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Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Feta Cheese

This farro salad is the most delicious easy and healthy grain salad! It’s filled with roasted vegetables, creamy feta cheese, and crunchy walnuts, and is perfect for meal prep.

farro salad with roasted vegetables

I love experimenting with different whole grains in my kitchen. There are so many delicious options! Quinoa and brown rice are my usual staples, but lately I’ve been obsessed with farro. It has a nice chewy texture and slightly nutty flavor that I love!

Whenever I’m in a meal prep rut, I’ll make a big grain salad. I cook a big batch of grains, roast a few different veggies, and mix them all together. I love to add something creamy to the salad, such as avocado, tahini, or a soft cheese. So simple, healthy, and delicious!

farro salad with roasted vegetables

This farro salad features some of my favorite summertime veggies: asparagus, corn, and cherry tomatoes. There is also lots of garlic, fresh basil, and chickpeas for a boost of protein. My favorite part of this salad might just be the walnuts, though! They add such a great unexpected crunch.

How to Cook Farro

There are a lot of instructions out there about how to cook farro. My favorite method that has never failed me is the pasta method. Honestly, this is also the easiest method, and works every time for me!

  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil (just as if you were cooking pasta).
  • Add your farro and reduce to a simmer.
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes until desired consistency is reached. I prefer a slightly chewier farro.
  • Drain the excess water from the pot.
  • Fluff farro with a fork, then use any way you’d like!
farro salad ingredients

Main Ingredients Of This Farro Salad + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Farro: Farro is a type of wheat grain. It’s an excellent source of fiber, and has more than most grains! It is also higher in protein than other grains like brown rice.
  • Asparagus: Asparagus is a good source of many vitamins, including A, C and K. It’s also an excellent source of folate, which is very important during pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes have many antioxidants, including lycopene. This antioxidant, which gives tomatoes their red hue, is actually more abundant in cooked tomatoes, like the ones in this farro salad!
  • Corn
  • Basil
  • Feta Cheese
  • Walnuts
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Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Feta Cheese

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

This farro salad is the most delicious easy and healthy grain salad! It’s filled with roasted vegetables, creamy goat cheese, and crunchy walnuts, and is perfect for meal prep.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup farro
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, woody ends removed, and chopped
  • 12 tbsp avocado oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 ear corn
  • 1 can low sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 handfuls fresh basil, chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 410 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add farro, reduce to simmer, and cook for 25-30 minutes until desired consistency is reached. Drain excess water.
  3. While farro cooks, roast the vegetables. Toss cherry tomatoes, garlic, and asparagus with avocado oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 20 minutes, until tomatoes are burst and wrinkly.
  4. Toss cooked farro, roasted vegetables, chickpeas, and basil together in a large bowl with lemon zest, lemon juice, and a generous drizzle of olive oil. 
  5. Sprinkle with feta cheese and walnuts.
  6. Serve warm or cold – it tastes delicious either way!


Notes

  • Farro does not expand as much as other grains like rice, so if you sub another grain, reduce the dry measurement to 1/2 or 2/3 cup.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Keywords: farro salad, roasted vegetables, grain salad

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Salmon Tacos with Peach Salsa and Avocado Crema (Gluten Free)

These crispy salmon tacos are full of fresh flavor from a super simple homemade peach salsa and zesty avocado crema. They make the perfect quick and delicious weeknight dinner!

Salmon Tacos

What’s your favorite easy weeknight dinner? For me, tacos are definitely up there!

I love weeknight tacos because they are quick and easy. There are so many delicious ingredient combinations, so you can easily mix it up every time. Tacos are also easy to customize, so your family can choose to add whatever toppings they enjoy.

salmon tacos with peach salsa

My perfect taco equation is pretty simple: pair your protein or veggie base with salsa or slaw, plus something creamy. I paired these salmon tacos with homemade peach salsa and avocado crema. Both are super easy to make!

