Welcome to Busy Women Mealtime Makeover! Whether you are one of the lovely busy ladies participating in the makeover or just interested in taking your meals up a notch – girl, do I have some rockin’ recipes for you! From now until June 1st, I’ll be featuring twelve new delicious makeover-friendly recipes. This week, we are focusing on eating more natural sweeteners. (And if you want to join in and get the entire makeover PDF complete with meal plans, shopping lists and recipes, videos and photos of me cooking, weekly emails with additional recipes and kitchen tips and tricks and access to our online forum, you can totally start a few days late – click here and sign up!)
Allison, you are busy, right? How do you get a decent, healthy meal on the table?
Yes! I'm a busy business owner and mother to a needy fur baby (aka black lab, Chester) and the primary cook in my household. I get healthy meals on the table with some planning and lots of teamwork. My boyfriend, Mike and I divvy up the cooking tasks to prepare delicious, healthy meals almost every night. I roughly plan dinners for the week on Sunday, and Mike does the grocery shopping on his way home from work on Monday. We follow a Paleo/Ancestral diet, so as soon as it gets warm out in the spring we do a lot of grilling-- I'll marinate the meat in the morning, and Mike will grill it in the evening while I cook our veggie side dishes. I really wouldn't be able to get a lot of it done without my partner in crime.
Why do you make healthy, real food a priority in your life?
I make healthy food a priority because eating whole, real foods makes me feel more alive! I feel stronger and more positive about my physical and emotional self when I'm eating real food. Healthy foods give me the fuel I need to support my physical and emotional health. I feel better all around when I'm eating real food.
What is your favorite thing to make during the spring months?
My favorite things to make in the Spring months are radishes! Radishes are a spring root veggie that have cleansing properties-- they support your digestion by clearing out mucous in the digestive tract. I love recipes that use both the root and the greens of the plant. I also like making cookies...actually, I like making cookies all year round. Chocolate chip cookies are a great treat to bring to a friend's house to watch Stanley Cup Playoffs.
What is that one thing that busy people can do this spring to eat a little healthier?
Drink more water! I start every morning with a big glass of water with lemon juice. Spring is a great time to cleanse your system, and lemon juice can boost your liver function to help you naturally detox. Try carrying a small water bottle with you in your bag so that you don't forget to sip throughout the day. I like the Sigg 0.5L bottles because they don't leak even when they're tossed around in my purse all day. They also come in some really pretty colors.
What is your favorite gadget in the kitchen?
My julienne peeler! I use it to make vegetable noodles, to replace pasta. I julienne a few zucchinis and sautee them in coconut oil with a little salt and pepper, and then top with my favorite sauce or pesto.
Best Yet Chocolate Chip Cookies
8 Tbsp butter or coconut oil
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/3 cup raw honey
1 1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the over to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix all of your wet ingredients: the butter, raw honey, vanilla, and eggs. Stir until well combined.
- Sift the coconut flour, almond meal cinnamon, baking soda and salt into the wet ingredients– this step works best if you continually stir as you sift.
- Add the chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed.
- Using a tablespoon for small cookies, or a 1/4 cup for large cookies, drop those suckers on the baking sheet.
- Bake 10 to 15 minutes for small cookies and 15 to 20 minutes for large cookies.