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Rad Recipes: Maple Mustard Chicken (*P, *GF)

Sometimes an idea for a recipe or a flavor combination will pop in my head and I just HAVE to try it.

Yesterday, the idea of grilled chicken breast with a maple-mustard glaze popped in, quickly followed by the taste for a BLT… and I knew I had to try it. So good!

I am quite sure that there are other versions of this out there, but here’s my super-simple recipe. Enjoy!

Organic chicken breast cutlets (thin sliced- mine were about 1/2 inch at the thickest)

Heirloom tomato

Maple bacon (you can sub turkey bacon if you prefer)

Organic Romaine lettuce

Your favorite bread, sandwich roll, or burger buns (*skip the bread if you’re eating Paleo or Gluten-Free)

1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons brown or Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Cooking spray or oil

1. Lightly coat skillet with cooking spray or oil; heat to medium high

2. Meanwhile, mix the mustard & maple syrup in shallow dish; coat chicken breast cutlets

3. Cook the chicken in skillet thoroughly, 3-5 minutes per side (check thickest part for doneness)

4. While the chicken is cooking, crisp bacon in a separate skillet to your desired doneness

5. Rinse the lettuce and slice the tomato; prep your bread/roll/buns with a bit of mayo, if you like

6. Assemble and enjoy!

Approximately 400 calories 😘

Rad Recipes: Kelly’s Autumn Harvest Salad with Roasted Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Caramelized Onions (GF, V*, VG*)

My friend Kelly (cupcakekelbel on Instagram) shared this AH-MAH-ZING salad with me to pass along to you. And let me tell you, it’s a beauty! Super hearty and filling without making you feel heavy. You could totally make a meal out of this on it’s own, or serve alongside a lean meat, fish, or pasta dish.

It takes a bit of time to prep because you are roasting the veggies, but hey, that glass of Chardonnay isn’t going to drink itself.

*For vegetarians and vegans, just leave out the bacon altogether.

Adapted from: Kim’s Cravings
(2 servings; approximately 780 calories per serving with regular bacon, 600 with turkey bacon, 475 with no bacon) ;x


Rad Recipe: Mikey’s Coco-Nutty Grain-Free Porridge

My friend Mikey swears by this recipe for a go-to, super easy breakfast fix. It’s the Coco-Nutty Grain Free Porridge from the book Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo.

It looks super simple and I have pretty much all of the ingredients on hand in my pantry at any given time, so I’m stoked to give this a try for a weekday breakfast that’s hearty enough to get me through a busy morning without making me late.

I think I can push myself past the word “porridge” to give it a try!  😉


Rad Recipes: Killer Kale & Quinoa Salad

I’m always on the lookout for easy, tasty meals that are low-cal but still flavorful & filling. This one is awesome to make ahead and take to work or school for your lunch the next day.

There are loads of versions of this Kale & Quinoa salad, so feel free to personalize it and make it your own.  🙂

This one is loaded with protein, iron, & calcium from the quinoa plus Vitamins C, A, and K from the kale, plus the benefits of antioxidants & vitamins from the blueberries and super healthy omega-3 fatty acids from the hemp seed oil.  AND IT TASTES AMAZING!

Always use the freshest, cleanest, non-GMO produce you can get your hands on.  Here’s the recipe:


What is the Goal?

the blessings butterfly, the cocoon, empowered transformation

This year is the year I’m focusing on transformation in my life. I’m looking to create something BIG though. Something deep.

I want to go wayyyyyy beyond “lose ___ pounds blah blah blah” and instead pave a way for people of all body types -including my own- to be empowered, to feel loved, to discover their strength & true beauty.

I’m not trying to be skinny again.

I’m not trying to look like a supermodel or a Victoria’s Secret ad.

I actually love my body as it is, but I really want to FEEL better in it. Have more flexibility, less pain.  Increase my strength & endurance.  Not have a panic attack when an occasion calls for a fancy dress.

I’m not even remotely interested in starting another gym membership because, sorry, I hate the gym. Always have, and I’m okay with that.

And damn it, I love to eat actual food. I’m all for eating clean and making healthy food choices, but there’s no damn way I’m going to give up things like flavor, texture, variety, chewing…

I KNOW there is a way. I KNOW what I am going to do. And I AM going to celebrate every minute of the journey!  Stay tuned for an opportunity to join me!