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

Spicy Red Lentil Veggie Pasta

This time of year I start craving hearty and satisfying entrees that warm me up.  I love comforting pasta dishes and I love them even more when they are loaded with plant-based protein and vegetables.  This recipe sneaks in so many veggies (carrots, zucchini, red bell pepper, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms) but you barely notice them because most are finely diced. It seems like a lot of vegetables at first but they soften, cook down and eventually blend into the sauce. There is not a drop of dairy in this dish and I promise you that with all that is going on

Healthy Creamy Chocolate Smoothie

This is my favorite vegan chocolate smoothie that I enjoy year-round!  It is rich and creamy and packed with good-for-you smoothie boosters: avocado, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, cacao nibs and chia seeds.  The smoothie contains hints of vanilla and cinnamon which pair beautifully with the intense chocolate flavor.  The decadent chocolate is enhanced by a pinch of salt making this smoothie incredibly addictive. My entire family loves it for a filling breakfast and sometimes we share it for a hearty afternoon snack to get everyone through until dinnertime.  My girls just love it even when I sneak in some baby spinach (which they

Gingerbread Spiced Poached Pears

Poached pears make an elegant and effortless dessert that are healthy and always impress guests.  You will only need three ingredients.  The best part?  This recipe can be made a couple days in advance.  Dessert really doesn't get any more simple than this. I gently poached the pears in water infused with gingerbread spice tea to give the pears a yummy ginger and cinnamon holiday flavor.  I then topped with the poaching liquid and non-dairy ice cream. This holiday season, dessert doesn't have to mean loads of refined sugar, butter and refined flour.  This dessert features pears which are naturally sweet.  Infusing them with

14 Healthy Vegan, Gluten-Free and Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

I literally cannot believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays for so many reasons.  I love slowing down, spending time with family and taking a moment to appreciate life and your loved ones. Growing up, I spent all Thanksgiving day with my family cooking together in the kitchen.  We would have a long appetizer/cocktail hour and then finally sit down to the big meal.  My dad always had us go around the Thanksgiving table and say out-loud what we were grateful for that year.  It was always so interesting and inspiring to hear from everyone and

Moroccan Tomato & Chickpea Soup

Moroccan soup for the soul!  I'm telling you, this soup is the brothiest and spiciest soup that will hug you and at the same time make you sweat out whatever you need to get out of your body.  This past weekend my husband and I were both fighting off colds and this soup was the answer to all our questions.  I literally could just drink this broth.  I mean I basically did.  I don't even feel bad about it. My husband surprised me with Moroccan cooking class lessons for our seven year wedding anniversary this past September.  There, I learned

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 pairs wonderfully with almost anything.  And here we go south of the border! Spaghetti squash is known for creating thin, translucent spaghetti-like strands that can easily be scraped out with a fork after baked.  For busy weeknights, the spaghetti squash can be made in advance and refrigerated making

Roasted Root Vegetables with Fresh Herbs

When root vegetables are roasted they have a naturally interesting flavor that can be described as earthy, nutty, anise-like or even buttery.  They are often underused which is why serving them is always impressive.  People go crazy when they see all the beautiful colors come together.  I simply roasted the vegetables in heart-healthy olive oil and added fresh herbs to flavor this dish to perfection and make each bite savory and delicious.  This dish could not be more simple to prepare.  Just chop up the veggies, toss in olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs, salt and pepper and roast for 45 minutes. 

Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

'Tis the season for Butternut Squash Soup!  This ultra-simple recipe doesn’t require that you peel or chop the butternut squash (which can be very difficult).  In fact, it only takes minutes to prep.  This oh-so-comforting soup is creamy and flavorful without any dairy or butter.  It would be the perfect healthy addition for Thanksgiving dinner or any fall-time gathering.  This recipe only requires seven ingredients (including the salt and pepper) and really lets the butternut squash flavor shine on its own.  It is flavored mostly by the aromatics, shallot and garlic.   Butternut squash is loaded with nutritional benefits.  It

3-Ingredient Creamsicle Smoothie

This is my go-to smoothie when I'm looking for a quick, refreshing immune-boost.  This recipe serves two, but honestly sometimes I gulp down the entire batch myself.  One batch has an entire orange in it (minus the rind).  This means you are getting all the amazing benefits this fruit has to offer including all the fiber and nutrients from the pith and pulp.  The white pith of the orange is left on in the preparation and not only does it boost the nutritional profile of this drink, but it also makes it extra frothy and creamy. And now to talk about the

Spicy Red Lentil Veggie Stew with Crispy Chickpea Croutons

It is getting to be that time of year when you want to cozy up to a bowl of hearty stew and maybe even sweat a little.  I'm starting to crave a spicy stew with all the flavors.  When I make a stew I don't mess around.  I'm not a fan of stews that leave you wanting more.  And let me just tell you, one bowl of this plant-based stew and you will be satisfied. It is loaded with veggies including red bell pepper, sweet potato, tomatoes and spinach (or kale).  And it is full of plant-based protein from the red lentils, sunflower seed

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