• Classic Chili

    What the heck!? How have I not post a chili recipe yet?! What was I THINKING?! How were any of us able to make it through the winter without this recipe?! OMG. So this is a super classic chili. It’s well loved and it’s not trying to be fancy or extra, it’s just damn good the way it is in all its glory. We once has a chili party with three different chilis and this one was the first batch to disappear, it was the obvious winner. You can totally eat it by itself (alongside some sourdough toast!?) or add sour cream, cheese, and fritos to it, but that’s your…

  • Panang Curry

    Make the most out of this cold weather with a quick weeknight curry! This could honestly serve up to 5-6 servings if necessary. The only part of this that really takes a lot of time is the chopping. This also works well if you need to freeze it back and then reheat it later on. What an awesome versatile healthy dish! You’ll get your veggies in, feed your soul, and romance your tastebuds all while avoiding dairy, gluten, and sadness. This recipe is really flexible because you can add anything to it, leave anything out of it, and it’s a great way to punch up some protein that you might…

  • Cheeseburger Soup

    This soup is instant-pot friendly, AIP friendly, and soul food friendly 🙂 You’ll just want to check your pickles to make sure there isn’t a ton of garbage in them. The Vlassic dill pickles we both know and love contain high fructose corn syrup which is super disappointing. Whyyyy-they aren’t even sweet!!!  NOTE: this recipe can totally be made with actual cheese. Nutritional yeast is used a lot by vegans and vegetarians to help add a little salty and nutty cheese-like flavor to things but it is definitely NOT cheese, so if you want cheese and your system is okay with that then just add some real cheese to this…

  • Pesto Sauce

    Gut health is SO trendy right now. (Gut health is the entire reason anyone would do AIP. It’s an immune protocol that is design to give your gut a break and let your body heal itself.) A happy gut is kind of my favorite thing. Seeing people transform their lives and set themselves up for a higher quality future is just the absolute best. I am dying to drop some knowledge bombs on here very soon to help push everyone along with some extra tools in their toolbelt. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to make the most of life myself and whenever I have a…

  • Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

    I don’t know about you, but whenever I have a competition of any sort (a race, a crossfit competition, etc.) I have a tendency to have to force myself to eat through the nerves and jitters. Tasty little bites like these help give my body the fuel it needs without the hassle of having to go get or make “real” food. This is my second try on these! The first ones I made gave out really sticky and sweet and were just not something I would want people to make and be like “what is wrong with this lady?!” LOL They had great macro profile, but I’ve decided that it’s okay for…

  • Browned Butter Herbed Potatoes

    AUGHHH! These are SO photogenic! I know the Holidays are over now, but you can still make this recipe for funsies. It’s a super wonderful way to make potatoes extra special on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or …Halloween!?  There’s no wrong time to have potatoes. Unless you’re trying to do keto 😛   Print Browned butter Herbed Potatoes This Holiday-ready recipe is one you'll want to make over and over for every special occasion! Butter, potatoes, herbs, you can't go wrong! Course Side Dish Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 2 hours Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes Servings 8 Ingredients 3 lbs yellow potatoes 1 stick butter 1 tbsp minced…

  • Crispy Lime Garlic Chicken Wings

    Our nutritionist put Brad on the AIP (Autoimmune protocol) diet for a little while (we’re currently on pause due to the holidays) but basically it’s the most strict paleo diet you could ever imagine. It’s basically a short-term elimination diet that helps you determine foods that cause issues. You can learn more about it here. It’s very sad because there are no nightshades. Which means none of the usual flavorings we eat: hot sauce, tomato-based things, peppers, etc. Which leaves not a lot of taste. But Brad made these wings one night and WOW they packed a flavor punch! They definitely had a good kick and a nice crispy crunch going…

  • Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes

    Dairy can be such a beast. I love the taste of it, but when I avoid it I get smoother digestion, clearer and more hydrated skin, and just feel better overall. But luckily even without dairy in your life you can enjoy still creamy savory goodness with recipes like this one! So I was trying to make an AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) friendly recipe, but then I figured out that white potatoes are nightshades which need to be avoided on this protocol. So now this is just a regular dairy free mashed potato recipe 🙂 Creamy and flavorful without the pain and bloating! If you aren’t on AIP, feel free to…

  • High Protein Taco Pasta

    Happy Monday  😀 I’ve never had “Hamburger Helper” before, but I am pretty sure this recipe is a much more refined homemade version of the dish. I love pasta and I love mexican flavors, so I decided to give this one a go, and it did not disappoint. This dish is actually VERY versatile! You can use whatever protein you want: turkey, chicken, beef, etc. Whatever ground meat you can get your hands on will work beautifully. If there is a certain type of pasta that you already have on hand, try that pasta out instead! I saw this box of Banza shells at walmart in all its gluten-free, soy-free, high-protein, high-fiber glory…

  • Ground Beef

    Hey! Are you new to meal prep?! One really great place to start is to just prep your protein and nothing else since increasing protein intake is THE most common issue when people are starting to dial in their macros. This super simple ground beef is one of the easiest places to start. It works great for meal prep, or you can add it to anything to boost the protein up. Or eat it as a snack. WHATEVER you wanna do. Just put it in your pockets in the morning and you’ll be able to win the day! 😛 Beef is a lean-protein favorite in the Payne house. It’s actually…