Summer is officially here and that means its tomato season! There's nothing quite like a farm fresh tomato - they have a special smell, different from store bought tomatoes, thin skins, and come in an array of bright colors from red to purple, yellow, orange and green. I love tomatoes and I'm desperately anticipating the ones I've planted to ripen so I can start turning them into sauces and salsas. Tomatoes are amazing for you and are high in antioxidants and lycopene, both which help fight cancer cells from forming.
Lycopene is what gives fruits and vegetables their color, and is actually a type of antioxidant that helps fight free radicals that attack cells and eventually can cause cancer. Some people take lycopene to help prevent heart disease and cancer, but you could actually just eat tomatoes. Tomatoes contain about 85% of dietary lycopene.
Bones & Heart Health
Since tomatoes are high in antioxidants they may also reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and blood pressure. Tomatoes also have 9% fiber per serving which also helps lower cholesterol and are a good source of potassium. Potassium is what makes your heart beat - it triggers your heart to push and squeeze blood through your body. It helps your muscles, nerves, and kidneys do what they do and filter blood. Foods, like tomatoes, that are high in potassium keep everything working and your heart healthily pumping away.
1 whole tomato gives you:
- 0.2 grams of fat
- 22 calories
- 0 mg cholesterol
- 6 mg sodium
- 292 mg potassium (8% daily value)
- 4.8 grams carbs
- 1.5 grams of fiber (6% daily value)
- 20% daily value of Vitamin A
- 28% daily value of Vitamin C
Remember those tacos you would have on a school night and you couldn’t wait until the next night for leftovers again? My vegan version is made with a combination of quinoa, mushrooms, black beans, and spices and it will bring you back to being a kid again!
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!
Ready for a great set-it-and-forget-it recipe? Try this awesome slow cooker goulash! Tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, and a little bit more. This simple supper makes a delicious meal!
This is probably the best snack or appetizer in the universe. Yeah, I said it. Creamy avocado, crunchy toast, ripe tomatoes, tart lemon juice, and a balsamic glaze. Its looks super fancy, but its so easy to make!
I loooooooooove soup! Here are my top ten favorite vegan soups to make this winter and spring!
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!
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!
I love fall - the weather starts to cool down, the leaves change into magnificent reds, yellows, and oranges, apples, pumpkins, and butternut squash are in abundance, and soup is always on the menu. Here are my favorite 10 recipes to bring you into the changing of the seasons!
Tacos - delicious. Pasta salad - delicious. Put them together - deliciousness explosion! Yeah, I'm excited about this one. Spicy, tangy, crunchy, and crazy good!
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!
I've been into stuffing vegetables with more vegetables lately and I just can't stop! I love these tomatoes and they're PERFECT for summer. The filling is super easy to make and the tomatoes take just a little bit of care to scoop out, but then you just pop it in your oven for 45 minutes and out comes a delicious and filling meal!
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!
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."
While the days where I live in San Francisco can be warm and sunny, the evenings plummet and the winds pick up cooling the warm air and letting in the chilly summer nights. The contrast is a little extreme, but then that gives me a reason to enjoy a warm bowl of chili in the summer. This version adds in some summer vegetables, quinoa, and a squeeze of acidity from a few limes. Pair it with a few tortilla chips and you've got a warm comforting meal to enjoy around an outdoor fire.
Marci had a version of this AMAZING breakfast scramble when we were in Tahoe a few weeks ago. We stopped at the Fire Sign Cafe in Tahoe City for breakfast after an incredible weekend in Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, and South Lake Tahoe and I was inspired by this special they had on their menu and decided to make my own version. I love this restaurant and they always have a few vegan options. If you're ever in the area make sure you stop by and have some of their delicious food! Until then, you can make this super delicious scramble!
This is a perfect salad for a summer day. It would also make a yummy salsa to a Burrito Bowl. If you double the ingredients this would also be a great salad to take to a BBQ or Beach Party.
Looking for another alternative to a typical veggie burger? Try out my portobello mushroom burger! A quick balsamic marinade with garlic and black pepper and you'll be grilling in no time. Top with a zesty red pepper hummus sauce for a tangy zip!
I used to love Buffalo Style salads. Super spicy sauce, crunchy veggies, and creamy dressing. I feel pretty triumphant about making my own plant based version that I think is even more delicious than the original version. Give it a go and shave off a ton of calories in the process!
I love this breakfast! Its super quick and easy to put together and will put any scrambled egg to shame! Plus it has 0mg of cholesterol compared to eggs that have 169mgs per egg which comes out to 53% of your daily value! Give this healthier breakfast scramble a go and I promise you won't be disappointed!
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! All these recipes can be ready in under 30 minutes and they're super delicious and filling! Today's recipe - Pesto Cavatappi!
Its time for some winter chili! The combination of garbanzo, black, and white beans makes this chili super filling and hearty for a cold winter evening. Throw it in your crockpot or make it on your stove for a satisfying dinner!
I LOVE these wraps! These are my go to wraps when I need something quick, filling, and delicious to eat. A few years ago I was moving in between apartments and didn't have a refrigerator for a week so I packed a cooler with the ingredients of these wraps and ate them every day!
Want the delicious crunch of a chimichanga without deep frying a burrito? Give these a go! I have red and green sauce recipes below as well - they're SUPER delicious and much healthier!
This may seem like a lot of ingredients, but the end result is DELICIOUS! Sometimes it can be more like a stew than a soup, especially as the rice starts to absorb all the liquid, but either way its a hearty and filling meal!
The combination of sweet and juicy peaches with creamy black beans, tangy lime juice, and crunchy peppers and onions makes this a delicious go to salad! Toss in some greens to bulk it up even more and enjoy!
I’ve been trying to come up with new whole grain recipes to eat the night before my long runs. I’ve been veering away from pastas because I’ve noticed I run better when I eat unprocessed grains like rice and quinoa. This tomato soup was perfect fuel for my 6 mile Saturday run and was quick and easy enough to make on a tired Friday night!
Awhile ago I had Baingan Bharta at my local Indian restaurant. It was AMAZING! The dish I had was more blended together, so I decided to keep it chunky and add additional veggies to it. Its a great way to use up a lot of eggplant you may have in your garden!
This soup is perfect for those sometimes gray and chilly summer days. Its light, refreshing, and full of fresh harvested summer vegetables.
Here’s a twist on a traditional Nicoise Salad using Almond Salad in place of tuna and a honey dijon vinaigrette. Its great for a crowd or someone like me that could eat most of it in one sitting!
Get ready! Here's a new risotto recipe! Soon I'll have one for all the seasons! This risotto is ALSO creamy, fresh, and full of flavor. It mixes the best of summer with basil, tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, and mushrooms.
One of my favorite things to eat (other than pickles) is guacamole! Guacamole can sound intimidating to make, but its SO SIMPLE. The key is to find ripe avocados that are soft to the touch. After that its just a bit of chopping and mixing and you'll be having a fiesta in no time!