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Baked Crispy Cabbage Chips {vegan, keto, GF}

Baked crispy cabbage chips are a perfect salty nibble! They are vegan, keto, Paleo, gluten-free, and made with nothing more than cabbage leaves, salt, and a smidge of oil (although I have an oil-free version, too).  New Year, New Chips Is this a good time for a few confessions? It’s a New Year, so here …

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3-Ingredient Chickpea Flour Frittata (vegan, oil-free}

3-ingredient chickpea flour frittata made with chickpea flour, cashews, & vegetables! It is oil-free, grain-free, gluten-free, versatile & easy. Dinner Tonight: Use Chickpea Flour in Place of Eggs How about something super-simple for supper tonight? The leftovers are perfect for breakfast–and lunch–tomorrow.  The dish is hearty, but not heavy, homey, yet fancy, and endlessly versatile, …

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Almond Flour Cauliflower Popcorn {2 ingredients, Vegan, Keto, Oil-Free}

Almond flour cauliflower popcorn is your new favorite snack! Made with 2 ingredients (cauliflower & almond flour), it is vegan, keto, paleo, oil-free, and a breeze to make. Cauliflower Popcorn, Your New Favorite Snack I need a show of hands, people: who needs to chow down on some delicious snacks right now? Please keep your …

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Lemony Brussels Sprouts Salad {3 ingredients, Oil-Free Option}

Lemony Brussels sprouts salad is the fresh and crunchy dish your winter meal needs. Plus, you only need 3 ingredients to make it! A Most Excellent Winter Salad Option Salad. And February. They don’t always go together. But they can, so long as it’s the right salad. For example, one that is crunchy, tangy, and, …

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3 Ingredient Almond Flour Vegetable Nuggets {vegan, paleo, keto option}

Almond flour vegetable nuggets made with 3 ingredients! These vegan vegetable nuggets are paleo, keto, oil-free, grain-free, and only 35 calories each! If you happen to be a fan on my 3-ingredient almond flour cookies, I have a savory equivalent that I know you are going to love. It is equally simple, minimalist, healthy, and …

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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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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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Cauliflower Rice Paella {vegan, keto option}

Cauliflower rice paella! It is fast, easy and delicious, as well as naturally vegan, grain-free, & keto-friendly (with one simple sub). Only 92 calories per satisfying serving, too. Make a Healthy All-Vegetable Paella Traveling home to the San Francisco Bay Area always inspires me with regard to food. Especially when it comes to produce. It …

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Zucchini Soccatas (chickpea flour omelets)

Part omelet, part flatbread, and 100% delicious zucchini soccatas (chickpea flour omelets). Made with 3 ingredients, they have 7 g protein each and are naturally grain-free, vegan, and gluten -free. Mini Socca (Soccatas) are Chickpea Flour Omelets You may have tried my socca recipe, or chocolate mocha socca, or perhaps this may be the first …

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Healthy Zucchini Oat Bread {Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Healthy zucchini oat bread! It is vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and and packed with both zucchini and nutrition! Zucchini Bread made with Oats & Coconut Flour We are on the brink of zucchini season, but I could not wait to get a running start with a new take on zucchini bread. I love zucchini bread. …

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Cheezy Coconut Flour Stuffed Tomatoes {Keto, Vegan, Oil-Free}

Positively scrumptious, cheezy coconut flour stuffed tomatoes that are easy to make with only 5 ingredients. Just 40 calories apiece, they are also keto, vegan, paleo and oil-free! Tomatoes + Basil = Summer. So how about a new and utterly scrumptious option to celebrate the combination? Namely, my recipe for Cheezy Stuffed Tomatoes. In addition …

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Caboodles – Steamed Cabbage Noodles (vegan, keto, 1-ingredient)

Caboodles – steamed cabbage noodles – are easy, frugal, & endlessly versatile vegetable noodles that do not require a spiralizer. They are keto, vegan, low-carb, low-calorie, oil-free and Paleo. Frugal Vegetable Noodles, Made without a Spiralizer Vegetable noodles are a delicious and simple swap for noodles of all kinds, as well as a fun (and …

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Beet Salad with Lemon & Mint {5 ingredients, vegan}

Easy, fresh, 5-ingredient beet salad with lemon & mint. Perfect in the summer (or switch the fresh mint to dried herbs in the winter), the salad is naturally vegan and Paleo-friendly. I love beets. My husband does not. We’ve nevertheless managed to make our marriage work. And yet, he now likes–make that really likes–this simple …

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Lentil & Vegetable Kefta {Vegan, Grain-Free, High-Protein}

Lentil & vegetable kefta that are vegan, grain-free and nut-free! High in protein and low in calories (9 grams protein &156 calories per 3 generous kefta), they make a great meal, snack or appetizer. Kefta. You may know all about them.  If not, allow me to make the introduction. Kefta is a popular street food …

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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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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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Chopped Radicchio Salad {Vegan, Keto Option}

Easy, fresh, and gorgeous chopped radicchio salad–without the bitterness! The secret is soaking the leaves in ice water. Made with minimal ingredients, the salad is vegan and keto friendly. I love bitter foods. My husband does not. This works to my advantage on some occasions. For example, when dining out, he picks out olives, capers, …

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Vegan Hash Brown Omelet Muffins {made w/ chickpea flour}

My vegan hash brown omelet muffins are your new favorite breakfast! Made with chickpea flour, they are grain-free & only 89 calories each. Mini Has Brown Omelets Made with Chickpea Flour Admittedly, I love sweet breakfasts. Muffins, cereal, toast with toppings, waffles, pancakes, fruit smoothies…it’s my jam about 90% of the time. When it’s one …

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Vegan Cauliflower Cheese Bites {4-ingredients, Grain-Free}

