Autumn Salmon Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Somehow Los Angeles still hasn’t gotten the memo that it’s fall, but I’m taking that as an excuse to eat this seasonal salad as much as possible while I’m still craving fresh, cooling foods!

As you all know, I don’t follow any specific diets and love all kinds of food, but when I’m home cooking for myself, I have mostly leaned towards plant based proteins in the past. One of the main reasons is that I want to make sure that when I do choose animal proteins and fish, they’re high quality, sourced sustainably and wild/free-range as possible.

And this is why I have been absolutely loving the fish from Blue Circle Foods – it’s a company I can get behind and the fish is incredible. I swear you can taste the difference! At Blue Circle, they never (ever) use antibiotics, GMO’s, growth hormones, or synthetic pigments (which is common in farmed fish). Their products are:

  • Sustainably sourced using up to 12x fewer resources than other meats
  • Sourced from family farmers or fisherman following fair labor practices
  • “Just” fish
  • High in Omega-3’s for optimal heart and brain health
  • And wild caught from certified sustainable fisheries (including their Atlantic Cod, Haddock, Yukon Keta and Yellow Fin Tuna)

For this recipe in particular, I use their salmon that’s sourced from Kvarøy, a farm on a tiny island off the coast of Norway (how cool is that?!). And I can tell you that when I bite into it, I legitimately can’t believe that I, ME, made it in my own kitchen because it tastes like it’s from a fancy restaurant, NO. JOKE.

This salad comes together in just 10 minutes (the key is to not overcook the salmon), uses fresh autumn produce like honeycrisp apples and brussels sprouts, and is topped with an ever-so-slightly sweet maple dijon vinaigrette. Keep scrolling for the recipe!

Autumn Salmon Salad

2 Salmon Filets

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

1 honeycrisp apple, sliced

1/4 cup candied or regular walnuts

4 cups of kale

2 cups of shredded brussels sprouts (or sliced & pulsed in a food processor)

  1. Heat skillet (if you have one!) or pan over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Dry the salmon with a paper towel for the ultimate crisp, and season the skin lightly with salt.
  2. Add a tablespoon or so of oil (I like avocado oil) to the skillet and then lay the piece of salmon down away from you so that the oil doesn’t splash. It should make a sizzling noise – that’s how you’ll know the pan is hot enough!
  3. Cook the salmon on the skin side for about 5 minutes and while that’s searing, toss together the kale, sprouts and Maple Dijon Vinaigrette (recipe below). I like to massage the dressing into the kale and sprouts with my hands to help soften them.
  4. After 5 minutes, turn the salmon over and give it a quick 1-2 minute sear on the other side.
  5. Plate the salad for two and top each with a salmon filet. Add the apple, pomegranate seeds, walnuts and goat cheese and a pinch of salt on top if desired.

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

1/2 lemon, juiced

2 tbsp Lakanto Maple Syrup (or traditional Maple Syrup)

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Sea Salt & Black Pepper

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together all the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

If you’d like to try Blue Circle Foods fish for yourself, head to their website here! And now, I’m off to start getting ahead on holiday content for clients – so weird to think that season is just right around the corner!

xo Jordan

Thank you to Blue Circle Foods for sponsoring this post.

Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

These Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are gluten free, vegan, low and sugar, and so perfect for fall!

I felt like baking earlier this week (it was a rough one, and being in the kitchen is like therapy!), but of course had to make something with pumpkin💁🏻

I was originally trying to make energy bites, but let’s be honest, everything is better in cookie form! These cookies are also 100% acceptable to eat for breakfast and if it’s still hot af where you are, definitely opt for these instead of a bowl of actual oatmeal.

Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée

4-5 scoops Bob’s Red Mill Chai Protein (or vanilla*)

2 cups oats

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

2 packets Pranayums (optional or spices**)

2 tbsp Purely Pecans nut butter (or your favorite)

1 tsp sea salt

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp Lakanto Maple Syrup (or regular maple syrup)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment & non-stick spray (just to be safe!)
  2. In a large bowl, add all ingredients and stir well to fully combine. Add an extra (5th) scoop of protein powder if the batter seems too wet.
  3. Form into semi-flat circles and place on baking sheet. they won’t expand, so pack those babies in!
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool before drizzling with melted coconut butter! Store in an airtight container and microwave for 10 seconds before enjoying again (just my recommendation😉)

*If using vanilla protein, add an extra pinch each of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom & allspice

**If using spices in place of Pranayums add an extra tsp of turmeric, punch of black pepper, cardamom, ginger & cinnamon

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll catch you back here next week!❤️

xo Jordan

Golden Milk Carrot & Banana Donuts (Vegan)

Listen, I used to hate turmeric, too.

