Chili is one of my favorite things this time of the year! It is hearty, easy to make and I just make a batch and get several meals out of it! This Sweet Potato Lentil Chili is flavorful and delicious plus really healthy! It is packed with fiber and protein thanks to the sweet potatoes and lentils so you can feel good about eating it!
When the weather starts to get cooler, I love roasting vegetables to enjoy them warm instead of just cold in a salad. This Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas is easy to make, healthy and so good! It is packed with fiber, nutrients, and contains anti inflammatory benefits thanks to the turmeric! This makes a nice side dish alongside something with protein, or it could even be a lighter main dish if you wanted to make it two servings, since the chickpeas have protein.
As the weather is cooling down and we are getting into warm comfort food season I am craving things like stuffed squash. A lot of times I will stuff it with things like rice or apples, but in this recipe I stuffed it with Italian flavored lentils (that remind me of the meat ragout I used to eat growing up without the meat), then topped it off with some vegan mozzarella for a delicious hearty dish. This is packed with fiber and protein so it will fill you up but won’t weigh you down. This is perfect for a chilly Fall or Winter night!
In late summer when the weather starts to cool off a little but it isn’t quite soup weather yet, it is the perfect time for a hearty grain salad. Like this wild rice and corn salad! This salad is filled with colorful veggies, crunchy hazelnuts and is coated in a tangy vinaigrette. It is delicious, healthy and easy to make!
This time of the year when fresh produce is abundant, I like to make lots of salads. I use tomatoes often, sometimes just by themselves, but I also like to combine them with other fruit like the nectarines in this one. I also add in sweet corn which is at its peak of season right now, along with fresh mint for freshness, and a little lemon to make the flavors pop. Lastly a bit of vegan mozzarella cheese for a little richness. This salad is so simple to make but so good and so healthy!
I have always loved caesar salad! Usually it is made with romaine lettuce, but here I use earthy kale instead to give it a nutritional boost! This salad has a flavorful dressing that tastes like classic caesar dressing but it happens to be vegan! If you wanted to make this gluten free, you could use gluten free bread in place of the baguettes.
This pasta is perfect for late summer when both the sweet corn and cherry tomatoes are at their best and most flavorful! It is super simple to make and so good! Perfect for a busy day when you don’t want to spend a long time prepping dinner. It is made with a gluten free chickpea pasta, so it has plenty of protein as well!
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!
I love a good potato salad in the summer! But sometimes I like to switch it up and make something with a non-mayo based dressing. This potato salad has a light flavorful dressing with a bit of spice, and colorful veggies. It is the perfect side dish for a summer picnic!
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!