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!
1lb organic ground turkey
1 tsp sage
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp coconut oil
1 cup goat's milk kefir
1 cucumber (diced and chopped into fine pieces
1 Tbsp. fresh dill
salt and pepper to taste
Dark leafy greens like kale or spinach
1 tsp olive oil
half a lemon
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.
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