Gluten Free Banana Pancakes


When Christopher and I first got married we lived in a little one bedroom condo in a community called Sea Cliff. Every Saturday Christopher would play flag football right up the street from our house and I would jog there to workout at the park. We would come back home and I would cook these banana pancakes as a fun little treat! 

If you know our story, you know that a short six months after we got married our first baby was growing inside of my tummy and I had the worst nausea/morning sickness! Unfortunately one of the most repulsive smells to me at the time was bananas so we said a temporary goodbye to our beloved pancakes. Thankfully midway through pregnancy #2 I was able to tolerate bananas again so the pancakes made a comeback. Now we love sharing these pancakes with our kiddos and they are totally obsessed! Sometimes I'll even make them in big batches so we can have some for healthy snacks throughout the week! I hope your family enjoys them as much as ours does!! 

Fun Nutrition Fact of the Day: Ripe bananas (ones with brown spots) actually have something called TNF (tumor necrosis factor), which can help destroy cancerous tumors. TNF interferes with the growth and spread of tumor cells and triggers apoptosis (cell death). The riper the banana, the better the anti-cancer qualities it has! 


Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

(makes 9-12 pancakes)



2.5 Cups Uncooked Oats
2 Eggs
1 Large Ripe Banana
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Cinnamon (more if desired) 
1.5 Cups water (may need to add more as you go as batter thickens when it sits)


  1. Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend together. 
  2. Heat a pan or griddle on medium/high heat and pour around 1/4 cup batter into pan. Add chocolate chips if desired. 
  3. Cook until pancakes are golden brown on each side. 
  4. Serve hot or they reheat great as well for a snack later in the day! 

xoxo Paige Hilken

Spicy Korean Pork Medallions w/ Slaw

Here at She Is Claimed we believe that the body is the vehicle God has blessed us with to fulfill the purpose and vision He has for us here on earth. We choose to nourish our bodies not so we can look a certain way but instead so we can serve God and love those around us best! (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) Here is a healthy recipe to enjoy so you can nourish that beautiful gift! 

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When Christopher and I were dating we celebrated our first Easter together (with my sister too) over a pork tenderloin and potatoes. I seasoned the meat with salt, pepper and rosemary and we dipped it in balsamic vinegar. It was delicious but when it came to pork tenderloin that was the only way I knew how to make it. One day we got a home meal delivery box on Groupon and they put a Korean spicy twist on their pork tenderloin I knew it was going to become a new staple in our house that I needed to recreate. 


This meal is probably a little too spicy for children (unless you substitute the sriracha) but according to my husband it was some BOMB food. I know a dish is good when he tells me it’s good without me asking him if he likes it (which I always do...gotta get that affirmation somehow haha)! 


Plus this dish is super healthy! Fun Nutrition fact of the day...Cabbage is a great source of manganese, dietary fiber, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It is also rich in various vitamins including vitamin C, B6, A, K, and E. It’s basically a superfood that you want to get in your body as much as possible! I used to actually juice cabbage for Christopher when he had stomach ulcers and it helped cure them! Powerful stuff!! 


So grab your apron and let’s get cooking! I can’t wait for you to enjoy this dish as much as we did! 


Spicy Korean Pork Medallions w/ Slaw 

Servings 2 (can be doubled for more)
Prep/Cook Time 20 minutes


1 Pork Tenderloin
4 Tbsp Seasoned Rice Vinegar
2 Green Onions
2 Garlic Cloves (minced) 
1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp Minced Ginger
2 Tbsp Sriracha
1 Red Fresno Chile (red bell pepper would work too) 
2.5 tsp Tamari (gluten free soy sauce) 
1 Tblsp Light Brown Sugar
8 oz Slaw Mix (buy the pre-made mix from the store) 
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds for Garnish 



1. Chop and prepare all ingredients. Mince the garlic, stem and seed the Fresno Chile,  slice green onions and cut the pork tenderloin into medallions, 1/2-3/4” thick. 