I’ve been loving fruit salsa lately to take advantage of all the summer produce! I made peach salsa to go with these salmon tacos, and they paired perfectly together.

peach salsa

Why You’ll Love These Salmon Tacos

  • 30-minute recipe: These tacos take just 30 minutes to make. Perfect for weeknight dinners!
  • 10 ingredients: You’ll need just a handful of fresh ingredients for this recipe (besides basic spices and cooking oil).
  • Fresh summer flavor: The homemade peach salsa embraces fresh summer produce.
  • Well-balanced meal: These tacos combine all the elements of a balanced meal – healthy protein (salmon), carbohydrates (fruit, veggies, corn tortillas), and healthy fats (avocado, salmon). You’re sure to feel satisfied after eating these!
salmon tacos

Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Salmon: Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids in our diet. These heart-healthy fats are essential because our bodies do not produce any on their own. It is important to get enough omega-3s in our diet because they are anti-inflammatory, can help lower cholesterol levels, and may help protect against heart disease. Salmon is also a good source of B-vitamins, antioxidants, and potassium.
  • Peaches: This stone fruit is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Remember that many of the nutrients are also found in the skin of fruits, not just the flesh, so don’t peel them!
  • Red Bell Pepper: Red bell peppers are one of the best sources of vitamin C. Red bell peppers, compared to green, yellow, or orange, are also high in many different antioxidants. The redder the pepper, the richer it is in antioxidants!
  • Avocado
  • Red Onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Tortillas

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Salmon Tacos with Peach Salsa and Avocado Crema (Gluten Free)

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

Description

These crispy salmon tacos are full of fresh flavor from a super simple homemade peach salsa and zesty avocado crema. They make the perfect quick and delicious weeknight dinner!


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Ingredients

  • 2 lb salmon, cut into 4 filets
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 small ripe peaches, diced small
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1/2 of a large red onion, diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 handfuls fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes, divided
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 corn tortillas

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees.
  2. Heat avocado oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  3. Pat salmon filets dry, then season with salt, pepper, and chili powder.
  4. Place salmon, skin side up, into heated skillet. Cook for 5-6 minutes until salmon flesh is browned and crispy on the outside.
  5. Flip salmon filets, then place skillet in the oven and cook for 3-5 minutes more until fish is cooked through.
  6. While salmon is cooking, prepare salsa and avocado crema. To make salsa, combine peaches, bell pepper, red onion, half the garlic, jalapeno, and half the lime juice in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  7. To make avocado crema, blend together avocado, garlic powder, the remaining lime juice + cilantro, and salt to taste in a food processor until creamy. 
  8. Heat tortillas individually over a low burning flame on a gas burner and flip once tortilla starts to bubble. Alternatively, you can heat them in a skillet.


Notes

  • Sub mango or pineapple for peaches
  • You can use a whole jalapeno if you like spicy food

Keywords: salmon tacos, peach salsa, healthy tacos

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Shrimp Scampi Zoodles and Noodles (Gluten Free)

This shrimp scampi zoodles and noodles recipe is the perfect light and easy pasta dish. It’s full of fresh summer flavors like basil, lemon, garlic, and zucchini. This recipe takes 30 minutes to make and will please everyone!

shrimp scampi zoodles and noodles

This recipe is a twist on classic shrimp scampi. It still has tons of garlic flavor plus lemon and white wine, but it’s paired with fresh summer basil and served over a combination of pasta and zucchini noodles (zoodles).

Zucchini noodles are a great addition to your diet if you are looking to eat more vegetables. I love to add them to whole wheat or brown rice pasta to add volume, fiber, and nutrients to some of my favorite recipes. They pair really well with spaghetti because the noodles and zoodles all get tangled up together!

shrimp scampi zoodles

How to Make Zucchini Noodles

There are a few methods you can use to make zucchini noodles, depending on which kitchen tools you have.

  • Vegetable spiralizer machine. Just cut off the ends of the zucchini and push it through the machine This method allows you to also spiralize other vegetables, including harder ones like sweet potato. You can also make different sized noodles! But, it takes up a lot of cabinet space, and is a little difficult to clean.
  • Handheld spiralizer. This tool is a little cheaper and takes up less room than the tabletop vegetable spiralizer. It’s a great option to purchase if you have a small kitchen or are new to spiralizing! You won’t be able to spiralize as many types of produce with this option, though.
  • KitchenAid mixer attachment. If you have a KitchenAid stand mixer, you can purchase this attachment to make zucchini and other vegetable noodles! It’s more expensive than other options, but will take up less room than the full spiralizer machine.
  • Julienne peeler. This method is the most simple and requires just a simple julienne peeler. While your zucchini noodles won’t be as long and stringy, the julienne peeler method will give you thin strips of zucchini to add to your meals.
zucchini noodles

Once your zoodles are prepared, all you need to do is cook your pasta and shrimp. The shrimp is sautéed right from frozen with plenty of garlic, fresh lemon juice, and white wine for that classic shrimp scampi flavor. When the shrimp is done, toss the pasta and zoodles in the pan to coat everything in the scampi sauce, and serve!

Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Zucchini: Zucchini is a super hydrating vegetable – it is made of over 90% water! It’s also a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Just like all veggies, it’s packed with plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • Shrimp: Shrimp is a high quality source of lean protein – one 3 oz serving has 18 grams! Shrimp is also one of the best food sources of iodine, which is a nutrient essential for thyroid health. While shrimp is high in cholesterol, it will not greatly affect body cholesterol levels, because it is low in saturated fat.
  • Garlic: Garlic has been used for medicinal purposes for ages. It contains sulfur compounds, which may help prevent and lessen the severity of illnesses like the flu or a cold. It also contains antioxidants that may promote brain health and prevent dementia.
  • Lemon
  • White Wine
  • Olive Oil
  • Brown Rice Pasta
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Shrimp Scampi Zoodles and Noodles (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3 1x
  • Category: Main Dish

Description

This shrimp scampi zoodles and noodles recipe is the perfect light and easy pasta dish. It is full of fresh summer flavors like basil, lemon, garlic, and zucchini. This recipe takes 30 minutes to make and will please everyone!


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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 16 large frozen shrimp
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 pound brown rice or whole wheat spaghetti 
  • 2 large zucchinis, spiralized
  • 1 large handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large skillet.
  2. Add garlic, shallots, and salt and pepper to taste, cooking 1-2 minutes until fragrant, stirring and being careful not to burn.
  3. Add shrimp to the pan in an even layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until pink and opaque. 
  4.  Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and white wine. Simmer shrimp in wine until it has reduced by half.
  5. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package instructions. 
  6. Reduce pan with shrimp to low heat, and toss in zoodles until they start to soften, about 1 minute. 
  7. Remove from heat and toss in cooked pasta, using tongs to evenly coat each strand.
  8. Serve immediately, and garnish with plenty of fresh basil, red pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese. 

Keywords: healthy shrimp scampi, shrimp scampi zoodles, zoodles, zucchini noodles, gluten free

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Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Vegan, Gluten Free)

These Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes are a vegetarian dream meal! The sweet potatoes get super creamy and caramelized when roasted, and their flavor pairs beautifully with Mexican spices. Plus, learn some easy ways to increase your vegetable consumption!

Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes

These Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes are so fitting for Meatless Monday! As a Registered Dietitian, few things bring me more joy than helping people fill their plates with more vegetables. The USDA recommends we eat at least three cups of vegetables per day, but a majority of Americans (about 90 percent!) do not meet this recommendation.

Good nutrition is a proactive practice for better health outcomes throughout the life cycle. Plant focused diets have been associated with a plethora of health benefits, such as weight control, longevity, and reducing the risk of several chronic diseases. One of my favorite parts of my job is to educate people about this, and get them excited to eat more vegetables!

Benefits of a Plant-Focused Diet

  • Fruits and vegetables are full of powerful vitamins and minerals that we all need, as well as antioxidants for anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Plant foods are naturally low in calories and fat and rich in fiber, so they fill us up without consuming excess energy. This helps greatly with weight control!
  • Dietary patterns that are high in plant foods, like the Mediterranean diet, are associated with lower risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.
  • Eating mostly plants is better for the environment! Plants use far less resources and produce lower emissions than animals. Take it one step further, and seek out locally grown produce to have the lowest environmental impact.
Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes

My favorite veggie burger company feels the same way about good nutrition! They are just as passionate about vegetables as any dietitian I know. They just created an incredible resource, called the Veggie Tracker, to help people adopt good nutrition habits for a lifetime.

The Veggie Tracker provides a platform where you can easily log your daily vegetable intake, with a goal of eating three cups of veggies per day. The website also includes tons of veggie-forward recipes and resources to help make these positive changes stick! When you sign-up, you’ll also receive a free e-book, a seven day meal plan, and have access to a private Facebook group monitored by a nutritionist! Plus, you’ll be eligible for some awesome prizes 🙂

Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Easy Ways to Increase Vegetable Consumption

