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Cheeseburger Mini Muffins Recipe

These Cheeseburger Mini Muffins are so fun to make and eat. I always gravitate towards meals that allow me to feel like I’m indulging but really I’m not lol. I like that I could eat almost 10 of these. They would also be perfect for a healthier dinner for kids and even as a finger food appetizer for a get together. 

On last week’s recipe post, I shared 10 things I do around the holidays. Today, I wanted to share 5 random things. I don’t know why I’m so into this but it’s just a fun way for us to get to know each other better…. read them while you’re eating and enjoying these cheeseburger mini muffins hehe.


1. I’ve been getting highlights since I was in 7th grade and I normally stick to the shame shade/color of blonde (except for when I’m lazy and don’t go haha). About 3 times now, I’ve tried going more ashy and each time, I  end up disliking it 5 days later. Well, I tried again this year anddd don’t like it again. Will I ever learn?! lol. Do any of you do that? I want to be adventurous but I guess I just like my classic color. 

2. Almost all of the Christmas gifts I’m giving this year have a clever little twist. Some of them are plain silly. Some of them are personalized. Some of them are things people would say, “I can’t believe you thoughts of this.” I’m always into giving gifts (I can thank my mom for that!) but this year, I really can’t wait to see the reactions. You knew I had to slide a little Christmas into this list lol. 

3. I am in a tiny bit of a workout rut this week. I’ve gone to the gym every day but my focus isn’t really there. What I’ve done each day is begin with 10 minutes of walking and turn on fast paced music. It’s been helping pump me up a bit. I’m hoping after the holidays I’ll be back to my usual excited self for lifting.

4. You know how I was on this dip manicure vs shellac debate?! I posted about it here. Well, I went back to my regular manicurist and she told me “I believe nail salons are pushing dip because most charge $10 more per manicure. I think they’re both equally as good.” She also claims that dip is not less damaging. She always tells me that if it’s taken off properly (no peeling!) thats how you create less damage. I’m no expert on this so don’t quote me; I’m just passing along what Tracy told me. 

5. Organization has been my thing lately. Every day or two, I take on a shelf or cabinet. I’ll take everything out. Toss what is junk. Then I organize it. Taking it little by little prevents it from feeling like an overwhelming task and you know that I actually enjoy organizing so it’s a fun little something to add to my to do list. 

cheeseburger mini muffin healthy recipe



8 cups frozen, shredded potatoes

1 large egg, beaten

1/2 tsp ground sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper


1 lb ground turkey, beef or chicken

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp ground sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)



Preheat oven to 450 degrees

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes with the egg and salt and pepper

Divide the mixture between the cups of a 36 mini muffin tin

Press down with a spoon to create an indentation

Bake until starting to brown ~10-12 mins

While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the meat.

In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat and cook the meat; season with salt and pepper

Drain any drippings

Divide meat between potato nests. Top with cheese

Bake for 8 mins or until cheese is golden brown





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In my food critique book, there is “healthy good” and “good good” – these peanut butter blossoms are “good good” Plus, they’re healthy and protein packed!

You know by now, I’m obsessed with the holidays. I thought it would be fun in this post to share 10 things that I do during the holiday season.

If you’re not interested, feel free to scroll down for the recipe 🙂

1. CHRISTMAS CARD – I go all out on our Christmas card. We schedule a family photo shoot. I take time planning coordinating outfits & a location (typically I have to plan around my husbands outfit because go figure he is the most picky). I typically go through Shutterfly but this year I chose Minted for our cards #notsponsored I even do a photo stamp which is my favorite part. I’ll be sure to share our cards when they arrive! 

2. 25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – I get the 25 days of Christmas schedule as soon as it comes out and I record all the movies I love. I’m not a big movie person but I could easily watch a Christmas movie every day. Elf & Christmas Vacation are my favorite.

3. FAMILY PJs – this is a tradition I’m beginning this year. For as long as my kids will put up with it (haha!), I will be buying family Christmas PJs. I already got ours this year (these). I give them for St. Nick and then we can wear them all throughout the season.

