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Mexi-Cauli Rice

I love any side dish that can make your main course seem even more exciting. I also love the way Lori Zanini has created such delicious recipes that never make me feel like I’m missing out because I’m eating healthy.

This Mexi-Cauli Rice recipe is beautiful, tasty and good for you — the recipe trifecta! Plus, it’s a snap to make. Let’s get cooking!

Serves 4 (½ cup each)

Prep Time:: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

• 3 cups cauliflower florets
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• ½ cup diced onions
• 2/3 cup sliced tomatoes
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• Pinch cayenne pepper
• ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
• Juice of ½ lime
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Continue Reading


Cucumber Salad aka The Best Snack Ever

Last week, I made a big ol’ bowl of this delicious salad meant to be a side dish to our dinner. I overestimated the amount of ingredients and ended up with a lot leftover. For the rest of the week, I found myself snacking on this salad several times a day and when I ran out, I made it again.

This light salad is refreshing, zesty, and healthy. There’s no shame in having multiple servings because it’s really good for you! Make it as a side to your main meal or copy me by keeping it on hand for a ready-made snack. Continue Reading


Artichokes… No Joke!

Finally it’s artichoke season! This flowery veggie is one of my faves for many reasons. Besides being delicious and fun to eat, this super food is packed with health benefits. As it turns out artichoke hearts have more antioxidants than blueberries and even cranberries. Plus they have more fiber than lima beans and even prunes! I never would have guessed that. In addition, they aid our digestive system, liver, cholesterol levels, and studies show they help prevent certain cancers. Yes, please!

Steaming artichokes is incredibly simple and so are most of the dips that go with them. I’ve included below a lemon herb butter sauce that is so, so good. If you have a great sauce recipe please share in the comments!

Happy artichoke-ing! Continue Reading


Butternut Squash + Brussels Sprouts Quinoa + Chicken Apple Sausage

Chicken apple sausage is sort of my bread-and-butter when it comes to adding quick protein to a meal. It is DELICIOUS and super filling, not to mention you can just pop a frozen one in the microwave and voila, you’ve got yourself a dinner. Adding one or two to pasta dishes or roasted veggies really rounds out any meal easily.

In honor of this savory season, I thought I’d share this favorite fall chicken apple sausage recipe from Nourish. It’s so hearty and delish; perfect for dinner in, making ahead of time for filling Tupperware lunches at work, or to bring as a dish to your Thanksgiving dinner! Continue Reading


Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

Brooks and I are constantly experimenting with recipes that meet his appetite for clean eats and my desire to grub down on all things delicious. We found the mecca of all side dishes that marries both of our tastes: cauliflower mashed ‘potatoes’ – which taste exactly like actual mashed potatoes! I found this recipe from It’s quick, easy, and ready in only 25 minutes!

You can get creative like we did by adding garlic and chives. Also, feel free to use a steam bag in the microwave or a blender instead of a processor. All tools get you to the same place! Continue Reading


The Amazing, Awesome Artichoke

Artichokes are really good for you. Like, super good for you. Most people don’t actually know that because they figure since they’re so delicious and filling, they couldn’t POSSIBLY be healthy, right?

Turns out, artichokes protect your liver from damage (especially for those of us who spent the weekend wine tasting…) by enhancing detoxification reactions, lowering cholesterol levels, and preventing heart disease. They’re filled with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that have some really positive effects on health.

I also learned that artichokes actually used to be medicine before they were food! They were one of the oldest medicinal plants back in 4th century B.C. when Ancient Greeks and Romans used artichokes for digestive problems. In the 16th century, artichokes were used as a treatment for liver problems and jaundice. Then finally they became widely popular as a really delicious food and a useful medicine in the 20th century. 

For those of you more worried about your fat metabolism than your alcohol consumption, enhancing liver functioning also means that fat is digested more quickly and efficiently.

Artichokes are also jam packed with antioxidants. These not only boost immune system functioning and lower cholesterol, but also defend against cancer, heart disease, aging, and almost all chronic diseases.

Magic detoxer + fat burning accelerator + disease blocker + cholesterol destroyer = an artichoke. Basically they’re the unicorns of the food world.

So let’s get these babies in your belly! Artichokes are super easy to make (you can just clean one and throw it in a pot of boiling water for 40 minutes — wam bam thank you ma’am).

Or, you can be a little more fancy ‘bout it. This recipe from Nourish is so delicious and easy to make. It takes about 45 minutes and all that work is totally worth it when you taste how delish these babies are. Continue Reading


Arugula Side Salad

How many of you chef wannabe’s like me have been here: You have a beautiful piece of fish or the tastiest plans for a chicken breast with some fresh veggies cut to the side but still, something is missing from the meal plan. You need a little substance for the side, something light, fresh and delicious… but what should that be? A side salad, of course!

I find it’s the simplest dishes that are usually the best. This arugula salad couldn’t be more basic but trust me — there is nothing basic about the taste. Continue Reading

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