"How To" Guides, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, Vegan, Vegetarian

How to Slice Mango like a Pro

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Cutting a mango may be a little intimidating, especially when it has that large pit in the center. With a sharp knife, it’s really quite easy. Once you have your perfectly sliced mango, top oats, smoothies bowls or tacos. Add to salads or salsa. Slice, prep and freeze servings for smoothies. Use for anything! Mangos are a great way to make a dish sweet without adding any extra sugar. Here’s a guide for How to Slice a Mango.

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

CocoNUTS for Chocolate Almond Coconut Oats

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My summer semester is right around the corner. While we have most Fridays off, I’m not looking forward to being gone from 6 am to 9 pm on some days for class and clinical. I’ve been looking at meal preps to ease through the day and free up my mornings, and overnight oats, smoothies or quiche are my go-to. I made these overnight oats during finals last month, and I’ve been prepping Chocolate Almond Coconut Overnight Oats ever since. Chocolate gives a nice decadent burst and the combo of almonds, almond extract, coconut milk and coconut flakes all give a fun twist on your morning. Happy meal prep!

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

Mad for Matcha Breakfast Bowls

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I previously tried Trader Joe’s Matcha Green Tea Packets as prepared and felt like I was drinking grass. Sorry, matcha fans. Maybe it’s just me or the type of matcha I tried, but regardless, I was determined to find a new way to enjoy matcha, I added it to a chia breakfast bowl. Loved it this way! But then again, I also cut the recipe from 1 t down to 1/2 t, so I’m sure this had something to do with my new affinity for matcha. (Note the subtle green hue to the bowl versus that vibrant green associated with matcha.) I’m so happy I found cardamom. It adds such a citrusy aspect to recipes and paired so well with the “greenness” of matcha. If I make this again, oranges, grapefruit and pineapple would also be great toppings in addition to the mango. Load up the fruit and take a break from oats, eggs and smoothies for breakfast. This Matcha Chia Breakfast Bowl is both light and filling and just what you need for a healthy morning detox of sorts.

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

The Perfect Paleo Pancakes

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Some mornings, you just neeeeeeed pancakes for breakfast. And on some of those mornings, you need the easiest pancakes ever for breakfast — ones with just bananas and eggs. I usually make my Banana Oat Pancakes when I’m in the pancake mood, but I’ve been curious to try something simpler. Hence the genesis of Paleo Banana Pancakes. I whisked together very ripe bananas, eggs and egg whites. (I have used just 2 eggs, but liked the flavor for the second batch with an egg/egg white mix. You can also put the ingredient in a small food processor or blender if you really want a smooooooth batter.) Topped with some PB2 and maple syrup, these pancakes just hit the spot.

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Asian, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Seafood, Vegetarian

Sushiiiiii (Bowls) at Home

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OMG YUMMMM. At first I was grumbling about buying $16 sushi grade tuna at Whole Foods. (I mean, let’s be real. I’m still a bit bitter about that price tag.) Besides buying the tuna and green onions this week, I generally have the remaining produce in my fridge as staples and all the pantry items on hand. Really, this Tuna Sushi Bowl is about $8-9 per bowl with staples aside and a healthy alternative to sushi take-out. While seemingly healthy, sushi can be packed with sodium and added unknowns. Cough, spicy mayo and rice, I’m looking at you. Apparently you can eat a serving a rice per roll?!? The tuna is packed with protein and extremely low in fat. I purposefully cooked extra quinoa when making Crispy Coconut Tofu Bowls just for these bowls. I grabbed everything you’d see in a sushi roll: cucumbers, carrots, avocado, ginger, a spicy “mayo” and wasabi. Packed in a bowl, you won’t even notice it’s not a true sushi roll. AND! Added bonus — these bowls were also really fun to make!

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

Curiously Different Quiche Crust

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Looking for a gluten-free and clean eating quiche? Look no further. I tend to make a “crustless” quiche, since a) I don’t think the curst normally stands up 4-5 days post-baking — it’s usually a soggy disaster — and b) I’m cooking for one, so I can’t eat my leftovers that fast. My mom sent me Cooking Light‘s idea to make a Sweet Potato Crust Quiche. I tried it and it was perfection. The crust is really quite easy to make and never turns into that mushy mess that a traditional pie crust does. The sweet potatoes also add a sweetness to the quiche with which you really can’t argue. You just slice up the potatoes, bake the crust, assemble the filling while the crust bakes and then you’re left with this week’s perfectly tasty breakfast.

