Tag Archive: gluten-free


My daughter came up with the name for these because she thinks they give you special super powers. But, she’s 4 and still thinks the moon follows her around, so no promises…

These are our go-to snack, breakfast on the go, and special treat for the kids. I love that they are healthy and wholesome and easy and versatile. My kids love that they are delicious! And, they are made with the World’s Best* Protein Powder!
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The recipe honestly changes every single time I make them because I just use whatever I have in the house, but the image above shows the ‘base’.

I love to add quick oats, unsweetened coconut flakes, chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc. They haven’t turned out bad yet! And your kids can help because they are so easy.
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You can make them nut-free by using Sun Butter (hey Basher)!

You just mix all the ingredients and roll into balls. Put them in the fridge for 30 mins to set and then enjoy. Keep them in the fridge. I’m sure they’re good for a week but ours have never lasted that long!
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Why Shaklee protein powder?
Our protein is non-gmo, gluten free, lactose free, no artificial anything, low glycemic, and kosher! Not to mention- it has pre and pro-biotics in the powder. No one has what we have! And they make the most delicious smoothies/protein shakes!
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*I am an independent distributor for Shaklee. I make money on sales from the links provided. I believe that Shaklee has changed my life for the better and I like to talk about it on the internet. 🙂 We do have the best, most comprehensive nutrition plan in the world. I can actually say that! We got it approved thru legal because we really do.

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Hello everyone! I am in a great mood. The kind of mood you can only get in when you have a delicious dinner that is healthy and that everyone eats together around a table WITHOUT complaints. It was one of those meals that reinforces all the work I have done trying to get my family to eat in a healthy way.

I really don’t have a word to describe the way that we eat. I use ‘Paleo’ a lot because that is the closest fit. But, we do eat some dairy (beginning this year with raw milk and I can’t wait to see if it makes a difference in the way we feel), I occasionally give the kids corn and corn tortillas, I will use potatoes, I put sugar in my coffee, and I allow the occasional sweet treat (weekends, special occasions, etc.). If you are new to the blog or if you are trying to improve your health in 2014 I would recommend: drastically cutting wheat/bread/gluten if not eliminating it, drastically increasing your veggies, cutting out ALL- Yes ALL- processed foods, switching to full fat dairy, and trying to buy grass fed/pastured meat. Eating old school… I’ll work on coming up with a clever name.

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Tonight’s dinner was family style. As you can see from the picture, I made a big ol’ platter of food for all of us to share. The only rule was that they had to have a little chicken (figures, that chicken is the food that I have to encourage them to eat). Everyone dug in. Will loves kale and tomatoes, Ellis loves kale and ‘green beans’ (asparagus), Brent loves kale and chicken, and I love kale, chicken, and asparagus. My proudest moment was that the only thing left was the corn (although everyone but me had some).

I hear a lot of people talk about how this diet would be ‘so hard’ or ‘my kids would never go for it’ or ‘my husband would go crazy’ etc. They are so many options and the food is so good. There are also good short cuts available. The only things on that platter that I made tonight were the kale and asparagus. The chicken I got cooked from the grocery store yesterday (we all like cold chicken), the tomatoes were raw, and the corn was reheated from yesterday. Simple prep, not expensive at all, and stupid yummy.

The more we eat this way, the easier it gets for meal planning and buy-in from the family. If you are just starting out, please don’t get discouraged. It takes time. You will go through a withdrawal from the breads/treats/sodium-packed-nightmares you were eating before. And, remember- those of you that follow a lot of the popular blogs out there, many of them have been doing this for years and love to cook. Not everyone at home is going to have that skill set or dedication. You do NOT need to create a masterpiece every night. You are not always going to have a complicated and delicious breakfast/lunch/dinner. Just work on the basics (protein, fiber, veggie, healthy fat). You can get fancy later.

I am working on a meal planning blog, but since it is not my strong suit either, be patient with me. This is the year! (I said that in my head like “I proclaim this ‘the summer of George!'”)