  • Swap out half your spaghetti for zucchini noodles
  • Add spinach to a fruit smoothie
  • Use vegetables as a base for soups and stews
  • Try using cauliflower rice in stir fries, or use cauliflower pizza crust for pizzas
  • Make a vegetable omelet or frittata
  • Try baking with different vegetables
  • Swap out bread, wraps, or buns for collard greens or lettuce
  • Dip crunchy veggies into a delicious homemade sauce or dip
  • Add vegetables to traditionally meat heavy dishes, like lasagna
  • Make stuffed peppers
  • Or, make these delicious stuffed sweet potatoes!
Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes

These stuffed sweet potatoes are a super easy way to turn any veggie skeptic into a veggie lover! The sweet potatoes are roasted to caramelized perfection, then stuffed with a delicious mixture of corn, bell pepper, green onion, and Dr. Praeger’s. These are AMAZING, and one of my absolute favorites! Add some quick guacamole and cilantro, and you have yourself a perfect plant-based meal.

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Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

These Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes are a vegetarian dream meal!


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Ingredients

  • 3 medium to large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup corn (about 1 ear)
  • 2 Dr. Praeger’s black bean quinoa burgers
  • 1/2 cup red enchilada sauce
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Use a fork to poke several holes in each sweet potato. Roast for 45 minutes – 1 hour, until fork tender.
  3. While sweet potatoes cook, prepare the veggie burgers according to package instructions.
  4. Heat avocado oil on medium heat in a large skillet. Add bell pepper, green onion, cumin, and chili powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes. 
  5. Chop cooked veggie burgers into small bite size pieces, and add to the skillet, along with the corn.
  6. Remove from heat, and stir in enchilada sauce.
  7. Prepare the quick guacamole by mashing together avocado, garlic powder, lime juice, cilantro, and salt to taste until smooth.
  8. Slice cooked sweet potatoes in half. Top each half with about 1/3 cup of the filling. Serve with scoop of guacamole and extra cilantro if desired.

Keywords: mexican stuffed sweet potato, vegan, gluten free, plant based

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Peanut Tofu Lettuce Wraps (Vegan, Gluten Free)

These tofu lettuce wraps are the perfect light meal for a warm summer night. Tofu and mushrooms are sautéed, then drenched in creamy peanut sauce before served on crunchy lettuce!

tofu lettuce wraps

If you’ve been here before, you know I absolutely love peanut sauce. I make it all the time for a variety of meals, and pretty much always have the ingredients on hand. These tofu lettuce wraps were basically just another vehicle to satisfy my peanut sauce cravings, but now this is one of my favorite summertime recipes!

It’s tough to turn on the oven during the summer, so I am all about quick meals that require minimal heat. For these tofu lettuce wraps, you only need one pan and only need to turn on the stove for about 10 minutes! You’ll sauté green onion, mushrooms, tofu, and water chestnuts together until browned. Then just pour on delicious homemade peanut sauce and mix together!

In this recipe, you’ll crumble the tofu, rather than slicing it into cubes. This gives the tofu a meatier texture, and ensures the peanut sauce gets into all the nooks and crannies!

tofu lettuce wraps

How to Make Tofu Lettuce Cups

  • Press a block of extra firm tofu between two plates for at least 10 minutes to remove excess water.
  • Chop up half a box of mushrooms and sauté them with sliced green onion.
  • Use your hands to crumble tofu into small, bite size pieces, and add them to the pan.
  • Cook until tofu is browned.
  • Toss tofu mixture with water chestnuts and homemade peanut sauce.
  • Scoop tofu into whole lettuce leaves, and sprinkle with green onions, fresno chilis, and chopped peanuts.

Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Tofu: Tofu is a soy-based product that is a staple for vegetarian diets. It is one of my favorite protein sources because it is inexpensive and versatile. Tofu is low in saturated fat, and is also a good source of iron, magnesium, and calcium! Tofu tastes very plain on its own, but soaks up any sauce or dressing you add beautifully.
  • Mushrooms: Mushrooms are another staple for vegetarian diets, because they have a meaty texture and savory, umami flavor profile. Unlike other fruits and vegetables, mushrooms are a good plant-based source of vitamin D, a nutrient many Americans do not get enough of!
  • Ginger: Ginger has been used for ages to treat a variety of ailments. It is effective in fighting nausea, and contains powerful antioxidants. It also has antibacterial properties, so it can be used to help fight infections.
  • Water Chestnut
  • Butter Lettuce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Lime Juice
  • Garlic
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Peanut Tofu Lettuce Wraps (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

These tofu lettuce wraps are the perfect light meal for a warm summer night. Tofu and mushrooms are sautéed, then drenched in creamy peanut sauce before served on crunchy lettuce!


