Turkey, Artichoke, and Kale Pasta

Once upon a time, in a far away land…. I promised you all a recipe.

That was before I moved, started renovating and house, and all craziness ensued.  Forgive me?

Turkey Artichoke and Kale Pasta

After this Turkey, Artichoke, and Kale Pasta recipe I think you might!

Turkey, Artichoke, and Kale Pasta


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 can artichoke hearts drained and quartered
  • 16 oz brown rice pasta
  • 1 bag 10 oz kale
  • zest 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste to taste
  • black olives to garnish


  1. Put onion, ground turkey, and garlic in a skillet. I used a large cast iron skillet. Add about 1-2 tablespoons olive oil for cooking.
  2. Cook over medium heat stirring well until meat is cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, cook your noodles according to package instructions.
  4. Once turkey is cooked through, add in lemon zest, artichokes, and kale. Add in your red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Aim on the low side, because it is easier to add more later than make it too spicy.
  5. Cook on medium- low until kale wilts down.
  6. Add in artichokes and kale.
  7. Stir cooked pasta in.
  8. Whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil together and pour over pasta.
  9. Garnish with black olives and serve.

Forgive me now?

Turkey Artichoke and Kale Pasta

I thought so.

Turkey Artichoke and Kale Pasta

We have been having this for dinner a lot here lately.  It is perfect for spring.  You get some veggies in, yet it is a warmish meal.  Not too hot for the warm days.. but not cold either.  Just perfect!

Do you ever make pasta without traditional red sauce?

What is your favorite pasta dish?

Weekend Things and Sneak Peak

Happy Monday friends!

We are taking a slight break from Achieving a Healthy Balance this week for “spring break”.  That just gives you more time to catch up on our previous posts.  :)

All of a sudden, the weather got really cold!

It was flurrying here in Louisville on Friday.  Seriously?!??  I thought we were done with that.

Friday night, Luvy treated me to Grape Leaf.

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Of course. I had to get a cup of soup before my salmon.  I was shivering!

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We only go out to eat for “special” occasions usually.  I’ve been telling you all that there are big changes coming.  I’ll be letting you in on one of them this week!

Saturday, I started my morning off with barre at B. You.  If you are local to Louisville, you must try out their classes.  I am in love.  Anne really killed me Saturday… in a good way!

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Saturday afternoon, Baby D’s friend celebrated her 1st birthday.  :)  The parties have begun…. and I love it!

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Right after that, I went to celebrate with my friend Elissa at her baby shower!

Of course, I didn’t take any pictures.  I guess I was too busy living real life.

Sunday, we had church, a bit of shopping, and a premarital counseling session with a couple.

I love those sessions.  It makes me fall more in love with my husband every time!

All weekend, we were in and out of the new house.  We move in like… next week!!

Here is a sneak peak of the unfinished bathroom!

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That my friends was my weekend things.  Boring yet, real life.  As I type this (it is Sunday night), I have a sleeping baby in my lap… life couldn’t get better.

Happy Marvelous Monday!

What did you do this weekend?

What is your ideal way of spending a weekend?

Friday Five and Favorites

Happy Friday!

Ready for some Friday Five and Favorites??

1. I’m so glad you all enjoyed my “In Real Life” post.  Sounds like I have a bunch of personality twins out there!  I have decided to read this book…. I need it.

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2. Drift Away Coffee sent me some coffees to try out.  I am in love!  I have only tried 2 out of the 4, so I can’t wait for a full review!

Drift away coffee

3. We are going to our very first birthday party  for one of Baby D’s friends… it is starting folks.  His agenda is now taking over mine!

4. I found a new TV show I’m in love with- State of Affairs.  Have any of you seen it?

I think (I know) I have a thing for cop/CIA/FBI shows.  I want to see Chicago PD next…

5. I learned a valuable lesson this past weekend.  Do NOT… I repeat, DO NOT go grocery shopping on Sunday afternoon here in Louisville.

Trader joes

The shelves are empty and everyone else is there.  Lesson learned….

