Simple, Authentic Stir Fry Vegetables and Beef

Hello 2016, and welcome back! We took a little bit of time off to enjoy some extra time with loved ones, but we are back today with a tasty recipe that will be sure to start your New Year off right!

Stir Fry- collage

I travelled back to Arizona for Christmas and was lucky enough to be joined by my brother and his girlfriend who travelled from Shanghai, China. My brother, Eric, has lived in China for about 5 years now, and his girlfriend, Emily, was born and raised in China.

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Southwest Egg Cups

I am a fan of quick breakfasts, as you can probably tell from my overnight oats and baked oatmeal recipes. I’m always on the lookout for a breakfast recipe that I can prep ahead of time and quickly warm up in the morning but that still provides key nutrients, especially fiber and protein.  Eggs have always been a breakfast staple, but I used to wait to cook them until weekend mornings when I had more time to spend in the kitchen. After searching thru Pinterest for breakfast recipes, I decided to create my own healthier breakfast egg cup recipe. These cups are so tasty, packed with veggies and provide the protein punch I need in the morning to fuel my day.  By using half egg whites in this recipe, the nutrients of the yolk are provided but the calorie and cholesterol amounts are reduced. The trick to this egg cup recipe is sautéing the vegetables first, so the flavor is magnified in each cup.

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Crockpot Baked Potato Soup

Soup is my newest lunch obsession. I have been making them at home and even ordering soup out at restaurants (weird i know!) There is something about a warm bowl of soup that is so comforting, especially as we have more cold weather and get closer to the holidays.

baked potato soup- done

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Eggplant Chili

This flavorful chili is the perfect meal to kick off fall and winter with its easy prep and cleanup! And, the eggplant provides a heartiness that you will not miss if you choose to make it meatless. 


Cooler weather and chili seem to go hand in hand. Whenever our temperatures drop, it is one of the first dishes I make.  Growing up, chili was the meal we ate every Halloween evening, so it only seemed natural to continue the theme of chili as a ‘kickoff meal’ to fall! It’s also a perfect dish to simmer on a Sunday afternoon and have for the week to eat off of for lunch or dinner. I wanted to add a spin to the typically chili recipe by adding additional vegetables and using ground turkey for my meat-lovin’ husband, and I think my Eggplant Chili is a new favorite of ours! This dish could be easily made vegetarian/vegan by eliminating the ground turkey and using chickpeas in place of kidney beans for that extra protein punch!

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Fall Superfoods Bowl with Homemade Honey- Apple Vinaigrette

When I’m meal planning for the week, I have two priorities for each dinner I make. I strive to make a dish that is 1) healthy and 2) quick to prepare. I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen at night. This brown rice bowl is AMAZING! We have tried similar bowls in restaurants, and my husband thinks this one might be better! You know when he is asking for a brown rice bowl with kale two nights in a row, that he actually likes it. In fact, he said this is one of his new favorite meals. I. am. shocked! But, also very happy because it took me a total of 30 minutes to prepare and bake an entire meal!


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