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This past Saturday afternoon, I received a call from a buddy checking to see if we (baby daddy, McNugget, me) were still planning on coming to his potluck dinner that night.
My befuddled response?
What potluck dinner?
We both giggled knowing all too well my husband failed to communicate this event to me, and I reassured him that we could be there with a Paleoish dish to accompany the chicken fajitas he was supplying.
Instead of zipping BACK to the grocery store where I had visited just hours before, I put myself in the shoes of all the past contestants on the Food Network’s show, Chopped.
I opened my fridge, thought through what I already had on hand, and decided to just make something work.
And that’s how this recipe was born!
I spied half a seedless watermelon and English cucumber in my fridge, half a log of goat cheese in the deli drawer, a mint plant begging for attention in my driveway, and an unopened bag of pistachios in my pantry.
Without even tasting it, I just knew this recipe was going to work.
The contrasting textures- juicy melon, crisp cucumbers, crunchy pistachios, creamy goat cheese- and symphonic harmony of salty and sweet spelled for one stupendous salad.
After arriving to the potluck fashionably late (#lifewithababy), the ginormous bowl was nearly empty within an hour despite most everyone already going through the supper spread.
So, if you’re looking for a simple, show stopping side dish for this weekend, look no further! I’ve got you covered!
As y'all know, I'm currently in a phase of transition.
Transitioning to being a mom.
Transitioning to a world that isn't limited by the Monday-Friday, 7:00-4:00 schedule of public education.
Transitioning to the possibilities this new lifestyle can have for me.
And that includes transitioning the blog into something a little more.
While I've already added teaching functional fitness classes into my weekly schedule (Mondays and Wednesdays 12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Corsicana YMCA) and am nearly finished with an ebook I cannot WAIT to share with y'all in the next week or so, I wanna know how I can better serve y'all in the weeks and months to come.
Loads of y'all have approached me about everything from paleo meal deliveries for you and your family to online fitness coaching to being your personal chef to general wellness consulting.
While the kitchen is my happy place and spending time preparing healthy meals for my family and friends is part of my love language, I fear the satisfaction and joy would be quickly sucked away if all I did everyday was cook and deliver meals to y'all.
Plus, I am a new mom and home cook, so I lack the time and equipment and facilities to crank out 30 pounds of grassfed Thai meatballs or 400 protein peanut butter cups.
At my house, there's no nanny, maid, chef, or personal assistants roaming around. Just me and baby daddy once he gets home from work.
Which I why I'm leaning toward offering some type of service that I could do largely online that still serves y'all's health goals and needs.
Longterm, I see myself offering 1- an at-home fitness platform targeted toward busy moms (thus having postpartum issues), 2- weekly meal plans and shopping lists, 3- general health and wellness coaching and accountability.
In fact, a personal training certification may be on my plate next...how fun!!!
I'm here for y'all.
I want to serve and inspire and motivate y'all to be the better versions of yourselves that you, your family, and everyone else around you deserves.
But y'all know there are only so many hours in the day...
So, the big question is, how can I serve you best first?
I'm eager to add LOADS of subscription services to my HHT platform, but I gotta start somewhere.
Where do y'all want me to start?
If you would please take 10 seconds and complete the poll below. That's the only way I'll know what direction to take next!
If you have something personal or private you'd prefer to run by me, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, DM michelle.mcnutt on Instagram, or send me a private message on Facebook to Michelle Glover McNutt.
I can't wait to hear from y'all!
And stay tuned for a FREE Paleo Cooking ebook releasing in the next few weeks!
Well helllllooooooo my little butterbeans!
How are ya? Hangin’ in there? I hope and pray that if you live in southeastern Texas and have been impacted by the torrential destruction of Harvey that you and your loved ones are safe and together. Mother Nature is no joke.
Here in north central Texas, we’ve been impacted just in the form of rain, which we’ve actually been in desperate need of. And it certainly helps make August all the more tolerable with the cool front that comes with it. 80’s in late August? I’m in. But not at the expense of millions of my fellow Texans.
