High Protein Pesto Pasta

Throw together meals make life way easier, and having an index of them can reduce stress since you know you will have lunch or dinner in no time. But, are your go-to last minute meals well balanced to satisfy you and help you reach your health and fitness goals?

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Southwest Soup

While my new content schedule will be officially running next week, in an interest of getting you all set up for food prep this weekend, I obviously had to get you this recipe! While you’re prepping other items for the week (like baking sweet potatoes & roasting veggies in the oven and hard boiling eggs) you can make this big batch of southwest inspired soup with bold and zesty flavors.

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Snickerdoodle Protein Bars

It’s no secret that I’m a foods-first dietitian. Mostly because I believe nature intended for foods to provide us with all of the nutrients we need, but also because there could be safety risks associated with supplement intake, if they are purchased through an unknown distributer or manufacturer. In today’s post I’ll be delving into why supplements may be needed sometimes, and how to know when you can trust what’s on the shelf. Plus, after giving you plenty of pre-workout energy bar and bite recipes, I’m finally sharing an easy homemade post-workout protein bar!

Vegan homemade protein bars

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Lentil Walnut Stuffing

Ah, stuffing. The main reason I look forward to Thanksgiving food. It was my favorite as a child and while other sides are close contenders, still is now! I love the texture and flavor of a classic stuffing both on Thanksgiving Day, and afterward mixed with protein and veggies for new meal creations.

lentil walnut stuffing

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Garlicky Sauteed Baby Kale

A good sauteed spinach is a delicious side dish that often is only enjoyed at steak houses – I rarely find people make it at home with fresh greens, plenty of cooking fat (you know that’s what makes the dish!) and lot’s of fresh garlic. This Thanksgiving, or any day, you can please a crowd with a 10 minute dish and give it a nutrient upgrade without anyone taking notice!

vegan sauteed spinach

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Pumpkin Cilantro Pesto Sauce

Pesto is one of those things that I can put on pretty much anything {like hot sauce}… and I do. Serve it drizzled over roasted fall vegetables, with your favorite protein (like crispy salmon!), or whole grains. It’s even delicious on a baked potato or toast, and I’ve been known to add it to eggs before scrambling. You may be thinking of pasta, so hopefully this has opened your eyes to the possibilities!

cilantro pumpkin pesto

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Small Batch Honey Apple Crisp

This post is a quick one. I teased this apple crisp on Instagram and had so many messages asking for the recipe that I decided to get it up right away! It’s meant to be smaller than most recipes since we live in a house with only two adults, so if you need, feel free to double and cook in a larger baking dish than recommended.

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