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!
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!
Blueberries and sweet corn scream summer! I love them together in something like a blueberry cornmeal cake or corn cakes, but I like them together in a salad as well, like this simple easy to make salad! It is only 5 ingredients, comes together in a few minutes and it is so refreshing and delicious! It is even good made ahead of time to bring to a picnic or gathering the next day.
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!
When spring rolls around, I like to enjoy more raw fresh food. This kale salad is just that! You don’t need to blanch the kale, you just massage the dressing into it, and it retains the nutrients. I combine it with asparagus and blackberries for a spring twist, and the combination is so good together! This is good as a side dish with something like a tempeh steak on the side, but I even like to make this ahead of time to include in my lunches for the week!
Try this new trend of substituting cauliflower for mashed potatoes for those of you that want to watch your carb and calorie intake. Or those of you that just want to try something different and absolutely delicious! While cauliflower has fewer calories and carbs than potatoes, it is also a good source of potassium (like potatoes) and is packed with vitamin C as well.
Swapping in Parmesan, olive oil, and reduced-fat cream cheese for fat-laden sour cream, butter, and cream cheese helps keep saturated fats down, while still keeping the dish creamy. Some shredded and grated cheese may have gluten-containing fillers. Always check the ingredients list on products. When in doubt, grate your own.
Per 1/2c serving: 99 calories; 6g Fat (2g Sat); 5g Protein; 9g Carbohydrates; 285 mg Sodium