Tag Archives: Recipes

What’s for Dinner? {Week of June 12}

What's for dinner this week? I've got easy, healthy meal ideas for the whole family to enjoy.  happyfitmama.com

Hey friends!

Thanks for all the well wishes about my ankle. I’m not trying to jinx anything but things have definitely improved since I wrote that post Thursday night. My ankle is swollen but the ROM is good, I can stand on my toes without any pain and nothing really seems to hurt to the touch. I’ve been R.I.C.E – ing like a boss in addition to Epsom salt soaks and a concoction of tumeric, lime juice and water paste. Hey, I’ll try anything if it means I’ll be able to run on Saturday. Six days!!

It’s Sunday, so it’s meal plan time. Ugh. I’ve been feeling very uninspired with recipe lately. I go through phases where I want to actually follow a recipe and cook. And then there are weeks where I just want to stick with old stand bys and keep it simple. It still tastes good. It’s just the usual.

This week, I added a couple of new recipes that sounded good to the meal plan. Hopefully I will make at least one and that will pop me out of my funk. Although it’s summer and summer wasn’t meant for spending too much time inside cooking. Maybe I’ll just slack off on meal planning all summer so I’ll look forward to it in the fall?  Probably not a good idea.

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Grilled fish tacos (I’m using haddock)
Monday: Grilled burgers (veggie and grass-fed beef) + grilled veggie kabobs
Tuesday: Grilled Honey Mustard Salmon
Wednesday: Chicken and strawberry Zoodles bowls (supposedly strawberry picking starts this week at a local farm!)
Thursday: Mushroom Quinoa Meatball Sandwiches
Friday: Out
Saturday: Mt. Washington celebratory dinner!

For more meal planning ideas, check out Laura’s weekly link up.

What do you do to kick a food rut?

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

9 Blog Recipes I Make Every Week

I’m a creature of habit.

I eat a lot of the same things every single week. When I like something, I like it. A lot and rarely get tired of it. I almost always have oatmeal (even when it’s 80 degrees with 100% humidity) or a big bowl of Greek yogurt, granola and fresh fruit for breakfast. Lunch is usually an Everything But the Kitchen Sink Salad (the best kind!) or leftovers from dinner the night before. Dinner is when things change a bit. We almost always have a pizza or taco night. Even my kid’s know the awesomeness of Taco Tuesday. Snacks are the same – a variation of a Stonyfield yogurt or a homemade bar/muffin/bread.

Don’t get me wrong, I like to try new recipes from friends, Pinterest and my favorite foodie blogs. But I have my staples. My favorites. Some are recipes that I have shared on HFM. Some are not. If you have ever wondered if bloggers that share recipes actually make their own recipes, I am here to tell you that – Yes, I absolutely do! Sometimes I post a recipe and it becomes part of weekly meal plan or snack list. But sometimes I post something and I never make it again. It’s not because it didn’t taste good, it just didn’t make it into the rotation. It happens! Like I said, I like what I like. I was inspired by this recent post to share my own favorites.

Here are 9 blog recipes that I make every week (or almost every week).


3 Ingredient Cookie Bites

3 ingredient cookie bites happyfitmama.com

This recipe is so simple and absolutely delicious. These are the perfect portable snacks for my kid’s lunches (and mine!), hiking or just to have in the fridge for a snack attack. Just a word of caution – they are very addicting. I recommend doubling the batch!

Blueberry Lemon Chia Seed Mini Muffins

Blueberry Lemon Chia Seed Mini Muffins - happyfitmama.com

I make these muffins quite often. Sometimes it’s blueberry. Sometimes it’s mixed berry. Sometimes it’s chocolate chip. But they are always, always delicious. And always, always gobbled up quickly.

Coconut Banana Muffins

Enjoy a grain free Coconut Banana Muffin as a healthy snack or a breakfast on the go. happyfitmama.com

It’s a rare that we have brown bananas in our house. But when we do, banana bread or these muffins are a top priority. And it makes your house smell ahhh-mazing while they are baking.

