Oven Roasted Broccoli

I've been posting lots of protein recipes lately, so I figured I would switch things up a little... because every meat calls for a tasty veggie to go with it!

Broccoli has always been one of my favorites, but this oven roasted version takes broccoli to a whole new level! It gives it an amazing flavor, sure to impress even non-broccoli-lovers.

Shredded Salsa Chicken

 Life has been crazy lately... hence the shortage of blog posts. I have been studying intensely for the comprehensive exam my graduate program requires students to pass in order to officially get their Master's degree (not fun).

So, needless to say, I have been pretty short on time & energy. 
I love waking up and cooking breakfast, but by the time dinner rolls around-- it's another story. I decided to make a big batch of this chicken at the beginning of the week, and have been looking forward to eating it with every meal. I have actually had to stop myself from eating it for breakfast... that good. 
 The best part about it? The crockpot cooks it for you! 
I drop in the ingredients (you really only need two), mix it up, and let it cook. Voila! Perfectly cooked chicken that's ready to go for soups, salads, lettuce wraps, burrito bowls... you name it. I even ate it straight from the bowl the first night I made it.

Mini Meatballs

Whether you're looking for an appetizer dish for entertaining, or an easy source of weekday protein: these meatballs are it. Besides tasting amazingly addictive, these little guys are packed with nutrient-dense, high-quality beef.

Try these as a bite-size snack on game-day, or serve them with dinner over Tomato Basil Meat Sauce.  If you're prepping to eat healthy during a busy week, try freezing a batch after they're cooked. Then, just pop a few in the microwave to thaw before eating.

I made these last weekend for my family to snack on while we watched football playoffs on Sunday (go 49ers!). The recipe makes about 50 small meatballs, & there were no survivors... I'd say they were a hit ;)

Raspberry Vinaigrette

Salads are one of the best ways to cover all your bases at once in terms of consuming a nutrient-dense, well-rounded meal. I think we all know by now just how much good a salad can do for us, but we also know that they can get boring. It's also a pretty well-known fact that there's lots of dressings out there just waiting to destroy your healthy salad.

My Paleo Pyramid

With every new "diet" or eating style, it seems there's a giant list of what not to do. You're told exactly what you should not be eating, & then you're wondering "What's left?" My favorite thing about the Paleo eating style is the giant list of amazing foods that you should eat. Once you get a feel for what those foods are, & in what quantity you should be eating them, putting together meals becomes so amazingly simple. And when you get comfortable with the lifestyle is when you can get creative. Cooking (and eating) should be fun! 

So here's my little guide of what foods to focus on, and in what quantities. I hope you find this helpful; and once you get to know it, come back for recipe ideas using these simple, flavorful, & nutrient-dense foods.

High-quality lean meats should make up the largest part of your diet, and should be present in each meal.
Grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish & seafood, free-range poultry & eggs.

Fresh Guacamole

 It's that time of year when we're all trying to get back on track~ new year, fresh start to our healthy eating habits. However... it's also almost time for football playoffs, which means greasy game-day snacks to throw you off.

Whether you're headed out to a Super Bowl party, or entertaining at home~this guacamole is the perfect dip to keep you feeling satisfied, without breaking your diet goals. It's super fresh & flavorful, and an easy crowd-pleaser!