Side Dishes


Broccoli Cheddar Mashed Yams

Let me set the scene for you. It’s like, a Wednesday night. We just put the baby down to sleep. I have a loose idea of what I want to make for dinner but it’s not complete. I’m leaning against the kitchen counter drinking tea (yep, still love hot tea in the summer – I balance it out with cold wine) and my husband is sitting at the kitchen island. “I’m making steak and green beans for dinner. What should I make with them?” I ask. “Mac and cheese.” “We don’t have mac and cheese. What else?” “MAC AND CHEESE.” “BABE, WE DON’T HAVE MAC AND CHEESE.” “FINE. Cheese then.” “Oh my God.” “I WANT CHEESE.” “We have potatoes?” I offer. “Okay. Cheesy potatoes.” “Cheese doesn’t go with potatoes.” Which actually isn’t true, I just didn’t feel like making something like scalloped potatoes. And I didn’t have all of the…

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…

Mexican Cauliflower Rice

I love me some Mexican rice. When I was younger and would go to Mexican restaurants, I’d often just eat rice tacos. I’d just put rice in some tortillas and go to town. No wonder I had so many issues with my skin, digestion, mood, hormones and blood sugar! Hello refined carbohydrates – I love you. Now, when I make Mexican rice I often use white rice – and you can read my explanation for why I eat white rice and white it’s healthier than brown rice here. But now that I’m pregnant, I want to get in all the nutrients I can. And let’s face it, cauliflower is a whole hell of a lot more nutrient dense than white rice. Cauliflower has vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and a whole bunch of minerals. It’s low in carbohydrates, so the blood sugar doesn’t spike but remains stable. It’s anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants,…

Easy, Healthy Chili

I’ve been craving chili like a madwoman for two weeks now, and only recently finally pulled all the ingredients together to make it. I was going to throw all the ingredients in my crock pot and let them simmer for a few hours, which is easy and you can definitely do. But I wanted to eat it as soon as possible, so I just simmered it on the stovetop. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:12]

Superfood Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are one of my favorite snacks ever. They’re easy to throw together and insanely healthy. I upped the nutrient density by adding salmon roe. In traditional cultures, fish eggs were reserved for men and women planning to conceive, pregnant women and growing children. It’s definitely a fertility food. Egg yolks are rich in vitamins A, E, D and K as well as choline – a necessary nutrient for pregnancy. Both the egg yolk and fish eggs are rich in omega-3s and the fish eggs are high in vitamins A, D and C and a great source of B12 and folate. I’ve found that a lot of people think fish eggs will taste super fishy, but they’re more salty than anything. They are a great addition to eggs, oysters, sushi, etc. Not overly fishy, just the right amount. Ingredients 4 eggs, hardboiled 3 tbsp mayo 1 tbsp mustard 2…

Shrimp & Avocado Salsa

Today is Cinco de Mayo, and like any good Arrested Development fan, yesterday I celebrated Cinco de Cuatro. In doing so I made this Shrimp & Avocado Salsa. It’s easy to throw together and it’s a super nutrient dense meal. Because I’m planning on getting preggers soon, I like to make sure every meal I’m eating is loaded with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Avocado and olive oil cover the healthy fats, shrimp are a great source of protein and the tomatoes, onion and cilantro are just all around healthy foods. But truth be told, we’re going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo tonight at the Mexican restaurant on the corner of our street. They serve Coronaritas (if you don’t know – Google it) and lots of cheesy dishes. This is why my husband likes the place so much. My husband literally will eat a block of cheese like an apple.…

Paleo Tuna Salad

Scott loves tuna salad. With extra mayo. In fact I made a bunch of this earlier this week and he ate it on the way to work this morning. He likes to go to Whole Foods and buy it, and I think like a lot of people, he assumes that just because it’s from Whole Foods – it’s healthy. It isn’t. Store bought tuna salad is still full of rancid vegetable oils, GMOs, preservatives and sketchy ingredients. Making your own is cheaper and infinitely healthier. And in my opinion (aka the correct opinion), my recipe  for paleo tuna salad taste better. Ingredients 12 oz tuna 1 cup homemade mayo (I love me some mayo, you can use less) 1/3 red onion, diced 2 celery stalks, diced salt and peppa Instructions Combine everything until it’s completely mixed. It’ s easy ya’ll.

Paleo Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs

I used to hate buffalo wing sauce. I did NOT understand why people liked it. Or buffalo wings. I like wings, like garlic wings and Asian wings, but not buffalo wings. Until recently. Something changed. My husband loves buffalo sauce and add it to almost anything. And I started trying it. I ate it more and more. And now I really like it. I still haven’t had buffalo wings, but I had leftover chicken from cooking a whole chicken (I do this weekly and make broth with the carcass). These eggs were SO good. Perfect for the upcoming spring and summer cookouts!

Paleo Pancit

I grew up eating Filipino food because I had Filipino neighbors and went to school with a bunch of Filipino kids. When they would come to school with pancit I’d always try to trade them for my ham sandwich, which never worked. When I went to a Filipino birthday party, you could find me close to the giant bowl of pancit refilling my plate. Because there was always a giant bowl of pancit and I love it. While pancit is traditionally made with rice noodles, I swapped them out for these noodles which are a great source of iodine. Coupled with all the veggies, this is a super healthy meal. You can also make a ton of it at once like I did to eat for lunch throughout the week. Ingredients 1 tbsp coconut oil 1/2 head small cabbage, diced 3 carrots, sliced into strips 1 large red onion, sliced…