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Spaghetti Squash Bowls

Another favorite growing up was spaghetti. I loved my pasta and bread but even when you eat those ingredients in moderation, they tend to have hidden sugars. Using spaghetti squash instead of noodles allows you to fill up on the meat sauce and your portion increases. Bonus: you get a serving of veggies.

Found on page 84 of the Limited/Deluxe Editions of Take Back Your Kitchen.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

My grandma Ruth was known for her chocolate chip cookie recipe. Friends were always asking me for it. It was the hardest recipe for me to give up when I went grain free. I finally recreated her recipe, making them double chocolate this time, because WHY NOT? Their cake-like consistency will satisfy any craving. 

Found on page 105 of the Limited/Deluxe Editions of Take Back Your Kitchen.

A Salad for Every Season

I love these salads because they are versatile. You can change out any ingredient for another within that flavor profile. Prep once to have a few meals ready to go. They are filling, satisfying and full of flavor. All salads include prep (about 30-45 minutes) that you can leave alone while you work on other meals. Multi-tasking at it’s best! 

Found on pages 51-53 of the Limited/Deluxe Editions of Take Back Your Kitchen

Oh Mr. Max – Dog Treats that Appease the Pickiest of Eaters

I love my dog! His name is Max and he is a rescue. While he’s the biggest sweetheart, he is super skittish. Random things make him jumpy. One day he loves something, the next day he is scared of it.

(insert heartfelt awwweeeee here)

Since I am a new dog mommy, I wanted to give him food as clean as I eat. And while I still stand by that principle, I soon learned from my vet and further research, that a grain-free diet can lead to heart disease for dogs. Check out this article from the NY Times for more info.

Needless to say, I have stepped back from grain-free and focus on only giving Max REAL ingredients.  After the release of my cookbook, (which is on sale right now) I decided to embark on making new recipes. So clearly Max was first on my list! However, I’m not sure I’m up for creating a dog food, so treats it is for him. After my research, I decided to choose flour, choosing whole wheat and the best quality so it’s still easy on his tummy. The first variation was almost too easy to make and he inhaled it. So I also created a variation to freshen his breath. Let’s be honest, all dogs could use this one. And again, the treats didn’t disappoint.

So take a few minutes this weekend to make this simple treats for your fur baby. They will love you even more for it.

3 simple ingredients make this not only safe for your fur baby but easy to make.

Dog Treats, Fresh Breath

Parsley and Coconut Oil are known to spruce up that stinky dog breath. I could tell a difference after Max devoured 1.

Oh Mr. Max – Dog Treats that Appease the Pickiest of Eaters Oh Mr. Max – Dog Treats that Appease the Pickiest of Eaters Print This
Serves: 12-22 treats Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • Peanut Butter Biscuits:
  • 1/2 cup raw peanut butter (make sure this is the only ingredient)
  • 1/3 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 cup whole wheat organic flour
  • Fresh Bites:
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats, ground
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups parsley. loosely packed
  • 2 cups carrots, shredded
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Instructions

Peanut Butter Biscuits:

Mix all of the ingredients on low until combined.

On a cutting board, parchment paper or Silpat, roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thick.

Using 2 or 3 inch dog bone cookie cutters (or your choice of shape) cut 12-16 biscuits.

Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.

Let cool completely before letting your fur baby enjoy.

Fresh Bites:

Ideally using a food processor, grind the oats.

Add the flour, parsley, and carrots and mix until combined. The parsley will turn the mixture green.

Add the melted coconut oil and egg to form a gummy-like dough.

Lightly dust a cutting board, parchment paper or Silpat with flour. Place the dough ball on it and roll out until it’s 1/2 inch thick.

Using 2 inch dog bone cookie cutters (or your choice of shape) cut 12-16 biscuits.

Bake at 325 degrees for 22-25 minutes.

Let cool completely before letting your fur baby enjoy.

