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

Quick & Easy One-Pot Curried Quinoa & Chickpeas This recipe for one-pot curried quinoa is perfect for when you need a fast nutritious meal.  It comes together in less than 10 minutes using simple and easy to find ingredients!   Here are the features of this dish that make it one of my go-to weekly

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,