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Chimichurri Grilled Salmon

One of the easiest and MOST DELICIOUS dinners you’ll make, fresh grilled salmon topped with a flavorful chimichurri sauce. It’s healthy, gluten free & made in just 20 minutes!

Pair this chimichurri salmon with roasted garlic broccolini and cilantro lime cauliflower rice to create a gluten free & low carb meal.

Slices of salmon on plate topped with chimichurri sauce

Today’s post is sponsored by Vons and Santa Monica Seafood.

A couple of weeks ago, I joined my friends at Vons to visit Santa Monica Seafood in Costa Mesa, California. We sampled local wild caught Troll King Salmon from Morro Bay, California.

While wild king salmon isn’t available year-round, when you can get it, you should! It has a delicious flavor and is given a “best choice” sustainability rating.  It’s also loaded with Omega 3’s, those wonderful healthy fats that your body needs. Good for you and good for the environment, this salmon is a win-win!

I brought some of this scrumptious King Salmon home with me, lightly seasoned it and tossed it on the grill. I love to grill salmon on foil for easy clean-up and no worries about the fish sticking to the grill. As soon as I removed the salmon from the grill, I spooned my favorite 5 minute Chimichurri Sauce right on top.

This grilled salmon recipe is quick and easy to prepare with minimal ingredients. I prepared it this way to let the flavor of the fish shine through! This is a great recipe for busy weeknights when you’re looking for a fast and fresh meal to make in under 30 minutes.

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Buffalo chicken burgers are easy to make with a combination of ground chicken, buffalo sauce, spices & vegetables! Ditch the buns to make them healthy, gluten free, low carb & perfect for those on the keto diet!

Pair the burgers with Buffalo Potato Salad or Spicy Buffalo Macaroni Salad for a complete “Buffalo Style” meal!

Buffalo chicken burger on plate, topped with blue cheese crumbles with knife in the middle of the burger

I’ve been making these burgers since 2012 and I seriously never get tired of them! It’s such a fun spin on a traditional cheeseburger and full of flavor!

This burger encompasses everything you think of when you think buffalo wings. Chicken, carrots, celery sticks, buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing for the win!

You can easily refrigerate or freeze extra burger patties for later. I actually like to double this recipe and make eight buffalo chicken burgers. I grill two immediately, refrigerate two for later in the week and freeze the extra four for later.

If you’re looking to cut down on carbs or go gluten free, serve the burgers wrapped in lettuce. By ditching the bun, you also ditch 22 carbs per serving! All the flavor really is in the burger anyway!

These buffalo chicken burgers are perfect for summer grilling season or football season. They’re also great for a quick and easy dinner anytime. Made in just 29 minutes, you can’t go wrong with this simple, tasty burger recipe!

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Vegetarian Couscous with Roasted Tomatillos & Corn

Roasted tomatillos, grilled corn & jalapenos are combined in this easy Vegetarian Couscous recipe! It’s the perfect vegan side dish to pair with Vegan Grilled Veggie Tacos or this delicious Vegan Burrito Bowl! And best of all, it’s made in just 15 minutes!

Bowl filled with couscous, diced tomatoes, cilantro and lime wedges

I love cooking with couscous, it’s versatile and easy to prepare! So what is couscous?

Couscous is a pasta made of tiny steamed balls of semolina wheat flour. The couscous found in supermarkets today is pre-steamed and dried. This makes it quick and easy to cook at home.

Because of the quick cook time, it’s great for making easy side dishes or adding to main dishes. It’s mild in flavor and will take on whatever spices or ingredients you add to it.

Couscous, as seen in this recipe, is North African and different from Israeli Couscous, also known as pearl couscous. They are both made from wheat, yet Israeli couscous is much larger in size and therefore takes longer to cook. It’s great in salads, like this delicious Israeli Couscous Avocado Salad.

The couscous used in this recipe is from Africa, but today I’m putting a Mexican spin on it! Roasted tomatillos and grilled corn add a smokey flavor to the dish, while jalapenos add a little spice! If you’re not vegan, feel free to also crumble a little queso fresco on top!

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Mexican Quinoa Salad

It’s easy to make a delicious, healthy, vegan & gluten free Mexican Quinoa Salad for a side dish or entree! This salad is filled with black beans, tomatoes and bell peppers. It contains 14 grams of plant based protein per serving. And it’s made in just 29 minutes!

Mexican quinoa salad in bowl with white and gold spoon, topped with diced avocado

Quinoa is the perfect healthy grain to create a nutritious side dish or salad. This Mexican Quinoa salad is not only super healthy, it’s also perfect for those with food sensitivities. It’s gluten free, egg free, dairy free and peanut free.

It’s also great for those on a vegan or vegetarian diet that are looking to pump up their protein. This salad is packed with protein, 56 grams to be exact! The salad serves four, which gives you 14 grams of plant-based protein per serving.

In addition to its health benefits, it’s super easy to make, packed with flavor and totally gorgeous! You’ll definitely impress your friends if you take this Mexican Quinoa Salad to a party or BBQ.

This salad can be served warm or cold, which makes it perfect to take to a party or on a picnic! Seriously, when was the last time you went on a picnic? You should probably whip up this salad and go have a picnic in the park tonight!

I also love meal-prepping this salad on Sunday or Monday and eating it for lunch throughout the week. A little fresh lime juice squeezed on top really brightens up the leftover salad!

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

You won’t be able to put your fork down after trying one bite of this Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Basil Avocado Dressing! It’s loaded with delicious ingredients like raisins, kale, cashews & apples! This salad is healthy, vegan & great for those on a low carb diet.  It’s delicious as a side dish or entree and can be served at room temperature or cold.

Cauliflower salad with kale, raisins and avocado in white bowl with brown wooden spoon

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at California Avocados.

Cauliflower is so hot right now. The trend that’s been going on for a few years now is not going away anytime soon! And I have to say, that makes me so happy!

Cauliflower is used a great low carb substitute for chips in this recipe for Cauliflower Nachos. It’s also a great vegetarian substitute for chicken wings in this Korean BBQ Fried Cauliflower recipe.

It can be turned into Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice and used as a healthy base for Vegan Burrito Bowls. It can also be tossed with buffalo sauce and turned into Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos.

The possibilities with cauliflower really are endless and it’s a great addition to a healthy diet. This nutrient rich vegetable is a good source of antioxidants, fiber and vitamins.

In this recipe, I’m tossing roasted cauliflower with a deliciously flavorful and healthy avocado basil dressing. I also added some of my favorite sweet and salty salad mix-ins, like raisins and cashews.

The creamy dressing is so easy to make, just toss everything in a blender and puree. You can easily whip it up while the cauliflower is roasting, then toss the entire salad together in under 30 minutes.

This is a BIG SALAD! It’s great for meal prepping to eat for lunch or dinner throughout the week. Because the cauliflower is rich in fiber, just eating this salad will easily fill you up.

Kurt loves this salad! I’ll make it once and we’ll eat it for lunch throughout the week or as a side dish with dinner.

This cauliflower salad is also the perfect side dish for a party or big family dinner. You can easily make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.

The best part of this salad is that it’s so delicious and everyone can eat it! It’s vegan, gluten free, dairy free and low carb, making it a great fit for anyone, no matter their dietary needs.

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Greek Quinoa Salad

This Greek Quinoa Salad is bursting with delicious Mediterranean flavors, healthy ingredients & plant based protein! It’s vegetarian, gluten free & easily made vegan! This recipe is easy to make, perfect for meal prep and can be served hot or cold.

Quinoa salad in bowl with sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese and green onions

I love creating quinoa salads. They’re filling enough to eat as a meal, but they’re also great as a side dish! They’re filled with plant based protein, healthy and gluten free.

I introduced this Quinoa Caprese Salad on the blog a few years ago to rave reviews. Since then I’ve shared recipes for Mexican Quinoa Salad, Quinoa Corn Salad and now this Greek Quinoa Salad!

I love incorporating the flavors of the Mediterranean into my recipes. Sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs all add a ton of flavor to this Mediterranean style quinoa salad.

Chickpeas and quinoa are both wonderful sources of plant based protein. This is a great recipe for vegetarians or vegans looking to add more protein to their diet. It’s easy to make this quinoa salad vegan by simply omitting the crumbled feta cheese on top.

I love to meal prep this salad at the beginning of the week, then eat it for lunches throughout the week. A little drizzle of lemon juice and a dash of salt and pepper really brightens up this salad after taking it out of the fridge! Trust me, after trying this salad once, you’ll be hooked!

