what i ate Wednesday

I can’t believe it is already Wednesday! And I can’t believe it is almost the end of June. Summer goes by so fast! I have been keeping busy with 2 part-time jobs, Crossfit, and these summer classes.

I thought I would pop in real quick to show you guys what I ate yesterday before I get back to studying. I was super busy yesterday so meals were simple!

breakfast

2 eggs, 1 egg white, pink salt + pepper, plus a PB Perfect Bar (found at Kroger). I didn’t even bother dirtying a plate…I ate the eggs straight out of the pan. #classy.

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lunch

This lunch has been on repeat for me because it doesn’t require any thought and comes together fast. Turkey burger, kale, spring mix, and Tessemae’s honey mustard dressing (found at Meijer). Sorry for the repeat photo!

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snack

I packed a bunch of blackberries to eat while I was at work! Plus, I made myself a little iced coffee.

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dinner

I knew I would be working pretty late at my other job, so my parents brought me over dinner. Broccoli, mushrooms, and bacon and then the BEST chicken I have ever had. My mom stuffed organic chicken with spinach, grass-fed cheese, and bacon. So so so so good!

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I ended the night with some FREE vanilla frozen yogurt with strawberries and almonds.

See you guys Friday for my Friday Favorites!

PS I have my first Anatomy exam tomorrow…pray for me.

weekend recap

Good morning and Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was pretty relaxing despite all the studying on Saturday. But lets take this recap back to Friday! My parents were leaving for the Parish Life Conference in Chicago, so my sister and I met my mom at Gerard’s Tavern for lunch. I ordered the GT salad with no cheese and salmon. My mom and I also split an order of sweet potato fries.

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The rest of Friday was spent going to work, studying a bit more, and visiting Danica at her work. I ended up buying a couple Aveda makeup products and that dry remedy shampoo I was telling you all about on Friday.img_4692.jpg

Danica and I spent the rest of Friday night snuggled up on the couch with ice cream and a couple of movies. I love a good sister night. We both got Nada Moo! ice cream at Meijer to try. I got snickerdoodle and she got the cookies and cream. We both really weren’t sure how we felt about it. It was good but at the same time it was weird. Haha it tasted like thick frosting almost.

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Saturday morning began bright and early at 6:15 to get ready for a walk with Barrett and our family dog, Annie. I put her in the back of my Jeep and we met Barrett over at the park to get a good walk in. She had such a good time she refused to get out of my car when we got back home.

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After taking a quick shower, I made some coffee and enjoyed an easy breakfast of fresh blueberries, eggs, avocado, and spinach. I knew I had a long day of studying ahead of me so I immediately got to work.

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I set up a pallet on my bedroom floor next to the window, hoping natural light would power me through!

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A couple of hours later, I was hungry again so I made a quick snack of pineapple and more blueberries and grabbed a sparkling water to wake me up a bit.

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Around 11:30 Danica called and said she needed some lunch at work, so I packed her a quick-lunch and brought it over to her. When I got back home I realized I was kind of hungry too so I made a curry turkey burger (just a Simple Truth turkey burger with garlic and curry powder) and cut it up over a bed of kale and spring mix. I topped it with Tessemae’s honey mustard. I could seriously just drink that stuff, its like liquid gold to me.

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I went back to studying and next thing I knew I woke up and it was 4:30!! That means I had napped for  3 1/2 hours! I started freaking out because of all the study time I had lost but then I realized…maybe my body just needed the extra sleep!

I chugged some water and then opened up a bottle of kombucha to wake me up.

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I went back to studying until Barrett came over around 6. He immediately went into nap mode and then I heard my parents downstairs come back from Chicago around 6:30. They said they wanted to go to White Squirrel Brewery for dinner and I didn’t argue! I needed another study break.

I ordered the beef burger with no mayo then I took off the bun once they brought it out to me. Barrett ordered the trio of brats! Everything was super tasty!

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We ended the night at Bruster’s where Barrett and I split graham central station (my all time favorite!) and peanut butter cream in a waffle cone. Splitting anything with Barrett usually means he gets 75% and I get 25% haha. Which was fine with me because I was stuffed from dinner!

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We thought it was sooo funny that it looked like a baby cone, haha!

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I went to bad around 11, excited for church the next morning!

I woke up around 8:15 and noticed my parents sitting on the back porch, soaking up the morning sun. I went outside to talk to them a little before getting ready for church.

