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  1. Grain-free Steak Quesadilla {gluten-free, paleo + dairy-free options}

    Tortillas are one of the best vessels for food and I dare anyone to challenge that! Keeping with the theme of our chipped beef as part of our Protein Prep Method, let us introduce our chipped beef quesadillas. If you’ve made the chipped beef for easy meal prep, you are going to need to add this to your list of recipes to use that beef with. Check out our Chipped Beef Recipe for meal prep here.

    Grain-free Steak Quesadilla {gluten-free}

    Grain-free Steak Quesadilla {gluten-free}

    These quesadillas are super simple and take hardly any time at all to make. The key is to prep all of your add ins so they are ready to go in the quesadilla because this recipe takes minutes.

    Some people aren’t into the leftover game, but I suggest you make extras! These reheat great in the oven at 350ºF for 10-12 minutes. If you’re in the office a microwave or toaster oven also work well. This recipe goes with that saying, “cook once and eat for the week.”

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  2. Protein Prep: How-to Make Chipped Beef

    We are so excited to bring you a new series of posts and recipes to make meal planning even easier for you. Protein prep is one of the most basic ways to meal prep and plan for yourself without elaborate recipes, tons of work or time.

    Protein Prep: How-to Make Chipped Beef

    Protein Prep: How-to Make Chipped Beef

    The goal with the Protein Prep Method is to start the week with maybe 2 to 3 super versatile basic proteins at the start of the week, that you can easily prepare and cook in bulk and then can be used throughout the week a variety of ways to make quick, easy, simple meals that require little to no effort. This month we are sharing a simple but unique way to prepare beef that will give you loads of options for meals throughout your busy week, along with a handful of recipes to utilize this prepped protein.

    Chipped beef is something that you never knew you were missing in your meal prep until now. If you haven’t heard of chipped beef it is typically a very thinly sliced beef that is salted and preserved. To simplify things, with our recipe we had the butcher shred some beef into thin slices for us to make our own version that doesn’t require a ton of work or time to preserve that you can feel good eating.

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  3. Wine Braised Short Ribs with Rustic Mashed Potatoes {gluten-free, grain-free, paleo + Whole30}

    Wine Braised Short Ribs with Rustic Mashed Potatoes

    Braised short ribs are one of those dishes that I tend to lean towards ordering from restaurants. I never knew how they’d get that meat so tender and where the heck I could buy that meat to make at home. Well years ago, I finally did some investigating and realized that wow, pretty much every grocery store carries beef short ribs.

    I’ve made variations of this recipe for years but decided I needed to clean up the quality of my ingredients. This recipe does say WINE BRAISED but don’t we have an adaptable version for those who do not want to use alcohol in this recipe, if you are following Whole30, etc.

    We start off with 3-4 pounds of bone in beef short ribs. This dish is set to serve 4, but I would suggest that if you’d like to have leftovers, I’d double the recipe. This recipe takes a little bit of prep but it is totally worth your time!

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  4. Gluten-free Butter Cookies (Dairy-free option)

    These Gluten-free Butter cookies are a classic simple recipe that can be made during any time of the year but are special to us during the winter holiday season. We adapted one of our family’s recipes to make our butter cookies gluten and dairy free. The cookies still have the same buttery rich flavor from the ghee (clarified butter) without the lactose or casein.


    Gluten-free Butter Cookies (dairy-free)

    Gluten-free Butter Cookies (dairy-free)

    Butter cookies can be known to be a bit dense so for our recipe we really recommend you mix the butter and sugars together until they are light and fluffy. It may take 3-5 minutes to get to that fluffy consistency that we are looking for so we recommend using a stand mixer if you have one and a hand mixer will also work for this recipe. Room temperature ingredients are important with this recipe. Having the butter and egg yolks at room temperature helps the dough come together with the coconut sugar.

    If you can’t find ghee at your local grocery store, we have a recipe to make your own ghee at home and it is so easy and worth your time to make a batch to have on hand. Using a high quality organic butter (pasture-raised if you can find it) is optimal when making ghee. If you do not have dairy sensitivity you can for sure use regular high quality butter in this recipe it swaps very easily.

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  5. Bone Broth Risotto with Pan Seared Scallops {gluten-free + dairy-free}

    Risotto with Pan Seared Scallops (gluten-free + dairy-free)

    Risotto with Pan Seared Scallops (gluten-free + dairy-free)

    Risotto is one of those comfort foods that’s easier and more versatile than most people think. This recipe does take some attention because you need to add one cup of broth at a time, but it is well worth it! One of the best parts about this Bone Broth Risotto with Pan Seared Scallops is that it is packed with flavor, ingredients that you know have added nutritional value, but the best part is you save more than half of the amount of money on this dish making it at home than buying at a restaurant. There are no extra oils and ingredients that you can’t pronounce the name of. This recipe is great for a novice cook looking to dip their toe in an elegant new dish to show off to their family and friends.

    Risotto with Pan Seared Scallops (gluten-free + dairy-free)

    In this recipe we use arborio rice. Arborio rice is known to be very starchy which in turn creates this creaminess without using any milk or cream. Arborio rice is also naturally gluten free for those that are sensitive or intolerant to gluten this is a great option.

