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Savory BLT Breakfast

15 Jul

I made this breakfast for myself and my husband last weekend. It was a great alternative to the basic bacon and egg breakfast that we often eat. It was savory and hearty with lots of flavor. Here’s what you’ll need for it:

Ingredients:

6 slices of bacon

2 cups of baby spinach

1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved

4 large eggs

1 avocado, sliced

Directions:

1. Heat a large skillet and add the bacon. Set aside a couple of tablespoons of the oil from the pan to use to fry the eggs.

2. Fry the eggs in a separate pan using the oil from the cooked bacon.

3. Meanwhile, add the spinach and tomatoes to the bacon and cook for a few minutes until spinach is wilted.

4. Plate the eggs. Top with the bacon, spinach, tomatoes and avocado slices.

5. Enjoy!

Paleo BLT Breakfast

I found this recipe on PaleoPlan. We really enjoyed it, and I hope you do too!

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Linking Up with: Jen from Pink When and Jessica from All She Cooks

Happy Happenings and a 4th of July Recap

5 Jul

How was your holiday yesterday? Ours was nice. We hung out with family and went to the pool for a bit. I tried out a new recipe for a Paleo coconut cream pie. I added berries to make it festive. It was pretty good even though I totally forgot to make the whipped cream topping. Whoopsies! Haha. Oh well,maybe next time I will add that layer instead of the berries. 😉 Here’s the recipe if you want to try it. It was pretty easy to make and tasted great! The only thing I regret is only getting one piece.

Paleo Coconut Cream Pie from Eat Nap Play

Passed out after a long day

This is what happened after our long day away from home. Little Mr. didn’t want to nap at his Auntie’s house, so he passed out on the way home. He’s so cute when he’s sleeping!

Paleo BLT Breakfast

Here’s another yummy recipe that I recently tried. It’s called the BLT breakfast. It was a nice rendition to the traditional bacon and eggs breakfast.

SLDesigns necklace

I’m excited to have won another Instagram giveaway for a beautiful necklace. This necklace is from SLDesigns. Their jewelry is unique and one of a kind. I’ve already added a few pieces to my Christmas list. It’s not too early, right? I think they may be having another giveaway soon, so be sure to follow them on Instagram if you’d like to win!

Make Your Own Coconut Water

I’m thrilled that Kellie from Nest of Posies featured my coconut water recipe on her blog recently. She added berries and took awesome pictures. Check out her post here. And here is my original post with the recipe.

Cheers! Wine and a wine barrel plant stand

Ahh, it’s time to relax and enjoy the weekend. It was great having yesterday off, but I was thinking it was Monday all day today. My days are all mixed up! So glad to have a couple more days off to unwind.  Cheers to the weekend!

How was your week and your 4th of July?

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What I Ate-A Week’s Worth of Healthy Dinners

2 Jul

Last week was a tough week for me. The days were long, daunting, and stressful. Little Mr. woke up 2-3 times each night (teething is no fun for anyone!) and work was nightmarish. Through the stressful week, I found therapy in cooking. I cooked dinner every night this week (and Hubby helped most nights). I found most of the recipes online at Paleo Plan. I do not eat a strictly Paleo diet, but I’d say I am “practically Paleo”. The exceptions are that I eat rice, beans, and gluten free bread on occasion. I do enjoy Paleo recipes, and I found many yummy ones on this site. Here’s the meals I made this past week:

Monday: Mediterranean Chicken with Artichoke Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Chicken-Capers, Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives

Mediterranean Chicken with Artichoke Quinoa

Tuesday: Italian sausage links with brown rice, black beans and a spinach salad

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Tomato, Avocado, and Mushrooms by Eat Nap Play

Wednesday: Lime-Cilantro Pork and Sauteed Veggies with Lemon and Basil

Lime Cilantro Pork with Lemon Basil Veggies by Eat Nap Play

Thursday: Cilantro Turkey Burgers on a lettuce “bun” topped with avocado and red onion with sweet potato fries

Cilantro Turkey Burgers

Healthy Burger Toppings

Simple Sweet Potato Fries from Eat Nap Play

Friday: Spaghetti squash with Turkey Vegetable Meatballs and Vodka Sauce

Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Vegetable Meatballs by Eat Nap Play

My favorite of all these meals were the Cilantro Turkey Burgers. They were very flavorful and juicy. We will definitely be adding this meal to our arsenal. The Mediterranean Chicken is great too and really simple to make. I hope these recipes give you some healthy dinner options to try. Leave a comment and let me know how you like them. Enjoy!

