Harissa-Roasted Mushrooms over Quinoa, Parsnip & Spinach Salad

This post includes an amazing plant-based, gluten-free recipe from Green Chef plus a full and honest review of my experience with Green Chef.  Green Chef is a meal delivery service with ingredients that are all 100% USDA organic certified.  They provide gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo and family-friendly meal delivery options.  Their pricing is reasonable (each vegan

Vegan Chocolate Microwave Cake

Instant heavenly chocolate cake in four minutes flat – no oven needed.  Just your microwave. I hardly ever need or want to bake an entire cake.  Usually I just want a couple bites to satisfy my chocolate cake craving.  This recipe is perfect to share and helps with portion control.  It is a vegan and

How to Make Perfectly Cooked Quinoa

Sound the alarm!  I'm finally sharing my not-so-secret-anymore trick for how to make perfectly cooked quinoa.  It is easy and quick (which are my two favorite things when it comes to cooking methods these days).  No more soggy quinoa, crunchy undercooked quinoa or burnt quinoa for you!  This "trick" is magical.  I never do it

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

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 recipe is as easy as it gets.  No baking or cooking required.  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 in the three main ingredients:

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

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