With Father’s Day just over a week away, it’s time to make sure you’re ready with the perfect gift! Joelle’s father has many passions, but one of the most enduring has been his love of grilling and smoking. So in his honor, we thought we’d help out those of you with fathers who share similar interests with this list of 25+ perfect gifts for the BBQ pit master or grill guru in your life! Happy gifting, everyone!
Now that the weather has turned gorgeous, I’m ready for easy meals that don’t heat up the house, especially delicious, filling salads, packed with fresh fruits and veggies and tasty nuts or seeds. I used to think eating salads all the time would become incredibly boring and repetitive, but as with many things, you can easily inject variety into your salad routine with fun new combinations of ingredients and different dressings!
This simple salsa brings smokiness to the forefront while packing good heat at the end; it’ll keep you reaching for chip after chip until your bowl is empty (and I won’t judge if you lick the bowl clean). Canned chipotles in adobo provide this great, complex flavor and are readily available in most grocery stores. We add red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt to the mix to round out a fantastic salsa that’s great with chips or as a condiment for other meals.
This simple spring greens side dish keeps the work to a minimum and allows the blood orange and raspberry vinaigrette to steal the spotlight. These easy greens make a perfect pairing for spring and summer dishes and are so simple to throw together for a last minute gathering or on a blazing hot grilling day when you don’t want to heat your home.
At times like these, when the fabulous busyness of spring activities threatens to overwhelm me, I turn towards the simplest of recipes in order to stay on track health-wise. To that end, I felt compelled to share this dip recipe with you today. It’s a staple snack in our home and is incredibly simple, delicious, healthy, and satisfying!
Popcorn is a the perfect snack. It tastes wonderful, can be made in so many flavors (including spicy!), can be eaten on the go, and compliments movies perfectly. I love popping up a batch of popcorn and curling up with Joelle for a movie night or grabbing a tub of the stuff to enjoy when we’re at the theater. It’s one of those snacks that you can always eat and can never seem to stop eating.
We originally created this insanely easy crock-pot buffalo chicken dip for a superbowl party, and having eaten it multiple times since, I can assure you that this dip is seriously addictive and ridiculously simple to make. Of course most of the time, buffalo sauce consists of about equal parts hot sauce and butter or margarine… not my fave combo for overall healthiness, so for this dip we traded the butter for thick, rich, creamy Greek yogurt, leaving us with a delicious buffalo sauce flavor but with a lighter, healthier twist.
This trail mix is a fantastic choice for on-the-go eating, fueling those long mornings or afternoons, and even for taking with you on trips. It packs a fantastic flavor with chocolate, dried fruit, roasted nuts, and coconut coming together for the perfect blend of salty and sweet that will satisfy any craving.
This Apple Pie Breakfast Smoothie blends sweet and tart apple flavors with warm, fall spices and rich, buttery pecans for that fresh-baked apple pie flavor. Soft medjool dates lend just a hint of sweetness and light, caramel goodness, and the added almond milk keeps the texture smooth and creamy.
This salsa features one of my favorite combinations in food: sweet and spicy. The fresh mango gives a wonderful brightness and sweetness that’s followed at the end by a delicious warmth and spice from the jalapenos. Whip up a batch for your next get-together, party, or just to enjoy throughout the week!
Whether you need a healthy snack to take for your next party or something easy and tasty for the kids or for lunch, we’ve got you covered! To stay on top of our health goals and to truly feel our best, we find preparation is key, which means making sure we bring healthy snacks to share and enjoy for any group gathering to help us make good choices!
Knowing that our motivation for cooking and, well, anything involving effort, wanes quickly with the setting sun this time of year, we’ve been thinking about super simple meal ideas that take minimal effort and still manage to check that elusive “healthy eating” box. Enter this delicious ham and bean soup.
Well, after another holiday season of far too much sugar and nonexistent workout habits, I’m ready to start this new year off with simpler, healthier eating in mind. To that end, I know that my sweet tooth tends to get cranky if ignored too long, and I find that my willpower alone puts up a rather pathetic fight. Instead, I know I absolutely must keep healthier (but still delicious) treats on hand to satisfy those dessert cravings.
Now, I wouldn’t want to send you into the new year without a delicious drink in hand, and since it appears the high will remain in the single digits for the next several days, I figured a hot drink would help warm us all up a bit. Since the spices and oranges lend this drink its flavor, you don’t need to use top dollar wines. In fact, if you’ve got a lower quality bottle of sweet (or sweet-ish) white around, let this recipe give it new life!
Need a simple smoothie to throw together for Thanksgiving morning that will tide you over until the big meal or a quick blender breakfast to fuel your pre-holiday cooking extravaganza? Look no further than this 5-ingredient Cranberry Mango Smoothie; It’s bursting with delicious fruits and bright flavors that will satisfy your AM cravings!
