Healthy Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie

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In my opinion there is no better way to start the day than with a smoothie! They are so refreshing, leave you feeling light and they are such an easy way to pack a mass amount of nutrients into one meal! When I had my kiddos and they started eating solids, smoothies became my breakfast best friend because they were something I could whip up super quickly and have my kids feeling like they were drinking milkshakes, when really they were drinking superfoods and vegetables!

Also since I didn’t want to give my kids cows milk when they turned one years old smoothies that still provide them with plenty of calories, fats and plant based protein have been a great option! Plus I love that these smoothies provide my kids with even more minerals, fiber and antioxidants than they would be getting from cows milk without any of the negative side effects that can come with drinking cows milk!


So whether this smoothie is for you or for your kiddos it is a great way to nourish your body and start the day right! I hope you enjoy it!


HEATLHY VEGAN PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOALTE SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup ice cubes

  • 1/2 - 1 whole banana depending on how sweet you want it

  • 1 cup coconut or other non dairy milk (more if you want it less thick)

  • 3 pitted dates

  • 1/2 cup spinach (I keep mine in the freezer)

  • 1 spoonful natural peanut butter or almond butter (about 1 tblsp)

  • 2 tblsp cocoa powder 

  • A dash of cinnamon

  • 1 tblsp hemp seeds 

  • 1 tsp chia seeds 

  • 1/2 tblsp coconut oil (optional) 

  • 1 scoop collagen peptides if you want more protein (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put everything into a high powered blender (I’m obsessed with my vitamix), blend and ENJOY!

NOTES

  • For my three kiddos ages 4, 2.5 and 1 I double this recipe (besides I do about 3 tblsp cocoa powder only and add more full fat coconut milk) and they split it between the three of them. The one year old gets a smaller cup than the other two.

  • If you are really in a pinch these pre-made packets can be great for a grab and go meal replacement. They are one of my favorite tasting dairy free shake options but if you are making them for the whole family they can add up in price pretty quickly so I like making my own, especially for my kiddos.

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Healthy, Hearty Taco Soup

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I have to give all the credit for this soup to my wonderful mother in law, Judy! She always has a batch of it in the freezer and so many of my memories eating this soup include being at her house. I love it because its SO easy to make, SO healthy and SO filling! It’s one of those recipes that we eat so much during the fall and winter that by the end of those seasons I don’t want to eat it anymore but then by the end of summer my body is craving it again! My husband likes to mix a dollop of sour cream into his and I love to top mine with a little cheese and crushed corn tortilla chips.

Now I feel like I need to go heat a bowl of this soup up right now because typing about it is getting me way to excited to eat some! I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does!

HEALTHY, HEARTY TACO SOUP

INGREDIENTS

1 LB GROUND TURKEY OR CHICKEN (CAN ALSO USE GROUND BEEF)
1/2 CHOPPED ONION
4 CANS TOTAL OF ANY MIX OF BLACK BEANS, PINTO BEANS & KIDNEY BEANS
1 -8 OZ CAN ROTEL
1 - 12 OZ CAN MEXICAN STYLE OR STEWED DICED TOMATOES
1 CHOPPED ZUCCHINI
1 TBLSP CUMIN
1 TBLSP CHILI POWDER

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. SAUTEE GROUND TURKEY ON MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT IN A PAN WITH 1/2 OF THE CUMIN AND 1/2 OF THE CHILI POWDER

  2. ADD IN THE ONION AND ZUCCHINI AND CONTINUE TO SAUTE UNTIL THE TURKEY IS FULLY COOKED

  3. ADD IN THE FULL CONTENTS OF ALL OF THE CANS OF BEANS, TOMATOES AND ROTEL

  4. LET THE SOUP SIMMER UNTIL WARM ENOUGH TO SERVE OR UNTIL ZUCCHINI IS FULLY SOFTENED (ABOUT 20-30 MINUTES ON LOW HEAT)

  5. SERVE AND ENJOY! THIS SOUP KEEPS GREAT IN THE FRIDGE TO SERVE THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AND CAN ALSO BE FROZEN

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30 Items You Will Always Find In My Healthy, Frugal, Gluten & Dairy Free Pantry


Keeping my pantry stocked with certain items allows me to consistently cook healthy, frugal, gluten and dairy free meals and snacks from home. While everyone’s pantry and stock pile list will look a little different based on other allergies, eating styles, etc., this is a list of 2 items that I always try to have on hand in my gluten and dairy free pantry!

