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Italian White Bean Soup {vegan, oil-free, high protein}

This fast & easy easy Italian white bean soup is cozy, comforting & delicious! It is also vegan, oil-free, high in protein, & super frugal. Long before I had any specific thoughts or preferences about beans in general, I loved bean soup. Not just any bean soup, but Campbell’s bean and bacon soup. It was …

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3-Ingredient Black Bean Chili {vegan, oil-free, high protein}

Dinner, made simple: thick, spicy, 3-ingredient black bean chili made in under 30 minutes! It is vegan, oil-free, high in protein, and so darn good. Oh, dinner. Haven’t I made you six thousand times in the last two months?  And yet, I can’t quit you. My hunger persists. I propose a compromise: a hearty dish …

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Roasted Carrot White Bean Soup {3-Ingredients, vegan, easy}

3-ingredient roasted carrot soup (with white beans)! Vegan and grain-free, it is silky smooth, loaded with flavor, fast and simple to make, and a good source of protein, too! The Trifecta: Delicious, Nutritious & Easy If you have a bag of carrots, an onion, and a can of white beans, you have the ingredients to …

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Vegan Spinach Artichoke Soup {easy, high protein}

Creamy, healthy and vegan spinach artichoke soup, made with pureed white beans. It is naturally gluten-free, high in protein, & low in calories. A Healthy Take on Spinach Artichoke Soup Here we are, a week into the New Year. How’s it going? I hope everyone is getting some much needed, post-holiday rest, and perhaps some …

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4-Ingredient White Bean Flatbread {grain-free, vegan}

Healthy 4-ingredient white bean flatbread, made with dried white beans and coconut flour! It is grain-free, low carb and easy-to-make. Grain-Free Bread made with Dried Beans For my latest ultra-simple bread creation, I decided to revisit one of my favorite recipes from last year–my Red Lentil Sandwich Bread— for inspiration and a variation. I was …

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3-Ingredient Vegan Enchilada Soup {High-Protein}

Perhaps the easiest option for Taco Tuesday, ever: my 3-Ingredient vegan enchilada soup, ready in 15 minutes! Serve it plain or add your favorite toppings. It is high-protein, oil-free, grain-free. and only 146 calories per large serving. An Easy Taco Tuesday Option: 3-Ingredient Vegan Enchilada Soup Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s been a hectic start to …

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Kale Potato & White Bean Soup {Vegan, High-Protein}

Savor a hearty, satisfying meal while still kickstarting a healthy New Year with kale potato & white bean soup. It’s packed with classic Tuscan flavors, but also protein, fiber, and nourishment! Healthy Heart Soup for January Resolutions Happy 2019, everyone!!! Regardless of the resolutions you may have set for the year ahead–or whether you have …

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Vegan Sweet Potato Enchilada Bake {Oil-Free, Grain-Free}

So easy, and so good: my vegan sweet potato enchilada bake! Layered with kale, beans, corn and enchilada sauce, it is grain-free, oil-free, and high in plant protein! Healthy Enchilada Casserole made with Sweet Potatoes Tomorrow is New Year’s Day–time for new pursuits and a long list of resolutions! But we all need to fuel …

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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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Peanut Butter Coconut Flour Protein Balls {4 ingredients, grainfree, vegan}

An ideal snack for workouts, lunches, afternoon pick-me-ups, and breakfasts, these 4 ingredient peanut butter coconut flour protein balls are also naturally vegan, grain-free, simple to prepare (no cooking required!) and so delicious. My willingness to bake flew out the window as the temperature approached 100 degrees today. Oy vey! I reworked my plans, making …

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1-Ingredient Black Bean Tortillas {Grain-Free, Vegan}

1-ingredient black bean tortillas made with dried black beans (plus water & optional salt). They are grain-free, oil-free, vegan & only 50 calories each. I remember when I first stumbled upon the “Will it Waffle?” book. I picked it up in a bookstore and looked at nothing else for the next hour. It is such …

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Vegan Breakfast Sausage Patties {Grain-Free, High Protein}

Say good morning to vegan breakfast sausage patties! They are delicious, satisfying, high in protein and also grain-free (thanks to the addition of coconut flour).  A bit of baking soda helps to keep the patties light and tender. A Filling High-Protein Breakfast Option: Vegan Breakfast Sausage Patties Hello everyone! I hope your summer is in full …

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Vegan Avocado Chickpea Shakshuka

California-style skillet supper, made super-simple: vegan avocado chickpea shakshuka! It is egg-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and ready in minutes. A Monday-Friendly Meatless Monday Meal I’m all for Meatless Monday, especially at dinnertime, but I have a caveat: Monday should be given equal consideration with Meatless. Mondays do not need to be capped off with complicated ingredients, …

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Vegan Grain-Free Beet Burgers {oil-free}

Your new favorite veggie patties: my Vegan Grain-Free Beet Burgers! They are loaded with nutrition, oil-free, gluten-free, and absolutely scrumptious! It may only be March 2, but I am already dreaming of sunny summer days, lazy afternoons by the pool, and breezy sundresses. Summer weather will likely arrive in my part of Texas in another …

