I’m always on the go but I LOVE eating at home. My 4 part formula for easy, healthy meals day or night makes feeding yourself and your loved ones as easy as 1, 2, 3…4.
Wanna add some global flare to your holiday fare? These Belgian/Scandinavian dishes are snatched from my own family's table; but don't worry, you won't find just another version of Brussels sprouts.
These recipes are a healthier spin on my family's traditions and as always; simple to recreate! Bon Appetit!
Whether you live alone, have an unpredictable schedule and/or limited kitchen space - having a well rounded pantry makes quick and healthy meals a cinch. Expert in food, edible flowers and "urban survival" Monique Otero of Brunchpants shares her top 10 must-have-in-the-bombshelter pantry essentials.
Last weekend was the big Friendsgiving feast, and I got to road test these 3 recipes on my guests, many of whom are amazing cooks, and almost none of whom are vegan, paleo, gluten free or even very health conscious (though all 3 recipes here are!). Each dish received the ultimate stamp of approval: requests for seconds. Plus, nobody was the wiser that their arteries were as happy as their taste buds.
You know you’re a food geek when your clothing starts to remind you of produce. Such was the inspiration for this post, which came from a necklace that I call my avocado collar because; well… it kinda looks like one! I jokingly call this my “dumpy brown jumpsuit” because on paper, it should be dumpy and hideous. Yet somehow, it’s actually pretty awesome! Sometimes something that sounds bad can actually be good; like FAT, as in the monounsaturated kind that’s in avocados.
In any case, avocados are still in season – and every time I pass by the produce section, I can't help but toss a few of nature's "green butter", as I call em, into my tote. Besides being down right delicious, avocados are Healthy Hippie approved because they are made up of mostly monounsaturated fat, aka “good fat”: the sort that lowers the bad and raises the good levels of cholesterol in your bloodstream. They’re high in both protein and fiber so they’re incredibly satiating and have even been shown to reduce BMI and boost metabolism, and their high potassium content works to regulate blood sugar levels and control blood pressure. Avocados are also loaded with vitamins K, C and E, plus carotenoids and Omega-9 fatty acids – all essential nutrients for glowing skin. So basically, the incredible edible avocado makes you look as good as you feel! Are you sold?! Great, now let’s eat…
Sure, everyone loves guacamole, but if by this late in the season you're looking to get a little more creative with your avo - check out 5 of my favorite ways to indulge deliciously.
As always, my recipes require few ingredients, little effort and lots of reward!!
[SUPER GREEN SMOOTHIE] [VV] [V] [GF] [DF]
Never thought to mix an avocado with something sweet? Think again! Avocado’s mild flavor and rich texture blend perfectly with fruit for a creamy, frothy treat.
- ½ ripe avocado
- 1 large, ripe banana
- 1 c frozen berries of your choice
- 1 c frozen spinach
- 2 tbsp Green Vibrance Superfood Powder
- 1 c almond milk (more if needed to blend)
- Pop all ingredients into blender
- Blend until smooth
[SPICY TROPICAL YOGURT PARFAIT] [V] [GF]
- ½ of one ripe avocado
- ½ cup of mango, cubed
- 1 c plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp harissa
- Sea salt & cracked pepper to taste
- Drizzle of olive oil
- Pour yogurt into a cup, leaving room at the top for ingredients
- Layer in mango and avocado with a sprinkle of salt and pepper on the avocado
- Add a drizzle of olive oil and a dollop of Harissa on top
[SMASHED AVOCADO FLATBREAD] [V]
- 1/2 avocado, smashed
- 1/4 c crumbled, herbed goat cheese
- OR plain feta plus sliced Italian olives and a dash of red pepper to taste
- 1 sprouted grain Ezekiel wrap
- 1 drizzle of olive oil (optional)
- Toast your Ezekiel wrap
- Spread mashed avocado on wrap
- Sprinkle herbed goat cheese evenly on top, lightly pressing the cheese into the avocado
- Drizzle with olive oil if desired
- Cut into 4 pieces for easy eating!
[CREAMY COLESLAWVOCADO] [VV] [V] [DF] [GF]
- 1 avocado
- ½ c cilantro (optional)
- 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp course ground mustard
- 1 tbsp honey
- ½ head of shredded green cabbage
- ½ head of shredded red cabbage
- ½ c shredded carrots
- ½ c shredded red bell pepper
- ¾ c of Extra Virgin olive oil
- Sea salt & cracked pepper to taste
- Put the first 5 ingredients into a blender and puree
- Slowly add olive oil while continuing to blend
- Pour mixture over shredded veggies and mix in a large bowl
- Add salt and pepper to taste
[FETTUCINI AVOCADO] [VV] [V] [DF] [GF]
A note about alternate grain pastas: Quinoa pasta is best eaten fresh and doesn’t store well, while brown rice pasta is best cooked al dente. Both are delicious, more nutritious than white or wheat pastas and gluten free!
- 2 large ripe avocados
- 2-3 dashes of cayenne
- 2-3 dashes of tumeric
- ½ c coconut milk
- 6 dashes garlic powder
- 4 dashes onion salt
- 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast or parmesan
- 3 dashes white pepper (black pepper if you don’t have it)
- Squeeze of ½ lemon
- 1 lb of pasta (I use brown rice or quinoa pasta to keep it gluten free)
- Salt and additional nutritional yeast/parmesan to taste if needed
- Garnish with basil if desired
- Smash avocado in a bowl
- Add spices, lemon and yeast (or cheese) to avocado bowl and set aside
- Boil pasta until al dente
- Strain and return to pot, keeping about 3 tbsp of the starchy water in the bottom
- Add coconut milk
- Add smashed avocado and spices, stir until well mixed
- Garnish with basil and additional salt or nutritional yeast/cheese if desired
Check out my favorite tasty breakfast ideas that take a minuscule amount of prep (seriously, I'm the ultimate lazy girl in the kitchen), but offer maximum health benefits to power you through your day!
St. Patrick's Day is this weekend, and whether or not you plan to dress like a leprechaun or go on an Irish pub crawl - the green-themed holiday is a great excuse to load up on your veggies! In honor of the occasion, I've rounded up 6 of my favorite green recipes - perfect for hosting a healthy St. Patty's Day feast!
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SNEAKY SPINACH SHAMROCK CRACKERS [V] [VV] via Oh She Glows
-Serve with Edamame Hummus or guacamole
EDAMAME HUMMUS [V] [VV] [GF] via Pip & Ebby
- Serve with Sneaky Spinach Shamrock crackers, cucumbers and/or celery.
- Garnish with 4 whole edamame in the shape of a 4 leaf clover, or – if you have flat leave parsley lying around – stick that on top
BROCCOLI RAAB AND GREEN GARLIC QUICHE [V] via Rural Intelligence
- Delicious served at brunch or dinner!
GREENS & QUINOA PIE [V] [GF] via Vegetarian Times
- Chicory is the same as curly endive. If you can’t find it, dandelion or another bitter green should work well as a substitute.
PARMESEAN SPINACH CAKES [V] [GF] via Eating Well
- These are great dipped in a little hot sauce too!
SUPER HEALTHY GREEN SOUP [VV] [V] [GF] via Green of Quinoa
Happy, healthy St Patty's Day!