My Favorite Summer Dinner Recipe

You guys know I’m all about trying new recipes and taking all the recipes I find online and “health-ifying” them! New word? I think yes!

Anyways…since gaining a husband, one of the many benefits is living with a master chef and eating more food cooked on the grill. There is nothing like the the crispness you get from the grill! In our relationship I pick the recipes, he grills and we both help to cook. #Goals

I really should learn to grill it myself…maybe one day. HA!

There’s something about grilling out by the pool, sipping on a cold kombucha (or beer sometimes) with friends that just screams summer!

P.S. Today is the first day of summer!!! YAY!

This recipe is a full meal that is perfect for summer nights! Enjoy 🙂

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Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken + Zucchini + Sweet Potato 

Prep: 5 & 1/2 hours (Marinade time included) Cook Time: 35 mins

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup honey mustard
  • 1/4 cup local honey
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 Zuchinni
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • Avocado oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper
  • Onion powder

Directions:

  1. Marinate the chicken for about 5 hours with honey mustard, honey, and 2 Tbsp lemon juice.
  2. Once it’s closer to dinner time–Cut peppers and onion into strips and toss in avocado oil. Set aside for the grill
  3. Perp the zucchini by cutting ends, cutting down the middle (see pic below) and chop. Place them in a mixing bowl.
  4. Toss the zucchini with 2 Tbsp of avocado oil, S&P and nutritional yeast. Place an even layer on a baking sheet.
  5. Dice sweet potatoes and toss them in 3 Tbsp of avocado oil, S&P and onion powder. Place on an even layer on baking sheet.
  6. Bake zucchini and potatoes at 350 for 35 mins while you run to the grill.
  7. Head to the grill and place everything on. Chicken should be on for about 5 minutes on each side depending on the thickness.
  8. Once you’re back from the grill, pull the zucchini out and broil the potatoes for a few mins until crispy.

 

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Place peppers directly on the grill.

 

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How to cut the zucchini.

Hope you enjoy this easy summer meal! Tell me what your favorite dinner is below!!

 

ILY,

nutMeg

Detox Soup Recipe

Leading up to my wedding I was all about the detox. This recipe was my go-to!

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Leading up to my wedding I was all about the detox. Especially the week of, I focused on detoxing my body and reducing water weight.

  • Drinking lots of lemon water
  • Staying away from carbonated drinks
  • Getting my sweat on
  • This soup!!

I ate this soup for lunch on the days leading up to the wedding and would have a small cup on the side of my dinner at night.

There are so many ingredients in this recipe that are nourishing, rev up your metabolism and help with digestion!

Lemon is my go to for a flat tummy. I try to drink warm lemon water with apple cider vinegar every morning too.

Cayenne is spicy…we want spicy! This is what will kick up your metabolism and increase circulation in your body.

Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. In “normal people terms” that means it’s great for reducing all of the inflammation in your body. If inclination is down, you will not only feel better, but look tighter.

Anyways, onto the soup:

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of bone broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 3 stocks of celery
  • 4 large carrots
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 3 stocks of kale
  • 1/4 head of a purple cabbage
  • 1/2 TBSP turmeric
  • 1/2 TBSP onion powder
  • a few dashes of cayenne pepper, taste as you go (spicy is good!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon, juiced

Instructions:

  1. Pour 1 cup of water into a large pot on medium heat
  2. Add in onion, garlic. Stir until softened
  3. Add in celery and carrots and let sit for a few mins (3-5)
  4. Stir in turmeric, onion powder, cayenne and S&P
  5. Add in the rest of the water & bone broth. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes
  6. Add in tomato, kale and cabbage
  7. Reduce heat to low and serve!

P.S…..If I were to make it just for dinner I would add shredded chicken from a rotisserie chicken to bulk it up!

 

I hope you guys like this recipe!! I love it for detoxing and bulk meal prepping, it makes a lot! Tag me in your pics if you recreate it and leave your best detox tips in the comments!

 

ILY,

nutMeg

Healthy Taco Dinner Recipe

Pat and I love going out for Mexican but we decided to make a healthy version of our favorite dinner!

I dare you to name a night more exciting than going out for Mexican food. Patrick and I both LOVE going out for Mexican (and a skinny margarita) but the majority of the time we cook at home. So, we decided to make a healthy version of our favorite dinner at home!

