When you think lasagna, rich red sauce and gooey, melted cheese–probably not vegetables–come to mind. But this raw recipe is going to turn your idea of this traditional Italian dish upside down. Layered with tender, fresh veggies, homemade tomato sauce and vegan macadamia nut “cheeze,” this raw, vegan and gluten-free entree can be eaten without an ounce of guilt. Get ready for a round of “delizioso” cheers from the family!
Ever since Beyonce and Jay Z announced to the world that they were undertaking a 22-day vegan plant-based cleanse, the term “plant-based diet” has garnered as much attention as Lady Gaga’s costumes. But you don’t have to be a celebrity to benefit from or undertake a plant-based diet for yourself. It’s a way to benefit the planet, vary your diet and save money. Find out about the different types of plant-based diets, including tips for tasty treats.
At the top of the comfort foods list (right next to mac ‘n’ cheese and mashed potatoes) is a dish you may have loved as a kid: pot pie. But making one usually means pulling a preservative-packed, frozen concoction from a box—not something that makes you very happy today. Here’s an alternative to letting a favorite dish live on in your memory. These mini pot pies are fresh and easy to make, filled with tasty veggies and topped with a homemade, gluten-free crust.
The sea is teeming with nutritious treasures, but pasta isn’t one you’d expect. Kelp noodles—made from a type of edible brown seaweed—are loaded with minerals, low in carbs and easy to eat (just open the package, rinse and serve!). Plus, a heaping helping has just six calories, making these mild-tasting ribbons the perfect addition to salads, soups or stir fry dishes if you’re dieting or looking for a lighter meal. In this raw recipe, they’re tossed with a tangy dressing, fresh veggies and crunchy seeds with a hint of fiery flavor from smoked paprika. If you’re a kelp noodle newbie, it’ll be love at first bite.
Pad thai isn’t exactly hard to find — pick up the phone, pick up your order. But if you want a mind-blowingly delicious dish, look no further than your kitchen. This veggie-packed variation of the classic Asian fave is made with a spicy coconut-peanut sauce that will give anyone’s taste buds a kick. Best of all, it’s 100% vegan and gluten free.
Little white cartons are cute, but takeout can be costly—and the food’s never as tasty as when it’s homemade. Stir up an Asian creation of your own with healthier ingredients, better flavor and a swift kick of spice (if that’s the way you like it!). It’s a great way to use up brown rice leftover from last night’s dinner, or lonely veggies lurking in that produce drawer.
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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