Monday: Moroccan “Meatballs”– This is a vegan recipe, but you can easily use lean ground beef or lamb instead of chickpeas.

Tuesday: Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil– You can lighten this up by reducing the amount of butter used….1/4 cup is a bit much for this recipe (in my opinion). Remember, the sausage will release some fat when it cooks. I suggest spraying lightly with olive oil, and then tasting after everything is cooked. Each person you serve can add some butter/ghee to their own dish if they’d like.

Wednesday: Paleo Butternut Apple Chicken Salad w/ Creamy Maple Dressing– Very straightforward. If you have a favorite dressing/dressing recipe- use that. ***You can make extra chicken today, and use for tomorrow (if you want tomorrow’s recipe to be carnivorous).***

Thursday: Jackfruit Chickpea Coconut Stir Fry–  This recipe has a few spices that you can substitute. For the initial spice mix, I plan to skip the peppercorns (and simply use ground pepper). This way, I don’t have to dirty something else by grinding one spice. No mustard seeds? Replace with ground mustard. No cumin seeds? Replace with ground cumin. No asafetida? Add more garlic. No jackfruit? Use shredded chicken or tofu.

Friday: Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos-Easy recipe, that can be multiplied and frozen for the future. Be sure to check your can of chipotles if you’re gluten free…some brands contain wheat to thicken the sauce.

Saturday: Honey Mustard Salmon– Don’t like salmon? Try this glaze recipe on chicken or pork loin.

Sunday: Super Vegan Bowls– You can use this recipe as a base to clean out your fridge for the week. Use whatever vegetables/protein you have leftover from the week.

Happy Halloween! I like Halloween. Probably because candy is delicious. I was always the kid who would come home and dive right in, running out of candy approximately 3 days later. My brother would organize his, have a piece, forget about it, and still have some up until Easter. I can not condone behavior like that. Anyway, instead of dressing up and partying this year, I’m going to the dentist. I’m actually really excited; I love the dentist. And I made sure to buy candy to hand out that while name brand, does nothing for me, as to not be tempted by it.

Monday: Vegan Butternut Squash Mac N Cheese– This meal will come together quickly, so you can get homework done, costumes on, and get out of the door by twilight. To save even more time, use a can of butternut squash puree instead of making your own. For gluten free, be sure to use gluten free pasta, and replace the flour with cornstarch. I skip the breadcrumb topping all together, because I don’t like the crunch on mac n cheese.

Tuesday: Chopped Enchilada Skillet– Gluten free, can easily be made vegetarian by doubling the beans, can be dairy free if you use dairy free cheese (Trader Joe’s Almond Milk shredded cheese is really good…and my husband thought he was eating cow mucus- I mean ‘milk’ cheese). Now, I’m actually a grandma, so I make my own enchilada sauce, because store bought tends to have some ingredients that I stay away from. Here’s the recipe I use…it makes a LOT, so I freeze what I don’t use.

  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 cups broth (any will do….use bone broth for added protein)
  • 10 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or dried chives (or leave this out…you’ll more than likely have onions in whatever meal you’ll be using this for)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • No need to cook this…just stir/blend it and think, “Does Martha effing Stewart even make her own enchilada sauce?!”

Wednesday: Kale Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes- I could eat this every day. This is complete to me, but serve with roasted chicken (I’ve been buying a rotisserie chicken every week for my husband) or white fish for added protein. You can easily double this recipe, and have a quick lunch all ready. Here’s the link to the sauce this is served with: Out of This World Tahini Herb Sauce.

Thursday: Autumn Cobb Salad with Smoky Pumpkin Dressing: How can you not want to eat this? So, I am lazy, and I buy raw, pre-cut butternut squash from the grocery. This saves time and so many fingers. Obviously no seeds come with this, so I just use pre-roasted pumpkin seeds. But, walnuts or pecans would go really well with this, too. This is another instance where that rotisserie chicken is a perfect time saver.

Friday: Roasted Smoked Eggplant Curry–  Vegan and gluten free. I plan to serve with cauliflower rice, so I can also have naan. I try to keep my carbs to one option at each meal. Pre-riced cauliflower rice is your best friend. Trader Joe’s sells is in the refrigerated section, and I toss it in the freezer until I’m ready to use it.

