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Butternut Squash and Kale Pasta with Parmesan Cheese (Gluten Free)

This butternut squash and kale pasta is the coziest fall meal ever! It’s made with chickpea pasta, so it’s gluten free and has an extra protein boost, too.

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This butternut squash and kale pasta is the best fall dinner recipe. It’s easy, cozy, and absolutely delicious. It has the perfect mix of savory flavors from kale, vegetable broth, white wine, and parmesan cheese, balanced out with the sweet butternut squash.

I especially love this pasta dish because I used chickpea pasta! This is my favorite gluten free pasta. It has a similar taste and texture to regular pasta, but two times the protein and three times the fiber. I always feel more full when I make chickpea pasta versus regular.

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How to make butternut squash and kale pasta

  • Peel, chop, and roast butternut squash.
  • Saute garlic and shallots.
  • Add kale, vegetable broth, and white wine and braise the kale.
  • Prepare pasta.
  • Add pasta, butternut squash, and parmesan cheese to the pan with kale. Toss to combine.
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How do you braise kale?

Braising is a cooking method where you lightly fry food, then stew it in liquid. Braised kale is so delicious! I prefer it over sautéed kale, because the kale leaves get much softer and soak up the savory vegetable broth flavor.

  • Sauté garlic and shallots in olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat.
  • Add kale, vegetable broth, and wine.
  • Stir and cover, cooking for 5-10 minutes until kale is wilted and soft.
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Butternut Squash and Kale Pasta with Parmesan Cheese (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

This butternut squash and kale pasta is the coziest fall meal ever! It’s made with chickpea pasta, so it’s gluten free and has an extra protein boost, too.


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Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced into 1 inch dice
  • 1/2 cup sage, chopped and divided
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 6 cups kale
  • 8 oz box chickpea pasta
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (I used a microplane)
  • 1/4 cup reserved pasta water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss butternut squash in 1 tbsp olive oil and half the chopped sage, and spread out on baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until fork tender.
  4. While butternut squash roasts, braise the kale.
  5. In a large frying pan with a lid, heat remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add vegetable broth, white wine, and kale. Stir and cover, and cook for 5-10 minutes, until kale is soft, tender, and cooked down.
  7. Prepare pasta according to package instructions.
  8. Mix parmesan cheese with reserved pasta water.  Pour over the kale and stir. 
  9. Add cooked pasta and butternut squash to the pan with kale. Toss until well combined. Sprinkle with remaining sage.
  10. Serve immediately, sprinkled with crushed red pepper and additional parmesan cheese, if desired.


Notes

  • Best served immediately, but can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days and reheated.

Keywords: butternut squash and kale pasta, chickpea pasta, gluten free pasta, gluten free, butternut squash, kale

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Mocha Latte Overnight Oats (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This decadent, chocolatey mocha latte overnight oats recipe is perfect for coffee lovers! It’s just like your favorite coffeehouse drink.

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But first, coffee. A morning cup of joe is a sacred ritual for many people. While I personally don’t drink coffee (I’m too sensitive to caffeine), I absolutely LOVE the taste and aroma. If I’m out at a cute coffeeshop, I’ll get a decaf latte or cappuccino to sip on. Pure bliss!

What brings coffee to the next level? Chocolate! When you add chocolate to a latte, you get a mocha latte. Chocolate goes with so many delicious flavors, but coffee certainly tops the list. (Ok, maybe it’s tied with peanut butter).

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Why you’ll love this recipe

  • It’s super easy. This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, and you need just 7 ingredients. It is the perfect make-ahead breakfast.
  • Nutritious and filling. There are several nutritious ingredients including oats, chia seeds, and cacao powder in these overnight oats. It packs fiber and antioxidants (and caffeine)!
  • Tastes like dessert. These overnight oats taste like a rich mocha dessert, but there are only 2 tbsp of added sugar in the form of maple syrup.

How to make mocha latte overnight oats

  • Mix dry ingredients in an airtight container.
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  • Add wet ingredients, and stir very well to combine.
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  • Cover, and set in the fridge overnight or at least one hour.
  • The next morning, stir in chocolate chips, portion into three servings, and add desired toppings.
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Mocha Latte Overnight Oats (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3 1x
  • Category: breakfast

Description

This decadent, chocolatey mocha latte overnight oats recipe is perfect for coffee lovers! It’s just like your favorite coffeehouse drink.


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • Toppings of choice: I used raspberries and melted chocolate drizzle

Instructions

  1. Combine oats, chia seeds, and cacao powder in a sealed container or large jar.
  2. Add almond milk, coffee, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Stir very well to combine.
  3. Cover and place in fridge overnight, or at least 1 hour.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips in the morning.
  5. Portion into 3 containers for serving and add toppings.


Notes

  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Keywords: overnight oats, vegan overnight oats, mocha latte overnight oats, vegan, gluten free

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10 Fruits and Vegetables in Season For Fall to Add to Your Plate

Seasonal eating is fresh, fun, and better for the environment. Add these fruits and vegetables in season for fall to your next shopping list!

What is your favorite thing about fall? I love the leaves changing, the cozy weather, and the fall activities. I also adore fall produce! I’m so ready for warming meals filled with the fruits and vegetables in season now.

Benefits of Eating Seasonally

  • Saves money. Seasonal produce is less expensive than out of season fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, because it is more plentiful.
  • Tastes better. Produce that is in season simply tastes better. If you’ve eaten a tomato in the middle of January, then you know what I mean!
    Adds variety to your diet. It is important to have variety in your diet, because different foods have different nutrients and benefits. If you eat seasonally, you are naturally adding variety to your diet as the seasons change.
  • Better for the environment. You’ll reduce your carbon footprint by choosing seasonal produce, because there was less energy used to grow and transport the food to your store. Bonus points if you shop at your local farmer’s market!
  • Less pesticide use. Foods grown out of season need a lot more assistance in the form of pesticides and chemicals to grow. Fruits and vegetables that grow naturally in fall weather conditions are easier to produce with less assistance.

Fruits and Vegetables In Season for Fall

Here is a list of 10 fruits and vegetables in season right now! You’ll also find recipes to inspire you to get into the kitchen.

Apples

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Apple picking is a quintessential fall activity, and it is dietitian approved! Apples contain fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Make sure to eat the skin, though, as it holds most of the fiber and antioxidants!

Make this apple cinnamon coffee cake, five-minute bircher muesli, or this kale salad with apple, cranberries, and pecans by Deb Perelman, by way of Cookie and Kate.

Beets

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Beets are one of the healthiest foods to eat. Not only do they contain several vitamins and minerals, beets have nitrates and pigments (that give them their beautiful color). These compounds have several health benefits. The nitrates in beets convert to nitric oxide in the body, which dilates our blood vessels, temporarily lowering blood pressure. The pigments in beets have antioxidant effects that may reduce inflammation.

Try this beet and goat cheese salad with wild rice and chickpeas, dreamy pink beet + white bean dip, and these baked zucchini, beet, and sweet potato fritters.

Broccoli

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Broccoli might just be my all time favorite vegetable. It is part of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. In addition to fiber, vitamin C, iron, and potassium, broccoli has phytonutrients that lower inflammation and may help lower the risk of cancer.

