Cilantro Lime Slaw

  This Cilantro Lime Slaw is a key component of my fish tacos recipe. It really completes the taco in my opinion. It deserves a post of its own though because this slaw is a summertime staple. I make it frequently and keep it on hand as a quick side with almost anything from grilled chicken to sauteed shrimp, or just some simple avocado! The ingredients are healthy, clean and delicious and it’s EASY. It’s a great recipe to help you get both raw vegetables and healthy fats into your diet.  Enjoy!!   Ingredients: 1 C avocado oil mayo 3 T raw honey 2 T Braggs apple cider vinegar Juice of 1 lime ½ head of red cabbage, chopped ½ head green cabbage, chopped 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 bunch cilantro, chopped 2 green onions, finely diced     Directions:  1. Chop both kinds of cabbage and mix with the chopped red bell pepper, green onions, and cilantro. Drizzle with some of the lime juice. 2. Whisk together the mayo, raw honey, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.     3. Pour the dressing over the slaw mixture and mix well! Serve in tacos or as a side for any occasion!                 © The Sown Life LLC, 2019

Smoky Jalapeno Chicken Skewers with Garlic Yogurt Sauce

  These Smoky Jalapeno Chicken Skewers are the bomb!  There is so much flavor with a bit of heat!. I love recipes that do not have a run of the mill flavor and this chicken has it all in my opinion. It’s easy to marinade in the morning and throw on the grill or grill pan for a quick sear in the evening.  The side dishes can be prepared days ahead so this is a great weeknight meal. Enjoy!     Chicken Skewer Ingredients: 1 ½ roasted bell peppers, chopped ½ C cilantro, chopped ½ C chopped green onion 2 TBS. apple cider vinegar 2 TBS. extra virgin olive oil 1 TBS. paprika ¼ tsp. smoked paprika 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped 2 cloves garlic 1 TBS. fresh oregano 2 tsp. sea salt 1 ½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces 16 small wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes   Garlic Yogurt Sauce Ingredients:  1 C plain Greek yogurt 1 garlic clove, minced ½ tsp. sea salt ¼ tsp. pepper 1 tsp. fresh lemon zest   Directions:  1.  Place roasted peppers, cilantro, green onion, vinegar, olive oil, paprika, smoked paprika, jalapeno, garlic, oregano and sea salt in a food processor; process until smooth.     2. Reserve ½ cup of marinade. 3. Combine remaining marinade and chicken pieces.  Refrigerate for 1-3 hours.     4. Thread chicken onto skewers. 5. Using a grill pan, outdoor grill or large skillet, cook, turning occasionally until cooked […]

Artichoke Squares

    I have been making these Artichoke Squares for my Balancing Hormone Bootcamps and they have definitely been a big hit!!!   Who can resist artichokes, onions, garlic, farm fresh eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, and some thyme?? I love these for a protein-dense appetizer but they make a great breakfast on the go or a perfect addition to brunch. These are very easy to make in a batch ahead of time as part of your weekly meal prep. I hope you enjoy this healthy nutrient-dense option that everyone will love!!      Ingredients: 1 12- ounce jar of artichoke hearts marinated in oil  2 T olive oil or the reserved marinade from the artichokes. 1 small yellow onion finely chopped (I used a Vidalia onion which added a nice touch of sweetness) 1 clove garlic, minced 4 eggs ¼ C gluten-free bread crumbs {or regular if not on a gluten-free diet} ⅛ tsp pepper ¼ tsp salt  ½ tsp fresh thyme ⅛ tsp hot red pepper sauce if desired 2 C sharp cheddar cheese   Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Drain artichoke hearts and chop fine. If using hearts marinated in oil, reserve 2 tablespoons of the oil. 3. Heat the 2 tablespoons of the reserved oil OR 2 tablespoons of olive oil, in a small skillet over moderate heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until soft-about 5 minutes. Add the chopped artichoke hearts and saute with onion and garlic for […]

