Ground Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Pesto Glaze

When it comes to healthy eating, the term “comfort food” doesn’t have to be eliminated from your weekly meal prep inspiration. These ground turkey stuffed sweet potatoes are the perfect mix of comfort food meats clean ingredients. You can even make them in large quantities to have for multiple meals throughout the week. I would say that is a win, win…win! If I could choose one food to eat for the rest of my life, I would probably choose sweet potatoes (haha) and I am actually 100% serious! They are full of fiber, vitamin A, are best served warm, and you can do SO many different things with them! I added goat cheese, cilantro and pumpkin seeds to this recipe to help compliment the creamy texture of the sweet potatoes, add a little kick, as well as an extra crunch. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did 🙂

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 lb. organic hormone/antibiotic  free ground turkey 
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • Fresh garlic (add as much as you prefer)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 T coconut aminos

Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • 1/3 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • Garlic
  • Lime Juice
  • 1/4 avocado
  • Option to add Further Food Collagen Powder!

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Bake sweet potatoes for 30-40 minutes, until soft
  3. In a separate bowl, combine goat cheese, cilantro, and pumpkin seeds
  4. While the potatoes are baking, brown the turkey with fresh garlic, coconut aminos, and a splash of lemon juice
  5. Once potatoes are done, cut them in half and scoop out insides into the bowl with other ingredients
  6. Add in cooked ground turkey and mix well
  7. Scoop the mixture back into the sweet potato halves and place back in the oven for 5 minutes
  8. For the cilantro sauce, combine all ingredients into your food processor and mix until creamy
  9. Once the sweet potatoes are done baking, drizzle the sauce over the potatoes, top off with avocado, and serve

 

 

Coconut Flour Grain Free Crackers

A common question from my husband is if we have “those delicious crackers” and I always respond to him “no” because if we bought them at the rate he ate them, we would be broke!! The delicious crackers I am referring to are Simple Mills of course. So I decided to make them myself and and they are delicious! The best part about these crackers is they are guilt-free, loaded with healthy fat, and tons of seasoning. Because they are homemade, there aren’t any hidden preservatives or fillers, so you can feel good about eating a clean cracker and top with hummus, avocado, or crumble on your favorite salad. Recipe below:

 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup coconut flour (I prefer Bob’s Redmill)
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 T fresh rosemary
  • 1 T Everything But Bagel seasoning from Trader Joes
  • 2 T Further Foods Collagen Powder (Use my code LOVEURGUT10 for 10% off!)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 egg (cage free/hormone & antibiotic free)
  • 1 T fresh garlic
  • 1 cup water

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
  2. Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well
  3. Add in the egg, water, melted coconut oil and fresh garlic and stir well
  4. Place in a non-stick pan. For a crispier cracker, make sure you spread the dough thin
  5. Place in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes
  6. After the batter is golden brown, turn your oven on broil for 5 + minutes to crisp the edges of the crackers
  7. Cut into small squares and dip in your favorite homemade hummus! Enjoy 🙂

Gluten Free Banana Nut Oatmeal Muffins

I am the first one to admit that I am OBSESSED with grocery shopping. There is something about walking up and down the food isles, searching for sales, and looking for the best new staples I can find. One area I always tend to get a little carried away with is the fruit isle. The apples, oranges, berries and bananas always look so fresh and tasty so I insist on stocking my pantry with them. But like any perishable food, I never manage to eat them all in time and they go bad. The great thing about fruit is that typically the riper they get, the sweeter they taste. You can put any ripe fruit in your food processor to make a tasty fruit spread, yogurt parfait topping, or in this case, muffins. As you all know, the best banana bread calls for the bananas right before you feel like you need to throw them away.

However, when it comes to your gut, it is important to limit the amount of sugar you indulge in during the day. Like I mentioned in previous posts, candida (the bad gut bacteria) feeds off of sugar, often times even the natural sugar you find in fruit. So I always try to limit one fruit to my diet a day. Everyone is different so just because I only eat one fruit a day doesn’t mean you have to follow those guidelines as well. The important thing is to listen to your body and understand what it needs and how it reacts to certain foods.

I hope you enjoy these easy, healthy, and “indulgent” banana nut muffins. They are perfect for a breakfast on-the-go, or an afternoon snack. For an extra kick I would recommend adding chocolate chips or topping it off with some natural nut butter. Here is how to make them:

Ingredients: 

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • Two cups of gluten free oatmeal (I used Bob’s Redmill)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (a great natural sweetener that boosts your metabolism and doesn’t affect your glycemic index)
  • 1 egg (grass fed, organic)
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 Tbs. almond butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Optional: Dark Chocolate chips or dates for extra sweetness

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In your food processor, combine all ingredients (leave out chocolate chips if you use them)
  3. Blend the mixture until creamy and the oatmeal is smooth
  4. Grease a muffin tin with avocado or coconut oil
  5. Add the chocolate chips to the mixture if needed
  6. Add 1/4- 1/3 cup scoop (or whatever size you want them to be) into each muffin holder
  7. Place pan in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes until cooked all the way
  8. Once they are cool, top with your favorite nut butter
  9. That’s it!! So easy! Enjoy 🙂