Simply Delicious Squash

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Fighting another stupid cold this Spring?

Here’s a quick and yummy dish to cook for dinner to help battle those damn stuffy noses and sore throats.

Butternut squash is one of the top cold killers due to it’s high concentration of vitamin A.

Peel it, chop it, bake it.

I paired this squash with chicken and chopped onions and garlic, as well as turmeric, paprika, pepper, and a hint of cinnamon on top. (To clear your sinuses, add some spice and kick it up a notch!)

P.S. I saved some squash to make a hash one morning, just like I did with the sweet potato! Mmm.

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Breakfast All Day

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Breakfast is my favorite meal option of the day. Pancakes, waffles, omelets, frittatas, bacon–it’s all so good no matter what time of the day.

The other night I made sweet potato fries, and I set aside some chopped (uncooked) sweet potato for this delicious hash for dinner tonight!

The sweet potato, garlic, and onion went into my food processor. Meanwhile, I cooked a spicy sausage link and broke it up in the pan. I added the sweet potato mix, as well as some herbs, crushed red pepper, cinnamon, and salt and pepper.

Cook in the pan on medium heat for a few minutes and top with eggs.

YUM!

15-Minute Pasta Stir Fry

Brown rice pasta–my new favorite–cooked al dente. This is a great alternative to regular pasta. Quinoa noodles are also another protein-fiber-packed whole grain that’s much better for you than white noodles.

Leftover chicken, shredded and stir fried in peanut oil (yum!) and coconut aminos (or low sodium soy sauce). With yellow and red pepper, red onion, and garlic.

Garlic is one of those things that goes great in almost any dish, and it’s packed with flavonoids and other heath benefits, woohoo!

For spices: ginger, paprika, crushed red pepper (not too much), adobe blend, cumin…I love spicy! Could you tell?

Put it all together: toss the vegetables & chicken mixture with the pasta and some chopped scallions, salt, and pepper!

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Sweet Everything Lentil Soup

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You can’t go wrong with this incredible vegetable–sweet potatoes.

Not only do they pack numerous health benefits, but they’re also delicious and pair well with many different flavors.

This creamy soup has a few other fibrous friends: lentils, chickpeas, broccoli, and cauliflower.

In a vegetable and coconut milk base, I also added a chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, paprika, turmeric, crushed red pepper, onion, garlic, a little ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. And lots of pepper (of course!)

Originally the recipe is vegan, but I wanted some more filling protein. Before I added the vegetables and seasoning, I cooked some lean ground turkey in onion and garlic.

Serve over baby spinach for another added health benefit.

Soo good.

Paleo Coconut & Carrot Cupcakes for Easter

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How could these be healthy? Paleo?! OH MY GOD! They’re so good!

The coconut cashew creme frosting alone is dangerous.

No artificial sweeteners, dairy, or gluten.

These babies are made with raw honey, coconut (oil, butter, and milk), vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, ginger, and lots of fresh graded carrots.

Everything in moderation…

Find the full recipe in Recipe Links above.

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Loaded Chicken and Black Bean Soup

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I absolutely love rotisserie chicken. There’s so much you can do with it, from wraps and nachos to this delightful soup!

In a crockpot, I threw together some chopped veggies of my choice: parsley, spinach, carrot, celery, onion, and shiitake mushrooms.

For spices I did an Italian seasoning, two bay leaves, some turmeric, black pepper and a little Sriracha sauce to give it a kick.

I added the black beans when I smelled it’s Mexican aroma. Black beans add protein and fiber (and they’re delicious!). But you could also use whole wheat gnocchi or pasta noodles for a different nutrient-packed carb.

Soo good!

Toasted Rye and Tuna

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Safflower oil has numerous benefits to both your health and muffin-top.

For this tuna salad, I used safflower oil mayonnaise (just like mayo except safflower oil instead of canola oil–brilliant!). Also, some crushed red pepper for spice and mixed greens.

This rye bread might be my new favorite, from a local VT baker. Rye bread is loaded with nutrients and almost half of the calories of regular bread.

Mmm.

Honey BBQ Marinated Pork Loin

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Just a bit spicy and just a bit sweet, these pork loins were mouth-watering!

Raw honey, almond butter, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, ginger, cinnamon, a little cayenne (as well as my friends secret BBQ rub), white and black pepper.

Marinated over night and cooked, then broiled.

Oink oink! 🙂