Heart Healthy Recipes

Chickpea Wild Rice Salad

Chicken wild rice salad is a Minnesota staple!  So I thought I would create a veganized version, my chickpea wild rice salad!  This is just as good as the traditional chicken wild rice salad but without the dairy, eggs and meat.  I make a creamy dressing with coconut milk and cashew butter and it is perfect for the hearty salad!  This is good to serve at picnics, for Memorial day, or any other potluck you may need to bring a dish to!  Although it tastes rich, it is actually pretty healthy thanks to all of the nutrients from the veggies, and fiber and protein from the wild rice and chickpeas!  So you can feel good about eating it!

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Raspberry Almond Truffles

Although you can buy chocolates for your Mom on Mother’s Day, it is so much more fun to make them, and Mom will definitely appreciate the effort!  Today I am sharing one of my Mom’s favorite recipes, my raspberry almond truffles.  They are simple to make, and they happen to be gluten free and vegan as well but you would never guess by tasting them because they taste just as rich and delicious as traditional truffles.  These are made with high quality natural ingredients, none of the fake stuff you might find in most commercial candy.  If you want to make your Mom a special treat for Mother’s Day, give these a try!

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Roasted Carrot Lemon Hummus

Hummus is easy to make at home, and the fun part is you can include your own favorite flavors and ingredients!  This roasted carrot hummus is perfect for spring, and it is the perfect healthy snack or sandwich spread! It is packed with protein and fiber, and the flavor is delicious with sweet roasted carrots, fragrant lemon and a touch of cumin.  If you are a hummus lover, try this next time instead of buying packaged hummus!

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Quinoa Lentil Salad with Radishes

Radishes are one of my favorite spring veggies!  So, when they are available, I like to include them in salads like this quinoa lentil salad!  This is packed with nutritious things, with protein and fiber from the lentils and quinoa plus plenty of vitamins from the veggies, this is a great choice for make ahead lunches or for a light dinner. Not only it it healthy, but it is delicious as well and fairly easy to make even if the lentils and quinoa need a little bit of cooking time. Picnic season is almost here, and this would be great for that as well!

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Vegan Almond Butter Chocolate Eggs

Peanut butter filled chocolate eggs were always my favorite Easter candy.  So I always make my own at home as an adult.  This year I decided to make some almond butter ones as well, since I feel like almond butter is a little more fancy, and you don’t generally find almond butter eggs at the store so they are special.  These are perfect for sharing around Easter with your friends and family if you are looking to give out treats! They are pretty easy to make, all you need to do is mix up the filling, shape them, and dip them in melted chocolate.  If you are not a fan of almond butter, or are allergic, feel free to use your favorite nut or seed butter for the recipe.

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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

If you are looking for a fancy side dish for your Easter meal, these Hasselback Sweet Potatoes are a good option! Most people make these with regular potatoes, but I prefer the sweet potatoes because they pack so many nutrients and vitamins plus plenty of fiber. These are actually fairly simple to make, despite their appearance and they happen to be gluten free, dairy free and vegan. So they are suitable for people with those dietary restrictions. You could even prep them a day ahead of time cover them in the fridge and bake them off the next day!

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Spicy Beet and Carrot Fries with Lemon Tahini Dipping Sauce

Everyone loves french fries, but did you know you can make delicious fries out of other veggies too?  I like root vegetable fries because they are packed with nutrients, they are healthier than traditional fries and they are so pretty!  The ones I am sharing with you today are actually baked as well so they have much less fat than traditional fries and they pack more fiber since I am using beets and carrots instead of potatoes.  These are easy to make and so good, and I pair them with a simple lemon tahini sauce.  These are perfect as a side dish, or as an appetizer or snack.  Give this Spring twist on fries a try next time you are craving them!

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Lemon Broccoli and Asparagus Salad

Spring is nearly here, and so I am craving light salads with fresh ingredients!  This broccoli and asparagus salad is healthy, really easy to make and it is delicious too!  This is perfect for making ahead and bringing in lunches, or as a side for a protein.  It would even be perfect as an Easter side dish you can make a little ahead of time (just add the nuts at the last minute). If you are craving something fresh, give this a try!

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Vegan Arugula Pesto Pasta

One of my favorite quick and easy pasta recipes, is to make a fresh arugula pesto and toss it with cooked pasta. It is so simple and so good, plus you can get dinner on the table in about 20, minutes which is perfect for a weeknight! I use a gluten free lentil pasta, so it also contains protein and fiber as well as being gluten free.  This pesto is made without dairy, so it is also totally vegan!  This is a pasta dish that will leave you feeling good and energized after eating it, not heavy and weighed down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celeriac and Apple Soup

You may not have ever thought to use the vegetable celeriac in anything, but it is actually really delicious and healthy!  It may look odd with its gnarly root appearance but it has a mild savory celery flavor. I love using it in finely chopped as a grain free substitute for rice, but it is also delicious in soups!  The one I am sharing with you today is simple but so good!  I combine the celeriac with apple and the flavors are a match made in heaven!  This is perfect for a light dinner with a salad on the side or as a first course.

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