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Black Bean Corn Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Black Bean Corn Salad with lemon poppy seed dressing is a fresh and vibrant side dish perfect for summer gatherings. It can also be used as a condiment for tacos, burrito bowls, or green salads!

I know. Corn.

I know.

Some folks love it, some folks abhor it, some folks love-abhor it because it is fantastically delicious but tends to be heavily genetically modified and – well – void of anything nutritionally meaningful.

Truthfully, I don’t consume corn often because I keep my diet low-inflammatory and choose my sources of inflammation with much scrutiny. BUT I do get a great amount of enjoyment out of the kernel, so I’ll cook with it on occasion. And when I do, I’m sure to get the most bang for my inflammatory buck. 

Meaning, I use it in a way that will bring me great joy. 

For instance: corn salad. Fresh and spunky, magical on, around, or in just about anything.

Corn salad is particularly amazing when combined with black beans, bell pepper, tomato, onion and a homemade lemon poppy seed dressing. Everything comes together in an incredibly fresh, crunchy, creamy, tangy amalgamation to make your taste buds swoon.

one large bowl and two small bowls of black bean corn salad with two forks on the side on a white backdrop

You can make it with fresh corn or canned corn!

How about we whip this out right quick?

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Orange Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Orange Ginger Chicken Stir Fry with onion, bell pepper, broccoli, and carrot is a quick, easy, nutritious dinner recipe. Serve it up with steamed rice, cauliflower rice or roasted vegetables for a well-balanced meal. There’s something about the combination of orange and ginger that really does my body well. If you’ve tried my Orange Ginger …

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Mexican Vegan Black Bean & Sweet Potato Skillet

Color me telepathic, but I have a sneaking suspicion you could use an easy meal using mostly pantry ingredients. 

Sometimes we need cooking to be the easiest thing we’ve done all day or could simply use a win, and this vegan black bean sweet potato skillet is exactly that!

Incorporating basic ingredients you likely already have on hand, you’ll likely not even need to leave the house to make this beauty happen.

Bonus points: this recipe makes a TON of food – great for feeding the whole family or for meal prepping.

Bonus points, the sequel: You can make all sorts of changes to this meal based on what you have on hand!

This colorful, nutritious meal includes sweet potato, black beans, quinoa, bell pepper, onion, garlic, salsa and chili powder. The end result? A hearty meal that’ll tickle the tongue buds and make you feel satisfied.

The best part? This vegan Mexican inspired meal is so easy to prepare. Let’s talk about it!

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One-Skillet Chicken Green Curry with Rice

One-Skillet Chicken Green Curry with Rice is a quick and easy meal that incorporates chicken curry with vegetables and rice all in one pot! This easy meal is comfort food at its finest.


Lover of curry and looking for the easiest approach of all time to make it yourself at home? I’ve gotchu.

If you made my One-Skillet Ground Turkey Thai Curry with Rice a few months ago, you’re already familiar with the concept behind this recipe.

It’s simple, really. You use one skillet to make the curry and cook the rice into the curry so that it soaks up the coconut milk sauce and becomes ultra delicious. In this sense, you aren’t steaming rice separately from the curry, which makes the meal prep just a little bit quicker and easier. Style points!

This Thai green curry includes vegetables such as carrots, bell pepper, zucchini and broccoli, along with chicken thighs, all stewed in a deliciously creamy green curry coconut milk sauce. There’s plenty of room for adaptation here.

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One Skillet Ground Beef and Wild Rice

One skillet ground beef and wild rice with onion, garlic, bell pepper and rainbow chard is a quick and easy one-pot meal that results in a lovely well-balanced dinner.

When it comes to cooking dinner at home, I generally aim for three things: 

1.) Affordability – I like to keep it inexpensive…no need for pretention in my household! 

2.) Nutrient-Dense  – I go for balanced meals that contain all three macros – protein, fat, and carbs. Bonus points for fiber, vitamins and minerals! I find that meals that hit all three are very satisfying 

3.) Quick to Prepare – While I love cooking, I don’t typically want to spend a huge chunk of time on cooking, so I try to keep it around 30 minutes, or at the very most, 1 hour.

My skillet recipes fit all three criteria, and this ground beef and wild rice recipe is no exception!

Onion, garlic, bell pepper, ground beef, wild rice, broth, and rainbow chard is all we need to make this beauty happen! The combination of flavors is fresh and the meal itself is super satisfying! You can serve it up with a side salad or roasted veggies if you’re looking for even more vegetable power!

Let’s make it, shall we?

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Pumpkin Chicken Chili (Paleo, Low-FODMAP)

Pumpkin chicken chili made bean-less for a lower-carb, paleo and Low-FODMAP approach to chicken chili! This cozy chili recipe is so easy to make and is so nice and comforting for chilly fall weather.

