Homemade Peach Salsa

Easy homemade peach salsa recipe!  This is so easy to whip together and perfect for healthy snacking

Looking for something healthy but full of flavor to snack on? Try this homemade peach salsa! 

Easy peachy salsa

I just dropped the kids off for their first day at a new school.  Just typing that makes me a little sad!  I miss my monsters already.  I didn’t think I would be emotional about them going back to school since it’s not their first rodeo.  They were in a mother’s day out program for 2 years before they started at this new school.  We loved their old school and I credit them for teaching the kids soooo much. 

Then we were moving to Austin and I had to pull them out of the mother’s day out program.  Then we didn’t move to Austin, but their old school didn’t have room for them anymore.  Within a few weeks, both of the kids spots had been filled.  So they have been home with me since the summer.  And I honestly loved having them with me. 

Easy homemade peach salsa recipe

Ryley is going to be 5 in a month and then she starts kindergarten in September.  We had already decided that we didn’t want to send the kids to public school.  Absolutely nothing about public school, it’s just a decision we made for our family.  But we are very limited on private school options down here.  I even tossed around the idea of homeschooling, but Ryley wasn’t really interested in that. 

I asked her “Do you want to stay home with momma and do school here?”  She told me “After I go to kindergarten.”  Well, ok.  She’s such a social little butterfly that she wants and needs to be around other kids.  We went to the park yesterday and she followed around another little girl just saying “Hi, I’m Ryley.”  She just loves people.  My sweet girl. 

Easy homemade peach salsa recipe!  This is so easy to whip together and perfect for healthy snacking

They will be able to go to kindergarten at the new school, so that’s a huge blessing already.  She will be able to be with her new friends for at least a year.  From there, we will have to probably find another private school or maybe Ill  home school.  It’s sort of up in the air right now what we will do at this point.  I just ask the good Lord to guide me in making the best decision for our kids when it comes to school.  Oh and patience.  I ask him for patience a lot too. 

Easy homemade peach salsa recipe!  This is so simple to make and such a healthy snack!  Whip up a batch for your next party

I knew Ryley would do well when I dropped her off.  She met her new teacher and was just so excited she could hardly contain herself.  She was trying to play it cool though and just stood in line and smiled with her hands in front of her.  I was a little worried about Avery because he kept telling me he didn’t want to go to school.  Over and over he kept saying it.  I finally told him that he has at least 15 more years of school so he needs to get use to the idea. 

When I dropped him off at his class he sat down and I told him “Let me help you with your coat, buddy.”  He said “No, mom, I got this.”  Well, ok.  You got this buddy.  I’ll see you after school.  I’ll just be here.. thinking about you until I can go pick you up. 

Peach Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large tomato, diced
  2. 1 large peach, diced
  3. 1/2 onion, diced
  4. 1 jalapeno, de-seeded and diced
  5. 1 8 oz can on diced pineapple
  6. 1 handful of cilantro
  7. juice of half a lime
Instructions
  1. Combine the tomato, peach, pineapple, jalapeno and onion together.
  2. Stir in the cilantro and add lime.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Can be stored for up to 2 days in the fridge.
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Mozzarella Meatball Quinoa Bake

Mozzarella meatball quinoa bake

Comfort foot meets healthified in this mozzarella meatball quinoa bake!

Easy and secretly healthy, this mozzarella meatball quinoa bake is perfect for the new year

I hope you didn’t see the word quinoa and immediately write off this recipe.  Yall, it’s good.  Like my husband and ate quinoa for the first time good. 

Granted the kids only ate the quinoa off the meatballs that I gave them and Ryon tasted a few bites for me, but still.  I consider it a breakthrough quinoa recipe win.  I’m going to try and think of other ways to sneak quinoa into their meals without knowing it.  Because, ya know, I’m that mom.  And wife.  You’re welcome husband. 

Shhh - this dish is secretly healthy!  Mozzarella meatball quinoa bake

I’ve mentioned before that up until recently I wasn’t even a fan of quinoa.  I felt like it was just one of those fad foods from the new year and everyone was hyping it up for nothing.  I’m the kind of person that doesn’t pick up on trends.  Like at all.  I wait and see if they are going to stick around and then think about trying them.  It could take me months, years!, to try something new. 

Like TOMS.  I was so against TOMS when they first game out.  [Not the cause, just the look of the shoe in general.]  They looked funny and they were expensive!  Ain’t nobody got time for that. 

