Low Calorie Dinner – Lean Pesto Tilapia [+Video]

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Low Calorie Dinner – Lean Pesto Tilapia [+Video]

a photo of two golden tilapia filets topped with bright pesto sauce on a bed of quinoa with grape tomatoes on the side

This pesto tilapia is tender, flaky and so fresh with that delicious basil pesto on top. The perfect light and healthy meal for a busy weeknight.

I’ve always said that I don’t eat fish, so clearly I’m here today to bring you a delicious Pesto Tilapia. And I’m serious, it’s delicious. But! I will deny it if you tell my husband. He will then think he has to make me eat even more seafood, and I still just can’t do it. I really do hate it. Man, I wish I didn’t, and I am trying to like seafood. I have come around to like a few salmon recipes. My latest favorite is our teriyaki salmon rice bowl.

How to Make Pesto Tilapia Video

In fact, I was kind of chuckling to myself the other day that I even have a seafood section on the site here. I mean, there are so few recipes in there. But I’m working on it! You don’t have to be a genius to figure out my preferred tastes there do ya. And this all got me thinking, I love food, and people know that, but there’s a ton we don’t know about each other. SOOOOO, I think we should chat…

5 Things You May Not Know About Me

  1. I hate being called, Carr. I’ll probably never admit it to your face because I hate that it makes people feel bad, but I cringe when people call me that.
  2. I played the flute and piccolo from ages 10-19, and then I stopped and I haven’t played since. It’s one of my biggest regrets ever. I wish I’d gone ahead and studied music in school like I had always planned until my senior year of high school
  3. I have a fear of falling and knocking my teeth out. True story. I pinch my mouth closed when walking down stairs etc. as if it’s actually going to protect them or something. So ironic now since I did knock my teeth out about a year ago. Have you read about the bike crash? Wh

May 2024 Reads

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Sharing the books I read in May and if I’d recommend adding them to your collection.

Hi friends! How are you? I hope that you’re having an amazing morning so far. I’m back from Dallas – I’ll have my first post about the Biohacking Conference live tomorrow! – and the kids are at camp today. It’s a full morning of podcast interviews and then I’m hopping on the Peloton in a bit.

For today’s post, I wanted to share a list of the books I read last month (and in April!). I haven’t had as much time to read lately, but I’ve been trying to make time, since I have about 12 books in the queue right now.

I’ve been doing an exciting mentorship through EquiLife and also studying for the High Performance Health Certification (my code is FITNESSISTA if you’re interested in checking it out).

I managed to read a few books over the past couple of months and wanted to share the goods here! I would love to hear what’s on your summer reading list if you’d shout it out in the comments!

May 2024 Reads

Just for the Summer

Justin has a curse: every woman he dates finds her soul mate immediately after they break up, and thanks to a Reddit thread, this is now widely known. When a woman with the same issue contacts him, they devise a plan to date and then break up to cancel out their curses, hoping to find their true loves afterward.

I’ve been a huge fan of Abby Jimenez for a while, and couldn’t wait to read this one. It did not disappoint! Her books are the perfect mix of witty banter and heartwarming romance.


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Justin has a curse, and thanks to a Reddit thread, it’s now all over the internet. Every woman he dates goes on to find their soul mate the second they break up. When a woman slides into his DMs with the same problem, they come up with a plan: They’ll date each other and break up. Their curses will cancel each other’s out, and they’ll both go on to find the love of their lives. It’s a bonkers idea… and it just might work.

Emma hadn’t planned that her next assignment as a traveling nurse would be in Minnesota, but she and her best friend agree that dating Justin is too good of an opportunity to pass up, especially when they get to rent an adorable cottage on a private island on Lake Minnetonka.

It’s supposed to be a quick fling, just for the summer. But when Emma’s toxic mother shows up and Justin has to assume guardianship of his three siblings, they’re suddenly navigating a lot more than they expected—including catching real feelings for each other. What if this time Fate has actually brought the perfect pair together?

Jammy Hard Boiled Eggs

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Jammy hard boiled eggs are fantastic on their own with just a bit of salt or when added to salads, sandwiches, and pasta. These are perfectly set boiled eggs with firm whites and “jammy,” slightly runny yolks. They’re egg heaven!

Sliced creamy hard boiled eggs

What is a Jammy Egg?

If you have never heard of a jammy egg, let me introduce you to your new favorite egg. What is a jammy egg? It’s just another term for a soft-boiled egg with a runny yolk.

