Butternut squash is a delicious addition to any meal, and these squash fries are a great fall side dish! They are a great swap for the usual french fries, and they are baked not fried so they are better for you. They are colorful, packed with nutrients, and really delicious!
Pickled green beans are easy to make, and a delicious for a snack, or addition to a picnic spread. These ones are quick pickled, so they come together in about 30 minutes, and only take a few days until they are ready!
I love tofu because it is a blank palette for flavors! One of my favorite things to make with it is buffalo tofu! If you like the flavor of buffalo wings, but want a healthier plant based option this is perfect! It is easy to make and so good!
I love making my own hummus at home because I can make a different flavor every time! One of my favorites is a roasted beet hummus. I roast the beet until it is tender then blend it up with classic hummus ingredients and it is delicious! This is healthy too and the perfect thing to enjoy with veggies or crackers for dipping or spread on your sandwich!
Ranch dressing is an essential part of being Minnesotan. I loved it growing up, so now I make a healthier one with a tofu base! The tofu acts as a blank canvas that can be transformed into something just as delicious as traditional ranch dressing! My favorite way to serve this is with a crisp romaine salad, but it is really good with any raw veggies for dipping or drizzling over them!
Since the Super Bowl is coming up, I thought I would share one of my favorite healthy snack recipes, this spicy pepper hummus! This comes together in about 5 minutes, and is so easy to make but so good! It is packed with fiber and protein, and it is satisfying served as a dip for veggies or chips. I even like this used as a sandwich spread or on top of salads!
I loved nacho cheese growing up! So now I like to make a healthier version at home featuring sweet potatoes as the main ingredient! This cheese contains no dairy, but it still tastes rich and delicious like the cheese I remember! I love it for dipping with chips, but you can also take it and mix pasta in for a mac and cheese with a kick! Or as a sauce to drizzle over things like burritos or cooked veggies!
It can be nice to put out a cheese plate around the holidays, and if you don’t eat dairy you can still do so, thanks to all of the plant based cheeses available now, and being able to make your own! I like this vegan chevre because it is delicious, easy to make and festive! I like it served alongside crackers, with fruit or even crumbled over salads if you have leftovers!
These muffins are the perfect weekend baking project! They are easy to make, healthier than traditional muffins, and really delicious, especially warm from the oven! If you would like to make them gluten free, just use Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour in place of the whole wheat pastry flour!
In the summer it is always nice to have desserts that don’t heat up the house to make. Ice cream is good, but if you want to go a bit healthier route, chia pudding is a great option! It has a texture similar to tapioca pudding, but doesn’t require any cooking and the chia seeds give you a good nutritional bang for your buck! This one has all of the flavors of German chocolate cake, but it is much better for you. Also, it is delicious and easy to make!