Vegan cauliflower cheese bites, made in a mini muffin tin with only 4 ingredients, including chickpea flour and nutritional yeast for cheese-y flavor. Perfect for snacks and appetizers! Let’s get right to it. Snacks. I need snacks, you need snacks, we all need snacks. Vegetable snacks? I am all for it. But it’s hard to cozy …

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Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup {grain-free, high-protein}

Creamy, healthy, vegan broccoli cheese soup–with neither milk nor cheese! Chickpea flour creates the creamy base in this high protein (12.7 g per serving) vegan soup. Super Nutritious Vegan  Broccoli Cheese Soup Broccoli cheese soup. Creamy, homey and satisfying. Perfect end-of-February comfort food. And I have a recipe for it unlike any other. My version …

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Roasted Tomato Chickpea & Cauliflower Salad {vegan, high protein}

This roasted tomato chickpea & cauliflower salad is a vibrant, mid- winter side dish, made with minimal (and familiar) ingredients. It is vegan, grain-free & high in protein, too. Lush summer produce is months away, but that doesn’t mean winter vegetables need to be boring. With a bit of ingenuity and (you”ll be happy to …

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Vegan Carrot Ginger Soufflé {Grain-Free, Oil-Free}

Shake up your vegetable routine with my super-simple vegan carrot ginger soufflé, made with coconut flour! It is grain-free, oil-free, and so very delicious! Before proceeding, let me be clear: this is not a soufflé. I know, how deceptive is that? But hear me out: this quick, easy, and delicious side dish has the light …

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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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Sesame Sriracha Stuffed Cucumber Cups {Vegan, Keto, GF}

Sesame sriracha stuffed cucumber cups, filled with an easy, flavor-packed, Asian filling. Vegan, keto and gluten-free, they are perfect for show-off appetizers or healthy snacks. Healthy Fresh & Flavorful Snacking: Stuffed Cucumber Cups Just in the nick of time, I have an appetizer recipe to share that is perfect for any and all New Year’s …

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Chickpea Flour Cornbread Stuffing {vegan, grain-free}

Grain-free  & vegan chickpea flour cornbread stuffing, which is simple to prepare, healthy, and incredibly delicious! The no-corn cornbread is a minor holiday miracle. I know I am not alone when I say that what I love most about Thanksgiving is the stuffing. Or dressing, as my Arkansas-born husband corrects me (but my dressing was …

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Chickpea Flour Zucchini Muffins {Grain-Free, Vegan, Oil-Free}

Chickpea flour zucchini muffins made in one bowl with no fuss, and minimal muss! They are vegan, grain-free, oil-free, and loaded with healthy goodness. Got zucchini? Whether you have a final haul from your late summer garden, or a jumbo zucchini “gifted” by a friend or neighbor, I’ve got a great new spin on zucchini …

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Roasted Carrot Parsnip Hash {Vegan, Paleo}

Oven-roasted carrot and parsnip hash, made vibrant with Moroccan spices. Each serving of this quick & easy hash is packed with vitamins A & C (for gorgeous skin!) and 5 g of fiber. It’s also Grain-Free, Vegan & Paleo. I probably should not make any promises, but this oven-roasted hash may make you feel extra-happy …

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Baked Chickpea Flour Eggplant Fries {Grain-Free, Vegan}

In anticipation of National French Fry Day, why not make these astonishingly delicious–and nutritious!– baked chickpea flour eggplant fries! They are naturally grain-free, vegan, quick & easy to make, and have only 3 essential ingredients (eggplant, chickpea flour, & olive oil). Serve them with marinara sauce for an eggplant parm-style snack. I found out, several …

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4-Ingredient Zucchini Skillet Flatbreads {Grain-Free, Vegan, Easy}

When your summer garden or famers’ market gives you zucchini, make my 4-ingredient zucchini skillet flatbreads! They cook on the stovetop and are grain-free, vegan, and have 5.5 g protein apiece. I can hardly wait for late summer loaves of hearty, moist zucchini bread, especially those sweetened with brown sugar or honey and freckled with …

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Baked Chickpea Flour Broccoli Tots {Grain-Free, Vegan}

Baked chickpea flour broccoli tots are snacking and side-dish nirvana! Made with only 5 ingredients, they are grain-free, vegan, and versatile (i.e., you can swap out the broccoli for other vegetables). Healthy Vegetable Tots (No Eggs, No Dairy) I loved tater tots when I was wee thing. It was a rare occasion when my health-conscious …

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Coconut Flour Zucchini Cookies {Grain-Free, Vegan}

Healthy, grain-free, vegan, delicious, coconut flour zucchini cookies! They are perfect for healthy breakfasts, snacks, and dessert. Healthy Zucchini Cookies made with Coconut Flour I know that I am jumping the gun–backyard zucchini crops will not be coming in for another few months–but I decided I simply could not wait to create a new riff …

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Baby Bok Choy Chopped Salad (with Ginger Dressing)

A crunchy and leafy chopped salad, all from one vegetable! This healthy & delicious baby bok choy chopped salad has a light & fresh ginger and sesame dressing, perfect for sunny summer eating. I love green salads and chopped salads, which is why this baby bok choy salad is exactly what I crave. The temperatures …

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3-Ingredient Sweet Potato Tortillas {Grain-Free, Vegan}

Healthy, delicious, versatile 3-ingredient sweet potato tortillas that are naturally vegan and Paleo. They are also grain-free, oil-free, legume-free and nut-free. Egg-Free, Grain-Free, Legume-Free, Nut-Free Tortillas Greetings, everyone!  How about one more tortilla recipe to share–for the time being–before moving on to other subjects? This one is a special request from two different readers, both …

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2-Ingredient Spinach Tortillas {Vegan, Grain-Free}

