Almost-Spring Recipes

Spring Broccolini & Kale Quinoa Bowls

I think it’s safe to say that no matter what climate you live in, we’re all experiencing a version of spring fever. It’s been exceptionally beautiful in Austin lately which makes me want to cook (or in some cases, just assemble) meals that are light and fresh and full of green things. Here are some of my favorites that I’ve been in the mood for lately. Click on the photos or the links to go to the full recipes.

Spring Broccolini & Kale Quinoa Bowls (pictured above)

These are packed with roasted chickpeas, broccolini, radishes, herbs, and avocado. Serve with a scoop of (nut-free) pea pesto that’s made with hemp seeds and dill.

Avocado and Mango Brown Rice Sushi

Avocado and Mango Brown Rice Sushi

One of my go-to lunches is the take-out sushi at Whole Foods, which is definitely easier and quicker than making it yourself. But I love being able to customize the ingredients – this avocado mango version with peanut dipping sauce is a favorite.

Broccoli Tahini Pasta Salad

Broccoli Tahini Pasta Salad

Our spring weather has me looking forward to summer, which has me looking forward to pot luck picnics… and this broccoli salad is the perfect healthy dish to bring. It’s made with tahini instead of mayo, and it’s loaded with zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, and herbs.

Lemon Edamame Avocado Sandwiches

Lemon Edamame Avocado Sandwiches

And speaking of picnics… here are some very green, very packable sandwiches, made with a creamy lemon-edamame spread.

Minty Green Shamrock Shake Smoothies

Minty Green Shamrock Shake Smoothies

A healthier way to celebrate St. Paddy’s day… or any day that you feel like a creamy green smoothie. These are made with almond butter, banana, spinach (which you can’t taste), and mint.

Tart Cherry Tabbouleh

Tart Cherry Tabbouleh

A sweet twist on tabbouleh that uses dried tart cherries instead of tomatoes. It’s tossed with a bright lemony dressing and packed with herbs.

Roasted Artichoke Avocado Toast

Roasted Artichoke Avocado Toast

It’s almost artichoke season around here. Because fresh artichokes take a little bit of work to prep, I like to enjoy the fruits vegetables of my labor in simple ways like these elevated avocado toasts.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli

Since it’s now quite spring, I thought I’d throw a comfort food recipe in the mix. These cozy sweet potatoes are filled with sweet potato rosemary cashew cream, broccoli, scallions, and hemp seeds.

Spring Broccolini Kale & Quinoa Bowls

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Healthier Game Day Recipes

Healthier Game Day Recipes

Ok, so aside from watching the Cubs win this year, I’m not what you would call a sports fan. I know the Super Bowl is this Sunday but I have no clue who’s playing and if I had to guess (without googling it), I’d embarrass myself by naming teams from the wrong sport. But sportsball aside, here are a bunch of taco-nacho-ey-pizza-ish recipes that you might consider serving this weekend. I’d be game to eat any of these… game or no game.

pictured above: Super Stuffed Chipotle Sweet Potatoes

Healthier Game Day Recipes

pictured above: Healthy Loaded Vegan Nachos

Mango Goji Guacamole / Sweet Potato Avocado Tacos

Healthier Game Day Recipes

pictured above: Mini Potato Pizzas with Purple Potatoes & Arugula

Healthier Game Day Recipes

pictured above: Nacho Snacks with Carrot Queso / Molly’s Cauliflower Shawarma Tacos

 Portabello Tacos with Vegan Jalapeño Sauce / Kiwi Avocado Salsa Verde

My favorite healthy recipes

Spiralized Daikon "Rice Noodle" Bowl

It’s January, which is like Christmas here in healthy food blogger land. Green smoothies, fresh bowls of vegetables, and hearty stews are all over social media. There’s not a cookie in sight and we don’t care because gorgeous healthy food is in abundance.

For me, eating lighter doesn’t require juice cleanses or food fasts. I don’t like to feel hungry or deprived so instead I turn to recipes like these, a collection of my personal favorite plant-forward recipes that are both delicious and satisfying. (Click on the links OR the photos themselves to go directly to the recipes).

