Today’s post is sponsored by Vons and Santa Monica Seafood.
A couple of weeks ago, I joined my friends at Vons to visit Santa Monica Seafood in Costa Mesa, California. We sampled local wild caught Troll King Salmon from Morro Bay, California.
While wild king salmon isn’t available year-round, when you can get it, you should! It has a delicious flavor and is given a “best choice” sustainability rating. It’s also loaded with Omega 3’s, those wonderful healthy fats that your body needs. Good for you and good for the environment, this salmon is a win-win!
I brought some of this scrumptious King Salmon home with me, lightly seasoned it and tossed it on the grill. I love to grill salmon on foil for easy clean-up and no worries about the fish sticking to the grill. As soon as I removed the salmon from the grill, I spooned my favorite 5 minute Chimichurri Sauce right on top.
This grilled salmon recipe is quick and easy to prepare with minimal ingredients. I prepared it this way to let the flavor of the fish shine through! This is a great recipe for busy weeknights when you’re looking for a fast and fresh meal to make in under 30 minutes.
Buffalo chicken burgers are easy to make with a combination of ground chicken, buffalo sauce, spices & vegetables! Ditch the buns to make them healthy, gluten free, low carb & perfect for those on the keto diet!
I’ve been making these burgers since 2012 and I seriously never get tired of them! It’s such a fun spin on a traditional cheeseburger and full of flavor!
This burger encompasses everything you think of when you think buffalo wings. Chicken, carrots, celery sticks, buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing for the win!
You can easily refrigerate or freeze extra burger patties for later. I actually like to double this recipe and make eight buffalo chicken burgers. I grill two immediately, refrigerate two for later in the week and freeze the extra four for later.
If you’re looking to cut down on carbs or go gluten free, serve the burgers wrapped in lettuce. By ditching the bun, you also ditch 22 carbs per serving! All the flavor really is in the burger anyway!
These buffalo chicken burgers are perfect for summer grilling season or football season. They’re also great for a quick and easy dinner anytime. Made in just 29 minutes, you can’t go wrong with this simple, tasty burger recipe!
Roasted tomatillos, grilled corn & jalapenos are combined in this easy Vegetarian Couscous recipe! It’s the perfect vegan side dish to pair with Vegan Grilled Veggie Tacos or this delicious Vegan Burrito Bowl! And best of all, it’s made in just 15 minutes!
I love cooking with couscous, it’s versatile and easy to prepare! So what is couscous?
Couscous is a pasta made of tiny steamed balls of semolina wheat flour. The couscous found in supermarkets today is pre-steamed and dried. This makes it quick and easy to cook at home.
Because of the quick cook time, it’s great for making easy side dishes or adding to main dishes. It’s mild in flavor and will take on whatever spices or ingredients you add to it.
Couscous, as seen in this recipe, is North African and different from Israeli Couscous, also known as pearl couscous. They are both made from wheat, yet Israeli couscous is much larger in size and therefore takes longer to cook. It’s great in salads, like this delicious Israeli Couscous Avocado Salad.
The couscous used in this recipe is from Africa, but today I’m putting a Mexican spin on it! Roasted tomatillos and grilled corn add a smokey flavor to the dish, while jalapenos add a little spice! If you’re not vegan, feel free to also crumble a little queso fresco on top!
It’s easy to make a delicious, healthy, vegan & gluten free Mexican Quinoa Salad for a side dish or entree! This salad is filled with black beans, tomatoes and bell peppers. It contains 14 grams of plant based protein per serving. And it’s made in just 29 minutes!
Quinoa is the perfect healthy grain to create a nutritious side dish or salad. This Mexican Quinoa salad is not only super healthy, it’s also perfect for those with food sensitivities. It’s gluten free, egg free, dairy free and peanut free.
It’s also great for those on a vegan or vegetarian diet that are looking to pump up their protein. This salad is packed with protein, 56 grams to be exact! The salad serves four, which gives you 14 grams of plant-based protein per serving.
In addition to its health benefits, it’s super easy to make, packed with flavor and totally gorgeous! You’ll definitely impress your friends if you take this Mexican Quinoa Salad to a party or BBQ.
This salad can be served warm or cold, which makes it perfect to take to a party or on a picnic! Seriously, when was the last time you went on a picnic? You should probably whip up this salad and go have a picnic in the park tonight!
I also love meal-prepping this salad on Sunday or Monday and eating it for lunch throughout the week. A little fresh lime juice squeezed on top really brightens up the leftover salad!