    We chose turkey bone broth in this recipe because Thanksgiving has just come and gone, and we had a batch on hand. Don’t worry though, any bone broth or stock that is homemade or store-bought will work with this recipe. Bone broth has lots of nutritional value! It’s rich in minerals, amino acids, protein. Here is a post we did on making your own bone broth with more information on the nutritional aspects.

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  6. Dark Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Balls – No Bake {Gluten-Free + Cane Sugar-Free}

    These gluten-free Dark Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Balls are literally ALL of my favorite things in one. Dark chocolate, peanut butter, they’re a little creamy, a little crunchy and they have the perfect bit of salt on top. WHAT? Did I dream these?

    Dark Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Balls - No Bake {Gluten-Free + Cane Sugar-Free}

    Dark Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Balls - No Bake {Gluten-Free + Cane Sugar-Free}

    We had a small outdoor, safe, Thanksgiving celebration here at out house with our little “Pandemic Pod of Pals” and I made a full spread of classic, Thanksgiving food w could enjoy outside on our deck. Our friend Audrey offered to bring her famous Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls to share and when dinner ended and I pulled them from the fridge, made sure they were gluten-free and then promptly popped one into my mouth. After I yelled a few overly excited expletives I realized for me, it was love at first bite!! I believe while I was dancing with one of these in my mouth, my exact quote was (and I will leave out my excited use of the F-word) – “OMG, what is this magic? This is all of my most favorite things in one bite!!!”

    After getting Audrey’s original recipe, I made a few small tweaks to the recipe, swapping powdered sugar for coconut sugar and maple syrup, leaving out vegan butter and cutting it in half and opting for salted grass-fed butter instead (you can also use ghee or coconut oil here, too) and the box of sprouted brown rice cacao crisps I already had in the pantry made for the perfect crispy crunchy interior.

    There’s just something about the classic flavors of dark chocolate and peanut butter that I will never tired of and while there are so many nut butter alternatives and yeh, sure, they are good, they just don’t quite do it for me the way that peanut butter does (see below for options and alternatives for other options, if you must).

    Dark Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Balls - No Bake {Gluten-Free + Cane Sugar-Free}

    Making these Dark Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Balls was a therapeutic baking session (sans actually baking) thanks to the sadness of my cancelled plans. There’s something about being in the kitchen, Christmas music blaring and making something sweet that is instantly soothing to the soul.

    The best part about these, since they make well over 4 dozen balls, they are perfect to portion out and share with people you love, especially for the holidays. Leave a small box for your neighbors, give some to your trainer in an effort to bribe him to go easy on you in your workout (I might have done that) or just keep them ALL for yourself.

    I have since learned, thanks to Google that these Rice Crispy Peanut Butter Balls are a classic recipe, though many of the original recipes include half as much cereal and peanut butter and a full cup of powdered sugar, plus milk chocolate. I can’t even imagine how overly sweet those are. I really love that these Dark Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Balls are the perfect amount of sweet without hitting you over the head with it.

    I hope you enjoy these Dark Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Balls as such as I did – and please let me know if they make you scream swear words out of pure glee, too!

    By the way, in other circumstances I would have loved to share process photos while I made these, but to be fair, I did make them at like 8pm on a Sunday night after we found out our Yosemite trip had been officially cancelled because our campgrounds had closed due to this secondary lock down in California. So it is what it is, like the rest of 2020!

    Also, hey – did you hear the news?

    Speaking of chocolate, in case you missed it, I officially unveiled the brand new Tasty Yummies web store last week and introduced the three exclusive Tasty Yummies raw organic dark chocolate bars – Basic B, Salty B and Spicy B. All of the bars are dairy-free, cane sugar-free featuring the right amount of sweetness from mineral-rich coconut sugar, and luscious raw cacao butter stone ground at low temperatures. I am so proud of these bars and I am so excited to finally share them with all of you.

    While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend melting down these Tasty Yummies Chocolate Bars like 10 of them for this particular recipe, they are the perfect bar to savor and enjoy every single day.

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  7. Winter Salad with Chicken, Root Veggies & Champagne Vinaigrette

    If you thought salad was only a summer dish, I promise this Winter Salad with Chicken, Root Veggies & Champagne Vinaigrette is sure to change your mind. This salad has a ton of warming flavors with a winter vibe from the rosemary to root veggies with lots of options for you to customize to your family’s needs.

    Winter Salad with Chicken, Root Veggies & Champagne Vinaigrette

    Winter Salad with Chicken, Root Veggies & Champagne Vinaigrette

    This Winter Salad with Chicken, Root Veggies & Champagne Vinaigrette is a wonderful way to celebrate the bounty of the season with a meal-sized salad FULL of nutrients and valor.

