Meatless Monday – Mediterranean Quinoa

Meatless Monday mediterranean recipe

Plant-based diet.  You’re trendy right now, and a bit political.  But I’m intrigued.  I’ve been listening to a bunch of podcasts and doing my own research about going plant-based.  So far, I have to say, it’s been very intriguing.  It’s also been a wee bit tasty!

Meatless Monday for the Win!

I did a plant-based detox back in May and it was incredibly eye-opening about what eating processed foods, animal proteins, and dairy do to your digestion.  And here’s the thing, you don’t have to drop the animal proteins cold-turkey!  (pun intended)  You can start with something as simple as a Meatless Monday!

What is a Meatless Monday?

Meatless Monday means that instead of eating meat, you forgo it on Mondays.  Just one day a week!  Sounds doable right?  I know a lot of the gals I chat with have trouble with their weekends.  Too many indulgences, maybe a few glasses of wine, and Monday starts with a little too much bloat.  Meatless Monday is a perfect way to combat that bloat and have you feeling lighter by Tuesday!

This Meatless Monday Recipe is super easy, one-pot, and will make your life that much easier.  You can also make this recipe vegan-friendly by eliminating the cheese add at the end.  I’m not sure I could ever go 100% vegan because I do love my cheese!

Another SUPER easy way to make this recipe is to cook the quinoa in a rice cooker and then just sauté up the veggies.  I’m a huge fan of leftovers too and this recipe is also delicious cold for lunch the next day!  Anything that can make my day easier and keep me away from the drive-through, I’m down with!!

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This recipes is headed into regular rotation, along with another meatless favorite of ours, Kale Pad Thai!

What about you?

Post in the comments below and let me know, do you do Meatless Monday in your house?

**recipe inspired by
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Mediterranean Quinoa
Meatless Monday mediterranean recipe
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Meatless Monday mediterranean recipe
  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and shallots until caramelized. Add thyme and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add quinoa and sun-dried tomatoes. Stir until incorporated. Add vegetable broth and water, bring to boil. Then, cover and reduce to simmer for 20-30 minutes until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.
  3. While quinoa is cooking, heat walnuts over low heat for 5 minutes. Set aside
  4. Remove lid and stir in spinach and chickpeas. Cover with a lid and let sit for spinach to wilt. Serve with sliced kalamata olives, walnuts, feta, and parmesan cheese.
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Paleo Dinner Recipes | Salmon Burgers and Tangy Slaw

Paleo Dinner Recipes

This recipe was kind of a risk for me because I bought some canned salmon at Whole Foods awhile back but I was took scared to try it.  Whole Foods is kind of my litmus test for if a food will be on my “to-eat” list.  So if Whole Foods sells canned salmon it must be OK right??

In my pantry it sat…

But alas the day came when I forgot to defrost my frozen salmon and dinner had to be made.  On the menu were these amazing salmon burgers inspired by a recipe I got once from E-meals.  I decided to give the canned salmon a go.  And let me tell you, I couldn’t taste the difference!  It was super easy too because I just had to open the can and drain it.  Would I use it again?  Sure, if I was in a pinch, absolutely.  I almost always prefer fresh to canned but in a pinch its better to make a clean recipe than go for something less healthy right??

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Herbed Salmon Burgers – one of my new favorite paleo dinner recipes!


10 oz fresh salmon, thawed salmon, or 2-5 oz. cans wild sockeye salmon (from Whole Foods preferably!)
1 large egg, beaten
2 TB coconut flour (can substitute almond flour if you prefer)
2 TB fresh chopped basil
1/2 medium red pepper diced
1 small shallot diced
olive oil


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Dry fresh or thawed salmon with a paper towel or drain canned sockeye salmon.  Carmelize shallots in a drizzle of olive oil.  Combine salmon with shallots, peppers, egg, flour, basil and spices.  Shape mixture into 2-3 patties.  Transfer to a prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, flipping once mid-way, or until cooked through.

Tangy Slaw

Trader Joe’s kale and cabbage mix
1 TB olive oil
1 TB apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp dijon mustard

Mix up and let sit for 30 minutes!

*this recipe was inspired by


Clean Eating salmon recipe

Clean Eating salmon recipeclean eating salmon recipe

What I love the most about this recipe is that it is literally a mashup of a few of my favorite easy recipes.  One of the tricks of clean eating is being prepared!  A lot of times I will buy a bunch of healthy ingredients, and prep them.  Then I have a selection of different things I can throw together quickly for lunch or dinner!  Its a lot harder to stray from your meal plan when healthy ingredients are readily prepared.  I usually roast a few things over the weekend in either coconut or olive oil and keep them on hand!

A few of my favorite things to roast or grill

Brussel Sprouts
Butternut Squash
Sweet potatoes
Grilled Chicken
Grilled or Roasted salmon

I usually throw either rice or quinoa in my slow cooker to add a healthy grain!  I’ve been trying to stay mostly gluten free, but I do like having quinoa in my bowls. This recipe has a super tasty tabbouleh recipe that is so refreshing for spring!

Clean Eating Salmon Recipe Ingredients!

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Sweet Potatoes – Whole30 approved!

