Nachos Salad

When I first moved to California I tried Have a’ Corn Chips for the first time and they’ve been my favorite ever since. The special ingredient in this Laguna Beach founded tortilla chip brand is soy sauce. A single layer of these chips is the foundation of this nachos-inspired salad.

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Calories: 554

Cashew Zucchini Soup

Creamy soups can be made healthier by swapping out the cream for nuts.  Nuts like cashews offer a significant dose of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats with much less saturated fat than cream. It’s a simple swap that boosts nutrition without compromising taste. Like my Velvety Kabocha Squash Soup recipe, this is a pureed soup. The cashews … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Calories: 117

Honey Pepper Chicken with Stir-Fry Vegetables

A few years ago my father started beekeeping. I don’t know if there’s any other hobby with such a great learning curve and high propensity to fail as beekeeping. As pollinators, bees play a vital role in our ecosystem and food supply and at the same time they are sadly on the brink of extinction. … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Calories: 313

Quinoa & Veggie Stuffed Portabellas

Mushrooms are often used in vegetarian dishes because they bring umami or earthy, meaty flavor, but without the meat. While mushrooms like portabellas are loaded with nutrients, they are not a good source ofplant-based protein. These portabellas are stuffed with quinoa, a grain that is actually a seed, to boost their protein content for a … Continued

  • 3 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Calories: 284

Tricolor Kamut Salad

Grains and greens are a super satisfying combination because of their high combined fiber content. If you enjoy ancient grains like quinoa and farro, you’ll love kamut too. Kamut is a type of wheat originating from Egypt. It’s not the kind of wheat from which typical bread flour is made, but certainly has the versatility … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Calories: 219

Butter Lettuce Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

This butter lettuce salad is crisp, refreshing and super flavorful with a zesty homemade dressing. The simple Dijon vinaigrette uses kitchen pantry staples so need for bottled, store-bought salad dressing. Make this salad to serve alongside your meal for an extra serving of veggies.

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Calories: 127

Mediterranean Tomato-Poached Eggs with Chickpeas

This is a rendition of the popular North African dish Shakshuka, which is enjoyed in many Mediterranean countries. I prefer adding chickpeas to the bright and flavorful tomato sauce to make the dish take on a stew-like quality. The sauce is simple and straightforward to prepare. The key to this recipe is poaching the eggs … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Calories: 247

Mushroom, Kale and White Bean Soup

This is a delicious vegan soup that makes for a light, but satisfying lunch or an accompaniment to dinner. I love making a large pot of soup during the weekend to enjoy on busy weekdays when there’s just not enough time to cook. This soup pairs well with a loaf of rustic bread and cheese.

  • 8 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Calories: 148

Winter Fruit and Yogurt Bowl

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to compromise on eating delicious produce. A wide variety of fruit is in season during the colder months. This bowl pairs some of these seasonal fruit with creamy yogurt for a quick and easy breakfast to enjoy at home or on-the-go.

  • 2 Servings
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Calories: 212

Harissa Lamb Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

This spaghetti and meatballs is, well, nothing like spaghetti and meatballs. Unlike the flavors of the traditional Italian dish that boasts garlic, basil and beef or pork, this recipe contains the North African smoky spice blend Harissa along with mint, lemon zest and lamb. These meatballs have an extra plant boost with fresh mushrooms blended … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30-40 mins
  • Calories: 378
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