Just because it is winter, does not mean you can’t enjoy veggie packed salads! We could all use a bit more vitamins from our food this time of the year, which is why I like to make things like this Chopped Kale Salad! It is easy to make, but packed with nutrients, and so delicious! I like to make a batch, then eat it in my lunches I take to work for the week with some edamame or tofu served on top for more protein!
I love salsa year round! Especially when I can make it with seasonal ingredients like pomegranates and oranges! This flavorful salsa is packed with nutrients, and it is perfect for serving with chips, over a salad, or spooned over some grilled tofu or other protein! Also it is festive so a good addition to your holiday table!
It can be nice to put out a cheese plate around the holidays, and if you don’t eat dairy you can still do so, thanks to all of the plant based cheeses available now, and being able to make your own! I like this vegan chevre because it is delicious, easy to make and festive! I like it served alongside crackers, with fruit or even crumbled over salads if you have leftovers!
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!
I love sauerkraut! I used to always buy it at the store, but I decided to start making my own a while back and it is so easy and kind of fun, because you can add your own flavors to it! One of my favorites is to combine red cabbage and beets, like in this recipe here. I add ginger and garlic to give it loads of flavor, and it is good on sandwiches, as a side dish, on top of salads or Buddha bowls, or just to snack on!
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.
In the summer, I love a good fruit salsa! Although mangoes and pineapple are used often, I like to switch it up a bit and use things like stone fruits sometimes. Peaches, nectarines, apricots and pluots go into this delicious salsa! It has a bit of a kick to it, and it goes perfect with corn chips, spooned over salads, or over things like grilled tofu or tempeh!
Bok choy is not as widely recognized as cabbage, but it is delicious in stir fries, soups, or even salads! Here, I use it in a really simple slaw with carrots, and it only takes about 5 minutes to make but it is so good! I make this ahead of time for lunches sometimes, and serve it with some tofu on top for protein! Bok choy and carrots are rich in nutrients, so you can feel good about enjoying this salad!
Not many people think of serving beets raw, but they are actually sweeter than carrots and quite good served raw if cut properly. This salad combines them with other spring veggies in a sweet and tangy dressing with warming Moroccan spices. It is packed with nutrients and good for you! So if you are looking for something easy to make, flavorful and delicious featuring spring veggies, give this a try!
Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, it is the perfect time to try making home made saurkraut. Not only is it fun and easy to make, it is filled with probiotics, which are important to keep our bodies healthy. Much of our immune system is in our gut, and healthy bacteria in the form of probiotics help to keep the good flora of bacteria in our gut at a good count. Although you can take probiotics in the form of pills, it is also beneficial to add them to your diet in the form of fermented foods. Home made sauerkraut is an easy way to get these good probiotics, plus it is satisfying knowing you made it yourself! It is fairly easy to make, and it keeps well in the fridge for a few months. I like to add it to my salads as a tangy topper, but you can also use it in sandwiches, or just as a side dish.