Healthy Blueberry Muffins Recipe

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I love muffins.

I used to love muffins A WHOLE BUNCH but then this called “calorie/fat gram content” decided to rain all over my parade.

So then I decided to fight back and make my own “darn” muffins, so they would not have the caloric count of a large meal. I tried for YEARS to make them from scratch and they always had some “funky” flavor to them. The flavor was so funky to me that I couldn’t eat them and ended up throwing them away.

Then I realized the culprit…baking powder with aluminum.

Luckily, there was an easy fix, purchasing aluminum free baking powder. (So if you also suffer from “funky muffin taste”, now you have a way to solve it and can embrace your inner Muffin Man from Drury Lane.

I love this healthy blueberry muffins recipe because it is quick, takes few ingredients and you can substitute whatever fruit or yum-yum you have on hand. (I love to thrown in chocolate chips.) Also, this recipe only makes six muffins, so it is perfect to whip up as a complement to dinner or as an after school snack.



2014 Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 Fruits And Vegetable List

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Ever wonder which fruits and veggies you are suppose to buy organic? Here is a list of the 2014 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Fruits and Vegetables...why spend more for organic when you can save with conventional via

2014 Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 Fruits And Vegetable List

The EWG has released the new 2014 Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 Fruits and Vegetable List. (Click here for the list.)

Produce is expensive. Period. And I find this handy guide/list helps you know where to invest in organic and where it is okay to buy conventional produce.

The produce items on the Dirty Dozen tend to have the highest level of pesticide residue (regardless of the produce being washed or peeled). In a nutshell, these items are the ones you should focus on buying “organic”.

The items on the Clean 15 list have the least amount of pesticide residue, and while you can choose to purchase organic, it is considered safe to buy conventional.

2014 Dirty Dozen Fruits & Vegetables

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Snap Peas (imported)
  • Potatoes

Other items to purchase organic as often as possible include hot peppers and kale and collared greens.

2014 Clean 15 Fruits and Vegetable List 

  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapple
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Papayas
  • Kiwi
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet Potatoes

If you are looking for an affordable way to afford organic produce, you should check out Door to Door Organics. (I have an exclusive Door to Door Organics Coupon Code to get you 50% off your first box.)

In addition, there are other resources on the site about organic produce and tips to make the most of it:

How To Get Cheap Organic Produce
How To Make Produce Last Longer
Farmers’ Market Guide To Buying Produce Like A Pro

20 Minute Healthy Chicken Burrito Recipe

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20 Minute Healthy Chicken Burrito Recipe |

I’m not sure what happened.

I blame my children.

I went from the wife and mother who used to love to create an award-winning meal to a wife and mother who has exactly 27 minutes to prepare a meal that no one will complain about before we go to our next activity.

Cooking and meal preparation has changed in our house.

I have less time. More vocal eaters. And a desire to still create something that is healthy from scratch.

For some reason, Mexican is always a hit in our house. Maybe it is the smothering of sour cream and salsa or maybe it is the addition of tortilla chips….all I know is that when I’m crunched for time this is my healthy chicken burrito recipe.

Check out more tried & true recipes in my Recipe Index.

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Garlic Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

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Easy Potato Side Dish For Weeknight Meals - Garlic Roasted Rosemary Potatoes via

Weeknight dinners are the bane of my existence. It seems with everyone having different schedules, it is hard to create fast-meal that is also kid-approved every night of the week. (And did I mention healthy? Yep, need to include that too.)

Luckily, this recipe fits the bill for an easy potato side dish for weeknight dinners. We often have it with grilled meat and it hits on all three criteria: fast, kid-approved and healthy.

For more tried and true recipes, check out Kelly’s Kitchen Index.

Easy Spinach Casserole With Artichokes & Quinoa

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Easy Spinach Casserole

Spring is officially here!

And soon the Farmer’s Markets will be buzzing with new crops of spring vegetables, fruits, and leafy greens.

Leafy greens are abundant and cheap right now. But if you are like me, sometimes the thought of having one.more.salad is more than you can take. Luckily, you can put those inexpensive leafy greens to good use with this easy spinach casserole.