In case you missed it:

Achieving a Healthy Balance: Saturated Fat and Cholesterol

Mommy and Me Eats 2

In Real Life

Some Favorites:

12 Ways To Repurpose Leftovers via Lean Green Bean

Need More Energy Pt 2: Go To Bed via Be Truly Nourished

10 Things I Learned From the Most Successful Woman I’ve Ever Known via Sweet Life Ericka

Coconut Cashew Maca Granola from Edible Perspective

Top Three Glutes Shaping Moves via FitFluential

DIY Sprinkled Cadberry Cream Eggs for Easter from Fitting It All In

Why Kettlebell swings aren’t a cardio workout via Your Trainer Paige

14 Things Girls Who Take Workout Classes Do But Will Never Admit To via Women’s Health Magazine

What are you up to this weekend?

What are some of your favorites from this week?

In Real Life

Let’s catch up shall we??

I feel like my world has been spinning so fast.  It’s been hard to keep up with blogging, social media, work, and just plain real life.

I’m trying to figure out a good balance for the blog and life, especially now that Baby D is getting so much more playful and into things.  When he was just a baby blob laying there, it was a bit easier.  :)

Now, he’s tall enough to reach things off the kitchen counter… nothing is safe!

He is getting so much fun to play with that it is hard for me to want to be on social media.  I just don’t want to miss a second!  I find myself craving real life more and more… Even though a lot of my blog friends have turned into real friends, I crave that face to face personal connection.  I also think over the internet or even through emails and texts you true personality never comes through.

SO… today I’m going to give you a sneak peak into my real life.

In real life

In real life, I’m a mess.  Seriously, I’m a mess and pile maker.  My husband is the neat and tidy one.  However, I need things sanitized.  I’m a germophobe!

In real life, I love to sit and chat with people over coffee or a homemade meal.  There is nothing I love more than to make someone a meal that they LOVE.

In real life, I’m a follow the rules kind of girl.  Believe it or not, I don’t like to break the rules.  My husband is more of a rule bender than me.  Except the speed limit… that is just a suggestion right?

In real life, I’m known for my “tell it like it is ways”.  I will never leave you guessing where I stand on an issue.  Truth’s the truth, my friends.

In real life, I’m a terrible decision maker.  I lean on my husband to help me make any and all decisions… and I’m perfectly okay with that.  That is why God created us a helpmate right?

In real life, I would rather spend time in our living room floor playing with Baby D and Luvy than be any place else in the world.

In real life, I’m not good at saying no.  I overextend and over schedule myself way too much.  (I’m also not so good at practicing what I preach..)

In real life, my faith in Christ is what keeps me grounded.  God has done amazing things in my life, and I love to share what He has done and is doing in my life.

I wish we could all sit and chat in real life.  I would invite you all over for dinner, but then again my kitchen is still under construction!

How are you “in real life”?

Do you feel like it is hard to truly connect over the internet and social media?

Mommy and Me Eats 2

Hey there!

I took a little break away yesterday.  I’m trying to take at least one day off a week to just chill and not get on social media.  It is helping so much with my stress levels.

Unplugging just for Saturday and Sunday just isn’t enough anymore!  Maybe I’ll give you all a little life update tomorrow?  What do you think?

So, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what Baby D eats and ideas for toddlers… (how is my baby a toddler???)

Today, I thought I would share my eats along with his.


Mommy and me eats

We started our day with LOVE.  I took a 6am barre class, so my body was ready for some good fuel this morning.

Mommy and me eats

His mix: Oats with coconut oil and whole milk, banana, and a bit of peanut butter.

My mix: Oats with coconut oil and cashew milk, banana, blueberries, and walnuts.


Split pea soup with butternut squash

We both had leftover Split Pea Soup with Butternut Squash.

Baby D had chicken stirred into his.


We were too busy playing and I forgot to take pictures…. #fail

Baby D had goat’s milk yogurt with blueberries and some more oats.

I had a plum and a handful of walnuts.  Plums from Trader Joe’s are the bomb right now!



I usually feed Baby D while I’m cooking dinner.  He likes to do it himself!  He is VERY independent when it comes to eating.

Mommy and me eats

We had Thai Curry Stir Fry made with coconut cream …. something I made up on the go.  :)


Mommy and me eats

Small microwave chocolate buckwheat muffin while watching State of Affairs with Luvy.

A bunch of good healthy fats in our diet today!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

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A very special thanks to Jenn for the link up.

Would you all like a full post on toddler meal ideas?

What have you been eating lately?

Achieving a Healthy Balance: Saturated Fat and Cholesterol

I am really loving this Achieving a Healthy Balance Series.  I hope you are too!

