Easy Mealtime Hacks from Breakfast to Dinnertime!

Easy Mealtime Hacks

You guys know how I’m all about what I call “smart solutions for busy moms,” right? Things like how to keep the house looking clean – the easy way. Quick and easy recipes. Fun fashion that’s still comfy enough for chasing a toddler around. Stuff like that. Which is why I’m super happy to partner with Van’s Foods this month to share some of their super clever mealtime hacks… Plus a great giveaway too! Check it out….

Hello from Van’s Foods!

We know how busy life can be for Van’s foods fans. Between work, working out, parenting, driving, walking, riding, creating, days get full – fast. Some meals are easy, and you’ve got plenty of time to plan, shop and put together something delicious.

Other times, there’s yoga or soccer or Scouts or a late meeting, and you need something fast and easy that you can still feel good about eating.

Which brings us to our gift to you this month – easy, nutritious mealtime hacks from your friends at Van’s. They’re all delicious, nutritious and a cinch to pull together.

First up?

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins – Grain Free Recipe

Physician Advises: Skip the Grains But Not the Treats This Holiday Season… Cardiologist and Best-Selling Author Dr. William Davis Shares Grain-Free Recipes for the holidays and tips to stay healthy. This post wasn’t compensated – just wanted to share some cool info.

At a time when we most want to look and feel our best, we seem to do everything possible to ensure we don’t, says cardiologist Dr. William Davis. “The weather starts to change and we reach for the pumpkin-spice cookies, cider doughnuts and beer, which launches us into processed carbohydrates season,” says Dr. Davis, author of “Wheat Belly Total Health,” (www.wheatbellyblog.com), the latest in his bestselling “Wheat Belly” series. {And I’m the first to admit that I am a processed carb-aholic. Seriously.}

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Skinny Blueberry Mojito Recipe

Super excited to share my Sweet’N Low Blueberry Mojito Recipe as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #SweetNLowStars. Because you know, I love sharing cool stuff with you guys. :)

A few of my favorite things…. Summertime. Drinks with friends. Swimming in the pool. Fresh fruit. Relaxing – which I get waaaay to little of. So, taking some time to create a seriously yumm-tastic new low-cal drink recipe fits perfectly into my summer. {Because, time by the pool involves a swimsuit. So, low-cal, you know? :)}

Skinny Blueberry Mojito Recipe - #PartyDrinks #SweetNLowStars

This Skinny Blueberry Mojito is made with delicious fresh blueberries, Sweet’N Low, my fave rum, fresh mint, is low-calorie like I mentioned, and is even diabetic friendly. Perfect for summer entertaining.

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Turkey, Bacon & Guacamole Sandwich Recipe – #15MinuteSuppers

Every week my group of bloggy buddies posts a bunch of 15 Minute Suppers – a collection of recipes that busy moms can make in 15 minutes start to finish. Awesome, right? I jump in as often as possible to add a recipe, but with all of my conference travel this time of year, I’m kind of slacking. So be sure to search the #15MinuteSuppers hashtag on your fave social media sites every Friday morning for the newest recipe ideas. Because…. Yum in 15 minutes? Count me in :)

Turkey Bacon and Guacamole Sandwich recipe

Turkey Bacon and Guacamole Sandwich recipe

This week, my recipe is very simple and “cool” – it’s finally turning into spring weather here in central Washington, which means warm afternoons, lots of sun, and much later sunsets. When the weather gets nice, I crave a dinner that is simple and clean – this sandwich paired with fresh fruit and veggies is a perfect fit!

Turkey Bacon and Guacamole Sandwich recipe

Create a fab dinner with Wholly Guacamole

I used my fave guac brand – Wholly Guacamole – for this dinnertime sandwich. I used store-bought croissants, split in half, covering one half with the guacamole, and the other half with a dab of mayo. Then I piled in the toppings – peppered turkey lunch meat, colby-jack cheese slices, lettuce, bacon from Zaycon foods {trust me, once you try it you will NEVER buy anything else, so be sure to see if you have any events locally!}, plus some sprouts. I paired it with a handful of baby carrots for crunch, and a bowl of fresh berries – strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries – for a sweet treat. Totally fresh and light, but still filling, and packed with vitamins and fiber. Awesome, right?

Why Wholly Guacamole Rocks

This recipe wouldn’t be as easy to make without Wholly Guacamole. Their recipes are amazing – so fresh tasting, so easy to use, and such time-savers! Learn more by following them online – their websiteFacebookTwitterInstagram, and Google plus.

Need more quick 15 minute recipe ideas? Check out these other great #15MinuteSuppers!

