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!
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.
For those who are allergic to dairy or just trying to cut back on it for health reasons, nut milk can be an essential part of your shopping list. Although there are many delicious varieties at the store, I like to make my own to make sure there are no refined sugars, additives or thickening agents. It is quick and easy to make your own at home if you have a blender! The recipe I am sharing with you today if for brazil nut milk. Almond milk and cashew milk may be the most common but brazil nuts make great milk too! Brazil nuts are high in selenium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all important for your body to function well. This milk has only 5 ingredients, and I use dates to sweeten it, which not only add sweetness but also fiber as well (if you don’t strain it, as I usually don’t). This is good on cereal, or to drink, or in your morning coffee!
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.
Warming soups are essential this time of the year when it is so chilly outside. One of the keys to making a really flavorful soup is good vegetable stock to start out with. It is really simple to make at home, and you can use veggie scraps so that you waste less. I should note though that the amounts listed below are for if you don’t have scraps, but otherwise use about the same amounts of the ingredients. I like to save my veggie trimmings though in a bag in the freezer, and use them later to make stock when I have enough. Vegetable stock made this way is a light and healthy way to add flavor to your soup without any extra fat, and it has much less sodium than most store bought brands.
If you are looking for a quick way to get vitamins in, fresh veggie juice is a great way to do so. It may sound like something that would taste not so good, but it is actually quite delicious when you use the right combination of ingredients! The recipe I am sharing with you today contains broccoli which is rich in vitamins K and C, potassium and folic acid, as well as celery which reduces bloating and improves digestion, and apples for sweetness, plus lemon which has a detoxifying affect. Lastly a bit of kale, because this is a green juice after all, and greens are nutrient power houses. This juice is not only delicious but It will help you feel energized and refreshed too!
I like to serve lots of snacks on New Years Eve, and one of my favorites is spiced nuts. They are not only easy to make, but everyone seems to love them and they taste so good! The recipe I am sharing with you today features nuts with fragrant curry powder, they are a little salty, a little sweet, and the curry makes them a lovely golden color. These are gluten free, dairy free and vegan too! If you would like something similar that was nut free, you could swap the nuts for a mixture of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds, and that would be delicious as well!
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.
If you are looking for a healthy, light and easy salad to serve with your Holiday meal, look no further than this festive kale and brussels sprout salad! It only takes about 15 minutes or less to make and it is so tasty! It combines fiber and nutrient rich rich kale, brussels sprouts and spinach with a creamy lemon dressing, sweet pomegranate seeds and crunchy almonds. I know most people don’t think about serving brussels sprouts or kale raw, but they are both really delicious in salads and retain all of their vitamins when not cooked. This makes a great side dish alongside any protein, on a buffet, or as a starter for your dinner!
Mashed root vegetables are a great option for Thanksgiving in place of the usual potatoes. Not only are they delicious but they are packed with even more vitamins and fiber thanks to the variety of veggies included. I like a mixture of rutabaga, sweet potatoes or yams, and potatoes. It is a little sweet, but savory and pairs well with any sort of protein and gravy. This recipe is actually vegan because it uses coconut butter in place of butter, but you won’t even miss the dairy! This is the perfect dish to serve if you want something that tastes rich but is actually good for you!