Mozzarella meatball quinoa bake

Guess who currently owns 3 pairs of TOMS?  Yea, this girl.  And I love them!  The kids also have two pairs each.  [We buy ours on Zulily when they have them on sale though.  Shhh.]  I wear mine all the time.  I even have a pair that I consider “dressy”.  And honestly?  They are perfect for kids.  Slip on shoes that don’t require socks?  Shoes the kids can put on themselves without me having to help?  Major win. 

Meatball mozzarella quinoa bake

So when my friend Cathy started sharing quinoa recipes I just shook my head.  Silly quinoa fad.  Who even likes that stuff?  It sort of looks funny and how do you even pronounce it?  I’m still iffy on that last one, but I do know that I am converted.  And if you add meatballs, mozzarella and tomatoes?  Consider this Italian girl one happy quinoa fan!

Ps.. also try Cathy’s banana bread granola, because yum!  I made a big batch yesterday.  You’re welcome.

Mozzarella Meatball Quinoa Bake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quinoa
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  4. salt and pepper to taste
  5. 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
  6. 14 oz can of tomato sauce
  7. 15ish frozen meatballs
  8. 3 cups of cheese, divided - I used Mozzarella
Instructions
  1. Cook the quinoa by adding the garlic powder to the water and bringing to a boil. Add the quinoa and boil, covered, on low until the water has been absorbed. Add the salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In another pot, bring the sauce, diced tomatoes and meatballs to a boil. Continue to cook until the meatballs are cooked through - about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the quinoa to the meatball mix and transfer all to a baking dish. Mix in 1/2 cup of the cheese.
  4. Top with the remaining cheese and bake, uncovered at 350 for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove, let cool and enjoy!
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Easy and healthy recipe alert!  This mozarella meatball quinoa bake is so easy to put together and full of flavor that no one will belive its good for you!

Easy and Healthy Recipes

Easy and Healthy Recipes.  A list of easy and delicious recipes that are good for you!  Via thegrantlife.com

I’m all about easy and simple meals that are delicious.  I love cooking but its nice to be able to whip something up get out of the kitchen.  And when that meal is easy and healthy, well that’s just the best.  I’m always looking for new recipes to try and change up to fit our family.  I’ve rounded up 13 new recipes that are easy, healthy and just sound delicious.  [I see a theme in here – easy, simple, delicious, healthy.]  Check them out below!

Easy and Healthy Recipes.  A list of easy and delicious recipes that are good for you!  Via thegrantlife.com

Veggie Flatbread Pizza –

A homemade flatbread loaded with veggies and cilantro lime sauce!

Italian Meatloaf Muffins –

A quick and healthy twist on regular meatloaf.

Skinny Turkey Taco Soup -

This soup looks easy and delicious.  Plus, its skinny!

Easy Sauteed Garlic Shrimp and Veggies –

I love this recipe because its comes together so quick and effortless.

Arugula Salad Pizza –

Pizza with a twist!  [A healthy twist!]

Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower “Wings” –

Faux wings that are loaded with flavor!

Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Hummus-

This recipe comes together in less then 5 minutes.  And is delicious!

Couscous Stuffed Bell Peppers –

Couscous is a great alternative to rice and healthier too! 

Strawberry Quinoa Salad –

This is a super salad for sure!

Skinny Sausage and Corn Chowder –

I love a good chowder! 

Kale Chips –

Ditch the fried potatoes and try these bad boys!

Edamame Hummus-

Two of my favorite beans combined into one side dish!  [Heaven I tell ya!]

Whole Chicken Crockpot Dinner-

Literally the easiest dinner you will ever make.

 

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Baked Italian Chicken Meatballs

