy side dish to have your family scarf up their greens! Done in 20 minutes!|wordslikehoneycomb.comOur very first ALL THE THINGS post is HERE for you…just in time for Christmas…so basically it is my gift to you of all things pretty and fun and tasty.

These will be occasional posts of different things I find on the internet or in real life that I want to share with you 😃 I hope you enjoy and definitely indulge in that Creamy Cheesy Kale with Toasted Almond Crunch I have for you towards the end of this post! ...continue reading "Creamy Cheesy Kale with Toasted Almond Crunch"

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Creamy Feta Veggie Bites-the perfect veggie item to lighten up your Christmas spread! Clockin’ in well under a 100 calories a serving, they also make a great snack. Festive and Delicious, folks!|wordslikehoneycomb.comI have delightful little festive bites for you today!  And aside from being delightful they are quite exciting for your mouth and EASY.  I know you were all waiting for that word.

And of COURSE they are perfect for Christmas because...you know...red and green.  And let's be honest, if you are going to bring vegetables for Christmas, they better be cute and involve cheese.  Well, CHECK ✔and CHECK✔ because these bad boys are quite adorable and sandwiched with a spicy feta kick incorporating flavors of creamy tomato and basil.  They are totally bite-sized so you can grab like 53 while walking by the table quickly...no one will be the wiser! ...continue reading "Creamy Feta Veggie Bites"

Well, we kinda have food today…but I don’t recommend eating it 0_0Easy 3-Ingredient Sugar Scrub-the perfect DIY spa gift that all your friends and family will love! I bet you already have all the ingredients you need!|wordslikehoneycomb.com

I don’t know about you guys, but the Christmas season just awakens this desire in me to DIY all things, bake endless amounts of bakery-like sweet things, hang ALL the twinkle lights and send out just one more Christmas card to that person I met that one time that might like one.

I just get into the giving spirit and have an ounce more of energy to expend on craft-like things that say,

🎄🎁HI, You’re one of my favorites.👋✋ ...continue reading "Easy 3-Ingredient Sugar Scrub"

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I really am here, I promise.

Christmas Pomegranate Simple Syrup- is the perfect homemade syrup to sweeten up your favorite Christmas beverage! We love adding it to cider or apple juice, and add flavored creamer for a milky silky experience|wordslikehoneycomb.com

Reno life is rough guys. We aren’t even doing a complete kitchen overhaul and it still has left our life in a bit of a whirlwind. So you get minimal kitchen pictures…the BEFORE…and lovely beverage things 😋 ...continue reading "Christmas Pomegranate Syrup"

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ITS HEEEERREEE.Lentil Pork Curry-easy one dish meal that packs veggies in a creamy tomato base that is perfect over rice or quinoa. The perfect healthy alternative to comfort food with no lack of flavor |wordslikehoneycomb.com

Cozy easy food for you because you love easy + cozy and I am all about it multiplied by 10.  Especially when there is Christmas music playing in the background, the Christmas tree is lit and glowing, there is a fire going and snow on the ground outside!

Well, all but the last one.  It’s actually like 72 degrees here right now.  - But in my mind-there is snow.  And snowmen.  Snowmen seem necessary to this scene. ...continue reading "Lentil Pork Curry"

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Banana Split Smoothie- need dessert for breakfast? THIS is for you. The naturally sweetened smoothie recipe has that banana split flavor with boosts from Shakeology protein powder, chia seeds and the sweet creaminess of almond milk!|wordslikehoneycomb.comIf we were all honest with ourselves, I think we would all be just fine with a milkshake for breakfast daily. You know, if it made us feel as energetic and healthy as a green smoothie and really give us the boost you need in the AM.

Yes, I am certain we would.

Good thing we CAN.

I am here gifting you with another lovely smoothie that tastes more like dessert than healthy and we ALL are okay with that. I am just callin’ it. This glorious combo is made of frozen bananas and grapes to get the ultimate milkshake texture and that ice cream sundae vibe with a blend of vanilla and chocolate protein powder to make that milkshake keep you satisfied all morning!

(psst: I use Shakeology protein powder! Check out the Super Green Refresh Smoothie post for more details on Shakeology and how you can order yours!)