 

Peanut Butter Blossoms with a Twist

Growing up,

these cookies were my absolute favorite during the Christmas season. They had all of my favorite components in 1 cookie: peanut butter and chocolate. 

As a kid, my family would all bring cookies to Grandma’s on Christmas Eve. I was a cookie monster!!! But inevitably, I’d be in a cookie coma hours later. This will be my first holiday season where I’ve had a sweet treat that didn’t make me feel sick after and I LOVE it.

Life is about balance,

but why not have a balance that tastes the EXACT same as the regular recipe. I created this twist to keep the flavor without all the processed ingredients. I say: let the true flavors shine! While I’m not vegan, this recipe is also egg and dairy free. These cookies just had a better texture without the eggs. The Peanut Butter Blossoms have that perfectly fluffy cookie base with a powerful punch of peanut butter in every bite.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Holiday Cheer in a bite-sized package.

For those of you who wonder,

why peanut butter and not almond butter, know that I debated it. When I went strict paleo, peanuts were not included as they are a legume. Legumes are known to cause inflammation in the body. However, as I’ve added some healthy grains and legumes back into my diet, I recognized that while I still avoid peanut products on average as well as most legumes and grains, when peanut butter is raw, or freshly ground, it is okay to consume in smaller doses. Everything in moderation right?

You’ll notice I only use other plant-based products in my baking as well. I have the scoop in my book under Pantry Staples as to why I use these particular ingredients only when baking. In my book, I give you the ins and outs to clean eating with tips on how to find that balance, even through the holidays. So enjoy this holiday cookie one bite a time. I’ve already given the cookies to 3 different friends who couldn’t tell the difference between my variation and the original recipe.

My dog Max, delivering these cookies to our friend Leona.

If YOU are vegan, I recommend you try this recipe with my Chocolate Covered Caramels (pages listed below) featured in my cookbook, Take Back Your Kitchen

Feel like changing it up?

The caramels take the cookie up a notch in flavor profile and are just a great addition to your holiday sweets or are a great hostess gift. They are not filled with refined sugar, but rather honey instead. So if you’re going to indulge a little, indulge thoughtfully.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

A gift ready to be received.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

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Serves: 8 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup almond flour sifted
  • ¼ cup coconut flour sifted
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup peanut butter, raw
  • ¼ cup palm shortening
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Dark Chocolate Hershey Kisses
  • OR Chocolate Covered Caramels (pg. 111 Limited Edition and pg. 99 Original Edition)
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar for dusting

Instructions

In a large bowl, sift your flours. This creates that light and airy texture in the final cookie. Add the baking soda and salt. Add the peanut butter, palm shortening, maple syrup, and vanilla and mix with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer until combined.

Roll into 1 ½ inch balls and coat each cookie in coconut crystals or sugar. Place cookies on a lined baking sheet. Using your thumb, press a small indent into the cookie as they will not spread during baking. This will be your placeholder for the dark chocolate kiss.

Bake at 350° for 7 minutes. Immediately place the dark chocolate kiss. Let cool for 5 minutes on the pan before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

If using my Chocolate Covered Caramel recipe, which I highly recommend, make them a day in advance and keep in the freezer. Create a slightly wider indent the size of the candy mold. All the cookie to cool for 5 minutes first, then place on a wire rack to then insert the candy.

Afterthoughts: make the caramel separately. After the cookies come out of the oven, add the caramel only to the indent. Once the cookie has cooled for 5 minutes, drizzle the chocolate across. (not pictured)

Leftovers Skillet Stuffing Challenge

After all my recipe testing and cooking for the final preparations for this cookbook, I needed a break from the kitchen. And since Thanksgiving is the perfect time to enjoy what others bring to the table, I went light on my contributions. While I normally limit my refined foods, grains, and dairy, I planned to enjoy small bites of all the goods that were shared. Life is about balance right!? And the meal didn’t disappoint. However, forgot to grab leftovers this Thanksgiving.

