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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Quick and Easy Vegan SunButter Chocolate Mousse // Valentines Day

I don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day treats the options are endless. The problem is that these options are usually not so much dairy free and gluten free. Plus making something is more of a romantic gesture then a store bought box of chocolates (Not that I will ever say no to them).

So in order to combat the issue at hand my friend and I came up with a gluten, dairy free, chocolate filed and EASY recipe to whip up for your special someone.

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So, now that you know how much you need this recipe in your life this Valentine’s Day, or any day, here it is!

Ingredients

·         1 Cup Coconut (Or Greek ) Yogurt

·         1/4th Cup Creamy SunButter

·         Pinch of Salt

·         2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

·         Sliced Strawberries

·         Chocolate Chips  

Mix the yogurt and sun butter together and spoon half of the mixture into jars. Add in cocoa powder and salt into the other half of the mixture and mix together. Spoon the rest into the jar and then top with strawberries and chocolate chips. Serve to your special someone, and enjoy!  

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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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Tips and Tricks for Clean Eating

I don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to prepping food it sometimes feels like a constant battle I can’t seem to conquer. That is until I get myself organized and realize how easy my life could be if I stayed organized…

Now I am not the best at organizing, so I figured why not come up with a few “life hacks”. So far I think that I have really been able to outdo myself with minimal effort, take it of course that you might know a thing or two and I am just not coming to the realization, but in all honesty I am pretty pumped about these hacks so I will just take my little victory lap here and leave it at that.

So without further, I will let you in on a few foodie secrets of mine to keep healthy habits and clean eating a breeze!

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• Hack #1: Freeze Smoothie components in an Ice Cube tray!

Wait…do what? Okay, so this might sound strange, but hear me out! I love to have a smoothie every morning or at least once a day. They are easy to digest, I can get most of my supplements in and taste like candy…most of the time.

SO the problem with smoothies is that I try to keep them low GI aka not a lot of fruit, but we all know frozen fruit is what makes them so creamy and delicious right...?

What I like to do is add in things like avocado, pumpkin, coconut milk, coconut yogurt, and sweet potato so to make the ingredients last longer I take Ice Cube trays and freeze cubes of whatever items I have on hand that week. This way I can mix and match to make unique flavors and also keep my smoothies creamy and thick without sacrificing taste!

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• Hack #2: Frozen Vegetables

I love every meal except for lunch, part of the reason is that it’s a reminder I have 4 hours left in the workday but mainly because it’s just a pain to think about making it. Not to say lunch is bad or that I don’t enjoy it, but it is so easy to run out of time to make a good lunch if you don’t have leftovers handy.

This is why I but frozen vegetables! I swear it’s like a lightbulb went off in my head last week when I stocked up on about 8 different bags of frozen vegetables and began using them for lunches.

What I typically do is either make a large batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week and vary between that and eggs for my protein. Then in the morning I choose a mixture of vegetables and throw them in a pan with some water, coconut amino, a handful of spinach and spices. I leave them to cook for about 5 minutes while I blend up my smoothie and voila I have perfectly cooked nutrient-dense lunch to look forward to that took basically no time at all!

These are two of my favorite hacks lately that really have been making all the difference when it comes to preparing healthy and nutritious meals to get me through my day!

What are some of your favorite healthy habit hacks to keep you fueled and feeling your best?

Thank’s again for stopping by!

-Sonya Peacocke