Roast up a tray of this addicting lemon parmesan broccoli, try this broccoli salad with Thai peanut dressing, or this easy pasta and broccoli recipe by Skinnytaste.

Brussels Sprouts

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Brussels sprouts had a bad rap for a while, but they are absolutely delicious when roasted to crispy perfection. They share similar health benefits to broccoli, as they contain the same phytonutrients. Also, Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamins C and K.

This kale quinoa salad with fall roasted vegetables contains Brussels sprouts. These crispy roasted Brussels sprouts by Chelsea’s Messy Apron look insane!

Cauliflower

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Cauliflower – the trendiest vegetable of our time. It’s been transformed into pizza crust, gnocchi, and rice because of it’s neutral flavor. But cauliflower is delicious in it’s natural whole form, too! It is a perfect neutral palate to experiment with lots of flavors. Cauliflower is high in fiber, vitamins C and K, and antioxidants.

I have a bunch of cauliflower recipes on the blog, so here is a little list:

Kale

Kale is a hardy green, so it holds up to the falling temperatures in the fall, which softer greens can’t handle. It’s a super nutrient dense food, and is loaded with nutrients including vitamins A, C, and K. Also, kale is a good plant-based source of calcium.

Tis the season to load up on all the kale salads! Try my favorite dairy free kale caesar salad, this Greek kale salad by Gimme Delicious, and this kale salad with carrot ginger dressing by Love & Lemons.

Pears

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Pears are another in season fruit for the cooler months. They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is a prebiotic, feeding the good bacteria in our guts! Just like apples, the pear skin contains most of the fiber.

Try my hasselback baked pears on oatmeal for a delicious breakfast. I also love to roast pears with beets and sweet potatoes for a dinner side!

Pumpkin

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Pumpkin is a versatile and nutritious ingredient that is in season for fall. It can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. Pumpkin is a good source of fiber. It is also rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that makes pumpkin orange, and benefits eye and skin health.

This vegan pumpkin alfredo sauce is one of my favorite pumpkin recipes to make in the fall! Also, try these healthier pumpkin muffins by Gimme Some Oven, or these pumpkin pancakes by Well Plated.

Squash

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You’ve probably seen lots of winter squash varieties showing up in your grocery stores and farmer’s markets. From butternut to delicata, winter squashes are abundant this time of year. They are a versatile ingredient – turn them into soups, curries, or mash them like potatoes. Winter squashes are rich in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and carotenoid antioxidants.

Here are some of my favorite ways to prepare winter squash:

Sweet Potato

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Last but not least, sweet potatoes are a favorite fall tuber. Sweet potatoes are slightly higher in fiber than white potatoes, and they are higher in vitamins A, B6, and C. I love roasted sweet potato wedges as a side with dinner!

Try these sweet potato toasts with Mediterranean salsa, Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes, and this sweet potato casserole by Joy Food Kitchen.

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Addicting Lemon Parmesan Broccoli (Gluten Free)

Everyone will love this lemon parmesan broccoli recipe! It will be your new, super addicting side dish to serve with any meal.

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My favorite way to prepare broccoli is to roast it with just salt, pepper, and olive oil. But adding lemon and parmesan cheese elevates it to a whole different level!

This side dish reminds me of something that would be on the menu of your favorite New American restaurant. Even though the main ingredient is broccoli, it feels more unique and fancier than a simple plate of roasted vegetables.

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How to make lemon parmesan broccoli

This recipe really couldn’t be easier. It will look so impressive when you serve it to your family and friends with the freshly grated parmesan and lemon wedges.

  • Roast broccoli on a sheet pan
  • Make the lemon dressing
  • Toss the roasted broccoli in the lemon dressing
  • Plate your broccoli, and top generously with freshly grated parmesan
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Tips for making this recipe

  • Use freshly grated, high quality parmesan cheese. Because this recipe is so simple, the quality of ingredients is important to let the flavors shine. Purchase a fresh hunk of parmesan cheese and grate it yourself right before serving instead of using pre-grated packaged cheese.
  • Roast broccoli right on the baking pan. I recommend skipping the parchment paper or aluminum foil lining when roasting your broccoli. I find it gets crispier when I put it directly on the pan. Plus, less waste!
  • Choose broccoli with long stems. If you can find a head of broccoli with long stems, grab that one at the store. I like to keep as much of the stem on as possible because it adds a contrasting texture to the dish.
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  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 46 1x
  • Category: side dish

Description

Everyone will love this lemon parmesan broccoli recipe! It will be your new super addicting side dish to serve with any meal.


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Ingredients

  • 2 heads of broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 lemon, sliced into half moons

Lemon Dressing

  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp shallot, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

 

  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss broccoli florets in olive oil, a generous shake of salt and pepper, garlic powder, and lemon zest.
  3. Spread broccoli in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Top with slices of lemon.
  4. Roast for 25-30 minutes, until broccoli is nicely browned and crispy.
  5. While the broccoli roasts, prepare the dressing. Whisk together the lemon juice, mustard, and honey until combined. Add shallots and slowly drizzle in olive oil. Continue whisking until dressing is cohesive.
  6. Remove lemon slices from the baking dish. Place broccoli in a large mixing bowl and pour on the dressing. Toss thoroughly so each piece is coated.
  7. Plate the broccoli and sprinkle on the freshly grated parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper.
  8. Garnish with the roasted lemon slices, if desired. 


Notes

  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

Keywords: lemon parmesan broccoli, gluten free, side dish

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Healthier Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake (Gluten Free)

This apple cinnamon coffee cake is a better-for-you autumn treat! It’s gluten free, lower in sugar, and sure to please everyone.

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I love apple based baked goods in the fall when apples are in season. There is nothing cozier than the smell of warm apples and cinnamon in the oven! Apple pie, apple crisp, apple cobbler…I’ll take them all!

This apple cinnamon coffee cake is a twist on classic coffee cake. The two are similar in their quick bread “cake” base and delicious streusel topping. But, this version is a little more unique!

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First, there is lemon zest in the cake batter, which adds such a delicious and light flavor. Also, you’ll layer sliced apples underneath the cinnamon streusel topping. The apples get so soft and sweet when they bake! I used Mac apples from Yes! Apples – they came straight from the orchards in New York. This variety is perfectly sweet and tart, and great for baking.

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What makes this apple cinnamon coffee cake healthier?

  • No butter. We replaced butter with applesauce and non-fat plain Greek style yogurt in this recipe. This significantly cuts back on the saturated fat content in this treat.
  • Gluten free. This recipe is perfectly safe for those with a gluten allergy or intolerance! Almond flour stands in for regular white flour. It provides more protein, healthy fats, and fiber than refined white flour. The healthy fats and fiber in almond flour prevent the sugars in your treat from being absorbed too quickly into the blood, so it is better for blood sugar levels.
  • Lower added sugar. This recipe calls for 3/4 cup of total added sugars: 1/2 cup of maple syrup in the cake, and 1/4 cup of brown sugar in the streusel topping. This is much less than the sugar content in traditional coffee cake recipes!
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How to make apple cinnamon coffee cake

  • Prepare cake batter and pour into a baking pan.
  • Thinly slice apples and layer them on top of the cake batter.
  • Prepare the streusel topping and sprinkle over the apples.
  • Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
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Healthier Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour
  • Total Time: -5 minute
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: dessert, breakfast

Description

This apple cinnamon coffee cake is a better-for-you autumn treat! It’s gluten free, lower in sugar, and sure to please everyone.


