Simple Healthy Taco Salad

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to feeding people I am over the moon thrilled when people like what I have created. Even if they are happy of a can of soup, it brings me joy to see people enjoy a meal.

Thankfully I don’t serve canned soup that often and can rely on places like my local farm stand to make mealtime a little bit more interesting! Tonight I was inspired by the beautiful limes I had picked up and decided that in honor of Taco Tuesday I would create a Mexican inspired feast!

Here is the perfect recipe to serve your family or use for meal prep!

Simple Healthy Taco Salad – feeds 4

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Ingredients

• 1lb ground beef

• 1 cup uncooked rice

• ½ pepper

• ½ small onion

• ½ can black beans (rinsed)

• ½ cup mushrooms sliced

• Romaine or your choice of greens

• 1 small tomato

• 1 lime cut into wedges

• Grated cheese

• Garlic Powder

• Cumin

• Chili Powder

Salt & pepper

Rice

Cook rice according to directions and set aside

Rinse off the black beans and add to the rice.

Mix into rice the juice of ½ the lime, 2tsp cumin, 1tsp garlic, 1/2tsp chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste.

Vegetables

Chop the vegetables and sauté until cooked through. Adding 1tsp cumin, 1/2tsp garlic, juice of 1 lime wedge, salt, and pepper to taste.

Meat

Brown the meat and season with 1½ tsp chili powder, 1tsp cumin, 2tsp Garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside

Sides

While the meat is browning shred the cheese, chop lettuce and cut up the tomato. Leave aside for people to customize salad.

You can also get out other options such as cilantro, hot sauce, salsa, avocado and more lime for seasoning!

Serve with a lime seltzer and you have a refreshing meal for the family or use as a meal prep!

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Dairy Free Parfaits // What to use for Natural Dyes

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to Easter I love how cute the different colors and decorations are! It’s really the only time of year where decorating with pastel colors and bunnies is totally acceptable. Now I love all the fun colors put when it comes to making those colors happen in our food, dyes a really not my favorite thing. It’s one of those things to make food more fun and festive, but are extremely toxic!

If there’s one thing we should kiss goodbye its artificial dyes, but does it mean we have to stop making food colorful and fun all together? Definitely not! There are plenty of natural foods used to create those beautiful colors! Here are some of my all-time favorites!

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• Matcha Powder & Spirulina = Green

• Beetroot powder & Red Berries = Pink & red

• Turmeric = Yellow

• Blue = Blue Spirulina

This is one of the simple ways to replace toxic ingredients in your kitchen while keeping your kiddos excited and healthy food fun!

Here is an example of Easter inspired parfaits!

Ingredients

• 1/4th cup chia seeds

• 1 cup almond milk

• Honey to taste

• 1 & ½ cup Yogurt (I used almond milk yogurt)

• Toppings!

Instructions

• Combine liquid and chia seeds, mix well and set aside to let gelatinize.

• Separate the yogurt into equal amounts and add color. Start with small amounts and add more until the desired color is reached.

Mix in honey to taste.

• Add Chia seed pudding, then the yogurt mixture and top however you like! It would be a fun project to gather toppings fitting your theme and have your kids decorate them individually!

Thank you again for stopping by!

- Sonya Peacocke

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Quick and Healthy Zucchini Bread // Gluten Free & Dairy Free

I don’t know about you, but when It comes to Zucchini Bread I take things VERY seriously. Zucchini bread is one of those foods that is a win-win for both adult and child. Offering a sweet bread that kids and adults love while sneaking in some much appreciated green vegetables! Now even though it’s a winner, some of the more traditional recipes usually call for a good amount of gluten, dairy, sugar, etc. that usually put the zucchinis hard work down.

I was trying to figure out a way to make zucchini bread healthier without taking away all the good things it had to go for it. Things like a perfectly moist (don’t you just love that word?) and its sweet caramel taste!

Well, I have done it, folks, this Zucchini bread is Refines sugar-free, dairy free, gluten free, and can be made without oil if you substitute it for Applesauce! So here’s the recipe you and your taste buds have been missing out on!

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Ingredients

• 1 &1/4th cup Almond Flour

• 1/3rd cup Coconut Flour

• 1 & 1/2 Cup Shredded Zucchini

• 6 Soaked Dates

• 3 Eggs

• 1/4th Coconut Oil

• 1 tsp Vanilla

• 1 & ½ tsp Baking Powder

• 1 & ½ tsp Cinnamon

• 1 tsp Maca root powder (optional, but gives the recipe more caramel flavors)

• Pinch of salt

Instructions

Soak the dates in hot water for about 10-15 minutes and then drain

Put the Zucchini, Melted Coconut oil, Dates, Eggs, and Vanilla in a blender or food processor and blend until liquid.

Mix together the dry ingredients and then combine with the Liquid Mixture. Put in a bread tin or square pan and top with your favorite nuts or seeds. You can also mix things up and sprinkle cinnamon and coconut sugar or cacao nibs on top!

Bake in the oven at 350 F for 25 to 35 Minutes.

Let cool for about an hour and then enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!

- Sonya Expert Zucchini Bread Baker.

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

I don’t know about you but when it comes to the morning I love to start things off with a bang and if you have seen my Instagram stories, you know that means a smoothie bowl! I love that a smoothie bowl tastes like my favorite frozen dessert while still offering you a nutrient dense and fun way to start off your day!

