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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Yummy Paleo Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

paleo spaghetti, paleo meatballs, I’m a spaghetti squash fanatic; it’s healthy, filling, nutritious and it reminds me of “real” pasta — so it’s awesome across the board; throw some meatballs on top of it and I’m even more obsessed.

Enter my version of Paleo spaghetti and meatballs, obviously sans pasta, flour or breadcrumbs. I tried these meatballs a few different ways, and this version is my favorite. I generally like the taste and consistency that almond flour offers over coconut flour, so that’s my recommendation here, but you could easily sub one out for the other based on your preference. Additionally, these meatballs do have a slight kick to them, so nix the cayenne and red pepper if that’s not your thing. Lastly, I would either use half lean ground beef with half lean ground turkey, or all lean ground beef for these, because, well, they just taste better that way. I made them previously with all turkey, and they just didn’t have the same goodness; a little red meat in moderation won’t kill you. Enjoy!

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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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Lime and Cilantro Grilled Turkey Cutlets Recipe

Grilled turkey cutlets, lime cilantro turkey, paleo turkey cutletsThis one one of the first recipes I made when I began “cooking” on my own after I left the nest. I was eating a lot of cheap Mexican in my college days, so that is probably where I got my inspiration.

It’s super basic, healthy and extremely delicious, which is an incredible combination; no wonder it’s the only recipe from my early 20s that remained in the rotation — pretzel keg and Ramen noodles no more (thank goodness).

While this recipe calls for turkey cutlets, this works great with pork or chicken as well. Serve with some cauliflower rice or veggies and eat up! Yum.

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Paleo Ground Turkey ‘Garbage’ Stir Fry

paleo ground turkey recipe, clean eating turkey recipeThis dinner is the epitome of “throwing it together.”

I have made it many times, in many different ways. It simply requires looking in your fridge, realizing you have nothing to make for dinner, and throwing a bunch of things into a pot. I’m grateful that this form of cooking always seems to work out for me. In fact, this may be my favorite type of dinner to make, as it requires very little prep, virtually no planning, and it has this “Top Chef quick fire challenge” feeling to it. I always feel very proud of myself for making it work. Go me.

I usually have some frozen ground turkey meat in the freezer — and my fresh herb garden always helps — but this would work with any ground protein or dry herbs. Depending on my mood, I will sometimes switch out the sriracha for some coconut aminos if I’m wanting something less spicy. You can mix up the veggies based on what you have available, as well. Enjoy!

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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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Raw Carrot Salad with Walnuts, Raisins and Poached Egg

poached egg salad, raw carrot salad, paleo carrot saladCarrots are a constant in my life. I may have carotenosis — seriously. Juiced, roasted, raw; for snack, breakfast or side, you name it, I’ll eat it. And this recipe is only contributing to my intake.

This salad is super yummy. The raisins, nuts and egg add the perfect amount of sweetness and richness, and make this so much more than just a bowl of shredded raw carrots and greens.

I always eat this salad on its own, but if you need more protein than the egg provides, this would be delicious with a grilled chicken breast topper, as well. Enjoy!

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The ‘It Never Gets Old’ Spicy Paleo Chicken Rub

Paleo chicken rub, spicy paleo chicken, clean eatingI love playing around with spice rubs for chicken and beef. They can throw a wrench into a boring dinner routine and you can make them in bulk and keep them in your pantry for simple dinners with virtually no prep for the rest of the week. Easy peasy.

While some of my more inventive — and unsuccessful — rubs have a short shelf life, this one has some permanent real estate in my cupboard. It has great flavor and a little spiciness, and you could use it on chicken or pork. T

his recipes will usually get me through three meals that utilize around a pound of meat. Enjoy!

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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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