I did have a box of gluten-free stuffing that I planned to use and a bunch of random ingredients that created this flavor-packed leftover creation.  So whether or not you have turkey day leftovers, you probably can create a variation of this recipe without having to buy much or even any ingredients at all. Take a few minutes to go to your pantry and fridge and see how you can make your own variation of skillet stuffing.

Take a pic and post on my facebook page so we can see what tasty combo you created! 

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • ⅛ cup white onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 12 ounces chicken sausage (apple and gouda), chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 cups gluten-free stuffing mix
  • 1 cup vegetable broth

Instructions

When making this dish, keep ingredients in the same category with the same measurements while subbing out what you have.

Dice the carrots, celery, and onion and saute them in your OVEN SAFE skillet for 5 minutes with the ghee. Add the cranberries, chicken sausage, and seasonings. Continue to combine for another 3 minutes.

Finally, add the stuffing mix and raisins. Combine and pour the vegetable broth over the entire mix. Place in an oven heated to 375 degrees and bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown.

leftovers, stuffing, thanksgiving

I paired this meal with garlic green beans and leftover Japanese sweet potatoes. Perfection!

skillet stuffing

One meal, one skillet, one stove to one oven! Easy Peasy!

Balsamic Bacon Brussels

When I say bacon, you say…YES! Eating clean doesn’t mean you have to cut out all rich foods, but it does mean you focus on the quality of your food. So when choosing meats like bacon that are high in fat, choose a brand that doesn’t have added preservatives (nitrates), sugars or other variations of corn syrup like Dextrose. I love Hemplers brand and the price is right!

This balsamic and bacon Brussels sprouts recipe is easy to whip up and sure to be a crowd pleaser. In fact, it is perfect for your Thanksgiving day feast! Ready in 20 minutes it can be cooked in the final push. Brussels sprouts used to be a vegetable with a bad rap, but that is no longer the case. These little green veggies are full of nutrients, antioxidants, Vitamin K and fiber.

Serve yourself a helping of this delicious side!

When I created this recipe, I literally had some leftover bacon and my balsamic reduction all ready to go in the fridge. I would recommend making a larger batch of this reduction and using it as a healthier option for your salad dressing! It will save you time and pull the meal together! So cheers to something deliciously easy and may your Thanksgiving be filled with blessing too numerous to count!

With gratitude,

Jenni

Balsamic and Bacon Brussels

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Brussel Sprouts, washed, trimmed and halved
  • 4 Strips Nitrate Free Bacon, thick cut
  • ⅛ cup Balsamic Reduction
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

Balsamic Reduction

Yields 1 cup

2 cup Balsamic Vinegar

Make a Balsamic Reduction by simmering 2 cups of balsamic vinegar on medium heat for 30 minutes. Set aside to cool. It will reduce to half the amount.

Balsamic Bacon Brussels

Cook the bacon on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side. The bacon should not be fully cooked at this point.

Wash, trim and cut the Brussel Sprouts in half.

Remove the bacon from the pan and place on a few paper towels to drain. Soak up most of the grease, leaving on a little to cook the sprouts in. (These two steps are not only to reduce the oil, but mainly to keep the bacon crispy in the end without making the sprouts mushy.)

Place the sprouts, and a dash of salt and pepper to the pan and cook for about 3 minutes.

Dice the bacon.

Add the balsamic reduction and continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Turn the heat up to high for 2 minutes to blacken the sprouts.

Reduce heat and add the bacon and cook for another 2 minutes.

 

Not a brussel sprouts fan? Try this recipe with fresh cut green beans. Either way, you won’t regret it.

 

A Taste of Fall

Stuffed Acorn Squash

I love the flavors, aromas and produce during Fall, especially squash. Honestly, it’s one of the most versatile foods. It can act as a noodles for pasta, a bowl for stuffing or a side dish all on its own. It pairs with both sweet and savory flavors which makes it the perfect Fall dish. This stuffed acorn squash will fill you up and leave you satisfied. The burst of the tart cranberries paired with the sweet and crunchy apple and savory sausage makes for the perfect bite!

