Sun Dried Tomato Apple Chicken Salad
This is adapted from one of my favorite EveryDayPaleo recipes. I keep finding that when I make it ahead the apples get really soft and then don’t taste as fresh as the day you’ve made it. My intention has always been to add fresh lemon juice to the dish, but I never have one on hand!
Apples turn brown due to an enzyme in the fruit that reacts with oxygen in the air. This process is known as "oxidation." Lemon works to prevent oxidation as it contains citric acid, which is an effective anti-oxidant. Thanks to Young Living lemon essential oil this can help keep apples fresh and I always keep this oil on hand. This is one of my go-to make and take lunches that is so easy and tasty!
4 diced chicken breasts or whatever leftover chicken pieces you might have
1 jar sun dried tomatoes (I like the ones from Trader Joes)
1 diced apple
1/2 a bag of sliced almonds
1/2 a head of shredded green or purple cabbage
2-3 drops of Young Living Lemon essential oil
1 drop of Young Living black pepper essential oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients together. Makes an amazing lunch and super easy to store and go!
Blueberry- Lavender “Muffin” Smoothie
As a yoga teacher I use Lavender essential oil constantly for aromatherapy. Who doesn't love getting spritzed at the end of class with a little extra love? But, when I first started using oils I never thought about putting lavender in foods! Here's why: most essential oils that you buy from a natural food market are diluted heavily and broken down so they really are only good for aromatherapy. They still smell like lavender, but it doesn't have the same quality or content.
When friends have gotten lavender from me and realized it's amazing ingredients they realize they are smelling REAL lavender for the first time and notice a huge difference. It's not broken down, so it's 100% therapeutic grade which makes the quality ready for food and intake. This is why throughout the #essentialpaleo challenge we are ONLY recommending you use Young Living essential oils since they farm all of their products in-house and have a "seed to seal" guarantee. It's kind of like saying you are 100% paleo and then sneaking in that cup of milk. It has a dramatic impact on the process and content of the whole intake.
Here's a recipe for a morning or afternoon snack that is easy enough to chop up for any mixer, blender, or Vitamix!
1 handful of spinach
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 peach (optional)
1 cup almond or coconut milk
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1 T chia seeds
1-2 drops of Young Living Lavender essential oil
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and enjoy! My son and husband loved this one, so I know it's a hit!!!
There are some fun and exciting recipes planned for this week by Taylor McBride and myself! We can't wait to share them with you, especially on the heels of the CrossFit Games next week! You'll have a few tried and true items to check out for any Game watch events you are hosting.
Can you believe we are halfway through our #essentialpaleo challenge recipes!? It is so much fun seeing everyone's posts with their variations of the recipes. You can still participate in the challenge for a chance to win free Young Living oils by trying 10 of the 20 recipes and post in the Essential Paleo Facebook group by July 31! On-going GIVEAWAYS are all month long on our FaceBook group page. Want more of the content? Drop me a note at email@example.com to see the full list of recipes!
Week 3 Shopping List for recipes #11-15 (remember you can pick and chose any of the shopping lists at anytime and start from there or just select a handful of recipes to try out at anytime).
1 lb of Chicken breasts ( you can also do 1/2 lb raw chicken to cook and buy an already roasted chicken from the store if you are taking the easy way out)
1 lb shrimp (raw)
1 packet spicy Andouille sausage
Package of Bacon (you'll need enough for 8 slices)
1 jar sun dried tomatoes (I like the ones from Trader Joes)
Almonds raw and unsalted (either sliced or be prepared to slice some up)
Chicken Stock ( you'll need 4 cups)
Hot sauce (I like Melinda’s Extra Hot Habanero Hot Sauce)
Pick one: Coconut or Almond Milk
Eggs (you'll need 8 total)
Fruit and Veggies:
1 peach (optional) not all of us live in CA and the East Coast has some slim pickin's lately
Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
Purple or Green Cabbage ( I prefer to buy the pre-shredded Green Cabbage bag from Trader joes)
4 Bell Peppers (any color or mix)
1-2 Avocados (optional)
Spinach (you'll need at least a cup or handful)
2 tbsp cajun seasoning (My favorite is TexJoy brand, but any cajun seasoning you like will work)
Young Living essential oils:
Are you LOVING our #essentialpaleo recipes?? Don't miss out on the chance to be a member of Young Living with this deal for $10 off a Premium Starter Kit for new members!! Starts NOW (July 13 through August 14). Young Living is offering a major discount of 10 percent off Premium Starter Kits for existing members and a $10 discount for all new members! Better still, there is no limit for existing members—so order as many as you’d like! Please note that this offer does not include Aria or NingXia Red versions of the Premium Starter Kits.
$10 off new members and 10% off the price for current members!!
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or sign-up here and check out all of the oils you get in the kit!
Recipe #9 for our #essentialpaleo challenge is up!
BONUS GIVEAWAY: Spaghetti Squash with Oregano Essential Oil.
This is one of my favorite paleo go-to recipes that many of you have likely tried since it’s so easy. But, have you ever tried it with Oregano essential oil? Delicious!! GIVEAWAY: Comment in our FaceBook group by telling us how you will incorporate one of these new recipes into your kitchen for a chance to win a sample of oregano essential oil. Comments accepted until the end of our challenge on July 30th! Post anytime!!! Drop me a note if you want to be added at email@example.com
¼ cup water
1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
1 ½ pounds ground beef
1 white onion, diced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 zucchini, diced
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 can crushed tomatoes
4-6 drops Basil essential oil to taste (optional)
4-6 drops Oregano essential oil (can substitute for dried or fresh if you don’t have an EO, but comment below for a chance to get some!)
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
½ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
Musings on CrossFit, yoga, training, and essential oils!