Posts in RECIPES
HEALTHY DINNER IDEAS FOR TWO (OR MORE)

All of the recipes included in this round-up are healthy dinner ideas that I return to time and time again. They’re all relatively easy to make, impressive enough to serve guests and delicious enough to crave the leftovers the next day!

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ROASTED SPATCHCOCK CHICKEN WITH ROOT VEGETABLES & GREENS (serves 4-6)

This mouth-watering recipe is loaded with simple but delicious vegetables, herbs and spices you can find easily in your cabinet or local grocery store. The beauty of this meal? The simple ingredients come together in a cozy, fulfilling meal that’s perfect for Sunday dinner, easy entertaining or fast meal prep. The flavors are to die for, as are the heavenly aromas that will fill your house while it’s all roasting! I cook this meal a few times a month and use the leftovers throughout the week in salads, wraps and buddha bowls. PS. You’ll never believe it’s effortlessly gluten, dairy, soy, corn and sugar free. Totally allergy and special protocol friendly!

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EVERY SAUCE RECIPE YOU'LL EVER NEED TO KEEP HEALTHY EATING EXCITING

If you think you need to be slinging plain steamed broccoli and forcing down boiled cabbage to eat in a way that supports your health, this post is for you. “Healthy is boring” is a big fat misconception. Using a variety of colors, flavors and textures makes almost any whole food based meal wonderfully exciting, but until you’ve got a little more experimenting under your belt, I have a fast and easy way to jazz up any dish: killer sauces and dressings.

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MFW FAST & EASY GREEN CURRY

Being adventurous and experimenting with ethnic foods and seasonings has been a game changer in my kitchen and in my diet. Case in point? This simple, fast green curry that will have you fighting over leftovers!

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MFW'S DECEPTIVELY HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

The beauty of this divine take on the classic chocolate chip cookie recipe? You will NEVER believe it's free from gluten/grains, dairy, eggs, refined sugar and soy. These babies really are too good to be true. In other words, my sensitive tummy (and yours) can have the cookie and eat it too!

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SNACK ATTACK: YUMMY & NOURISHING SNACKS AT HOME & ON THE GO

Arming yourself with nutrient dense whole food-centric snacks made with simple, real ingredients is the best way to nourish your body in a pinch without having to overthink it. Check out my favorite store-bought, on-the-go, travel and work snacks in this post!

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GRAIN-FREE BREAKFAST BOWL + MY GUT STORY

Ever get crampy after eating quinoa or uncomfortably bloated after a big bowl of forbidden rice? How about sleepy after a bowl of oatmeal? Compromised gut health, lack of sufficient digestive enzymes or mindless speed-eating (womp) can make whole grains difficult to digest for a lot of people (including myself). Cue this warm and cozy breakfast bowl. It boasts a well-rounded nutrient profile, a super satisfying texture and all the coziness offered by the cereal grain alternatives. P.S. It's free from added sugar and loaded with fiber and healthy fats so it's also the perfect way to feel full, satisfied and energized without negatively impacting your blood sugar or hormones!

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JUICY HERBED PALEO-FRIENDLY TURKEY BURGERS

I'm not paleo or grain-free, but I do love easier to digest, vegetable heavy, whole food meals. I'm a big advocate of getting creative with veggies in the kitchen, as doing so can be transformative for your health. So stop rolling your eyes at my squash/sweet potato buns and give something new a try, ok? I promise you'll be pleasantly surprised by how well the sweet roasted veggie discs complement the savory herby goodness of the juicy burger patty. With your favorite pickles and condiments, this baby is a flavor explosion that will have you rolling your eyes at those dried out processed tasteless burger buns in no time.

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7 MINUTES IN HEAVEN: LOW-SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH BALLZ

7 Ingredients. 7 minutes or less from bowl to mouth. These fast & easy snack ballz are a healthy but delish throwback to my days of devouring mounds of raw cookie dough right out of the bowl. They'll satisfy any hankering for a yummy little treat  without spiking blood sugar, all while packing a sneaky nutritional punch. Super easy to throw together thanks to a substitution-friendly recipe, the ingredient ratios are also conducive to scaling up to a big batch in just a few minutes. I usually make these as singles because I can't control myself with something that so closely resembles the cookie dough of my childhood, especially if I have the "but they're healthy" excuse. Welp. If you're better off in the willpower department, simply multiply the quantities by the number of ballz you want to end up with :)

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5 SIMPLE CLEANSE-FRIENDLY SMOOTHIE RECIPES + TIPS FOR JANUARY RESETS

It seems like 50% of the people I know are cleansing, resetting, detoxing or rebooting in some way this January. There are dozens of popular programs designed to overhaul your diet, restore your health, or simply shed the holiday pounds. People go gaga for the promised results then get a little discouraged when they see the "eat this not that" list. I feel ya. It can get a little confusing and frustrating when the "don't even" list looks way longer than the "go for it" list. 