I originally created this recipe last year when wandering through the produce aisle. I realized that squash came in so many forms I hadn’t tried and I wanted see how this particular squash varied from butternut. Honestly, there isn’t much of a difference besides the outer shell containing its goodness. It’s slightly less sweet which makes it the perfect choice for this dish as the rest of the flavor combinations provide that aspect.

It’s definitely one of my go to recipes this season and a tried and true show stopper. I already plan to bring it as a side dish to a Friendsgiving this year and I’ll be sure to post those pics and any changes I might add to my Facebook Page: Take Back With Jenni.

Clean eating, fall flavors, acorn squash

Dig in to the flavors of fall

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Acorn Squash, seeded
  • 6 oz Pre-Cooked Sausage, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 Honey Crisp Apple, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1 cup Cranberries
  • 1 tsp. Thyme
  • 1 tsp. Ghee, melted
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper
  • Optional: Shredded Gruyere Cheese (1 tsp. per serving)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Brush with melted ghee to lightly coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place the squash face down on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes. They should be mostly cooked through, so use a fork and prick them to check for firmness. The fork should go through the thickest portion with ease.

While baking, slowly caramelize the onion. No added oil needed, just slowly sauté on low, stirring every few minutes. This will allow their flavor to fully come through. At the 10 minute mark, add of the cranberries, apples, and garlic. Continue to cook until everything is softened. My favorite parts is as the cranberries cook, you will hear them start to pop.

Once everything is softened, about 20-25 minutes total time, add the sausage and cook for another 3-5 minutes along with the thyme, salt and pepper. Take the squash out of the oven and leave them facedown for 10 minutes to steam.

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​​Turn the oven to broil. Scoop out 1 giant spoonful of squash to allow for more stuffing. Place the stuffing into center of the squash, knowing you will have stuffing leftover, and add the cheese if you choose. Broil for 5-7 minutes. Make sure to turn the oven light on to see how they are coming along, avoiding burnt cheese.

Grain-Free Pumpkin Pancakes

I love fall flavors, especially when they align with my clean eating habits. These grain-free pumpkin pancakes are rich and filling and do not disappoint!

The flours used in these pancakes, almond, coconut and arrowroot, might be new to your pantry. But as they are used in many of my recipes, I recommend them becoming staples in your pantry. So why plant-based products? It’s easy: you’ll feel better!

Even without a food intolerance to gluten, most pancake mixes are filled with preservatives. These preservatives have zero nutritional value, spike your blood sugar and are harder for the body to process. One thing I don’t miss at all about taking gluten out of my diet, is that awful bloated and lethargic feeling. However, these pancakes will fill you up and leave you satisfied without the fuss.

Fun Fact: I like to top my pancakes off with a few dairy-free or dark chocolate chips and toasted pecans. Just a tablespoon of pure maple syrup is enough to tickle those sweet taste buds. I promise these pancakes won’t disappoint!

grain-free pumpkin fall flavors

Start your weekend off right!

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Serves: 3 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 T Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • ⅔ c. Organic canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla
  • ¼ c. Almond Flour  
  • ¼ c. Coconut Flour
  • ⅛ c. Arrowroot Flour
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Toppings per serving: (2 pancakes)
  • 1 T Dairy Free Chocolate Chips
  • 5 Toasted Pecans
  • 1 T Maple Syrup

Instructions

In a large bowl, mash the banana and then whisk in all of the wet ingredients.

Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

Add the mixture to the wet ingredients and stir until batter.

On a medium hot griddle or skillet, use a ⅓  c. to scoop the batter into 3-4 inch circles. This batter is slightly thick, so use the measuring cup to spread it out to ¼ inch thick. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until they are golden.

