Rainbow Veggie Bowls with Jalapeño Ranch

Rainbow Veggie Bowls with Jalapeño Ranch

Prepare to have your mouth hugged by this creamy, tangy, spicy jalapeño ranch. In addition to guiding the wonder that is homemade jalapeño ranch straight into your arms today, I am also telling you how much you will enjoy pouring jalapeño ranch (❤) over a ... Read More →

The Best 10 Minute Veggie Fried Rice

The Best 10 Minute Veggie Fried Rice

Is fried rice the best or is fried rice the best? Yes to both. Especially this 10 minute veggie fried rice, BECAUSE I ❤ QUICK AND EASY. This weeknight beauty is loaded with your veggies of choice *squeal* and made extra super nummy with a nice drizzle of ... Read More →

Simple Hoisin Glazed Salmon

Simple Hoisin Glazed Salmon

But you guys. When I say simple, I really mean SIMPLE. This salty sweet glazed salmon is making me look all fancy and it can do the same for you, and then you're all like I'mmm so fan-saay, and I'm all like you already know. We jive. In addition to being ... Read More →

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Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos

So much I love about this right now. So, so much. Starting first and foremost on the list of loves is the lightened up cheese sauce that has just a tiny touch of garlic butter yumminess and any cheese you want in the whole wide world. And now you can add ... Read More →

Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing - a rainbow of power veggies tossed with a simple made-from-scratch Thai dressing. 390 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing

This salad. I could just cry. Today is The Day of New Things for me, and an overwhelmingly yummy Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing is only appropriate to match the occasion. Remember when we talked about how I was going to leave my teaching job ... Read More →

Spicy Peanut Chicken Soba Noodle Salad - colorful bell peppers with chewy soba noodles, shredded chicken, and a life changingly simple Spicy Peanut Sauce. Hot or cold, yumyumyum. 320 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Spicy Peanut Chicken Soba Noodle Salad

Remember when I used to have a dishwasher? I don't. Five months of washing dishes by hand means I've completely forgotten what life was like back when I had a appliance friend to help me out with my least favorite domestic chore of all the chores, ever. ... Read More →

Crockpot Creole Chicken and Sausage - 10 minute prep for this hearty dinner, made healthier with beans and peppers. 300 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Slow Cooker Creole Chicken and Sausage

I don't really know how to explain it, but it's a like whoa yummy combo we have going on upinhere. This idea originated as a simple shredded Creole chicken kind of thing made in the slow cooker so my cooking life could be awesomely easy and full of mouth ... Read More →

Skinny Spinach Lasagna - layers of ricotta, spinach, noodles, sauce and cheese. 250 calories of yum!. | pinchofyum.com

Skinny Spinach Lasagna

This just in: we got a Costco membership. More accurately, we got a Costco membership so we could get a TV. HOLD THE PHONE I know I know I know. If you've been a reader, a) you just got 100 sweet friend points, and b) you already know our TV dilemma. The ... Read More →

Quick Homemade Ramen - dried ramen comes to life with fresh vegetables, herbs, and homemade stock in just in 20 minutes! | pinchofyum.com

Quick Homemade Ramen

NOTE: This recipe uses packaged ramen noodles with a quick and tasty homemade broth + fresh veggies. In case you are looking for homemade noodles, here is a great  (although much more time consuming) recipe for ramen noodles made from scratch. Truth: I went ... Read More →

Healthy Mexican Casserole

Healthy Mexican Casserole with Roasted Corn and Peppers

So, memes? The weird pictures with the snarky, random text captions right on the photo? I am that person who tries to act smart and professional when using social media but is secretly obsessed with memes. I mean, we're talking meme LOVE. I don't know ... Read More →

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Healthy Mac and Cheese

No, really. I mean it. Healthy Mac and Cheeeeeese. Like mac and cheese that is healthy. Noodles with sauce that will secretly give you vegetables. Creamy sauce without boatloads of butter and flour. Favorite comfort food that packs a little ... Read More →

Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole

Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole

Well don't cha know. This is soo tummy-rumbly-I'm-goonna-eat-the-whoole-thing good, ya shure you betcha. Being from Minnesota, I feel the need to represent my Midwestern culture here on the blog with things like casseroles. Or more accurately: express my ... Read More →

Skinny Crab and Artichoke Dip - just 75 calories for this creamy, delicious appetizer! | pinchofyum.com

Skinny Crab and Artichoke Dip with Jalapeño

Forget the game; I'll be neck-deep in the mini crockpot. Except true thing --> we actually don't really watch the Superbowl. Not that we're anti or anything, and we love to go to Superbowl parties (not saying, just saying), but we just don't have a TV. ... Read More →

Stir Fried Singapore Noodles - fresh, simple, delish. | pinchofyum.com

Stir Fried Singapore Noodles with Garlic Ginger Sauce

True confession: I think I've been living the life of 13-year-old for the last, um, 17 days. If I had to guess the average time that I've been waking up over this beautiful time called winter break, I'd say 10am. Which pushes back my average lunchtime to 3pm ... Read More →

Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna - a handful of simple ingredients for a healthy family dinner. | http://pinchofyum.com

Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna

Yesterday I saw the movie Frozen. This is going to really date this post for future readers, but worth it. Because I have to talk about how cute it was. If you're not familiar, Frozen is a Disney movie, um excuse me, musical. A Disney musical. All about ... Read More →

Moroccan Salad with Cilantro Orange Dressing - so many pretty and healthful ingredients and SO much flavor. | pinchofyum.com

Moroccan Salad with Cilantro Orange Dressing

For the last hour I've been listening to One Direction. Excuse me, JAMMING to One Direction. Why am I susceptible to the music of tween girls? EEEEE. I have a crush on all pop music ever. Cause it would be totally normal that my adult ears would ... Read More →

Simple San Marzano Pasta e Fagioli - this comforting dish is easy to prepare and FULL of flavor. Healthy, too! | pinchofyum.com

Simple San Marzano Pasta e Fagioli

This is the story of how I bought 5 ingredients from Trader Joe's and made one of my favorite dinners of all time. The story begins with Lunch Envy as I watched my friend and coworker eat her saucy baby pasta with all those tiny chopped veggies in that ... Read More →

Butternut Squash and Mushroom Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce - corn tortillas stuffed with veggies and smothered in homemade sauce and cheese for just 250 calories. YES. | pinchofyum.com

Butternut Squash & Mushroom Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce

Hey, guess what? You're coming for dinner. And I made you the Real Deal Dinner. As in corn tortillas stuffed with roasted peppers, butternut squash, and mushrooms, smothered with homemade tomatillo sauce and lovingly topped with melted cheese. I was ... Read More →

Mexican Roasted Corn and Quinoa Stuffed Squash: loaded with red quinoa, black beans, roasted corn, and cheddar cheese. High protein, high fiber, and just 200 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Mexican Roasted Corn and Quinoa Stuffed Squash

Return of the squash, part 100. You guys, I adore squash. How is it even a vegetable? It's creamy. None of this watery crunchy vegetable stuff. This is smooth velvety yellow veggie seduction. Annnnd as if this hot squash topic couldn't already get more ... Read More →

Shrimp and Garlic Rice Stuffed Peppers: simple, full of flavor, and 260 calories | pinchofyum.com

Shrimp and Garlic Rice Stuffed Peppers + eCookbook Sale

I love this day. Today I'm sharing with you a "new" recipe that's not actually new - I made it back in August when I was creating all those creamy cauliflower sauce recipes for the The Creamy Cauliflower Sauce eCookbook. I love this day because I love ... Read More →

Harvest Wild Rice Skillet: a 30-minute vegetarian dinner featuring the best foods of fall. 230 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Harvest Wild Rice Skillet

Har-vest. Meaning (in my world) produce of the fall that makes you feel warm, fuzzy, and cozy, like crispy juicy apples and delicate buttery squash. And that's exactly what we have going on here, with some onions and butter (always, you guys. always.), a ... Read More →

Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs | pinchofyum.com

Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs

This is my love language. Everything good (in this case: lean turkey veggie meatballs and smooth, tangy tomato sauce with fresh green herbs) tangled up in hot pasta and just exploding with color and texture. *closes eyes and purrs* I seriously love it. I ... Read More →

Zucchini Parmesan

Baked Zucchini Parmesan

I'm going back to work today. Like, real work. The kind where you have to pack a lunch and get dressed in professional clothes and stop playing with your phone and set your alarm in the morning so that you get there in time. <--- pout. But I won't ... Read More →

Kale Salad

Warm Balsamic Kale Salad

I'm gettin all healthy on ya today. I've been at the grocery store A LOT lately. Grocery shopping has always been a weekly highlight for me, because obviously I live on the edge. Some people spend Saturday at the mall buying shoes; I spend Saturday at the ... Read More →

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Healthy Chipotle Sweet Corn Fettuccine

I know it. I never ever post on Thursdays, hardly ever. And I'm one of those people who likes to have things on schedule, on specific days, at specific times, and this healthy chipotle sweet corn fettuccine is definitely NOT following the plan. Thanks a lot, ... Read More →

Peach Green Smoothie

Peach Green Smoothie

Hey yo. Big question today: Do you guys like drinking green things? Much like the chicken skin, green smoothies are a love-hate kinda food for me where mostly I love it and I only really hate it because of the name. I mean, who really craves something ... Read More →

15 Minute Shrimp Scampi

15 Minute Shrimp Scampi

Idea #54 for using up the leftover blender lemonade pieces: adding a bright lemon kick to this buttery-garlic Shrimp Scampi! I really meant it when I told you to keep that stuff. Think about this combination for a sec. Shrimp, butter, and garlic. Garlic, ... Read More →

Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls

Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls

So, my sister. Remember her? Think scones and fruit pizza. She gets all the credit for this recipe. Well, no. The lovely Gina from Skinny Taste gets first and foremost credit, with honorable mention going to Pinterest for putting the recipe in front of my ... Read More →