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Avocado Egg Salad Toast

Avocado Egg Salad is filled with deliciously creamy avocado, herbs, bell peppers & lemon juice! This recipe is fresh, healthy & contains no mayo! It’s easy to make & delicious on sourdough toast. You can also make into a sandwich, or serve it in lettuce wraps for a low carb, keto snack or meal!

Avocado egg salad on two pieces of toast on a white plate with fresh dill

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at California Avocados!

For years now, I’ve been making avocado toast, topped with eggs. Well today I’m introducing you to a GAME CHANGER!

I combined the egg and avocado into a deliciously fresh avocado egg salad. I then put that right on top of the toast! So easy, so light and so flavorful!

If you love egg salad, you’re really going to love this version with avocado! I like to make a big batch of the salad on Sunday or Monday. I put it on toast for breakfast or lunch throughout the week. It’s easy to make ahead of time and great for meal prepping!

Everything bagel seasoning and an extra drizzle of lemon juice on top really takes this egg salad toast over the top! I like to pick up a bottle of Everything Bagel Seasoning at Trader Joe’s.

If you don’t have a TJ’s near, you can easily mix up the seasoning at home. Two Peas and Their Pod has a great Everything Bagel Seasoning recipe that’s easy to make in 5 minutes! You can also add a little sea salt and pepper on top if you don’t have everything bagel seasoning.

Fresh California avocados + fresh herbs + fresh lemon juice = an egg salad recipe that’s bursting with flavor and filled with healthy ingredients!

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Cauliflower Nachos

Deliciously cheesy Cauliflower Nachos are healthy, gluten free, vegetarian & easy to make! At only 9 carbs per serving, they’re perfect for those on the keto diet!

Overhead shot of cauliflower nachos on a baking sheet with chipotle cream sauce drizzled on top

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Cabot!

I’m always down to make healthier versions of my favorite foods, as long as they’re still delicious and maintain resemblance of the original dish. For example, I’m down to use cauliflower or mini peppers instead of tortilla chips as the base of nachos, but they still have to be seriously cheesy, or it’s just not a nacho!

Last fall, I created Mini Pepper Nachos for those that wanted a low carb option to eat for dinner or snack on during game day. Now, I’m excited to introduce cauliflower nachos on the blog! If you love roasted cauliflower, you’re going to love these nachos!

Cauliflower is tossed in olive oil and taco seasoning then roasted in the oven for 15 minutes. After the cauliflower is roasted, it’s topped with red onions and jalapenos, then loaded up with shredded Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese. The nachos are then placed back in the oven until the cheese gets nice and melty!

After the nachos come out of the oven, you can toss any and all of your favorite toppings on top! Avocado, yes please! Fresh Pico De Gallo, sign me up! Creamy Chipotle Sauce, I’m in!

The cauliflower is seriously filling, so you can easily eat these nachos as a meal. They’re also great for a crowd! Serve them as a low carb party snack or appetizer at your next BBQ or fiesta! Add a Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita and really get the party started!

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Cherry Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich

Fresh cherries & tarragon add delicious flavor to this easy Chicken Salad Sandwich recipe! It’s made with greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise for a healthy spin on a classic!

Chicken salad on toast on white plate with potato chips

Chicken salad is one of of the easiest things to meal prep and eat throughout the week. It’s a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken and this version is both healthy and delicious!

Fresh sweet cherries are available from June through August, but frozen cherries can be found year-round. If fresh cherries can’t be found, simply thaw frozen cherries under cold running water and add them to the salad.

I like to serve my chicken salad sandwich open-faced on sourdough bread. I’ve also used multigrain gluten free bread to make this sandwich gluten fee. And I’ve tried the sandwich on butter croissants, which is Kurt’s favorite way to eat the sandwich!

No matter which way you serve it, the combination of sweet cherries, tart greek yogurt dressing and fresh tarragon, will make this the best chicken salad sandwich you’ve ever had!

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Easy Roasted Garlic Parmesan Broccolini

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Broccolini is the easiest, most delicious side dish recipe. It’s healthy, vegetarian, gluten free & easy to make in just 25 minutes!

Garlic parmesan broccolini stacked up on top of each other on white plate

Roasted veggies are so easy to make, they’re one of our go-to sides for weeknight meals. This roasted broccolini recipe is regularly seen on our dinner table with Bruschetta Baked Salmon and Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin. It bakes right along these delicious main dishes so dinner is ready in no time!

I love the simple seasoning of garlic, olive oil, steak seasoning and parmesan cheese in this recipe. You can even leave off the parmesan cheese to make it vegan! With about 5 minutes prep time and 20 minutes in the oven, this recipe is ready to go!

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Pesto Chicken Avocado Spinach Salad

Grilled pesto chicken, fresh avocado & cherry tomatoes top this healthy, easy, gluten free salad recipe. It’s delicious as an entree or side dish and it’s perfect for meal prep!

Sliced pesto chicken, sliced avocado and diced cherry tomatoes on top of spinach salad in bowl

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at California Avocados!

I love topping a delicious bowl of greens with flavorful grilled chicken. And obviously, I’m not the only one! These Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls are the most popular gluten free recipe on the blog.

When it comes to my favorite topping for any salad, bowl or basically any meal, it has to be avocados! Creamy, flavorful California Avocados are a staple in my pantry and a huge part of my diet. I love that you can add them to everything from smoothies to enchiladas.

This Lean & Green Superfood Smoothie is my go-to in the mornings! And I could eat these Creamy Avocado Corn Enchiladas every week!

For this salad, I added a whole sliced California avocado with quartered cherry tomatoes and grilled pesto chicken. I used homemade Basil Pesto for the pesto chicken, but store-bought works also!

This salad is bursting with flavor! It can be served with the chicken hot or cold, as an entree or side dish. You can easily toss the salad together while meal prepping and divide it up for lunches throughout the week.

No boring salads here! This salad will become your new favorite. And the great thing is, it’s quick and easy to make in just 29 minutes!

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Vegan Burrito Bowl

Healthy, easy and delicious, this Vegan Burrito Bowl recipe is perfect for meal prep or a quick weeknight dinner! A base of cauliflower rice is topped with black beans & tons of veggies for a tasty gluten free meal!

Burrito bowl filled with corn and black bean relish, pico de gallo, avocado and shredded lettuce

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at USA Pulses & Pulse Canada!

There’s no denying my love of a good bowl recipe! Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls are incredibly popular on the blog and for good reason. They’re quick, easy and so flavorful! Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowls are also popular on Pinterest, easy to make, gluten free and vegan!

Today’s Chipotle style burrito bowls are another one to add to your must-make bowl list! Each bowl is filled with healthy, planted-based protein, potassium and vitamins.

This Vegan Burrito Bowl is made, start to finish, in just 15 minutes, making these bowls perfect for an easy dinner. They can also be eaten warm or cold, making them perfect for meal prepping and eating for lunch!

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Slow Cooker Kale Turkey Soup

Slow Cooker Kale Turkey Soup is made with white beans and lean ground turkey. It’s a healthy, gluten free recipe that’s easy to make in a crock pot!

Ground turkey and kale soup in white soup crock on wood tray

Crock pot soups are my jam! They’re so easy to toss together in the morning and such a delicious dinner to come home to!

Taco Soup is one of my childhood favorites, that I continue to make over and over again! And Kurt requests this French Onion Meatball Soup almost every week. But when it comes to a soup that’s light and flavorful, this Turkey Kale Soup is my go-to!

Lean ground turkey, fresh kale, diced onions and cannellini beans keep this soup light and healthy. While oregano, fennel seeds, garlic, salt and pepper add delicious flavor!

Serving this soup with a warm and crusty baguette for dipping is totally optional, but highly recommended!

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Kale Pesto

Homemade kale pesto is an easy, healthy, gluten free recipe, made with 7 simple ingredients. It’s perfect for tossing on pasta, pizza or grilled chicken!

Kale pesto in white bowl with copper spoon in the bowl

I love pesto!

I love it so much that I’ve made 8 different varieties of pesto on the blog!

  1. Basil Pesto
  2. Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
  3. Spinach Pesto
  4. Vegan Pesto
  5. Cilantro Lime Pesto
  6. Paleo Walnut Sage Pesto
  7. Arugula Blue Cheese Pesto
  8. Kale Pesto

One of my favorite things about pesto is it’s versatility. You can easily toss it on a pizza, pasta or eggs. Add it to a sandwich, grilled chicken or a salad.

