Now that spring is here, it is nice to enjoy lighter food. This salad is substantial enough to be a meal, yet light and won’t weigh you down. If you haven’t cooked with wheat berries before, they are really nutritious, containing protein and fiber. Here, I combine them with sweet mangoes, vegan feta, and crunchy pecans in a light vinaigrette dressing for a delicious combination. This would be great for a vegetarian main dish or side for Easter!
Pancakes are the perfect weekend morning treat! These lemon pancakes are really easy to make, and they contain no animal products, but you would never know by tasting them. They are made with whole wheat flour, so a bit healthier than traditional pancakes, and they are so good topped off with fresh berries and coconut whipped cream!
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made with mashed potatoes, cabbage, milk, and butter, sometimes with leeks and bacon added. I like to make a veganized version that is just as delicious, it makes great comfort food, especially with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner. I use tempeh bacon instead of bacon, and coconut butter to make it nice and creamy instead of the milk and butter. If you are looking for a great plant based dish for the upcoming holiday, give this a try!
If you are looking for a hearty healthy comfort food option for dinner, a stuffed baked potato is perfect! For this recipe I stuff it with beans for protein and greens for nutrients, then top it off with a flavorful sauce. It is delicious and easy to make, so perfect for a weeknight meal!
A hearty soup is just the thing to warm you up on a chilly winter day! I especially love thick stews. I grew up eating them, and my Mom usually used beef in hers, but I now make mine without meat. For this one, I used mushrooms and tempeh in place of the meat and it is just as delicious and hearty! The next time you are craving some healthy comfort food for dinner, give this a try!
If you are looking for a hearty, warming comfort food dish, this cassoulet is the perfect thing to make! It is packed with fiber and protein from the beans, so it will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied but not heavy. It is even great made ahead of time and reheated and even more flavorful the next day. Serve it with a side of greens or green salad to round out the meal!
A quick and easy stir fry is a great week night meal! This one contains tempeh as the protein source, which is a heart healthy alternative to meat. It is a fermented soy bean cake, which may sound different, but trust me, it is delicious when tossed with a marinade, cooked and added to stir fry. I combine it with broccoli for plenty of fiber, and toss it with a flavorful sweet and tangy orange sauce. It is satisfying and hearty served over brown rice!
A nice warming brothy soup is the perfect thing to enjoy on a chilly winter day! The broth in this soup happens to contain garlic and ginger which is good for boosting your immunity too! This is easy to make, hearty and so good but also good for you!
There is nothing like a home made warming soup on a cold winter day! This beans and greens soup is really delicious, especially served with a piece of crusty sourdough bread! It is packed with fiber thanks to the beans, and sweet potatoes, and has just the right amount of protein. Also the spinach is added at the last minute so it retains the nutrients which are definitely needed this time of the year when we are all trying to stay healthy. This is a great choice for dinner if you are looking to add more plant based meals into your routine!
If you are looking for a protein packed healthy but delicious meal, look no further than this quinoa! It is packed with southwest flavor, and you get plenty of protein and fiber thanks to the beans and quinoa. Combining beans with quinoa is something I do often, and I always feel good and satisfied after enjoying it. This would be perfect to make ahead and bring in your lunches too!