Shrimp Sausage Skillet With Homemade Pesto

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So tasty and the whole thing took 30 mins from start to finish. Enjoy!!

Ingredients
• 1 lb shrimp
• 1 package pork sausage
• 1/2 onion, chopped
• 1 bell pepper, chopped
• 1 zucchini, chopped
• 1 bok choy bundle, chopped
Avocado oil
• Quinoa (~ 2 cups)

Ingredients – Pesto
• 1/2 cup walnuts
• 2 cups fresh basil
• lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon
• 1/2 cup olive oil
• sea salt to taste

Directions
1. Cook shrimp & chopped sausage on stovetop, set aside.
2. Chop 1/2 onion, 1 bell pepper, 1 zucchini & 1 bok choy bundle & sauté in @chosenfoods avocado oil for about 10 mins.
3. Meanwhile, blend 1/2 cup walnuts, 2 cups fresh basil, lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon, 1/2 cup olive oil & pinch of sea salt until combined.
4. Add all ingredients to 1 large pan, add some quinoa, mix & serve immediately!

Savory Cabbage Sausage Breakfast

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After a solid week of sweet potatoes and bacon for breakfast, I needed to switch it up. This started out as breakfast, but also wound up being lunches for the week as well. (: Enjoy!

Ingredients
• 1/2 cup sorghum
• 1 1/2 cup bone broth
• 2 tbsp ghee
Avocado oil
• 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
• 1/2 head green cabbage, chopped
• 2 sausage links, cut into bite size pieces
• 3/4 cup sauerkraut
• 1/2 cup hemp hearts
• Sea salt to taste

Directions
1. Rinse sorghum thoroughly.
2. Combine sorghum, bone broth, ghee & sea salt in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer until sorghum is tender, about 45 minutes.
3. In a large pan, heat avocado oil, then add onion, cooking until translucent and fragrant.
4. To the large pan, add the cabbage and cook for another 10 minutes.
5. Set cabbage/onion aside and cook sausage in large pan until thoroughly cooked.
6. On a large plate, combine cabbage/onion & sausage, then top with sauerkraut, hemp hearts and sea salt.
7. Enjoy immediately!

Thai Turkey Meatballs w Coconut Curry Sauce

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Ingredients
• 1 lb ground turkey
• 1 zucchini, finely grated
• 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, minced
• 1/8 cup cilantro, chopped
• juice of 1 lime
• 1 tbsp cumin
• 1 tbsp garlic powder
• 4 tbsp collagen powder
• 1 tbsp sea salt to taste
• 4 tbsp red chili paste
• 1 can full fat coconut milk
• 1 cup bone broth
• 2 tbsp butter or ghee
• 1/2 cup green onions chopped

Directions
1. In a large bowl, mix together the turkey, zucchini, onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice cumin, garlic powder, collagen and sea salt until well blended.
2. Form meatballs into 1 1/2 inch balls and set aside
3. In a large pan, heat chili paste, coconut milk, bone broth and butter/ghee over medium high heat.
4. Add meatballs to pan and simmer until meat is thoroughly cooked, about 25 minutes. With about 5 minutes left, add in the green onions.
5. Serve hot over rice, quinoa, sorghum, spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, etc.

Enjoy!

Zucchini Soup

Inspired by a zucchini soup recipe shared from my friend, Amy. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about zucchini in soup form…turns out I feel great about it. This soup was the bomb!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients
• 2 tbsp unsalted Kerrygold butter
• 2 tbsp avocado oil
• 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, minced
• 5 medium zucchinis, chopped
• 1 cup bone broth
• 1 tbsp sea salt
• 1/4 cup collagen
• 1/8 cup hemp hearts

Directions
1. In a saucepan on medium heat, combine the butter and avocado oil. Once the butter begins to melt, stir in onion and garlic, mixing occasionally, until translucent and fragrant.
2. Add in the zucchini and cook for another 10 or so minutes. Then add the bone broth, sea salt & collagen, letting simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
3. Transfer everything into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. I use a Blendtec and it makes the most dreamy soup known to man. (:
4. Immediately transfer to a soup bowl, top with hemp hearts and enjoy!

Blueberry Coconut Bars

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What can I say, I was craving something sweet and anything involving coconut and/or blueberry sounded like a great option. Turns out, it was. Enjoy!