4. XMAS EVE – I host Christmas Eve at our home and I have every minute planned: gingerbread house contents, cookie decorating, yummy food, and of course we watch Christmas Vacation to end the night. Oh yeah… and you’re only allowed in the door if you’re wearing your Christmas PJs! Even my dad wears red sweatpants lol.

5. MONEY ON MEMORIES – Anthony and I have been together for 11 years now, so gift exchanging feels like an everyday activity. About 5 years ago, we came up with a “money on memories” gifting approach. Basically, the only “gifts” we can give each other are if they create a memory (examples: concert tickets, weekend getaways, dinner/movie gift cards, etc.) It’s so much better than material things!

6. CHRISTMAS MUSIC DANCE PARTIES – every morning we blast and I mean BLAST Christmas music as we get ready and eat breakfast. Leo loves it! We have little dance parties in the family room and he is just all smiles.

7. DECORATING – oh, I almost forgot to mention my husband’s decorating timeline. He says: November 1st we can begin decorating inside. The day after Thanksgiving we can put up exterior decorations. It’s so premature but I will soak up the red and green for as long as I can! 

8. CAR COSTUME – yes, I did! I am one of those crazy ladies who bought a car costume this year. Red nose on the front. Tail on the back. Antlers. Again, until my son says “mom take that off that’s embarrassing… I’ll enjoy it.

9. WRAPPING PAPER – I plan out my wrapping paper style. OCD gal meets Christmas. Last year, I had a brown paper theme. I used all brown paper and really dressed it up with ribbons, bows and I even added in greenery. I’m not sure what style I’m going for this year. Paper Source is my favorite place to find stuff.

10. GIVING > RECEIVING – I so look forward to giving gifts over the holidays and I put a lot of thought and care into what I get for other people. My mom is the ultimate gift-giver and I believe I inherited part of her gift giving style. She just has a ways of gifting things (even inexpensive things) that make you feel like she truly cares and knows you inside and out. Can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction to what I got them this year!

lauren gleisberg's healthy peanut butter blossom cookie recipe


1 cup smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 egg

2 scoops vanilla protein powder

12 Hersey’s kisses

Sea salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugar, egg and protein powder.

Fit a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment.

Divide the mixture into 12 balls

Place on parchment. Using the tines of a fork, flatten into a disc. Turk the fork to create a criss-cross pattern.

Place the chocolate in the middle of the cookies.

Bake 10-12 mins o until golden brown.

Season with a bit of salt and let cool on a cooling rack.


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Healthier (+Oh So Tasty) Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Buttery mashed potatoes. Creamy green bean casserole. Sweet side dishes. The Thanksgiving staples. You know I’m all about a splurge and totally cool with treat meals. I believe the Thanksgiving meal is to be enjoyed.

BUT… if we could make a dish just as great as the original but lightened up just a little – why not, right?!

healthy thanksgiving side dishes recipes

If you’re doing some of the cooking this year for Thanksgiving, check out the lightened up options below. I made sure they’re still tasty.

Just a little something I’ve found… when serving these, tell your guests you tried a new recipe but don’t advertise the dish as “healthy.” Don’t you feel when you serve people a “healthy” meal they seem to judge it more harshly; I often get “well it’s good for a healthy meal.” Yet, when I don’t share the meal is a healthier version, no one ever notices lol. Do you find that too??

What are you up to this Thanksgiving??

This is our first Thanksgiving as a family of three. We decided to take a family trip to Naples, FL where Anthony’s grandparents (Leo’s great grandparents) live. It will be their first time meeting him. My in-laws and brother-in-law will also be joining! I’m so looking forward to lots of family time and Leo’s first trip to the beach.

I’ve worked so hard lately in the gym and with what I’ve been eating, so I’m going to try my best to keep that a priority while we are away. I feel like that’s what the Fitmas Challenge is all about; we all have more celebrations, trips, etc. so doing the best you can with what you have available will be the theme for the next few weeks.