Now, I’m a morning person, so don’t limit yourself to just breakfast with these babes. I like to make the filling by adding fiber, healthy fats, protein and vegetables to make sure that I’m getting a meal that tastes like dessert, but also offers all the nutrients needed for a well-rounded meal!

This smoothie is a go when I am in the mood for something a little less sweet because of the raspberries and non-dairy yogurt. I also add in two optional ingredients, the first being flax to add in fiber. This is so that you can digest the smoothie easier, but you can either skip or use chia seeds instead. The second ingredient is gelatinized Maca root powder, I take this to help balance hormones and it also adds a caramel flavor that’s really good! You can find both of these products by clicking here !

Okay, so now you know all the details, let’s get on to the ingredients list!

Ingredients

• ½ cup frozen banana

• ½ cup frozen butternut squash

• 1/3rd cup frozen raspberries

• 1 cup non-dairy milk

• 1 tbsp. Homemade sunflower butter

• 1 tbsp. cocoa powder

• 1 tbsp. flax meal

• 1 tbsp. non-dairy yogurt

• 1 tsp. Gelatinized Maca powder

• 1 scoop protein powder (not shown)

Directions

• Blend it all up

• Pour into an aesthetic bowl and top appropriately…aka with all your favorite goodies!

• Enjoy!

So there you have it folks, an easy, delicious and nutritious way to start your day off right!

Let me know what you guys think in the comments below and show some love by hitting that like button!

Thank you so much for stopping by

Love always,

Sonya

Vegan Sunflower Butter Chocolate Pie

Vegan Sun Butter Chocolate Pie

I’m not sure about you guys, but when it comes to the holidays the most important thing is of course family, but the second most important is always dessert! I always loved making fun new treats, but this became a bit harder to recreate when I went dairy and gluten free. I was determined to remake some boss desserts so that when my healthy treats came out, all else was forgotten.

I have had some really good recipes so far but this one takes the cake. Get it…cake…or pie I guess.

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Anyways, this recipe was inspired by the classic peanut butter pie and I have to say, I ended up liking it better than the classic. SO without further adue here’s the recipe!

Ingredients

Crust

·         1 & 1/2 cup pitted and soaked dates.

·         1 tsp. salt

·         1 cup oats

·         1 tsp. vanilla  

·         2 tbsp. coconut oil

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Sun Butter Layer   

·         1 & ½ cup sun butter

·         2 cups whipped coconut cream ( I used a store bought brand but you can make your own as well!)

·         1 tsp. vanilla  

·         3 tbsp. maple syrup

        Chocolate Layer

·         3/4th cup cocoa powder

·         1 cup whipped coconut cream

·         1 tsp. vanilla

·         1 tsp. salt

·         ½ cup pitted and soaked dates   

·         1/4th cup date water

 

Directions

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For the crust soak the dates in hot water for about 15 minutes or let soak overnight in the fridge. Save the water for the individual layers.

Pulse all ingredients for the crust together and then press into the pie plate. Let set in the freezer while you make the layers.

For the Sunflower Butter layer use a mixing bowl and fold ingredients together until combined. Pour into pie pan and let set in the freezer.

For the chocolate layer blend all ingredients until fully combined. Add in more of the date water if needed to blend but make sure the moisture does not become watery, but keeps a thick and creamy consistency.

Pour in the last layer and let sit in the freezer.


Top with your favorite toppings such as nuts, coconut, chocolate, ice cream etc.

Here I used coconut whipped cream and shaved dark chocolate!

Bring to your next party and watch your guests as they stare in awe of this beautiful creation!

and THEN enjoy.

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Homemade Paleo Chicken Nuggets - Gluten Free

I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes when I get a little ah...hangry at night all I can think about is ordering dominos gluten free pizza without the cheese. I then realize how terrible that actually sounds and I begin to think a little straighter. The problem is that I usually still want to something resembling junk food because it’s quick calories that taste fantastic.

Thankfully in my most recent moment of hangry junk food craving moments, I realized that chicken, gluten-free flour, and ketchup were about to become my best friends.  

This is my recipe for healthy Chicken nuggets. I want to give a shout out to the hunger inside of me to help motivate this nugget of gold.

Ingredients

·         1 lb. chicken breast

·         ½ cup coconut flour or almond flour

·         2 eggs  

·         1 tsp. Turmeric   

·         1 tsp. Onion

·         1 tsp. Cumin

·         1 tsp. Garlic

·         Salt & pepper

THAT’S IT

Instructions

·         Cut your chicken into roughly 1-inch cubes.  

·         Combine coconut flour and spices together.   

·         Whisk the eggs together in a separate bowl.  

·         Dip the chicken in the egg mixture then into the flour mixture.

·         Cook chicken over medium heat with coconut oil until cooked through and outside is crispy.

·         Once your chicken is cooked, grab some of your favorite sauces weather it me BBQ, Ketchup, salsa, etc. and enjoy!

This recipe is awesome, but you might end up with a few crumbles in the pan. You can actually save these and use them for toppings for salads, kinda like informal croutons!

Let me know what you think about the recipe, and what your favorite kinds of junk food that you would like to recreate!

Thanks again for reading!

-Sonya Peacocke

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