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!
This is probably my FAVORITE Thanksgiving dish. I've been working on how to finally recreate it without dairy and Tom, the biggest Green Bean Casserole critic, agrees - its a hit!
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!
I flipping LOVE tater tots. I know, I know, they're not the healthiest thing you can eat. I was doing a little over consumption of tots over the summer and it got to the point where I had to cut myself off. I told Tom I wasn't going to buy any more tots until I was back to running 10 miles on the weekends. Well, this past weekend I ran a great 11 miles so the tots were back in the house! Here's my favorite midwestern recipe of Tater Tot Casserole, also known as Hot Dish.
You'll never have to buy store applesauce again! Its so incredibly easy to make - 30 minutes and you have delicious applesauce for eating on its own or using in replacement for oil when baking.
I'm discovering that quinoa is my super food for running. Every time I eat quinoa the night before I run I feel AMAZING. Since I still have a lot of long runs to finish before the marathon I need to mix up my Quinoa Burrito Bowl for something else. In comes my new Broccoli Quinoa Bake. It has all the carbohydrates, iron and protein I need to stock up on before my double digit runs!
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!
This is my new favorite summer smoothie! Both cucumbers and melons are super high in water content replenishing fluids after a hot summer day. Whiz this up and have a tasty treat!
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.
You'll never buy store made hummus again! This is SO EASY to make! And super delicious! Whip up a batch in under 5 minutes and get ready for your next party!
This smoothie is packed with ingredients that are just going to make you FEEL GOOD. Chia and pumpkin seeds for energy, flax seeds for good digestion, cucumber for more hydration, spinach for its high iron count, blueberries and plums for antioxidants, and a banana for potassium. This is one of my favorite post- workout smoothies!
This is a super easy breakfast alternative to oatmeal you can make the day of or even the weekend before and dish up in ready to go bowls. Its good hot and its good cold.
Here's a super simple soup to make on a chilly weeknight. Creamy and chunky, warm and comforting, make it one night and eat it all week!
I'm amazed at how simple and how good this soup is. Its only seasoned with a little salt and pepper, but has an amazingly pure flavor to it. It takes about 50 minutes to make, and only 5 of those minutes are just for you to prep!
This smoothie is packed with ingredients that are just going to make you FEEL GOOD. Chia and pumpkin seeds for energy, flax seeds for good digestion, strawberries, apples, and beets for antioxidants, kale and spinach for calcium, and tart cherry juice for its anti-inflammatory properties.
This lasagne will BLOW YOUR MIND. I'm not joking. I'm not the biggest butternut squash fan, but I am IN LOVE with this lasagne. You'll never know its vegan AND gluten free. This is THE RECIPE to prove to your non-vegan friends that vegan food is just as good (or better) than non-vegan food.
This is a super quick salsa to make if you don't have fresh tomatoes on hand.
Ready for some roasted potato goodness? These Irish Nachos are a great take on traditional nachos using potatoes, lentils, quinoa, onions, salsa, cilantro, and a homemade cashew cheese! Don't fear the cashew cheese - its super easy and super delicious!
Alright, this seems like a lot of ingredients, but its actually super quick to put together. And trust me, the extra effort is totally worth it! Tofu, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach and more deliciousness!
This soup is super easy, only has five ingredients, and can be quickly made for a weeknight dinner. it is super flavorful for its simplicity and is perfect for a cold, rainy day!
This is one of the fastest, easiest soups you can make and its delicious and super filling. AND black beans pack quite a punch in nutrients. 1 cup of black beans has only 0.6 grams of fat, but has 15 grams of fiber (60% of your daily value), and 15 grams of protein (30% of your daily value). You can absolutely omit the butternut squash if you want an even simpler soup (and you'll cut down time by 45 minutes).
Have you ever had a collard green in place of a tortilla? Its amazing! Collards hold up really well to wet ingredients and stay crunchy even after a couple of days in the fridge. These are great little appetizers for a party, or great for week day lunches.
Super simple and quick dressing. Great for an assortment of salads!
This is a super easy curry to make on a weeknight with the help of your Vitamix, blender, or food processor. You can substitute any vegetables you have on hand for this recipe. Sweet, sour, and spicy, this is a perfect chilly day meal.
I actually think this is easier to make than lasagne. Its easy to figure out how much to make, and you have tons of options as to how to fill the rolls. I chose green chard, eggplant, mushrooms, and cashew cheese for this filling.
I've been working on perfecting this recipe for almost four months now and I think I finally did it! I was in Squaw Valley in July and had an AAAAMAZING falafel salad at the Wanderlust Festival. I spent a few months working on the perfect mixture to make the perfect patties and I finally did it. Also, I finally came up with a fantastic lemon tahini dressing that isn't too lemony, too tahini-y, or watered down. 5 minutes to prep - 25 minutes to bake.
Super quick - you can make this recipe in about 15 minutes. A new take on pesto using the abundance of arugula on hand this season!
I've been craving pancakes for a while now, but wanted to find a good non-dairy, no egg recipe. Vega has a ton of great plant-based recipes INCLUDING a pancake recipe! I made it this weekend, but modified it a bit taking out the coconut oil and Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla. And they were DELICIOUS!
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.
A yummy summer dinner that encompasses all summer veg with a light and refreshing lemon parsley pesto tossed into little orzo pastas.
I just came off a 37 mile bike ride and whipped up this smoothie for a recovery drink. Oh man, its so good I barely can describe it! Super refreshing, a little sweet, and thirst quenching this is a great post-workout drink or a great breakfast on the go!
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!
This refreshing summer drink can't be any easier! 4 simple ingredients that can be added to for more depth. This is also a great recipe to make if you need to use up any leftover watermelon.
Every ingredient in this green smoothie counts: pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, apples, pineapple, kale, spinach, and ginger. Its a crazy color, but don't let that put you off. Its delicious, super nutritious, and filling. Give it a go and I promise you won't regret it!
Most of my smoothies are green due to the amount of kale and spinach I put in them. This week I mixed it up a bit and made a pink smoothie with beets. It still has kale and spinach, but the intensity of the cooked beets really makes this smoothie a beauty! And it is QUITE delicious.
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.
When removing dairy from my diet I wondered how on earth I would be able to make casseroles that required 'cream of' soups. I loved adding them to rice bakes, pot pies, soups, etc to get that creamy effect. I didn't think I would be able to recreate that magic, but I did and it was incredibly simple. And it only takes 20 minutes!