Category Archives: Recipes

How To Make My Favorite Butter Lettuce Salad

I love me a good salad. If you have been part of the community on my blog for sometime, you know this. However recently,  I have been getting more adventurous with flavor combos and ingredients. Today I am sharing my most recent creation, which has become a favorite for my lunches at work. It’s so easy to throw together the night before or in the morning before you leave. I know you will look forward to eating this salad as much as I do!  Continue reading How To Make My Favorite Butter Lettuce Salad

Red, White & Blue Berry + Butter Lettuce Salad Recipe [Vegan, Gluten Free]

Product for creating this recipe was provided by OrganicGirl, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands that contribute to my blog. 

Summer usually means warm weather, BBQs and lots of fresh product. I love to create yummy salads all year, but in the summertime it is especially easy to be inspired to create a salad with all the fresh veggies available. Plus salads are something that can be enjoyed despite the heat.  I partnered with OrganicGirl to share with you s delicious and patriotic salad recipe using their newest lettuce blends. 

OrganicGirl just launched True hearts butter and butter, plus salad blends which are unlike any other butter lettuce you’ve tried. If you haven’t tried butter lettuce, you must! It is smooth, buttery, hence the name, and delicious! The blends feature butter hearts only (no need to peel away the large outer leaves), which are harvested whole and gently separated by hand. These tender, sweet, crispy leaves are perfect for making a salad fast and healthy—just in time for summer! 

The patriotic berry salad I created using the “butter, plus” blend is vegan and gluten free. It’s great as a side salad or on it’s own. Of course you can add some grilled chicken for protein if you would like.  Below the recipe,  be sure to snag a buy one, try one coupon for OrganicGirl!! 

Red, White & Blue Berry Salad

Ingredients:

1 clamshell  organicgirl “butter, plus” lettuce blend
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
organicgirl lemon agave dressing

Directions:

1) In a large bowl, combine butter lettuce and the lemon agave dressing. Use the amount of dressing to your liking. I like lighter dressing, so I used 4T of dressing for the whole clamshell of lettuce. 
2) Wash berries and throw into salad bowl.
3) Top with slivered almonds.
4) Enjoy!!

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Eat Your Hearts Out Tour

Seattle readers, organicgirl is stopping in Seattle as part of its six-city Eat Your Hearts Out Tour!! They have partnered up with local cookbook author and nutritionist, Sarah Adler of Simply Real Health, for a salad bar take over featuring her new herbaceous babe simple summer salad at your local grocer. Join me on July 17th! 

How to Make Healthy Carnitas Tacos in Less Than 30 Minutes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.

Summer is almost here and I cannot wait! It is my favorite time of the year: the sunshine, the long days and summer nights, the lighter meals and fun seasonal flavors and produce, I love it all! Today I am sharing a quick and easy recipe with you that is perfect for summer. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and doesn’t require the oven; it’s very summer friendly. With this recipe you’ll get real flavor, real fast!

When the weather is nice, I don’t want to be holed up in the kitchen cooking dinner. I want to be outside, spending time with my family or friends, soaking up rays and enjoying the breeze. This recipe allows you to do that, while still enjoying a delicious and healthy dinner. No need to go out to eat because you didn’t want to spend hours inside cooking. By using a slow cooker and Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas, the meat is cooked perfectly while you are out having fun. Another bonus, you don’t have to use the oven and heat up the house!

I don’t know about you, but in the summer I really crave Mexican inspired food. Nothing hits the spot like some guac on a summer day. These Smithfield Carnitas are already marinated and seasoned, all you have to do is cook it. I found it in the fresh meat section at my local Safeway. Literally all you have to do is cut open the package, cook, and you get delicious meat that is full of flavor! I also love that there are no crazy additives, just meat and seasonings in the marinade. It is also gluten-free, which means I can eat it! I used it to make healthy tacos, but the possibilities are endless. Today I am using the Smithfield pork for a stand-alone meal, but it also works great for your weekly healthy meal prep.

In less than 30 minutes, we are going to have some delicious tacos, guac and a healthy margarita ready to enjoy. That is definitely real flavor, real fast! Save this recipe for the night you are hosting Taco Tuesday or having friends over to enjoy a summer evening and I guarantee it will be a huge hit!

Healthy Carnitas Tacos with Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork

Serves 4
Slower Cooker Time: 4 hours
Prep/Assembly time: 15 minutes

 Ingredients:
1 package Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas (available at some Safeway locations)
1/2 cup water
1 package small corn tortillas
1 lime
Cilantro
Guacamole
Salsa

Instructions:

 Pork:
1. Place Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas in the slow cooker. Add 1/2 cup water. Turn slow cooker on to ‘high.’ Cook for 4 hours. (option to cook on ‘low’ for 7-8 hours)
2. Once cooked, it will be very tender. Remove from slow cooker and use two forks to pull meat apart into shreds.

Tacos:
1. Place skillet on stove, medium to high heat. Place 2-4 tortillas in skillet, depending on size. Warm for 30 seconds, then flip to the other side. Warm another 30 seconds and remove. Tortilla should be warm enough that it is flexible but not burnt.
2. Top warm tortilla with shredded Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas.
3. Garnish with guacamole, green salsa, cilantro and lime.
4. ENJOY!!
Makes about 20 tacos total depending on portion size of meat and size of tortilla.

optional: want to make this recipe grain free or include more veggies? instead of tortillas, cook up some cauliflower rice (only takes 5 minutes) and use as a base for a taco bowl, OR use a bed of lettuce and make a salad.

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Are you creative in the kitchen? Smithfield is challenging you to see what you can do with Marinated Fresh Pork to get a flavorful meal ready in 30 minutes with their “What Can You Do With 30?” contest. For more 30-minute meal preparation ideas, and to submit your original recipe for a chance to win great prizes, head to www.SmithfieldRealFlavorRealFast.com

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Mango Rice with Maple Balsamic Tempeh [Gluten Free]

I used to think I didn’t like tempeh. I wouldn’t even consider it as an option for a plant based protein, tofu was go-to. Now, times have changed. I have become a HUGE tempeh fan, I would even say I like it better than tofu!  What happened?! Well, I realized the brand and kind of tempeh you are eating actually matters AND how you cook it!  In today’s post, I am going to share the solution to both those issues. Get a taste of summer and some comfort too with my favorite brand of tempeh and a delicious way to prepare it.  Continue reading Mango Rice with Maple Balsamic Tempeh [Gluten Free]

Last Minute Valentine Idea – Try this Easy Raspberry Mimosa

Are you panicking that you don’t have something for your gal pals or your sweetheart?! Going to celebrate Valentine’s day at home and need a fun drink? Maybe you just wanna toast to yourself?? This raspberry mimosa is perfect for all of that!! Continue reading Last Minute Valentine Idea – Try this Easy Raspberry Mimosa

‘Take Me To the Tropics’ Smoothie Bowl [Recipe]

It’s the dead of winter and I don’t know about you but I cannot WAIT for summer to be here. The cold and dreary here in the PNW has got me wishing for the long days, warm nights, sun shining and a runner’s tan. While waiting patiently for the seasons to change, I have the perfect smoothie bowl recipe that will take you away to the tropics. It’s delicious, healthy, and the perfect wait to shorten the wait for the summer months.

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How to Make My Favorite Winter Salad

When the dark days of winter roll around, the last thing we think of for lunch or dinner is a salad. I understand the struggle is real; however, I have found a salad that makes my heart sing in winter. It is the perfect combination of fall and winter flavors. It is so yummy I actually crave it! This salad can be prepped ahead of time and is great as a yummy lunch or dinner. img_0587-jpg

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