Sprinkle with with a few dark chocolate chunks, crumbled toasted pecans and pure maple syrup!

Crustless Quiche Recipe Test Group

I have had numerous conversations with clients who don’t seem to have any energy early morning. Most often it’s due to lack of fuel to keep going. So what is that fuel I’m referring to? Food! A natural and balanced meal can make or break the start of your day. But who has time for that? As I fill the final holes for my cookbook, I wanted to create a few variations of this recipe, a crustless quiche,  with different flavor profiles. I started with an Italian variation and added a Mexican variation to the mix. This round, I upgraded the Italian variation (with bacon to begin) and decided to see what y’all thought.

Here’s why I love these quiches: They have the correct portions of veggies, proteins and healthy carbs to start your day right. They fuel your body and keep you going longer. Better yet, when short on time, I can serve up a portion for lunch or dinner too and feel completely satisfied.

So here’s the deal: There isn’t a recipe posted in this blog. BUT WAIT! You can still get this recipe. All you have to do is be within the first 30 people to subscribe to my blogs and email me. That’s it! I’ll send you this recipe to test. Once the first 30 have the recipe, this recipe won’t be available until my cookbook is published!

As this recipe is an upgrade, it also needs a test group! So, if you are part of the first 30 people AND you want to provide thoughtful feedback (by Sunday September 16th), I’ll send you the Mexican variation upon completion of the survey. So don’t waste any more time:

1. Subscribe

2. Email

3. Create, Enjoy and Provide Feedback!

Italian Quiche Grain Free Clean Eating

Test Group Anyone?

Naturally Delicious Stir Fry

I LOVE one pan meals, especially when are naturally delicious. Often, these types of meals are loaded up with ingredients that are high in additives and sodium. Not this recipe! It uses a plant- based sauce called Coconut Aminos that will change your perspective on healthy food for good!

So what are Coconut Or Coco Aminos? Naturally deriving from nature, they provide the same taste as soy sauce without all the sodium. In fact, on average they have 10 times LESS sodium per serving than soy sauce! So you get the added health benefit, but keep all the flavor. Another reason you should avoid soy sauce and soy-based products is because studies have shown that 95% of all SOY products are Genetically Modified and lead to hormone health issues, specifically in women’s bodies. For more info on soy, check out this video from Dr. Josh Axe. For more on this recipe, watch my first segment from SA Live from back in January where I make this recipe live!

soy sauce alternative natural

More importantly, this recipe is packed full of flavor while still providing your balanced nutrition with lean proteins, veggies (nutrients) and healthy fats.

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 4.5/5
( 2 voted )

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Thinly Sliced Chicken Breast
  • 2 cup Broccoli Rabe (chopped and remove end of stems)
  • 1 Red Pepper (diced)
  • 3 medium Carrots - about ½ cup (diced)
  • 2 cups Cauliflower Florets
  • 1 tsp. Sesame Oil
  • 2 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • 4 T. Coconut Aminos
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • ½ tsp Ground Ginger
  • ½ tsp. Sea Salt
  • Optional Garnish
  • Green Onions, Sesame Seeds, peanuts or pistachios (no more than 1 T.)

Instructions

Cut chicken in small bite size pieces.

Melt coconut oil in a large pan.

Add the chicken and cook almost through.

(Option to drain any excess liquid.)

Add the sesame oil, cauliflower and carrots to chicken. Stir and then let steam for 5 minutes. (If subbing veggies, choose the veggies that take longer to steam at this point.)

Add the broccoli rabe and red pepper. Stir it all together and add the ginger, garlic and salt.

Pour in the Coconut Aminos and allow the veggies to cook, leaving a slight crisp. (about 10 minutes)

Garnish with your choice of toppings and dig in! 

Greek Yogurt Fruity Pops

Clean Eats, Greek Yogurt Pops, Fresh Fruit

Tangy and sweet – the perfect treat!

