If you are looking for a fast, fresh salad featuring fruit to serve at your next BBQ, such as a 4th of July celebration, this one would be perfect! It is light and healthy to balance out all of the other rich foods you may be serving, it is packed with nutrients, and super simple and easy to make! I always love taking advantage of when fresh summer fruits are in season!
One of my favorite healthy summer treats for when the mangoes are at their best and we all want something refreshing to sip on, is a mango lassi. Traditionally they are made with dairy yogurt, but I like to make mine with coconut yogurt to keep it vegan. Just a little lime juice, fresh mangoes and a touch of maple syrup and you have something that tastes like dessert, but is actually good for you. Mangoes are packed with vitamin A and C so you are getting some of your vitamins in as well!
Potato salad is an essential item to have at your warm weather picnics and gatherings! If you are looking for an egg free, gluten free, dairy free vegan option to serve at your Father’s Day cookout have I got just the recipe for you! It is a potato salad with a creamy spicy Southwest dressing! So if your Dad loves spicy things, this would be the perfect thing to make! It is fairly easy to make too, and can be made ahead of time so it is all ready for your BBQ!
If you are looking for a quick and easy side dish for Father’s Day to go along with your main dish, or whatever you happen to be grilling, these BBQ beans are a great option! They are fairly healthy, packed with fiber and protein but they taste delicious! Not only that, they are really easy to make, come together in about 15 minutes and you can even make them ahead of time if you need to for a picnic! They also happen to be gluten free, dairy free, and vegan!
I love using Spring produce like radishes, peas and asparagus in my meals this time of the year! They are all really good served just raw in salads, but for an even more intense flavor I like to roast my veggies! You may have roasted asparagus before but most people don’t think to roast radishes. They are actually really delicious prepared this way and they get sweet when roasted with some of the bitterness going away. The recipe I am sharing with you today combines those two veggies with spring peas in a delicious gluten free pasta that is really simple and easy to make, and so good! Also, this is a balanced healthy meal you can feel good about eating since it contains fiber from all of the veggies and protein (thanks to the quinoa pasta and peas)! It is the perfect thing to make on a weeknight for dinner!
Scones are the perfect thing to make on a weekend morning, they are so delicious while still warm out of the oven! Since strawberries are in season, I love to use them in baked goods like scones this time of the year. You may think that scones are difficult to make, but they are actually quite easy as long as you don’t over-handle the dough. These ones happen to be vegan, so if you are allergic to dairy or eggs, or just choose not to eat them, these are the perfect thing to make! They taste just as delicious as traditional scones too!
If you are looking for a flavorful salad to serve at your next BBQ or picnic, this Southwest Roasted Potato and Black Bean Salad is perfect for that! It happens to be vegan, soy free gluten free and egg free as well, so it is fairly allergen friendly. Not only that, it is fairly simple and easy to make, and can even be a hearty main dish if you serve it over some greens. This is great for making ahead of time!
Chicken wild rice salad is a Minnesota staple! So I thought I would create a veganized version, my chickpea wild rice salad! This is just as good as the traditional chicken wild rice salad but without the dairy, eggs and meat. I make a creamy dressing with coconut milk and cashew butter and it is perfect for the hearty salad! This is good to serve at picnics, for Memorial day, or any other potluck you may need to bring a dish to! Although it tastes rich, it is actually pretty healthy thanks to all of the nutrients from the veggies, and fiber and protein from the wild rice and chickpeas! So you can feel good about eating it!
If you are looking for a hearty and delicious soup that tastes like comfort food but actually contains healthy ingredients, have I got a soup for you! The vegan broccoli cheese soup recipe I am sharing with you today contains no dairy or gluten, but tastes just as rich and delicious as traditional broccoli cheese soup! Not only that, it is easy to make, and contains plenty of fiber thanks to the broccoli! This is even good made ahead of time and reheated, because it allows the flavors to combine even more. It is the perfect thing to serve on a rainy Spring day when you need something warming!
Although you can buy chocolates for your Mom on Mother’s Day, it is so much more fun to make them, and Mom will definitely appreciate the effort! Today I am sharing one of my Mom’s favorite recipes, my raspberry almond truffles. They are simple to make, and they happen to be gluten free and vegan as well but you would never guess by tasting them because they taste just as rich and delicious as traditional truffles. These are made with high quality natural ingredients, none of the fake stuff you might find in most commercial candy. If you want to make your Mom a special treat for Mother’s Day, give these a try!