You won’t be able to put your fork down after trying one bite of this Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Basil Avocado Dressing! It’s loaded with delicious ingredients like raisins, kale, cashews & apples! This salad is healthy, vegan & great for those on a low carb diet. It’s delicious as a side dish or entree and can be served at room temperature or cold.
Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at California Avocados.
Cauliflower is so hot right now. The trend that’s been going on for a few years now is not going away anytime soon! And I have to say, that makes me so happy!
The possibilities with cauliflower really are endless and it’s a great addition to a healthy diet. This nutrient rich vegetable is a good source of antioxidants, fiber and vitamins.
In this recipe, I’m tossing roasted cauliflower with a deliciously flavorful and healthy avocado basil dressing. I also added some of my favorite sweet and salty salad mix-ins, like raisins and cashews.
The creamy dressing is so easy to make, just toss everything in a blender and puree. You can easily whip it up while the cauliflower is roasting, then toss the entire salad together in under 30 minutes.
This is a BIG SALAD! It’s great for meal prepping to eat for lunch or dinner throughout the week. Because the cauliflower is rich in fiber, just eating this salad will easily fill you up.
Kurt loves this salad! I’ll make it once and we’ll eat it for lunch throughout the week or as a side dish with dinner.
This cauliflower salad is also the perfect side dish for a party or big family dinner. You can easily make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.
The best part of this salad is that it’s so delicious and everyone can eat it! It’s vegan, gluten free, dairy free and low carb, making it a great fit for anyone, no matter their dietary needs.
This Greek Quinoa Salad is bursting with delicious Mediterranean flavors, healthy ingredients & plant based protein! It’s vegetarian, gluten free & easily made vegan! This recipe is easy to make, perfect for meal prep and can be served hot or cold.
I love creating quinoa salads. They’re filling enough to eat as a meal, but they’re also great as a side dish! They’re filled with plant based protein, healthy and gluten free.
I love incorporating the flavors of the Mediterranean into my recipes. Sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs all add a ton of flavor to this Mediterranean style quinoa salad.
Chickpeas and quinoa are both wonderful sources of plant based protein. This is a great recipe for vegetarians or vegans looking to add more protein to their diet. It’s easy to make this quinoa salad vegan by simply omitting the crumbled feta cheese on top.
I love to meal prep this salad at the beginning of the week, then eat it for lunches throughout the week. A little drizzle of lemon juice and a dash of salt and pepper really brightens up this salad after taking it out of the fridge! Trust me, after trying this salad once, you’ll be hooked!
Avocado Egg Salad is filled with deliciously creamy avocado, herbs, bell peppers & lemon juice! This recipe is fresh, healthy & contains no mayo! It’s easy to make & delicious on sourdough toast. You can also make into a sandwich, or serve it in lettuce wraps for a low carb, keto snack or meal!
Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at California Avocados!
For years now, I’ve been making avocado toast, topped with eggs. Well today I’m introducing you to a GAME CHANGER!
I combined the egg and avocado into a deliciously fresh avocado egg salad. I then put that right on top of the toast! So easy, so light and so flavorful!
If you love egg salad, you’re really going to love this version with avocado! I like to make a big batch of the salad on Sunday or Monday. I put it on toast for breakfast or lunch throughout the week. It’s easy to make ahead of time and great for meal prepping!
Everything bagel seasoning and an extra drizzle of lemon juice on top really takes this egg salad toast over the top! I like to pick up a bottle of Everything Bagel Seasoning at Trader Joe’s.
If you don’t have a TJ’s near, you can easily mix up the seasoning at home. Two Peas and Their Pod has a great Everything Bagel Seasoning recipe that’s easy to make in 5 minutes! You can also add a little sea salt and pepper on top if you don’t have everything bagel seasoning.
Fresh California avocados + fresh herbs + fresh lemon juice = an egg salad recipe that’s bursting with flavor and filled with healthy ingredients!
Deliciously cheesy Cauliflower Nachos are healthy, gluten free, vegetarian & easy to make! At only 9 carbs per serving, they’re perfect for those on the keto diet!
Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Cabot!
I’m always down to make healthier versions of my favorite foods, as long as they’re still delicious and maintain resemblance of the original dish. For example, I’m down to use cauliflower or mini peppers instead of tortilla chips as the base of nachos, but they still have to be seriously cheesy, or it’s just not a nacho!
Last fall, I created Mini Pepper Nachos for those that wanted a low carb option to eat for dinner or snack on during game day. Now, I’m excited to introduce cauliflower nachos on the blog! If you love roasted cauliflower, you’re going to love these nachos!
