As a child, there were only 4 types of acceptable pasta meals:
For the first 12 years of my life, that was the extent of my pasta consumption.
And for many of y’all’s little nuggets (or significant others), that may be as wide as their pasta palates extend, too.
While pasta is 1- cheap and 2- easy to prepare, it’s not the healthiest option for our families and ourselves.
Which is why I’ve crafted yet another spaghetti squash casserole…they’re a perfect gateway into the world of veggie-based pastas, yet they still have enough other distractions going on that it’s not too overtly veggielicious.
Now you may be asking yourself, how in the world do you make a Paleo+Whole 30 alfredo sauce? Sounds like there must be some Harry Potter levels of sorcery involved to make that happen.
Well, y’all, it’s far simpler than you think.
No spell casting required.
Who doesn’t want to start their day with a morning glory muffin?
They’re just so scrumptious- a perfect balance of sweet, crunchy, chewy, and (warning to y’all who hate this word) moist.
The carrots, the coconut, the banana, the nuts…yum, yummy, yum, yums.
I probably have always gravitated toward them due to their resemblance to carrot cake.
Which y’all know is my favie.
But muffins aren’t all that healthy, in case you haven’t figured that one out yet…
They’re usually loaded with refined sugar, inflammatory oils, and highly processed white flours.
Cupcakes in disguise.
So instead of loading your body up with all that nonsense first thing in the morning, why don’t you take all those nomlicious flavors and enjoy them in a far more nourishing manner?
Well, so glad you asked!
Cause that’s exactly why I formulated this breakfast custard.
It’s loaded with the protein, healthy fats, and a little bit of fiber-rich carbs to get your morning started in a most glorious manner.
Oh, and it's 100% Paleo and Whole 30 approved!
Ah, so let's bring a little glory to your morning today!
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!
Good morning sunshines!
Happy New Year’s Eve Eve.
Ya know, the day before the day before New Year’s Eve.
Whether you’ve got big plans of hosting a schwanky shindig or big plans with Netflix, the couch, and some bacon-wrapped shrimp, a bubbly cocktail is a MUST.
It’s New Year’s Eve, after all. A night of celebrating another year past and celebrating another year to come.
Think you have nothing to celebrate?
You’re alive, hanging out here with me, clearly interested in a healthier life for yourself.
That’s pretty solid, y’all.
If that doesn’t seem enough, this cocktail will put a little celebratory pep in your step for sure!
Just 3 wholesome ingredients and a bottle of bubbles are all ya need to turn your otherwise lackluster New Year’s Eve into something certainly worthy of your Instagram story.
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!