Last week, Min gave us all an overview of fats.  In her post, she mentioned that fats are the building blocks of hormones.  Since we are talking about achieving a healthy hormonal balance, I thought we might dive into that a bit deeper.

Cholesterol and saturated fat

You see, I think a lot of us women have issues with our hormones due to diet.  The Standard American Diet and My Plate really encourages you to eat a low fat and low cholesterol diet.  This has been the recommendation for years.

I myself followed a diet like this after I had my gallbladder taken out.  I think that is what put my hormones in a tail spin.

Recently, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has recommended limits on dietary cholesterol be removed from the upcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  They have determined that cholesterol that is consumed does not significantly impact blood level cholesterol.  

In the interview with USA Today, Steven Nissen, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic, said “It’s the right decision.  We got the dietary guidelines wrong.  They’ve been wrong for decades.”  In my humble opinion, it leaves people confused about what is healthy and what isn’t.  Nissen also said that he believes the same thing about saturated fat and salt.  However, there has been no changes to recommendations for these two nutrients.

Now that we know that cholesterol isn’t something to be feared, let’s chat a bit about what it does for us and why we need it!

What if I told you that every cell in your body is made from cholesterol AND all of your steroid hormones- including your sex and adrenal hormones are too?  True story.  I’m not going to break down all 6 types of steroid hormones and all their functions, or we would be here for a while.  However, just know that DHEA, testosterone, progesterone, and estrogens are all made from cholesterol.

Steroid pathway


So, you can see why hormonally cholesterol is vital to your health.  That doesn’t even touch on the role it has in anti-aging, immune protection, bone health, brain health, and blood regulation.  Cholesterol has gotten a bad rap for years, and it is time we realize how important it is to our health.


So, now that we have cholesterol on our side, let’s chat saturated fat.  How many of you all flip a food over and immediately look at the fat and saturated fat content?  Guilty right?

Last week, we learned all about saturated fats from Min.  They don’t seem near as scary or “bad”.  Like Min said, saturated fats are the building blocks for our cell membranes and for a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances!

Sounds pretty important for hormonal balance right?  Since they are required to build our hormones, it is pertinent that we not completely cut them out of our diet.  The best sources of saturated fats are coconut oil, avocado, grass-fed beef, pastured butter, tallow, ghee, and free-range eggs.

Mexican turkey skillet

The cool thing about saturated fat and cholesterol both is that not only do we get them from our diet, but our bodies also produce them.  What a strong indication that we need them for “A Healthy Balance” and hormonal health!  If they are both the building blocks for our hormones, we need to be sure that we never cut them out of our diets if we want a healthy hormonal balance.

So, what do we suggest?

Eat real food.  Make sure you are eating whole foods and getting enough protein, fat, and carbohydrates.  I’m not a fan of cutting any food groups out.  (Unless you have food allergies)  The less packaged and process foods you eat the better.

Fuel you body with what it needs to keep you strong and vibrant!

I hope this helped to shed some light on saturated fat and cholesterol.

What are your feelings/ thoughts on saturated fats and cholesterol?  

Friday Five and Favorites

Happy Friday!

1.  This past weekend, I went with a bunch of friends to get my eyebrows waxed and a spray tan.  Clique and Pure Tan Studio here in Louisville gifted us all a free wax and spray tan!

I had never had a spray tan before, and I am in love.  They are Louisville’s only organic spray tan studio!  It was incredible!  I felt so much better with a bit of color.  Now, I just need to do it again soon…. :)

2. This week, I got to go by my friend Audra’s school and chat with the kids about dental hygiene.

dental hygiene

(notice my glowing skin??)

I came to the realization that teachers are not paid nearly enough.

3. We have had flooding from all the melting snow and rain.

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It is finally starting to get better.  I was afraid we were going to wash away!

4. Who is excited for spring??  I certainly am!

I am so excited that it got up to 80 degrees this past week.  Baby D is loving being outside!

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5. I’m exhausted this week!  I am up to some really fun things that I can’t wait to share soon, but they have me a bit crazy right now.

That’s why I’m so far behind responding to you all.  I will promise…. Right now, I just want to crash and sleep!

