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Paleo Day 1: Egg, Spinach, & Avocado filled Bell Peppers

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I know what you’re thinking.. Paleo Diet is a fad diet, you don’t need to lose weight, it’s not healthy. I honestly don’t even want to call it a diet, I think it’s more of a lifestyle change. Some people go on this change to lose weight, others do it because they feel they are gluten or lactose intolerant and feel more energetic and healthy this way. Personally, I am trying this whole Paleo thing for 30 days to see how I feel. I have always had a sensitive stomach and always seem to feel tired. After researching about the diet and hearing from friends and family about their own personal experiences, I have heard nothing but good things.

I am no Paleo expert, but I do believe in the reasoning for it and that our bodies aren’t meant to eat processed and refined foods. This video gives a quick explanation of the diet and why it works.

There is no way this way of eating is plain or boring. You can still eat so many good meals and even go to restaurants and not have to stick to just the salad section. If you love sweet potatoes like me, you can eat those too! I think my biggest challenge will be cheese. I love it. I already am preparing to let myself eat non-paleo once a week, whether it be beer, cheese, or some pasta. To me, I will stay on track much better this way.

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Enough about the diet, lets get started with this amazing breakfast! Preheat your oven to 400°. Take your bell peppers and wash them, cut the tops off and seed and core them. Once they’re hallowed out and the oven is ready, bake for 15 minutes on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.

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Once they’re baked, place your spinach/kale mix, chopped meat of choice (I know the mets that I used are only around Cincinnati area), then an egg on top. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and place back into the oven for 20 minutes.

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Just like that you’re ready to eat! So simple and so good. I added sliced avocado and Siracha sauce on top. I love fresh fruit in the morning so I had some mixed berries on the side. This is so simple and easy to be creative with it! Next time I am going to add some crumbled sausage and more greens (they shrank a lot more than I had expected). Enjoy!

Feel free to follow me on my 30 day Paleo Diet journey!

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What you’ll need:
Bell Peppers, your favorite, washed, cored, and seeded
Fresh Spinach and Kale
Your breakfast meat of choice, I used Deliciously Lean Met (A Cincinnati favorite!)
1 egg per pepper
salt and pepper
Mixed Fruit on the side

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Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

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So I had made some random pasta dish over the week and used this awesome black olive fettuccine I had in the pantry, obviously you have to go Mediterranean with this one! I marinated shrimp and tossed the pasta with feta, sun dried tomatoes and black olives. It was pretty darn good! I had all of this left over Mediterranean goodness in my fridge and thought.. what will I make next?? Gyros??.. nah.. meatloaf??.. maybe another time… turkey burgers??.. YES! And there you have what I call a light bulb moment, my very own healthypassions original. It’s always fun to make your own recipe and I loved the way this one turned out. I am happy to share it with all of you and hope you make a successful meal out of it!

This recipe made about 3 large burgers, you can make 4 smaller sized ones or use an extra ½lb of meat to make 4 large burgers. Since my husband is on deployment I am trying to get used to cooking for 1, which still turns out to be enough for 2-3 people, but hey you can’t hate leftovers! These would be great on the grill, I don’t have one currently but if you do I would highly recommend it!

The first thing you want to do is make your tzatziki sauce, you can find that by clicking the direct link given here. This sauce is a definite must with these burgers (although I did try one without the sauce and they are still very good!) Let sit in the fridge for a few hours.

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Next take a large bowl and mix all of your ingredients well. Try not to overmix and I would recommend using your hands to make any kind of burger or meatloaf, etc. It is the best way to mix and to tell if the ingredients are incorporated evenly.

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Once mixed, form into burger patties. This is where you can choose how big or small you want them to be. Just remember they will shrink a little while cooking. They will cook longer the larger they are. Place on a non stick skillet, or grill pan if available. Cook your burgers trying to flip only once (this keeps the juices inside and prevents a dry burger). Mine took about 5-7 minutes on each side. You want to take it off the heat when a meat thermometer reaches 165°. I placed mine on a paper towel to soak up some excess grease.

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If you don’t want to make the Tzatziki sauce (but really, why wouldn’t you?!), these taste great with some avacado and a sweet potato as a side dish! But, you should give the sauce a go, it’s simple and tastes great with the burgers.

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Toast your pita bread, gently open the pocket and cut your burger lengthwise, carefully place your burger in the pocket with some feta cheese, spring mix, and tzatziki sauce. Go ahead and add some avocado on there too if there’s room! Or mash it up and make a spread. Personally, I like avocado with just about everything. Now all that’s left to do is feast on your scrumptious and juicy greek burger!

FYI bragging rights are included with the making of this recipe.

What you’ll need:
1lb ground turkey (1½lbs for 4 large burgers)
½ cup feta cheese crumbles (or in my case a handful)
5-6 sun dried tomatoes, diced(I recommend using the dry kind)
6-8 kalamata black olives, diced, make sure the brand is without pits (I recommend using a jar not a can)
1 tsp of the olive juice
A couple shakes of Worcestershire sauce
½ tbsp hamburger seasoning
½ tbsp cajun seasoning (a staple for every burger in my opinion!)
Whole Wheat Pita Bread
Spring Mix
Extra Feta to sprinkle on
Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

 

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Holy Guacamole!

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Guacamole, you either love it or hate it… in my case, I love it! I think for most people it’s a consistency thing. I personally like to add diced tomatoes in mine to give it some texture. Guac is good with so many foods, chips, tacos, burgers, salads, the list could go on and on. Some say it has no flavor to it, but I guarantee this recipe will have lots of flavor! Give it a try, you will be surprised how your taste buds will react 😉

Take a medium sized bowl. Grip the avocado gently on one side with one hand. With a large, sharp knife in the other hand, cut the avocado lengthwise around the seed. Open the two halves to expose the pit. Take a spoon and scoop out the pit. Then scoop inside of the skin with your spoon and place into the bowl. Mash with a fork. Mince the following: garlic, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro. Dice up your tomatoes. Add the lime juice, green chilies, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Mix well. Serve!

What you’ll need:
4-5 ripe avocados

1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 onion, minced
1/2-1 jalapeño, seeded and minced well (1/2 for less spicy)
1/2 tomato diced 
1/3 cup (or handful) of cilantro, minced
Juice of half a lime
2 tbsp canned mild green chilies
Salt & pepper

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