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

The Best Grain-Free Oatmeal & Porridge

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This is actually like porridge! I’ve been a little oatmeal’ed and overnight oats’ed out, but after all these brisk mornings, I wanted something with the same feel. You may be skeptical when mixing together flaxseed and chia seeds and nuts and coconut . . . but it is! Trust me. I was surprised too. I popped this concoction in the microwave thinking it wouldn’t absorb the milk and become fluffy quite like oatmeal does, but the result is like steel-cut oats or cream of wheat — just less gnarly and grainy; this Grain-Free Porridge with Fresh Figs has a much smoother and lighter finish. I had the last of my fresh figs left, so naturally I topped porridge with those and the some dried cranberries for a late summer, early fall feel.

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

Late Summer Peach Muffins with a Pseudo-Streusel

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Happy meal prep! Class is about to start up again after a two week hiatus. Having 9 am to 9 pm class on Mondays is going to be a wee bit rough, so obviously I need some new muffins in my life. I concocted a batch of Almond Peach Protein Muffins since I love fresh, ripe, juicy peaches with almond extract in the summer. Topped with a little brown sugar and chopped almonds, the muffins aren’t overly sweet and hit the spot with just a hint of summer as we move to the fall.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

The Most Colorful Detox Bowls

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So I’m finally testing out my inspiralizer from William Sonoma that I got for Christmas. First thing I tried? Purple cabbage. Ambitious, I know. While not perfectly spiralized, the cabbage came out in thinner strips than I would’ve been able to chop and much longer than if I used a food processor. The cabbage was mesmerizing and has the coolest designs, in case you were wondering because I know you were. Gimme Some Oven came out with this Detox Salad after New Years. While it is DELISH and I’m obsessed with the dressing, I made it a bit hardier so it would more of a meal and less of a side. The Carrot Ginger Dressing is sweet, tangy, sour and so flavorful. I’m in love with the red cabbage in the bowls. It’s much more tender and benign when spiralized. I’m also just extremely biased to chopped salads and this Rainbow Detox Veggie Bowl is no exception. It’s almost too pretty to eat. (But actually eat it because it’s delicious.)

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

Just Peachy Overnight Oats

Almond Peach Overnight Oats

With the unseasonably warm weather during the end of May here in Boston, this take on the overnight oats was a no brainer: peaches and almond. When I was little, the minute peach season rolled around, my mom would serve Almond Peaches for dessert, as a side for dinner, as a snack . . . you get the idea. Why not for breakfast? The almond extract perfectly balances with the peaches and almond milk. Hence, Almond Peach Overnight Oats were developed. To make it even better, I think i’ll toss in slivered almonds next time I make it for a crunch, but I promise, it’s perfectly balanced as is.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Low Sugar, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

The Berry Best Toast

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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! A breakfast, a snack or dessert, this Strawberry Almond Toast is obviously simple, but a sweet addition. Also, the red just seemed like an appropriate theme and start to my day. I’ve always found peanut butter to be overpowering, so I wanted to give almond butter a try. I know, I know — who doesn’t like peanut butter? I’ve never been peanut butter’s biggest fan. Almond butter though is an entirely different story. Smooth, creamy, mildly flavored. Slathered across a warm and hearty piece of multigrain toast, topped with fresh strawberries and this toast is the perfect breakfast or snack on a seeing red kind of day.

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Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep

Scrumptious Sesame Salmon Bowls

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I think I’ve had an Asian cuisine-inspired kick lately. First, the Daikon & Carrot Salad. Then, the Pho Soup. Now, these Sesame Salmon Brown Rice Bowls. This Sesame Curry Marinade for salmon is my go-to all by itself. It’s absolutely delicious, especially on grilled salmon in the summer, accompanying grilled vegetables. It’s my mom’s recipe, and you almost never need to find another marinade because it’s that good. It originally calls for toasted sesame seeds, but she found the seeds mostly burn while cooking so she substituted sesame oil. It may even be good as a salad dressing — who knows! As one of my last meals at home before moving to Boston, my mom combined this Sesame Curry Marinade with salmon, brown rice and fresh veggies. What a keeper. It was somehow light and heartier, flavorful and packed with veggies. I’m sure this will crop up in the future with new vegetable combinations.

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Appetizer, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Snack, Vegetarian

Get Spicy & Sweet with Spiced Nuts

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Ohh, these are tasty. So tasty, in fact, that I couldn’t stop myself from grabbing one while they cooled. And one more, and maybe just another… The kitchen smells heavenly while these Spiced Almonds, Pecans & Cashews bake. Another winning recipe from the brilliant culinary mind of Giada De Laurentiis in her cookbook, Giada’s Feel Good Food, the unusual mixture of spices creates a sweet, yet savory combo that anyone is sure to enjoy.

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Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Snackin’ on Granola

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Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Granola with Craisins is the perfect easy and delicious snack. I’ve never made granola with hazelnuts before, but the hazelnuts came out wonderfully toasted; chopped walnuts also work quite well, and are usually my go-t0 nut to add in. The mini dark chocolate chips gives you just enough of your chocolate fix without being overwhelming. With some many options for nuts, dried fruit and spices, you can experiment with what works best with the season or for you. I made this last fall and have been hooked ever since. You can make the granola in bulk and be happily snacking for the rest of the week!

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