A luscious spring soup that's dairy-free, vegan, and can be enjoyed by people with nut allergies. Pumpkin seeds are the super star of this recipe. By lightly toasting and pureeing them, you can create a light but creamy soup with subtle nutty undertones, which everyone can eat. Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as a source of the mineral zinc. They benefit your heart, liver and immune system, help fight diabetes, and offer unique benefits for men’s prostate health and women’s relief of menopause symptoms as well. This rich and creamy soup is loaded with layers of flavor - also outstanding served chilled, enjoy!!
A super quick, delicious, easy, healthy and filling salad. Edamame beans are high in fiber, ultimately beneficial for your digestion, protein and antioxidants intake. Kale is rich in iron which is essential for the formation of hemoglobin, to help transport oxygen around in the blood, and is also high in fiber. Mushrooms are the only fruit or vegetable which as vitamin D, which we usually only obtain from the sun or correct form of D3 supplements – great now when it is winter and we don’t get enough sunlight. Mushrooms also boost the immune system and have been researched for cancer prevention and treatments.
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.
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.
A super creamy mushroom Soup recipe that awakens your flavor senses without the sugars and conventional dairy. Instead, it's full of healthy fats and spices that won't disappoint! Try it with dinner today. Serve with brown rice and a large leafy green salad.
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.
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.
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.
This delicious summer treat is made with coconut milk and raw honey. At first you might think "weird" but the creamy, fatty flavor of the perfect avocado will make you wonder if there's any rich cream in the recipe at all. Consider it a healthy snack due to the Avocado which is an excellent source of Vitamin E and K and loaded with minerals, like potassium and magnesium. You can even add some Green Tea Matcha Powder and a drop of liquid stevia for added sweetness ....and voila! You have Green Team Ice Cream. This is the perfect sweet treat without the metabolic drag on your fat-burn goals! Top with some crunchy, omega-rich pistachios and, as always, enjoy in moderation.
Gluten-Free Blueberry Mini Muffins. These mini-muffins are easy on the constitution. The key is they’re made with almond flour, so they’re grain and gluten-free. Many folks can’t tolerate gluten, especially as they get older; it creates inflammation which messes with the gut and digestion. Here I’ve canoodled with almonds, eggs, blueberries, vanilla, and honey to create a pick-me-up in every bite
Stacked Tomato and Feta Salad with basil and lemon juice.
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.