Below are some simple, nourishing and delicious smoothie recipes to take the headache out of creating a compliant meal in 10 minutes or less. These recipes comply with most of the popular protocols (including Whole30, 21 Day Sugar Detox or my fave, the Clean Program ) and are also wonderful on-the-go meals any time of year!

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SMOOTHIES 101: HIGHLIGHTS FROM MFW + CLASSPASS WORKSHOP

Smoothies, smoothie bowls, acai bowls and ALL the blended things continue to be popular staples on the health food scene. Why is everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Katie Couric to little ol' me such a big fan?

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AMAZE-BOWL SMOOTHIE RECIPE: STRAWBERRY ACAI DREAM

Store-bought acai bowls are usually loaded with more fruit, added sugar and piles of granola than any single person needs to consume in one sitting (unless you're about to run a marathon). This well balanced variation features the same glorious texture of those crave-worthy acai bowls and just the right amount of fruit to add yummy flavor without sending your blood sugar through the roof. And because I believe smoothies should always be nutrient dense AND fulfilling, there is plenty of protein, healthy fat and fiber to make this a powerful, filling and deeply satisfying meal! Oh and you know I snuck some veggies in there too :)

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A COZY FALL BREAKFAST RECIPE: PECAN PUMPKIN PIE POWER OATS

This cozy bowl of oats has just the right amounts of pumpkin flavor, warming spices and nourishing superfoods to satisfy the seasonal itch AND keep your belly full and body fueled through a busy morning. Loads of fiber, protein from restorative collagen peptides and healthy fats in the form of nuts and seeds all work together to keep blood sugar stable and hormones balanced too! What more could you ask for from a healthy breakfast?!

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CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT RASPBERRY BOWL

This delectable smoothie bowl is a powerful, nutritious start to your morning (or any time of day!) because it's packed with clean protein, healthy fats, superfoods AND some sneaky veggies - all things that fuel mental and physical performance and health. Throw in some collagen to promote gut, skin and joint health and you're covering the "food is medicine" bases too. The best part? You're getting all this goodness in a blended meal that's easy on the digestion while tasting even more delish than that tempting bowl of Cap'n Crunch you were considering.

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QUICK LUNCH RECIPE + BRAND REVIEW: 10 MINUTE FISH TACOS

Fish tacos are probably up there in my top 10 favorite meals, but I avoided cooking them at home for a long time because I assumed it would be too much of a pain to make ones half as good as at my favorite Mexican restaurants. I whipped up this simple 10 minute lunch to prove myself (and doubting husband) wrong. Fresh fish, pillowy tortillas, crunchy slaw, creamy avocado and the simple yet bold flavors of lime and Mexican seasonings deliver restaurant quality in minimal time. We're talking good enough to make your partner steal your tacos when you turn the other way.

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QUICK LUNCH RECIPE: SPICY MEXICAN BUDDHA BOWL

This amaze-bowl lunch (see what I did there?) is fabulously flavorful AND nourishing thanks to a satisfying combo of fresh greens, creamy avocado and bean dip, roasty toasty sweet potato wedges, snappy lil' scallions and fulfilling brown rice. Top it off with the crunch of pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds), bright citrusy lime juice and that killer MFW chipotle sauce and you'll be ready for round 2 before round 1 is even over. 

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QUICK LUNCH RECIPE + BRAND REVIEW: MEDITERRANEAN VEGGIE WRAP

This is an absolute EXPLOSION of flavors all rolled up into a raw wrap that is in itself loaded with fruits, veggies and superfoods. You've got everything to make your mouth happy in this vegetarian delight: creamy hummus and olives, cool cucumbers, sweet peppers, juicy tomato and the tang of red wine vinegar dressed greens. This is an excellent light lunch for a meatless Monday or post yoga snack, but if you're after something more substantial you can always add a little feta cheese or grilled chicken breast.

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2 DIPS TO MAKE SNACKING HEAVENLY

Once you make this hummus at home you'll wonder why you ever bothered with the store-bought stuff. This takes about 7 minutes from can-opening to noshing and the flavor, texture and consistency is just right. Hummus is a great dip to have on hand to encourage healthy snacking, but it's also a yummy protein-packed base for vegetarian wraps and sandwiches...which I'll be posting about tomorrow! 

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YOUR NEW FAVORITE SALAD DRESSING

I suggest you clean out your tubs ladies, because you're going to want to bathe in this dressing it's so damn good. We drown our meal-sized salads in it, use it as a dip, and sometimes even a finishing sauce. It's delightful on any salad really, but it's especially good when combined with roasted vegetables and fall produce like squash and Brussels sprouts. Oh! We use this on our turkey burger salads and side salads too, you really can't go wrong with it!

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