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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek style yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Yes! Apples Mac apples, thinly sliced

Streusel topping

  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, solid
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8″x8″ baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together almond flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together applesauce, yogurt, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, and lemon zest until well combined with no lumps.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and mix together. 
  5. Pour cake batter into the prepared baking dish. 
  6. Layer apple slices evenly over the cake batter. 
  7. Use a fork to mash together all the streusel topping ingredients in a bowl. Mixture should be crumbly.
  8. Use your hands to sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the apple slices.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour, until cake is not jiggy when moved, and a toothpick comes out clean in the center. Edges will be nicely browned to a deep caramel color. 
  10. Let cool completely before slicing into 16 squares. 


Notes

  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 

Keywords: apple cinnamon coffee cake, healthy coffee cake, apple cinnamon, gluten free baking, gluten free, almond flour

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10 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes for Busy Mornings

A recipe round-up of 10 healthy make-ahead breakfast ideas that are perfect for people with busy schedules! Prioritize breakfast with these delicious recipes.

They don’t say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for nothing! As an RD, I am a big proponent of starting your day with a healthy breakfast. In order to optimize your breakfast, choose foods rich in fiber and protein, plus a little healthy fat, to start your day. Some healthy breakfast items include:

  • Whole grains and complex carbohydrates (fiber): oatmeal, quinoa, whole wheat bread or English muffin, sweet potatoes, fruit, high fiber cereal
  • Protein: yogurt, eggs, tofu, smoked salmon
  • Healthy fats: nuts, nut butter, avocado, cheese

Benefits of Eating Breakfast

Eating breakfast has several benefits. But, in order to reap those benefits, it’s important to eat a high quality breakfast with fiber, protein, and healthy fats.

  • Helps reduce appetite and may reduce energy intake throughout the day (1, 2)
  • Helps with weight maintenance (3)
  • Increases energy, because glycogen stores are replenished after fasting while sleeping
  • May reduce depressive mood and stress (4, 5)

10 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas

A busy schedule and lack of time are some of the most common barriers to eating a healthy breakfast. If that sounds like you, not to worry. You can prepare all of these recipes ahead of time! They are also packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats, so they will give you energy and keep you full for hours. Just grab them and go in the morning!

1. Five-Minute Bircher Muesli

Bircher Muesli is the OG overnight oats recipe. This version includes chia seeds for extra fiber, and yogurt to boost the protein content.

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2. Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

A healthy twist on the most delicious cake! This carrot cake baked oatmeal tastes great warm or cold, and is easily packable in Tupperware to bring to the office.

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3. Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate Chips

This is another favorite baked oatmeal recipe! This version has fresh berries, banana, and chocolate chips. Because a little chocolate for breakfast is the best way to start the day.

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4. Almond Butter Sweet Potato Muffins with Chocolate Chips

These muffins have plenty of good-for-you ingredients, like almond butter, sweet potato, and whole grain spelt flour. They are more filling than traditional muffins, and won’t spike your blood sugar like baked goods made with refined flour.

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5. Veggie Packed Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

No worries if you are a savory breakfast person – you can easily prepare egg sandwiches ahead of time! This version by Budget Bytes is packed with veggies. Just pop it in the microwave to heat and eat.

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6. Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats

Overnight oatmeal is a super affordable and filling breakfast option with endless flavor possibilities. The Almond Eater used the classic strawberry banana combination in this version! There is fiber from the oatmeal/fruit and protein from the yogurt in this recipe.

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7. Banana Cream Pie Chia Pudding

This banana cream pie chia pudding by Choosing Chia looks so dreamy! Chia seeds contain fiber, plant-based protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, making them a nutrition powerhouse.

Choosing Chia Banana Cream Pie Chia Pudding - Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Roundup

8. Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

These pumpkin oatmeal bars by Shuangy’s Kitchen Sink look like such a treat for breakfast! You can store them in the fridge or freezer, and eat them warmed up or room temperature.

Shuangy's Kitchen Sink Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

9. Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins

This unique egg muffin recipe by Savor the Best includes quinoa! These muffin are loaded with protein, whole grains, and veggies. Store them in the fridge or freezer if you want to save them for longer.

Savor the Best Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins

10. Freezer Vegan Breakfast Burrito

This breakfast burrito is completely vegan, because Emilie Eats uses tofu in place of eggs! Tofu is a great source of plant-based protein, and is a good substitute for scrambled eggs. You can defrost these burritos in the oven while you get ready for the day, or pop them in the microwave.

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Butternut Squash Chili (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This vegan butternut squash chili is an easy one pot meal to make for a week of healthy eats. It’s a comforting dish that everyone will love!

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I’ve been making a version of this plant-based chili for years. I usually use sweet potato in this recipe, but I decided to mix it up and try butternut squash instead! This version came out deliciously, and I might be sticking with butternut squash from now on.

Usually, chili is a meat-heavy dish. But I promise you won’t miss the meat in this butternut squash chili! There is still plenty of comforting chili spice flavor, plus meatiness from beans and mushrooms.

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Why you’ll love this butternut squash chili

  • One pot meal. Just add all the ingredients into a single pot and let it cook!
  • Affordable ingredients. This recipe utilizes affordable ingredients, including canned goods, seasonal produce, and spices you likely already have in your pantry.
  • Perfect for meal prep. This is a great meal prep recipe, because it is easy to make, keeps well in the fridge, and tastes great when reheated. It usually tastes even better the next day, because the flavors come out more!
  • Packed with fiber and protein. Between all the veggies and beans, this meal is a great source of plant-based protein and filling fiber!
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Tips for making this recipe

  • Have your mise en place set before you start cooking. You need just one pot for this recipe, but the cooking process is faster and more seamless if you have all your ingredients ready to go before you begin. Chop all the vegetables, open the cans, drain and rinse the beans, and have your spice jars ready before turning on the stove.
  • Add more cayenne if you like heat. I don’t do well with super spicy foods, but if you like your chili spicy, add more cayenne pepper to your liking.
  • Sub sweet potato for butternut squash. As I’ve mentioned before, I make this recipe with sweet potatoes all the time, and it is delicious. Swap the butternut squash for 2-3 large sweet potatoes if you can’t find the squash.
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Butternut Squash Chili (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

This vegan butternut squash chili is an easy one pot meal to make for a week of healthy eats. It’s a comforting dish that everyone will love!


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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 box white mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can low sodium kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado, diced, for serving
  • Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped, for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat avocado oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  3. Add garlic plus a generous shake of salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add all spices, cocoa powder, and an additional shake of salt and pepper. Stir so garlic and onion are well coated with spices. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  5. Add bell pepper, mushrooms, zucchini, butternut squash, and the can of diced tomatoes to the pot. Stir so everything is well combined. If mixture is very thick, add up to 1 cup of water to thin it out a bit.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover.
  7. Cook for 20-30 minutes, until butternut squash is fork tender.
  8. Add black and kidney beans, stir to mix, and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  9. Use a ladel to spoon portions into bowls, and top with diced avocado and cilantro.