I’ve loved boiled eggs my whole life, but I recently discovered this method that delivers jammy hard-boiled eggs every single time. It used to be a happy accident when my boiled eggs turned out jammy, but now? We’ve cracked the secret.

The flavor and texture of the eggs is so much better with a soft, runny yolk. And, this method gets bonus points for requiring very little effort. That’s a win-win, in my book. Jammy eggs are fabulous as a snack with salt and pepper.

Salted sliced hard boiled eggs

If you typically avoid making your own boiled eggs because of the hassle of peeling them, then I have good news for you. I am sharing the secret of shelling eggs with ease, and it’s nothing more than cold water.

When the timer goes off, rinse the eggs for a minute or two under cold water. As soon as the pan is cool, keep the eggs in the cold wat

Easy to Make Blackberry Lime Bars

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Easy to Make Blackberry Lime Bars

a photo of a blackberry lime bar sitting on a small plate with a corner scooped off by a fork sitting on the plate next to it.

These blackberry lime bars are creamy, bright, and super delicious. A little lime juice, a handful of blackberries, a simple graham cracker crust, a few easy steps, and you have sweet, tangy bars that everyone will enjoy.

I learned long ago that women love chocolate and men love berry desserts… supposedly. Things like, Berries and Cream Cheesecake Bars, Razzleberry Pie, or Deep Fried Strawberry Cheesecakes. But that is so not the case with my husband and I.

I definitely prefer all things berry and he is all about the chocolate. Well, unless it’s his favorite Lime Pie Brazil. Which is where this recipe came from. His lime pie recipe that he learned while living in Brazil is made with a cracker crumb crust, sweetened condensed milk, media crema, eggs and lime juice of course.

One day we were trying to decide on dessert and he voted for his pie, but I was in the mood for blackberries. The juicy blackberries were making the filling too soupy when baked, so we took the crema out and it turned out perfect. It totally reminds me of our lemon raspberry bars.

There’s just something about a fresh fruit dessert that makes me feel so light and wonderful. I mean, really. Even if it’s a long and nasty winter I’ll bust out these blackberry lime bars and suddenly winter doesn’t seem so bad.

Oregon Berries

Last summer we had the chance to go to Portland to visit Oregon Berries and it was incredible! The taste of those fresh ripe berries were unlike anything you can buy at the store here. When we buy local we ensure quality and secure the livelihoods of families who are making our country a place of variety and success. Cade and I committed right there to check where our berries are coming from and only buy local.

The blackberries we tasted there made me think of these blackberry lime bars and I just knew I had to reshoot this recipe. So here you go!

Ingredients for Blackberry Lime B

The Little Things Newsletter #419 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It’s grad party weekend for my middle son and I’m pretty excited about it. We have family coming into town and friends coming over tomorrow. There is a whole lot of cooking and baking happening over here today. It’s going to be a fun time.

I’m having a bit of a “pinch me, I’m dreaming” moment at the realization that we have two kids done with high school and our youngest will be starting high school this fall. Parenting older kids has been my favorite part of it all. Who knew teens and young adults would be this much fun?? 

And let’s be honest, that might have something to do with the fact that there isn’t nearly so much active parenting required. Life with older kids is approximately 4,729 times less exhausting than actively parenting babies, toddlers, and younger kids. 

So, if you’re closer to the starting line of parenting, just know that young adults you enjoy and want to hang out with are the reward at the end of the parenting trenches. And the ability to sleep in on the weekends? It’s a beautiful thing. 

Now that I’ve been more sentimental than I planned to be this morning, let’s talk about this week’s eats!

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK:  Cheesy enchiladas filled with chicken and black beans in a green chile sauce is a hearty dinner that always gets two thumbs up from my crowd.

Creamy ranch dressing with a bit of heat and plenty of green chile flavor has become a family favorite over the past few years.

These quick and easy pizza sliders are made by layering marinara sauce, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese into Hawaiian rolls and then brushing them with a garlicky melted butter.

Bite-size chunks of potatoes are tossed in a generous sprinkling of Cajun seasoning before roasting until tender perfection. Then they’re smothered in a blanket of cheese to finish off these cheesy Cajun potatoes.

Garlicky with a hint of sweetness, these simple buttered peas are about to become a favorite last-minute side dish for your dinner plans.

Creamy chocolate ice cream with a marshmallow swirl, crunchy almonds, and chocolate chips add up to a homemade heavenly hash ice cream.

This no-bake cherry cheesecake is a classic dessert, perfect for summer picnics and potlucks. This cheesecake has a graham cracker crust topped with a creamy no bake cheesecake layer and cherry pie filling on top.

What I’m CRAVING: These