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Hi there LOVElies!

Happy Spring Everyone! Open the windows, get some fresh air and best of all, lets get some delicious crisp, salads on our menus! I do have a love for my soups and crockpot, but I am itching for a change and I bet you guys are too!

So I absolutely love Asian Cuisine. Love. Love. Love it. AND I am always on the hunt for healthy sides to serve with with my Asian main courses. Don’t get me wrong, I am ALWAYS down for a great bowl of noodles or sticky rice, ALWAYS. But to be honest, on days I don’t want the extra carbs, it can be difficult to find low carb, healthy options.

I have my rockstar Salmon ready to go.. but nothing to serve it on!!

Ladies and gentlemen, I have found the perfect supporting actor here… It is a cucumber carrot salad made with a light vinaigrette and topped with what else? Sesame Seeds!

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The green onion, garlic, and sesame seeds make this simple little salad so delicious, AND the perfect pairing for your Asian inspired main dishes.

For this recipe you are going to want to make sure that you have a spiralizer. They are pretty inexpensive and will make your life soooooo much easier.. If you are in a bind you can slice your cucumbers and carrots, but the goal is to achieve that “noodle- like” shape!

Once you get the hang of it, you will be spiralizing all of your veggies into “noodles”!

I made my Hoison Carmelized Salmon and subbed this recipe for the soba noodles. For some reason, springtime, salmon, and a fresh salad are the perfect pairing! If you are looking for a nice chicken dish to make as your main course try my Sweet-n-Sticky Baked Chicken!

Happy Spiralizing!

Amazing Paleo Friendly Spiralizer Cucumber and Carrot Salad ingredients

Ingredients for your Cucumber Carrot Sesame Seed Salad

  • 2 Cucumbers
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Green Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • a dash of cracked black pepper and sea salt
  • How to Prepare your Cucumber Carrot Salad
  1. With a spiralizer, cut up the cucumbers and carrots into thin, “noodle-like” strips.
  2. In a separate bowl prepare the dressing. Whisk together the white wine vinegar, lime juice, sesame oil, garlic power, and salt & pepper.
  3.  In a salad bowl mix together the carrots, cucumber and green onion.
  4. Pour over the dressing. Gently toss.
  5. Sprinkle sesame seeds over top.
  6. Serve!

If you are feelin’ fancy or have someone to impress, you can arrange your “noodles” in the shape of birds nests. It turns out to be such a lovely presentation and it will leave your friends “Oo”ing and “Aw”ing over your culinary skills.

OR

If you are like me, you will eat it straight from the salad bowl, because it is just so delicious.

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Thanks guys for trying out this crazy little salad of mine. I hope you can use this one for many recipes to come! Share this recipe of Facebook, Twitter, or comment on how yours turned out below! I would LOVE to hear from you!

Turkey Meatball Sub (Cheat Meal)

Hey there LOVElies! I seriously think the key to eating healthy is BALANCE.

If you void yourself of your favorite meals you are making it so difficult on yourself. Why not find healthier versions of your cravings??

One of my favorite sandwiches is a meatball sub, you know with the melted cheese dripping off the sides? Mmm YUM!

Today I wanted to bring you an adapted, healthier option for your favorite sub sandwich. This turkey meatball sub is only about 350 calories per serving and since it has ground turkey meat you are skipping out on the added fat that regular meatballs have.

Honestly I can’t tell  a difference between this recipe and a meatball grinder at my favorite sub shop!! Seriously.

Even Better:

This turkey meatball sub recipe keeps me from cheating on my healthy lifestyle!

This recipe will feed about 6 people and only takes about 30 minutes to whip up. All you working parents out there, this one is a shout out to YOU. Whip this up on a weekday night and a promise there will be no complaints and only empty plates from the kiddos… (and you)

I would serve with a nice side salad with some cool crisp veggies to compliment this warm, gooey deliciousness (and to add another serving of vegetables to your dinner).

Ingredients for Turkey Meatball Sub (Cheat Meal)

What you need for your meatball sub-

  • 1 lb of ground turkey meat
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup of quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons of  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup of dried breadcrumbs
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 24 ounce jar of marinara sauce
  • 1 cup of shredded low fat mozzarella
  • 8 buns of your choice (hot dog buns, hoagie buns, ciabatta rolls)

How to make your turkey meatballs-

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Foil line a pan and spray with non stick spray
  3.  Heat sauce in a sauce pan on low on stove
  4. Combine: turkey, egg, oats, basil, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire, garlic, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix well
  5. Roll into balls about 2 inches wide and evenly spread on foil lined pan
  6.  Cook for 10-15 minutes
  7.  Remove from oven and place with sauce in saucepan

Rolled Balls Turkey Meatball Sub (Cheat Meal)

Assemble that sandwich!-

  1. Turn on broiler
  2. Slice open one edge of your buns
  3. Place meatballs and sauce in your opened bun
  4. Sprinkle with mozzarella
  5. Place on pan and in the boiler
  6. Remove once cheese has melted

Top View Turkey Meatball Sub (Cheat Meal)

If you enjoy meal prepping for dinnertime, you can mix up all the ingredients ahead of time and freeze the meatballs. Just let them thaw and bake as directed! I have even frozen leftover meatballs that were fully cooked and reheated them for a quick one-serving sandwich! Just wait until you are ready to eat before you add the tomato sauce.