Notes

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Keywords: vegan chili, butternut squash chili, vegan, gluten free, healthy chili

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Coconut Chai Spiced Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This coconut chai spiced granola is crazy flavorful and downright addicting. If you love chai tea, this recipe will blow your mind!

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Granola is officially one of my favorite things to make myself. There are certain store bought brands that I love, but homemade definitely takes the cake.

This coconut chai spiced granola recipe is the third granola recipe I’ve shared on the blog, and I think it might take the cake. Ben proclaimed that this recipe is the best one yet without hesitation. It has tons of chai spiced flavor, thanks to cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves. Combined with rich coconut and caramel-y dates, I just can’t get enough.

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How to make coconut chai spiced granola

  • Mix oats, shredded coconut, slivered almonds, and spices together in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix together coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir to combine.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Let granola cool completely to harden, then use your hands to break into pieces.
  • Toss in chopped dates with the cooked granola.
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Tips for making this coconut chai spiced granola

  • Use old fashioned rolled oats. Quick and steel cut oats do not provide the right texture for granola, so make sure you are using old fashioned rolled oats.
  • Bake low and slow. We bake this granola at a lower temperature (325 degrees F) to prevent burning while it bakes for ~30 minutes.
  • Don’t mix the granola while it is baking. Spread the granola into one large “sheet” and don’t mix it! Baking at a lower temperature prevents burning, and by not mixing the granola, it allows us to have those giant clusters.
  • Let granola cool completely before breaking into clusters. The granola will harden as it sits and cools, so wait until it is room temperature to break it up into clusters.
  • Store in a wide, shallow airtight container. Carefully layer the big granola clusters in a wide, shallow container instead of a tall, narrow one to maintain the structure.
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Coconut Chai Spiced Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: makes about 6 cups 1x
  • Category: breakfast

Description

This coconut chai spiced granola is crazy flavorful and downright addicting. If you love chai tea, this recipe will blow your mind!


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, almonds, coconut, spices, and salt. Stir together.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and stir to thoroughly combine. 
  5. Spread granola into one even layer on the baking sheet.
  6. Baked for 30-35 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking, until edges start to brown and granola is an overall golden brown shade.
  7. Let granola cool to room temperature, then use your hands to break it into large clusters.
  8. Toss with chopped dates.


Notes

  • Store in a wide, shallow airtight container.

Keywords: chai spiced granola, homemade granola, chai spice, vegan, gluten free

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6 Ways to Add More Vegetables to Your Diet (That Don’t Involve Salad)

We all know it’s important to eat more vegetables. Read on for easy and creative ways to add more vegetables to your diet!

If there is one thing health professionals all agree on, it is to eat more vegetables. Vegetables are nutritional powerhouses loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Increasing vegetable consumption works for jut about any health and nutrition goal. In fact, I tell my clients to load up half their plate with vegetables at every meal!

Why you should add more vegetables to your diet

Vegetable consumption is super important for good health.Vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber – all nutrients that support our health. The current US vegetable intake guidelines recommend 2-3 cups of vegetables per day (1). But, many healthcare experts would agree that when it comes to vegetables, more is.

Several studies show higher vegetable consumption is linked to lower risk of diseases including heart disease, hypertension, and certain cancers (2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Here are some reasons why you should add more vegetables to your diet:

  • Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Help reduce high blood pressure
  • May reduce the risk of certain cancers, including breast cancer
  • Helps with weight management and weight loss, when vegetables replace other refined carbohydrates in the diet (7)
  • Improve GI health, thanks to fiber. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to stool, and soluble fiber can help lower cholesterol. Soluble fiber is also a prebiotic, so it feeds the good bacteria in our microbiome.

With all those benefits, you really can’t go wrong with loading your plate up with more vegetables! Salads are wonderful, but I understand the desire to consume vegetables in other ways. Here are six easy and delicious ways to add more vegetables to your diet – no salads involved.

1. Add vegetables to an omelet or frittata

Eggs + veggies = a match made in heaven. This makes for a super filling meal, thanks to the protein from the eggs and fiber from the veggies. I love adding spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes to my eggs! Check out the recipe for this Vegetable Frittata with Sweet Potato Crust for some inspiration.

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2. Spiralize vegetables into noodles

You can turn pretty much any vegetable into vegetable noodles (or zoodles) using a spiralizer. Next pasta night, try replacing half your spaghetti with zucchini noodles.

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3. Make a green smoothie

Add a few handfuls of spinach to your morning smoothie – I promise you won’t taste it! You can also add frozen cauliflower to smoothies without a noticeable taste change, because it has such a mild flavor. Check out this delicious green smoothie recipe from Pinch of Yum.

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4. Make stuffed bell peppers

Cooking stuffed bell peppers is an easy way to increase vegetable consumption. One bell pepper equals about one serving! To really maximize your intake, add more vegetables to the filling, such as spinach, onions, or mushrooms.

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5. Use riced cauliflower in your meals

Just like zucchini can transform into zoodles, cauliflower is a good substitute for grains when it is “riced”. Try replacing half your grains with riced cauliflower if you want an extra boost of veggies on your plate. This cauliflower fried rice recipe is one of my favorites!

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6. Top pizza with vegetables

Because what’s a life without pizza? Opt for veggie toppings next time you order pizza. Some of my favorites are spinach, broccoli, and onions. Or, try this amazing looking roasted mushroom and kale pizza from Half Baked Harvest!

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Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Wild Rice and Chickpeas (Gluten Free)

This beet and goat cheese salad is a delicious side dish any beet lover will enjoy! The beets are tossed with goat cheese, U.S.-grown wild rice, chickpeas, and a zippy lemon vinaigrette. 

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Beets are definitely a polarizing food. You either love them or you hate them. But if you love them, you know how TASTY beets are when paired with tangy goat cheese. It’s one of my all time favorite food combinations!

You guys know how much I love my grain salads, and this one really tops my list. It features U.S.-grown wild rice, chickpeas, in addition to beets and goat cheese. Wild rice is a new ingredient for me, and I can already think of a million other ways I want to use this grain!

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Why choose U.S.-grown rice?

Did you know the United States produces 18 billion pounds of rice per year? Neither did I! U.S.-grown rice is also extremely high quality. I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Ralston Family Farm in Little Rock, Arkansas to experience rice growing and learned about it firsthand! 

During our trip, we got to tour the entire rice farm, from field, to storage, to milling, to packaging. They have a beautiful modern kitchen at the farm, where we were treated to a multi-course rice tasting, plus a delicious lunch prepared by chef Matthew Bell. We even learned how to make sushi, using antioxidant-rich purple rice! It was such a fun trip, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity.

Here are some cool facts I learned:

  • Arkansas is the nation’s largest rice producer.
  • Rice is a very sustainable crop to grow. At Ralston Family Farm, they flood the rice fields with water from the Arkansas river. Once they are done, the water goes right back into the river, in a purified state.
  • Some varieties of rice are high in antioxidants, like red rice and purple rice. 
  • Rice takes about 100 days to grow between the day it is planted and when it is harvested.
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Main ingredients in this roasted beet and goat cheese salad

This salad contains so many wholesome, real food ingredients. You’ll load up your plate with plenty of fiber, plant-based protein, and antioxidants with this on your menu!

