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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!

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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!

Quick Boost Your Detox with this Yummy Smoothie! Ingredients

Good morning LOVElies!

Every once in a while I get off track with my healthy eating goals… Whether it be a night out with friends or holiday weekends, I allow myself to indulge every once in a while!

And guys, I admit… I don’t feel bad about it. (GASP!)

I love food way too much. Life is too short, and that is why I work so hard to eat healthy on a daily basis so I can enjoy.. guilt free!

It is usually a nice break from my routine and I  believe it or not I am usually excited to get back on track when Monday morning rolls around. Here is a great detox smoothie recipe for those mornings where you are ready to get back on track! It is so nutrient dense and filling that you can quick boost your detox in one cup!

This smoothie will trick you into drinking your greens. Spinach and parsley are all jam packed with detoxifying properties, not to mention that they are just nutrient dense anyways. You can go out of your way to find recipes and meals to consume these leafy greens OR…….. you can just drink this.

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I promise. It does not taste like you are drinking a salad. The antioxidant filled berries and bananas are the star of the show!

I throw in some chia seeds to add a little added protein to this smoothie. It will keep you feeling fuller longer too!

Feel free to get creative with this recipe but if your goal is to detoxify make sure you watch your sugars! I use water and an unsweetened milk alternative because:

  1. Juice tends to be high in sugar. We want to keep the sugar on the minimum to aid in the detoxing. Plus the berries, bananas, and apple contain enough natural sugar to make this smoothie taste incredible!
  2. Cow’s milk can be harder to digest. We want to give our digestive system a BREAK right?
  3. Make sure your milk alternative is unsweetened! Remember? Low sugar!

Alright guys, enough of my gibberish. Get blendin’!

Quick Boost Your Detox with this Yummy Smoothie!

Ingredients for your detox smoothie-

  • 2 cups of frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries.. whatever you prefer!)
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 large apple
  • 3-4 inch section of a cucumber
  • 1/2 cup of flat leaf parsley
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of unsweetened milk alternative (I prefer coconut milk or almond milk!)
  • 1 cup of water

Detox Smoothie Recipe-

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Check the consistency. Add more water if needed.
  4. Blend for another minute if needed.
  5. Pour, and enjoy!

Additional smoothie tips!

If you have crazy busy mornings like I do… you can make this smoothie up to a day ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. I like to make mine when I am in the kitchen working on dinner the night before. In the morning I can just grab and go!

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You can also turn this into a meal prep smoothie by pre measuring the greens and fruits and storing in a freezer bag. When you are ready to prepare your smoothie, just add water and your milk alternative!

Do you love this detox smoothie recipe? Let me know! Does it make life easier to get back on track? Comment below! I want to hear your stories!

 

 

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Bacon Wrapped Venison Meatloaf

Hello There LOVElies!

These mini bacon wrapped meatloaves are bite sized and packed with flavor! I recently brought them as a appetizer to a dinner party and they were the gone before you could even blink. (I get oddly satisfied when my appetizer is first to disappear at a dinner party.)

They were such a hit! I even surprised a few “venison skeptics” when they didn’t even realize it was made with venison and not ground beef.

Did you know that ground venison has LESS saturated fat and MORE protein than ground beef? oh YES!

Today I am bringing you a sweet little “meatloaf” recipe that can turn even the greatest venison skeptic. It is cute and mini and best of all…… wrapped in bacon. Those are like the two all time qualifiers for a winning recipe in my book: 1) it is miniature 2) its wrapped in bacon.

I had leftover venison so I gave this recipe a second run as a main course for dinner one night. They were so easy to make and I served with with a side of my creamed cauliflower. It totally gave me my “meat and potatoes” fix while being healthier than steak and potatoes!

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The key to cooking with venison is simply seasoning it well. I loved this recipe because it uses common seasonings that I already had in my kitchen. All I really needed was the venison and bacon! You can always sub the ground venison with ground beef and it will still be oh so delicious!

