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Healthy Crock Pot Cashew Chicken! It’s the stir fry minus the fry. The take-out minus the “please tell me someone else ate my last 17 bites when I wasn’t looking” feeling of regret. The slow cooker chicken recipe for when the decision between turning on your oven to make dinner or keeping it off and dipping raw broccoli and cashews in soy sauce instead is closer to a tie than you imagined possible.

I adapted this Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken with vegetables from my recipe for Thai Cashew Chicken, one of my favorite quick-fix meals.

Like that easy cashew chicken recipe, this Crock Pot Cashew Chicken is super simple to prep, offers every food group in a single meal, and the addictive, sticky sauce will make it a fast fave, even among picky eaters.

As someone who loves her leftovers, I appreciate that this cashew chicken recipe is just as yummy reheated the next day too.

Unlike my original Thai Cashew Chicken, however, this Crock Pot Cashew Chicken is almost entirely hands free. You’ll need to spend a few minutes at the stove—a quick 2 or 3 to brown the chicken, then 3 more to thicken the sauce at the end—but I pinky promise it is worth it! (more…)

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If you are of the attitude that too much topping on a fruit crisp is simply not a situation that exists in real life, then my friend, this is the Peach Crisp recipe for you.

This easy Peach Crisp flirts with the topping-to-fruit ratio in the most dangerous of ways.

Use a big spoon when you eat it. You’ll be glad you have the extra scoop space by the time you’ve made it through the golden, lusciously buttery topping to reach the juicy, honey-sweetened slices of peaches waiting underneath.

I’m usually a moderate topping-to-fruit lover, even sometimes erring on the side of more fruit—I KNOW. Thanks for being friends with me anyway. I was thisclose to scaling down the topping somewhat, thinking that I had managed the impossible. I had baked a Peach Crisp with too much topping. (more…)

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If you’ve fallen as in love with your Instant Pot as much as I have (so easy! so good! soooo ONE POT = FEWER DISHES!), then like me, you are likely always on the lookout for the best Instant Pot recipes, especially healthy Instant Pot recipes. I have a growing collection of Instant Pot recipes on my site and wanted to take today to highlight 15 of my favorites. It’s a good mix, ranging from Instant Pot chicken recipes, to Instant Pot vegetarian recipes, to sides like Instant Pot mashed potatoes, and my new favorite category, Instant Pot Indian recipes. Get ready to pin these page. You are going to want to save these recipes to come back to again and again.

15 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot Mexican Casserole

A healthy Instant Pot Mexican chicken recipe with rice, beans, chicken or turkey, and fresh veggies.

“I made this last night and it was amazing! So easy to put together and so delicious. I love your blog- thank you for so many wonderful recipes!!” — Shelby

Instant Pot Chicken Mole

Another of my favorite Instant Pot chicken recipes! A quicker version of the authentic Mexican chicken mole. The filling is perfect for tacos, enchiladas, salads, rice and more.

“Our family loved this chicken mole! Easy to add more or less spice to taste. Served with hot sauce on the table for those that wanted extra kick.” — Erin (more…)

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This has been the summer of all the grilled vegetables on our back porch. When I’m standing outside sipping wine with one hand and flipping Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with the other, it feels as if whatever else happened that day, everything is going to be OK as long as I can still do this quiet, blissful thing for myself.

Every since learning to make Grilled Cauliflower Steaks, I’ve been completely enamored by the delicious simplicity of grilled veggies. It’s the same way I feel about roasted vegetables in the winter—10 minutes of effort for a plate piled high with scrumptious, healthy satisfaction.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms have a mega advantage over baked portobellos mushroom recipes: NO clean up at the end!  (more…)

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Isn’t butter chicken just the most wonderful sounding name for a recipe? Today’s Instant Pot Butter Chicken has all of the comforting, soul-satisfying flavor any recipe with the word “butter” in it promises but is healthy, made easier in the pressure cooker, AND I’ve even snuck in a full serving of veggies to make it a true one-pot meal.

I have been smitten with Indian food ever since my post-college roommate and I spent a month traveling India after we graduated, especially the rich, saucy curries like Indian butter chicken.

If you aren’t familiar with butter chicken, it’s tender, falling-apart morsels of chicken in a creamy, mildly spiced curry sauce. Butter chicken is not spicy in the sense of being “hot;” rather it is fully flavored with layers of Indian spices and ingredients like ginger, tomato, curry, and coconut milk.

My former Indian travel companion is coming to stay with us this weekend for our annual girls’ reunion (a small group of my best college girlfriends and I are 10-years strong meeting up each summer!), so I thought it would be fun to surprise her with a dish to remind us of our travels.