2. Prepare the marinade by combining half of the seasoned rice vinegar (2 Tbsp), Tamari soy sauce, brown sugar, sriracha, ginger and garlic. 

3. Place the pork in the marinade and let sit for at least 10 minutes.

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4. While the pork marinates prepare the Slaw by mixing together the Slaw mix, the remaining rice vinegar, sesame oil, green onions and salt. Toss together and set aside.

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5. Heat 1 tsp oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add pork medallions to hot pan an cook 3-4 minutes/side. 

6. During the last minute of cooking add the remaining marinade to the pan and coat the pork with it until it becomes a sticky glaze. 

7. Plate, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve. 

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xoxo Paige Hilken 

A 4 Step Method to Knowing God's Will For Your Life

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The questions start when we are pretty young. God, what college do you want me to go to? What should I major in? Should I date this person? And as we get older though the questions don’t stop. Should I marry this person? Should I move to this city? Should I take this job? Should we start having kids? 

These are questions that we all wrestle with regularly and while sometimes I wish the Bible had specific instructions for every individual and for exact circumstances, that would defeat the point of us having free will.

So how can we know Gods will for our lives so we can get clear answers to some of our biggest questions? 

I personally have a four step method I follow to determine if something is God's will for my life based on the truth we find in scripture. However, I think its important to first talk about some of the misunderstandings surrounding a few of the methods used to determine God’s will. If we don’t first understand which methods for finding God’s will are being misunderstood then most of us will remain confused about the truth and what we are actually called to do. 


Here are three misunderstandings about God’s will:


Misunderstanding #1: God will open doors in your life to communicate His will for you. 

“God opened the door for this job opportunity so it must be the right job for me.” 

When we read the verses in the Bible about God “opening” doors” in their correct context these open doors aren’t immediate confirmation that we should walk through those doors. The open doors are presented as opportunities for us to either take or not take. In 2 Corinthians 2:12-13  we see that even though God gave Paul an “open door” to preach the gospel in Troas he made the decision to instead travel to Macedonia. As we can see, opportunity doesn’t always equal the will of God. God may open doors for us but we still have free will to choose which doors to walk through. 


Misunderstanding #2: God will audibly communicate His will for your life to you.  

“I heard God speak to me and tell me that we were supposed to move to another state” 

In scripture it never says that we will receive extra revelation from God through hearing Him audibly speak. In fact, in Rev 22: 18-19 it says that there are severe consequences when we add to God's word and prophecy.  

In the Old Testament times God spoke directly and audibly to a few prophets for a very specific purpose. He revealed Himself through the prophets and they communicated His words to the people. In present times God speaks through the son Jesus. We have the privilege of “hearing” more of God today than in any other time in history because we have access to all four gospels, where Jesus’s voice is laced all throughout. There is no need to seek signs or God's voice outside of the scripture. 

Misunderstanding #3: You will know something is God’s will for your life if you feel complete peace about a decision you are making. 

“I feel so much peace about this decision so it must be Gods will.”

When people talk about having peace in regards to making a decision they usually are referring the verse Philipians 4:7  where it says, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.” As always its important to look at this verse in context. The peace gifted to us by God in this passage is a direct result of us casting our anxieties and requests upon Him. It does not say that the peace from God is a sign that we should move forward with a decision. 

When it comes to our feelings scripture is very clear that we need to be cautious because our feelings can be misleading. Jeremiah 17:9 says “the heart is deceitful above all things.” Also in Romans 7:14-25 Paul shows us that it is possible to “feel at peace” about doing the wrong things and have an internal conflict with doing what is right. We can experience peace from God but it is a result of our relationship with him and not necessarily a green light to make a specific decision. 


So now that we know the common ways we can misunderstand God’s will for our lives what are the reliable ways we can know God’s will for our lives? 


