Food, Holiday

Valentine’s Day Treats For People Who Don’t Like Sweets

Chocolate, candy, cupcakes… sounds a lot like Valentine’s Day doesn’t it?

But what if you don’t like sweets?

I’m not a huge sweets person and Bryce hates all sweets so we’ve always had to think outside the box a little when it comes to Valentine’s Day.

Last year I surprised Bryce with a huge platter of cheeses cut into hearts with meat and his eyes lit up like the crazy heart eyed emoji. This year he said that’s all he wanted again…sure makes my life easy!

His reaction inspired me to think of some other alternatives for sweets on Valentine’s Day so bust out your heart shaped cookie cutters and let’s get cooking!!

5 Valentines Day Treats For People Who Don’t Like Sweets:

  1. Heart Melting Grilled Cheese- This is so easy- simply make a grilled cheese then use a heart cookie cutter to cut out the center. I ate the crust then served Bryce the heart part with a little soup.


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Food, Holiday

Bacon Roses

bacon roses

I really wanted to name this post something more fun like,

Because nothing says I love you more than bacon..

or Because men don’t give a shit about flowers, cookies or chocolate..

But I settled for Bacon Roses! They’re a perfect gift to give to anyone for Valentine’s Day especially the man in your life. Men don’t want flowers, cupcakes or some silly card…honestly I think most men would prefer Valentine’s Day didn’t exist. So why not give him something special and creative he will actually enjoy?

I’m here to help!

First let’s get our supplies together- All you need is:

  • 1 bunch of fake roses- I got mine 40% off at Michael’s
  • 1 pack of bacon- Mine is from Trader Joe’s
  • your favorite vase
  • a box of toothpicks
  • muffin tin

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Food, Holiday, Snacks

Super Easy Super Bowl Snacks

super easy super bowl snacks

Now when I say “Super Easy Super Bowl Snacks” I mean seriously simple 3 ingredient, 2 step snacks. Super Bowl Sunday is suppose to be about food, friends, fun, relaxing and enjoying the game. Not being a hot mess stressed out slaving in the kitchen.

To make these Super Easy Super Bowl Snacks even easier all of the ingredients are from Trader Joe’s. One stop shopping heyyy! All of the recipes in this post specifically use products from Trader Joe’s but other brands can be subbed in as needed.

If you like these recipes you can check out Trader Joe’s website here or purchase the amazing Cooking with Trader Joe’s cookbooks off Amazon for more ideas. I’m obsessed with these cookbooks for simple meal ideas.

I also got some inspiration for this post from Kelly over at She has so many delicious recipes that are easy to whip up even for a busy mom so be sure to visit her blog if you like these snack ideas.

Enough chatting, lets get to the food!!!

5 Super Easy Super Bowl Snacks:

Sriracha BBQ Meatballs-
These are only 2 ingredients and are the more delicious blend of spicy and sweet flavors.


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Food, Holiday, Snacks

Mini Caprese Skewers + Weekly Meals

Mini Caprese Skewers

Happy Sunday!

I have so many exciting things to share with you all this week! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram (which you should) you know I previewed some of the snacks for my “Super Easy Super Bowl Snacks” post that is going live Wednesday. All of the snacks are 4 ingredients or less and all the ingredients were purchased from Trader Joe’s– gotta love one stop shopping!

Well I just couldn’t contain the excitement so to start off this week I wanted to share my Super Easy recipe for Mini Caprese Skewers.

This really isn’t a recipe, you could probably take one look at the picture and know how to make this but hey just in case here you go:


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Breakfast, Food, Holiday



Happy Christmas Eve LLEG readers!

I am a HUGE believer in taking time away from technology to spend with family and friends…especially around the holiday season. That being said, this will be my last post until Sunday afternoon where I will resume doing my Weekly Meals post.

Anyway, if I’m going to be taking a little blog vacation I had to leave you all with 1 more amazing recipe for Christmas morning. My family makes this Upside-Down Cranberry Breakfast Cake every single year for Christmas morning (along with Sausage Balls). The original recipe calls for a TON of sugar because it’s suppose to be a dessert- so we modify it and cut out HALF the sugar to make it not only healthier but more appropriate for breakfast.

cranberry cake

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Breakfast, Food, Holiday



2 words: Sausage Balls!

sausage balls

But first let’s discuss my Weekly Meals. The week before Christmas……..boy would I prefer to not cook a single thing. I’m feeling so lazy and uninspired with my meals this week. There simply are not enough hours in the day to get everything done for Christmas and I think my bank account has officially gone to $0. When I was planning my meals I seriously went through everything in my refrigerator and cupboard to see what ingredients I had on hand to make this the cheapest week of meals possible.