BUT

I dare you to give venison a try. It will not disappoint, especially if you are living a Paleo lifestyle or just wanting a high protein option to add to your diet.

Grab your muffin tin, and get cooking!

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What You’ll Need for your Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Venison

  • 1 lb of ground venison
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon FlavorGod garlic lovers seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 8 thin bacon strips

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How to prepare your Venison Mini Meatloaf

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a muffin tin with non stick spray
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the ground venison with your spices listed above.
  3. Divide into 8 equal portions and roll into balls
  4. With each strip of bacon, roll the bacon within the muffin tin so it forms a circle on the outside rim of the muffin tin
  5. Place each portion of seasoned venison in the middle of each bacon lined muffin tin
  6. Bake for 30 minutes
  7. Let cool, and remove with tongs
  8. Place the mini meatloaves on some folded paper towels to let any extra oils be absorbed. Then transfer to your serving dish!

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If you have a hunter in your life that is always offering you venison, or if you know of a family always looking for venison recipes… SHARE this recipe with them today! Maybe they will share some of their delicious venison supply with you! I hope you guys enjoyed this simple, cute, and oh so delicious mini bacon wrapped meatloaf recipe!!

 

Cover Get Healthy with this Creamed Cauliflower with parsley!

This one goes out to all my LOVElies who are trying to reach their personal nutrition goals!

Is there anything better then creamy, warm mashed potatoes. I grew up on them and can’t even imagine a world without mashed potatoes.

Unfortunately all of that butter and cream isn’t exactly good for you so here is a crazy idea:

Substitute mashed potatoes with this delicious creamed cauliflower!

Well seasoned and creamed cauliflower will give you the same satisfaction as your childhood mashed potatoes, minus all the fats and carbs. This is the perfect side dish for all of your lean meats or fish!

Cauliflower, oh let us count the nutritional benefits. Cauliflower is not only lower carb than potatoes but is jam packed with nutrients.

Did you know that cauliflower has a huge amount of Vitamin C and Vitamin K? Not even to mention the folic acid, potassium and fiber you will be consuming. I know cauliflower is a pretty easy sell, but will it taste good?  YES YES YES

Between the terrific flavors of garlic, onion and parsley, this will soon be your new favorite low carb side dish.

My personal favorite thing about this recipe is the Greek yogurt and honey. This is your cream and butter to your mashed potatoes guys!! That Greek yogurt is oh so creamy (AND oh so protein packed!) The honey may seem a little unconventional at first but I promise it will give this dish a nice buttery sweet finish without being overpowering!

Ingredients Get Healthy with this Creamed Cauliflower with parsley!

What you need for your low carb cauliflower mash-

  • 8 cups of cauliflower florets (usually about 2 heads of cauliflower)
  • 1/2 a cup of diced yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

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How to prepare your creamed cauliflower-

  1. Steam cauliflower florets until soft. Usually about 12 minutes.
  2. Set aside cauliflower to cool.
  3. In a skillet, add olive oil, garlic, and onion.
  4.  Cook on medium to high heat, stirring frequently, until onions become translucent and fragrant
  5.  Combine  steamed and cooled cauliflower florets with the garlic and onion mixture in a food processor.
  6. Pulse until smooth.
  7. Transfer into a bowl and add Greek yogurt and honey and mix until creamy and smooth.
  8. Add fresh parsley and salt and pepper to taste
  9. Serve!

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CALLING ALL VEGANS- If you are looking to make this creamed cauliflower vegan friendly, all you have to do is substitute the Greek yogurt. I would suggest a vegan creamed cheese if you are feeling decadent. Otherwise throw in some soy milk and whip until creamy!

If you like a little kick to your cooking throw in some red pepper flakes.

I hope this recipe becomes a tool for your healthy eating tool box. It is so easy to make and is the perfect dish paired with grilled veggies, and lean meats. See you don’t have to sacrifice all of your favorite foods, just get creative!

Share this recipe on Facebook and leave me a message about your healthy eating journey! Way to go!