Here is A four step method to determining God’s will when making a decision: 


  1. Pray. When I’m facing any decision I refer to Philippians 4:6-7 and through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving I let my requests be made known to God. When I pray in these scenarios we don’t want to pray for a sign or for God to speak to us and tell us His will audibly but instead we can ask God for wisdom and to speak to us through His word. 

  2. Then I go straight to the Bible and I ask myself if any of the choices I have in front of me contradict with anything in Gods word. The Bible provides us with the wholeness of what Jesus wanted to be communicated to us and gives us specific instructions and commands to follow. When we disobey anything He has told us to do in the Bible then we are acting outside of His will. You will also find that as you are in God's word consistently then your mind will be renewed and you will be transformed to a new way of thinking more like Christ (Romans 12:2). When we are transformed in this way we are able to better decipher the will of God for us. 
  3. Throughout scripture we are constantly called to be wise so my next step is to use wisdom. Using wisdom includes seeking godly mentorship, learning from my past experiences and thinking responsibly. The proverbs are chalked full of definitions of what wisdom is and is not. 
  4. Make the decision. Sometimes we feel uncomfortable officially taking this step and making a decision for ourselves. If you have two choices that are in alignment with the will God has given us through the Bible, you have presented your requests to God through prayer and you are using wisdom then go with whichever choice you want. At the end of the day God has a sovereign will and nothing that we do can prevent Him from accomplishing it. 


I think that often times we over complicate deciphering Gods will for our lives because we are confused on how to do it. If we can just remember that God is sovereign, He has given us his word for guidance and that we can gain wisdom to make proper decisions, then we can feel confident in the choices we are making (as confident as possible). Making decisions can be challenging but at the end of the day just know that God is more interested in who you are becoming than exactly what you are doing or where you are going! 


I would love to hear from you! 

  • What is a significant decision that you are facing right now where you are seeking Gods will? 
  • Have you ever been led astray by one of the common misinterpreted methods to discovering God’s will? 
  • Do these steps and truths about Gods will help you have clarity on how to make decisions in your life? 


xoxo Paige Hilken

Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Bread

It’s rich, it’s moist, it’s chocolatey, it's even healthy…it’s my all time favorite gluten free chocolate banana bread! It’s one of those recipes that is healthy because the ingredients are healthy but potentially unhealthy because its so dang good that you could eat the whole loaf in one sitting. I'm going to warn you now that you may want to double the recipe because if you're anything like us you will want to eat a loaf of this stuff a day! Ready.....lets bake!  


Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Bread


1 cup oat flour (oats blended in high speed blender)
1/2 cup raw cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 large ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 cups mashed) 
1 egg (sub 1 tblsp flax meal with 3 tblsp water if you want vegan) 
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 by 5 loaf pan with a non stick cooking spray and set aside. 
  2. In a medium bowl, combine together the oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and sea salt. 
  3. In a large bowl (or blender on low speed) mash the ripe bananas. Add in the egg, coconut oil, sugar and vanilla extract and stir until smooth. 
  4. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients being careful to not overmix. Stir in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. 
  5. Pour batter into the pan and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top of the bread. Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean besides any melted chocolate chips that may get on it. 
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and set on a cooling rack for 15 minutes. Once the pan is cool you can remove the bread, slice and serve. 



This bread will keep on the counter for up to 4 days and can also be frozen for up to a month but in my house it doesn’t even last a whole day because we eat it all up!!  Enjoy this melt in your mouth, delicious bread!! 


xoxo Paige 

Black Beans That ACTUALLY Taste Like They're From A Restaurant


When I’m at any Mexican restaurant I love the black beans...when I make them at home, not so much. For a long time I thought that I could just pop open a can of black beans, add them to any Mexican dish and viola they would taste amazing but I was SO wrong. 

I just can’t get on board with the taste of plain black beans but I love them as a plant based protein source so I decided to experiment with some recipes! I definitely found a winner!! This black bean mix could be used as a topping on a burrito bowl or nachos or it could even be used as a dip with tortilla chips!! Enjoy! 

