Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Low Sugar, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Edible (& Kinda Healthy) Cookie Dough

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The first time I tried Chickpea Cookie Dough, I was like ehhh. The next few times I tried this, I made some changes like less peanut butter, swapping brown sugar for other sweeteners (gotta be more like Toll House, right?) and a bit more vanilla. The changes made me want to grab a spoon immediately; it’s a keeper. I personally think that it’s even better chilledddd. Serve it up on apple wedges, graham crackers or just eat it with a spoon. I personally like the good ol’ chocolate chip version, but play around with it to get your perfect edible cookie dough.

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

The One Pot Wonder: Rice & Veggie Detox Soup

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Yesterday was such a gross Monday and today is a rainy, dreary Tuesday. I made a big ol’ batch of this Brown Rice Veggie Soup last night using some pantry ingredients and some of the veggies I need for slow cooker buffalo chicken bowls tonight (recipe coming soon!). The soup just came together with no real plan. It’s so fun to toss in a little of this . . . a little of that . . . and watch everything come together. I added a little vindaloo curry to taste since the soup already smelled like these flavors would compliment the garlic and ginger well. The brown rice and copious amount of veggies make a hearty soup you can’t wait to have.

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One Pan Grilled Chicken Buddha Bowls

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I’m not even sure what I threw together last night, but this was a great impromptu dinner. Roasted some veggies, already had grilled chicken from Whole Foods, might as well grab an avocado . . . and Grilled Chicken Buddha Bowls with Roasted Veggies are born. Yesterday was a bit chilly and grey and using the oven didn’t sound like the worst idea, even though it’ll be July this weekend. I tossed sweet potatoes, chickpeas and kale in rosemary, garlic and paprika. After roasting in the oven, the sweet potatoes were tender, while the chickpeas and kale were crispy with a crunch. The kale was almost like kale chips, which is never a bad thing. Paired with that perfectly charred taste from the grilled chicken and creamy avocados, these bowls hit the spot. Although grain-free, I’m still calling this a buddha bowl since all these pieces came together in that perfectly assembled way.

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

Crazy for Kung Pao Veggie Bowls

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I’ve been making a lot of bowls lately. I think they’re balanced between veggies, protein and grains. I also think Fit Foodie Finds is the queen of all things bowls. I pulled from her blog again to make Kung Pao Veggie Bowls. They’re fresh, light and colorful — and pretty darn easy to make. I decided to grate/julienne the broccoli stem, which cooks down and softens so you can’t even tell it’s part of the veggies! Can’t wait to make this again trying chicken, tofu or beef. In honor of both meal prep Monday and meatless Monday, here’s another bowl to add to your arsenal.

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Glowing After These Moroccan Chickpea Glow Bowls

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Remember that Avocado Tzatziki? Obviously it had a purpose — for Moroccan Chickpea Glow Bowls with Avocado Tzatziki 🤗. The original recipe called these “detox” bowls and I can see why. You’re definitely satisfied after eating these, but not in an overly full, stuffed sort of way. The flavors are great! I haven’t experimented too much with Moroccan cooking and spices, but the blend was on point and a nice change from Thai, Indian, Mexican or Italian cuisine. I also tried these swapping the rice for shredded, plain chicken, which works well if you want a carnivore option. The mint in the tzatziki pairs so well with the spices and the jalapeño cilantro hummus adds a nice kick (but you can use any hummus or omit it entirely). The wonderful thing about these glow bowls is you can play around with them, swap ingredients, mix and match and really make them your own.

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Move Over, Meat — Welcome Meatless Monday

Crispy Sage Chickpeas over Sweet Potato Mash

Sometimes you need a little less meat in your life. I stumbled across BuzzFeed Food, which is a winning combo because I like BuzzFeed just as much as I enjoy food, so can’t go wrong there. This recipe was under five dinner options to make from one grocery list (quinoa & carrot ribbon salad,  spaghetti squash with bacon, goat cheese and spinach . . . have I tempted you to look yet?). I like sage, I love kale, and the idea of Meatless Monday is starting to become a routine in my cooking. It was easy enough to pop the sweet potato in the microwave and then let the chickpeas, onions and kale roast in the oven after tossing them with agave and sriracha. If you really can’t make it meatless, let (a smaller serving) pair with with steak, roasted chicken or pork chops. Otherwise, enjoy your Crispy Sage Chickpeas over Sweet Potato Mash just as it is.

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Devilishly Delicious Indian Curry Vindaloo

Coconut Curry Vegetables with Brown Rice

Happy Meatless Monday, everyone! I found another winning dish on PinterestCoconut Curry Vegetables with Brown Rice. I’ve never made anything with curry and coconut milk, but I’m so glad I did. The coconut milk gives a creaminess and subtle flavor to complement the spices in the vindaloo curry. It’s hot and spicy, complex and creamy all in one bite. Toss in the vegetables and you’re good to go. I found this article on Time last week about why Indian food is so delicious. (Ok, so this isn’t Indian per se, but it still embodies that complex flavor profile that we know and love.) I knew it was a sign — I just had to make this.

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