Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Meatballs

sun dried tomato chicken ball w spaghetti squashThis is a family favorite in our house and a great alternative to red meat.

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Chicken Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

This dish is very versatile and can fit just about any health requirement with some variation. chicken cheesesteak stuffed peppers

Omit the cheese to make it Paleo or substitute the chicken with ground beef or ground turkey, if desired.

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Kale, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Bake

This is a great dish to serve as a side or as a meal in itself for meatless Monday. Kale quinoa sweet potato bake


  • 1 c vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1/3 c flour (I used AP but Gluten Free AP or quinoa flour would work as good GF substitutes)
  • 1 c milk
  • Sea Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 small red onion
  • extra virgin olive oil (just to coat the pan)
  • 3/4 c quinoa
  • 5 oz fresh baby kale (or spinach), rinced
  • 2 c sweet potato (approximately 2), chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/3 c pesto (find pesto recipe/variations here)
  • 1/2 c to 1 c shredded sharp cheddar

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My Favorite Paleo and Non-Paleo Pesto

This post includes my favorite Pesto sauces (with slight variation based on what taste/health may dictate).  Each recipe makes approximately 1 – 1.5 cups.

Time Saving Tip: Plan a couple recipes for the meal or the week that use pesto sauce and make either variation up to 3 days in advance and store in refrigerator.

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Pesto Stuffed Chicken topped with Prosciutto

Pesto stuffed chicken topped with prosciutto 1I like making this dish with the Kale Sweet Potato Quinoa Bake not only because it forms a complete meal for my family, but also because I can make a batch of fresh pesto and use it in both recipes.


8-10 thick chicken breast (boneless/skinless)

salt and pepper, to taste

1/2c to 3/4c pesto (find pesto recipe/variations here)

8-10 slices of thinly sliced prosciutto (approximately 1/4 lb)

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Baked Salmon with Beurre Blanc Sauce

The combination of the salmon and wine/butter sauce was a huge hit in my house.  Baked salmon with beurre blanc

I paired it with lemon asparagus risotto and the flavors worked very well together.

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Pan Seared Sea Scallops

This is my personal favorite way to prepare and eat scallops.  Added bonus is it simple and super quick.  seared scallops, lemon asparagus risotto, and beurre blanc

This is one recipe where the butter adds a lot of the flavor and I would not suggest substituting oil.  For Whole30, ghee would be a better substitute.

If this is part of your main meal, this should be made in the 5-10 minutes just before you are ready to eat.


  • 1lb scallops
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 T butter (enough to fully coat your pan)

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