Spiralized Daikon “Rice Noodle” Bowl (pictured above)

If I wasn’t constantly working on new recipes, I would keep the components for this bowl prepped and ready at all times so I eat this every single day. The “noodles” here are made with spiralized daikon which have a wonderful crisp texture. There’s a tangy tamari-lime sauce and a creamy cashew sauce to serve on the side. I know, two sauces sounds like extra work, but I just mixed some of sauce #1 with cashew butter, and voila – 2 sauces. The first sauce is very light, and the creamy cashew sauce is rich, so they work together nicely.

Delicata Squash Kale Salad

Delicata Squash Kale Salad 

This is a hearty salad for cold winter days. Roasted delicata squash, roasted chickpeas, and roasted red onions are served on top of massaged kale and nutty farro with a rich maple tahini sauce. Feel free to use any roasted winter squash that you have.

Sesame Broccoli and Shiitake Stir Fry

Sesame Broccoli and Shiitake Stir Fry

This dinner is so quick and satisfying. But what I love most about it is that it uses not just broccoli florets, but also the stem of the broccoli. It feels wasteful to toss the biggest part of the vegetable. Instead, try chopping the broccoli stem into thin pieces and using it in recipes like this one.

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Cauliflower Steaks with Romesco Sauce

I love this as a vegetarian main dish. A slab of cauliflower can be SO filling, especially when served with this hearty, tangy chickpea romesco sauce.

Chickpea Cauliflower & Tomato Stew

Chickpea Cauliflower & Tomato Stew

I don’t think this recipe got as much love as it should have. I accidentally posted this one last year during that week when the price of cauliflower had suddenly shot up. I absolutely love this stew and it’s been a favorite in my family’s dinner rotation. It’s packed with kale, kale stems, cauliflower, tomatoes, herb and chickpeas. Stir in a little Hemp Seed & Kale Pesto and it’s the perfect healthy winter meal.

Lemon Pesto Spaghetti Squash

Lemon Pesto Spaghetti Squash

After you make the Cauliflower Stew (above), save the leftover kale pesto and top it onto this delicious lemony spaghetti squash the next night. So simple, so delicious.

Rainbow Bowls with Almond Ginger Dressing

Rainbow Bowls with Almond Ginger Dressing

This recipe also made it on our Top Recipes of 2016 list – I’m putting it on this list as well because it’s such an easy and versatile way to eat tons of veggies.

Heidi's Spicy Green Soup

Heidi’s Spicy Green Soup

While I can’t take credit for this one (it’s from Heidi Swanson’s book Near and Far), it’s still in my regular rotation. This is the quickest soup I have ever made, but I love it because it packs a spicy green punch (hence the name). A total win win in my opinion.

Spring Broccolini & Kale Quinoa Bowls

Spring Broccolini & Kale Quinoa Bowls

I make a version of this bowl all the time. This one is specifically spring-themed, but toss some sweet potatoes in here and it works for winter just as well.

Ok, I’ve shared my go-to healthy recipes, let me know what some of yours are!

Top Recipes of 2016

Top Recipes of 2016 - Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

Happy 2017 everyone! I know everyone is ready to kick 2016 to the curb, but before we forget about it entirely, I wanted to share our top 10 recipes of the past year. These recipes not only top our site analytics, but they’re among the most made and shared recipes on Instagram. If you’re new here, (welcome!) this group of recipes is a great place to start. Click on the links OR the photos themselves to go directly to the recipes.

Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells (pictured above)
Ok technically I posted this one at the tail end of 2015, but it was such an overwhelming favorite throughout the year that I felt it deserved a place on this list. These little shells are stuffed with a surprising mix of tofu, cashews, spices, spinach and butternut squash – vegan or not, everyone seems to love a pan of creamy stuffed pasta.

Top Recipes of 2016 - Easy Vegetarian Pho

Easy Vegetarian Pho
I took some liberties and simplified the process of Vietnamese Pho – this recipe might not be traditional, but it’s delicious. One of my favorites from the year as well. This would be a great healthy, yet flavorful, way to start the new year.

Top Recipes of 2016 - Carrot Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Carrot Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
I’m pretty sure this one wins the prize of “Most Made Recipe of the Year.” As soon as I posted these, so many of you ran to the kitchen to make them! I saw photo after photo of your beautiful creations on Instagram. These are vegan, gluten free and healthy enough to eat for breakfast. They freeze wonderfully as well.

Top Recipes of 2016 - Broccoli Tahini Salad

Broccoli Tahini Pasta Salad
This is my kind of pasta salad – light on the pasta, heavy on the veggie. Instead of a mayo-based dressing it’s tossed with a tangy tahini sauce. It’s a perfect picnic salad, but it’s also a great make-ahead lunch option.

