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robyn downs 🌱 portland, oregon  wellness simplified ✨ mama // self-love // self-care simple healthy real food recipes host: feel good effect podcast #gentleisthenewperfect

When do you feel like it's officially fall? After Labor Day? When the kids go back to school? October 1st? 🍂 When I'm planning my content calendar for recipes I'm never quite sure when to roll out the pumpkin, ya know what I mean? For now I'm still all about those big, beautiful summer flavors that really shine in this new recipe for Peach Chicken Basil Glow Bowls. It's ultra-simple to throw together, and I'm telling you, that peach sauce is evvvvvvvvvverything. Like, put it on all.the.things and thank me later. Grab the new recipe on or click the link in profile! 🌱🍑🌱 make it now:⠀

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Still dreaming about last night’s dessert. My summer entertaining rule: go fresh + simple! I opt for an easy berry crisp (my fave is on the blog, under dessert), or berry shortcake. Which would you choose? 💙 This time we went with shortcake (I used gf vanilla cake as a sweet little shortcut) plus all the juicy Oregon berries. Top it off with homemade whipped regular + coconut cream and you are definitely winning. Now my only question: can leftovers double as breakfast?

Simple real food dinner party going down tonight. Grilled steak + corn + berry shortcake. But do we really need anything else than this? ✨ Double tap if you think summer produce is the best!

Hello Instant Pot Loaded Mexican Chicken Soup! After a good long week of vacation eating this soup is absolutely giving me life. Packed with veggies, tons of protein, plus a nourishing broth, it's light, fresh and totally satisfying. It can be whipped up in the Instant Pot in a matter of minutes, or try to crockpot variation (stovetop would totally work, too). Who's all in for this celebration of goodness? Grab the new recipe (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo, whole30) on or head to the link in profile. ✨

Home! After 10 days on the road we're pretty excited to be home sweet home. Self-care today looks like stocking up on all the pacific northwest fruits + veggies at the market, cooking up a simple little dinner, and going to bed super early. How are you wrapping up your weekend?⠀

We made a quick stop at Target yesterday and found the entire back-to-school display up and ready to go. What do you think: too soon on the back-to-school stuff?⠀⠀
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I’m personally holding onto summer as long as possible and ready to dive head first into all the goodness of August! First up: One-Bowl Zucchini Blueberry Muffin Breakfast Cookies. Guys, these are the healthy way to do cookies for breakfast, and they’re totally family approved. Tag a friend who needs this simple veggie-filled recipe, and find it on under muffins & bites, or click the link in profile. 💙

Simplicity in a bowl. 🌱 Spring Roll Noodle Bowls are super fresh, require virtually no cooking, and are just dang delicious! They’re also paleo (the secret is using sweet potato noodles—I’ve linked my fav in the recipe), gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and can be made vegetarian by swapping out the protein. Summer goodness in a bowl. Grab the new recipe on or click the link in profile. ✨

Do you know what #jomo means? It’s the joy of missing out. JOMO. As in the opposite of fear of missing out. Can I get an amen? 🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏿‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋‍♀️And right now? Alllllllllllll about the pure joy of missing out. As in: I put the podcast on hiatus for the summer so I can double down on family time. As in: I cut back on my content schedule so I could get outside and absorb the glory that is summer. And, as in: I put an away message on my inbox this week, because taking real rest is how I’m rolling. There’s so much pressure to go-go-go, hustle-hustle-hustle right now—in the online entrepreneurial space and basically in life in general. Yes, I could have batch recorded a bunch of episodes to release each week, worked over the weekend to have more posts this month, and scheduled calls for this week away. Hustle-hustle-hustle, go-go-go. But I reject that. Im opting out. Doing this differently. Pausing, simplifying, resting, finding gentle. All in on the #jomo ✨What do you say? Are you into it? Bonus points for my photo bomber who always finds her way into the photo. Can you spot her? #gentleisthenewperfect

Well hello there Instant Pot Peach Chicken & Basil. So simple, so delish + requiring just a handful of super-fresh ingredients, you're going to want make this one asap! There's a crockpot option, too, so you really can't go wrong. Grab the gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, paleo, whole30 recipe on or click the link in my bio. 🍑🌱🍑 ps: I'm working on an Instant Pot for beginners post to answer all your IP questions. Head to my stories to ask me anything, or drop your questions below! ⠀

Simplified meal prep: heatwave edition. Gearing up to get some serious work done before heading out on a major road trip this week, so taking time for self-care via some real food meal prep. Also our AC is broken 🤦‍♀️ so I’m prepping in the am when it’s coolest and avoiding the stove as much as possible!⠀
From top left: Egg Roll Noodle Bowls, washed romaine + cooked shrimp for lettuce wraps, 5-Ingredient "Rotisserie" Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot, Turmeric Tahini Loaded Chicken Salad, sweet potato noodles + cabbage + Real Food Fix Sesame Dressing + extra Turmeric Tahini Dressing because that stuff is so amazingly delicious. ⠀
All the recipes in caps are on the (just search by name) and the dressing is in my meal planning guide. What's self-care look like for you today? Would love to hear (definitely does not have to involve cooking)! #mealprepsimplified

We need your recommendations! ✨ PDX —> Vancouver, BC —> Whistler, BC —> Bend, OR —> PDX. We’re about to set off on a seriously epic family road trip and would LOVE your recommendations. We absolutely adore Vancouver, but haven't been there in several years, and haven't been to Whistler since our honeymoon (a looooooong time ago). ⠀

So, please, share all you fav eats, coffee shops, (kid accommodating) places to grab a drink, sites, hikes, and adventures. We're driving and have a 6 yo with us who can handle anything 6-7 miles and under. Thanks in advance, you guys always have the best suggestions! ⠀
ps I'll be sharing behind the scenes healthy road trip + hotel travel tips on my stories all week, so come hang out and we'll chat! ⠀

A pile of zoodles, coated in Dairy-Free, Nut-Free Pesto, topped of with a few shrimp, and dolled up with a quick turn in the pan with olive oil + garlic? Um, yeah, that's what simple summer dinner is all about.⠀

You can find the pesto on (search pesto there or google dairy-free, nut-free pesto). It's a reader favorite, and can even be frozen if you happen to have a bumper crop of basil on hand. We love it on pasta + zoodles, slathered on bread and topped with avocado, stirred into soup, layered in a quesadilla, or rolled with turkey in a lettuce wrap. What's your fav way to pesto?

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