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!
A smoothie is the perfect breakfast to enjoy on a hot summer day when you don’t have a lot of extra time in the morning. This one is packed with fresh flavors of this season, with sweet blackberries, fresh basil, and anti-inflammatory ginger which gives it a little kick! I add in some protein powder to make it a bit more substantial, but you can leave it out if you want it to be more of a snack than a meal. This is really delicious and good for you as well!
I love sauerkraut! I used to always buy it at the store, but I decided to start making my own a while back and it is so easy and kind of fun, because you can add your own flavors to it! One of my favorites is to combine red cabbage and beets, like in this recipe here. I add ginger and garlic to give it loads of flavor, and it is good on sandwiches, as a side dish, on top of salads or Buddha bowls, or just to snack on!
In the summer, I love a good fruit salsa! Although mangoes and pineapple are used often, I like to switch it up a bit and use things like stone fruits sometimes. Peaches, nectarines, apricots and pluots go into this delicious salsa! It has a bit of a kick to it, and it goes perfect with corn chips, spooned over salads, or over things like grilled tofu or tempeh!
Sometimes you end up with a lot of over ripe bananas on your counter. You could make banana bread, but I like to freeze them for use in smoothies later! Like these key lime pie smoothies! They are easy to make, and they taste like key lime pie, but are much healthier! I even snuck some veggies into this one, but you won’t even notice! These are perfect for when the weather gets warmer!