Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, Vegan, Vegetarian

Positively the Perfect Pineapple Oats

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Remember that pineapple I just chopped up? Already putting it to good use in some oats as Pineapple Almond Butter Oats. I’ve made this dish both as hot oatmeal and as cold overnight oats, and I think I prefer the oatmeal version since the pineapple becomes just a little bit sweeter and leaches out some of its natural sugar. Simple breakfast for the morning of or a great meal prep. Almond butter adds a nice, creamy kick to complement the sweeter, tropical pineapple.

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"How To" Guides, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Smoothie, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

A Summer “How To” Starring Pineapple

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So fun fact. I bought this organic whole pineapple at Whole Foods in Beacon Hill for $2.50. It yielded about 3-4 c (since I ate some in the process and can’t get an accurate reading). If you buy pre-cut pineapple pieces, it’s $4-7 depending on how many cups you bought. To save some many and reap all of the benefits, here’s How to Cut a Pineapple. Pineapples are high in vitamin C, fiber and other vitamins and minerals. Grill it, freeze it, keep it raw, transform it into a salsa. They’re also high in natural sugar and a great sweetener for smoothies, muffins, bowls, oats — anything.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Seafood, Vegetarian

One Pan Salmon Dinnerrrr

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Mustard Salmon with Roasted Veggies is such a great and quick mid-week dinner. This recipe will be added to the rotating arsenal. I saw a video for this on Facebook from Eating Well. It looked so easy and simple to make that I just had to try it. Since I don’t have a spice grinder and didn’t feel like buying more spices, I tried a marinade that our family friend, Maura, whisked together when we were in Florida. Just EVOO, Jack Daniel’s whole grain dijon mustard (soooo much flavor) and lemon juice. Asparagus, sweet potatoes and salmon are baked in the oven while you poach an egg. While you can skip the egg to make this a true “one pan” dinner, the yolk adds some saucy texture and more protein overall.

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Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish

The New Trend: Kelp Noodle Bowls

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Kelp noodles are so fun! I never knew they existed until I saw this recipe on TIU. These noodles are super low in calories and carbs and virtually without fat. The noodles have a crunch, an al dente texture and a nondescript taste. They kind of remind me of tofu in the sense that they take on whatever flavors you’re cooking with. I tried my hand at Chicken Kelp Noodle Bowls. I added fresh ginger root, garlic, scallions, soy sauce and lime juice for a fun Asian flair. Toss kelp noodles with chicken cooked in coconut oil and shiitake mushrooms, you have such a fun and decidedly different weekday meal. I liked these so much that I went back to Whole Foods to grab more, but they’re out. I’ll have to make these next week with shrimp — stay tuned!

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Snack, Vegetarian

Not Gingerly Eating These Ginger Matcha Protein Muffins

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The muffins are back for meal prep Sunday! I tried another recipe from TIU. I liked the Piña Colada Protein Muffins so much that I decided to try a Snickerdoodle version, so here we are with Ginger Matcha Protein Muffins. (I foresee a twist with blueberry muffins in the near future, so you’ve been warned.) I have the Matcha Green Tea packets from Trader Joe‘s so I used those to cut down the “greenness” that matcha sometimes has. I also added some ginger and doubled the bananas to combat this, but the doubled banana made the muffins a bit flat and less likely to rise. I even had my mom taste test them when I went home to surprise my dad for his birthday! They’re yummy, not too sweet and a great pick-me-up.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Mexican, One Pot Dish, Slow Cooker, Vegan, Vegetarian

Craving These Slow Cooker Burrito Bowls

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My mom has been raving about this lentil chili she made this past winter that called for smoked paprika. I keep seeing recipes call for this spice, and I came across a recipe for slow cooker burrito bowls, which — ding, ding, ding! — called for smoked paprika. Given that it’s been unseasonable cold here and that I wanted some meal prep for a busy start of the week, I pulled out the crock pot and made Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls. I totally want to make these with chicken next time, but I’ll need a bit more foresight to thaw the chicken from my freezer. Instead, I tossed in sweet potatoes and made these bowls with brown rice and black beans for a yummy dish. These have a risotto-like consistency and I found myself adding more homemade vegetable broth than expected. The smoked paprika pairs so well with the black beans and sweet potato; it gives the bowls a flavor similar to chorizo, but keeps it vegetarian.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, Vegetarian

“Snickerdoodles” for Breakfast

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It’s meal prep time! I liked the Piña Colada Protein Muffins so much that I decided to try a cinnamon version. (Obviously, we knew this was next because I love cinnamon and add it to a lot of things.) I made Snickerdoodle Pecan Protein Muffins to enjoy as a snack or as a breakfast on the go. Again, I added protein powder* to give these muffins a bit more oomph to get you through your day. The original recipe called for adding dates along with a banana, but I don’t like super sweet things and swapped dates for a little agave instead. The pecans add a nice crunch to the muffins –AND– they keep well in fridge for the week!

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, One Pot Dish, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

Copycat Sweetgreen Falafel Salad

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Ever since moving to Boston, I really like Sweetgreen since you get a salad or bowl that’s healthy and doesn’t truly break the bank. But, I’d like Sweetgreen even more if I didn’t have to leave my apartment to grab a meal. Sometimes, you just want something a bit more instantaneous. Here’s my copycat version of the Hummus Tahina Salad — Falafel Salad with Cucumber Tahini Dressing. I bought some falafels from the freezer section, tossed in ingredients for a salad and whipped up a dressing. I liked SG’s idea of adding breadcrumbs to their salad, so I added some GF breadcrumbs to act like croutons. I also like making regular tahini dressing — raw tahini, lemon, agave and water — and modified this to be the cucumber tahini version. Almost just as easy, but this one requires a bit of blending to make the cucumbers and garlic silky smooth.

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Entrée, Gluten-Free, One Pot Dish, Vegetarian

Simply Pesto Sweet Potato Pasta

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I love spiralized sweet potato. It makes the most under-rated noodles. I saw a write-up for easy pasta dishes on BuzzFeed for one with arugula, EVOO and parmesan from Gimme Some Oven. (At this point, we can admit I’m a BuzzFeed addict. I receive a biweekly food letter from them, so that never discourages my addiction.) I still have quite a bit of arugula from Arugula Cilantro Pesto, so I decided to make this with arugula, pesto, cannellini beans and sweet potato noodles. It’s easy and savory. Drizzle a little extra EVOO and toss with parm and this Arugula & Parmesan Sweet Potato Pasta is your next Meatless Monday dinner.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, Snack, Vegetarian

Power Piña Colada Protein Muffins

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Snack time! Who knew muffins could be healthy and filling without leaving you sluggish? I always like doing Tone It Up’s daily workouts and following their weekly schedule and have done so on and off for the last three years. However, I think I do a fairly good job of eating healthy, so I’ve never tried their meal plan. I had a deal with my friend, Steph, that she’d send over the meal plan in exchange for the handful of Beach Babe videos I have. I’d say it was a fair trade. After making Tuna Sushi Bowls, I tried my hand at some meal prep and made  Piña Colada Protein Muffins. I’ve had the equivalent of two muffins as a breakfast or three minis as a snack and I must say — I was surprisingly satisfied. You miss that post-carb/sugar crash. Packed with protein powder and using banana and pineapple as natural sweeteners, these muffins are a great way to grab breakfast or snacks on the go!

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