Saturday: Apricot Dijon Roast Chicken– I mean, look at that picture. This meal is beautiful. Although….I think I’m going to use a salmon fillet instead of a whole chicken. Also, I don’t know if I can find fresh apricots at this time of year, so, I think you could chop some dried ones instead. Or (and I promise I don’t get paid by Trader Joe’s), but they sell frozen apricots that are delicious and make me happy as all hell. Serve with a rice or quinoa dish to round this out.

Sunday: Crispy Carnitas– A favorite recipe of ours. It’s foolproof. Don’t skip the last step where you fry the cooked meat to crisp it up. It’s worth cleaning another dish. Aaaaand, save your leftovers, because we’re going to use them next week. It’s Sunday: Treat Yourself. Bust out the tortillas.

Some weeks are a struggle for me to find recipes that sound good. 99.9% of the time, these are the meals we’re eating for dinner too. Really, the only times I deviate is when we’re traveling. Finding recipes and reading them to figure out which ingredients I need, is how I grocery shop. I’m a big planner and list-follower. I will say that living back in the states makes it a little harder remain on script. I mean, if I didn’t improvise last week, I never would have picked the one bag of organic “Sour Patch Kids” that was marked for 50 cents. I know there was only one, because I dug through the rest in a ravenous mania. Annnnnnyway. This week, I am ready to eat all of these meals. I hope at least one peaks your interest.

Monday: Sweet and Salty Fall Harvest Salad–  Gluten free, easily made vegan. This salad is one of the greatest things I have ever eaten. It’s just so delicious. There are a couple of changes that I make to make it a lil bit healthier/easier….

1- Buy pre-cut butternut squash. Huge time saver. I used frozen last week, and that worked well too (boiled, drained, and then roasted in the oven).

2- Substitute the butter for coconut oil or ghee, and substitute the brown sugar for coconut palm sugar.

3- Use dried cranberries with no added sugar or oil, or (what I do) use chopped dates instead. Dates have no added sugar, and are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

4- Use goat cheese, or use a dairy free cheese to keep this vegan. I’m really loving Treeline Cheese, which I just found out is made in the city where my dad grew up. Huh. Small world.

Tuesday: Tuna Wasabi Ginger Burgers- This is a recipe I saw Gwyneth make back in the day. It’s a favorite of ours, and I hope you like it to.

Serves 4-ACTIVE PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL PREPARATION TIME: 15 Minutes plus at least 1 hour chilling
The patties can be pre-formed and refrigerated.

1 teaspoon wasabi powder (or prepared wasabi)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon water
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon coarse salt
1 Tbsp peeled and finely minced fresh ginger
1 Tbsp peeled and finely minced garlic
1 ½ Tbsp oil, plus more for cooking
1 pound highest quality tuna, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
4  buns
½ cup Soy & Sesame Mayo (recipe to follow)
Handful fresh arugula

 

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the wasabi, mustard, water,  pepper, salt, ginger, garlic, and oil in a food processor.

Pulse it all together to make a flavorful paste. Add the tuna and pulse just to combine—be careful not to overprocess the tuna as you want your burgers to have texture.
Form the mixture into 4 burgers and set in the refrigerator for at least an hour (up to overnight) to let the flavors really settle in.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Add the shallots and sauté for about 10 minutes, until they get soft and sweet and a little brown. Reserve.
Preheat your grill or grill pan over high heat. Rub the tuna burgers with a little oil and grill for 2 or 3 minutes a side, to desired doneness. Grill the buns alongside the burgers. Spread the buns with the mayo, pile on the sautéed shallots and a bit of arugula and tuck in the burgers. 

 
Soy and Sesame Mayo

INGREDIENTS:
½ cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

Wednesday: Low Carb Mexican Tamale Skillet Pie– Gluten free- You can really simplify this and use a store bought cornbread mix and enchilada sauce. Serve with a side salad and guac to bump up that veggie game.

Thursday: Spicy Shrimp with Cauliflower Mash and Kale– This just checks a lot of boxes for me. And finally, a cauliflower mash that doesn’t seem awful.

