Instant Pot Grass Fed Beef Barbacoa

Grass fed beef packs a bit more nutritional punch than conventionally raised beef. One benefit I like to highlight is the more favorable ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids. Loosely translated that means grass fed beef is less inflammatory than conventionally raised (and inflammation is the root of most of our chronic diseases).

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Blondies

These bars are an easy to make treat that happened to be gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and naturally sweetened.  They are easy to stir together and bake quickly.  Although they are tempting to eat right out of the oven, they cut much easier after cooling completely. 

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Balanced Berry Smoothie

Smoothies can be a great on-the-go meal or snack option but so often they are loaded with lots of fruit and light on fat and protein which can lead to swings in blood sugar levels.  This version keeps everything in balance and manages to sneak in some vegetables too - I promise, you won’t even be able to tell!

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Everything Bagel Cedar Plank Salmon

Back when I first developed this recipe (in April of 2016 according to the time stamps on the photos) everything bagel seasoning was not something you could buy in jar. Fast forward 3 years and it is all over the place. Does this mean I am a trend setter? The argument would probably be stronger if I actually published the recipe in 2016 but it just hung out in my computer for a few years instead. Here I give you the recipe to make your own bagel seasoning, but you can just as easily substitute a pre-mixed version. I like to serve this salmon with a swirl of dill and chive cream cheese (try Kite Hill for a dairy free version) and a tomato, cucumber and red onion salad to play up the smoked salmon bagel aspect of the recipe.

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Habit is Stronger than Motivation

The thing with motivation is that for most people it is fleeting. Take, for example, reading an article about someone completing their first half marathon. The article is inspiring, it makes you want to run a half marathon.  You decide tomorrow morning you will get up early and go for a run. Fast forward to the next morning when your alarm is going off an hour earlier than usual – are you still feeling motivated?  For some the answer is yes, they hop out of bed and go for a run. For many of us the answer is no, hitting the snooze button is much more appealing in the moment.

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Diet Doesn’t Have to Be a Four-Letter Word

The word “diet” can feel so loaded.  It has multiple definitions, the first being simply the foods a person usually consumes. However, for most of us, the word diet can be negative - something restrictive, punishing, and of limited duration (because you just can’t do it another day!).

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Strawberry Cinnamon Sauce

Yogurt can be a health promoting food full of live and active cultures (aka probiotics). However most of the flavored yogurts for sale are loaded with added sugar (or worse, artificial sweeteners) and devoid of fat. When selecting yogurt go for plain, whole milk (full-fat) options.

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Dairy Free Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup Recipe

If there was such a thing as a state soup (wait, is there?), I think the soup of Minnesota would be creamy chicken wild rice. More traditionally it is a soup made with a flour based roux and finshed with cream, not so friendly for those avoiding gluten and dairy. This version has all the same great creaminess, flavor and thickness but instead of flour and cream I use cashews.

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Tahini Brownies Recipe

My heart swoons for fudgy, rich brownies. If you are on team fudgy brownie these ones are for you. They also happen to be grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free. They are easily made refined sugar free too, just look for chocolate chips, chunks or bars sweetened with something like coconut sugar. But forget about all that because they are good. Not good despite being free from all those things, just good, period.

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Grass Fed Beef Chili Recipe

This pot of meaty chili is easy to make and freezes wonderfully. I usually make a double batch so I am set for the week and can stash a few jars in the freezer for those times that meal prep or planning don't quite happen.

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Instant Pot Turmeric Coconut Chicken Thighs Recipe

The Instant Pot can make quick work of cooking up a batch of tender and flavorful protein. For chicken I like using thighs as they tend to be a little more tender and juicy than super lean breast meat. This recipe is full of warm spices and creamy flavor, perfect for cooler weather. Serve it up on cauliflower rice and garnish with a sprinkle of green onions and chopped cilantro for a bit of freshness.

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