Home About Me Contact Recipe Index

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow on Bloglovin
RSS FeedTwitterFacebookEmail

Blog Archives

Categories

Dinner

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins are a great healthy dinner option – flavorful, moist, low-carb and packed with protein! 

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins - a healthy option for dinner. 2 muffins = 208 calories! #lowcarb #cleaneating

Today I have a few things to get off my chest. Perhaps it’s me silently having a conversation with myself here but whatever the case, I just need a place to reflect.

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about my career, passion, and future goals. Overall I feel pretty accomplished for being 25. I’m satisfied… but unsatisfied. Does that make sense? Yes, I love my blog and I enjoy my full-time job, but something is definitely missing.

I’ve felt this for a few months. Perhaps it’s because I’ve become too comfortable. After all, I don’t want to be in the same place forever and I’m fairly certain Minnesota just isn’t for me. Unfortunately, unfamiliarity is really scary, but it’s also more exhilarating and compelling. And to be honest, I’m missing that. I feel like without it, I can’t grow. I WANT and NEED to take risks and screw up. God knows, we’re all bound to fail at some point in our lives. Our experiences are what makes us better.

Ultimately it comes down to this: I believe that anything worth having is worth fighting for. This holds true in love, careers, friendship, etc. I don’t want to miss an opportunity to be happy or to find exactly what I’m seeking. I have goals and dreams, and if I don’t pursue them now, when will I?

I guess now that I’ve been thinking about all of this, I should probably start making some changes in my life. More to come.

In the meantime, MEATLOAF MUFFINS! YOU GUYS they’re basically packed healthy flavor bombs.

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins - a healthy option for dinner. 2 muffins = 208 calories! #lowcarb #cleaneating

If I’m going to make a traditional dish like meatloaf, it’s obvious that a few things are going to happen:

1. It’s going to be stuffed in muffin tins so they turn out cute.

2. You know it’s going to be healthy.

3. Bring on the Mexican flavors!

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins - a healthy option for dinner. 2 muffins = 208 calories! #lowcarb #cleaneating

Continue reading

Brown Sugar Honey Marinated Salmon with Caramelized Pineapple Quinoa

First thing’s first: How was your Memorial Day Weekend? I hope you had the chance to relax and eat some delicious food.

I was able to finally catch The Great Gatsby in theaters and HOLY heaven… Leo! I don’t think he’s been that good looking since his Titanic days. Besides staring into Leo’s eyes via theater projection screen, I was able to accomplish a lot this weekend. I cleaned my room (MAJOR DEAL), booked some flights, spent time with my family, cooked, and instagramed my food like a freak.

Yes, I’m totally one of those people.

I wish I could say I instagrammed and ate this salmon this weekend, but that’s just not truth. I actually created this dish several months ago and completely forgot about it until recently when I was strolling through my photos. Please forgive me! How could I deny you this magical meal?

This salmon. Um, words really won’t do it justice, but I’ll try to describe it in the best way I know how: through super delicious adjectives (obviously) and dramatic descriptors.

Continue reading

Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and Brie Grilled Cheese

How was your weekend?

Of course… mine was delicious! I took the day off Friday to spend time with my mom; we had a fun lunch at Panera and got pedis. Then I spent the better part of the afternoon getting organized in preparation for a move. I have come to the conclusion that will never like packing things or getting rid of clothes.

On Saturday I had a fun date night at Borough in Minneapolis (more to come on that another time).

Yesterday was Mother’s Day; my family celebrated with a light brunch and they also forced me to make my best apple crisp. Afterwards I got in a beautiful 6 mile run, then dabbled in the kitchen a bit with some cooking. Some days there’s nothing better than doing exactly what your passionate about, you know? Grocery store runs, organizing my recipes, and photographing the end result always makes me feel a bit accomplished.

Continue reading

Black Bean, Sweet Potato, & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

The nice part about becoming older, is that you truly gain wisdom. It’s kind of weird to think about sometimes, isn’t it? To really acknowledge how much you change each and every year. As I glanced out at the sunrise during my flight to Chicago this morning, I thought about the little (big) things I’ve learned during my 20s (thus far):

  • Your time is better spent doing what you love. Always.
  • You learn a lot about other people and the relationships you find yourself in and sometimes it’s a pattern. It’s weird.
  • You become better at understanding  others in a more of an emotional sense.  A good thing!
  • You realize that sometimes two people just aren’t right for each other, but you accept it, move on, and that’s that.
  • You realize you need to be patient when it comes to your career and success.
  • BUT You learn to walk away from the things that don’t leave you satisfied with happiness, and then choose to pursue what keeps you smiling.
  • You value close friendships more than ever. You leave drama behind.
  • You are more thankful for your family because they will always be rock solid.
  • You begin to acknowledge the fact that a different location wont change your feelings or allow you to start over. Your location doesn’t control your happiness — YOU do.
  • Somewhere along the way, you grow up a bit.

More than anything, I’ve discovered that your 20s are about trials and tribulations. The best you can do is to just be yourself. Only try to change what you CAN control… and the rest? Whatever! Simply put, we all can be better than the people we were yesterday.

 

 

After all this, I’ve also realized that growing up means enjoying thing that are actually HEALTHY for your body and mind. Especially food that makes your body feel good on both the inside and out. Unfortunately, inhaling 5 cookies at once won’t bring you any sort of happiness.

Trust me on this. I’ve had several bad experiences with Girl Scout Cookies. Shhhh.

Continue reading