Friday: Pizza! What can I say? Those Domino’s commercials are really getting to me. For some reason, pizza and Friday just go together. So many options. Maybe have yourself a Joey special (Friends reference, anyone?). Have you tried Cappello’s pizza? You can order from their website, and can also find which stores close to you carry their products. They sell grain free pizza (paleo)…as well as pasta and cookie dough.

Saturday: Spicy Sushi Bowl– This is vegan, but you could easily add meat. You can also make the mayo using store-bought, by replacing the tofu with mayo and mixing in the rest of the ingredients. Add/take away whatever vegetables are fresh and look good to you.

Sunday: Homemades! Relax; it’s Sunday. Why not toss a bunch of stuff in the crock pot and call it good?

I don’t know who I am these days. I was actually happy this past weekend that it wasn’t blazing hot. I am excited to decorate for Halloween. I want a caramel apple in a bad way. I’m tired of flashing my guns in tank tops. Is this growth? Have I been brainwashed? The rest of Americans love Autumn, so…I guess I’ll try to get on board. But, I’ll warn you: As soon as it’s below 50°F, I’m going to bitch and moan.

We’ve got some fall flavors poppin this week. I’m still trying to hold on with some of the recipes, though. Enjoy!

Monday: Baked Sushi Tofu Bowls– Gluten free and vegan, but feel free to use chicken or shrimp instead of the tofu. If you can’t find wasabi powder, I think wasabi paste would work just as well.

Tuesday: Salad Bar- Get ready to feel healthy AF. Now’s the time to bust out everything in the fridge. Just remember to keep it clean with homemade dressing, and go easy on the bacon and cheese.

Wednesday: Whole 30 Jerk Chicken and Mango Avocado Salsa– I think I’m going to cook the chicken (with the marinade) in a crock pot. I prefer the mouth-feel of shredded chicken, and whenever I try and cook chicken in a skillet I end up cutting into it to make sure it’s cooked.

Thursday: Low Carb Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce– I think that about sums it up. If you don’t need to eat gluten free, you can use cracker crumbs, bread crumbs, or flour instead of the coconut flour. To keep this low carb, serve with a salad &/or cauliflower rice. Or, bust out a bun for a crab cake sandwich.

Friday: Pumpkin, Spinach, and Walnut Spaghetti– Vegan and gluten free. I’m seeing a lot of pre-cut squash at the grocery lately….this saves lots of time, fingers, and sanity. As you know, I think brown rice pasta is just fine to eat, but if you think pasta is the root of all evil, try substituting spaghetti squash.

Saturday: Honey Mustard Salmon and Rosemary– I bet the only thing you need to buy is the salmon! But, I think this recipe could easily be used with chicken.

Sunday: Homemades!!!! Today, I’ll be making a favorite….Garbage Free “Chik-Fil-A.”

This is kind of a strange time of year. It’s still hot, but doesn’t feel like summer. Fall is a little over a week away, but stews and pumpkins seem far off. I’ll try and come up with a balance for you.

Monday: Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce- The beauty of spring rolls is that you can put anything you have into them, and they’ll taste delicious. You can use any recipe for peanut sauce, or pre-made sauce, or use my recipe:

In a small saucepan combine  1/4 cup peanut butter (only peanuts as the ingredient), 3 tablespoons liquid aminos/coconut aminos/tamari/soy sauce, 3 tablespoons water, 2 tablespoons coconut or sesame oil, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, and 5-10 drops pure liquid stevia. Heat until everything is combined and slightly thickened,  stirring frequently. Makes about 2/3 cup.

Tuesday: Cilantro Sweet Corn Soup– Vegan and gluten free. Soup! I know. But this sounds good, so sue me. Feel free to add shredded chicken, black beans, use dairy milk…aka milk. I’m going to halve this recipe, because I can only eat soup one time. And, really, soup is a means to eat bread, so I’m going to try out this Gluten Free Cornbread Muffin recipe.

Wednesday: Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna Salad– Ahi can be expensive, so you can use chicken or salmon instead. Obviously with chicken, you can’t sear it and go on with your day. You can sear it with the sesame seeds, and then finish it off in the oven.

