Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cilantro-Lime Sauce

Who doesn’t love a good taco? Black beans paired with creamy cilantro-lime dressing make for the ideal healthy taco dinner! These nutrient-dense finger foods pack a powerful high-fiber and protein punch. The super-quick black bean filling is made in less than 5 minutes with just black beans, organic salsa, and cumin. Simple ingredients yet rich with a variety of nutritional elements and flavor components. Black beans are an abundant source of digestive and colon supportive elements including folate and fiber. Feel free to experiment with different south-of-the border spices like ancho chili or chipotle chili powder. You can also try different pre-made salsa mixes, just make sure they are organic and not loaded with food additives and chemicals – or you can make your own with jicama, mango, cilantro… the possibilities are endless! Serve with a veggie-rich side salad for a complete meal.

Rice Pasta Salad with Avocado and Lime-Basil Aioli

The creamy, zesty, refreshing, Avocado aioli salad dressing transforms this basic pasta salad into the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Avocados are an ideal ingredient to lend a rich and buttery flavor as well as satisfy feelings of indulgence and fullness. They are loaded with a wide variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients (manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as phytonutrients like unique carotenoids, flavonoids, and phytosterols). The tangy lime and basil combination pair well with blood-sugar supportive peas and heart-healthy carrots, which serve a significant source of vitamin A and biotin for healthy eyesight and youthful skin. This scrumptious dish is ideal for a quick weeknight salad or main course. Feel free to add in more types of crunchy veggies to improve the nutritional content as desired.

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Sauce

A super quick and easy recipe, these "noodles" will inspire your tastebuds to add into your weekly meal-planning rotation! Made with only 6 mouth-watering ingredients: Zucchini, Lemon Juice, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Pine Nuts and fresh Basil. Zucchini is one of the easiest vegetables to make "pasta" with using Spiralizer. Also, known as "Summer Squash", Zucchini promotes antioxidant, blood sugar regulation, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, prostate health, and anti-cancer benefits. Paired with zesty lemon, vibrant tomatoes, creamy avocado, earthy pine nuts, and revitalizing basil, this recipe indulges the hungriest appetites and keeps you feeling full and satisfied.

Thai Ginger Kale Goodness

Kale is a powerhouse green leafy superfood loaded with Vitamin K, A, and C. Its natural crunchiness is blended with aromatic Thai flavors of creamy coconut, spicy ginger, and zesty lime to liven the dish and have you thinking you just ordered out at your favorite Thai restaurant. Coconut milk helps increase the bioavailability of kale’s fat-soluble vitamins, while the natural sweetness and the brightness of lime help eliminate kale’s natural bitterness. Baby bella mushrooms and garbanzo beans boost cancer-protective properties and complete the protein and phytonutrient balance of this dish. Can be made as a meatless-monday (or any day) meal or served as a side dish. It's a breeze to create and one that will have you craving its flavors on a weekly basis.

Zesty Lime + Shrimp + Avocado Salad

Sustainable shrimp is an excellent source of Protein, Selenium (dietary mineral), and Vitamin B12. This recipe is tossed with refreshing lime juice and cilantro (known as the "anti-diabetic" plant) as key ingredients to creating this mouthwatering salad. Avocado adds a multitude of benefits including metabolic-boosting fat, rich flavor, and keeps you feeling full longer. Make sure to use fresh ingredients; sustainable shrimp, avocados, organic tomatoes, red onion, organic cilantro and chopped jalapeño. This dish makes a perfect, well-rounded, healthy-fat and protein-packed main dish at lunch or dinner.

Healthy Avocado Egg Salad

Vibrant Method “Approved Recipe” sourced from The Roasted Root.

FACT: Fat burns fat, so don't be afraid! Studies show the cholesterol in eggs is NOT linked to heart disease. The yolk is rich with brain and vision support nutrients like fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K as well as all the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. The choline in eggs helps your body metabolize fat for energy. In addition, the high-octane monounsaturated fat in avocado is a healthy fat that helps lower bad cholesterol and also boosts your metabolism. Nothing like a little quality fat to help you burn fat!

Lemon Tahini Dressing

Spoon this tangy dressing over cooked broccoli, green beans, salad or poached fish. Tahini is a paste made from ground, hulled sesame seeds used in North African, Greek, Iranian, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisine. Tahini is served as a dip on its own or as a major component of hummus. Not only are sesame seeds an excellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber. I often use it instead of mayo on sandwiches and dip my crunchy veggies into it as a quick snack.

Lip-Smacking Technicolor Root Salad

Vibrant Method Test Kitchen “Perfected Recipe” sourced from Healthy Mind Cookbook.

A full color array on display of orange, purple, green, and yellows. Beets and Carrots are the key player here. Iron-rich beets contain natural elements which the body turns into nitric oxide which in turn expands the walls of blood vessels and increases blood and oxygen flow to benefit the brain and other parts of the body. Some say beets are also an aphrodisiac! When preparing, your shredding disc on your food processor is your best friend. Makes this recipe a quick snap!

Vibrant Summer Salad with Watermelon and Cherry Tomatoes

Vibrant Method “Approved Recipe” sourced from Healthy Mind Cookbook.

This salad has always been a crowd favorite at outdoor cookouts with friends. Both watermelon and tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, a well-known antioxidant that protects the brain’s high fat content. Lycopene may also play a role in the growth of the brain. A little lime juice and cilantro provide a nice zesty note for this dish, playing well off the slightly briny creaminess of the feta cheese.

Fluffy Blueberry Cinnamon Pancakes – Gluten Free

These healthy pancakes were inspired by a lonely banana on a cloudy Sunday morning. Sitting on my counter, too ripe to eat, but perfect for baking. Realizing that mashed up banana makes a great egg substitute, I decided move forward with Pancake Sunday Funday. I always have frozen blueberries on hand, but you can use any fruit of your choosing as long as they cook well with the batter (eg. apple, raspberry, strawberry). The blueberries add a tart and sweet tang and the heart-healthy cinnamon adds a warm spice to these little cakes. You'll notice there's no sugar added to this recipe because both fruits serve as the source of sweetness while the buttermilk adds the perfect acidity.

Lemony Fennel Tuna Salad

Vibrant Method Test Kitchen “Original Recipe”.

This is one of my favorite lunch salads or a 'lazy weekend' snack for when I'm hungry but don't quite know what for. I usually buy a fennel bulb each week as a staple veggie, so this recipe was inspired by my lonely fennel who was begging to be included in the tuna salad. All other ingredients are always kept on hand making this refreshing salad a regular in my weekly rotation. Vitamin C-rich fennel is a crunchy and slightly sweet, adding a refreshing contribution to this dish. Lemon juice, mustard, and english cucumber add a much needed brightness and acidity to dress up a boring can of tuna fish. *Note - Be mindful of the canned tuna fish you purchase. Always read your labels and make sure your seafood is wild-caught, sustainable, and packed with only pure ingredients. For an added grain element, you can always mix in a serving of cooked Quinoa if you have leftovers on hand.