With its ease to make, fab flavor, and ability to be enjoyed with one of both of our favorite Indian items, naan bread, Instant Pot Butter Chicken feels like the perfect choice for a casual dinner at home. (more…)

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If your behavior around your refrigerator in the summer is anything like mine—open fridge door, grab handful of fresh berries, shove berries in face, repeat—I know it’s a lot to ask you to resist devouring a single carton of ruby gems to bake Raspberry Muffins. I promise you, your raspberry self control will be rewarded!

These moist, healthy Raspberry Muffins are kissed with lemon and one of the most worthy uses of precious summer raspberries I’ve tasted to date.

Like nearly all of the healthy muffin recipes you’ll find on my site, these Raspberry Muffins are whole grain, naturally sweetened, and employ a few sneaky tricks to make them super moist without the need for excess fat.

Oh, and one other Very Important Raspberry Muffin Note: they are SCRUMPTIOUS!

You’ll find delicate, sweet berries in every bite, a soft-springy crumb, and the most delicate, refreshing touch of citrus. (more…)

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You can sign me up for the sheet pan diet. Endlessly versatile, healthy, and the simplest way to nail every food group with only one dish to wash at the end, sheet pan suppers like today’s Italian Sausage and Peppers in the oven will be your faithful weeknight dinner date. This recipe is loaded with Italian allure, ultra filling, and enjoyable either on its own or as an easy add-on to pasta, sandwiches, and more.

Sausage and peppers sandwiches are our go-to weekend lunch at the lake. I love that everyone can pick their sausage of choice (I go for the hot Italian chicken; Ben for the traditional pork), then do it up right with sauce, cheese, and a stack of sautéed veg.

The combination of the spice and juiciness of Italian sausage with the sweetness of bell peppers is the kind of classic, don’t-mess-with-it combo that I prize in Italian cuisine. The sublime is in the simple. We’ve been eating sausage and peppers for our summer Saturday lunches for three years running, and I’m not tired of them yet.

Due to the unfortunate mash up of one of the rainiest summers to date and Ben being out of commission since his shoulder surgery, we’ve been far below our usual number of lake days. Collateral damage: we are also far below our quota of sausage and peppers lunches.

Fortunately, thanks to this simple sausage and peppers sheet pan recipe, we now have an even easier way to enjoy Italian sausage and peppers year-round! (more…)

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Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake! Because where I come from, summer isn’t summer until you have a fluffy, sweet slice of shortcake slathered in butter, smothered in fresh strawberries, and topped off with a cloud of real-deal whipped cream. Bonus points if the whipped cream (and while we are at it, the berries and butter) are infused with a little booze.

This recipe is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.

Growing up, my Grammy made us the most ethereal strawberry shortcake every Fourth of July. We’d add blueberries and whipped cream for a patriotic red-white-and-blue look, then climb on top of her roof to watch fireworks light the sky all across the city.

Go-getting oldest child that I am, I always claimed biggest slice of shortcake and went back for seconds.

I still make my Grammy’s shortcake recipe every year (it’s the one called for in this Peach Shortcake recipe), and now that I have several close friends with gluten intolerances, including the friend with whom I go fresh strawberry picking every summer, I wanted to see if I could create a gluten free strawberry shortcake recipe that my friends could enjoy too.

Meet fluffy, FABULOUS strawberry shortcake success! (more…)

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At an age when I was old enough to drive but young enough to still consider a bandana tied around my head cool, I was a Girl Scout camp volunteer. While I never managed to tie a bowline knot or navigate with a compass, I did become highly adept at another life skill: s’mores making. Today’s S’mores Treats have the flavor and nostalgia of the campfire classic, transformed into a healthier no-bake treat you can make without ever needing to light a fire.

One of the biggest game-changing s’mores moments in my life (because yes, these moments exist) came when my childhood friend Laura introduced me to the concept of using a peanut butter cup in place of the standard square of milk chocolate in my s’mores.

Friends, please promise me you’ll try a peanut butter cup s’more at least once in your life. It won’t be your last.

Peanut butter and marshmallow are a salty-sweet, sticky-creamy, heavenly combination. Think fluffernutter sandwich, times one million.

THEN, came the game-changing Rice Krispie treat moment: the first time I had a s’mores Rice Krispie treat with graham crackers.

If you aren’t familiar with this twist on classic Rice Krispie treats, a s’mores treat uses graham cracker cereal in place of the rice cereal and adds chocolate chips. They’re sticky, ooey-gooey, and taste like a pan of no-bake s’mores.

It was only a matter of time until my loves—peanut butter s’mores and s’mores Krispie treats—collided into a single dessert. (more…)

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