Dinner Featured Recipes

Recipe Redux: Super Easy Guacamole!!!

May 21, 2015
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This month’s Recipe Redux theme is to make something that you used to buy. I used to buy guac until I realized how ridiculously easy it is to make at home! Plus it’s way cheaper and tastes better, a win-win! This only takes about 5 mins, thats it, so when life gives you ripe avocados, make some guacamole.

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Super Easy Guacamole

  • 3 very ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 2 tomatos, chopped
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender (I used a vitamix!) and blend for about 30 seconds or until everything is mixed together!

2. That’s it! Serve with chips or add to a salad :)

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Dinner Featured

Perfect for a Cookout: Lemon-Cilantro Potato Salad

May 20, 2015
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Don’t forget to enter in my Giveaway!

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Summer to me means outside barbecues with family and friends, nice juicy burgers, sweet corn on the cob and potato salad. I am not a huge fan of creamy potato salad, I like a nice vinaigrette dressing the potatoes to make  it nice and light.

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This potato salad is perfect for memorial day, a summer picnic and just about any warm weather gathering.  Its incredibly tasty and won’t weigh you down with unnecessary calories like original potato salad.  Make it NOW!

 

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Lemon-Cilantro Potato Salad

serves 4-6

  • 4 baking potatoes, cubed and boiled
  • 1/2 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

1. Mix together potatoes, onion, celery and cilantro in a large bowl

2. Mix the rest of ingredients together in a small bowl (except salt and pepper) and pour over potato salad

3. Mix well and add salt and pepper

 

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  • What are your favorite summer eats?
Breakfast Featured Product Review Recipes

PB Crave Review and Giveaway + Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola!

May 17, 2015
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You know those certain foods that you just can’t live without?  Somedays you tell yourself, “enough is enough” but you always seem to come back for more. Yep, thats the relationship I have with peanut butter.  I LOVE all kinds and flavors and theres not a day that goes by where its not in my daily diet!  I usually go for the natural stuff, but when PB Crave was kind enough to send me their 4 awesome flavors of peanut butter, I shifted my tastebuds to a sweeter, dessert-like spread.

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Let me tell ya something, there is a reason why its called PB crave, because you literally want to slather it on anything!  They have four delicious flavors:

  • Razzle Dazzle: A twisted blend of red raspberry flavor, wild honey, white cocoa powder and dark chocolate! (AKA dessert in a jar!)
  •  Coco Bananas: A tropical blend of yummy banana flavor, cocoa and wild honey! (pb +banana+chocolate=heaven!)
  • Cookie Nookie: a mouth-watering mix of chocolate chips, cookie dough and wild honey! (better than cookie butter!)
  •  Choco-choco: a delicious double dose of semi-sweet, rich dark chocolate and wild honey! (you can’t go wrong with this combo!)

 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola

SERVES 6

  • 2 cups oats
  • ¼ cup flax seeds
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup PB Crave Cookie Nookie Peanut Butter*
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ½ banana, mashed
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add peanut butter mixture to oat mixture. Mix well.
  5. Spray cooking spray on a cookie sheet and add granola.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until slightly golden.

*feel free to use any nut butter/cookie butter in place

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Desserts Featured Product Review Recipes

Peanut Butter Apple Cookies and Tigernut Review

May 14, 2015
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I have a new and exciting product to share with you guys!  Thanks to the company Organic Gemini, I received cool products made from Tigernuts! I know what your probably thinking, what in the world are tigernuts?  Well let me explain them to you my friend:  This is what how the company explains them:

“They are actually not nuts, they are tubers which are small root vegetables.  They compromised up to 80% of our Paleo ancestors’ diet around 2 million years ago.  Tigernuts are the #1 source of Resistant Starch, a prebiotic fiber that resists digestion and becomes fuel for our probiotic bacteria.”

To me they taste like little chestnuts!  They are also paleo, vegan, kosher, organic, nut-free and gluten-free!

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Organic Gemini sent me a ton of cool tasty products that are made with tigernuts!  First off:

Horchata:Rice is replaced with tigernuts in this sweet and satisfying drink that has no added sugars in it!  All flavors are made with Filtered Water, Organic TigerNuts, Organic Medjool Dates, Himalayan Pink Salt.

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Flavors:

  • Chai- tastes like a chai tea latte!
  • Banana–  slightly sweetened banana smoothie!
  • Strawberry–  slightly sweet strawberry milk!
  • Original–  like original non-dairy milk
  • Unsweetened– like unsweetened non-dairy milk!
  • Coffee–  cold brew coffee that is slightly sweet!

 Organic Apple Cinnamon Tigernut Raw Granola-a tasty paleo- approved granola made from tiger nuts, gala apples, dates, sunflower seeds, pepitas, raisins, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, cinnamon, and spices!  High in iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and fiber!

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Tigernut flour- Can be replaced with any flour for baking while remaining gluten-free, nut-free, grain-free and dairy-free.  It adds a sweet and nutty flavor that can go well with anything!  Perfect for Paleo baking!

