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Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls (Keto)

Low-Carb Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls made with winter squash for a keto-friendly burrito treat. Top these beauties with your favorite toppings for a comforting dinner. If you a.) love spaghetti squash, b.) enjoy a good burrito situation, c.) enjoy a  whole food and/or low-carb lifestyle, or d.) any combination of the aforementioned, then these Spaghetti …

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Salmon Poke Bowls with Crab Salad

Easy Salmon Poke Bowls with Crab Salad, seaweed salad, brown rice, and avocado. These delicious bowls are packed with flavor and give you a marvelous sushi experience in the comfort of your own home!

If you’re into raw fish and haven’t tried making poke bowls at home, I assure you, the process is easy and fun! 

The only complicated part about making poke bowls is finding the best source for sushi-grade fish near you. Once you find a supplier of sushi-grade fish, the rest is smooth sailing!

I encourage you to read my Salmon Poke Recipe  post before proceeding with these poke bowls, as it gives you everything you need to know about making poke safely and deliciously at home.

My favorite poke bowl ingredients are salmon poke, crab salad (which I make homemade using real crab from a jar), seaweed salad (which I buy from my seafood supplier), steamed white or brown rice, and avocado. I like topping it off with sesame seeds and sometimes some green onion.

There is plenty of room for adaptation here, so you can use this as inspiration for all your poke adventures!

Let’s dig a little deeper!

Bowl of salmon poke with a spoon in it on a white surface

What is a Poke Bowl?:

Poke Bowls are big bowls of sushi-grade fish marinated in a tasty sauce with rice, and all sorts of add-ins depending on your personal taste. Poke bowls typically include one to 3 different types of fish or seafood, pickled cucumbers or ginger, edamame, mango, avocado, and a couple of different sauces. 

Let’s talk more about these ingredients!

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Greek Chicken Spinach Salad (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Herby Greek Chicken Salad with baked chicken, spinach, avocado, red onion,pine nuts, and an amazing Greek salad dressing. This fresh and flavorful dinner salad recipe is a filling, clean meal worthy of putting on repeat!

The good news is, this spinach salad is cool, crisp and refreshing on a hot summer’s day (not to mention super nutritious and filling!).

The bad news is…we must cook chicken. From a scientific standpoint, this does require heat.

I don’t make up the rules. Nor do I often follow them.

But the good news is (part two), the chicken is crazy tender and lovely, and can just as easily be grilled or baked…pick your passion!

AND the good news is (part three) this salad is CRAZY herby and will take you away on a mental vacation to the beautiful Mediterranean.

At first glance, this recipe appears to call for eleventy billion ingredients; however, you’ll notice many of them are herbs or spices for the salad dressing and the chicken marinade, many of which cross-over to both the dressing and the marinade. 

AND most of which you likely already have in your spice collection!

Don’t worry, the process is easy – it’s a 3-stepper.

We..

  1. Make the dressing
  2. Marinate and bake the chicken (okay, that’s two steps, but three always sounds more enticing than four).
  3. Assemble the salad.

Here’s how this plays out in detail:

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Arugula Strawberry Salad with Pickled Onions and Strawberry Vinaigrette

Arugula Strawberry Salad with Pickled Red Onions, Feta, Pistachios, Avocado and Strawberry Vinaigrette is a fresh, ultra flavorful salad perfect for serving as a side dish! Add your favorite protein to turn it into a main entree!

What makes a salad amazing?  

Well. I have opinions.

There needs to be a sweet element, a tangy element, a creamy element, lots of bulk, plenty of crunch, and the whole thing needs to be vibrant and pretty.

For me, provided the above mentioned boxes are checked, I am SUPER into salad. If one of more are missing? Foggetaboutit. 

This strawberry salad with pickled red onions, feta cheese and homemade strawberry vinaigrette fills all my salad needs with flying colors. 

The best part? You can add grilled chicken for a filling, well-balanced meal that takes your taste buds for a real wild ride.

About 17,000 years ago, I posted a recipe for Pickled Red Onions. Have you pickled onions yet? It’s fun! And easy. And makes a salad extra pleasy (<- don’t punch me). There’s just something about the pickled version of an onion that takes the whole experience up a notch.