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1) OATS

Depending on the severity of your gluten intolerance you may or may not be sensitive to oats. If you are celiac you might have to spend a little more to get gluten free oats but if you are like me and just have an intolerance to gluten normal oats should do just fine. I use oats to make granola, healthy cookies, pancakes, just plain oatmeal and oatmeal bakes. I also love blending up oats to make oat flour in my Vitamix and I replace it 1:1 in a lot of recipes that call for whole wheat flour or gluten free flour. I use oats more often than a lot of other gluten free foodies probably do because I unfortunately can’t have almonds. If you can have almonds, almond flour is a great healthy option as well, although oat flour is usually cheapest.


2) EGGS

Eggs are not only needed in a lot of baking recipes but they can be made in so many different ways to provide inexpensive, healthy meals for your family. Egg casseroles, eggs on gluten free toast and omelettes are all common, easy lunches or sometimes even dinners in our house! If you are completely vegan sometimes mixing flax seeds with water can be an alternative to eggs.


3) BAKING SODA/ BAKING POWDER

If you are going to be making a lot of home baked goods like gluten free cookies or muffins you are going to want to have a stock of these.

4) BANANAS

I absolutely love using bananas as an oil replacement in some of my recipes and as a sweetener in a lot of my recipes as well. We also are smoothie addicts in our house so bananas are a must for us! If I ever find myself needing to go to the store mid week it’s usually because we ran out of bananas.


5) PURE VANILLA EXTRACT

Vanilla extract adds such great flavor to so many different baking recipes!

6) DATES

Dates are an incredible way to make any recipe a little sweeter while also adding a mass amount of fiber into your diet (12g of fiber per 1 cup serving)! I love making homemade Lara bars, pie crusts or even just adding a few to our smoothies for some extra sweetness.

7) OIL

The three types of oils that I typically keep on hand are avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. Avocado oil is great for anything because it is tasteless. I mainly use it for sautéing foods on my stove top or roasting foods in the oven because it has a high smoke point and can be heated to really high temperatures (up to 480 F) without losing its nutrient content or becoming dangerous for consumption. Extra virgin olive oil should only be used at temps under 220 F so I usually use it for making home made salad dressings (I was surprised at how many store bought salad dressings contain gluten). Coconut oil is my favorite for baking and adding to smoothies because it adds such a great flavor and texture to my recipes.


8) SALSA

Salsa is a great way to add flavor to a lot of recipes! I try to always have at least one extra jar on hand because if I have rice, beans, veggies and mea (optional) I can throw together a Mexican dish for dinner in no time! Salsa is also great to add on top of salads or omelettes as a healthy option!

9) NUT BUTTER

Nut butter is an amazing way to add protein and density to a lot of gluten free recipes. I use nut butter to make no bake energy balls, smoothies, muffins and more!


10) CINNAMON

Who doesn’t love a hint of cinnamon in their baked goods?!! Cinnamon is a great way to add a little extra flavor to a recipe without adding calories or sugar.

11) UNSWEETENED COCOA POWDER

I love using cocoa powder to get my chocolate fix in without adding any additional sugar to my recipes! I’ll use it to make chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries, in our favorite chocolate smoothie, for healthy pudding and in my favorite Plus cocoa powder has 2g of Fiber for every 1 Tablespoon serving, which is AMAZING!

12) GLUTEN FREE PASTA

When I’m buying gluten free pasta I always aim to get one that is made with legumes, like red lentil pasta, because it packs so much extra protein. Ancient Harvest tends to have my favorite gluten free pastas!

13) VEGETABLES THAT CAN BE SPIRALIZED

If you want to be even healthier and save more money swap out your gluten free pasta for spiralized veggies!

14) NUTS

Nuts are one of those things that can be expensive so I try to only buy them when they go on sale and when I buy them I stock up! Nuts can be mixed with dates to make a great gluten free dessert crust and are great add ins for muffins, cookies, granola or oatmeal. I even like to make creamy dressings and desserts by blending up cashews!

