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.
I love apple season! There are so many delicious things that you can make with them, like apple pie! There is nothing like a home made apple pie made with local apple, served warm with ice cream! The recipe I am sharing with you today is for apple hand pies, which are perfect for entertaining, or bringing along in lunches because you get your own little pie! These happen to be vegan, I use coconut oil instead of the usual butter, and it makes for a really delicious buttery tasting crust! I use maple sugar in them as well, which gives them a lovely sweet maple flavor. These are the perfect thing to bake on the weekend when the weather is cool and you have a lot of apples on hand!
If you have a dehydrator, making your own kale chips is easy, and you don’t have to be afraid of burning them like you might cooking them in an oven. The dehydrator gets them nice and crispy as well because it removes all of the moisture. Today I am sharing my favorite flavor of kale chips with you all, my chili cheeze kale chips! I say cheeze, because they don’t actually contain any cheese, but taste like they do! I use a mixture of cashew butter, and nutritional yeast to create a cheese like flavor without using any dairy. This also makes them more shelf stable. I add in some chili powder and garlic and they are super delicious! If you are looking for a healthier chip like snack, these are a great alternative!
Summer is the time when fresh berries are plentiful, at their most delicious and most affordable. But when the cooler months hit, and the berries go away, I like to enjoy some delicious berry jam that I made with Summer berries! It really is pretty easy to make, and it is the perfect way to be able to enjoy those Summer berries all year round! The recipe I am sharing with you today is a lower sugar recipe, as I try to limit my sugar intake. It is just as delicious as regular jam though! You can find all of the ingredients for this recipe at Fresh and Natural Foods, including the low sugar pectin!
Fall can be a busy time of the year, so I like to have healthy snacks on hand for when I need something fast to satisfy hunger. One of my favorite things to make for this purpose is energy bites. The ones I make are high in fiber, protein and heart healthy ingredients so I always feel good about eating them. Also, they taste like dessert, so sometimes I even swap them for cookies because I know it is the healthier option. These ones I am sharing with you today are really delicious and have a chocolate base and chocolate chunks, but don’t contain any refined sugars (I use Luv sugar free dark chocolate)! If you need some healthy delicious snacks in your pantry, give these a try!
Combining chia seeds and oats makes for a hearty breakfast that will keep you full and satisfied until lunch. Of course you can mix them and make overnight oats, but I also like to make a chia pudding and granola parfait with fruit. I love the crunchy texture of the granola with the creamy chia pudding and sweet fruit. It is not only delicious but it packs fiber, protein and heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids with the chia seeds. The chia pudding can actually be made days ahead of time, so you can assemble these quickly in the morning before school or work.
Fall is fast approaching, and that means chili season is almost here! I love chili as a quick weeknight meal as well, because it doesn’t take long to prepare which is perfect for after work. Also, it is good made ahead of time, so I make a batch and then enjoy it for a few days. It is classic to add beans and meat to chili, but I like mine with beans and quinoa for a a healthy vegan fiber and protein packed chili! It is so good you won’t even miss the meat, and it is good for you, so you will feel satisfied but still have energy after enjoying it. Give this a try the next time you are in need of a hearty quick meal!
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!
If you are a fan of key lime pie, then you will love this healthier Summer option, Key Lime Blackberry Popsicles! They are not only really easy to make, but good for you too, with heart healthy avocado to give them a rich and creamy texture, and sweet antioxidant rich berries. They are refined sugar free too, but plenty sweet so you would never guess. The next time you want a refreshing dessert, give these a try!