Toss it in risotto or spread it on baked salmon. The options really are endless!

My other favorite thing about pesto is how easy it is to make. Toss all of the ingredients in a food processor and you’ve got delicious homemade pesto in just 5 minutes!

This kale pesto is not only easy, delicious and versatile, it’s also packed with health benefits!

Kale helps with cancer prevention, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium. It also contains 15% vitamin B6, 40% magnesium, 180% vitamin A, 200% vitamin C and 1,020% vitamin K.

It is also a good source of five minerals, copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

This recipe has 4 cups of kale in it. That’s a lot of vitamins!

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Healthy Greek Turkey Soup

Gluten free, slow cooker Greek Turkey Soup packs a ton of flavor in a healthy dish! It’s easy to make in a crockpot with ground turkey, sun dried tomatoes, spinach & chickpeas!

Overhead shot of two bowls filled with ground turkey soup with spinach and chickpeas

I’m a big fan of putting a little Greek flavor into my recipes. These Greek Crescent Rolls are a must-make appetizer.

This Greek Crockpot Breakfast Casserole is one of the most popular recipes on the blog! And this Greek Quinoa Salad is one of my favorite recipes for meal-prepping for lunch throughout the week!

Greek food is a type of Mediterranean cuisine and therefore focuses on fresh vegetables, olive oil, pasta and herbs. You’ll find lemon juice, oregano, onions and tomatoes in most greek dishes, including this Greek Turkey Soup!

A serving of this soup is only 461 calories and packs in 44 grams of protein! And one serving can easily be eaten as a meal.

This soup is delicious reheated. Toss it in the crockpot on Sunday or Monday, then eat it throughout the week for a healthy, delicious meal!

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Heart Healthy Fruit Smoothie

This heart healthy smoothie recipe is perfect for busy mornings! It’s filled with ingredients that support heart health and it’s made in only 5 minutes!

Heart healthy fruit smoothie in two glasses on copper tray with fresh strawberries and blueberries

February is National Heart Health Month and one of the best ways to keep your heart healthy is by eating healthy!

Seafood, fruits, veggies, healthy fats, soy products and whole grains round out a great heart healthy diet and help reduce the risk or heart disease. This heart healthy fruit smoothie features 4 fresh fruits and soy milk for a simple smoothie recipe to start your day!

To round out the rest of your weekly menu with heart healthy recipes, try this Pesto Baked Salmon with cherry tomatoes and zoodles.

This Butternut Squash Spinach Kale Salad is another vitamin and nutrient packed recipe that can be served as lunch, dinner or a side dish.

And try these Heart Healthy Granola Bars for an easy on-the-go snack!

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Italian Turkey Sweet Potato Casserole

Looking for an easy, healthy, gluten free recipe? Try this Italian Turkey Sweet Potato Casserole, made with ground turkey and sweet potato noodles!

Italian turkey sweet potato casserole in oval baking dish with large serving fork

Creating vegetable noodles with a spiralizer is one of my favorite ways to make healthy recipes!

I’ve made zucchini noodles for several popular recipes. These Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls are always a hit! And this Vegan Pad Thai with Zoodles is a fun twist on a classic Thai dish.

I’ve also made butternut squash noodles to go in these Balsamic Chicken Butternut Squash Noodle Bowls.

Sweet potatoes were my first vegetable noodle to make with a spiralizer. I made them and created this Italian casserole dish. The casserole features layers of sweet potato noodles, Italian seasoned ground turkey and fresh mozzarella cheese. It’s a winning combo of flavors. It’s healthy and easy to make!

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Banana Date Protein Shake

Grab a healthy Banana Protein Shake post workout! This recipe combines bananas, dates, peanut butter & protein powder for one delicious & easy recipe!

Banana protein shake in two glasses sitting on white marble tray with gold and white striped straws and peeled banana in background

Was one of your new years resolutions to amp up your workouts? If so, then I’m guessing you’re looking for the perfect post-workout protein shake.

Luckily for you, I’m giving you that exact recipe today!

This shake packs over 50% of your daily protein needs with 38 grams of protein. It is also vegan, making it perfect for those that need extra protein in their normal diets!

I like to use this Vega One Coconut Almond Vegan Protein Powder in this protein shake. The flavors of the coconut and almond pair perfectly with the coconut milk and almond milk in this recipe!

This protein shake is so delicious, you’ll think you’re drinking a milkshake! Luckily for you, this milkshake is vegan, gluten free and packed with essential nutrients, protein, vitamins and potassium!

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Whole30 Italian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Baked Italian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are filled with ground turkey & cherry tomatoes, creating an easy, healthy, low carb & whole30 approved recipe!

Stuffed portobello mushrooms filled with ground turkey, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil leaves sitting on round wood cutting board with red and white striped towel in background

Portobello mushrooms are my jam! I like to slice them up and add them to Grilled Vegetable Paninis or dice them up and add them to this Brussels Sprout Casserole.

Today though, they’re the star of the show! These Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are filled with Italian seasoned ground turkey and cherry tomatoes, then baked in the oven for an easy meal that’s both healthy and flavorful!

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Whole30 Mushroom Spinach Chicken

You’re going to love this healthy, easy Spinach Mushroom Chicken recipe! It’s totally delicious, dairy free, low carb & whole30 approved!

Sliced grilled chicken breast on white plate, topped with mushrooms and spinach, with copper fork on side of plate

Last year, I introduced dozens of Whole30 recipes on the blog and even dedicated the entire month of March to Whole30 recipes.

Of the 18 Most Popular New Recipes of 2018, 8 of them were part of Whole30 March. With the popularity of Whole30 recipes last year, I vowed to bring you more Whole30 recipes in 2019 and I’m here to deliver!

You don’t have to be on the Whole30 diet to enjoy these delicious recipes. These are great options for those looking to add a few new healthy recipes into the mix, or those that are looking for gluten free and dairy free recipes.

This Whole30 Spinach Mushroom Chicken is flavorful, easy to make and the perfect addition to your weekly healthy dinner menu! You could also prepare extra chicken to slice up and meal prep for lunches or dinners throughout the week.

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Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is an easy, healthy side dish, perfect for serving with your favorite Mexican recipes. It also makes a great base for a gluten free, Whole 30 taco bowl!

Large white bowl of cilantro lime cauliflower rice with two lime wedges on top and wooden spoon in the bowl

Looking to low-carb your meals? Try cauliflower rice!

Use it instead of traditional rice in these Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls or use it instead of quinoa in these Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowls!

It only takes 10 minutes to make, start to finish, and is great as the base for a low carb bowl or served as a side dish!

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Mexican Vegan Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl

Mexican roasted sweet potatoes top this easy and delicious, healthy, vegan Quinoa Bowl recipe, perfect for lunch, dinner & meal prepping!

Roasted diced sweet potatoes in bowl with diced avocado, pico de gallo, lime wedge and copper fork, with orange and white striped towel underneath and fresh cilantro in the background

Happy New Year! Who’s excited for more healthy & seriously delicious recipes in 2019? I know I am! Today I’m getting the party started with this Mexican Vegan Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl recipe!

Bowls have been a MAJOR TREND on the blog the last couple of years!

Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls are still in the top spot for viral Facebook videos with over 5.1 MILLION views!

Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls continue to be a huge hit on Pinterest and everyone loves this Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl!

Now it’s time to add a new bowl into the mix! This Mexican Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl is so flavorful and easy to make in under 30 minutes.

You can meal prep a few for the week or just make a couple for a quick & easy dinner! It’s gluten free and vegan, making it the perfect fit for a healthy lifestyle.

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Italian Seasoning

Homemade Italian seasoning is an easy recipe to mix up for chicken marinades, seasoning veggies & adding to pasta sauces. It’s whole 30, vegan & gluten free!

Italian seasoning in small mason jar on wood and marble cutting board with a small gold spoon of Italian seasoning in front of the mason jar

I’ve been making my own Taco Seasoning for years, but lately I’ve started filling my pantry with all of my favorite seasoning blends.

From French Onion Dip Mix and Pumpkin Pie Spice to Fajita Seasoning and Italian Seasoning, I keep all of these seasoning mixes on hand to easily add to recipes.

The taco seasoning is perfect in this easy Crock Pot Taco Soup. The French Onion Dip Mix makes the most delicious Instant Pot French Onion Pot Roast.

