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!
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!
Light, fluffy and full of flavor, quinoa cooks up a lot like rice, yet it’s richer in flavor (with a hint of nuttiness) and packs in more protein, fiber, iron, magnesium and other big-name minerals than a serving of your favorite brown grain. Toss it with colorful butternut squash cubes and crisp, delicate pomegranate seeds for a tasty side dish or healthy vegan lunch.
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The king of cruciferous veggies, cauliflower lands dip-side in raw, crunchy chunks more often than not. But there’s another way this white, flowery favorite can be enjoyed. After a light steam, blend it with dairy-free cashew cheese and simple seasonings for a mash that rivals the popular potato version. Serve it as a side dish to instantly make any meal more royal!
Holiday foods are heavy enough. When you’re not party hopping or cookie swapping, make a healthy meal at home with this mock pasta. Instead of starchy, flour-based noodles, these thin ribbons are shredded from baked spaghetti squash (no special tools needed, just a fork!). Smother with a dairy-free pumpkin alfredo sauce for a rich, vegan dish that fills you up without weighing you down.
They may not be able to tow you on water skis, but these flavorful vegan “boats” do make the perfect healthy appetizer for any party. They’re also filling enough to serve as a main course. Plus, it’s fun to fool your non-vegan friends with the convincingly authentic appearance of the crumbled walnut “meat!”
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