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BLOGGERS: Would you like to join us at #15MinuteSuppers? We’d love to have you! Please check out the 15 Minute Suppers website or ask to join the Facebook group (for bloggers) to participate on Fridays…we’d love to have you join us.

And there’s more!! Enter to win big – Use the easy peasy Rafflecoper below to get your entries in – 1st Prize is a year supply of Guac (in the form of coupons) and other super fun goodies from Wholly Guacamole, and then there are SEVENTEEN 2nd place Prizes!! Each of those winners gets a cooler of products just like we got – guac, salsa, and more! This awesomesauce giveaway runs from 4/18/14 until 4/25 @ 11:59pm, US only.

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Disclosure: This is sponsored recipe for Wholly Guacamole through 15 Minute Suppers. Recipe & opinions are my own.

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Raspberry Mojito Recipe for Girl’s Night Parties!

I was compensated with some cash-money for this post. But as always – I only write posts if I love the brand, product, and message. I love this Trop50 juice, I love girl’s nights, and I love you….. What you need for a fab girl's night

Who is ready for a girl’s night?

Um, I’m going to guess that most of you ladies are waving your arms in the air saying, “*I* need a girl’s night, Meagan!! Pick me, pick me!!” And I feel ya – I definitely don’t get to spend enough time with my favorite ladies. Between doing projects on the house, chasing an increasingly clever almost 4 year old, watching my nephews, and oh yeah – running a business from home – well, there’s not a lot of time left for fun! But, I’m hoping to put one together soon, and wanted to share some inspiration. {Click here to see where to buy the items in the collage above, on Polyvore.}

  • Dressing up. Doesn’t even always have to be fancy. But something more than sweatpants and a ponytail. {Although I do love that society invented “yoga pants” – which are pretty much socially acceptable sweats. And messy buns becoming trendy have made things much easier for moms too. Thank you, world.}
  • Fun drinks. When you get girls together, it’s a good time for fun, fruity, pink, sparkly, delish drinks – right? And it’s even better if the drink is low cal – which you can do if you use my new favorite mixer, Trop50. {Keep reading to learn more!}
  • Accessories. You need hot shoes – whether they’re amazingly sweet heels that give you some swagger, flats that make you feel comfortably confident, or your most worn-in flip-flops – you need great gear on your heels. Add on things like sparkly bracelets, glittery clutches, and other baubles, to make things more fun. There’s no rule that says you have to stop playing dress up just because you’re an adult :)
  • Music. You canNOT have a girl’s night without great tunes! My favorite is the Bose speaker from Best Buy that plays music via Bluetooth from my phone. But anything that gets the night movin rocks. {And if you’re not using Pandora yet, you’re totally missing out!}
  • Movies. I love having a great “girl” movie playing when I have friends over. Next up on my must-watch list? Steel Magnolias. Can you believe that it was a Christmas gift from my bloggy buddy Dusty from As Mom Sees It, and I still haven’t gotten a chance to watch it? #NeedToMakeTimeASAP

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Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine – #15MinuteSuppers

Disclosure: This is sponsored recipe for Gourmet Garden through 15 Minute Suppers. Recipe & opinions are my own.

You know what I hate? I hate when the family asks, “What’s for dinner??” You know…. Because you’ve totally been planning it and working on it all day right? Not at work, or running errands, or picking up and dropping off and picking up again and…. Why shouldn’t you have dinner ready, right? It’s ok super-moms, with our #15MinuteSuppers club, you’ll always have an answer ready to go, trust me. Life changing, :)

Chicken and Italian Herb Fettuccine Recipe - #15MinuteSuppers

Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine

I’m a big fan of pasta. More often than not I do a pasta-bake. But there are plenty of nights that I need to get dinner on the table in a hurry, and a baked dish would take WAAAAY too long. So, since pasta is my specialty, and I recently came up with an awesome new recipe using Gourmet Gardens products, I thought I’d share my 15 minute supper recipe so you guys could do dinner in a flash too. Because I totally love you guys. :)

How to Make Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine - #15MinuteSuppers

How to Make 15 Minute Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine

The ingredients for this are super simple – mostly things you have on hand. Unless maybe you’re the type who haven’t yet heard about the amazingness of Gourmet Gardens. They make it so easy to have fresh herbs/spices on hand even when you can’t grow them yourself, or can’t get ’em fresh locally. And speaking of local – I try to buy locally made foods as often as I can. We bought half a cow from a farmer here, I love these breadsticks from Seattle International Baking Company, and I am the BIGGEST fan of Tillamook, which is made over in Oregon. {Also, if you can’t buy meat locally, do NOT miss the sales from Zaycon Foods. Best quality and price you’ll find. Awesomesauce, seriously.}