2-ingredient spinach tortillas , made with nothing more than chickpea flour & fresh spinach, plus water. They are 100% grain-free, vegan, and scrumptious. Hello, everyone! Forgive me for this belated post, which I had every intention of uploading on Friday, but got waylaid by a series of schedule changes and unforeseen events. All is well, …

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Stuffed Breakfast Sweet Potatoes {Vegan, 4 ingredients)

Stuffed breakfast sweet potatoes–the perfect morning meal! This 4-ingredient breakfast is fast (prepare the sweet potatoes in the microwave), delicious, and super-nourishing, all in one fell swoop. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: An Ideal Breakfast on the Go Have sweet potato, will travel. It’s one of my on-the-road solutions for a portable, power breakfast on the road. …

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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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Moroccan Lentils & Roasted Carrots {vegan, high-protein}

Moroccan Lentils & Roasted Carrots is a healthy, fast, frugal and high-protein meal that is naturally gluten-free, vegan and grain-free! A Fabulous Frugal Meal I’m not afraid of using the F word. It’s sprinkled throughout my blog. When I’m not using it, I’m thinking it. Pretty much all of the time. I’m letting it rip …

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3-Ingredient Chickpea Flour Vegetable Flatbread {Vegan, Grainfree}

Easy-to-make, 3-ingredient chickpea flour vegetable flatbread is full of delicious flavor and nutrition, yet free of eggs, grains, gluten, nuts and dairy. It is perfect for sandwiches, snacks, and all manner of gnoshing! Baked Chickpea Flour Flatbread Made with Vegetables How about a rainbow to start this late-February Friday? You’ve come to the right place, …

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Chopped Radish Cauliflower Salad {easy, vegan, keto}

Fresh, crunchy, peppery and unique, this easy-to-make chopped radish cauliflower salad is an ideal mid-winter side dish. It keeps beautifully (bring on the crunch!), meaning it is a fantastic make & take salad for lunches, too. A Fresh New Take on Chopped Salad Well hello there, everyone! I have a case of sunshine & lollipops …

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Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding Cups {Vegan, Grain-Free}

Chocolate pumpkin pudding cups are a superfood reinvention of a childhood classic! They are naturally vegan, oil-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and just 117 calories per serving. Healthy Vegan Chocolate Pudding Cups I know the exact moment that the idea for these breakfast pudding cups began to brew. It was when I ran into a friend at …

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Lemony Celery Crunch Salad {vegan, keto}

Lemony celery crunch salad is a fresh mid-winter salad that will awaken your taste buds while energizing & nourishing your everything else :). Vegan, keto and low in calories, it’s a great make-ahead salad, too, ideal for several days worth of lunches or side-dishes. Celery! YES!!! That was your reaction, right? 🙂 No? If it …

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Vegan Breakfast Blender Brownies {Oil-Free, Gluten-free}

Healthy vegan breakfast blender brownies for breakfast on the go! Made with oats and carrots, fudgy brownies are oil-free, gluten-free, and just 132 calories per big brownie. Begin Your Healthy Day with a Brownie Your mornings are about to be amazing. From this day forth, you can begin the day feeling virtuous, satisfied, and amped …

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Carrot Cake Millet Breakfast Bars {Vegan, GF, Low Fodmap}

Carrot cake in the morning? Yes! My Carrot Cake Millet Breakfast Bars are vegan, gluten-free, low fodmap, and only 94 calories per big square. Your morning grab & dash is going to be delicious! Try Millet for Breakfast in Place of Oats I cannot live by oats alone. Despite being so handy and delicious, sometimes …

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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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Keto Baked Pepita Falafel {vegan, no beans}

If you love falafel, but need a break from the beans, try my easy, keto baked pepita falafel! In addition to being bean-free, they are vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, high in protein and fiber, and ideal for a meal or a snack on the go. Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and …

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Acorn Squash Sheet Pan Dinner {vegan, high-protein}

My acorn squash sheet pan dinner is a high protein & vegan meal made easy! Acorn squash, mushrooms, peppers and Burmese (chickpea flour) tofu are nestled onto one sheet pan for a  healthy and inspired weeknight meal. High Protein Vegan Sheet Pan Dinner As promised in last Tuesday’s post, I have another simple, delicious, plant-based, …

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Vegan Supper Stuffed Sweet Potatoes {5 ingredients, easy}

Dinner just got easier and more beautiful with these vegan supper stuffed sweet potatoes! Filled with with hummus, toasted walnuts, pomegranate seeds, and mint, this easy meal is packed with big flavors, extraordinary nutrition, and supreme satisfaction. In addition to being naturally gluten-free, grain-free and vegan, a simple Paleo option is provided. I won’t beat …

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Hearts of Palm Crab Cakes {vegan, gluten-free, grain-free option}

Hearts of palm crab cakes are your new favorite vegan appetizer. Canned hearts of palm, when shredded, have a texture and taste that is remarkably like crabmeat. Making them into crunchy “crab” cakes is the natural next step! Oh, friends…I have a game changer recipe for you today. Crisp, crunchy, succulent crab cakes. Made without …

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Coconut Flour Sweet Potato Blondies {vegan, grain-free, oil-free}

These Coconut Flour Sweet Potato Blondies taste like autumn with each bite! With warm spices and nutritious ingredients, these vegan, grain-free, oil-free blondies will both empower and satisfy you! Your Monday needs these blondies. In addition to being hands-down delicious, these coconut flour-sweet potato blondies are loaded with superfood nutrition that will make you happy …

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Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Balls {grain-free, gluten-free}

Easy vegan chocolate pumpkin protein balls that are grain-free (made w/ coconut flour), gluten-free, no-bake, Paleo & only 45 calories each! Healthy Protein Chocolate Treats The season of candy is upon us, with bowls of wrapped treats placed on every vacant surface at work, the dry cleaners, school, and even the gym (yes, the gym–sheesh, …

