Chocolate Peppermint Tofu Ice Cream is an amazingly simple vegan ice cream with rich chocolate taste and refreshing peppermint flavor. It’s made with tofu and almond milk, sweetened with maple syrup, and even for non-vegans is a great substitute for regular ice cream when you want something light without as much fat and calories. (more…)
Lentil Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette is a wonderfully simple salad that makes a great side dish but is nutrient dense enough to be served as a main meal. It’s vegan and gluten-free, and with 13 grams of protein and a whopping 15 grams of fiber per serving, it will leave you feeling nourished and satisfied. (more…)
I’m always on the lookout for fast, easy, and tasty side dishes. I don’t mind spending extra time on a main dishes and desserts, but when it comes to side dishes I want to get them on the table quickly, without too much effort. Maple Mustard Roasted Green Beans with Toasted Almonds definitely qualifies as no-fuss yet it’s impressive in both appearance and taste.
If you’re an avid baker chances are you own a madeleine pan. Madeleines are petite French butter cakes that are baked in a pan with shell shaped cavities, giving them a distinctive shape. I came across my madeleine pan the other day and considered getting rid of it because I haven’t used it in so long. Perhaps as a way to justify keeping it I started pondering what else I could make using this classic French baking pan. And then it came to me – fruit and nut snack bars! I’ve aptly named these delicious, healthy treats Snack Bar Madeleines. (more…)
It’s hard to believe that a dish as simple as Chickpea Spinach Salad can be so delicious – it contains only a handful of ingredients and takes just minutes to prepare. If eating healthy is on your list of resolutions for the new year, then you’ll want to add this nutritious salad to your cooking repertoire. (more…)
Breakfast is a dilemma for many of us. In the hectic morning hours there’s often not enough time to prepare a healthy meal, and even less time to sit down and properly enjoy it. We’re usually stuck with grabbing whatever is quick and convenient, regardless of its nutritional value, before rushing off to work or school. Sadly, this isn’t going to change for most people. The pace of life, especially here in the U.S., is fast and breakfast is the meal that suffers most. That’s why it’s so important to have a few healthy, on-the-go breakfast choices at the ready. For me the ideal breakfast has a decent amount of fiber (to keep me full), some protein, and not too much sugar. These Raspberry Almond Breakfast Cookies fit the bill and are perfect for busy mornings. They’re gluten free and vegan too. (more…)
These Pumpkin Lentil Flax Crackers would be perfect as an appetizer for a Thanksgiving gathering. They’re festive and chock-full of healthy ingredients like lentils, flaxseed, coconut oil, and beets – yes, beets! This recipe was a bit of an accident. Earlier this year I was trying to make a cracker in honor of Valentines Day and wanted to use a natural ingredient to color the dough red so I added beets, which did in fact make the dough a beautiful shade of red. The only problem was that when baked the color of the dough faded to orange. The crackers still tasted delicious so I posted the recipe anyway but they were not what I had envisioned. I did, however, make a mental note to recycle this recipe for Thanksgiving because the crackers turned out to be the perfect shade of pumpkin orange! If you don’t like beets I hope you won’t shy away from making these delicious crackers. I don’t like beets but I love these crackers. I know it sounds odd to use beets as an ingredient in crackers but you don’t really taste them – they just give the crackers a hearty, earthy quality that would be lacking without them. (more…)
This recipe for Maple Glazed Pumpkin Seed Clusters comes with a warning – you will NOT be able to stop eating these! The combination of salty, maple sweetness is seriously addictive. Fortunately these delicious little clusters are a healthy treat, as they contain no refined sugar and are roasted in coconut oil instead of the overly processed oils that are typically used for roasting nuts and seeds. In addition, pumpkin seeds are one of the best plant sources of zinc, a mineral that is important for optimum immune function. Maple Glazed Pumpkin Seed Clusters are super simple to make – just a couple of minutes of prep and 20 minutes in the oven. (more…)
Valentine’s Day is coming up so I thought it would be fun to make gluten free heart-shaped crackers. Before making these crackers I had never used red lentils but I’d heard about them and thought they might produce a cracker in honor of Valentine’s Day that was some shade of red. Well, it turns out red lentils are not red at all, but more orange in color. I thought I could fix this by adding some beets and was encouraged when the dough mixed up to a beautiful deep, ruby-red color – perfect for Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately the crackers lose that beautiful deep red color when baked. I was going to rework the recipe to omit the beets but they give the crackers an earthy quality that would be lacking without them and, more importantly, everyone that tried the crackers said they were delicious as is and that I shouldn’t change a thing.
Once you try this recipe it’s highly unlikely you will ever buy ketchup at the grocery store again. It’s so simple to prepare and you won’t believe the difference it makes in the way your food tastes. There is none of that harsh tang and excessive sweetness you get with store bought ketchup. It is simply the essence of tomato with a few savory additions that heighten the natural tomato flavor. It’s great on burgers and fries but also makes a delicious cocktail sauce for shrimp (just add horseradish if desired) and is a great base for barbeque sauce too. Pretty much anything you’d put store bought ketchup on will taste better with this as a condiment. And it’s a lot healthier too. It’s no secret that most ketchup is made with high fructose corn syrup – a refined sweetener that is unhealthy to consume. More and more food companies are replacing high fructose corn syrup with less refined, more natural sweeteners, yet it’s still found in most mass produced ketchup. All the more reason to make your own! One tablespoon of this ketchup has less than 1 gram of sugar versus 4 grams of sugar in your typical store bought ketchup. It also has 50% less sodium. Once I discovered this recipe I started buying the 6 oz. cans of tomato paste by the case at my warehouse store. Since the rest of the ingredients are, for the most part, pantry staples, I almost always have what I need on hand to make this.
You probably already have most of what you need to make this ketchup in your pantry right now.
Drizzle olive oil over the head of garlic before wrapping it up in aluminum foil. Some recipes will tell you to slice off the top of the head of garlic prior to roasting. This isn’t necessary. The garlic roasts just fine left intact so I eliminate this step to simply the recipe.