Skip the takeout and make this Miso Glazed Tempeh and asparagus instead! It is the perfect time of the year to enjoy asparagus, since it is in season in the Spring, and it is at its freshest and most flavorful. Combine the vitamin packed asparagus with heart healthy tempeh in a stir fry, serve it with some jasmine rice, and you have a satisfying gluten free vegan meal! Not only that, this is really delicious and easy to make and comes together in about 25 minutes so it is perfect for busy weeknights!
Just because you decided to eat a gluten free or vegan diet does not mean you can’t enjoy delicious home made cookies! Of course you can buy packaged ones, but home made are better, especially when they are still a tad warm from the oven. The recipe I am sharing with you today is a chocolate lover’s dream! It has a chocolate dough, with plenty of chocolate chips mixed in. It also happens to be refined sugar free as an added bonus! These come together in about 45 minutes and they are easy to make, so you can be enjoying them in no time at all!
If you are looking for a new appetizer to serve at your next picnic, grad party or Memorial Day party, then this Watermelon Strawberry Salsa is for you! Sure, you can serve regular salsa, but this sweet fruity salsa is easy to make, healthy, and so good! I combine the fruit with fresh mint, lime juice chilies, and some onions and garlic and that is all it needs. This is even good made ahead of time, because then the flavors can combine even more. The flavor is delicious! Sweet, but savory, and perfect for enjoying with some organic corn tortilla chips. So why not make a batch of this colorful salsa for your next gathering?
Why not make some home made candy for Mom for Mother’s Day instead of buying her a box of chocolates. The truffle recipe I am sharing with you today is perfect for Mother’s Day with Spring strawberries and dark chocolate. They are actually gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free too, so you can feel good about giving them as a gift. Not only that, they are delicious as well, and pretty easy to make, so you might even want to make a batch for yourself too!
Now that Spring is here, it is the perfect time to enjoy peas! Of course they are delicious and sweet if you get the fresh variety, but did you know that they are a good source of protein, help regulate your blood sugar, and have anti inflammatory benefits as well? So next time you are making a salad, toss some peas in! The recipe I am sharing with you today is a little bit more comfort food than a salad though, one of my favorite ways to enjoy peas, in a risotto! It is a simple and easy comfort food dish that can be whipped up in about 40 minutes. This recipe is completely vegan and gluten free, but it tastes like it has dairy in it thanks to a few special ingredients that add the flavors of cheese and milk. It is really delicious! It is great for serving either as a main dish or as a side for a Spring meal!
Beets are one of my favorite vegetables. Not only are they beautiful, and have a sweet earthy delicious flavor, but they boast lots of health benefits as well. Most people know that they are high in iron, which is good for the blood but they are also high in vitamin C which is good for boosting immunity, and potassium which is good for nerve and muscle function. So they are all around a very healthy vegetable to be eating. They are wonderful cooked, but they can be served raw as well to preserve even more nutrients, which is how they are served in this recipe. It requires no cooking! Raw beets have a sweet flavor similar to carrots. In this salad, I pair them with strawberries for a delicious flavor combination! This salad is great as a side with a protein for a light Spring meal!
If you are looking for a healthy way to jazz up your pasta, pesto is a good way to go! Although basil is the most common, I love using greens in my pesto as a nutrient rich alternative. Plus, fresh basil might not always be available in large amounts, but greens usually are. The recipe I am sharing with you today uses arugula, and it is actually dairy free, and gets its richness from cashews, avocado oil and nutritional yeast instead of cheese. The pasta I used is gluten free also, and made from lentils instead of wheat so it has more protein than traditional pasta to make this a satisfying meal. You can find all of the ingredients at Fresh and Natural Foods!
When it comes to being Earth friendly, lentils and potatoes are good choices. Both crops take less water water to produce than most other crops. Not only that, they are versatile, and can be used with many different flavors. The recipe I am sharing with you today is a comfort food dish with the lentils in a mushroom gravy over fluffy mashed potatoes. Think of it as beef tips in gravy with the lentils as a healthier and more earth friendly protein option than the beef. This delicious dish is packed with fiber, and protein, so you will feel satisfied after eating it.
If you are looking for a quick and easy warming meal, nothing beats a delicious noodle soup with plenty of vegetables and broth! So today I am sharing an easy recipe for Thai red curry noodle soup. It is loaded up with Spring vegetables like baby bok choy, carrots and asparagus, and it is packed with delicious flavor thanks to the curry paste and fresh ginger and garlic. I add in some coconut milk to make it rich, but still keep it vegan and dairy free. The noodles I use in the recipe are gluten free as well, so if you are sensitive to gluten you can enjoy this! This soup only takes less than half an hour and you can have dinner on the table and since it is still chilly outside this is the perfect warming dish to be enjoying.
Making your own granola is fun and easy! Not only that, it fills your home with the most heavenly aroma, and you can choose what ingredients you want to go into it. Many commercial granola brands have a lot of sugar, but I like to add maple syrup to mine and use a little less. The recipe I am sharing with you today is high in fiber thanks to the oats, coconut and walnuts, and I have included freeze dried berries for little sweet bursts of flavor. This keeps well in an airtight container for a few weeks, or a month if kept in the refrigerator. It is good for snacking, or for breakfast with yogurt, or even as a crunchy topping for fruit!