Meal Planning on a Budget

Happy 2020! I am not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions, however I am starting the New Decade with a couple goals in mind. I hate to admit it, but up until this year, Matt and I never had a comprehensive budget. We’ve made spreadsheets in the past, but never applied them to our…

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

This time of year has me craving comforting meals and pulling out the crock pot at least once a week. This sweet potato chickpea curry just happens to be the perfect one pot meal! Chop it all up, throw it in the slow cooker, and forget about it. When it’s done cooking, you will have…

Harvest Kale Salad

My good friend Jillian has been visiting since Saturday, and it has been a wonderful few days spent laughing, shopping, cooking and eating. I had numerous recipes pinned for her visit because she will eat just about anything (other than coconut), so it’s really fun to try new recipes with her. On Sunday, we spent…

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup (GF & Dairy-Free)

Wild rice is something I’ve been meaning to cook with ever since we moved up to Minnesota. This ingredient is harvested in surrounding lakes by boat, and I started noticing it while Matt and I were out fishing. It really is considered a staple up here, and is found on just about every restaurant’s menu….

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Happy Hump Day! I find that weeks leading up to a long holiday weekend always go the sloooooowest. Anyone else? I took a poll on Instagram and asked what kinds of recipes everyone would like to see, and Matt’s cousin Lorraine replied with “carrot salad.” I’m almost positive she was thinking of my Mother in…

Pad Thai (GF & Refined Sugar-Free)

Living in Northwestern Minnesota has its perks. Every morning I get to wake up and drink coffee on my porch with Blue, then go for a walk and listen as loons fly over and call to each other. I don’t have a commute, we spend lots of time outside, I love our home and our…

Herbed Turkey Meatballs (Dairy-Free)

We’re more than halfway through July – What! –  and I am up to my eyeballs in fresh herbs. It’s a great problem to have, but what do I do with them all? These herbed turkey meatballs kill two birds with one stone by using whatever fresh greens you have growing as well as helping…

Grilled Five Spice Chicken

It’s almost officially Summer, and you know what that means- Grilling Season! To me, Summer is synonymous with sitting on the patio sipping Sangria and grilling dinner every night. I am extra thrilled about it this year, because we will have an actual grill on an actual patio instead of smoking up our tiny apartment…

Shrimp & Cauliflower “Grits” (Paleo)

Happy weekend! The sun is out and the weather is ever so slowly creeping up to an acceptable Spring temperature, just in time for Easter Sunday. It’s been a while since I last shared a recipe- Matt and I have been busy finding and buying our first home! It’s been a very exciting and emotionally…

Grandma’s Stuffed Peppers (Paleo)

Today, my Grandma Lynne turns 81. I look up to her for many reasons, one of the most important reasons being that she helped found my love for cooking. My grandma is the kind of cook who has a handful of recipes that she makes flawlessly, and usually sticks to those. I have so many memories…