Wellness Paige Nugget: Black beans are amazing for your health because they are packed with plant based protein and fiber (around 7.5g of each/half cup serving). And as Tayna from the F-Factor (F for Fiber) says "Fiber and Protein at every meal makes losing weight no big deal." In addition to their great fiber and protein content they have lots of potassium for decreasing blood pressure, selenium for helping support the liver with detoxing and iron for maintaining healthy bone structure. Even more reason to pop open a can and try this recipe out! 


Black Beans 


1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 diced onion
1 (15oz) can black beans
1/2 (10oz) can Rotel Original (5oz total)
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 cup cilantro diced up
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste 


In sauté pan heat garlic in oil on medium heat.

Add onion as oil begins to warm.

Add cumin and sauté, stirring frequently, until onions are tender, adding a few drops of water if they begin to stick.

Add the can of drained black beans and Rotel and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, to allow flavors to blend.

Add chopped cilantro and lime juice and stir. Mash the beans if that is the desired consistency. 




The Wellness Paige

I Robbed My Husband


Before we got married, in our pre-marital counseling class we were taught that expectations unsaid, always go unmet. It was a great piece of advice, advice that we have implemented throughout our marriage and passed on to other couples embarking on the same journey. I never had a problem with the advice until I realized that usually when I expect something from someone then I feel like I deserve it. And when I don’t get something I believe I deserve to get upset. The saying of, “expectations unsaid, always go unmet,” is a great concept at its core but I think it deserves a little more unpacking or else you might accidentally end up robbing the one you love just like I did. 


When I type out that I get upset when I don’t get something I think I deserve it kind of makes me cringe at myself. I sound like one of those girls from that show that used to be on TV, Sweet Sixteen, who would get upset at their parents when their cake had pink sprinkles instead of purple ones even after their parents had dropped $50k on their sixteenth birthday party. They expected pink sprinkles, they felt like they deserved pink sprinkles, so they were upset when they didn’t get them. I know it’s usually not as extreme of a scenario as being upset about the wrong colored sprinkles but I hope it gets the point across that usually we get upset when we don’t get what we feel we deserve. 


You see a couple years ago I got to the point where I thought my personal hopes, dreams and desires should be what our family was always working towards, regardless of whether or not it aligned with their hopes, dreams and desires. I was working hard at home to raise our babies during the days but I also had dreams of becoming an ultra successful entrepreneur. FROM MY POINT OF VIEW, because I was bringing in an income from home AND taking care of the kids I was always doing more than my husband and I felt like he always owed me something. 


I started to expect him to do more things around the house because I felt like he was in debt to me. In my mind, if we were on even playing field by both providing for our family financially then we needed to be on even playing field when it came to house hold duties, changing diapers, etc. Because I thought he owed me help in these areas. I didn’t perceive it as love when he took action and did these things for me. In fact I was hardly grateful at all because he was just doing what he was supposed to be doing, right? I robbed him of the ability to love me because I had put us in the roles of debt and debtor instead of husband and wife. It might not have been the same scenario but have you ever been there?! Have you ever robbed your spouse of the ability to love you because you let their love become an expectation, something you were owed? 


So how do we fix this? This was the question I had to ask myself as I started to see my marriage change for the worse right before my eyes. Well first and foremost we have to come to accept that we aren’t “owed” anything. Just like that 16 year old wasn’t owed an extravagant party or pink sprinkles on her cake we aren’t owed anything from our spouse. GASP!!!!.....I don’t know about you but for me that is a hard pill to swallow. What do you mean my spouse doesn’t owe me anything? Don’t I deserve a good life, a roof over my head, a clean house, the family with the amount of kids I’ve always desired?!! 