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Pumpkin Latte Mini Muffins {vegan, oil-free, flourless}

Treat yourself with pumpkin latte mini muffins! Made in the blender, they are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, flourless & 35 calories each! Mini Muffins Worth Fighting For My husband and I have been fighting. Accusations are flying, and neither of us can let it go. It’s all because of my pumpkin latte mini muffins. Ironically, I …

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Sweet Potato Kale Chickpea Flour Frittata {vegan, soy-free}

Welcome autumn with this delicious, beautiful and easy sweet potato kale chickpea flour frittata . It is vegan, soy-free, and oh so healthy! Only 152 calories per slice, too. A Healthy, Vegan, Make-Ahead Lunch Option Am I the only one who finds lunch a challenge? I am good with breakfast, possibly because I am still …

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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 Carrot Cake Blender Muffins (gluten-free, oil-free}

Back-to-Monday mornings need my delicious, vegan carrot cake blender muffins to make the day bright! They are also oil-free, gluten-free, & flourless. It’s exciting to get back into a routine, but that does not necessarily mean it’s easy. Some solace is helpful in the transition, and that’s where these muffins come in. They are full …

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Avocado, Banana & Pear Smoothie {vegan}

Feeling the need for a late-summer, nutrition reboot? My avocado, banana and pear smoothie will have you feeling and looking refreshed and revived in no time. So, the story behind this post begins with a little event I participated in on July 23rd: the San Francisco Marathon! I have been training for the past 3+ …

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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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Parsnip Chickpea Flour Pizza Crust {grain-free, vegan, 3 ingredients}

Parsnip chickpea flour pizza crust is the grain-free recipe you have been looking for! Only 3 ingredients (plus water and salt) it is vegan (egg-free & dairy-free), gluten-free and versatile. Whether you are new to or well-versed in the concept of grain-free pizza crusts, I have an original, vegetable-centric option that I hope will have …

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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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Vegan Eggplant Pizza Slices {Gluten-Free, Fast, Easy}

Summer is here, and the options for delicious eating are too many to count! But if you insist on enumerating your options, do consider my vegan eggplant pizza slices! Easy, ready in under 30 minutes, and gobble-up-every-last-bit good, they are exactly what you want for dinner tonight (even if you did not know it until …

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Chickpea Flour Broccoli Pasta Frittatas (vegan, grain-free)

My chickpea flour pasta broccoli frittatas are vegan, grain-free & so delicious! Chickpea flour batter and chickpea pasta make make these mighty muffins possible. They have 136 calories and 7.2 g protein each! Vegan & Grain-Free Pasta Frittatas Every once in awhile, I come up with a recipe that makes me pinch myself. Not because …

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Mushroom Kale Quinoa Muffins {vegan, oil-free, GF}

So satisfying, and packed with nutrition, my 90-calorie mushroom kale quinoa muffins are perfect portable mini-meals! They are vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, & flourless, too.     Hi everyone! I hope that it’s been a good weekend all around for each of you. I managed to squeeze in a long run on Saturday morning (before it …

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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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Vegan Quinoa Omelet Muffins {high protein, gluten-free}

Vegan quinoa omelet muffins, made with chickpea flour in place of eggs! Made in a muffin tin, they are gluten-free, high protein, and only 154 calories each. Google “quinoa egg muffin;” you’ll generate more than 4 million hits. It’s a wee bit popular. The reason is self-evident: take a super-grain (quinoa; one of the only …

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Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal {vegan, oil-free, GF}

Healthy zucchini bread baked oatmeal in convenient muffin form. They are vegan, oil-fee, gluten-free, flourless, and only 138 calories per big serving! Turn Zucchini Into Portable Baked Oatmeal “Muffins” Happy late summer, everyone! I hope you have been enjoying the final hurrahs of the season, including the remaining books on your summer reading list, the …

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Vegan Coconut Flour Zucchini Brownies {oil-free, grain-free}

Fudgy vegan coconut flour zucchini brownies made with almond butter! They taste decadent but are oil-free, grain-free, and packed with energizing ingredients.   Too Much Zucchini? Make Zucchini Brownies! Got an excess of summer zucchini? Then you have the perfect reason to make brownies. Zucchini makes great muffins and loaves, but when it comes to perfect …

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Zucchini Oat Breakfast Cookies {vegan, gluten-free}

Healthy zucchini oat breakfast cookies! Baked in a muffin tin, they are vegan, gluten-free, and only 62 calories per big cookie. Turn Your Zucchini Into Healthy Breakfast Cookies Zucchini are already appearing at the farmers’ market–hurrah! They are so versatile and tasty in salads and on the grill all summer long. My nostalgic favorite is …

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Coconut Flour Cauliflower Bread {vegan, keto}

Quick and easy individual coconut flour cauliflower bread, made in a muffin tin! The bread is naturally vegan, grain-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and keto, plus, only 52 calories each! Cauliflower is having a heyday, shifting shape to become a grain stand-in for rice, couscous, and pizza crusts, as well as a fine ready substitute for potatoes in …

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Mushroom Almond Flour Bread {keto, vegan}

Baked in a muffin tin, this mushroom almond flour bread is 100% scrumptious, as well as vegan, keto, & grain-free. Great for snacks and portable lunches! Vegan Keto Bread Made with Almond Flour Creating grain-free bread is challenging. Creating vegan, grain-free bread ? Without the structure of gluten, grains and the volume and protein structure from …

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Chickpea Flour Vegetable Frittatas {vegan, grain-free}

Scrumptious chickpea flour vegetable frittatas, made with chickpea flour in place of eggs! They are vegan, grain-free, & only 77 calories each. Egg-Free Mini Frittatas for Brunch or Easy Breakfasts Frittatas are perfectly suited for weekends, brunch and guests, so that’s exactly what I whipped up today. These are not Martha Stewart’s frittatas, although I think …

