Crisp, sweet apples and chewy chopped pecans add autumn flavor and plenty of mouth-pleasing texture to this vegan chickpea salad. Serve as is on a bed of baby spinach, with crackers as a dip or tucked into a whole wheat tortilla for a wholesome wrap.
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What’s for breakfast? If you’re trying to lose weight, it may feel like you’re stuck eating the same bland, boring, low-calorie meal day after day. This morning, try something different! These protein-packed, homemade pancakes can be whipped up quickly with a whole-wheat pancake mix, fiber-rich (and filling) quick oats and egg whites. Replace sticky, thick syrup with reduced-sugar strawberry jam for sweetness without all the extra calories.
Sick of strawberry? Bored by banana? Try a fruit with flair, not to mention notable nutritional benefits, with this naturally sweet, energizing smoothie. A symbol of love in India, and the inspiration behind that squiggly print we call paisley, mangos are packed with vitamins C, B6 and A, with just a single cup knocking out 12 percent of your daily fiber needs. Blend one up with raw honey and a dash of cocoa powder for a unique and satisfying start to your day.
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!).
Not sure what to bring to the backyard BBQ or celebratory picnic this weekend? We’ve got you covered – our Labor Day Recipe Book includes 30 healthy & delicious salads, dips, sides, entrees, desserts – and even refreshing drinks! (Veggie pizza, creamy sweet potato salad, mango-lime salsa, Nutella ice pops, honey-vanilla lemonade & more — is your mouth watering yet?)
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!
Don’t be sad summer’s over—celebrate the good times you’ve had by firing up the grill for a “final run of the season” this Labor Day. Make the menu veggie-friendly with hearty grilled eggplant, dipped in olive oil and sprinkled with spicy chili powder and exotic cumin. Thick-cut rounds are perfect piled on a bun as a burger alternative, or serve them along with your favorite barbecue sides for a healthier holiday meal.
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