To put it simply, NO. This is going to sound harsh but we actually deserve nothing in this life because we are all sinners and what we deserve is death. Like I said, I know it’s harsh but it’s the truth and it’s what makes the gospel so beautiful. While we were sinners and deserved nothing Christ died for us and gave us everything. Is it ok to have hopes, dreams and desires, YES, absolutely! But the moment we pass off our hopes, dreams and desires to our spouse and EXPECT them to fulfill them and make them come true then we ROB them of the ability to love us. That’s why this post is titled, “I Robbed my Husband.” 


To explain a little more, marriage as Christ designed it between a husband and wife should be the ultimate submission contest. As it says in Ephesians 5 starting at verse 21, “SUBMIT TO ONE ANOTHER out of reverence for Christ. Wives submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is head of the church, his body and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should SUBMIT IN EVERYTHING to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and GAVE HIMSELF UP for her....” 


Does this mean that we aren’t ever supposed to talk about what we desire in life and our marriage with our spouse? No. Communicating your desires, dreams and hopes with one another is a very healthy part of marriage. What it does mean is that once we have communicated those things to our spouse we can’t turn them into a box of expectations that we just hand off to them. We have to remember that they don’t owe it to you to make them come true. In a covenantal, Christ-centered marriage we owe one another everything but are owed nothing. We owe our spouse love and submission because of what Christ did for us but not because we inherently deserve it. 



Ideally both parties should submit to one another as Christ commanded. I believe that is the secret to having a happy and fulfilling marriage the way God designed it. When Christopher (my husband) and I live out our marriage in this way our marriage is definitely firing on all cylinders.


But what if both parties don’t submit?! You might be scared right now and asking yourself the question, what if I step out in submission and they don’t respond by fulfilling my hopes dreams and desires? Usually when we have that fear it’s because in some way we are still holding onto the expectation that they owe us something in return. We are called to love not because our spouse loves us but because Christ loved us. As a Christian our goal in this life should be to become more like Christ and as you step out in fear to love, not knowing if you will be loved in return, you will get to experience what loving like Christ really feels like. I pray that your spouse eventually responds to your love and submission with love and submission towards you but until that happens just bask in the feeling of what loving how Christ did really feels like


Does this way of doing marriage sound radical?! That’s because it is. Living a life in obedience for Christ is RADICAL. We aren’t called to do marriage like everyone else. We are called to be Holy and set apart. When people look at your marriage do they see Christ and the representation of how He loved us?! Or do they see two selfish people trying to use their marriage to fulfill all of their personal hopes dreams and desires?! 


No matter which marriage you are in let us all do what Christ did for us...loved even when we didn’t deserve it, covenant-like love, with no strings attached. 


xoxo  Paige

Healthy Beef Goulash


Goulash? What the heck is Goulash? I'm guessing maybe thats what you're asking yourself right now. I asked the same question growing up when my mom said that Goulash was for dinner. To my surprise the Goulash was delicious and the perfect comfort food to make in bulk! According to good old google Goulash is is a stew of meat and vegetables, seasoned with spices that originated in Hungary! In my definition its kind of like spaghetti with a twist!

I love making it because it provides our family meals for at least a couple days, is super quick to make and can be made really healthy! 



2 lbs ground hamburger
1 large can crushed tomatoes with juice
3 - 8 oz cans tomato sauce
1 large jar or can of marinara sauce (make sure there is no added sugar)
1 large diced onion
1 large diced red bell pepper
3 tsp worcestershire sauce
salt, pepper and garlic salt to taste

The sauce above can be served with any type of noodles or vegetables. We do either red lentil noodles ( which has 25g protein... ummm WOW), ancient harvest gluten free elbow noodles, zoodles (spiralized zucchini) or as shown here just roasted sweet potatoes. If you are using gluten free noodles just boil a new small batch every time vs putting all of the noodles into the sauce at once to prevent the noodles from getting soggy. 

