Quick and Easy Sweet Potato and Sausage Skillet Meal

Hey, how is your week going?  Pretty normal busy over here.  The week has been flying by, and I starting to get excited for the weekend!

Today I wanted to share a super quick and easy dinner idea that has become a go to for our family.  I get home before the hubs does.  So I usually pick up the kiddos, and visit with them as I prepare dinner each night.  Since they are preschool/toddler age, they require pretty much all of my attention and dinner needs to be something pre-prepared, or super quick and easy.


This skillet meal fits our week night needs.  It comes together in 15-ish minutes, and has plenty of veggies and protein.  Best of all it is parent and kiddo approved!  It is also very easy to customize.  Feel free to throw in extra veggies, or add a dash of red pepper to add a little spice.

Quick and Easy Sweet Potato and Sausage Skillet Meal

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound cooked sausage links (I used turkey kielbasa, but anything you like will work.  To make this vegetarian, I would suggest a can of cannellili or garbanzo beans)
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 2 large diced sweet potatoes*
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions: Heat olive oil on medium in a large skillet.  Add sweet potatoes.  As the sweet potatoes start to cook, slice the sausage into rounds and add to the skillet.  Wash your kale.  Remove the stems and dice or tear the kale into bite sized pieces.  Once your sweet potatoes have softened and the sausage is starting to brown, add in kale, tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Stir and continue to cook for another five minutes or so, until everything is hot and cooked to your liking.  Salt and pepper to taste and serve.


*To shorten cooking time, prior to dicing the sweet potatoes, give them a good wash and poke a couple of holes in each one with a fork.  Put on a plate and microwave 2-3 minutes.  Allow to cool, then dice.

Do you have any quick  and healthy weeknight meals you love?  Thanks for joining me today!

 

 

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Midweek coffee date

Hey friends!  How is your week going so far?  So happy to see you today.  In case you were wondering, it did rain!!! The sunset aftermath was just beautiful!

sunset rain

I always enjoy “coffee date” posts.  Since I am getting ready to go see one of my oldest friends this weekend, someone I enjoyed countless coffee dates with back in the day, it only seemed fitting to have a coffee date today.  So grab some coffee (tea, smoothie, wine, whatever tickles your fancy) and let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee, mine would probably be iced.  Also, it is my third, but we are friends here, so that should not be a surprise.  I would want to hear all about your summer so far.  Have you taken any awesome vacations?  Do you have any coming up?

I would tell you how happy I am that I have been able to do some traveling this year.  I have always loved traveling so much.  But with having babies and the hubs in school, I have been pretty stationery the last few years.  My little trip coming up, and the weekends away I have had over the last few months have done me a world of good.

If we were having coffee right now, I would probably try to convince you to take a barre or yoga class with me.  Or maybe to hit up a spin studio I have been meaning to check out.  I have been enjoying a variety of workout types and studios recently, and it is really helping me stay motivated.  Have you found any new workouts you are loving?

I would definitely talk your ear off about the babies.  They are the sweetest, funniest little guys and I am so amazed with them every day.  I also cannot believe that my oldest is already three years old, where has the time gone!?!  I would definitely tell you what a little fish he is turning into, he always wants to be in the pool.  I would also tell you about my sweet girl, and how well she is talking these days.  It is so fun being able to converse with her.  I would want to hear all about how your family is doing these days as well.

What would want to talk about over coffee?  What is new in your life?

Thanks for joining me.

 

Black Bean Cilantro Hummus

Hey!  How is your week starting out?  Hope you are having a good one so far.

As I am writing this there are big storm clouds looming and the smell of rain is in the air.  I am hoping for some good rain storms this week.  We definitely need the rain over here, and I just love the summer storms.

I have a new recipe for you today.  Hummus is one of my favorite staple items.  It is excellent to snack on, and I love it as a sandwich filler along with some crunchy veggies.  While traditional chickpea hummus is always a win, the family and I love to mix it up with black bean hummus.  This hummus is perfect paired with veggies and pita chips and is one we will be sure to be snacking on all summer.

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Homemade hummus tastes great, and is so easy to customize to your individual tastes.  Like extra spicy?  Add more jalapeno.  Not a cilantro fan?  Leave it out and maybe add a little extra garlic or lemon juice instead.

