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February 18, 2019

Garlic Butter Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles  (Makes 3 servings)

Ingredients:
20 oz raw ground 95-97% turkey
1/2 Cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
3/4 Teaspoon garlic powder, divided
1 Teaspoon dried basil
1/2 Teaspoon dried oregano
1 bouillon cube
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/4 Teaspoon pepper
1 Cup chopped cilantro
4 1/2 Cups zucchini noodles
2 1/2 Tablespoons light butter, divided
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Frank’s hot sauce

Directions:
In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, cheese, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, basil, oregano, bouillon cube, chopped cilantro, salt and black pepper. Mix well with your hands or fork and form medium balls. Arrange on a plate and set aside.

Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the meatballs for 8 – 10 minutes on all sides, until browned and cooked through. While cooking, baste the meatballs with the mix of butter and juices. Remove to a clean plate and set aside.

In the same skillet, melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter; then add lemon juice, hot sauce, 1/4 tsp garlic powder. Add the zucchini noodles and cook for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring regularly, until zucchini is done but still crisp and juices have reduced a bit.

Push zucchini on one side of the skillet and add the meatballs back to the pan and reheat for a minute or two. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!


February 4, 2019

Current Self-Care Favorites

Clean beauty is all the rage and after reprioritizing my health two years ago, I’ve slowly been doing the ditch and switch with many products in my home and in my beauty and self-care routines. This brings me to this week’s picks for current faves!

Pick #1 – Native Brand deodorant. I had been searching for an aluminum-free deodorant that is actually effective, for months. I decided to try Native after seeing thousands of great reviews for it about 3 months ago. I chose to order directly from Native and ordered their 3-pack with scents of Lavender Rose, Coconut Vanilla, and Cucumber Mint. I received it all in a nicely packaged box in a fairly quick turnaround time. All three scents were nice at first impression. I recommend taking note of the enclosed card. It points out the need to wash with soap and water daily (I did twice daily) during the first 14 days. Your body experiences a “detox” when you switch from traditional anti-perspirant. My advice — be prepared to avoid particularly warm environments for a bit, unless you’re comfortable with a lot of sweat and possible odor. Once you get through the detox phase, Native seems to do a great job! Coconut Vanilla is my current favorite. Also, for my sensitive-skin friends, they do have baking soda-free formulas for you, too. Check out their women’s sample-pack here.

Pick #2 – Young Living brand, Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste. This all natural paste has been a staple for me since last year. I’ve been a Young Living customer for the past four years and I’ve loved the vast majority of the products I’ve tried, with only a couple less favorable ones in the mix. I’ve been slowly doing the ditch and switch for cleaner products and this paste was a natural next step. This toothpaste is natural, safe, and works well for sensitive teeth. It gently whitens without any harsh chemicals, although it isn’t expected to perform quite like heavy-duty whitening pastes with peroxide and other harsh ingredients. This paste boasts a cinnamon-like flavor and is enjoyable to brush with. You don’t get the foam effect that normal toothpaste has, but you won’t miss it once you’ve adjusted to the switch. Note – YL Members get perks and save money! Check out Thieves Aromabright toothpaste here.

Pick #3 – BeautyCounter brand, Satin Powder Blush in Melon. BeautyCounter is growing as a leading brand in clean beauty. They ban over 1,500 potentially harmful chemicals from being used in their products and pride themselves on quality and transparency in their production and on their labels. This blush is great with sensitive skin and doesn’t clog my pores. I love the intense pigment, as it stretches the life of the product, making it more than worth the $30 price tag. You won’t need to buy this product nearly as often as drugstore brands. I actually purchased this as part of the ‘Flawless in Five’ package – perfect for someone like me that doesn’t wear a lot of makeup. You can check that package out by visiting BeautyCounter here.


February 1, 2019

Sweet Lime Sriracha Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Makes 4 servings

These lettuce wraps are a great way to beat the cold & turn up the heat!

Base Ingredients:
• 36 oz. raw chicken cutlets, diced
• 6 cups lettuce for wraps
• 1 cup grape tomatoes
• ¼ avocado
• 1 cup green onion
• ½ cup cilantro
• 1 teaspoon lime

Marinade Ingredients:
• 4 teaspoons lime juice
• 5 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
• 1 Tbsp Splenda
• 1/4 tsp garlic powder
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 1/4 tsp chili powder
• 1/4 tsp sea salt
• 1 Tbsp water
• 2 teaspoons olive oil

Directions:
1. Combine marinade ingredients well.
2. Place in medium glass bowl (cover), or gallon Ziploc bag. Add diced chicken cutlets.
3. Marinate 4 hours, or overnight, refrigerated, turning to coat occasionally.
4. Cook chicken in large, med-high preheated sauté pan, with 2 tsp olive oil.
5. Sauté uncovered until cooked through and outside is crispy. About 6-8 minutes.
6. Serve immediately in lettuce leaves with tomato, avocado, green onion, cilantro, and fresh lime wedges.

Enjoy!!