Okay, enough rambling… I am excited for you to try the recipes below and please please please let me know what you and your guests think!


green bean casserole healthy recipe on white plate

This is my all time favorite Thanksgiving dish. It’s normally super creamy and high in fat but I found a way to lighten it up while still keeping it delicious! 


mashed potato recipe made of cauliflower

I feel like the faux-tatoe craze is pretty popular. I was eating at Tommy Bahamas restaurant last week and they actually served that with the steak I ordered! I loved it and you can barely taste a difference. I loveeee the version I created… it’s all about the spices and herbs used!


healthy thanksgiving slaw recipe in a white bowl

This side dish was tastier than I ever expected. I feel like it’s the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving staples and super easy to make, so if you’re looking for a little somethign extra to whip up but don’t have a lot of time, try this one! I also will be enjoying this well beyond Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Slaw Healthy Recipe

The perfect Thanksgiving side dish that requires just a few minutes of your time to put together. I love the sliced almonds and dried cranberries on this especially with the easy, homemade dressing!

healthy thanksgiving slaw recipes



1/4 cup olive oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 tsp honey

1.4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 tbsp finely diced shallots or red onion



1 (2 1/2 lb.) head purple or green cabbage, cored & thinly sliced

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley




Combine the oil, vinegars, mustard, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Stir in the shallots.

In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, almonds, cranberries and parsley.

Drizzle with dressing and toss well.




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Super Fast Garlic Rosemary Cauliflower Mashed Potato Recipe

That recipe title is a mouthful lol. 1) This recipe is quick to prepare 2) The garlic and rosemary combination is beyond tasty 3) cauliflower has officially created the faux-tatoe which is equally yummy 4) it’s a healthier Thanksgiving side dish you and your guests will actually enjoy

lauren gleisberg healthy cauliflower mashed potato recipe


1 large head cauliflower, chopped into florets

3 oz. Neufchatel cheese

2 tbsp unsalted butter or ghee

2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (optional)

2 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped

1 1/2 tsp garlic, diced

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Drop in the cauliflower and cook for 8 mins or until tender.

Drain and place in a food processor. Add in the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth.



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Healthy Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Green Bean Casserole… my favorite Thanksgiving recipe! This Thanksgiving side dish staple could use a bit of lightening up. Butttt, I’m not willing to compromise taste for that. I’m super impressed with how this dish came out. It’s definitely healthier than the original but still delivers on the delicious-ness. 


5 tbsp unsalted butter or ghee

3 tbsp unbleached flour

3/4 cup chicken broth

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 bay leaf

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 (48 oz.) bag frozen green beans, thawed

1 (3 oz.) container French Fried Onions


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the flour and stir for 1 min.

Stir in the broth and milk, bringing to a light simmer. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the green beans and cook for 5 mins or until warmed through.

Great a 13×9 inch baking dish and pour in the green bean mixture; top with fried onions.

Bake for 20 mins or until bubbly. 




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It’s the season of pumpkin everything and one of the most popular pumpkin items is… the Pumpkin Spice Latte. We all know Starbucks has their amazing version but with 50 grams of sugar in a grande size, a lot of us look to homemade, healthier versions ((bonus – your bank account will appreciate it too))

I’ve always shared that I did not like coffee. I felt like I was 1 of 10 women out there who fall into that category. I still can’t take pre-workout supplements but I crave a little caffeine. I was on a McDonald’s Diet Coke kick (I still love that but it’s an “enjoy on occasion” type of thing). I tried coffee out for the first time as a more natural energy boost! To my surprise… I loved it.

I’ve been trying all sorts of concoctions to make a yummy drink. Just as always though, it’s got to be simple and tasty.

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OUTFIT DETAILS (what’s not 3+ years old lol)

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1 cup dark coffee

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (from the can)

1 + 1/2 tbsp canned pumpkin

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice


1.Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until well mixed.





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I’m seriously kicking myself for not thinking of this guilt-free, delicious snack sooner. At only 5 ingredients and all of 3 minutes to prep, it’s something everyone can make!

So, I love the football/fall season we are in but not because of the sport or cooler weather haha. I enjoy the atmosphere it creates in the home on Sunday.

I’s relaxed. There’s chili cooking on the stove. I’m cuddled under a blanket surrounded by my family. Football is on the television. I’m not watching but likely perusing Instagram or filling my online shopping cart with items I’ll probably never purchase haha. And, there are delicious snack sprawled across the table.

