Butternut Squash Veggie Burgers

 
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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 c. roasted butternut squash, roasted

  • 1 c. cooked quinoa (or brown rice)

  • 1 c. black beans, mashed

  • 1/2 c. bread crumbs (or rolled oats)

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 small onion, very finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1.5 Tbs. cumin

  • 1 Tbs. coriander

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Cut a butternut squash in half, remove the seeds, rub with olive oil, and roast both sides face-down for 35-45 minutes, or until tender. While the squash is roasting, cook the quinoa (brown rice can also be used).

  2. Once cool, add the butternut squash and quinoa to a mixing bowl, along with all the other ingredients. Stir until well combined. The mixture will be wet and sticky.

  3. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Shape the mixture into patties and cook about 7 minutes on each side.

Quick Lentil Curry

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It’s warm, flavorful, and just the right amount of spicy (coming from someone who doesn’t handle spice very well). This recipe can be served with brown rice, quinoa, or with naan. I also added a spoonful of plain whole milk Greek yogurt to balance out the rich flavor of the curry. I hope you enjoy this quick, healthy, and budget-friendly meal!

 
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Quick Lentil Curry

Serves: 4

Time: 15 min.

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion (.50)

  • 2 cloves garlic (.15)

  • 1.5 Tbs. curry powder (.50)

  • 1 can tomato paste (.50)

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (2.99)

  • 1 cup cooked lentils (you can buy pre-cooked from TJ’s) (.69)

  • 2 cups spinach (1.00)

  • 1/2 lime, juiced (.50)

  • 1/2 tsp. salt (.05)

Instructions:

  1. If the lentils aren’t already cooked, begin by boiling 3 cups water or broth. Once boiling, add the lentils, then cover and simmer until tender (about 15 minutes).

  2. Wash the onion and chop into small pieces. Peel and mince the garlic cloves. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in a cast iron pan over medium-low heat.

  3. Sauté the onion until translucent, then add the minced garlic. After another 5 minutes, add the tomato paste and curry powder. Stir until evenly distributed.

  4. Add the coconut milk, cooked lentils, spinach, lime juice, and salt. Let everything simmer for 5-10 minutes.

  5. Serve with rice, quinoa, or naan. Garnish with chopped parsley and plain yogurt.

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Grilled Corn Salad

 
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This is the perfect salad recipe to add to some summer grilling, and it is so easy! 

Salad:

  • 1 head of lettuce

  • 1 ear of sweet yellow corn

  • 1 avocado

  • 1-2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

  • goat cheese or feta cheese on top

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil

  • 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil

  • 1 tsp. honey

  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Shuck the ear of corn, and completely wrap it in foil. Place on the grill and cook for about 15 minutes. If you don't want to use the grill, you can shave off the corn and sauté it on the stove with olive oil.

  2. Place all of the dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

  3. Assemble the salad ingredients, combine with the dressing, and enjoy!

*(You can add more or less honey to the dressing to your liking. If you want a thicker dressing, mix with a little bit of dijon mustard).

Quinoa Basil Veggie Patties

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I don't know about you, but when it gets super hot outside, I don't get that excited about cooking. I'm usually just ready to eat a smoothie and some peanut butter toast for dinner most nights! One thing that saves me from standing in a hot kitchen is these absolutely amazing veggie patties. They taste like a pesto yum bowl in veggie burger form. So full of flavor, packed with protein, and so versatile. When I make them, I just make a TON and eat them a bunch of different ways throughout the week. I eat them cold, hot, on a piece of toast, with a fried egg and avocado on top, or on a salad. So essentially the options for these delicious things are endless. It's amazing to have a ready-to-eat option in the fridge at all times. You also don't need anything to make them but a knife, a fork, a bowl, and a basic pan. Since I'm living in my van most of the summer that makes this recipe the DREAM. I hope you make these, and please tell me what you think!

