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Pork and Apple Meatballs with Brussels Sprouts (Paleo / Whole30)

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in blog | Comments Off on Pork and Apple Meatballs with Brussels Sprouts (Paleo / Whole30)

Nothing says Fall like apple recipes! One of my favorite dinner combinations involves honey crisp apples and pork. While we all love a good pork chop, I wanted to switch things up this week. I found this pork and apple meatball recipe on my local grocery store’s food blog (which is full of great family-friendly recipes!). HERE is the original recipe. Why do I love meatballs? Because can carry so much flavor in one bite! Plus these are completely grain and dairy-free, making it a Paleo and Whole30 compliant recipe. I chopped up some fresh sage to add to the fall flavors and made sure to brown them all to perfection prior to baking. One thing about meatballs is, I...

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Chipotle Sweet Potato Taquitos (Vegan)

Posted by on Oct 1, 2020 in blog | Comments Off on Chipotle Sweet Potato Taquitos (Vegan)

As the weather cools down, we are here to warm you back up with some Chipotle Sweet Potato Taquitos! I love anything that combines veggies into the main course: delicious, nutritious, and super easy to make. Plus, it is easy to make a large batch of these to enjoy after sports practices or between e-learning classes. The sweet potato and corn provide a touch of sweet to the spicy chipotle peppers. Not super into spicy? Here is how you can adjust the heat: I buy a small can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. When I say small, it’s about a 4oz can. I separate the peppers onto a cutting board and put the adobo sauce (liquid gold) into a bowl. The adobo sauce...

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Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Wraps

Posted by on Sep 24, 2020 in blog | Comments Off on Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Wraps

Alright, I am obsessed with chickpeas. I know, I’m a bit late to the party here, but I swear these lil guys are the new cauliflower (aka they can become whatever you want them to be). Crispy roasted, mashed, pureed, I just love them. plus there is so much protein and flavor packed in those little round balls, you really cannot go wrong. This recipe was recommended by Mama Jess herself (I am just her helpful photographer/writer!) and it was inspired by a vegan wrap recipe that you can find HERE. Honestly, this easy meal goes into the same category as whipping up a quick tuna or egg salad, but it is vegan! Delicious mashed chickpeas tossed in chopped up carrots and...

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Avocado Basil Pesto with Zoodles

Posted by on Sep 17, 2020 in blog | Comments Off on Avocado Basil Pesto with Zoodles

Hello Mamas! We are here with another installation of “quick and easy meals that are also healthy”! Today we bring you a nut-free and dairy-free avocado pesto. This simple pesto sauce whips up in seconds and really adds an earthy flavor and creamy texture to zoodles. Add some garden fresh tomatoes on top with optional mozzarella cheese bits and you have the most simple and delicious meal! I love pesto, but it is tricky with so much of the sauce containing nuts. It’s not fair that families with nut allergies are not able to enjoy this delicious spread! So I went searching for some alternatives and pieced together this delicious avocado pesto. Garlic-y,...

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Fall Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad

Posted by on Sep 10, 2020 in blog | Comments Off on Fall Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad

It’s that weird time of the year when it’s still warm (some days!) but you are just ready for it to be Fall! Bring on the scented candles, apple cider, cozy sweaters, and pumpkin patches, am I right? We wanted to find a recipe for you that fuses the flavors of the fall with the lightness of a summer dish. That’s when we came across this Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Honey Mustard Vinaigrette  from Half Baked Harvest. This combination of sweet and spicy with roasted cauliflower and crispy chickpeas along with fresh arugula is really the perfect thing to eat during this shoulder season as we balance between cool and warm weather. Instead of...

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Mama says, “Eat Your Veggies” but how many servings, cups, pounds???

Posted by on Sep 3, 2020 in blog, blogs | Comments Off on Mama says, “Eat Your Veggies” but how many servings, cups, pounds???

How many veggies per day should you be eating?   Gosh, that seems like a pretty straight forward question, but it’s hard to get a great answer. My quick answer: Your meals and snacks should be majority vegetables. That means you’re eating more veggies than you are meats, grains, junk or anything else!   If you’ve never tracked how many veggies you are eating or how many your kids are eating, it’s a great exercise. We all slide a little and there’s really no better time to be more conscious of your vegetable intake!    CDC says only 1 in 10 Americans are eating enough veggies – GASP! This has been a statistic that has stayed...

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