Cauliflower is tossed in olive oil and taco seasoning then roasted in the oven for 15 minutes. After the cauliflower is roasted, it’s topped with red onions and jalapenos, then loaded up with shredded Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese. The nachos are then placed back in the oven until the cheese gets nice and melty!
After the nachos come out of the oven, you can toss any and all of your favorite toppings on top! Avocado, yes please! Fresh Pico De Gallo, sign me up! Creamy Chipotle Sauce, I’m in!
The cauliflower is seriously filling, so you can easily eat these nachos as a meal. They’re also great for a crowd! Serve them as a low carb party snack or appetizer at your next BBQ or fiesta! Add a Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita and really get the party started!
Fresh cherries & tarragon add delicious flavor to this easy Chicken Salad Sandwich recipe! It’s made with greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise for a healthy spin on a classic!
Chicken salad is one of of the easiest things to meal prep and eat throughout the week. It’s a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken and this version is both healthy and delicious!
Fresh sweet cherries are available from June through August, but frozen cherries can be found year-round. If fresh cherries can’t be found, simply thaw frozen cherries under cold running water and add them to the salad.
I like to serve my chicken salad sandwich open-faced on sourdough bread. I’ve also used multigrain gluten free bread to make this sandwich gluten fee. And I’ve tried the sandwich on butter croissants, which is Kurt’s favorite way to eat the sandwich!
No matter which way you serve it, the combination of sweet cherries, tart greek yogurt dressing and fresh tarragon, will make this the best chicken salad sandwich you’ve ever had!
Roasted Garlic Parmesan Broccolini is the easiest, most delicious side dish recipe. It’s healthy, vegetarian, gluten free & easy to make in just 25 minutes!
Roasted veggies are so easy to make, they’re one of our go-to sides for weeknight meals. This roasted broccolini recipe is regularly seen on our dinner table with Bruschetta Baked Salmon and Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin. It bakes right along these delicious main dishes so dinner is ready in no time!
I love the simple seasoning of garlic, olive oil, steak seasoning and parmesan cheese in this recipe. You can even leave off the parmesan cheese to make it vegan! With about 5 minutes prep time and 20 minutes in the oven, this recipe is ready to go!
Grilled pesto chicken, fresh avocado & cherry tomatoes top this healthy, easy, gluten free salad recipe. It’s delicious as an entree or side dish and it’s perfect for meal prep!
Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at California Avocados!
I love topping a delicious bowl of greens with flavorful grilled chicken. And obviously, I’m not the only one! These Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls are the most popular gluten free recipe on the blog.
When it comes to my favorite topping for any salad, bowl or basically any meal, it has to be avocados! Creamy, flavorful California Avocados are a staple in my pantry and a huge part of my diet. I love that you can add them to everything from smoothies to enchiladas.
For this salad, I added a whole sliced California avocado with quartered cherry tomatoes and grilled pesto chicken. I used homemade Basil Pesto for the pesto chicken, but store-bought works also!
This salad is bursting with flavor! It can be served with the chicken hot or cold, as an entree or side dish. You can easily toss the salad together while meal prepping and divide it up for lunches throughout the week.
No boring salads here! This salad will become your new favorite. And the great thing is, it’s quick and easy to make in just 29 minutes!
Healthy, easy and delicious, this Vegan Burrito Bowl recipe is perfect for meal prep or a quick weeknight dinner! A base of cauliflower rice is topped with black beans & tons of veggies for a tasty gluten free meal!
Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at USA Pulses & Pulse Canada!
Today’s Chipotle style burrito bowls are another one to add to your must-make bowl list! Each bowl is filled with healthy, planted-based protein, potassium and vitamins.
This Vegan Burrito Bowl is made, start to finish, in just 15 minutes, making these bowls perfect for an easy dinner. They can also be eaten warm or cold, making them perfect for meal prepping and eating for lunch!
Slow Cooker Kale Turkey Soup is made with white beans and lean ground turkey. It’s a healthy, gluten free recipe that’s easy to make in a crock pot!
Crock pot soups are my jam! They’re so easy to toss together in the morning and such a delicious dinner to come home to!
Taco Soup is one of my childhood favorites, that I continue to make over and over again! And Kurt requests this French Onion Meatball Soup almost every week. But when it comes to a soup that’s light and flavorful, this Turkey Kale Soup is my go-to!
Lean ground turkey, fresh kale, diced onions and cannellini beans keep this soup light and healthy. While oregano, fennel seeds, garlic, salt and pepper add delicious flavor!
Serving this soup with a warm and crusty baguette for dipping is totally optional, but highly recommended!