Chicken Blueberry Poppyseed Salad

Chicken and Nectarine Poppy Seed Salad

I'm going salad crazy. Oh, wait, I said that already yesterday. A chicken and nectarine poppy seed salad is basically this: sweet juicy nectarines, bursts of blueberry, delicate baby spinach, lightly spiced grilled chicken, nutty chopped almonds, and ... Read More →

Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

I’m going salad crazy. After living in the Philippines for a year, where it’s easy to forget about things like fresh spinach and arugula, where salads are usually the culprit for any and all stomach sickness, and where the Chopped Thai Chicken Salad ... Read More →

Parmesan Pesto Tilapia

Parmesan Pesto Tilapia

Five ingredient recipes. I ♥ them. One of my first and still favorite cookbooks is the Fresh Food Fast cookbook by Cooking Light. It features page after page after page of healthy, easy recipes with small ingredient lists and hardly any prep time. I used to ... Read More →

Veggie Alfredo Lasagna

Veggie Alfredo Lasagna

I... I can't speak. This creamy comfort food veggie Alfredo lasagna is heaven to me. And I will elaborate on that, I promise, but I can't move on without talking about what makes this whole thing work: the garlic-butter-Parmesan-flavored, ... Read More →

Chopped Apple Quinoa Salad

Chopped Apple Quinoa Salad

So here's the deal: this salad is the current love of my life, and our oven and stove are broken. Like, leaking gas into our house whenever it turns on and I'm not allowed to bake anything at the risk of exploding the building. And as I might have mentioned ... Read More →

Quinoa Black Bean Casserole

Southwestern Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole

And to think that I used to not even like quinoa. What's happening to me, you guys? So this Mexican-type casserole is life changingly amazing, but first, let's catch up. Mother's Day just happened. Did you have an awesome one? I was far far away from my ... Read More →

Light Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Light Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps, you sneaky things you. You make me want to wrap vegetables in the leaves of more vegetables and top it all with more vegetables. Just kidding - meant to say PEANUT SAUCE but we'll get there later. First things first: the vegetables wrapped ... Read More →

Squash Curry Quinoa

Creamy Squash Curry Quinoa

This was the year I fell in love with squash. From the first day of this blog I've been a squash liker, but for some weirdos (ahem) it takes moving to the Philippines to become a full on squash l-o-v-e-r. If we're being honest, I'm actually more of a ... Read More →

Avocado Salad

Avocado Cucumber Grapefruit Salad

Oh my. This is fresh and pretty. How can a salad with soft pinks and light greens and the most cooling, refreshing flavors not make you feel like the most beautiful thing alive? Apparently avocados, cucumbers, grapefruit (or gorgeously pink pomelo for us ... Read More →

Chopped Thai Chicken Salad | pinchofyum.com

Chopped Thai Chicken Salad

A salad. Say what? Yes, a salad. This is like the 2nd salad I've made in the last year. The Philippines is out to get me in the salad department. Conventional wisdom says: it's hot, make a salad. But reality says, where are the bags of pre-washed baby ... Read More →

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Sauteed Garlic and Tomato Lentil Salad

Hey. Lentils. I love them. I think we've talked about that. But I really do love them because they're a really pretty brown color (ahem, NOT). They are so versatile and healthy and cheap and texturally amazing. I'll cut myself off before you start to ... Read More →

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Creamy Cauliflower Sauce

This. Sauce. I make it all the time. I use it in tons of recipes. I spoon-feed it to myself straight out of the blender. So it's only appropriate that I dedicate an entire post to my all-time favorite, super adaptable, absolutely totally delicious creamy ... Read More →

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Healthier General Tso’s Chicken

Ummm what is even happening? This is seriously the best day. This is the day I get to eat General Tso's chicken for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight snack. This is also the day that I get to share with you the recipe for this sweet and saucy and sorta ... Read More →

Stovetop Broccoli Lasagna

Stovetop Broccoli and White Bean Lasagna

It's just better this way. To eat broccoli before losing myself in the upcoming chocolate caramel gooey intensity, it's just better. Because that chocolate. Ohh. My. We definitely need to start with the broccoli. This was my back-to-reality meal ... Read More →

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Lightened Up Curry Egg Salad

I was putting off posting this because I want to look at those pictures of 10-Minute Peanut Butter Fudge pretty much forever. Plus I don't even like eggs. Totally serious. But somehow in the last seven months I've turned into an egg salad eating ... Read More →

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Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice

I don't even know what to say about this. I mean, I'm sure I could come up with a few things if you made me, but I fully acknowledge that this recipe is kind of obscure. Like who posts recipes for brown rice and cauliflower sauce? Um, me. ... Read More →

Sweet and Sour Fish

Healthy Sweet and Sour Fish

How do you guys feel about fish? You like it. I knew it. Better question: how do you feel about Lost? As in the TV show Lost that came out 8 years ago that I just started watching last week, in 2013. I've always said I didn't want to watch it ... Read More →