With summer slowly creeping to an end, I created these simple yet delicious Greek Yogurt Fruity Pops; a perfect way to cool down from the summer heat. They are perfect for that after school snack or even poolside.

With all the frozen treat options out there, this one is free of additives , chemicals, and that one ingredient that seems to be pumped in to EVERYTHING: High Fructose Corn Syrup.

It’s also a great way to get your kids involved in the process and gives them that choice they are seeking. I will say, if you have an overly sensitive sweet tooth, these will seem especially tart to you. If you absolutely must, add another tablespoon of Honey max!

Having a few batches in your freezer is the perfect way to beat this heat without busting that waistline.

Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments below.

Greek Yogurt Fruity Pops

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Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt (Fage)
  • 1 ¼ cups Fresh Fruit, sliced ( I used Strawberries for one batch and Mango for the other)
  • 1 T Honey
  • 1 Lime, juice and zest

Instructions

Preparation

Slice the Fruit,  then mash so the puree has large chunks of fruit.

Add the zest of 1 lime, lime juice, yogurt, and honey.

Combine it all together.

Pour into your choice of molds: I used 6 Silicone Popsicle Molds and a Mini Silicone Candy Molds. You could also use a 8 x 8 baking dish and cut into squares.

Freeze for a minimum of 6 hours then enjoy!

 

Not Beetn’ Around the Bush Smoothie Bowl

Need an easy way to fuel your morning? Try this smoothie bowl.

While beets may not seem like the obvious choice, they are full to the brim in antioxidants and promote so many other health benefits such as:

  1. Reducing Inflammation, Aiding in Detox and Supporting Digestive Health
  2. Boosting Brain Function
  3. Promoting a Healthy Heart
  4. Enhancing Athletic Performance

All of these things will lead to Weight Loss.

So before you roll you eyes or turn away from this mighty root veggie, throw it in that blender and give it a go!

For more information about the health benefits on beets, check out Dr. Axe’s website.

Need another breakfast idea? Check out this post for a delicious morning treat!

Not Beetn' Around the Bush Smoothie Bowl

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Serves: 2 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • 1 cup loosely packed spinach
  • 1 cup cooked beets
  • 1 cup peeled zucchini
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • Grain Free Granola
  • Hemp Hearts
  • Chia Seeds
  • Fresh Berries

Instructions

If you are not buying pre-cooked beets, it’s super simple and easy to prepare them in advance. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Wrap each beet in foil and place on baking sheet. Cook for 1 hour, or until softened. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Rinse under cold water and the skin will rub off easily. Watch out as your fingers will soak up that gorgeous pink color, but you can wash it off immediately after. Store your cooked beets for up to a week in an air tight container.

Place the ingredients in the blender in the order listed through the almond milk.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into 2 bowls. Top each smoothie with a combination of the following and enjoy:

¼ cup grain free granola
1 T Hemp Hearts
1 T Chia Seeds
¼ cup fresh berries

Smoky Fish Tacos with Mango Slaw

This fish taco recipe and more was featured on SA Live Monday, July 30, 2018. To watch these links and to learn more about clean eating, click here! I start the show and my 2nd segment starts around 13 minutes. Let me know what you think and feel free to leave your questions below.

It doesn’t have to be Tuesday in my home for there to be tacos. In fact, I have intentionally created a chapter for my upcoming cookbook, Take Back Your Kitchen, just for tacos! And why not!? It’s a house-hold favorite and these fish tacos are sure to be crowd pleaser.

One of the biggest challenges when eating clean is flavor. The common myth is that if it is healthy, it is void of flavor. But I would beg to differ and I’ll prove it with these tacos.

My Philosophy

Fresh ingredients in their purest form are bursting with flavor. It’s knowing the right flavor profiles and combinations to make that perfect mouth-watering bite. And that’s exactly what I’ve worked hard to create with this recipe.

 What kind of fish?

