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 and plant-based protein to keep me fuller longer.  In this recipe, I smear my favorite creamy homemade hummus as the first layer and top that with avocado and thinly sliced radish.  For added flavor I garnish with fresh herbs.  And, for the perfect crunch to

2-Ingredient Strawberry Sorbet

This refreshing and smooth strawberry sorbet could not be more simple.  No ice cream maker or churning needed.  This method is quick and simple.  And you only need two ingredients: frozen strawberries and liquid sweetener of your choice (agave or maple syrup).  Toss both into your blender and enjoy immediately, or freeze for about an hour if you want that perfect looking sorbet scoop.  It is sophisticated enough for adults but also a crowd pleaser with the kids.  My two toddlers love to make this recipe with me and devour it right away.  No time for freezing for my girls.   Strawberries are

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 juice, garlic and cilantro.  It is so easy to throw together and always a crowd-pleaser. I love this quinoa dish since it is studded with black beans which are considered a legume and part of both the protein and vegetable group.  They also provide dietary

Creamy Vegan Black Bean Dip

Black bean dip is the perfect spicy, creamy dip that is incredibly satisfying.  It is naturally dairy-free and full of healthy ingredients.  Black beans are considered a legume and part of both the protein and vegetable group.  They also provide dietary fiber and important nutrients such as iron and zinc.  I love their texture when pureed and they absorb flavor well.  This zesty dip is perfect for serving with raw veggies or chips.  It can even be used as a healthy spread for your sandwich or wrap. I hope this recipe inspires you to incorporate black bean dip into your

Cinco de Mayo Recipe Round Up

In preparation for Cinco de Mayo I’ve rounded up my top Mexican recipes! Get some tasty vegan and allergy-friendly recipe ideas to make your Cinco de Mayo celebration simple, delicious and healthy.  From apps to entrees, sides to dessert, get inspired with this collection of recipes: Mexican Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Avocado This one is perfect for Cinco de Mayo since it is loaded with avocado, cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice. It is perfectly light and a total crowd pleaser.  No dressing needed, just lime juice, fresh garlic, salt and pepper.  No oil.  This dish offers fiber and protein from the black beans and

Jade’s Big Girl Bed Reveal + Life Update

I'm finally in the third trimester!  #MADEIT #30weeks #lotstodobeforebaby! This blog has always focused on recipes but I wanted to take this time before Mother's Day weekend and before baby #3 arrives to share a quick life update and some kids' room redecorating advice for those interested.  Last month we celebrated the girls' birthday party with a picnic at our local park.  Their birthdays are just two days apart so for now we celebrate their birthdays together. Riley turned four this year and Jade turned two.  I'm loving this stage for both of them and kind of wish I could

May 1st, 2017|uncategorized|

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 the cauliflower and freeze it you can actually toss it into smoothies for a super creamy, silky effect.  And no cauliflower taste - promise.  This adds dietary fiber, folate and vitamin C to your breakfast routine without even trying.  And did you know cauliflower is

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 go back to jarred.  The whole dish comes together in 15-20 minutes.  You really cannot beat how fresh and gourmet this easy dinner is. Growing up, pasta night was never simple in our household.  My dad was from the south and cooking was sort of his

Gluten-Free and Vegan Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and what better way to to show your mom some love than freshly baked homemade cookies?  I'm planning to make a batch of these yummy thumbprint cookies for my sweet and strong mom.  These cookies are soft, delicate and go perfect with breakfast-in-bed, brunch or afternoon tea.  They make a great after dinner dessert too.  You can feel good about stuffing your mama (and yourself) with these gorgeous cookies because they are full of whole grains and plant-based protein. The center of each cookie is filled with Bonne Maman raspberry preserves.  Bonne Maman preserves

Super Seed Granola

  Granola is easier to make than you would expect and is such a nutritious addition to non-dairy yogurt, smoothie bowls, oatmeal, parfaits and even good on its own or with a bowl of cold non-dairy milk and berries.  I sometimes pack the granola clusters in a small container and take it with me to-go when I'm out an about.  My girls love it and my husband snacks on it at night when he gets the before-bed munchies.  Granola is one of those things you can enjoy throughout the day: breakfast, snack or dessert.  You can feel good about

A secretly healthy March Madness party

By now your bracket may be busted, but that doesn’t mean your March Madness viewing party food can’t be a slam dunk.   Here, I'm sharing my tips, tricks and recipes to keep you healthy all throughout the tournament. All good NCAA tournament parties have to have appetizers to keep your friends full as you watch the endless games on TV.  They don’t have to be deep fried or loaded with cream, mayo or butter.  Try these game day appetizers that are on the lighter side: Sweet & Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - This oil-free and butter-free snack is easy to

March 20th, 2017|Appetizers|
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