    Winter Salad with Chicken, Root Veggies & Champagne Vinaigrette

    Winter Salad with Chicken, Root Veggies & Champagne Vinaigrette

    First up is the roasted rosemary balsamic garlic chicken that smells like a night with heavy snow and everyone hanging out by the fire all nicely warm and cozy. This chicken is quick to cook, but you can also plan ahead and prep the chicken a day or two ahead, if you are someone who batch preps your proteins at the start of the week. It makes easy weeknight meals even easier. If you want to this Winter Salad to be a side dish to another protein, simply leave the chicken out.

    Winter Salad with Chicken, Root Veggies & Champagne Vinaigrette

    Next up we have some roasted sweet potatoes that add a nice sweetness and texture and can take the place of croutons any day. You may be surprised with the roasted beets in this salad but the nutty earthy flavor they provide pairs very nicely with the rosemary chicken. A sprinkle of goat cheese and chopped pecans are the perfect final add-ins. The topper is the champagne vinaigrette. It sounds fancy, it tastes fancy, but don’t worry it is very simple to make and I’m pretty sure this will become a staple dressing.

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  8. Immune Supportive Citrus Matcha Elixir

    This citrus-infused matcha drink features MegaFood C-Protect Nutrient Booster Powder, matcha, fresh orange juice and zest, it can be sweetened to your liking with honey and it offers a delicious and simple way to support your immune system.* Be sure to catch the various options at the end of the post to keep your immune support* fun and delicious.

    This post and recipe were created in partnership with MegaFood. I am proud to work with brands that care about the health of their consumers and the planet. As always, all opinions, ideas and text are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Tasty Yummies.

    Immune Supportive Citrus Matcha Elixir

    Immune Supportive Citrus Matcha Elixir

    It is the perfect time to prioritize foods, habits and supplements that will help to support our health and well-being, and to take the necessary steps to support our immune health.*

    There is a lot to consider with immune support, from the basic foundations of health and wellness to the nuances of bio-individuality. I am forever a firm believer in turning to our diet, nutrition and lifestyle first, whenever possible and accessible, to support our body’s natural processes and efforts. But we may not always obtain all of the essential nutrients for immune support from diet alone; this is when I turn to and recommend supplemental support.  

    Immune Supportive Citrus Matcha Elixir

    MegaFood Daily C-Protect Nutrient Booster Powder offers daily support for the immune system by combining vitamin C with farm-fresh super fruits, including organic blueberries, organic cranberries and organic whole oranges. It also includes an Immune-Balancing Blend with organic astragalus and organic schisandra berry.*  Use my code BETH20 for 20% off your first order on megafood.com.

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  9. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 56: A Guided Mindfulness Practice for Anxiety

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    No. 56 | A Guided Mindfulness Practice for Anxiety

    Enjoy this brief guided meditation and mindfulness exercise for anxiety that you can do this anytime, anywhere. When you want to feel more grounded, relaxed, and alert to your present moment experience of your body and senses.

    For information on working with Beth 1:1 for Functional Nutritional Therapy support along with targeted protocols for gut healing, blood sugar support, hormone healing, brain health and more, you can apply here – http://tasty-yummies.com/1on1

    >>> If you are struggling with your mental health right now in any way and you need support, please reach out to a licensed therapist or counselor or at the very least, a loved one who can support you. If you don’t have anyone, please reach out to me – you are not alone <<<

     

     

     

     

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  10. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 55: Body Liberation: The Grey Area of Diet Culture and Anti-Diet Culture

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    No. 55 | Body Liberation: The Grey Area of Diet Culture and Anti-Diet Culture

    Join us as we have a chat about body liberation and navigating the vibrant grey area of diet culture and anti-diet culture as you end the toxic dieting cycle and discover autonomy.

    Lucia Hawley is a functional nutritional therapy practitioner, women’s health expert with a master’s in social work, clinical mental health. Her mission is to teach dieters how to end the dieting cycle and lose weight for life. Her liberatory approach to nutrition emphasizes techniques that incorporate knowledge on not only how our bodies work, but how and why our bodies, minds, and spirits were all created to radically coexist in harmony. This empowers her clients to deeply understand their subconscious identities and habits, and to finally break free of the dieting cycle once and for all. Lucia hosts the Devoured Podcast, coaches clients in her Lean + Liberated Method, and enjoys getting outside into nature with her family and spunky dog in Portland, Oregon.

     

     

     

     

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  11. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 54: Quick Breathwork Practice for Stress Relief

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    No. 54 |Quick Breathwork Practice for Stress Relief

    I heard you all on where you most needed support right now and there was an overwhelming request for support for stress and anxiety. I hope you enjoy this simple breathwork practice for stress relief.

    Incorporate this simple mindfulness and meditation practice of using your breath in times of stress to calm the body and the nervous system.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    TRUST + THRIVE ACADEMY: https://tasty-yummies.com/trustandthrive/

    Text me now at 310-349-3794 or use this link

     

     

     

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  12. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 53: Finding Comfort in the Discomfort

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    No. 53 | Finding Comfort in the Discomfort

    A quick, stream-of-conscious, episode where I am sharing my thoughts on finding comfort in the discomfort and what I have learned about healing in community, the importance of seeking support and giving yourself grace and having patience as you grow.