15) POTATOES

Potatoes are a great, cheap option that will fill you up! I love slicing sweet potatoes and using the slices as toast, spiralizing sweet potatoes to put in pasta and making my own hash browns to go with eggs or in casserole recipes. You can also boil potatoes and blend them up with different herbs and spices to make a creamy dressing, dip or soup!


16) BROWN RICE/ QUINOA

Brown rice and quinoa are great, inexpensive sides to go with any gluten free meal!


17) COCONUT AMINOS

One of the hardest things about first going gluten free is discovering that gluten is hidden in SO many things, soy sauce being one of those things. Coconut aminos are a great gluten free swap for soy sauce that provides you with a lot more health benefits, which is a great bonus!

18) AVOCADOS

When you aren’t using dairy sometimes you miss the extra punch of flavor that cheese would add to a recipe or the creaminess that milk would add. Avocados have been a great option for me to use in making creamy salad dressings, to put on top of eggs or Mexican food instead of cheese and even to make creamy chocolate mousse. I also love all of the healthy monounsaturated fats that avocados contain!

19) A MILK ALTERNATIVE

I honestly find myself mostly using water in recipes but if I do need to use milk or want to use milk to add more calories or creaminess I will usually use canned full fat coconut milk or make my milk using oats, coconut flakes, or any nuts that I might have on hand. If a carton of nut milk is on sale I will buy it sometimes but those often contain ingredients I don’t love like carrageenan, natural flavors and guar gums. You can also make your own yogurt using these milk alternatives if you have probiotics on hand.

20) BEANS

If you eat a lot of meat then beans won’t be as necessary but I love having multiple types of beans on hand because they are a great frugal and vegan alternative to meat. Also my pregnancies have made me a crazy person when it comes to food aversions and have kind of ruined meat for me at home so beans are a great option for some extra plant based protein!


21) LETTUCE

Lettuce wrapped everything became my new best friend once I became gluten free. Now I honestly don’t even miss the bread in most scenarios! Salads are also a great staple item for anyone trying to eat clean and on a budget. I only buy lettuce though if I’m for sure going to be cooking a meal that I might need it for because as you know it doesn’t stay fresh for long.


22) HONEY OR MAPLE SYRUP

I love having a container of each of these (I get the big versions at Costco). I use them mainly for baking healthy gluten free desserts but they are also great to have if you are making homemade salad dressings.


23) BOBS RED MILL GLUTEN FREE 1:1 FLOUR

As I mentioned above there are so many healthy alternatives to bread if you get creative but if you find yourself wanting some I love using this flour to do it! You can also use this flour to make more traditional versions of common desserts like brownies, cakes or cookies!


24) CHOCOLATE CHIPS

I like to use the Enjoy Life chocolate chips or the Kirkland Brand chocolate chips from Costco because both are dairy free. Chocolate chips are something that got added to this list more so when I started baking for my little munchkins. When I add a few chocolate chips to a muffin, healthy cookies or their gluten free banana pancakes everyone gets a little more excited!

25) YEAST

Yeast is a great ingredient to have on hand if you want to be able to make your own pizza doughs and breads! I try to make homemade versions of these items whenever I can because buying the gluten free options can be outrageously expensive!


26) FROZEN FRUIT

As I mentioned before we are obsessed with smoothies in our house! I buy a lot of frozen fruit from Costco because it is a great way to get Organic fruit at a lower cost! I also blend up frozen fruit with a little coconut milk to make a healthy version of “ice cream” for our family! If I ever see organic fresh fruit on sale at the grocery store I will almost always buy it in bulk and then freeze it to use later on.


27) CHIA SEEDS

Chia seeds are a super fun way to make healthier versions of jam and pudding! They are also a great addition to smoothies or mixed into some baked goods for extra omega 3-fatty acids!


28) HUMMUS

Hummus like avocado is a great healthy alternative to milk-based products that can add creaminess and flavor to a lot of recipes! Store bought hummus can be expensive at times so I like to buy dried garbanzo beans to make my own at home!


29) DRIED HERBS

Herbs are of course a great way to add flavor to any recipe! I buy fresh herbs sometimes but dried herbs tend to last much longer and are more budget efficient.


30) DIPPING AGENTS

This one might count as multiple items but hey it’s my blog so I’m going to categorize them all as one. Things I would put into this category would be vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, snap peas and celery, gluten free crackers (Mary’s Gone Crackers are my fav) and vegetable or corn based chips. Vegetables are of course the healthiest option and usually they are the most budget friendly option as well!


