Vegan Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Summertime is all about cold pasta salads loaded with veggies and drenched in amazing homemade vinaigrettes and sauces.  A cold pasta salad is the perfect outdoor dining side dish and great for large group entertaining.  I'm always trying out new dressings and veggie combos to mix things up.  This classic Mediterranean pasta salad recipe is really one of the yummiest I have ever made. This recipe is really flexible and I made enough dressing so you could add more veggies or other ingredients if you like and adjust the amount of dressing to your liking.  I recommend starting by pouring about

Protein-Packed Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is one of my favorite health trends and I'm so happy it is still going strong (at least it is for me).  I adopted the routine early on as my mid-morning "can't make it to lunch" snack.  Or, sometimes as my actual lunch.  I love to bulk my avocado toast up with veggies and plant-based protein to keep me fuller longer.  In this recipe, I smear my favorite creamy homemade hummus as the first layer and top that with avocado and thinly sliced radish.  For added flavor I garnish with fresh herbs.  And, for the perfect crunch to

Creamy Lemon-Parsley Hummus

This is my all-time favorite hummus recipe.  It is ultra-creamy and tastes so fresh with hints of lemon and parsley.  Avocado oil has been my go-to oil for homemade dips lately because it is neutral in flavor and doesn't overpower the dip like olive oil can sometimes do.  I left garlic out of this recipe to give it a more neutral flavor but you could certainly add that in if you wish. The recipe calls for only eight ingredients that all go straight into a mini food processor.  It could not be easier.  Homemade hummus can sound intimating to people

Vegan and Gluten-Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you want to eat a cookie and feel really good about it, then this is the cookie for you.  I cannot imagine a healthier cookie (plus they actually taste incredible).  These soft and chewy cookies are refined sugar-free, butter-free, oil-free, vegan and gluten-free.  They are full of nutritious ingredients including oats, flaxseed and almond butter (or any nut or seed butter you prefer).  And best of all?  They only require eight ingredients, one bowl and less than ten minutes of prep time. In my opinion, cookies should be simple to make, healthy and delicious.  These most definitely fit the bill.   These

Red, White and Blueberry Popsicles

These red, white and blue healthy pops would be perfect for July 4th weekend or really anytime this summer.  They are easy (just five ingredients) and can be made in your blender and then poured into popsicle molds.  Of course they are dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free.  I also kept them naturally sweetened and refined-sugar free plus they are full of plant-based protein and fruit.  Both kids and adults love this creamy, sweet and nutritious treat. I hope you all enjoy these patriotic popsicles.  They have an ultra creamy and satisfying texture and are incredibly refreshing this time of year.  If you

Vegan Summer Slaw

I cannot believe we are in mid-June.  This means full-on cookout season, dining outside with friends and family and lots of seasonal produce.  Summer cole slaw recipes are always evolving for me.  This one is my current obsession.  It is undetectably mayo-free and 100% vegan.  I use a simple tahini-based dressing to provide a creamy texture that will keep you coming back for more.  This summer slaw is total eye candy with all the vibrant colors.  It is crunchy and full of classic cole slaw flavor. Since it is mayo-free you don't have to worry as much about it sitting

Vegan Shredded Kale Caesar Salad with Skillet Chickpea “Croutons” & Hemp “Parmesan Cheese”

If there is one salad in need of a healthy recipe makeover, it is the classic Caesar salad. Loaded with raw egg, creamy dressing, croutons and a mound of Parmesan cheese, it can pack in a surprising amount of saturated fat, sodium and overall calories. I wanted to create a vegan, gluten-free and nut-free healthy Caesar salad that everyone could enjoy.  This one leverages hemp seeds and nutritional yeast for the vegan and nut-free "parmesan cheese."  I use white beans as the creamy base for the Caesar dressing.  The skillet chickpeas are optional but give a nice texture and gluten-free

Creamy Citrus Matcha Green Protein Smoothie

This has been my go-to smoothie lately.  So many nutrients are packed in the most delicious, filling and refreshing smoothie I have had in awhile.  I never would have thought citrus in a smoothie would do such a great job of masking the greens and matcha, but it really does.  This green smoothie will hydrate you and fuel you for the day with good-for-you ingredients. Every ingredient in this recipe has a purpose in terms of texture, flavor and/or nutrients.  I'll break it down for you... Dates naturally sweeten the smoothie (they are considered a fresh stone fruit) while also

Baked Chocolate Chia Seed Donuts

Healthy donuts that can be eaten for breakfast?  Yes, it is true!  Wait, really!?  Yes, really!  They are baked and the main ingredients are oat flour, almond flour, chia seeds, non-dairy milk, unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder) and maple syrup.  This means they are 100% vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and full of good-for-you ingredients. The pictures here show the donuts topped with melted dark chocolate and vegan cream cheese frosting but you could easily leave these off for a healthier version.  I eat them plain all the time for breakfast. The texture of these donuts is light and fluffy

Brown Rice Black Bean Salad with Mango and Avocado

Rice and beans can be ho-hum unless you add the right flavors and complimentary ingredients.  I always see such fun and colorful salads at the Whole Foods salad bar and want to replicate at home.  It sure makes for great recipe inspiration! This recipe came together because I have recently been experimenting with my new Instant Pot that I got for Mother's Day from my mom.  I have been making brown rice and fresh black beans in large batches.  Fresh black beans are so much better than canned.  And making rice in the pressure cooker saves so much time! I had

Three-Ingredient Vegan Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce

Honey mustard sauce has always been my all-time favorite condiment.  I just love the creamy, sweet and bold flavor combo.  I use this easy homemade sauce for everything but my favorite combination is to use it with sweet potato fries.  It also works great as a vegetable dip or as a dressing on salads. You can adjust the proportions as you see fit but the below recipe is my ideal combination.  If you want it creamier you can add more mayo.  If you want it spicier you can add more mustard.  And if you want it sweeter just add a bit

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