Rosemary Citrus Salmon & Kale

So this turned out to be the yummiest dish!  I had to pat myself on the back :) This meal is so packed with vitamins, antioxidants, omega 3's and flavorful goodness it's crazy!  The trick to this incredibly moist, flavorful salmon is to pan sear it in some coconut oil and then loosely wrap it in tin foil with the edges pinched tightly closed.  Place it right on the burner to steam in all the flavors of the sweet citrus Oro Blanco grapefruit and earthy rosemary.  Set it on top of some garlic and citrus infused kale and oh my heavens!  Have I talked it up enough?

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Sweet & Tangy Roasted Vegetable Side

 This dish is a perfect veggie side to your favorite main course. Plus, it also uses that yummy {Homemade} Balsamic Vinaigrette from the other day.  So go ahead and just double or triple the recipe and make a whole bottle of it.  It's simple, healthy and good on just about anything.  This easy roasted vegetable side uses good old brussel sprouts, some mini sweet red peppers and multi-colored carrots. All the colors add lots of extra vitamins and nutrients so it's important not to over roast these babies so you keep all that color and just a little crispness.   Sweet & Tangy Roasted Vegetable Side 1/2 lb. brussel sprouts, washed and halved if you like1/4 lb. mini sweet red peppers, stems removed and quartered lengthwise 4-6 multi-colored carrots (red, orange and yellow), washed, halved or quartered and cut into 2 inch sticks1 clove garlic, minced1 shallot, chopped3-4 fresh basil leaves, roughly choppedSea salt and pepper Balsamic Vinaigrette:1/4 cup balsamic vinegar1.5-2 tbsp. real maple syrup (I like this a little sweeter)1 Tbsp. coconut oil (softened) Prepare the veggies accordingly and preheat the oven to 425.  Toss brussel sprouts, peppers, carrots, garlic, shallot and a generously dust with salt and pepper. Pour combined balsamic vinaigrette over and toss to coat.  Spread everything out on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until the vegetables are browned and soft enough for your liking. Remove from oven and scoop into a serving dish.   Enjoy!
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Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Okay people we're officially on countdown to turkey day, and whether you're in charge of cooking the feast or not, this healthy pumpkin pecan pie is a must!  Not only is it gluten free, dairy free and delicious, but it also contain a fraction of the calories of your regular pumpkin pecan pie!The best part is you get your pumpkin pecan fix without sacrificing all the progress you've made the whole year by blowing it in one sitting!  I've used lots of exclamation marks, but this is exciting!  And while I'm all excited about thanksgiving let me just say how thankful I am to you for visiting my little blog :)  I love sharing my healthy recipes and hope you enjoy them too.  I'd love to hear from you if you do.

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Waldorf Salad with {Homemade} Raspberry Vinaigrette

Okay, seriously is it possible not to sneak the kids Halloween candy they raked in?  When there's so many things vying for your time and attention how do you find the time to exercise and make healthy home cooked meals?  Is it even possible with the approaching holidays?  Sure it is, said the girl who just ate her fourth peanut butter cup. :)  But really it is possible to stay in shape, eat healthy and still snatch a few fun sized goodies when the kids aren't looking.How? Make it a priority and don't feel guilty if you fall a little short of your goal.  Just keep at it.  Here's what we do to keep us and our kiddos away from falling into sugar overload.  Let them pick out five of their favorite goodies then have them leave the rest out for the "switch witch". She'll take your candy, but she'll leave a cute little toy or game behind in its place. It's a tradition now and the kids never complain! 

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Peach Meringue

While at my local grocery store I scoped out some big, delicious looking peaches; the last of the summer crop.  I snatched them up and giddily planned for a scrumptious peach pie, Mwahahaha :) But when I got around to making it I was dismayed to discover that I was missing some ingredients that I just didn't feel I could do without.  So, like the theme of my life, I rolled with it and came up with this super healthy and amazingly easy dessert.  It's so simple yet so unique and delicious you'll hardly realize how healthy this decedent dessert is.  And just like the reoccurring theme of life, I usually discover that rolling with it turns out to be just what I needed after all! 

