Sun-dried Tomato Turkey Meatballs

It’s HUMP day! (Do other people still hear the Mike? Mike? Mike? from the camel commercial when they hear the phrase “hump day”? Or is that just me?)

Since I last posted (which I will admit has been quite some time) we have been busy, busy bees! We got our basement issue resolved (thank goodness), went to a good friend’s wedding & another good friend’s baby shower, I traveled to Chicago for a week to attend a conference, we took a 4 day trip (pup in tow) to Colorado for the 4th, Ross went to Chicago for a bachelor party & I had a mother/daughter weekend with (you guessed it!) my mom! Now that you are caught up on all of that (because I know you have been wondering), I feel like we can move on.

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Coco-Nut Bites

Remember how a few weeks ago I started a post with, SUMMER IS HERE (or something super clever like that)? Well what the heck!? How is it past mid-June already??? There is some kind of correlation between nice weather and the speed of time. I should really reach out to NASA about that revelation. ANYWAY, I just can’t get over it. But, along with enjoying the nice weather, we have been enjoying time with friends, time with our pup and time with each other. Pretty much all the greatest things.

Incase you don’t follow me on Instagram and watch my stories every day (cough, cough, you should be…@good.chives), I need to fill you in on the excitement that happened at our house this past week. (I use the word “excitement” lightly here.) Two Saturday’s ago, I was minding my own business doing the dishes, humming some tunes because I was feeling productive and getting ready to move onto laundry. As I began the trek to our laundry room basement (definitely being dramatic here) I opened the door to find water covering the floor, coming up from a drain. Fast forward through us cleaning it up, thinking we fixed it, it happening again, cleaning AGAIN — to us bringing in a plumber who had to jackhammer (literally) about an 8 ft x 2 ft section of our basement concrete flooring. If you are a homeowner, or own anything, you know that it is NOT fun when something goes wrong that you HAVE TO fix. You are at the mercy of the pros you bring in and you are hoping that whatever they do, you aren’t left with a million $ bill at the end. All things considered, things could have been much worse. They completely replaced our drain pipe, which barely even resembled a pipe anymore (YAY OLD HOUSES!), rerouted it so we don’t see it anymore (that actually is a YAY!) and now our kitchen sink and dishwasher can function again. Moral of this story…a lot of things in the moment seem like the absolute WORST POSSIBLE THING EVER. The last thing we wanted, or really had time to deal with, with a busted pipe. But alas, the pipe gods did not care. So as we moved everything from the basement into the dining room and ripped up the carpeting, Ross and I decided we would think about all the ways “this could be worse” and you know what? We came up with A LOT of things that could be worse. It reminded me that it’s important to take a step back and realize that all in all, we are extremely lucky people, with a roof over our head, clean running water, an abundance of delicious food, amazing family and friends & SO MUCH MORE. I encourage you, when it seems like you just cannot catch a break – take that step back and think about all the good things going on in your life. It really helps put things in perspective.

Now that the kitchen is back in order, new recipes are on the docket again! I ran out of my purse stash of Larabars this week, so I decided to whip up my own version: Coco-Nut Bites. These babies are sweet, satisfying, and the perfect grab and go snack when you are on the run and need something to tide you over. The kitchen tool you need for these is a food processor (a blender like a Ninja or Vitamix may work, possibly even a Magic Bullet, but I have not tried these). My food processor was worth EVERY. SINGLE. PENNY. we spent on it. If you don’t have one, I really, HIGHLY, totally suggest make the purchase.

Coco-Nut Bites



  • 1 1/4 cup of pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut + 1/4 cup for rolling the bites in
  • 1 t cocoa powder (no sugar added)
  • 1/4 t pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 t vanilla extract


  1. Place all ingredients (except for the additional 1/4 cup of shredded coconut) into your food processor.
  2. Blend for approximately 45 seconds.
  3. When you open the lid the mixture will look crumbly (see photo below), but you will use a tablespoon scoop to remove he mixture and form into bite size pieces.
  4. Roll the bite in the additional 1/4 cup shredded coconut – the mixture will make approximately 12 bites.
  5. Store in the fridge up to 1 week. As if there will be any left by then! 🙂


Sending Good Chives Your Way,


Paleo Red Potato Salad

Before we get into the good stuff (a.k.a. this delicious potato salad) I wanted to address something on here. While I try hard every day to make good decisions for my health and overall well being, that doesn’t always happen. I will be the first to admit that I over indulge time to time and that my workout regimen needs attention. But that is why I am constantly working to find that balance & for me, and I hope you too, Good Chives is helping me find that. My goal is to enjoy my life & feel good living it each and every day. And the fact of the matter is that when I focus daily on eating clean, drinking enough water, getting a workout in and giving myself some relaxation time – I feel like I am running on all cylinders and it’s great. BUT don’t for a second think that I am ever trying to hide the fact that I don’t have this system down pat yet.

