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Jun 05

Easiest Pad Thai

I went digging through the fridge for a quick dinner and here’s what happened! The easiest, healthiest and most delish Pad Thai.

May 21

Bang Bang Shrimp… Boom Boom Shrimp… what ever you call it, it’s AMAZING!

This shrimp recipe is a game changer!

Mar 28

Easy Apricot Granola

Homemade granola is a cinch and all you need are a few pantry staples.

Mar 20

Smoothie Freezer Packs Gone Wild

This recipe features antioxidant-filled wild blueberries, chia seeds, and touch of lemon zest!

Feb 14

Raspberry Nut + Seed Granola

You won’t miss the grains in this sweet, salty and extra crunchy treat.

Jan 19

Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken

Another slow cooker favorite for a simple and healthy weeknight dinner.

Jan 11

Banana Date Spinach Smoothie

Power up your morning with this naturally sweetened green drink.

Nov 23

Turtle Bark

A last minute gluten free dessert.

Nov 15

Apple Cinnamon Crostada

Swap this version for a traditional apple pie recipe and save 165 calories per serving!

Nov 01

Pear-Coconut Overnight Oats

This mixture of oats, pears, cinnamon and coconut is overflowing with hunger-fighting fiber and will keep you going strong all morning.


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Easiest Pad Thai
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

I went digging through the fridge for a quick dinner and here’s what happened! This (sorta) authentic recipe was an instant family favorite so I had to share. You can make with any type of vegetables or protein – steak or tofu would be glorious. Here I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs (big flavor) and some frozen cooked shrimp that was in the freezer.

Serves: 6

12 oz dry rice noodles
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce or gluten free tamari
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup chopped sugar snap peas
2 cups chopped kale
1 large egg, beaten
6 ounces cooked large shrimp
1/4 cup chopped peanuts or cashews

Cilantro leaves, lime wedges, Sriracha for serving

Place rice noodles in a large bowl of hot tap water and soak for 10 minutes while you prepare remaining ingredients. In a small bowl whisk sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and 2 teaspoons cornstarch; set aside. Place chicken thighs in a resealable bag with remaining cornstarch and toss to coat.

Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add chicken and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Add remaining oil to pan, followed by ginger, garlic, carrot, snap peas and kale; cook for 2 to 3 minutes until kale is slightly wilted.

Move chicken and vegetables to one side of skillet, pour in egg and scramble gently. Drain noodles (it’s ok if they are a little wet) and add to skillet with the sauce and shrimp. Continue to cook, stirring all ingredients together frequently until heated through and noodles are tender, about 10 minutes. If mixture appears dry, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water to the skillet as it cooked. Serve garnished with chopped nuts, cilantro, fresh lime and a healthy squirt of Sriracha, if desired.

Serves: 6; Calories: 477; Total Fat: 18 grams; Saturated Fat: 3 grams; Total Carbohydrate:  62 grams; Sugars: 7 grams; Protein: 19 grams; Sodium:  536 milligrams; Cholesterol: 112 milligrams; Fiber:  3 grams

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Bang Bang Shrimp… Boom Boom Shrimp… what ever you call it, it’s AMAZING!
Monday, May 21st, 2018

 

I was so excited after a co-worker told me about this recipe by 40Aprons. This spicy shrimp recipe immediately registered as my kinda food! Since I didn’t have all the paleo-friendly ingredients on hand, I decided to make my own version with what I did have in my pantry. The final product was a truly scrumptious shrimp dish that makes a fun appetizer or even a quick weeknight dinner. One of my kids kept calling it “Boom Boom Shrimp” so I decided my version should pay homage to both versions.

 
Bang Boom Shrimp


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 
2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tsp Sriracha
  • 2 tsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 
1 tsp minced garlic (or grated with a Microplane)
  • 

1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 pound large raw shrimp, peeled + deveined, rinsed + patted dry
  • 
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 

½ cup canola oil
  • Sesame seeds and chopped scallions for garnish

Combine mayo, ketchup, Sriracha, soy sauce and garlic in a medium bowl and whisk to combine and set aside. 

