Fall Quinoa Buddha Bowl with Apple Cider Maple Dressing

All the flavors of fall come together in an easy and refreshingly sweet Fall Quinoa Buddha Bowl that will satisfy everyone. The concept of a Buddha Bowl is growing more and more popular and not just with hippy vegans.  So what is a Buddha Bowl exactly?  It is a large bowl packed so full that it has a [...]

Simple Summer Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

When I dream about the perfect salad (and, yes, sometimes I do that), I think about peppery arugula topped with fresh fruits, candied nuts or seeds and the perfect creamy dressing to bring it all together.  This is that salad plus it contains quinoa for added protein.  This salad is light and just screams summertime.  I [...]

No-Bake Quinoa Energy Bites

This might be my easiest recipe ever.  No baking or cooking required make these perfect for summer.  Just mix, form into balls and freeze.  Energy bites make the perfect sweet and nutritious snack and are incredibly satisfying.  They are loaded with whole grains fiber and plant-based protein.  Here is a breakdown of the health benefits [...]

Baked Broccoli and Quinoa Falafel

I love incorporating vegetables into dishes in unexpected ways.  Broccoli really doesn't have any flavor and lends a perfect texture to these light and crispy falafel bites.  I also snuck in some quinoa too for good measure.  Why?  Because everything is better with quinoa.  Am I right?  Adding 3 cups of broccoli and 1 cup of [...]

Carrot Quinoa Protein Muffins (vegan + gluten-free + nut-free)

Grab-and-go healthy breakfast solutions are a necessity for me these days.  Mornings are so busy whether during the week or on weekends.  It just makes life so much easier to have nutritious breakfast options to-go.  These muffins are kid-friendly, portable and full of healthful ingredients including carrots, quinoa, flaxseed, oats, hemp seeds and applesauce.  They are loaded with plant-based protein [...]

No-Bake Fudgy Quinoa-Chia Bites

Sometimes I need a chocolate fix and usually those times correspond with when I'm feeling lazy ;)  Well good news!  This recipe is perfect for that moment!  A simple, no-bake and speedy dessert recipe that is full of healthful quinoa and chia seeds.  These adorable and delectable chocolate bites are bound together with sunflower seed [...]

Spring Quinoa Arugula Salad Bowl

Spring lunches for me are full of fresh veggies, flavorful herbs and light dressings.  I love to combine spring's produce with light and fluffy quinoa and serve it slightly warm or at room temperature.  Because it is not quite summer, I'm not ready for the whole cold salad thing just yet.  Once the quinoa cools to [...]

One-Pot Tex-Mex Veggie Quinoa Stew with Lime-Cilantro “Cream”

This new year means new opportunity for us all.  Many of us are resolving to live healthier in 2016.  Living healthier can mean different things to different people depending on one's current state of health.  For me, I want to feel and be my best.  So, in addition to staying active and keeping my stress levels [...]

Pecan-Cranberry Quinoa with Garlic-Maple Dressing

As everyone knows, quinoa is my go-to food.  It is so easy to prepare and offers such amazing health benefits.  It is loaded with fiber (one serving has over 5 grams) and is considered a complete protein with all eight essential amino acids which makes it a great source of plant-based protein for vegans.  In [...]

Roasted Acorn Squash with Cranberry Pecan Quinoa

I am currently the lucky recipient of a winter Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and this week received a beautiful acorn squash in my batch of local goodies (along with some mushrooms and green onions).  Acorn squash has a mellow flavor and yet meaty and satisfying texture.  It is considered a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C which [...]

By | February 22nd, 2015|dairy-free, entree, gluten-free, quinoa, vegan, vegetable, vegetarian|

Creamy Quinoa-Veggie Stew

Out with the old, in with the stew!  This unique and healthy stew is sure to help kick off your 2015 on the right foot. This creamy, vegan stew is perfectly satisfying during this frigid weather.  Loaded with protein-filled quinoa and health-boosting veggies - it is the perfect way to stay healthy while indulging in a comfort-food-like recipe. [...]

By | January 6th, 2015|dairy-free, entree, gluten-free, lunch, quinoa, soup, vegan, vegetarian|

Crispy Quinoa Cakes with Arugula & Sweet Potatoes

Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free These crispy quinoa cakes are packed with arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, sweet potatoes, shallots and sunflower seeds.  Delicious!  My husband says he loves them over salmon cakes.  And they actually stay together very well. They pair well over an arugula salad with avocado and roasted sweet potatoes and drizzled with [...]

By | January 5th, 2015|dairy-free, entree, gluten-free, lunch, quinoa, side dish, vegan, vegetarian|

Summertime Quinoa-Peach Salad

This recipe was inspired by my good friend, Kristin, who brought a similar dish to our summertime BBQ.  It was perfectly light and a total crowd pleaser.  It vanished pretty fast.  It is served at room temperature or slightly chilled which is great for summertime sides.  It also can serve as an easy and satisfying [...]

By | July 22nd, 2014|gluten-free, lunch, quinoa, salad, side dish, vegan|

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