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

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

Fall Quinoa Buddha Bowl with Apple Cider Maple Dressing

All the flavors of fall come together in an easy and refreshingly sweet Fall Quinoa Buddha Bowl that will satisfy everyone. The concept of a Buddha Bowl is growing more and more popular and not just with hippy vegans.  So what is a Buddha Bowl exactly?  It is a large bowl packed so full that it has a rounded 'belly' appearance much like the belly of a buddha.  Buddha Bowls are typically bursting with plant-based nutritious ingredients.  The base is usually a grain, or in this case quinoa, which is a seed.  Then it is topped with things such as veggies, other seeds, legumes,

Soft-Baked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (vegan + gluten-free + nut-free)

Life is always better with a warm, soft-baked cookie. For me, soft-baked oatmeal raisin cookies are true comfort food.  The warm cinnamon paired with vanilla (and those chewy raisins) have always been the perfect treat in my book.  This version gets it sweetness from maple syrup making it refined sugar-free.  The cookies are kept moist and oil-free with unsweetened applesauce. Oats make up the majority of this recipe and are higher in protein and healthful fats (and lower in carbohydrates) than most other whole grains. They provide dietary fiber and help you feel fuller longer, which helps control your weight and

Pumpkin Risotto

This creamy and luxurious risotto recipe gets a nutrition boost from pumpkin.  Most risottos are full of butter and loads of cheese.  This vegan version is lightened up so you can feel good about eating comfort food.     This elegant recipe is a total crowd pleaser every time.  And, this is yet another way to incorporate fall's favorite vegetable into your dinner routine.   Pumpkin is packed with disease-fighting nutrients and has actually been deemed a “super food.” Pumpkin contains powerful antioxidants known as carotenoids that can protect cells from free radical damage.  It also offers fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium,

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