And friends, the kiddos like this one too. I chalk it up to the cheesy, yogurt goodness. This can be served as a side or a main meatless course (whatever is your preference) and is amazing the next day as leftovers.

Easy Spinach Casserole With Artichokes and Quinoa |

Enjoy this recipe? Make sure to check out Kelly’s Kitchen for more tried-and-true recipes.

Spaghetti Squash With Feta, Olives & Basil

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Spaghetti Squash With Feta, Olives, and Basil |

I love a good vegetarian dish.

I remember the first time I made Spaghetti Squash. I was told it would be a great replacement to real spaghetti and give me the same experience as my beloved marinara sauce. (It isn’t. And it wasn’t.)

So here is my disclaimer…if you are expecting spaghetti squash with tomatoes to be the new spaghetti with marinara, I’m going to be the voice of reason and tell you they.are.not.the.same.

Whew, glad I got that off my chest.

BUT…I will say this Spaghetti Squash Side Dish is amazing. Spaghetti Squash is milder than most other squashes, so it allows all the flavors of the red pepper, basil, tomato and olive to come through. Plus, you can take this spaghetti squash side dish to main course with the addition of chicken. Delicious. Healthy. And Budget Friendly.

Spaghetti Squash with Olives, Feta, Basil

(And did I mention super FAST? You can go from zero to done in around 30 minutes.)


Want more dishes like these? Check out Kelly’s Kitchen Index for a list of tried and true recipes.

BBQ Chicken Sandwich With Easy Slaw

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BBQ Chicken Sandwich And Easy Slaw |

Truth be told, I’m a chicken snob.

Outside of a random chicken nugget or chicken wrap, I use only one part of the chicken in my recipes and only order one kind of chicken from a menu at a restaurant…boneless, skinless chicken breast.

I wish I could say that it is all health reasons. It isn’t.

It is because I have a squeamish fear of bones. So I can’t watch people gnaw on a bone (chicken or cow), nor can I eat it myself.

(Yes, I realize this makes me weird. My family teases me about it on a regular basis. I’m so glad I joined a ranching family.)

I have had a culinary chicken life of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, until now! I found out that my local store sells boneless thigh meat AND they have it on sale on a regular basis. (Happy Day!) So my first order of business was to make these amazing BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Easy Slaw. While the recipe calls for BBQ Sauce, you can easily use Wing Sauce and Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches as well.

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The Best Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe Ever Created By Man

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Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe

This is the best meatloaf recipe you will ever make or ever put in your mouth. Period.

I should know, I’ve eaten a whole bunch of lack-luster and nasty meatloaf, so this is why I can say “The BEST Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe Ever Created By Man”. A good meatloaf can make a rainy day become full of sunshine and a bad meatloaf can make you think that peanut butter and jelly is a gourmet meal.

Three things to note.

First, don’t hand mix your meatloaf. Either use a food processor or a powerful stand mixer to do the job. Consistency is very important.

Second, invest in a 2-Piece Meatloaf Pan. These pans do an amazing job of cooking the meatloaf, while letting all the fat fall to the second pan. In the end, you get all the goodness with none of the greasiness or extra fat.

Two-Piece Meatloaf Pan

Finally, if you have a ketchup addiction like me, double the glaze recipe and use as a dipping sauce for your meatloaf. You’ll thank me later.

Enjoy this quick easy meatloaf recipe and it’s going to blow your socks off.

Do you have a favorite quick easy meatloaf recipe? Leave it in the comments and make sure to check out Kelly’s Kitchen for more recipes.

Easy Baked Cake Doughnuts With Cinnamon & Sugar

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Easy Baked Cake Doughnuts

We’ve had a fair share of snow days over the past few weeks.

And my kids LOVE to play in the snow. And then they love to come inside and get warmed up with hot chocolate and some sort of baked good.

Enter the Easy Baked Cake Doughnuts Recipe.

First, it’s one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made. There is no frying. The batter is easy to work with and they taste out of this world. (Like my son can down four of them without a lot of effort.)

Second, if you haven’t invested in a doughnut pan, they are pretty amazing. If you are able, I recommend having at least two pans. I only have one, and so I’ve got to wash the pan between each batch, which is a bit of a pain.