Italian Chicken Meatballs 8
Hey Grant Life friends! It’s Michaela from Covered in Mod Podge again. I’m excited to be here today to share a delicious recipe with you all.
I love to cook. But I also am pressed for time. So I love recipes that do double duty {hehe…I said duty. Sounds like dooty. Yes, my humor is as sophisticated as a 12 year old boy’s.} or that freeze beautifully. This delicious Baked Italian Chicken Meatball Recipe comes together quickly, freezes like a dream, is a healthier alternative to traditional meatballs, and is tasty to boot!
These meatballs use ground chicken. You could also use ground turkey or even ground beef. I HIGHLY prefer ground chicken to turkey. Ground chicken is moist, and has a more mellow flavor. Ground chicken is also easy to find these days. I picked mine up at Target! Also, these little gems are baked. Frying them in the pan is an option. But to me, baking them is fool-proof. Its so much easier and healthier {no oil}.
Ingredients:
1 lb. ground chicken
1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup parmesan
1 tbsp. basil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes {or more to taste}
1 egg
All all ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix together with your hand.
Shape into balls and place on a greased baking sheet or a silicone baking mat. {I like to use my silicone baking mat so the cheese that oozes out gets all crispy and yummy.} One pound of ground chicken will get you 12 golf ball sized meatballs.
Bake in an oven pre-heated to 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. You can either split one open to make sure its cooked through or use a meat thermometer to check that its at an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.
If I really have things together, I like to bake these guys during nap time. Then, I throw the meatballs I want to use that night for dinner into a pan with spaghetti sauce {jarred…shhh don’t tell}. Then, I simmer them on low until dinner time. If I don’t have it together, I just throw them on the plate straight from the oven. They still taste great.
To freeze these guys let them cool on the counter for about 30 minutes. Then wrap them up in tin foil and store in a freezer bag. When I’m looking to use them {meatball subs anyone?}, I let them defrost in the fridge. You can throw them in the sauce to warm up/simmer.
What’s your favorite recipe that you freeze? I’m always on a look out for a good recipe that I can freeze leftovers!

How to Start a Vegetable Garden

How to Start a Vegetable Garden
I have always been jealous of people that are able to grow things, like flowers and vegetables and wondered How to Start a Vegetable Garden. You see, I have what I call a brown thumb.  I’ve tried to grow my own things but it never ends well.  This year I was inspired to try my hand [and thumb] at gardening again.  I started my vegetable garden inside a few weeks ago and its going great!  Here are my beginners tips on how to start your own vegetable garden.
 
 
You will need:
Seeds
Potting Soil
Planters
Foil or a tray for water drainage
 
Creating your own garden
Ryley is at that stage where she wants to help me with everything.  She dragged her Dora chair over to the counter and started filling my containers with me.  Together we put about 1/4 inch of potting soil into our containers.

We put a seed on top of the soil.  This was her favorite part.  She took such care in putting those little seeds in soil.  We planted squash, watermelon, onion and eggplant.

After we put the seed down we filled the pods to the top with potting soil.  We gave them a little water and set them on the windowsill so they have plenty of light to grow.

 
I have Ryley help me water the plants most mornings and they are doing so well!  When she sees them she says ‘They are growing big mommy!’  in an excited voice.
 
I get excited when I see them too because I no longer have a brown thumb!  They are almost big enough to transfer outside so I had my hubby build a planter box.  I can’t wait to move these outside to the planter box!
 
Have you ever done a vegetable garden?
 
Check out how to transplant your indoor seedlings!
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Shaklee Smoothie Recipes + A Vlog

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My mind is all over the place lately.  Between work, kids and home I am ready for a vacation!  Good thing Im heading to Blissdom this Thursday!  I can not tell you how excited I am to meet up with old friends and make new ones!  Im not nervous for this conference like I was for my first one; just beyond excited.  And ready.  Mama needs a break!  Today’s post is quick – Im sharing two new smoothie recipes and quite possibly the most awkward vlog of all time.
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Peach Dandy -

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

5 frozen peaches

5 frozen mangoes

2 scoops Shaklee strawberry powder

Shaklee smoothie 1

Chocolate Spinach -

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 frozen banana

handful of frozen spinach

2 scoops chocolate Shaklee powder

Warning – turn down your volume and I make a lot of weird facial expressions.

 

Have you ever been to a blog conference?  I’d love to hear about it!

This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are my own.

People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

My Turnaround + Recipes

spinach blackberry mango

I’ve talked about my weight loss struggles before and I was starting to get on track with diet and exercise.  Then last month I hit a roadblock.  I hadn’t worked out in a few weeks and my weight was at an all time high.  I felt like a failure – so I ate.  I didnt see immediate results so I gave up, and I ate.  A few weeks ago I found out that I was selected to be a Shaklee180 blogger and honestly I was nervous.

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Don’t get me wrong – I was excited but nervous.  As a Shaklee blogger I will receive Shaklee products to help me lose weight and keep it off.  Sounds great, right?  It does!  But I have to blog and vlog about it – the good, the bad and the ugly.  What if I don’t lose weight?  I’d have to blog about how I failed and that makes me nervous!  It’s easy to sit behind my computer and deny my weight issues but now I’ll have to air it all out, every month.  The hardest part?  Showing people my beginning weight.  Its embarrassing and I don’t feel that big!  But its also motivating.  This is my turnaround – my new beginning.  I can’t believe I’m putting this out there for all to see but here is my starting point.