But don’t worry…I know we’re all short on time and attention span these days, so if you need to keep your onions un-pickled, I won’t judge you.

Let’s make this recipe!

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Avocado Chocolate Muffins (Paleo)

Grain-free Avocado Chocolate Muffins made with coconut flour, ripe avocados, coconut sugar, and cocoa powder are a gluten-free moist and fudgy treat! Plus, they are paleo friendly and can easily be made keto.

You know when you go into something having zero expectations, and come out of it feeling like a proper Greek Goddess?

That is how I felt after baking these muffins.

All the stars? Aligned.

Truth be told, these muffins did require two attempts, as the first batch turned out like brownies. Amazing, fudgy, sinfully delicious brownies, but still… brownies, not avocado muffins.

So reluctantly (insert sarcasm), I baked a second batch, and BOOM a muff was made.

Nothing makes you feel better about yourself than baking chocolate muffins out of overly ripe, otherwise trash-worthy avocados.

The greatest part about this recipe is it uses those unwanted avocados that should truly not be used in any other way lest you’re a glutton for punishment.

You don’t necessarily want the avocados to be brown, grody and rotten, but this is a good place for those super mushy, not amazing tasting ripe avocados that you wouldn’t dare leave raw.

Let’s bullet point this out.

These avocado muffins are:

  • Gluten-free and grain-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Oil-free
  • Sweetened naturally with coconut sugar
  • Super moist
  • Ultra fudgy
  • The browniest muffin you’ll ever eat.

Paleo Avocado Chocolate Muffins made with coconut flour and coconut sugar - dairy-free, refined sugar-free, absolutely delicious!

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Salmon Poke Recipe

A fresh salmon poke recipe with options! How to make fresh salmon poke at home! This post includes everything you need to know about sourcing fish, as well as a recipe for delicious salmon poke.

Do you dabble in the raw fish?

Over the last couple of years, I have been in the habit of cooking most of my meals at home, although I have a special place in my heart carved out for going out to all-you-can-eat-sushi. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Reno, going out to one of our many AYCE sushi restaurants should be first on your To Do list! 

Using this interesting time as an opportunity to try new techniques, meals, flavors, etc in the kitchen is a great way of turning an otherwise dull situation into a pretty glorious one! 

Enter: Salmon Poke. And Sushi Burgers. And All the fusion food.

If you saw my post a couple of days ago for Gluten-Free Rice Buns, you know I recently made sushi burgers using salmon poke. For those of you who dabble into raw fish and sushi, I figured I would share my go-to method for making salmon poke

First, some basics:

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Crispy Mediterranean Chicken Salad with Lemon Herb Tahini Dressing

Crispy Mediterranean Chicken Salad with a fresh, zesty lemon herb tahini dressing, cherry tomatoes, avocado, arugula, and cucumber. This nutritious dinner recipe is packed with flavor and is perfect for anyone who loves a big vibrant meal as well as those on a carb-conscious, paleo, or keto diet.

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Flourless Avocado Brownies (Paleo)

Flourless Avocado Brownies are an easy grain-free, refined sugar-free paleo dessert recipe. The brownie batter is made easily in your food processor and only requires a handful of basic ingredients.

Just when you thought I was finished posting dessert recipes using avocado….

In walked these flourless avocado brownies.

Our history with avocado-based desserts includes Key Lime Vegan Ice Cream , 4-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse, Vegan Key Lime Popsicles, Dairy-Free Avocado Fudgesicles …and more!

These sultry lumps of avocado lovin’ are so easy to make and are a marvelous healthier treat. They are soft and chewy with an epic fudgey goo factor (if you add the chocolate chips). 

The ingredients needed to prepare these brownies are straight-forward!: one ripe avocado, eggs, almond butter, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, baking powder, and chocolate chips (optional…but mandatory).

I know what you’re wondering, and no, you can’t taste the avocado or the almond butter. They don’t have the an identical flavor and texture to regular brownies, but they are sure to please!

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