Crispy Quinoa Falafel Bowls (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free & Vegan)

These falafel bowls are like a deconstructed falafel pita.  The base of the bowl is mixed greens and crispy quinoa.  I then topped it off with fresh veggies, olives, creamy homemade hummus and incredibly flavorful falafel.  The falafel is made from chickpeas, hemp seeds, pepita seeds, oats, herbs, shallot and spices.   You simply combine everything

Crispy Quinoa and California Avocado Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

I'm not sure where to start when describing why I love this salad so much.  Let's start with the creamy strawberry dressing.  It is addictive to the point that my two daughters were eating it plain like soup. First they were dipping California Avocado slices in it and next thing I know they were spooning it directly

Vegan No-Nut-Butter Chocolate Eggs

With Easter right around the corner, I wanted to create a healthier and allergy-friendly version of everyone's favorite Easter chocolate candy indulgence: Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs.  They are much easier to make than they probably look and are totally adaptable to a nut-free, gluten-free and vegan diet.  The creamy filling and hard chocolate shell is

Spiralized Radish and Arugula Salad with Quinoa, Hemp Seeds and Pepita Seeds

This has been my go-to salad of the moment for a couple of reasons: It is is light and yet satisfying and filling from the plant-based protein (quinoa, hemp seeds and pepita seeds).  It is nutritious and perfect for tiding me over when I'm hungry but need to prepare dinner.  It also makes a nice light

Roasted Veggies & Crispy Chickpeas over Quinoa with Garlic Maple Tahini Drizzle

I have talked about meal planning and bulk meal prep on the blog before (here).  Today, I wanted to bring the concept to life in one of my go-to recipes that can be 100% made ahead of time and enjoyed for dinner with enough leftovers for lunch.  It is that perfect make-you-feel-light-and-yet-full meal.  These colorful and

Quick & Easy One-Pot Curried Quinoa & Chickpeas

This is the perfect recipe for when you need a fast nutritious meal.  It comes together in less than 10 minutes.  Here are the features of this dish that make it one of my go-to weekly meals: One-Pot! Enough said, right?  This means the process is super simple and clean up will be a total breeze.

Plant Powered Fall Quinoa and Arugula Salad with Apples and Figs

This fall season is already rushing by for us.  Soup season is in full swing and I love to pair my lighter soups with hearty plant-based salads like this one.  It all starts with fresh delicate spicy baby arugula which is always elegant and delicious as a salad base.  I then load up my bed of

Mediterranean Zucchini Pasta Salad

This easy and colorful vegetable pasta salad is crunchy, cold, refreshing and full of Mediterranean flavor. Here, spiralized veggies are tossed with fresh parsley, sweet and juicy cherry tomatoes, salty, meaty olives, green onions and a creamy (dairy-free) garlic dressing. You can bulk it up with quinoa and/or chickpeas to make it more of a meal. 

Roasted Beet Noodles Over Quinoa with Parsley Pesto

Sweet and savory roasted beet noodles served with garlicky, herby pesto over fluffy quinoa is completely addictive.  Roasted beet noodles are like candy to me.  With just a little olive oil, salt and pepper, the oven magically transforms them into soft, delicious noodles.  I could eat an entire baking sheet of them.  But here I'm a

Protein-Packed Slaw with Cilantro and Lime (No Mayo!)

I love slaw in the summer. I cannot get enough of the crispy, crunchy texture.  This flavorful version gets a protein-boost from forbidden rice, quinoa, hemp seeds and pepitas. Enjoy it for lunch or bring as a side dish to your next outdoor gathering. Cabbage is a powerhouse vegetable offering so many health benefits.  It is high in

Watermelon Arugula Mason Jar Salad with Quinoa, Avocado, Pine Nuts & Mint

Thank you National Watermelon Promotion Board for sponsoring this post. Watermelon is the perfect portable food for enjoying wherever life takes you! Mason jar salads are the perfect make-ahead, portable lunch.  They are pre-portioned and have everything you need to simply dump onto your favorite plate or bowl and enjoy right away. The layered mason

Mango-Avocado Quinoa Salad with Toasted Pepitas

Juicy sweet mango, buttery avocado, fluffy quinoa, crunchy pungent red onion, herby cilantro and salty toasted pepita seeds come together for an amazing salad for lunch, picnics or cookouts.  This one is a real crowd pleaser.  It's got lots of flavor, lots of color and lots of texture.  You could serve this quinoa salad "naked"

One-Pan Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans

This one-pan vegan meal is quick to pull together, uses mostly pantry ingredients and keeps clean-up a total breeze.  It is loaded with Mexican flavor from the jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and red onion.  It is filling and yet completely gluten-free, grain-free and plant-based.  I love that it sneaks in three vegetables (tomato, orange