WHAT OTHER PANTRY STAPLES DO YOU LIKE TO KEEP ON HAND?

Best Ever Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins


I remember when I was younger one of my best friends moms would make THE BEST pumpkin bread ever. She would top it with cream cheese frosting and the flavors of fall would just melt in your mouth. Pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread/muffins have always been some of my all time favorite treats so when I found out I needed to cut all gluten out of my diet I knew I was going to need to find a new way to make these delicious fall treats.


Every fall I make batch after batch of these muffins because we can’t seem to keep them around. I’m pretty sure my kids and I eat our weight in pumpkin by the time November ends each year. Hopefully all of that vitamin A consumption will have us seeing 20/20 vision until the day we die haha (one serving of pumpkin contains 245% of the RDA for vitamin A, which is great for eye sight if you have no clue what I’m talking about).


As they bake these muffins will have your house smelling incredible and if you share them with a friend I’m willing to bet that they won’t even be able to tell that they are gluten free! We love eating them plain for snacks throughout the day but you can slather on some butter or some home made cream cheese frosting for a seriously delicious treat.

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Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #sheisclaimed



BEST EVER GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN MUFFINS

(recipe can be doubled very easily)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil

  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup

  • 2 eggs (at room temperature if possible)

  • 1/4 cup milk of choice or water

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice blend (or 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg and 1/4 tsp allspice or cloves)

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 3/4 cup oat flour (just blend up old fashioned oats in a high powered blender)

  • Optional: 1/2 cup mix ins like walnuts, chocolate chips or craisins



INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Farenheit and grease your muffin tin. I like making mini muffins because they are the perfect size for my little ones.

  2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and honey together with a whisk. Add the eggs and whisk until blended. (Sometimes the coconut oil will solidify when mixed with cold ingredients. I like to let my eggs sit out on the counter for a few hours before making these muffins so they aren’t cold from the fridge. If the coconut oil solidifies just let the bowl rest in a warm place for a few minutes.

  3. Add the pumpkin purre, milk, pumpkin spice, baking soda, vanilla and salt and whisk to blend. Lastly, stir in the flour, just until combined. If you are adding any mix ins add them now as well.

  4. Pour the batter in your greased muffin tins. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes if you are making mini muffins or until you can stick a toothpick in them and nothing comes out. For larger muffins you will want to bake for closer to 30-35 minutes.

  5. Let the muffins cool then carefully transfer to a cooling rack and enjoy! Store in the refrigerator if you aren’t going to eat them in the first 2-3 days because they are moist muffins.

xoxo Paige Hilken



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Paleo Grain Free Granola

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This granola is SO stinkin delicious! Even if you aren’t paleo or grain free you will want to give this one a try!

Paleo Grain Free Granola

Ingredients

1 cup raw cashews
2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup raw pecans
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
1/4 cup raw flax seeds
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 F and line a baking sheet with parchment Combine all dry ingredients, nuts, seeds and coconut in a bowl until well tossed.

Cook honey, coconut oil and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot, stir occasionally. You will cook this for about 1 minute. Pour this sauce over the nuts and seed mixture and stir to combine. Spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes, stirring once halfway through.

Enjoy on top of yogurt or all on its own for a delicious snack! We store ours in a giant mason jar and eat it throughout the week.

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My Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe

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Every time I drink a green smoothie I totally feel like fist bumping myself for all the vegetables I just consumed in one meal. This specific smoothie recipe reminds me so much of our first year of marriage. We were newly weds in ministry who were trying to eat healthy on an extreme budget and these smoothies were our breakfast for close to a year. I stopped drinking them when I got pregnant with our first baby because my aversion for bananas was STRONG and once we got out of the habit I forgot about them.



A few weeks ago I tried to recall the recipe and nailed it on the head! I took one sip and was immediately brought back to our one bedroom condo off of Sea Cliff, our first tiny little home. Oh how life has changed since then. Thankfully the deliciousness of this smoothie has still remained the same.

 
 



It is made with avocado, lemon, loads of mixed greens, maca powder, banana, ice and water. The healthy fats in the avocado keep you feeling satisfied and full for longer and the maca powder is an adaptogenic herb that has endless benefits (some of the top ones being increased libido and fertility….hmmmm maybe this is why we got pregnant so quickly when we were drinking these every day??). But seriously go google maca powder and read up on those benefits! Our local Costco carries a giant bag of Organic Maca for only $8.99 but you can get it at almost any health food store or on Amazon.