 
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Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, mashed or food processed
  • 2.5 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup unprepared)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 c. feta or goat cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 c. chopped fresh basil
  • 1 c. chopped spinach
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic (about 2 large cloves)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

Instructions:

1. Cook 1 cup dry quinoa in chicken or vegetable broth.

2. While the quinoa is cooking, chop the basil and spinach. In a large bowl, mash up the chickpeas with a fork (or process in a food processor) till there are no more solid chickpeas left. It should look like a thick, chunky hummus.

3. Add the cooked quinoa, eggs, feta or goat cheese, chopped basil & spinach, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper to the bowl. Set aside in the fridge until ready to cook.

4. When ready to cook, heat a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Place about 1-2 tsp. olive oil, ghee, or coconut oil in the pan. Form the mixture into patties, and place in the skillet. Cook 4 minutes on each side, or until they are a golden brown on each side and slightly firm. Enjoy on a bun, a salad, plain, or any other way you choose! I also love to sauté onions and mushrooms to put on top :)

Summer Orzo Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium bell pepper
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 ear fresh corn
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh basil
  • 1-2 Tbs. olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • goat cheese or parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Organic chicken sausage, salmon, or another protein (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Begin by slicing the zucchini, carrot, and mushrooms into thin slices. Chop the bell pepper as well. Shuck the corn, and holding it over a cutting board or plate, slice off the kernals from all sides of the ear of corn.
  2. Begin boiling a medium-size pot of water over high heat. Add a pinch of salt if desired.
  3. While the water is boiling, begin sautéing the vegetables over medium heat. Using about 1 Tbs. of olive oil, sauté the zucchini, bell pepper, and carrots. Add the corn and mushrooms after 5 minutes.
  4. Once the water is boiling, add the orzo and cook for 8-9 minutes, depending on desired texture. 
  5. While the orzo is boiling, continue to stir the vegetables. When the vegetables are softened and start to brown, they can be taken off the heat.
  6. If you have time here, chop the tomatoes in half, and chop the basil leaves into smaller pieces (This can also be done at the end).
  7. When the orzo is cooked through, drain the water and place the orzo in a large bowl. 
  8. Add the sautéed vegetables, tomatoes, basil, 1 Tbs. olive oil, and some crumbled goat cheese or parmesan. Season with salt & pepper to taste. 

This salad can be enjoyed hot or cold. I enjoyed it with salmon burgers and avocado. You could also add some organic chicken sausage, or any other form of protein that sounds delicious to you! 

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Better Than Meatballs

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups lentils, cooked
  • 1.5 cups brown rice, cooked in chicken/vegetable broth
  • 2 cups mushrooms, chopped into tiny bits or food processed
  • 1 bunch green onions (6-8), finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs. fresh (or dried) rosemary, chopped*
  • 1 Tbs. fresh (or dried) thyme, chopped*
  • 1 Tbs. fresh (or dried) oregano*
  • 3 cloves minced garlic*
  • 3 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dairy free or regular parmesan (I've made them without the parmesan, and they're still amazing)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

*If you don't have fresh herbs, you can substitute 1 tsp. of the dried version for 1 Tbs. of a fresh herb. For garlic, about 1 tsp. of garlic powder would substitute for the 3 cloves of garlic. I prefer to use fresh herbs, because fresh always has more flavor!

instructions:

  1. Cook the lentils and brown rice according to instructions (You can also buy precooked of both in order to save time!). While the rice and lentils are cooking, chop the mushrooms, green onions, and fresh herbs.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400. Once the lentils and brown rice are done, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir till well mixed. The mixture will be wet and sticky.
  3. Generously rub olive oil over a large baking sheet. Form bite-size balls out of the mixture, and place on the greased baking sheet. 
  4. Cook for 15 minutes. Take the meatballs out of the oven, flip each one, then place back in the oven to cook for another 10 minutes. (It would also work to leave them in for the full 25 minutes without flipping them. They will just be a little more brown on one side, but still taste great!)
  5. We ate them with spaghetti squash and organic pasta sauce. They would also be great with regular pasta, gluten free pasta, zucchini noodles, pesto, or even on a meatball sandwich!

