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Breakfast Bowls (Whole30, Paleo, GF, DF)

The day has finally come for me to share my favorite recipe… my breakfast bowls! I make one variation of these or another for breakfast almost every day! They are so easy and can be easily changed to suit your tastes or what you have at home. Easy, nutritious, and delicious- these bowls check all those boxes and I’m so excited to finally share the recipe with y’all.

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Acorn Squash Soup (Paleo, Whole30, Vegan, GF, DF)

I’m almost done with my second round of whole30! This round has been great and I think it was easier than my first round. This round I traveled which is difficult but I made it work! I have learned a ton this round and I’m looking forward to the reintroduction phase. It’s my favorite part about whole30.

This is one of my FAVORITE whole30 soups and I make it all the time! It personifies my food beliefs: simple, nutrient dense, delicious. It’s thick, creamy (with no dairy!), and super filling. But my favorite part is that it’s all made on a sheet pan! How easy is that? I understand that you don’t have hours to cook dinner for your family. We all have carpool, errands, grocery store, feed the dogs, husbands, kids, the list goes on…. and on…. and on…. SO, this recipe is perfect for a cold weeknight. Bonus- you’ll have leftovers. I made this before I went out of town and my husband was able to eat on it all weekend!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip (Whole30, Paleo, GF, DF)

Hi friends! Who else accidentally planned their whole30 to fall during the Super Bowl? 🙋‍♀️ Oopsie! But that’s ok! I’m ready and willing to take on this challenge. And just in time for Sunday’s game, I give you my Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Dip!

Nothing says Super Bowl more than buffalo chicken anything and everything. I have made a similar dip in the past with a cream cheese substitute but I had to make a whole30 option! Technically COULD use an almond milk cheese but I wanted to play it safe. Looking at you, whole30 police.

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PB&J Sweet Potato Toast

Fall makes me crave peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When there is a chill in the air I start to crave them. My dad makes the BEST PB&J ever. My dad has a few specialties- pancakes, “dad’s famous pasta,” and PB&Js. So basically, all the carbs. I don’t know what it is about the PB&J that my dad makes that makes it so wonderful. He used to always make them when I was going on field trips as a kid, so it was always a day full of anticipation and excitement.

It’s finally feeling like fall here in Arkansas and the PB&J craving hit. Crisp air and creamy nut butter are the perfect duo. I wanted the real deal, but I just completed my first Whole30 (doing a blog post on that experience later) and I’m in the reintroduction phase. I have wanted to make sweet potato toast at home for a while and thought this was the perfect opportunity! I love how the sweet potatoes get a little bit crispy and caramelized but also stay sturdy enough to hold your toppings.

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Lunch, BreakfastAnna CoonComment
BLT Summer Salad

SUMMER ISN’T OVER! That’s right, I said it. Here in the south, summer lives on throughout September, and sometimes even October. Heck, we’ve had years where it’s 80 degrees on Christmas Eve. That happened two years ago, and it was wild! 

I haven’t had a typical summer. If you don’t follow me on Instagram (go follow me!), you might not know that my husband and I adopted a precious baby boy. I will definitely share more of his story and our adoption story eventually but I’m still processing it for now. The majority of our summer has been spent indoors with our precious newborn baby boy. And we wouldn’t have it any other way! Now that our sweet baby is 3 months old, we’re starting to come out of the newborn fog and we don’t want summer to be over! I know a lot of people consider Labor Day the end of summer, but I say if the veggies are fresh and the temperature is still high, it’s still summer! You can’t force boots on me when it’s 100 degrees outside. 

This salad is everything summer is and should be: fresh heirloom tomatoes, spicy-smokey jalapenos, RANCH, and hot flavors with cool textures. Bonus: it’s Whole30 compliant! It is such a quick and easy meal that you will love! It is so easily adaptable to make work for you or your family. If you don’t like spice, leave out the jalapenos. Add cheese if that’s your thing. If you don’t like cooking bacon in the skillet (I recently learned from a friend some people hate cooking bacon- I didn’t know this was a thing), cook it in the microwave. Lay paper towels on a plate, then lay bacon, then more paper towels. I cook for 2 minutes at a time and check them. I like my bacon very crispy! Be careful though, the plate will be hot, hot, HOT!

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Lunch, DinnerAnna CoonComment
Chipotle Lime Chicken Salad

This chipotle lime chicken salad delicious! The best part? It’s completely dairy and mayo free! Chipotle is one of my favorite flavors and I’ve been using it a lot lately. I have made a few different versions of this and this one is my favorite! It makes the perfect lunch or snack and keeps in the fridge for about a week. Make it on Sunday and you’ve got lunch for the week! 

You could certainly use a rotisserie chicken for this chicken salad. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts because it’s what I prefer. You could also use Primal Kitchen’s chipotle lime mayo if you have a nut allergy. I found Bitchin Sauce at Natural Grocers and it’s made out of almonds and it’s SO GOOD! You can find chipotles in adobo in the Mexican food area of your grocery store. They are super spicy so be careful! You can usually find jicama chopped into strips in the produce section of your grocery store. 

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