Borscht

Two weeks ago we tried this soup from the Splendid Spoon and it was so good we’ve been craving it since. Full of flavors of dill and the slight sweetness of apple, we set out to make some of our own. Don’t want to make your own? Check out The Splendid Spoon using our link to get $20 off of your first order.

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Vegan Borscht

MAR_5797We made a big pot of dill Borscht and froze some individual servings using the Souper Cube. Get one of these bad boys for yourself –Souper Cubes Extra-Large Silicone Ice Cube Tray – makes 4 perfect 1cup portions – freeze soup broth or sauce

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Easy Salads

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TACO SALAD

Chop off all your favorite toppings and serve on a counting board. Let everyone assemble how they like. #familyfriendlymeals

Trying to eat healthy, make a salad.

Craving carbs, toss it all on chips or a tortilla.

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Chicken Ceasar Salad

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7 Layer Salad

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Meal prepping Made easy

I just discovered these awesome Souper Cubes which has made meal prepping even easier. Whenever we make soup, we eat what we want and freeze four 1 cup servings for later. Afterall, a girl can only eat the same meal, so many times.

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Splendid Spoon Review

Years ago, before kids, my husband and I were vegetarians. Once I became pregnant with my first, my taste buds rapidly changed and I became a voracious carnivore. Over the years we have been getting back to our roots. While we still love and eat meat, our bodies love us a whole lot more when we stock up on all the veggies.

I have a gluten allergy and dairy seems to be bothering my husband, so we’ve been testing new dairy free recipes. We happened upon one of those delivery services that delivers all the meals prepared and this one is GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN!

Now with the convenience of prepared meals, comes a higher price tag, but for prepared, plant based, nutrient dense food, I’d argue it is money well spent. We decided to give The Splendid Spoon a try. My husband LOOOOVES soup, while I prefer to chew my food 😉 However we were both a HUGE fan.

There are multiple packages available at Splendid Spoon

  • Breakfast $65,  Includes 5 smoothies
  • Lunch $65, Includes 5 pant based lunch/soup bowls
  • Soup Cleanse $65, 4 drinkable soups and 1 plant based soup
  • Program 2.0, $135 – The BEST option: includes everything listed above ( Breakfast + Lunch + Soup Cleanse) – use this link to get $20 off your first order, making the program 2.0 only $115
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Smoothies
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Lunch
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Soup Cleanse

I’m a big smoothie drinker so it thought this would be my favorite part. The majority of these smoothies do NOT contain bananas. Bananas are one of the main ingredients typically seen in smoothies to make them sweet. Without the banana, they are still good, but not as sweet as you expect. My favorite was the Cacao Almond smoothie and I was especially pleased by how filling all the smoothies were. The Hibiscus was tart with the primary flavors of blueberry and cranberry, the ABJ actually tasted like a PB&J sandwich, and the Cacao Almond had a nice sweet almond flavor.

My husband and I realized we consume a lot of salt in our daily lives because while these soups were packed with flavor, we kept reaching for the salt shaker. I love the balance of flavors of all the soups, but my personal favorite was the Borscht. The sweetness of apple and bright flavor of dill made this a full bodied soup. My favorite part of the soups was that they were all such unique flavors that I normally would not have prepared myself. Each container is 2 cups making this a great meal or perfect to share with your spouse with a side salad.

Want to give the Splendid Spoon a try? Use this link to receive $20 off your first order ❤ We’d love to hear what you think.

Eat your veggies

A friend told me she gets her family to eat more veggies by always keeping stock of their favorite dips. The rule is they can eat all the dip they want, if they eat it will veggies.

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Goodbye empty carbs, hello nutrient fiber filled veggies.

Grilled chicken with buffalo sauce
Veggies, olives, and homemade ranch dip

Shakeology Recipes

Shakeology makes for the perfect meal while traveling.
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Vegan Vanilla Shakeology + frozen bluberries, strawberries, and bananas
 
Interested in giving Shakeology a try, here’s a link to our $20 vegan sampler pack (chocolate, vanilla, cafe latte, and strawberry).
 
 
Have questions? Just ask ❤  iamglutenfreefl@gmail.com

Chimichurri

Chimichurri – added flavor you can feel good about
a bunch of cilantro
a bunch of parsley
2 cloves of garlic (or WAY more if you’re my husband)
olive oil

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Blend together in a food processor and TADA – so much flavor to brighten up any dish. We love to marinade our chicken in this and save half the mixture to pour on top when it comes off the grill. This also makes a kicks dressing for salads, potatoes, or cauliflower rice.

Be creative. What would you put this on?

Why I drink Shakeology

As a mother of 3, sometimes throwing together nutritious meals if something I can only dream of. For those days I love the ease of Shakeology. More than just a protein shake, shakeology is full of nutrients, pre and probiotics, and I order the vegan packets to cut back on my dairy consumption.
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Vanilla Shakeology + frozen banana + strawberry + coconut water
 
Try our Clean Week Challenge ($29.95)
– 7 samples shakeology
– access to online workouts
– a step-by-step guide to healthy eating, including simple and delicious recipes for your meals and Shakeology.
 
 
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Crockpot Chicken Soup

Pull out your crockpot because this is the EASIEST meal. So full of flavor and #whole30 approved if you skip the rice. PLUS, it was the best meal for being sick.

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I used a 6 lb chicken instead of 3 and have half the meat leftover for dinners this week. Tacos? Chicken salad? Whatever suits your fancy.

4 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb carrots, diced
2 onions, diced
4 celery stalks, diced
1 3-pound whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
4-6 cups water
1/3 cup chopped fresh dill (or 1 tsp dried oregano and 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
1 teaspoon fine sea salt, more for salting the chicken and more to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup uncooked brown rice
i bag spinach

Directions
Place garlic, carrots, onion, and celery into the insert of your slow cooker.
Pat chicken dry and season generously with sea salt, then add the chicken into the slow cooker.
Add in the water, dill, salt, pepper, and bay leaf.
Set on low for 8 hours.
Add rice and spinach one hour before eating.
Once done, discard the bay leaf and remove the chicken to shred. Discard the skin and bones.
Place chicken back into the slow cooker. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

Easy breakfast

I was sick all weekend, so nothing got prepped as I did nothing but nurse a baby and sleep. Luckily, a well stocked kitchen means we can always throw something simple and healthy together.

This week’s breakfast
Avocado toast (on Glutenfree Canyon Bread with trader Joe’s “everything but the bagel” seasoning)  and grapefruit

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Smash a hardboiled egg with the avocado for some added protein.