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A recap of the past two weeks in photos and recipes. Catch up on what you've missed and discover new recipes, tips, and inspiration. This week I'm sharing healthy travel lunches, a DIY taco bar, a peachy snack and more. Cheers!

Healthy road trip travel lunches. Gluten-free and dairy-free from

Healthy Road Trip Travel Lunches and Snacks. We took our last big road tip of the summer to the Wallowas in Eastern Oregon last week. I packed our lunches in these bento boxes so we'd have snacks for the drive and healthy lunches for the drive. Andrew and I had lentil salad with heirloom tomatoes and the three of us each had fruit, gluten free crackers, veggies, and Elle added cheese, pretzels and seeds to her bento box. I use these round silicone cups and these rectangular silicone cups to keep the food separated and organized.

barre3 Anywhere in the Wallowa Mountains.

barre3 Anywhere in the Wallowa Mountains. We enjoyed some hiking in the mountains during our trip. The views were spectacular but the climate was dry, dusty, and smokey from the wildfires burning all over the state. This Oregon girl thinks we need some rain! 

DIY Taco Bar.

DIY Taco Bar. We traded off cooking nights with friends during the trip. On my night I set out to feed a vegetarian, someone who's gluten-free, someone who's dairy-free, someone who's paleo, two hungry guys, and a kid. In situations like this a DIY Taco Bar is always the answer. I made slow cooker "refried" beans, pulled pork (which I reheated from home), guac, salsa, cheese, cultured sour cream, lettuce/tomato/onion/jalapeño, whole wheat tortillas, and corn tortillas. An easy, real food spread that made everyone is happy. 

Fresh Oregon Blackberries.

Fresh Oregon BlackberriesAndrew is the man. He's been going out every night, risking thorny bramble patches and multiple scratches so we can stockpile juicy summer blackberries from the wild bushes near our house. I've been using them to make Maple Oat Berry Crisps (can't stop, won't stop) and the rest are going in the freezer so we can taste summer in the middle of winter. He's a professor by day. The guy has many talents.  

Healthy Afternoon Snack. Peaches with almond butter and cinnamon. Naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.

Peaches with Almond Butter and Cinnamon. Looking for a simple, satisfying afternoon snack? Try slicing a ripe juicy peach in half. Remove the pit, then stuff each half with almond butter, sprinkle with cinnamon, and enjoy! This snack has been my go-to this peach season.

And in case you missed it, catch up on Real Food Whole Life recipes and post from the past two weeks . . . 

Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken. A healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free recipe!

Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken. Who wants a really simple, tasty, healthy slow cooker recipe? I've got one for you, and it will be a hit with your family for sure. Make a double batch and enjoy leftovers for lunch later in the week.

Healthy Weekly Meal Plan: Weeknight Chicken Recipes Edition.

Healthy Weekly Meal Plan: Weeknight Chicken Recipes Edition. Are you getting back into meal planning as we get closer to fall? I know I am. Here's a fantastic chicken-based meal plan to get you going.

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken, Veggie and Quinoa Stew. A quick and easy weeknight recipe. Gluten free and dairy free.

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken, Veggie and Quinoa Stew. I've been inspired to create more healthy, easy slow cooker recipes lately because you guys have been asking for them! Make this simple stew now with fresh garden veggies and then enjoy again as the chill of fall sets in.

Make-Ahead Recipes and Tips for Hosting a Healthy Baby Shower Brunch. Gluten free and dairy free recipes.

Make-Ahead Recipes and Tips for Hosting a Healthy Baby Shower BrunchLet's do a healthy brunch! I'm sharing tips and make-ahead recipes for a vibrant brunch in this how-to post. Whether it's a baby shower, wedding shower, or simple gathering with friends let this post be your guide. P.S. The entire menu is gluten-free and dairy-free friendly! 

Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad. A healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free recipe!

Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad. Let me introduce you to my all-time favorite salad. It's stunning, so flavorful and one of the easiest recipes around. Sold yet? Grab some ripe tomatoes and make this one soon!

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