Over the weekend a cold front came in and the temperature dipped below freezing so I decided to play it up since there probably won't be much of that left now that it is spring. Soup seemed like a good option and I had minestrone in mind. I ended up buying a bunch of random ingredients at the store to just wing it...but ended up forgetting the noodles so I decided on using rice instead! I also was going to make it vegetarian but Josh convinced me otherwise so we made mini turkey meatballs and added some in (we used the rest for our lunches for the week). I'm sticking with the vegan version for this recipe though since that was how I had originally planned to make it. Feel free to add your own meat if you want though! I love soup but hate how it is always full of so much salt! I like making it myself because I know what all goes in it and can control the salt content. The flavor from all of the different veggies made this soup delicious without all of the salt!
Prep/Total Time: 60 minutes
I love celebrating St. Patrick's day. I think part of it is because I'm Irish and it falls about a week after my birthday, so I usually end up doing some sort of combo St. Patrick's Day/Birthday celebration. I like to make Irish food while listening to Irish music and drinking some sort of Irish beverage (or just playing up anything green). This year is a little different because I am in Texas with my family but we are still celebrating by having friends come over and eating Irish (and/or green) food and having some drinks.
If you are hosting a party, going to one or just want to make festive food at home while still eating healthy, look no further! Try out these delicious green recipes this weekend and get in the spirit! Bonus: They are also all gluten-free and dairy-free!
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It was one of my friend's birthday last week and I asked him what his favorite cookie was. His response was - sugar cookies from Kroger. I then asked if he would prefer a homemade one and he said "If it can be done in the healthiest way possible, yep!" With the name "sugar cookie", it is a little hard to make something like that healthy, so I decided do a different take on one with elevated flavors - knowing that I wouldn't really be able to recreate the normal flavor. I chose almond flour and coconut sugar for the base of the cookie which created a deeper, brown sugar-caramel type flavor. I decided to stick with a similar flavor for the frosting as well. I consider this to be the healthier, brown sugar-ish cousin to the sugar cookie, lol!
They were chewy on the outside and soft on the inside after they came out of the oven and cooled for a bit. I stored them in a container on the counter for a day before I frosted them and brought them over to my friend. They got softer as they sat in the container but were still awesome. Just make sure to store them on parchment paper and not directly on top of each other or they might stick. You might want to try storing them in the fridge or a baggie to see if one of those ways would keep them chewier if you like them better like that. Either way, they are a fun, new, naturally gluten-free cookie to try out with a great flavor, frosted or not! Also, while this might be healthier than a sugar cookie, coconut sugar is still sugar and should be enjoyed as a treat, in moderation.
Servings: 24 cookies
Prep/Total Time: 25 minutes (not including time to cool and frost)
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I had a request for a recipe that involves buffalo sauce but not with wings because she didn't like the texture of meat. I thought about what I could make and I landed on cauliflower since it is a pretty neutral, yet hearty vegetable. I lightly breaded the cauliflower, tossed it in the buffalo sauce and baked it. This is a great recipe for vegans, vegetarians, or really just anyone who likes buffalo sauce and vegetables! I have served it with a salad and baked potato chunks to make it a meal but also love making it as an appetizer with a vegan ranch or onion dip for a party!
Prep/Total Time: 30 minutes
This is my new go-to for a quick, healthy, cheap, super tasty dip to bring to a party! It is sooooo easy to throw together! It looks and tastes indulgent but it is just full of veggies and beans! I have another version that uses avocado and is great, but that one is more like a hybrid spinach artichoke dip/guacamole. This one tastes like the real deal and no one will believe it is vegan! Make this before your next party, I promise it will be a hit!
Prep/Total Time: 10 min
I am a food loving, activity seeking health coach who resides in Franklin, TN with my husband and two sweet dogs (Lola & Penny).
I believe everyone should eat balanced and not cut food groups if you don't medically need to. All foods can fit in a healthy diet. Unfortunately, I have to avoid gluten and also limit myself with dairy, so my goal is to provide healthy, gluten-free/dairy-free recipes so EVERYONE can enjoy all foods, even if you do have to cut out certain food groups. My recipes are encouraged for everyone to eat, not just for those with sensitivities/allergies! Most of my recipes can be easily converted by using real dairy and whole-wheat in place of my allergy-free substitutes.
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