Labor Day Weekend

Hey guys! I’m actually off to the beach this weekend… A girls weekend with my mom and sister :)
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I finally get to use my hand painted bag I got in St. Lucia!

So since I tried some new recipes this past week– I thought I’d share my thoughts on them ;)

But first, if you need an idea for the weekend, I highly recommend pepper nachos! So easy to throw together.
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Here’s the easy how-to:
Pepper Nachos
Created by The Stokes
Ingredients:
1 pound of beef
2 bell peppers (green or whatever color you have)
1 avocado
1 tomato
1 lime

How-to:
1. Cook the meat with some salt and pepper.
2. Slice up the bell peppers into about 2 inch by 2 inch “nachos.”
3. Prep the toppings (dice up avocado, lime, & tomato).
4. Assemble the nachos– pepper, beef, avocado, tomato, and a squeeze of lime!

So good y’all! And easy… Anytime I think “I have no time to cook,” I do these little guys.
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OR… I’ll do a salmon dinner. I throw my salmon in the skillet (skin side up!) with coconut oil, sprinkle with salt/pepper, and then flip it and throw a pad of Kerrygold herbed butter on each piece. Put that in a hot oven for about 5 minutes. Viola! I served this with roasted eggplant tossed in balsamic vinegar and Brussels sprouts. And some sweet potatoes.
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I like keeping it simple :) Are you needing a tasty wing recipe for your football games tomorrow? Well I promise you Honestly Delicious’ wing recipe is at the top of my list to try one Saturday! Her blog is not only super cool, but guess what she is doing? She is cooking at a bacon palooza… I’m not kidding!
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I just love her business cards… Anyways, go check her and her tasty recipes out!
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Paleo Lasagna from Health Bent (and their cookbook Primal Cravings!) was awesome! I used Italian chicken sausage but you could use any Italian sausage. Something about cutting the butternut squash into long strips (like lasagna noodles!) and then baking it all layered up just made this paleo lasagna out of this world!
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I also did a whole chicken in the crockpot this week– I was inspired by my leftover herbs (used in the Against All Grain roasted chicken and Paleo Parents sweet potatoes biscuits) and stuffed the bird with them. Sprinkled it with salt and pepper too. On low for 10 hours (ha more like 12 whoops!). I love doing this and following it up with making stock. I think it just makes it easier to go ahead and shred the chicken (throw the bones in the crockpot with those juices!).
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Good amount of chicken! We sautéed some cabbage with an onion and US Wellness pastured pork lard. Tossed in some sweet potatoes and had us another tasty meal!
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Had a detox friendly goodie… And shared on Instagram.
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I listed the ingredients above on the picture- this was a mix between the Coco Monkey smoothie and Chocolate Mousse ;)

Whew guys. I think that is all I wanted to share… Sorry so long but I just had to share some of these recipes and meal ideas!

If you’re still hunting for a couple more recipes for college football/Labor Day weekend– I highly recommend the tasty BBQ recipe posted on Multiply Delicious recently! Heather is actually coming out with a cookbook soon and I can’t wait to check it out :) Go check it out here. Looks pretty sweet ;)

Alright… I’ve been blogging away on the drive down to the beach (no worries I’m not driving ha). Time to get this vacation started! First stop, grocery store to load up on food. We want to soak up as much sun and sand as we can this weekend.

Happy weekend and roll tide!

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