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Asian, Dairy-Free, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian

Crispy, Crunchy Coconut Tofu

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You know when you go out in the summer and all you see is coconut shrimp this and coconut shrimp that? Here’s a meatless Monday take on that — Crispy Coconut Tofu Bowls. I got this idea/recipe from Well Vegan and it definitely came from a plant-based protein roundup from either SELF or BuzzFeed. (Obviously I receive biweekly emails for meal, recipe ideas and cooking tips from both.) After coming back from Sanibel Island, I was still feeling the tropical vibes during this rainy weather and this recipe seemed like the perfect solution. I definitely cut down on all of Well Vegan‘s prep time, simplified the tofu process, lightened it up by baking instead of frying and skipped their added sauce. This recipe looks way more complicated than it is and just requires a little foresight to prep the tofu ahead of time. By swapping a can of full-drat coconut milk for So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk, the quinoa still turned out dense, yet fluffy with a very subtle coconut flavor. I must say the best part about this is the toasted coconut flakes and panic that result from the baking process — pure perfection.

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

Tantalizingly Stuffed Tuna Salad Sweet Potatoes

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Want a yummy easy lunch with mostly pantry ingredients and basic staples? This recipe for Tuna Salad Stuffed Sweet Potatoes is not your mother’s tuna salad. (Sorry, Mom. Still think you make great tuna salads, but this is more of a “this is not your mom’s generations’ tuna salad.”) Protein packed and perfectly balanced, I got this idea for the stuff sweet potato from POPSUGAR‘s macro guide and tweaked Family Food on the Table recipe for a spinach tuna salad to be my own. Using mozzarella and Greek yogurt as the base for the tuna salad, it’s full of healthy fats and protein. I mixed in matchstick carrots (since they’re clearly one of my fridge staples), chopped spinach (ditto), mini cucumbers (sensing a trend?) and fresh lemon juice, pepper and garlic to taste. Placed in an easily baked microwave sweet potato while you assemble the salad, the sweet potato is then topped with avocado and sriracha. (Not sure what to do with potato insides? Try making a sweet potato crust.) Honestly, the best part is that you’re not insanely full after — winning!

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Dairy-Free, Drinks, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Vegan, Vegetarian

Rev Up Your Metabolism with This Detox Tea

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I made a boomerang for this, but sadly, uploading videos to my blog is somehow surprisingly complicated. Thus, you’re stuck with these rainy background photos, whose melancholy nature actually makes you want to drink tea, right? I made this Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Tea last spring using local honey in an attempt to keep my allergies at bay. Not entirely sure if it helped for allergies, but I enjoyed drinking the tart tea warm either first thing in the morning or right before bed. I’ve been an on-again, off-again Tone It Up follower for 3 years now, and they recommended a version of this they call “Meta D” with apple cider vinegar (ACV), apple juice, cinnamon and cayenne. (They also have ACV and fruit blends here.) It does boost some health benefits that can’t hurt: cinnamon is anti-inflammatory, ginger helps with digestion and ACV and cayenne rev up metabolism. Here’s a warning, it is quite tart, but try to enjoy without overloading it with honey (aka sugar albeit ). I also really like this not cold, not piping hot, but warm juuuuust right in the middle.

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Entrée, Italian, Low Sugar, Seafood, Vegetarian

Easy, Yummy Pesto Pasta (& “Pasta”)

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Look at that twirl action! With a mixture of spiralized zucchini, affectionately known as “zoodles,” and tricolor angel hair pasta, this spring pasta dish was packed with homemade pesto. Who says a nice dinner has to be expensive and a chore to make? Pasta is relatively cheap and can be bought in bulk. You can make batches of pesto and stock them in the freezer for future use. I used a can of Whole Foods tuna and spices, herbs and veggies in stock in my fridge and pantry. Viola! I whipped up Pesto Angel Hair Pasta with Tuna to feel a little decadent, a wee bit fancy twirlin’ my pasta and quite cozy as the cool weather rolls back in.

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