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Lettuce Wrap Salad with Almond Butter Sauce

Friday, Friday it’s finally Friday! I always forget how hard a “normal” week is after as short week. The first few days seem never ending. But, we survived and Saturday is right around the corner. I am ecstatic because for the next two weekends Ross and I will both be in Iowa City, with no real agenda. This means we can actually get to work on some of the final projects we have left in the kitchen. (Examples include: quarter round on the cabinets and windows, baseboard and backsplash) It doesn’t seem like it’s that much to do, but with these all being the “final” details we want to make sure they are done right – so we will see how far we can get over the next few weeks.

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Pesto Breakfast Hash

This week has been taking FOREVER. Which I knew it would because I am literally counting down the hours until Saturday when FIVE, you read that right FIVE, of my best friends are coming to visit me! I am having a difficult time concentrating on anything besides planning our menus (because hello, I love food), picking out what signature drinks I will be serving (because hello, it’s a girls weekend) and planning all the things we need to do in the few short days they are here! The reason this is even MORE fun of a girls weekend is because these gals and I all went to college together, HERE at the University of Iowa! We will be living our glory days to the full extent. So over the next few days I will be trying out some recipes to share with the girls, cleaning our house (which currently has two dogs living in it…oh man), and finishing out the work week. Do you have any exciting Memorial Day plans? Do tell!

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Italian Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Summer is in full swing people! That means warm days soaking in every ounce of sunshine, nights spent eating dinner on the patio, and most of all busy BUSY schedules. This summer, amongst other things, I am going to work on making more time for things that make me “me”. Some days that may mean making a new recipe rather than doing the dishes, taking Grady for a long walk rather than running my allotted miles at the gym, or spending a rainy Sunday laying around with Ross rather than folding laundry. I have realized that life is moving SO FAST and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Maybe we can all start finding ways to incorporate our hobbies, passions, friends and loved ones into our day to day more & worry about all that adulting stuff THE NEXT day.

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Whole 30 Recap

We have finished our Whole 30! I will admit the first two weeks felt like 2 years, but these last two went by rather fast. Maybe that as because I was starting to feel the positive changes or I was back in the rhythm – either way, WE MADE IT! But, the day after Whole 30 is always the hardest for me because I get this strange, nervous feeling that if I don’t have rules telling me I can or can’t eat something, that I will fall off the wagon – hard. Which to be quite honest has happened before. Melissa Hartwig, one of the creators of Whole 30, talks about this a lot – the idea of Food Freedom. Last year she even published a book called just that: Food Freedom Forever. So my “gift” to myself for finishing another Whole 30 is this: I am going to buy Food Freedom Forever, I am going to read it and I am going to continue working on focusing on good, whole foods that FUEL me.

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Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Does time ever feel like it’s just whirling past you? As though you can barely take a breath, let alone a step back to enjoy it? Well I can’t speak for you – but that is how I have been feeling lately! It’s not a bad thing, necessarily, but it just makes me want to start enjoying every moment a little more. So as we start off May and a VERY busy summer – that is what I am going to set out to do. Less focus on the bad/annoying things, more focus on the good/positive things! Easy. 🙂

I will start by sharing something good, dare I say GREAT with you! And that’s this recipe for my Turkey Lettuce Wraps. Now, I definitely did not invent the lettuce wrap…but I did eat a LOT of them at P.F. Chang’s in high school and college so I do consider myself a connoisseur of sorts. Lettuce wraps are a great source of protein, they are easy to make and the flavors can be adjusted based on what ingredients you have available. The recipe I am sharing today is my “go-to” recipe. I should also note, this is a great recipe for meal prep – I ate ours for 4 days last week. #ILOVELEFTOVERS

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Mini Meal Prep

Another weekend has come and gone! The weather here in Iowa was just miserable, making it much harder for me to want to leave the house and be productive. But after slowly moving my body closer to the front door (read: moved from the couch to the breakfast bar, from the breakfast bar to the kitchen table, from the kitchen table to the stairs and FINALLY out the door) I was able to get grocery shopping & a mini food prep done.

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Sweet Potato Pesto Noodle Bowl

Things got a little wild in our house last night. I experimented with a new 30-minute dinner! Luckily for us, and you all, it was delicious. Like borderline TOO good for how easy it was.

Remember the Whole 30 pesto & the sweet potato noodles I prepped on Sunday? They were the star of this dish!

Chicken apple sausages add protein & sweetness to the meal and sautéed peppers & onions complete the dish.

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