Berry-Cherry Quinoa Salad with Candied Walnuts and Balsamic-Shallot Vinaigrette

This savory-sweet salad is perfect for summertime.  It is a healthy, satisfying, plant-based meal that can be served as an entree for two or divided four ways as a side salad.  The tart and juicy berries and cherries pair wonderfully with the sweet and salty toasted walnuts and creamy avocado.  And the tangy balsamic dressing brings everything together to create a light and refreshing salad that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.  I love the vibrant colors and how beautiful this salad looks when served.  The recipe is flexible and you can increase the amount of quinoa, avocado or nuts if

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Red, White and Blueberry Popsicles

These red, white and blue healthy pops would be perfect for July 4th weekend or really anytime this summer.  They are easy (just five ingredients) and can be made in your blender and then poured into popsicle molds.  Of course they are dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free.  I also kept them naturally sweetened and refined-sugar free plus they are full of plant-based protein and fruit.  Both kids and adults love this creamy, sweet and nutritious treat. I hope you all enjoy these patriotic popsicles.  They have an ultra creamy and satisfying texture and are incredibly refreshing this time of year.  If you

Vegan Summer Slaw

I cannot believe we are in mid-June.  This means full-on cookout season, dining outside with friends and family and lots of seasonal produce.  Summer cole slaw recipes are always evolving for me.  This one is my current obsession.  It is undetectably mayo-free and 100% vegan.  I use a simple tahini-based dressing to provide a creamy texture that will keep you coming back for more.  This summer slaw is total eye candy with all the vibrant colors.  It is crunchy and full of classic cole slaw flavor. Since it is mayo-free you don't have to worry as much about it sitting

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 Caesar salad that everyone could enjoy.  This one leverages hemp seeds and nutritional yeast for the vegan and nut-free "parmesan cheese."  I use white beans as the creamy base for the Caesar dressing.  The skillet chickpeas are optional but give a nice texture and gluten-free

Creamy Citrus Matcha Green Protein Smoothie

This has been my go-to smoothie lately.  So many nutrients are packed in the most delicious, filling and refreshing smoothie I have had in awhile.  I never would have thought citrus in a smoothie would do such a great job of masking the greens and matcha, but it really does.  This green smoothie will hydrate you and fuel you for the day with good-for-you ingredients. Every ingredient in this recipe has a purpose in terms of texture, flavor and/or nutrients.  I'll break it down for you... Dates naturally sweeten the smoothie (they are considered a fresh stone fruit) while also

Baked Chocolate Chia Seed Donuts

Healthy donuts that can be eaten for breakfast?  Yes, it is true!  Wait, really!?  Yes, really!  They are baked and the main ingredients are oat flour, almond flour, chia seeds, non-dairy milk, unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder) and maple syrup.  This means they are 100% vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and full of good-for-you ingredients. The pictures here show the donuts topped with melted dark chocolate and vegan cream cheese frosting but you could easily leave these off for a healthier version.  I eat them plain all the time for breakfast. The texture of these donuts is light and fluffy

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 Pot that I got for Mother's Day from my mom.  I have been making brown rice and fresh black beans in large batches.  Fresh black beans are so much better than canned.  And making rice in the pressure cooker saves so much time! I had

Three-Ingredient Vegan Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce

Honey mustard sauce has always been my all-time favorite condiment.  I just love the creamy, sweet and bold flavor combo.  I use this easy homemade sauce for everything but my favorite combination is to use it with sweet potato fries.  It also works great as a vegetable dip or as a dressing on salads. You can adjust the proportions as you see fit but the below recipe is my ideal combination.  If you want it creamier you can add more mayo.  If you want it spicier you can add more mustard.  And if you want it sweeter just add a bit

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

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