Easy Dinner Recipe: The Loaded Salad

I get asked almost weekly about healthy dinner options that are easy and simple to make. The Loaded Salad is just that. It's the easiest dinner to make, its full of nutrients, and tastes like a gourmet salad you would get at a fancy restaurant! It's on my weekly dinner rotation over here and I'm sure it will be on yours too once you realize how easy it is to prepare! 

The secret to this recipe is that you can customize it in any way you'd like! You can add more veggies, different seasonings, beans, meat, etc. I always add sautéed zucchini to mine though because cooking zucchini in onion, garlic, avocado oil, and spices makes the tastiest "dressing" to put on top of the mixed greens. 

I am excited to see how you customize your own Loaded Salad! Here's how I make mine...

The Loaded Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup brown rice (I use basmati)

2 cups chicken stock, bone broth,or veggie broth

1 tablespoon ghee or butter

2 zucchinis 

4 garlic cloves

1 small onion

mixed greens

1 lemon or lime

1 teaspoon Turmeric

1 teaspoon Cumin

1/2 teaspoon Coriander

1/2 teaspoon Paprika

1/2 teaspoon chili powder and/or flakes

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

& Any other spices you'd like to add!

*1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro & parsley (optional)

 

Instructions:

Rice

-In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup of brown rice, 2 cups broth, and 1 tablespoon of ghee to a boil

-Add in two cloves of chopped garlic to rice, cover, and cook on low for 20 minutes

Zucchini

-Add two tablespoons of avocado oil to a large skillet and heat on high

-Stir in two cloves of chopped garlic and a small onion and cook until onion turns translucent

-Add chopped zucchini to skillet and cook on medium, stirring frequently

-Add all remaining spices to skillet (turmeric, cumin, coriander, chili powder, salt, pepper, etc)

-Cook until zucchini is soft (about 10 minutes)

*Add zucchini mixture to garlic rice and mixed greens! Squeeze half of a lemon or lime on top and voila! 

Share below any modifications you made! I can't wait to see how you make your loaded salad!!

xo,

Lo

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken

I've got to be honest, I almost didn't post this recipe because it is soooo easy to make. I've actually been really insecure to post recipes in general because I'm not an experienced cook and I love to make really simple but healthy food! I try not to add any "fluff" to my food and if a yummy meal looks complicated in a cook book, I simply won't make it!

As I was thinking about it though, I figured that if I was this way, there's got to be other women out there that appreciate simple recipes too!! So, here is my SUPER EASY shredded Mexican chicken recipe! Let me just tell you, once you make it and see how easy it is, you will definitely want to add this to your weekly rotation! 

The chicken comes out so moist and flavorful and you can seriously add it to so many things to complete a meal! I added it to black beans and mixed greens earlier this week to make a taco salad! You can add this chicken to enchiladas, tacos, burrito bowls, quesadillas, veggies, etc! It's goes with pretty much everything!

I hope you love it as much as I do and please leave me a comment if you would like to see more healthy (but ridiculously easy) recipes! 

INGREDIENTS:

(feeds four)

2-3 frozen boneless chicken breasts (1 used two large ones)

1/4 cup chicken broth

1 16oz can of salsa

1 tsp paprika

1sp chili powder

1 tsp cayenne (for spice) 

 

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HOW TO:

1. Place frozen chicken breasts in slow cooker

2. Add salsa, chicken broth, and spices

3. Cook on low for 6 hours or until chicken is fully cooked

4. Add chicken breasts to a bowl and shred with forks

5. ENJOY! 

This was before I added the salsa & chicken broth!

This was before I added the salsa & chicken broth!

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Enjoy!! 

xo, Lo

Kitchari: Ayurvedic Healing Food

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While I was in my yoga teacher training last year, we learned extensively about Ayurvedic medicine and how to treat modern ailments with ancient healing remedies. Ayurveda is India's form of medicine and it is actually the oldest form of medicine ever recorded! As a natural health junkie, I couldn't believe that I hadn't learned about Ayurveda sooner. In India, it is still very much a part of their culture and they use Ayurvedic principles to this day to maintain health and wellness. 

One of the healing remedies I learned about was Kitchari. Kitchari is an amazing meal used  in Ayurvedic detoxes which aids in healing digestion issues. The recipe in itself is super simple but the health benefits are huge! Kitchari is known to be super easy on the digestive system so that it gives your system a break to heal and repair. Kitchari is also super high in fiber, iron, and protein and so it cleans out your intestines and removes toxins that may be wreaking havoc on your body.

