ZUCCHINI BOAT | Go ahead and eat it like a taco, nobody’s looking

Zucchini Boat

I’m on a boat, I’m on a boat! Just kidding :) My meat is on a boat… a zucchini boat to be exact! And it’s the tastiest boat around.

If you love meat, zucchini, and cheese then this recipe is for you! Stop whatever you are doing, go to the store, get the following ingredients, and make these tasty things! You can thank me once you are done licking your fingers in satisfaction.

spicy zucchini boat

You see that cheese dripping down the side?? Yeah, I was drooling too. Let’s get right down to it, shall we?

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OVERNIGHT CHIA | Chia seed breakfast pudding

chia seed pudding breakfast

Ahhh, a long weekend. Thank you, Labor Day! To kick my day off the right way, I figured a tasty breakfast was in order!

The boyfriend has been on a chia seed kick this last month. I swear, he’s trying to put chia into anything and everything! He gets on these health kicks all the time (a few months ago it was coconut oil), but I try and support them as long as they are tasty :)

When he stumbled upon chia pudding he immediately sent me the idea to make since it would be “great for the blog” (aka great for his tummy).

chia seed pudding

So here we have it, chh-chh-chh-chia seed breakfast pudding!

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MORNING TREAT | Snickerdoodle overnight oats

cinnamon overnight oats

You know those mornings you wake up craving something sugary? A cinnamon bun, pancakes dripping in maple syrup, or even a large bowl of Captain Crunch cereal? Well, that happens to me one too many times a week (thank goodness I don’t keep any of the above mentioned heavenly breakfast treats in my house or else I wouldn’t be able to resist them).

To try and combat my yearning for an unhealthy breakfast treat filled with empty calories (sorry cinnamon bun), I turn to spicing up my oatmeal instead! Overnight oats to the rescue!

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SIMPLE CROCKPOT | Thai peanut chicken crockpot

Thai peanut chicken crockpot

This is the third crockpot I’ve blogged about and I’ve learned something… there is no way to take a flattering photo of a crockpot recipe.

No matter how delicious the recipe is (and this one is quite tasty), a picture of a pile of saucy shredded chicken just can’t look pretty, especially when the sauce is brown and chunky…. Anyways, back to the point, this delicious crockpot recipe!

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FREEZE IT | Rosemary and olive oil ice cubes

fresh rosemary

I’ve been growing a lot of herbs for the last few months (I have made just about every dish possible with them) but now I don’t think I can eat any more basil, cilantro, or rosemary for a while…

I feel bad just throwing these fresh herbs away, so (after some Googling, Pinterest-ing, and great advice I found from Lauren Conrad) I decided to freeze them instead!

olive oil ice cubes

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GET POPPIN | Bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers

jalapeño poppers wrapped in bacon

Jalapeños! The word I will never be able to spell without relying on spell check and the vegetable I cut then immediately rub my face (whyyy??)…. jalapeños are a struggle for me.

My mom didn’t cook with jalapeños very frequently in our house growing up, so whenever I see a recipe that calls for them I get a bit nervous… But when my recent soup recipe called for diced jalapeños I had to suck it up and buy a container.

Once the soup was made and devoured (with only one jalapeños used) the boyfriend saw seven whole jalapeños sitting sad and alone in my fridge… so he made his demands… Jalapeño Poppers!

Wrapped in bacon, of course :)

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MONDAY FUNDAY | Grapefruit crush with a twist (and extra vodka)

grapefruit vodka cocktail

Mondays are rough for everyone. No matter how much you love your job… Mondays are just “blah”. But I’ve found if I have something to look forward to in the evening, my day flies by a bit faster!

Since the roommate is out of town and the boyfriend has class tonight… I’m lacking people to hang out with, so I’ve come up with other plans :)

With beautiful weather on the radar, I plan to FINALLY finish reading Portrait of a Spy out on my patio with an ice cold grapefruit crush!

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DESSERT HACK | Cookie dough greek yogurt

cookie dough greek yogurt

Last night I was CRAVING something sweet, but because I have no self control when it comes to desserts in my house, I never have any on hand. So… I had to improvise.

This simple (and healthy) treat came to the rescue! Cookie dough greek yogurt can be made in one minute, only makes one spoon dirty, and is made from ingredients I already have in my kitchen. Win, win, win!

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SUMMER RECIPE | Mexican chicken lime soup

lime cilantro soup

Even though it’s summer, I always crave something warm when I get home after a long day in my freezing-cold office (people, can the AC not be turned down just a bit?). I’ve also been growing cilantro for the last few months and I’ve been dying to use it in something besides guacamole :) With that, this soup recipe was born!

This soup is super simple to make, doesn’t require cooking the chicken first (I hate when recipes don’t factor that into the recipe), and is ready to eat in an hour and 15 minutes!

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SNACK TIME | Crispy curry chickpeas

crispy curry chickpea

I admit it, I have a problem. A snacking problem. Especially when the snacks are crunchy.

Give me a bag of pretzels, pita chips, popcorn, or cereal (literally anything) and it’ll be gone in a matter of minutes. This is sadly not a joke.

Because of this little “problem”, I try not to keep them in the house.

But sometimes you just NEED a little snack. This Sunday, after all of the fireworks, beer and bonfires, all I wanted to do was put my feet up with a good book and a tasty (but healthy) snack.

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