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Baked Vegetable & Hummus Bites {vegan, grain-free, gluten-free}

I have a very special snack to cap off this first month; it took some finagling to get it right, but, oh my stars, the final result is a winner. It’s my hummus and vegetables bites. Forget packing one container of hummus, another of cut-up vegetables. With a few humble ingredients, a muffin tin, and …

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Vegan Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies {grain-free, oil-free}

Scrumptious vegan carrot cake breakfast cookies made with chickpea flour and baked in a muffin tin! They are grain-free, gluten-free, oil-free, nut-free and only 95 calories apiece. YUM! Carrot Cake Chickpea Flour Cookies, A Perfect Breakfast to Go Eat breakfast. More vegetables, too. Don’t forget about protein, you need more. Heaps more fiber, too. Cut …

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Chickpea Flour Tortilla Espanola Muffins {vegan, grain-free}

Chickpea flour tortilla Espanola muffins are perfect for healthy meals and snacks on the go. They are vegan, grain-free & only 105 calories each. Happy Mother’s Day! Confession: I almost took today off from posting. It is partly because it’s Mothers Day, but more to do with the fact that today was day two of tournament baseball …

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Tex-Mex Black Bean Frittatas {vegan, grain-free, high-protein}

Tex-Mex black bean frittatas, made with chickpea flour instead of eggs! Vegan, grain-free, and high-protein, they are perfect for lunches and in lunches & high-protein snacking. Vegan Frittatas with Tex-Mex Flavors I am feeling a wee bit like Wile E. Coyote. Super genius. I owe it all to black beans. As well as frozen peppers …

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Vegan Millet Kale Quiches {GF, high protein}

Vegan millet kale quiches are perfect grab & go mini meals. Made with chickpea flour, they are gluten-free, high protein & scrumptious! I am so excited to share this first recipe for this series of sweet and savory muffin tin recipes! The inspiration comes from the ever-talented Heidi Swanson over at 101 cookbooks. She has …

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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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How to Make Cauliflower Rice {grain-free, keto, paleo, vegan}

A quick how-to for making cauliflower rice, a healthy replacement for grains that can be used in place of rice in all of your favorite recipes! It is grain-free, vegan, keto, paleo, vegan, and low-carb. Thanksgiving is days away, but not to worry! Options that are easy, healthy and delicious abound. Case in point cauliflower …

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Creamy Vegan Zucchini Potato Soup {easy, 5 ingredients}

So satisfying, but still summery: my creamy vegan zucchini potato soup (the potatoes add creaminess, without cream!). The soup is vegan, gluten-free, and made with 5 ingredients! The other day, I mentioned that I am enjoying hot porridge and hot soup for breakfast and lunch, respectively, despite the Texas heat. Afterwards, some of you tweeted …

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Welsh Lentil & Carrot Salad with Goat Cheese & Mint

I love a hearty salad–beans, grains, lentils, mixed vegetables, whole grain pasta–when it’s a million degrees outside. With a few minutes of effort, I have delicious eats for quick mini-meals or snacks for several days. Even a petite bowl-ful is infinitely more satisfying than a handful of dry crackers or watery “baby” carrots. This beautiful …

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust {Grain-Free, Gluten-Free}

Take a gander at this pretty pizza. It has a very special crust that is easy as can be to make comes together with a mere three ingredients. Yes, three  (I am refusing to count the salt, pepper, and smidge of oil used to grease the skillet). Moreover, not one of the three is flour or grains. This is …

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Chopped Kale Salad {Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free}

In many ways, my parents fit the 1970s, San Francisco bay area stereotype of hippy living. My dad drove a a VW camper (pop-up top), my mother made most of her own dresses, they bought groceries from the Co-op, and grew copious quantities of vegetables, fruits, and herbs in our backyard garden. But more than …

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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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Chickpea Flour Mini Quiches {vegan, grain-free, gluten-free}

Today is the last day of my month of portable power food (I’ll do a round-up of all of the recipes in a separate post), all of which I designed for staying on track through January in particular, but all year round, too. I’ve written only one savory option so far (Paleo Almond Flour Mushroom …

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Paleo Mushroom Muffins {gluten-free, grain-free, almond flour}

My Paleo Almond Flour Muffins recipe is one of my most popular posts, so it was a natural to develop a savory version in line with my month of portable, nutritious, empowering eats. So let me introduce you to my Almond Flour Mushroom Muffins. They are naturally gluten-free, grain-free and Paleo. Mushrooms? Muffins? Some of …

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Skinny Green Pea Hummus {oil-free, tahini-free, 5 ingredients}

Skinny green pea hummus, made without oil and tahini. It is healthy, vegan, oil-free, tahini-free, yet vibrant with fresh flavor. Made with only 5 ingredients, it is ready, start to finish, in 5 minutes. Your New Snack Option: Healthy Green Pea Hummus I am a happy camper when I have an assortment of homemade, ready-to-eat, …

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Green Pea Citrus Smoothie {vegan}

Fresh, fruity frozen green pea citrus smoothie! It is a healthy, convenient, naturally vegan, and delicious option made with mango and citrus. Did I grab your attention with my title post? Good! Because I am confident that I can convince you of the delicious and healthy possibilities of adding humble, yet mighty, green peas to …

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3-Minute, Healthy Microwave Mug Meal: Spiced Lentils with Yogurt, Almonds and Mint

Is lunch a challenging meal for anyone else out there? I can do a great, healthy breakfast before I’m fully conscious–for example, a green smoothie, egg or tofu scramble, or multigrain toast with PB&J or some smashed avocado. But lunch? I’m a mess. Largely because I fail to plan. But also because I forget. Even …

