Fresh, warm, and full of flavor
No seasoning packets or taco sauces needed, just simple seasonings from your cupboard. This meal can be put together in under 15 minutes and requires very few ingredients from the store! Just run in and grab ground beef, tomato, cilantro, and tortillas!
GF, SF, DF
- 1 lb lean ground beef (I shoot for 90% or more)
- 2 packets Minute Multi-grain rice medley (or any other rice – I prefer this because it has quinoa, brown rice & other types all mixed together)
- 2-3 Tomatoes
- Bunch of Cilantro
- 1 Lime
- Corn Tortillas
- 1 – 1 1/2 Tblsp Chili Powder
- 1/2 Tblsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Chili Pepper
- 1 tsp Salt
It’s funny, because I never used to care about food at all. I was a picky kid, eating french fries and chicken fingers everywhere we would go, choosing my meals off a very small palate.
However, in the last several years I have run into some quite interesting challenges in my diet, and like many who develop food intolerances, I had to make some changes. In my case these changes were fairly drastic.
I grew up a bread, pasta, and candy kid: always looking for carbs and even spelling my very first word: C-A-N-D-Y (because my parents always spelled it out when trying to hide it from me)! If you have spent any time on my blog at all, you will notice that these things are definitely missing. In the fall of 2011 I began my gluten free journey and saw huge changes in how much better I felt. But something still wasn’t right and in the years since I have been experimenting with what seems like every food group and diagnosis out there to find what made my body happy. While I’m still not where I would like to be, I have come a long, long way, making the biggest changes and improvements in the last year with the new diagnoses.
It’s touch and go when it comes to my diet and I’m constantly learning and testing boundaries, but along the way I’ve had the opportunity to get to know food: to play with it, try new foods, learn my way around the kitchen, and really experience all the fun pleasures that can be associated with food. I never thought I would be someone who cared about healthy eating, and I still wouldn’t necessarily say that I do (as far as being “healthy” in the kale and green beans sense of the word), but I am a strong believer in listening to your body and creating the optimal baseline for success, starting with what you put in it. Cooking can be fun and the improvements in mood, fatigue, GI symptoms, and overall wellbeing are truly worth all the work that goes in. And after a while, it won’t even seem like work – just like normal life!! I promise. So, if you don’t feel like your health and wellness are at a satisfying level, dietary changes are not a bad place to start.
Nature’s sweet treat
Sweet potato fries are a special treat because of their natural sweetness. I eat these as a sweet snack, or even dessert some nights. For the POTS folks out there, it’s a great salty snack as well to increase blood volume. These babies keep well in the fridge and are a great go-to snack when you’re search for something “healthy” to munch on but don’t have a lot of time.
GF, DF, SF, Paleo, Vegan
- 1 sweet potato per person
- 1-2 Tblsp fresh cilantro, thyme, rosemary, or parsley (my favorite is rosemary)
- 1 Tblsp salt
- 1 Tblsp olive oil
I (still) don’t know what to call this…
When searching for a chocolate recipe, I had a lot of trouble finding one without any added sugars (including natural sugars), as I often do when searching for desserts. I have adapted this from several recipes I found to be completely free of added sugar and it tastes awesome! To make it a bit sweeter, I added bananas and created a tort of sorts… errr a sort of tort?
GF, DF, SF, Vegan
- 1/2 C peanut butter (I use mara-natha)
- 1/2 C. applesauce
- 1 large banana (mashed)
- 1 1/2 C zucchini (peeled, chopped in food processor)
- 3/4 C gluten free oats (ground in food processor)
- 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Optional: If you like things a bit sweeter, add in 2 Tbslp of honey or maple syrup
- Optional toppings: Top with peanut butter and extra banana
A simple side… spiced up just the right amount
Rice makes a great side. It’s easy on the stomach, not too filling, and the taste goes with almost anything. Plus, it’s always on hand and doesn’t require much prep time. But do you ever get sick of just having plain old rice? Here’s a tasty simple trick to spice up your rice that will wow your guests!
GF, DF, SF, Vegan
- 2 cups cooked rice (1 bag of Success boil in a bag)
- 3-5 Tblsp olive oil or coconut oil, to taste
- 1 lime
- salt to taste
Family Recipes, adapted for this lifestyle
This is an old family favorite, that used to be made with rice-a-roni. I recently adapted to be gluten free, sugar free, and much more healthy without using the rice-a-roni but still having that great flavor! So yummy. Such a great comfort meal.
GF, SF, Vegetarian (without chicken)
- 2 C uncooked/ 4 C cooked rice (I use boil in a bag= 2 bags) or sautee
- 2 C cooked chicken breast (boiled)
- 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk (*for dairy free see below)
- 1 C (gluten free) chicken broth
- 1/2 C onion
- 1 bell pepper
- 12-15 baby carrots
- 2 large eggs
- 1-2 Tbslp cilantro
- 1-2 Tblsp parsley
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- 1 1/2 Tblsp lemon juice (I use real lemon)
- 1 Tblsp salt
- 1 tsp tumeric
- 1 tsp black pepper
What did you say was in these meatballs?
Try this healthy alternative to breadcrumbs in your meatballs! Your guests won’t even know the difference.
80-90 minutes to prepare (but very little attention needed!)
GF, DF, SF
- 1 lb ground beef (85% lean or more)
- 1/2 C quinoa
- 1 C water (for quinoa)
- 1 jar tomato sauce + 1 jar water
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 egg
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 Tblsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp basil
- 1/8 tsp pepper