Author Archives: Elaine Gordon

Salsa Guacamole

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This is the easiest guacamole you will ever make – just two ingredients plus a squeeze of fresh lime. I was in the mood for guacamole this weekend but didn’t have a lot of time to chop a bunch of ingredients, so I dumped some salsa onto chopped avocado and the rest is history.  Couldn’t […]

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Almond Butter Bonbons (vegan + gluten-free)

This vegan version of bonbons is not only healthy but happens to be gluten-free and full of protein.  You can have fun with this no-bake recipe and experiment with different nut butters like peanut butter or cashew butter (or even sunflower seed butter for those who have a nut allergy). If you do use almond […]

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Detox Quinoa Spinach Salad (gluten-free + vegan)

This quinoa salad has it all!  Recently, I’ve been bored with healthy lunchtime options and wanted to create an exciting dish that provides a healthy source of lasting energy for lunch on-the-go.  This recipe features my all time favorite grain: quinoa (gluten-free and a complete protein).  It gets healthy fat from both avocado and walnuts […]

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is perfect for holiday dinners.  It is simple, classic and oh so healthy! Sweet potatoes are such a wonderful vegetable.  They provide a good source of dietary fiber and are high in vitamins A and C. Plus, they are a good source of potassium. Make sure you select sweet potatoes with smooth skin (avoid cracks, […]

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Healthy Quesadilla

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Forget Taco Bell!  This homemade and very healthy quesadilla is perfect for a Mexican food fix.  It is super-easy to make and a real crowd pleaser.  Plus, it is filling with the addition of ground lean turkey meat.  A full meal! Serves 2 Ingredients 1/3 pound ground turkey meat (lean) 1 tbsp extra virgin olive […]

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Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup

Vegan Tomato Basil Soup

This vegan spin on creamy tomato-basil soup is much healthier than what you might find at a restaurant.  Cosi’s tomato-basil side soup contains 20 grams of fat (12 grams of saturated fat) and is loaded with sodium.  Keep it light with this easy, homemade version. Tomatoes are a low calorie vegetable full of vitamins A […]

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Super Simple Carrot Soup

Carrot Soup

Gluten-free and EASY to make. This deliciously sweet, creamy and savory soup will keep you warm as the weather continues to cool.  Its vibrant orange color means it is full of the powerful antioxidant, vitamin A.  With one bowl you are helping to reduce your risk of cancer, slow aging and reduce some diabetes-related symptoms.  […]

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Chilled Berry Pie (No Bake & Gluten-Free)

Chilled berry pie

Summer is officially coming to an end in the next couple of days and the days are starting to get cooler.  Before the season officially ends, try this incredibly refreshing no-bake, healthy berry pie recipe.  It is easy as pie to make! This recipe comes from a registered and licensed dietitian, Sarah Waybright, owner and […]

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Kale “Pesto”

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This kale pesto is an easy and delicious way to sneak in a super veggie.  With loads of powerful antioxidants, kale provides a nutrition boost that surpasses other leafy greens.  Kale is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K  and a good source of fiber and iron.  It is also a great source for […]

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Easy Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Avocado PUdding

This is a raw, vegan, gluten-free alternative to chocolate pudding. The avocado has no taste but adds a creamy texture.  Super easy and quick to make when you have an urgent chocolate craving but want to keep it healthy (and avoid the whole milk, eggs, butter). The result is rich, thick, decadent and sweet! Health Benefits of […]

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Gluten-Free Cookies with Crunchy Sunflower Seed Butter (Vegan)

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Gluten free cookies can often times be boring, dry, chewy or just the wrong texture… I have been working on perfecting this recipe for some time now and it is finally ready for you!  My husband (who does not keep a gluten-free or vegan diet) is obsessed with these and typically eats half the batch […]

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Treasure Hunt Brown Rice

Healthy Brown Rice Recipe

Adding some fun and unique ingredients to brown rice takes it from ho-hum to WOW!  Try adding these delicious (and nutritious) food “treasures” including pine nuts, golden raisins and chunks of both champagne mango and avocado to make this dish a real crowd pleaser.  Also works well with chunks of nectarine or peach (perfect for […]

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Ayurvedic Cauliflower “Rice”

Ayurvedic Cauliflower “Rice”

Guest Blog Post: The below post is from my friend, Melissa Biber. While I have always been interested in Ayurvedic Medicine, it was not until this past Spring when I spent time at an Ashram becoming certified in Ayurvedic nutrition that I began to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into my daily life. The term Ayurveda derives from […]

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Baked Chicken Meatballs (Sweet and Healthy)

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Egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free I have never been so excited about a meatball recipe! These meatballs are incredibly moist and flavorful! They are actually kind of addictive. The honey/mustard/garlic combo is so delicious. And the oats are a healthy substitute for breadcrumbs and help hold in the moisture. Plus, I find covering the baking dish while […]

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Shaved Brussel Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Follow my blog with Bloglovin My mom’s favorite vegetable is brussels sprouts, but I have honestly never been a huge fan.  I find they can be bitter or sometimes just plain boring.  And, when they are tasty, they are usually covered in unhealthy sauces or loaded with butter.  So, as I was preparing my mom’s […]

