Meal Inspirations

If you read my blog THE F WORD: Why “Fat Free” & “Reduced Fat” Are Bad Wordsyou will lean that the “new Amy” is trying to make her diet healthier by eating REAL food. Real butter and other fats. Vegetables that aren’t covered in chemical pesticides. Meat that isn’t pumped full of antibiotics. Food that isn’t processed and full of GMO’s. Real, natural, nutritional food! I’m far from perfect, and I’m about the farthest thing from domestic, but I am trying to cook more homemade meals from fresh ingredients, and trash the fast food and processed food. Maybe some of my meals will provide some inspiration for others–I’ll update this list periodically, and share the meals I think others might enjoy.

My website contains information that is useful to all people, but I am specifically hoping to reach some of my fellow Kentuckians. Kentucky has the HIGHEST RATES OF CANCER and the HIGHEST DEATH RATES from cancer in the nation. We are number one. We win at being unhealthy. Yay us. Furthermore, for the first time in history, CHILDREN ARE NOT EXPECTED TO LIVE AS LONG AS THEIR PARENTS. We can change this if we choose to live a healthier lifestyle.

Turkish Lamb Meatballs with couscous and vegetable sauce! I love this dinner that is made out of ingredients that I thought I didn’t particularly care for. Parsnip, carrot, red onion, cilantro, crushed tomatoes, lamb, couscous, honey, allspice, and cumin and tadahhh!

Mushroom Ragout with polenta cakes and arugula.

Marinated Steak Bibimbap with zucchini, mushrooms, and pickled scallions.

Shrimp and Farro Salad with green beans, bell peppers, and shallot-lemon-citronette.

Chicken Caesar salad. Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, lemon zest, parmesan cheese, garlic, and rosemary seasoned chicken with homemade croutons and dressing! Dressing was made from mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Croutons are cut up ciabatta bread tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and baked for a few minutes. 

Fresh guac made with avocado, onion, tomato, fresh lime juice, cilantro, and garlic. Seasoned with salt and pepper.

Burgers and Sandwiches! Sriracha On the left, Turkey Burgers with salad and Sweet Potato chips. Burgers are made from ground turkey, shallot, garlic, cilantro, ginger, soy sauce and sriracha and topped with a homemade sriracha/mayonnaise sauce. Sweet potato chips baked in olive oil and drizzled with honey and a dab of salt. On the right, homemade “reubens” made with roast beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing. One of my favorite ways to eat sauerkraut. If you are having gut trouble, eat more fermented foods!

Smoky beef tacos complete with beef, cilantro, bell peppers, scallions, radishes, homemade guacamole, cumin, sour cream and fresh lime juice.

Seared Pork Chops with Oregano-Mint Pesto, Quinoa, and Roasted Veggie Skewers of layered zucchini, red  bell pepper, and red onion. Seasoned with garlic and fresh lemon juice.

Baked Ricotta and Tomato Orecchiette with Broccolini , Fresh oregano, and chili pepper flakes!

Cooking with spices. Indian Shrimp Curry! Garam masala, turmeric, cayenne pepper, curry powder, and mustard seeds all added to coconut milk along with garlic, red onion, jalapeño pepper, crushed tomatoes, and cilantro. Served over a bed of basmati rice.

Yummy Desserts with Essential Oils! Orange Fruit Dip and Peppermint Chocolate cupcakes with Cream Cheese icing and Peppermint Brownies!

Guacamole and Salsa made with Essential Oils. Using 1-2 drops of lemon and lime oil tastes even better than fresh lemon and lime juice. And adding 2 drops of lime oil to a jar of salsa turns ordinary to extraordinary!

Organic Margherita Pizza and Spinach and Feta Pizza.

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Paleo Pancakes. Mix together organic bananas and eggs. Add in organic peanut butter or organic peanut butter powder. Another option is to add vanilla extract and cinnamon. Top off with organic agave!

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Chicken battered in egg and “breaded” in quinoa, cooked in ghee and olive oil, and seasoned with curry powder. And mashed cauliflower with ghee, green onions, garlic, a dab of sour cream, and shredded white cheddar. So yummy, all organic, and husband approved!

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Organic sausage cooked with local farmers market sauerkraut (eat those fermented foods!!!) and topped with organic Granny Smith slices and a sweet potato with a bit of ghee (doesn’t take much, it’s even butterier than real butter)! So yummy! The combinations of flavors really stand out and work together. And don’t underestimate sauerkraut. It’s a cruciferous vegetable and it’s fermented….double win! (But I definitely recommend buying quality sauerkraut like this, not from a can.) This meal has a fermented food, healthy fat, fruit, starch, and protein. And was super easy and fast to throw together.

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Tandoor baked naan with no artificial preservatives with an organic tomato spread, spinach, naturally lactose free Swiss cheese, and rotisserie seasoned chicken with no antibiotics or added hormones, nitrates, MSGs. Paired with an organic, iced green tea.

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Gluten Free Chili with peppers, beans, onions, tomatoes, and pasta. Topped with crumble cheese whisps. Naturally low fat, no preservatives, and all natural. Only 130 calories.

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Chicken fettuccine alfredo with broccoli from scratch! Way better than anything from a jar.

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl! Brown rice, homemade spicy salsa with jalapeño and scallions, cumin seasoned black beans, a sprinkle of Monterey Jack cheese, and drizzled in fresh lime juice.

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Beef tenderloin skewers! This might be my new favorite! I don’t generally eat much corn, but this meal was delicious. Skewers made of bell pepper, shallot, and beef tenderloin. Corn is charred with a homemade chipotle-lime butter! I’ve seriously never eaten corn this yummy.

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Lamb meatballs seasoned with turmeric with a side of squash and red potatoes…and a bit of extra turmeric on the veggies. Try cooking with turmeric more often! It contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc.

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Gluten free grilled cheese sandwich and organic bone broth! You know I’m a big believer in collagen, and here’s something super nutritious you can eat that is high in collagen and minerals and much more! Bone broth can treat leaky gut syndrome, food intolerances and allergies, improve joint health, reduce cellulite, and boost the immune system. Just like collagen it is gut healing, great for joints, and skin! And it’s a yummy treat during the winter months!

Healthy snacks: Cheese Whisps, gluten free and high in protein and calcium; Brown Crisps, gluten free; Organic Energy Bars, loaded with nuts, seeds, oats, dried fruit, and healthy oils

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