I still do sometimes, depending on what it’s mixed with, but let me tell you, with the right combination of flavors it can be SO good and so good for you. I wanted to bake this week, but coming off of vacation I figured I should health-ify it, so that’s where these donuts come in!

They’re vegan, low in sugar and are packed with a ton of nutrients. It’s also mostly made in a food processor, which is great for all my busy and lazy babes (or is that just me😂). You can also totally make these in a muffin tin if you don’t have a donut pan, although this one is my favorite!

Golden Milk Carrot & Banana Donuts

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour*

2 tbsp ground chia seeds

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

2 packs of Pranayums (or 2 tsp turmeric w/a pinch of black pepper & ginger)

1 cup baby carrots or chopped in 1in pieces

1 medium banana, ripe

1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

coconut butter for drizzling (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and spray a donut pain with coconut or avocado oil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients including flour, chia seeds, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and Pranayums/spices.
  3. In a food processor, add the carrots, banana (can break in half to fit in there), milk, vanilla and coconut.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine completely.
  5. Pour into the donut pan (I fill mine nearly to the top!) and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the donuts are slightly firm to the touch and starting to get golden.
  6. Let cool completely before removing from pan. If using coconut butter to frost, put a few tablespoons in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften before drizzling on the donuts with a spoon or knife. *Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Hope you have an amazing weekend!! It’s almost AUGUST already, what the heck?!

xo Jordan

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

If I told you this entire loaf was gone in less than 48 hours, would you believe me?

Because it barely even made it that long😂

I won’t bore you with an intro, ain’t nobody got time for that, but I will tell you that this recipe is:

  • made entirely in one bowl
  • has only 1/4 cup of sugar (from the maple syrup) minus the chocolate chips, which are optional anyway
  • fantastic when paired with almond or peanut butter
  • the perfect amount of moist – won’t crumble but isn’t “wet” either (sometimes that can happen with paleo breads)
  • packed with protein
  • can probably be made vegan if you use flax eggs instead of regular ones!

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

3/4 cup grated zucchini

1/4 cup hazelnut flour

1 cup almond flour

1/4 cup cacao powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs, room temperature

2 tbsp melted coconut oil

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a loaf pan with a thin layer of coconut oil.
  2. Shred the zucchini in either a food processor or by hand with a grater. Place on two-three paper towels to help soak up some of the excess water.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the other ingredients (the eggs, vanilla, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, cacao powder, both flours, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda).
  4. Add in the zucchini and chocolate chips if using, and stir to combine well.
  5. Pour into a loaf pan and use a spatula to smooth out the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

That’s all for today, folks! Let me know if you make this recipe – I’m gearing up to make it a second time in one week😋

xo Jordan

GF & Vegan Chai Protein Banana Bread

“Wait this is really good, are you sure it’s vegan and gluten free?” -actual words from my bf after trying this😂

For the first time ever, I tried baking with hazelnut flour and now I can confirm: it is very much like baking with almond flour and VERY much delicious. Highly recommend👌🏻

This bread is pretty dang easy to make, gluten-free, vegan (unless you decide to use a different protein powder or regular eggs instead of flax eggs), and has zero added sugar since it’s sweetened by the mashed banana. It’s also insanely tasty topped with nut butter, just a tip.

Oh, and one more tip – it’s moist, so need to worry about it being crumbly per se, but if you don’t let it cool properly before transferring it out of the loaf pan, it might break apart! Just FYI😊

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GF & Vegan Chai Protein Banana Bread

1 cup almond flour

3/4 cup hazelnut flour (or more almond flour)

1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Chai Protein Booster (or vanilla & add spices)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 flax eggs – 2 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water (or regular eggs)

1 tsp vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit, grease a loaf pan with coconut oil, and make flax eggs (they need to sit for just 10 minutes to form!).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients including both flours, protein powder, baking powder, and spices.
  3. In a small bowl, melt the coconut oil in the microwave, then add in the mashed banana, vanilla and flax eggs.
  4. Pour into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and fold to combine. Then transfer to the loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely (at least 20 minutes) before removing from pan. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to a month.

Let me know if you try this recipe! It’s seriously one of my favorites, I’m just waiting for more ripe bananas so I can make it again!😊

xo Jordan

Grain-Free Strawberry Scones

You guys I am SO excited to share this recipe with you today!!

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I posted this plate on Instagram this past weekend and everyone seemed to go crazy over that scone and I can tell you it was for good reason😎 If you’re not usually a scone fan, I get it. They’re usually dry, and kind of the less-exciting version of a muffin, but I can promise you that these are nothing like that! They’re flavorful, bright, moist (sorry🙈) and could definitely hold their own next to a muffin!

