Green Bean and Goat Cheese Salad

green bean salad


Who is ready for FALL?! Me! Me! lol

It is practically fall in Europe already…we have those days of hot weather but it’s mostly raining and 65 out.  The one thing I dislike about fall and winter is that it gets dark early…which in normal cases I don’t mind…but as a food blogger it gets annoying. This means, there is no natural lighting and my photos don’t turn out that great. I hope when we move, I can get a lighting/photography set up!

Speaking of moving….we don’t have that much time left in Europe! Crazy!! I am excited to get back to the west coast though…hello beach, seafood, Sur La Table and Costco! I will say, I am going to miss small town living, the AMAZING Christmas markets in Germany, and just the culture all together. I do like living here, not the house, but the country in general. Winter is amazing, I love the markets a lot they are my favorite part about living here, and Italy really isn’t all that far away! Not to mention, you can fly to any surrounding country for like 40 euro round trip! That is unheard of in the states. For a ticket from California to Seattle was like $300….so to fly from Germany to London for about $45-50 is incredible!

Alright well, enough about that, onto the recipe! I know cheese and paleo don’t really mix, but goat cheese is allowed! Lucky for me, I love it! From what I hear from people, you either LOVE it or absolutely hate it. So, feel free to leave it off if you are one of those “hate it” people. For me, I can put it on just about anything. This was by far my favorite way to eat green beans! I almost never want to eat them plain again lol.


1 lb Green Beans, ends trimmed off
1/2 Red Onion, sliced thin
1 Garlic Clove, minced
3 Bacon slices
1/2 cup Goat Cheese, Feta or otherwise
1/4 cup Slivered Almonds
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil


1. Heat a large pan on medium heat.

2. Once hot, add your bacon to the pan and cook on each side until crispy.

3. Remove the bacon onto a paper towel lined plate, and chop into small pieces and set aside.

4. Pour out the bacon fat from the pan (sorry lol) and add the coconut oil.

5. Once the coconut oil is melted, add your green beans and garlic to the pan with salt and pepper. Saute for about 4-5 minutes.

6. Add the red onion, and cook another 2-3 minutes, just until the green beans are tender but still have a crunch to them.

7. Place your green beans in a large bowl, then add the bacon, goat cheese and slivered almonds!

Recipe makes 4 servings.

I would love to see if you made this! Just tag me on Instagram or Facebook @FoodIMakeMySoldier or Hashtag #FoodIMakeMySoldier on Instagram! Enjoy!

**If you are on the 21 Day Fix, I would count one serving as 1 green, 1 blue and 2 tsp.


Fruit “Salsa” with Apple Chips

fruit salsa



I’ve seen some random posts in my Facebook timeline about fruit dip or fruit with cinnamon sugar chips…so I wanted to make something a little healthier! This is a fruit dip or “salsa” I would call it, with apple chips. SO easy to make, and as you can imagine, the kids loved it too. Perfect for these hot summer days!

Let me know what you think, and remember to tag me @FoodIMakeMySoldier on Facebook or #FoodIMakeMySoldier on Instagram if you make it! :)


1 Green Apple, diced
15 Strawberries, diced
1 cup Raspberries, diced
4 Green Apples, sliced thin
Cinnamon (optional)


1. Slice your 4 apples thin, about 1/4″ thick, and place in your food dehydrator for about 6 hours until slightly crispy. To make cinnamon apple chips, just dust a little cinnamon over the tops. Keep in mind, you can usually find organic naturally dried apple chips at most stores or health food stores…so that is also an easy alternative if you’re in a hurry!

2. Dice your fruit, and place in a bowl to mix together. If you are taking this to a party for later, be sure to squeeze just a little lemon so the apples don’t turn brown.

That is IT! Super easy right!?

This is also 21 Day Fix Friendly in your purple container!


Asian Chicken Salad



Truth be told…life right now is all about what is easiest. I am sure a lot of you can relate! I have spent the last 4 weeks recovering from a hysterectomy, with abdominal incision, so as you can imagine it hasn’t been the most fun experience lol. I’m still not 100%, and Personal Training and Coaching keeps me very busy, not to mention my family and kids, so meals have to be quick. When I am feeling back to normal, I will venture back into meals that take a little longer. My mom came to visit though, that was fun. Ill be honest, it was right after my surgery and I was on pain medication, so I barely remember her visit haha. My kids are kinda bummed she had to leave so soon…but I hope we can make another visit happen during the fall/winter. Plus, who doesn’t want to come here for Christmas Markets?! That is probably the best part of Germany living!