Thursday: Coconut Shrimp Laksa– Ok, this is kinda soupy too. But, there are noodles and spiciness and other excuses. You can definitely leave the shrimp out and use vegetable broth to make this vegan. I also add shredded carrots and thin strips of red bell peppers to increase the vegetables.

Friday: Steamed Butternut Squash over Quinoa with Southwestern Tahini Sauce– Gluten free and vegan. This is one of my favorite meals. The tahini sauce is so delicious. I have used sweet potatoes instead- like a charm. I also add carrots and peppers to this too. Whatever you have on hand to bulk it up with vegetables. I also put all of the vegetables on a pan and roast them together (instead of steaming the squash on it’s own.)

Saturday: Bunless Grilled Chicken BLTs– Simple, but tasty. You could go super healthy and serve this next to quinoa or brown rice, or, enjoy life and serve with a side of pasta salad or roasted potatoes.

Sunday: Homemades! Enjoy your day!

 

 

Pour one out for our homie, Summer.

Metaphorical goodbye, Summer. Labor Day is quite possibly the cruelest of holidays for school-aged people. It’s a day off, but you know what comes after it. For someone who *horn toot* did well in school, I really hated it. School caused so much stress and anxiety for me. I gave myself a freaking ulcer when I was 15! Is there anything worse than learning math and science? I know how that sounds, but my brain can not handle those subjects. According to Lady Gaga, I was born that way. Anyway…if I could go back in time and teach myself some stress relieving tactics and some ways to deal with anxiety, perhaps the thought of Pre-Cal wouldn’t induce black outs and heart palpitations. If you find yourself stressed, or perhaps your children are struggling to make the back to school transition, try some of these easy stress relievers. While some may sound cheesy, shut up.

  1. Take a walk (alone or with the fam) to remove yourself from the situation and get some fresh air.
  2. Get in the kitchen. Make something you normally wouldn’t. Treat yourself.
  3. Do something you enjoy. Watch a favorite show or movie, read for a bit, have a cocktail, exercise…
  4. Deep breathing. This can actually work, and will lower your blood pressure. Close your eyes, and breathe in and out slowly for a few minutes.
  5. Talk/write out the issue. Chances are you may be blowing things up a bit. If you get to the root of your problem, your solution might become more clear.
  6. Be creative. Whether you dabble in a DIY project; writing; or playing an instrument, getting the creative juices flowing can be very therapeutic.
  7. Be present. How many times have you freaked thinking about all of the things that you have to do tomorrow, in a week, in a month? Take everything a step at a time. Make a list. It really helps.
  8. Ask for help. If you’re overwhelmed because you’ve spread yourself too thin, ask family and friends for help. That’s the beauty of people who love you….you’re not putting them out. But, just don’t get crazy with the favors.

As a person who lives a normal life and who graduated high school 16 years ago, I can honestly say that I have never used the FOIL method; had to solve for X; used a microscope to see an Endoplasmic Reticulum (I just always liked those words, so that’s all I remember from Bio); or balanced a chemical equation. So. Take that, ridiculous standards.

Monday: Burger Bar- Happy Labor Day! Bust out that grill.

Tuesday: Roasted Cauliflower Tacos– Vegan and gluten free. I plan to marinate the cauliflower in the milk mixture to really let the flavors get in there. You could also use the marinade mixture for shrimp or chicken.

Wednesday: Coconut Milk Chicken with Jalapeño Mango Chutney– Gluten free. You could use store-bought chutney, but it will more than likely be loaded with HFCS and other sugars. Just make it. I plan to use frozen mango, because that’s what I have on hand. I’ll just let it thaw first. Serve this chicken with rice or quinoa and a vegetable side.

Thursday: Brazilian Bowls– Vegetarian and gluten free…can be vegan if you use a dairy free “sour cream.” I love this recipe. I always serve this over plain rice instead of the rice the recipe provides.

***Soak 1cup of cashews for tomorrow’s dinner!***

Friday: Magic Mushroom Sauce and pasta- Vegan and gluten free. This sauce will come together so quickly. Serve over pasta for a creamy, satisfying meal.