SUCCESS! I found leftover lentils, a jar of salsa, a can of beans and realized I still had 3 packs of chicken thighs from last week. My Weekly Meals this week are very similar to last weeks but hey I still had some ingredients and they’re easy and delicious when there simply isn’t time for anything else.

Honestly, I can’t stress enough just how important it is to eat healthy leading into a holiday. It’s so easy to be lazy and say screw it we’ll order pizza Sunday, get Thai Monday, get tacos Tuesday, get burgers Wednesday then oops it’s Christmas and we’re going to devour cookies, egg nog and ham until we’re sick.

holiDAY– NOT holiWEEK or holiMONTH!

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pistachio goat cheese log

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is my family’s annual Christmas Eve party. Everyone in the neighborhood I grew up in has a light early dinner then goes to one of the houses for appetizers and drinks. We started doing this about 5 years ago and ever since I look forward to sipping french martinis and stuffing my face with cheese almost more than Christmas morning.

It can be stressful to think of an appetizer to bring to the 1,000 Christmas parties you probably have coming up. However, nobody is even disappointed when someone shows up with cheese and crackers. I could seriously skip over the cookies, fudge, dinner rolls…everything and simply eat fancy cheese at a holiday party.

So on the topic of cheese, I’m so excited to share my recipe for this gorgeous Pistachio Goat Cheese Log with you all. This recipe is SO EASY and festive for your next holiday party.


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Dinner, Food, Holiday


weekly meals

I still can’t get over how delicious A Cup of Kellen’s Butternut Squash & Lentil Salad was last week (pictured above). It was delicious, festive, filling and so healthy- Truly a must try!

Christmas is sneaking up so fast it’s scary and I just realized I haven’t posted a single holiday recipe…oops. I’m really not a huge sweet fan (give me some cheese and crackers all day please) so instead of focusing on holiday cookies and stuff I’m going to do holiday appetizers and breakfast ideas.

If you follow me on Instagram (which you should) you saw a preview of one of my holiday appetizers the other day. My Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese Log will be up on the blog Wednesday (drool)!

weekly meals

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Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup!

thanksigving recipe roundup

I’ve had so much fun this week sharing my favorite Thanksgiving sides with you all. Here is a full recap just in case you missed any of these delicious recipes.

Please let me know if you end up making any of the sides for your Thanksgiving feast! I’d love feedback and be sure to hashtag #liveleaneatgreen on Instagram.

Be on the lookout next week for my final Thanksgiving post on how your plate should look, how to approach the meal and much more.

Live Lean Eat Green’s Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup:

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potato casserole

I have 3 confessions to make:

  1. I’m obsessed with Martha Stewart!
  2. I get Martha Stewart Living magazine and read it likes it’s the bible!
  3. This recipe is not my own but my family and I have been making it for years. Thank you Martha for the inspiration on this one!

This casserole is so easy to make and is sure to please guests at your Thanksgiving feast when they dig into a DOUBLE layered, DOUBLE potato dish!

Every type of potato has a different taste and texture and in this recipe the denser sweet potato paired with the light and fluffy russet on top is perfection. Yes, I know this is not the healthiest side dish by any means but it is a beautiful dish that my family loves and I wanted to share with you all.

Remember, everything in moderation. I’ll be doing a post next week on how your Thanksgiving plate should look so you can enjoy casseroles like this guilt free.

This recipe uses leeks for the topping so if you’re thinking WHAT THE HECK IS A LEEK no worries I’ll explain? You should have seen me running around Sprouts the first time I had too buy a leek for a recipe. I had absolutely no idea what they looked like or what was edible on these funky looking things. Basically they look like giant green onions found in the produce section of your grocery store. In most recipes you’ll just use the white and light green parts but the leaves can be used in soups/ stocks- they’re way too tough to eat on their own.


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