     

    Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

    Dr. Tee William’s Foundations of Social Justice Course

    Trust + Thrive Academy

     

     

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  13. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 52: How to Shift Your Sh*t and Prioritize Your Self Care

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    No. 52 | Shift Your Sh*t. How to Prioritize your Self Care with Courtney Klop

    In this episode I am joined by my friend Courtney Klop of Self Care Creature and we are talking all about how to prioritize your self care, the importance of turning inwards and how to shift your life to make space for growth, change and self-trust.

    Covered in this episode:

    • simple steps to begin implementing self care
    • belief > potential > action > growth
    • why after pics don’t tell the whole story
    • trusting yourself
    • the importance of investing in yourself and in mentors
    • What is Well Self?
    • and so much more!

    About Courtney Klop

    Courtney is a self-care guide + educator. With a background as a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor, and functional nutritional therapist, Courtney has come to describe self-care as synonymous with self-compassion. She’s a wild-hearted soul that lives for adventure and genuine connection. Enamored by life, nourishing traditions, and the human experience altogether, Courtney loves guiding people through the inner journey. She’ll teach ya how to loosen up, trust yourself, and love your life.

     

    More from Courtney Klop:

    SelfCareCreature.com

    WellSelf 6 Week Series

    Follow Courtney on Instagram

     

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  14. 5 Simple Tips to Relax and Calm Your Mind and Body

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    5 Simple Tips to Relax and Calm Your Mind and Body

    There is no denying stress is part of the human experience and while stress may be an inevitable part of living, supporting the body in its stress resiliency and working on our response to stress doesn’t have to be a complicated undertaking.

    Stress is pervasive, and as I teach all of my Nutritional Therapy clients, it isn’t just the typical mental and emotional life stressors we need to consider. Stress and our body’s response to stress can sneak in through blood sugar dysregulation, inflammation, circadian rhythm disruption, and so much more. What are we to do when stress surrounds us and we are desperate to relax and find peace and calm in our mind and body?

    Many of the stressors we’re exposed to might be beyond our control; we can control our response to stress and bring a sense of calm to the mind and body to support our nervous system from being impacted by the stress. 

    Here are my top 5 tips to relax and calm your mind and body and to support a healthy response to stress: 

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  15. California Cobb Mason Jar Salad with Green Goddess Dressing {gluten-free, keto, paleo + Whole30 options}

    California Cobb Mason Jars Salad with Green Goddess Dressing {gluten-free, keto}

     

    California Cobb Mason Jar Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

    California is known for so many incredible things, these California Cobb Mason Jars Salads with Green Goddess Dressing featuring California Avocados essentially combines them all in one easy-to-make, on-the-go meal!

    Summer in California looks a lot different this year, but we are making the most of the current situation and of course, all the incredible goodness that California always has to offer us.

    We’ve gotten quite creative with our time outside of the house this summer, including our date nights. Weekends used to mean heading to a new restaurant, somewhere we could feel pampered, explore a new neighborhood and have a true California experience. In recent months, we have been taking drives to the ocean, picking a new beach each week, grabbing take out from our favorite local, farm-to-table restaurants, supporting California farmers and purveyors or just making and taking our own meals to-go!!

    We are always celebrating the goodness that California offers from amazing produce and signature flavors in classic recipes to the best dang views and outdoor living there is!

    One of my most favorite classic California creations is the California Cobb Salad. I am not quite sure where this iconic salad originated but today I am sharing a fun new twist so you can take it up a notch and make it portable.

    California Cobb Mason Jars Salad with Green Goddess Dressing {gluten-free, keto}

    California Cobb Salad

    A classic California Cobb salad featuring chicken, bacon, California avocado, hard boiled egg, blue cheese crumbles and various fresh produce like lettuce and tomatoes, usually lined up and arranged beautifully in a rainbow presentation.

    Here’s the thing about a Cobb salad, you can really make it your own. Add some red onions or cucumbers, maybe some chickpeas. Add in spinach, kale or arugula for more dark leafy greens. Swap out the blue cheese for more avocado. As for the dressing, there are many variations you will find here, as well, from ranch to blue cheese dressing or even a simple balsamic vinaigrettes – but today, since we are celebrating California this California Avocado Green Goddess Dressing felt very apropos to celebrate one of California’s greatest gifts, the avocado!

    California Cobb Mason Jars Salad with Green Goddess Dressing {gluten-free, keto}

    California Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

    This simple-to-make creamy green goddess dressing is THE perfect compliment to this California-inspired salad. From it’s vibrant color to the fresh, bright flavor and rich, creamy goodness. This makes more than what you need for two large mason jar salads, but keep it on hand for dipping fresh veggies, throw it over any salad or grilled veggies, over eggs, etc.

     

    California Cobb Mason Jars Salad with Green Goddess Dressing {gluten-free, keto}

    How to Make California Cobb Salad in a Jar:

    Creating and serving a salad in a jar is a game-changer for summer eats, especially on-the-go. Picnics and beach trips may not be as abundant but we’ve been maximizing our date nights with grabbing food and driving to the beach in LA for what I will venture to call the finest oceanside dining, from the luxury of our own car.