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1) Dice the onion and bell pepper and saute on medium heat until carmalized
2) Brown the ground beef in a separate pan until crumbled and cooked through
3) Combine all other ingredients in a large pan and add in the onions, bell peppers and beef
4) Add in salt, pepper and garlic salt to taste
5) Serve hot with noodles or veggies

I hope this recipe fills your belly just as much as it does mine! Happy Cooking! 

xoxo  Paige



No More Junk Mail


Unless I have something coming in the mail that I know I ordered, sorting through my mail generally isn't a super enjoyable experience for me. I don't enjoy sorting through all of the junk mail and then I feel wasteful every time I have to toss all of that junk mail in the trash. I decided to bite the bullet and do some research on what it takes to opt out of all the junk mail that flows into our mailbox each week. I was surprised at the overall ease of the process. If you want to reduce the junk mail coming to your mailbox follow these steps below: 

Step One: Start to Save All Mail 

This first step sounds contradictory to what we are doing, which is trying to get rid of all junk mail but hear me out. You will want to save your mail and make a list of all of the places that are sending you junk mail so you know what you need to unsubscribe from. 

Step Two: Opt Out of Credit Card and Insurance Offers

To opt out of credit card and insurance offers you can visit this website (Opt Out Prescreen). This website is funded by Equifax, Experian, Innovis, and TransUnion (the four major credit monitoring agencies) and it exists because the ability to opt out is required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). All you will have to do is click opt out, enter in your personal information and you will be given a form to print and mail in to be permanently removed from their mailing lists. Remember to "opt out" all adults living in your house. 

Step Three: Cancel Your Weekly Grocery Store Ads

Some of you may enjoy getting these shopping flyers to your mailbox and if that is the case then you can skip this step. I personally never look at the ads so I wanted to make sure I stopped receiving them. To cancel these mailers look at the front and back of the publication that the other ads are held inside. The company name should be listed right on there. We receive most of our ads from Red Plum but I included two other popular companies as well below with the direct link to click, fill out your info and unsubscribe. Most of these companies allow you to view their ads online so you don't have to miss out on any savings. Keep in mind that it sometimes takes up to 5-6 weeks for these changes to become effective. 

To cancel your weekly mailers from these companies, click the relevant link below:
Cancel Red Plum (Valassis)
Cancel Penny Saver
Cancel Valpak 

Step Four: Cancel Catalog Subscriptions 

A lot of the time we receive catalogs from a company if we purchased something from that company previously, if the company we purchased from sold our name to another company or sometimes for no good reason at all. To stop receiving unwanted catalogs you can go to You will be prompted to create a log in and then you can click "cancel a catalog." This will bring you to an A-Z list of all the catalog options you can unsubscribe from with instructions on how to do so. 

If you want to prevent future catalogs from being sent to you then when you make a purchase make sure you tell the company, "Do not send me catalogs, do not share my information with others."  To do this you may have to order over the phone. 

Step Five: Cancel All Other Subscriptions

This last step will take a little more work but if you want to stop getting junk mail for the rest of your life then it will be worth it. At this point you will have to contact individual organizations and ask them to stop sending you stuff. 

Here is a sample letter you might send: 

Please remove my name and address from your mailing list.  I want to reduce the amount of unsolicited mail I receive.  (Be sure to include all variations of your name.)
Full mailing address
Signature and date

To help prevent you from getting added to someones mailing list in the future you can go to and opt out of everything. You may also want to call all of your insurance, cell phone and other providers and ask them to not send you mail. After a month or two, once all of your subscription changes have actually kicked in, start saving any junk mail that you get and use one of the steps we went through above to cancel the subscription! Hopefully soon your mailbox will be filled with only the mail you enjoy receiving! 

On another note, one of my favorite apps to opt out of junk mail to your email is Unroll Me. This platform allows you to go through the list of people and organizations you get emails from and unsubscribe with the click of a button. 

Cheers to a happy mail checking experience in the future and as always if you have any tips and tricks related to this topic please share with us all below!! 


xoxo Paige