As you can probably see from recipe list below, I use garlic A LOT! But for good reason! Not only does it enhance the flavor of so many recipes it is also incredibly good for you. Garlic can help lower cholesterol, lower your risk of heart attack, prevent multiple types of cancer, and fight inflammation. The original Olympic athletes in Ancient Greece were given garlic - possibly the earliest example of "performance enhancing" agents used in sports.
Throughout history in the Middle East, East Asia and Nepal, garlic has been used to treat bronchitis, hypertension (high blood pressure), TB (tuberculosis), liver disorders, dysentery, flatulence, colic, intestinal worms, rheumatism, diabetes, and fevers.
Garlic makes a chemical called allicin which is the key antimicrobial agent which helps protect you from many harmful diseases. Garlic needs to be crushed or chopped to activate the allicin.
Heart Health Benefits
When it comes to protecting your heart, garlic is incredible. Because of its sulfur-containing compounds it helps protect us against inflammation caused by damage to blood vessel linings, which is a key factor to a risk of heart attack. The oxidative inflammation and stress puts our blood vessels at risk of plaque forming and our arteries clogging. The sulfur-containing compounds of garlic lower our risk of oxidative stress and in turn, help prevent our blood vessels from becoming blocked.
Several studies have shown eating garlic to be a cancer preventer. In combination with a plant based diet, garlic has cell compounds that trigger a variety of metabolic activities that include fighting off cancerous cells and fighting free radicals.
Common Cold Fighter
Eating garlic also has shown to fight the common cold. So now that winter is coming, include a little garlic to fight off those nasty colds!
I know you can take a garlic pill if you don't like garlic, but look at all these amazing recipes were you can incorporate garlic naturally and tastefully enjoy the awesome nutritional benefits it has to offer!
Aloo Goobi is an Indian dish made with potatoes and cauliflower. It's one of my absolutely favorite meals! There's just a little prep to it and soon you'll too be enjoying warm and spicy potatoes and cauliflower!
I had a chili very similar to this while Tom and I were on our Scotland Cycling trip. We stopped at the only pub in the middle of the Isle of Lewis and Harris, super hungry and cold, and the owners made me this amazing chili! If you're ever on the Isle of Lewis and Harris be sure to go to the Loch Erisort Inn! Until then, you can make this chili and dream of being on the beautiful island!
This recipe takes only about 15 minutes to make! You'll be glad you skipped take out to make your own fresh Japanese style Pan Noodles!
In the need of some serious comfort food? Make this super simple split pea soup - it takes about an hour to get those split peas soft and chewy, but only about 5 minutes to put it together. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing aromas as this soup comes together.
I love this roasted vegetable bowl because you can create a bunch of different versions. Just swap out some of the vegetables for other ones and top over quinoa instead of rice. This bowl is a great reboot if you've been struggling with eating healthy. Not only is it delicious it also makes you feel amazing!
I find that the simpler something is, the more I like it, and it can’t get any simpler with this soup. Incredibly easy and incredibly tasty!
This soup has all the delicious ingredients of a samosa, and the warm and comforting aromas of a savory soup. It looks a little complex, but its super quick and easy to put together!
I love ratatouille. Originally a French peasant’s dish, this is a super easy yet super delicious recipe you can make in under and hour. Normally I would roast the veggies in my oven, but there’s something summery about grilling the veggies and smelling their aromas while you patiently wait in the outdoors. I made this with two different sauces, tomato and pesto, so pick which one you would like best, or if you can’t decide, make them both like I did. (Don't worry if you don't have a grill - you can easily make this recipe by roasting the vegetables in your oven.)
Its Friday - you're tired from a long week, who wants to think about making dinner? If you think you can't eat healthy fast food I'm here to change your mind! Fast Food Friday recipes can be ready in under 30 minutes and they're super delicious and filling!
Pho is SO EASY to make! There are three key spices to really get that familiar and comforting flavor of pho and the rest is super simple to put together. Make this recipe and you’ll have a steaming bowl of goodness in no time.
These enchiladas are super tasty and perfect for a weekend breakfast! Save yourself some time and assemble them the night before, saving the baking for the morning while the coffee is brewing!
Want a lasagne, but don't have an hour to make it? Make this soup! It tastes just like lasagne, but in the deliciousness of being a soup!
Ready for the ultimate comfort meal? This mushroom stroganoff is super easy to put together and making the vegan sour cream to go in it is super simple! Just a few ingredients and you'll be enjoying a delicious meal in no time!
This soup is full of delicious veggies, sour lime juice, creamy coconut milk, crunchy bean sprouts and you can make it as spicy as you like it with thai chiles! It has a lot of ingredients, but its actually super easy to put together!
Sweet, spicy, crunchy, and savory - this recipe has a little of everything! It can easily be made in under 15 minutes, with about another 10 minutes of chopping!
I loooooooooove soup! Here are my top ten favorite vegan soups to make this winter and spring!
Let’s embrace those winter root vegetables and take a new twist on traditional spaghetti and sauce. The lentils, mushrooms, and quinoa make a meaty sauce and the cooked spaghetti squash is a delicious alternative to pasta noodles. Give it a go and you won’t be disappointed!