Greek food is a type of Mediterranean cuisine and therefore focuses on fresh vegetables, olive oil, pasta and herbs. You’ll find lemon juice, oregano, onions and tomatoes in most greek dishes, including this Greek Turkey Soup!
A serving of this soup is only 461 calories and packs in 44 grams of protein! And one serving can easily be eaten as a meal.
This soup is delicious reheated. Toss it in the crockpot on Sunday or Monday, then eat it throughout the week for a healthy, delicious meal!
This heart healthy smoothie recipe is perfect for busy mornings! It’s filled with ingredients that support heart health and it’s made in only 5 minutes!
February is National Heart Health Month and one of the best ways to keep your heart healthy is by eating healthy!
Seafood, fruits, veggies, healthy fats, soy products and whole grains round out a great heart healthy diet and help reduce the risk or heart disease. This heart healthy fruit smoothie features 4 fresh fruits and soy milk for a simple smoothie recipe to start your day!
To round out the rest of your weekly menu with heart healthy recipes, try this Pesto Baked Salmon with cherry tomatoes and zoodles.
Sweet potatoes were my first vegetable noodle to make with a spiralizer. I made them and created this Italian casserole dish. The casserole features layers of sweet potato noodles, Italian seasoned ground turkey and fresh mozzarella cheese. It’s a winning combo of flavors. It’s healthy and easy to make!
This protein shake is so delicious, you’ll think you’re drinking a milkshake! Luckily for you, this milkshake is vegan, gluten free and packed with essential nutrients, protein, vitamins and potassium!
Today though, they’re the star of the show! These Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are filled with Italian seasoned ground turkey and cherry tomatoes, then baked in the oven for an easy meal that’s both healthy and flavorful!
You’re going to love this healthy, easy Spinach Mushroom Chicken recipe! It’s totally delicious, dairy free, low carb & whole30 approved!
Last year, I introduced dozens of Whole30 recipes on the blog and even dedicated the entire month of March to Whole30 recipes.
Of the 18 Most Popular New Recipes of 2018, 8 of them were part of Whole30 March. With the popularity of Whole30 recipes last year, I vowed to bring you more Whole30 recipes in 2019 and I’m here to deliver!
You don’t have to be on the Whole30 diet to enjoy these delicious recipes. These are great options for those looking to add a few new healthy recipes into the mix, or those that are looking for gluten free and dairy free recipes.
This Whole30 Spinach Mushroom Chicken is flavorful, easy to make and the perfect addition to your weekly healthy dinner menu! You could also prepare extra chicken to slice up and meal prep for lunches or dinners throughout the week.
Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos are a healthy, easy recipe for dinner! The buffalo cauliflower is baked, then broiled for a crispy texture. It’s then wrapped up in corn tortillas, topped with a dairy free avocado sauce and jalapeno carrot slaw, creating a totally delicious & gluten free taco recipe!
Toss some cauliflower with buffalo sauce and roast in the oven. While the cauliflower is roasting, mix up a little jalapeno carrot slaw and blend together the avocado sauce. Once the buffalo cauliflower comes out of the oven, toss it all on a tortilla and you have one seriously scrumptious vegan taco recipe!
Roasted zucchini boats are filled with a healthy Mediterranean Tuna Salad, made with roasted red peppers, spinach, sun dried tomatoes and no mayo. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and perfect for clean eating!
Thank you to StarKist Selects E.V.O.O. for sponsoring today’s post!
Getting into a routine of healthy eating can be tough, but with simple protein packed recipes with fresh ingredients, it gets a lot easier!
StarKist Selects E.V.O.O. Tuna is packed in extra virgin olive oil giving it a rich flavor and tender texture. It’s perfect for adding to a Mediterranean Tuna Salad because the olive oil works as a binding ingredient without adding any mayo or dairy to the tuna salad.
You might have had tuna salad as a sandwich or lettuce wrap, but did you ever think about stuffing it in roasted zucchini boats? I didn’t think so!
Welcome to a new, fun recipe that I know you’re going to love!
The ultimate low carb nachos are made by loading mini peppers with all of your favorite nacho toppings, like cheese and veggies, for a healthy, gluten free & low calorie recipe, perfect for parties, game day and Super Bowl Sunday!
What’s not to love about nachos?! They’re easy to make, loaded with delicious toppings, totally acceptable to eat for dinner (in my book!), but also the perfect appetizer to share with friends at a party or sporting event!
Low carb, gluten free and delicious, this Greek Turkey Stuffed Zucchini recipe has it all! It’s healthy, scrumptious and easy to make in just 29 minutes!
