Chicken Marsala Quinoa Bowls are light, healthy, and so scrumptious! Perfect for a weeknight meal the whole family will love!

Chicken Marsala Quinoa Bowls - chicken, mushrooms, and spinach in a delicious marsala sauce. This is light, healthy, and so delicious!

Happy Monday!

My kids are off school today and I am SO EXCITED. I still got up stupid early but whatever, I don’t have to take anyone to school! Yaaaaaaay!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I’m pretty stoked that the Broncos will be at the Superbowl this year! Actually, really, really stoked. I only wish I was back in Colorado to witness my fave grocery store put Broncos stickers all over everything in the store.

I’m obsessed with these Chicken Marsala Quinoa Bowls. They are the perfect light lunch or dinner! Lots of veggies, some chicken thighs (you could use breasts but thighs are so good!), and a delicious marsala sauce! All over fluffy quinoa!

It’s also really quick to put together and in the time it takes the quinoa to cook, you can be almost done with the chicken and veggies!

I made a batch of this and had it for lunch for several days in a row and it was just as fantastic the last day as it was the first!

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Orange-Balsamic Chicken Thighs are ready in under 30 minutes and will quickly become a family favorite!

Orange-Balsamic Chicken Thighs - a family favorite! This chicken recipe is seriously delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!

Happy Monday!

This is the first day in weeks I don’t feel like total garbage so I am so excited for the day. Also, can we talk about how I’ve been sick more in the last year than I have been my entire life?

Is this what getting old is like?

I don’t like it.

Now let me tell you all about my new favorite chicken recipe. I made this twice last week. Which is unheard of for me. I rarely repeat recipes in a month, but especially never in a week!

I made it the first time and decided not to take photos and then kicked myself when everyone loved it and there wasn’t a single piece of chicken leftovers. So two days later, we had it again. And no one complained!

Orange-Balsamic Chicken Thighs - a family favorite! This chicken recipe is seriously delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!

It starts with chicken thighs which are my favorite. They’re so much tastier than the breasts and usually a lot cheaper.

Once the thighs are cooked, you make a yummy sauce out of orange marmalade, balsamic vinegar, and sage. And then wilt some spinach in the same pan and top everything with chopped walnuts. Serve over rice for a 30 minute meal that I guarantee the whole family will love!

Orange-Balsamic Chicken Thighs - a family favorite! This chicken recipe is seriously delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!

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Heeeeeey guys! Happy almost Friday!

I cooked dinner last night. Like, a real dinner. Not putting random blog things on a plate and calling it dinner.

And then I went to Whataburger after the kids were in bed because I am 100% totally absolutely going to eat healthy starting today and I had to have one more burger. And fries. And maybe some Cadbury Crunchie Biscuits. Now I’m ready to be healthy!

I give it 3 days before I’m in the In-N-Out drive thru at midnight.

But whatever.

So anyway, dinner! I made this Cashew Chicken Cassrole for the kids and they loved it! (I had a few bites too and it was definitely delicious.)

Cashew chicken was my go-to Chinese food order in Colorado and I think I had it at least once a month for all 4 years we were there. It was so good there. Packed full of veggies – I mean, zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, celery, peppers, and even water chestnuts.

I wanted to make something kind of like that but a little more kid-friendly so I left out the mushrooms and the zucchini (because my kids won’t eat them) but feel free to add them or any other veggie! The sauce is delicious and tastes just like the one from my fave restaurant and my kids loved all the crunchy chow mein noodles and cashews on top.

This is a easy, healthy meal that the whole family will love.

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We are officially two days away from one of the biggest grilling holidays. How excited are you? Hopefully as excited as I am.

We’ve already talked about how much I love the 4th of July but what I haven’t told you is that I’m approaching the holiday with a game plan. Because I have s’mores on my brain and I cannot even wait to roast a million marshmallows over the grill and then smush them in between graham crackers with all sorts of chocolate.

The best.

So my game plan is to cook healthy for our cookout to save calories/stomach space for the s’mores.

Enter this salad. I’ll be making this Blackened Chicken and Quinoa Salad because it’s healthy and filling and it has tons of flavors, textures, and basically all my favorite things.

So the base is quinoa and it’s tossed with a cilantro lime dressing. And then on top of that you put your Blackened Chicken. This grilled chicken is SO perfect. I used thighs because we prefer it over breasts but use what you like. The chicken is rubbed with a delicious mixture of spices and herbs and then it’s grilled until blackened. We’ve been grilling thighs like this every weekend to throw over salads and such during the week.

And then on top of the chicken, you layer avocado slices, mango, grilled corn, blueberries, feta, and more cilantro. I’m telling you, so much flavor going on here.

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Let it be known that I have officially failed Paleo Week. 

Guys, I hate to be a Debbie Downer but I am so frustrated. I’ve been throwing myself pity parties and the best way to do that is with pizza, wine, and a giant bag of Sour Patch Kids. 

My allergies have just been awful since we got here. I lived all my life with horrible allergies so when we moved to Colorado and they disappeared, it was the best thing ever. And now they’re back and worse than ever. And I hate everything. 

My husband thinks I’m nuts because I cry at least once a day because omg, my eyes won’t stop itching. And the Zyrtec stops working about the time I have to pick the kids up from school so I talk to their teachers as a big snotty mess.



Anyway, I’m blaming allergies for my Paleo-fail. If you see me this summer sitting by the pool in jeans and a sweatshirt, it’s the allergies fault.

That’s the official story.

I made these Crockpot Pesto Ranch Chicken Thighs recently after seeing them go around the interwebs for years. I don’t even like pesto that much but one of my favorite Youtubers raved about the recipe so I had to try it. 

I  was shocked by how much my family loved this one. I will definitely be making it frequently. Feel free to use whatever chicken pieces you like – we pretty only eat thighs these days so I used those but breasts would work as well. 

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