Fresh Fish Tacos with Sweet Grilled Plantains

Okay you guys. So my boyfriend and I are on vacay right now on the Oregon Coast and the other day we went deep sea fishing and caught WAY TOO MUCH TO HANDLE.

Like seriously, we caught 13 Dungeness crabs. 13. HOW ARE TWO PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO FINISH THAT ON OUR OWN?!? Oh, and on top of that? 7 rockfish. Yeah. So we’ve had ourselves quite the seafood-y past couple of days.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely la-la-la-lovin’ it! My only concern is it going bad on us before we can finish it all! You could say we bit off a little more than we could chew, to say the least.

But anyways, all this fresh seafood has been a welcome gift for the tum-tum because it’s so lean and full of protein anddddd I know there hasn’t been any weird alterations to it since it came right outta the ocean and into my belly. And I promise there will be crab recipes to come as well BUT this has been by far my favorite thing we’ve made thus far: FISH FRIGGIN TACOS 🙋🏻‍♀️

So even if you don’t have access to the ocean, go and get the freshest fish you can get your hands on and whip up some of these babies for Taco Tuesday. I promise, you’ll be thankin’ me for it.

Fresh Fish Tacos with Sweet Grilled Plantains

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh firm white fish of your choice (I used copper rockfish that we had caught earlier that day)
  • salt and pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 plantains, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 Tbsp melted virgin coconut oil
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 cup guacamole (you can find my recipe here)
  • chopped green onions to garnish
  • 8 corn (or cassava flour if you want grain-free) torillas

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your grill (or skillet) on medium heat. Spray or wipe on some coconut oil so your fish and plantains don’t stick.
  2. Coat your plantains in melted coconut oil then sprinkle on some salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the plantains to the grill and cook for about 15 minutes, or until tender, flipping once about halfway through.
  4. Meanwhile, season the fish with lemon juice, salt, and pepper and add to the grill. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until cooked through, flipping once about halfway through.
  5. Heat up your tortillas in the microwave or on the grill and then add your fish, kale, carrots, tomatoes, black beans, guac, and green onions to them.
  6. Serve with plantains on the side and enjoy!

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Grain-Free Fiesta Taco Salad Bowl

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ARRIBA!!! ARRIBA!!!!

Seriously guys, hurry up! If you’re a Mexican food lover like me (I’m literally addicted to it since I grew up so close to the Mexican border) you HAVE to make this recipe RIGHT NOW it’s so freakin’ good. And healthy. And easy. And nice to look at. And even nicer to feel in your belly.

Anyways, I find it so easy to healthify my favorite Mexican food recipes because most of them are plant-based to start out with but then what makes them unhealthy are added oils, sugars, and super processed tortillas. SO all I then have to do is cut out that gut-wrecking garbage and bam! I’ve got myself a delicious guilt-free Mexican meal. And most importantly, happy taste buds.

Okay so I love this bowl because it’s packed with veggies (aka tons of vitamins, fiber, and  and flavor BUT it also has a sneaky high amount of plant-based protein too! Plus protein from the egg. I’ve been loving using edamame in recipes lately because I recently discovered how high edamame is in not only a source of complete protein, but also high in fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and tons of other great nutrients. Wooowwwwza all that from one cute ‘n’ tasty lil’ bean.

So next time you’re in the mood for some Mexican food you just need a few simple ingredients, 10 minutes, and a giant bowl to put everything in cuz let’s be honest here, you’re gonna want as much as you can possibly cram in that bowl. Enjoy my peeps!

Grain-Free Fiesta Taco Salad Bowl

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 red peppers, sliced
  • ½ Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 4 organic free-range eggs
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked corn
  • 1 cup cooked edamame
  • 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cups chopped organic spinach
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks
  • pea shoots
  • 1 cup of your favorite salsa

Directions

  1. Heat your coconut oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add the red peppers and cook while stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes or until they’re tender.
  2. Once the peppers are done, crack your eggs into your pan. Add a small amount of water to the eggs and immediately cover with a lid. Cook until the egg whites appear white and no longer clear then remove from the heat.
  3. Add ¼ of each of the following to each bowl: spinach, beans, edamame, corn, peppers, cherry tomatoes, and avocado and then top with an egg, pea shoots, and your favorite salsa. Enjoy!


Creamy Dairy and Gluten Free “Cheesy” Rice

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I’VE DONE IT!!!! I’ve finally found a healthy dairy and gluten free alternative to mac ‘n’ cheese that doesn’t upset my tummy.

Sure there are other faux cheese substitutes that make mac ‘n’ cheese, but even though they’re dairy free, they still usually make me just as sick. Probably because most cheese substitutes are straight chemicals… And nobody wants that. So i try to limit my consumption of the fake cheese as much as I limit the real cheese.

But I have a secret to get my cheese fix on in a healthy, non-dairy and non-chemical way!

Drum roll pleaseeeeeeeee…

NUTRITIONAL YEAST!!!

Ew Bailey, what?

Yeah, I know it sounds weird. I was skeptical at first too. But I gave it a shot and ohh baby am I glad I did!

Nutritional yeast is a dry flaky powder that has a cheesy flavor to it! I love shaking it on pastas or adding it to pizza sauce to trick my brain into thinking I’m eating cheese when I’m actually not.

