Maca Plantain Pancakes

It’s not often that I find a meal I want to eat everyday for the rest of my life. But these pancakes are seriously in the running. The best part is that they are totally on the menu for February’s Clean Slate! Every year I set aside a month to do my Clean Slate protocol. It’s a chance…

Tahini Dill Potato Salad

Potatoes were a life saver during this past month. I embarked on a Whole 30, which is a 30 day diet intervention that tends to be considered pretty “strict” by paleo standards. No added sugar, even natural sugars like honey or maple syrup. By default, a Whole 30 often leaves me a little light on…

Whole 30 Wrap Up: Week 4

My Whole 30 is complete! Here’s a rundown of how the final week went. I mentioned in the Week 3 post that preparation is über important. Here are some of my favorite things to prepare to make sure I have everything I need for a week of Whole30-ing. Homemade Coffee Creamer. For those who are…

Whole 30 Wrap Up: Week 3

One more week of whole30ness. I actually ended up taking a week off from Whole 30 to enjoy visiting with my family from Idaho. I knew they were coming ahead of time and I recognized that it would be unrealistic to expect myself to avoid some treats and wine during their visit. We love to…

Whole 30 Wrap Up: Week 2

Hey friends! This Whole 30 is going swimmingly so far. One snafu though, I happened to see a dip in my milk production during the first week so I stepped up my carb intake during week 2. More food?… I ain’t complaining. Like I said in my last “wrap up“, I didn’t embark on this Whole 30…

A Day of Whole 30

I’m in the midst of a Whole 30, which as I explained in my last post, is a 30 day diet intervention designed to re-acclimate the body to real, whole, and nutritious foods. No sugar (added or otherwise), dairy, legumes, grains, or alcohol is allowed. I was recently asked how I manage to adhere to this…

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…

Orange Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Bacon, Fennel, and Brussels

Hi friends! Happy New Year! 2016 is shaping up to be one epic year here at The Clean Plate. I’m excited to share lots of fun stuff on the blog and with all you wonderful readers! Get ready for some yummy new recipes, more grocery trips and lots of links, pics of my incredibly cute dog, and…

BBQ Ranch Chicken-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I made these this week for one of my clients, and was legitimately sad that I didn’t get to eat them. I suppose I could always just prepare them at home right? If you’re pressed for time this meal can easily be prepared ahead of time by roasting the sweet potatoes, boiling the chicken, and making…

Brussels and Bacon Hash

It’s no secret that everyone loves bacon. But brussels sprouts? File that relationship under “It’s Complicated”. Brussels have a lot of obstacles in making onto the mainstream dinner table. First of all, my parent’s generation is (rightfully) scarred from their parents deciding that boiling was the best cooking method. Um, Ew. Secondly, the smell of cooking brussels…