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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Shelley's Salad - 3 Ways

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Today I am grateful for friends that inspire me to be better and challenge me to grow. One of my great friends in particular, Shelley, is always coming up with the best ideas for quick healthy vegan meals that are so damn delicious and require such little time to prep. Since I have been working on reducing my meat consumption a teeny bit, her salads have kept me full and out of the kitchen for hours on end. 

If you start the week off by preparing a larger portion of 1 grain and chopping veggies in advance, you'll have unlimited options for salads all week. That way you are always prepared and can keep stable blood sugar levels instead of searching for something to eat and settling for an unhealthy options just to satisfy your hunger. 

Tips 

  • Shop according to which salads you will munch on all week
  • Buy all pantry items and keep on hand so you only have to purchase fresh items regularly

Day 1 meal prep

Make a large batch of quinoa, buckwheat, or brown rice

Greens

  • kale
  • spinach
  • bok choy

Slice, chop or dice these veggies

  • carrots
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • broccoli
  • radishes
  • onion
  • red, yellow or orange peppers

Have these nuts on hand

Additions

  • avocado
  • hummus (my fav is Hope hummus)

Dressing-pantry items

Shelley Salad #1 - Raw Green

Amount of ingredients depends on hunger level; add the amount you'd like

  • 1/2 cup of grain
  • carrots
  • cucumber
  • celery
  • radishes
  • kale or spinach
  • pine nuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 avocado

Dressing

  • olive oil
  • balslamic vinegar
  • dollop of hummus

Chop it up and gobble it up!

Shelley salad #2 - Grain Goodness

  • 1 cup cup grain (warm)
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • pine nuts
  • pepitas

Dressing

  • olive oil
  • hummus (heavy on the hummus)
  • salt and pepper to taste

For a heartier meal.

Shelley Salad #3 - Stir-fry Salad

  • greens on the bottom of the bowl
  • heat 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • saute peppers, onions, broccoli until tender
  • add 1/2 cup grain to pan
  • add 1 tbsp tamari
  • throw over greens and toss to wilt
  • add cashews and half an avocado

Enjoy with chop sticks.

Share the love.

I love to hear your comments or see your creations as well. If you post your salad, please tag me @jaclynrenewellness and #JRWapproved. Feel free to leave your comments and questions below. 

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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Stuffed Peppers (ground meat of choice)

All of the recipes on my website are gluten-free and dairy-free but full of flavor and family favorites. Most of the time when I have people over for dinner, they don't even realize they are so healthy. Well... maybe my Dad cause he's always looking for the bread. 

I've even watched children gooble up these dinners without a complaint! I'd love to hear from you! Let me know. Did your family like it? Leave me a comment below. Did you put your own take on the recipe? Please share with me!

Stuffed Peppers (printable PDF)


Ingredients:
1 lb. ground buffalo, beef, turkey or chicken
1 box of Pomi chopped tomatoes
1 chopped poblano pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup spinach
¼ cup red onion finely chopped
6 large red, green, yellow, or orange peppers
1 cup brown rice (optional; add cooked rice to meat mixture)
Dash of hot sauce if you like it spicy!!


1)    Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2)    Prepare peppers by rinsing, chopping off the top and taking out seeds in the middle and place in a roasting pan.
3)    In a medium bowl put raw meat and all the spices and mix together
4)    In a skillet, sauté onion on medium for a few minutes until a little soft
5)    Add meat and sauté till brown
6)    Return this mixture to the bowl (no need to drain because these meats are extra lean) and add the diced tomatoes, brown rice (if desired) and spinach
7)    Fill the peppers with meat mixture to the top and return to roasting pan
8)    Place a little water in the bottom of pan, place cover on, and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes or until the pepper is soft
9)   Shake a little hot sauce or add Jac's guac on top

 Serve with a side salad; makes great leftovers

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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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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Simple detox smoothie

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After a long weekend away or a busy weekend of eating out, I like to fall back on something that will get me back on track. Having a go-to plan of action always helps me stay successful in my healthy lifestyle. 

