Chicken Sausage Noodle Soup with Mustard Greens (Gf, Df)

‘Tis the season for ALL of the soups! I could eat soups year round, but there is definitely something special about eating them in the winter. I cannot get enough of them; they are the coziest and you can add in all of the nutrients and vegetables without compromising the taste. If you know me you know I am not a huge salad girl, so soups and stews are one of my favorite way to get my greens in. One of my top soups that I’ve made this season is my chicken sausage noodle soup.

This chicken sausage noodle soup has lots of veggies and some amazing Mustard Greens from Nature’s Greens. I really love and appreciate all of their pre-washed, farm fresh greens. The Mustard Greens specifically add the perfect peppery taste to the soup and beyond! They would be great sauteed with ghee or butter as a hearty side, and I love the idea of adding them to a pesto or chimichurri for steaks. Kale would be a great substitute for the mustard greens if you cannot find them near you.

Chances are I’m enjoying a soup with a slice of bread, crackers, etc. on the side, but this one adds in pasta which is the perfect addition of a carbohydrate. It also contains butternut squash, so you are bound not to leave the bowl feeling hungry. You can skip the pasta and use butternut squash noodles by making them with a spiralizer or buying them pre-cut at the store. This will keep the dish in the spirit of a traditional noodle soup. I’ve made the soup both ways and enjoy each version equally! I love making a big batch and having it for meals throughout the week; it stays good for about five days in the fridge. 

Let me know if you decide to make it and I would absolutely love to hear what you think! If you remake on Instagram, remember to tag me at @matcha_and_margs so I can send the love and support right back. Enjoy! 

Recipe:

Chicken Sausage Noodle Soup with Greens (Gf, Df)

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Soup
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Greens, Soup, Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb chicken sausage
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 cup mustard greens I used Nature’s Greens brand, can sub for kale
  • 1 cup butternut squash can spiralize and omit the pasta below!
  • 1 package pasta I used Banza chickpea pasta shells
  • 1/2 cup leeks
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp pink salt more or less to taste depending on the sodium content of your broth
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil

Instructions

  • Add the avocado oil to a stock pot and bring to medium heat.
  • Add the leeks, celery, and minced garlic to the pot and saute until translucent.
  • Add the chicken sausage, chopped zucchini, and butternut squash cubes (or spirals) and saute until the chicken is cooked through entirely. 
  • Add in the chicken broth, the pasta (if using), oregano, salt, mustard greens and bay leaves. Bring the pot to a boil and then let simmer until the butternut squash is tender. 
  • Serve and enjoy! It pairs well with parmesan (vegan or regular) on top.

If you want to add the vegan parmesan on top, you can find my recipe linked here!

This post has been sponsored by Nature Greens, but all of the opinions and reviews are wholeheartedly my own! 

xo, 

Cori

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip (Df)

I’ve been loving my slow cooker this season – the idea of throwing ingredients in and having a delicious, low labor meal at the end of the day always amazes me. I could have a nourishing soup every day if I could, but I thought it would be fun to share something a little different with it for you guys to enjoy. This simple Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe is one of my absolute favorites! There is so much you can do with the end product and it will surely please your pickiest of eaters. Bring it to your Super Bowl party this year and I bet you no one knows that its dairy free! It surely feels like the Super Bowl year round in my house when this dip is on the menu. 

All you need is three ingredients, a slow cooker, and some time and you’re all set! I use Butcher Box chicken breasts and love how they are so high quality and humanely raised. Frank’s Red Hot Original sauce has always been a favorite of mine, and not to mention its Whole 30 approved! The Kite Hill almond milk cream cheese adds the perfect touch and flavor; I love incorporating it into a variety of my meals in some way. 

Let me know if you decide to make it and I would absolutely love to hear what you think! If you remake on Instagram, remember to tag me at @matcha_and_margs so I can send the love and support right back. Enjoy! 

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip (Df)

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo Chicken, Dairy Free, Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts I use Butcher Box
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Original Sauce
  • 1/2-2/3 cup Kite Hill Almond Milk Chive Cream Cheese can use regular if not dairy free!