Ingredients
• 2 eggs
• 2 tbsp butter (melted/at room temp.)
• 1/4 cup maple syrup
• 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted/at room temp.)
• 1 tbsp vanilla extract
• 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• 1 cup rolled oats
• 3 tbsp collagen
• 2 tbsp coconut flour
• 3/4 cup blueberries

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Lightly grease 9″ x 9″ pan with coconut oil spray and/or butter.
3. In a large bowl, beat eggs, then add butter, maple syrup, coconut oil & vanilla extract.
4. Once the wet ingredients are thoroughly mixed, stir in coconut flakes, oats, collagen & coconut flour, then gently fold in the blueberries.
5. Evenly distribute in pan and bake for about 35 minutes, or until top becomes golden brown.
6. Allow to cool, cut into squares and enjoy!

Garden Fresh Bowl With Ground Beef

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My favorite part of this recipe is that over half the ingredients came fresh from the garden. Enjoy!

Ingredients
• 1/2 lb grass-fed ground beef
• 3 tbsp Kerrygold butter
• 1 sweet onion, chopped
• 4 garlic, minced
• 1 zucchini, chopped
• 1 large eggplant, chopped
• 6 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
• 1 tbsp sea salt
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• 1 tbsp fennel
• 1 tbsp thyme
• handful of fresh basil, chopped

Directions
1. In a pan, saute ground beef, cooking for 7 – 10 minutes or until meat is cooked.
2. Meanwhile, in another pan, melt butter, then add onion and garlic, cooking for 3 – 4 minutes or until fragrant.
3. Add in the veggies, ground beef and spices to the onion/garlic pan. Mix thoroughly and simmer until the zucchini and eggplant can be pierced with a fork, about 12-15 minutes.
4. Transfer to a bowl, top with fresh basil and serve immediately!

Cocoanut Smoothie

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Cocoanut smoothie…see what I did there? (: Here’s a tasty, refreshing treat for these hot summer days! Gluten/dairy/soy/nut free. Also, delicious. Enjoy!

Ingredients
• 1 frozen banana
• 1/8 cup cocoa powder
• 1 spoonful honey
• 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
• 1/8 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• 3 tbsp chia seeds
• cinnamon to taste
• 1 scoop gelatin (optional)
• 1 scoop l-glutamine (optional)

Directions
1. Combine chia seeds & coconut milk, let sit for about 30 minutes.
2. Combine chia seed/coconut milk along with everything in the blender. (I have a Blendtec… ’twas the greatest gift I ever gave myself.)
3. Enjoy immediately!

Coconut Crusted Chicken

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Ingredients
• 1 lb chicken
• 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• 1/4 cup coconut flour
• 1/8 cup dijon mustard
• 1/8 cup honey
• Coconut oil spray

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly spray glass baking pan with coconut oil spray.
2. Mix mustard and honey in a small bowl. Place coconut flour in another bowl, coconut flakes in a third bowl.
3. Dip both sides of the chicken into the coconut flour.
4. Then, coat both sides of the chicken in the mustard/honey mixture.
5. Finally, generously sprinkle top side of chicken with unsweetened coconut flakes.
6. Place chicken in a glass baking pan and bake for about 40 minutes, or until the coconut crust is golden brown.
7. Serve immediately! I like to dip this chicken in my favorite ketchup, Portlandia Ketchup. (:

Sweet Potato Fries

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Sometimes all you need is a giant plate of sweet potatoes fries. Possibly one of the easiest recipes. Enjoy!

Ingredients
• 3 medium sized sweet potatoes
• 3 tbsp avocado oil
• Sea salt to taste
• Rosemary to taste (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Peel sweet potatoes and slice into 1/4″ wedges.
3. In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes, avocado oil, sea salt and rosemary.
4. Transfer sweet potatoes to a large glass baking pan, making sure to not overcrowd potatoes.
5. Bake until sweet potatoes are golden brown, about 25 minutes.
6. Serve immediately! I eat these with my favorite ketchup, the best ketchup in the world, Portlandia Ketchup. (:

Coconut Hazelnut Fat Bombs

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My first time making fat bombs and I must admit, it takes some serious self control to not inhale these in one sitting. This is an easily customizable recipe, feel free to swap out any nuts / nut butters you might like better. Enjoy!

Ingredients
• 1/2 cup hazelnut butter
• 1/8 cup dark chocolate, chopped
• 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
• 1/8 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• 1/8 cup coconut oil
• 2 tbsp ground flax
• 2 tbsp honey
• 4 tbsp collagen powder (make sure to get the kind in the green, not red container!)

Directions
1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
2. Spoon mixture into ice cube mold.
3. Freeze for 4 – 5 hours.
4. Pop out of ice cube mold and store in an airtight container in the freezer.