Saturday: Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad and your choice of protein- Gluten free; salad can be made vegan if you use non dairy, “feta.” If you use jarred chickpeas and pre-shredded carrots, this will take 5 minutes to make. Don’t like/have pistachios? Use cashews, almonds, or pumpkin seeds. This salad will taste great paired with a white fish seasoned with Ral el Hanout.

Sunday: Crabby Snacks and Homemades- From now until the end of football season, this is what you’ll see as the meal de jour for Sundays. Crabby Snacks and Homemades comes from Silver Linings Playbook, which is one of my favorite movies. The main character’s mom makes this every game day. To me, this is going to be comfort food. This is an opportunity to bust out the seasonal/family recipes, get in the kitchen as a family, and enjoy the last of the weekend.

Heal your gut. Make it a better place.

***I apologize in advance for the usage of the words: raw, bones, leach, fat plug, and gelatinous.***

When you purchase most broths from the grocery, you are buying salt water with flavoring. There is really no nutritional value. You can purchase pre-made bone broths now, but making it yourself is a more inexpensive option. If you feel like it, you can Google the health benefits of drinking/eating bone broth. Personally, I can not sit down for a warm mug of broth. *Insert heaving noise.* But, I do like to have this on hand to cook with. ****Vegetarian/vegan option below!****

Here’s a recipe for homemade bone broth (aka chicken stock) from Against All Grain. I make mine (almost) the same way. I typically save my chicken bones in a bag (from about 3 chickens) in the freezer, so I can make one big batch of broth. I have done this using a raw chicken, and it works out just as well (I don’t know how the chicken doesn’t dry out…but it doesn’t and it’s actually quite good). I don’t measure the water…just pour (filtered) water to cover the bones. I leave out the salt, because I don’t drink this on it’s own, and I figure I’ll just add salt to the recipe I’m using with the broth. Most of the time, I don’t even add vegetables. Lastly, I start making this around 8pm, and let it go (on low) overnight. Why apple cider vinegar? Well, the vinegar helps to leach the calcium and minerals out of the bones. By the time your broth is finished, the bones will literally crumble.

I let this cool a little before straining. Then pour into glass containers, let cool completely and refrigerate. If you’ve used quality chicken/bones, you will notice a fat plug on top when your broth is cold. This protects the broth, “sealing” and preserving it. You’ll also notice, that your broth is very gelatinous when it’s cold. Again, that’s not a problem. That’s the healthy fat and nutrients that help heal your body. You can drink this daily if you’d like, use in recipes, and give it to your baby dog like I used to…she couldn’t get enough of it.

The quality to chicken you use is important! For one, you can not use boneless skinless breasts for this….you need the bones and fat. Though not inexpensive, you need to look for non caged, organic, raised without antibiotics…I could go on, chicken. If you see, “chicken with rib meat,” or, ” XYZ% water, ” walk away.

For VEGETARIANS/VEGANS, you can make broth too. The same general rules apply. Save your vegetable peelings, and use any vegetables you have on hand. Load up the crock pot, add whatever herbs and spices you like (adding organic miso &/or Nutritional Yeast will add depth of flavor and some nutrients), and let it cook on low overnight. If you’re into Superfoods, add some Reishi, coconut oil, ginger, &/or umami.

 

We’re half way through August….and it’s still mega hot. Only one of these meals suggests using an oven. I know it’s more difficult to find the time to cook healthy meals with school and activities beginning again, but you and your family are worth it! It may require a little weekend prep, but these meals will not keep you in the kitchen. Unless that’s your thing; then just stay in there.

 

Monday: Simple Tofu Scramble– Gluten free and vegan. I understand that, “tofu scramble,” is not the most appetizing phrase…but they’re always delicious (to me). If you don’t like or want tofu, just use eggs. Use whatever vegetables and seasonings you like. This would be great with a side of potatoes or toast and avocado.

*The key to a good scramble (if using tofu) is to squeeze as much of the water out as you can. Open the container, take out the tofu, and set it on a plate with paper towels or a kitchen towel, then place more paper on top, followed by a heavy can to weigh it down. I leave mine for a while, and will sometimes change the towels after they’re soaked.