Easy Morning Glory Muffins

Super easy and delicious Morning Glory Muffins happyfitmama.com

I have been making these every single week for the past 4 months as part of my kid’s lunches. One bowl, grain free, a dose of veggies and no refined sugar – definitely a winning recipe!

Super Power Smoothie Bowl

Super Power Smoothie Bowl | happyfitmama.com

Now that the weather is warming up, smoothie bowls are back in my life. The toppings are endless. And the best part is that it keeps me full for hours. Which to be honest, is really hard to do.

Roasted Corn Black Bean Soup

Roasted Corn Black Bean Soup 2 - happyfitmama.com

During the winter months, soup is a weekly standard. This recipe is a family favorite. It’s so easy to whip up on a busy weeknight to enjoy with some homemade cornbread.

4 Ingredient Pesto Zoodle Salad

Quick and easy Pesto Zoodle Salad happyfitmama.comI’m still on the Zoodles train and loving my spiralizer. In fact, this recipe is on my meal plan for this week but I’m adding shrimp to it. YUM!

Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls

A great recipe for a healthy version of a favorite take out food - Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls happyfitmama.com

This is one of Ron’s favorites. I love it too. It’s the perfect recipe that has the take out taste but is so much better for you. We sometimes make this the main meal or will pair it as an appetizer for Peanutty Noodle Chicken Stir Fry.

Kale Blueberry Superfood Salad

kale blueberry superfood salad 3 happyfitmama.com

This recipe is great all year ’round but is even better during the summer. Why? Fresh kale, cucumbers from the garden and wild blueberries make it 10x better. And don’t forget to massage your kale!

I’m linking up with Meatless Monday today.

Do you have certain foods or recipes that you eat every single week?


Coconut Banana Muffins

Enjoy a gluten-free Coconut Banana Muffin as a healthy snack or a breakfast on the go.  happyfitmama.com

When you have been blogging for some time, you can make a lot of mistakes. Blogging is kind of like one of those ‘you live and learn’ things. When I look back at some of my early posts – YOWZA! I don’t know if I should roll on the floor in fits of laughter or if I should hang my head in shame. I think a combo of both will do just fine. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I’d like to think I’ve improved since my first post over four years ago. However, I know there’s so much more that can be worked on. Like I said, live and learn.

One of the many things listed on my blog TO DO list is to go back and clean up old posts with better pictures, pinnable images, fix broken links, etc.  My hope is to try to update a recipe and/or workout at least once a month. So here is the first of many updates needed to old posts.

We rarely have brown bananas in our house. When we do, I either cut it up and toss it in the freezer for smoothies or I’ll try to make some form of banana bread. Over the weekend, we had two perfectly brown bananas on the counter. I asked my kids what I should do with them and the unanimous answer was – Coconut Banana Muffins. Ok, it really wasn’t unanimous. My son said banana bread but my daughter and I persuaded him to change his mind. Girls rule. Boys drool.

Coconut Banana Muffins  happyfitmama.com

5.0 from 1 reviews
Coconut Banana Muffins
  • 1¾ Cups Oat Flour (use Gluten Free oats if needed)
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Flour
  • ¼ Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed (the riper the better!)
  • ½ Cup Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ Cup Coconut Sugar or Pure Maple Syrup
  • ⅓ Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk or milk of your choice
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or line a muffin tin.
  2. In medium bowl, combine first eight ingredients.
  3. In a stand mixer, add mashed bananas, coconut oil, eggs and coconut sugar or maple syrup. Beat for one minute.
  4. Add milk, vinegar and vanilla and beat one more minute.
  5. Add dry to wet ingredients and beat till combined.
  6. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tin, filling ¾ of the way full.
  7. Bake 24 minutes or until toothpick comes clean.


This little muffin appeals to tiny and big hands. My kids’ love when I add a homemade snack like this in their lunchbox for school. And I’ll admit it, I love it in my lunchbox too. Because let’s face it, everything is better in muffin form.

Try these Gluten-Free Coconut Banana Muffins recipe for a healthy snack or breakfast on the go.  happyfitmama.com

If you blog, what was your first blog post about?

What’s your favorite way to use brown bananas?