More Veggies?

Throw some sautéd onions, mushrooms, or bell peppers on that sandwich. No one is stopping you! (Just send me a picture before you eat it!)

Let me know what you think about this recipe. Am I crazy for thinking these taste the exact same as my favorite meatball sub? Tweet at me! I am dying to hear from you guys.

Turkey Meatball Sub (Cheat Meal)

Happy Eating!

Curried Quinoa Bowl

Good Morning LOVElies!I hope you are all doing well!

This morning let’s sit down and have an honest conversation about quinoa… I love it for its protein packed qualities but in regards to its natural taste… it could use a little help. That is why I am bringing you a curried quinoa recipe that is packed full of flavor!

I am in love with this curried quinoa bowl.

No more pretending to like healthy foods that aren’t actually delicious. This quinoa will win over any skeptic!

This recipe contained one of my favorite ingredients, TURMERIC!

You can buy it as a root in the produce section or in powdered form in the spice section. Turmeric is so great for inflammation of joints and has high antioxidant properties. It is so good and so good for you. Super spice right here!

I like to throw in some chicken to add even more protein to your meal! Keep scrolling past the recipe for this curried chicken quinoa variation. I even added a chickpea option if you are looking for a vegetarian variation.

Think of quinoa like a healthy rice, you can add veggies and meats to it so nicely!

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe. These Indian spices are incredibly comforting on a nice cool winter evening. Grab that curry powder and let’s get started!

Curried Quinoa Bowl

What you will need:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 1/4 cup of uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup of yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, also chopped
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • salt and pepper

What to do:

  1. In a medium sized sauce pan, melt the coconut oil over medium to high heat. Add the garlic cloves and cook until they start to golden (approx. 4 minutes).
  2. Drop the heat to medium and throw in your curry and turmeric. Stir in the spices for only about 60 seconds to bring out their flavor.
  3. Throw in the chopped onions. Stir and cook for about another 3 minutes. The onions will start to “sweat” and become slightly translucent.
  4. Add water, quinoa, bay leaf, honey, red pepper flakes and cinnamon.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  6. Cook covered for about 15 minutes or until all water is absorbed
  7. Fluff with a fork and add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve with fresh cilantro.

Curried Quinoa with Chicken
If you have leftover chicken from a previous recipe, don’t hesitate to reheat and just throw it in your bowl.

If you are cooking your chicken from scratch, heat up some extra coconut oil in a saute pan and use the curry, salt, pepper, turmeric, red pepper flakes, and cinnamon to season.

You can shred or cube your chicken and throw it into your bowl!  YUMMY

Curried Quinoa with Chickpeas
Throw in a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas to add a little extra texture and dimension to your bowl.

I would just add just a pinch more of your curry powder and salt and pepper since your chickpeas will want to absorb some of your quinoa’s seasonings.  ENJOY.

Eat the quinoa plan, add chicken, chickpeas, or both! I had so much fun cooking this one (and even more fun eating it!) Let me know how you like your bowl! Feel free to comment below, and share this recipe on twitter! TWEET TWEET. Happy Eating LOVElies!

FlavorGod

Good morning LOVElies!!! Happy Thursday!!! As you all know, I’m in LOVE with @FlavorGod #FlavorGod seasonings and I just couldn’t decide on which one I wanted to use today, so… I did the typically Kaylea’s choice- “a dash of everything.”

What you need:

  • Salmon FlavorGod seasonings
  • Coconut oil

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 420 degrees.
  2. Place the salmon on the oven pan.
  3. Spread coconut oil and sprinkle a dash of each FLAVORGOD seasoning.
  4. Place in the oven for 12-15 mins.
  5. Enjoy!!!

jalapeño dish

Good morning LOVElies! Happy Friday!!! If you’re in the NoVA/DC area this weekend, come join me to celebrate my birthday. It’s going to be crazy!!! Okay okay enough about how excited I am about this weekend… For the following week, I’m going to focus on Paleo dishes. Let me know your favorite Paleo dishes. Feeling a little spicy today? I’ve got you!This is one of my favorite quick and easy jalapeño dish… Inspired by @paleonick (mister CrossFit cutie pie himself). Fresh jalapenos, stuffed with sweet potatoes, wrapped with bacon. Then drizzled with homemade spicy veganaise and sprinkles with chopped cilantro. For a lovely spicy kick, add red pepper flakes… Mmmm YUM! See you on my next post! Muahz!

 

Fishless Tuna Salad

 

Hello LOVElies! Here it is… My Vegetarian Fishless Tuna Salad!!! Mmm YUM!

What you need:

  • 1 can of Vegetarian Fishless tuna
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 a cup of green onion, chopped
  • 2 stalk of celery, chopped 1/2 cilantro
  • 6 teaspoons of Vegenaise fresh ground black pepper

What to do:

Mix all the ingredients together.

