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Lemon Garlic Split Pea Dip {oil-free, vegan, 4 ingredients}

Lemon garlic split pea dip is your new favorite dip & spread. It is crazy delicious, made with 4 ingredients, oil-free, vegan, high-protein, free of nuts and seeds, and easy to make, too. The Fresh Snack You Need to Make January—a post-holidays, mid-winter, resolutions riddled month–needs as many bright points as it can get. If …

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1-ingredient Pepita Butter {vegan, keto}

Smooth 1-ingredient pepita butter you can make at home in a blender (or food processor). It is naturally vegan, keto, paleo, & more! An Easy & Affordable Alternative to Peanut Butter Back to school time is always a reminder of the need to create nut-free alternatives for packed lunches. Many districts have school-wide bans on …

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Oil-Free Olive Tapenade {vegan, super-easy}

Oil-free olive tapenade is the perfectly piquant spread you’re craving for your sandwiches and snacks. This version is keto, paleo, low-carb & vegan, too. One of my favorite things about cooking in the summer is not cooking in the summer. Especially at dinner time.  The hot weather makes simple assemblages of this and that–cut fruits …

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Creamy Cashew Salad Dressing {oil-free vinaigrette}

Salad dressing without oil? Yes! My creamy cashew salad dressing is the solution. This oil-free vinaigrette is naturally vegan and takes about 2 minutes to make in your blender. The Best Salad Dressing is a Vinaigrette I grew up with one version of salad dressing: vinaigrette. My family ate green salads often. Make that very …

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Oil-Free Roasted Carrot Hummus {bean-free, tahini-free}

Salty, sweet, tangy & delectable oil-free roasted carrot hummus. Only 28 calories per 1/4 cup, it is tahini-free, bean-free, nut-free, and seed-free.  Hummus Made with Carrots In Place of Beans I could eat this sunny, spicy carrot dip/spread all day, every day for the month of January. And beyond. It is just what I’ve been …

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Vegetable Nacho Cheese Dip (vegan, keto, oil-free)

Just in time for your next party, family gathering, or snack attack: Vegetable Nacho Cheese Dip ! It is vegan, keto, oil-free and only 33 calories per 2 tablespoons. Happy Tuesday, everyone! This past weekend was a Halloween whirlwind…and yet Halloween is still two days away! It’s making me feel topsy-turvy, and I think my …

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Vegan Cashew Boursin Cheese {oil-free, 5 ingredients}

Vegan cashew Boursin cheese is a spreadable garlic and herb cheese. It is also oil-free, Paleo, soy-free,  yeast-free, and made with 5 ingredients. I won’t be trite and proclaim that there are two types of eaters in the world. Nevertheless, some of us do seem to prefer grazing all day, while others favor three square …

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Beet & Toasted Pepita Dip {vegan, oil-free, nut-free}

Healthy beet & toasted pepita dip is snacking made scrumptious! This deeply delicious dip is vegan, oil-free, nut-free, bean-free, and only 62 calories per 1/4 cup serving. Healthy Beet Dip without Oil, Beans, or Nuts Easter and Passover are days away, which means plenty of chances to make something new, and share something delicious, with …

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Chickpea Flour Queso {Vegan, Nut-Free, Oil-Free}

Fast & easy chickpea flour queso is sure to please one and all! It is naturally soy-free, grain-free, oil-free and nut-free, and only 51 calories per 1/4 cup serving. Enjoy it with all of your favorite Tex-Mex dishes! Tex-Mex Queso Made with Chickpea Flour First, there was Chickpea Flour Feta Cheese. Next, Chickpea Flour Cheddar …

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Vegan Keto Thai Eggplant Dip {5-Ingredients, Oil-Free}

My 5-ingredient vegan keto Thai eggplant dip is a healthy option everyone will love! It is oil-free, nut-free, seed-free, and low in calories. Eat more dip. It’s an edict of few–or, more accurately, zero–diet plans. But not all dips are created equal, especially the one I’ve created for today’s post. It’s healthy, fits almost every …

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Vegan White Bean Pesto {High Protein, Nut-Free}

Versatile, velvety-smooth vegan white bean pesto, made in minutes with 5 ingredients. It is high protein & can be enjoyed as a sauce, dip or spread! Hello, everyone! Apologies for my brief posting furlough. I was home in California, relishing some quality time with my family, as well as the San Francisco fog. Both were …

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Mustard Greens Pepita Pesto {Vegan, Nut-Free}

Spicy, citrusy, mustard greens pepita pesto, the perfect midwinter, superfood sauce for pasta, or as a spread or dip. Bonus: the ingredients also make it an ideal exercise recovery food! I am pretty sure that what I am about to say has never been uttered or written before now: Pesto is an ideal exercise recovery …

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Healthy Brownie Batter Hummus {vegan, oil-free}

Have you got 3 minutes? Then you have enough time to whip up a batch of healthy brownie batter hummus! It tastes like indulgence, but is a super nutritious treat! It is vegan, oil-free, & only 38 calories a serving. Brownie Batter Dip Made with Chickpeas! Hooray, the weekend is upon us! Whether your plans …

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Creamy Broccoli Hummus {vegan, oil-free option}

