A Day in {Processed-Free} Eats

Hey! How’s everyone doing with processed-free March? I was hoping to get in more photos of your meals, but maybe next week! Thanks to the few of you that participated. Many of my clients and readers appreciate seeing the variety of food. So if you’re on instagram and you snap photos of your meals (that are fully home-made_ just add the tag #processedfreemarch It’s easy! I’ll post more on my blog next week linking your IG and/or blogs. Thanks!

Here we go with a day in processed-free living for me!


Grain Free Blueberry Waffles

On Sunday mornings I will make a batch of grain-free waffles. Ella and I will each have one and then I freeze the rest (then pop it in the toaster the next day). I’ve been getting 5 or 6 out of the batch. It’s based off of this recipe and instead of chocolate chips I’ve been adding 1 cup of frozen organic blueberries. Delicious! I love adding full-fat Greek yogurt (plain) and making a waffle sandwich. Fage is growth-hormone-free but I am not 100% on the cows eating GMO feed or not. I really want to make my own raw Greek yogurt, but it kind of intimidates me.


I often have leftovers for lunch. For instance, Sunday we bought 3/4 pound of wild salmon, a little over a pound of grass-fed rib, local organic rib eye steak, a bag of Brussels sprouts and a bunch of asparagus (and Mike got a baked potato). I figured out the math and it cost $6.28 a meal for 5 meals we got out of it. So the three of us had dinner that night and the next day there was plenty for lunch for both Ella and I! Who said eating organic is expensive???

For the salmon I place Kerrygold butter on top with Borsari seasoning, make a foil pouch and bake it at 400 for 22 minutes (depending on size). Veggies I always roast at 375 for 30 minutes, season with coconut oil or olive oil and salt, pepper and garlic slices.

Salmon and Roasted Veggies


Most nights I work past dinner time so I grab a snack on my way out the door. I love these oven-dried apple chips I started making for Ella. That and a handful of almonds tied me over. I plan to start really soaking and drying my nuts but until I get a dehydrator it’s tough tying up my oven—I need to just do it though because eating sprouted nuts are MUCH better for digestion for E and I!


Apple ChipsAlmonds


DriedApple Chips


Oven Dried Apple Chips


2-3 apples, cored



Slice cored apples as thin as possible, sprinkle evenly with cinnamon. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, line apples up evenly and bake at 175 degrees for 2 1/2 hours. Then up the temperature to 200 degrees and bake an additional 30 minutes to crisp them up. Timing may vary depending on how thick or thin they are so keep an eye on them! They’re delicious!


Since I had a dinner for lunch I decided to have breakfast for dinner. It is quick and easier for me nights that I am working until 7:15 or later. Michael will grab something and I send Ella with dinner (more on her meal prep in my Munchkin Meals post tomorrow).

So while I got my omelet ready the three of us split an orange bell pepper:


I made this with one whole organic egg and two egg whites, cooked it in Kerrygold Irish butter (loaded with CLA, and is grass-fed. Not local but haven’t found a local butter I like yet). This had shallots and 1 1/2 ounces of goats cheese. I was out of greens or else I would have probably thrown whatever I had in there too.


I was dreaming about chocolate sunbutter cups so I made them and was a little too impatient about letting them set before I munched….

Sunbutter Cup

this is what they’re supposed to look like


Once the weather warms I’ll be getting more into green juices and smoothies again. Too cold and I don’t think it’s great for you to drink all that cold when your body wans warming foods!

Now here’s YOUR food! Keep the #processedfreemarch meals coming! I’ll share more next week!

Maria from Healthy Diaries (@mariahealthydiaries) has the BEST ideas and great recipes on her blog as well! You know, us Italians can cook Winking smile




Dying over this shrimp curry dish!


Paleo trail mix. Amazing.


Dessert! Remember, we are trying to get everyone off of the Sarah Lee stuff, so if you want dessert MAKE IT! These are all home made treats Maria made for a shower…and you know she restrained from eating any of it!? That’s willpower I don’t even want to have Winking smile I need a taste at least!


Lisa, her sister (@healthydiaries) is equally as genius. Lisa had a gorgeous baby boy 7 months ago and she’s definitely a healthy mama! I loved some of her meal ideas!

Grain-free chocolate waffles? Yes please!



Ummm these are dehydrated almond pulp from almond milk. I need a dehydrator!


Here’s Felicia’s (@naturalbalanced) yummy eats! I wanted to come over for dinner…




Here’s what @xiomeeks was eating! Almost identical to our Sunday night dinner with the onions…yum!