Instructions

  • Put the chicken breasts in the slow cooker with the Frank’s Red Hot for 6 hours on low. Make sure the sauce covers all of the chicken.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, shred it with a fork and mix with the Kite Hill cream cheese. You can use more or less of the cream cheese depending on how creamy you like it! 
  • Serve and enjoy! I love dipping celery, carrots, and crackers into it. It is also great stuffed in a sweet potato, on a taco or sandwich — the opportunities are endless!
The crackers are Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers. 

xo, 

Cori

Paleo Matcha Cookies (Gf, Df)

It’s holiday season and I have been loving all of the seasonal cookie recipes that have been shared recently. From gingerbread to chocolate peppermint cookies, I have a serious to-do to try them all! Although, rumor on the block is that Santa is really into matcha these days… 🙂

I was so excited to have tried Soar Organics renowned organic matcha powder about a month ago and it has truly lived up to the hype. I’ve been using it in my morning lattes and decided it was time to switch it up and make some cookies! When I first tested this recipe, I almost decided to call them muffin tops because they have such a nice cakey, chewy consistency. Regardless of their name, I can’t get enough of these!

I drizzled this batch with Loving Earth Paleo Lemon Cheesecake chocolate – SO good!

Soar Organics has been nice enough to give me a discount code of ‘matchamargs15’ to give you all a chance to try their matcha. It is non-affiliate; I would never promote a product I did not truly stand behind and love. Because what’s the fun of that?! Beyond the product, I absolutely love the fact that their powders are packaged in 100% recyclable boxes. They put a lot of care and attention towards the sourcing of their product down to the packaging, and those are companies that I stand behind time and time again. They also give a portion of each one of their sales to Canadian Feed the Children to help support a wide variety of communities in Canada.

Naughty or nice, you are sure to love these cookies just as much as Santa will! All with some added antioxidants and L-theanine (helps with stress and relaxation). Happy baking and even happier holidays, friends!

Let me know if you decide to make it and I would absolutely love to hear what you think! If you remake on Instagram, remember to tag me at @matcha_and_margs so I can send the love and support right back. Enjoy! 

Recipe:

Paleo Matcha Cookies (Gf, Df)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Cookies, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Matcha, Paleo

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tsp matcha powder I used Soar Organics Everyday Matcha
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375F.
  • While the oven is preheating, mix the almond flour, coconut flour, matcha, baking powder, and coconut sugar in a large bowl. 
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk one egg and then add the date syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until the dough forms.
  • Roll the dough into small balls and put them on a baking sheet on top of parchment paper.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven. 

This post has been sponsored by Soar Organics, but all of the opinions and reviews are wholeheartedly my own! 

xo,

Cori

18 Gift Ideas to Get You Through the 2018 Holiday Season

Holiday season is among us!  Its the most wonderful time of the year and spreading joy is one of the best parts of it all. If you’re similar to me, you absolutely love gifting things to people – but often times you aren’t sure what to get them. I created this gift guide to be a resource for you this holiday season on what to gift; whether it be your significant other, your neighbor, your boss, and so on. You’ll see items included from a variety of price ranges to hopefully include something that can help make your life a little easier this holiday season. Happy shopping!

1. Almond Cow – The Plant Based Milk Maker ($180)

Making homemade nut milks is a huge way to save money over time and tastes SO much more fresh. You don’t have to worry about any additives with the Almond Cow – you have complete control of what goes into your milk. The process takes about 30 seconds and requires no straining! This machine is typically $195, but by using the code ‘MATCHAANDMARGS‘ you can get $15 off plus free US + Canadian shipping (a total value of $30). You can use this link to get the discount as well. Watch this video to see how easy the process is.

My homemade vanilla matcha collagen cashew milk

If you’re shopping for the Almond Cow on Cyber Monday, they are $50 off today – the highest sale they have ever had! Click here to activate.

2. Healthy Human ($20-$36)

Healthy Human Life is one of my favorite brands of insulated water bottles. Their products keep your liquids super cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. Beyond helping make taking your drinks on the go easier, they offer a wide variety of super cute patterns. They also eliminate the use of plastic water bottles! I have a curved bottle with an added sports cap that I have been using to take with me to work out. I definitely recommend the sports cap to purchase alongside the bottle! You can use the code CORIFI10 for 10% off their website or products on Amazon.

If you are shopping for Healthy Human bottles on Cyber Monday, they are 30% off + free shipping!  Use code ‘CYBERMONDAY30’.

3. MZ Wallace Bag ($215-$245)

This bag is my favorite bag for daily use – it holds just about everything I need. It can serve as a gym bag, a work bag, etc. and is extremely durable. For an everyday bag, I think the prices for them are fairly reasonable. I’ve had mine for 6 months and it is still in incredible condition. I have the Medium Metro Tote in black shown below, but would also recommend their backpacks.

