This is more of a product review than a recipe (but I included the recipe too). Sometimes if I’m working a lot or feeling lazy, I want a 10-minute meal that is healthy and will fill me up. That’s where store-bought veggie burgers come into play. Sure it’s great to make your own patties but sometimes it’s just not possible.
I am so excited to be back in my kitchen! I have been on the road for the past three weeks for work in New York City and then vacation to Europe (more on that in another post) and the one thing I couldn’t wait to do when I returned home was to cook. So much so that I woke up at 7AM this morning and went straight to Whole Foods (jet lag was partially to blame for this…) For lunch today I made myself a Spicy Soul Bowl and it was definitely spicy but really really good if you like a kick to your food.
Who doesn’t love pesto? This recipe uses walnuts instead of pine nuts (gotta get those omega 3-‘s) and nutritional yeast instead of traditional cheese- perfect for anyone who doesn’t eat dairy. Grow some basil or buy a bunch at your farmer’s market or local grocer and make a batch of pesto! Whatever you don’t use you can freeze for 2- 3 months (store in freezer-proof bags or tightly sealed tupperware).
Who wants dessert for breakfast? This oatmeal tastes just like dessert- with healthy wholesome ingredients like strawberries, pistachios, chia seeds and oats and some added sweetness with the coconut flakes, coconut milk & coconut nectar.
This makes a delicious appetizer for a dinner party (or date night if you don’t mind strong garlic breath…) Tomorrow is my birthday so I used it as an excuse to finally splurge on the Kite Hill White Adler vegan cheese I’ve been eying for months. It’s the vegan version of a brie and I must say, while I can tell it’s a vegan cheese- it’s the closest vegan cheese I’ve ever tasted to a brie. It was really good and I’d definitely spend the $13.99 again, although next time I want to try one of their other flavors.
Purple potatoes are beautiful and the deep-hue makes them a unique side dish to any entree or breakfast. The lovely thing about these tots is that the purple potato packs far more antioxidants than their yellow and red counterparts so pick some up next time you’re buying potatoes. I bought mine at my local farmer’s market out here in California (they’re in season!)
I had a few ripened bananas in my fruit basket so I decided to make these heathy & delicious Oatmeal Raisin Cinnamon Banana-Nut Muffins for the week with what I had in my kitchen. They’re gluten and soy-free plus there’s nothing artificial in them! Just oats, fruits, nuts, spices and maple syrup (that was tapped from my grandfathers maple tree in Michigan.) They’re perfect for a light breakfast, snacks or accompanying a bowl of soup or salad with your dinner.
Yesterday my friend Jenny came over for lunch and she made me this fruit salad that was so yummy I had to share, so I’m calling her my guest chef today on the blog 😉 This delicious and light fruit dish is perfect as a side or healthy dessert this summer. Feel free to swap out the fruits with any other favorite fruits you have that are in season. Jenny picked out the colors based on the rainbow.
I made a smaller serving of this pasta salad because it has fresh ingredients so it wont last more than 1- 2 days in the fridge. This makes a great lunch, or make a bigger batch and bring it to a potluck this summer!