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Spinach, Lentil & Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Happy National Spinach Day! Who knew? I certainly wouldn’t have, were it not for an email alert from one of the Health websites to which I subscribe (I love that I was alerted about spinach). Almost every day is a spinach day on my menu–I stuff it into blueberry smoothies, layer it in sandwiches and …

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Gorgeous Skin Smoothie {Apple, Carrot, Orange & Ginger}

Forget the pricey creams and potions. Cancel the spa appointment. Say bye-bye to wintery skin by guzzling your way to gorgeous. I know, guzzle doesn’t sound very dignified, but I can’t (won’t) help myself when I make this smoothie. It’s refreshing and bright, with a wake-up-it’s-spring kick in the pants from the peppery ginger. But …

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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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Teff Bowl with Avocado, Chickpeas & Lemon-Tahini Sauce

I’m going to bowl you over. With teff. Teff is an itty bitty, teeny tiny grain–considered the world’s smallest grain–that has a nutty, subtly sweet flavor (no bitterness). I am falling for it, hard! I am confident you will too. It’s indigenous to Ethiopia, and, if you’ve eaten at an Ethiopian restaurant, you’ve likely enjoyed …

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Energy Renewal Green Smoothie {vegan, GF}

Ready for a reboot? Then blend up my energy renewal green smoothie for a delicious & satisfying power boost. Made with tropical fruit, spinach and avocado, it is a green smoothie to love. I know I am not alone when I say that I have low-energy days, pooped out afternoons, and slow-moving mornings. It happens, …

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Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding {no cook, easy}

Creamy and decadent-tasting vegan chocolate avocado pudding, made in minutes with no cooking! It is date-sweetened, healthy, Paleo and gluten-free. Calling all hedonists! It’s chocolate pudding time. That’s right, chocolate. Uh-huh, pudding. Yup, it’s the New Year, time to revamp your diet for improved health and vitality. May this chocolate pudding be the first step …

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Whole Carrot-Mango Smoothie (made with whole carrots, not carrot juice)

It’s always satisfying to have an “a-ha” moment, and I had one the other day regarding carrots in my smoothies. The issue prior to the “a-ha” was this: I’ve seen many a smoothie recipe calling for carrot juice, but I wanted a recipe that uses whole carrots. Carrot juice has several problems: It is expensive, …

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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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Grain-Free Cauliflower Tabbouleh (paleo, GF)

Memorial Day has come and gone, which means you now have permission to wear your whites. I’m here to tell you it’s time to eat them, too. For years we’ve been hearing nutritionists tout the virtues of “eating the rainbow”–in the form of bright vegetables and fruits–to reap maximum health benefits. But just last week, …

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Thai Pumpkin Coconut Soup (vegan, oil-free, 5 ingredients)

Make a delectable dinner in minutes with my Thai pumpkin coconut soup! Made with 5 ingredients & ready in under 30 minutes, it is vegan, oil-free, and nutrition-packed! My Pumpkin Obsession I seem to have an issue with canned pumpkin. It all started when there was a pumpkin shortage two years ago.  Because I could …

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Refresh & Revive: Blackberry, Cucumber & Mint Smoothie

Good morning, friends! Long time no see. I’ve been traveling for work, which included a significant amount of frenzy and mayhem beforehand and long days (but some fun, too) once there. Part of the fun included some rich restaurant NYC eating; it was worth every bite, but I’m happy to be home with Nick, Kevin …

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Broccoli Chopped Salad with Cilantro & Lime {5 ingredients}

“To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist — the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one’s vinegar.” — Oscar Wilde Tired of eating the same old chopped romaine with a squirt of low-calorie ranch? Then don’t. It’s time to …

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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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Roasted Carrot & Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Coriander Dressing

  Chocolate & vanilla. Beer & pretzels. Toast & jam. Berries & cream…And now a new match made in heaven: Roasted carrots and quinoa. The success of this marriage is dependent on the roasting. I’ve added raw carrots to quinoa salads. And subsequently thrown out raw carrot and quinoa salads following days guilting myself into …

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Detox Broccoli Soup with Ginger & Lemon {vegan, gluten-free}

I have the flu. It’s not pretty. I’m a terrible patient, largely because I am so impatient. Doctors’ orders annoy me, and since I am reluctant to see my general practitioner, the closest doctor is Kevin, so I take my irritation out on him. This particular bout of illness was following my usual cycle; it’s …

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Roasted Carrot Fries {Fast, Fit, Easy & Cheap}

I am sure Dr. Oz is a fine man, and probably an excellent physician, but I grow weary of the daily parade of superfoods advertised for his show (I suppose turning off the television would eradicate my chagrin, but…). It’s the vegetable suggestions that irritate me most, largely because they are obscure and expensive and, …

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Bok Choy & Broccoli with Szechuan Sauce

I’ts been too long since I’ve written a straight-forward vegetable post, something I am correcting right here, right now with a seriously delicious dish: stir-fried bok choy and broccoli with a nutty-spicy szechuan sauce. I was a latecomer to the joy of choy. I have a few vague, childhood memories of bok choy appearing in …

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Kale and Tahini Stuffed Mushrooms {Vegan, Paleo}

I confess. I am the person at the party who eats all of the stuffed mushrooms. I’m stealthy, sidling in swiping two, sometimes three at a time form the buffet table, or shadowing the waiter with the stuffed buttons of deliciousness at your cousin’s wedding. I apologize. But I can’t help myself, I love them …

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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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Super-Green Winter Salad {Paleo, Vegan}

Happy New Year! If you have found this post, then you have found my New Year’s surprise: enlightened cooking has a new name and a new home, Power Hungry and powerhungry.com! I am really thrilled. A few tweaks are still in process (like the recipe categories–they will be complete very soon! You can still search …

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Vegan Yellow Split Pea Soup {easy, frugal}