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Peanut Butter Apple Cookies

1 cup tigernut flour
1 egg
1 tsp coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp creamy peanut butter or almond butter
2 tbsp organic coconut sugar
1/4 cup chopped apple
1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees

2. Thoroughly mix all ingredients together in a large bowl

3. Coat a cookie pan with cooking spray and place cookies on pan

4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until done

5. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts (1/10th of recipe)

Calories: 90

Fat: 5 grams (1.5 grams sat. fat)

Protein: 2.5 grams

Fiber: 4.5 grams

Sugar: 6.5 grams (only 2.4 grams of added unrefined sugar)

Click HERE to check out all the Tigernut products!

 

Dinner Featured Product Review Recipes

Gardein Review+ Vegan Mango Lime Meatballs!

May 13, 2015
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If you would have told me 3 years ago to try a meatless meatball, I would flat out say “Heck no, that’s gross!” I used to believe that meat the only thing that should be on your dinner table and meat alternatives didn’t have a place. Well, fast-forward 3 years later and now I actually prefer meat alternatives! I realized that you can get the same quality protein from plant-based products as you do animal products! Not only is plant-based protein better for your body, but it is also way better for the environment! So you maybe thinking, “Meat alternatives probably wont satisfy my craving for meat!” Well change that thought people meat alternatives from the company Gardein are so close to the original thing that they can fool people! When my Dad tried the Mango-Lime Glazed Meatless Meatball recipe (below), he didn’t even question what kind of meat it was! When I told him it didn’t contained meat, he thought I was joking (he then went on and ate 4 more while I “wasn’t looking”). Gardein has a whole line of meat-alternatives that taste like the real thing (or even better) from chicken-less chicken strips to fishless filets! They are so convient and easy to make since they only take a few minutes to make! Perfect for when you want a satisfying meal but don’t want it to take too long! All products are made with a savory blend of non-GMO soy, wheat and veggies!

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Gardien was kind enough to let me sample their Golden Fishless filets and boy am I impressed! I actually did a double take to make sure they actually didn’t contain any fish! They contain the same great taste of breaded fish fillets with omega-3s but no cholesterol!  Each serving has 9 grams of protein and is also a good source of fiber!

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The next item I sample was the meatless meatballs! They were actually my staple this year in college because they were sold that my university’s grocery store (such a blessing!)! I’m telling you, they taste better than homemade meatballs, sorry Mom! They are so juicy and tender and I can’t get enough! I usually top them over with pasta sauce and place over baked eggplant, but I decided to do something a little different! This sweet and slightly spicy glazed over these meatballs are totally out of this world!  These babies contain 17 grams of protein per serving and are a good source of fiber and iron as well!

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Mango-Lime Glazed Meatless Meatballs

  • 1 Mango, peeled and diced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 package of Gardein Meatless Meatballs, thawed

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.Place all ingredients except meatballs in a food processor or blender. Blend until fully combined, about 10 seconds.
3.Spray cooking spray on a glass-baking dish. Add meatballs and then pour glaze on top of them. Roll meatballs around in glaze.
4.Bake for 20 minutes.

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 Wanna try these amazing products yourself? Gardein is giving out 1 dollar off coupons!  Gluten-free options are also available in Gardein’s broad product portfolio. Gardein is available at over 22,000 retail locations as well as over 5,000 restaurants and 100 colleges, universities as well as other venues across North America. For additional information and chef inspired recipes, visit HERE

All Gardein products are found chillin’ in the freezer aisle at your favorite grocery store. To find these products near you go to where you can enter your zip code and the product you’re looking for.

 

 

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Featured Recipes

Gluten-free Strawberry Prune Hand Pies

May 7, 2015
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“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Dried Plum Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

When I think of prunes it takes me back to my grandmothers kitchen.  She used to make prune butter and would spread on freshly toasted english muffins with a smear of strawberry jam.  I vividly remember the sweet and delicate taste of the prune butter the moment it touched my lips.  When paired with the strawberry jam, it was even better. Now that I think about it, that prune butter was way too sweet, probably because there was a cup of unnecessary  sugar added to the butter.  Prunes are definitely sweet enough on their own, and they do a great job of replacing calorie-laden sweeteners in recipes.  For this reason, I used them to sweeten these hand pies so I didn’t have to use any form of added sugar.

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These cute little hand pies are great for breakfast or dessert!  Not to sweet, but sweet enough where your sweet tooth will thank you!

 Gluten-free Strawberry Prune Hand Pies (adapted from Minimalist Baker)

makes 10-12 pies

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (I used brown rice flour)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pureed prunes*
  • 1/4 cup ice cold water

Filling

  • 1/2 cup pureed prunes*
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam (no added sugar)
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup pureed prunes*
  • 2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. For filling, combine jam, pureed prunes, vanilla and cinnamon in a bowl.
  3. Combine flour, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Using a pastry cutter or knives to cut in coconut oil until well blended.
  5. Add applesauce, pureed prunes and water and mix well to form a dough.
  6. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead for about a minute.
  7. Divide dough into 5-6 equal sections.  Divide each section of dough into two equal sections
  8. Using hands, flatten each section into circles/ovals.  On one section spoon on about 1 tablespoon of filling and then top with other half.
  9. Press the sides of the pie down using a fork.  Repeat with remaining pies.
  10. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden.
  11. For glaze, combine all ingredients and top onto pies.
  12. Enjoy!