Zucchini noodles used to be my favorite way to add zucchini to a meal. Now easy stuffed zucchini boats are coming in hot, tied for the top spot! My obsession started with these Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats and now to these Greek Turkey Zucchini Boats.
But don’t you worry, if you love zoodles, I still have plenty of those recipes too! These Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls have gone viral! The recipe video has been viewed over 6 MILLION times on Facebook!
For this zucchini recipe, I stuffed Greek flavored ground turkey into hollowed zucchini halves. The turkey is cooked with onions, garlic, oregano and sun dried tomatoes for a delicious Mediterranean flavor!
I like to top the zucchini with crumbled feta cheese. Because after all, my life motto is “more cheese, yes please!” If you’d like to keep the recipe dairy free, paleo and Whole30 approved, you can leave off the cheese.
Your party guests will never guess that this charcuterie board is low calorie! Bursting with colors and flavors, learn how to make a charcuterie board that is easy to create, with a gorgeous display, that’s also healthy and gluten free!
Charcuterie boards, oh how I love thee! You’re gorgeous, easy to make and filled with a few of my favorite things, meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies and dips!
While I usually create charcuterie boards for parties or as an appetizer for dinner with friends, I’m definitely not above making a charcuterie board for two and eating it for dinner with Kurt!
Now let’s talk about stuffing zucchini! You can stuff zucchini with a variety of ingredients, from pizza toppings, to taco seasoned meat, to veggies and beans for a vegetarian meal. Of course, I stuffed them with my favorite ingredient, buffalo chicken!
Blistered Shishito Peppers sauteed in Soy Ginger Sauce are an Asian restaurant favorite that you can now easily make at home with this simple 20 minute recipe!
Over the years I’ve turned hundreds of friends and family members on to the deliciousness that is a Shishito Pepper! Ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but lets just say I’ve introduced a lot of people to these amazing little peppers and everyone has loved them!
What are shishito peppers?
Shishito peppers are a sweet pepper from East Asia, often served as a starter at popular sushi restaurants such as Nobu, Ra and Katsuya. The fun thing about these peppers is that they’re a mild, sweet pepper, yet about one in every ten is spicy! Surprise!
I call them the “Russian roulette” of peppers because you never know when you’re going to get a spicy one!
Up until a couple of years ago, I was only able to find fresh shishitos at the Asian markets around San Diego. Now I see them at most major grocery stores, including Sprouts and Trader Joe’s.
This incredibly flavorful recipe for salmon fajitas is made on one sheet pan in just 29 minutes for a quick and easy recipe! Serve the fajitas on tortillas or in a rice bowl for a delicious meal!
Fajitas are a staple around our house. They are one of the few meals that Kurt actually makes himself, but for this fajita recipe, I took charge and switched things up a bit!
Inspired by these popular 10 Minute Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls, I turned these sheet pan salmon fajitas into a bowl for myself, but also served them in a more traditional style in flour tortillas for Kurt. Both versions are totally delicious, so serve as you’d like! You could even ditch the rice and tortillas to make this recipe Whole 30 approved!
Looking for an easy, flavorful meal idea? Check out this scrumptious Mango Salsa Chicken, grilled in a chipotle honey glaze and topped with fresh, homemade mango salsa!
Mmm mangos, the delicious tropical fruit that goes great in margaritas, salads and salsas, and is perfect for topping grilled meats in the summer!
When it comes to mango salsa, I love to eat it any way I can! Dipped up with chips, on top of baked salmon or with a spoon straight to my mouth 😉 Mango salsa is made up of a simple combination of mango, tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice. All of these fresh ingredients combine to make a salsa worthy of eating straight from the spoon!
With just 3 ingredients in 29 minutes, you can toss together these flavorful Chimichurri Shrimp Skewers! They’re so easy to make, gluten free and dairy free!
Last week on Instagram, I declared that chimichurri was “the official sauce of summer 2018” and I’m sticking with it! Ever since I shared this easy 5 minute Chimichurri Sauce recipe earlier this summer, I’ve been receiving tons of Instagram messages from people letting me know that they’re as obsessed with this sauce as I am!
Chimichurri chicken is marinated in an easy, homemade chimichurri sauce, grilled to perfection, then served over zucchini noodles with cherry tomatoes. This flavorful, gluten free & dairy free recipe is perfect for dinner or meal prep!
With over 4.5 million views and 111,000 shares on Facebook, it’s easy to say that people love this recipe for Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls! And if you love that recipe, you’re also going to love this recipe for Chimichurri Chicken Zoodle Bowls! They’re healthy, gluten free and Whole 30 approved!
