Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Lightened Up, Low Sugar, Vegetarian

French Toast to Tickle Your Fancy

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Mmmmm, French toast. I don’t know the last time I had French toast. I’ve been a bit tired of omelets, quiche, avocado toast, smoothies, overnight oats…you know the drill, so I tried my hand at Multigrain French Toast with Mixed Berries. I swapped in multigrain bread, egg whites and almond milk. The multigrain bread added a gnarly texture. Top with an easy berry sauce, maple syrup and powdered sugar. Great and easy brunch!

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Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish

Deconstructed is Still Delicious

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One of my good college friends works near a bar that she and her coworkers frequent on Thursdays and Fridays. The drinks and food aren’t that special, but they’re always in great company. (It’s the place I met my future Southie roomies!) Meeting with Steph and Ali on more than one occasion, we’ll order lettuce wraps to accompany our spirits. Seemingly simple, I decided to try my hand at making them. Instead of wraps, I deconstructed them to make transport and eating easier. The fresh ginger is brightly fresh with a sharp bite, while the edamame and water chestnuts add crunch and texture to Deconstructed Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

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Dessert, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, One Pot Dish, Snack, Vegetarian

Mmmm, Yummy Yogurt Bark

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I don’t even know where to begin. This yogurt bark was great and easy and fun to make. I see many variations cropping up in the near future, like peanut butter banana or strawberry mint or… Like I said, it’s so easy, I’m going to have to gobble up this batch so I can make another. I’ve been looking for something other than dark chocolate to satisfy my sweet teeth and stumbled upon the idea for yogurt bark. Tossed in everything but the kitchen sink, not so patiently waited for this to chill and voila! Vanilla Yogurt Bark. You’ll forget it’s not chocolate, but a delicious frozen treat.

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Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Vegan, Vegetarian

Mighty Mango Curry

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Last week Whole Foods had a 5 for $5 special for mangos. Obviously I had to indulge in this deal. While the mangos were ripening on my counter, I came across Recipe Tin EatsMango Thai Red Curry dish. Um, yes please. Sign me up! Was this timing a coincidence? I think not. The original called for fish sauce and while I have no problem eating anything with fish sauce, I literally cannot cook with it to save my life. It would add a tangier, richer flavor, but I did a little modifying and my version is still tasty. I made the mango red curry sauce separate, allowed it to cool and fully thicken into a delectable sauce to then top brown rice and juicy chicken. (Swap the chicken for tofu and sweet potato to be fully vegan and vegetarian! I also tired this over cauliflower rice and it was still so filling.) Mango Red Curry is tangy, not overly sweet, creamy and perfectly spiced.

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

Delectably Delicious Curry Soup

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Every winter, my mom would make a Butternut Squash Curry Soup. It was never quite the same each time she made it, but that’s what made it fun. Sometimes it’s with Swiss chard or spinach. Other times, she tossed in carrots or different types of squash. One time, it was so spicy to eat, your nose was running but in that there’s-so-much-flavor-I-can’t-get-enough sort of way. Served piping hot and with a melted, toasty sandwich, with a light salad or alone, this soup always brings me back to a happy place.

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Better Than Takeout, Entrée, Lightened Up, Salad

Best (& Still Quite Healthy) Buffalo Chic Salad

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I stumbled upon this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Meatballs as a Super Bowl appetizer, but then was too busy with my micro homework to make this in time. If it can’t be an app, then a salad sounded light but also hearty and satisfying. I really like Skinny Taste and her healthy twists on classic and popular dishes. Naturally, she had a “Skinny” Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing to accompany. What pairs well with blue cheese dressing? Celery, carrots, cucumbers and avocado — toss that into the salad. Inspired by my Bang Bang Cauliflower, Buffalo Cauliflower Bites sounded like a natural addition to the metals. It all comes together even better than imagined. I had my coworkers jealous of my lunch. Seriously, Chris wanted to steal it. Get yours jealous too with the Buffalo Chicken Salad.

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

I Dare You to Not Love This Peanut Soup

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When I was visiting Chicago, my cousins Betsy and Cole were raving about this recipe they shared — African Peanut Soup. Simplistically delicious and fairly hearty considering it’s just veggies (but some thinly sliced beef would be a yummy addition). I added some cherry tomatoes, Tuscan kale and quinoa. Happy Meatless Monday! Hope you enjoy this keeper that definitely something to savor.

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

Decadently Dark Avocado Mousse

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I’ve been craving from Avocado Mousse and have been patiently, patientlyyy waiting for my avocados to ripen on the counter. This time, I wanted it to be dark — dark chocolate dark. Dark but even more healthy. You know what that means. I tossed in some of superfood power in Aloha‘s Chocolate Daily Greens (which includes servings of fruits and veggies — even more of a win win). Swapped for cocoa powder for carob, which was not intentional and totally by accident; I meant to buy cocoa but carob isn’t too bad. It has a different flavor than cocoa powder, but the dark chocolate helps blend everything together. A few minor changes and tweaks but still a delicious Dark Chocolate (Superfood) Avocado Mousse.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

Sriracha Green Eggs (Sans Ham)

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In honor of Sunday brunch, I thought I’d share my typical Saturday and Sunday dish when I’m craving some eggs: Spicy Green Eggs. Quick, easy and full of flavor (thanks, sriracha). Pack in some creamy avocado, and you’re good to dare. I dare you not to devour these. [If you have trouble cooking eggs or don’t even know where to begin, BuzzFeed has a great rundown of how to cook the perfect eggs — fried, scrambled, poached and soft/hard boiled. With pictures and everything.]

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

Ogling Over This (Healthy) Oatmeal Bake

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I went to Chicago last week to visit a nursing school and family and my cousin, Betsy, made a delectable Oatmeal Bake for breakfast with the challenge to lighten it up. Challenge accepted. Before I digress, I met the best playdates in Chicago and Luca even let me help him make a (Play-Doh) pizza. Arie is adorable as ever and Betsy and Andriy were gracious hosts. I also really liked Rush and seems like it could be a contender for grad school, but Boston and Philly are still looking strong. . . Now, back to the challenge. Eggs for egg whites, oil for mashed banana, milk for unsweetened almond milk and sugar for caramelized bananas (see the trick here), agave nectar and Aloha’s coconut powder, a natural sweetener. Done. Next challenge?

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