The Pumpkin Pie Spice is a wonderful addition to this Apple Crumble recipe. And Italian seasoning is great for adding to pasta sauces, roasted veggies and lots of authentic Italian recipes.

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Breakfast Taco Hash

This skillet breakfast hash is a healthy, easy recipe made with turkey sausage, tons of veggies and taco seasoning, prepared in under 45 minutes!

Breakfast hash in blue cast iron skillet with diced avocado, tomatoes, sausage and potatoes, with wooden spoon in skillet and fresh cilantro in background

Thank you to my friends at Jennie-O for sponsoring today’s post!

When it comes to kicking up the flavor of my breakfast recipes, while still keeping them healthy, I always turn to Jennie-O Turkey Sausage!

It’s great on a Breakfast Pizza, in a Mexican Breakfast Casserole or in an Italian Turkey & Egg Skillet!

Today, I’m adding it to a traditional breakfast hash with a twist! The twist? Taco Seasoning!

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Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Butternut Squash & Crispy Kale

Vegan baked gnocchi is tossed with delicious fall spices, butternut squash and crispy kale for an easy, healthy, sheet pan recipe made in just 25 minutes!

Gnocchi, butternut squash and kale in bowl with wooden spoons

Butternut squash is my favorite fall vegetable! It can be turned into an appetizer with this Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta Recipe, a taco with this Vegan Butternut Squash Taco Recipe or a soup with this Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup Recipe. It’s so versatile and so delicious!

A few weeks ago I had a bag of diced up butternut squash in the fridge and a package of gnocchi in the pantry, I decided to experiment putting the two together in an easy sheet pan recipe for dinner.

That dinner turned out so delicious that I turned around and made it again the next day for the blog!

The crispy kale, paired with the tender gnocchi and creamy butternut squash creates the perfect trifecta of textures. And all of the fall spices really take the flavor of this recipe over the top!

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Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos are a healthy, easy recipe for dinner! The buffalo cauliflower is baked, then broiled for a crispy texture. It’s then wrapped up in corn tortillas, topped with a dairy free avocado sauce and jalapeno carrot slaw, creating a totally delicious & gluten free taco recipe!

Buffalo cauliflower tacos on corn tortillas with jalapeno carrot slaw and fresh cilantro on plate with small bowl of buffalo sauce

I’m never one to shy away from tacos! Breakfast Tacos, Pulled Pork Tacos or Greek Pita Tacos, there’s no such thing as “too many tacos” in my world!

When it comes to making vegan tacos, I love Butternut Squash Tacos in the fall, Grilled Veggie Chimichurri Tacos in the summer and these Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos year-round!

These tacos seriously couldn’t be easier to make!

Toss some cauliflower with buffalo sauce and roast in the oven. While the cauliflower is roasting, mix up a little jalapeno carrot slaw and blend together the avocado sauce. Once the buffalo cauliflower comes out of the oven, toss it all on a tortilla and you have one seriously scrumptious vegan taco recipe!

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad Stuffed Zucchini

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Roasted zucchini boats are filled with a healthy Mediterranean Tuna Salad, made with roasted red peppers, spinach, sun dried tomatoes and no mayo. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and perfect for clean eating!

 

Mediterranean Tuna Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Sun Dried Tomatoes Stuffed in Roasted Zucchini Boats on Wood Cutting Board

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Getting into a routine of healthy eating can be tough, but with simple protein packed recipes with fresh ingredients, it gets a lot easier!

Zucchini Boats are one of my go-to healthy dinner options, made in under 30 minutes! You can fill the zucchini with buffalo chicken, Greek spiced ground turkey or delicious StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.™ Yellowfin Tuna with Sun Dried Tomatoes.

StarKist Selects E.V.O.O. Tuna is packed in extra virgin olive oil giving it a rich flavor and tender texture. It’s perfect for adding to a Mediterranean Tuna Salad because the olive oil works as a binding ingredient without adding any mayo or dairy to the tuna salad.

You might have had tuna salad as a sandwich or lettuce wrap, but did you ever think about stuffing it in roasted zucchini boats? I didn’t think so!

Welcome to a new, fun recipe that I know you’re going to love!

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The Ultimate Low Carb Nachos

The ultimate low carb nachos are made by loading mini peppers with all of your favorite nacho toppings, like cheese and veggies, for a healthy, gluten free & low calorie recipe, perfect for parties, game day and Super Bowl Sunday!

nachos made with sweet mini peppers, covered in taco seasoned ground turkey, corn, tomatoes, black beans, cheese and jalapenos

What’s not to love about nachos?! They’re easy to make, loaded with delicious toppings, totally acceptable to eat for dinner (in my book!), but also the perfect appetizer to share with friends at a party or sporting event!

While The Ultimate Pulled Pork Nachos used to be my go-to nacho recipe for game day, they’re now tied for first place with these Ultimate Low Carb Nachos!

Read the full recipe here!

Healthy Greek Turkey Stuffed Zucchini

Low carb, gluten free and delicious, this Greek Turkey Stuffed Zucchini recipe has it all! It’s healthy, scrumptious and easy to make in just 29 minutes!

Greek Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats on white plate with gold forks in background

Zucchini noodles used to be my favorite way to add zucchini to a meal. Now easy stuffed zucchini boats are coming in hot, tied for the top spot! My obsession started with these Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats and now to these Greek Turkey Zucchini Boats.

But don’t you worry, if you love zoodles, I still have plenty of those recipes too! These Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls have gone viral! The recipe video has been viewed over 6 MILLION times on Facebook!

This Vegan Pad Thai Recipe with Zoodles is made with my famous pad thai sauce and packed with healthy veggies! And my personal favorite, this Pesto Baked Salmon Recipe with Zoodles is made on just one pan in only 29 minutes!

For this zucchini recipe, I stuffed Greek flavored ground turkey into hollowed zucchini halves. The turkey is cooked with onions, garlic, oregano and sun dried tomatoes for a delicious Mediterranean flavor!

I like to top the zucchini with crumbled feta cheese. Because after all, my life motto is “more cheese, yes please!” If you’d like to keep the recipe dairy free, paleo and Whole30 approved, you can leave off the cheese.

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Vegan Pad Thai with Zoodles

Ditch traditional noodles for zucchini noodles in this delicious, veggie packed, gluten free and vegan Pad Thai recipe, made with the best Pad Thai sauce in only 20 minutes!

Vegan Pad Thai with Zucchini Noodles, Sugar Snap Peas, Crushed Peanuts and Scallions

After 7 years of blogging (that’s right, my 7 year blogiversary is in 2 days!) one of my favorite things to do is take two really popular recipes and mash them up!

Enter 15 Minute Spicy Vegetable Pad Thai & Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls!

For this recipe I stole the zoodles from the zoodle bowl recipe and the pad thai sauce from the vegetable pad thai recipe, added A TON of veggies and voila, Vegan Pad Thai with Zoodles was born!

The result was one seriously delicious combination of textures and flavors in a totally easy, veggie packed recipe!

Read the full recipe here!

Low Calorie Charcuterie Board

Your party guests will never guess that this charcuterie board is low calorie! Bursting with colors and flavors, learn how to make a charcuterie board that is easy to create, with a gorgeous display, that’s also healthy and gluten free!

Low Calorie Charcuterie Board with Carrots, Celery, Bell Peppers, Hummus, Berries and Chicken Snack Sticks

Charcuterie boards, oh how I love thee! You’re gorgeous, easy to make and filled with a few of my favorite things, meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies and dips!

While I usually create charcuterie boards for parties or as an appetizer for dinner with friends,  I’m definitely not above making a charcuterie board for two and eating it for dinner with Kurt!

Read the full recipe here!

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

Zucchini boats are stuffed with ground chicken breast cooked with onions, garlic and buffalo sauce in this deliciously easy, healthy, low carb and gluten free recipe!

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats with Pepper Jack Cheese and Cilantro

I love stuffed veggie recipes, they’re fun, colorful and healthy! Some of my favorite veggies to stuff are spaghetti squash, bell peppers and sweet potatoes.

These recipes for Vegetarian Stuffed Spaghetti SquashTurkey Chili Stuffed Spaghetti Squash,  Whole 30 Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers and Chipotle Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are just a few of my favorite stuffed veggie recipes!

Now let’s talk about stuffing zucchini! You can stuff zucchini with a variety of ingredients, from pizza toppings, to taco seasoned meat, to veggies and beans for a vegetarian meal. Of course, I stuffed them with my favorite ingredient, buffalo chicken!

Read the full recipe here!

