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paleo blender pancakes {gluten free, grain free, dairy free}

I've never really thought of pancakes this way, but they are similar to smoothies. You have the base and can add all of your healthy favorites to basically pump them up and take it over the top. These are Paleo, which makes them even better for me. Gluten, grain and dairy free and not missing a bit of deliciousness.

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pom, beet, buch pops

So funny during the 4th of July holiday, all food needs to be red, white and blue! Jumping on the bandwagon, I had to create a patriotic popsicle and you know I had to make it healthy. To make things less complicated, you can buy all of the ingredients and recreate these frozen beauties in minutes. If you can wait for them to freeze, I know the flavors will make your tastebuds happy. My friends at Liveglean.com sent me a bag of beet powder and I thought, what an incredible way to sneak some veggies into a sweet treat.

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homemade ice cream cake

Yep, this is a homemade ice cream cake, with real ingredients and absolutely no guilt! Well, maybe that's a little white lie, but the key here is choosing good, quality ingredients, that come with less guilt than eating something filled with preservatives, gums and chemicals. I made a few things in this delicious cake from scratch, then chose others that I felt good about eating.

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honey lime grilled flank steak

Using different cuts of meat is a great decision when you are trying to go the economical route. Sure, I would always prefer a beautiful Strip Steak or Filet Mignon, but when you are feeding a family of five, that is saved for special occasions or just once in awhile. The beauty of choosing a Flank steak is, if you find a larger sized piece, you can get two dinners out of it.

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marinated chicken kabobs

Grilling season has officially arrived and throwing Kabobs together is a simple way to create a easy dinner and one that can be changed to suit anyone's tastes. I choose chicken and zucchini with onions for more flavor. Any veggie is perfect and will work depending on the flavor profile you are trying to accomplish. I marinated in our favorite homemade Italian Dressing, but anything goes with this approach.

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homemade italian dressing {gluten free, vegan}

I have been on this crazy kick, making all things salad dressings, marinades and spice rubs. I am just amazed at the elevated flavors when you take the time to make them homemade. Italian dressing is one of my favorites because it not only makes a great addition to most any salad creation that I make, but also is a great simple marinade for steaks, veggies or chicken. 

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pork spice rub {paleo,gluten free}

I have been so intrigued lately, with creating my own seasoning blends and dressings. I just find that when you can choose your own ingredients, it is not only a healthier option, but you can choose the flavors you like. Yes, it is probably more convenient to buy it already made in a bottle, but sometimes they throw in preservatives, caking agents and terrible oils, ohhh and sometimes gluten, who knew?

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granola breakfast cookie {gluten free, grain free, dairy free}

The idea of a breakfast cookie blows my mind. First, who doesn't want a cookie for breakfast?; second, there are so many nutrient dense ingredients to use; and third, I can eat a complete meal without any work! Can you see me running out the door with two of these in hand? Can you say satisfied and happy?

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chicken and rice {gluten free}

Easy gluten free dinners that take minutes to pull together, are so important when life is busy and you want to sit down with your family for a nutritious meal. This Chicken and Rice compilation, is a Mediterranean bowl of sorts, that uses basic ingredients as the starting point, but can take many additions like spinach and mushrooms to make it even better. It doesn't even have to be served piping hot, which makes it an even bigger winner for a make ahead dinner. 

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white pizza with olives

This recipe has a long history. My Mom has been making it for as long as I can remember and everyone is in love with it. I even added it to the menu at my Italian restaurant, with rave reviews from customers. It never really had a name, so I"m simply calling it White pizza with Olives and because of the amazing crust created from the amazing company Cappellos, it is also gluten and grain free.

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walnut pesto {vegan, gluten free, grain free, dairy free}

Pesto is just one of those recipes that really should say, add whatever you like and blend. Traditionally it is a mixture of basil, pine nuts, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. It is an accompaniment to many Italian recipes, whether it is used alone as a sauce for pasta or additional flavor to soups, stews or even added to meatballs or meatloaf.

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