Enjoy! Shout out to @Consciousbox & @Consciousbite again for sending me this amazing box of goodies!!!

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Baked Chicked Breast

 

Good afternoon LOVElies! 4th of July weekend is finally over! My time in Florida is coming to an end. It’s been a blast hanging out with my family and friends. I hope to see you everyone again soon! I’ll be heading back to NoVA tomorrow. Anyhow, turning these tears into happy tears because I’m about to feed my tummy!

This juicy and delicious chicken breast was baked perfectly! It’s really simple too!

What you need:

  • 2 boneless chicken breast Olive oil spray Your favorite seasoning

What to do:

1. Preheat oven to 450.

2. Spray both sides of thechicken with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning.

3. Bake for ten minutes, flip to the other side and bake for another 8-10 minutes.

4. Time also depends on thickness.

When chicken is finished, throw it on some salad and enjoy! Mmm YUM!

Flavorgod Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Hello LOVElies! Hungry? I’m packing these deliciously Flavorgod bacon wrapped asparagus for lunch. What are you having for lunch?

What you need:

  • Asparagus
  • Bacon
  • FlavorGod spicy seasoning
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Red pepper flakes

What to do:

Preheat oven at 400 degrees. Wash and cut the ends of the asparagus. Wrap asparagus with bacon. Pop these bad boys in the oven for 20-35 minutes. Mm mm YUM!

 

Egg Muffin

Hello LOVElies!!! Ever since my schedule at work changed from 9-5 to 1-9, I find myself making dishes that are easy make and easy to pack. This egg muffins are easy to make and fun to eat!,/p>

What you need:

  • 2 Casual Gourmet Chicken roasted
  • red peppers and spinach links (chopped)
  • 5 egg whites
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup of fresh chopped spinach

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350. In a skillet, cook the sausage until brown; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients. Grease muffin tray and evenly fill the muffin cups with the egg mixture.,

Add the sausages. Bake for 20 minutes… Enjoy! Have an AMAZING Wednesday! Muahz! 

 

Spicy Chicken with Bacon

Ready for lunch? How about some #FlavorGod spicy seasoning chicken wings wrapped with bacon? Umm yes!!!

What you need:

  • 10 chicken wings
  • 5 bacon strips
  • FlavorGod Spicy seasoning Dried parsley

What to do:

Clean and pat dry the chicken wings. Season both sides with Flavor God spicy seasoning. Cut bacon strips in half and wrap the chicken wings. Grill both sides for 30 minutes… For sauce, I’ve added tabasco, more flavorgod seasoning and a little but of butter… Mmmm YUM!!! 

 

Garlic Buttered Shrimp

Hello LOVElies! Is it lunch time yet? In honor of #FlexBowlFridays I’ve made Garlic Buttered Shrimp with a kick of spicy… Mmm YUM!

What you need:

  • 10 shell on shrimp
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup clarified butter

What to do:

Preheat a pan on high for 2 minutes. Add clarified butter and garlic and saute for about 1 minute. Add the shrimp and let it cook for 3 minutes on each sides (add sea salt on each sides before flipping). After each side is cooked, add the white wine. Remove from pan and serve!

Easy, delicious and I’m packing his for lunch! See you on my next post! What’s in your #FlexBowl?

 

Spicy Chicken Sausage

Spicy Chicken Sausage with rice Hi LOVElies! The best thing about dinners are LEFTOVERS! Don’t you agree? Here’s what I’ve made for dinner last night. I hope you like spicy!!!

What you need:

  • 4 Casual Gourmet Chicken Roasted
  • red peppers and spinach (pork free, gluten free, no msg, no nitrates)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 (3 1/2 ounce) gluten free
  • Brown rice
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Flavorgod Everything seasoning spicy
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 dash of texas pete hot sauce (optional)

What to do:

Cut sausage into 1/2″ pieces. In a large skillet, heat olive oil, then add the sausage to skillet and fry on medium-high heat for 10 minutes, turning occasionally.

Add onions and saute for 5 minutes. Add uncooked rice, chicken broth, stewed tomatoes, Flavorgod spicy seasoning, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and hot sauce to skillet, and stir thoroughly.

Heat until boiling, then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Serve and enjoy.

Pan Seared Salmon Salad

Hi LOVElies!!! I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday already!!! What am I going to do this weekend? Hmm… maybe go out of town? Who knows, we’ll see.

Anyhow, after my work out at the gym, I was craving something fresh, cold and delicious. Luckily for me, I had salmon laying around. Salmon is quick, easy and delish! So… for tonight’s dinner: Pan seared salmon salad… mmm YUM!

 What you need:

  • A handful of Organic spring mix
  • 1/2 a Red bell peppers (julienne)
  • 1/2 a green bell peppers (julienne)
  • 1/2 a red onion (sliced)
  • 2 fillet of Salmon

For salad dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

What to do:

In a skillet, add a little bit of olive oil. Add the salmon (skin down). Sprinkle your salmon with favorite seasoning. Let it cook for about 5 minutes, flip. Let it cook for another 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, prep the dressing and prep the salad on a plate. When salmon is finished to dirsired liking, place on the plate of salad and drizzle the dressing all over.