Sassy Summer Salsa

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Summer Salsa

Well now that summer is in FULL swing it’s time we start celebrating with some real food, what do you say? I am a huge fan of Mexican style food and salsa is one of my favorite things 🙂 While there are many salsa options out there that have relatively clean ingredients there is NOTHING like a fresh tomato salsa in the middle of summer. This recipe is very easy to make and tastes delicious. I just found these amazing corn chips from Jackson’s Honest Chips and they pair well with this salsa. Not into corn chips or are you watching your waistline? Use fresh vegetables to scoop up this deliciousness, things like cucumbers, zucchini, celery, you name it. I have also topped my salads, eggs and hamburgers with this and it’s a win every time. Happy Summer! Continue reading “Sassy Summer Salsa”

Pearl’s Pomegranate Margarita

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It’s no secret Pearl loves her a good cocktail. Especially when it includes tequila. What she doesn’t love are those cocktails containing artificial colors, sweeteners, and chemicals #aintnobodygottimeforthat. This little concoction is colorful, tasty, and contains all real food ingredients but it is still alcohol so don’t over do it! Check out Nutrition Genius Radio Episode #25 Blame it on the ALCOHOL for more information on alcohol and how much you can safely have

Enjoy!. Continue reading “Pearl’s Pomegranate Margarita”

Good Morning Sunshine Muffins

 Good Morning Sunshine!

Many of you know that I cannot tolerate gluten, it does unpleasant and weird things to both my brain and my digestive track (the so-called second brain). So I have been off “the gluten” (that’s what Pearl and I title it)  for a few years now and am always on the look out for some new and delicious options for baked goods. While I do not endorse eating muffins on the regular, every now and then I get a hankering for them and my hard and fast rule is NO gluten….it sets me back and just is not worth it for me. My mom found this awesome sweet potato flour and sent it my way to try out some new recipes, so of course I said GAME ON! Continue reading “Good Morning Sunshine Muffins”

To Salt or Not? (Q&A #20)

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Do you Salt?

Have you heard Sassy & Pearl talk about “salting your food” yet the media tells you to avoid it like the plague? Find out if you should salt or not and how to do so with a real food approach.  Check out how to salt your real food on this short and sweet (but not too sweet) episode of Nutrition Genius Radio.

Check out our NEW and SHORT Q&A podcast on iTunes and Stitcher

If you want your questions answered, send them our way! Continue reading “To Salt or Not? (Q&A #20)”

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Muffins

Easy & Delicious Meatloaf Recipe….and BACON!

IMG_3703A little Throwback Thursday with these bacon wrapped meatloaf muffins! These meatloaf muffins are easy to make and DELICIOUS to eat. Best part? Bacon…ok but really the best part is that you can cut up ALL the veggies and sneak them in there without having to hold your nose 🙂 Well if you are holding your nose while eating veggies then we may need to chat…because veggies are delicious!

I recommend looking for a great source for your beef as well. Grass-fed (and finished) beef is the best kind because not only is it LOADED with nutritients and anti-inflammatory compounds but it also most likely means that the farmer truly cared enough about the animal to make sure it was living a good, happy and health life 🙂 Check out what Diana Rodger’s ( a past podcast guest) has to say about the sustainability of food and meat!

Check out EatWild.org for farms near you OR go to a local farmers market or farm and start talking to your farmer, if they are proud of their product then they will gladly tell you how they raise their cattle!

Alright, time to get cooking, you can make these without bacon and they are just as tasty and feel free to chop and add any other vegetables that happen to be in your kitchen!

Guess what? This recipe was featured in Albany’s Times Union! Enjoy!

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Muffins

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 3 baby bella mushrooms, diced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 2 tsp. garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 12 strips pastured bacon
  • Coconut oil, to grease muffin tin

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Grease muffin tin with coconut oil to prevent sticking
  3. In a medium bowl, mix ground beef, onion, mushroom, egg, tomato paste, oregano, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper
  4. Line each muffin cup with 1 slice of bacon
  5. Fill each muffin cup with 1/12 of meat mixture, press down
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until each muffin reaches and internal temperature of 160°F
http://teamnutritiongenius.com/2015/04/bacon-wrapped-meatloaf-muffins/

xoxo,

Sassy

Spaghetti Squash Alla Carbonara

Hold the Spaghetti, Add the Squash??

 

You may not know it by my married last name but if you knew me before, you know I am pretty Italian as they come! When my mom (also a Celiac) sent me THIS recipe asking for me to re-create it (allergen free) I jumped for joy at the opportunity. Now, some of you may say that my interpretation is not doing the Italians justice but if you have digestive and health issues you will understand that sometimes we have to be lax on the interpretation of the recipe and make it both delicious and nutritious without harming our bodies. Continue reading “Spaghetti Squash Alla Carbonara”

Paleo Takeout Review: Mongolian Beef

 Mongolian Beef, Why Yes, Thank You!

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Just some of the delicious ingredients!

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So the other day on Facebook Russ Crandall, The Domestic Man, posted that he is coming out with a new cookbook called “Paleo Takeout” and he was looking for a few recipe testers. I gladly joined his Facebook group and signed up as quick as my internet speed would let me!  I decided I would love to try out the Mongolian Beef as I have not had this Chinese American dish in YEARS. I have Russ’s first cookbook The Ancestral Table and absolutely love everything I’ve made from there so I knew not only would I get to try a new recipe but I was also guaranteed a delicious one to boot. Continue reading “Paleo Takeout Review: Mongolian Beef”

Bacon Mashed Parsnips (Dairy-Free)

Hi friends! Are you ready for some…

Bacon Mashed Parsnips?!

IMG_3634This week I was shopping at Whole Foods in Albany, New York with my hubby just to grab a few items and I saw the parsnips out the corner and my eye and I had the urge to snag them up and make my DELICIOUS mashed parsnips. Now I posted a recipe for this back on my old blog as The Sassy Dietitian but this recipe has evolved and become a staple in our household. Continue reading “Bacon Mashed Parsnips (Dairy-Free)”

Be Mine Minty Brownies

Be Mine?!

Did you know we LOVE you!!! That’s right, we LOVE YOU our family, friends and followers so this one is for you <3

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Alright so a Hallmark holiday is fast approaching and over here at Team Nutrition Genius we wanted to give you something sweet (but not too sweet) to give to your sweetheart (or just make for yourself…we won’t judge!) We love chocolate and chocolatey goodness but we are not fans of BOXED mixes, EW! so here is a simple recipe of minty brownies that we hope you enjoy! Continue reading “Be Mine Minty Brownies”

Sweet Potato Chips & Dip

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Any football fans out there?! What about Superbowl commercial fans ?! Well for those of you who are paying even the slightest bit of attention to the sports world you know that this Sunday happens to be Superbowl Sunday and since we as Americans love ANY excuse to have a party and drink we have made quite the event out of it. Not to mention most of the commercials revolve around food, beer and more food…but not REAL food…where are the vegetable ads?! Is that too much for a dietitian to ask? Probably 🙁 Continue reading “Sweet Potato Chips & Dip”