Creamy broccoli hummus made with broccoli, white beans and cilantro. It is vegan, gluten-free, and can be made with or without added oil. Whether you love broccoli or tolerate it, this broccoli hummus is a winner. Easy to make, and so convenient for lunches and snacking throughout the week, it’s a recipe to celebrate both …

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Red Pepper Romesco Sauce {vegan, gluten-free, easy}

Say hello to Red Pepper Romesco Sauce, one of the most versatile sauces you have ever met. This Spanish sauce brightens and enhances vegetables and main dishes, doubles as a dip (or spread) for all of your favorite dunkables (packed lunch: simplified!), is a breeze to prepare, and is potent with power ingredients. In one …

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Lemony Roasted Parsnip Hummus (no beans, no tahini)

Lemony roasted parsnip hummus, made without beans and tahini, is a showstopper! Smoky paprika balances the sweetness of the parsnips. I went a wee bit overboard with my purchase of parsnips the other day, so following my testing of the parsnip-chickpea flour pizza crust from the other day, I set to work crafting a few …

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4-Ingredient Beet Hummus {Vegan, Oil-Free, No Beans}

Gorgeous, delicious, 4-ingredient beet hummus! It is vegan, oil-free, bean-free and only 42 calories per 2 tablespoon serving. You can roast beets, or go ultra-simple with ready-to-use roasted or canned beets. Good morning, everyone! I’m going to get to this gorgeous hummus recipe in just a moment, but first, a word about where I am …

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DIY Sunflower Seed Butter {oil-free, easy, keto option}

DIY sunflower seed butter is a delicious and nutritious alternative to peanut butter. Learn how to make it with no added oil, little money and minimal effort! A keto option is available. Sunflower Seed Butter Instead of Peanut Butter This post is for my sister, Rebecca. Love you, sis. Rebecca is allergic to peanuts. When …

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Broccamole (super-healthy + less fat & calories)

Many in my adopted state will consider this post heresy. For I am proposing the addition of pureed broccoli to guacamole. Here in Texas, guacamole comes close to being a food group unto itself, served on just about everything, with just about anything, for just about any meal (breakfast, brunch, lunch, snack, dinner), or just about any gathering. …

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4-Ingredient Chickpea Flour Mayonnaise (vegan, soy-free)

Say hello to the best ever vegan mayonnaise: it’s my 4-Ingredient Chickpea Flour Mayonnaise ! It is soy-free, cashew-free, frugal, and easy to make, too. The Best Ever Vegan Mayonnaise I’ve never been much of a fan of jarred mayonnaise (I avoided it like the plague throughout childhood), but homemade versions–whether you call them mayonnaise …

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Lemony Arugula Walnut Spread {gluten-free, vegan}

Lemony arugula walnut spread made in minutes with white beans Loaded with superfoods, it is naturally gluten-free, grain-free and vegan.   Arugula is one of my touchstone ingredients. If it is featured on a menu, I will invariably order whatever it is on, I throw handfuls of it on pizza (even ordinary delivery versions), and …

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus {oil-free & tahini-free}

Roasted red pepper hummus that is oil-free, tahini-free, low in calories, high in protein and frugal, too! Enjoy it as a dip, spread or topping. Hummus is a subject of jest with my husband, not because he does not like it (he does), but because he has a Ph.D. in Literature. Allow me to explain: …

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Cashew Spinach & Artichoke Dip {Healthy, Vegan, Paleo}

Happy Saint Patty’s Day, everyone! I was in a cooking frenzy yesterday, testing a variety of dishes for a soon-due recipe development project. Hence, we have plenty of leftovers for dinner (and beyond). However, I could not resist the urge to make something green, in honor of the day (I have some Irish from both …

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DIY Almond Butter (oil-free, 1-ingredient, so easy}

Creamy, dreamy, DIY almond butter made with ease (and only 1 ingredient!). The ingredient is dry-roasted, lightly salted almonds and the results are sensational.   The Best Almond Butter without the High Price Tag I used to come close to fainting when I reached for my favorite jar f almond butter at my local supermarket. …

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Healthy Roasted Carrot Hummus (No Beans)

Your new snack obsession: Healthy roasted carrot hummus, made without beans! Nutritious and delicious in one fell swoop, it is also vegan, gluten-free & Paleo. I am giddy with excitement over my new recipe: Roasted Carrot Hummus! My intent was to develop a number of recipes this week that were Halloween-y, yet healthy. All things …

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Muhammara (paleo+glutenfree+vegan)

You need easy food. I need easy food. We both want easy food that is also darn delicious and available for immediate eating, whether as a nibble or as part of a meal. We both need muhammara. I consider muhammara–along with hummus and other easy, healthy spreads–a food staple throughout the summer. Strike that–I make …

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Artichoke Heart Hummus {No Beans, No Tahini}

Creamy and healthy artichoke heart hummus, made without beans and tahini!. It is vegan paleo, and bright with the flavors of lemon and roasted almonds. Hummus Made with Artichoke Hearts Instead of Beans As promised in yesterday’s post for Grain-Free Artichoke Spinach Dip Muffins, I am offering an even simpler option for artichoke hearts (following …

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