Fish tacos quickly became a favorite of mine when I lived in the Seattle area and was surrounded with plenty of options. While they were usually considered a cheat meal for me, at least I knew the fish I was eating was fresh and wild caught. What I realized when I moved further away from that Northern Pacific coastline, was how challenging it was to get quality seafood. But I didn’t want to compromise the quality and here’s why. Wild caught fish are simply that, wild. They are not farm raised and pumped full of food that is genetically modified…aka, chemicals. But does it really make a difference? YES! Over time, everything we put in to our bodies makes a difference. Farm raised fish, the most popular and less expensive route, is fed with genetically modified food like corn, soy and high fructose corn syrup. If your food eats it…you’re eating it; plain and simple. All those additives and GMOs can cause inflammation in your body. Think about this; arthritis, heart disease and digestive problems are all linked to inflammation. Its just not worth it.

So how do you avoid the budget breaker when purchasing wild caught fish? Purchase your fish in bulk and frozen. The marinade and seasoning from this recipe will add flavor and prevent it from being dry.

My Philosophy

Think before you buy and consume. Every small step you take to a healthier and cleaner diet, is well worth the effort.

 

Smoky Fish Tacos with Mango Slaw

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • Cod pieces: (about 16 oz)
  • 2 limes
  • Zest of 1 lime, plus all remaining lime wedges
  • 2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Dash Salt and Pepper
  • Dry Rub:
  • 4 T Paprika
  • 2 T Chili Powder
  • 4 tsp Garlic Salt
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Mango Slaw:
  • 3 cups of broccoli slaw (pre-packaged)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 medium jalapenos, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 medium mangos (between firm and ripe), cubed in ¼ inch slices
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 T Avocado Oil
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • Avocado Cream Sauce:
  • 1 medium ripe avocado
  • ½ cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ juice of lime
  • Cilantro, Lime Wedges and Goat Cheese for topping

Instructions

Start with marinading the cod. Pour the lime juice, zest, wedges, oil and salt and pepper in a large plastic zip bag. Add the cod and marinade in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Create the dry rub by mixing all the spices together well. Feel free to double the recipe if you want to have it ready to go for later use. It stores well it a glass jar or spice container.

Next prepare the mango slaw. Pour the pre-packaged broccoli slaw mix (because why make it harder on yourself) and add the oil and lime juice to soften. Thinly slice your seeded jalapenos and red onion and add to the mix. Now here comes the STAR ingredient. The mango! Choose a mango that is between firm and overly ripe. It should smell mildly sweet. Using a sharp knife, slice the mango lengthwise right next to the pit. Repeat on the opposite side. Now score your mango by cutting 1/4 inch diagonal lines in both directions. This will create small 1/4 inch squares. Use a spoon to scoop out the mango right over the slaw to allow the juices to add to the flavor. Add a dash of salt and pepper and toss it all together. This slaw can be made the morning of to save you time later. 

Creating the avocado cream sauce is simple. Mash your ripe avocados with a fork and mix in the rest of the ingredients. Continue to combine until they are well mixed and smooth.

Finally, I like to warm my tortillas on a griddle before grilling the fish. I keep them warm in a tortilla holder to allow them to get perfectly pliable.

Now its time for the main event! Take the fish out of the marinade and sprinkle the dry rub  on both sides. I tend to be heavy handed as I like that burst of flavor and heat in each bite. Grill on medium-high heat for about 1-2 minutes per side if you’re using thinly sliced pieces as I did. Adjust your cooking time accordingly.

Assemble your tacos fish first, then the slaw, avocado cream and toppings.

 

Sausage and Veggie Bake

Originally Posted October 18th, 2017  I  Jenni Eicher
I won’t lie! The star of this dish is the organic smoked sausage! I found organic, locally crafted, nitrate free smoked sausage at my local grocery store. The flavor is deep with a hint of smoke that makes any simple dish taste elegant. You won’t regret spending a little bit more on the star, especially when veggies are inexpensive.
This ONE PAN WONDER is so easy to make and perfect for taking to work or reheating later in the week when you’re short on time, but want a balanced meal. Even my brother approves!