    California Cobb Mason Jars Salad with Green Goddess Dressing {gluten-free, keto}

    When creating mason jar salads here are a few simple tips to make the best salad experience possible – meaning NO sad, soggy lettuce:

    1. Start with your dressing at the bottom, anywhere from 1-4 tablespoons of dressing, depending on how much you like and how large the salad is. By keeping the dressing at the bottom you’ll prevent the lettuce and other ingredients from getting mushy.
    2. Continue to layer your mason jar salad by adding any hard veggies and fruits. I find adding tomatoes at the bottom right after the dressing helps to keep any excess water from the tomatoes away from the other ingredients.
    3. Next add your proteins.
    4. Layer any soft veggies or fruit (like avocados) mid-jar or just right before the greens.
    5. Add the blue cheese at any point in the middle, if using.
    6. Finally, add the salad greens. Salad greens such as lettuce have to always be on top to avoid them getting soggy or wilted.

    By finishing with the lettuce or greens last you can squeeze in as much as you can fit into the jar. With the greens being on top, when you turn the jar over to empty it out, you create a bed of greens.

    Mason Jar Salads are the Perfect On-the-Go Meal

    With how these salads are stored, you can make it up to a day head and just grab and go. Bringing a plate and some forks along for the ride. Most people assume you eat a mason jar salad straight from the jar… NOPE! That wouldn’t be very fun or easy.

    California Cobb Mason Jars Salad with Green Goddess Dressing {gluten-free, keto}

    How Do You Eat a Mason Jar Salad?

    Well, when you are ready to eat the mason jar salad, just…

    1. remove the cap to the mason jar;
    2. if there is room in the jar, give the mason jar salad a really shake to mix the dressing with the rest of the ingredients;
    3. either way just shake the salad into a bowl or a large plate as you pour all the ingredients out;
    4. toss as needed to combine.

    Enjoy!!

    California Cobb Mason Jars Salad with Green Goddess Dressing {gluten-free, keto}

    How Long Will a Mason Jar Salad Last?

    Most mason jar salads will last up to 5 days, if stored properly, so feel free to make ahead or even use this method for meal prepping for the week.  

    Be sure the lid is screwed on tightly so it’s sealed and store in the fridge. 

    Great for on-the-go lunches if you are heading to work, the perfect park lunch if you need a break from working from home or a fun date night beach-side dinner.

    California Cobb Mason Jars Salad with Green Goddess Dressing {gluten-free, keto}

     

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    California Cobb Mason Jar Salad with Green Goddess Dressing {gluten-free, keto, paleo + Whole30 options}
     
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    gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, keto, options for Whole30, paleo, dairy-free
    Serves: 2-4 servings
    Ingredients
    • 2-8 tablespoons California Avocado Green Goddess Dressing (see recipe below)
    • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 2 to 4 hard boiled eggs
    • 6 to 8 oz of cooked chicken (shredded, cubed, etc)
    • 1 California Avocado, cut into cubes
    • 2-4 oz crumbled blue cheese
    • 6 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled or roughly chopped
    • 4 cups+ of salad greens (I used little gem lettuce, because it was local and in season)
    Instructions
    1. Make sure your two wide-mouth mason jars are clean and dry.
    2. Add 1-4 tablespoons of California Avocado Green Goddess Dressing to the bottom each jar. (it’s your preference for how much dressing you like and how many ingredients there are). These keeps the other ingredients from getting soft or mushy.
    3. Diving the ingredients between the two jars, begin layering the ingredients, in the order listed above.
    4. Tomatoes, then eggs, chicken, avocado, cheese, bacon, then lettuce.
    5. When you get to the lettuce, ass as much as you can squeeze into the jar, feel free to gently press down to make enough room for the greens.
    6. When you are ready to eat your California Cobb Mason Jar Salad unscrew the lid and shake the contents out into a bowl or plate. Toss everything well to combine, as needed so everything is coated in the dressing and the ingredients are well dispersed.
    Notes
    Anything listed above typically found in a Classic Cobb is obviously optional. Feel free to add your favorite salad ingredient, like cucumber, red onion, radish, chickpeas, a different cheese, your favorite lettuce or other greens – you can make these Mason Jar Cobb Salads your own!!
     

    California Cobb Mason Jars Salad with Green Goddess Dressing {gluten-free, keto}

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    Green Goddess Dressing {gluten-free, keto, paleo + Whole30}
     
    gluten-free, paleo, keto, whole30
    Serves: approx 1.5 cups
    Ingredients
    • 1 large ripe California avocado
    • 1 cup packed fresh parsley, stems removed
    • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
    • ¼ cup water (more or less as needed for desired thickness)
    • 3 tablespoons avocado oil mayo
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
    • 1 large garlic clove (or 1 very small shallot)
    • 3 tablespoons avocado oil mayo
    • sea salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender or small food processor. Pulse a few times then blend until well incorporated and super creamy. Add more water as needed to reach your desired consistency.
    Notes
    You can use half basil and half parsley, if you’d like
    Add a small jalapeño (seeds and ribs removed) or red pepper flakes for a little heat
    Use a vegan mayo to avoid eggs, as needed
     

     

    This post is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission but all opinions are my own.

