• Southwest Quinoa Boats
    Main,  Salads,  Sides,  Snacks

    Southwest Quinoa Boats

    Romaine lettuce adds a refreshing taste to these lime-flavored quinoa boats. Did you know that quinoa is not considered a grain, but a seed? It is a very healthy food, since it is high in protein, fiber and vitamins. I like to eat it more often than rice these days. The most popular colors are white, red and black. White is the least crunchy and softer than the other colors, and it also cooks faster (in about 12 minutes). In this southwest quinoa recipe, a mix of red quinoa is tossed with chopped avocado, black beans, corn, cilantro and lime. One tip to making soft, fluffy quinoa is to cook…

  • Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

    Homemade Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

    Chocolate peanut butter cups were my favorite candy growing up. I always used to sneak some in mom’s basket at the grocery checkout! Fast forward many years later, I still love chocolate mixed with nut butters. I love to make my own chocolate almond butter cups at home, using either a medium or dark chocolate. There are no preservatives or artificial flavorings, just chocolate, coconut oil and almond butter! These almond butter cups are almost always in my fridge or freezer for a delicious snack!

  • Dukkah Avocado Toast
    Main,  Snacks

    Dukkah Avocado Toast

    Some days you just need something easy for lunch. The other week I shared my homemade dukkah recipe, and it tastes great on top of avocado toast! Another reason I love always having some on hand in my spice rack. I like to make these dukkah-topped avocado breads to go with a quick soup or salad for lunch, and I like the extra protein and flavors the nuts from the dukkah provide. You can purchase dukkah at some grocery stores, but it is very easy to make at home (see my recipe above). Avocados are a superfood I always have laying around the kitchen – they are packed with vitamins,…

  • Maple Roasted Carrots
    Sides,  Snacks

    Maple Roasted Carrots

    These maple roasted carrots are a simple, flavorful side that you can add to any dish. I personally love to snack on them with hummus and dukkah! These days, I love a super quick, easy, healthy, and flavorful recipe, and this one definitely makes the book. To beautify your plate, choose carrots of different colors, such as orange, purple and white. Did you know that the different colored carrots offer different health benefits? Different colored carrots also taste different from each other, giving this simple oven roasted carrot dish some variation. The purple carrots are my favorite, since they are the sweetest! Next time you are at the grocery store,…

  • No Bake Energy Bites

    No-Bake Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

    I try to always have a stash of these no-bake chocolate chip peanut butter energy bites in my refrigerator, because they are a great “pick-me-up” when my energy levels get low. My toddler loves them as a snack, too! You can choose any nut butter you like to replace the peanut butter. These little bites are packed with energy-boosting ingredients, like oats, honey, chocolate and peanut butter. I add flax seeds and hemp seeds for extra healthy fats and protein. They are a great snack before your workout since they aren’t too filling, but give you a nice energy boost! My favorite thing about these no-bake peanut butter balls is…