Cumin Garlic Sauerkraut

cumin garlic kraut 1As you know from the Apricot Coleslaw post I have cabbage coming out of my ears over here in Pearltopia. What better to do with it than make sauerkraut?! Sauerkraut actually means sour cabbage. It gets the sour taste from the lactic acid produced when bacteria ferments sugars in cabbage. Yep that’s right, eating sauerkraut means you are eating the bacteria too, yummy.

The bacteria in our guts have a huge impact on our health. They protect the intestinal lining, assist the immune system, break down food, produce nutrients, and can even modulate inflammation in the body. Research has demonstrated that a imbalance in gut bacteria may also play a role in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract including Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, cancer, formation of gallstones, obesity, allergies, type 1 diabetes, obesity, and possibly even autism [1]. Continue reading “Cumin Garlic Sauerkraut”

Mashed Curry White Sweet Potatoes

white sweetI am always preaching to people to not go grocery shopping when they are hungry or in a hurry and yesterday I failed to take my own advice. I was in a super hurry and instead of getting white potatoes I grabbed Jersey white sweet potatoes. I didn’t even notice it until I got home and saw the receipt that said “potato sweet white.” Uh, what? I had to Google what it is. For a full guide to the difference between sweet potatoes, yams, and the varieties of each check out this article from Marks Daily Apple. Continue reading “Mashed Curry White Sweet Potatoes”

Friday Shout Outs #4



Happy Friday, y’all and welcome back to week #4 of Friday Shout Outs! This weekend I am heading out to the Adirondacks to crush out a few of the high peaks and take in more views like this one. Anyone else going to be there? If you are, consider checking out our podcast on Real Food Traveling before you go so you know exactly how you can stick to your real food goals while on the road. You should also check out one of these books for your night time reading under the stars…

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What’s The Deal WithPrimal Eating and the Paleo Diet?– If you’re super confused about paleo/primal diets and want to learn more you should check out this book by Kelly Schmidt, RD, LDN. Kelly’s book covers all the things from grains, to sugars, to dairy, to eating on a budget, and lifestlye. Not to mention the fact that Nutrition Genius Radio is referenced in the resources section!

Paleo Takeout: Restaurant Favorites Without the Junk– I don’t know about you but one of the things I miss the most now that I’m eating a real food diet is Chinese takeout. The good news is, thanks to Russ Crandall of The Domestic Man we don’t have to miss it anymore! This cookbook is packed full of amazing recipes AND cooking tips and tricks. Stay tuned because Russ will be making an appearance on an upcoming episode of Nutrition Genius Radio!

deep nutritionDeep Nutrition by Dr. Cate Shanahan will always have a soft spot in mine and Sassy’s hearts. This book was one of the catalysts for both of us to continue on our real food journey and an inspiration to break out of the traditional RD mold and teach our clients about whole, real foods cooked in traditional ways. Dr. Shanahan breaks down the science of why a real food diet is better and how sugar is killing you.


“My weaknesses have always been food and men- in that order.” -Dolly Parton

“The scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of that number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!” -Steve Maraboli

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” -William Arthur Ward


@grassfedgirl- Catlin Weeks, author of the Mediterranean Paleo Cooking, has an instagram that looks a lot like ours- food, fitness, and quotes. Check out her website for #pearlandsassyapproved recipes, and essential oil and lifestyle information.

@thespunkycoconut– Holy food porn! Not only is Kelly V. Brozyna killing it with drool worthy food pictures she is also a food blogger at The Spunky Coconut where she posts gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo recipes. Bonus points because she is also a quote fan.

@plaidandpaleo– Miss Vanessa Jay describes herself as a paleo blogger, hippie in training, exercise dabbles, and essential oil junkie. I’m not quite sure why we haven’t become best friends yet but I’ve been hard core crushing on her instagram food pics for awhile now and I think you should too.

We want to hear from you!

Who deserves a shout out this week?

What is your favorite thing about Friday?!


xo pearl

Chili Lime Cilantro Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower

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Sorry about that obnoxious title but I am so excited about ALL THE THINGS in this recipe! And holy guacamole I am on a Brussels sprouts KICK these days! Yesterday I whipped up some black bean sliders and topped them with my famous guacamole recipe (found in the fall eBook) so obviously I needed some spicy vegetables to go with it. Well, that and I also needed to come up with a way to use more cilantro. Seriously, what are grocery stores thinking? How the heck does anyone use that entire bunch before it goes bad? I wish I didn’t keep killing the cilantro plant in my herb garden #firstworldproblems.

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Applesauce and Cheddar Stuffed Pork Chops


I love pork. If I had to pick only one meat to eat for the rest of my life it would without a doubt be pork. Those of you who have subscribed to our email list got the Apple & Onion Pork Chops recipe in our Fall eBook and if you loved that you’ll certainly love this. This was one of those meals where I was trying to finish the last of some of the things in my refrigerator (applesauce and cheddar cheese) and what better way to finish it off than stuffing it in pork?! I paired it with sautéed greens for a tasty and colorful meal. Hope you enjoy! Continue reading “Applesauce and Cheddar Stuffed Pork Chops”

White Chicken Chili

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I promised you a follow up to my Perfect Tailgating Chili with a different twist so here it is… a White Chicken Chili recipe! I have a friend who doesn’t like regular chili (weirdo) but loves chicken so I made a twist on the original to try to sucker him into liking chili with this recipe. When I was in college I used to frequently visit a restaurant that had the most delicious and thick White Chicken Chili so I wanted to create something similar. In order to re-create the consistency without flour I used potato starch to thicken. If you aren’t into thick soups you can always omit the potato starch for a delicious warm you up on a cold winter day bowl of deliciousness.

In order to truly get a bang for your nutrition buck with this recipe I recommend you roast the chicken yourself ahead of time. This will give you the quality and nutrient density of a free-range chicken and the moisture and flavor of a fresh roasted chicken. Twice as healthy, twice as delicious as store bought (and not so healthy) boneless skinless chicken breast #winning.

Make sure when you make this recipe you use the hashtags #adventuresofsassyandpearl and #pearlandsassyapproved

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Chocolate Almond No Bake Cookies


Sassy and I aren’t fans of the Holiday cookie exchange. You should exchange something healthier like workout socks or kettle bells. Ugh. We know you’re going to do it anyway so we decided we would rather give you a recipe with primarily real food ingredients than have you make something silly. Continue reading “Chocolate Almond No Bake Cookies”

Team Nutrition Genius Invades Rochester!

Sassy and I have a hard time not talking. Our non-stop communication typically starts as soon as we roll out of bed. Seriously. Before 6:45 am last Friday morning Sassy and I were talking and we realized something wonderful- we were both free for the weekend. In a shocking turn of events that never happens to us we made the spontaneous decision to get together. Yes that’s right. Team Nutrition Genius invaded Rochester to bring you guys ALL the content. She got to Rochester Friday evening and of course our first order of business was eating so we went to Salina’s Mexican Restaurant at the Village Gate. We munched on some (gluten-free) corn tortilla chips with salsa (of course we asked for extra guacamole too) and had a delicious meal of chicken tacos and a lime shrimp salad.

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Jesus’ Tears Curried Chicken

This chicken is so good it’s as if Jesus cried tears of joy and all the love in the world, mixed the tears in with the rub and served it to you on a platter of gold touched by King Midas himself. You’re welcome.

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