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.


We’ve got to be startin’ somethin’

I’m sure most people have wondered why gluten intolerance has become a, “thing,” in the past few years. I read a study a few days ago that (for many sufferers) holds the answer: The gluten isn’t the actual problem, it’s the glyphosate. Glyphosate is the fancy word for Roundup…as in the pesticide.

80% of all foods grown in the US is contaminated with glyphosate. Think about that…it should scare the crap out of you. Glyphosate is now linked to Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, kidney disease, antibiotic resistant bacteria, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, depression, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, cancer, cachexia, infertility, and developmental malformations. It destroys the microbiome of humans and plants, which is the root cause of many modern diseases.

Something scarier, is that now, most certified organic grains are also contaminated. While these crops aren’t directly sprayed with Roundup, they can become contaminated through rainwater (wow, neat), irrigation, and/or wind blowing it from GMO crops. How helpful that now the USDA has changed their standards, and now allows a certain percentage of glyphosate on crops and still considers them organic? Something scary-er-er…you can not wash glyphosate off after purchasing. The glyphosate seeps into every single cell of the plant.

SN: This has also caused a problem for beer brewers. On some grains, the level of glyphosate is so high, that the yeast in the brew mix is killed. So….drink imported beer.

Americans are incredibly uneducated on the production of the food they’re consuming. The only way to stop this slow poisoning is to refuse to accept it. It won’t be a short process, but we can make a difference. If you live in a state where, “mandatory GMO labeling,” is on your ballot…vote hell f*&%$g yes!  It boggles my mind that these bills aren’t passing. How could you not want to know what you’re consuming?! Ignorance is bliss until you get cancer, I guess. Currently, these states have active anti-GMO bills and campaigns:

Arizona: GMO-Free Phoenix

California: California Right to Know

Colorado: GMO-Free Colorado

Connecticut: Northeast Organic Farming Association, CT Chapter (Proposed Bill: HB 5117)

Florida: Label GMO Florida

Hawaii: Label It Hawaii (Proposed Bill: HB 2034/SB 2443)

Idaho: GMO-Free Idaho

Illinois: GMO Free Illinois

Massachusetts: Northeast Organic Farming Association, MA Chapter (Proposed Bill: H3276)

Michigan: No GMO 4 Michigan

Minnesota: Right to Know Minnesota (Proposed Bill: S.F. 2563)

New Jersey: Label GMOs in New Jersey (Proposed Bill: HB 1367)

New York:

North Carolina: (Proposed Bill: HB 446)

Ohio: GMO Free Ohio

Oregon: GMO Free Oregon (Proposed Bills: SB 517 & HB 3346)

Utah: GMO Free Utah

Vermont: Vermont Right to Know GMO (Proposed Bill: HB 722)

Virginia: (Proposed Bill: HB 606)

Washington:Label It Washington (Bill Title: HB 2637)


You can also buy organic as much as you can. I know that this can be pricey. Each year a list of the, “Clean 15,” and the, “Dirty Dozen,” are released. These are lists that show which produce has the least amount of pesticides present and the least amount, respectively.

Clean 15 (least amount of pesticide present; ok to buy non-organic):

  • Avocados
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Papayas
  • Kiwi
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe (domestic)
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet potatoes


Dirty Dozen (buy organic!!!!):

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Snap peas (imported)
  • Potatoes

***Plus these which may contain organophosphate insecticides, which the Environmental Working Group characterizes as “highly toxic” and of special concern:

  • Hot peppers
  • Blueberries (domestic)
  • Kale and collard greens

And after this information has surfaced, be sure to buy organic wheat; wheat products; and grains. Tropical Traditions is now selling Glyphosate free products. Look for lots of “Glyphosate Free” labeling in the future…I’m calling it.