Peel and cut one sweet potato into cube sized pieces. Drizzle with olive oil and salt & pepper. Stir around for even coating. Roast in oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes

Brussel Sprouts


What are your favorite things to throw together in a bowl?  Do you find it easy to meal prep and have healthy ingredients on hand?  Comment below, I’d love to hear what you are throwing in your healthy bowls!

Clean Eating Chicken Noodle Bowl

Clean Eating Chicken Noodle Bowl

Back by popular demand, I’m actually posting a blog LOL!  Clean eating can be really simple, you just need to take a look at the ingredients!  Basically, if you see one that you don’t recognize, don’t buy it!  I love to google recipes to see what goes into a traditional recipe, and clean it up!  Just goes to show that clean eating can be relatively simple.  All thanks to Google!

Remember those delicious packs of dried noodles that you *may* have eaten in college??  Ramen noodles!!  Yes they may be delicious, but they are also incredibly unhealthy and full of unnecessary salt and other yucky chemicals.  So I decided to do a little noodle makeover, the clear eating version!

Clean Eating Chicken Noodle Bowl

Let’s call this one a Clean Eating Chicken Noodle Bowl!


4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp coconut aminos
2 chicken breast filets
8 oz. package udon noodles
1 cup sliced purple cabbage
1 cup shredded carrots
sesame oil


In a large pot add chicken broth and coconut aminos and bring to a boil.  Add the chicken breast and continue cooking until thoroughly cooked through (approx 10-20 minutes depending on size of chicken).  Remove from broth, let cool, and shred with forks.  Return chicken to broth.

In a separate container cook udon noodles according to package directions.  Once cooked, add to chicken and broth.  Add water as necessary.  Salt & pepper to taste.  Add cabbage and carrots and let soak into juices for a few minutes.  Drizzle with sesame oil to taste.



Fit Pregnancy Tips | Guest Post from Fit Foodie Mom Life

Fit Pregnancy Tips | Guest Post from Fit Foodie Mom Life

Why Pregnancy is not the Time to Make Excuses

We all know maintaining an exercise program and/or routine is huge and greatly affects the body. Working out clears the brain, enhances the body’s performance, and increases an individual’s self-confidence. If all this is true, then why don’t more people workout?

It’s simple.

Time and habit. And so life gets in the way, we lose track, and eventually it becomes weeks, months, and years since that last workout. Backaches, knee problems, hip issues, and neck pain seem to settle in and for many, that becomes the norm.

Hold the phone. This does not have to be the case. I am a huge advocate for pushing the body, maintaining a daily exercise regimen, and fighting for you goals. The body will go as far as the mind is determined. Don’t limit yourself.

I have always been a fitness kind of girl. But I grew up in that kind of environment so it comes easy and natural for me. I am now a mother and my second child is due next month. Many would say that I have every excuse in the book to give up my workout routine because (1. I am a busy momma and (2. my body is already working twice as hard by creating a human being.

So what. I’m pregnant. That only means my body is a temporary home for my child. My child doesn’t hinder my abilities to continue working out. My child also doesn’t stop me from continuing a healthy lifestyle.

I am currently 35 weeks pregnant. I still squat, do pushups, lift weights, perform moderate cardio, and feed my body with healthy nutrients.

Pregnancy is not a handicap. Exercising during this time of your life is crazy important because your body is already undergoing a great deal of change. If you’ve been pregnant at least once then you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s so easy to become frustrated with yourself because of the rapid weight gain, the exhaustion, and food cravings. You almost feel as if you have no control over your body.

Moms and moms to be, this is why I strongly encourage you to either keep up your workout routine throughout pregnancy or begin one. Besides feeling like you’ve lost your body completely, exercising during pregnancy aids with common aches and pains and can also help relieve nausea. I found this to be true for both of my pregnancies. Whenever I feel my back give out I do a moderate workout and cool down with 10-20 minutes of prenatal yoga.

Keeping up with a regular exercise routine will also slow down the weight gain. Exercise will tone the muscles, as well as promote strength and endurance, all super important for labor and delivery. And as for the number one motivation (at least for me), regular activity will make it easier for you to jump back after pregnancy. I experienced this with my son. Because who doesn’t want to fit right back into their jeans as soon as possible?!

Of course I want you to listen to your body and I do this every single day. Some days I feel up for jump squats and other days I modify the move. Pregnancy isn’t the time to lose weight or cause injuries just to reach your goals from pre-pregnancy. Pregnancy is a beautiful season of life. Keeping up with a moderate exercise regimen 4-5 times a week will improve your overall health and help you jump right back into pre-pregnancy mode.

A few exercises I do on a weekly basis are squats, lunges, upper body exercises (i.e. shoulder presses, bicep curls, tricep extensions, back rows), calf raises and my abdominals. I work from the obliques and not the front abs directly as that could injure you more than any good. The goal is to maintain your fitness level and not overexert to make a point. A guideline that I have followed throughout this entire pregnancy is if I can carry a normal conversation during my exercise routine, then I am in the safe zone with my heart rate.

Exercise during pregnancy is beneficial for both you and your baby. Besides maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, you are also doing something for you—super important. Make time for you because you are worth it and pregnancy is and should be a special time of your life feeling vibrant and beautiful.

About Vanessa:

Vanessa is a crazy active mom to an 18 month old and soon baby #2. When she’s not blogging she loves to spend time with her family, workout, relax on the beach, and drink weird organic fermented juices.

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