I love the simplicity of Kitchari: Rice, Mung Dal, and spices. Some of the healing spices used in Kitchari are turmeric, cumin and fennel seed. These spices stir up the digestive system and help aid in inflammation. I feel like so often we caught up in the newest health fad and supplements that we over complicate our health. Ayurvedic philosophy reminds me that it truly is so simple! Show your body love and compassion, eat warm, healing foods, know your body type to feed it accordingly, and you will find balance in all areas of life!

When I decided that I wanted to learn to make Kitchari, I went to the two places I always go: Amazon and Pinterest. ;) I simply followed the Banyan Botanicals Recipe and I ordered the ingredients off of Amazon! I bought a Kitchari spice mix instead of buying all of the spices individually and it made it so much easier! It came out so creamy and delicious and I ate it for my lunches all week last week. 

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I would highly recommend making this if you have low energy, digestion problems, irregular bowel movements, or if you simply need an easy and healthy recipe to meal prep! Let me know in the comments if you make this recipe and let me know how you like it! 

xo,

Lauren

INGREDIENTS USED:

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Scones

I recently posted a picture on my Instagram of some AMAZING chocolate chip scones I had baked and got numerous messages asking for the recipe... ask and you shall receive! 

I want to preface this blogpost with PTL (Praise the Lord) I am not a food blogger! I ain't cut out for a spotless kitchen, making scones at 1 pm for "natural light" or spending hours getting every single photo of every single part of the process. I'm a no fuss type of gal and so this is a no fuss type of recipe and blogpost! My husband was craving scones at 8pm last night so I whipped these up real quick and just shot a few photos on my iPhone...

Lets talk about scones for a minute.... THEY. ARE. MY. FAVORITE. Some of my best childhood memories are making scone in the kitchen with my mom. We would put some loud music on and bake for hours! Her scones are the most delicious scones I have ever had in my life but let me just tell you they are NOT guilt-free! They also took a LONG time to make. When I discovered this new recipe, I couldn't believe how easy they were to make and how there was such minimal ingredients in them! They are gluten and grain free and are only sweetened with honey. I adapted this recipe from The Gluten-Free Homemakers Blog but changed it up a bit and added a couple more ingredients to make it even better (in my opinion!) ;) 

INGREDIENTS:

-3 cups almond flour 

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-1/2 teaspoon sea salt

-1/2 cup shredded coconut

-3/4 cup chocolate chips

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

-1 tablespoon coconut oil 

-2 eggs 

-1/4 cup honey

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

2. In a medium bowl, mix together almond flour, salt, baking soda, coconut shreds, cinnamon, and chocolate chips 

3. In a small bowl, mix together eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla extract

4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients to form a dough

5. Sprinkle almond flour on a cutting board and form the dough into a pizza shape

6. Cut into slices 

7. Put scones on the lined cookie sheet

8. Bake for 10-12 minutes!

ENJOY!!! 

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My Must-have Health Food items from Amazon

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I'm often mentioning new products I'm using on my Instagram and am always asked where they are from and so I thought I would compile a list of all my favorites! These are my tried & true must have health food and supplement items. I use most of them on the daily or weekly basis and I add them in many different recipes! Stay-tuned, I have many more recipes using these items that will be posted soon! 

for smoothies, cooking, baking, or whatever else your heart desires! 

Vital proteins collagen peptides is my favorite to put in ALL my smoothies! Collagen peptides helps heal your gut, aids in digestion, and is a hair, skin, and nails supplement! You can't taste it but it adds so many nutrients to your daily smoothie. You can even put it in your coffee or matcha in the mornings! 

COCONUT BUTTER!!! AKA my favorite thing, ever. Coconut butter is better than coconut oil because it also contains the coconut meat. This is a great supplement to add to your coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, desserts, or just eat it by the spoonful! yum. 

Cacao nibs are a stable of my every day diet.. what can I say, I love chocolate! I love raw cacao because its adds a crunch to oatmeal, a decadence to smoothies, and is full of antioxidants! I gave two size options for you but I get the Anthony's brand and buy them in bulk because I got through a bag pretty fast! 

I always make sure I have turmeric on hand because it is such a powerful spice and supplement! Turmeric is amazing for getting rid of inflammation and It also is a great sleep aid! Put a 1/4 teaspoon of this with some warm coconut milk and cinnamon and drink it right before bed. So comforting! 

Ashwagandha is my favorite adaptogen of all time and I add it to everything! Ashwagandha is an herb that has been noted to heal hormone imbalances, calm stress and anxiety, and giving natural energy. If you were to try out any adaptogen, I highly recommend trying out this one! 

A matcha tea a day keeps the good health here to stay... Honestly though, try to swap out coffee one day a week for a matcha latte and you will notice a difference! 

I hope you find this helpful! I have no doubt that adding these superfoods to your pantry will have huge health benefits for you! Feel free to reach out with any questions on how to use them! 

-Lo