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Taco Sausage Breakfast Cups- are homemade sweet potato hash brown cups filled to the brim spicy taco chipotle turkey sausage filling with melty cheddar!  Delicious and easy!Taco Sausage Breakfast Cups- are homemade sweet potato hash brown cups filled to the brim spicy taco chipotle turkey sausage filling with melty cheddar! Delicious and easy!|wordslikehoneycomb.com

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Sausage, Kale and Pinto Bean Soup incorporates a few simple ingredients for a healthy soup that keeps you satisfied. With all the flavor packed in this soup, it is perfect for crusty bread & ready in only 30 minutes!Sausage, Kale & Pinto Bean Soup incorporates a few simple ingredients for a healthy cozy soup. Perfect for crusty bread & ready in only 30 minutes!|wordslikehoneycomb.com

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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.

 

30 Minute Turkey Vegetable Chili- a quick and easy 30 minute meal under 500 calories and total comfort-food level for a cozy dinner any night of the week! | wordslikehoneycomb.com

Too often I come home and just stare into the refrigerator.

Food blogger or not, 👉this girl👈 never be one to brag about her preparation skills because they are certainly lacking.

And Sunday after church is no time to try out all my kitchen gadgets with new-fangled ideas and inspiration from the Italian guru Giada. Nope, it is time to make something healthy-ish and quick that requires no more than a little chopping and pouring.

Somehow the inspiration just doesn’t seem to flow when I am HANGRY and Steven keeps peeking around the corner to see if I have made any progress towards something edible.

Perhaps it was the fall air making its way through our kitchen door screen or the 5th candle I had lit in the kitchen (I am way past obsessed), but the juices were flowing and I knew exactly what we were going to have today and it conveniently utilized all the ingredients we already had. SCORE.

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protein packed vegetable bowl-sauted vegetables over green chile quinoa with light havarti cheese sauce and avocado. The over-easy egg completes the dish with creamy yolk and diced green onion.

I actually LOVE when I get to the point that I crave healthy food.

Sometimes I forget that I love healthy so much when a too-big juicy hamburger is placed before me not once…but twice this weekend 0_0

It was birthday weekend week around our household and that means repeated unhealthy offenses in the best…err…worst way [torn].

Mine and Steven’s birthdays are a mere 4 days a part so we get quite caught up in the birthday celebration Part….37… and one bad meal turns into two…which turns into my-birthday-is-two-days-away-so-i-don’t-want-to-cook…and my sweet husband humors me. And somehow (not a clue how) we get to the end of the celebratory days and we have eaten out practically every meal and all we want is to drown in greens and all.the.vegetables.

Today is certainly no exception.

protein packed vegetable bowl-sauted vegetables over green chile quinoa with light havarti cheese sauce and avocado. The over-easy egg completes the dish with creamy yolk and diced green onion. 2

Although not the most photogenic (hi, ugly green soup-like sauce that was actually delicious) this bowl of eggy sunshine and saucy grain goodness was perfectly filling and loaded with flavor!

In the spirt of healthy, let’s ignore bad soupy greenness and embrace lovely eggs and creamy avocado because they are our favorite.

The first of this bowl involved my favorite superfood: Quinoa.

On its own…I mean I hate judgin’ but it’s just plain ole bland.

Solution: chicken broth and green chiles! I always try to cook any grains in chicken or vegetable broth since it truly adds so many flavors, but I added a small can of green chiles on a whim this time and WOW. I kept opening the lid and just snacking on the delicious fragrance that is this chicken broth and chile action!

protein packed vegetable bowl-sauted vegetables over green chile quinoa with light havarti cheese sauce and avocado. The over-easy egg completes the dish with creamy yolk and diced green onion. 3

Besides drinking in fragrances and weird food blogger things, you are going to love how simple this recipe is. Sometimes I can’t even handle some of my long involved recipes. Knowing they are satisfying to all my taste buds just isn’t enough to make me put the effort in some days. But, 30 minutes? Yes, I can handle 30 minutes and let’s be honest; I was snacking on this bowl way before it hit 30 minutes.

Just like other bowls, this recipe is a great clean-out-your-fridge opportunity and that is just what I did!

A little chopping and sauteing and mixing= DINNER.

If you are one of those cool prepared people with cooked rice/quinoa ready and refrigerated you could throw it in the sauté pan and knock that time down to 15 minutes.

And that little bowl looks even better now, doesn’t it? 🙂

protein packed vegetable bowl-sauted vegetables over green chile quinoa with light havarti cheese sauce and avocado. The over-easy egg completes the dish with creamy yolk and diced green onion. 4

Well, here’s to a Tuesday that felt like Monday and a Friday that can’t get here fast enough!

Have a happy QUICK week!

Protein Veggie Bowl with Quinoa
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa (or 1 cup cooked)
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp. chicken broth (divided)
  • 4oz can of green chiles
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 8oz spinach leaves
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 green onions
  • 4 very large mushrooms (sliced)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2oz Havarti (I used jalapeno Havarti)
  • ½ avocado
  • Salt + Pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to directions on bag, substituting water for 1 cup chicken broth and adding chiles.
  2. Add sliced mushrooms and minced garlic to skillet with melted butter and allow to cook until tender.
  3. Add spinach and stir until wilted and season heavily with salt and pepper.
  4. Stir in cubed Havarti with remaining chicken broth and stir until cheese has melted.
  5. Add cooked quinoa to two bowls and top with cheesy sautéed veggies.
  6. Return skillet to heat and fry two eggs over easy and place on veggie bowls.
  7. Add toppings (chopped green onion and avocado) and enjoy!