Shishito Peppers with Soy Ginger Sauce

Blistered Shishito Peppers sauteed in Soy Ginger Sauce are an Asian restaurant favorite that you can now easily make at home with this simple 20 minute recipe!

Blistered Shishito Peppers in Soy Ginger Sauce with Crispy Panko Breadcrumbs

Over the years I’ve turned hundreds of friends and family members on to the deliciousness that is a Shishito Pepper! Ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but lets just say I’ve introduced a lot of people to these amazing little peppers and everyone has loved them!

What are shishito peppers?

Shishito peppers are a sweet pepper from East Asia, often served as a starter at popular sushi restaurants such as Nobu, Ra and Katsuya. The fun thing about these peppers is that they’re a mild, sweet pepper, yet about one in every ten is spicy!  Surprise!

I call them the “Russian roulette” of peppers because you never know when you’re going to get a spicy one!

Up until a couple of years ago, I was only able to find fresh shishitos at the Asian markets around San Diego. Now I see them at most major grocery stores, including Sprouts and Trader Joe’s.

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Sheet Pan Salmon Fajitas

This incredibly flavorful recipe for salmon fajitas is made on one sheet pan in just 29 minutes for a quick and easy recipe! Serve the fajitas on tortillas or in a rice bowl for a delicious meal!

Baked Salmon Fajitas with Bell Peppers and Onions, Sliced Avocado and Lime Wedge in Bowl with Rice

Fajitas are a staple around our house. They are one of the few meals that Kurt actually makes himself, but for this fajita recipe, I took charge and switched things up a bit!

Inspired by these popular 10 Minute Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls, I turned these sheet pan salmon fajitas into a bowl for myself, but also served them in a more traditional style in flour tortillas for Kurt. Both versions are totally delicious, so serve as you’d like! You could even ditch the rice and tortillas to make this recipe Whole 30 approved!

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Spinach Artichoke Chicken

A creamy combination of goat cheese, greek yogurt, spinach and artichokes are stuffed into this delicious Spinach Artichoke Chicken recipe! It’s easy, healthy, low carb and keto diet approved!

Sliced Spinach Artichoke Chicken with Fresh Basil and Lemons

Healthy grilled chicken recipes are a staple around my house, from Bruschetta Grilled Chicken and Mango Salsa Chicken to Mediterranean Chicken Skewers and Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers, I love how easy it is to create a healthy and flavorful grilled chicken recipe with the right marinade!

This Spinach Artichoke Chicken recipe has both the right marinade and the perfect filling to create a delicious and healthy dish!

Read the full recipe here!

Mango Salsa Chicken

Looking for an easy, flavorful meal idea? Check out this scrumptious Mango Salsa Chicken, grilled in a chipotle honey glaze and topped with fresh, homemade mango salsa!

Grilled Chicken topped with Mango Salsa and Fresh Cilantro

Mmm mangos, the delicious tropical fruit that goes great in margaritas, salads and salsas, and is perfect for topping grilled meats in the summer!

When it comes to mango salsa, I love to eat it any way I can! Dipped up with chips, on top of baked salmon or with a spoon straight to my mouth 😉 Mango salsa is made up of a simple combination of mango, tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice. All of these fresh ingredients combine to make a salsa worthy of eating straight from the spoon!

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Chimichurri Shrimp Skewers

With just 3 ingredients in 29 minutes, you can toss together these flavorful Chimichurri Shrimp Skewers! They’re so easy to make, gluten free and dairy free!

Chimichurri Shrimp Skewers with Limes and Chimichurri Sauce

Last week on Instagram, I declared that chimichurri was “the official sauce of summer 2018” and I’m sticking with it! Ever since I shared this easy 5 minute Chimichurri Sauce recipe earlier this summer, I’ve been receiving tons of Instagram messages from people letting me know that they’re as obsessed with this sauce as I am!

It’s so flavorful, so easy to make and you can toss it in a mason jar in the fridge to add to Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls, Grilled Veggie Tacos or Shrimp Skewers throughout the week!

Read the full recipe here!

Greek Bruschetta

Looking for the perfect Mediterranean appetizer made in just 15 minutes? Try this easy Greek Bruschetta recipe made with fresh cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, hummus and feta cheese!

Greek Bruschetta - Tomato Cucumber, Hummus and Feta Cheese on Toasted Baguettes

If you’re looking for a bruschetta recipe, you’ve come to the right place! From my famous Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe, to twists on the classic, like Avocado Bruschetta, Beet Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta, I love sharing new bruschetta recipes that are perfect for serving as snacks or appetizers!

Heck, why not try them all and set up a Bruschetta bar at your next party!

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Chimichurri Chicken Zoodle Bowls

Chimichurri chicken is marinated in an easy, homemade chimichurri sauce, grilled to perfection, then served over zucchini noodles with cherry tomatoes. This flavorful, gluten free & dairy free recipe is perfect for dinner or meal prep!

Chimichurri Grilled Chicken, Zucchini Noodles and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

With over 4.5 million views and 111,000 shares on Facebook, it’s easy to say that people love this recipe for Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls! And if you love that recipe, you’re also going to love this recipe for Chimichurri Chicken Zoodle Bowls! They’re healthy, gluten free and Whole 30 approved!

Earlier this month, I shared an authentic Chimichurri Sauce recipe that’s easily made in just 5 minutes! Now, I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to use the sauce in recipes throughout the week, like these Chimichurri Veggie Tacos and this Chimichurri Chicken Zoodle Bowl recipe.

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Quinoa Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing

Quinoa Corn Salad is the perfect side dish for summer! Fresh grilled corn, nutty quinoa and juicy cherry tomatoes are tossed with a creamy avocado dressing for a vegetarian & gluten free salad full of flavor and nutrition!

Gluten Free Quinoa Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

I am all about fresh grilled corn, I’ll eat it straight off the cob, turn it into Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn, make it into Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa or add it to this Fresh Corn Salad recipe. It’s one of my favorite summer staples and I seriously can’t get enough of it!

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Shrimp Bruschetta Zoodle Bowls

Delicious Italian marinated grilled shrimp is topped with homemade tomato basil bruschetta and served over sautéed zucchini noodles in this healthy, Whole 30 and gluten free Shrimp Bruschetta Zoodle Bowl recipe!

Bruschetta, Grilled Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles in Bowl

With over 4.5 MILLION video views on Facebook, over 100,000 shares and 40,000 comments, it’s clear to see that these Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls are a hit!

The original inspiration for these bowls came from my Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe that I’ve been making for years! I wanted more ways to eat this delectable recipe, rather than just as an appetizer, so I served it over grilled chicken, on a bed of zoodles and the world took notice!

Today, I’m sharing how to make a similar bruschetta zoodle bowl, but with delicious grilled shrimp! And I’m serious when I say DELICIOUS grilled shrimp! I could eat this shrimp by itself, all day every day… and I did! I could not resist gobbling up a few grilled shrimps before putting these bowls together!

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30 Easy Whole30 Recipes + Shopping List

Check out these 30 easy Whole30 recipes that will make it simple to create healthy Whole30 meals, that also taste delicious! Plus, use the handy Whole30 shopping guide to grab everything you need to make these tasty recipes at home!

Check out these 30 easy Whole30 recipes that will make it simple to create healthy Whole30 meals, that also taste delicious! Plus, use the handy Whole30 shopping guide to grab everything you need to make these tasty recipes at home!

I’m wrapping up “Whole30 March” today with a list of 30 Easy Whole30 Recipes + a convenient Whole30 shopping list that will make it simple to purchase ingredients for the Whole30 diet that you might not already have in your kitchen pantry.

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Grilled Cajun Chicken with Bell Pepper Cajun Slaw

This recipe features the best cajun chicken marinade ever, that just so happens to also be dairy free, gluten free and Whole30! Grill the chicken up and serve it with Bell Pepper Cajun Slaw for a healthy, complete meal.

This recipe features the best cajun chicken marinade ever, that just so happens to also be dairy free, gluten free and Whole30! Grill the chicken up and serve it with Bell Pepper Cajun Slaw for a healthy, complete meal.

We’re coming up on the end of “Whole30 March” and I’m so excited to end the month with a couple new favorites. This Grilled Cajun Chicken recipe being one of them!

I’m being totally serious when I tell you that this is the worlds best Cajun chicken marinade! Whether you’re looking for a healthy Whole30 recipe or not, you’re going to want to make this recipe!

