February 6, 2014

Eat The Food, Tina.

Aaaaaand we're back.

Don't mind me...I'm just over here going 53 different directions on any given day and hitting the hay and crashing HARD by the time I get home every night. Hence, the lack of blog posts this week.

Anywho-I wish I had something really fun to use an excuse for my lack of blogging this week but I don't and hey, life happens. Forgive me wouldya?!

You know what also happens when I take a weeklong blogging hiatus? New freaking yeast-free recipes! That's right...recipeS with an S! And by the plural form of that word, I mean I somehow managed to recreate 3 new recipes this week. Who am I? I don't even know anymore.

First things first...Paleo Cinnamon Rolls via Real Sustenance.

Goodness gracious these things were to. die. for. Super moist and sweet and since they're mostly made of almond flour they're super dense and filling. You couldn't pay me to eat two without looking like I have a cinnamon roll baby.

Ready for the sucky part?? I hate to be the bearer of bad news but with the amount of almond flour, flax meal and erythritol I used to recreate this recipe...these babies easily cost me $20 to make one pan (9 rolls). Would I make them again? If I were absolutely feening (sp?) for a healthy cinnamon roll but to shell out 20 bones for cinnamon rolls...not so much. I'll stick with my Quest Bars for that matter!

Moving right along...

Southwest Turkey & Spinach Meatballs - hello new household staple!
Served with sauteed zucchini and organic black beans. Delish.

I originally found this recipe from Kristin at Mama & Mou and recreated it for a work event this week. Perhaps I'm bias but I'd like to think they were a hit! So flavorful. So filling. And so lean. Holla!

And the best for last...obviously.

Spaghetti Squash Taco Casserole. Y'all. Y'ALL. Words cannot describe how happy my little tastebuds were when I took my first bite.

The first time I made this, I didn't realize the bake times were so long so take this as a little warning: if you plan on making this, plan to start cooking it about 2 hours before you intend to eat. Are you steady cooking for the full 2 hours? No. It's minimal prep and cooking...just long bake times. I promise-it is SO worth it.

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 lb lean turkey meat, browned
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (I make my own. Recipe here.)
  • 1 - 1 1/2 C sugar-free salsa 
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 can black beans
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, face cut sides down onto a baking dish and bake for 35 minutes.
  3. While squash is cooking, brown your turkey meat, add taco seasoning, allow to simmer for 10 minutes and then set aside.
  4. Once squash is finished cooking, using a fork, scrape out the insides of your squash to make your "noodles". Place noodles in a 9x13 baking dish. 
  5. Reduce oven to 350 degrees. 
  6. In baking dish, add taco meat, salsa, onion, black beans, tomatoes, salt & pepper. Mix well. 
  7. Next, add in whisked eggs and mix everything together.
  8. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until you begin to see a thin crust forming on the top. 
  9. Allow to cool off for 5 minutes. 
  10. Top with fresh guacamole or diced avocado and enjoy!
If you do one thing for yourself this weekend, be sure you treat yourself to a new recipe! Specifically the Spaghetti Squash Taco Casserole.

Do it.


  1. Yay for making my meatballs! :) I'm glad to hear they were a hit....I'm pretty obsessed with them {as are Jason and Kenley}.

  2. These look great! I have been enjoying the yeast free recipes from your company's site, except we made a chicken crock pot one and the chicken was so dry... can't figure out what I did wrong, but these look great!

  3. The cinnamon rolls and taco casserole sound delicious!!! I don't think I will give the rolls a chance though ($$) but that casserole sounds amazing!!!! Maybe I will include it in our meal planning for next week

  4. Umm that spaghetti squash taco casserole looks AMAZING. Definitely trying that asap!! :)

  5. Thanks so much for the recipes! They are very helpful. I'll be making that casserole for sure!

  6. Ok...that taco casserole...needs to get in my belllaaaay!

  7. Definitely will be trying the casserole! I recently read on skinnytaste you can zap spaghetti squash in the microwave (takes like 10-15 min depending on size) instead of roasting and holy crap - TIME SAVER! That's how I've been doing it the past few times and it worked like a charm...just thought I'd pass along :)

  8. I'm pinning this taco casserole! Looks amazing!

  9. Okay all of these recipes look so incredibly good! I am obsessed with your healthy living posts!! Thank you girl!!

  10. That spaghetti squash taco casserole looks to die for! Must make this soon!

  11. Those meatballs look delish!! I totally want to try spaghetti squash, but it seems so difficult to make. (Or maybe I'm just really inept?) Also, I want to let you know that I love you so much for quoting Napoleon Dynamite in your title. GOSH TINA EAT THE FOOD

  12. Hubs and I are eating clean....so, yes, I will be making ALL of these recipes (w/ modifications of course to make it work for us!) thanks so much!!

  13. Made this casserole tonight adding a diced jalapeƱo. Amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Making the taco casserole as we speak! What would you guess the nutrition facts would be?

  15. i wanna make this but i'm a vegetarian! AHHHH!

  16. I started following your blog a few months ago and really enjoy reading about the different recipes you try. My husband and I made the Spaghetti Squash Casserole last night and it was TO DIE FOR!! I have plenty left over for my lunches at work this week, even after my husband went back for seconds. Thanks for sharing your ideas and life with all. Take Care!

  17. Hello - just wondering why there isn't a "print friendly" key on your recipes? It's very difficult to make your recipes without having this...is it something you are thinking about adding any time?

  18. Not sure if my first comment went through, but I cook my spaghetti squash in the microwave. Cut in half, clean out, cover open side with saran wrap. Cook 8 minutes for each half. Comes out perfect. Going to try the casserole this week and hope my 3 boys and husband go for it. I'm really trying hard to eat healthy, but trying to please everyone and not making a bunch of meals is difficult.


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