I love this soup - its perfect for a chilly winter night and is super quick and simple to put together. You can have it as spicy or salty as you’d like with additional Sriracha and Soy Sauce!
Korma is one of my FAVORITE things to get when I go out for Indian food. Its a little spicy, saucy, and so delicious. I've made a new version with a few substitutes that makes this a super tasty dinner on those cold winter nights!
This is a super easy recipe that will fill you up all night long! Just a few ingredients and the power of lentils - high in protein and fiber! Pair with my Rosemary & Garlic Mashed Potatoes for a delicious and filling dinner!
Hello, Fall! Here's my newest risotto recipe to add to the collection! Creamy and delicious, this will be a huge hit for Thanksgiving or for one of those cold and rainy fall days.
There's something about the flavors of Thai Yellow Curry that I just love - the creaminess of the coconut milk, the spices that warm you from the inside out, and the slow cooked veggies make me just happy. Forget takeout - here's how you make Thai Yellow Curry at home and just wait until you see how easy it is!
Mmmm, comfort food. Craving some cheese pasta dish, but want it vegan? Look no further! Shells, cashew cheese, broccoli and mmmm, so good! You'll be glad you passed on the boxed powered package for this fresh, whole food recipe!
This is a super easy recipe you can put together on a weeknight for dinner. The spices blend together with the chickpeas making it a super filling and delicious meal, and the green chutney adds a little sweet and a little sour to balance out all the flavors!
Love cabbage rolls, but don't have the time to make them? Make this casserole instead and get all the amazing flavors in a super simple one pot recipe!
Curried noodles and veggies? Yes please! Yet another Fast Food Friday recipe you can make in under 30 minutes! Healthy, delicious, and super satisfying, you'll be happy you skipped take out and made it yourself!
If you have an overload of eggplant from your summer crop this is a great new way to enjoy it! A little salty, a little spicy, and full of delicious flavor thanks to fresh basil and green olives! This is a great side dish or main entree!
Fast Food Fridays are back! These Kung Pao Veggies are super quick to put together and way healthier than take out! You’ll probably have this made in the amount of time you’d have takeout delivered to your house!
Did you love the Baked Eggplant with Basil Walnut Sauce? Want to even love it more by putting on a SANDWICH? Here you go! Get your tastebuds and napkins ready for this flavor explosion!
This is one of my favorite super powered breakfasts! Sweet potatoes, tofu, bell peppers, tomatoes, and onions to power you up and get your day started with a load of antioxidants, calcium, potassium, and fiber!
This spicy, brothy, noodley dish requires three pans (I know, I'm sorry!), but its worth the little extra clean up. Cooking the broth, veggies, and noodles separate allows you to combine them to your consistency at the end without the noodles absorbing too much of the broth or the veggies becoming too soft. Its not quite a soup, and not quite a stew. A little chopping, a little simmering, and a lot of deliciousness at the end!
I'm currently having an abundant crop of eggplant this summer in my garden. I'm growing Japanese Eggplant, which is smaller than traditional eggplant, skinnier, and longer. It tastes just as great! This recipe is just like a hummus, just replacing the eggplant for the chickpeas. Its great with crackers and pita chips, on salads, or as a dip for veggies.
Traditional moussaka is usually made with lamb and a béchamel sauce (cheese, butter, and flour). I changed this up by using lentils instead of lamb and mashed potatoes instead of the béchamel sauce. With the help of Penzeys Spices, an amazing spice shop based out of Milwaukee, this turned out super delicious and was easier to make than it looks. Give it a go and you won’t be disappointed!
A yummy summer dinner that encompasses all summer veg with a light and refreshing lemon parsley pesto tossed into little orzo pastas.
This super easy and quick stir fry is perfect for a weeknight dinner for a small group or a large crowd. You can supplement this recipe with any other veggies you may have in your refrigerator.
A great side or main dish - this recipes includes all things summer: green beans, tomatoes, and fresh basil. A great grilled summer dish!
Sometimes the simplest things in life are the absolute best. This soup is made with five ingredients and, if done in your Vitamix, takes about five minutes, otherwise you can easily whip this out in about 10 minutes.
Here is my basic basil pesto recipe. You can toss it with pasta, use it in lasagnes, mix it with Vegenaise for a pesto mayo, or toss it in salads and quinoa. This pesto recipe has been updated to use no oil - its much healthier now and I doubt you could taste the difference!
Don't fear the cashew cream. It is AWESOME. The flavor is like a cheese sauce, but a little nutty, a little garlicky, and super delicious. My goal with this recipe was to make enchiladas, but I tend to go overboard with the filling and topping so it ends up more like a casserole. I almost like it better as a casserole because its easier to serve up. AND it makes great leftovers.
Cashew Cheese is great adding to so many dishes. Its great in lasagnes, topped on potatoes, spread on sandwiches and burritos, added to nachos - you can use it anywhere you'd use a cheese sauce. Its incredibly nutritious using raw unsalted cashews and nutritional yeast as its base. You can also add in other ingredients to make Basil Cashew Cheese, or Sriracha Cashew Cheese, or even Lemon Parsley Cashew Cheese.