Veggie Wraps

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Finally, it is hot and sunny here in Portland! As such, I was in search of a recipe that didn’t require me to fire up the stovetop. This is a super quick and easy recipe – feel free to customize with your favorite vegetables. Enjoy!

Ingredients
• Rice paper wraps
• Cucumbers, sliced
• Carrots, sliced
• Cilantro, chopped
• Jicama, sliced
• Avocado, sliced
• Sprouts
• Coconut aminos

Directions
1. Take 1 rice paper sheet and hold under running water on both sides for about 5 – 10 seconds until entire sheet is saturated.
2. Lay rice paper sheet on plate, add veggies and wrap like a burrito.
3. Pour coconut aminos into a small bowl for dipping sauce.
4. Eat!

Thai Coconut Curry Bowl

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This recipe is the result of a Thai food craving. While I love peanuts, they are currently on my black list and I also can’t handle spicy food so I got creative with this recipe. Pretty happy with how it turned out. Enjoy!

Ingredients
• 1 lb ground turkey
• 1 tsp curry powder
• 1 tsp ground basil
• 1 tsp garlic powder
• 1 tsp fresh ginger
• Sea salt to taste
• 4 garlic cloves
• 1 sweet onion
• 1 green bell pepper
• 3 tbsp unsalted butter
• Juice from 1 lime
• 6 tbsp Thai chili paste (I chose the most mild version…feel free to pick your poison (: )
• 1 14 oz can full fat coconut milk
• 1/8 cup green onions, chopped

Directions
1. Heat a large pan on the stovetop, add ground turkey and spices. Cook until turkey is no longer pink. Set aside.
2. In a blender, place onion, garlic, bell pepper and ginger. Pulse until chopped into small pieces. (I use a BlendTec and it’s a slice of heaven on earth.)
3. In the same large pan, melt the butter and saute the onion/garlic/pepper/ginger mixture until onions are translucent, about 5 – 6 minutes.
4. Add curry paste, lime juice and coconut milk. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 – 12 minutes or until the sauce begins to thicken.
5. Add ground turkey and stir until turkey is completely mixed into the sauce.
6. Cook for another 5 minutes, top with fresh green onion and serve immediately over rice or quinoa.

Tomato Basil Chicken With Garlic Butter Sauce

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Garlic…basil…butter…it’s hard to go wrong with these three ingredients. (: Enjoy!

Ingredients
• 1 lb chicken breast
• 4 tbsp butter
• 1 cup tomato sauce (This if my favorite brand – no sugar added!)
• 4 garlic cloves, minced
• Sea salt

Directions
1. Melt butter on stovetop, then add garlic. Saute for 4 – 5 minutes until garlic is fragrant and golden brown.
2. Add chicken, season with sea salt and cook for several minutes on both sides. Make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly through the middle. No pink on the inside!
3. Cover chicken with tomato sauce and cook for 4 – 5 additional minutes.
4. Remove from heat, top with fresh basil and serve immediately!

What is your favorite chicken recipe?

Beet Cauliflower Rice

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Here’s a variation on regular cauliflower rice. Delicious and a beautiful color to boot. Enjoy!

Ingredients
• 1 small cauliflower
• 1/2 cup beets, cooked & chopped into small pieces
• 2 tbsp Kerrygold butter
• 3 tbsp nutrition yeast
• 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
• 1/2 cup bone broth
• sea salt to taste

Directions
1. Chop cauliflower head into small pieces, wash, rinse and pulse in blender until cauliflower is similar in size to pieces of rice.
2. Heat butter on stovetop in a large pan. Add onion and saute until fragrant and translucent, about 3 – 4 minutes.
3. Add cauliflower rice, bone broth and nutrition yeast. Cook on low for about 5 minutes or until bone broth is absorbed.
4. Fold beets into cauliflower mixture and cook for another 3 – 4 minutes.
5. Season with sea salt and serve warm.

What’s your favorite cauliflower rice variation?

Savory Sausage Breakfast

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Squash and sausage are two of my favorite breakfast foods and this is an incredibly easy savory breakfast! I usually make enough for the entire week and warm up via stovetop each morning. Enjoy!

Ingredients
• 2 tbsp butter
• 1 delicata squash
• 1 package sausage (This is one great sausage option. Basically, try to pick one sans sugar, hormones, antibiotics, etc.)
• Sea salt to taste

Directions
1. Melt butter in a saucepan. While butter is melting, chop squash in half, scoop out the seeds, then cut the squash into bite-sized pieces.
2. Add squash to pan and saute for about 10 minutes.
3. White the squash is sauteing, cut the sausage into bite sized pieces and add to the pan.
4. Cook for another 10 minutes, season with sea salt and serve immediately!