Vegan Chickpea Bolognese Spaghetti Squash (with Pressure Cooker Instructions)

On busy weeknights, this plant-based meal is ready fast.  I am much more likely to make spaghetti squash cooked in the pressure cooker instead of the oven where it takes 45 minutes.  It cooks perfectly in just 7 minutes.  Technically, you need to account for time for the pressure cooker to "come to pressure" (just like an oven needs to preheat).  Even with that, pressure cooking a spaghetti squash is a huge time saver and could not be easier.  And, no oil or salt is needed to cook it in the pressure cooker - just water. While the spaghetti squash cooks I quickly pull

Garnishes to Turn Your Soup into a Meal

Thank you Amy’s for sponsoring this post. #StartWithAmys this Soup Season. We are deep into the fall season, the weather has really turned and there is nothing I love more than cozying up to a steamy bowl of hearty soup to warm me up from the inside out.  On busy weeknights, soup is such a convenient option to get in vegetables, whole grains and plant-based protein all at once.  A meal in a bowl is always ideal. I have a habit of never serving my soups "naked."  I just cannot.  Soup garnishes are like accessories for your food!  I love

Chickpea Flour Pizza with Pesto and Roasted Beet Noodles

This pizza is the answer to all my foodie prayers!  For someone who is allergic to yeast, wheat, soy, dairy, gluten and eggs, it is almost impossible to find a suitable pizza crust that doesn't taste like cardboard.  Until now! When I discovered you can literally make a light, soft, chewy and flavorful pizza crust out of just chickpea flour and water, I was skeptical.  I thought, this seems too healthy, too easy and too right for me.  Well, I was right!  It was all those things and more!  This chickpea flour pizza tastes incredible and actually doesn't require much effort

Instant Pot Refined Sugar-Free Apple Butter (No-Peel)

Smooth, thick and creamy homemade apple butter bursting with fall flavor.  You guys are going to love this one for a couple reasons: I made it in the Instant Pot.  This recipe requires way less hands on time than stovetop recipes.  And it is much faster than the slow cooker method which takes literally all day. It is refined sugar-free.  I naturally sweetened it with three dates which offer a distinct caramel flavor to the butter.  Dates are a fresh stone fruit that provide dietary fiber and nutritious vitamins and minerals including zinc, copper, potassium, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium,

Frozen Mint Lemonade (Refined Sugar-Free)

If you are looking for an end of summer refresher, this is it! Zesty, tart, fresh lemon juice combined with sweet, herby mint and lots of ice will leave you cool, refreshed and hydrated. I was inspired last summer by Cookie + Kate's Limonanas (frozen mint lemonade's are called Limonana in the Middle East).  I wanted to create a refined sugar-free version so I could sip on it more often.  This one is simply sweetened with Medjool dates and is still perfection. This recipe is vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free and nut-free. If you give it a try, please let me know! 

Mediterranean Zucchini Pasta Salad

This easy and colorful vegetable pasta salad is crunchy, cold, refreshing and full of Mediterranean flavor. Here, spiralized veggies are tossed with fresh parsley, sweet and juicy cherry tomatoes, salty, meaty olives, green onions and a creamy (dairy-free) garlic dressing. You can bulk it up with quinoa and/or chickpeas to make it more of a meal.  Either way it is mega addictive.  For the vegetables noodles I used zucchini, cucumber, red bell pepper, orange bell pepper and red onion. Spiralizing the vegetables makes it so easy to pull this recipe together quickly.  It is a riff on my Vegan Mediterranean Pasta Salad,

Watermelon Mint Lime Slushies

These watermleon slushies are literally summer in a glass.  Nothing is better on a hot, humid, sweltering summer day than these frosty babies.  They have it all: sugar sweet watermelon flavor combined with zesty, tangy lime juice and fresh, sweet, herby mint.  The more ice you add the frostier they will be. This recipe is super simple and only requires four ingredients that you puree in your blender: watermelon, ice, fresh mint and fresh lime juice.  When I make them for my kids I leave out the mint and lime.  They love the frosty watermelon + ice combination.  It is

Creamy Spiralized Red Cabbage and Green Apple Slaw with Cilantro and Lime

Crunchy red cabbage combine with tart Granny Smith apples and pungent red onions to create a light and refreshing side dish.  This slaw is creamy, zesty and full of flavor.  It really hits the spot. You can serve it as a side dish for cookouts or add black beans and take on the go for lunch.  The cabbage stands up to the dressing without getting soggy and it only gets tastier overnight as all the flavors meld together.  I sometimes add the slaw to almond flour tortillas with some avocado and hemp seeds for an easy, nutritious lunch wrap. Spiralizing the red

Roasted Beet Noodles Over Quinoa with Parsley Pesto

Sweet and savory roasted beet noodles served with garlicky, herby pesto over fluffy quinoa is completely addictive.  Roasted beet noodles are like candy to me.  With just a little olive oil, salt and pepper, the oven magically transforms them into soft, delicious noodles.  I could eat an entire baking sheet of them.  But here I'm a bit more civilized and pair them with quinoa in this light and yet filling dish. Spiralizing beets is so much easier than hand chopping them.  And I find the noodle shape to be so much more enjoyable than chunks of beets. To spiralize a beet

Protein-Packed Slaw with Cilantro and Lime (No Mayo!)

I love slaw in the summer. I cannot get enough of the crispy, crunchy texture.  This flavorful version gets a protein-boost from forbidden rice, quinoa, hemp seeds and pepitas. Enjoy it for lunch or bring as a side dish to your next outdoor gathering. Cabbage is a powerhouse vegetable offering so many health benefits.  It is high in fiber, low in calories and loaded with antioxidants, phytochemicals and vitamins. In this recipe, I combined red and green cabbage with shredded carrots, quinoa, forbidden rice, pepitas and hemp seeds to bulk up the dish and make it more filling.  The different textures compliment each

No-Bake Brown Rice Crispy Treats with Dark Chocolate Shell and Flaked Sea Salt

This easy no bake recipe is the perfect hot-weather dessert for your summertime gatherings.  Rice crispy treats are a total classic and always a crowd-pleaser. No marshmallows are needed for this recipe.  The squares bind together with your favorite nut or seed butter.  They set in the freezer and can be stored there if desired and served chilled.  That is how I love to eat them. The combination of the chewy almond butter crispy center and the chocolate shell reminds me of a crunchy almond butter cup.  The flaked sea salt is optional but adds that irresistible salty-sweet chocolate combination that is

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