Starting in the morning I like to take a few minutes to set my intentions for the day or week, spend a few minutes meditating, and then make a simple shake that will help my body digest and rid of the built up toxins. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so even if you have stepped out of line the day before do not skip it. Simply fill it with the right ingredients to get the digestive process going. 

SImple Detox Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 cups non-dairy milk
1 Tbsp. flax seeds
1 scoop Vital Proteins Marine Collagen
1 Tbsp. Artisana cashew butter
1/2 an avocado
2 shakes cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla

Blend and enjoy!

** 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 smoothie. 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 and Facebook. 

XO Jaclyn Renee

 

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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Indian spiced grilled chicken

Since my days are usually busy driving to clients and working late, meal prep is a must for me to stay on the healthy train. One of the easiest and least time consuming things I prep is grilled chicken. I will marinate it overnight so it has a lot of flavor.  I like to switch up the marinades so it doesn't feel like I am eating the same thing over and over again.

I usually select my spices based on my mood. Right now, I am all about healing digestion with warming Indian spices. The spice blend for this particular recipe has many anti-inflammatory benefits and is easily digestible if you are trying to clean up your diet a bit. 

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 inch ginger chunk, chopped
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp. curry
1/4 tsp turmeric

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in a BPA free plastic bag or a glass tupperware. Shake up, marinate overnight in fridge

2. Bring chicken to room temperature before baking

3. Preheat grill to 400 degrees

4. Once the grill has reached it's temperature, place chicken on grill and cook until internal temp has reached 190 degrees. (about 5-6 minutes per side depending on breast size**) 

Alternate ways of cooking:

1. Bake in oven on 400 degrees for 25 minutes, turning half way.

2. Grill for a few minutes each side to lock in the moisture and then finish in the oven on 400 for 10 minutes. turning half way.

**Times may vary depending on your chicken size or grill/oven situation. Use an internal temp of 190.

Baked sweet potato circles

2 sweet potatoes
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Peel sweet potato and slice into verttically to create circles.

3. Melt coconut oil and pour over sweet potatoes in a bowl to coat

4. Place on a baking sheet and dust with cinnamon

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes flipping half way

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! 

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Broccoli and arugula soup

Although this combo does not sound exciting I can assure you the taste is most delightful. Combining a hearty vegetable like broccoli with the light peppery taste of arugula is delicious and the recipe is brought together nicley with a touch of lemon.

I first found this recipe on Goop.com which I follow religiously. Goop and I share the same passion for detoxing the body with healing foods and drinks without starving yourself or going to extremes. 

With limited ingredients and fast prep this soup is an easy go-to when your energy is low and you are looking for something to pick you up. 

Broccoli Arugula Soup

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 head of broccoli, cut into small florets
2 1/2 bone broth
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3/4 cup arugula
1/2 lemon

Directions:

1. Heat olive oil in pan and saute onion and garlic until fragrant
2. Add broccoli and cook for 4 minutes or until bright green
3. Add water, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, lower heat, cover.
4. Cook for 8 minutes or until broccoli is really tender.
5. Pour into a blender with arugula and blend until smooth
6. Squeeze lemon over top when serving

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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Pumpkin Smoothie

Breakfast can be such a complicated meal, however it is the most important. Leaving the house without breakfast is like expecting your car to keep driving after there is no more gas. Eventually, you will just sputter out and barely make your way to the side of the road before passing out. Or you will try and revive yourself with terrible sugar treats and more coffee. We have to feed our brains people!! Having a nice mixture of healthy fats, proteins and carbs is a great way to make sure you get the nutrition you need to make it to lunch. This is called eating for your macros.

This delicious and nutritious fall smoothie will keep you full and fueled to make serious important decisions and bring up your productivity level stat. Try the second option to mix it up and please feel free to leave comments!

Pumpkin Smoothie         Printable Recipe PDF

¼ can of organic pumpkin
2 tbsp. almond or cashew butter
1 cup non-dairy milk (carrageenan-free) coconut, almond, or flax milk
1 scoop hemp seeds
1 tsp. raw honey (sweeten to taste)
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
½ tsp ginger

Optional: Omit 1 cup milk and add 1 cup Chai tea (brewed) *Serve warm... trust me, it's like a cozy hug! 

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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