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 processor.  I find the already prepared and frozen one best so that I always have it on hand and can enjoy without any effort (no cleaning, chopping or kitchen tools needed).  Lately I have been combining the riced cauliflower with fluffy cooked quinoa.  I love

No-Bake Flourless Brownie Energy Bites

I stumbled upon this recipe while working on a baked brownie recipe.  I tasted the batter and it was just incredible.  I literally could not stop spooning the batter into my mouth.  Because the ingredients are nutritious and plant-powered I didn't feel bad about it in the least.  This recipe provides protein, fiber, heart healthy fats and loads of fudgy brownie flavor.  It seems too good to be true, right? Energy bites (or balls) are wonderful snacks that I love to keep in my freezer and enjoy when I need a sweet, filling and healthy treat.  I have two other

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 the vibrant colors looked beautiful on the table.  It goes with everything, has great flavor and there is something for everyone.  It also is a great recipe to make on a Sunday night so you have vegetables to add to your lunches and dinners throughout the

Combat the Nightly “What’s for Dinner?” Stress: Weekly Meal Planning and Bulk Prepping for Healthy Meals

Have you ever had a crazy long day and walked in the door hungry without any clue what to do for dinner?  Have you ever spent an hour thinking about what you should make only to end up ordering take out or microwaving a frozen meal?  Life is busy and eating healthy can sometimes feel like a chore without some basic organization and planning.   Read on to learn time saving tips for weekly meal planning and bulk food prep.  This will make grocery shopping easier and ultimately save you time and money. We all know that a home-cooked meal

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No-Fruit Smoothie (aka Purple Sweet Potato Smoothie)

This smoothie tastes like a thick and creamy (purple) milkshake.  It is naturally sweetened with dates and purple sweet potato and flavored with sweet cinnamon and vanilla.  It basically tastes like dessert. Smoothies are typically known for helping to sneak in fruits into your diet.  But, more and more people are using smoothies to sneak in veggies too.  Recently I posted a smoothie recipe that contains FOUR different vegetables (Blueberry Veggie Smoothie ).  This proves that not all vegetable smoothies have to be green.  I'm chasing the rainbow here with some new creations lately! This latest smoothie recipe is so luxurious and decadent

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Acai Smoothie Bowl

The chocolate-cherry combination has always been a winning one in my book so I figured why not put it in smoothie bowl form?  Smoothie bowls are a fun and beautiful way to cram in loads of nutrients into one filling breakfast.  I love to decorate mine with toppings that provide different textures.  Anything crunchy is great with the creamy, silky smoothie underneath.  It reminds me of digging into a frozen yogurt with loads of toppings.  What is better than that? This smoothie bowl is packed with nutrition from acai, cherries, cauliflower and even spinach if desired.  Of course, I had to add

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

Vegan & Gluten-Free Blueberry Cobbler

Cobblers are much easier to make than pie so they are perfect for lazy summer days when you happen to have way too many of one kind of fruit on hand.  For me, it was blueberries. I have been getting so many fresh blueberries at the farmer's market lately and needed to use some up. I landed on a gluten-free and yet fluffy, moist, sweet, cake-like topping which paired perfectly with the tart and juicy blueberries. The recipe is vegan and lightly sweetened with only maple syrup making it refined sugar-free.  It is full of whole grains from the oats and plant-based

Blueberry Veggie Smoothie

Sneaking vegetables into smoothies so you cannot taste them is my new favorite healthy food hack.  It sort of feels like I'm cheating at life.  Having something that tastes so sweet and decadent but is secretly full of loads of veggies seems so deceiving.  But, I'm very pregnant and the majority of this pregnancy I have had a vegetable aversion so this has been a great way to ensure I'm getting a variety of vegetables into my diet.  Plus, my kids love it too. This smoothie looks and tastes like pure, creamy blueberry bliss but contains four vegetables: cauliflower, zucchini, peas

Vegan Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This light and refreshing quinoa salad is full of flavor and incredibly satisfying.  It is bursting with fresh clean ingredients and makes the perfect plant-based meal or side dish for picnics or outdoor gatherings.  You can add chickpeas or avocado for a more filling meal. I find the textures and flavors to be completely addictive.  The dressing is tangy, creamy and slightly sweet.  It pairs beautifully with the red onions, olives, cucumber, tomato and fresh parsley. This recipe is incredibly simple.  It only requires six ingredients plus the easy dressing.  It is healthy and perfect for anyone keeping a vegan

Raw, Vegan Chocolate Filled Snack Bars (gluten-free and nut-free)

Summer desserts must be frozen.  I just can't with the oven (although I admittedly occasionally make exceptions for summer berry and peach crisps).  But, for the most part, I love to whip up easy, freezer-friendly desserts and keep the oven off as much as possible from June-August. These raw, no-bake snack bars are the perfect hot weather healthy treat that double up as either a snack or dessert.  If I had to pick a category I would have to go with snack since they are full of plant-based protein, whole grain fiber and even some hidden greens!  Plus, they are refined

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