Beginner Recipes

Southwest Roasted Potato and Black Bean Salad

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!

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Chickpea Wild Rice Salad

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!

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Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup

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!

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Raspberry Almond Truffles

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!

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Vegan Vanilla Almond Waffles

Waffles are the perfect thing to make for Mother’s Day Brunch! So today I am sharing my recipe for Vegan Vanilla Almond Waffles!  These are the perfect base for any sort of toppings you might want to pile on, and they are really easy to make!  No eggs or dairy required since they are vegan, they contain flax “eggs” and coconut milk instead and taste just as good as traditional waffles.  Light and fluffy in the center and crispy on the outside!  If you wish to make these gluten free, simply swap Bob’s Red Mill gluten free all purpose baking flour for the whole wheat pastry flour.

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Roasted Carrot Lemon Hummus

Hummus is easy to make at home, and the fun part is you can include your own favorite flavors and ingredients!  This roasted carrot hummus is perfect for spring, and it is the perfect healthy snack or sandwich spread! It is packed with protein and fiber, and the flavor is delicious with sweet roasted carrots, fragrant lemon and a touch of cumin.  If you are a hummus lover, try this next time instead of buying packaged hummus!

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Quinoa Lentil Salad with Radishes

Radishes are one of my favorite spring veggies!  So, when they are available, I like to include them in salads like this quinoa lentil salad!  This is packed with nutritious things, with protein and fiber from the lentils and quinoa plus plenty of vitamins from the veggies, this is a great choice for make ahead lunches or for a light dinner. Not only it it healthy, but it is delicious as well and fairly easy to make even if the lentils and quinoa need a little bit of cooking time. Picnic season is almost here, and this would be great for that as well!

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Asparagus and Edamame Barley Risotto

If you are looking for a hearty vegan main dish, barley risotto is a good option!  The recipe I am sharing with you today is actually healthier than traditional risotto, and is really easy to make.  I use hulled barley, a whole grain instead of the usual rice, and instead of cream and cheese I use coconut milk and nutritional yeast which may sound odd but trust me, they taste cheesy in this dish.  I include asparagus, since it is in season now and edamame for protein so this is a full meal.  This is serious comfort food, and something you will want to make again!

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Vegan Almond Butter Chocolate Eggs

Peanut butter filled chocolate eggs were always my favorite Easter candy.  So I always make my own at home as an adult.  This year I decided to make some almond butter ones as well, since I feel like almond butter is a little more fancy, and you don’t generally find almond butter eggs at the store so they are special.  These are perfect for sharing around Easter with your friends and family if you are looking to give out treats! They are pretty easy to make, all you need to do is mix up the filling, shape them, and dip them in melted chocolate.  If you are not a fan of almond butter, or are allergic, feel free to use your favorite nut or seed butter for the recipe.

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Spring Vegetable Pasta Salad

If you are looking for a festive, but easy vegan and gluten free Easter main dish to serve to guests, this pasta salad is a great option!  It is quick and easy to make, healthy, and it can be made a bit ahead of time.  I use a gluten free quinoa pasta that can be found in the bulk department at Fresh and Natural Foods, so there is no wheat in this.  I include asparagus, carrots, and peas which are not only colorful but packed with nutrients. Then, some green onions and, garlic and thyme to give it a lovely savory flavor and crunchy hazelnuts for a bit of texture. Then I toss it with a brightly flavored lemon vinaigrette.  This is really delicious and you will feel good after eating it unlike some of the heavier traditional Easter dishes. Also, it is always nice to showcase the veggies that are in season in the spring!

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