Post any questions you have in the comments and check out my food related posts in the categories section.

me and dishHi everyone! Again, I apologize for the delay. I have had a broken computer AGAIN! I am not sure why our computer sucks so much, but luckily we have smart friends that are easily bribed (you know who you are). Here are some random thoughts and announcements and a recipe.

1. Attention everyone! I have reached my goal weight! I have officially lost 15 pounds since going wheat free/paleo-ish and want to shout it from the roof tops! I will probably be posting on the weight topic soon. Today is about food.

2. I cannot tell you how many people have read what I have written and responded with: RECIPES PLEASE!!!! If you know me well, you know that I am incapable of sharing recipes because I have never once in my life actually followed a recipe! This is why I am a good cook and a horrible baker! Ask my sister-in-law… Here are some ‘approximate’ instructions.

3. I will continue to share recipes so please stay tuned. On the other hand, these meal ideas are meant to be served as-is! Yes, this sausage dish would be delish on bread or served over potatoes, but that defeats the purpose. I promise you- if you cut out anything ‘white’ or that ‘can be white’, you will feel better. (i.e. rice, pasta, bread). Fat is not bad unless combined with the bad carbs. Good fat is good! Your heart and brain NEED fat. (the fat on your thighs is un-related)

4. I have had a bunch of people concerned about fruits and nuts. To be clear: people ALMOST NEVER get fat on fruits and nuts! They are getting fat on everything else. Should we eat more veggies than fruit? Absolutely! Should we avoid bingeing on nuts? Of course! I have been eating more fruit and fats/nuts than ever before (in my whole life) and have been losing weight. I swear, cut the crap (i.e. processed foods, junk, fast food, soda, etc) and you won’t have to analyze another part of your diet—ever!

Tonight I made one of my husband’s favorites: sausage with peppers and onions. As I mentioned above, this dish is delish with rolls or potatoes, but you really don’t need them. I have heard from many-a-woman that they ‘would love to cook this way but my husband/kids would hate it!’ Well, some parts suck for everyone. Husbands and 5 years olds seem to be the most obnoxious! But, if you make GOOD food with lots of FLAVOR- your husband won’t mind! Your 5 year old is still going to complain. In fact, they are going to complain about anything except chicken nuggets and hot dogs. Get used to it! Expect tears! Know that you are molding a future ‘foodie’.

This is my ‘mise en place’: pronounced ‘miz on plas’. In our American words it means our ‘set up’. I am a crazy busy working mom who is trying to keep it together at the end of my rope with this ‘healthy-gluten-free-paleo-cooking’. The more prep (or mise en place’) you do ahead of time, the less time you will spend in the kitchen.

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***Candy’s brain tip: If you struggle with technique when it comes to recipe ideas….watch the food network! If you only watch one show, watch either- bobby flay, secrets of a restaurant chef, or the barefoot contessa. Ignore the bread/biscuit/pasta recipes. If/when you are at a goal weight you can play with these recipes too.

Here is what I made tonight:

1 lb. Mild Italian Sausage
2 Grn. Bell Peppers, 1 orange
1 large yellow onion
3 cloves garlic
2 cans diced tomatoes (no salt added)
3 basil leaves
salt, pepper, Italian herb seasoning, garlic powder, red pepper flakes (optional but great for spice!), parmesan, and olive oil

Brown the sausage first: hot pan, little olive oil, approx. 2 mins per side.
Remove sausage and add sliced onion and peppers, seasonings/red pepper. Saute for approx. 6 mins or until soft.
Add minced garlic. Saute for 2 mins. Don’t let garlic burn. Add diced tomatoes and chopped basil.
Bring to boil and then add sausage back to pan. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 mins. covered.
Add parmesan right before serving.

Please enjoy! Please tell me what you think! Please don’t make fun of the cheesy picture of me and my dish!!!! I love answering cooking or chef questions so please ask me!