Bengals Themed Family Pics + My Simple Gameday Chili Recipe!

There’s nothing better than a chilly fall day with football, family, time for relaxation, and good food! I am sharing one of my favorite, easiest recipes below – Gameday Chili! Perfect for staying in, or taking to share with others.
First off, we are a Bengals family through and through so I thought it would be fun to do some Bengals themed family pics at the park. While we are living in New Jersey right now, we still cheer on our team from afar each week. We used to go to games at Paul Brown all the time and I can’t wait to take Calvin to his first game! Such a fun thing to make a tradition. Cal is a baby bengal, he just doesn’t know it yet!

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Simple & Yummy Game Day Chili
Ingredients 
1 red onion
1 can organic kidney beans
1 chili packet
2 cans organic tomato sauce
1 can rotel tomatoes & chilies 🍅
1 package organic ground turkey
Sprinkle of Red pepper  🌶
1 box elbow macaroni
Sharp cheddar and crackers to top
  • Sauté finely chopped red onion and brown ground turkey in a pan
  • While onion and meat are cooking, pour 2 large cans hunts sauce, rotel tomatoes/chilis, kidney beans, and chili packet into a large soup pan and turn on medium heat
  • Once cooked, toss onions and cooked meat into the mixture
  • Pour in 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • Season with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of red pepper if you like some spice
  • Simmer on low/medium heat until macaronis are softened
  • Top with cheddar cheese and crackers
  • Enjoy! So easy & yummy.

Let me know if you try! Have an awesome rest of your weekend. We are spending this Sunday relaxing and catching up on some 💤💤


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Mom/Life Hack #1: Easy (Minimal Ingredient) Crock Pot Meals

You all – I will be the first to admit that cooking is NOT my thing. It’s not something I really find fun, relaxing, or a hobby at all. I love food as much as anyone – but I definitely am a person that eats to live, not necessarily lives to eat. You get my drift? We do make homemade dinners about 4-5 times a week but I very much consider myself a lazy cook. I love finding new recipes but if it has more than like 5 ingredients and I don’t know where to find one of them in the grocery store – I pretty much completely shut down and give up on the recipe altogether. Enter: Easy peezy (and minimal ingredient) CROCKPOT meals.
I have been wanting to write this post since I started blogging because it is my FAVORITE life hack – and I feel like these recipes are coming just in time for October, Fall, Football, chilly weather, etc!
I can throw the ingredients in the crock pot in the morning when I am packing my lunch or making Calvin’s bottles (aka being a mixologist) and turn it on all before work. After a long day, there is (almost) nothing more satisfying than coming home to a great meal that’s ready & waiting for you.
These are the 4 meals I find myself making over and over in the crockpot – you know it’s easy if I have all of the ingredients and instructions memorized. You’ll prob notice I call for mostly organic ingredients – I’m not a psycho on this type of stuff but I try to buy organic when I can and always buy organic meat. Creepy meat =  😖
Fiesta Chicken (‘aka Taco Mush’)
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1 can organic corn
1 can organic black beans
1 large can hunts tomato sauce
1 package chicken breasts or tenders
1 taco seasoning packet or fiesta chicken seasoning packet
1 can hunts diced tomatoes (chose one with some seasonings for extra taste)
1 cups rice
Combine all ingredients except rice in the pot and mix together. Cook on low 4-6 hours. Take out chicken and shred with two forks. Put chicken and 1 cup rice back in the pot and cook on high 15-20 min. Enjoy!
Chicken Noodle Soup
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2 cups chopped carrots
1 white onion chopped
2 cups chopped celery
1 box low sodium organic chicken broth
A few dashes of Rosemary seasoning
A few dashes Salt & Pepper
1 package egg noodles
Combine all ingredients except noodles in the pot and mix together. Cook on low 4-6 hours. Take out chicken and shred with two forks. Put chicken and 2 cups egg noodles back in the pot and cook on low another 15-20 min. Enjoy!
Rotini”Casserole”
1 package organic ground turkey
1 jar pasta sauce of choice
1 box whole wheat rotini noodles
Seasonings of choice (salt, pepper, oregano)
Combine ground turkey & pasta sauce in crockpot. Cook on low 4-6 hours. Chop up cooked turkey. Put in 2 cups of rotini noodles and cook on low another 15-20 min. Sprinkle on cheese, duh! Serve with a side of steamed veggies and a piece of buttered bread.  Enjoy!
Brown Sugar/Barbecue Pork Chops

