Drinking fresh vegetable and fruit juice is a great way to get a lot of nutrients in at once. I like green juices because greens pack so many healthy vitamins, and if you combine them with other vegetables or fruits, they don’t taste like greens at all. So, even if you don’t like greens you can get some of their benefits. This green juice recipe is simple, but so good!
Doughnuts don’t have to be completely unhealthy. You can still enjoy them and eat healthy if you bake them in the oven and use less processed ingredients. The recipe I am sharing with you today features lemon, which is at its best right not because it is in season. There is nothing like the scent of freshly grated lemon peel to pep you up in the dead of Winter. So it is the perfect time of the year to make these. They happen to be gluten free and vegan too, so feel free to indulge. Lemon poppy seed was one of my favorite muffin flavors growing up, but I think I like it in these doughnuts even better. If you don’t have a doughnut pan though, you can bake these into muffins instead.
Celeriac is not a well known vegetable, but if you have never tried it you should because it is really delicious when prepared properly. People like to mash it like potatoes and use it in soups, but I have found that when used raw it is a great grain free rice substitute! It tastes more like real rice than cauliflower which is all the rage when it comes to faux rice. Celeriac has kind of a nutty flavor and is perfect for adding more dominant flavors to, like garlic and herbs. So, if you are on a grain free or raw diet, or just trying to get in more raw veggies, this is perfect for filling you up without making you feel heavy.
Matcha tea is delicious, healthy and a great alternative to coffee. It is filled with antioxidants and boosts your metabolism. I like to drink it every day. But, did you also know it makes a great cocktail too? What better way to ring in the New Year, than with a healthy cocktail with matcha! For the recipe I am sharing with you today, I have combined it with the sweet flavor of almond for a festive and delicious drink! This is non-alcoholic, but I have included instructions for if you wanted to add vodka too.
If you are looking for a simple but easy snack recipe for Holiday entertaining look no further! I love a good nut mix, and they are so easy to make. Sure you can buy them at the store, but I sometimes find those mixes too salty, sugary or oily. So, I make my own. It requires little time, and you can flavor them to your liking. The one I am sharing with you today has only 4 ingredients. This is one of my favorites, I use cholula hot sauce, mix it with some maple syrup, and add a little sea salt. That is all! It may sound like an odd combination, but it is so good! Sweet, salty, and a little spicy. Put out a bowl of this and they will be gone before you know it!
Wild rice is a Minnesota staple! It is used in many of our dishes that we make, and yet to me it always seems a little special. So, I think it is something that would be perfect to serve with Christmas dinner! The recipe I am sharing with you today is a creamy wild rice and mushroom casserole that is really delicious, and although it tastes rich, it is completely vegan and gluten free. Also, you would think that it contains cream of mushroom soup because it tastes like some serious comfort food, but it is actually thick coconut milk. Don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like coconut at all, just rich cream. So, if you are looking for a healthier (but decadent tasting) side dish for Christmas, give this a try!
Sometimes for Christmas, you just want classic comfort food. If you are a vegan or vegetarian or maybe just a family trying to cut down on meat consumption, then this recipe is perfect for you! Classic Italian meatballs, completely plant based! I have made these quite a few times, and served them to my other family members who are not vegan and they loved them. Some of them even said that they preferred it to real meatballs. The secret to the delicious texture that mimics the real thing? Lentils and walnuts. They happen to add protein and fiber too, so this is also a balanced meal if served with some pasta. I make a rich flavorful red sauce to combine them with and they taste delicious! The meat balls and sauce can be made ahead, just don’t combine them with the sauce until you are ready to serve. If you are doing that, I suggest heating the meatballs on a sheet pan in the oven (at 350F degrees for about 20 minutes if they are cold) and the sauce on the stove in a saucepan.
Sweet potato toast is pretty popular, so I thought, why not make it into an appetizer! You can top it with delicious toppings after all. The recipe I am sharing with you today has a creamy and delicious nut chevre (non-dairy cheese made from cashews that tastes just as delicious as the dairy version), sweet cranberries, and crunchy pecans. These are super delicious and you can make them ahead of time and serve them. These are the perfect thing to serve at a Holiday gathering or cocktail party!
Nothing warms you up like home made hot chocolate in the Winter. Of course you can buy those packets of hot cocoa at the store, but using real chocolate melted into it just brings it up a notch and makes it more special. A good cup of hot chocolate like that passes for dessert as far as I am concerned. Also, if you make it at home, you can make fun variations of it! I use non-dairy milk in mine, usually coconut because it is naturally sweet and rich. The recipe I am sharing with you today uses coconut milk blended with hazelnut milk to create a heavenly combination when the chocolate is melted into it reminiscent of Nutella. It happens to be vegan and refined sugar free but you would never know because it tastes so good!
Tis the season for baking Holiday cookies! And, just because you are on a gluten free or dairy free diet, or are vegan, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them too! The recipe I am sharing with you today for molasses cookies tastes just as good as traditional molasses cookies, but contains no gluten, dairy or eggs. They are also refined sugar free as well! These come together and bake up quickly, so they are the perfect Holiday cookie for when you don’t have a lot of time. Happy Holiday baking!