My dad had some work to do around the house so my mom and I went to church together! The homily / sermon was beautiful. I was crying big time. This weeks gospel was the gospel of Matthew 6. I’ve talked about this one on the blog but you know it’s a good one. It talks all about how there is no sense in worrying, God  will always take care of you. Then Fr. Bob went into to discuss the 3 things that will secure our spots in Heaven.

  1. Pick a flower from the field while you are in church, and hold on to it. By flower he means, pick a line from a song, pick a line from a prayer, anything…just hold on to how it makes you feel and the power it holds in the church.
  2.  Let your body be a servant to your soul. This one is harder to do and a good example of what it means in the Orthodox church when we fast. We have to let our soul’s guide us. We cannot bend to what the body wants.
  3. Be thankful for times of trouble and tribulation, for that means God is working directly in your life. This one resonates with me so well since school feels like one big tribulation. But when God is working in my life, I know He is making my stronger.

So thank you Fr. Bob for the most beautiful sermon! My mom was handing me tissue after tissue after he finished, hah!

After church we booked it to Starbucks for coffee and breakfast sandwiches. I enjoyed their new gluten-free Canadian bacon and egg sandwich with a grande pike place roast.

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After Starbucks we went to SAMS club to basically buy the whole store…

When we got home I cut into a white peach to eat and it was pure deliciousness. So juicy!

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Barrett came over to take another nap. Yes, that boy loves to just come over and nap! hah!

While Barrett was napping, my whole family decided to go looking at houses since moving has been on my parents radar lately. The verdict: we absolutely love our house and cannot picture living anywhere else.

We got home a couple of hours later. It was 4:30 which seemed like a reasonable to time to start drinking! Wine and cheese for me while my mom and I prepped dinner.

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This is the absolute BEST cheese. And my favorite wine is Roscato!

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While dinner was cooking, we all sat outside enjoying the nice and quiet evening.

For dinner we had roasted sweet potatoes, roasted carrots, and roasted brussels sprouts, a beet and cucumber salad, watermelon, and pork loin made in the Instant-pot. Family dinners are my absolute favorite. I love when everyone sits down and enjoys the food together and we talk about our lives.

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After dinner Danica and I ran some errands and then I came home and ate this applesauce thing for dessert while talking with my parents outside. I am 98% that this is meant for small children to eat, oh well, look at those ingredients!

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Annie really wanted some!

Well, that was my weekend! It was peaceful, relaxing, and filled with wonderful food!

See you Wednesday!

friday favorites

Good and Happy Friday morning to ya! It’s Friday and I am really trying to get myself back on my weekly blogging game. So, in order to keep things interesting around here I have another Friday Favorites for you! These are all of my favorite things this week.

Enjoy!

PRAMĀSANA scalp care

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For the past 2 years I have had the weirdest hair and scalp issues. My hair always ends up being oily and itchy/dandruffy after just one wash. Sometimes it gets so itchy I just take a Benadryl because I can’ take it anymore. I have been on the hunt for a product to really improve my hair and scalp and I think I finally found it! I have always heard people talk highly of Aveda products and since my sister works at a salon that sells Aveda, we thought it was time I finally tried out their scalp care collection. So far I am loving these two products! They literally cool down your scalp and leave it feeling tingly and fresh. PLus, they smell yummy and are all natural and organic. My hair is also super dry, so I am excited to try out their Dry Remady collection.

Watermelon

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Watermelon season is finally here! And our first watermelon pick for the family was a huge success: dark pink and super juicy! It was the perfect treat to come home to from work last night. I love snacking on watermelon while dinner is cooking and after dinner! Watermelon is a great source for extra hydration!

Family game night

I absolutely love when all of my family is home at the same time for dinner. The other night everyone was home and no one had to be at work or a friend’s house so we all sat around after dinner playing cards. We also blared music the whole time, each picking a song to listen to. I’m talking everything from J Cole to Johnny Cash, haha! Nights like those will always be the sweetest memory to me.

Men’s Long Lasting Wide Stick Deodorant 

I have been on the hunt for the perfect deodorant and I think I may have found it! I’ll be honest, I sweat… a lot. Between running around for my 2 jobs, Crossfit, and stressing about school, sweating is bound to happen. I wanted a more natural deodorant and this meets the criteria. It is a men’s deodorant but I feel like they always make men’s deodorant stronger to hold up with all of their sweat…just what I need! I chose the mountain spring scent and it really does smell super, super good! I got it at Kroger on sale for $4.50.

my RETAINER 

(I will spare you any pictures of me and my retainer hah!)

