Salt and Vinegar Chicken

I can house a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips like no other, but since potatoes aren’t exactly paleo, I decided to create this recipe instead to get my fix. Marinating the chicken in vinegar leaves behind juicy meat and cooking it at a high temperature allows for crispy skin.  I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t exactly sure how these thighs were going to turn out, but they were incredible! Nom nom nom!!
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Salmon Topped Power Greens Salad

This is such a refreshing meal that will leave you completely satisfied!  It is so nutrient dense that you will know you are treating your body right as you nosh on this tasty meal!  My local supermarket has bagged “power greens”.  It’s a mix of spinach, baby bok choy, and baby red & green chard.  If you cannot find this are your store, you can substitute baby spinach and it will be just as tasty!

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Stuffed Pork Loin Roast with Sausage Stuffing

My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the sausage stuffing.  A once a year treat… until now!  I took out the bread to make it paleo and the flavors did not disappoint!  Carving up a pork loin roast can be a daunting task.  Not sure how to get started?  A quick Google search can provide you with many answers as to how to “butterfly” a pork loin roast (no, not tenderloin).  Serve this with a batch of sauteed brussel sprouts and you have an awesome and satisfying meal!

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Tropical Tuna Steaks

There’s nothing better than a perfectly seared tuna steak…. except a perfectly seared tuna steak crusted in coconut and served with a side of pineapple salsa!  Talk about a simple meal that takes very little prep!  I think my hubby was confused when I called him to dinner.  He looked at me like “did you just start cooking 5 minutes ago?!”

Prep the salsa in advance.  It will allow the flavors to blend together, and make it much easier to get dinner on the table later on if you are in a hurry!

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Lamb Meatballs with Lemon Dijon Sauce

Holy cow!!! Errr, lamb? Awesome recipe! You really can’t go wrong pairing these flavors together! It looks just like Swedish meatballs, but don’t expect that heavy meal here. This dish pulls in such incredible flavors from such simple ingredients! I know for a fact that the hubby will be requesting these again!
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Ingredients:
1 lb. ground lamb
2 cloves garlic – minced
1 egg
2 sprigs rosemary – taken off twig and minced
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 cup beef broth
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 Tbsp. arrowroot flour
Salt & pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. In a mixing bowl, mix lamb, 1/2 of the garlic, egg, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Roll into 1 inch balls.
3. Heat 1 Tbsp. coconut oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Fry meatballs in small batches while rotating to brown on all sides. Place on a cookie sheet and roast for 15 minutes.
4. While meatballs are roasting, heat 1 Tbsp. coconut oil in a small sauce pan over high heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Whisk in beef broth, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice, bring to a boil. With 2 minutes to go until serving, take 1/2 cup out and put into a small bowl. Sprinkle arrowroot in and stir until incorporated. Return to saucepan and stir in to thicken.
5. Remove meatballs from oven and serve over a pool of lemon Dijon sauce.

Quick and Simple Grilled Chicken

Some days just get away from you. Earlier this week, I had one of those days. It was 7:30, I was hungry, and there was raw chicken in the fridge with no dinner in sight. I threw this together in hopes that it would be good even though it didn’t spend time marinating. Wow, did I luck out! In 15 minutes, there was perfect (and scrumptious) chicken on the table! While it was grilling, I quickly sautéed up some asparagus and we had a delicious healthy meal in front of us!
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Ingredients:
1 package boneless skinless chicken thighs
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 Tbsp. spicy brown mustard
2 cloves garlic – minced
Salt & pepper

1. Preheat grill to medium high heat. In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice and mustard. Stir in garlic and salt & pepper to your liking. Toss chicken in and coat.
2. Grill for 5 minutes per side and enjoy paired with a sautéed veggie for a healthy meal!

Every up has its down.

Remember when I was all “New year. New me.“? Well, it hasn’t been as easy as I thought it would be. Having Graves disease isn’t easy, but having Graves while nursing and working full time is even harder. Trying to get my health in check due to thyroid issues, attempting to get my body back to its pre-pregnancy shape, and ensuring that I continue to have enough of a supply to continue nursing my beautiful daughter has been rough. It feels like it is a perfect storm for exhaustion and I feel like I am being defeated.

I’m nearly 3 months in on taking anti-thyroid medication which causes weight gain. For 7 months, I have been taking a supplement and a prescription for milk productions that both cause weight gain. The cards are stacked against me, and the scale is creeping. This is a load of crap. Here’ a shot of my daily cocktail:
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Yup, six of those pills are teaming up against my fight to lose the baby weight. I am nearly 8 months post partum. I am pretty sure I am not allowed to even call it “baby weight” anymore, it’s just “fat”.

In looking to understand my disease, I have been researching the AIP, or autoimmune paleo, diet. Looks like my days of enjoying cheats of peanut butter and chick peas are going to be coming to an end soon. My hopes are that I can turn around my broken thyroid with the help of a complete nutrition overhaul. Maybe that will mean that my dose of Methimazole will go down? Unfortunately, I have become so down on myself that cookies have become the answer to perk me up. Then I feel like crap and the guilt takes over. Vicious cycle.

Luckily, I have been having more good days at the gym than bad. If I didn’t have such lows, the highs wouldn’t be so sweet. It’s just so damn discouraging to work my butt off and see the scale moving in the wrong direction.

So why am I sharing this? It started off as a way to get things off my chest. I wasn’t going to publish it. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that if I share it, my ass will be held accountable. So, it’s in writing now. It’s time to get real.

Crockpot Pot Roast

My crockpot is probably the most under used appliance in my kitchen. Well, that and the waffle maker. Just incase their feelings were hurt, they are both being brought in to create this grand slam meal! This meat falls apart and paired with the crispy gigantic waffle fry, you can’t go wrong! The extra prep for this slow cooker meal guarantees deep roasted flavors instead of that “boiled meat” taste you can get with crockpots.
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Protein Lactation Bites

Maternity leave is over, and since returning to work, I am afraid that my supply is dropping. These are awesome little bites that give me the energy to get through a long day of teaching and add a protein punch for my evening workouts. It doesn’t hurt that they are packed with galactagogues!
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Honey Balsamic London Broil

Have you ever been charged by a deer while grilling? Yup, I was while grilling this feast! No, we don’t live in the wilderness, this happened right in good old suburbia! I raised my tongs and yelled at the critter. Don’t worry, the meat made it out unharmed. I did however realize that my horror movie scream would be pretty pathetic.

Anywho…. Man it is satisfying carving into an awesomely marinated and grilled to perfection chunk of meat! Top it with even more sautéed yumminess and a batch of asparagus and you have a scrumptious meal!

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