Tuesday: Chicken Parmasean Zucchini Boats–  Gluten free; to make vegan, use textured soy crumbles and non-dairy cheese. Pretty self explanatory. Serve with a salad to bump up the veggies.

Wednesday: Creamy Vegan Mushroom Fettuccine Alfred0– Vegan, use gluten free pasta if needed. Ok…this recipe might be a bit much for a normal Wednesday. So, you could just make the pasta, add the vegetables, and use butter or olive oil and some of the pasta water as your sauce. You can go for it and make the cashew sauce. You can make your favorite alfredo sauce. Or, you can say f*&k it, and buy a bottle of Ragu.

Thursday: Sandwiches…try baking these Gluten free Sandwich Rounds– This can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like. It could be a Wonder Bread PB&J; Grilled Cheese; or a baguette with slow roasted turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a Sriracha aioli. Options.

Friday: Lentil Taco Salad– Vegan and gluten free, but you can easily use ground beef/chicken/or turkey instead of the lentils. Load up your plate with salad toppings, and then add this and whatever else you like to eat with tacos.

Saturday: Liver Support Quinoa Bowl with Sweet Sesame Dressing– Do you need this today? I really like beets. If you don’t skip this recipe. If you haven’t cooked/eaten beets: try them. Warning: they turn everything they touch red, if you eat too many you could feel a lil sick (they are serious detoxers), and they might make your pee a lil orange/red….every time I eat beets I forget this and think I’m dying.

Sunday: Bourbon Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Watermelon Peach Salsa– Be sure to use tamari, coconut aminos, or liquid aminos to make this gluten free. To save a lot of time, skip making your own salsa. There are tons of “fruity” salsa options. The key to this recipe will be marinating the pork early enough (toss everything in a Ziplock the night before and forget about it until it’s time to cook), and letting the pork sit for 10 minutes (UNCUT!!!) after it cooks. If you slice right in….ciao ciao juiciness, and hello dry pork.

Again…sorry for bouncing on you. But, I knew you could figure things out for yourselves. So, wave “see ya later” to the pizza guy, forget the number to Szechuan Palace and try some of these:

Monday: Vegan Turmeric Quinoa Power Bowls: This is a great way to get back on track after the weekend. Naturally gluten free and vegan. Great to double or even triple the recipe so you have extra meals for leftovers and lunch. As always, meat can easily be added for those who “need” meat at every meal.

Tuesday: Easy Jalapeño Shrimp Veggie Bake: Low carb, grain free, gluten free…recipe includes modifications for dairy free. Can be made vegan if you leave out the shrimp, and follow the dairy free modifications. It’s still summer, so there is still beautiful squash and tomatoes available- buy them and make this! This dish will keep well, so you can warm it up for lunch leftovers. If you don’t want/like shrimp (shrimp is another ingredient that we HAVE to be careful with, load this up with more vegetables, or try chicken or white fish. For shrimp, try to purchase raw, wild-caught shrimp from Argentina or the US. It’s not difficult; just read the label or ask your fish monger. Be sure to thoroughly clean and cook your shrimp (and any meat, for that matter).

Wednesday: Baked Pasta with Creamy Spinach and Brussels Sprouts: Vegan; use gluten free pasta if that serves you. This can be easy…you don’t have to make the sunflower seed cream (if you’re interested in this step but don’t have sunflower seeds, try cashews or almonds). OR you can sub this cream for cashew butter. If you can consume dairy, try using Greek yogurt instead.

Thursday: Avocado Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps: Naturally gluten free, can be made dairy free if you sub non-dairy yogurt or “sour cream,” for the sour cream. This recipe is easily multiplied for a crowd, or for leftovers. For a heartier meal, serve with pitas, naan, or as a sandwich. To save time, use a rotisserie chicken. Did you know that you can buy all white meat rotisserie chicken (as in: the meat is taken off of the chicken for you and packaged up nicely) from Costco? Well, you can.