This recipe would also be awesome if you are looking for a Valentine’s Day Breakfast…the doughnuts are 25 minutes from start to finish, so perfect for a special breakfast.

(This recipe was adapted from Barefoot Contessa Foolproof Cookbook.)


Enjoy! These easy baked cake doughnuts are best served warm, but are still yummy for up to 24-hours if covered properly.

Do you have a favorite baked good for cold days? Leave it in the comments. And make sure to check out other recipes in Kelly’s Kitchen.

How To Create Inexpensive Healthy Meals

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It can seem like an oxymoron…inexpensive healthy meals. So many of the things we title as healthy “fresh produce, grass fed-beef, organic, and gluten-free” seem to come with a expensive price tag. But, healthy and inexpensive can go hand-in-hand with a little planning and creativity.

How to Create Inexpensive Healthy Meals

Embrace Weird Vegetables.

Vegetables are a great starter in order to create inexpensive healthy meals. Not only are they loaded with vitamins, fiber, and minerals but they are close to 50% less per pound than meat or dairy. And while carrots, onions, potatoes, peppers, lettuce, and beans are awesome, I’ve found that some of the “weird” vegetables can be even cheaper. Next time you are at the market, check out squash, rutabagas, cabbage, cilantro, leeks, bok choy, and sweet potatoes for best yield vs per pound price.

Purchase from Ethnic Markets. 

I used to be opposed to shopping at ethnic markets. I didn’t understand them. I didn’t know any of the brands. But, in many cases, these “weird stores and brands” are directly from the country of origin and every bit of good as our “American” counterpart but for half of the price. If the ethnic market is too weird for you, try the ethnic food aisle. All the comfort of your regular store, with all the variety of an ethnic store.

Go bulk.

If you use certain spices, grains, or nuts over and over again, you may want to consider buying in bulk at either a warehouse store or in the bulk-food section at your local store. Buying bulk can save you 10 – 20%. Most items you purchase in bulk can be frozen and stored easily.

Cook from scratch.

As a general rule, cooking from scratch is less expensive than using pre-made items, mixes, or boxed goods. Plus, you have the added benefit of knowing the ingredients of everything you’ve made. If you are new to cooking from scratch, I recommend the Better Homes & Garden New Cookbook. It’s filled with basic recipes and easy to understand instructions for how to make gravy, mashed potatoes, pie crust, cookie dough, bread dough, stir-frys and more.

Make a Meal Plan.

It seems so simple, but actually making a meal plan, buying the right ingredients and cooking the meals is one of the best ways to keep your budget on track and create inexpensive healthy meals. By making a meal plan (and executing it) you are eliminating waste. So you can afford a higher quality meal when your family devours every last bite vs. a lower quality meal where half of it is thrown away.  Here are some more Frugal Meal Planing Tips.

Stock Up When Meat & Dairy Are On Sale

Meat and dairy are the two most expensive ingredients in any meal. By tracking prices, having a price book and purchasing meat and dairy when it is at its lowest price, you can save 20 – 30% per meal. Stock up on your favorite meats and dairy when it is on sale and never worry about only having rice and beans again.

Pantry List of Inexpensive Starter Items for Healthy Meals

Having a well stocked pantry and refrigerator of inexpensive healthy meal starter items is a great way to insure success. Here is a list of items that are always in my pantry.

- Dried Black Beans, Lentils, White Beans, Red Beans, and Split Peas
- Par-Boiled or Long-Grain Rice
- Brown or Wild-Grain Rice
- Whole Wheat Spaghetti
- Wheat Bulger
- Raisins or Cran-Raisins
- Canned Pineapple
- Canned Tomatoes
- Various Nuts
- Green, Red, or Napa Cabbage
- Acorn, Butternut, Delicato, and Spaghetti Squash
- Sweet, Red, and Russet Potatoes
- Red, Green, and Jalapeno Peppers
- Eggs
- Eggplant
- Bread Crumbs
- Onions
- Carrots
- Rutabaga
- Tahini and Garbonzo Beans
- Frozen broccoli, corn, peas, etc.
- Any seasonal fruit under $1 per pound
- Romaine and Butter Lettuce
- Sour Cream Dips with Fresh Veggies

What about you? How do you create inexpensive healthy meals? What are your go-to items?