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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 block extra-firm tofu, pressed for at least 10 minutes
  • 2 cups mushrooms, chopped
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained and rinsed
  • 1 head of butter lettuce, leaves removed, washed, and dried
  • 1/4 cup crushed peanuts
  • 1 fresno chili, sliced thin

Peanut Sauce

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp low sodium tamari
  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 12 tsp chili paste
  • 1 tbsp mauka honey
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Heat avocado oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
  2. Add mushrooms and half of the green onions to the skillet, cooking for 2-3 minutes until mushrooms begin to release their liquid.
  3. Use your hands to crumble the tofu into small chunks directly into the skillet. Continue cooking for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tofu begins to brown nicely and mushrooms are cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the peanut sauce by whisking together all peanut sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl until smooth and creamy.
  5. Once tofu is done, remove from heat. Stir in water chestnuts and peanut sauce until everything is evenly coated.
  6. Scoop about 1/4 cup of tofu mixture into each lettuce leaf. Top each lettuce wrap with a sprinkle of the remaining green onion, crushed peanuts, and fresno chili slices.


Notes

  • If you can’t find butter lettuce, any sturdy leafy vegetable will work. Try romaine or cabbage!

Keywords: tofu lettuce cups, vegan, peanut sauce, gluten free, tofu

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Kale Caesar Salad with Spice Roasted Chickpeas (Dairy Free, Gluten Free)

This kale caesar salad will be your new favorite way to eat kale! For this recipe, you’ll toss kale in a homemade, dairy free Caesar dressing and top it with crunchy roasted chickpeas. This recipe is perfect for meal prep!

kale caesar salad

Kale has become one trendy vegetable over the past decade or so. This hearty, leafy green has become the epitome of the modern wellness scene, gracing farmer’s markets, restaurant menus, and even clothing! While kale is chock full of nutrients, in its raw state, it can be a bit unappealing.

One of my favorite ways to prepare kale is in a salad. The secret to turning this fibrous green into something delicious is to massage the dressing into the kale. It sounds a little extra to massage your vegetables, but this simple step transforms kale into a tender salad you’ll be happy to eat!

kale caesar salad

One great benefit to using kale as a salad base is that it keeps very well in the fridge without getting soggy. I usually prep a big batch, then add whatever salad toppings I feel like having! For this batch, I roasted up some chickpeas and tossed them in my favorite spices. They add such a nice crunchy texture and plant-based protein to this kale caesar salad.

How to make a massaged kale salad

  • Wash and dry one bunch of kale leaves.
  • Remove the stems and discard them, or save them to throw into smoothies.
  • Chop the kale leaves into bite size pieces.
  • Place kale in a large mixing bowl and pour dressing of choice on top. You can go super simple with just olive oil + lemon juice, or get fancy with this dairy free homemade Caesar dressing!
  • Use your hands to massage the kale for 3-5 minutes, until you feel the leaves soften and become tender.
  • Top with whatever salad fixings you’d like!
roasted chickpeas

Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Kale: Kale is a very nutrient-dense food! It’s filled with vitamins A, C, and K, and is an excellent source of fiber. Kale is part of the cruciferous vegetable family along with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage. These vegetables are all rich in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.
  • Cashews: When blended with some liquid, cashews turn into a great vegan replacement for cream in recipes, thanks to their mild taste. They are also great for us! Cashews are a good source of heart healthy monounsaturated fats. They also contain important minerals like magnesium, copper, and iron.
  • Chickpeas: I wrote about some benefits of chickpeas in this post, but I’ll say it again – they are one of the healthiest foods to add to your diet! Pulses, which include legumes, beans, lentils, and peas, are excellent sources of plant-based protein, fiber, and other nutrients. Based on research done in the world’s Blue Zones (areas where people live much longer than average), regularly including pulses in your diet may be one contributing factor to good health and longevity.
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Avocado
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Kale Caesar Salad with Spice Roasted Chickpeas (Dairy Free, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40-45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: salad

Description

This salad will be your new favorite way to eat kale! For this recipe, you’ll toss kale in a homemade, dairy free Caesar dressing and top it with crunchy roasted chickpeas. This recipe is perfect for meal prep!