4. Personalized gift basket (price will vary)

One of my favorite things to gift to local friends and family are personalized gift baskets with some of my favorite items. You can definitely send these to people in the mail, but you don’t have as much control as how the basket will look, which is the fun part to me. Some items I like to include in mine are Georgia Grinders nut butter (Pecan butter and Maple Caramel Almond butter are fun seasonal flavors), Beeseasonal Honey, fancy olives and oils, Simple Mills baking mixes, and so much more!

5. Ceramics (Soft Earth Ceramics and Cord x Clay – prices will vary)

A question I get asked frequently is where I get my ceramics from. I absolutely love treating myself to ceramics from time to time – I really appreciate the earthy vibes they bring. Two of my favorite brands to buy from are Soft Earth Ceramics and Cord x Clay. Cord x Clay also has adorable hand woven coasters that would make a great gift. I’ve included links to both of their Etsy shops below!

Cord x Clay hand woven coasters

Click here to shop the Etsy shop by Soft Earth Ceramics
Click here to shop the Etsy shop by cord x clay

6. Avocado Green Mattress Organic Pillows ($79-99)

In my opinion, sleep is one of the most common pillars of health. It is something that I prioritize on the daily to ensure that I can be my most productive, happy self. Avocado Green Mattress’s organic pillows are extremely comfortable and have a fresh, medium plush feel. They are handmade and 100% worth the investment for a better nights sleep. Since I got these pillows for my bed, my sleep has improved drastically and I really don’t plan on ever going back. These pillows would be the perfect gift for just about anybody. Pro tip: get two for your partner so you can reap in the benefits as well 🙂 Happy snoozin’!

7. California Home Goods ($15-$19)

I recently discovered this company on Amazon and they seriously have the cutest kitchen gadgets and home goods ever! They sell these adorable plant holders that would make a great gift for any of your beloved plant parents! The products are also extremely affordable which is always a plus.

2 Small Decorative Geometric Hanging Planters Pot for Indoor Wall Decor
Macrame Shelf Planter Hanger for Indoor Plants with Wooden Shelf
4-Tier Hanging Plant Holder

8. Ugg Slippers ($85-$120)

The perfect cozy gift for guys and girls – these are one of my favorite warm pieces to wear when its cold! UGG definitely sells the most comfortable slippers that anyone in your life will be sure to love.

If you are shopping for True Grits on Cyber Monday, there are a couple on sale at Nordstrom.

9. Thrive Market Membership ($60)

If you have followed me for some time, you know my obsession with Thrive Market is real. It’s an online food store which sells healthier products at wholesale prices. It is my favorite place to stock up on all the pantry staples, and it has saved me over $1,000 so far. A one year membership to Thrive would be a great gift for someone in your life who appreciates a good discount on high quality products. If you want to see some of the products that they offer, you can check out my guide to Thrive Market. You can access my page through Thrive Market’s website which includes some of my top favorite products as well.

10. Outdoor Voices discounted sets ($95) or hats ($35)

This game-changing athletic wear brand has been taking over and it is for a good reason. I love their apparel – specifically all of the Tech Sweat line. Some of their stuff can add up like most other brands out there, but they have an option on the top of their website where you can pick out a set from the items they provide and customize your own set for $95. This is a great way to save a little money but gift someone an entire work out outfit! Click here to see what sets they have available. They also sell a really cute hat that says “Doing Things”, which would be a super fun present as well for a cheaper price of $35.

If you are shopping for Outdoor Voices on Cyber Monday, they are doing 40% off select items AND an extra 20% off sitewide! 

11. Yoga mat or classes

Gifting a yoga mat can be fun to gift to someone you love to practice with – I gifted one to my mom last year and now it always makes me smile when we go together! My favorite mat is the Reversible 5mm mat from Lululemon; personally I think the 3mm is too thin. I’ve also heard amazing things about the Manduka brand. Another great yoga-themed gift is private classes or sessions with a favorite yoga teacher. This is also a great idea for someone in your life who wants to start practicing yoga but may feel too timid in a public setting. You could do a solo or couples session!

12. Adidas Ultra Boosts ($180-$220)

These are my favorite sneakers of all time and truly make you feel like you are walking on a cloud. I don’t think I will be switching to a new type of sneaker anytime soon. These are a perfect gift for men and women alike. They come in a variety of colors and sizes too!

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If you are shopping for Adidas on Cyber Monday, their entire website is 30% off! 