Earlier this month, I shared an authentic Chimichurri Sauce recipe that’s easily made in just 5 minutes! Now, I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to use the sauce in recipes throughout the week, like these Chimichurri Veggie Tacos and this Chimichurri Chicken Zoodle Bowl recipe.
Quinoa Corn Salad is the perfect side dish for summer! Fresh grilled corn, nutty quinoa and juicy cherry tomatoes are tossed with a creamy avocado dressing for a vegetarian & gluten free salad full of flavor and nutrition!
Delicious Italian marinated grilled shrimp is topped with homemade tomato basil bruschetta and served over sautéed zucchini noodles in this healthy, Whole 30 and gluten free Shrimp Bruschetta Zoodle Bowl recipe!
The original inspiration for these bowls came from my Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe that I’ve been making for years! I wanted more ways to eat this delectable recipe, rather than just as an appetizer, so I served it over grilled chicken, on a bed of zoodles and the world took notice!
Today, I’m sharing how to make a similar bruschetta zoodle bowl, but with delicious grilled shrimp! And I’m serious when I say DELICIOUS grilled shrimp! I could eat this shrimp by itself, all day every day… and I did! I could not resist gobbling up a few grilled shrimps before putting these bowls together!
Check out these 30 easy Whole30 recipes that will make it simple to create healthy Whole30 meals, that also taste delicious! Plus, use the handy Whole30 shopping guide to grab everything you need to make these tasty recipes at home!
I’m wrapping up “Whole30 March” today with a list of 30 Easy Whole30 Recipes + a convenient Whole30 shopping list that will make it simple to purchase ingredients for the Whole30 diet that you might not already have in your kitchen pantry.
This recipe features the best cajun chicken marinade ever, that just so happens to also be dairy free, gluten free and Whole30! Grill the chicken up and serve it with Bell Pepper Cajun Slaw for a healthy, complete meal.
We’re coming up on the end of “Whole30 March” and I’m so excited to end the month with a couple new favorites. This Grilled Cajun Chicken recipe being one of them!
I’m being totally serious when I tell you that this is the worlds best Cajun chicken marinade! Whether you’re looking for a healthy Whole30 recipe or not, you’re going to want to make this recipe!
This delicious Whole30 recipe combines roasted spaghetti squash and green chili avocado sauce with cilantro lime shrimp for a healthy, gluten free and dairy free meal!
I love this recipe because it’s a combination of two of my favorite recipes, Chili Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Green Chili Avocado Sauce, combined with my favorite squash, spaghetti! I altered the two recipes slightly to make them Whole30 compliant and the result was delicious!
You definitely want to add these Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers to your list of Whole 30 Recipes! They’re healthy, gluten free, dairy free and delicious!
It’s the 1st of March and also the first day of “Whole 30 March” on the blog! I decided to share a month of Whole 30 recipes for a few reasons. I wanted to create new healthy recipes both for the blog and for my weekly menu.
There have been several friends and followers that have requested Whole 30 recipes on the blog. And I realized that you could have buffalo sauce (certain brands, of course!) while eating Whole30 and then I was in!
I’ve never been a “diet” person but I do believe in balancing healthy, clean eating along with indulgent meals. A well rounded diet let’s you enjoy the foods you love, along with making sure you eat your peas and carrots!
I spent a lot of time developing recipes that fit within Whole30 compliance, but also taste great. You’ll never feel like you’re missing out on a really great homemade meal when you make these recipes!
Fresh spinach, spices, lemon and olive oil are combined in an amazing marinade for these grilled Mediterranean Chicken Skewers!
Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Vons! All opinions are my own.
It’s the beginning of a new year and healthy eating is on the minds of many. If you’re looking for a new healthy recipe that’s also amazingly flavorful, then you have to try these Mediterranean Chicken Skewers!
Watermelon salsa is refreshing, flavorful and will be the hit of the summer! Serve it with tortilla chips for a vegan and gluten free snack or serve it over chicken, fish or tacos for a delicious meal!
I first made this watermelon salsa in the summer of 2015 to serve on top of chorizo tostadas, but after making it too many times to count this summer as a party and picnic snack, I had to give the recipe it’s own post on the blog!
I made this recipe three times 4th of July weekend and by the third time, I learned my lesson and doubled the recipe!
This healthy, vegan and gluten free Green Tahini Sauce Recipe is perfect for topping buddha bowls, chicken and fish, or serve it as a dip with veggies!