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My Rant About Diet and Medicine

15 Jun

I’ve been feeling pretty blah lately. I have been struggling with intense “brain fog” for several days. With this, my creativity, inspiration, and motivation have been pretty much non existent. I am starting to feel a little better each day. The doctors tell me it’s too broad of a symptom for them to figure out the cause. I have had blood work done, and everything has come back normal. I went back for a follow up and more tests were ordered, but I don’t even think it’s worth wasting my time to get them done. I asked if it could have been the significant amount of gluten that I ate while I was in Vegas (because it’s just so hard to avoid it while traveling). They said probably not. Unfortunately, the only symptom they relate to a gluten intolerance is digestive issues. There just isn’t enough research out there to suggest otherwise, but I am really starting to think that’s what it is.

Many people may call me crazy, and that’s okay. It makes sense to me that something I put into my body could result in an adverse symptom. I can’t wrap my head around why many people in the medical field don’t take diet into consideration as a possibility of ailments or disease. Food is the substance everyone puts into their body every day. Why couldn’t something in one’s diet be to blame? There are genetic tests related to Celiac disease that I inquired about, but because I did not have the “classic” symptoms of abdominal pain or diarrhea, they said it couldn’t possibly be that. I get it. There needs to be a clinical symptom in order to make a test medically necessary, but what I don’t get is the fact that it is assumed that everyone will present with the same symptoms. A friend of mine is a physician’s assistant, and she says that her office will run the genetic tests when other symptoms like mine are present and the obvious things have been ruled out. She said there are many people who test positive without the “classic” symptoms. This is just an example of how much we have yet to learn about medicine. Advancements in knowledge, testing, and research have come a long way over the years, but they have way further to travel before we know even half of the processes that take place in our bodies. It’s unfortunate that I can’t get any answers. It’s tough to be the crazy girl who can’t eat donuts or bread or cake like everyone else, but I feel like it’s got to be that way if I want to have a brain that functions properly. I don’t have a medical backing to my claim, but I’ve got to listen to my body and nourish it to the best of my ability. Therefore, I will continue on my gluten-free journey and urge others who may be struggling with similar situations to do the same. One day there will be a wake-up call to the Western medical world telling them that food does affect many systems in our body. I believe that diet should be the first thing to look at when we have any ailment, whether it be a headache, changes in bowels, fatigue, irritability or brain fog. The foods we eat today are full of sugar and processed chemicals that could be to blame for these things, and our doctors seem to be in denial and so quick to write a prescription instead of looking for the cause. Ok, I’ll end my rant right there. But, seriously if you are having any ongoing ailments, physical or psychological, look at what you are putting into your body each day. It may surprise you when you start to make some changes. If you got through this whole post, I thank you. 😉 Have you had any adverse reactions to certain foods? Do you think I’m completely nuts? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Go ahead, leave a comment!

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Mango Salsa Recipe

22 May

My husband and I recently found a new recipe to make…mango salsa! It is my new favorite. We make a large batch so we have enough to snack on with chips, enough to put on top of grilled chicken for dinner, and enough for the next day’s lunches. It is simple and yummy. By now you know that’s what I’m all about! 😉

Here’s the ingredients list:

  • 2 mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 serrano peppers (with seeds), chopped
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

mango salsa

Directions:

Option 1: Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend together.

Option 2: If you prefer a more chunky salsa, chop the ingredients by hand and mix together.

Enjoy with chips, atop grilled chicken, or as a topping on fish tacos.

Recipe inspired by food.com

mango salsa and chips

I really wish we still had some of this left. We will have to make it again next week! Let me know if you like it as much as we do!

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Green Protein Smoothie Recipe

10 May

My go to green smoothie is my post-workout protein smoothie. Here is what I put in it:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons hemp protein powder
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ice

Green Protein Smoothie

I toss it all into the blender, blend it up, and enjoy. Since I can’t do whey protein, hemp is the best alternative for me. The hemp protein isn’t the best tasting stuff, but I have found that this mixture of ingredients masks the taste of it pretty well. It’s actually really tasty. I hope you like it as much as I do!

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Eat Your Greens-Simple Kale Chip Recipe

1 May

I have been on a green food kick lately. I don’t know what it is, but I have just been craving everything GREEN! Last, night we had asparagus, the night before that we had salad, and kale the previous night. I had some left over kale, so I decided to attempt making some kale chips (again). The first time I tried it, I kinda burnt them. They weren’t so good. This time, I kept a very close eye on them.

Here’s what I did:

  • I preheated the oven to 325 degrees.
  • I used the flat leaf variety of kale (any kind will work though). After rinsing and drying it, I tore the leaves into bite size pieces.
  • I laid the pieces flat on a baking sheet.
  • I drizzled just a bit of olive oil on the leaves.
  • I sprinkled some sea salt on them, and…
  • I put them on the middle rack of the oven for 6 minutes.

Simple kale chips recipe

Then, wah-la! Delicious kale chips were made.

Simple Kale Chips Recipe

They were so delicious that my son even enjoyed them! It surprised me big time seeing as how he doesn’t like any vegetables.

Kale chips-Yum!

I think they’re his new favorite! Well, probably not, but at least he liked them (as you can see by the mess)!

Let me know how you like these! I love hearing from you!

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