Tuscan Chicken Skillet | PALEO, Whole30

With summer time here and more time on my hands, you'd think I wouldn't mind putting in more work in the kitchen.  But with the summer heat and 100 other things on my to-do list that I'd rather be spending my time on, turning on the oven and spending a whole lot of time on dinner doesn't always make the cut.

So here I am, a good way through the summer:  still craving those fresh summer flavors and wanting enough food made to get us through lunches the next day, but not willing to spend more than about 30 minutes on a meal.  Sound familiar?

Vanilla Cashew Collagen Bites | PALEO, Whole30

In case you haven't noticed, collagen is slowly taking over.  It's all over Instagram and YouTube, and sneaking into tons of skincare products too.  Are you guys on board with it?  Pretty sure you already know that I love it!

Collagen is great in coffee and smoothies, and I also love how it dissolves pretty effortlessly into most recipes.  A sneaky way to get in extra protein to snacks and meals that need a boost.

Sausage & Egg Breakfast Bake | PALEO, Whole30

This recipe has been updated as of July 2017 ~ same great flavors, just a few minor tweaks & new photos.  I love all of your great feedback on this breakfast bake, and have made it about a million times now myself!

I love waking up and sharing breakfast with my family, especially on the rare occasion where we're all at home to enjoy each other's company. This dish is a great way to bring everyone together, without spending all your time in the kitchen.

Quick Shrimp & Green Bean Curry Skillet | PALEO, Whole30

One of my favorite flavor profiles that I've grown to love in adulthood (because I was a picky kid) is a good Thai curry.  The warm, mildly spiced curry sauces are some of my favorites, and pair so well with almost any protein.  The fact that the coconut-based creaminess lends itself so easily to a Paleo or Whole30 meal is just an added bonus!

And while I continue to love & make more traditional-spiced dishes like my Thai Coconut Curry Chicken and Thai Coconut Curry Soup, taking the time to create a Thai spice blend can be consuming.  Often I'll make a large batch at once, so it's ready to be sprinkled into a skillet dish or soup whenever I'm ready for some spicy-sweet Thai flavor.  However, I totally understand not wanting to go out & purchase 1 million different spices just to create one blend (or to even have that many to store in your spice cabinet).  For those reasons, and for the love of quick & simple meals, I decided to come up with a simplified curry.  The less ingredients, the better~ but still with enough flavor to give it that traditional Thai flair.

"Cheesy" Cauliflower Rice | Paleo

I am always on the hunt for some tasty side dishes that I'm actually going to make.  Because as much as I love me some grilled steak or chicken (especially in the summer time), it's just not a complete meal without a couple of side dishes to compliment those smokey flavors and satisfy every craving.

In addition to being delicious, I'm always trying to come up with sides that are realistic.  Ones that don't take tons of time and ingredients to make, but are still full of nutrients and homemade goodness?  That's what I'm talking about!