Trader Joe’s Green Tahini Sauce and dip, a delicious and healthy staple on my Trader Joe’s shopping list that has magically disappeared from my local store. Say what?! I know, the travesty is real y’all!
I went to pick up a tub of this delicious sauce last week to top my Grilled Veggie Green Buddha Bowls and there was none to be found. It’s slot in the refrigerator section wasn’t even there anymore. Could this be another delicious Trader Joe’s product gone into retirement? I don’t know, but just in case, I’m now prepared to make my own at home!
Luckily, this green tahini sauce is so easy to make at home!
Sesame ginger marinated & grilled chicken tops these Healthy Asian Chicken Rice Bowls filled with oranges, almonds, veggies & tons of flavor!
I simply can’t get enough of the current “bowl trend”! For me, it’s a fun and delicious way to eat healthier without just eating a salad every day!
But of course, I do have to admit that this recipe was inspired by A SALAD (ironic, I know!) at one of my favorite San Diego restaurants, Coffee Cup. Their Chino Citrus Salad is a combination of mixed greens topped with orange slices, carrots, bean sprouts, cilantro, grilled chicken and their delicious homemade dressing.
After eating it for lunch last week, I decided to come home and recreate the salad as a bowl!
These PF Chang’s copycat turkey lettuce wraps, made in only 15 minutes, are prepared with lean ground turkey, making them a healthy & gluten free option!
If you’ve ever been to a PF Chang’s, there’s a 99.9% chance, you’ve had their famous lettuce wraps!
While I don’t frequent many chain restaurants, (I’m lucky to have so many amazing local options in San Diego!) I do have to say that I don’t mind a little PF Chang’s every once in a while, some Chicken Lettuce Wraps, followed by Sweet & Sour Chicken, delish! But, I also love being able to make these recipes at home for a little less money and a lot less calories!
Roasted red peppers add a delicious flavor to this healthy Turkey Bolognese recipe, serve over spaghetti or with zucchini noodles for a gluten free meal.
With a new year, comes new years resolutions to eat healthier.
For me, one of the best ingredients to keep in the fridge to stay healthy is extra lean ground turkey breast. It’s loaded with protein and low in fat and calories, making it a great choice for substituting ground beef in recipes like tacos, meatballs,chili and bolognese!
This turkey bolognese has only 262 calories and 5 grams fat per serving, while it boasts 31 grams of protein per serving. (This recipe makes 4 servings!)
The sauce can be served with traditional pasta, or switch it up and serve the sauce over roasted spaghetti squash or sautéed zucchini noodles to keep it low carb and gluten free!
Roasted sweet potatoes & quinoa are topped with delicious Thai peanut sauce in this easy, healthy, gluten free, vegan buddha bowl recipe!
This popular buddha bowl has been shared over 30,000 times on Pinterest! People rave about the flavor of the dish and how easy it is to make! If you love this bowl, you’ll also love these vegan recipes for Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls and Buffalo Chickpea Buddha Bowls!
While 2016 was the year that the Wall Street Journal claimed “Bowls Are The New Plates“, the bowl trend isn’t going anywhere in 2017! According to the “Pinterest 100”, Buddha Bowls are one of the Top 10 Food Trend Predictions of 2017!
So what exactly is a Buddha Bowl? It’s a healthy bowl filled with a whole grain, such as brown rice or quinoa and raw or cooked veggies, such as sweet potatoes, broccoli or cauliflower. It’s then topped with a healthy sauce or dip, such as hummus, peanut sauce or pesto.
I love the Buddha Bowl Trend because it’s a fun way to play around with different healthy options in the kitchen without eating the same thing over and over! It’s also great for meal prepping. You can easily prepare a few delicious bowls to eat for lunch or dinner throughout the week.
In this recipe, I roasted sweet potatoes with rosemary, garlic, cinnamon, salt and pepper, bringing a ton of flavor to this healthy bowl! I tossed the sweet potatoes on top of cooked quinoa, which adds fiber, protein and a nuttiness to the bowl. Brown rice, farro, couscous, or your favorite grain would also work well!
I topped the bowl with shredded carrots, cilantro, peanuts and most importantly, my famous Thai Peanut Sauce! This recipe makes more peanut sauce than you need for this recipe. Place the remainder of the sauce in a mason jar and store it in the fridge for up to two weeks. And I promise, you won’t be disappointed that you have extra of this sauce on hand!
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Healthy Choice headquarters and find out just what healthy means to them. I met with Chef Jackie who is part of a team that creates all of the Healthy Choice meals you’ll find in your grocers freezer section.