Sausage and Veggie Bake

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. Nitrate Free Pre-cooked Organic Sausage, sliced into 1 inch pieces
  • ¾ pound thin asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 8 oz. Baby Bella Mushrooms, cut in half
  • 1½ c. Baby carrots,
  • cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 15 multi-color mini potatoes
  • 1/4 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • 3 T. Coconut oil
  • 1 T. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper

Instructions

​​Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Chop your baby carrots in half and mini potatoes half or fourths.

Melt the coconut oil and add the seasonings to a large bowl. Set aside half.

Add the carrots and potatoes and cover thoroughly. Pour on to a baking sheet.

Cook for 10 minutes.

While cooking, chop off the ends of the the asparagus and then chop into 1 inch pieces.

Add the asparagus, mushrooms and the sausage to the rest of the oil mixture to the large bowl.

Mix thoroughly and pour over the veggies on baking sheet.

Bake for another 15 minutes or until the carrots and potatoes are tender.

During the last 5 minutes, add the sun dried tomatoes and watch so they don’t burn.

Looking for more dinner ideas? Check out my Thai Curry recipe today!

Worry-Free Wednesday – Thai Curry

Originally posted November 29, 2017 | Jenni Eicher

This Thai Curry is so simple that once you make it, you’ll be wondering where it’s been all of your life.

After living in Asia for 2 years, and enjoying the locals’ finest in multiple countries, I became obsessed with learning how to cook some of those recipes. The challenge for most of those mouth-watering dishes is that they don’t work well with an anti-inflammatory diet. However, Thai curry has been my go-to for years when I want something exotic, without dairy or grains!

I’ve been working on mastering this particular dish and finally created a recipe I am proud to share. Without a doubt, I’ll be adding variations of this curry as there are so many options. Take note that this recipe is about a 3.5 out of 5 stars, but you can always use fresh lime to calm it down if you don’t like it spicy.

I rarely add rice, but if I do, I make a lime cauliflower rice, so I can avoid grains. If you just can’t live without rice, go for it. You don’t need more than 1/2 cup as the STAR is the curry itself. Better yet, you don’t have to worry about getting your daily veggie allotment with this recipe.

So snuggle up by a fire or sit down with good friends and family for this perfect treat on a cold winter night.

Thai Curry

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Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • .5 pounds organic chicken
  • 3-4 cups of chopped veggies of your choice (broccoli, peppers, carrots are my favorite)
  • Basil
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 jar of Thai Kitchen Red Curry paste
  • 1 1/2 cans of Coconut Milk (about 20 oz)
  • Optional: Rice of choice or cauliflower rice

Instructions

Cut the chicken in to 1 inch pieces. Add coconut oil to the pan and melt. Add the chicken and cook half way through. Add the jar (about 4 T) of Red Curry paste and mix in to the cooking chicken. Add the coconut milk and veggies. Cover and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until the veggies are soft. Add fresh basil and SERVE!

Dark Chocolate Berry Bark

Originally posted February 15, 2018 | Jenni Eicher

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I created a simple and satisfying chocolate dessert to share with our members at Orangetheory Fitness. It was a hit and in honor of sharing the love, I’ll continue with sharing this recipe.

Keep in mind, the baking chocolate I used had organic sugar added as it’s 70% cacao. I didn’t think many people would be down with 100% that I normally use and when you use cacao powder with coconut oil and a bit of maple syrup (yes, another sugar source) it needs to be refrigerated to maintain it’s consistency. Thus, I opted for a bit of sugar. With the single size portion (2 – 2 inch pieces), there is nothing to worry about. Plus I always find that allowing for little indulgences help to reduce the chances of binge eating.

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