Vegan yellow split pea soup is a healthy, protein-packed, and frugal soup that is delicious and satisfying! It can also be made with green split peas or yellow lentils. Yellow Split Peas are Creamy & Mild Yellow split peas. I like them. A lot. Cheap, easy to prepare, creamy, versatile, naturally gluten-free and vegan, and …

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Beet, Apple and Ginger Detox Smoothie {Vegan, Raw}

  This is a selfish smoothie. At a time of the year when food and cooking is all about hospitality, I’ve made something entirely for me, a concoction I knew from the start–with 100% certainty–that no one else in my house would desire except me. But, it’s ok for several reasons. First, because I need …

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Sesame-Ginger Edamame Carrot Salad {high-protein}

Sesame-ginger edamame carrot salad is a fresh, vibrant and high protein option any time of the year. The salad comes together in little time and can be enjoyed as a side or as the main event. I had every intention of crafting and posting a blog entry yesterday, but I found myself in full-blown grumpy-pants …

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Sweet Potato Bisque with West Indian Spices {Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free}

I would not have guessed that I would be longing for a bowl of soup today; the temperature has been pushing 90 since the weekend and the humidity has been Texas with a capital T. But the wind was gusting last night, and the windshield sported a few sprinkles as Nick and I drove home …

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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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Roasted Sweet Potato & Rosemary Sorghum Pilaf {Vegan, GF}

Last night, I finally got around to using the remainder of sorghum that’s been sitting in my freezer for several months. I’ve used sorghum in place of barley in several soups, but I have yet to make a dish that has the grain as its primary focus. At this point, you may be asking yourself …

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Quick Pumpkin Polenta with Kale {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Like my recipe today, this post is quick and easy. I spent a few hours this morning finishing up Nick’s Halloween costume. On a scale of 1-10 on craftiness, I am about a 2.5, but I nevertheless found a cute, and (seemingly easy) costume–a crocodile wrestler–that instantly became the object of Nick’s desire. It would …

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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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3-Ingredient Carrot & Red Lentil Soup {vegan, oil-free}

Cozy up to a bowl of velvety, 3-ingredient carrot & red lentil soup! It is vegan, oil-free, and decadent tasting, but only 108 calories per serving. When the going gets tough, the tough make soup for dinner. It’s been a long week for a variety of reasons, but a definite plus is that the weather …

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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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Chickpea Flour Pumpkin Cookies (grain-free, oil-free, vegan)

  Good morning everyone! I’ve been remiss in posting anything very seasonal, particularly baked goods, largely due to the persisting 90+ degree heat. It’s challenging to wax poetic about cozy cookies, cakes, stews, and soups while typing in a tank top and gym shorts. But literally overnight, the temperature dropped more than twenty degrees; autumn …

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Easy Quinoa Stuffed Peppers {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Whether you use quinoa frequently, or have a bag of the stuff gathering dust in your cupboard, then this recipe is for you. Despite the persistently warm (hot!) weather, I have been itching to make some cozy, comfort food to get me in an autumn frame of mind. These peppers came together after a long …

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Lemony Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad (vegan, keto)

Lemony shredded Brussels sprouts salad will change your ideas about this petite green vegetable forever! Crunchy, fresh, crisp and delicious, the salad is also vegan, keto and paleo. Eating your Brussels sprouts suddenly got very easy. And incredibly delicious. Though the calendar says October, it  still feels like summer here in Texas (possibly winter where …

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Lentil Salad w/ Pomegranate & Avocado

I’m admittedly immodest about my savant-like memory of the food items stocked in stores across town. Ask me about price, availability, sizes, freshness, superiority, inferiority…you name it, I can tell you. Just don’t ask me when Kevin is in the vicinity, as he’ll think you’re encouraging my obsessive-compulsive tendencies (why does he always have to …

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Easy Mung Bean Soup (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Aren’t mung beans pretty?   I know you’ve had mung bean sprouts in one form or another (perhaps an Asian stir-fry, Chinese take-out, or a Banh Mi sandwich), but it’s far less likely you’ve tried them whole. I couldn’t resist these jade beauties on one of my visits to Central Foods in Houston–I tend to …

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Watercress & Walnuts (vegan +glutenfree + paleo)

My friend Kristen asked me if I could provide a brief tutorial for how to cut up and use cauliflower. I had made this very salad for her–roasted cauliflower with toasted walnuts–and she said  that, whle she loved it, she was completely intimidated by cooking cauliflower, especially cutting it up into pieces. So here goes (don’t …

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Broccoli, Bean & Egg Power Salad

Nick and his best buddy Jack had a fun-filled day this past Saturday, beginning with some “tennis” (i.e., whacking balls around the tennis court while Eralda–Jack’s mom, and my lovely friend–and I played ball girls) and ending with the dyeing of eggs back at our house (in actuality, it ended with tears when the two …

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30-Minute Sweet Potato Chili (vegan + gluten-free)

I’ve been eating far too much cake the past week. It’s all in preparation for a new cookbook (!) coming out in the not too distant future. I’ll share more soon. I’ve been giving away as much cake as I can, and limiting my consumption to “test bites,” but in sum, it’s still a lot of …

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Chickpea Flour Spinach Gnocchi (vegan, grain-free)

A bowl full of chickpea flour spinach gnocchi, topped with warm marinara and vegan Parmesan cheese, is sure to be your new favorite Italian supper! The gnocchi are vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, and high in fiber. It’s been cold–COLD–in Texas this February, and no, I don’t mean 50 degrees. I’m talking icy, single digit mornings, and …

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Garlic-Rosemary Parsnip Oven Fries

On occasion–and more times than I typically care to admit–the inspiration for my cooking, in general, and posts, in particular, generates from utter randomness. Case in point: a silly video (originally posted on Facebook by my friend, and fellow blogger, Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie) and thick-cut oven fries. Like many other days, I …

