Vegan and Gluten-Free Blender Apple Muffins

Easy Allergy-Friendly Comfort Food

A vegan AND gluten-free muffin may seem like an oxymoron to anyone used to traditional baking methods, but it can be done – and taste great too, believe it or not! This simple recipe comes together in the blender, making it the perfect quick baking project when you have a few extra minutes during your day. You can also use a food processor if you don’t have a high speed blender.

Roasted Vegetable Lentil Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash

A Plant-Based Spin on a Traditional Dish

Spaghetti Bolognese is typically as hardy and calorie-dense as it gets – a mountain of refined carbohydrates (in the form of spaghetti noodles) topped with a fatty meat-based sauce. Cheese usually shows up in copious amounts too. It’s certainly delicious, but tends to trigger an immediate food coma. It’s definitely not a food-allergy friendly or health friendly meal. This simple take on spaghetti Bolognese changes the game by replacing the pasta with spaghetti squash and turning the meaty sauce into a lentil-based, veggie-packed, slow-cooked savory dish. The resulting combination is filling and flavorful – as well as entirely plant-based. It’s rich in fiber, protein, and micronutrients, making it the ideal weeknight supper. Leftovers are easy to pack up for lunch the next day too.

Sweet Potato, Asparagus, and Broccoli Egg Bake

Egg Bakes = The Easiest Way to Eat Eggs for Breakfast

If you love to eat eggs for breakfast – or you’re simply in need of a protein-packed, grab-and-go breakfast option for busy weekday mornings (and who isn’t?!) – egg bakes are the way to go. Vegetables, cheese, and other mix-ins are layered into a 9” x 13” pan, blanketed with a mixture of eggs, half and half, and seasonings, and baked until just set. The resulting bake can be cut into squares and stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to simply heat and eat. This particular recipe includes a unique and tasty ingredient – spiralized sweet potato noodles! This makes the egg bake a complete meal, with protein, vegetables, and healthy carbs. You’ll be satiated, energized, and ready to tackle whatever the morning brings.

Veggie Packed Quinoa and Beef Chili

This colorful, satisfying, nutrient-packed chili is the ultimate one bowl meal. It’s a fresh take on traditional chili, emphasizing veggies as much as meat. With three different forms of tomatoes creating the base of the broth, it’s an amazing source of disease-fighting lycopene. It also contains three healthy carb sources – quinoa, corn, and sweet potatoes! It freezes and reheats well and it’s so nourishing on wet and snowy spring days (although light and fresh enough for warmer days as well). Make a batch at the beginning of the week and you’ll have a quick and filling lunch option available for when you’re on-the-go. Nothing improves your Sunday like a pot of fragrant soup simmering on the stove!

Vegan Curry Veggie Balls

Veggie Balls: A Super Satisfying, Nutrient-Dense Alternative to Meatballs!

Veggie burgers are fairly ubiquitous these days, but they can be challenging to make at home. They tend to fall apart either during preparation or cooking, and the resulting frustration can be enough to make anyone never want to cook them again. Veggie balls, however, essentially smaller, near-bite size veggie burgers, are easier to prepare, store, and portion out (especially for children!). They’re more versatile too, serving as a perfect topping for salads or macro bowls, a great filling for tacos or wraps, or an awesome snack all on their own with a side of hummus or salsa. Keep a batch on hand in the freezer for a quick week night meal (or an easy meat replacement if you avoid meat and the rest of your family is eating it for a meal). They’re similar in appearance and taste to falafel, but since they’re baked instead of fried, they’re better for you.

Sunshine Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie Bowls: Perfect for When You Want to EAT Your Nutrition (Instead of Drinking It!)

Smoothies are one of the best ways to get large quantities of fruit, greens, and superfoods into your diet…but all of that drinking your meals, instead of eating them, can get old fast. Smoothie bowls offer the perfect solution. They’re composed of a thick smoothie (with the consistency of sorbet) layered in a bowl with colorful, crunchy toppings. Smoothie bowls are eaten with a spoon instead of a straw and they’re more of a celebration than a chore to eat. Plus, they’re ideal for kids since they can top their own smoothie bowls according to personal preference!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls

A Grab-and-Go Snack for your Busy Life

If there is one thing we could all use, it’s more healthy, simple snacks. When the day gets away from us and hunger strikes, it’s all too easy to reach for something quick and loaded with sugar, salt, and trans fats. Keep these protein balls in your refrigerator (either at home or work) or pack a few into a Tupperware container and toss it into your purse or gym bag. You will be prepared with a protein-packed, all-natural, balanced snack when your stomach begins to growl – they taste delicious too!

Egg-Free and Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

The Healthiest Banana Muffin You’ll Ever Make

These easy-to-make muffins combine all the healthy foods you wish you had time to eat in the morning into one convenient, grab-and-go breakfast that tastes like dessert! If you struggle to make time for a breakfast routine and wish your mornings could be more streamlined, this is the recipe for you. Even better, these muffins keep well, freeze well, and are popular with kids and picky eaters, making them versatile enough for just about every situation. They’re packed with bananas, oats, Greek yogurt, and applesauce. They’re allergen-friendly too (sub coconut yogurt to make them dairy-free and vegan). Make one batch and you’re sure to make them again and again.

Butternut Squash Two-Bite Brownies

Chocolate and Squash = A Winning Combination

These brownies have a secret ingredient that manages to make them both more luscious and fudgy and more nutritious! Steamed, mashed butternut squash stands in for butter in this recipe and you’d never know if no one told you. Butternut has a mild, smooth flavor that blends with the stronger taste of chocolate seamlessly and adds moisture and body without adding extra calories too. If you’ve never had squash with your chocolate, it’s time to give it a try.

Almond Butter Goji Berry Oatmeal Cookies

The Perfect Healthy Cookie

These cookies are made without butter, sugar, or flour, and yet they are incredibly delicious and a hit with kids and adults alike! Chocolate and bright pink goji berries pair up to create the perfect flavor and color combination for Valentine’s Day, but these cookies are good any time. They’re obviously still a sweet treat, but you will feel great about the fiber and micronutrient content the ingredients in this recipe offer.