     

  16. Grilled Marinated Chicken Thighs with California Avocado Basil Pesto {paleo, Whole30, keto}

    Grilled Marinated Chicken Thighs with California Avocado Basil Pesto

    Grilled Marinated Chicken Thighs with California Avocado Basil Pesto

    Grilled Marinated Chicken Thighs with California Avocado Basil Pesto

    With grilling season upon us and my love for simple whole food meals made easy, I am so excited to share this super simple recipe that is packed with flavor and sure to WOW this summer – without any fuss!

    Grilled Marinated Chicken Thighs with California Avocado Basil Pesto

    Marinated Chicken Thighs

    This simple marinade takes just a few minutes to prepare and brings so much flavor to the chicken. Marinade overnight and with a quick 20 minutes or less on the grill you have a quick meal with more flavor than you can imagine.

    Grilled Marinated Chicken Thighs with California Avocado Basil Pesto

    California Avocado Basil Pesto

    While this easy-to-make sauce is amazing on these grilled marinated chicken thighs, it’s also an incredible addition to a grilled burger (beef or poultry), with grilled shrimp, scallops or fish, on top of grilled vegetables, as a dressing on your favorite salad, smeared on your favorite toast, flatbread or pizza, serve over pasta, rice, quinoa or another grain, swirled into mashes potatoes, in or on an omelet or frittata  – the possibilities are endless.

    Speaking of endless possibilities, besides being one of my favorite, nutritional, functional foods, California avocados, in my opinion are the most versatile summer fruit, with a long list of ways to prepare and include in your summer meals. 

    Even if avocado is a side dish or an accessory it somehow still always becomes the star of the show.

    We always have avocados around our house, to add healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and of course, so much flavor. 

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  17. Grilled Pineapple and California Avocado Salsa {Paleo, Whole30, Keto, Vegan}

    This easy Grilled Pineapple and California Avocado Salsa recipe makes everything tastier!  It’s made with fresh pineapple, California avocado, red onions, jalapeño, cilantro and lime juice.  

    Grilled Pineapple and California Avocado Salsa

    Grilled Pineapple and California Avocado Salsa

    While June feels like the official kick-off of grill season, it is also California avocado month, and I am already getting creative with what we are putting on the fire (though, let’s just be really honest, here in California it’s always grill season).

    Grilling is my favorite. It has become a bit of a weekend activity around here. We pick a dinner (or brunch) project and we make a whole thing of it. Because, I think we can all agree that everything is better grilled.

    Grilled Pineapple and California Avocado Salsa

    Included in that – AVOCADOS. Have you ever grilled an avocado? It’s magical! Avocados are a fabulous, versatile fruit that lends itself to savory and sweet dishes of all kind, but did ya know they can be grilled, too! When grilled in their skins, avocados take on a really spectacular smoky flavor and their flesh becomes soft and warm. Beyond this salsa recipe you are about to become obsessed with, grilled avocados are amazing just as they are served up with some salt and pepper, fresh lime juice and a spoon. Grilled avocados are also delicious smashed up into an epic guacamole or just spread on toast for an avocado toast to end all others.

    Mixed into a delicious salsa, the creamy, fatty flesh of the grilled avocado is such a welcomed contrast to the bright flavors from the lime and the pineapple and crunchy textures from the pepper and the red onion.

    Combined with the pineapple it all comes together perfectly in a stand-out, impressive dish that is sure to wow.The pineapple beautifully caramelizes as it grills – it gets soft, sweet and it transforms into a smokey, caramelized version of itself.

    Serve this Grilled Pineapple and California Avocado Salsa with chips as an appetizer or snack, on top of your favorite grilled protein (it would honestly be delicious with chicken, fish, pork or steak), over your favorite salad or to put the finishing touch on your favorite tacos!

    It is a delectable balance of sweet, spicy and smoky.

    Grilled Pineapple and California Avocado Salsa

    Recipe Options:

    • Make the pineapple salsa without the avocado and serve the salsa in the grilled 1/2 avocado “boats” for a fun presentation at your summer dinner party.
    • Wanna take it up a notch, grill the onion and jalapeños, too
    • Serve over grilled proteins like fish, chicken, pork chops or steak. Add to tacos, salads or any other dish that you want to bring a little flair to.