The best part, though? They’re essentially made in a food processor…like YES PLEASE. The easier the better👏🏼 They’re also grain-free and gluten-free if you double check to make sure your oats are, plus they a far greater nutritional value than traditional scones thanks to the almond flour (that has protein!). Keep scrollin’ for the recipe!

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Grain-Free Strawberry Scones

1 1/2 cups oat flour (just pulse oats in a food processor to make!)

1 cup almond flour

1 tbsp baking powder

2 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)

2 eggs

4 tbsp cold butter, chopped

3/4 cup chopped strawberries

2 tbsp coconut sugar (optional)

  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the oat flour (or oats), almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse in cold butter 4-5 times.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the vanilla, honey, and eggs. Add to blender and pulse until just combined. Fold in strawberries.
  3. Using a spatula, put the batter on a piece of parchment paper into a flattened circle about 1 inch thick. Cover with another piece of parchment or plastic wrap and store in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  4. After dough has set, preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and cut the dough into 8 triangles. It’ll be super sticky but using a spatula or flipper will help move the triangles about an inch apart.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until starting to brown. If adding the coconut sugar, remove the scones after 10 minutes, sprinkle on the sugar, then place back in the oven for another 5 minutes or so.
  6. Let cool completely (about 20 minutes) before moving or eating! They will probably crumble if you try to move them before that, so try to either be patient or just eat the pieces😊
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And that’s it! Easy peasy, perfect for a weekend treat, brunch party, or picnic. I can’t wait to make other varieties of this!! Let me know in the comments if there are any other flavors you’d like to see😍

Also it’s MAY, already?! What even. Happy May!!!!

xo Jordan

Gluten-Free Chickpea Pizza Crust

Alright y’all, we are finally back with a recipe👏🏻👏🏻

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I’m not gonna lie to you, this is not completely *my* recipe. My mom actually discovered it from the Food Network and I just adapted it every so slightly! It’s dad and boyfriend approved, so you know it’s a good one😏

It’s also insanely easy and CHEAP. Cauliflower crust has been all the rage lately, and I do love that too, but it costs a pretty penny. This recipe gets even cheaper if you buy dried beans and soak them overnight, which is what I do because #BabesOnABudget

What I love most about it though, is that it has a bit more of a bread consistency (unlike the cauliflower crusts) and you can top it with absolutely anything. I think I might try to make a dessert pizza with it soon! Also just fyi, the texture of this crust is definitely on the drier side, so I definitely recommend eating it right away.

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Chickpea Pizza Crust

1 can or 1 1/2 cups chickpeas

1 egg

1 tbsp almond flour

1 tsp each salt + pepper

1 tsp each garlic + onion powder

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. *Be sure to spray the parchment paper with cooking spray, too!
  2. In a blender or food processor, add all ingredients and pulse until smooth like a dough or thicker version of hummus.
  3. Using a spatula, transfer the dough onto the parchment paper and flatten into a circle that’s about 1 cm thick. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven, add desired toppings (I love this crust with a pesto base, mozzarella and mushrooms!
  5. Bake for another 10 minutes, remove from oven and serve immediately.

Let me know if you decide to make this!! It’s seriously so easy but SO good, aka what we’re all about over here😊

Have a great day!

xo Jordan

Paleo CBD Thin Mints

Humpday calls for baking, am I right?!

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Today’s recipe is a bit different than usual – I’m adding in CBD Oil🙈

Truth be told, I always felt weird trying CBD products. I don’t smoke, I never have, and the idea of it just seemed strange to me, even though I’d heard such amazing things about it in the wellness world. A friend actually recently told me I should try using CBD oil to ease some pretty severe back pain I’ve been experiencing, too.

I haven’t actually been using it regularly so I can’t attest to its ability to ease that pain, but I can tell you that the easiest way to get me to ingest something is to put it in a dessert😂 And, as you know, I’m not actually following a paleo diet, but after doing my bone broth cleanse last week with Osso Good Bones, I’m definitely trying to eat a bit more grain-free.

Oh, and p.s. my YouTube video on what I ate in a day while I was on the cleanse + my review of it is now live!

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Paleo CBD Thin Mints

1 1/2 cups almond flour

1/3 cup cocoa or cacao powder

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1 egg

2 tbsp vanilla bean ghee (or regular/plain!)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup dairy free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life!)

scant 1 tsp peppermint extract

4 full droppers of Charlotte’s Web Mint Chocolate CBD Oil (feel free to omit!)