I’m all about eating treats on occasion and enjoying that healthy balance. BUT, I’ve also found there are a lot of ways I can enjoy snacks that are still healthy. This is one of them! Seriously, I think I’m making this for every party I host. I hope you and all your guests enjoy it as much as my friends and family have!


1 cup salsa

1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin


1. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients

2. Refrigerate for 1 hour so the flavors blend. Serve with tortilla chips or vegetables.





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Oldies But Goodies Round Up: 4 Best Fall Healthy Recipes

Fall is making it’s way near so I’m sharing the best healthy recipes for the coming season. From the crockpot to warm cookies, there is just something about these meals that makes me want cooler temps. Although, I live in Texas where fall means we go from 100 and humid to 80 something and a lower dew point. 

I got a manicure today and picked out a deep red (by the way- I reviewed my dip manicure exerience HERE). I was flipping through the Pier 1 magazine during my appointment, oohing and ahhing over their fall decor. They had a generous coupon code offer, so I ordered a fall wreath. Okay, I’m totally going off on a tangent haha.

Anyway… as I was walking to my car, I started getting sweaty and couldn’t help but giggle at how my fall mindset way was ahead of the Texas weather. 90 degrees or not, I’m still all about fall.

Does anyone else get ridiculously excited about changing seasons?! I will forever be a Wisconsin girl at heart, so I’m all about the 4 season life. I’m rounding up the best healthy recipes I have for the fall season.

PS – this is the new series I started last week: oldies but goodies. It’s a round up of past posts that have been the most popular. I bring them back as a fun reminder or maybe you missed it the first time around, so they will be “new old” like the clothing you find at the back of your closet lol.

PPS – speaking of fall, the fall challenge is launching on MONDAY! I am so excited and can’t wait for you all to see what I’ve been working so hard on!


This is hands down the best chili recipe. Everyone has their own chili recipe they’re most proud of and this is mine. I was thrilled when so many of you said it was the best you’ve ever had too! Use ground beef or ground turkey – whatever you prefer!

lauren gleisberg makes the best crockpot chili recipe


When health and a cookie collide, there’s nothing better. I love eating these slightly warm and if I’m making them for my husband, I double up on the chocolate chunks. He looks like a child as he eats them with chocolate all over his face and hands but they’re that good.

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This is another warm and delicious recipe for fall. I would suggest making this if you’re someone who eats lunch at school or at the office. It actually tastes just as good when reheated.

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Okay, this one is a must this fall especially for football season. I use the term “healthier” because it’s a lighter snack and you. will. go. crazy. for this! You won’t even care if your team loses haha.

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I hope you enjoyed these fall recipes and are able to make them for yourself very soon! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

On Monday, I’m launching the FALL


Lunch… dinner… whenever… this incredibly easy to make recipe is one of those staples I’m sure you’ll find yourself making again and again simply because of the quick prep.

I don’t know about you but lately, I just feel like I have less and less time in a day. I have a major beef with the work “busy” because I know that we make time for what is important to us. I guess I just feel that cooking / meal prep isn’t finding its place on my priority list as of late.

I want to make it more habitual but I’m not going to lie… I’m struggling a bit with that. One thing I know that has helped me in the past during times like this is finding recipes that are satisfying yet don’t require much effort on my part. This is one of those types of meals.

simple and easy greek chicken dinner healthy recipe by lauren Gleisberg


1 1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 1/2 tsp dried parsley

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp lemon pepper

3 tbsp olive oil, divided

1 tbsp lemon juice

4 thin chicken breasts

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup green or black olives, roughly chopped


1. In a small bowl, combine oregano, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and lemon pepper with 2 tbsp olive oil

2. Place chicken in a large, resealable plastic bag and pour above mixture over the chicken.

3. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

5. Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade

6. Cook chicken breasts for 5 mins. Flip and grill for 2 more or until the chicken registers 165 with a meat thermometer.

7. Toss tomatoes and olives with remaining olive oil in a small bowl; spoon mixture over grilled chicken breasts.

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