Anti-Inflammatory Baked Chicken

Anti-inflammatory Chicken Strips

Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Spices Lately, I have been working with a lot of clients to incorporate an anti-inflammatory diet.  They have Arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, IBS, Chronic ulcers, Sinusitis, and many other conditions that cause pain and unpleasant symptoms.  I was thrilled when this study came out showing scientific evidence that adding herbs and spices to foods can significantly reduce inflammation markers! The researchers used a particular blend of herbs and spices to create this effect.  These herbs and spices likely have their own unique benefits, but when they are combined…

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are not “healthier”.  They are simply my favorite cookies ever of all time!!! Real Cookies It seems like everyone is always searching for a “better for you” dessert, right?  Let’s face it, we all LOVE dessert!  You might find black bean brownies, avocado cake, and low carb everything.  But how do these desserts taste?  Well, in my humble opinion…TERRIBLE!!!  When it comes to dessert, I am a purist.  Give me the real thing so I can enjoy it.  Enjoying it means slowing down a little,…

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Strawberry Basil Breakfast Cookies

Strawberry Basil Breakfast Cookies Because who doesn’t want a breakfast cookie for breakfast?!  This summer I have an overabundance of basil growing in my garden.  I am not tired of it yet, and so I am experimenting with it in a lot of ways!  These strawberry basil breakfast cookies were one of my experiments, but they really were delicious.  I do get bored with breakfast sometimes, and so I always like to try new things.  I am delighted when they come out really yummy! Ingredients for Strawberry Basil Breakfast Cookies…

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Easy Bar-B-Q Salmon

Easy Bar-B-Q Salmon Confession I had never eaten fish until college when my then boyfriend (now husband) decided he was going to change that.  He took me to Red Lobster.  I remember thinking it was “fine”.  I didn’t love it.  I didn’t hate it.  I thought maybe it would be nice to try to cook it myself sometimes.  This Bar-B-Q Salmon recipe was the beginning to a new love for fish. About 8 years ago when my son was 1 year old, I kept reading about all of the amazing…

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Easy Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Easy Caprese Salad This caprese salad is so easy and delicious!  I love making different kinds of salads in the summer using the fresh vegetables right out of my garden.  There is nothing like the fresh taste of home grown tomatoes and basil. This salad is full of flavor and is a good sources of protein when using fresh mozzarella cheese.  My mozzarella this month came from this cheese maker, and was absolutely amazing! Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 4 Small chopped tomatoes, or about 40 cherry or snacking tomatoes, quartered…

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Lime Coconut Shrimp and Black Rice

Lime Coconut Shrimp and Black Rice This amazing Lime-Coconut Shrimp gets an super food boost when you use black rice.  With a hint of the tropics you can make this slightly more spicy if you decide to add some red pepper.  This recipe is easy, delicious and full of nutrients! Black rice contains more fiber and more protein than brown rice.  It also gives you some great antioxidants!  These antioxidants help to protect your cells from damage and are linked to lower risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other…

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Sweet Potato Falafel Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Sweet Potato Falafel Salad with Crispy Chickpeas This recipe has a few pieces to it, but don’t get overwhelmed.  It is pretty easy, and it is super delicious!  Start to finish plan for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  To make it easier the night of, you can start with making the crispy chickpeas.  You can do this ahead of time also, they keep well in the refrigerator for up to 7 days!  Then make your falafel.  Last, assemble your salads. This salad is vegetarian and gluten-free–now that is hard to do! …

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Chocolate Almond Mini Muffins

Chocolate Almond Mini Muffins These mini muffins are so full of yummy chocolate flavor, and they are gluten-free and high-protein too!  I used my new favorite protein powder from Pure Encapsulations called Pure Lean Ultra https://www.purecapspro.com/nourishednutrition/pe/products/product_details.asp?ProductsID=2340.  This one contains pea protein.  You can try using any protein powder that you like with this recipe, and let me know how it turns out! Prep and bake time are minimal for these muffins, so they are easy and fast to make.  They can make a great snack or they can be added to…

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Mediterranean Chicken Bowls

Mediterranean Chicken Bowls This recipe was inspired by an impromptu dinner gathering this weekend with some friends.  I actually hadn’t planned what I was going to make for dinner, but I knew I wanted something with hummus and feta.  I don’t know, I guess I was craving all things Mediterranean!  I searched for some recipes, but didn’t really find one I liked, so I made this up, and it was delicious!!!  I hope you enjoy it too! These chicken bowls are so delicious they will please the whole family.  They…

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Chicken Sausage Jambalaya

Makes 6 Jambalaya Servings Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 30 min (stove top option)-4 hours (slow cooker option) This jambalaya was a hit with my whole family!  This one dish meal is gluten-free, high-protein, and delicious and it will leave you completely satisfied!  1 jalapeno in the mix gives it some flavor, but not too much spice.  If you are concerned about the spice, you can always just leave it out! Ingredients 4 Cloves minced garlic ½ White onion 1 jalapeno 1 Red or yellow bell pepper 2 zucchinis…

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