Disclosure: I received free samples from Nature’s Earthly Choice to develop this post. All opinions expressed are my own. JUMP TO RECIPE
Plant-based eating has been getting a lot of buzz lately as more and more research supports its association with a lower risk of many chronic diseases. If you’re a meat lover who is concerned about your health you might not want to hear this. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with these savory, delicious, Curried Black Rice Veggie Burgers. I won’t claim these burgers taste exactly like ones made with meat, but if you believe the expression “we taste with our eyes first”, then perhaps your stomach will be tricked into believing you’re eating beef burgers! Over the years I’ve come across lots of recipes for veggie burgers but never one where the patties look almost identical to beef burgers, as they do here (check out the picture below). This is due to the recipe’s key ingredient – black rice, which, color aside, has some amazing health benefits. (more…)
A healthy, delicious, whole grain snack that can be ready to eat in under 10 minutes! JUMP TO RECIPE
I believe one of the keys to maintaining a healthy diet is to always have wholesome, nutritious snacks available. Most of the time when we overindulge in unhealthy foods it’s because we’re so hungry that we’ll eat whatever is available at that moment and if there are no healthy choices in front of us, that’s when the trouble begins. There are lots of great options for healthy snacks, but one of the best is good old-fashioned popcorn. Not the kind you get at the movie theatre (read this article to see what’s actually in movie theatre popcorn), and not the kind that comes in microwavable paper packets, (read here about these), but popcorn kernels cooked plain, and then coated with REAL melted butter and seasonings, and maybe even a little bit of unrefined sugar to make it more of a treat than a snack. I’m talking about something like this Sweet and Spicy Chile Lime Popcorn. (more…)
Healthy, gluten-free bread made from one of America’s most popular vegetables. JUMP TO RECIPE
The food that people miss most when they switch to a gluten-free diet is undoubtedly bread. I don’t adhere exclusively to a gluten-free diet but decided several years ago, for various reasons, to avoid gluten as much as possible. It was really hard at first because like most people, I love bread, but thankfully I quickly discovered lots of gluten-free options that satisfy my cravings and I’ve had fun developing recipes that are great alternatives to traditional wheat bread (see links in the last paragraph of this post). These Broccoli Bread Slices are my newest creation and they are REALLY delicious! (more…)
I received free samples of Sabra mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
If you’re trying to reduce your consumption of animal products and eat more plant-based foods, Sabra hummus can help. The main ingredient in Sabra hummus is chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) and chickpeas are one of the best sources of plant-based protein. Sabra hummus is available in more than a dozen flavors, including organic varieties, and is great as a dip for vegetables and slathered on pita bread, but you can also use it as an ingredient in a variety of recipes such as these delicious Hummus Broccoli Fritters that I created for the Sabra Recipe Redux Challenge. (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…)
Broccoli rice and cheddar cheese are a match made in heaven in these delicious, savory waffles. Each waffle contains the equivalent of three servings of broccoli!
Waffles aren’t just for breakfast anymore! If you’re into cooking and trying new and different recipes, you’ve probably noticed that savory waffles have been trending for a while now. I developed my first savory waffle recipe about a year ago, but then forgot all about waffles until recently when I started using a lot of riced vegetables in my cooking. That’s when it dawned on me that riced vegetables would be the perfect addition to savory waffles. Ricing vegetables is an even hotter food trend than savory waffles. It began with cauliflower but has expanded to other vegetables, and has become so popular that some of the major food companies are now producing several varieties of frozen, riced vegetables. Fresh riced vegetables are also widely available in most upscale grocery stores, but it’s easy to make your own which is what I did for these delicious Gluten-Free Broccoli Cheddar Waffles. (more…)
A rich, creamy, healthier Alfredo sauce infused with warm fall spices.
‘Tis the season for pumpkin recipes so I wouldn’t be doing my job as a food blogger unless I created a pumpkin themed recipe for fall. In the past I’ve posted appetizer and dessert recipes but this year I decided to develop a pumpkin sauce that can be used in seasonal pasta entrees. Pumpkin Sweet Potato Alfredo Sauce is not as heavy as a traditional Alfredo sauce, which is typically made with Parmesan cheese, butter and heavy cream. Parmesan cheese is still a mainstay ingredient here, but this sauce gets much of its luxurious taste and texture from a combination of pumpkin and sweet potatoes mixed with milk and vegetable stock. (more…)
A unique salad made from one of America’s most popular cereal grains. Oats are not just for breakfast!
Oat Berry Spinach Salad is a delicious, nutritious dish made with oat groats. If you don’t know what oat groats are, you’re not alone. Rolled oats are a staple in many kitchens and an important part of the typical American diet but very few people are familiar with oat “groats”. If I had my way this would change, and if it did, I’m pretty sure oat groats would become the new quinoa! (more…)
A sweet and salty pie made from one of American’s favorite whole grain snacks.
It’s a little-known fact that October is the official month for celebrating all things popcorn. Back in 1999, the then Secretary of Agriculture proclaimed October National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, and ever since, those in the popcorn know have used this month to celebrate the wondrous whole grain that was discovered in the Americans thousands of year ago. Peanut Pecan Popcorn Pie is my nod to National Popcorn Poppin’ Month. It’s a sweet and salty treat that tastes like a cross between caramel coated popcorn (i.e. Cracker Jacks) and Rice Krispies Treats, minus the artificial ingredients and refined sweeteners. (more…)
Sweet and savory vegetable patties bound together with ground flaxseed and pan-fried in coconut oil. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Pure veggie delight!
Sweet Potato Cauliflower Cakes with Dairy-Free Cashew Sour Cream takes two popular and trendy vegetables and combines them to create a unique dish with velvety texture and amazing sweet and savory flavor. These cakes, which are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, can be served as an appetizer or a side dish. Their texture is similar to that of a crab cake but these little babies are fried in coconut oil, producing a golden-brown crust with subtle coconut flavor. Sweet Potato Cauliflower Cakes contain just a handful of ingredients, allowing the essence of the vegetables to really shine through. They’re great served solo but a dollop of Dairy-Free Cashew Sour Cream on top elevates the taste with a pleasant tang. (more…)