Orange Honey Roasted Carrots

  Have you ever bought carrots directly from a farm? They have so much more flavor!! I bought these from Fall Line Farms and they are delicious. Carrots are in season now and this new recipe with an orange glaze is such a delicious way to eat them! You can also use the glaze in this recipe for other root veggies like turnips and parsnips and sweet potatoes. Don’t be afraid to make substitutions and get creative with what you have!      Ingredients:  1 ½ lb. thin whole carrots 3 T olive oil 1 tsp. sea salt ½ tsp. pepper 1 large orange, sliced thinly 1 T lavender leaves, finely chopped 8 thyme sprigs Raw Honey to drizzle   Directions:  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  2. Layer a sheet tray with parchment paper. 3. In a large bowl, toss carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 4. Layer carrots side by side on a sheet tray. 5. Slice the orange in thin slices and layer them over carrots. 6. Sprinkle carrots with lavender and thyme sprigs. 7. Roast for 15-20 minutes until soft and easily pierced with a fork. 8. Drizzle honey over the top of carrots and serve.               © The Sown Life LLC, 2020

Grilled Lamb with Chimichurri Sauce

   Lamb Chops in a Lemon, Chive and Garlic Marinade Ingredients:  6 Lamb Chops 4 sliced garlic cloves 1 T chopped mint 1 T chopped fresh rosemary  ½ C minced chives or green portion of green onions ¼ C olive oil ⅓ C white balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper     Directions:  1. Combine garlic, mint, rosemary, chives, olive oil and vinegar and pour into a 9×13 baking dish. 2. Coat lamb chops with salt and pepper.  3. Add the lamb chops to marinade and flip once or twice to evenly coat them. 4. Refrigerate 4-6 hrs 5. 1 hour before grilling, remove lamb chops from the fridge, flip them over and allow to come to room temperature in the marinade. 6. Heat up the grill. 7. Grill lamb chops for 3 minutes on each side and then allow to rest covered in foil for 10 minutes.  This will give you a medium-rare lamb chop. If you desire well done, just add a minute to each side. 8. Top with chimichurri and ENJOY!     Chimichurri Sauce Ingredients:  ¼ C flat-leaf parsley ½ C cilantro 2 T fresh oregano 3 garlic cloves 3 T red wine vinegar ¼ C sherry vinegar 1 tsp crushed red pepper 1 tsp sea salt ½ C extra-virgin olive oil   Directions:  1. In a food processor or blender, combine parsley, cilantro, oregano, garlic, vinegars, crushed red pepper and sea salt.   2. With food processor on low, slowly drizzle olive oil in from the […]

Spring Green Soup

  This soup turned out really good especially considering I just came up with it when I had some extra zucchini and dill lying around. It turned out so perfectly! Simple, healthy and absolutely delicious!  Now to top it off, (because you know I love a topping) I added a recipe for lemon-infused greek yogurt.  It’s no joke when I say a dollop of this makes the entire soup experience for me.  I hope you all love this recipe as much as I do.   Ingredients: 2 T ghee 3 spring onions/leeks, finely chopped  (spring onions are the size of leeks) 4 garlic cloves, finely minced 4 zucchini, halved then sliced 1 ½ C frozen peas, thawed 2 C swiss chard, finely chopped 4 C chicken or vegetable stock 1/2 C fresh dill  Salt & Pepper to taste 1 T Greek yogurt per bowl for creaminess   Lemon Infused Greek Yogurt Ingredients :  1 cup plain Greek yogurt 2 tsp. lemon zest ¼ tsp. sea salt     Directions for yogurt: Blend together yogurt, lemon zest and salt.  Let sit in the fridge for 6 hours to chill before using.   Directions for Soup: 1. In a dutch oven, melt ghee over medium heat.  Add in spring onions and saute until translucent. Add garlic and saute for an additional minute.     2. Add zucchini to onions and saute until zucchini is soft and browning a bit. (This is where you get your depth of flavor)     3. Pour […]

Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice I’ve found to be a satisfying substitute for grains. You don’t have to be strictly paleo to want to substitute grain sometimes. As you can tell by my other recipes, I’m not against whole grain in any way; I don’t believe in haphazardly removing food groups for no reason, however, it is true that many of my clients benefit greatly from either eliminating or reducing their grain intake. It just depends on the person. For example, someone who has high blood sugar or who is insulin resistant should not partake in very much grain at all.  While whole grains are amazing in so many ways, they still turn into sugar in your body. For most, that sugar is compensated for by the amount of fiber in the grain but for someone who is insulin resistant, those sugars are still going to be stored in your body as fat. Enter cauliflower rice! Cruciferous vegetables (like cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts etc.) are so great for removing fake estrogens from the body and help level out your hormone levels. Plain white rice does not do that for you. Think of cauliflower rice as an easy way to add more goodness into your diet and treat your body right. This is one food trend I can get on board with, I love a grain free option that still satisfies. You can do so much with this easy recipe! Ingredients: 1 head cauliflower 3 green onions, finely chopped 3 TBS. Ghee Salt and […]

Candied Tomatoes

  This recipe comes from a Suzanne Sommers book from back in the day when I followed her.  I have been making them for as long as I can remember. They are so delicious and easy and  I promise you will fall in love with them!! These are wonderful on their own and you will probably find that you can’t stop eating them once they come out of the oven.  They are also great as a salad topper or paired with cheese or my homemade ricotta on a crostini.     Ingredients: 2 quarts cherry tomatoes, halved ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil Salt      Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325. 2. Line a sheet pan (with sides) with parchment paper. 3. Toss tomatoes with olive oil and salt. 4. Line the tomatoes on a baking sheet with the cut side up.     5. Roast for 2 hours or until outside of the tomato is wrinkly and browned and the inside of the tomato is still moist. 6. Store in olive oil in the fridge.   Enjoy these on just about anything!!                 © The Sown Life LLC, 2019

Homemade Greek Yogurt

I wanted to do this as a separate post especially because this is such a popular style of yogurt!  I love the flavor of my homemade so much better than the store bought and besides, it is remarkably cheaper. First of all, if you haven’t read the post on homemade yogurt, that is the perfect place to start. Greek yogurt is a secondary process once you have made a batch of your own regular yogurt. This process produces a thicker, creamier yogurt which I personally use to replace sour cream or cream cheese.  The longer you allow it to strain, the thicker it will be. Directions: 1. Set a strainer over a bowl lined with a coffee filter or cheesecloth or a greek yogurt strainer.  They carry this brand at Kitchen and Company and can also be used to make yogurt cheese. 2.  Empty your homemade yogurt into the strainer and cover 3. Let sit until it is as thick as you want it. I usually let mine sit in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.  It comes out thick and creamy.  4. What you will have left in the bottom is the whey. When strained, it will keep indefinitely in the refrigerator and can be added to your smoothies, used to make sauerkraut and sourdough bread. Eat up and enjoy your greek yogurt! I use it as a sour cream replacement and also on its own as a filling breakfast or snack. I top with my homemade granola, fresh fruit and raw honey!    Enjoy!!         […]

Herb Roasted Onions

  With fall approaching, I have been turning my attention to more root veggies… like onions! I know that roasted veggies aren’t exactly a new thing, but let me tell you, these roasted onions really took on a life of their own. They became this perfect addition to just about anything. The first time I made them I was having a little gathering at my house and we just took these onions and spread them on bread with some goat cheese. They were so delicate and melted in your mouth good! I always seem to have extra onions around so I love being able to use them up like this!     Marinade Ingredients: ½ C water ½ C white balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar 1 T raw honey 1 tsp. Herbes de Provence ½ tsp. Sea salt ¼ tsp. Black pepper   Roasting Ingredients: 2 large onions or 4 small onions 4 TBS. butter or ghee     Directions: 1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl and pour into the bottom of an 8×8 baking pan. 2. Slice the ends off onions and cut in half horizontally. 3. Remove skin. 4. Place onion face down in marinade. 5. Marinate covered in the refrigerator for 6 hours or more, flipping onions over halfway through so that marinade is absorbing the onions on both sides.     6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 7. Roast in the oven for 1 hour or until golden, turning onions over halfway through. 8. Serve! […]