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Kalettes with Lemon tahini Drizzle and Goji Berrie

Roasted Kalettes with Lemon Tahini Dressing and Goji Berries

I’ve been reading about kalettes for a while now and was excited to finally find them live and in person, or at least cut and in person, at the farmers market recently.. Also known as lollipop kale or kale sprouts, they are the latest star ingredient of the veggie world, and with good reason. They are an adorable cross between kale and Brussels sprouts, and like their parents, kalettes are loaded with nutrients and health benefits.  Their flavor is slightly less bitter than Brussels sprouts with a mild earthy flavor. You can eat them raw or sautéed, but roasted kalettes are especially delicious! While they’re great dressed simply in olive oil and a little salt and pepper, here they are turned into something really special with a heavy drizzle of spoon-licking good lemon-tahini dressing and a sprinkle of sweet-tart goji berries. This recipe is perfect… As a quick, easy, and colorful side for holiday meals. paired with grains, beans and/or other veggies in a Buddha bowl when you’re feeling run down and need a big antioxidant …

Healthy vegan chocolate chip cookie

Feel Good Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Oats Almond Butter and Banana (Vegan)

Now that my baby is almost a year old, a shocking amount solid food is passing through those tiny lips. He seems to always be hungry so I thought I better start working on some healthy snack food recipes. These cookies really fit the bill. They’re made with a few simple, nourishing ingredients, and are vegan and gluten-free. They’re also really quick to make, which is a big bonus since time has never felt so precious to me as it does now. These cookies are perfect… anytime you want a healthy snack that satisfies your sweet tooth. when you don’t have time to sit down for a full meal. They’re even healthy enough to eat for breakfast! as a lunch bag treat to take to school or the office. Nutritional Highlights: Eating oats regularly can help lower your risk for heart disease. Oats contain a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan. Studies have shown the beneficial effects of this special fiber on cholesterol levels for decades. Almonds are a great source of healthy fats, fiber, …

7-Grain Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes with Orange Blossom Honey and Coconut Butter

Big juicy blueberries are in season right now and there’s no better way to enjoy them than first thing in the morning with these moist and fluffy Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes. I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic 7-grain Pancake mix mix which uses stone ground whole grain flours and whole ground flaxseed meal to create a delicious earthy blend. You can find it at natural food markets or online. Fresh rosemary adds a fragrant herbal element and orange blossom honey adds a sweet floral note. Finish them off with creamy coconut butter and you have next-level blueberry pancakes that you can make in just minutes. They are made perfectly moist and fluffy thanks to aquafaba – the liquid from canned beans that can be used in place of eggs in lots of recipes. If you are unfamiliar with aquafaba you can check out this Facebook page to learn more about it and check out all of the crazy inspiring things people are doing with it. These Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes are perfect for: when you need a quick, but extra …

Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats (Vegan)

Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats

This Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats recipe is my favorite that I have come up with so far during my new overnight oat obsession. The flavors are inspired by those chocolate-coconut candy bars that I used to love as a kid, but made with pure healthy ingredients that make it a deliciously nutritious way to start the day. I love that it really fills you up and satisfies any morning sweet tooth. Since it has a great balance of whole-grain carbohydrates, plant proteins, and healthy fats it keeps you feeling strong and energized all morning! It takes only a couple of minutes to throw together at night and in the morning you have a nutty, chocolatey breakfast to enjoy at home or on the run. These chocolate pecan overnight oats are great fuel for a workout and also make a fabulous healthy snack or dessert. They keep a few days in the fridge so it’s nice to double or triple the recipe so you have them ready to enjoy anytime. Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats Ingredients: Serves 1 1/4 …

Spanish White Bean and Vegetable Stew

Hearty Spanish White Bean and Vegetable Stew

This hearty, spicy dish is inspired by a traditional Spanish stew called Fabada. It has all of the warm, comforting flavors of the original, but with an extra helping of veggies and plant-based meaty goodness in place of pork sausage and bacon. This recipe is perfect… comfort food on a cold winter’s night. to feed a group without breaking the bank. to serve to people who think a meal is not complete without meat. This will change their minds! when you want a filling, replenishing meal after a workout. Nutritional Highlights: The beans, soyrizo, and seitan bacon make this a very protein rich dish with all of the essential amino acids. Studies have shown that plant protein can be more filling and satiating than meat sources. One teaspoon of paprika has 37 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A which can help protect your eyes bright and your skin clear. Beans are considered heart healthy because they contain an abundance of soluble fiber, which can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels when you make …

Superfood Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Feel Good Chocolate Covered Superfood Strawberries