Veggie Tacos w/ Mango Salsa

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"These are the best tacos I've ever had" - Sid Beck, my husband.

If that's not enough for you to try these out... Well, your loss.

If I'm being honest, I didn't really measure out any of the spices while I was making these. I gave the ingredient list my best guess, but you can't really go THAT wrong with spices. Hopefully they will turn out just as amazing for you as they did for us :) 

 
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There's something so special about the sweet and savory flavors of these tacos. The mango salsa and the creamy cilantro sauce perfectly compliment the sautéed vegetables and spices used in the recipe. If you want more protein, feel free to add some grilled chicken, fish, or beans. Any protein choice would taste amazing with the salsa and cilantro sauce!

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Tacos:

  • 1 Poblano chili, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 package mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 2-3 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 Tbs. cumin
  • 2 Tbs. avocado, coconut, or olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Cube the sweet potatoes, drizzle with 1 Tbs. oil, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. chili powder, 2 tsp. cumin, and salt and pepper. Cook for 25 minutes, or until soft.
  2. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, chop the poblano chili, the bell peppers, the red onion, and the mushrooms. Sauté the chili, peppers, and onion in 1-2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp, oregano, 2 tsp. cumin, and 1 Tbs. oil. 
  3. Once the peppers and onion are soft, about 10 minutes, add the mushrooms and cook for another 5-10 minutes.

Mango Salsa: 

  • 1 organic mango
  • 1/4 c. red onion, chopped
  • 2 organic tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper
  1. Chop the mango, red onion, and tomatoes into small pieces. Chop the cilantro and add everything to a bowl.
  2. Drizzle with the lime juice and a few dashes of salt and pepper.

Creamy Cilantro Sauce:

  • 1/2 plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • water to thin
  1. Chop the cilantro and mix in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Add small amounts of water until desired consistency.

Cauliflower Steaks with Beetroot Sauce

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CAULIFLOWER STEAK?

I always thought that "cauliflower steaks" sounded pretty awful. How could you replace meat with a white vegetable? Well, I actually had never tried it before this, and even though it's not exactly steak, it is still DELICIOUS. After slicing the head of cauliflower, I only came up with about three "steak" looking slices while the rest fell into pieces, but that's the beauty of this recipe! You can use cauliflower florets, steaks, or even cauliflower rice as your base. Whatever you have on hand will work.

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Here's why I'm a believer in cauliflower steaks. Cauliflower is a superfood. It's packed with vitamins and minerals, fiber, and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It's even been known to contain compounds that help prevent cancer, along with other cruciferous vegetables. Cauliflower is a real food that will benefit your body in real ways. Why not find a way to make it more interesting? So, I came up with this recipe for you :)

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Cauliflower Steaks:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Toppings:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 package mushrooms
  • 1 small bunch swiss chard, kale, or spinach

Beetroot Sauce:

  • 3-4 cooked beets (I found pre-cooked beets at Whole Foods. Makes the recipe 10x easier)
  • 1 can cannellini beans (or any white bean)
  • 1/4 c. tahini (optional)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Carefully slice the cauliflower into "steaks". It crumbles easily, but small pieces are totally ok. Rub the steaks with olive oil and sprinkle with chopped herbs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Roast for 15 minutes. Gently turn over the cauliflower pieces and roast for another 15 minutes.
  2. While the cauliflower steaks are cooking, chop the onion, mushrooms, and swiss chard. Start by sautéing the onions with a little olive oil. After about 5 minutes, add the mushrooms and leafy greens. Continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes, or until everything is done to your liking. 
  3. Finally, throw all of the sauce ingredients into a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth and well-combined. 
  4. Once the cauliflower is done, top with the sautéd toppings and a drizzle of the beetroot sauce. 
  5. Enjoy! If you want more protein, add some roasted organic chicken or sausage. 

