Paleo

Avocado Hemp Seed Pesto

This pesto is LOADED with healthy fats and is creamy and delicious to boot. The avocados and olive oil both provide those Mediterranean monounsaturated fats while the hemp seeds provide essential, anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids. The hemp seeds are also a great plant-based source of protein (one of the few providing all 9 essential amino acids). So this recipe is doing all sorts of good for you! It’s also super decadent tasting and delicious on so many different foods (suggestions below). Bonus, it takes under 10 minutes start to finish!

Sweet Potato Toast

This recipe is SO easy it’s barely a recipe. But I find people do need instructions to make it, so here it is. I like to meal prep these and make 2-3 potatoes at once then take out a few slices when I’m hungry. They last pretty well in the fridge so it just makes it a lot easier later on.

Paleo Fudge Brownie Protein Bars

I’m pretty obsessed with these bars. They come out thinner than a brownie, and more like a protein bar thickness but they are fudgy and chewy! They are really filling from all the natural protein, fiber and healthy fats in the almond flour, flaxseed meal and collagen. Plus the cacao and CBD both give them a relaxing property. This makes them the perfect afternoon treat, when you hit that mid-day slump or after dinner treat to wind down before bed time. I used the thera treats caramel coconut drizzle flavor of CBD chocolate bars. Code CPRESS saves you 10% on their website! Recipe below.

Paleo Fudge Brownie Protein Bars

Honey Beet Muffins

Get it it… honey beet like honey bee… ok never mind, I thought it was clever. Anyways, the honey and the beets go together perfectly in these muffins! They really compliment each other’s flavors. There isn’t too much honey, so they aren’t super sweet, but that makes them the perfect blood-sugar-balancing snack for any time of day! And they sneak in a serving of veggies, which is always welcomed! The amazing thing about beets is that they help our blood carry nitrates around our body, which means better oxygen flow, which means better heart health and cardiovascular function overall! That’s a win if you ask me. I used Cece’s Veggie Co beet noodles to take an extra step out of the process, plus they’re organic. You can find them near you here. Now for the muffins…

Mini Chocolate Coconut Happy Muffins

You might be thinking, why are these happy muffins? First of all - how can anything mini, chocolate and coconut not make you happy? Second of all - I added “Pretty Mushrooms” bliss blend (no it doesn’t taste like mushrooms). This blend contains medicinal mushrooms which are different than the creminis or shiitakes you buy at the store. These mushrooms are adaptogens, which, means they help our bodies adapt to and combat certain stressors and imbalances. This particular bliss blend contains reishi (which is known for relaxation), cacao (which contains magnesium that also helps with relaxation and tons of antioxidants), eleuthero root (which is known for mood boosting and relaxation) and ashwagandha (which is known to help combat stress). Winning combo if you ask me. Now to this recipe - it’s paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free but not at all flavor free. And I love the mini size for when you just want something small and sweet or you can have a bunch at once for a filling snack.

Veggie Noodle & Feta Frittata

Frittatas are one of my favorite items to meal prep (or just cook in general). They are a great all in one meal (they have protein from the eggs, healthy fats also from the eggs and in this one the feta, and fiber and phytonutrients too AKA veggies). Plus, they’re super versatile - they can be breakfast, snack, lunch, “brinner” and they generally stay pretty fresh most of the week. Oh and they’re delicious! This recipe uses Cece’s Veggie Co pre-made organic veggie noodles to make it EVEN easier to make. You can find some Cece’s near you here.

Blueberry Banana Bread

This banana bread is sweetened ONLY by the blueberries and bananas, and it has the most divine texture! It’s completely gluten, grain, dairy and added sugar free but not flavor-free at all! It’s been a huge hit with everyone I’ve let taste test. I like using the Patience fruit organic dried blueberries since the dried blueberries help the bread stay together better than fresh blueberries and they’re organic and sweetened only with apple juice. You could add other “mix ins” to the recipe too if you like (nuts, chocolate, seeds, you name it!)

Cherry Chia Jam

The peanut butter (or almond butter) and jelly classic combo truly never goes out of style in my opinion. However, some store-bought jellies can be full of extra, unnecessary ingredients that aren’t so great for you (refined or fake sugars, inflammatory oils etc.) This EASY 2 minute recipe makes a good sized batch of healthy jam that can be used in so many ways. By pairing the fruit with chia seeds, you achieve my “magic 4” of blood sugar stabilizing foods (protein, fat, fiber and phytonutrients). The cherries have fiber and phytonutrients and the chia seeds have protein, fat and fiber so this will leave you or your little ones feeling full and satiated not cranky and hungry. Bonus is that you get some gut-healthy apple cider vinegar snuck in with your PB&J!

I used “Seal the Seasons” frozen cherries for this recipe but you could also try it with another frozen fruit. I love Seal the Seasons since they source locally grown produce and freeze it at the peak of freshness and are available all over the country! They strive to make quality frozen produce affordable and available to the masses, and that is something I can get behind!

Cherry Chia Jam

Butternut Squash Tahini Zig Zags

So… I think you all know my love for tahini by now. Not only are sesame seeds (what tahini is made of) full of nutrients and amino acids (building blocks of protein), but I truly think tahini takes on a kind of unique flavor profile depending on what it’s paired with. I created this recipe when i was feeling “lazy” in the kitchen, and I knew I loved tahini and ghee together on cauliflower (see tahini cauli recipe) so I figured why not do a similar mixture on butternut squash. Well, the result was AMAZING, so I just had to share it on here. I used the Mann’s butternut squash “rotini” but if you can’t find that, there are similar products out there. You could also use butternut squash cubes, although you will need to increase cooking time. Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

Citrus Ginger Winter Stir-Fry

This recipe contains all the essentials for staying healthy through the winter cold and flu season, and all year for that matter. The ginger is anti-inflammatory, the dark leafy greens contain lots of anti-oxidants and nutrients like vitamin A & K, the meat contains energizing vitamin B-12, and the citrus and the beets have good ol’ vitamin C. It’s also easy and great for meal prep. Here is a link to the Mann’s veggie slaw blend I reference in the recipe.