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (definitely do not try this without parchment paper since the cookies might stick!).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, cacao powder, coconut sugar, baking soda, and salt. Then add in the egg, ghee, and vanilla. Mix well – it may take a few minutes for the dough to come together but then it’ll be very wet!
  3. Place a piece of parchment paper on the counter (also don’t skip this part!), place the dough on the parchment, and then add more parchment on top so the dough is in the middle. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out as thinly as possible, to around 1/8 inch. Use a circular cookie cutter or the rim of a glass to make circles and carefully transfer them to the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 28 minutes and let cool completely before making the chocolate mixture. Then, melt the chocolate chips in a microwave bowl in 30 second increments until completely melted. Add in the CBD oil if using and peppermint extract.
  5. Using a spoon, drizzle and smooth the chocolate over the top of each cookie and place back on the parchment to dry. Once the tops are all coated and dry, repeat on the bottom (I used less on the bottom than on the top, so just a thin layer will do!).
  6. Let cool completely before removing from parchment and store in an airtight container for up to 7 days. Or just dig in😉
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Alright y’all, that is it for today! Let me know in the comments if you guys have ever used CBD oil before – I’m so curious to see if it’s truly worked for you!

xo Jordan

Gluten Free Almond Flour Cutout Cookies

If you’re still looking for something sweet to make for Valentine’s Day, I’ve got you covered!

Dancing for Donuts | Gluten Free Almond Flour Sugar Cookie Cutouts

These cutout cookies are legitimately INCREDIBLE, and they’re even on the healthier side, if that’s something you’re concerned about! The base is almond and coconut flour, and the only sweetener is 1/4 cup of honey. You can leave as is, but I find them to be sooo much better frosted! And yes, I know that adds sugar to them but hey, all we can do is our best, right?😂

The only other thing you need to know about these lil babies is that they’re actually better after the first day, which is why I’m posting this before Valentine’s Day. If you make them today, or even tomorrow, they’ll be perfect in time for celebrating!

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Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup honey

2 tbsp liquid/melted ghee (I use Fourth & Heart!)

2 cups blanched almond flour

1/2 cup coconut flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill for both flours!)

1/2 tsp baking soda

pinch of sea salt

For the icing: 2 cups powdered sugar, 2-3 tbsp water, 1-2 tsp pink pitaya powder (or drops of food coloring, but I’m trying to keep things natural!)

  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a larger bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients including the egg, vanilla, honey and ghee. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet, and knead with hands until fully combined. The dough may feel crumbly at first, but I promise it’ll come together!
  3. Form dough into one ball, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. When ready to remove dough, preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Once the dough has chilled, dust a clean counter space with coconut flour. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out shapes. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until they start to brown. *Cookies won’t expand, so you can place them closely together!
  5. Let cookies cool for at least 30 minutes before frosting or removing from the baking sheet. While they’re cooling, whisk together the ingredients for the frosting. Using a knife or spoon, decorate the cookies with the frosting, or any other add-ons you’d like. *If the frosting feels too thick, add water 1 tbsp at a time, or if it’s too thin, add powdered sugar 1 tbsp at a time. Store in an airtight container.
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Let me know if you guys make these!! I’m seriously obsessed with them, I think I was eating at least three a day last week…😅

xo Jordan

Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

Hey y’all!! I’ve got a reallyyyy good recipe comin’ atcha today and it’s for a super easy snack that also gives you energy, helps combat stress, and contains all kinds of healthy fats!

Dancing for Donuts | Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

I don’t know about you, but I am OBSESSED with matcha right now. I remember my college roommate and best friend used to rave about it (hi Sanaa!) and I never really understood why, but now it’s literally all I want! And if you follow me on Instagram, you also know how much I love green tea mochi…UGH, the best.

But! I wanted to create a healthier snack that gave me my matcha fix! When I tried to new Ancient Nutrition Keto Matcha mix that they sent over, I flipped out a little. This stuff is SO good and blends incredibly well – I seriously feel like I’m at a coffee shop drinking one of the $6 ones they all have😳 And no, I’m not getting paid to post this, I just really love it! This recipe is only 5 ingredients and it makes such a yummy snack or dessert to have on hand!

Dancing for Donuts | Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

Keto Matcha Coconut Bites

1 scoop Ancient Nutrition Keto Matcha (or 1 tbsp matcha powder)

2 tbsp maple syrup (I use the Brandless kind!)

6 tbsp almond flour

2 tbsp melted coconut butter/manna

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes (I buy mine in bulk from Sprouts!)

Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until fully combined. Roll into 1 inch balls and store in the fridge in an airtight container until ready to eat!

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Tell me, do you guys like matcha flavored things?! I don’t even know why it’s so good…it’s kind of subtle but when it’s sweetened a little bit, it’s magical!! Let me know if you guys decide to try these😊

xo Jordan