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Whole30 Chipotle Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Deliciously easy Whole30 chipotle chili is added to these stuffed sweet potatoes for a scrumptious gluten free and dairy free meal, made in under an hour!

Deliciously easy Whole30 chipotle chili is added to these stuffed sweet potatoes for a scrumptious gluten free and dairy free meal, made in under an hour!

I can’t say enough good things about the delicious combo of smokey, spicy chipotle chili + creamy baked sweet potatoes. They’re a match made in Whole30 heaven, that I could eat every week!

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Green Chili Avocado Sauce & Spaghetti Squash

This delicious Whole30 recipe combines roasted spaghetti squash and green chili avocado sauce with cilantro lime shrimp for a healthy, gluten free and dairy free meal!

This delicious Whole30 recipe combines roasted spaghetti squash and green chili avocado sauce with cilantro lime shrimp for a healthy, gluten free and dairy free meal!

I love this recipe because it’s a combination of two of my favorite recipes, Chili Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Green Chili Avocado Sauce, combined with my favorite squash, spaghetti! I altered the two recipes slightly to make them Whole30 compliant and the result was delicious!

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Whole30 Eggplant Roll Ups

Italian seasoned ground turkey and mushrooms fill these delicious eggplant roll ups, baked in a flavorful tomato sauce. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and Whole30 compliant!

Italian seasoned ground turkey and mushrooms fill these delicious eggplant roll ups, baked in a flavorful tomato sauce. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and Whole30 compliant!

Although I love all of my recipes, this might just be my favorite Whole30 recipe so far (shhh don’t tell the others!)

What can I say, I’m a sucker for Italian food. Even when I was a picky eater growing up, I always loved my Italian food! I know, the blasphemy that a food blogger used to be a picky eater!

Usually pasta and cheese are at the top of my Italian menu but I was determined to make an equally amazing Italian dish without the pasta and cheese that was Whole30 compliant.

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Balsamic Salmon Zoodle Bowls

Roasted balsamic salmon is served over zucchini noodles topped with a berry avocado salsa for a flavorful meal that’s easy to make, gluten free, dairy free and Whole 30 approved!

Roasted balsamic salmon is served over zucchini noodles topped with a berry avocado salsa for a flavorful meal that's easy to make, gluten free, dairy free and Whole 30 approved!

Four and a half MILLION, that’s how many times my Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls video has been viewed on Facebook! This viral sensation has led me to see that the zoodle bowl trend is one that’s here to stay!

From Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken Zoodle Bowls to Greek Chicken Zoodle Bowls to this delicious Balsamic Salmon Zoodle Bowl, you can find enough zoodle bowl recipes on the blog to fill up an entire weeks menu!

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Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers – Whole 30 Recipes

You definitely want to add these Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers to your list of Whole 30 Recipes! They’re healthy, gluten free, dairy free and delicious!

Buffalo chicken stuffed bell peppers on baking sheet

It’s the 1st of March and also the first day of “Whole 30 March” on the blog! I decided to share a month of Whole 30 recipes for a few reasons. I wanted to create new healthy recipes both for the blog and for my weekly menu.

There have been several friends and followers that have requested Whole 30 recipes on the blog. And I realized that you could have buffalo sauce (certain brands, of course!) while eating Whole30 and then I was in!

I’ve never been a “diet” person but I do believe in balancing healthy, clean eating along with indulgent meals. A well rounded diet let’s you enjoy the foods you love, along with making sure you eat your peas and carrots!

The Whole 30 recipes I’ll be sharing this month are not just for those on the Whole30 diet. These recipes, like Balsamic Salmon Zoodle Bowls, Turkey Taco Salad and Chipotle Chili Sweet Potatoes, are perfect for those with gluten or dairy allergies. All of the recipes are made with real food and are free of legumes, grains, dairy and sugar.

I spent a lot of time developing recipes that fit within Whole30 compliance, but also taste great. You’ll never feel like you’re missing out on a really great homemade meal when you make these recipes!

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Vegan Avocado Smoothie Bowls

Fresh avocados, bananas and spinach are blended up with almond milk yogurt and coconut water in this delicious, vegan avocado smoothie bowl recipe!

Fresh avocados, bananas and spinach are blended up with almond milk yogurt and coconut water in this delicious, vegan avocado smoothie bowl recipe!

As we head into Spring in just a few short weeks, I’m excited to share lots of simple, healthy and fresh recipes featuring some of my favorite pantry and refrigerator staples.

One of those refrigerator staples is Silk Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative. I’ve partnered up with Silk to share this awesome avocado smoothie bowl with Silk Vanilla Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative.

This delicious vegan product is great for adding to smoothies or smoothie bowls or simply topping with fruit and granola for breakfast or an afternoon snack!

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Mediterranean Chicken Skewers

Fresh spinach, spices, lemon and olive oil are combined in an amazing marinade for these grilled Mediterranean Chicken Skewers! 

Fresh spinach, spices, lemon and olive oil are combined in an amazing marinade for these grilled Mediterranean Chicken Skewers! 

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Vons!  All opinions are my own.

It’s the beginning of a new year and healthy eating is on the minds of many. If you’re looking for a new healthy recipe that’s also amazingly flavorful, then you have to try these Mediterranean Chicken Skewers!

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Balsamic Chicken & Butternut Squash Noodle Bowls

Grilled balsamic chicken & roasted butternut squash noodles are topped with a pomegranate apple arugula salad in this healthy, gluten free bowl recipe!

Grilled balsamic chicken & roasted butternut sqaush noodles are topped with a pomegranate apple arugula salad in this healthy, gluten free bowl recipe!

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Litehouse! 

The leaves are changing colors, the temperatures are dropping and I’m trading in zucchini noodles for butternut squash noodles, yes, it’s true, fall has officially arrived!

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Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon salsa is refreshing, flavorful and will be the hit of the summer! Serve it with tortilla chips for a vegan and gluten free snack or serve it over chicken, fish or tacos for a delicious meal!

Watermelon salsa is refreshing, flavorful and will be the hit of the summer! Serve it with tortilla chips for a vegan and gluten free snack or serve it over chicken, fish or tacos for a delicious meal!

I first made this watermelon salsa in the summer of 2015 to serve on top of chorizo tostadas, but after making it too many times to count this summer as a party and picnic snack, I had to give the recipe it’s own post on the blog!

I made this recipe three times 4th of July weekend and by the third time, I learned my lesson and doubled the recipe!

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Green Tahini Sauce

This healthy, vegan and gluten free Green Tahini Sauce Recipe is perfect for topping buddha bowls, chicken and fish, or serve it as a dip with veggies!

This healthy, vegan and gluten free Green Tahini Sauce Recipe is perfect for topping buddha bowls, chicken and fish, or serve it as a dip with veggies!

Trader Joe’s Green Tahini Sauce and dip, a delicious and healthy staple on my Trader Joe’s shopping list that has magically disappeared from my local store. Say what?! I know, the travesty is real y’all!

I went to pick up a tub of this delicious sauce last week to top my Grilled Veggie Green Buddha Bowls and there was none to be found. It’s slot in the refrigerator section wasn’t even there anymore. Could this be another delicious Trader Joe’s product gone into retirement? I don’t know, but just in case, I’m now prepared to make my own at home!

Luckily, this green tahini sauce is so easy to make at home!

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Healthy Asian Chicken Rice Bowls

Sesame ginger marinated & grilled chicken tops these Healthy Asian Chicken Rice Bowls filled with oranges, almonds, veggies & tons of flavor!

Sesame ginger marinated & grilled chicken tops these Healthy Asian Chicken Rice Bowls filled with oranges, almonds, veggies & tons of flavor!

I simply can’t get enough of the current “bowl trend”! For me, it’s a fun and delicious way to eat healthier without just eating a salad every day!

But of course, I do have to admit that this recipe was inspired by A SALAD (ironic, I know!) at one of my favorite San Diego restaurants, Coffee Cup. Their Chino Citrus Salad is a combination of mixed greens topped with orange slices, carrots, bean sprouts, cilantro, grilled chicken and their delicious homemade dressing.

After eating it for lunch last week, I decided to come home and recreate the salad as a bowl!

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Kale Pistachio Pesto

Fresh kale, pistachios and coconut oil are combined in this vegan, gluten free, healthy pistachio pesto recipe. It’s perfect with pasta, chicken or on pizza!

Fresh kale, pistachios and coconut oil are combined in this vegan, gluten free, healthy pistachio pesto recipe, perfect with pasta, chicken or on pizza!