Friday: Pizza! Who doesn’t love a good pizza Friday? I told you to ditch the pizza guy…but you can still have pizza without the preservatives and junk. Here are a few recipes to peruse, or, you can use your favorite dough recipe.

  • This Wolfgang Puck recipe can not get any easier…it was my favorite back in the day when I could handle it. My husband still requests it, and I recently followed this recipe but subbed Cup4Cup to make it gluten free (Just follow the recipe, but skip the kneading steps. This will still look like a batter instead of a dough, so just make sure you oil your pan well before you spread it out and bake). This dough is amazing cooked on the grill, btw.
  • Hawaiian Pizza– Gluten and egg free crust…use whatever toppings you’d like.
  • Emeril Lagasse’s Gluten free Pizza
  • I’m pretty sure you can still buy raw dough from Trader Joe’s, and save yourself some time. I’ve also been introduced to Cappello’s , which sells gluten and grain free pizza. They sell just the crust, and versions with Mozzarella or Sheep’s milk cheese. Their products can be ordered, or bought from Whole Foods and other local organic markets (their website will tell you the store closest to you.)

Saturday: Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles: Yes, I’ve posted 2983498374 versions of this dish, but, it bears repeating. It has everything you need!

Sunday: Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon and your choice of protein: This can easily be made vegan by leaving out the bacon, or by substituting with a vegan/vegetarian “bacon.” This would pair well with grilled chicken/shrimp/salmon/steak and side salad, or with grilled portobellos, Gardein, or (my new favorite) Tempeh. Tempeh is made from soy, so be sure to make sure it’s organic. I found some with flax seed added at my local Whole Foods. Yes, world, I now have a local Whole Foods.

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.

If you are anxious you are living in the future.

If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

~Lau Tzu

Just gonna leave you with that for today…

 

Monday: Southwest Pepper Jack Salad with Creamy Avocado Salsa Dressing– Naturally gluten free; can be vegan if you substitute the milk for non-dairy milk, and the sour cream with non dairy sour cream/yogurt, tofu, or coconut cream. You can easily add chicken or shrimp to this for added protein. The dressing does have a few ingredients…but just toss it all in a blender, and it’ll be done before you know it.

Tuesday: Crockpot Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowls– Crockpot meals are clutch in the summer…you can make a healthy, filling meal without heating up the house. This recipe is gluten free if you use g-free soy sauce, and is dairy free if you replace the greek yogurt for a dairy free version.  ***Make extra quinoa, and use for Friday’s dinner.***

Wednesday: Creamy Chili Sauce with Zucchini and Spinach Pasta– Vegan, use g-free pasta for gluten free. This is not a difficult recipe, but when you look at the actual recipe you’ll see a lot of explanation. That’s good! The author is very thorough. I don’t have cashew milk, so I’ll substitute coconut milk…fingers crossed that it turns out! Of course if you consume dairy- just use the milk you have.

Thursday: Baked Teriyaki Portobellos– This can not get any easier….2 ingredients! I plan to use these whole and make sandwiches with them.

Friday: Banh Mi Bowls– Gluten free and Paleo- Buy shredded carrots instead of DIY’ing it. I’ve never seen lemongrass paste, so just buy fresh or jarred and chop it up as small as you can (it’s not enough to bother with the Vitamix or food processor), if you’re going for a cauliflower rice option- buy it frozen.

Saturday: Cook out!  Throw something on the grill and keep the heat outside. Marinate vegetables, meat, tofu, etc. Be careful that you’re not taking this healthy meal and turning it into a sugar-fest with your marinades. Check out this pack of condiments and dressings that are organic and Whole 30 approved: Tessamae’s Organic Whole 30 Pack. You get 8 bottles for $52. You’ll get 15% off your first purchase, and you can Subscribe and Save, which will also lower the cost.

Sunday: Pulled pork with Green Chile Slaw– Another crockpot recipe. This recipe calls for guajillo peppers. I have no idea what that means. If you do, snaps to you. Just use jalapeno. It’ll be fine. You can lighten the slaw up a bit by using half mayo half yogurt. You can also substitute a few drops of stevia for the honey. This would be great with tortillas, rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, lettuce wraps. Lots of healthy choices.