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Ingredients

  • 1 can low sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • Large bunch of kale, stems removed and chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 avocado

For the Caesar dressing

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water 10 minutes, then drained
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a clean tea towel, thoroughly dry the chickpeas, and remove as many skins as possible.
  3. Toss the chickpeas in the avocado oil. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until browned and crispy.
  4. Once chickpeas are removed from the oven, toss with salt, pepper, and spices.
  5. While the chickpeas roast, prepare Caesar dressing. Combine all dressing ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  6. Place kale in a large mixing bowl, and pour in about half of the dressing. Use your hands to massage the kale leaves for 3-5 minutes, until they begin to feel soft and tender. Add more dressing as desired.
  7. Divide kale into bowls, and top with chickpeas and pieces of avocado.


Notes

  • You may have leftover dressing – save it for another salad!
  • The massaged kale will keep well in the fridge, so it’s a great recipe to meal prep for the week.
  • The roasted chickpeas enjoyed fresh, and are best stored at room temperature for only 1-2 days. They begin to lose their crunch with time.

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Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Tuna

This easy pasta salad is an easy, light and refreshing recipe for warmer weather. The addition of canned tuna in olive oil gives this meal a delicious and filling boost of protein. Make it for dinner tonight and have leftovers tomorrow!

easy pasta salad with vegetables and tuna

I’m all about light, fresh, and filling meals these days. Once the days get warmer, I like to maximize time spent outside and not in front of a hot oven. For me, this means batch cooking, using shortcuts, or making meals large enough for leftovers!

This easy pasta salad is full of fresh summer flavors as well as plenty of nutritious ingredients. Whole wheat pasta, roasted vegetables, fresh basil, and a little parmesan cheese are such a delicious combination. I also added a can of Portofino Tuna in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Canned tuna is a pantry staple of mine. It’s the perfect, inexpensive ingredient to add to any meal for a boost of high quality protein instantly. Portofino Tuna is wild-caught and hand selected, and the olive oil gives it such a tender texture and mellow flavor. There’s no need to add anything, it tastes delicious straight from the can! They also make tuna in pouches for on-the-go meals. You can find Portofino Tuna at Market Basket, Star Market, Shaws, and more!

easy pasta salad with vegetables and tuna

Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Whole Wheat Pasta: Whole Wheat Pasta contains more fiber than white pasta, adding bulk to our meals which keeps us fuller for longer. Whole wheat products also retain the nutrients of the grain, including important B vitamins.
  • Portofino Tuna in Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Canned tuna is an inexpensive source of protein and healthy unsaturated fats. This tuna is packed in extra virgin olive oil, which is a staple of the Mediterranean Diet (one of the healthiest diets in the world), which also adds delicious healthy fats to this meal.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that give them their beautiful red color. Diets high in antioxidants are anti-inflammatory and can help prevent chronic diseases like heart disease and certain cancers.
  • Zucchini
  • Corn
  • Basil
  • Parmesan Cheese
easy pasta salad with vegetables and tuna

How to make this pasta salad

First, you’ll roast up zucchini and cherry tomatoes to bring out their natural sweetness. Meanwhile, cook whole wheat pasta and corn on the stovetop. Combine vegetables in a large bowl with pasta, corn, chopped fresh basil, salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, and a can of Portofino Tuna. Enjoy warm or cold – it is delicious either way!

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Easy Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Tuna

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

This pasta salad is an easy, light and refreshing recipe for warmer weather. The addition of canned tuna in olive oil gives this meal a delicious and filling boost of protein. Make it for dinner tonight and have leftovers tomorrow!


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Ingredients

  • 1 can Portofino Solid Albacore Tuna in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced into ¼ inch thick rounds
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 ear corn
  • ½ pound whole wheat pasta (I used fusilli)
  • 1 large handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
  • Juice of ½ lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 410 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss zucchini and tomatoes in 1 tbsp olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring once halfway through.

  3. While vegetables roast, prepare corn and pasta. Bring 2 pots of water to a boil.

  4. In one pot, add corn and boil for 3-5 minutes until fork tender. Remove from heat and run under cold water to stop cooking. Use a sharp knife to shave off kernels from the cob.

  5. In the other pot, add pasta and cook according to package instructions.

  6. Combine cooked vegetables, corn,  pasta, basil, tuna and parmesan cheese in a mixing bowl. Toss with remaining olive oil and lemon juice, adding salt and pepper to taste.



Notes

  • This recipe is great warm or cold, so it is perfect for leftovers or meal prep

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