Loaded Sweet Potatoes

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Introducing one of our favorite simple weekly meals: The Loaded Sweet Potato. It’s a staple on the menu at our house because it’s easy, healthy, and really tasty. These can be topped a number of ways, but below is our favorite way to eat them! I've simplified it below with store-bought guacamole, and you can make it even easier on yourself with rotisserie chicken or frozen chicken breast strips (bonus points for adding taco seasoning to your chicken for extra flavor!) 

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Ingredients
1 lb chicken breast + seasoning (I use McCormick Grill Mates Chipotle & Roasted Garlic!)
2-4 sweet potatoes (1 per person)
1 can of black beans
Guacamole (I used store-bought)
 

Instructions
Bake sweet potatoes in the oven or in Instant Pot until they’re good and soft. I usually get the big potatoes for individual portions, and it takes about 30 min in the Instant Pot. 

While potatoes bake, slice chicken breast into fajita size bites. Season well with taco seasoning or (my favorite) McCormick Grill Mates Chipotle & Roasted Garlic seasoning. Cook in a skillet over medium with oil of choice (we use Grapeseed oil) until chicken is thoroughly cooked. 

Top your individual sweet potato with black beans, chicken and guacamole.  (Cilantro for bonus points!) I’ve also topped mine with plain Green Yogurt, hot sauce, and salsa verde. Enjoy!

Baked Chicken Meatballs

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I'm always looking for something that freezes well, that B likes, and fits within our healthier attempts at family dinners. Chicken meatballs are a winner in all three of those categories! These are also really yummy with ground turkey, and I love that they're baked instead of fried. You can also sneak in a little spinach when you blend the onion, egg, etc. for an added green factor! 

Ingredients:

1/2 breadcrumbs
2 cloves garlic
1/4 onion
1 egg
1 lb chicken sausage
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil

Instructions:

Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with a light layer of cooking non-stick spray. Pre-heat oven to 400*.

In a blender, "chop" onion, egg, garlic, and cheese until it reaches a finely minced consistency. In a mixing bowl combine breadcrumbs with salt, pepper, and spices. Add in blender mixture and chicken sausage. Mix with your hands until completely combined.

Make 1-1.5” sized meatballs and place on baking sheet. Bake at 400* for 20 min.

Serve over pasta - we love it with penne pasta and vodka sauce, but it would also be great with marinara and veggie noodles (zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash)!

Daily Harvest Review

I've been loving these Daily Harvest cups for MONTHS, and I keep saying I'll put together a review of some of my favorites, but time just slips away. Well, I've gotten to try their newest cups of lattes and cold soups (literally incredible - trust me) and I had to share finally!

Daily Harvest has Smoothies, Chia Parfaits, Overnight Oats, Lattes, Soups, & Harvest Bowls. They come in the mail, and go directly into your freezer for later (or right away - no judgement!) Each cup has directions, and they're the simplest ever. Their Harvest Bowls and Soups have saved me from eating a whole pack of Girl Scout cookies for lunch on many occasions! I put together a review of cups I've tried below, and included photos so you can see the final product.

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Chaga + Chocolate Latte
I whipped out the milk frother just for this occasion! The Latte cups come with three single serve portions so you're really getting 3-for-1 here, and just one serving was all I needed for the morning. This particular flavor was AMAZING. It reminded me of Mexican Hot Chocolate, and it's rich enough to be delicious as a frozen latte as well. I made mine with regular milk, but it would be just as yummy with any other non-dairy milk. A few other things to note: Daily Harvest's thing is special, extra nutritional ingredients in every cup. This one has Chaga and Reishi Mushrooms (that I never would've believed were in there) to help boost your immune system. It also has Organic Cacao, and the website says that ingredient boosts your serotonin levels. So while it didn't have caffeine in it, it totally boosted my mood and it tasted like actual heaven soooo there's that.

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Cinnamon Protein + Banana Overnight Oats
All I can say is... YES. I'm the worst about eating breakfast, and this is amazing in the morning. I added sliced bananas, chia seeds, and coconut chips on top just because. This cup has cocoa nips in it, and when you eat it hot they get melty and delish! Also totally suggest doing these like traditional overnight oats, and placing them in the fridge w/ your liquid of choice for 6+ hours. I've also tried the Mulberry + Dragon Fruit oats, which were amazing as well. My favorite thing about these is that they're easy for a busy morning because you can literally prepare them the night before.

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Quinoa + Chipotle Harvest Bowl
This was easily one of the best lunches I had all week! These are totally great without all the extras, but if you're bringing it to work, I'd suggest adding 1/2 cup of black beans or chicken for protein + an avocado because it's SO good with avocado. I fancied mine up because I had everything on hand. I made a taco salad with fresh greens, avocado, sliced tomatoes, cilantro, queso fresco, and hard-shell tortillas. Drizzle a little spicy olive oil + lime juice on top for dressing! I wish I could eat this everyday gehhhhh.

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Tomato + Bell Pepper Chilled Soup
This is a brand new soup that's out for summer, and I was STOKED to try it because I'm a huge tomato fan. It has all the right salsa vibes. I added my homemade bone broth to it, and would recommend doing a chicken stock or bone broth as your liquid for this one. It's a chilled soup, so you eat it cold, and it's totally refreshing. I love love love their hot soups, and can't wait to try the other two chilled soups sitting in my freezer.

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Blueberry + Hemp Smoothie
B and I shared this one, and she drank way more than her fair share ;). It has hemp protein in it, which is a really specific taste (and yes you can taste it) but I didn't mind the flavor. Overall, it tastes like a blueberry smoothie, and the hidden greens were an added bonus. Their smoothies are always good, in my opinion. They usually have something special that I wouldn't think to add or be able to find in my local grocery store. 

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Strawberry Cheesecake Sundae
B and I are official smoothie and sundae taste-testers together - they're her favorite after-nap snack, of course. There's tons of hidden veggies AND they're vegan (we made ours with vanilla almond milk) so they're perfect to share with my kiddo. I love that they included toppings for this one. It had a graham cracker/cheesecake crust vibe, without the guilt!

Final Thoughts
Some of these cups are more on-the-go friendly than others, and a few lend themselves to snacks more than meals. It completely depends on what you're wanting, and Daily Harvest has a lot of variety to make your box of cups work for your needs. What I love about them is the convenience factor + health factor without losing on taste. I'm a bit of a smoothie snob, and I like my smoothies not to be too watery, green-tasting, etc. I have loved every single smoothie so far, and each one has been B approved. Many of their smoothie cups soothe a sweet tooth, which is also a huge win in my book. Finally, their bowls and soups save me on the regular when I forget to make myself lunch (mom problems). I find myself adding things to the bowls and soups, but they're super yummy on their own. I usually get a mix of cups for breakfast, lunch and snacks, and love that they have something for everyone.

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