13. AWAY Gift Sets ($35-95)

These gift sets from AWAY were just way too cute not to include! The well known, fashionable suitcases and travel bags from AWAY just got really mini as they launched these gift sets for the holidays. They have a few different options for these cosmetic cases including a beauty set (pictured below; includes a jade roller). You can also just purchase the travel case and include different cosmetics in your gift!

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14. 2019 Planner – Start Planner ($60)

Planners are super cute and useful gifts to give around the holiday season as we get ready for the new year! The planners by Start Planner are a game changer – they offer daily and weekly planners with a variety of information to track. From your budget, to your hourly to do list, to your food planning, and beyond – the Start Planners can really help you stay on track and organized in fashion. I’ve been using the daily one and have been loving how accountable its held me to complete a variety of different things each day.

Shop Start Planners here; if you are shopping on Cyber Monday, you can get the amazing founder, Kristy Dickerson’s, book on balance for free with your purchase! 

15. Cocokind Gift Sets ($28-$60)

Superfoods meet skincare with Cocokind’s amazing line of natural products. From face masks, to natural highlighters made with antioxidants and mushrooms – you’ll be sure to find something of their products that the skin will love. They offer gift sets around the holidays which would make for a super cute present. One of my favorite product of theirs is the Matcha face stick, it really helps protect your eyes from forming bags, especially when travelling.

16. Blue light filtering glasses – Pixel Eyewear ($85-$95)

We’ve all been told not to use screens and phones before bedtime because of the harmful blue light, but this is a hard habit to kick. Blue light filtering glasses have been all the rage as of recently for a great reason. I’ve been using mine for about a month now and can definitely tell that there has been a significant decrease in my headaches, etc. Pixel Eyewear sells a really cute line that won’t break the bank either!

If you are shopping for Pixel Eyewear blue light filtering glasses on Cyber Monday, you can get 20% off your purchase! 

17. An experience (local concert, cooking class – price will vary)

If I could gift an experience for every present, I totally would! There’s nothing better than getting to experience something special with your loved ones as a gift – especially around the holidays. I always look for local concerts, cooking classes (Sur La Table is great and has locations for classes all over the country), seasonal events, plays, etc.

If you’re local to Atlanta, Scoutmob/Hand Picked is an amazing website and app that provides different local experiences as well from wine tastings to multi-course dinners with a pre-fixed price. The Cooking School at Irwin Street has amazing classes that I love to attend with my mom.

18. Madewell – candles + jewelry (prices will vary)

When in doubt, I love to gift candles from Madewell! They are really cute and have incredible scents. They also have a great line of jewelry where I get most of my pieces from at affordable prices. These star and moon studs are my favorite!

If you are shopping at Madewell on Cyber Monday, their site is doing 25% off almost all items!

Hope you enjoyed – happy happy holidays!!

xo,

Cori

Habanero Salmon Cakes (Gf, Df)

A few months ago I discovered Yellowbird Sauces line of hot sauces and completely fell in love! I love adding spice to almost all of my foods and was excited to find a way to do so with a healthier sauce that reminded me of Sriracha. All of their flavors are amazing, but my two favorites are probably the Habanero and the Blue Agave Sriracha! They’re sweetened with a touch of cane sugar and do not have any weird fillers or ingredients. And you know I love when you are able to find products on Thrive Market! (Click here to see my full blog post of my Thrive Market recommendations, Yellowbird included!).

Although I have been pouring these sauces on a lot of my meals, I thought it would be fun to create a recipe with them. Salmon and tuna cakes are one of my favorite things to make in a pinch when I do not have any food prepped  and chances are I have a can of wild caught fish on hand. For this recipe, I used Natural Sea salmon. Their salmon is my favorite canned variety I have tried so far. It tastes so flaky and fresh! This is the perfect recipe to whip up for a quick and easy meal – I find that these can be incorporated into any meal of the day. For example, you can have them for breakfast with eggs on top. Hope you enjoy!

Habanero Salmon Cakes

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course

Ingredients

  • 2 5oz cans Natural Sea wild salmon
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 pasture raised egg
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper black works well too!
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground flax
  • 2 tbsp Yellowbird Habanero Hot Sauce you can use less or more depending on your spice preference
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and make sure that the salmon is broken up into the mixture. 
  • Roll the entire mix into cakes.
  • Cook each cake on a heated pan in avocado oil for around 5 minutes per side or until browned. 
  • Cook the cakes in batches until they are all complete.