Creamy Lemon-Parsley Hummus

This is my all-time favorite hummus recipe.  It is ultra-creamy and tastes so fresh with hints of lemon and parsley.  Avocado oil has been my go-to oil for homemade dips lately because it is neutral in flavor and doesn't overpower the dip like olive oil can sometimes do.  I left garlic out of this recipe to give it a more neutral flavor but you could certainly add that in if you wish. The recipe calls for only eight ingredients that all go straight into a mini food processor.  It could not be easier.  Homemade hummus can sound intimating to people

Super Seed No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars

Homemade granola bars have never been easier.  This no-bake recipe is a great option for a healthy and satisfying snack.  These bars offer whole grains, heart-healthy fiber, plant-based protein and the perfect touch of sweetness.  I'm a big fan of soft and chewy granola bars and lately I have been loving this combination.  You can even substitute mini vegan chocolate chips in place of the dried fruit for a different spin on the recipe. Of course, these granola bars are gluten-free and vegan and I even made them nut-free since I have so many nut-free readers now.  You could certainly

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 Green Chef dinner for two is only $11.99 per meal).  And great news!  My loyal readers can click here to receive an exclusive discount offer for $50 off your first box!   Green Chef sent me a weekly package with three vegan meals and my favorite recipe is

Dijon-Agave Apple Cider Vinaigrette

This is my go-to dressing that I put on everything.  Salad, quinoa... you name it!  I use this dressing on my Fall Quinoa Buddha Bowl.  It provides a punch of flavor but doesn't overpower any dish so it is the perfect easy vinaigrette I love to make homemade dressings to help control the sodium and unhealthy fats in my dressings.  Plus, I can ensure it is allergy friendly and not made with any hidden soy, dairy or gluten. Many people think making dressing is time consuming or complicated.  Once you see how easy it is to make your own salad

Instant Vegan Chocolate Mousse { + video! }

This chocolate mousse is the easiest dessert out there so you can quickly whip it up without any stress.  No oven, no stove and no fancy kitchen tools. I'm going to be completely upfront and let you know that the base of this dish is avocado.  Now you might be skeptical about the idea of avocado and chocolate together in one dish (stay with me here).  While I love both independently, I too wasn’t sure how they would jive together.  But, I can honestly say (and my family wholeheartedly agrees) this pudding is so silky, creamy and velvety… it is hard to believe there is no dairy, heavy

3-Ingredient Fudgy Crispy Bark

Rich and decadent chocolate combines with creamy sunflower seed butter and crispy brown rice cereal to create a fudgy and slightly crunchy treat.  This quick, easy, no-bake dessert is perfect for a nutritious Valentine's Day chocolate fix. This fudgy and crispy chocolate bark is nut-free, soy-free, vegan and gluten-free so everyone can enjoy.  You can feel good knowing each bite is full of antioxidant rich-dark chocolate, whole grain cereal and protein rich sunflower seed butter.  Sunflower seed butter contains heart healthy dietary fiber and is an excellent source of vitamin E, folate, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium.  It is also a good source of vitamin B6, iron

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 gluten-free healthy twist on traditional mug cake (cake you make in your microwave in a mug or small jar).  The cake is light and fluffy and oh-so moist.  All while being refined sugar-free. This is the perfect dessert to share with your sweetheart this Valentine's

Vegan Queso

This silky, cheesy, dairy-free dip is perfect for the big game.  I'm not personally invested in this year's Super Bowl but I watch it every year regardless and love that the game centers around food.  I get a kick out of making Super Bowl foods super healthy since they are traditionally super unhealthy (see what I did there?).  It just blows people away.  My husband is a huge nacho lover and not dairy-free at all, yet even he begs me for this dip.  He couldn't wait until I finished the photos so he could dig in. My daughter has a cashew allergy

Noodles & Company Copycat Indonesian No-Nut Saute (vegan + gluten-free + soy-free)

Back in college, there was a Noodles & Company just off campus and I used to love to order their Indonesian Peanut Saute.  Best dish on the menu if you ask me!  It was so different than all the other pasta dishes and completely addictive.  I love the fresh lime and cilantro coupled with the spicy ginger and sriracha accents.  They all pair wonderfully with the peanut flavor. This was all right before I discovered my allergies to soy, gluten and peanuts of course.  About once a month I went to Noodles & Company with my boyfriend (now husband).  We just

Chipotle Guacamole

I love guacamole.  And I really love Chipotle's guacamole.  They keep it simple and mash it to perfection.  I set out to replicate their recipe at home so I could enjoy their addictive guacamole anytime I want. I was pleased to find that they actually published their recipe online.  You can even find YouTube tutorials from Chipotle employees to walk you through it step by step.  After watching a couple videos, reviewing the recipe and making the guacamole twice, I found I didn't have to change much at all.  It is healthy, allergy-friendly and tastes just like the real deal.  I

Creamy Vanilla Acai Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are a healthy and easy way to turn a smoothie into a meal.  They are decadent, filling and healthy all at once.  This smoothie bowl is thick and creamy but 100% dairy-free.  It is also vegan, soy-free, nut-free and gluten-free making it something that everyone can enjoy. Making smoothie bowls at home is way less expensive than store-bought.  Most smoothie bars charge $10 a bowl nowadays.  Plus, homemade smoothie bowls aren't loaded with sweeteners.  This recipes uses two dates to keep it refined sugar-free and not overly sweet. I love smoothies in all forms, but when I make a smoothie

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