Beginner Recipes

Lemon Broccoli and Asparagus Salad

Spring is nearly here, and so I am craving light salads with fresh ingredients!  This broccoli and asparagus salad is healthy, really easy to make and it is delicious too!  This is perfect for making ahead and bringing in lunches, or as a side for a protein.  It would even be perfect as an Easter side dish you can make a little ahead of time (just add the nuts at the last minute). If you are craving something fresh, give this a try!

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Vegan Shamrock Truffles

I love making festive green treats around St. Patrick’s Day, so this year I decided to make some vegan shamrock truffles!  They have a smooth, rich vanilla mint cream filling, and dark chocolate on the outside.  They are really delicious and they happen to be gluten free, dairy free and vegan.  Also, these are made with quality ingredients, no artificial colors, that vibrant green comes from a secret ingredient, spinach powder (don’t worry you can’t taste it).  These also contain healthier sweeteners than traditional treats, I use Luv sugar free vegan dark chocolate for the coating and a little maple syrup in the filling instead of refined processed sugar. So you can feel good about enjoying them!  If you are feeling festive, give these a try for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Vegan Arugula Pesto Pasta

One of my favorite quick and easy pasta recipes, is to make a fresh arugula pesto and toss it with cooked pasta. It is so simple and so good, plus you can get dinner on the table in about 20, minutes which is perfect for a weeknight! I use a gluten free lentil pasta, so it also contains protein and fiber as well as being gluten free.  This pesto is made without dairy, so it is also totally vegan!  This is a pasta dish that will leave you feeling good and energized after eating it, not heavy and weighed down.







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Vegan Banana Pecan Muffins

Just because you choose not to eat gluten or animal products does not mean you can not enjoy delicious freshly baked muffins!  These banana pecan mini muffins, are gluten free thanks to the Bob’s Red Mill all purpose gluten free baking flour I used (which you can get at Fresh and Natural Foods), and vegan, because they are made without eggs but still light and fluffy. Don’t worry though you can not tell that they are not traditional muffins because they are just as delicious! These make the perfect Saturday morning treat!

Breakfast Snack Beginner Easy Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Vegan Vegetarian

Celeriac and Apple Soup

You may not have ever thought to use the vegetable celeriac in anything, but it is actually really delicious and healthy!  It may look odd with its gnarly root appearance but it has a mild savory celery flavor. I love using it in finely chopped as a grain free substitute for rice, but it is also delicious in soups!  The one I am sharing with you today is simple but so good!  I combine the celeriac with apple and the flavors are a match made in heaven!  This is perfect for a light dinner with a salad on the side or as a first course.

Soup Beginner Easy Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Heart Healthy Paleo Vegan Vegetarian

Root Vegetable and White Bean Chowder

Hearty, warming soups are essential this time of the year!  Although you can easily just buy soup already made, there is just something wonderful about making it yourself and having an aromatic warming soup simmering away on the stove for dinner. I like to make a batch of soup on the weekend, then eat it for a few days to make it easier during the week.  Plus it always tastes even better the next day!  The recipe I am sharing with you today features root vegetables, which are perfect this time of the year.  This soup is hearty, and rich tasting comfort food, but it is actually healthy!  It happens to be dairy free and vegan, is packed with plenty of veggies and fiber, but it is really satisfying and delicious!

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Vegan Jalapeno Cream Cheese

Just because you have decided to go dairy free or are vegan, it doesn’t mean you have to give up things like cream cheese.  Not when you can make your own dairy free version at home!  The recipe I am sharing with you today is for a super delicious jalapeno cream cheese that is good on savory bagels, or as a sandwich spread, as a veggie dip, or for with crackers.  It is made from cashews and coconut milk and it tastes so rich and delicious you would never guess that it is vegan!  It is really simple to make as well!  If you are more of a sweet than savory person, you could leave out the jalapenos, pepper flakes and garlic and instead add 1 cup freeze dried berries plus 2 Tbsp maple syrup instead for a sweet berry cream cheese.

Breakfast Snack Beginner Easy Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Vegan Vegetarian

Indian Tofu and Kale Curry

If you are looking for an easy to make, hearty comfort food recipe to make on a week night, a curry is the perfect choice!  The recipe I am sharing with you today combines protein rich tofu and nutrient dense kale for a satisfying and healthy meal.  I make a simple but flavorful coconut milk based sauce for it and it is so good served over rice!  It is cheaper than ordering takeout but just as good!

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Vanilla Brazil Nut Milk

For those who are allergic to dairy or just trying to cut back on it for health reasons, nut milk can be an essential part of your shopping list.  Although there are many delicious varieties at the store, I like to make my own to make sure there are no refined sugars, additives or thickening agents.  It is quick and easy to make your own at home if you have a blender!  The recipe I am sharing with you today if for brazil nut milk.  Almond milk and cashew milk may be the most common but brazil nuts make great milk too!  Brazil nuts are high in selenium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all important for your body to function well.  This milk has only 5 ingredients, and I use dates to sweeten it, which not only add sweetness but also fiber as well (if you don’t strain it, as I usually don’t).  This is good on cereal, or to drink, or in your morning coffee!

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Citrus Brussels Sprout and Bok Choy Slaw

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.

Salad Side Dish Beginner Easy Allergen Friendly Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Heart Healthy Paleo Raw Salad Vegan Vegetarian