HEALTHY

BAKED POTATO BITES TWO WAYS

| APPETIZERS, BACON, BRUNCH, DINNER, EASTER, EGGS, GLUTEN FREE, HEALTHY, LUNCH, POTATOES

Hello potato lover! Spring is finally here, seeing all the blooming cherry blossoms, daffodils and so much more has been so inspiring to get cooking on some new ideas for the upcoming holidays.Today’s recipe is for an easy potato appetizer that is also a healthy recipe. Everyone is getting ready for Easter celebrations, so I figured I would come up with a fun new recipe to share with you guys.  (more…)

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BEST SMOKEY 30 MINUTE TURKEY QUINOA CHILI

| CHILI, DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, HEALTHY, QUICK MEAL

I have no idea why I have never made chili before? Maybe because I have tried some before and since I am not a big fan of beans, I tend to avoid eating them. But this chili, OMG it’s the best accidental chili I’ve ever had/made. The first time I experimented with this a few days ago, I was looking for that nice smokey flavor bacon gives and when I was getting the bacon, I saw a nice piece of ham hog and decided to add it in for more of that flavor, match made in heaven. Adding in the organic ground turkey meat and quinoa adds a good healthy option to the chili instead of using beef. Also, adding smoked gouda to top off the chili adds more of that smokey flavor I was going for. (more…)

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HEALTHY, EASY, CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

| DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, GLUTEN FREE, HEALTHY, MEXICAN, QUICK MEAL, SOUPS

I don’t know about you guys, but we do taco Tuesday’s at our house often, because we just love them. But, sometimes on a cold winter evening I change it up and make my super easy tortilla soup instead. Soup is one of my favorite winter meals. With this soup you get the same great Mexican flavors as if you would if having tacos, but in a soup form. It’s the perfect soup to warm up around the table with my family. It takes me about 30 minutes, if that to make this.
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COLORFUL COBB SALAD WITH LIME CILANTRO WHOLE30 DRESSING

| DINNER, HEALTHY, QUICK MEAL, SALAD, WHOLE30

Happy New Years! Can’t believe it’s already the first week of January. I am super excited for 2017 and the opportunities and fun things that are in store for me this year. It’s January, so I think most people look over their diet and exercise routine and try to start something new and fresh after the holidays have passed. So come see what I have made for you to try and add to your healthier dinner routine.

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mini Chicken Pot Pies

| DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, HEALTHY, LUNCH, QUICK MEAL

lenaskitchen_chicken-pot-pie_final1This fall weather has me feeling all sorts of good feelings these days. It’s now the end of summer, school began 2 weeks ago and the weather has been getting a bit chilly. But, I am excited to cozy up by the fire, wear sweaters and boots, watch the leaves change outside. One of the best things about fall coming is turning on the oven to cook our dinners at home to make the house smell good and feel cozy too. I’m kind of obsessed with these mini chicken pot pies. They taste like the ultimate comfort food and are the perfect meal to have on-hand when you only need one serving at a time or you are feeding your family.

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turkey & brie puff pastry pockets

| BREAKFAST, BRUNCH, DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, HEALTHY, LUNCH

turkey pop tarts_lenaskitchenblog_on boardLately I have been trying to keep our meals during the week quick and simple for my family. This simple pop tart recipe is easy to make and fun to involve kids too. I always keep a box or two of frozen puff pastry in my freezer for last minute meal ideas like this pop tart recipe. This is also a great appetizer idea when last minute guests come to visit or you need to go to a party and bring something tasty with you. (more…)

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SUPER BOWL SUNDAY EATS + DIP

| APPETIZERS, DIP, GLUTEN FREE, HEALTHY, SIDE, SUPERBOWL, VEGAN

lenaskitchenblog superbowl sunday eats
Tomorrow people will be gathering in homes, bars, stadiums to celebrate a big day for Football fans. Funny thing is I am not a fan of football at all, even tough I work on women’s apparel at Nike. My husband likes to watch it once in a while and I just enjoy the gathering around good food part with the gals. Tomorrow we are off to our friends house to celebrate a birthday and let the boys and gals who enjoy watching the game watch the game and the rest of us gather around a table with some good homemade meals. I am prepping a few dishes to bring with me. Wanted to make sure there are some healthy options to enjoy besides the chilly and other heavy foods that will be provided already. (more…)

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