The other day I had a ton of studying to do and it was one of the situations where I was finding every reason NOT to study. I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth and saw my retainer in the back of our vanity, slowly collecting dust. I figured it was the perfect time to clean it up real nice. I also flossed for the first time in forever because I wanted more time to kill before studying. (I also ended up just cleaning the whole bathroom. I love realizing all the things I need to clean when I have more important stuff I should be doing!)

And yes mom, I did end up studying for like 4 hours after that. ok love you.

Alright friends, I hope you enjoy your Friday and your weekend. My weekend will be filled with studying since I have my first Anatomy midterm Monday.

*cue the emoji with the giant, worried eyes*

Wish me luck! I’ll try to have a recap for you Monday!

 

food inspiration for you

This week is flying by and I somehow feel like I haven’t gotten much done. I have been a little absent from here lately, sorry about that. Between working 2 part-time jobs, taking summer classes, and spending time with my family and Barrett, the last thing I want to do it stare at a computer screen.

But this morning…I felt like blogging! I have a ton of pictures piled up on my phone of some food inspiration for you. I’ll do my best to explain what things are and how I made them. Enjoy!

Breakfast has been a lot of eggs, spinach, and either bacon or sausage from Applegate. I also used THIS RECIPE to make sugar-free/gluten-free banana muffins. They turned out pretty good!

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I also had the All American breakfast at Corner Bakery with Barrett last week. I stuck to my usual eggs and bacon and handed my toast over to Barrett. The food here wasn’t too bad but it was cold by the time they gave it to us.

I promise I eat more than just breakfast food, it’s just the only meal I really remember to take a picture of. hah! On the left is spinach, brussels sprouts, sausage, and Kerrygold cheese. On the right is kale, plantains, sausage, and eggs.

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Barrett and I had a Panera lunch date last week. I got the 1/2 order of a chicken cobb salad. We also split a raspberry thumbprint cookie.

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Lunches have also included either a salmon or turkey burger over some spinach with Tessemae’s honey mustard and ketchup and some sort of carb. I found the ketchup and mustard on sale 2/$7.00 at Meijer!

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For dinner one night my mom made the Alaskan salmon and rice and I made the cauliflower and kale. For the kale I chopped it thinly and added it to a pan with garlic and olive oil. Once the kale was wilted down I added in more olive oil, prosciutto that’s been in our fridge forever, and some salt and pepper. For the salmon, I think my mom used a brown sugar/soy sauce blend. For the cauliflower I just used butter, salt and pepper, and garlic. Roast that for 30 minutes at 400 and BAM, so good.

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So this is a terrible picture, but our kitchen provides the WORST lighting at night. I used Simple Mills almond flour pizza crust and topped it with 1/2 a jar of red pesto, organic mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil, and prosciutto. It was pretty tasty!

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It was also enjoyed with 1 (or 3) glasses of wine!

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Last weekend Barrett took me to 643 where we shared pulled pork nachos, a veggie pizza, and some bratwurst sliders with sweet potato fries. I left happy, but with a bloated stomach ache thanks to all the grease. Well worth it for a date with my guy.

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Not food, but how beautiful are these cocktails we got a couple of weekends ago at 5th & Taylor? Barrett and I met up with his brother Ben and sister-in-law Amanda, and his other brother Brian and girlfriend Rachael. The food here was amazing but I didn’t take any pictures! You should definitely make a reservation next time you are in Nashville. Our waiter told us the menu changes daily. I don’t think you could order anything bad here. I experienced my first duck liver mousse and beef tartare. I love that Barrett’s family is so adventurous with food because it allows me to try things I would never even think to order!

That’s all I have today friends. I’ll see you here Friday with some Friday Favorites!

Weekend of Birthdays

Hello and Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. We had 2 big celebrations this weekend…my mom and my dad! My dad had a birthday Friday and my mom had her birthday on Sunday. They are 2 days apart born in the same year, it’s like they were meant to be or something. 😉

Let’s back it up to Friday. I started my day with some paleo Shepard’s pie. I made this recipe for work on Tuesday and I thought it looked so good that I made it for my family on Thursday evening. Leftovers for the win!