    Grilled Pineapple and California Avocado Salsa

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    Grilled Pineapple and California Avocado Salsa
     
    gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, paleo, keto, whole30
    Serves: 4+
    Ingredients
    • 1 small whole pineapple
    • 2 medium ripe California Avocados
    • 1-2 tbs olive oil
    • ¼ cup diced red onion
    • ¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro
    • ½ lime, juiced
    • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt, more or less to taste
    • 1-2 tbs finely minced jalapeño, optional (can also use bell pepper or other peppers)
    • black pepper, to taste
    • Heat your grill (or grill pan) to medium-high. Allow to pre-heat for long enough so the grates get super hot. Slice the pineapple into rounds or sliced vertically. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit.
    • Brush both sides of the pineapple slices with olive oil. Brush the flesh side of the avocados with olive oil. Grill the pineapple until caramelized on both sides, about 5-7 minutes per side. Grill the avocado on the flesh side for 5-7 minutes.
    • Remove both from grill, let cool slightly. Remove the core on the pineapple slices and dice the the pineapple into 2 cups of bite-sized chunks. Save any extra grilled pineapple rings for a tasty dessert, to serve over yogurt, etc. Dice the avocado into tiny cubes.
    • In a large bowl, toss together 2 cups of the diced pineapple and avocado with the jalapeño, onion, cilantro, lime juice and sea salt.
    • Serve with chips, over your favorite grilled fish, chicken or pork, use on tacos or atop a salad
    • This post is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission but all opinions are my own.
    Instructions
    1. Heat your grill (or grill pan) to medium-high. Allow to pre-heat for long enough so the grates get super hot. Slice the pineapple into rounds or sliced vertically. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit.
    2. Brush both sides of the pineapple slices with olive oil. Brush the flesh side of the avocados with olive oil. Grill the pineapple until caramelized on both sides, about 5-7 minutes per side. Grill the avocado on the flesh side for 5-7 minutes.
    3. Remove both from grill, let cool slightly. Remove the core on the pineapple slices and dice the the pineapple into 2 cups of bite-sized chunks. Save any extra grilled pineapple rings for a tasty dessert, to serve over yogurt, etc. Dice the avocado into tiny cubes.
    4. In a large bowl, toss together 2 cups of the diced pineapple and avocado with the jalapeño, onion, cilantro, lime juice and sea salt.
    5. Serve with chips, over your favorite grilled fish, chicken or pork, use on tacos or atop a salad
    6. This post is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission but all opinions are my own.
     

     

     

    This post is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission but all opinions are my own.

  18. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 51: How to Deal with Your Stress + Get Anxiety Proof

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    No. 51 | How to Deal with Your Stress + Get Anxiety Proof with Michelle Shapiro

    In this episode I am joined by my friend Michelle Shapiro and we are digging into dealing with stress and getting anxiety proof. In this episode we dig into navigating this stressful time, how to allow yourself the grace and space to feel your feelings but not totally crippled from anxiety and fear. We discuss both perceived and physiological stressors, Michelle shares tips for kicking anxiety’s ass and so much more.

    Covered in this episode:

    • why rapid weight loss and extreme dieting can lead to anxiety
    • how to recognize the whispers from your body before they become screams
    • the stress bucket
    • identifying threats to your safety
    • recognizing when healthful choices become the breaking point
    • tips for getting started with managing stress and anxiety
    • knowledge isn’t power, intuition is power
    • how to make meditation to work for you
    • balancing effort with ease plus inviting and allowing vs. controlling
    • navigating food and body fear or anxiety along with emotional eating
    • and so much more.

     

    About Michelle Shapiro

    Michelle Shapiro is an Integrative/ Functional Registered Dietitian in NYC specializing in body-neutral weight changes, and the holistic healing of stomach issues and anxiety. It is her joy and passion to serve her clients in living fulfilling lives in all aspects.

    Any condition that Michelle works with is something that she has proudly battled herself. After a weight loss of 90 pounds as a teen, Michelle thought all of her problems would be solved!  But what came as a result from rapid weight loss and disordered eating was chronic illness and a LOT of body judgment. And even more than that, she had crippling panic attacks which deprived her of so much of her joy. It took years of research, growth and self work for her to proudly say she is in a healthy, anxiety free- body that she now loves.

    She works to bring the lessons she learned, both academically and personally to all of her clients. And more than that, she aims to provide a safe space to share for each and every one of them. Her goal is to “hear” each person who feels like they haven’t been heard before. Listening is her real passion. It is now her life’s mission to prevent her clients from making the same mistakes she did. She works to give her clients tangible tools to reverse anxiety and digestive issues while still ditching restriction and negative thoughts about food and their bodies and finally learn to eat more authentically and intentionally.

    She works with clients one on one in her private practice both in person and virtually, as well as in her 8 week online program, “Anxiety Proof.

    More from Michelle Shapiro:

    www.getanxietyproof.com

    MichelleshapiroRD.com

    Follow Michelle on Instagram

     

    Additional Resources:

     

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    THANK YOU FOR LISTENING:

    Since we are still pretty new on iTunes, please do us a solid and SUBSCRIBE and of course, we would be honored if you took the time to rate and review the show, this will help more people find us and help the show to grow!  If you liked this episode or others, please share on social media and tag us, share with friends and family, etc – this means the world! 

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  19. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 50: Honoring your choices, remaining in the present & staying conscious in the face of fear

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    No. 50 | Honoring your choices, remaining in the present & staying conscious in the face of fear

    This shorter format Bites episode shares a little insight on why I chose to take a few weeks off from posting new podcast episodes. I am also sharing a bit about how I have been personally navigating this challenging time and managing feelings of anxiety and overwhelm, including my favorite methods for staying conscious in the present moment and avoiding getting lost in fear and unknowns.

