Fennel Mint Tuna Salad

Some of my favorite meals are completely accidental or born out of a mega change in plans or circumstance. This is one of those meals. I had really great plans for a client’s weekly prep, but plans changed and we took the week off. The problem was, I had already purchased some ingredients for the…

Avocado Lime Egg Salad

I’m really excited because I’m about to go get some testing done at a local integrative facility called Movement RX. Back in January, I attended their Grand Opening party and actually WON THE RAFFLE! The prize? Some metabolic testing 😉 I’m not one to usually measure stuff like that. Since I have some weird food/body…

Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad

I have found that one of the best ways to stick to eating real, whole foods is a crazy delicious sauce. Some people use ketchup, others are impossibly addicted to hot sauce. Whatever your preference, if dousing your broccoli in butter is going make you more likely to eat your veggies, then I say go for…

Whole 30 Wrap Up: Week 1

Most folks in the paleo-world are familiar with a “Whole 30”. This is a 30 day food intervention created by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig of Whole 9 fame. I’m no stranger to the Whole 30 experience since I’ve embarked on a few throughout the past 6 years. Due to my ravenous and unpredictably timed hunger…

Lemony Greek Quinoa Salad

I don’t typically post a lot of grain-friendly recipes on this site, but I choose to include a few because I always want to support clean, nutritious, whole-food eating regardless of our respective “diets”. Some people just really jive with a more vegan/vegetarian approach and there are a bunch of great meal possibilities for you plant-based folks! Here’s one of them that…

Beet and Butternut Quinoa Salad

I find myself less and less preaching a paleo-ONLY gospel these days. Truth is, there are a lot of healthy people* operating well on vegan, vegetarian, paleo, dairy-free, pegan, AIP, and Mediterranean diets. This  is why I ended up calling this blog, and my business, The Clean Plate. There are many roads to health, and they…

Kalamata Chicken Salad

Hey, remember when I said I was going to be on the radio? Well, I was! Here’s the Real Talk San Diego recording if you wanna listen into some kick-butt local AM broadcasting action. In this post I will teach you how to upgrade a classic — chicken salad! This Mediterranean-inspired version of chicken salad looks fancy and makes…

Thai Crunchy Cashew Salad

As a former employee, I have it on pretty good authority that Thai Chili and Lime Cashews are pretty much the pinnacle of all Trader Joe’s nut aisle offerings. They’ve been around for a long time so I don’t imagine they’ll be demoted to the dreaded discontinued list (but you never know… TJ’s is mean sometimes). Trader Joe’s crew members…

Apple Bacon Chicken Salad

  Here’s a little tidbit most people do not know about me: I’m not a big fan of leftover chicken. I much prefer eating it freshly cooked right off the grill or straight out of the oven with salty crispy skin and juicy meat. Leftover chicken is just… meh. It’s boring, tough, and difficult to restore…

Chicken Nuggets with Dairy-Free Ranch

This is a little play on a past recipe. I’m sure some people prefer chicken nuggets to chicken fingers… Add some sweet potato fries and you’ve got a very-kid friendly recipe! Chicken Nuggets 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1 c. potato starch 1 egg 1/2 c. red palm oil or coconut oil garlic powder salt…