Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Side, Vegan, Vegetarian

Dressing Up Quinoa & Lentils

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Do you ever make something and you’re actually excited for your leftovers and to eat it again? That was this. I give you Cilantro Lentils & Quinoa with Raisins and Walnuts. This can be a side or a base to a meal. You can mix in feta or goat cheese. This would go quite well with roasted root veggies. Pair with grilled chicken. You literally can’t mess it up. I roasted potatoes, beets, and spinach and added some feta for a meal or kept it cold and mixed it into a spinach salad with a lemony vinaigrette. It works well with parsley instead of cilantro for all of you who are cilantro adverse, but fresh herbs with lemon juice and lemon zest keep this light and bright.

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Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Side, Vegetarian

Deliciously Different Roasted Beet & Peach Salad

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I’m slowly but surely becoming a beets fan. Golden beets tend to be a bit sweeter and milder compared to their more “earthy” red counterparts. Roasting beets brings out their natural sweetness and tenderness. Along side peaches, balsamic vinegar and fresh thyme, this non-traditional salad is bursting with flavor — and color! With brown rice as the base, Roasted Beets & Peach Salad will be your new summer staple.

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Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, Side, Vegan, Vegetarian

Cue That Summertime Cilantro Lime “Rice”

I think I just found my new summer staple: Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice. If you’re lazy like me, Trader Joe’s was worth the $2 investment and ease of prep. To keep it even simpler, I chopped the stems and leaves together; cilantro adds that bright, fresh taste to the “rice” and pairs so nicely with fresh lime juice. Think a knock-off of Chipotle’s rice that you want to eat by the spoonful.

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Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Side, Vegetarian

The Low Carb Mashed “Potatoes”

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I’m not sure why I haven’t posted these yet. I love Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. They’re low carb, so much easier than normal mashed potatoes and taste like the real deal. I used  frozen riced cauliflower since that was the easiest for me, but any type will do. Just cook the cauliflower, mix in cottage cheese for creaminess and then garlic and EVOO for flavor. Blend them together and viola! Mashed “potatoes.”

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Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Italian, Side, Vegan, Vegetarian

Hearty, Flavorful & Abundant Beans

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Our family friend, Vin, showed my mom this idea for sautéing cannellini beans. Naturally, she brought it home and introduced it into our dinner repertoire, and I had to try this idea for sautéing cannellini beans. Here’s my take of Rosemary Cannellini Beans with Sautéed Spinach. It’s quick, easy and most importantly, delicious. It’s a great cold-weather side, as we transition into fall (or great in the warm weather too, especially next to something grilled). The rosemary and fresh baby spinach add flavor and greens to your meal, while the white beans add some heartiness and protein.

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