There are 2 keys to making Mexican food healthy…

  1. Letture Cups

Lettuce cups act as the tortilla, minus the carbs.

*Disclaimer- not saying carbs are the enemy by any means, this is just what I prefer if I’m making a healthier alternative.

2. Cauliflower Rice

I choose this over rice as a grain free alternative. If you’ve never made it you can buy it packaged in the frozen section. Sometimes I grate a head of cauliflower, if I have time, but most likely I’m using the frozen version (huge time saver). You’ll never know the difference between cauliflower and actual rice.

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Recipe:

Prep: 5 mins  Cook Time: 4-8 hours in the crockpot  Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 3 organic chicken breasts
  • 1 can of salsa
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 package of frozen cauliflower rice
  • cilantro
  • 4 limes
  • 2 avocados
  • onion powder
  • pink salt

Directions:

  1. Prep the chicken in the crock pot a few hours before dinner
    • Season the chicken with onion powder and salt
    • Add chicken and 1 jar of salsa to the crockpot
    • Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours
  2. Once it’s dinner time, heat up as much cauliflower rice as needed and mix in chopped cilantro
    • I usually do about a cup
  3. Using the lettuce cups, layer the rice, chicken and top with avocado and salsa
  4. Squeeze the juice of one lime on top
  5. Enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Spice Granola (Gluten Free)

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I don’t know about you but I am all aboard the pumpkin spice train and I’m not hiding it! ‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything. It’s not basic, it’s festive!

I’ve been experimenting with different pumpkin recipes and this granola is definitely my fav!

I like to make granola at home (when I can’t find Purly Elizabeth)because I know exactly what goes into it. You think you’re being all “healthy” but the ingredients kinda defeat the purpose… Too many store bought brands have added sugar and weird ingredients that make it unhealthy! Plus, it’s super easy to just make yourself.

Anyways, here’s my recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten-free oats
  • 3 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • A dash of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon ( I like a lot!)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw almond butter
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400 and line baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a small pot, heat vanilla, maple syrup, coconut oil, pumpkin and almond butter on the stove until smooth
  3. Combine oats, flax seeds, pecans
  4. Remove mixture from the stove and combine with dry ingredients
  5. Lay granola flat on the baking sheet and try to keep the mixture in large chunks
  6. Bake for 20 mins, checking 1/2 way through
  7. Remove and cool before serving.
  8. Store in an air tight container

This granola is super pumpkin-y and I LOVE it!!

 

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Tag me in any pic of your recreation or fav pumpkin spice treats on Insta @ADashOfnutMegg, I’d love to see!

ILY,

nutMeg

Golden Milk Latte Recipe+ A Review

What’s the deal with turmeric?

I know you’ve heard of it and probably seen beautiful golden milk lattes on your Instagram feed, but what’s the big deal?

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I recently connected with Saara from GoldynGlow and she gave me the inside scoop of what all the chatter is about!

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One of the biggest benefits to turmeric is that it is naturally anti-inflammatory. Now in “normal people terms” what does that mean? The body’s natural response to injury/something being wrong is inflammation and chronic inflammation can go unnoticed for quite sometime. It is best to try and incorporate anti-inflammatory foods because of this and let our bodies relax as much as they can. Turmeric also provides a boost in immunity (hello flu season) and is a natural detoxifier.

Saara was so gracious to let me try her GoldynGlow powders and try to make my own golden milk lattes!

 

 

 

Here’s my recipe:

  • 1 tsp of GoldynGlow (I used “Happy” with cacao)
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of vanilla almond milk
  • A lot of cinnamon
  • 1 stevia packet
  • A pinch of black pepper

    *To activate the turmeric and give you all the yummy benefits

Directions:

  1. Warm milk on the stove
  2. Slowly add GoldynGlow, cinnamon and stevia. Wisk.
  3. Add a pinch of black pepper and serve!

 

I made the mistake of adding 1 Tbsp of the powder in my first attempt. It was WAY too much. It definitely wasn’t sweet enough and just tasted like a cup full of spices…no good. So be careful about adding too much.

Because of my cortisol levels and adrenal fatigue, mentioned here, I am *trying to* reduce my caffeine intake to see if that helps in any way. Turmeric lattes are going to help me on that journey. I think I’m just slightly addicted to just the feeling of a warm drink in the morning, so this will be a great substitute to coffee.

