Burgers are better when they’re made from beans! Get your (gluten-free) buns ready for a patty with plenty of sass. These tasty temptations may be tiny in size, but they’re big in flavor, spiced nicely with cumin, cilantro and rosemary. Simply pick your bean pleasure, whether it’s black, kidney, pinto or garbanzo, and give the ingredients a whirl in a food processor or high-speed blender. Shape, cook and serve with your favorite toppings for a healthy “fast food” meal!
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Kids don’t like green food. OK, that’s not an absolute because my nine year old loves Brussels spouts; but overall, anything green is typically not well received by the under-eighteen set. So, I’ve taken old fashioned split pea soup, vamped it up, and made kid-friendly organic and vegan golden pea and barley soup. Better yet, this is a slow cooker recipe so you can toss it all in and come back to a rich, hearty dinner the whole family will love. Since I don’t like multi-step slow cooker recipes (because what is the point if you have to do a bunch of prep), this is a throw-it-in-and-go kind of dish. Enjoy!
Piled high, nachos are more of a meal than an appetizer. But if you fill your plate with deep-fried chips, clogging cheese and over-the-top toppings, your tummy may be headed for trouble. Instead, sub in healthy favorites, starting with oven-baked sweet potato chips. Black beans, fresh guac and creamy Greek yogurt are stacked in the center for easy dipping. Keep it light and vegan, or add extra-lean ground turkey seasoned with Mexican spices if you like meat.
It’s Mom versus the kids. They want pizza; you want a meal that isn’t greasy and actually has a nutritional profile you’re proud to feed growing little bodies. Before you slip on the gloves and duke it out, consider the middle ground. After all, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Read more →
Let’s face it. Going bunless is no fun. But just because you’re on a low-carb diet doesn’t mean you have to stop stacking your burgers. Thick-cut, grilled zucchini slices make a great bulky-bread substitute and add extra veggie flavor to these Italian-style turkey patties. If snow season’s got your grill buried, bake both in the oven. Bored with burgers? Use this recipe to make meatballs, or cradle cooked patties in lettuce for a creative wrap.
Pot pie is one of those comfort foods that warms our bellies and bones during the cold winter months. My version is filled with nourishing sweet potatoes and black beans loaded with fiber, antioxidants and healthy protein. The cornmeal crust complements the flavors and spices perfectly, while also making this dish a crowd-pleaser, especially if you have gluten-free guests!
Stuck indoors because of bitter winter weather? Heat things up with a hearty, homemade soup! This three-step, slow cooker creation combines fresh or canned pumpkin with creamy coconut milk and sense-awakening spices—ginger, garlic and turmeric—for flavorful, rich dish to chase away the chills.
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