Spiced Lentil & Split Pea Soup in a Jar: A Food Gift for the Holidays

This post is brought to you by Imagine.  In partnership with Imagine, I encourage you to embrace creativity in your at-home cooking by experimenting with your own simple and approachable recipes. These colorful mason jars layered with legumes, rice and spices make the most adorable, thoughtful and delicious holiday gifts for teachers, hosts, your favorite barista, neighbors, friends, family or really anyone

Quinoa Cauliflower “Rice”

Cauliflower rice has been a trend for a couple of years now and continues to be gaining popularity.  It is a great way to sneak more vegetables into your diet.  I love to make it with store-bought frozen riced cauliflower but you could certainly buy fresh or make your own cauliflower rice in your food

Easy Instant Pot Vegan Butternut Squash Soup (+ Stove Top & Slow Cooker Instructions)

This comforting, vibrant soup is creamy and flavorful without any dairy or butter.  It would be the perfect healthy addition for Thanksgiving dinner or any fall-time gathering.  Everyone loves the velvety, silky-smooth texture and slightly sweet and nutty taste of butternut squash soup. This recipe includes instructions for your stove top, slow cooker and Instant Pot.  For

Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie Bowl (+ Vitamix Giveaway)

You can enter to win two Vitamix blenders at the bottom of this post (directly below the recipe).  Good luck! I have been into no-fruit smoothies lately.  Nothing against fruit at all (love fruit and eat it every day), but sometimes I like to use smoothies as a way to sneak more vegetables into my diet early

Three Bean Chili

Growing up, almost every Sunday during football season my dad made a huge pot of chili.  His chilis were totally epic.  He would taste, adjust seasonings and stir it regularly as it simmered on the stove for hours. It was a ritual.  He liked to let it really thicken and for the flavors to meld together.  I

Garlic & Chive Roasted Vegetables

Roasting is my favorite way to enjoy vegetables.  It brings out the best of their natural flavors and is so easy.  This recipe is a great way to get in all the colors of the rainbow.  It makes the perfect side dish for any occasion.  I recently made it for a large family dinner and

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

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

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

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

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

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