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A couple hours later I ate half a yogurt…

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The next couple of hours were spent with my mom and  Danica while Danica got her Senior pictures taken. After her pictures we went to my mom’s office so she could work on something for a little bit and then we went to Taste of Europe for lunch.

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I had the moussaka with greek salad! It was insanely good. The food there is so fresh and authentic.

We spent the rest of Friday snuggled up watching Jane the Virgin until my dad came home for his birthday dinner.

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We had bacon hamburgers on pretzel buns. I forgot to take a picture but just think about the best hamburger of your life, multiply it by 435326 and that was how good this hamburger was. Next, presents!

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Friday night ended with a donut from GADS and some chocolate milk!

Saturday began with lots of coffee and some errands with my mom around town. We spent most of the day watching Netflix, so lets skip to Saturday night.

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We went to India Oven for my parents birthday dinner. We all ordered different dishes and I can’t remember what we all got, but it was all incredible!

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After dinner, we went home to enjoy some HOMEMADE vanilla/hazelnut cake made by Danica and coffee ice cream. Danica did such a good job on this cake. Everything was made from scratch, even the chocolate shavings!

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47 candles!

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My Juju (mom’s dad) used to pull ears for how ever old you are and since he is passed away now (Memory Eternal) we pull our own ears. My mom and dad pulled each other’s ears 47 times.

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My mom opened up her presents Saturday (since Sunday was going to be busy) while we ate some cake!

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Sunday was mostly spent at Church.  After getting back from church around 3, my parents and I watched a movie. Around 7, I headed over to Barrett’s to eat Indian leftovers and I fell asleep shortly after.

Today begins my summer courses so wish me luck! I’ll be studying pretty much every day for the next month!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!! Here’s something I haven’t done in a long, long time…Friday Favorites! I used to share my favorite random things of the week and I decided I want to get back into doing that. So without further ado…

  1. My DAD!

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Today is my dad’s birthday! And how could he not be on my Friday Favorites? Dad, you are such a light in our family! You are a true example of what it means to not only be an amazing dad, but a follower of Christ. You are also a wonderful example of the type of love Danica and I should expect from a husband one day. You are the best thing for mom and she is the best thing for you. I am so blessed to have such a strong example of love and marriage in my life. You are the rock of the family, dad! I love you forever!

2. Spray Tans by Lindsay at Solar Connection

I do NOT tan at all. Like, at all. All I do is burn, get more freckles, and go back to being pale. But this summer, I wanted to actually be tan! I started getting spray tans at Solar Connection and I love it! I will probably stop getting them towards the beginning of September but for now, being a couple shades darker is THE BEST.

3. My Bison and Kale Salad

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I posted this simple, paleo recipe yesterday and it is seriously so good! I ate it 3 days in a row. I even ate it for lunch AND dinner the first day I made it.

4. Speaking of Paleo… eating Paleo is a favorite!

I have been eating Paleo for about a month now and let me tell you…I already notice a huge difference in how I am feeling! I wanted to cut out a couple things from my diet to see if it improved my digestion, bloating stomach, etc. Going Paleo has not only gotten rid of any bloating I was having but I feel so good! Seriously. My mood has drastically improved (just ask Barrett hah!) and I feel 1000x more confident in my skin. I have not lost any weight (I don’t weigh myself but all my clothes still fit!) but I feel a lot more confident in the skin I am in. I still have days where I eat a piece of bread or a couple bites of wedding cake but I just chug a ton of water and move on with my day!

5. Suits

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Barrett and I are probably super late to jump on the Suits bandwagon but we LOVE this show. We have been watching it for a couple months now, slowly working our way into season 5 right now, and we cannot get enough. It’s funny, has a little romance, and deals with high-profile lawyers. I LOVE IT. You can watch it through Amazon Prime! I recommend getting into a good show or book with your significant other. It gives us something to look forward to on a weeknight (and sometimes weekends) and it is also a super cheap date. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to enjoy yourselves. Some of my favorite dates are the ones snuggled up on the couch with a pint of PB ice cream, Suits, and Barrett excitedly saying, “Just one more episode!”

Until next week friends! Let me know if you have an favorite things going on in your life!

 

Bison and Kale Salad

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This salad. I don’t even know if you can call it a salad because it has 2 or 3 ingredients. But is so good! And it is so simple!