Black Bean Cilantro Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 jalapeno (optional)
  • Salt to taste (depending on the sodium content of your beans, you may not need any salt)

Directions:  Drain the black beans, but reserve a little of the liquid from the can.  This liquid can be used if you need to add some liquid to the hummus.  I did not need it, but it is nice to have, just in case.

Add all ingredients except the olive oil to a food processor.  Begin mixing and gradually add the olive oil as it combines.  If to thick, add the reserved liquid from the beans, one tablespoon at a time.

Refrigerate until ready to eat, and enjoy!

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If you give it a try, I would love to see!  Send me your pics or tag me on Instagram.

Hope you have a great day!

Yeah for staycations! – Weekend Recap

Hey friends!  How was your weekend?  This girl had a super relaxing weekend, thanks to us taking a little staycation.  For the hub’s birthday/Father’s Day gift last month, I had bought a staycation package for him at a resort here in town.  This weekend, we actually got to use it!  We stayed at the Starr Pass Marriott, which is a beautiful resort just west of Tucson.

Upon arrival on Saturday, we were greeted by this view.

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Shortly after checking in our room, this arrived.  I could not have asked for a better welcome!

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We checked in early afternoon, and spent several hours playing at the pool with the kiddos.  We had a lovely time.  The pool is very family friendly, and also has a splash pad, which my little lady loved.

Once the babies were good and worn out from their pool time, my mom kindly picked them up and took them for a sleepover with grandma.  Then, the hubs and I got ready for our date night.

There are several restaurants on this property.  We ended up eating at Salud, which is essentially the lobby bar and restaurant.  They have an awesome patio, overlooking the city.  There was also an excellent band playing.

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We started with a chef’s plate and drinks, and ended up spending a few hours there.  We enjoyed the band, drinks and some delicious snacks.

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We capped off the night with some coconut ice cream topped with roasted pineapple (I forgot to snag a picture, sorry), and retired early.  After sleeping in, we enjoyed breakfast at the resort.  I had an egg white omelet with spinach, bacon, green onions and olives, along with fruit and oatmeal.  I also shared some french toast with the hubs.  We then headed off to pick up the kiddos from grandma’s house.

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The rest of Sunday was spent doing the necessary chores, and hanging out as a family.  Neither the hubs nor I were feeling especially motivated to make dinner, so we treated the kiddos to some Chuck E. Cheese.

Have you ever taken a staycation?  This was my first time.  It really did leave me feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new week  It was an excellent treat.

This week, I am looking forward to starting a Barre challenge, and hopefully enjoying some good thunder storms.  It is monsoon season here, I love the summer rains.

What are you looking forward to this week?  Is anyone else doing the Barre challenge?

Hope you have a great day!

Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday friends!  How was your week? I feel like it was a surprisingly busy and long week, considering that my work week did not start until Wednesday.

Any big plans for the weekend? I am really looking forward to this weekend.  But before we get to the weekend, let me share some of my favorites from this week.

New kiddo reading material.  For you guys with kids, do you tend to read the same books over and over again?  I do, the babes will pick a favorite and before I know it I can recite it from memory.  I get tired of the same books over and over, so I was thrilled when the little guy got some cool new ones for his birthday.  These are both adorable!  I am especially partial to Mother Bruce, a grumpy foodie bear, begrudgingly playing mom really does it for me.

 

On Tuesday we also had the opportunity to have a little family breakfast, which doesn’t happen to often.  The kids were honestly not in the mood to sit and eat, and were kind of trying to escape the whole time.  But the food was amazing and I loved that they had toys the kids could play with while they waited for their food.  I don’t usually order sweet breakfasts, but we got a cinnamon roll pancake to share, and it rocked my world.

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Mogs, my little fur baby also got a bath and a hair cut this week.  He so obviously loves feeling fresh and being all cleaned up, it always makes me smile seeing him prance around after.

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I also got some fun mail this week!  I had won a Smashmallow give away about a week or so ago (thanks again Ashley).  I am so excited to start tasting all the delicious marshmallows.  Looking at the packages, the Root Beer flavor is really speaking to me, but we shall see what the favorite is.

smash

On the workout front, I got in two Barre classes this week (I recently bought a discounted pack of class passes), and loved every minute of class. I also got in a few good workouts on my own this week. Focusing on yoga, strength and some light cardio. I’d like to get some HIIT or heavier cardio in this weekend. The heat does hurt my cardio motivation a little though.

I am looking forward to some fun family time this weekend.  Hopefully involving lots of pool time, good eats and maybe a little sleeping in!

