The next time you’re in the mood for a veggie burger, think outside the box (the kind you pick up in the frozen food aisle at the supermarket, that is). These fresh, homemade patties feature some of the best flavors of the fall season—yellow squash, pumpkin seeds and almonds—and can be made in minutes by simply blending ingredients, shaping into patties and pan-frying in flavorful coconut oil until golden brown. Company coming for dinner? Try baking the mixture in mini-loaf pans for an elegant main dish!
Category: Mo’s Healthy Morsels
Mo’s Healthy Morsels
As a Certified Health Coach and passionate baker, Maura Knowles (Mo) is on a mission to change the way we eat. Read her Vitacost blog and get weekly recipes and tips for making healthy meals, snacks and treats!
Dunk to your heart’s desire—this creamy, dairy-free dip is loaded with fall flavor and nutrition from organic canned pumpkin. The trick to making it healthy is to swap out traditional cream cheese for a version vegan version blended from raw cashews. Serve with apple slices or gluten-free cinnamon crackers for a filling, festive treat!
Break the bland salad habit with a dressing that makes your mouth (and your eyes!) water. You’ll whisk together organic extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar and Dijon mustard for a zesty vinaigrette base, then add garlic and herbs for fresh flavor. A dash of chipotle or ancho chile is where the kick comes in—just a bit is all that’s needed for a love-it, want-more burn! Double or triple the batch and keep this dressing in a sealed jar in your fridge for up to a week.
Before you spoon a hefty heap of regular peanut butter into your blender, take a look at how many fat grams you’re packing into that “healthy” smoothie. Two tablespoons will set you back nearly 16 grams—not to mention 200 calories. To keep that peanutty taste without bulking up your beverage, try PBSLIM™, a powdered peanut butter made from real, roasted, non-GMO peanuts that have been pressed to remove 85% of fat calories. In this spicy drink, you’ll mix it with almond milk, protein-packed chia seeds, fiber-rich buckwheat groats and fiery chipotle powder for a filling and eye-opening breakfast.
Hollow out a pepper and you’ve got the perfect package to plump with tasty fillings. Rather than the traditional rice-and-meat combo, scoop in a vegetarian medley of diced zucchini, black beans, pumpkin seeds and spicy dairy-free cheese. Top with cool, creamy avocado slices and fresh pico de gallo to give these stuffed sensations a Mexican twist.
Some like it hot—others prefer it dairy free. We’re talkin’ dip here! And this recipe gives you the best of both worlds: “cheesy” texture and flavor concocted from cashews and nutritional yeast, plus a hint of heat from chipotle pepper powder. Try it with veggies, blue corn chips, gluten-free crackers or anything that tastes even better dunked, or use it as a spread or filling (check back next week for a Spicy Stuffed Peppers recipe that puts it to good use!).
Ranch dressing has a bad rap (all those calories and fat grams…yuck!). Drizzle on something different with this creamy concoction, made from silky-smooth olive oil, fresh lemon juice, zesty Dijon mustard and a creative, zippy addition: capers. Not a veggie, not a fruit, capers are actually tiny, unopened flower buds from a prickly bush found in Mediterranean countries. Pickled, they’re naturally salty—so you won’t need to sprinkle on any extra!
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