If you like curry and are looking for a comfort-food type stew for a cold night, this is a nutrient and protein packed meal that will keep you full and warm! The lentils provide iron and fiber, the beans and quinoa provide protein, and the spinach adds vitamins and nutrients that will aid in your digestion. It is easy to make and you’ll have plenty for left overs. Store in the fridge in air-tight containers so you have easy access to a healthy and satisfying lunch or dinner later in the week….
I was walking up and down the aisles of Trader Joe’s the other day looking for ideas on what to make with ground grass fed beef. I ended up near the produce and noticed that the peppers looked super shiny and appealing and so I thought, “I could try to make stuffed peppers!” I made it a mission to incorporate many colors and all of the macronutrients our bodies need (protein, carbs, and fat) in to each pepper…. so, this is what I came up with. We really enjoyed this meal and it was great for left-overs as well. This recipe makes enough “stuffing” for about 8 peppers.
Here is a paleo-friendly, gluten-free twist on chocolate chip cookies! This recipe makes about 18 rounded cookies- perfect amount for a weeknight dessert for a few days. I like these cookies because I find they somehow come out both crunchy & a bit fluffy… and they are super easy to make! Also, the lack of flour/wheat and refined sugar will prevent you from suffering from blood sugar roller coaster rides and the well-known typical “dessert remorse.” Test them out and see what you think – and remember, just because they are better for you, does not necessarily mean they are GOOD for you. In other words, try not to eat ALL of the cookies. 🙂
This is an easy, healthy take on a comforting meal that is perfect for those busy week nights when you need to just whip something up for your family. Typically, pasta and tomato sauce can be loaded with added sugar and carbs found in white flour and whole wheat pasta and store-bought jars of sauce. A meal like that meal will likely fill you and your kids up for a little while, spike some energy, and then leave you feeling gross and lazy. So, instead, try swapping out some unhealthy ingredients with similar options that will leave you more energized and provide you with more protein and nutrients….
I hesitate making pork because I find it hard to make sure it doesn’t overcook and become dry. So, I decided to try and make a healthy, flavorful sauce/glaze that can be poured on top of thinly sliced pork medallions just in case they turned out dry! I ended up cooking the pork IN the glaze for a little, then preserving the glaze in the heated pan after removing the meat and thickening it a little bit. Then, I topped it over the pork. It turned out delicious and I felt good knowing it was healthy, too. Comment below if you try out this recipe!
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp cumin
- 5-3lb chicken, cubed
- Mix all seasonings in a large mixing bowl.
- Place cubed raw chicken in same bowl.
- Drizzle with a little EVOO.
- Rub the spices all over the chicken well with your hands or a big wooden spoon.
- Heat a T of EVOO in a large pan.
- Cook chicken over medium heat. Serve warm!
- 5 cups chopped spinach
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 1 can rinsed black beans
- 2 cans diced tomatoes with juices OR 4 chopped fresh tomatoes
- 1 mango, peeled and chopped
- 1 small onion (either red or yellow), diced
- 1 jalapeno (optional)
- 1 can corn
- juice of 2-3 lemons
- juice of 2-3 limes
- Combine everything in a large bowl and toss to mix!
This is one of my favorite go-to meals. I love curry, especially thai curry. The coconut milk lends itself to a light, creamy, flavorful sauce-base making this meal a perfect one for cooler nights!…
I didn’t feel like cooking much tonight, so I picked up a rotisserie chicken and decided to use some of the veggies I had laying around in our fridge to whip up some fried rice. I could have totally gone for Chinese food, but then I would have felt like garbage. This was a great healthy alternative that hit the spot and did not take long at all! Use coconut aminos for a gluten free option – otherwise, you can use soy sauce to flavor the rice. Sesame oil also adds a nice flavor, but since not everyone has that on hand, I wrote “optional” next to it on the ingredient list…more olive oil or even coconut oil is fine instead. I love ginger, so I threw that in too… but again, not entirely necessary. That said, I highly suggest it, since it is yummy & very good for you!…
Tonight, I decided to make chicken fajitas… and I forgot to get tortillas of some sort, so we made-do without. This is a simple, inexpensive (once you have these spices in your collection ;)), and well-rounded meal to make. It serves about 4.