Ok so are you ready for the actual recipe?



Paige’s Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe



  • 1/2 Ripe Avocado

  • 1/2 or 1 Whole Banana (I like to freeze mine to make my smoothies creamier)

  • 1/2 Peeled Lemon

  • Fill the rest of the blender with mixed greens, about 3 cups worth (I use the Power Greens mix from Costco and keep it in my freezer to keep it from going bad)

  • 1/2 TBSP Maca Powder (can also do ashwaganda powder)

  • 1 Scoop Collagen Powder

  • 1 cup water

  • Additional Ice Cubes if desired

  • Bonus: add a probiotic capsule + a greens capsule. I get both of mine from Young Living



Put it all in the blender, blend it all up and give yourself a fist bump because you just consumed a TON of amazing nutrients! ENJOY!

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xoxo,
Paige HIlken


My Journey With Young Living Essential Oils

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A year and a half ago I was scrolling Facebook when I saw a friend post about a couple of oils that were supporting her son through the croup sickness he was dealing with. At the time our oldest son Peyton, who was only one at the time, was getting sick with the croup (a really bad "barking cough" and wheezy breathing) at least once a month. A lot of the nights he would get the croup we would end up in the ER because his breathing would get so bad and we had nothing to support him at home.

 

When I saw the post about these oils I knew I had nothing to lose by trying them out. I ordered my kit and the box arrived the day before we were going on a big family vacation to Cabo. I was so excited to get the oils that I brought them all on our trip with us and they ended up being a Godsend as Peyton got a croup attack the second night we were there. I put the oils to use in the diffuser, rubbed them on his chest and peace of mind rushed over us as he started to calm down and breathe a little better. I was immediately sold and knew that oils would forever be a part of our life.

 

After that trip to Cabo I started using the oils for everything! Every month I was learning something new in the oily Facebook group I was a part of and month by month I started swapping the toxic products I was using out for non-toxic ones using the Young Living Oils and their other product lines. As I got more and more educated I was continuously shocked at the harmful ingredients that were in the products I was using around my home and on my kids. I was so thankful to have a one stop shop where I could replace almost every product in our home, from my makeup, to my laundry soap to my kids toothpaste. 

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Today we use oils for everything in our home, from immune system support and wellness, to making DIY products, to first aid type things, emotional support, restful sleep and so much more. I've been blown away by the power of these little plants in a bottle and how fascinating the science behind them actually is. The oils and other products from Young Living have blessed our family so much that it's hard to believe I used to clean, parent or just straight up live without them! 

 

Over the last year and a half I have gained so much peace of mind, added the most incredible tools to my tool belt as the gatekeeper of my home and truly believe these products deserve a place in everyones home. Before I found Young Living we had no idea that there were other options for the products we were using on a day to day basis, or that the products that we were using had scary side effects that were doing more harm than good. But now we know better and when we know better, we do better. It is now one of my greatest passions to help other families know better! 

 

The way we initially got started is the way I’d recommend any family interested in embarking on their wellness journey get started: the Premium Starter Kit.

 

As a wholesale member, you also get 24% off everything, always, which is hugely beneficial when you’re like me and you want to dip your toe into slowly transforming your home little by little.

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If you are ready grab your premium starter kit and join my amazing community of oilers CLICK HERE and then follow the steps laid out in the images below. 

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Once you have ordered your kit be sure to send me a message on Facebook or Instagram to let me know so I can get you plugged into our community of resources and support! We can't wait to welcome you with open arms and walk along side of you as you make these helpful changes for your family and in your home! Getting these oils and non-toxic products into people's homes is a true passion of mine and I'm so excited to have you on this journey with me! 

xoxo Paige Hilken

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

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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)

 

Ingredients 

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)

Instructions 

  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!

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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

Ingredients 

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 

 

Instructions

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 

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!  

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Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS

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

 

Directions

  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.

 

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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 

My Favorite Black Beans Recipe

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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 

Ingredients

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 


Instructions

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. 

Serve.

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Healthy Beef Goulash

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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! 

GOULASH RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

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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INSTRUCTIONS

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

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