Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Our Favorite Whole Food Recipes To Date

When I look at a recipe I usually ask myself a couple of questions. 

Does this look good?
How long will it take me to cook?
Do I have the stuff to make it?
If not, how much will it cost me to buy it?

If I had a cooking philosophy I suppose it would be something along the lines of making yummy, nutritious foods as simply & inexpensively as possible. 

These recipes are the go-to, never-fail-me whole foods recipes that I've collected from cookbooks + blogs. They're relatively simple, delicious, & the best part is, they are good for you! 

Money-saving tips:
-Buy bone-in, skin-on meat. 
-Harvest your own meat. Seriously. This has been our main budget-saver.
-Prioritize good quality protein over organic fruits + veggies.
-Shop for produce that is in season.
-If organic fruits and veggies aren't in the budget, soak them in a bit of water + about 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar or baking soda for 10 minutes to remove some of the pesticides.
-Keep yourself in check with your consumption of nut butters, raw nuts, and treats. These items rack up the $$ on your grocery bill.

If you're just looking into this way of eating, know that there will be a bit of an initial investment required to stock your cabinet with the essentials, like coconut oil, a few spices, and almond & coconut flour. As long as you don't go crazy cooking primal desserts these items should last you a very long time. 

Anyway, back to the important stuff. The recipes. 

Main dishes:
Chili Chicken Kabobs
Dry Rub Burgers
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs
Italian Style Stuffed Peppers
Pecan Crusted Chicken
Lemon Rosemary Broiled Salmon
Chicken Salad

Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Mashed Potatoes
Kale and Butternut Squash Hash
Tyme and Garlic Pan Grilled Asparagus
Roasted Veggies

TACO SEASONING (single use):
1 teaspoon chili powder, 3/4 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon salt

My Favorite Recipe Sites:
Balanced Bites

My Favorite Cookbooks:
Practical Paleo -Diane Sanfilippo
Gather - Bill and Hayley Mason
Against All Grain -Danielle Walker
Well Fed -Melissa Joulwan
Everyday Paleo -Sarah Fragoso
21 Day Sugar Detox -Diane Sanfilippo
It Starts with Food -Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

Books I want to buy, but haven't yet:
Make it Paleo -Bill and Hayley Mason
Beyond Bacon -Stacy Toth & Matthew McCarry
Well Fed 2 -Melissa Joulwan
Make Ahead Paleo -Tammy Credicott
The Paleo Chocolate Lovers Cookbook -Kelly Brozyna
Fermented -Jill Ciciarelli

What are some of your favorite whole foods recipes? Please do share them. We'd love to try them out! If you're on the hunt for more healthy recipes + tips and tricks on living well, check out Hunter Beless Personal Trainer on Facebook! 


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  3. Thank you! These are great tips and food choices that you have here. I love food and when I had to shed the extra pounds, my friend suggested the 3 Day Military diet. I did try it and lost 6 pounds. Although my major takeaways on the diet include learning the benefits of portion control, calorie counting and the role of exercise. It was a low carb diet so I was eating a lot of veggies, fruits and lean meat. However, my fitness journey didn't stop after the 3rd day. With my newfound knowledge, I was able to do great in my everyday routine by exercising with friends and eating right. Thanks for the links to all recipe sites, these will come in handy as this site did to my fitness journey

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