Place beaten egg in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch and salt. Working in batches, dredge the shrimp in egg wash, followed by flour mixture. Shake off excess flour and place shrimp on a plate or sheet pan. In a large skillet heat oil to 325 degrees F. Place 4 or 5 shrimp at a time in the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown and shrimp is opaque. Remove from oil and set on a paper towel lined plate or sheet pan to drain. Repeat with remaining shrimp. Once all shrimp are cooked, add them to the bowl with the sauce and toss gently to coat. Pour on to a platter and garish with sesame seeds and scallions. Serve immediately.

Calories: 420; Total Fat: 27 grams; Saturated Fat: 3 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 19 grams
Sugars: 1gram; Protein: 26 grams; Sodium: 432 milligrams; Cholesterol: 234 milligrams
Fiber: 0 grams

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Easy Apricot Granola
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Making granola is so much easier than you might think. Here’s the latest family favorite.

Makes about 5 cups

2 ½ cups rolled oats
¼ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon canola oil
3/4  cup dried apricot halves, roughly chopped
1/4 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 300-degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray. Combine oats, almonds, coconut, salt, honey and canola oil in a large bowl. Toss well and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown (about 15 to 20 minutes). Remove from oven. Once cool, mix in dried apricots and raisins. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

Nutrition Information Per ( ½ cup) Serving
Calories: 229
Total Fat: 10 grams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Carbohydrate: 32 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Protein: 6 grams
Sodium: 59 milligrams
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

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Smoothie Freezer Packs Gone Wild
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

I’ve become obsessed with make-ahead smoothie packs.
This recipe features antioxidant-filled wild blueberries, chia seeds, and touch of lemon zest!

Waste Not Wild Blueberry Smoothie

Waste-Not Wild Blueberry Smoothie

I hate to waste food and I love to save time! Make-ahead smoothie packs are my answer to quick breakfasts and snacks, plus they’re a terrific way to reduce waste in the kitchen. When a bunch of bananas are getting too ripe or that tub of vanilla yogurt is about to expire, measure out and toss ingredients into freezer safe bags.

serves: 1

Smoothie pack:
½ cup low fat vanilla yogurt, frozen in cubes
1 cup frozen wild blueberries
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ banana, sliced

1 cup coconut water

Combine smoothie pack ingredients with coconut water in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrition Info Per Serving:
Calories: 312; Total Fat 4g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Carbohydrates: 64g; Fiber: 11g; Protein: 8g

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Raspberry Nut + Seed Granola
Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Make this outrageous granola with any kind of freeze dried fruit – Trader Joe’s has the best selection.

Makes about 5 cups

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
¼ cup honey
½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw shelled pistachios
1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
1 cup shelled pumpkin seeds
1 cup freeze dried raspberries

Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium sized bowl mix melted coconut oil, honey, salt, cardamom and vanilla and whisk well to combine. In a food processor combine almonds, pistachios, coconut chips and pumpkin seeds; pulse about 10 times to roughly chop. Pour nut mixture into bowl with honey mixture and toss to coat. Transfer granola to prepared baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown (15 to 20 minutes). Remove from oven. Once completely cool, mix in freeze dried raspberries.

 

Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Info Per ¼ cup serving; Calories: 157; Total Fat: 13 grams; Saturated Fat: 5 grams; Total Carbohydrate:  9 grams; Sugars: 5 grams; Protein:  5 grams; Sodium:  15 milligrams; Cholesterol:  0 milligrams;  Fiber: 3 grams

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Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken
Friday, January 19th, 2018

Another slow cooker favorite for a simple and healthy weeknight dinner. Serve with brown rice or naan bread.

