Summer Beet Salad |

Summer Beet Salad with Honey & Mint [Raw or Roasted]

Despite what many marketing emails would have you believe, autumn isn’t here yet. There’s still a bit of time to enjoy this minimalistic Summer Beet Salad before everything turns pumpkin-flavored!

Before we get to the recipe, I have to confess that I’ve been in a bit of a funk. A couple weekends ago I visited my best friend in Columbia, Missouri, and had a magical time. I hadn’t seen this special lady for almost a year, and each moment I got to spend with her was comforting and happy.

After four days, though, I had to return to my normal life. Now I feel like I’m experiencing best friend withdrawal (B.F.W for short). I sit around the apartment, not wanting to do anything because I just want to be back in Columbia.

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3-Ingredient Sweet Plantain Cake

3-Ingredient Sweet Plantain Cake

The plantain obsession is real.

I must sound like your friend who just joined CrossFit, because I won’t shut up about plantains lately.

After posting my highly successful plantain patty recipe (seriously, y’all love those patties as much as I do), I knew I needed to do more with plantains, so I came up with a coconut chapo plantain juice and this amazing 3-ingredient sweet plantain cake.

Only 3 ingredients, you ask? Yes, of course, because I’m all about making recipes as simplistic as possible!

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Coconut Chapo (Plantain) Juice |

Coconut Chapo Plantain Juice

Plantains have quietly sneaked their way into the very top slot of my genuinely favorite foods. It’s a weird favorite food to have, but I talk about them with all of my friends and acquaintances who begrudgingly listen.

Most people either don’t know what they are or have had a lackluster experience, so I’m out to change that.

I have at least 2 in my pantry at any given time so I can whip up some plantain patties or tostones for dinner. But, as a recipe developer, I do need to try out new recipes, which led me to seek out traditional plantain recipes. I wasn’t sure what I’d find, but I stumbled on a smorgasbord of recipe ideas that I want to try! And one of them was chapo juice.

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Mache Salad with Beets, Pecans, and Goat Cheese

Mâche Salad with Beets, Pecans, and Goat Cheese

The mâche story

Much like my adventures with kohlrabi, mâche showed up in the early weeks of my CSA share.

It was right about the time I felt like I was going to be drowning in salads for the duration of the CSA…there was absolutely no light at the end of the tunnel – I was destined to eat just salad for weeks and the burden of that might just do me in. You see, there was just so much lettuce at first! As a meat and potatoes kind of girl, I didn’t think I would survive so many boring-ass salads.

Mâche saved my salad-heavy meal rut. Luckily, I also realized that salads could be a lot more creative than just lettuce and dressing. But seriously, mâche is awesome.

Let’s learn a little more about mâche, shall we?

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Overcoming Paleo Perfectionism

Overcoming Paleo Perfectionism [A Guest Post]

Hey everyone! My internet friend Jess offered to write a guest post for my blog – how awesome is that?! She recently revamped her blog, focusing now on self love and overcoming diet perfectionism. Both are extremely important topics that I have been itching to write about, but Jess beat me to it and I’d love for her to take the stage. Be sure to visit Jessica’s website for more insights!


My name is Jessica and I am a recovering paleo perfectionist. I recently shared my story on my site, Seek Your Journey, and I want to share some tips with you if you find yourself similarly struggling.

Paleo perfectionism is a tough topic to tackle sometimes because it is so rooted in “health”, and there’s a fine line between “health” and obsession and fear these days. I’ll admit, I was terrified of eating certain foods because of the potential health consequences that I’d read so much about in all my paleo books.

But you see, the real root cause of my paleo perfectionism wasn’t due to seeking optimal health. I don’t have celiac disease or any real food sensitivities that manifest immediately, therefore I really didn’t need to be so scared. I’m 21 years old and have always been in pretty good health. The real root of paleo perfectionism is fear. Well, fear and other deep-seated emotional issues.

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