  • Red and golden beets
  • U.S.-grown Wild rice
  • Chickpeas
  • Goat cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Parsley 
  • Garlic 
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Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Wild Rice and Chickpeas (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6 1x
  • Category: side dish

Description

This beet and goat cheese salad is a delicious side dish any beet lover will enjoy! The beets are tossed with goat cheese, U.S.-grown wild rice, chickpeas, and a zippy lemon vinaigrette.


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Ingredients

  • 2.5 lb red and golden beets
  • 1 cup U.S.-grown wild rice
  • 1 can low sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese crumbles
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a covered baking dish with olive oil cooking spray.
  2. Wash and scrub beets and add them to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with a little salt and cover. *Alternatively, you can wrap each beet in tin foil and place on a baking sheet, if you don’t have a covered baking dish.
  3. Roast beets for 45 minutes – 1.5 hours, rotating them every 20 minutes so they cook evenly. Beets will be done cooking when fork tender.
  4. Once beets are cool enough to handle, use your hands to squeeze off the skin under cool running water. Chop into 1 inch cubes.
  5. While the beets roast, cook the wild rice according to package instructions. I used a rice cooker on the brown rice setting, and it took about an hour.
  6. Prepare the dressing. Whisk together lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, mustard, parsley, and garlic. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while continuing to whisk until well combined.
  7. Combine roasted beets, wild rice, chickpeas, parsley, and goat cheese in a large mixing bowl. Pour in dressing and toss until everything is well coated. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Notes

  • Try to choose similar sized beets for even cooking. The smaller they are, the faster they will cook.
  • This salad tastes good cold and holds up well as leftovers.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Keywords: beet and goat cheese salad, beets, wild rice, gluten free, U.S.-grown rice, goat cheese, chickpeas

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Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce Pasta (Vegan)

This vegan pumpkin alfredo sauce is what autumnal dreams are made of. It’s packed with rich flavor, and has the creamiest texture thanks to cashew cream!

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What’s your comfort food? Growing up with an Italian mom, we had pasta a lot with dinner. She even makes her own raviolis every December for Christmas, using our family recipe! For me, forget the chicken noodle soup. Comfort food comes in the form of those raviolis, or a warm bowl of pasta.

This pasta with homemade pumpkin alfredo sauce is the ultimate comfort food. It’s rich and creamy without feeling too heavy. A deliciously savory blend of garlic, shallots, and rosemary accentuates the pumpkin flavor.

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How to make vegan pumpkin alfredo sauce

To keep this dish completely dairy free, we utilize a few unique vegan ingredients that pack a savory, umami punch. Instead of cream and cheese, we use homemade cashew cream, white miso, and nutritional yeast.

  • Sauté garlic and shallots in olive oil.
  • Add miso paste and rosemary to the pan.
  • Make cashew cream in a blender with cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, and spices.
  • Cook pasta and reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
  • Add pureed pumpkin, garlic and shallots mixture, and pasta water to the blender with cashew cream.
  • Blend until completely smooth and creamy.
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The vegan ingredients that make this recipe shine

  • Cashew cream: Cashew cream is an excellent plant-based substitution for heavy cream in recipes. It is incredibly easy to make! Blend soaked cashews with liquid of choice (water, almond milk, or broth), and whatever flavorings you want to add. Cashew cream is lower in calories and saturated fat than regular cream.
  • Miso: A traditional Japanese ingredient, miso is a thick paste made from fermented soy. It is packed with super salty, umami flavor. Miso is a good source of many nutrients, including manganese and vitamin K. It also contains probiotics, thanks to the fermentation process!
  • Nutritional yeast: This ingredient has a cheesy, slightly nutty flavor. Nutritional yeast is rich in B vitamins and is a complete source of plant-based protein!
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Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce Pasta (Vegan)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 46 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

This vegan pumpkin alfredo sauce is what autumnal dreams are made of. It’s packed with rich flavor, and has the creamiest texture thanks to cashew cream!


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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary needles
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tbsp white miso
  • 3 tbsp warm water

Cashew Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked in hot water at least 10 minutes
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or water)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper

 

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 12 oz pasta of choice (I used mafaldine)
  • 1 cup water reserved from pasta cooking

 


Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on low-medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and shallots plus a dash of salt and pepper. Stir around for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add rosemary and stir to combine.
  4. Whisk together the miso with warm water until a thick watery paste forms. 
  5. Pour miso paste into the pan with the garlic and shallots. Stir to combine, reduce to simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, boil your pasta according to package instructions. Set aside 1 cup of pasta water.
  7. Make the cashew cream. Drain the soaking cashews and put them in a blender with all the cashew cream ingredients. Blend until completely smooth.
  8. Add the pumpkin puree, garlic/shallot/miso mixture, reserved pasta water, and a dash of salt and pepper directly to the blender with cashew cream. Blend until completely smooth.
  9. Pour about 1 1/2 cups of alfredo sauce over the pasta, using tongs to gently toss. Add more sauce as necessary. You will have leftover!
  10. Use tongs to serve pasta into individual bowls, and top with freshly ground black pepper, if desired.


Notes

  • You will have about 1 1/2 cups of sauce leftover.

Keywords: vegan, pumpkin alfredo, nutritional yeast, pumpkin rosemary sauce, pumpkin cream sauce

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Sweet Potato Toasts with Mediterranean Salsa (Gluten Free)

This delicious appetizer recipe uses sweet potato toasts in place of bread! They’re topped with rosemary white bean dip and Mediterranean salsa.

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I’d never made sweet potato toasts before this recipe. Shocking, right? This food trend has been all over social media for quite some time now! Sweet potato toasts are so easy to make and super versatile. I will definitely be trying them again, and these little appetizers are perfect for entertaining friends and family.

I don’t have many appetizer recipes on the blog, so I decided to share one today! These delicious little bites are full of texture and fresh Mediterranean flavor. You’ll roast some sweet potato slices, then top them with homemade white bean rosemary spread and Mediterranean salsa.

What’s in Mediterranean salsa?

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Mediterranean salsa is a loose term, but it refers to the finely chopped ingredients included in the topping on these toasts. I added cucumber, olives, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, parsley, and Portofino Tuna to this recipe.

I love Portofino Tuna for so many reasons! Their tuna is extremely high quality. It is super tender and mild compared to water-packed tuna because it’s packed in extra virgin olive oil. Their albacore tuna is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and an easy way to add protein to a meal or snack. You can buy Portofino Tuna in cans or pouches that you can seamlessly add to any recipe.

How to make sweet potato toasts

  • Slice sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • Place sweet potatoes in an even layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Spray with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Flip sweet potatoes and repeat.
  • Roast for 25-30 minutes, flipping sweet potatoes once halfway through cooking.
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Tips for making sweet potato toasts with Mediterranean salsa

  • Select sweet potatoes of similar shape and size. Keep them on the smaller side to make appetizers, or choose larger ones to make this recipe more of a meal.
  • Don’t drain the can of tuna. Portofino Tuna is packed in extra virgin olive oil, so we want all that delicious flavor + healthy fats to end up in the salsa!
  • Use store-bought hummus as a shortcut. If you don’t have a food processor to make the white bean spread, just use your favorite hummus or white bean dip!
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Sweet Potato Toasts with Mediterranean Salsa (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: makes ~16 sweet potato toasts
  • Category: appetizer

Description

This delicious appetizer recipe uses sweet potato toasts in place of bread! They’re topped with rosemary white bean dip and Mediterranean salsa.