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Yes, really.  But I’m ok with it because I’m SO going to kick this baby/emotional eating/lazy good for nothing weight to the curb.  So instead of Menu Monday I’m going to update y’all on my progress – the good, the bad and even the ugly for the next few months.  Mostly I’m going to share some of my favorite recipes and any change in my weight.  With Shaklee I replace two meals a day with smoothies and I am loving them!

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Tropical Paradise – Mango, banana, coconut milk smoothie

1 frozen banana

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

splash of coconut milk

5 or 6 chunks frozen mango

2 scoops of Shaklee vanilla

Mix

spinach blackberry mango

Purple Monster – Mango, blackberry, spinach smoothie

5 chunks frozen mango

handful of frozen spinach

5 or 6 fresh blackberries

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 scoops Shaklee vanilla

Mix

banana granola smoothie

Happy Hippie – banana, granola smoothie

1/4 granola cereal

1 frozen banana

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 scoops Shaklee vanilla

Mix

Do you have any weight loss tips?  What about smoothie recipes?  I’d love to hear what has worked with you!

This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are my own.  People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week

20 Easy and Healthy Recipes

20 healthy recipes

I started menu planning again and Im trying to be consistent with my diet so I need all the inspiration I can get when it comes to healthy meals.  I love easy meals that are quick and that everyone in the family will eat.  [Even my two picky little monsters!]  I want to set a good example for them by eating healthy and exercising.  They are little sponges right now [ages 2 and 3] and they pick up on the littlest things.  Even what we eat!  Are you looking for some easy and healthy recipes to try this year?  [I know I am!]  I’ve rounded up 20 Easy and Healthy Recipes !

20 healthy recipes
 

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Baked Sweet Potato Tots :: Attack of the Hungry Monster

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Avocado Hummus :: A Cozy Kitchen

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Baked Pickle Fries :: According to L

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Guiltless Cajun Chicken Alfredo :: Eat Cake for Dinner

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Apple Juice Carrots :: Architecture of a Mom

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Orange and Avocado Dip :: Little Inspiration

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Chocolate and Granola Apple Wedges :: Eat Yourself Skinny

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Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas :: Healthy – Delicious

hot wing turkey meatballs

Hot Wing and Goat Cheese Meatballs :: The Kurtz Corner

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Banana Orange Chia Breakfast Smoothie :: The Grant Life

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Turkey Chili :: The NY Melrose Family

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Sweet Potato Soup :: The Baker Upstairs

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Skinny Thai Shrimp Pasta :: Back for Seconds Blog

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Skinny Lemon Ice Cream :: Crazy for Crust

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No Bake Quiona Crumble Bars :: Half Baked Harvest

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Healthy Spinach Lasagna Rolls :: The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Italian Stuffed Chicken :: Happy Hour Projects

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Apple Chocolate Granola :: Delicious. Healthy. Good.

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Berry Stuffed Breakfast Cupcake :: Chocolate Covered Kate

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Quinoa Vegetable Stuffed Acorn Squash :: citronlimette


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Healthy Eating: Banana Orange Breakfast Smoothie

breakfast smoothie with chia

My New Year’s resolution is to be more consistent in all aspects of my life; including diet and exercise.  Im trading in my cappuccino pancakes for healthier meals like this easy banana orange breakfast smoothie with chia seeds.

breakfast smoothie

Chia seeds are similar to poppy seeds in size but are jam packed with fiber and Omega-3.  Just one tablespoon gives you 4 grams of fiber.  They dont have a taste and can be added to almost anything.  The seeds absorb water and become gel-like which helps keep you full.

smoothie with chia

Pretty cool, right?  I added them to my smoothie and didnt even notice they were there.  My smoothie had:

one banana, one clementine, 1/2 cup of milk, one packet of sweetener, some ice and some chia seeds.

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Mix in the blender and enjoy.  I like my smoothies to be on the thick side – makes me feel like Im drinking a milkshake.

breakfast smoothie with chia

Im excited to experiment with other fruit to create new smoothies.  I think I can be consistent in drinking one of these delicious smoothies every day.

What is your go to healthy breakfast?