After a tough Crossfit workout (rowing 2000m omg) I decided to go to the grocery store and when I saw grass-fed bison was on sale I immediately started craving it. I had also picked up a kale salad kit that was sale.

We had some leftover roasted sweet potatoes on sale that I added in but you don’t have to do that. I ate the bison and kale together without the potatoes and it was just as flavorful on its own!

Bison and Kale Salad {Paleo/GF} [Serves 4]

  • 1 lb (12oz) grass-fed, organic ground bison (I used Simple Truth from Kroger)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 5 cups chopped kale (or 1 bag of kale salad mix)
  • 1 T spicy brown mustard
  • 1 T coconut aminos (or soy sauce or tamari)

Brown bison in a cast iron skillet. Add in salt, pepper, parsley half way through the cooking of bison. Transfer cooked bison to a bowl. Add chopped kale to the leftover grease in the skillet. Add in mustard and coconut aminos. Cook until kale is wilted. Add bison back in and cook for a few more minutes while they flavors combine.

Pair with sweet potatoes, gluten-free crackers, bread, whatever!

 

Turkey Taco Bowls (Paleo, GF)

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HAPPY, HAPPY FIRDAY!

How are you? I have been doing really, really good. Just a couple of weeks ago, I would have told you that I am stressed to the max and that I was unsure where my life is going. But now…I haven’t thought about school, I have been going to Crossfit almost every day, I have been eating foods that make me feel good, and now I am BLOGGING.

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People still ask my how my semester went, and that’s fine, I just tell them it sucked. No sense in lying about it. But when I think about my future, I’m not sure if I see myself being a Dietician anymore. I am still praying about all this, but I don’t know if being a Dietician is what I am supposed to be. I still want to help people make the right food choices and I want to be able to prepare food for others (like my job now at Beet Box Produce that I LOVE) but I am feeling called to look into other things when I graduate college.

Sorry I went off on a tangent there…anyways…lets talk about these turkey taco bowls!

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This meal came together in less than 30 minutes! It is filling, flavorful, and makes the perfect leftovers for the next day. Barrett even said it was amazing!

Also, before I give you the recipe I want to ask you guys something: What do you want to see more topics about? This space is just as much mine as it is yours so just shoot me an email and let me know!

Enjoy! ❤

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Turkey Taco Bowls (Paleo/GF) {Serves 5}

  • 2 lbs organic, grassfed turkey (I used Simple Truth from Kroger)
  • 1 bag of small, organic, multi-colored peppers (3 large peppers in yellow, orange, and red)
  • 1 small white onion
  • 2 tsp each of paprika, chili pepper, cumin, salt,
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 5 cups spinach
  • 1 pack of guacamole
  • favorite jar of salsa
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • sriracha

Begin cooking turkey in a large pan. Use a wooden spoon or meat grinder to make the turkey into small chunks. Once turkey is half-way cooked add in paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Make sure spices are spread out evenly. Pour turkey meat into a large bowl. Add in diced peppers and onions to the pan with minced garlic and olive oil. Cook peppers and onions until tender. Add turkey meat back into pan. Add more salt if you would like. While peppers and turkey mix together, prepare taco bowls. Add spinach to base of bowl, add turkey taco meat, add tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, cilantro, and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast. Drizzle with sriracha.

P.S. I think this would taste good with a squeeze of lime!

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I ate mine with  Siete Food grain free tortilla chips! 

Sweet Potato Crust Egg Casserole

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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday! I finished up my last final yesterday and to say I am relieved would be an understatement. This semester has been the toughest yet and I know it is only going to get harder from here. Does anyone else feel like nothing really prepares you for college? I remember in high school they always talked about how they were “preparing” us for the future. No. Nothing prepares you for Advanced Nutrition that’s heavy on the BioChem or college-level Spanish. I can’t even.

Yesterday morning I had several mild panic attacks before I had to take my Advanced Nutrition final. I made the mistake of checking my Spanish final score from Monday while I was doing some last-minute studying for Nutrition. BIG mistake. I saw a D starting back at me when I opened up my test score.

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D. That means I got a D in the class. Not a C and not even an F…a D. I immediately started crying. Who wouldn’t?

All the sudden I began thinking how “stupid” I was and how I should have studied harder at the beginning of the semester. Once I started thinking how stupid I was I started thinking about how all the sudden my shorts felt too tight and how my stomach felt bloated. I went to the bathroom to wipe off my tears and noticed how big my cheeks were. And then I started crying more.

