Mexican Rice & Black Bean Skillet

Hello, friends! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted a new recipe. Ok, more than a minute. More like 2 months. I’ve been so busy with launching my Wildtree business (as well as momming) that I haven’t had time to jot down my thoughts for a new blog post. I have a lot of meals in my queue that I’ll be sharing soon!

As for this one….well, let’s just say this is my go-to-last-minute meal! I make this on nights that I really didn’t plan on cooking anything and literally had the phone in my hand to order take-out. I sometimes pick up the phone, almost dial, and then I get all of these crazy thoughts in my head “Should we really be eating that? I know I’m going to regret it afterwards. Do I really feel like spending the money? I’ll throw something quick together.”. This is usually what ends up on the table. Quicker, healthier, and a heck of a lot less expensive!


  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilies (such as Rotel)
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of EVOO or Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil
  • 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning
  • green onions for garnish


  1. Cook the brown rice according to box instructions and set aside.
  2. In a skillet, heat the oil and garlic over med-high heat. Add the beans, tomatoes, corn and taco seasoning. Cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the cooked rice to the skillet and toss everything together. Sprinkle the cheese on top and remove from heat.
  4.  Garnish with green onions and enjoy!


Apple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

It’s October and that means everything apples and pumpkins! Apple picking, apple pie, apple crisp, pumpkin patching, pumpkin carving, pumpkin spice lattes…the list goes on and on!! Why not combine the two? That’s exactly what I did here with this Apple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. You could have this for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. And the added bonus…it’s healthy!

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Sweet Potato & Kale Fusilli

In this month’s Degustabox, I received a box of Sam Mills Gluten Free Corn & Quinoa Pasta. This was my first time trying a gluten free pasta, and I was pleasantly surprised! I thought it would have an awful “fake” taste, but it was a great substitute. The texture was similar to regular pasta and the flavor was very good. It is easy to overcook this pasta, however, and can get mushy if you’re not careful while cooking it.

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Chia Seed Pudding 

After a summer full of BBQs and get togethers with lots of food and alcohol, I decided to do a 10 day cleanse. Today is day 4 and I have to start getting creative with my dairy, sugar, and gluten restrictions for the next 6 days. This Chia Seed Pudding is a great breakfast or snack during this cleanse. It’s dairy and gluten free and is packed with protein to leave me feeling full. Chia seeds are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium, and fiber. They are a superfood! I love to eat clean even while I’m not cleansing, so this is something that is perfect for breakfast anytime!

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Skillet Cod with Tomatoes and Capers

I haven’t posted many fish recipes and there’s a reason for that….I don’t cook a lot of fish at home. My husband and kids won’t touch seafood and I would rather not cook more than one meal for dinner, so I usually only eat seafood when we go out to eat. I love seafood and wish I ate it more often.

The other day at the market I stopped at the seafood counter that I usually pass right by. The wild caught cod filets were on sale, so I grabbed a couple of pounds.

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Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

This salad is the perfect summer lunch for the health conscious. I try to eat clean especially during the weekdays (and do a little splurging on the weekends). Breakfast and lunch are usually my most clean meals of the day and I try putting something quick together. I’ve been experimenting a lot more with quinoa recently and love how versatile it is. It’s super easy, super clean, and a superfood! Between the quinoa and chickpeas, this salad is packed with protein and will leave you feeling satisfied and full for hours. Not to mention, it’s also delicious!

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Surprise box subscriptions are all the craze, lately. Things like clothing, beauty products, mommy goodies, and even pet goodies can be delivered right to your doorstep on a monthly basis with the contents of each monthly box being a surprise. Now there’s a surprise box for foodies! Degustabox is a surprise box subscription that delivers yummy food and treats right to your door every month. If you’re a foodie like me, this is a dream come true! You get to try new products, snacks, ingredients, candy, drinks, and more. The Degustabox company has been up and running in five European countries, and they just launched here in the US!

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