Yum! Best Healthy Shrimp and Grits Recipe

healthy shrimp and grits, paleo shrimp and grits I tend to feel really proud of myself when I pull a dish like this off.

Anybody can make a salad, right? But to take a dish that is notoriously unhealthy and recreate it in a healthy way? Now that deserves a pat on the back.

Alright, I’ll deflate my ego now.

My husband loves shrimp — and grits — so this one was for him; and it was approved by his normally-not-clean-eating palate, so that’s a win in my book. This dish has the same flavors and textures as the a non-clean version, but without all the fatty and salty crap that comes with it; it is one of my faves. Enjoy!

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Healthy Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice Recipe

healthy pork fried rice, pork fried cauliflower riceThis recipe is really for my Chinese food loving-husband; a love I never entertain him on — unfortunately for him.

If I’m every traveling, he has the local Chinese takeout restaurant on the phone the minute my foot steps out the door. It’s an essential factor in his “me” time and his favorite splurge in terms of non-clean eating items.

Pork fried rice is his favorite, so I whipped this up one night to try to feed his Chinese food craving. This is spouse-approved, extremely delicious and flavors are definitely there but — spoiler alert —  this obviously isn’t the greasy takeout that has come to be his beloved “cheat” — thus the basis of its appeal. Yum.

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Dairy Free Smoothie Recipe: Raspberry and Chocolate Hazelnut

dairy free shake, dairy free smoothieWe all need some sweet in our lives.

And if you can feed that craving without processed sugars or artificial ingredients, you are doing something right.

Ever since I made my diet “clean” I always turn to the natural sugars in fruits, raw honey and maple syrup to sweeten treats, and this recipe is no different. It incorporates chocolate hazelnut butter and an added almond butter “sauce” topper, so it is just the right amount of sweet and is super filling.

As with all my smoothie recipes, using frozen fruits is a must. When you add ice you are essentially adding water; and who wants a watery shake or smoothie? Ick.

I usually make small portions of this, serving in a small glass; this recipes makes about 3 small portions.

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The Dairy-Free ‘No Mayo’ Egg Salad Recipe

Dairy free egg salad, no mayo egg saladI was never a mayo fan — even before I was on my “clean eating” dairy-free kick — so based on its relation to the fatty condiment, I was never an egg salad fan either. Until now.

This dairy-free “no mayo” egg salad isn’t missing the mayo — even a little. Even those of you who actually like mayo will find it delicious. I promise. Plus, it is vastly more nutritious than its mayo-filled relative, so not only will it have you looking good, but it will keep you feeling good as well. There is also no added fat in my recipe — some similar recipes call for a lot of oil — and the egg and avocado combo make this super filling, so a little goes a long way.

For those of you who are grain-free like me, I usually enjoy this with a lettuce wrap or over some sliced tomato, but it also makes a great sandwich. Enjoy!

This recipe makes a large portion — approximately 5 or 6 large servings

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So Yum! Dairy-Free Raspberry Banana Shake Recipe

dairy-free shake, raspberry banana shake, healthy dairy-free shakeSmoothies and shakes are an easy and healthy breakfast or snack option for me.  I love the convenience of simply throwing a few fruits in a blender and pressing a button; easy clean up too.

I have a slew of different smoothie and shake recipes, but one common player in every individual recipe is using all frozen fruits — you can either buy them that way or buy them fresh and freeze them yourself. I often make fruit salads in the summer so I usually just freeze whatever I have left over. Using all frozen fruit and no ice makes these smoothies perfectly thick; I hate a watery smoothie or shake. Yuck.

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‘Rise and Shine’ Healthy Egg White Scramble Recipe

egg white scramble, healthy egg white, paleo egg recipeBreakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

I always tend to be the most hungry in the early AM after my morning workout, making my breakfast the most anticipated — and important — meal of my day.

A fresh juice and egg white scramble is my common morning eating routine. I normally throw an additional full egg into my scramble as well to add more flavor and fat.

My scrambles always come with some sort of veggie. Shaved Brussels are my favorite, but I try to switch it up as often as my pantry allows.

This egg/veggie combo makes me feel a little fancier than I am — like I ordered it from an adorably trendy farm-to-table brunch spot. I think its the garlic and fresh herbs that give it that effect. I also always throw in some Chia seeds to give it a nutritional boost. Its super yummy, healthy and always sets a nice tone for the day. Eat up.

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Paleo Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Recipe

bacon-wrapped pork, clean eating recipes, paleo pork recipesMMmm.. bacon..

I try to keep saltier and fattier meats to a minimum, but when I’m looking for a sluttier dinner that doesn’t go completely off the reservation, I always incorporate bacon.

This recipe is actually a variation of a pork marinade that I make often — with an added bacon outer wrapper. Yum. It’s a total crowd-pleaser and looks way fancier and harder to put together than it is. I find people are often unnecessarily impressed when I serve this.

I usually pair this with some cooked kale or roasted veggies, but it really goes with anything. Enjoy!

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Primal Zucchini Pasta Noodles with Creamy Avocado Sauce

How to make zucchini noodles, paleo zucchini noodles, zucchini pastaPasta is something I used to know. And while I know why I don’t eat it, that doesn’t mean I can’t also appreciate how wonderful it once tasted. Why do you think every Paleo “diet-er” tries to come up with ways to make eating vegetables feel more like eating grains? Duh. Because they taste good and we miss them.

This is another one of those recipes, and of the “wanna be pasta” recipes I’ve made, this one is in my top five. The creaminess of the avocado is delicious and gives it an “Alfredo” likeness while also making it super filling for a veggie dish. I like to use a ton of garlic in the sauce, but you can cut back to 4 or 5 cloves if you prefer. For the noodles, I use a veggie peeler to make thicker, linguine-like noodles, and it works great, but you’re real fancy and have access to a spiralizer, they work great, as well. I’ve also made raw veggie noodles with cheese graters, but have never been satisfied with the result, so I wouldn’t recommend it. Enjoy!

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Quick and Healthy Paleo Turkey Cutlets Recipe

Paleo turkey cutlet, healthy turkey cutlets, easy turkey recipeChicken and pork are regulars in my dinner entree rotation — turkey is the other white meat in my house.

Unfortunately, preparing turkey as the pilgrims intended — although delicious — can be a major pain, but if you lose the majority of the bird and keep the breasts, you get all the goodness without all the work.

This marinade is one of my favorites — its quick, it has great flavor and pleases most people — and you can do it with chicken or pork, as well. Enjoy!

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‘Almost Paleo’ Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Paleo Sweet potatoesWhenever I’m wanting something a little “sluttier” for a meal I always look to starchy veggies and bacon — turkey or pork will do — or a poached egg as an add-in (throwing one over a salad makes a world of difference).

The sweetness of the maple and potatoes and the saltiness of the bacon in this dish makes for a delicious, gooey and rich combination. You can use regular sweet potatoes, purple sweet potatoes, or a combination of both. I tend to prefer the purple, as they are a bit less sweet and less dense. They can be hard to find, however, so you can stick with their more-findable orange cousin if need be.

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