I began picking apart all the things I hated about myself all because I didn’t do well in my Spanish class.

Is it just me? Or does everyone put an insane amount of pressure on themselves?

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I went downstairs to talk to my parents about my grade and how I was feeling about myself. Without hesitation my dad said, “read Matthew 6:25-34.” I pulled out my phone and read,

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in bars, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about your clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you – you of little faith?

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:25-34 NIV

I stood there crying even more because these verses resonate so well with me.

I read these verses again before I took my Nutrition final.

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I may not be able to control what my thighs look like or how big my baby cheeks are because none of that matters. God made me exactly how He wanted me to be made. I can stress out about how I have to retake Spanish but what good does stressing out do? God will love me when I retake Spanish class and He will love me if I gain 50 lbs or I lose 50 lbs. IT DOESN’T MATTER.

Because He loves me. And He loves you. And I think He would love this egg casserole too..

Sweet Potato Crust Egg Casserole {Yield: 1 9×13 pan}

  • 1 dozen organic eggs
  • 2 small sweet potatoes (or 1 large one)
  • 1 C mushrooms
  • 2 C spinach
  • 1 package of organic breakfast sausage (I used Applegate chicken apple sausage)
  • 1 T italian seasoning
  • 1 T basil
  • 3 T nutritional yeast (or regular shredded cheese!)
  • 2 T favorite hot sauce
  • 1/2 C unsweetened coconut milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • cooking spray (I used Coconut Oil)

Pre-heat oven to 375. Spray a 9×13 pan with coconut oil or avocado oil. (PUT DOWN THE CANOLA OIL, it is poison) Slice sweet potatoes thin. Layer sweet potatoes in the bottom of the pan. Chop mushroom. Add on top of sweet potatoes. Add spinach on top of mushrooms. Chop breakfast sausage into bite size pieces. Add on top of spinach.

Whisk together eggs, italian seasoning, basil, nutritional yeast, coconut milk, hot sauce, and salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over the vegetables in the pan.

Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour.

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Gluten Free Bacon & Veggie Pizza

Happy Sunday lovely people!

Last night was prom night for my brother and sister so I have spent most of the morning cleaning up the house and wiping puke off the bathroom walls..TMI?

I will never understand why people think it’s cool to trash other people’s homes. I mean, I’m not judging. Ok, ok, maybe I am a little bit.

Can I tell you a secret though?

I kind of loved cleaning up their mess. I just love cleaning and it is super therapeutic for me.

You know what else I love? This pizza.

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I am someone who LOVES crust. I never understood why there were kids who didn’t eat the crust of their pizza when I went to birthday parties as a kid. I was definitely the kid who was like, “Hey, you gunna eat that?” and then I would eat their crust and it was awesome.

This pizza is like all crust and little toppings. I didn’t use marinara because I just wanted the flavors to come from the olive oil soaked bread and the vegetables. I will tell you this though, Barrett ended up dipping his pizza in marinara because he doesn’t like “only crust.” I can tell he was the kid who didn’t eat his crust as a child. What a shame.

So listen, guess what else I did to this pizza? I poured the left over bacon grease all over it. It was AMAZING. Seriously. Don’t ever throw out your bacon grease folks. That stuff gives a ton of flavor.

Alright. Enough of my talking. Here’s the recipe for all you pizza crust lovers out there!

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Gluten Free Bacon and Veggie Pizza

  • 1 package of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust (found at Kroger)
  • 2 pieces of bacon (save the grease!)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 t each basil, Italian seasoning, and rosemary
  • 2 T nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 Portobello mushroom
  • 1 head of broccoli

Prepare crust according to pizza crust package. While dough is rising, cook bacon in a skillet. Chop mushroom into small cubes. Chop broccoli into bite sized pieces. Once crust has completed the first 7 minutes of baking (on the package instructions), combine 1/4 cup of olive oil with basil, italian seasoning, rosemary and nutritional yeast, and left over bacon grease. Spread onto crust. Top with chopped bacon, chopped vegetables, and spinach. Bake for 18 minutes.

Optional: Dip into marinara if you like less of an only “crust” flavor.

P.S. I think this pizza would taste really good with a pesto base!

Also, I recommend eating this for dessert:

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