I love pesto! Spinach pesto, basil pesto, sun dried tomato pesto and now kale pistachio pesto!

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Cinnamon Chipotle Salmon

Baked Cinnamon Chipotle Salmon is a healthy, gluten free recipe that has the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, and is made in only 29 minutes for a quick and easy meal!

Baked Cinnamon Chipotle Salmon is a healthy, gluten free recipe that has the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, and is made in only 29 minutes for a quick and easy meal!

Easy baked salmon recipes are a go-to for me during the week. They’re healthy, quick and simple, which is key for busy weeknights!

You can bake the salmon with veggies for a complete meal in just minutes!

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Greek Chicken Zoodle Bowls

Marinated & grilled Greek Chicken is served on a bowl of zucchini noodles, topped with cucumber tomato salsa for a healthy, gluten free meal made in under 30 minutes!

Marinated & grilled Greek Chicken is served on a bowl of zucchini noodles, topped with cucumber tomato salsa for a healthy, gluten free meal made in under 30 minutes!

Oh hey everyone, happy Thursday!

I’m so excited to share this recipe today because it combines two WhitneyBond.com recipe favs, Greek Tacos and Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls!

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Healthy Turkey Lettuce Wraps

These PF Chang’s copycat turkey lettuce wraps, made in only 15 minutes, are prepared with lean ground turkey, making them a healthy & gluten free option! 

These PF Chang's copycat turkey lettuce wraps, made in only 15 minutes, are prepared with lean ground turkey, making them a healthy & gluten free option!

If you’ve ever been to a PF Chang’s, there’s a 99.9% chance, you’ve had their famous lettuce wraps!

While I don’t frequent many chain restaurants, (I’m lucky to have so many amazing local options in San Diego!) I do have to say that I don’t mind a little PF Chang’s every once in a while, some Chicken Lettuce Wraps, followed by Sweet & Sour Chicken, delish! But, I also love being able to make these recipes at home for a little less money and a lot less calories!

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Roasted Red Pepper Turkey Bolognese

Roasted red peppers add a delicious flavor to this healthy Turkey Bolognese recipe, serve over spaghetti or with zucchini noodles for a gluten free meal.

Roasted red peppers add a delicious flavor to this healthy Turkey Bolognese recipe, serve over spaghetti or with zucchini noodles for a gluten free meal.

With a new year, comes new years resolutions to eat healthier.

For me, one of the best ingredients to keep in the fridge to stay healthy is extra lean ground turkey breast.  It’s loaded with protein and low in fat and calories, making it a great choice for substituting ground beef in recipes like tacos, meatballs, chili and bolognese!

This turkey bolognese has only 262 calories and 5 grams fat per serving, while it boasts 31 grams of protein per serving. (This recipe makes 4 servings!)

The sauce can be served with traditional pasta, or switch it up and serve the sauce over roasted spaghetti squash or sautéed zucchini noodles to keep it low carb and gluten free!

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Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl

Roasted sweet potatoes & quinoa are topped with delicious Thai peanut sauce in this easy, healthy, gluten free, vegan buddha bowl recipe!

This popular buddha bowl has been shared over 30,000 times on Pinterest! People rave about the flavor of the dish and how easy it is to make! If you love this bowl, you’ll also love these vegan recipes for Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls and Buffalo Chickpea Buddha Bowls!

Roasted sweet potatoes in bowls with quinoa, shredded carrots and cilantro

While 2016 was the year that the Wall Street Journal claimed “Bowls Are The New Plates“, the bowl trend isn’t going anywhere in 2017! According to the “Pinterest 100”, Buddha Bowls are one of the Top 10 Food Trend Predictions of 2017!

So what exactly is a Buddha Bowl? It’s a healthy bowl filled with a whole grain, such as brown rice or quinoa and raw or cooked veggies, such as sweet potatoes, broccoli or cauliflower. It’s then topped with a healthy sauce or dip, such as hummus, peanut sauce or pesto.

I love the Buddha Bowl Trend because it’s a fun way to play around with different healthy options in the kitchen without eating the same thing over and over! It’s also great for meal prepping. You can easily prepare a few delicious bowls to eat for lunch or dinner throughout the week.

In this recipe, I roasted sweet potatoes with rosemary, garlic, cinnamon, salt and pepper, bringing a ton of flavor to this healthy bowl! I tossed the sweet potatoes on top of cooked quinoa, which adds fiber, protein and a nuttiness to the bowl. Brown rice, farro, couscous, or your favorite grain would also work well!

I topped the bowl with shredded carrots, cilantro, peanuts and most importantly, my famous Thai Peanut Sauce! This recipe makes more peanut sauce than you need for this recipe. Place the remainder of the sauce in a mason jar and store it in the fridge for up to two weeks. And I promise, you won’t be disappointed that you have extra of this sauce on hand!

It’s so delicious on everything from Thai Peanut Chicken Naan Pizzas, to Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs. If you’re looking for more vegan recipes to use it on, try these Thai Peanut Pineapple Veggie Rice Bowls or this Thai Peanut Chicken Stir Fry, minus the chicken + extra veggies!

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Spinach Artichoke Turkey Burgers

A healthy version of spinach artichoke dip is stuffed into, and piled on top of, delicious Spinach Artichoke Turkey Burgers, perfect for Summer grilling!

Spinach Artichoke Turkey Burgers

Today’s post is sponsored by Jennie-O!

The sun is shining, the coats are put away and the grill is lit, because it’s almost summer and that means grilling season is here!

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Healthy Swaps with Healthy Choice

This post brought to you by Healthy Choice.

Healthy Swaps with Healthy Choice

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What Healthy Means To Me with Healthy Choice

This post brought to you by Healthy Choice.

Healthy Choices with Chef Jackie

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Healthy Choice headquarters and find out just what healthy means to them. I met with Chef Jackie who is part of a team that creates all of the Healthy Choice meals you’ll find in your grocers freezer section.

We talked about how Healthy Choice considers people with dietary restrictions and different health concerns when creating their meals, just as I do at home when creating recipes for the blog.

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Blood Orange Baked Salmon & Carrots

Chipotle pepper, honey and blood oranges create a delicious glaze for this healthy and gluten free baked salmon recipe with rainbow carrots!

Blood Orange Baked Salmon Recipe

I love my friend Carla for many reasons. She’s loud, fun and loves food, just like me! 😉

Oh and she comes with one major friendship bonus, she has a blood orange tree in her front yard!

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Turkey Chili Spaghetti Squash

Ground turkey chili is added to roasted spaghetti squash and topped with avocado and cilantro for a healthy and gluten free way to eat chili!

Turkey Chili Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Tomorrow is the first day of fall and I couldn’t be more excited for the delicious flavors of the new season!

Two of my favorite things to make during fall are chili and squash. I combined them both in this tasty & healthy new recipe!

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Energy Boosting Berry Banana Smoothie

This healthy, vegan Energy Boosting Berry Banana Smoothie recipe is a delicious drink, that will also help perk you up in the morning or afternoon!

Energy Boosting Berry Banana Smoothie Recipe

Today’s post is sponsored by Beaming.

I know that the winter months can be tough. It’s cold and dark in the mornings, making it much more difficult to wake up. That’s why I’m here to bring you an energy boosting banana smoothie to start your day!

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Beet Hummus

Roasted beet hummus is a healthy and delicious snack! It’s gluten free, vegan and easy to make. Serve it with pita chips or veggies for dipping!

Beet Hummus

A few years back I watched a segment on all of the health benefits of purple foods. I then proceeded to go on a total “Purple Food Kick”.

It’s crazy how many purple foods are out there when you look, purple potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, and of course beets!

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Avocado Scallop Ceviche

Scallop ceviche is a healthy, flavorful appetizer filled with fresh vegetables, peppers and citrus. It’s gluten free, paleo & easy to make!

Avocado Scallop Ceviche

After the amazingness of my Bacon Pistachio Scallops last weekend, I went on a scallop frenzy.

It was all I wanted to eat for the next three days! One of the creations that I came up with while on my “Scallop Bender” was a delicious Avocado Scallop Ceviche Recipe.

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Spiralized Jicama & Avocado Salad

This Spiralized Jicama & Avocado Salad is a unique and healthy recipe that is gluten free & vegetarian. It’s great for lunch or served as a side dish!

Jicama Avocado Salad

When I first purchased my Spiralizer, I went to the grocery store, perusing the produce section for anything and everything I could potentially spiralizer. One of the items that I found was jicama.

