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30 Memorial Day Weekend Recipes

Memorial Day is upon us which means we are officially springing into summer! Can you see it? The succulent burger BBQ’s, the trips to the beaches, slurping juicy popsicles as quick as you can (before they melt all the way down your arm) and hammock lounging with a mystery thriller in one hand and a fruity cocktail in the other?!

Aaaaaah yes, those are the memories that stick out in my mind when the begging of summer rolls around. 

However, with those memories also sometimes come the worry of “what the heck am I going to cook/bring/eat at my family/friend’s cookout this weekend?!”. I know it can be easy to get stressed out and anxious about having to navigate the nutritional waters whether you’re at home or away, but the truth is, it doesn’t have to be a crazy struggle. Sure, you’ll be facing gobs of ice cream, wonderbread hot dog buns and gobs of questionable grilled meat that might be a little bit of challenge to turn down, but once you feast your eyes below and check out the incredible resource we’ve put together for, you’ll be brimming with easy recipe ideas that you can’t wait to make and share! And, that anxiety you were having earlier will be a thing of the past 🙂

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Alley’s Plush Peach Salad

I’m excited to announce that Alley’s Plush Peach Salad is one of the first personalized real food recipe dishes I’ve ever made!

As many of you may know, I run a Facebook community called Code to Wellness: Feeling Damn Good in Your Own Skin. Around the time of my birthday, I ran a few different giveaways in the group and one of them was entering a raffle for to win a personalized real food recipe designed just for you! I selected two winners at random and Alley was one of them.

We hopped on the phone and chatted about her favorite ingredients, her favorite dishes, her health goals, desired texture & mouth feel, and the experience she craved for in this new dish. I took notes like a madwoman as she shared her love for all sorts of fruits, veggies and proteins (avocado, peach, seafood), ethnic foods (Japanese, Thai, Indian), and creamy textures (especially in the form of soups and sauces). She also shared with me that she wanted a luxurious meal, that was filling yet weight-loss + health promoting – a combination between instant gratification (the kind we all desire from a bite of a favorite dish), true satiety, digestive peace and zero desire to “beat herself up” afterward.  

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Purple Potato & Cauliflower Colcannon

I was doing some research for recipe ideas so that I could come up with something really special this year for St. Patrick’s Day. Last year I did a really great Green Juice but still, I wanted to come up with something new for us. Ya see, although I’m not Irish, St. Patrick’s Day just so happens to be my Grandma’s birthday. Sadly, she’s no longer around to read the annual dedication post + recipe I write for her but I love St. Patty’s Day all the more because of her and always celebrate it!

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Sakana Bliss Bowl

Sakana Bliss Bowl – A One-Skillet Meal

Cooking is easy.

Did you just quizzically raise an eyebrow and think “Yea right!” to yourself?

Ok fine. Let me rephrase that for you. Cooking CAN be easy.

Better?

Look. I know it might not be inherently easy because, well…there are the ingredients to consider, and then the chopping and the roasting, the boiling, the steaming, the sautéing and of course…the mountain of dishes left over after each kitchen escapade. Whoo! That was a mouthful (even for me).

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Fire Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli (Grain-Free!)

If I had to pick a favorite pasta it wouldn’t be linguine or fettuccine  or even those cute little spiraled ones…it would be the quadrilateral classic that was first introduced to me in middle school by none other than Chef Boyardee himself, ravioli. READ MORE

Zesty Chicken Bowl Recipe (Former Taco Bell Classic Turned CTW Approved!)

I have something to confess. I used to eat Taco Bell. Yes the EAT. MOVE. THINK. girl used to thoroughly enjoy herself a disgustingly delicious Grilled Stuffed Burrito during her days as a U of M undergrad (Go Blue!). And, a lifetime ago, so did my hubs. The Zesty Chicken Bowl was to him (now retired from the menu) what the Grilled Stuffed Burrito once was to me. READ MORE