All posts by Shannon Gilson

Chicken Arugula and Pear Salad

Chicken, Arugula, and Pear Salad

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A good salad should be flavorful, fresh, and satisfying — which means this chicken, arugula, and pear salad is all kinds of right. This is a perfect springtime and summer salad that’s super easy, sweet, and crunchy.

Using arugula gives this salad that peppery leafy flavor — and pairing that flavor with the crunchy celery and walnuts, the sweet and juicy pears, and lemony chicken equals perfection.…

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Avocado Caprese Salad

Avocado Caprese Salad

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One of my favorite salads to eat is the classic caprese. It’s so simple and fresh you can’t help but savor every bite.

For this avocado caprese update, I substituted slices of avocado for mozzarella to make this salad friendly to anyone going dairy free — and let me tell you, you won’t miss the cheese. The avocado adds such a creamy element to this salad, I actually enjoyed it better than the original.…

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Broccoli and Chicken Stir Fry

Broccoli and Chicken Stir Fry

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If you need a recipe that’s quick to get on the table, healthy, and delicious, this simple chicken stir fry is the way to go. I love a good stir fry because it’s an easy way to clean out your refrigerator and use up your leftover veggies. Plus, you can make the whole meal in one pan.

For this broccoli and chicken stir fry recipe, I used chicken as my protein and broccoli and peppers as my main vegetables.…

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Oven Baked Beet Chips

Oven Baked Beet Chips

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I’m always looking for a great snack idea that tastes delicious but is still healthy. These salty and crispy beet chips were exactly what I was looking for. Using just three simple ingredients and a mandolin slicer, this baked beet chip recipe might just be my new favorite way to eat beets.

When prepared this way, the beets crisp up perfectly like real potato chips.…

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Bacon-Wrapped Avocado

Bacon-Wrapped Avocado

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When you pair bacon with avocado great things happen. Typically for me, this pairing has happened on top of my salads and in my guacamole (or in my deviled egg recipe), so when I came upon this recipe for bacon-wrapped avocado I just had to try it.

Avocados aren’t usually cooked, but when they are they transform into a soft buttery goodness that melts in your mouth.…

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Shrimp and Mint Pesto Zoodles

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This meal has me thinking spring. The lemony shrimp and the mint pesto taste so clean and fresh together, and using zoodles (or zucchini noodles) keeps it light and satisfying.

To make zoodles, I recommend you get a spiralizer. They are inexpensive and completely worth it, because once you start incorporating zoodles into your dishes, you won’t want to stop. I make zoodles a lot, especially in the summer when I have a ton of zucchini in my garden and need creative ways to eat it (there’s only so much zucchini bread a girl can and should eat).…

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Instant Pot Carnitas (for Healthy and Busy People)

Instant Pot Carnitas (for Healthy and Busy People)

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My family loves Mexican food. We make it at least once a week for dinner, but I could eat it every day. When I found this Instant Pot carnitas recipe from Nom Nom Paleo, I thought it would be such a treat from my normal ground beef tacos, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the results.

I’ve never made carnitas before and they are surprisingly simple.…

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Avocado Vegetable Dip

Avocado Vegetable Dip

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This light and creamy avocado vegetable dip is super simple to make and takes only fifteen minutes from start to finish. Just throw all the ingredients in a food processor and let it do all the work. Then, slice up some fresh cucumbers, carrots, cherry tomatoes, and asparagus tips — and you have a delicious snack or healthy appetizer for your next get-together.…

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Apple Cinnamon Paleo Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Paleo Muffins

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When you’re looking for a sweet treat or a quick breakfast that doesn’t take time to cook, these apple cinnamon paleo muffins do the trick. I heat one of these delicious muffins and eat it with a little melted butter with my morning coffee. They are quick, healthy, and very satisfying.

These paleo muffins don’t take a lot of time to make and you don’t even need a mixer.…

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Essential Green Juice

Essential Green Juice

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If you haven’t incorporated juicing into your diet yet, you should start immediately. Green juice is extremely hydrating; cleanses the digestive tract; and allows concentrated minerals and vitamins to rapidly enter your bloodstream.

It’s also an amazing way to reach your daily vegetable and fruit serving recommendation.

This recipe is a great base (and my go-to green juice), but you should feel free to play around with different ingredients.…

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Instant Pot Vegetable and Chicken Soup

Instant Pot Vegetable and Chicken Soup

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Using my new Instant Pot was intimidating at first. You can do so many different things with it and there are so many buttons that I didn’t know where to start. I decided to start with this simple vegetable and chicken soup recipe — and once I got the hang of it, I felt like a pro. 

Not only does the Instant Pot cook my meals in half the time, but it also simplifies things without all the pots and pans to worry about and fewer dishes to wash.…

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Paleo Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Paleo Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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I’ve made cauliflower pizza crust in the past with not much luck. It tended to be tasteless, filled with cheese, and fell apart in my hands. I was never a believer that cauliflower could replace “real” pizza crust — until I found this recipe.

This cauliflower pizza crust is also a paleo friendly, which means it contains no cheese, no flour, and no grains.…

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