Roasting up poblanos and blending them in with the chickpeas when making hummus lends a wonderful smoky flavor to this recipe and just a hint of warmth. This simple addition really elevates your typical hummus; what a fantastic way to Spice up a simple dip!
This particular recipe inspiration comes from the Hawaiian Fried Rice entree at a local Thai place ,and while I always enjoyed it, every time I’d wish for more toppings (I mean, can you ever really have too much pineapple?). Now, I can add extra pineapple, tomatoes, and raisins, toss in some green onions and bell peppers, and make sure the cashews get nice and toasted, all in less time than it would take to grab the actual takeout!
After years of slowly improving my eating habits and consciously working to make better choices, I know that eating super salty or sugary snacks leads to feeling terrible not long after. Of course, this leaves us needing to find or make healthier snacks options because after a while, snacking only on fresh fruit, while healthy and tasty, gets old, and I crave variety! Now I’ve got five amazing coconut chip recipes to fall back on, some sweet and some savory!
Isn’t pizza just like the best go-to dinner for nights where you don’t feel like cooking anything or for those times when you feel like vegging out in front of the TV? We here at Our Sweetly Spiced Life, however, struggle with the fact that carryout or frozen pizzas aren’t always the healthiest options and don’t always leave us feeling great. Instead, let’s make a healthier pizza, all in the time it would take for carryout/delivery!
This time of year is Hatch chile season (it’s like another holiday for Chile heads!). Whenever these big green beauties hit the produce sections of the stores, we always buy up a bunch like the crazy pepper hoarding addicts we are! Named for the town in New Mexico in which they’re grown, these Anaheim chile variations are absolutely fantastic. If you haven’t tried them before, make plans now to go out and get some, mild and/or hot, to use in this fresh salsa!
Despite the fact that the first true day of autumn still lies a couple weeks away, the shift in seasons is already palpable. While I adore fall (it’s my favorite season) and am absolutely ready for sweaters, hot cider, and pumpkin spice or apple cinnamon flavored everything, I’m not quite ready to let go of summer just yet. I’d like one more lazy, warm day at home with Cory and the cats, but since time moves only forward, I’ll instead make one more delicious, luscious summer smoothie to bid farewell to the season of warmth and sunshine.
Now if you’ve been looking to eat healthier, you may well be cutting back on things like breads and pasta; in it’s traditional forms, those wheaty noodles, while delicious, aren’t the greatest for us. They’re super carb-heavy and not particularly nutritionally dense, so if you’re ready for some serious vegetable magic, stay with me here and learn to make your own pasta out of zucchini!
As we bid farewell to summer, it seems only appropriate to remember the warm, relaxing season with a simple, tasty sangria… well, that and I found a bottle of super cheap white wine in the refrigerator downstairs from some abandoned and now forgotten recipe. So here you go, a super simple way to rescue that cheap, lonely bottle in your fridge, making it both drinkable and delicious!
These chia fruit bars are packed with delicious, ripe fruits and loaded up with protein, fiber, and fats (omega-3 included) from chia seeds. They’re perfect for a quick snack at home or for fueling up between meals while out and about. They are great healthy munchies for hiking or car trips, delicious pick-me-ups during a marathon day of shopping, and are perfect to grab a quick bite at school between classes when I just can’t make it until my lunch break.
You know how it goes, right? You’re wandering the grocery store when you come across an unusual fruit, and you simply must try it… No? That’s just me? Well, anyway, I found lychees at Sprouts recently, and immediately needed them. I love ice cream, but since dairy doesn’t love me back, I go for the almond/cashew/coconut milk based varieties instead to make my own.
Ah, Summer… season of lawn games, BBQs, family gatherings, and late-night partying. It’s one of my favorite times of the year! With all the spontaneous get-togethers that accompany these warm months and the longer days, I have to be able to whip up a quick side or appetizer, and guacamole is pretty much my dish. Luckily, this version tastes incredible and takes very little time or effort! Perfect!
Despite the humidity of the midwest and the heat of the afternoons, I love this time of year—the long days, the bright sunshine, the perfect temps in the morning and evenings. It’s wonderful, and with peaches in season and temperatures rising, it’s definitely time for refreshing chilled soups! Creamy, sweet, and dairy-free!
Growing up beets never appealed to me; it wasn’t until I was older that I discovered roasted beets, and I immediately fell in love with these gems. They require minimal hands-on time, no fancy ingredients, and comes out tasting amazing. Goat cheese is a perfect match in this dish, offering a nice tanginess to compliment the earthiness and richness of the roasted beets. Glazed pecans add some sweetness and spice to the dish, as well as making it a bit heartier.
Filled with summer berries, sweetened only with fruit and coconut water, and with a little zing from fresh, juicy pineapple, this smoothie makes an easy, healthy breakfast on the go! Perfect for kids and teens too, this clean eating smoothie comes together quickly or can be prepped ahead and stored in fridge or freezer until ready to blend!