Ali Wren

whole-hearted living, healthy-minded eating

Paleo Strawberry Vinaigrette

Why do salads always taste better when someone else makes them for us? I was at a local restaurant in my hometown in Michigan with my mom, and we had this incredible mixed greens salad with orange slices, dried cranberries, pepitas, avocado, and three choices of dairy-free dressing–the classic balsamic vinaigrette, another basic vinaigrette, and strawberry […]

Summer Spritzer

With a combination of fresh strawberries, kiwi, lime, and mint, this refreshing drink is a summer weeknight go-to at the Wren home. (Good for the nights you don’t want to drink your calories, too!) Super simple and super tasty! This recipe makes two 16-oz. drinks. Ingredients:  1/2 cup sliced strawberries 2 sliced kiwis 3 lime slices […]

Paleo Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

The texture and flavor of coconut flakes mixed with (dark) chocolate chips and cinnamon makes this grain-free cookie combination delightful. I’ve made the egg version and egg-free version, and both recipes turned out great. Enjoy in the morning with coffee, or for an afternoon snack with almond milk! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut 1 […]

Paleo Zucchini Muffins

These delicious zucchini muffins are packed full of health! They can be made vegan if you replace three eggs with a flaxseed meal replacement. (I made a batch with 3 tbsp. flaxseed meal + 9 tbsp. water.) Warning: the muffins will have a green hue swirled throughout them, so it might be difficult to trick […]

Paleo 5-Minute Mug Cake

The other day I was craving something sweet*, but I didn’t want to bake a whole batch of brownies or cookies (because I would eat them all!). So I looked up some mug cake recipes, and tried a grain-free option. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it! Ingredients:  1 8-oz. […]

Single Serving Spinach Tomato Frittata

I’ve been doing a Whole30 reset this week, and I get pretty tired of scrambled eggs in the morning. So I decided to try a single-serving frittata in a ramekin with whatever I had in my fridge, which happened to be spinach, tomatoes, and chicken sausage. Voila! This was so easy to make, and delicious! […]

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Adam introduced slow-roasted tomatoes to me last summer, and I was hooked. They are now one of our go-to snacks–worth the many hour wait in the oven. (I did my second Whole30 in January, and am doing a 3 to 5 day reset right now. You can follow along on Instagram if you’d like to […]

Paleo Chicken Chorizo Stuffed Peppers

These peppers are one of my favorite things to make in the summer time! Paleo (and therefore gluten-free and dairy-free), and something my husband and I both can eat together. Super simple and tasty! Ingredients: 1 pound mini sweet peppers* 3 links of uncooked chicken chorizo sausage** (approximately 1 pound) 1 package of bacon (approximately […]

Egg Muffins

These egg muffins have been a hit in our home. I’m on my second round of Whole30 (follow along on Instagram!), and Adam is eating as much of what I make as he can. I baked up 2 dozen, and froze half so I was ready for the following week! Ingredients:  16-18 eggs (I started […]

Chia Pudding

I’m on my second round of Whole30* (follow @whole30ali on Instagram for daily meals), and I’ve been eating the same thing for early-morning breakfasts: a whole30-compliant Larabar and hard-boiled egg, egg muffin, or RX bar. I wanted to add something else to the rotation, so I experimented with chia pudding. And it was a nice […]