Kale, yeah, it’s FRIDAY!
Way to go, y’all, we’ve practically made it to the weekend.
And speaking of kale, can I share a kale confession?
This is a safe place, after all, right?
I don’t really like kale.
I don’t want it in my Caesar salad.
I don’t want it massaged with lemon olive oil.
And I really don’t want it in chip form (side story: I made my one and only batch of kale chips early in my first trimester…hot kitchen, baking kale, nauseous baby momma…I couldn’t stomach even trying one and had to immediately throw them all away).
If I’m gonna eat kale, I want it hidden.
I’ll tolerate it snuck into a soup with a lot of other business going on or slipped into a smoothie if there’s plenty of fruit to cover it’s pungent flavor.
And that’s the kind of recipe I have for y’all today.
A casserole that allows you to fill your kale quota without having to actually taste any kale.
It’s a kale recipe for those of y’all that aren’t kale people.
Oh, and it’s 100% Paleo and Whole 30.
And dang delicious.
In the dessert world, there are two types of cake: those with cream cheese frosting and those without cream cheese frosting.
As a result, Red Velvet, German Chocolate, and, my personal beloved, Carrot, are amongst my favies, and it’s largely all due to the cream cheese frosting (though I’d argue cream cheese icing can make a shoe tasty).
Alas, neither cream cheese or icing are paleo or healthy for that matter.
And let’s be real, cake isn’t a solid choice is you’re wanting to eat clean and feel fueled and energized and ready to kick some booty.
But what is it about carrot cake that rocks my socks so much?
Well, it’s a little spicy, it’s a textural rollercoaster thanks to raisins and pecans and coconut and, if I’m lucky, pineapple, and it’s always so tender and moist (sorry if you’re apposed to that word…it's just so appropriate in this scenario).
It’s also usually baked up with a TON of sugar, a TON of vegetable oil, and slathered in more sugar and cream cheese and butter.
Sounds like a direct ticket to inflammation station indeed.
But what if there’s a way you can capture all the gloriousness of carrot cake- the coconut, the carrots, the spice, the pecans, the pineapple even- without shooting your blood sugar to the moon and sending your body into some serious inflammation?
Oh, and no baking required.
And it's paleo and vegan and Whole 30.
Yup, all that, and more, are what’s goin down in my carrot cake protein shake today!
Hummus with corn chips. Hummus with baby carrots. Hummus with bell pepper slices. Hummus with deli turkey. Hummus on a burger.
There’s a lot of things you can dip into hummus, believe me.
Unfortunately, hummus is on the no fly-list in the paleo world (beans=no bueno ).
And as a former hummus addict, I’ve been missing that creamy, velvety dip for years.
So finally, FINALLY, I’ve come up with a way to enjoy my beloved hummus again without the digestive repercussions…
Are you ready for this one? Are you sure? It’s kinda out there…
Gosh, that pale little pal can do it all!
From cream sauces to mashed potatoes and now hummus, it sure is a varied lil veggie.
So with just a few basic ingredients, a blender, and roughly 120 seconds of your life, you can have your own paleo+vegan+whole 30 hummus for a few bucks.
Budget-friendly AND figure-friendly?!
After nearly 6 weeks of bacon-wrapped, chocolate-drizzled, butter-loaded recipes (not that I’m complaining), my taste buds were in a serious need for something different.
Something bright. Something different. Something not reminiscent of the cinnamon and rosemary and sage of the holiday season.
And as I started jonesing for my sweet+spicy+salty Asian brussel sprouts, I had a vision…a vision of that nutty sauce on a pizza!
And that, my friends, is exactly how this pizza was born.
That, and the fact that I had a few gluten-free pizza crust mixes already in my pantry begging to be loved.
So with just a handful of staple ingredients and roughly 30 minutes, you can have a gluten-free, paleo, Whole 30-adaptable, vegan-friendly pizza that is bursting with all the flavors of your favorite Thai take-out, WITHOUT the take-out!
Taste buds+waistlines satisfied, double check.
Baby, it’s cold outside!
For the past few weeks, it has been very, very, very cold.
And I’ve loved, loved, loved it!
The kind of weather that makes my face kinda numb when walking outside for over 20 minutes.
The kind of weather that you need to layer a shirt and a vest and a sweatshirt and a jacket on for.
The kind of weather where you want to sit by a fire and drink peppermint mochas and snuggle with basset hounds and/or babies all day.
And when this kind of weather sets in, I want some comfort food.
While lasagna and chili are absolutely wonderful, I’ve got a comfort food dish today that is hearty enough to stick to your ribs on these cold, blustery days yet it’s elegant enough to serve to guests or even to your special someone in a few weeks for Valentine’s Day.
On top of all that, this one is SUPER easy.
And it’s healthy!
Cause while I’m no math teacher, I’m pretty sure lamb+red wine+figs=fancy
Happy New Year, my little love nuggets!
I hope and pray this new year- 2018- is one of growth and progress toward a healthier, happier you!
Which is exactly why I’m here.
To support, encourage, inspire, and motivate y’all to realize that being healthy- the eating cleaner, the sleeping more, the moving smarter, the prioritizing you time- isn’t just for Pinterest, Instagram, and Shape magazine.
It isn’t just for the month of January, for the first 6 weeks of the year.
It isn’t a program or challenge or set of rules.
And one that can be far more joyful (and flavorful) than just pounding on a treadmill and eating grilled chicken breast with steamed broccoli the rest of your life.
It can be filled with peanut butter cups and goat cheese and, why yes, a little booze from time to time.
Living healthy and happy is all about balance and moderation, accepting yourself for the human God created you to be and not trying to change that one iota.
You are a treasured, sacred gem. And maybe this is the year you’re gonna finally start getting your health in line.
Cause once that happens, I find the happiness stuff follows right behind it.
So here’s 10 of the most popular recipes from the past year that you can try to help you reach that healthier, happier you!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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