When I was a little girl I used to look forward to going to the shopping mall with my mom on occasion. I loved smelling the perfumes at Macy’s and looking at the latest fashions worn by mannequins with expressionless faces. The highlight of these outings, however, was a trip to the chocolate shop near the food court. There, alongside the truffles and bark, they sold big, juicy strawberries in a thick coating of dark chocolate for what I considered to be a small fortune. Looking forward to that melt in your mouth pairing of bittersweet chocolate and fresh berries would keep me on my best behavior all day. It wasn’t until years later that I found out how easy chocolate covered strawberries are to make, and for a fraction of those shopping mall treats. The best part about making them at home is you can use a variety of superfood toppings that dry into the chocolate. These add flavor, texture, and color resulting in berries that are as beautiful as they are delicious. Now …

Spicy Buffalo Tofu Fingers with Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing

Spicy Buffalo Tofu Fingers with Avocado Ranch Dressing

 I made these Spicy Buffalo Tofu Fingers for Super Bowl last year and they were a big hit with vegetarians and meat eaters alike, so I wanted to share the recipe before the big game this Sunday. Now, you don’t have to be watching a sporting event to enjoy these, but they do happen to have a spicy kick that stands up nicely to a cold beer and a loud television. I like to use Wildwood Organic Tofu made with sprouted soybeans because it is vacuum sealed rather than packed in water, but any extra-firm tofu will work. I use an organic Jalapeño Hot Sauce, but you can use any hot sauce you like, Just make sure vinegar is listed as an ingredient, to ensure that you get the right flavor. My favorite Sriracha comes from Organicville.  All of these ingredients are available at Whole Foods or other natural foods markets. Try them with my creamy Avocado-Herb Ranch Dressing.  It’s the perfect cooling compliment to these spicy treats. Nutritional Highlights: Tofu is a complete protein, containing all …

6 Easy Veggie Swaps to Cut Calories and Boost Nutrition

10 Easy Veggie Swaps to Cut Calories and Boost Nutrition

We know by now that eating a diet rich in vegetables is good for our health, our mood and even our looks. Here’s a list of the veggie swaps you can make to get more of them into your meals while lightening up on calories. If you’re worried about feeling deprived, don’t. Because they’re so nutritionally dense, you may actually fuller with the veggie versions! 1. Instead of Flour Tortillas use Collard Greens- Swap out the refined flour for a crunchy collard greens next time you make a wrap and save over 100 calories while getting the anti-inflammatory benefits of vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids. How-to: Cut off the thick stem and carefully slice the rib so that it is flush to the leaf. That way it won’t break when you roll it up. Remember to always cut with the knife cutting away from your hand to avoid accidents. Add your filling in the center of the leaf, perpendicular to the stem, then fold in the sides and roll it up like a burrito. Try a …

Food for Thought- A New Kind of New Year’s Resolution

I had trouble deciding on a New Year’s resolution this year. I couldn’t really come up with anything that felt right. After a year of very clean living throughout my pregnancy and into the first couple of months of motherhood, I didn’t have any major vices to give up. More generic resolutions like “be kinder” didn’t feel proactive enough. After racking my brain I decided to stop thinking about it and trust that the right idea would eventually reveal itself. Finally on New Year’s Eve my yoga teacher casually threw out a little gem at the end of class, somewhere between “drink lots of water today” and “namaste”. I knew right then I had found an ideal mantra for the new year… What I love about it is rather than thinking of giving something up or framing things in the context of deprivation, this message encourages us to place value on the things that feed our growth, health and well-being. Let’s face it, sometimes we get attached to things that aren’t necessarily the best for …

Merry Mulled Wine- Feel Good Kitchen

Merry Mulled Wine – It’s a Holiday Party in a Glass!

Mulled wine is my favorite drink to serve around the holidays. I love the way the smell hits you right when you walk in the door. It reminds me of a winter I spent in England where at every household I was greeted with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie throughout the whole of December. This is perfect… for parties. You can make a few batches and let people serve themselves. When you want the whole house to smell like the holidays. when you want a warm and delicious drink on a cold winters night. to drink while tree trimming, decorating or baking cookies with friends. Merry Mulled Wine Ingredients: 12 Glasses  3 tangerines 1 medium Lemon  3/4 cup Agave Syrup  1 Cinnamon stick + more for garnish  1 tsp ground Cinnamon  3 fresh Bay Leaves  1 whole Nutmeg  6 whole Cloves  1 whole Vanilla Bean, halved  2 bottles of Chianti, or other medium bodied red wine  2 star anise 1. Peel the tangerines and lemon using a vegetable peeler and add …