Chickpeas, also known as garbanzos, are hearty legumes that stand up to heat better than many other beans. Enjoy their perfect texture (and the seven grams of protein one half-cup supplies!) in this slightly spicy, tomato-based soup. Sprinkle with crushed blue corn tortilla chips as a gluten-free alternative to croutons!
Category: Vitacost Recipes
Easy, healthy and delicious recipes compiled from Vitacost foodie bloggers and nutritionists.
Kelp is a quick-growing brown seaweed, popular in Japanese cuisine and packed with fiber, minerals and phytonutrients. As a noodle, it has a neutral, non-fishy flavor and a firm, chewy texture that softens upon soaking. Eating an entire package sets you back only 10 calories! Plus, you’ll won’t get any of the starch or gluten that comes with “regular” pasta. Give kelp noodles a try in this colorful salad, made with shredded veggies, fresh herbs and hemp seeds for added crunch!
Only 38 days remain until summer officially begins (not that I’m counting). Have you started your garden yet? No matter where you live, you can grow a garden. Most herbs (and some veggies) require little more than a container, a sunny ledge, a sprinkling of water and a little bit of attention. They’re easy to start from seeds, and when it’s eventually time to harvest, you’ll have aromatic, delicious and nutritious ingredients to cook with—no trip to the supermarket required! Read more →
Russets versus reds: what’s the difference? Starchier and thicker skinned, russet potatoes work well in baked, mashed or fried dishes. New reds, on the other hand, have less starch and paper-thin skin—making them perfect for boiling, steaming or grilling. Try this easy-to-make red potato salad for your next picnic or party. Spuds are boiled and quartered, then tossed with good-for-you Greek yogurt, crunchy celery and fresh herbs.
Need more omega-3s? Salmon is a tasty way to get them, especially when it’s tossed with tender pasta shells, sweet green peas and a zesty balsamic-Dijon dressing! Use sustainably-caught, Alaskan canned salmon for rich flavor and easy prep. Once the pasta is cooked, just combine what’s left on the ingredients list, chill and serve.
Why throw together another ordinary lettuce-and-tomato side salad when you can make a meal-worthy, mixed-greens masterpiece? Fresh baby spinach leaves, kale, avocado and artichoke hearts are just a few of the plant powerhouses tucked into this bowl. Sprinkle on some crunchy, protein-packed pumpkin seeds and top with a drizzle of zesty, homemade balsamic dressing—lunch is served!
No matter how much we try to avoid it, there are days when your family will need to eat “on the run”—whether it’s a snack while heading to soccer practice or dinner between said soccer practice and the school open house that immediately follows. Rather than resorting to junky fast food or expensive take-out, you can easily pack healthy, whole foods that satisfy hungry tummies and nourish active bodies away from home. All it takes is a little planning and creativity.
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