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15 Minute Lemony Greens Soup (vegan + glutenfree)

It’s a fresh new year! I hope this finds all of you happy and well! Today’s post is ridiculously easy. I happen to be a big fan of ridiculously easy. I’ve been infatuated with the Green Smoothie Revolution book I bought last fall. I’ve been stuffing spinach into my smoothies since I was in graduate school; slurping …

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Quinoa Salad with Radish, Cucumber & Lime (gluten-free & vegan)

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m short on words today: my in-laws are en route for a short visit, I have a cook-off in Houston tomorrow, this weekend is Kevin’s birthday, and I am behind in my work. It’s the perfect equation for writer’s block. And grumpiness. And panic. It’s particularly frustrating, as I do have a …

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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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Vegan Almond Flour Zucchini Muffins {grain-free, oil-free}

Easy-to-make vegan almond flour zucchini muffins ! Most, delicious, & easy to make, they are a great way to use some of your zucchini bounty. Easy Grain-Free Vegan Almond Flour Muffins Once I accepted my publisher’s offer to write my new comprehensive muffin book, I was determined to offer a slew of modern options. I …

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Quinoa Salad with Berries, Cucumber & Almonds {vegan}

Every food blog needs an interjection of hilarity from time to time. Mine most often comes from kitchen mishaps: a soup explosion on the ceiling (be careful pureeing those hot soups in the blender!), a gray strawberry cheesecake (thank you aluminum springform pan), or a black bean pound cake (this deserves a post of its …

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Mexican Street Corn Salad {Raw, Vegan}

I know that fall and winter holidays are touted as the ideal time for cooking and entertaining, but the pressure and the presents, not to mention the dark, cold days, make the prospect daunting, the tasks overwhelming. But give me some sunshine, flip-flops and a grill, and I’m ready for a great time, anytime, with …

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Apple, Broccoli & Sunflower Seed Salad

Sunday in East Texas was clear and beautiful following a night of showers. Thank heavens. The humidity from the day before had me grumpy and lethargic; my downward dogs were droopy dogs in yoga class. The shift in weather–and Nick sleeping past 7 am, hurrah!–was merely the start of a great day, the highlight being …

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Split Pea & Green Pea Soup {4 ingredients, Vegan, High Protein}

Split pea & green pea soup is a fresh, bright variation on heavy split pea soup. It is vegan, high in protein, and both easy & frugal to make.  4-Ingredient Split Pea & Green Pea Soup I’m giddy with Olympic fever, and following the visions of snow-capped mountains night after night (oh, Canada…) I’ve had …

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Winter Barley Salad w/ Beets, Carrots & Feta (quick and easy!)

There comes a time in most every home cook’s life when the thought of setting foot in the kitchen seems abominable. The feeling may strike at any time; it bears no correlation to the home cook’s love or loathing of assembling a meal. It can last a few hours, a few days or several weeks …

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Easy 1-Pot Pasta Pomodoro {Vegan, Gluten-Free Option}

Native Californians have their share of regional expressions, but in terms of interest, variety, and color, we can’t begin to compete with Southerners. Sadly, years of graduate school have expunged most of the phrases from my husband’s vernacular, but they always return, at least in small measure, when we spend time with my in-laws. I …

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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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Grain-Free Artichoke-Spinach Dip Muffins {Paleo}

I have a problem. I have a hard time resisting amazing sales. Not on clothing. My downfall is a great deal on high-quality ingredients. That’s how I ended up with a dozen cans of organic artichoke hearts. So in the interest of making room in my pantry, and appeasing my husband, I am using at …

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Oil-Free Crispy Roasted Chickpeas {Easy, High-Protein}

Truly crunchy oil-free crispy roasted chickpeas! A healthy high-protein snack, they can be kept plain or seasoned any way that you like with herbs and spices. Today, I ate roasted chickpeas. It’s something I’ve waited two decades to try. I have known about roasted chickpeas since I was seven years old. I was obsessed with …

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Midwinter Carrot Millet Salad

A few years ago, I decided I’d had enough of negative New Year’s resolutions. Pledges to to lose 5 pounds, give up coffee & fruity candy (what was I thinking?), and relinquish noontime daydreaming made me grumpy and blue, and that’s no way to start the New Year. So bye-bye self-inflicted, guilt-laden, prickly punishments disguised …

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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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Easy Brown Rice Sushi Balls {vegan + gluten-free}

This is one of those “it’s about time” posts, meaning I’ve had good intentions of posting about these yummy sushi snacks for some time. But doing so required me making and then photographing them while the sun was shining, so…here I am, months later, addressing the topic at last. But perhaps the procrastination paid off, …

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3-Ingredient Tomato Lentil Soup {vegan, high-protein, oil-free}

Easy, delicious, 3-Ingredient tomato lentil soup, with 14.5 g protein & only 135 calories per serving! It is vegan, oil-free, & gluten-free. A Healthy, Humble (Jellybean Detox) Soup Recipe This morning I awoke with a jelly bean hangover. It wasn’t altogether unpleasant. In review, it was more accurately a jellybean and chocolate bunny hangover. Rising …

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Roasted Sesame Asparagus

Easter is almost here, which means my mind is on Becky’s Easter Asparagus. Becky is my brother’s godmother, and my parents are godparents to Becky’s son Matthew. Further, Becky divorced and remarried my godfather (who had also divorced). I guess that makes Becky my step-godmother? Once removed? It’s tricky. Oh, those crazy Episcopalians. Anyway, Becky …

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Easy Barbecue Tofu {vegan & gluten-free}

Even the most avid cook occasionally balks at the prospect of preparing dinner. When this happens to me, I respond by firing up the stovetop for one of my reliable, stress-free standbys, such as my barbecue tofu. Before I get to the sandwich recipe, it’s worth addressing the “why bother with tofu?” question. My answer …

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