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Ingredients

  • 4 small sweet potatoes

Rosemary White Bean Spread

  • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary needles, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tahini

Mediterranean Salsa

  • 1 can Portofino Albacore Tuna
  • 1 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Wash and scrub sweet potatoes. Slice them lengthwise into 1/4 inch thick slices, discarding the end pieces or save them for another recipe.
  3. Spray each side of sweet potato slices with cooking spray, salt, and pepper. 
  4. Roast for 25-30 minutes until just starting to brown. Flip once during cooking.
  5. While sweet potatoes are in the oven, prepare the rosemary white bean spread. Combine all spread ingredients in a food processor. Blend until completely smooth.
  6. Make the Mediterranean salsa. Combine all ingredients except salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine, and then add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Once sweet potatoes are done roasting and cool enough to handle, spread each piece with 1-2 tbsp of rosemary white bean spread. Add a spoonful of salsa on top. You may have extra white bean spread or salsa leftover, depending on size of sweet potato toasts.
  8. Serve immediately.


Notes

  • Extra Mediterranean salsa is delicious over a salad!

Keywords: sweet potato toasts, mediterranean salsa, tuna recipe, gluten free, kalamata olives

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Kale Quinoa Salad with Fall Roasted Vegetables (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This kale quinoa salad is the perfect easy meal prep recipe that uses delicious seasonal fall produce! It’s vegan and gluten free, and sure to please even kale skeptics.

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The time for fall produce is officially upon us. The markets are now popping with winter squashes, Brussels sprouts, and other autumn goodies. Kale is actually a perfect green to purchase as the weather cools down, as it is hearty enough to grow in colder climates!

This kale quinoa salad features two of my favorite fall veggies – butternut squash and Brussels sprouts. They also pair so well together! The sweetness of the butternut squash is a wonderful contrast to the savory, slightly bitter Brussels sprouts. I could eat this combination all season long.

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This salad also includes Dr. Praeger’s Spinach Littles! These adorable bites come in fun shapes like stars and dinosaurs, which makes them super appealing to children and adults alike. I always keep my freezer stocked with a few Dr. Praeger’s products. They are a no brainer to prepare, and one of the few frozen foods I feel good about putting in my body. If you look at the ingredient list on any of their products, you’ll find real ingredients like beans, vegetables, and grains.

How to massage kale for a kale quinoa salad

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If you’ve never massaged kale before, it is such a game changer! I always massage kale when I am using it in a salad. Massaging kale makes it softer, easier to chew, and gets rid of some of the bitterness in raw kale.

  • Wash kale and tear off the leaves from the stems in bite size pieces.
  • Use a knife to roughly chop the kale into even smaller pieces.
  • Add raw kale to a large bowl with lemon juice and olive oil, plus a pinch of salt.
  • Use your hands to massage the kale for 3-4 minutes, making sure to get each piece.
  • The volume of kale will decrease after massaging, and the leaves will be a much darker green.
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Why you’ll love this kale quinoa salad

  • It’s super nutritious. Kale is a nutrition powerhouse – full of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Quinoa provides more fiber and plant-based protein.
  • Easy to prepare. This salad is very simple to make. Kale is a hearty green that holds up well as leftovers, so it is great for meal prep!
  • Customizable. Kale + quinoa + Dr. Praeger’s Littles makes a perfect base for other flavors and ingredients. Try swapping roasted cauliflower for Brussels sprouts, or try other varieties of winter squash.
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Kale Quinoa Salad with Fall Roasted Vegetables (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

This kale quinoa salad is the perfect easy meal prep recipe that uses delicious seasonal fall produce! It’s vegan and gluten free, and sure to please even kale skeptics.


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 3 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 box Dr. Praeger’s Spinach Littles
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Kale

  • 1 large bunch kale, leaves torn from stems
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch of salt

Balsamic Dressing

  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Manuka honey
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

 


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 410 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Toss butternut squash with 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper and spread evenly on one baking tray. Do the same with the halved Brussels sprouts.
  3. Roast veggies for 25-30 minutes, until beginning to brown and caramelize.
  4. While veggies roast, cook quinoa and Spinach Littles according to package instructions.
  5. Massage kale as instructed earlier in this post, and set aside.
  6. Prepare the dressing. Whisk together balsamic vinegar, mustard, and honey. Slowly drizzle in olive oil as you continue to whisk, until well combined.
  7. In a large bowl, combine kale, roasted veggies, quinoa, Spinach Littles, avocado, and pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with balsamic dressing and toss to combine.
  8.  
  9. Serve immediately, or save for later!


Notes

Will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.

Keywords: vegan, kale salad, kale quinoa salad, gluten free

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Detox Nutrition Myths, Busted

What’s the deal with detoxing? Does it really work? Read on to separate detox nutrition myths from the facts!

Detox nutrition myths busted - Daisybeet

We’ve all seen and heard about detox diets, teas, and nutrition trends. Celebrities endorse detox products all the time, and it can be tempting to buy into the miracle results they seem to produce. But, just like all things nutrition, the facts are a bit more complicated than what meets the eye.

Today, I’m breaking down three detox nutrition myths that are popular today. Read on to get the facts about juice cleanses, detox teas, and water fasting for detox!

Myth #1: I can do a juice cleanse to detox my body after eating like crap.

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Juice cleanses are one of the most popular experiences related to detox culture. A juice cleanse is a type of detox diet where someone consumes only fruit and vegetable juices without eating solid foods, for a temporary period of days to weeks. Some of the main reasons people go on a juice cleanse are to lose weight, eliminate toxins, reduce inflammation, and detoxify the body.

But how does detoxifying the body actually work? Do we need to eliminate solid foods to do so? The resounding answer is no. Our bodies are extremely efficient at detoxifying themselves. The liver and kidneys are extraordinary organs that remove toxins from our bodies.

How the liver and kidneys detoxify the body

  • First, the liver prevents toxins from entering the bloodstream. Detoxifying alcohol, waste products, drugs, and other toxins is actually one of the major functions of the liver (1).
  • The kidneys are constantly filtering our blood. They eliminate toxins when we urinate. The kidneys eliminate drugs and waste products formed in the body (2).

Juice cleanse drinks may contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals, but they unfortunately do not boost they body’s ability to naturally detoxify itself. Furthermore, juice cleanses often lack other important nutrients including fiber, protein, calcium, and healthy fats. In order to keep our bodies functioning optimally, we need to have a balanced diet from all food groups!

Supporting liver and kidney health

The good news is, we can do a lot to protect our liver and kidneys, so they can continue to do their job detoxifying our bodies. We want to keep our blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels in check, because these health issues may contribute to poor liver or kidney function (3). Here are some foods to include in your diet to support your liver and kidneys:

  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Fatty fish like salmon
  • Nuts
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Myth #2: Detox teas can help me lose weight and get rid of toxins and bloat.