Serves: 8

1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 (15-ounce) can coconut milk

1/2  cup marinara or canned tomato sauce

1 red onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, sliced

1/2 cup chopped pineapple (fresh or canned)

Juice of one lime

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

2 teaspoons turmeric

1 teaspoon celery salt

 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Cashews, cilantro & lime wedges for serving

Place flour and salt in a large resealable bag. Add chicken and toss to coat. Heat oil in a skillet or slow cooker with a browning function. Shake excess flour from chicken and brown on both sides (it takes about 2 to 3 minutes per side). Add coconut milk, marinara, onion, garlic, pineapple, lime, ginger, turmeric, celery salt and cumin; stir to combine. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and taste for seasoning; serve topped with cashews, cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories: 306; Total Fat: 24g: Saturated Fat: 12g; Sodium: 243mg; Carbohydrate: 9g; Protein: 16g: Fiber: 1g

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Banana Date Spinach Smoothie
Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Power up your morning with this naturally sweetened green drink. For some extra crunch, throw in a handful of walnuts or a few chia seeds.

Serves: 1

1 ripe banana
2 dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1 handful baby spinach
1 cup low fat milk
Ice



Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.



 

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories: 284; Total Fat: 3 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 57 grams; Protein: 11 grams; Sodium: 175 milligrams; Cholesterol: 10 milligrams; Fiber: 6 grams

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Turtle Bark
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Need a last minute dessert that’s easy, gluten free and drenched in chocolate? You’re welcome. You can find prepared caramel sauce at most grocery stores – Trader Joe’s and Stonewall Kitchen are my favorite brands but it’s so worth it to make your own – only takes about 10 minutes. For a quick hack you can also melt caramel candies in the microwave!

Turtle Bark

Makes 36 pieces

24 ounces semisweet chocolate

6 ounces pecan halves

1 cup gluten free shortbread cookies, crushed

1/2 cup salted caramel sauce (DIY with this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Coarse sea salt

Melt chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler. While chocolate is melting, toast pecans in a dry pan over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, just until fragrant (keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn). Once chocolate is melted, evenly spread on to a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with toasted pecans and shortbread cookies. Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with 1 to 2 teaspoon of sea salt. Allow to set until the chocolate is hardened. Pop in the fridge or freezer for faster setting. Once completely hardened, break into pieces.

Nutrition per serving: calories: 156; total fat: 10g; saturated fat: 4g; carbohydrates: 17g; protein: 2g; sodium: 134mg; fiber: 1g

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Apple Cinnamon Crostada
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

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Swap this version for a traditional apple pie recipe and save 165 calories per serving!

Serves: 6

Crust:
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
6 tablespoons cold butter, diced
Ice water (about 2 tablespoons)

Filling:
3 medium apples, peeled and chopped
3 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water

1 egg, beaten
Sparkling sugar (optional)

Place flour, salt and sugar in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until it is cut into small pieces. With the machine running, add ice water one tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together. Turn out on to a piece of plastic wrap and gently form into a disc. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour. Once chilled, roll out the dough into a 10-inch circle and place back in the fridge for an additional 20 minutes.

While the dough is chilling, prepare the filling. Combine apples, sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch-water mixture in a medium saucepan; mix gently and cook until warm and bubbly, about 10 minutes; set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 425-degrees. Pour filling in the center of the dough, leaving a 2 to 3 inch border. Gently fold in the edges of the crust, going all the way around the filling. Brush crust with egg and sprinkle with sparkling sugar, if using. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until crust is golden and filling just begins to bubble. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Calories: 236; Total Fat: 12 grams; Saturated Fat: 7 grams; Protein: 3 grams; Total carbohydrates: 31 grams; Sugar: 12 grams; Fiber: 2 grams; Cholesterol: 31 milligrams; Sodium: 96 milligrams

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Pear-Coconut Overnight Oats
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

This mixture of oats, pears, cinnamon and coconut is overflowing with hunger-fighting fiber and will keep you going strong all morning. No more excuses about not having time to eat – make multiple servings of this recipe and everyone can take their breakfast to go.

Serves: 1
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup boxed coconut milk
¼ teaspoon cinnamon


Pinch kosher salt
½ cup chopped pear
2 tablespoons granola

In a small jar combine oats, coconut milk, cinnamon, salt and pears; stir to combine. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. Top with granola before serving.

Nutrition Info Per Serving:
Calories: 315; Total Fat: 9 grams; Saturated Fat: 3 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 52 grams
Sugars: 15 grams; Protein: 8 grams; Fiber: 8 grams

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