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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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Vegan Quinoa Muffin Tin Burgers {gluten-free}

My vegan quinoa muffin tin burgers are just what you need for a savory snack, packed lunch, or quick dinner (sliders!). They are oil-free, gluten-free, and only 91 calories each. Summer is coming to a close, and grilling will soon be replaced by stews, soups, and slow-cooker meals. But that doesn’t mean you have to …

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White Bean Flax Biscuits {4 ingredients, vegan, oil-free}

Super-fast, easy, vegan white bean flax biscuits! Delicious and versatile, they are also grain-free, oil-free, sugar-free, and made with only 4 ingredients. Peanut butter. Jelly. Avocado. Chocolate-hazelnut spread. Hummus. They all taste pretty darn great on bread. They also deserve to spread on great bread. So…here’s some great bread, in compact biscuit form! Not sweet, …

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Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cakes {oil-free, gluten-free}

Packed with 14 grams of plant protein, these vegan oatmeal raisin protein cakes are a perfect breakfast or snack! They are oil-free, gluten-free, and baked in a muffin tin. We are a mystery to many. We are the oatmeal-raisin cookie lovers of the world. While others recoil at the mention of raisins, or cry “foul!” …

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Chipotle Cheese Bread Bites {Vegan, Oil-Free, GF}

Healthy & vegan chipotle cheese bread bites that taste like your favorite queso dip! They are oil-free, gluten-free, & have just 80 calories apiece. A perfect savory fitness snack! Queso  is on the menu at just about every Tex-Mex joint here in the Lone Star State, and no wonder: warm, gooey cheese, typically with a hot pepper …

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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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Avocado-White Bean Salad with Lemon-Thyme Chia Dressing

I’ve been in a state of denial about the coming of our Texas summer. It’s been a spring of multiple cold-snaps and intermittent days of cool breezes coupled with sunshine. I was lulled into complacency, even going  so far as to make crock pot meals and stews as late as mid-May (almost unthinkable in years …

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4-Ingredient Quinoa-Black Bean Chili (vegan)

One of the perks of being married to an academic–coupled with living in a college town–is that I can continue to follow an academic calender. At this time of year, that means one thing: Spring Break! I was never very excited about spring break as an undergrad. I wasn’t that kind of co-ed. In fact, …

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Parmesan Cauliflower-Quinoa Cakes & International Year of Quinoa

How about a double post for the start of the New Year and New blog? 2013 is an exciting year for many reasons, not least of which is that The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has declared 2013 The Year of Quinoa to celebrate its nutritional qualities and crop viability to celebrate its nutritional …

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3-Ingredient Black Bean Pumpkin Soup {vegan, oil-free}

3-ingredient black bean pumpkin soup is perfect for a quick, nutritious weeknight supper. It is vegan, oil-free, & scrumptious. Graduate school made me a better cook and more firmly directed me on to the road to recipe development. It wasn’t the examination of social theory, the fun-filled evenings in the library stacks, or trudging through …

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Broccoli, Black Bean & Quinoa Salad {vegan & gluten-free}

TGIF, everyone! I hope it is as gorgeous where you are as it is here in Texas. I wasn’t sure if I would have time to post today due to my work schedule (combined with staying up too late last night watching Project Runway). But I am enjoying being back in a regular posting mode, …

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No-Bake Chocolate Black Bean Protein Bars (vegan+glutenfree)

Meet your new favorite homemade chocolate power bars! Here’s why you will want to make these: *Real cocoa powder *Cheap! *Yummy! *High protein *No added sugar *No nuts or soy *Extremely fast to make *Extremely easy to make *Vegan *Super-Nutritious (omega-3 fatty acids, high in antioxidants, high fiber, good source of protein) *Allergy-free/Gluten-free option! Do …

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Black Bean Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (4 Ingredients & vegan)

I have come to the conclusion that everyone wants easy recipes for dinner. Come six o’clock on a Tuesday night, even those who proclaim steadfast allegiance to the slow food movement long for a delicious meal made with 4 to 6 familiar ingredients (give or take), even fewer steps (ideally while doing something else at …

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High Protein Avocado Toast (vegan)

I’ve been feeling guilty at the end of my yoga sessions of late. I am refreshed and rejuvinated by the final savasana and the caramel alto of my superwoman-of-an-instructor Amy’s voice. But then she asks us to wish for peace and harmony of all living creatures. And there’s the rub–because from late spring to early fall, I …

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Quinoa Burgers with Hummus & Roasted Red Peppers (vegan & glutenfree)

I’ve been on a vegetarian bent since Sunday, largely because it was my husband’s birthday last week, and that meant several days of Kevin’s favorites: steak, cherry pie, fried chicken, red wine… Yum. It was fun to slip into Southern kitchen queen mode for a spell, especially to celebrate, but I was in dire need …

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3-Ingredient Vegan Bean Burgers {oil-free, gluten-free}

Need a last minute lunch or dinner in minutes? Try my 3-ingredient vegan bean burgers! You most likely have the ingredients–canned beans, rolled oats, and barbecue sauce– in your pantry right now. The upside of going out to lunch with friends is just that: going out to lunch with friends! The time feels even more …

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