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Check out the whole GoldynGlow line! The website has the products available (with some awesome new packaging), recipes and more info on why turmeric is so good for you!

Let me know if you’re into turmeric drinks or have any other fav coffee substitutes in the comments.

 

ILY,

nutMeg

What I’ve Been Loving Lately

I cannot believe that September is over–scratch that–I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by. ClichĂŠ, I know. September was a whirl wind month, but was also filled with some new things and favorites that I HAVE to share.

It’s officially fall and I want to say I’m all aboard the pumpkin spice train, but I just can’t get into it yet! It’s still 90 degrees outside so I’ll be taking my pumpkin spice lattes on ice until further notice. I’ve actually been loving making my own healthy version of the classic PSL at home.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 8 oz iced coffee
  • 4 oz of almond milk
  • 1/4 cup of organic canned pumpkin
  • Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice & cinnamon
  • A dash of nutmeg 😉
  • Ice

Blend it up and you’ve got a healthier & WAY cheaper PSL!

*And if you want to make it a protein shake, add a 1/2 of a frozen banana and only 4 oz of iced coffee.

My next fav is Athleta! They have great community events in each store where you can meet fun and like minded people, plus get a little shopping in too. I went to a Piloboxing (Pilates +Boxing) class at the Avalon location hosted by local fitness influencer, @FitLifeWithFran. I wasn’t expecting to get a real workout because it was a free event, but, girl, I was SWEATING!

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The best part was I got put on their email list and was invited to shop their fall sale early!

Here’s what I got at the sale:

 

This month I got my hormones tested (post coming soon) and I found out my adrenals get very fatigued and my cortisol levels, the stress hormone, could use some work. And a lot of this stems from me doing too many intense workouts with not enough time to rest.

So, I’ve been trying to practice what I preach and listen to my body. For example, I took a HIIT class at the UFC gym by my house the other day and my body was the sorest I think I’ve legit ever been! I had all of my workouts planned out for the rest of the week and usually I would have just pushed through and suffered even more, but my body was screaming “No, no, no!” It’s hard for me to do this because I feel guilty about not working out multiple days in a row, but I know it’s better for me in the long run to give my body rest.

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Also, I finally gave in and tried Purely Elizabeth granola. I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty pricey, but I do think it’s worth it. Knowing how expensive it is honestly helps with the portion control aspect! The granola I tried is infused with probiotics and all of their products are gluten free and free from artificial sugars. Investing in good quality products will be worth it in the long run! You can order it here.

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My last latest obsession lately is organic and toxic free skin care! I’m taking the whole “non-toxic life” transition slow. So far I’ve only replaced the products I have run out of. It’s ok to take it slow and not jump right into something. All of these products are very affordable, which was a nice surprise…see being healthy and using good products doesn’t have to break the bank.

Here’s what I’ve been loving:

If you’re curious how “clean” your beauty products are check this website. 

 

Hit me up in the comments on what you’ve been loving this month and what I should try next!

ILY,

nutMeg

The Perfect Post Workout Green Smoothie

The perfect (and green) post workout smoothie! This combination will keep you full and have your blood sugar in check.

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I’m super excited to share my favorite post workout smoothie!! I’ve always been a smoothie gal, but now I have perfected my recipe.

First things first, my number one tip for smoothies is from nutritionist, Kelly Leveck (a wellness goddess) of Be Well By Kelly.

The Fab Four: Protein, fat, fiber and greens. 

Notice there is no fruit in the Fab Four. I was shook!!!

I used to make the mistake of cramming my blender full of fruit when making smoothies. I didn’t realize that if you’re consuming that much sugar after a workout, you’re semi missing the point of the protein shake. Adding that much sugar will spike your blood sugar which will cause a crash later. Getting proper protein absorption is so important after a good sweaty sesh!

Funny enough, I don’t really even miss it. It still tastes bomb with less/no fruit, so might as well leave it out!

Anyways onto the recipe:

Post Workout Green Smoothie

  • Handful of spinach
  • 1/2 scoop of green powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop of pea protein powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1-2 Tbsp almond butter
    • *Sometimes I add almond butter as a topping and don’t blend it up

Add everything together and blend away! I usually eat mine with a spoon because it’s sooo thick and creamy!

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Tag me on Instagram @MeganHaidinger if you try this recipe or share your smoothie of the day!

ILY,

nutMeg