Mexican Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Avocado

This spicy and flavorful quinoa salad is loaded with plant-based protein from the quinoa and black beans.  It can be served as an entree or side dish.  I like it best at room temperature but it can be served chilled or slightly warmed.  It is oil-free and flavored from the red onions, jalapeno, fresh lime

Creamy Chocolate Shake with Hidden Veggies

I've been on a 'sneaking in veggies' kick lately.  I'm trying to increase my vegetable intake whenever and wherever possible, especially since while pregnant vegetables are not always the most appetizing of foods.  This chocolate shake is such a sneaky way to get some cauliflower into your diet.  Stay with me here.  If you steam

Chunky Tomato Basil Spaghetti

Everyone needs a killer pasta recipe in their back pocket.  This one is mine and it is a total classic.  It is always a hit and always surprises people when they find out how simple and quick it is to make this homemade sauce.  Once you make a homemade sauce you will never want to

Noodles & Company Copycat Indonesian No-Nut Saute (vegan + gluten-free + soy-free)

Back in college, there was a Noodles & Company just off campus and I used to love to order their Indonesian Peanut Saute.  Best dish on the menu if you ask me!  It was so different than all the other pasta dishes and completely addictive.  I love the fresh lime and cilantro coupled with the spicy

Chipotle Guacamole

I love guacamole.  And I really love Chipotle's guacamole.  They keep it simple and mash it to perfection.  I set out to replicate their recipe at home so I could enjoy their addictive guacamole anytime I want. I was pleased to find that they actually published their recipe online.  You can even find YouTube tutorials from

Creamy Vanilla Acai Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are a healthy and easy way to turn a smoothie into a meal.  They are decadent, filling and healthy all at once.  This smoothie bowl is thick and creamy but 100% dairy-free.  It is also vegan, soy-free, nut-free and gluten-free making it something that everyone can enjoy. Making smoothie bowls at home is way

Moroccan Tomato & Chickpea Soup

Moroccan soup for the soul!  I'm telling you, this soup is the brothiest and spiciest soup that will hug you and at the same time make you sweat out whatever you need to get out of your body.  This past weekend my husband and I were both fighting off colds and this soup was the

Roasted Spaghetti Squash Boats with Quinoa, Chickpea & Veggie “Taco Meat”

Low-carb and low-calorie Mexican comfort food can be hard to find. Here, cooked and shredded spaghetti squash becomes the base of this nutritious entree loaded with spicy Mexican flavor. I love all squash varieties (acorn, butternut, delicata, pumpkin and spaghetti) for different reasons, but spaghetti squash has always been a favorite of mine.  The mild flavor of spaghetti squash

Roasted Root Vegetables with Fresh Herbs

When root vegetables are roasted they have a naturally interesting flavor that can be described as earthy, nutty, anise-like or even buttery.  They are often underused which is why serving them is always impressive.  People go crazy when they see all the beautiful colors come together.  I simply roasted the vegetables in heart-healthy olive oil

Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

'Tis the season for Butternut Squash Soup!  This ultra-simple recipe doesn’t require that you peel or chop the butternut squash (which can be very difficult).  In fact, it only takes minutes to prep.  This oh-so-comforting soup is creamy and flavorful without any dairy or butter.  It would be the perfect healthy addition for Thanksgiving dinner

Spicy Red Lentil Veggie Stew with Crispy Chickpea Croutons

It is getting to be that time of year when you want to cozy up to a bowl of hearty stew and maybe even sweat a little.  I'm starting to crave a spicy stew with all the flavors.  When I make a stew I don't mess around.  I'm not a fan of stews that leave you wanting more.

Pumpkin Risotto

This creamy and luxurious risotto recipe gets a nutrition boost from pumpkin.  Most risottos are full of butter and loads of cheese.  This vegan version is lightened up so you can feel good about eating comfort food.     This elegant recipe is a total crowd pleaser every time.  And, this is yet another way

Classic Chickpea Hummus

It dawned on me recently that although I have a TON of hummus recipes on the blog (salty fig hummus, white bean hummus, black-eyed pea hummus, beet hummus, green lentil hummus), I haven't captured my go-to, classic hummus recipe that I make every couple of days.  This recipe is simple and can be served as a

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