Monster Cookies

Big, chewy peanut butter cookies loaded sweet chocolate chips, M&M candies, and oats… everything you could want in a dessert! These colorful cookies are fun for kids to eat, but equally as delicious for adults.

Big, chewy peanut butter cookies loaded with sweet chocolate chips, M&M candies, and oats!  Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com

Ever since I mastered my favorite cookie dough base, I haven’t been able to stop coming up with new cookie creations. Last time I shared the decadent Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies, and this time I’m going with a classic kid favorite… Monster Cookies!

I say these are a kid favorite because of the bright colored M&M’s sprinkled throughout the dough, but let’s be honest… even the grown-ups love a good M&M cookie, right? All those pretty colors PLUS tons of peanut-buttery goodness AND chewy oats baked into these cookies… what’s not to love?

Big, chewy peanut butter cookies loaded with sweet chocolate chips, M&M candies, and oats!  Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com

Big, chewy peanut butter cookies loaded with sweet chocolate chips, M&M candies, and oats!  Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com

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Spinach Mushroom Feta Frittata

Frittatas are a quick and easy way to eat a nutritious meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This version featuring spinach, mushrooms, and creamy feta cheese is super flavorful and can be ready in just 10 minutes.

A healthy frittata is a quick and easy meal for any time of day! Try this Spinach Mushroom Feta version from LoveGrowsWild.com

A couple months ago, I tried making my first frittata (a.k.a. the crustless quiche) when I was looking for quick dinner ideas. Depending on what add-in ingredients you use, most frittatas are ready in 10 minutes or less. TEN minutes or less… from start to finish! I can’t even cook a frozen pizza that fast. After my first frittata success, I’ve been making them left and right with all kinds of yummy add-ins, so get ready to jump on the frittata train, ya’ll… you’re going to see a lot of them here from now on!

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Blueberry Lemon Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is an easy and delicious way to start your morning with a healthy breakfast. This version features fresh, juicy blueberries and a squeeze of lemon… one of my favorite combinations! It also reheats beautifully so you can enjoy a good breakfast all week long.

Start your morning off right with this blueberry lemon baked oatmeal! Easy to make and reheats beautifully so you can have a delicious, healthy breakfast all week long. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Last year I made my first batch of baked oatmeal (apple cinnamon… yum!), but it’s been awhile since I’ve tried any new flavors. So yesterday I started brainstorming what kind I wanted to try next, and before I knew it, I had half a page full of ideas. Apparently, I LOVE me some oatmeal.

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Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Delicious homemade Chicken Noodle Soup ready in under 30 minutes! Whip up this warm, comforting dish in no time with the help of pre-cooked chicken, healthy veggies, the perfect blend of herbs, and a double dose of noodles. You’re going to love this easy meal!

Delicious homemade Chicken Noodle Soup ready in under 30 minutes! Get the recipe for this easy meal at LoveGrowsWild.com

Remember last week when I shared my “recipe” for shredded chicken made in the slow cooker? Well that whole post was in preparation for today’s recipe… homemade, delicious, quick and easy Chicken Noodle Soup!

It’s true… there actually is a method to my madness. This soup recipe is one that I’ve been making and tweaking for years, because: 1) it’s so darn easy 2) it is relatively healthy 3) it’s a one-pot meal and 4) who doesn’t love a big bowl of chicken noodle soup? Whether one of the kids is sick with a cold or I just want a quick meal on the table without a lot of effort, this has been my go-to recipe since B.C. (before children). [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

We’re going back to basics in the kitchen today with a simple trick I love using to make dinnertime a breeze. I’ll show you how I make delicious shredded chicken in the slow cooker that can be used in everything from pasta and casseroles to soups, salads, sandwiches and more. Cook the chicken in bulk and freeze to make meal prep super simple all month long!

Make meal prep easier with this tender, juicy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken! Cook the chicken ahead of time and freeze to make dinnertime a breeze on busy nights! Learn how at LoveGrowsWild.com

As I was getting some new dinner ideas together for you guys, I realized that I’ve never shown you one of the most-used recipes in my kitchen! We eat A LOT of chicken in this house. And sometimes I come across recipes that call for pre-cooked chicken. Rather than dealing with raw chicken every night and dirtying yet another skillet, I like to cook a bunch of chicken breasts all at once, chop or shred them up, and freeze them for future use. I promise you… this trick will make your life 100x easier!

Not only can you cook a whole bunch of chicken all at once, but there’s actually very little effort needed to get the job done. Enter: the slow cooker. (cue the trumpets playing) [Read more…]

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

Sweet orange muffins loaded with chocolate chips and drizzled with a delicious orange glaze. The chocolate-citrus combination is so yummy and perfect for breakfast or snack time!

Sweet orange muffins loaded with chocolate chips and drizzled with a delicious orange glaze! The chocolate-citrus combination is so yummy and perfect for breakfast or snack time! | LoveGrowsWild.com

So the other day I was grabbing a stack of junk mail out of the mailbox and discovered a letter from my oldest son, Alec’s, principal. “Hmm… that’s unusual…” I thought. My worried fingers quickly tore open the envelope and unfolded the letter. I scanned the page faster than I think my brain could actually read the words, so I went back and read it again.

Alec was just nominated as Student of the Month for his school, and we were invited to attend the next school board meeting where Alec would receive a plaque for his achievement. I’m pretty sure my mouth hit the floor. “Alec has been nominated for this award for his citizenship, respect, responsibility, and character.” The tears flooded my eyes.

We watched Alec walk in front of the entire school board to accept his award and listened his teacher commend him on his willingness to help others and his fierce passion for reading books. Then his principal read off a little interview they had earlier in the week where she asked him questions like “What’s your favorite food?” and “What do you want to be when you grow up?” He said, “I love my mom’s orange scones, and I want to be a farmer just like my dad.” I’m pretty sure my heart was in a puddle on the floor by this point. We were so proud of him!

I decided to celebrate Alec’s big accomplishment with a big batch of his beloved orange treats, but this time with a special twist. Hey… we’re celebrating, right? And what better way to celebrate than with a whole bunch of chocolate chips added into the mix? [Read more…]

Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo

Creamy, cheesy pasta that is light on calories but big on flavor! This Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo is ready in under 20 minutes and tastes every bit as delicious as traditional Alfredo sauce!

Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo - creamy, cheesy pasta that is light on calories but big on flavor! Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com

It has been FAR too long since I’ve given you a new pasta recipe to try. What could be more delicious than a big bowl of tender noodles bathing in a super creamy, thick and cheesy, mouth-watering Alfredo sauce? Man, I just love this stuff. [Read more…]