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Honey Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

 

This morning we awoke to....SNOW!  I shouldn't be surprised since I grew up along the Wasatch mountain range, but when you live in the sunny Southwest for almost 10 years you kind of forget what cold is.  The kids were so excited!  It was all I could do to keep them in the house and dry before I dropped my 2nd grader and kindergartner off at school.  Back at home again my 2 year old sat with her face glued to the window and watched as the slushy rain turned to little balls of hail then to huge fluffy snow flakes.  It's only October!  I needed something toasty and since we just carved pumpkins last night ---> 

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Root Vegetable Beef Stew

You've gotta love quick and simple Crockpot meals that are as healthy as they are delicious. This dinner is especially good on a day when you've got one million and three things to do and you were already exhausted before you even got up this morning.  Maybe knowing that you've got a healthy dinner waiting at home for you and your family will help you get through the day and check one thing off your to do list... one million and two :)

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Mint Lime Pork Chops with Creole Sweet Potato Chips

 

As mom's everywhere give a collective sigh of relief (mixed with anxiety) as we send the kiddos back to school it's a perfect time to get all that summer cooking out of your system before the cold weather sets in. This dish is perfect for the final days of summer.  These tangy, fresh yet savory chops will help you hold onto summer even as the leaves start to change and paired up with {Homemade} spicy, Cajun style sweet potatoes you'll feel warm and toasty even on a cool day.For the Chops:2 tbsp. olive oil1 yellow onion, chopped1 clove garlic, minced1 jalapeno, seeded and mincedSalt and pepperIn a large skillet heat olive oil.  Add onion, garlic, jalapeno, salt and pepper.  Saute until onions are translucent and caramelized.  While they are working in the skillet, in a separate bowl combine:5 mint leafs, chopped1 tbsp. olive oiljuice of 1 lime + zestWhen the onion and friends are done scoop them into the bowl along with the mint and lime.  Stir to combine.  Set aside while you prep the chops.4 boneless pork chops, rinsed and patted drysalt and peppercoconut flour, enough to dredge the chops through2-3 tbsp. olive oil1/2 cup chicken brothSalt and pepper both sides of the pork chops.  Coat the chops with the coconut flour that's been dumped onto a plate or pie pan.  Heat olive oil in the same skillet you cooked the onions in.  Place the chops in the skillet.  Brown on both sides.  Now pour in the broth and scrape up all the yummy bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. (P.S. the coconut flour from the chops will help to thicken the broth as it simmers).  Add the mint, lime and onion combo making sure to stir it around.  Allow to simmer until chops are moist, tender and no longer pink.For the Sweet Potatoes:sweet potatoes (yams), peeled and thinly slicedcreole seasoning to tasteolive oilPreheat the boiler while you peel and slice sweet potatoes.  Drizzle enough olive oil to coat taters.  Sprinkle as liberally as you like with creole seasoning.  Lay taters out on a baking sheet.  Try not to overlap too much,  you want all your taters to get a tan.  Broil for 3-5 minutes or until they turn a golden brown.  Turn over and broil for another 3-5 minutes.Serve with a simple side salad.

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"Good Morning!" Green Smoothie

 

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Now that summer is coming to a close and school is gearing up to start it's the perfect time to power you're little learners and yourself with a power smoothie.  My dad is a religious green smoothie maker and since we recently moved closer, he's got me and my kids hooked on green smoothies too.  Yes, my kids LOVE this and look forward to their green smoothie every morning.  Even my 2 year old asks for her "dreen smoovie".   My dad likes to add carrots, broccoli and dried cranberries to his. Make yours with as many veggies and fruit as you like, but this is how I put mine together for a nice smooth smoothie...

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"Beet That" Coleslaw

The other day I was given a couple beets and a large jicama (the j is pronounced as an h).  After rummaging through the pantry and fridge I found just the thing.  A small head of cabbage I'd nearly forgotten about.  Perfect!  This bright magenta pink coleslaw is the perfect side to something grilled.  

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{Homemade} Mango Salsa

I love mango salsa. I love mango anything really. So why not make your own homemade mango salsa. 

