Chimichurri Salad Dressing with Basil and Cilantro

Popular among many Latin and South American countries, Chimichurri is that wonderful, fresh sauce that brightens anything it comes in contact with. Traditionally made with olive oil, lots of fresh parsley, lemon, garlic and shallots, it's most often used as a sauce on grilled meats and fish. Making this salad dressing is SO simple and SO much healthier than store bought alternatives that may contain poor quality oil, preservatives, hidden sugars and food coloring. You don't have to get fancy, a simple splash of olive oil and balsamic will do! But, if you want to experiment, give this salad dressing a try!! You can also use this on top of grilled shrimp and seafood, red meats, and roasted mixed vegetables.

Arugula and Hemp Seed Pesto

A delicious gluten-free, Vegan, and nut free pesto for folks with food allergies or sensitivities. Superb as a pasta sauce, this pesto would be great as a spread on wraps or sandwiches, as a sauce on pizza, as a topping on grilled meat or veggies, etc. I love the use of Hemp seeds as a nut alternative - especially for its protein content. Protein from hemp seeds is complete, containing all 10 essential amino acids, making it superior relative to almost every other plant-based source of protein. It’s also high in plant-based omega-3s and because hemp seeds and hemp-based foods are raw, they maintain their high level of nutrients.

Garlic Mushroom Bok Choy

The easiest, healthiest, and best veggie dish with bok choy, mushroom and garlic. 3 ingredients + 8 minutes prep time+ 2 minutes cook time. Done! No sweat, and only one pan to clean. Bok choy is crisp, refreshing, nutritious, and the leafy green leaves are loaded with vitamin C. Mushroom is always good, a great protein source so you don’t have to eat meat. Plus, mushroom makes everything better because it contains glutamic acid, a natural, non-chemical version of MSG that makes everything “umami-licious.” You can use any kinds of mushrooms—white, cremini, oyster, enoki, buna, shitake, baby bellas, portobellas, king trumpet mushrooms, etc. All you need for the seasoning is a pinch of salt and you will have a wonderfully tasty veggie dish that goes well with just about anything. If you want to amp it up a notch with additional savory umami flavor, splash in a dash of liquid Coconut Aminos or wheat/gluten free Tamari - both are an excellent substitution for Soy Sauce (which I don't recommend). Feel free to top this off with

Baby Bella Spinach Quiche Cups

Nutritious, high-protein, low-carb, gluten-free breakfast or snack made in a muffin pan with only 6 wholesome ingredients. Baby Bellas (Cremini) mushrooms are ideal for this recipe. You can substitute any high-fat nut milk of your choice or goat's milk (my personal preference for these little delights) instead of using the heavy cream. Feel free to add other "quiche-friendly" sautéed veggies including bell peppers, asparagus, and leeks. Nitrate-free canadian bacon from a reputable brand (Applegate Farms of Niman Ranch) is a great addition meat lovers.

One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta

The ultimate "one-pot wonder", this creamy, hearty pasta dish is the ideal answer to "What's for Dinner" when you don't have much time to cook. All you need is 20 min. There is absolute no pre-cooking or sautéing of any kind here. Simply throw everything into the pot, including the uncooked traditional pasta and that is it. Substitute heavy cream for goats's milk or full-fat coconut milk (the canned cooking type, not the beverage). Amp up the superfood elements by adding more veggies! NOTE: For a gluten-free option, cook rice pasta separately and rinse prior to topping with vegetable medley. Adjust the vegetable cooking liquid accordingly.

Savory Roasted Mushroom Base for Burgers, Sauces, and Soups

Edible mushroom varieties contain a number of valuable nutrients, including protein, enzymes, B vitamins (especially niacin), and vitamin D2. About 100 species of mushrooms are being studied for their health-promoting benefits, and about a half dozen really stand out for their ability to deliver a tremendous boost to your immune system. They've even been studied for their ability to prevent cancer. Adding this "Roasted Mushroom Base" to your recipes increases flavor and heartiness. Its an excellent method to boost the umami flavor factor in dishes. The flavor "umami," which means "delicious" in Japanese, is valued for making foods taste meatier and more satisfying. Umami is the natural flavor of glutamic acid, which, in your body is often found as glutamate; eating umami-rich foods may increase post-meal satiety, helping you eat less throughout the day. You can crumble this into soups, stews, burgers, meat sauce, or pretty much anything you want taste "meaty". The mix will keep for about 4 days in the refrigerator.

Roasted Portobello Fajitas

Quick and easy weeknight meal featuring portobello mushrooms as the superstar! They can be substituted as an excellent savory stand-in for meat. They have a hearty texture and absorb flavors well when marinated. You can get as creative as you want with toppings - the more veggies the better! Serve over whole-grain brown rice or in a tortilla (I love Udi's spelt tortillas or Food for Life gluten free brown rice tortillas). Top with homemade guacamole and make extra, because these will get devoured by your dinner guests.

Roasted Portobello and Red Pepper Tacos

A pretty simple and delicious combination of wholesome ingredients including portobello mushrooms, red peppers and red onions tossed with oregano, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper, all roasted to perfection. The cooked veggies can be stuffed in soft tortillas or folded like a burrito (I love Udi's spelt tortillas or Food for Life gluten free brown rice tortillas) and garnished with other additions like avocado, cilantro, salsa or whatever your heart desires. Add superfood boosters like sliced avocado shredded kale or red cabbage. Ready in 30 minutes or less!

Grilled Portobello Burger

This Grilled Portobello Burger Recipe will make you forget you arent eating meat! Delivering extraordinary flavor, mushrooms are high in fiber, B vitamins and potassium. Incorporate mushrooms into your dietary rotation for immune-boosting and cancer-prevention benefits. I love to pair the savory flavor with goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes when making this burger. Feel free to experiment with as many veggie toppings as you want and make sure to use a gluten-free bun!

Hearty Mushroom Hummus

In the mood for a savory snack? Try this hearty version of Mediterranean hummus made with baby bellas or portobello mushrooms, garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic, lemon, and parsley. This quick dip has that yummy hearty mushroom flavor and a hint of lemon. If you are a hummus lover, you have to try this variation – this is a break from the norm for sure! Perfect for dipping veggies and crackers, or layering on a sandwich or lunch wrap instead of mayo.

Sinful Raspberry Chocolate Protein Shake

Sinful indeed! You’ll wonder how it tastes so amazing yet provides 100% of the metabolic-burning nutrients you crave to jumpstart your morning (or post-workout) routine. This protein shake balances muscle-building protein, brain-healthy fat, low-glycemic fruit, and the #1 source of fruit fiber to nourish your system and satisfy your taste buds. Raspberries are loaded with 8 grams of fiber per cup. One of the most fascinating new areas of raspberry research involves the potential for raspberries to improve management of obesity. Raw cashews are a rich source of copper - a key mineral in multiple body systems. It is vital to building strong tissue, maintaining blood volume, and producing energy in your cells. Not only do raw cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, approximately 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, plus about 66% of this unsaturated fatty acid content are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil. Chocolate in the form of raw cocoa powder is deliciously decadent and also is rich in antioxidants such as flavonols to promote heart health and reduce the risk of cancer. Flavonols may also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. Greek Yogurt adds the perfect "tang" to enhance the flavor and deliver gut-healthy probiotics. This recipe is boosted with superfoods including metabolic-enhancing green tea matcha powder and omega-rich chia seeds. One sip and you’ll be adding this to your weekly breakfast rotation. It’s also the perfect “snack” when feeling a need for an afternoon sweet treat! Superfood Brand recommendation links are listed below.

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.