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Chicken Tinga

Chicken Tinga with Corn and Black Bean Salsa

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This chicken tinga is a great Mexican dish that we could eat every week. Seriously. Maybe multiple times per week. Shredded chicken, all saucy and savory — okay, we’ll try not to distract ourselves.

Chicken tinga (or pollo de tinga) is a delectable comfort food. Mixing spices with chipotle and tomato gives it a signature robust flavor.

On the side, we put together a simple corn and black bean salsa for those of you participating in the Whole Life Challenge as Kickstart or Lifestyle players.…

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Traditional Lamb Curry

Traditional Lamb Curry

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We love all kinds of ethnic foods. And, while we dig contemporary and experimental Indian flavors, we believe traditional dishes like this lamb curry are really where health and flavor best intersect.

Since we do like to keep our meals on the healthier side, we stay away from naan and a lot of the starches found in some Indian dishes. Starting this lamb curry meal with grass-fed meat as its base provides a ton of health benefits.…

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Beef Barbacoa

Simple Savory Beef Barbacoa

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Whether you consider its origins the Caribbean, Mexico, Texas, or Chipotle, beef barbacoa is freaking delicious. Tender as it is tasty, this dish is long on flavor.

You’ll notice this dish has a long(er) cook time. We start with a grass-fed chuck roast and cook it low and slow for max tenderness and juiciness. Not to mention chuck roast is one of the more affordable cuts out there.…

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Pork Chili Verde

Low-Carb Pork Chili Verde

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This pork chili verde is simply an out-of-the-park home run. It has so many things going for it:

  • Volume: you can feed a whole group at one meal or yourself for several days.
  • Value: pork shoulder is an incredible value when compared to pork chops or steak.
  • Convenience: the prep is simple and most of the work is done by the slow cooking.
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    Jalapeno Chicken Burger with Jicama Slaw

    Jalapeno Chicken Burger with Jicama Slaw

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    Let’s start with “What in the world is jicama?” Jicama is a Mexican root vegetable akin to a yam or turnip. However, it tastes and crunches more like a fruit — kind of like an apple.

    Mixing jicama with a few other chopped veggies and a light dressing produces a wonderful slaw. We love a good slaw and this jicama version makes for a great unique twist.…

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    Skirt Steak with Chimichurri, Mixed Peppers, and Onions

    Skirt Steak with Chimichurri, Mixed Peppers, and Onions

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    For our money, you just can’t beat grilled beef paired with a simple condiment. That means the flavors of a good skirt steak mixed with tangy chimichurri make this one savory dish.

    We use chimichurri as a condiment or dipping sauce for this skirt steak recipe. Marinating with chimichurri is delicious, too, but we feel this steak stands on its own.…

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    Citrus Marinated Grilled Shrimp

    Citrus Marinated Grilled Shrimp

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    Grilling is all about takin’ it easy and enjoying time with friends. Here’s a great dish to prepare ahead of time, so you can maximize the socializing.

    The prep on this grilled shrimp recipe is minimal, and the cook time is even less. We’re all about ease and leaving time for the other priorities in your life.

    Grab a cold beverage and get ready to enjoy the light, refreshing citrus flavors of this grilled shrimp.…

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    Lemongrass Chicken

    Easy and Versatile Lemongrass Chicken

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    This delicious lemongrass chicken recipe takes a little longer, but it’s worth the time. We use pastured-raised chicken for its lean protein content, as well as the vitamin A (when the skin is left on) and higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

    Adding a lemongrass-based marinade gives this chicken little Asian twist — a little spice, a little sweet.

    For a side, while the chicken is marinating, knock out these roasted beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes.…

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    Herbed Turkey Burger

    Bunless Herbed Turkey Burgers

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    We love the grill for most any meal. And, for a slight twist on the standard, we like to mix it up by making turkey burgers.

    Ground turkey is a great source of lean protein. And we keep this meal gluten-free and low-carb by foregoing a bun — replacing it with a nice Bibb lettuce “wrap.”

    When paired with tomato, onion, pickle, avocado, and whatever-else-you-prefer, these turkey burgers are a delicious alternative to beef (which you’ll never hear us complain about, either).…

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    Low-Carb Shrimp Creole

    Low-Carb Shrimp Creole

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    This is classic Louisiana. And we should know — straight out of Livingston Parish, TGK Founder Amber Lewis’ dad was our original taste tester for this dish. He, unsurprisingly, lent a five-star rating.

    We use shrimp recommended by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, which monitors overfishing and natural habitats to make recommendations based on quality and quantity of individual species.…

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    Vietnamese Pork Meatballs with Stir Fry Veggies

    Vietnamese Pork Meatballs with Stir Fry Veggies

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    Bún Chả is a Vietnamese dish comprised of grilled pork and noodles. The dish is believed to have originated in Hanoi in the late 1950s. It is typically served with grilled fatty pork over a plate of rice noodles and herbs, then paired with dipping sauce(s).

    The dish has grown in popularity outside of Hanoi and further outside of the country of Vietnam, taking on alternate characteristics of each respective region.…

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    Thai Green Curry

    Thai Green Curry with Vegetable Noodles

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    Few dishes satisfy all of the senses like a green curry. The aromas of the sauteed ginger, garlic, and curry paste are a treat to inhale. Add that to the silky coconut milk, hearty chicken, fragrant basil, and tart lime, and you get a delicious meal that is visually stunning.

    But, best of all, this Thai green curry is surprisingly easy to prepare.…

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