And since it’s still August and therefore summer in Texas, I’m trying to make the most of the farmer’s market bounty, whipping up plenty of recipes highlighting tomatoes, melon, okra, squash, zucchini, figs, and eggplant.
Yup, I’m coming back to eggplant today.
I know, I know, we just celebrated this amethyst aubergine (Word of the day=Aubergine...member of the nightshade family…tomatoes, peppers, potatoes) with a super simple and 100% Paleo lasagna recipe.
But we’re going to switch gears a little today and make a hearty, summery dip bursting with signature flavors of the Mediterranean.
Talk about an elevated app for this weekend’s Labor Day festivities! Move over French onion dip. Step aside jarred salsa. Cause eggplant dip is in the HOUSE.
Happy Saturday, sugar bears!
How ya doin?
Catching your breath after the first week or few days of school?
Outrunning the hecticness of Harvey? If you're living in the coastal Texas areas or are part of the search and rescue teams making a difference in those areas, know that my prayers are with y'all. Hurricanes and the flooding are no joke.
While we were briefly in the path of Harvey in Austin yesterday, we zipped on outta there and headed home a tad early to escape the sheets of rain and miles of bumper to bumper traffic on 35.
In the past week, I've been in Austin with Mr. HHT, come home for a Queenax functional fitness training, and then returned to Austin with Mr. HHT (boring lawyer conferences). With so many free days in Austin, I scheduled our days completely around FOOD!!!!
Austin=Paleo foodie heaven!!!
So many funky tacos, spicy margaritas, quirky ceviches, and, of course, boat loads of brussel sprouts...to say I'm inspired in an understatement.
But, life is all about balance. I planned these foodie night outs knowing I'd eat clean for breakfast and lunch everyday. And on top of that, I made sure to get in some kind of workout and walking in daily.
Let's be real. You can't eat pimento cheese queso and habanero margaritas and grassfed fig ice cream for three meals a day. Well, you van, but that's gonna catch up to ya real quickly.
So here's how I balanced out some of those decadent dinners and drinks while out in Austin. Cause when in Austin, you gotta embrace the local culture and enjoy yourself in moderation.
Ever since I was little, I’ve LOVED summer fruit.
From juicy, sticky, run-down-my arm peaches to ripe blackberries picked from my grandmother’s backyard staining my fingers and face, there was never a shortage of fresh, locally grown fruit in East Tennessee.
And where there’s delectable summer fruit, that means only one thing: dessert!
Peach-blueberry pies, blackberry cobblers, mixed berry crumbles, angel food cake with whipped cream and berries, vanilla ice cream topped with fresh peaches…
So comforting. So good.
But not always so good for you.
Just a few weeks ago, I was back in Knoxville with my family, spreading a little McNugget love to his Tennessee fan club. After discovering some of the most gorgeous local peaches at the farmer’s market, my mom couldn’t help herself but wanna put those puppies in a pie.
Alas, paleo and pie don’t always fit in the same sentence that easily.
But, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
While I didn’t bake myself an entire Paleo-fied peach cobbler or pie, I experimented with making my own individual serving.
And it was a HUGE success.
No gluten. No refined sugars.
With just a handful of pantry staples and about half an hour, you’ll have gooey, soul-satisfying peach cobbler that actually does the body good.
Cue the drooling.
If you were hoping for a little #Paleowalmart action today, I apologize.
But can you blame me for hitting up Trader Joe’s a few times this month?
In fact, I couldn’t help but trickle in while in Knoxville seeing as one of the YMCA locations just so happens to be a stone’s throw away from a Trader Joe’s.
After scoping out what was new and fresh at the Knoxville Trader Joe’s, I naturally had to visit one in Dallas just to be sure what was found in Tennessee could also be found in Texas. Purely for research purchases.
And, at least as of this week, these goodies can be found at nearly any Trader Joe’s.
But, in typical Trader Joe’s fashion, if there’s something here that piques your interest, you’d better get off your fanny and skididdle-daddle on over. Like now!
So let’s now waste any more time and get to my Paleo(ish) round-up of Trader Joe’s finds for this month
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.
Come on, let's live a little!