In case you missed it:

Achieving a Healthy Balance: Fat is Not the Enemy

Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas

Green Eats

Some favorites:

Java chocolate chip healthy bites via Love Life Surf

Homemade Ghee via Nutritious Eats

Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Granola Bars via Run on Real Food

Slow Cooker Quinoa Energy Bar Recipe from Food Faith Fitness

Beet, Black Rice, Seafood Salad with Lemon/Lime Dressing via Cotter’s Crunch

10 Variations Of Kettlebell Squats from Lifting Revolution

the Real Life RD: the scale

5 Ways to Train Smarter Before Training Harder via Your Trainer Paige

I die:

Babies are Tiny Drunk Adults 

Thanks to Clare and Heather for the link up today!

What are you up to this weekend?

Have you ever had a spray tan?

Favorites from this week?

Green Eats

Did everyone have a good St. Patrick’s Day?

We had a great day.  However, I realized today that Baby D has no green in his wardrobe!!  Green is my favorite color, but he has none.  I need to remedy that!

One good thing about St. Patrick’s Day is that it gets me to eat lots of green.



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Green Smoothie

Smoothies are definitely in full force around here.  It has been warmer, and I’m loving it!


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Huge green salad.  It had just about everything on it!  Good way to clean out the fridge.

Plus, it is warm outside so salads are a must!


Unpictured plum and handful of cashews while walking at the park.

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Since we were eating green, I thought it would be a good idea to get out and enjoy the pretty weather.  Baby D loves being outside!


Since it has been cooling down in the evenings here, I couldn’t pass up the chance to make soup.

irish potato and cabbage stew

Irish Potato and Cabbage Stew with Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread

I forgot to take a picture of the stew because I was so fixated on the bread…

gluten free irish soda bread

I ended up eating way too much bread right before barre.  Whoopsy… It’s impossible to stop!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

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A very special thanks to Jenn for the link up.

Is it warming up where you are?

What warm weather foods have you been craving?

Did you eat anything Irish for St. Patrick’s Day?

Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I hope you all remembered to wear green today so you don’t get pinched.  I used to forget in school, but then claim my eyes are green so I got a pass.  ;)

My favorite color is green, so I have always liked St. Patrick’s Day.  I have no Irish in my whatsoever, so my family never really “celebrated” St. Patrick’s Day.  It has been fun other the years to start new traditions with my husband.  One of our celebrations is to eat “Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day…. I should put a disclaimer here… we eat our version of Irish!

In case you forgot about St. Patrick’s Day, here are some quick and fun green foods you can make today!

Shamrock Smoothie

shamrock smoothie

Chocolate Matcha Chia Pudding

chocolate matcha chia pudding

Everyday Protein Green Smoothie

Irish Potato and Cabbage Stew

irish potato and cabbage stew

Shepherd’s Pie via Katie’s Cucina

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup via Gimme Some Oven

Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread

gluten free irish soda bread

Easiest One-Bowl Slightly Sweet Irish Soda Bread from Fitting It All In

Irish Soda Bread-ish from Edible Perspective

Guinness Bread Recipe via Mom Foodie

5 Minute Licorice Leprechaun Wands from Fitting It All In

Licorice Leprechaun Wands

No Bake Andes Mint Bars from Detoxinista

Or… You can just go to your favorite Irish Restaurant!  My favorite here in Louisville is the Irish Rover.



Can you see why?

What are you doing for St. Patrick’s Day?

Did you remember to wear green?

Achieving a Healthy Balance: Fat is Not the Enemy

Last week, we talked about the basics of hormones and how to deal with stress in a positive way. Now we turn our focus to diet and nutrition. Today, Min is going to talk to you all about FATS.  You know, the one essential nutrient that everyone loves to hate. 
Guide to achieving a healthy balance
You may be thinking, I have heard it all about fats… skip.  Wait just a minute.  Let me give you this one piece of info from Min’s post today:
If you or someone you know is a chronic dieter, most likely following one of those ever-so-popular low-fat or fat-free diets, chances are yours or their hormones are imbalanced. The reason being, fats are the building blocks of hormones.
Yep… fats are the building blocks of hormones!  Min is going to break through all the confusion and misconceptions about fat, so make sure you head over to her site today!  You and your hormones will thank you!
Next week, the party continues over here.  Please keep telling us what you want to hear about and your questions related to hormones.  Fat is not the enemy, my friends!
Have a great Monday!
What is your favorite fat?
Have you ever done a low fat diet?  How did it work for you?