Allergen Friendly Recipes
People often times don’t think of eating raw vegetables in the Winter, but it is still good to eat them once and a while because they are packed with nutrients that our bodies need. I like to still try to use vegetables that are in season, so heartier greens like brussels sprouts and bok choy are perfect! And those are what I have used in the salad I am sharing with you today. I combine them with an Asian citrus vinaigrette, orange slices and sesame seeds, and it is healthy, refreshing and delicious! This is perfect to make ahead of time for including in lunches too, because it is even better the next day when the flavors have combined.
During the holidays, it is nice to have a festive drink in hand. But not everyone drinks alcohol, so I like to make mocktails to serve as well. Usually ones with bright festive natural color, like the pomegranate lemon raspberry one I am sharing with you today! This drink is really delicious and is actually pretty healthy, full of antioxidants. I top it off with sparkling water to make it even more fancy. If you wanted to serve this though as a cocktail, you could use champagne instead of the sparkling water.
Almost everyone makes cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, but sometimes I like to switch it up and make something else with cranberries. Like this salsa recipe I am sharing with you today! I love classic salsa, but fruit salsa can be delicious too! And why not use cranberries instead of the usual mangoes or pineapple. I like to use what is in season, and cranberries are widely available right now so they are perfect! They have a nice tart sweet flavor, and they actually pair really well with the savory elements of salsa. This is healthy and delicious, the perfect pre-Thanksgiving snack when paired with corn tortilla chips!
Many people are carving pumpkins this time of the year, and so why not save the seeds and roast them for snacking on? Pumpkin seeds are very nutritious, rich in potassium, zinc and magnesium not to mention protein and fiber. My Mom always used to roast the pumpkin seeds that came out of our pumpkins, and I like to continue that tradition now. The recipe I am sharing with you today is simple, salty with spices and herbs, and the perfect thing to add to your salads, or just enjoy as a snack. So this year when you carve your pumpkins save the seeds! If you want them even more simple, just toss them with olive oil and sea salt before roasting and eliminate the herbs and spices.
The season for warming soups and comfort food is now here, and one of my favorite things to make is a creamy potato soup! The recipe I am sharing with you today is really simple to make, no slaving over a stove for a long time needed! It gets its creamy consistency from partially blending the potatoes at the end, so you feel like you are getting a more rich soup than it actually is. This is actually very low fat, vegan and gluten free but you would never guess by tasting it! It is the perfect thing to enjoy on a chilly night. It keeps well too, and the flavor gets even better the next day, so if you have some left over it will be a good easy lunch or dinner.
Making your own saurkraut at home is easy, and fun because you can create your own flavors. Not only that, it is rich in prebiotics and probiotics which are good for your digestion and gut health! The recipe I am sharing with you today is perfect for Fall, because it features apples as well as the cabbage, and it is really delicious! This is good as a side dish, or on sandwiches or, mixed into salads with similar flavors. I like to keep a jar of saurkraut in my refrigerator at all times, because adding it to meals is an easy way to keep my gut happier!
Summer is the time when fresh berries are plentiful, at their most delicious and most affordable. But when the cooler months hit, and the berries go away, I like to enjoy some delicious berry jam that I made with Summer berries! It really is pretty easy to make, and it is the perfect way to be able to enjoy those Summer berries all year round! The recipe I am sharing with you today is a lower sugar recipe, as I try to limit my sugar intake. It is just as delicious as regular jam though! You can find all of the ingredients for this recipe at Fresh and Natural Foods, including the low sugar pectin!
Fall is fast approaching, and that means chili season is almost here! I love chili as a quick weeknight meal as well, because it doesn’t take long to prepare which is perfect for after work. Also, it is good made ahead of time, so I make a batch and then enjoy it for a few days. It is classic to add beans and meat to chili, but I like mine with beans and quinoa for a a healthy vegan fiber and protein packed chili! It is so good you won’t even miss the meat, and it is good for you, so you will feel satisfied but still have energy after enjoying it. Give this a try the next time you are in need of a hearty quick meal!
Bean salads are a picnic classic! I always enjoyed when my Grandma made them growing up, so now as an adult I make my own version! The classic ones contained a lot of sugar, but I use maple syrup instead in my vinaigrette. I also add in some jalapenos and red pepper flakes to give them a sweet and spicy kick, along with shallots and garlic for a savory flavor. These are packed with protein and fiber as well as being delicious, and they are great for making ahead of time for a picnic, so you can’t go wrong with them! If you like things less spicy, feel free to cut back on the peppers or jalapeno.
If you are a fan of key lime pie, then you will love this healthier Summer option, Key Lime Blackberry Popsicles! They are not only really easy to make, but good for you too, with heart healthy avocado to give them a rich and creamy texture, and sweet antioxidant rich berries. They are refined sugar free too, but plenty sweet so you would never guess. The next time you want a refreshing dessert, give these a try!