One of my favorite recipes on this site is the Instant Pot Paleo Pumpkin Chili I posted last year. I made it so many times over the fall and winter and it was by far my most requested recipe among my family. PLUS it was a huge hit among my readers (you’uns!)!


While I was visiting Montana last month, we had a few days of rain, which made me instantly crave chili. The pumpkin chili from last year came to mind and I thought it would be so nice to make it with chicken. I whipped it up and low and behold, it was just what I needed!

Pumpkin Chicken Chili made paleo without beans - an easy stovetop chili recipe that only takes 45 minutes to prepare. Low-FODMAP and lower carb! |

This paleo pumpkin chicken chili makes for a lovely cold weather meal! It only requires a handful of ingredients, most of which are spices you likely already have! It took me only 45 minutes from start-to-finish to make the chili, making it ideal for a busy weeknight meal. 

As an alternative, the recipe can be cooked slower to allow more flavors to come out for those fun lazy weekend cooking projects. Instant Pot fanatics – you can also make the chili in a pressure cooker! The instructions to do so are below.

Let’s make it!

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Balsamic Roasted Vegetables with Bacon

Balsamic roasted vegetables with bacon are a marvelous way of getting in your greens. This easy recipe is a crowd pleaser!

I recently hosted a family dinner, and knowing my siblings are ALL ABOUT my roasted veggies, I figured I’d whip up a batch of my classic balsamic roasted vegetables recipe, but…add bacon. Because let’s face it: Bacon is the food of the gods.

And the fat? Bangarang for cooking.

Basically, bacon drippings are as magical as unicorn sweat.

I’m no stranger to using bacon fat for salad dressing or for cooking vegetables. Just have a looksy at my Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing, Warm Brussel Sprout Salad with Kale, Quinoa, and Bacon Vinaigrette, or my Broccoli Salad with Carrots, Apples and Warm Bacon Dressing.

Mmmmmmbacon, bacon, bacon!

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30-Minute Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry

30-Minute Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry is quick, easy, and absolutely delicious! This fun and frisky meal is sure to be a staple in your home.

Get ready for your new favorite dinner recipe! If you can relate to any of the following, you’re in for a real treat!:

Love chicken teriyaki…it’s a childhood favorite and makes your heart fairies flutter.

If you’re all about Chinese takeout, value your time and only want to dedicate 30 minutes to dinner, and/or enjoy healthy meals, this is right up your alley! It..

  • Requires only one skillet (and one pot if you’re making rice)
  • Takes 30 minutes or less to make!
  • Gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free (see notes on teriyaki sauce below)
  • Versatile

30-Minute Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry - a quick, easy, and healthy dinner recipe! | #glutenfree #paleo

This silly simple Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry recipe includes only a few basic components: chicken thighs, teriyaki sauce, bell pepper, and green beans. BOOM, thassit!  And avocado oil.

Let’s talk teriyaki.

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Teriyaki Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice

Teriyaki Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice is a clean, healthy side dish perfect for serving alonside your favorite entrees. This recipe comes together quickly and tastes amazing!

Teriyaki Stir Fry Vegetables with Rice - an easy healthy side dish |

If you’re struggling to keep mealtimes interesting, I gotchu! I have found the key to maintaining a “healthy” diet AND not getting bored with food is in simply changing up the flavors. Recently, I’ve been on a teriyaki kick. The salty-tangy-sweet-umami flavors really hit your palate in all the right ways!

I make my homemade Paleo Teriayki Sauce  (or use this store-bought brand <- not sponsored) and use it as a marinade for meat, or for stir frying vegetables. Let’s face it..sometimes I douse rice with it and call it a day.

This Teriyaki Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice recipe is an excellent clean side dish for serving alongside your favorite main entrees. Pro Tip: if you’re a lover of bowl food like me, whip up this recipe and use it as your base for your bowls!

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Orange Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry

Orange Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry is a quick and easy healthy dinner recipe, perfect for throwing together any night of the week. This clean recipe is sure to please the whole family!

Orange-Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry - a healthy soy-free stir fry recipe |

Stir fry is one of those dishes I can make over and over without tiring of it. With limitless options for vegetable, meat, and sauce combinations, you can never repeat the same stir fry. Or do as I do, and put the same few on repeat over and over, because: obsessive personality.

If you remember my Dairy-Free Paleo Shrimp Chowder, BBQ Shrimp and Sweet Potato Bowls, or Easy Cajun Shrimp you know my love for shrimp knows no bounds.


This Orange Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry is easy to throw together any night of the week for a quick and healthful meal.

Let’s get started!

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