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1 package organic pork chops (thin)
1 bottle barbecue sauce of choice
A few sprinkles of brown sugar
Put a layer of barbecue sauce on the bottom of the crock pot. Place pork chips in pot. Cover with another layer of sauce and sprinkle with brown sugar. Pork chops cook quick so 3-4 on low (if they are thin and defrosted) is all you need. Serve with a side of steamed veggies and a potato side. Enjoy!
Seriously can’t stress enough how much you need to get on the crockpot train if you aren’t already! Did I also mention we always have leftovers from these? Perfect for lunch the next day!
I recommend one with a timer if you work all day so that you don’t burn your meal.

If you want quick, easy, minimal ingredient recipes check out these books for some ideas!


I know my meals are so #basic – any suggestions on simple additions or improvements to these meals? What are your all time crockpot or quick dinner faves?
Happy First Weekend of October – let me know if you try any of these meals ❤

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Bomb Breakfast Burritos

Let me preface this post by saying I do not consider myself a food blogger, a food photographer, or a domestic goddess in the kitchen. In fact, I am quite the opposite & kind of lazy when it comes to cooking. It has to be SIMPLE with a minimal amount of ingredients or it gets overwhelming and I shut down all together. I know it sounds dramatic. When I left for college my parents were actually concerned with how I would survive…much to their surprise, I made it (cue: “look at me now”) 🎧
If this sound like you, then you are in the right place! I will only post meals from time to time that I truly find delicious, healthy-ish, and that are quick & easy to make! I made this burrito in about 5 min, rushing around with a baby staring at me…probably thinking, “what is she even doing?”
I have officially graduated from breakfast sandwiches to breakfast BURRITOS. When I find a clean, easy recipe I tend to wear it out – so right now I’m in a scrambled egg/salsa/avocado burrito phase. So yummy and filling! It’s an entire meal in one tortilla.
I don’t really count macros or calories, esp since I’m breastfeeding & exercising right now, and need to make sure I’m eating enough. My goal is to simply be choosing clean ingredients in what I am making, when I can.  I do know that this burrito has around 30g of protein! If you are looking to cut out some calories or fats, you can remove the cheese, avocado, and/or tortilla for a simple egg scramble. I’m not a fan of giving up food groups – all in moderation. 

Ingredients:
olive oil or non-stick spray
whole wheat tortilla
1/2 avocado
2 eggs
1 cup spinach 
1/4 cup chopped red onion 
1/4 cup skim sharp cheddar 
2 tbsp.tomato salsa 
protein of your choice – I used honey ham, but bacon is awesome too
pepper to taste
*Although more expensive, I try to choose organic ingredients when available and I ALWAYS choose organic, all-natural, antibiotic free, etc, etc, meats. Nature’s Promise is my grocery chain’s organic brand.

Step 1: Scramble two eggs in a bowl with a dash of skim milk

Step 2: Chop red onion & honey ham, separate out spinach and begin to saute in pan with non-stick spray or olive oil

Step 3: Pour eggs on top & scramble into veggies – sprinkle on sharp cheddar & pepper

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Step 4: Warm tortilla in microwave for 20 seconds

Step 5: slice avocado and spread 1/2 onto tortilla

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Step 6: transfer eggs onto tortilla

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Step 7: top with 2 tbsp. organic salsa

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* ENJOY! *
I hope you all had an amazing Mother’s Day & that your weeks are off to a great start!
❤ Kayla