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.
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!
One of the most important foods to make sure you buy buy organic is tofu, and soy. Since soy tends to be a GMO and heavily sprayed crop. But as long as you buy organic, soy is really good for you and a good source of protein as long as you don’t have an allergy. I like to include it in my meals almost every day, because it is so versatile and satisfying. The salad I am sharing with you today is filling and hearty, but also light enough that you won’t feel weighed down. It has a BBQ tofu that is really easy to make, along with vitamin rich greens, veggies and avocado in a lime vinaigrette! This is the perfect thing to make on a weeknight because it only takes about an hour to make, most of which is cooking time so you really only have to spend about 15 minutes on it.
Wild rice is a Minnesota staple! But it isn’t just for soup and pilaf, I like it in hearty grain salads too! It is high in protein and fiber and something that I recommend eating often. The salad I am sharing with you today is perfect for Fall because it contains apples, roasted brussels sprouts and cranberries which are all coming into season now! This salad is not only delicious, but good for you too! It would make the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving in a few months, but for now, I like to make a batch and enjoy it for a few days.
Bean salads are a picnic classic! I always enjoyed when my Grandma made them growing up, so now as an adult I make my own version! The classic ones contained a lot of sugar, but I use maple syrup instead in my vinaigrette. I also add in some jalapenos and red pepper flakes to give them a sweet and spicy kick, along with shallots and garlic for a savory flavor. These are packed with protein and fiber as well as being delicious, and they are great for making ahead of time for a picnic, so you can’t go wrong with them! If you like things less spicy, feel free to cut back on the peppers or jalapeno.
If you are looking for a healthy, quick and delicious dinner, noodles are a great option! The salad I am sharing with you today uses soba noodles which are made from buckwheat and happen to be naturally gluten free! They are a great alternative to spaghetti if you like a more whole grain tasting pasta. I combine them with veggies and an almond butter sauce, and it comes together in under 30 minutes! Give this a try the next time you need something healthy fast!
Zucchini is very versatile, and it can be used in everything from soups, to grilled dishes, to desserts and even served raw! Like the dish I am sharing with you today. When I want a healthy option for pasta, I like to spiralize zucchini or shave it into noodles. It has a mild flavor, so you can flavor it with whatever you want to! I like to toss it with just some lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt. If I want it more flavorful, like in this dish, some garlic and shallots do the trick. I combined it with sweet cherry tomatoes for color in this, and Miyoko’s vegan mozzarella which is amazing if you haven’t tried it. It tastes just like dairy mozzarella. This salad is light, healthy delicious and the perfect thing to enjoy on a hot Summer day! You can find all of the ingredients at our stores!
There is like fresh roasted Summer vegetables. Roasting them intensifies the flavors, and gives them a nice crispy texture on the outside but they are tender in the middle. They are so simple but so good! The recipe I am sharing with you today is one of my favorites! It combines them with pinto beans for a protein source so this can be a full meal, or it makes a wonderful healthy taco filling! This is a hearty meal that you can feel good about eating!
Tomatoes are so good and flavorful this time of the year! If you grow them in your garden, you are lucky, but if not you can get them at Fresh and Natural foods! The cherry tomatoes are my favorite, especially for using in salads, because all you have to do is cut them in half. The pasta salad I am sharing with you today features them, along with creamy avocados in a creamy delicious garlic sauce and spicy jalapenos. It is a quick and easy dinner that you can get on the table in about 30 minutes, and not only that, it is delicious too! It also happens to be gluten free because it is made with a high protein lentil pasta and vegan because that creamy sauce actually contains no dairy! So, the next time you are in the mood for pasta salad, give this a try!
Summer fruit can be used for more than just desserts and snacking, it makes a wonderful addition to savory salads as well! The recipe I am sharing with you today uses peaches not just in the salad, but in the dressing as well, which happens to be oil free and packed with flavor. I combine the peaches with fresh strawberries, beets, carrots and spinach and it is not only colorful, but loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. The dressing contains chia seeds and flax seeds too, which are great for heart health. This salad is great served with some grilled tofu or tempeh for a light and healthy meal!