A healthy appetizer made from red lentils and infused with savory sun dried tomatoes. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy free. JUMP TO RECIPE
When it comes to nutritious, plant-based appetizers, hummus reigns supreme, and thankfully, for health-minded people who love to snack, there’s no shortage of tasty and creative ways to make it. Most recipes call for chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) as the main ingredient, but you can also make hummus with another pulse, red lentils, and it’s every bit as delicious as traditional hummus with the same smooth and creamy texture. This recipe for Sun Dried Tomato Red Lentil Hummus is proof! Make sure you have plenty of crackers and cut up vegetables on hand before you make this dip because you might not be able to stop eating it. I ran out of things to dip the first time I made it and resorted to using my fingers! It’s that good! (more…)
A no-cook, easy antipasto salad you can make in under 10 minutes. Great for picnics, tailgates, and casual entertaining. JUMP TO RECIPE
If you enjoy shopping at upscale food markets that sell a wide variety of prepared foods then you’ll appreciate Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Salad because this is exactly the type of dish you’re likely to find at one these stores. In fact, I came up with this recipe after purchasing a small deli container of a similar type salad at my local specialty food store, for which I paid an insane amount of money. Since it contained only a few simple ingredients I decided to make my own version and I’m so glad I did. This salad is perfect for picnics, tailgates, and casual entertaining. It’s quick to throw together and can easily be scaled up to feed large crowds. (more…)
A healthy, Tuscan inspired dish you can make in under 10 minutes. Quick, easy, and delicious. JUMP TO RECIPE
Next time you walk your hungry self into the kitchen and discover that there is very little in your refrigerator or pantry that can be made into a meal, I hope you remember this dish. Lemony White Beans with Garlic and Rosemary is what I make for a light, healthy meal when my cupboards are bare and I am way overdue for a trip to the grocery store. You can pull this dish together in just a few minutes with canned beans and some other staple ingredients you most likely already have on hand. (more…)
Disclosure: I received free samples from Nature’s Earthly Choice to develop this post. All opinions expressed are my own. JUMP TO RECIPE
I’ve served Black Rice and Sweet Summer Corn Salad several times this summer, always to rave reviews. This is one of those side dishes that’s served at room temperature so it’s great for cook-outs, picnics, and buffet tables. It’s easy to prepare, a little bit different, and absolutely delicious, all of which make it perfect for the type of casual dining we seem to crave on carefree summer days. It’s also a great way to showcase sweet summer corn, one of the best foods the season has to offer! (more…)
Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free nut bars. Sweet, salty, chocolaty and delicious! The perfect healthy snack. JUMP TO RECIPE
Some people love to have a sweet treat after dinner but for some strange reason I’ve always had this craving following lunch. In my younger years this usually meant having a cookie or candy bar, but as I got older, and made a conscious effort to eat more healthfully, I sought out nutritious alternatives to satisfy my midday sweet tooth and this is when I got hooked on KIND snack nut bars. For years I had one almost every day after lunch and discovered, much to my delight, that they did a great job of keeping full until dinner (not true when I was in the habit of having a cookie/candy bar). But one day I realized how much money I was spending on them and decided to start making my own nut bars. These Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Flax Nut Bars are one version I came up with and they are REALLY delicious! (more…)
Disclosure: I received free samples of wine from a Stout & Cellar consultant to develop this post. All opinions expressed are my own. JUMP TO RECIPE
Strawberry season is my favorite time of year. Not only because I love strawberries, but because once the warm weather arrives and the strawberries ripen, it means summer is finally underway. This year, strawberry season coincided with me receiving free samples of 14K Wines Rosé from Scout & Cellar, a direct to consumer distributor of clean crafted organic and vegan wines, and with it, I made these incredibly juicy and delicious Sugar-Coated Rosé Strawberries. “Clean crafted wines”, a term coined by Stout & Cellar, is a phrase you’ll probably start to hear more about. The clean eating movement has spurred health-conscious consumers to ask more questions about exactly what’s in their food and how it’s made/harvested, so it’s only a matter of time before they start demanding the same information about their wines. If you’ve ever woken up with a headache after drinking just 1 or 2 glasses of wine the night before, it doesn’t mean you’re getting old, it means the wine you were drinking had a lot of junk in it! And if you don’t like drinking reds because they stain your teeth, you should know that this is likely the result of a dye called Mega Purple or Ultra Red, an additive used in many mass-produced red wines. (more…)
A clean eating, no-cook salsa made from broccoli rice that’s fresh, light, and delicious. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. JUMP TO RECIPE
Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season but it also signals a shift in cooking habits for many people and serves as a cue to step away from the oven and stove top in favor of outdoor grilling, and to pick recipes with minimal prep time that use light, fresh, ingredients. This clean eating, no-cook, Broccoli Salsa fits the bill and is super versatile. You can serve it as an appetizer with tortilla chips or crostini, make it a stand-alone salad with a protein mixed in (chicken or shrimp would be delicious), or pass it off as a simple side dish. Add this to your arsenal of summer recipes – it will not disappoint! (more…)
Unique crackers with gorgeous color made from super healthy ingredients. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
I know it’s a little early to start thinking about summer, after all, spring just arrived, but I recently hosted a baby shower and made homemade crackers (in the shape of bunnies) as one of the appetizers. They were such a hit that I was inspired to pull out another one of my favorite cracker recipes – one that I make every summer. These Red Lentil Lobster Crackers are perfect for a summer picnic or lobster bake. They’re made with super healthy ingredients, and they happen to be the exact color of lobsters! I use them as a substitute for croutons in this lobster Caesar salad, but they are equally delicious dipped in hummus or guacamole. (more…)
Bright, delicious flavor in one of the easiest, most delicious sides dishes you’ll ever make!
I was tempted to call this dish “easiest ever quinoa”, or something along those lines, because Lemony Quinoa with Sun-Dried Tomatoes is so simple to make you barely even need a recipe. For food blogging however, specific, more descriptive titles are always better as they show up in internet searches more readily, and besides, any recipe title that begins with “lemony” always catches people’s attention, and believe me, this dish is deserving of attention! This is one of my go-to side dishes for entertaining because it’s easy, delicious, and only requires a handful of ingredients. Simply cook quinoa in vegetable stock (chicken and beef stock work too if you’re not vegan) and let it cool. Then, add lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh chopped parsley, and sun-dried tomatoes, and season to taste. That’s it! It doesn’t get much easier than that! (more…)
By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by POM Wonderful and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
This time of year is all about resolutions and things we want to achieve over the next 12 months to improve the quality of our lives. One piece of advice that is frequently given regarding New Year’s resolutions is to set realistic, manageable goals that won’t overwhelm you. Committing to drastic lifestyle changes is a surefire way to fail, so it’s important to keep this in mind as you think about your goals for the new year. I’m a big believer in the idea that small changes, over time, can add up to big results. If one of your resolutions for 2018 is to eat healthier, then here is an easy, small change you can make to your diet with some potentially big health benefits – drink pomegranate juice daily. You can start by mixing up a batch of Pomegranate Ginger Chia Juice using Pom Wonderful 100% Juice. Pom Wonderful is the leader in the pomegranate juice market. The pomegranates they use to make their #CrazyHealthy juice are whole-pressed, meaning a unique blend of polyphenol antioxidants from two whole pomegranates – including its fruit, pith and rind – is found in each 8-ounce serving. But that’s not the only reason you should drink it. Read on! (more…)