It has been CRAZY hot this summer…anyone else dealing with no AC?! I love Germany, its a beautiful country, there are a lot of travel opportunities, but man…the fact that they don’t have AC in their homes kills me lol. I guess I am spoiled huh…Southern California girl for you I guess. I remember when we were stationed in Texas, I was pregnant, and it was 120 degrees but 65 in the house because the AC was on at ALL times. Even in the evening it was 100 degrees…it was crazy. That is one place I do not miss….Fort Hood anyway. For all who have been to Hood, I am sure you’re with me on that. I have only met 2 people who enjoyed living there lol.

Anyway, I made this Asian Chicken Salad last week. It was SO easy to make and we enjoyed it. My husband isn’t much of a chicken breast person, but he did like this. I think it’s because of the Coconut Aminos. If you haven’t tried Coconut Aminos you definitely should…it is like a better tasting (and better for you) Soy Sauce. It isn’t nearly as salty, its a little sweet from the coconut, low on the glycemic index, and makes phenomenal dressings! I only ordered  2 bottles thinking I would be the only one using it, but my 3 and 12 year old loved it, so now they use it on everything….which means I also need to order more. I love when I find something healthy they enjoy. Like Epic bars…my 3 year old is IN LOVE with the Bison Bacon Cranberry Epic Bar. I just got a 12 pack of them in the mail, and she was sitting in the back seat with the box and ate 2 on the way home from the mail box! If you have picky kids, or kids who just don’t like healthy foods, try giving them some of the paleo snacks from Epic or Steve’s Paleo Kits, or some of the many treats you find on our websites…they are bound to like something!

So on to the recipe…remember to tag me on Facebook @FoodIMakeMySoldier or hash tag #FoodIMakeMySoldier on Instagram if you make one of my recipes! Um…my phone broke last week so I am trying to figure out how to get a new one being how we are only here for 10 more months I can’t get a new contract…I will gladly accept any phone donations LOL…so I apologize if I don’t share it or see it right away. I don’t have Instagram until I can get a replacement :)


2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 cup Red Cabbage, thinly sliced
1 large Carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1 Avocado, diced
1 Cucumber, diced
1 Orange, peeled and separated into sections
Mixed Greens

For the Dressing:
1/4 cup Coconut Aminos
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Grated Ginger
1/2 tsp Sriracha
salt and pepper
1/2 Green Onion, sliced thin


1. Heat your skillet on medium heat with a little coconut oil or natural (Kerry Gold is good) butter.

2. Season your chicken with salt and pepper, and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat and set aside.

3. In a mason jar (or small bowl) combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk together, set aside.

4. In a bowl, place your mixed greens and 1/2 cup of raw shredded cabbage.

5. Top with carrot matchsticks, avocado, cucumber and orange slices.

6. Shred your chicken, and place on top of your salad, and pour your dressing over the top.

Recipe makes 2 salads. Very simple…you can even do this with leftover chicken or store bought roasted chicken.

On the 21 Day Fix? Here is the breakdown for that….

If you ARE NOT on the 21 Day Fix, but want to be, just contact me and I will give you 10% off! Just mention my blog post :)

Mixed Greens- 1 Green
Cabbage – 1 Green
Cucumber and Carrot – 1 Green
Orange – 1 Purple
Avocado – 1 Blue (check the size of your avocado, it could be 2 blue’s if you don’t measure it, but as you know the fix only allows 1 blue)
Chicken Breast – 1 Red
Dressing – I count this as 1/2 orange and 1 tsp

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I haven’t really done a post like this before! My blog is all recipes, but I thought I would keep you all updated with the latest and greatest! We have so much new product at Beachbody right now it’s so exciting! Not to mention, its natural stuff! I have never gotten into those companies that sell products with a ton of artificial ingredients and man made synthetic “vitamins” and things like that. I would much rather get all nutrition from real ingredients…it is what our bodies like! I am especially excited for the Energy Boost! Who doesnt need more energy, right?! Plus, it is a natural energy boost which puts a big smile on my face! I love finding new product unlike anything else. So let’s get to it!


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