Mastering My 5 Meals

PrairiePathI made 19 new recipes in the month of September!! A record for sure! This is my first fall out of college that I'm not coaching swimming and it's so nice to come home and actually have some time to cook. It is still a lot of work (and a TON of clean up), but it's been fun. I've learned a lot! Grant and I finished the Clean Gut cleanse earlier in the month. I posted a recipe from the Clean website when we were doing the cleanse. It was a fantastic experience and not too painful. :) Grant has been feeling great and I had more energy than usual, so that was encouraging and motivating to continue eating the same way. In short the cleanse eliminates the most common "toxic triggers" >>gluten, dairy, sugar, & caffeine  while adding a lot of supplements + probiotics to give your gut a rest and to power up and help restore balance to your intestinal flora (not to get all scientific on you)! :) We're not 100% all the time, clean/crazy, but most of the time we try to eat this way.

One of the main reasons for my September cooking craze was to continue to familiarize myself with different foods and to get more comfortable in the kitchen, so cooking wasn't stressful. This section from Clean Gut offers such good advice:

"Instead of getting wrapped up in complex recipes or the fear of eating clean for the rest of your life, focus on mastering 5 healthy meals. These five meals will be the base of your diet, the food you'll eat most of the time, but once you do, you'll be able to use them as inspiration to create a lifetime of delicious and healthy meals." Clean Gut pg.130

This week as September comes to an end and we welcome October I wanted to do a little >>Fall Celebration Week<< and highlight some of the recipes I've made AND share some fall inspiration. This is not a "food blog" in the sense of me creating my own recipes. I just like to explore new foods and recipes, try them out, and collect the good ones here on YOURS EVER. I only post the ones that I plan on making again.There were definitely a few that will not be added to our rotation. Haha. I was so happy to hear that my friend Calla, from Breakfast for 2, tried out my Cauliflower Pizza Crust! Woo hoo! :) It's been a great month. Thanks for following along. If I could, I'd invite you over for a homemade "pumpkin spice latte"! I've been making them with almond milk--yum. Maybe I'll post that recipe this week! :)