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Hawaiian Pork Shish Kabobs

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to the warm weather by starting up the grill! It doesn't matter what season it is, I always say, "this is my favorite season!" As the merry winter melts into spring, which then bursts into summer then cools and seems to light on fire with fall leaves.  I just can't help it.  I find myself embracing the excitement of something new.  Which inspired something new for dinner tonight!  These Hawaiian Pork Shish Kabobs are as fun to eat as they are delicious.  The juicy pineapple, crunchy bell pepper, mellow mushroom and sweet pork are complemented with a sweet and tangy marinade.

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Bacon Broccoli Quiche

"Real men eat quiche".  So here's to all you, the manly men or otherwise just hungry men.  This Bacon Broccoli Quiche is what "real men" and everyone else eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner!Crust:1/2 cup coconut flour1/2 cup almond flour1/2 cup almond milk1/2 tsp. sea salt2 tbsp. ground flax seed2 tbsp. coconut oilFilling:4-5 eggs, beaten1/2 cup almond milk1 cup fresh broccoli florets, or thawed and patted dry if frozen6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled1/2 red onion, choppedsalt and pepper1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese (opt.)Preheat oven to 350.  Cook bacon, pat off excess grease with a paper towel and crumble.  In left over bacon grease cook onions until translucent, salt and pepper as they cook.  Combine all ingredients for the crust, mixing with a fork.  Press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan. Now in a separate bowl, beat eggs and almond milk together.  Add cooked bacon and onions, broccoli, salt and pepper.  If you opt to have cheese then mix that in too.Pour egg filling into the crust. Bake for about 20-30 minutes until the egg is solid, the edges are a light brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cut up like a pie!Enjoy!

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Meatball Appetizers with Tomato Vinaigrette

Appetizers are great because they're so versatile!  You can serve these savory meatballs at your next get together or as part of "finger food" night with your kids along with a Rosemary Hummus Snack Platter!  Plus, your kids and guests may not know how good for you these cute little meatballs are since they're blended with sweet potatoes which are naturally packed full of vitamins C and A, folate, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals.

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Breakfast Fruit Tarts

 

I don't know about all of you out there, but breakfast at our house can get a little monotonous.  Do you want oatmeal, or eggs?  When we have time, gluten free pancakes or waffles can be added to the list of possibilities.  But, more often than not even those choices get reduced to, "Here, scarf this down while we drive or you'll be late for school!" So I decided to break up the reruns with these Breakfast Fruit Tarts.  You can make the tart mixture the night before so all you have to do is pop them in the oven the next morning while you get ready.  A healthy breakfast is served and you can eat it on the run too!  

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Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Here's to the winding down of a busy school year, spring cleaning and other to-do's that interfere with dinner time. This is a simple, yet healthy and tasty crockpot recipe that you don't even have to dirty a utensil to eat!  This is paleo or keto diet goodness at it's best and easiest.

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Sunchoke Shrimp Scampi

This tasty and healthy shrimp scampi switch up has all the classic must haves of a shrimp scampi recipe, but with a fun twist.

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Inside-out Egyptian Cabbage Roll and Pork Roast

 

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"Spaghetti" with Lemon Pepper Marinara and Herb & Veggie Meatballs

I never liked the term diet or the phrase, "I should really start doing that" (even though I am as guilty as any of saying it). However, I love new years resolutions.  I love the idea of having a fresh start, a whole new year and a new found resolve to make more of the coming year than I did of the last or to simply stay consistent with the things that make me happy.  So here's to new years resolutions and here's a delicious recipe that with start your year off healthy and satisfied.This spaghetti and meatballs redo is full of flavor.  The fresh lemony sauce with a kick of pepper is a perfect blanket for the slightly sweet flavor of the squash and topped with the herb and veggie stuffed meatballs adds even more layers of flavor and yum!

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Orange Chicken Curry

 

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Melissa Cornwall has spent years researching and implementing nutritionally-based approaches to health and wellness. Her lifelong love of food and health evolved from a hobby to a passion when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease.

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