Turkey Sausage with Goat's Milk Tzatziki

You know how many people go to bed but have a hard time falling asleep because they can't stop thinking about stress or work? This happens to me, but with food and recipes! I guess it's not a terrible thing to think about all night. I'm constantly trying to come up with creative ways to make healthy food taste good and be easy to assemble. 

I've been reading a great book by Dr. Amy Myers lately titled, The Autoimmune Solution. I've lived with autoimmune for my whole life and have been working on healing it for over a decade. Keeping a healthy mind-set, exercising and eating well has helped me to a great place of healing today. If given the opportunity, the body has an incredible ability to heal itself. However, one person's food can be another person's poison.

One diet or way of eating may work for some people but not for others. Some people find that being vegan has helped them lose weight or lower their cholesterol. Some have found that eating meat has helped them, calm inflammation. There are many ways to eat, but the most important is to find the healthy way to eat for you!

For me and my symptoms, I have found that eating mostly Paleo with a small amount of goat's milk dairy and occasional gluten free grains or legumes has done well for my body. It keeps the inflammation down and my symptoms at bay. I stay away from sugar, alcohol, and caffeine as they only tend to ignite the problem and cause me to feel off track.

This recipe came to me in a dream the other week. Since I started incorporating goat's milk kefir, a recommendation from my good friend and colleague Nutritional Therapist Melanie Mack, and have been doing very well on it. Except for one thing. The flavor is boring! So, in this dream, I thought of how much I missed sauces in my life and that I could figure out how to make a tzatziki sauce from the kefir. I've paired the sauce with some turkey sausages and placed over a big bed of greens.

This recipe is easy and delicious and could be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The leftovers are great too!

Ingredients:

1lb organic ground turkey
1 tsp sage
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp coconut oil

Tzatziki:

1 cup goat's milk kefir
1 cucumber (diced and chopped into fine pieces
1 Tbsp. fresh dill
salt and pepper to taste

Additional items:

Dark leafy greens like kale or spinach
1 tsp olive oil
half a lemon

Directions:

1. Place turkey in a bowl and add seasonings. Form into 8 small sausage balls

2. Preheat a cast iron skillet or safe non-stick pan to medium high with coconut oil.

2. Put sausages into heated pan. Cook each side for about 5 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.

4. Place goat's milk into a bowl and add chopped cucumber and spices

5. Place leafy greens at the bottom of a plat or bowl and sprinkle with melon and olive oil.

6. Add sausages and scoop come tzatziki into a side bowl.

7. Serve and enjoy.

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 

P.S. I'd love to hear from you! Let me know how you liked this recipe. Did you add anything or try a different spin? Is there something you'd like me to post? Share the love! If you post your healthy creation make sure to tag me in it on Instagram @jaclynreneewellness and #jrwapproved 

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

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Lentil Soup

Lentils are packed with powerful vitamins and minerals and make a great hearty dinner without meat. They also have incredible health benefits for such a small little legume.

To start, lentils contain lots of dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber acts like a gel in the digestive tract which cleans out excess bile. Bile is where cholesterol hangs pout in the body. Insoluble fiber  helps to prevent constipation and can prevent digestive disorders. 

Next is the high amount of magnesium. This nutrient is natures own calcium channel blocker. Magnesium helps veins and arteries, as well as other organs, relax which lessens resistance and improves the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. 

In addition to these health benefits, lentils also help stabilize blood sugar levels. If you do not have diabetes, maintaining a stable blood sugar level is a great way to prevent it. If you are pre-diabetic or have diabetes, eating legumes on a daily basis will help balance your levels out and provide steady slow-burning energy. 

So what are you waiting for? Whip up a quick and easy bowl of this slurp worthy soup. To begin, you might want to make a batch of my homemade chicken bone broth, Bone broth is very healing for the intestines and gut lining. 

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp olive oil
2 celery stalks, diced
2 carrots, diced
1/2 Spanish onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 QT homemade bone broth or stock of choice
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp/ finely chopped thyme
3 cups fresh spinach
1 box of Pomi organic

1 1/4 cup green lentils
 

Instructions:

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add onions, carrots, celery and cook until vegetables have softened. About 10 minutes.
2. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant.
3. Add broth, tomatoes, lentils, bay leaf, thyme, and season with salt and pepper to liking. 
4. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes. 
5. Give it a taste and season more if needed. Add spinach and stir intil it wilts.
6. If you prefer a creamier texture you can puree half the soup in a blender and place back in the pot. 

Sip, slurp, and enjoy!

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease.

P.S. I'd love to hear from you! Let me know how you liked the soup! Did you add anything or try a different spin? Is there something you'd like me to post? Share the love! If you post your healthy creation make sure to tag me in it on Instagram @jaclynreneewellness and #jrwapproved

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below! 

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Jac-pot Beef Chili

This recipe is the first of many new crockpot dinners that I will be posting. They will be convienently named Jac-pots! So many of my clients are too busy to eat healthy these days, That is why I creating recipes with limited ingredients and easy prep. The series of Jac-pots will be very simple to prep in the am and able to stew in the crockpot for 6-10 hours while you live your life. Come home, open the pot, and serve.