What do you have planned for the weekend?  Are you more of a sweet or savory breakfast person?

Chocolate Chip Almond Energy Balls

Hey guys!  Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  How is your week going?

Just a quick post today, I wanted to pop in to share a super fast and delicious snack recipe with you.  These little energy balls were kind of an on the fly recipe idea that ended up amazing.  The whole family loved them and we polished off the first batch in about 5 minutes.

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They are super easy to make, requiring only six ingredients, including the chocolate chips.  Also, who doesn’t love a no bake treat during the summer?

Chocolate Chip Almond Energy Balls

Makes 9 balls

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate chips)

Directions: Mix all ingredients, except chocolate chips, in a bowl until well combined.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Using hands, roll into 9 balls.  They maybe a little crumbly when rolling, but will hold their shape well after spending a little time in the fridge.  Keep leftovers refrigerated in a covered container.

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Let me know if you give them a try.  Hope you have a great day!

 

 

In a day off…

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Happy Wednesday friends!  For folks in the U.S., how was your Fourth of July?  Sorry for my absence yesterday.  I had initially planned a post, but ended up deciding to take the day off to enjoy some time with my little family, as well as attending a pool party with friends in the afternoon.

I think I mentioned this last week, but I took Monday off to have a four-day weekend.  I was in need of a catch up day.  The hubs worked on Monday and the kid’s school was open  So it worked out as the perfect day for me to spend a little quality time with me, and catch up on life.  I always enjoy day in the life type posts, so I thought I would share what my Monday was like.

The day started bright and early, about 4:30AM.  I had planned on taking a little time before anyone was up to work on some blog things, but my little guy joined me at about 4:40AM.  I got some good snuggles out of it though, so I can’t complain.

A little before 6:00AM, I was off to teach class.  The gym was pretty quiet, but there was a good little group that showed.  I also got to try out my new water bottle, which I am in love with.  I really think water tastes better out of glass vs. plastic.  Amazon carries these bottles here.

water bottle

After class I headed over to Starbucks to enjoy some breakfast and a little reading.  The hubs was laughing at me the night before, because I was really looking forward to this part of my day.  I don’t often get the opportunity to have a leisurely breakfast though.  I am almost done with this book.  It is a book club book about a double agent during the Vietnam War era, it is really interesting.

starbucks

After breakfast, I headed to a Barre class.  Two days of Barre in a row, plus teaching has left me a bit sore.  A foam roller date is definitely needed.  I don’t normally try to take a class right after teaching.  But I rarely have the opportunity to make it to this Barre studio.  So I had to go for it.  They have the cutest little shop at the studio.  I didn’t buy anything, but this tank was really speaking to me.

shirt plank

I actually found it on Amazon when I get home, so maybe it will still happen. Here it is, if you want to check it out.

After Barre, I got home about 10:00AM and threw dinner in the crockpot.  It is a chicken and rice/quinoa dish I am testing out.  I hope to share it soon, but it is not quite blog ready just yet.  I also took advantage of a quiet house, and had a mini spa day instead of just a quick shower.  I deep conditioned my hair, and relaxed with a face mask for a few minutes.  It was glorious.

I also did a little work on the blog.  I added recipe and workout categories so that it is a little easier to find things.  I will continue to work on some formatting things.  If there is anything you would like to see, please let me know!

After some stuff around the house, I headed to the bank about 1:00PM, then ran over to Kohl’s.  I had not planned to go shopping, but it was next door to the bank, and I had a little time to kill.  I am glad I did.  They were having some great sales and I scored some new gym shoes (which I really needed) for half off, as well as this super cute workout tank for $5.00.

new kicks

I was then off to my appointment to give blood.  It was pretty quick and painless, and I scored this new gym bag.  It was a promotion they had for the holiday.

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About 3:15PM I picked up the babies from school.  We came home, played a bit, had dinner and baked a cake.  The little guy loves helping in the kitchen and we had a great time preparing a Jello poke cake for a 4th of July party we had the next day.

cake

After the kids were in bed, I spent a little time catching up with the hubs, before crashing around 9:00PM.

All in all, it was a great catch up day.  I love having a day every now and then to run errands and catch up on chores.  I felt like I allowed myself to enjoy the holiday more, having gotten some of my to-do list done the day before.

Do you ever take catch up days?  When you have a day off, do you tend to try to pack as much as possible in?  Or take the day to relax?