And @purelymichelle from Purely Twins shared this home made green bowl of goodness…Check the blog for a million amazing healthy recipes!


Check out their blogs and instagrams to inquire more about the recipes or meal ideas! I just wanted to show  you others living without the packaged stuff. It doesn’t have to be difficult!

Next week I want to focus on freezer meals so any bloggers or readers that have great recipes they love or want to share please send me the links so I can share them with everyone!

I am going to make either this or this (<–anyone have luck with either?) grain-free bread. I am also looking for some good sprouted sandwich bread recipes others have tested that I can share.

Talk soon! Trying to get a Munchkin Meals (processed-free style) up tomorrow!



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  • Reply Wendy

    I have not done so well. We had a garbage disposal/sink/dishwasher issue. But it’s finally fixed, so I will be joining soon! I know it’s not a good excuse, but it’s been weirdddd not being able to wash your dishes or rinse anything.

    March 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm
    • Reply laury

      What about buying those cheap foil roasting pans and cookie sheets. They could be reused but also come in 3 packs you could toss them if you can’t hand wash anything. There are solutions!

      March 7, 2013 at 3:50 pm
    • Reply laury

      and disposable plates/forks..not the most eco-friendly but would rather see you use disposable utensils than using garbage-disposable wrapped foods. what do you think?

      March 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    I need to try the cinnamon apples in my dehydrator! Those sound like a great snack! I need to start hashtagging my clean eats on IG!

    March 6, 2013 at 9:39 pm
    • Reply laury

      I am jealous of your dehydrator!

      Please link up!

      March 7, 2013 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Maria@healthydiaries

    I’ve been enjoying participating in Process Free March 🙂 Thanks for the shout outs. It feels good to know that I have over come my sugar addiction and don’t have to have dessert everyday anymore. I still indulge in treats, but I couldn’t even have any of those cookies if I wanted to since they have gluten in them. I was just happy I didn’t have the urge because it can be hard to be gluten free sometimes. Thanks for setting up the challenge:)

    March 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm
    • Reply laury

      I bet it feels good! I was doing great–still overall avoid it but I’ve been more lax recently with the sugary treats when we are out or something. I definitely don’t “feel” i need it every night, but still wanted to show how I treat myself by making candy from scratch!

      March 7, 2013 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    Oh man those waffles look delicious. We’ve been moving from Florida back to Texas, so I have been a little disconnected from the blog world. I am so excited about process free March! What a great idea. I have been working hard at eliminating all added sugar from my diet so this is perfect. I’ll be sure to tag all my pictures on instagram to play along! 🙂

    March 7, 2013 at 12:55 am
  • Reply purelymichelle

    your eats look amazing!! I miss kerrygold butter 🙁 i had to take a break as my skin was not liking it.

    I have not made any grain-free breads before, both recipes sounds great! might have to try them too

    March 7, 2013 at 9:10 am
  • Reply the delicate place (@misathemeb)

    i eat half a pepper by myself haha, i’m surprised you split it 3 ways! nate and i tend to eat big for our meals. i usually eat 2 meals a day and no snacks so i guess that’s why we are housing food lol

    March 7, 2013 at 11:20 am
    • Reply laury

      Hahah…no you misunderstood. We split a whole pepper 3 ways. The pictured was my share. They are scavengers 😉

      March 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    I just made the coconut flour bread!
    It’s pretty good. At first I wasn’t sure about it but after a few bites, I decided I’m a fan. The test will be my toddler. I plan on feeding him some for breakfast in the morning maybe with some sunbutter!

    March 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm
    • Reply laury

      That’s awesome, Kristen!!! Which one did you try? The one with the cashew butter or without? I picked up some cashew butter to try the one, but it’s expensive!

      Hope the little one likes it!!!

      March 9, 2013 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Felicia

    Good food all around! Love it!

    March 8, 2013 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Asima Mohammed

    I’ve made the Against All Grain cashew bread several times and my husband and I are fans! I’ve also made it with raw sunbutter once when I didn’t have any cashews (cheaper to make too). my problem with the coconut breads is that they use so many eggs and those are a hot commodity in my house. Plus, where I live the eggs we buy are $8/dozen so it runs a little expensive. At the same time, the coconut breads with fewer eggs produce a really dry crumb almost to the point of choking. There’s a fine line between it turning out like sawdust or tasting too eggy. It’s complicated, isn’t it?!

    March 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks so much! I love the tips–I always have sunbutter, so it’s good to know it works!

      March 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm
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