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Sweet Potato Beet Pesto Vegan Tuna Bites

Sweet Potato Beet Pesto Vegan Tuna Bites

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I am proud to say that in February of this year (2018), I released my very first cookbook. It’s called The Accidental Paleo: Easy Vegetarian Recipes for a Paleo Lifestyle. It’s filled with mostly plant-based, vegetarian recipes that are also a fit for paleo eaters.

My friend hosted a launch party for me last month, and I prepared a sampling of some of the recipes from the book.…

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Coffee Banana Protein Smoothie

Coffee Banana Protein Smoothie

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A lot of people don’t like drinking hot coffee in the hot weather. Here is an alternative way to get your buzz on with a cold, frothy drink that won’t fill you up with junk like those expensive treats from the coffee shop.

My friend Sheldon gave me a version of this coffee banana protein smoothie recipe years ago, but I modified that recipe some.…

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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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Foil Pack Chicken with Cajun Spice and Vegetables

Foil Pack Chicken with Cajun Spice and Vegetables

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Warmer weather is finally here which means it’s grilling season. Foil pack dinners are always a good idea because they are quick, easy, and make a great healthy dinner with lots of flavor and little fuss.

This foil pack chicken recipe is so simple: you just mix all the ingredients in one bowl, pop everything into the foil, and grill until the chicken is cooked through.…

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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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    Low-Calorie Island Mimosa

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    Welcome to our Whole Life Challenge-compliant cocktail series from professional bartender Jenna Gruttadauria. Jenna practiced mixology at some of the most well-known bars and clubs in New York City before joining the Whole Life Challenge team. Now, she enjoys using her knowledge to make healthier versions of classic cocktails.

    It’s no doubt the mimosa is many people’s favorite — and an excellent choice for any summer parties you are hosting.…

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    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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