    Covered in this episode:

    • why I took some time off from the podcast
    • how I recognize what has to go
    • honoring where I have choices
    • a few simple tools I use to navigate anxiety in this current climate
    • staying in the present when faced with fear
    • and so much more.

     

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    THANK YOU FOR LISTENING:

    Since we are still pretty new on iTunes, please do us a solid and SUBSCRIBE and of course, we would be honored if you took the time to rate and review the show, this will help more people find us and help the show to grow!  If you liked this episode or others, please share on social media and tag us, share with friends and family, etc – this means the world! 

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  20. California Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad

    This creamy rich, California Avocado ranch chicken salad recipe is a delicious, easy, everyday dairy-free recipe, it is also Paleo, Keto and Whole30 compliant!

    California Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad

    California Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad

    When it comes to easy meals on the go, for me, it always starts with quality protein and healthy fat. A meal that starts with these two staple macronutrients means more balanced blood sugar, adequate satiation and satisfaction levels and less of a need for all day snacking.

    Whether you follow a paleo approach to your eating, keto or low carb, if you are simply focusing on a balance nutrient-dense, whole foods diet, this simple recipe can be made with leftover batch prepped shredded chicken or a roasted or rotisserie chicken and it’s great for prepping ahead for the week for easy quick lunches or even a quick breakfast option.

    Serve on top of your favorite greens in California Avocado boats, on your favorite toasts or with crackers, however you want to enjoy it.

    California Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad

    We love chicken salads for easy, fast meals. Most weeks I prep a few pounds of shredded chicken in the Instant Pot or we grab a rotisserie chicken at the market, this makes for fast meals and lots of versatility.  You can also buy pre-cooked chicken, or make shredded chicken in a slow cooker with enough chicken broth to cover and cook it for 4 hours on low.

    California Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad

    This California Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad features my easy-to-make, dairy-free avocado ranch dressing with California Avocados as the star of the show, bringing rich, creamy goodness without dairy or eggs. Best part, you can use this amazing California Avocado ranch dressing here in the chicken salad, or whip it up quickly and thin it out a bit to dress your favorite salad or leave it on the thicker side for a delicious dip for fresh veggies.

    I love how quickly this can get put together with minimal ingredients and so much satiating and flavorful goodness.

    California Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad

     

    5 from 1 reviews
    California Avocado Ranch Dressing
     
    Prep time
    Total time
     
    gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, egg-free, nut-free, whole30, keto, AIP
    Serves: approx. 8 oz
    Ingredients
    • makes approx. 8oz dressing
    • 1 Fresh California Avocado, seeded
    • ¼ - ⅓ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk*
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon chives
    • ½ teaspoon dried dill
    • ½ teaspoon garlic
    • ½ teaspoon onion
    • ½ teaspoon sea salt
    • Black pepper, to taste
    Instructions
    1. Add all the ingredients to a food process or the butcher of a high speed blender. Start with the ¼ cup of non-dairy milk, continuing to add more as needed to reach your desired consistency, you may want to add upwards of ½ cup for a thinner dressing. You can also use a hand-held immersion blender.
    2. Cover and refrigerate; eat within 3-5 days.
    Notes
    Recipe notes:
    Add as much non-dairy milk or water to thin to your desired consistency
    You can use fresh herbs in place of dried, I recommend approximately 1 tablespoon of each of the herbs. 1 small clove of garlic and 2 tablespoons fresh onion
    Depending on your dietary preferences, to make your California Avocado Ranch dressing creamy like a traditional ranch dressing you can also add in ¼ cup greek yogurt or ¼ cup avocado oil mayonnaise
    California Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad
    5 from 1 reviews
    California Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad
     
    Prep time
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    gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP
    Serves: 4 servings
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or diced, chilled
    • ¼ cup diced celery
    • ¼ cup dice red onion
    • ¾ cup California avocado ranch dressing (more or less to taste)
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    Instructions
    1. Add the chicken, celery and onion to a medium mixing bowl. Add desired amount of avocado ranch and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Serve in California Avocado, on toast, over a salad or enjoy as is.
    2. Refrigerate, eat within 3-5 days.
     

    This post is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission but all opinions are my own.

  21. 3-Ingredient Dark Chocolate California Avocado Truffles

    3-Ingredient Dark Chocolate California Avocado Truffles

    3-Ingredient Dark Chocolate California Avocado Truffles

    3-Ingredient Dark Chocolate California Avocado Truffles

    These decadent and delicious Dark Chocolate California Avocado Truffles can be made with just 3 simple ingredients. Plus, with the added bonus of the avocado you get all the amazing nutritious goodness of one of my favorite functional foods. 

    Rather than heavy cream or butter you’d usually find in a traditional chocolate truffle recipe,  avocado steps in and takes this simple recipe up a notch. Best part, you don’t even taste the avocado, all you taste is the rich dark chocolate, but it gives the truffles a decadent, creamy texture and it takes your dessert to the next level. Read the rest of this entry »

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