I'm starting with my beef chili recipe beacuse it is an easy crowd pleaser. Add a little Jac's guac on top or some oprganic shredded cheese. Bake a sweet potato and pour over the top to make it a meal. Make an extra batch a head of time and freeze for another day. 

Jac-pot Beef Chili (printable PDF)

Ingredients:

2 lbs. grass fed ground Beef
6 carrots
1 Spanish onion
3 stalks celery
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 small can of organic diced green chilies
1 15oz can of organic kidney beans rinsed thoroughly (optional)
2 750g boxes of Pomi chopped tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste after cooked

Crock pot instructions:

1)      Chop onion, carrots, and celery and place in a bowl to the side

2)      Brown meat in skillet on medium heat

3)      Drain meat after and place in crockpot

4)      Add cut up veggies, diced tomatoes, beans (if desired), and all spices

5)      Cook in crockpot on low for 4-6 hours

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease.

P.S. I'd love to hear from you! Let me know how you liked them. Did you add anything or try a different spin? Is there something you'd like me to post? Share the love! If you post your healthy creation make sure to tag me in it on Instagram @jaclynreneewellness and #jrwapproved

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below! 

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Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This is one of my favorite dinner recipes to make. Every time I make it, my husband says he could eat it everyday. With limited ingredients and quick prep, this dinner is a weekly go-to for me and I always have a little left over for lunch the next day. I'll take the leftover meat and throw it over some quinoa and add some avocado. No warm-up needed!

Turkey Lettuce Wraps (printable PDF)

Ingredients:

1 lbs. organic ground white turkey
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped carrots
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup any additional veggies
2 Tbsp. organic coconut oil
3 Tbsp. liquids aminos or organic gluten free tamari
1 cup chopped raw organic cashews
½ tsp crushed red pepper
Organic romaine leaves for making wraps

1)      Chop all vegetables

2)      Slowly heat up coconut oil in a pan to medium heat

3)      Sauté vegetables until slightly soft and onion is translucent and place on the side

4)      Return pan to heat and brown the turkey

5)      Once your turkey is cooked through, put the vegetables back into that pan with a little more coconut oil, liquid aminos, crushed red pepper, and cashews

6)      Reduce heat to low and simmer for a few minutes

7)      Serve in a bowl with romaine leaves on the side

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease.

P.S. I'd love to hear from you! Let me know how you liked them. Did you add anything or try a different spin? Is there something you'd like me to post? Share the love! If you post your healthy creation make sure to tag me in it on Instagram @jaclynreneewellness and #jrwapproved

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below! 

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Clay Pot Roasted Chicken

From the moment cool air hits in the morning, just about the second week of September, I start cooking like crazy. I love fall and all of the warm comforting dishes. The body craves warm foods rich in protein and high in fat during this time. I'm kicking off the season with my simple roasted chicken in a clay pot because you can make so many things from roasting one chicken. Also, clay pot cooking is safe cooking. First of all, the clay is a natural substance, unlike our man made roasting pans filled with lead and Teflon that can leak into food. Secondly, the clay is alkaline based, which will help to reduce the acidity of foods and balance the ph. This is great for people who have digestion issues or have heartburn as well. Lastly, clay is very porous. The moisture combined with the heat circulate through the pot during cooking to create delicate and delicious meals. This one is my fav.

This chicken dish is very versatile. I will provide some different options for seasoning and when you have finished your chicken save the bones! We'll be making bone broth with those after.  As always, we will use organic ingredients and spices. My chicken is from a farmer in Michigan named Bob Boles. He has the juiciest most healthy chickens I've ever cooked. If you are local, I suggest hooking up with him for some hens when he has them in stock. They are the best around. Thegrazinglife.com

Roasted Chicken - Printable PDF

Ingredients:

1 3-4 lb. whole chicken
2 lemons 1/4 ghee (melted)
salt and pepper
optional for flavor of choice: garam masala, cumin, or smoked paprika

Instructions:
1) Rinse your chicken and leave standing in a colander for 20 minutes (room temp)
2) If you are using a clay pot, do not pre-heat the oven. Soak the pot in lukewarm water for 15 minutes.
3) If you are using a traditional roasting pan, pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
4) Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel and place in pot breast down.
5) Squeeze one whole lemon over the chicken and pour over the melted ghee
6) Poke the second lemon with a fork and place inside the chicken
7) Season lightly with the salt and pepper and then choose the additional seasoning of your choice
8) Clay pot: place in cold oven and heat to 400 degrees
9) Roast chicken on 400 degrees breast down for 20 minutes
10) Flip the bird! Turn chicken over so it is breast up now and baste the juices from the bottom onto the chicken. Turn heat to 350 degrees. Sprinkle a touch more of your seasonings
11) Bake until the internal temp is 190 degrees or the legs separate from the body. about an additional hour. 
 

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below! 

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5-DAY FIX: Beat the Bloat

A 5-day guide to reducing bloat and healing gut inflammation significantly.