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Chocolate Nut-Granola Bark

Chocolate Granola-Nut Bark

Heart healthy nuts, oats and dark chocolate all combine to make this addictive and super simple dessert! Vegan, gluten-free Ingredients ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips ¼ cup almonds (I use Trader Joe’s roasted, half-salted) 1/4 cup raw almond slivers ¼ cup pistachios (salted or unsalted variety) ¼ cup cashew pieces ¼ cup granola + 2 tbsp […]

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Purple Cabbage Salad with Walnuts and Granny Smith Apple

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It is important to incorporate vegetables of every color into your diet.  Purple cabbage has so many wonderful health benefits – it is low in calories (22 per serving) and full of heart healthy fiber and vitamin C.  In fact, just one serving contains more than half of your daily intake for vitamin C.  According […]

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Easy Chicken, Brown Rice & Veggie Soup

Chicken Soup

Nothing warms the heart and heals the soul better than homemade soup. It also happens to be a great way to use up leftover ingredients in your fridge. This recipe uses cooked chicken breast, cooked brown rice and almost all the veggies that were in my fridge. Really, this recipe can use any of your […]

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Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

Raw, green smoothies are great for absorbing key ingredients from plant foods such as iron and calcium which are not highly absorbed by the body when the greens are cooked.  For example, spinach contains a chemical called oxalic acid, which binds with iron and calcium and reduces the absorption of these important minerals.  According to […]

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No-Bake, Chia-Sunflower Seed Energy Bites

No-bake, chia and sunflower seed energy bites.

This is the perfect healthy snack! These energy bites feature the amazing chia seed which offers more heart-healthy omega-3s than flax seeds.  Plus, chia seeds contain calcium, magnesium, iron, protein and antioxidants. The energy bites are also loaded with sunflower seed butter – high in the antioxidant vitamin E which may lower the risk of […]

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Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower Soup

This creamy soup is elegant, addictive and extremely easy to prepare.  Plus, it is full of health benefits from the star of the dish: cauliflower! Health Benefits of Cauliflower Cauliflower is high in vitamin C, which is important for growth and repair of body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds and keep teeth and gums […]

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Light Shrimp and Noodle Stir-Fry (Gluten-Free)

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This is an incredibly light stir-fry that boasts a ton of fresh flavor and a unique sauce.  It is gluten-free and packs extra nutrition from the spinach. My husband went absolutely crazy over this dish and said it was the best shrimp dish I have ever made.  We both devoured our warm bowl of noodles […]

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Arugula Pesto Chicken Salad

Arugula Pesto Chicken Salad Recipe

This is a fantastic, mayo-free spin on chicken salad and makes for a healthy lunchtime option.  White meat chicken is a great lean-protein option to give you energy. The arugula “pesto” adds a mild peppery flavor and the end result is creamy and completely satisfying. Add to a whole wheat pita with avocado and tomatoes […]

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookie

Pumpkin Breakfast Coookie Healthy

A seasonal breakfast solution perfect for a cool fall morning!  Make the night before for a super portable breakfast or morning snack. Each cookie contains whole grains, heart-healthy walnuts, dried fruit and of course the nutritional powerhouse vegetable, pumpkin.  This cookie has it all!  Plus, it is gluten-free and completely vegan. When you see canned […]

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Classic Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus Recipe

Creamy, filling and incredibly addictive.  I make hummus all the time and this is one of my favorite versions.  Serve as a dip with raw veggies and chips or use as a spread for your sandwich or wrap in place of mayo or meat. Health Benefits of Chickpeas Chickpeas are a plant based protein and […]

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Chocolate Trail Mix Tart

Healthy Chocolate Honey Tart

Dessert out of healthy packaged snacks! This is a recipe makeover – a lightened up (and allergy friendly) version of Giada DeLaurentiis’ Chocolate Honey Almond Tart.   I substituted unsweetened almond milk for the heavy cream and sunflower seed butter for regular butter.  I also upped the nutrition content by incorporating a seed based trail mix […]

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Mashed Lima Beans

Mashed Lima Beans

This unique twist on the classic mashed potatoes is much easier (and faster) to make since frozen lima beans cook quickly and don’t require any peeling.   Plus, lima beans are packed with fiber, protein and important nutrients to keep you healthy.   Their light green color is gorgeous paired with any entrée. Lima beans are considered […]

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Mayo-Free Tuna Salad

Mayo Free Tuna Salad

A simple lunchtime solution that is healthy and incredibly creamy, rich and flavorful.  Instead of mayonnaise, I used ½ avocado pureed with some powerful flavors: shallot, garlic clove, sea salt and pepper.  That’s it! Serve it straight up, on top of a fresh salad or on whole grain toast or pita bread.  It can also […]

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Cilantro-Lime Salad Dressing

Cilantro Lime Dressing

Take your salad to the next level with this unique and healthy salad dressing.  This Latin-inspired dressing is smooth with a sweet and zesty finish from the lime, cilantro and honey combination.  Herbs like cilantro and citrus fruits like limes are a great way to cut down on salt and oil in your dressings.  Cilantro […]

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Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate Mug Cake

Instant, heavenly chocolate  cake in 3 minutes flat – no oven needed! The current mug craze is great for keeping portion control in check.  This recipe puts a vegan, gluten-free healthy twist on traditional mug cake.  It is light and fluffy and oh-so moist. Ingredients 3 tbsp brown rice flour 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder […]

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