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Detox teas are a little newer to the scene than juice cleanses, and have several celebrity endorsers. Detox teas are herbal teas that claim to detoxify the body. Many are used in the hopes of producing weight loss, laxative effects, or liver cleansing. They commonly contain ingredients like ginger, dandelion root, milk thistle, and turmeric.

Detox teas differ from juice cleanses because they are used in addition to solid food. You don’t abstain from eating, you just drink several servings of detox tea throughout the day for the effects.

Detox teas may lead to weight loss, but it’s not because your body is detoxifying itself and eliminating toxins causing you to retain weight. Many of these teas contain laxative ingredients like senna and cascara. So, you’re probably not properly absorbing the food you are eating and going to the bathroom a lot more than usual.

Health benefits of tea

Detox teas are not a miracle product that will produce weight loss, better health, and whole body detox. But, I encourage you to include tea in your diet for several health benefits!

  • Tea (and coffee) support liver and kidney health, because they are both high in antioxidants. Keep your liver and kidneys in tip top shape to ensure your body is detoxifying efficiently.
  • The antioxidants in tea are also linked reduced incidence of heart attack, as well as lowering bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and raising good HDL cholesterol (4).
  • Several herbal teas contain anti-inflammatory properties, especially if they contain ingredients like ginger, turmeric, hibiscus, and rooibos.

Myth #3: Water fasting can completely clean out and detox my system.

Water fasting has been around for centuries, but is a relatively new trend in the wellness world. During water fasting, you abstain from eating or drinking anything but water for a period of time. Water fasts usually last five to 40 days. There are water fasting centers you can go to complete a water fast under medical supervision.

Some limited research has shown water fasting can promote weight loss and reduced blood pressure (5). It also may reduce oxidative stress. It may stimulate autophagy, a process by which the body breaks down and recycles old cells. But, prolonged water fasting is an extreme and unnecessary measure that can be dangerous.

Negative effects of water fasting

Water fasting may negatively impact the kidneys (6). Water fasting can cause fainting from a sudden drop in blood pressure. You are also at risk of lean muscle loss, which is the metabolically active tissue in our bodies. It also may cause heartburn, because your stomach continues to produce acid even in the absence of food (7). Prolonged fasting also negatively impacts our metabolism, because our body becomes extremely efficient at holding on to calories.

In lieu of water fasting, make healthy changes to your diet! Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins to fuel your cells. Avoid excess processed foods, added sugars, and alcohol, which all provide few nutrients for our bodies to use.

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Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This heavenly carrot cake baked oatmeal is such a treat for a crisp fall morning! It’s full of warming spices, walnuts, and golden raisins.

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Carrot cake is definitely my all time favorite cake. I love the chewy texture and warming flavors – especially when it’s slathered in cream cheese frosting! In fact, my very first birthday cake was a carrot cake. I think that’s where my love blossomed.

This carrot cake baked oatmeal recipe is an instant hit in my house. It’s been a bit cooler in Boston this week, so this has been the coziest breakfast. It tastes great warm or cold, but I love heating it up in the morning before eating.

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How to make carrot cake baked oatmeal

You just need one bowl to mix all the ingredients before pouring it into a baking dish! This recipe could’t be easier.

  • Make a flax egg in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add almond milk, maple syrup, lemon zest, coconut oil, and apple sauce to the bowl.
  • Mix in grated carrot, oats, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Pour baked oatmeal batter into a baking dish.
  • Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
  • Slice and serve!
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Tips for making carrot cake baked oatmeal

  • Grate carrots very finely. Use the smallest hole on your grater for this recipe. I actually used a microplane to grate my carrots.
  • Use old fashioned rolled oats. Old fashioned oats provide better structure than quick oats in baked oatmeal, without being too chewy or dense.
  • Don’t over bake. The carrots make this baked oatmeal super moist, so you don’t want to remove moisture by over baking. The edges will be only slightly brown, and the center will be slightly squishy when it is done.
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Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6 1x
  • Category: breakfast

Description

This heavenly carrot cake baked oatmeal is such a treat for a crisp fall morning! It’s full of warming spices, walnuts, and golden raisins.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp flaxmeal
  • 3 tbsp warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cup finely grated carrot
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10×10 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flaxmeal and warm water together to make a flax egg.
  3. Add almond milk, maple syrup, lemon zest, applesauce, and coconut oil. Stir to combine.
  4. Add grated carrots, oats, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Stir until evenly combined.
  5. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until center is slightly squishy and edges are just starting to brown.
  6. Let cool for a few minutes, then slice into 6 rectangles.


Notes

  • Enjoy warm or cold.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Keywords: carrot cake baked oatmeal, vegan, gluten free, healthy breakfast, baked oatmeal

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Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tacos (Vegan, Gluten Free)

These butternut squash and black bean tacos are the most delicious seasonal meal that will surely please everyone at your next taco night!

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Pretty much any way you serve them, tacos are delicious. Tortillas (delicious) wrapped around Mexican spiced ingredients (delicious) with toppings like guacamole, salsa, and cheese (extra delicious). My advice: don’t trust anyone who says they don’t like tacos. Especially these butternut squash and black bean tacos!

While I’m still not quite ready to give up summer, I am starting to embrace the fall produce I see at the market. I love squash of all kinds, so I was super excited to find butternut squash on my latest shopping trip! The sweetness of roasted butternut squash in these tacos is the perfect contrast to the smoky black beans and cooling cabbage slaw.

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Why you’ll love these butternut squash and black bean tacos

  • Easy to make. There are no complicated steps or hard to find ingredients in this recipe.
  • They’re a filling, balanced meal. These tacos contain plant-based protein from black beans plus fiber in the cabbage, butternut squash, and black beans. I also added avocado to boost the healthy fat content in these tacos!
  • Everyone can enjoy them. These tacos are vegan and gluten free, so your friends with dietary restrictions can eat them, too!
  • Colorful AF. Because food is always more fun to eat when it looks like a rainbow! I mean, come on, look at those vibrant colors 🙂
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Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Butternut squash: This winter squash is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. It is high in vitamins A and C and potassium. Butternut squash’s antioxidants include carotenoids (beta-carotene), vitamin C, and vitamin E. Carotenoids give butternut squash its orange hue and are important for eye health and may help prevent certain cancers.
  • Purple cabbage: This ingredient is also loaded with antioxidants. Purple cabbage contains a variety of antioxidants, including vitamin C, carotenoids, and flavonoids. Also, since it is a cruciferous veggie like broccoli and kale, purple cabbage contains sulfur compounds. These compounds are great protectors against inflammation!
  • Black beans: Beans are a great source of both protein and fiber. One cup of black beans contains around 15 grams of each! Furthermore, black beans contain important vitamins and minerals, including iron and magnesium.
  • Corn tortillas
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado

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Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tacos (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 tacos 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

These butternut squash and black bean tacos are the most delicious seasonal meal that will surely please everyone at your next taco night!


