Salmon with Strawberry-Avocado Salsa

It’s a formula I turn to over and over and over again for dinner: protein + salsa. And that’s because with a generous serving of salsa on top, any slab of protein becomes endlessly riffable.

Sometimes that salsa has a fruit component, sometimes not. But it always has a spicy component because a “boring healthy dinner” seems so much less boring when your face is on fire.

True story.

If you haven’t tried the strawberry + avocado combination, here’s your chance – grab the recipe here!



Spicy Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans with Eggs

It has 15g of protein, enough carbs to kick start your day, and plants. Don’t forget the plants. Because like me, I’m sure you’ve resolved to eat more plant-things this year. So let’s go ahead and scratch the first serving of the day off of your list.

Eggs over Asparagus with Bacon

Also, the sweet potatoes help keep the murderous rage away – you know the rage. The kind that comes with the cold-turkey 180 from crap holiday eating. I know you know what I’m talking about. Jason sure does. (giggle.)

The Craft

It’s a simple formula that has yet to fail me: 2 eggs cooked your way, over something green* and sweet potatoes**.

*I buy 6+ bags of frozen veggies a week: green beans, broccoli, and peas. When asparagus is in season (read: a pound is cheaper than a gallon of gas), it’s my favorite to use at breakfast but it does require more effort than just cutting open a bag and giving the plants a 4-minute spin in the microwave.

**You can make the diced sweet potatoes in bulk on the weekends to reheat or spend ~10 minutes cooking some that morning. I also bake 6-8 sweet potatoes every weekend to eat as sides throughout the week – slicing off a few rounds, sprinkling with some salt and chili powder, and then reheating in the microwave can save you time.

You can get the recipe for the potatoes here. Happy Clean(er) Eating!



My Favorite Salad Chicken

The butter and the heavy cream.

And those month-old cookie-exchange cookies still sitting on the plate on the counter. It’s okay, you have my permission to throw them out now. Or use them for clay shooting – they’re probably about the same texture now.

This week, like a gajillion (it’s a word) other people on this planet, I’m committed to cleaning up my diet to detox from The Great 6-Week Holiday Food and Drink Indulgence of 2014.

My “favorite” (and I use that word increeeeedibly loosely) detox of the past couple of years has been Whole30. After suffering from plantar fasciitis for months and months, I feel like the complete overhaul of my diet was a huge factor in getting rid of it (’cause Lord knows I couldn’t be bothered with those stupid toe-scrunchy exercises).

But my irregular heartbeat issue seems to flare-up while on it so I have shied away from going all-in on it again this year. So this year’s detox will be less trademarked-program and more just-get-back-to-plain-smarter eating: more plants, lean(er) proteins, less bad fats.

Duh, right?

Mojo-Brined Grilled Chicken Breast

From June to mid-November, I lost 31 lbs (before gaining 11 of it over the holidays – and man, was that a delicious 11 lbs) not by doing a trademarked program, but by focusing on smarter eating and getting the majority of my carbs from plant sources.

So beginning today, I’m sharing some of my favorite heavy-rotation dishes to make when I’m in detox/zip-my-skinny-jeans-wthout-laying-on-the-bed-and-saying-Mommy-words mode. You can follow along on Instagram for insta-gratification for your lighter meal ideas. And then check back in here a couple times a week for full recipes and recaps!

Mojo Brined Chicken

First up, My Favorite Salad Chicken. Because plain grilled chicken won’t inspire anyone to meet their health goals for longer than 3 days.

I make it in bulk on the weekends and I actually have a batch going in the fridge right now. It is flavorful and juicy. But the best part is, that for the next several days, I won’t have to worry “what am I going to eat for lunch and have I used my Chick-fil-A Calendar Card this month yet.” Because it is always ready to slice and top a green salad at lunch or waiting be shredded with some greek yogurt and chopped grapes or apples and tucked into a wrap for a much lighter chicken salad lunch.

Mojo Brined Chicken

Get the recipe here!


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