*California Dried Plums

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Benefits of Prunes!

  • Dried plums help support healthy bones. Emerging research shows that eating dried plums may have positive effects on bone health. Previous studies discovered that eating 100 grams (two servings; about 8- 10 dried plums) of dried plums for one year was associated with increased bone mineral density (BMD) and improved indices of bone turnover in postmenopausal women.
  • Dried plums can serve as a substitute for fats or sugars to reduce calories while boosting flavor.
  • If your recipe calls for butter or oil as the fat source, you can reduce your fat by half and then add and replace what you have taken away with the same measurement of prune purée. Just remember to reduce your sugar by half in most recipes, since the prunes are naturally sweet.
  • Toss or add chopped dried plums in your favorite salad or on Greek yogurt or oatmeal for an extra nutritional boost.
  • Dried plums add moisture to meat entrées and baked goods and improve the texture and taste of stuffings, sauces, and marinades.
  • There are natural elements in dried plums which help heighten the flavors of other ingredients in a recipe, so use them as a flavor enhancer, whether it’s a dessert or something savory.

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5 Healthy Habits for the Summer!

May 1, 2015

1. Enjoy the outdoors!

For many of you on the East Coast, you know that this winter was terrible! Take advantage of the good weather, take a nice long walk by the beach/park or take a nice long bike ride!
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2. Take advantage of fresh summer produce!

It’s watermelon season again, and it doesn’t last very long so make sure you buy some and enjoy those extra vitamins as well!

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3. Enjoy some laughs! 

Host as many cook-outs/bonfires as possible with family and friends! Bonding time is especially important for health, happiness and memories that you will never forget!

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4. Try a new type of exercise!

It can be anything! I am really excited to try bikram yoga and pure barre! Find something that you love and makes you feel awesome!

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5. Make healthy food swaps!

Swap out soda/sugary drinks for Zevia, plain greek yogurt with berries for flavored, oatmeal for sugary cereal, fruit for processed snacks etc! 

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This post is part of the Zevia #newsweet campaign

Featured Recipes

Paleo Chocolate Strawberry Donuts (made with Banana flour)

April 26, 2015
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I have a new exciting product to share with you today!  The guys (and gals) over at WEDO sent me a package of their Banana Flour! Made from 100% all natural green bananas, this flour contains no additives, preservatives, chemicals or dyes and is a healthy alternative to regular flour! Banana flour is full of natural vitamins and minerals and  incorporates 12 bananas worth of potassium in every container!  It also contains contains RS2, an important form of resistant starch that is found in few foods. Resistant starch, unlike normal starches, is not digested in the small intestine, which results in numerous health benefits.

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Banana Flour is the perfect alternative to any flour and can be subbed in any recipe (3/4 cup of banana flour for 1 cup regular flour).  It is awesome for gluten-free and grain-free baking!  What better way to use banana flour than to bake these chocolate strawberry donuts!

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Paleo Chocolate Strawberry Donuts 

Makes 6 donuts

  • 1/2 cup banana flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg, beaten (or flax egg for vegan option)
  • 1/2 cup strawberry puree
  • 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Glaze:

  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine flour and baking powder in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Add mixture to flour mixture and stir well, or until all ingredients or evenly combined.
  5. Spray cooking spray in a donut pan and add batter about 2/3 full in each slot.
  6. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until slightly golden.
  7. To make glaze, combine all ingredients together in a bowl.
  8. Dip donuts in glaze and drizzle with paleo-approved white chocolate (if desired).
  9. Enjoy!

Adapted from this recipe

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Featured Recipes

Paleo Mango-Coconut Coffee Cake

April 23, 2015
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“This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.”

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Now that it is starting to feel like summer, it’s time for tropical flavors. Tropical meaning mango and coconut, one of the best combinations known to man. This coffee cake is totally grain-free and tastes like summer. 

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The amazing Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk, gives this cake the most amazing coconutty flavor and all the zing it needs! So sit down, relax, have a cup of coffee and this delicious coffee cake for breakfast, you’ll be in your bathing suit before you know it!

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Paleo Mango-Coconut Coffee Cake

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 3 eggs ( or 3 flax “eggs” for a vegan sub)
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Original
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 ripe mango, chopped

Topping

  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp earth balance coconut spread or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut

1. preheat oven at 350 and grease a round or square cake pan

2. Mix all of the cake ingredients in a medium sized bowl

3. place cake mixture in pan

4. Combine all topping ingredients in small bowl

5. Evenly sprinkle topping over cake

6. Bake for 15 minutes or until done

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