Gourmet Gardens Fresh Herbs make amazing pasta recipes! #15MinuteSuppers

Fresh Made Easy – Gourmet Gardens

Just to give you a little info on these Gourmet Gardens ingredients: They are fresh as all heck, and stay good in your fridge for months, versus actual herbs that will die quickly, which = waste of money. They’re gluten-free {At least all of the ones I’ve tried are – there may be some that aren’t, be sure to check labels if this is important to you.} They’re all made from fully organic ingredients. And they taste amazing. As close to fresh as you can get without picking ’em in the garden. Also – see in this pic that the pasta doesn’t have chicken on it? That’s because I make up a big batch of the pasta, then have toppings in separate bowls. I love it with chicken, obviously. But if you could eat it as is, or add veggies like steamed broccoli, peppers, peas, asparagus, or whatever you have on hand. Top it with different types of cheese. Serve it with breadsticks or garlic bread, or maybe a salad? Mix it up and enjoy it however you want – it’s a great base to add anything to!

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The Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine Recipe

This recipe takes just 15 minutes from start to finish – maybe slightly longer when you have kids running around, a UPS guy at the door, little ones who want to “help,” or other distractions. But the actual meal prep is just 15 minutes. And it is gooooood. It’s got a little zing to it – in a good way. Wakes up the taste buds. I think it’s because the fact that the Gourmet Gardens Italian Herb paste is just so darn fresh – almost unexpectedly so. Love it.

Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine – #15MinuteSuppers

Ingredients

  • 1 box fettuccine noodles
  • 1/2 cup sour cream - {I seriously recommend Tillamook!}
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese - I used an Italian blend
  • 2 Tbs Gourmet Gardens Italian Herbs
  • 1 Tbs Gourmet Gardens Garlic
  • 1 package pre-cooked grilled chicken, or veggies of choice, or any other leftovers as desired for toppings

Instructions

  1. First, start your noodles cooking in boiling water - cook for about 12 minutes.
  2. Hint: At this point you can also put breadsticks or garlic bread in the oven, or toss together a quick salad.
  3. While you wait, mix up your sauce - add sour cream, olive oil, cheese, and Gourmet Garden seasonings to a bowl. Stir until well mixed. It won't look like a lot - but it is more than enough, trust me :)
  4. Yes, I just put a smiley face in my recipe.
  5. Your noodles are now ready - drain, and mix the sauce into the noodles. Mix well.
  6. Now you can top with the pre-cooked grilled chicken strips, or veggies.
  7. Be sure to sprinkle with more cheese - Italian blend, Parmesan, or Mozzarella are all good choices.
  8. Eat it up and enjoy!
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More 15 Minute Suppers & More Info on Gourmet Gardens

We are so excited to be partnering with Gourmet Garden this week for our #15MinuteSuppers party. As I mentioned, Gourmet Garden offers convenient herbs and spices in tubes that make creating #15MinuteSuppers a breeze. No washing or chopping required…just squeeze in some herbs to quickly flavor your suppers! Need more quick 15 minute recipe ideas? Check out these other great #15MinuteSuppers from some of my friends:


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Head over to our #15MinuteSuppers Pinterest Board to see all the past recipes and more delicious goodness!

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BLOGGERS: Would you like to join us at #15MinuteSuppers? We’d love to have you! Please check out the 15 Minute Suppers website or ask to join the Facebook group (for bloggers) to participate on Fridays…we’d love to have you join us.

{Disclosure: This is sponsored recipe for Gourmet Garden through 15 Minute Suppers. Recipe & opinions are my own.}

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15 Minute Tortellini Soup with Tomato & Red Pepper

I’m a soup-junkie. I could perhaps even be called a soup-a-holic. A warm hearty soup is such a great comfort food in cold weather – but a simple soup is also such a perfect meal in the warmer months too, paired with a crisp cold salad. The majority of soups that I make are done crockpot style – I love to just throw it all in, let it do it’s magic while I work the day away, then have it ready to enjoy when I’m ready. But, I’m also becoming a fan of super fast {should I say, SOUPer fast? Lol…} soups that I can whip up in a flash on a busy night. Because there are plenty of times that I totally didn’t plan ahead for dinner, or lost track of time, and have a gang of hungry savages rioting for food, stat. So – today I bring you another of my favorite 15 minute suppers, Tortellini Soup with Tomato & Peppers.

Tortellini Soup with Tomatoes and Pepper

OhmyYUM, right? This soup is seriously so darn simple, but the flavors combine quickly to make it taste like it’s been simmering all day. And it only takes a handful of ingredients – chicken broth, marinara sauce, a bit of butter and some sprinkles of spices, plus some frozen tortellini. No real prep, you just kind of toss it all into a big pot, stir it up, and in 15 minutes you have an absolute delish dinner.

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