Naturally, as the name implies, this smoothie puts me in mind of a banana split, which then leads you to the assumption that I have this every morning. Your assumption would be correct because I have made this 968451864 times since my Chocolate Shakeology came in the mail last month. Can you really blame me folks?Banana Split Smoothie- need dessert for breakfast? THIS is for you. The naturally sweetened smoothie recipe has that banana split flavor with boosts from Shakeology protein powder, chia seeds and the sweet creaminess of almond milk!|wordslikehoneycomb.com

Another little ingredient…like REALLY little, are chia seeds! Not to be mistaken with chia pets. You probably didn’t make that mistake, but I find myself audibly repeating the popular jingle from my youngin’ days advertising the “Cha-Cha-Cha Chia!” pets that seem to have disappeared from any television station. But hey guys…Christmas is coming and WHAT a gift for that person who has everything…amiriiiight?!   Dare I say they even have some modern options?

Would it affect my credibility if I maybe, just kinda secretly (YALL DON’T TELL) like these emoji pets (I won’t be mad if you get me one, just make sure the box is shipped unmarked 🙈)?!

AHEM.

Things got a little too personal there. ANYWAY. The chia SEEDS. They are healthy filling little seeds that develop this smooth little coating once they hit water so you never even taste them and unless they get stuck in your teeth (awkward.) you will forget they were even present in that banana split err’ smoothie! I love the kinda healthy that involves pour little cute seeds in your breakfast that you can feel great about and don’t have to think about after that! Basically one more reason you should have dessert for breakfast (😍)…again…please don’t bring up the fact that I have forced sweet breakfasts on you two posts in a row. Mkaythanks. PROMISE not to do that again…this week.Banana Split Smoothie- need dessert for breakfast? THIS is for you. The naturally sweetened smoothie recipe has that banana split flavor with boosts from Shakeology protein powder, chia seeds and the sweet creaminess of almond milk!|wordslikehoneycomb.com

Sneak peak for Friday though? COZY FOOD. Yum and Yum.  So definitely make it back here for all the food chatting 💕

*This post contains affiliate links for Shakeology, and if you choose to make a purchase using those links I will receive a small commission. However, we love Shakeology and use it daily so all options are my own!*

Banana Split Smoothie Nutrition Label

Banana Split Smoothie
 
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Serves: 2-3 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen grapes
  • 2 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology*
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology*
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup water (optional)**
Instructions
  1. Add frozen fruit, liquid(s), protein powders and chia seeds to blender. Pulse until smooth or reached desired consistency and serve immediately.
Notes
*Shakeology can be substituted for any protein powder, however, I encourage you to read the ingredient list! Most protein powders are full of sugar and random ingredients that you can’t pronounce!
**If you would like a thinner shake, add water to create more of a drink consistency.

 

HI!Apple Pomegranate Parfait- a quick snack that doubles as dessert and packs protein to get you through your day! Clocking in under 300 calories, this flavor packed goodie is practically guilt-free!

Keeping things short and sweet today...emphasis on the SWEET.

Get it?  Because I am greeting you with DESSERT for Monday morning and I don't feel bad about it at all.  Because even though, I consider it a definite sweet kick, each serving is well under 300 calories so you don't have to feel miserable afterwards...even if you have it for breakfast 🙈.

No judgements.Apple Pomegranate Parfait- a quick snack that doubles as dessert and packs protein to get you through your day! Clocking in under 300 calories, this flavor packed goodie is practically guilt-free!

Since its naturally sweetened, even desserts can be semi-guilt free!  And with the protein this little cup packs, you wont be craving the next sweet temptation an hour later.  Total win in my book because if you work in an office like me, Christmas is an excuse to have every sweet imaginable lying around every empty cubicle staring it's evil eyes at you.

Its funny how my apple just doesn't taste as sweet when chocolate chip cookies are piled high 5 feet away.Apple Pomegranate Parfait- a quick snack that doubles as dessert and packs protein to get you through your day! Clocking in under 300 calories, this flavor packed goodie is practically guilt-free!

But this creamy sweetness with a hint of cinnamon and apple, tart arils and a nutty crunch will definitely curb that craving juuuust fine.  TAKE THAT COOKIES. 💪👊 (just kidding, I still love you😍🍫)

Full disclosure:  I had never cut a pomegranate before in MA' LIFE until this recipe.  I cut the thing, not really knowing what to expect and the little arils were literally flying everywhere the entire time I was removing them.  I am still finding them in corners of the kitchen!

Naturally I saw this clever tutorial AFTER my disaster by Kristin.  I should have known to go to the pro's for such things.  Not to mention, that Power Bowl will definitely be a great way to utilize my remaining pomegranates in my produce drawer!

If you haven't ventured into pomegranate things, I definitely recommend it!  They are the most amazing fruit and definitely add such a fun burst of flavor to practically anything.  Especially Apple Pomegranate Parfaits!Apple Pomegranate Parfait- a quick snack that doubles as dessert and packs protein to get you through your day! Clocking in under 300 calories, this flavor packed goodie is practically guilt-free!