And I haven’t even told you the best part about nutritional yeast yet! IT’S SUPER NUTRITIOUS!!! Shocking, I know. You never woulda guessed that from the name, huh?

Yup nutritional yeast is a complete protein and is an AMAZING source of B vitamins, folate, and so much more. Plus it’s low in calories, carbs, sodium and is gluten free! It’s also a great way for people who don’t eat animal products to get enough B vitamins in their diet. Aaaaand, in case you forgot, it tastes like cheese!!! You gotta be kidding me with this stuff.

So all you have to do now is whip up a batch of rice (or you could make this with past as well, I just generally steer clear from the stuff hence the rice here) and add in the rest and bada-boom bada-bing: easy peasy cheesy rice. Enjoy!

Creamy Dairy and Gluten Free “Cheesy” Rice

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten free brown rice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped thyme
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a medium sized pot, bring the rice and water to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, bring it down to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes then remove from the heat and let it sit covered for another 10 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the rice and stir until combined and creamy. Enjoy!


Creamy Coconut Cashew Yellow Curry with Shrimp

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Okay normally I would start you guys off with some witty intro to get you hooked, but I’m RAVENOUS and I think no intro is needed for this drool-worthy bowl of deliciousness.

Who doesn’t love a good yellow curry? Especially when it’s combined with the smooth, subtle nuttiness of cashews and the creaminess of coconut milk. OOH BABY this combo is gold.

Okay all you you who don’t get enough veggies in every day raise your hand. Pretty much all of you? Yep, same. That’s what I love about this curry! It’s absolutely LOADED with veggies so you’re sure to get all those vitamins and minerals in for the day plusssss we’ve got your healthy fats from the coconut milk and cashews and protein from da shrimpies! Serve it over some wild rice for some healthy carbs and voila! One complete, healthy meal.

So next time you’re struggling to get your veggies in or just want to trick your kids into eating veggies break out this bad boy and nobody will be disappointed!

 


Creamy Coconut Cashew Yellow Curry with Shrimp

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Curry
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1 Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into chunks
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup brussels sprouts, chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 ½ cup cooked, peeled, and de-veined shrimp
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish
  • Sauce

  • 1 ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup cashew butter
  • ¼ cup yellow curry paste

Directions

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add your rice. Cook covered for 30 minutes and then remove from heat and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the coconut oil. Once the pan is hot and the coconut oil is melted, add the sweet potato, carrots, brussels sprouts, and turmeric powder, salt, and pepper. Cook while stirring occasionally until they begin to soften (appx. 10-12 minutes).
  3. While the veggies are cooking, add all the sauce ingredients to a bowl and whisk together to combine. Set aside.
  4. Add the cashews to the veggies and continue to cook while stirring occasionally for another 5-8 minutes or until everything is tender.
  5. Add the shrimp and cook for another minute.
  6. Add your sauce and bring to a simmer. Simmer while stirring for another 2 minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat and serve over rice with a sprinkle of cilantro on top. Enjoy!


Sweet and Spicy Ground Chicken Meatball Veggie Bowl

Turkey Meatball Veggie Bowl

Have you ever gone to the grocery store on the hunt for ground turkey and then got home only to realize you messed up and got ground chicken on accident? Just me? Well TBH I do it all the freakin’ time so I’ve decided to just embrace my lack of attentiveness by channeling it into tasty ground chicken dishes.

Aaaaaand this is one of my faves. Ground chicken meatballs are super underrated. I feel like nobody ever really talks about ground chicken meatballs, it’s always ground beef or ground turkey. But ground chicken meatballs are SO good so I’m starting a ground chicken meatball bandwagon.

#chickenmeatballsfolife

Anyways, this bowl is perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a snack, and it’s a meal prepper’s heaven (if you’re into that, which you should be if you’re not) because you can literally make a whole bunch of everything in advance and then heat it up whenever you have a craving for a delicious, nutritious meal. Also, talk about the perfect meal to pack for lunch at work! SO GREAT.

And besides being scrumptidlyumptious, this bowl is POWERFUL. You’ve got your protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fats, anti-cancer properties, andddd gut health promotion! So give it a try next time you accidentally buy ground chicken by mistake. Or even if you buy it on purpose. You’ll thank me later. Enjoy, my peep!

 

Ground Chicken Meatball Veggie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ¼ pound lean free range organic ground chicken
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp diced yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp chickpea flour
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tbsp virgin organic coconut oil
  • ¼ cup sweet potato cut into chunks
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • ¼ cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the ground chicken, minced garlic, yellow onion, chickpea flour, and pinch of salt. Mix to combine.
  3. Form balls about 1 inch in diameter and place on a lined baking sheet.
  4. Put in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes (until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F).
  5. Meanwhile, toss the sweet potato chunks and carrot slices in half of the coconut oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer them to a lined baking sheet and place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes (until fork tender).
  6. While everything’s cooking in the oven, heat the remaining half of the coconut oil over medium heat in a pan. Once it’s hot, add the mushrooms and stir occasionally until they are tender.
  7. Mix together the maple syrup and hot sauce.
  8. Place kale in a bowl and top with the mushrooms, sweet potatoes, carrots, meatballs, and sauce. Enjoy!