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Ingredients

Butternut Squash

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Slaw

  • 3 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • Handful of cilantro, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Black Beans

  • 1 can low sodium black beans
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Finishing Touches

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss butternut squash with spices, avocado oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Spread out on baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes or until fork tender.
  3. While the squash roasts, prepare the slaw by combining all slaw ingredients in a mixing bowl. Use your hands to mix, so the cabbage softens a bit and every ingredient is evenly distributed.
  4. Make the beans. Pour the can of beans into a saucepan without draining, and add spices. Heat on low-medium heat until heated through. Add salt to taste, if needed.
  5. Heat the tortillas over a gas stove burner or in a skillet. 
  6. Top each tortilla with a scoop of beans, cabbage, butternut squash, and a few slices of avocado. Sprinkle with cilantro and lime juice.


Notes

  • Can sub sweet potatoes for butternut squash for similar results.

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A Registered Dietitian’s Healthy Pantry Staples

Want to stock your kitchen like a dietitian? Here are my pantry staples I always have to make healthy eating easier and more convenient.

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Cooking more meals at home is a great way to eat healthier and save money. However, if you’re new to cooking, this can be overwhelming! In order to cook healthy food, you need to have healthy ingredients in your kitchen. This is why it is so important to keep your pantry stocked with some nutritious essentials.

I love to cook at home, and I make sure to always have these essential ingredients in my kitchen. I make a note on my grocery list whenever I am running low to restock. It is so much easier to create simple, healthy meals in a pinch when you have nutritious ingredients on hand!

A Dietitian’s Healthy Pantry Staples

Healthy cooking oils

Pantry staples - oils

I use a few different oils in my cooking, depending on certain factors. Avocado oil is wonderful for high heat cooking, and extra virgin olive oil tastes amazing in salad dressings! These cooking oils offer heart healthy unsaturated fats, and are less processed than other vegetable oils. Store them in a cool, dark place to prevent oxidation.

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Oil sprays: avocado oil, coconut oil, and olive oil (I love Chosen Foods)
  • Toasted sesame oil

Whole grains

Whole grain products are always in my pantry. I keep a variety on hand, including brown rice, quinoa, bulgur, and oats. I love making vegetarian stuffed eggplant or peppers, grain salads, or just simple veggie and brown rice stir fries for dinner. Here are the whole grains I currently have in my pantry:

  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Bulgur
  • Oatmeal
  • Farro

Frozen fruit and vegetables

Pantry staples - frozen produce

These are technically stored in the freezer, but I consider them pantry staples because they last a long time. Frozen produce is just as nutritious, or more so, than fresh produce, because it is frozen at peak ripeness. Using frozen fruit or vegetables in your recipes is a great way to save money, because it is quite inexpensive. I love to heat up frozen fruit to make chia jam and add frozen peas to pasta dishes. I usually have all of the following frozen items in my freezer:

  • Berries
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Mixed vegetables

Nuts, seeds, and nut butters

Pantry staples - nuts and seeds

I always have multiple types of nuts, seeds, and nut butters in my pantry. I add nuts and seeds to oatmeal and homemade granola, and grab a handful for a snack all the time. Also, I consider peanut butter it’s own food group, so a jar (or two) is an essential in my kitchen! Here are some of my favorites:

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Peanut butter
  • Cashew butter
  • Almond butter

Canned goods

Canned goods - pantry staples

My pantry always has a handful of canned goods stocked away. Canned ingredients, like beans and tuna, easily add an inexpensive boost of protein to any meal. I also like to have canned tomatoes or sauce on hand to make an easy pasta sauce or add to soups. Consider purchasing a few cans of these items next time you hit the grocery store:

  • Beans
  • Tuna or salmon
  • Tomato sauce or paste
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Artichoke hearts

Spices and dried herbs

Pantry stapes - spices

Start collecting your favorite spices and dried herbs to add flavor to your meals. You don’t need a million different spices, but I love to have a variety on hand. If you love Mexican food, grab some cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and paprika. For Italian flavors, try oregano, parsley, thyme, and crushed red pepper. I also love Primal Palate‘s organic spice blends. Their adobo is my absolute favorite!

Vinegars

Pantry staples - vinegars

I love making homemade salad dressings and sauces to add flavor and variety to my meals. I keep several types of vinegar on hand to add to these! Here are some of my favorites:

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Rice vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar

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Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

These dark chocolate coconut bars taste like an even better version of Mounds candies. Only six ingredients and sweetened with maple syrup!

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What was your favorite candy growing up? I always hoarded away Milky Ways, Snickers, and Mounds bars after trick or treating. I love coconut in desserts, so I wanted to make a less processed version of one of my favorite candies. Enter these dark chocolate coconut bars with sea salt!

This dark chocolate coconut bar recipe is super easy to make. You’ll need just six simple, whole food ingredients and a food processor to get these on the table. If you love coconut as much as I do, put these on your to-do list!

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How to make homemade dark chocolate coconut bars

  • Combine unsweetened shredded coconut, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and maple syrup in a food processor and blend until combined.
  • Press into a loaf pan into a single even layer.
  • Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Melt dark chocolate chips.
  • Pour melted chocolate over bars and sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Refrigerate again until solid, and cut into squares.
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Why you’ll love these dark chocolate coconut bars

  • Simple to make. Just throw a few ingredients in a food processor, refrigerate, and top with melted chocolate and sea salt.
  • Coconut flavor x2. These bars incorporate unsweetened shredded coconut and coconut oil to maximize that coconut flavor.
  • Less processed than store bought candy. These bars are made with whole food ingredients, and just lightly sweetened with maple syrup. No processed sugar + lower in sugar than candy you’d buy at the store!
  • Easy to store. You can store these bars in the fridge for about a month, and in the freezer for even longer! I love having a stash of treats when I’m craving something sweet.
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Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 squares 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: no bake

Description

These dark chocolate coconut bars taste like an even better version of Mounds candies. Only six ingredients and sweetened with maple syrup!


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Combine coconut, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract in food processor. Blend until well combined into a thick, grainy paste.
  2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper, and press down coconut mixture into the pan in an even layer.
  3. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Melt chocolate chips. 
  5. Remove coconut layer from fridge, and pour melted chocolate over it. Spread into an even layer, and sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. Place back in the fridge for another 30 minutes, or until chocolate has completely hardened.
  7. Cut into into 16 squares.


Notes

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Keywords: chocolate coconut bars, vegan, gluten free, healthy dessert

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Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This Moroccan spiced cauliflower dish is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, thanks to dates and ras-el-hanout spice. Everyone will love this side!

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Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables to experiment with. It’s become one of the best loved vegetables, because it can easily be transformed to pizza, rice, and even mac and cheese! While I love a good cauliflower crust pizza, roasting it up whole is still so delicious.

This Moroccan spiced cauliflower recipe takes advantage of cauliflower’s neutral palette by packing the flavor! I used ras-el-hanout, which is a traditional Moroccan spice blend. It’s full of warming flavors like ginger and coriander. I also added fresh chopped dates and cilantro. The savory sweet profile of this dish is amazing!

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Health Benefits of Cauliflower

Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage. This group of veggies is particularly healthy, because they contain plant-based compounds called phytonutrients. Cruciferous vegetable consumption and these phytonutrients have been linked to reduced inflammation and may protect against certain cancers.

Main ingredients in Moroccan spiced cauliflower