*Nutritional Information is for 1/4th of total recipe or 1 serving*label(13)

Apple Pomegranate Parfait
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 pomegranates (all arils)
  • 4 tsp. crushed pecans
Instructions
  1. Mix yogurt, applesauce, honey, and cinnamon in a bowl until blended. If desired, add 2 packets of Stevia for more sweetness.
  2. Layer yogurt then pomegranate arils in each bowl until all are filled. Or mix arils into yogurt and pour into bowls.
  3. Top each bowl with crushed pecans and serve.

 

 

 

 

30 Minute Ground Turkey Potluck- quick stew-style pasta that is under 500 calories a serving and packed full of sneaky vegetables! Perfect for a cold night and ideal for when you are short on time! |wordslikehoneycomb.comIs it the turkey?? Could it be the weather?! Who are we kidding. I am just lazy and sometimes I just want to eat home cooked meals that are good for my bod and that I didn’t have to cook.

Don’t get me wrong, I really love to cook! I love getting creative and combining different flavors to see what happens, and trying new types of food that I never have before. I love how my kitchen feels like my space. It is where my imagination comes alive and where I try to always challenge myself to do better. I love finding the balance between healthy and indulgent and creating meals that taste so good that they COULDN’T be healthy?!

But.

Oh yes. There had to be a, but. Oh stop, you know which but I am talking about!

Sometimes I come home and even a bowl of cereal just seems too hard.

Alas, I must persevere because this girl is STARVIN’ and we gots ta’ eat.

This is when the kitchen magic must happen and I need that magic to work within 30 minutes.

Soups are a good go-to for these nights, where you need to be able to throw everything in a bowl and it taste good and leave you with a good ole “ahhh!”

Soups are definitely good for that, but for me…I am more like a soupy pasta girl. Yeah, I realize that isn’t a thing, but it is the best description of this not-soupy-enough-to-be-soup BUT too-soupy-to-be-pasta dish!30 Minute Ground Turkey Potluck- quick stew-style pasta that is under 500 calories a serving and packed full of sneaky vegetables! Perfect for a cold night and ideal for when you are short on time! |wordslikehoneycomb.com

Still with me?

Healthy ingredients sneaked in together with seasoned goodness, some herby love and topped with parmesan for good measure all cozied up in a bowl to be eaten while curled up on the couch…er…at the dinner table like the adult you are.

Although not in the running for any beauty contest, this bowl of chewy satisfying flavors surprised Steven and I both. Like we literally almost spoke over each other when we said “Wow, this is actually good!”

My poor husband.

Every night is a science experiment in the kitchen and he sits down each time saying, ‘what is this?’ to which I normally say “I don’t know yet.” #reallife

Hopes were not high when we sat down with our bowls, which thrilled my soul even more when we both left the dinner table the couch full yet craving seconds.30 Minute Ground Turkey Potluck- quick stew-style pasta that is under 500 calories a serving and packed full of sneaky vegetables! Perfect for a cold night and ideal for when you are short on time! |wordslikehoneycomb.com

I love how this combo of simple ingredients, that you probably already have in your cupboards, can create a quick dinner for when you are tempted to google Chipotle’s takeout number. No judgements here, guys…been there.30 Minute Ground Turkey Potluck- quick stew-style pasta that is under 500 calories a serving and packed full of sneaky vegetables! Perfect for a cold night and ideal for when you are short on time! |wordslikehoneycomb.com

Let this be your answer! Use those kitchen appliances to kick the food prep’s butt and tip your hat to yourself 30 minutes later. You just made a healthy dinner that actually tasted good.

Money in yo' pocket.

Any delicious soups out there that I need to try? I would love to give them a second chance!

*Nutritional info is for 1 serving, about a cup.*

30 Minute Ground Turkey Potluck

30 Minute Ground Turkey Potluck
 
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground meat (I used turkey)
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 6 celery stalks
  • 8 oz. baby carrots
  • 2 small onions
  • 15 oz. great northern white beans
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 10 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 2 cups short cut pasta (I used pipe rigate)
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Chipotle Tabasco sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • Optional Toppings:
  • Parmesan
  • Green onion
Instructions
  1. Heat a Dutch oven or large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and begin to brown meat.
  2. Add carrots, celery and onion to a food processor or blender and pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Add to browned meat and allow vegetables to soften (about 5-7 minutes).
  4. Add remaining ingredients and lower heat. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally, remove from heat and serve.