Asian Chicken Salad

Like I always do on Sunday, I make a bunch of food. I batch cook so that I’m not stuck trying to cook while simultaneously entertaining my son. Because frankly, I’m not that entertaining. I’m out after a couple rounds of peek-a-boo, and he’s over it before I am. Sometimes I feel like he’s already a teenager, he’s a master of the side-eye. So this past Sunday I made a bunch of chicken for lettuce wraps. I love me some lettuce wraps. My love affair with them started at PF Chang’s when I was 15. I’ve been a fiend ever since. I still love PF Chang’s, even though they use super questionable ingredients and maybe hurt my stomach a lot. Anyway, because I already made the chicken, this salad came together in under ten minutes. Seriously – batch cook on the weekends! It will save you so much time and…

Butternut Squash Carbonara

I recently found pre-made butternut squash noodles at Whole Foods – which I highly recommend. It’s A LOT easier than spiralizing that sucker yourself, but it is also a bit more expensive. It was a total impulse by for me and also totally worth it, because it was really effin’ good. I immediately thought making butternut squash carbonara would be amazing – and I was right.  My favorite veggies to spiralize: potato, white or Japanese (I can’t stand sweet potatoes) cucumber carrot zucchini – I actually don’t eat zucchini because it hurts my stomach but I hear they’re absolutely delicious when spiralized This is my favorite spiralizer. It’s easy and actually a bit cheaper than other popular options. Butternut squash is a wonderful substitution for pasta for several reasons. First, it’s a vegetable. Butternut squash is a great source of: potassium folate B6 fiber folate vitamin C manganese Second, most pasta…

Quick + Healthy Chicken Tacos

Sometimes I get an overwhelming desire for chicken tacos. It’s all consuming and they become all I can think about until I stuff my face with them. Case in point: last Friday I was doing my usual grocery shopping. Everett was asleep in his stroller and I was leisurely browsing in Whole Foods…because I love Whole Foods. I’m checking out a cheese melter thingy that I’ll never use and never buy because it’s thirty seven dollars and I can melt my own cheese and…the taco craving hit. Hard. I quickly gathered the rest of the items on my grocery list and headed home. Except when I got there, the baby woke up. Which is okay, because he’s really cute and sometimes I think my heart will explode because I love him so much. So I fed him, impatiently. Silently imploring my kid to hurry the hell up so I could…

Paleo Honey Sriracha Chicken

I saw this recipe floating around Pinterest and like most of the meals I make, I decide I can make them healthier but still taste really good. And I’m getting pretty good at that. Especially Chinese food. Because I haven’t had Chinese food in about five years, and I freaking love it. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:15]

Ten Minute Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Sometimes, I realize that I’ve worked for four hours straight and I missed lunch and I’m starving. It’s usually at this point I seriously consider downing an entire bag of coconut oil potato chips. Which, let’s be honest – has happened. But it’s way healthier to whip up these ten minute chicken lettuce wraps and it’s honestly ready in under ten minutes. It barely takes any time at all and they taste awesome. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:3]

Ground Pork, Veggie & Kelp Noodle Stirfry

I made this yesterday and honestly didn’t expect it to taste so awesome. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t expect it to taste bad, it was just really effing good. Like, ridiculously delicious. I think the almond butter was an awesome addition. I don’t often cook with it, usually I just eat it raw. But it’s so creamy and delicious. I’m in love. Ingredients 1/2 pack of kelp noodles 1/2 lb ground pork 2 carrots, diced 1/2 red onion, sliced into strips 4 cups spinach 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup coconut aminos 2 tbsp almond butter 1 tbsp coconut oil Instructions Melt the coconut oil over medium high heat. Add the carrots and sauté until they begin to soften, then add the onions. Cook until translucent. Add the pork, cook through. Add the noodles, garlic, almond butter and coconut aminos. Toss together until everything is well combined.

Paleo General Tso’s Chicken

I looove Chinese food. But haven’t actually been to a Chinese restaurant or ordered Chinese food in over four years. Why? Well, I simply haven’t found a restaurant that doesn’t load their sauces with GMOs, rancid vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup and MSG. And if I ate all those things in one sitting, my stomach might explode. And I’m just not up for it. So I make my own. It’s actually really easy and while it may seem like there are a lot of ingredients, you probably have a lot of them already. Ketchup, balsamic, garlic, etc. They’re all pretty common. And they make amazing Chinese food. I remember loving General Tso’s chicken as a kid. I couldn’t remember the exact flavor so I took a look at some recipes. I came up with my own version of paleo General Tso’s chicken and I think it hits the spot.…

Paleo Italian Turkey Meatballs

There’s an Italian restaurant in downtown Silver Spring that I love called Olazzo. I regularly go there after work to get a glass of wine and hit up some of their happy hour specials. One is meatball sliders. I obviously don’t eat bread so for me it’s just meatballs. It’s actually one of the only places I’ve ever had meatballs and they are SO GOOD. Unfortunately, whenever I’ve tried to make meatballs at home, they never come out as well. Until now. I’ve literally never cooked with ground turkey before but it may be my new go-to. The texture is unbelievable. While my ground beef meatballs were tough, thick and dry – these are soft and moist (literally the worst word ever but it’s fitting here). The flavor is awesome too. I don’t mean to go all Chris Traeger on you, but I thought the turkey tasted just as good…

Pork Belly Burrito Bowl

It wasn’t that long ago that I first tried pork belly. Which is odd considering that I’m a pretty adventurous eater. I guess I kind of thought it was like bacon, and why would I get pork belly when I could get really amazing bacon from a great farmer at my farmers market? And then I saw that they had pork belly. So I decided to try it. My first reaction was literally “Holy shit.” While it is sort of like bacon, it’s also not. It has the fattiness of bacon that I love but it’s not smoky and it has a texture similar to a pork chop in there as well. Plus it has a crispy skin. It’s just so, so good. People have all these fancy ways of cooking pork belly, but most people cook it at a high temperature and then turn it down to a low…