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 March 2nd, I’ll be featuring twelve new delicious makeover-friendly recipes. These recipes are from other busy women like me and you! This week, we are focusing on eating more winter foods. (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 for added support, 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!)
My friend Sara is not only a business owner, a wife and a mama, she is a go-to expert in thyroid health. When I think thyroid, I think Sara! Her business, Absolutely Holistic Nutrition, is focused on thyroid health and Sara offers some amazing cleanses and programs. Check it out!
Sara, you are busy, right? How do you get a decent, healthy meal on the table?
I sure am busy Betsy! Aren’t we all? A decent meal for my family means having quality whole foods already stocked in my pantry and fridge ready to go. When I grocery shop I buy whole foods and some healthy prepared options. That way my only choice at home is to serve healthy meals. I’ve learned over the years that if I buy crap food that is what I’ll end up serving for dinner. So I simply don’t bring it in to my home. Don’t get me wrong, I love my chocolate bars, and when I do bring the healthy version of it in, I eat the whole darn thing. Now I avoid the chocolate bars and make simple dark chocolate treats from scratch.
Why do you make healthy, real food a priority?
Before choosing to eat healthy my diet was made up of mostly carbohydrates. That’s a diet consisting on breads, noodles, pop, chips, candy, and cookies of course. I was also plagued with symptoms of PMS, IBS and hypothyroidism. If I don’t eat healthy, my body feels lethargic, PMS comes back with a vengeance, my bowels slow down, I become depressed and low energy ensues. When I eat healthy, whole foods my mind is clear and my energy soars! My family is happier and healthier too. It’s a win-win for all of us.
What is your favorite thing to make when it is cold outside?
The cold weather can be really harsh on my thyroid and my metabolism. As the weather drops, so does my body temperature. Naturally, I love making soups. All kinds of them. Soup has a way of warming my body, mind and it lifts my spirits. I often sip soup from a mug. The best part is that my body feels healthy and energized. Here is my favourite dairy free chowder.
What is that one thing that busy people can do this winter to eat a little healthier?
When life seems too busy to make a nice healthy meal think greens. I like to ask my clients to choose two greens they can interchange in their meals throughout the week. Kale and broccoli are two good choices that are high in nutrients and of course my favourite energy.
What is your favorite gadget in the kitchen?
My favourite gadget in the kitchen is my Magic Bullet. It is small, economical, easy to clean, and to put away! I use it every day to make smoothies, puree soups, chop up nuts and to make dips. My juicer and processor can’t do that!
Coconut Curry Wild Salmon Chowder
2 Salmon fillets, skin removed, chopped
4 cups organic chicken broth
1 cup pure water
3 green onion, chopped
1 red potato, diced small
3 Tbsp ghee or butter
1 Tbsp flour
1 " piece ginger, chopped fine
1-2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups parsley, chopped
5 fresh basil leaves or a few teaspoons of dried basil
1 tsp dulse flakes
Melt the butter and mix the flour in. Add water and chicken broth very slowly. Add in salmon pieces, green onion and all the spices. Simmer for 7-10 minutes. Add in coconut milk, parsley, dulse and basil and allow it to warm. Serve with bread or salad.
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