Broccoli Tots

As if I needed another way to eat broccoli… for any of you that follow me on social media, you know that it’s my FAVORITE vegetable. However, this recipe is great, because it sneaks broccoli in for even the pickiest of eaters who think they don’t like broccoli. Broccoli is in the cruciferous vegetable family and contains beneficial compounds that help the body detox harmful substances and also fight free radicals in the body (AKA it has powerful antioxidants). You don’t need to memorize all that nutrition jargon but I think the jury is out, that broccoli is great for us! This recipe is super easy to make, grain and gluten-free, and can easily be made dairy-free with a substitution.

Tahini Roasted Cauliflower

The healthy fats in the tahini and ghee combine to make this cauliflower taste nothing short of decadent. It’s a quick recipe to whip up and I always crave it, so it has become one of my meal prep staples! It’s friendly for almost all diets, to make it vegan, you can switch the ghee to coconut oil. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Orange Cranberry Bread

The orange juice in this bread adds a touch of sweetness, and makes it so moist, plus the citrus and cranberry together give off all the winter vibes! There is no other sugar sweetening the bread so it’s great for long, sustained energy. Plus the almond and coconut flour add healthy fats and fiber! I love this bread for a breakfast or a snack, either plain or with yogurt and or nut butter on top.

Banana Flax Waffles

I am obsessed with waffles. There, I said it, I LOVE WAFFLES! This is one of my favorite recipes to make a big batch of on Saturday and Sunday and enjoy for brunch, then have extras to pop in the toaster oven for a super easy breakfast during the week. These also freeze well (wrap them tightly in ceran wrap) and can be popped in the toaster oven right from the freezer too. I like to let the banana do the sweetening, but if you want a sweeter waffle you could add a bit of maple syrup or honey to the batter or just drizzle it on top.

Granola Stuffed Banana Bread Cookies

Honestly, the overly long name of this recipe really says it all. These cookies combine all the best things - banana bread, granola, and cookies. I mean what more could you ask for? Bonus is that they are only sweetened by the banana, and have healthy fats, fiber and protein to keep you full. So these are a great sweet treat or energizing snack! Whenever I have ripe bananas I like to make a batch for snacking on the go.

Best Butternut Latkes

This twist on a Hanukkah holiday favorite adds a fun new flavor and tons of health benefits. Of course, potato latkes are a classic. However, this butternut squash version lowers the glycemic impact (blood sugar impact) and adds tons of vitamins (like B6), minerals (like potassium) and antioxidants! It’s a great way to sneak in an extra serving of veggies in “pancake” form! Another bonus of this recipe is that it is gluten and grain free, making it paleo-friendly. The Cece’s Veggie noodles make this recipe SO quick (prep time is only about 10 minutes) which is perfect for the holiday season that can be so busy for so many. Check out where you can find Cece’s organic veggie noodles near you!

Best Butternut Latkes

Mini Thanksgiving Feast Patties

These thanksgiving feast bites are the perfect appetizer to bring to any fall or winter party since they are all of your protein and veggies in one plus the flavor just gives you all those holiday vibes! Bonus is they take less than 30 minutes to make. I love using Cece’s Veggie Co premade veggie noodles and rice for this to keep it super quick and I love that they are all organic and high quality. Plus, adding all the veggies in there make these fit with my magic formula for a powerhouse meal or snack PFFP. PFFP stands for protein, fat, fiber, and phytonutrients. The turkey thighs provide quality protein & healthy fats, while the veggies provide the fiber and phytonutrients. Click here to see where you can buy Cece’s products near you.

Mini Thanksgiving Feast Patties

You can also rice your own broccoli and spiralize your own root veggies.

Beet Cranberry Scones

This recipe will also get you in the holiday spirit but you can totally replace the cranberries for something else and make this any time of year! I love adding the SuperBeets beet collagen to these because beets have so many health benefits including helping to support a healthy cardiovascular system. And collagen is essential for helping to support things like healthy skin. The texture of these is more “cakey” thank a traditional scone (less crumbly) but they’re a delicious breakfast or tea time snack regardless! Here is a link to get your own SuperBeets beet collagen so you can make your own! These are paleo-friendly, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and refined-sugar free.

Beet Cranberry Scones

Cinnamon Cassava Muffins

If you've been following me for any amount of time you will know that muffins are one of my favorite food groups ;) They are portable, easy to meal prep and if you use the right ingredients, they can be full of energy boosting nutrients. These cinnamon cassava muffins are all of the above, plus they are super delicious! Cassava flour is a grain-free flour, which means it is less refined so it has a slower release of energy (instead of quick energy spike followed by an energy crash), it also does not have any "anti-nutrients" found in many grains and is paleo and gluten-free! Here is a link to buy my favorite brand (Otto's cassava flour) on Amazon and here is a link to buy on their website.

Cinnamon Cassava Muffins

Baked Turmeric Veggie "Fritters"

This recipe is a great meatless source of protein and full of anti-inflammatory turmeric! They're great eaten by themselves as a snack or as the protein in a meal. I love pairing mine with veggies and hummus. This recipe makes about 12 "fritters" and I say serves "4" since I usually eat 3 per serving if I want them as a main dish, but you can easily have 1 or 2 as a snack and it will serve more. As with everything else I make, I love meal prepping them for easy access during the week.