Top Recipes of 2016 - Vegan Raspberry Scones

Vegan (and gluten free) Raspberry Scones
I often get asked for more recipes that use coconut flour. It’s a finicky flour to use, but it worked perfectly in these scones when we (my mom and I) were trying to firm up our oat-based scone dough.

Top Recipes of 2016 - Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
When I’m too lazy to grate carrots, I make these cookies instead of the carrot cookies (above). They’re a little too sweet to be called a breakfast cookie, but they’re a perfect 3pm snack!

Top Recipes of 2016 - Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal

Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal
Admittedly, creamy oatmeal is not my favorite thing, but I love this baked oatmeal that gets crispy on top. It’s packed with oats, hemp seeds, sliced almonds, blueberries and bananas. This is an easy, healthy & hearty dish to serve a group at brunch.

Top Recipes of 2016 - Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl
I’m so happy this favorite made the list. I love a burrito bowl, but I really love this one that uses cauliflower “rice” in places of regular rice. So many veggies in one bowl.

Top Recipes of 2016 - No-Bake Almond Oatmeal Cookies

No-Bake Almond Oatmeal Cookies
Another cookie recipe? Do you guys want more cookie recipes?

Top Recipes of 2016 - Rainbow Bowls with Almond-Ginger Dressing

Rainbow Bowls with Almond-Ginger Dressing

Let’s eat the rainbow without eating Skittles. These bowls would be a terrific start your 2017 heatlhy resolutions!

Wishing you all a wonderful year. As always, please let me know if there’s anything you’d specifically like to see here in 2017!

10 Favorite Weeknight Dinners

Simple Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowls

Happy Wednesday! If you need a healthy mid-week dinner idea, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 10 recipes that part of our regular dinner rotation. Some of them are super simple, all of them are pretty darn delicious.

And, speaking of weeknight dinners, today is the last day to vote in the Saveur Food Blog Awards. It would mean the world to me if you would take a second to vote for us – click HERE and scroll down to the “Most Inspired Weeknight Dinners” category. THANK YOU!

And now for the recipes!

Simple Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowls (pictured above)
When I’m tired and don’t know what to make for dinner, this is what I make. I keep these ingredients on hand so a filling sweet potato bowl is always within reach.

Easy Vegetarian Pho

Easy Vegetarian Pho
Pho used to be one of my favorite take-out foods until I learned to make it myself. This version is surprisingly simple to make. Bookmark this recipe for cold season – it’s full of shiitake mushrooms and warm, healing spices.

Curried Red Lentil Sweet Potato Stew

Curried Red Lentil Sweet Potato Stew
With fall around the corner, keep this one in your back pocket. It’s hearty, warming and full of flavor. This is one of my favorite recipes.

Sweet Potato Avocado Tacos

Sweet Potato Avocado Tacos
This one is at the top of the “most made” recipes on this blog. I get so many emails raving about this recipe, and when I meet friends or readers in person, I hear “I love those sweet potato tacos!”

Rainbow Bowls with Almond-Ginger Dressing

Rainbow Bowls with Almond-Ginger Dressing
Mix this flavorful dressing together and pour it into veggie bowls all week.

Seared Tofu Banh Mi Sandwiches

Seared Tofu Banh Mi Sandwiches
I’ve just listed a lot of soups and salads – if you’re in the mood for something heartier, go for these Tofu Banh Mi Sandwiches. If you’re scared of tofu, just sub in whatever protein you like.

  Spiralized Daikon “Rice Noodle” Bowl

Spiralized Daikon “Rice Noodle” Bowl
This one is my personal favorite. If you’ve gathered the ingredients for the Banh Mi (above), then you have almost everything necessary to make this healthy “noodle” bowl.

  Grilled Corn & Poblano Tacos

Grilled Corn & Poblano Tacos
Technically, it’s still summer and these ingredients – corn, poblanos, etc. – should all be in season.

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl
... and by rice I mean “rice” in quotation marks because the base of this bowl is made of cauliflower. It doesn’t get much more veggie-ful than this.

Broccoli Pesto Mac & Cheese

Broccoli Pesto Mac & Cheese
Sometimes even we don’t want to cook more than a box of mac and cheese – to make it a tad healthier, dress it up with broccoli florets and broccoli pesto.