We talked about how Healthy Choice considers people with dietary restrictions and different health concerns when creating their meals, just as I do at home when creating recipes for the blog.
This healthy, vegan Energy Boosting Berry Banana Smoothie recipe is a delicious drink, that will also help perk you up in the morning or afternoon!
Today’s post is sponsored by Beaming.
I know that the winter months can be tough. It’s cold and dark in the mornings, making it much more difficult to wake up. That’s why I’m here to bring you an energy boosting banana smoothie to start your day!
This Spiralized Jicama & Avocado Salad is a unique and healthy recipe that is gluten free & vegetarian. It’s great for lunch or served as a side dish!
When I first purchased my Spiralizer, I went to the grocery store, perusing the produce section for anything and everything I could potentially spiralizer. One of the items that I found was jicama.
Jicama, also known as a “Mexican Yam” is a vegetable traditionally from Mexico and Central America. It’s a slightly sweet, starchy vegetable that resembles the consistency of a pear or apple. It’s high in dietary fiber and Vitamin C making it a healthy addition to your diet!
This metabolism boosting breakfast smoothie is packed with superfood protein and fruit for a healthy, slimming drink filled with vitamins!
When the booking producer over at the San Diego 6 Morning News Show asked me to come on this week to talk about juicing and smoothies, I couldn’t wait to share some of the drinks I’ve been mixing up over in my kitchen every morning!
This green detox juice is perfect for detoxing after a long weekend… such as Memorial Day… which just so happens to be this weekend!
After kicking back a few cold ones and some delicious BBQ, this juice will clear your skin and make you feel like a brand new person!
The kale and lemons give skin an amazing glow, while the ginger is perfect for helping with digestion and the apples, well as the old saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away 😉
6 apples (fuji or granny smith work best)
1 bunch kale (app. 2 cups chopped)
1 tsp size knob of ginger
Begin by slicing the apples. If you have one of these handy-dandy apple corer-slicers, then this step is super easy!
Next, begin by juicing half of the apples, followed by the kale and ginger, then the rest of the apples, followed by the lemon.
Make sure to use a crisp apple, if the apple is too soft it will come out more like applesauce. In this recipe mine were on the verge of too soft. I’ve found that my favorite apples to use in this recipe are green granny smiths.
Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins are dairy free & sugar free. They use honey, dates & olive oil instead of butter or sugar for a healthy, delicious muffin recipe!
A muffin with no sugar, no butter and no gluten, sounds too healthy to be good, right?
Wrong! I substituted natures own sweeteners, dates and honey for sugar, then switched out the butter for super flavorful olive oil. For the gluten free flour I used Premium Gold’s blend of heart healthy whole grain and flax seed flours.
The funny thing is, this whole “healthy muffin” originated from me being a total hippie and wanting to use the carrot pulp from my Carrot Orange Strawberry juice I made the morning before!
Yes, I’ve been juicing every morning instead of drinking coffee! No coffee? What? I know, I didn’t think it was possible to live without coffee in the morning (especially the first 2 days after going cold turkey on caffeine!) But, fast forward 10 days and I’m going strong!
I’ve given myself a 30 day challenge to replace coffee with juicing. Look for a post in a couple of weeks with the results of my challenge, and in the meantime follow me on Instagram Whitney Bond or Twitte: @Whitney_Bond to see what I’m juicing up this week!
Now back to those muffins!
1 cup carrots (shredded or carrot pulp left after juicing)
I asked and you responded, “what generally unhealthy dish would you like to see transformed into something healthy and delicious?”
The response was unanimous, Mac and Cheese. So today I bring you the first ever “Transformation Tuesday” where I turn a generally unhealthy dish into something healthy and yummy. Today I transformed Traditional Mac and Cheese into Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce.
The result was a delicious, gluten-free, vegetarian dish that packs way less calories, fat, carbs and sodium than any macaroni and cheese dish you will eat at a restaurant!
The Cheesecake Factory Macaroni and Cheese SIDE DISH packs 51 grams of fat, 1309 calories, 768 milligrams of sodium and 92 grams of carbs, and that’s just the side dish to the main course!!
My dinner portion of Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce comes in at 275 calories, 12 grams of fat, 335 milligrams of sodium and 10 grams of carbs for a 1 cup serving. Even if you double the serving size to 2 cups, you will still save 759 calories and 27 grams of fat!
Just to make the picture even more clear, if you are counting Weight Watcher points, one side of macaroni and cheese at The Cheesecake Factory counts for 25 points, while my dish weighs in at only 4 points!