Chickpea Brown Rice Burgers

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I love how versatile veggie burgers are. You can eat them on a bun, on a piece of toast, on salad, or just plain. They also taste delicious with a wide array of toppings, such as avocado, sauces, tomatoes, etc. This particular veggie burger recipe has a simply, earthy flavor. They freeze really well, and make a super quick and easy meal. You can basically eat them with anything you have in your fridge at the moment! 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 c. pre-cooked brown rice or quinoa (you can cook your own, but I bought a pre-cooked package from the store to save time).
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 c. mushrooms
  • 3/4 c. walnuts or pecans
  • 4-6 cloves minced garlic (or 1/2-3/4 tsp. garlic powder)
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. dill (sub with turmeric or coriander for another flavor variation)
  • 1 Tbsp. tahini sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste (about 1/2 tsp. each)

Directions:

  1.  Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until well combined. If you don't have a food processor, finely chop all of the ingredients and mash with a potato masher or fork.
  2. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until browned and slightly crispy. 

Cauliflower Rice with Herbed Lemon Salmon

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RECIPE:

  • 2 wild salmon fillets
  • 2 cups riced cauliflower
  • 1 cup butternut squash, in very small cubes (Trader Joe's has pre-cut butternut squash cubes. Highly recommend because cutting butternut squash is the worst).
  • 1 large handful crimini mushrooms
  • 1 small onion
  • Large handful arugula
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3-5 sprigs fresh rosemary (about 1 Tbs. dried)
  • 3-5 sprigs fresh thyme (about 1 Tbs. dried)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Chop the butternut squash into small cubes and place on a pan with olive oil. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
  2. While the butternut squash is roasting, slice the mushrooms and chop the onion.
  3. Put half the rosemary and thyme in a pan with olive oil and 2 cloves of minced garlic (or 1-2 tsp. pre-minced garlic). Add the onion and cook for 5-7 minutes over medium heat, or until they begin to soften. 
  4. Drizzle the salmon with olive oil and lemon juice, then sprinkle with salt, pepper and the rest of the herbs.
  5. Add the mushrooms and cauliflower rice to the onion and continue to cook.
  6. In a separate pan, sear both sides of the salmon for 3 minutes over medium-high heat. Turn the heat down to medium low, cover with a lid, and continue cooking for 3-5 minutes or until the salmon is no longer raw inside.
  7. Combine the butternut squash with the cauliflower rice mixture, add arugula, and season with salt and pepper. 
  8. Eat the salmon on top of the cauliflower rice with some avocado. Yum!
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Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Noodles

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INgredients:

  • 1/2 head purple cabbage
  • 1 bag snow peas
  • 4 sweet potatoes, spiralized*
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch section fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs fresh basil
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 cup Thai Peanut Sauce (I made my own, but Trader Joe's has a good one)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

directions:

  1. Slice the head of cabbage into thin strips. Spiralize the sweet potatoes.
  2. In a large pan, sauté the sweet potatoes over medium heat with 2 cloves garlic, half the ginger, and olive oil. Add 1/4 cup water to the pan and covered with a lid for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and heat until soft, adding more water if necessary.
  3. In a separate pan, sauté the cabbage and snow peas in the remaining garlic, ginger, splash of olive oil, and 1/2 cup water. Cover with a lid and steam for 15 minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking until the water is evaporated and the cabbage and snow peas are soft. 
  4. Add the basil leaves and drained chickpeas to the cabbage and snow peas, cooking until the chickpeas are warm and the basil leaves are wilted.
  5. Serve the cabbage and snow pea mixture over the sweet potato noodles. Drizzle with your favorite Thai Peanut Sauce and pumpkin seeds.

*If you don't have a spiralizer, you could easily slice the sweet potatoes and roast them in the oven :) It would taste just as good!