Jicama, also known as a “Mexican Yam” is a vegetable traditionally from Mexico and Central America.  It’s a slightly sweet, starchy vegetable that resembles the consistency of a pear or apple.  It’s high in dietary fiber and Vitamin C making it a healthy addition to your diet!

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Heart Healthy Oatmeal Berry Granola Bars

This heart healthy homemade oatmeal berry granola bar recipe is gluten free, delicious and easy to make, perfect for breakfast or an on-the-go snack!

Berry Almond Granola Bars

Last week my friends at San Diego 6 News asked me to host a segment on “Heart Healthy Dishes”.

I knew I wanted to make my healthy and delicious Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Burgers, loaded with heart healthy ingredients. I also wanted to throw a couple of new recipes in the mix!

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Cranberry Brussels Sprout Stuffed Acorn Squash

Brussels sprouts are roasted with cranberries and pancetta then stuffed in squash for the perfect gluten free, winter stuffed acorn squash recipe!

Brussels Sprout Stuffed Acorn Squash

I made this recipe last week and couldn’t wait to share it with all of you! Between the craziness of holiday travel, parties and family activities, I’m just getting the chance to share it!

Consider it a belated Christmas present from me to you!

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Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

This metabolism boosting breakfast smoothie is packed with superfood protein and fruit for a healthy, slimming drink filled with vitamins!

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

When the booking producer over at the San Diego 6 Morning News Show asked me to come on this week to talk about juicing and smoothies, I couldn’t wait to share some of the drinks I’ve been mixing up over in my kitchen every morning!

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

While I’ll be juicing up some of my favorites like the Green Detox Juice and Antioxidant Immunity Juice, I also wanted to throw in a new drink.

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie Ingredients

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 6 oz greek yogurt
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp beaming Superfood Smoothie Blend
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1/2 cup ice

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie Instructions

Add the strawberries, blueberries and banana to a blender.

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie Recipe

Add the greek yogurt, coconut water, honey, ginger, cinnamon, superfood smoothie blend, flaxseed and ice.

Metabolism Boosting Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Blend well.

Blueberry Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie

This smoothie not only helps speed up your metabolism, it also reduces nausea and aids in digestion.

Blueberry Superfood Smoothie

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Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

This metabolism boosting breakfast smoothie is packed with superfood protein and fruit for a healthy, slimming drink filled with vitamins!

Course Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 smoothie (24 oz)
Calories 460 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 6 oz greek yogurt
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Beaming Superfood Smoothie Blend
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Add the strawberries, blueberries and banana to a blender.

  2. Add the greek yogurt, coconut water, honey, ginger, cinnamon, superfood smoothie blend, flaxseed and ice.

  3. Blend well.

Green Detox Juice

Green Juice

This green detox juice is perfect for detoxing after a long weekend… such as Memorial Day… which just so happens to be this weekend!

After kicking back a few cold ones and some delicious BBQ, this juice will clear your skin and make you feel like a brand new person!

Green Detox Juice

The kale and lemons give skin an amazing glow, while the ginger is perfect for helping with digestion and the apples, well as the old saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away 😉

Detox Juice Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6 apples (fuji or granny smith work best)
  • 1 bunch kale (app. 2 cups chopped)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp size knob of ginger

Begin by slicing the apples.  If you have one of these handy-dandy apple corer-slicers, then this step is super easy!

Juicing Apples

Next, begin by juicing half of the apples, followed by the kale and ginger, then the rest of the apples, followed by the lemon.

Green Juice Recipe

Make sure to use a crisp apple, if the apple is too soft it will come out more like applesauce.  In this recipe mine were on the verge of too soft.  I’ve found that my favorite apples to use in this recipe are green granny smiths.

Green Apple Juice

Have a great weekend and happy juicing 🙂  Don’t forget to check out our Healthy Celery Pear Juice, Vitamin Boost Juice and Antioxidant Immunity Juice for even more healthy and delicious juice recipes!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

These Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets are low sodium, dairy free and vegan. The recipe is made in 10 minutes with only 8 ingredients!

Dairy Free Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

For the third and final dish of my low-sodium series for the San Diego 6 Morning Show, I chose to make my famous tomato basil bruschetta recipe.

I skipped the cheese and replaced the baguette it’s traditionally served on for fillo baskets!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe

One small slice of a baguette can cost you almost 400 mg of sodium, where as one fillo basket has only 10 mg, talk about a super swap!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Basket Ingredients

Low Sodium Bruschetta Baskets Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 15 fillo baskets

Low Sodium Bruschetta Baskets Instructions

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Spoon the bruschetta into the fillo baskets and serve.

Yes, it’s really that easy!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

I love using fillo baskets for everything from these delicious Black Bean and Chorizo Appetizers to scrumptious Mini Dessert Cannoli’s!

They are healthy, vegan and perfect for parties!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

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Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

These Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets are low sodium, dairy free and vegan. The recipe is made in 10 minutes with only 8 ingredients!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 15 baskets
Calories 35 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 15 fillo shells

Instructions

  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Spoon the bruschetta into the fillo baskets and serve.

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins are dairy free & sugar free. They use honey, dates & olive oil instead of butter or sugar for a healthy, delicious muffin recipe!

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

A muffin with no sugar, no butter and no gluten, sounds too healthy to be good, right?

Wrong!  I substituted natures own sweeteners, dates and honey for sugar, then switched out the butter for super flavorful olive oil.  For the gluten free flour I used Premium Gold’s blend of heart healthy whole grain and flax seed flours.

Carrot Date Muffin Recipe

The funny thing is, this whole “healthy muffin” originated from me being a total hippie and wanting to use the carrot pulp from my Carrot Orange Strawberry juice I made the morning before!

Carrot Date Muffin Recipe

Yes, I’ve been juicing every morning instead of drinking coffee!  No coffee?  What?  I know, I didn’t think it was possible to live without coffee in the morning (especially the first 2 days after going cold turkey on caffeine!)  But, fast forward 10 days and I’m going strong!

I’ve given myself a 30 day challenge to replace coffee with juicing.  Look for a post in a couple of weeks with the results of my challenge, and in the meantime follow me on Instagram Whitney Bond or Twitte: @Whitney_Bond to see what I’m juicing up this week!

Now back to those muffins!

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffin Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrots (shredded or carrot pulp left after juicing)
  • 1 cup dates (pitted and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Combine the carrots and dates in a small bowl.  Add the olive oil and honey.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

Add the eggs and mix everything together well.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg, then add the carrot date mixture to the dry ingredients.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

Mix together well.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

Spoon the muffin batter into 9 baking cups lined inside a muffin pan.

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Bake at 375°F for 15-20 minutes.

Gluten Free Date Muffins

They’re like little bursts of sunshine deliciousness!

Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Date Muffins

There’s so much flavor in every bite, from the sweet dates, to the spicy cinnamon and a little carrot crunch!

Carrot Date Muffins

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Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins are dairy free & sugar free. They use honey, dates & olive oil instead of butter or sugar for a healthy, delicious muffin recipe!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 muffins
Calories 216 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrots shredded or carrot pulp left after juicing
  • 1 cup dates pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. Combine the carrots and dates in a small bowl.

  3. Add the olive oil and honey.

  4. Add the eggs and mix everything together well.

  5. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg, then add the carrot date mixture to the dry ingredients.
  6. Mix together well.
  7. Spoon the muffin batter into 9 baking cups lined inside a muffin pan.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Fresh pineapple, mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows are skewered to resemble the fun fall treat, Candy Corn, perfect for fall and Halloween parties!

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

In this simple, yet super fun recipe fresh pineapple, mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows are skewered to resemble the fun fall treat, Candy Corn!

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Serve them with a delicious fruit dip at a Halloween party or fall get-together!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 pineapple (cubed)
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

Skewer the pineapple, oranges and marshmallows.  Mix the yogurt and honey together in a small bowl for dipping.

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

A healthy alternative to all the candy and cookies that the fall holidays bring!

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

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Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Fresh pineapple, mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows are skewered to resemble the fun fall treat, Candy Corn, perfect for fall and Halloween parties!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 skewers
Calories 32 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 pineapple cubed
  • 11 oz can mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions

  1. Skewer the pineapple, oranges and marshmallows.
  2. Mix the yogurt and honey together in a small bowl for dipping.

Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Tots

These baked sweet potato tots are packed with vitamins A and C, filled with fiber and fat free, they’re a healthy, fun twist on traditional tater tots!

Homemade Sweet Potato Tots

What do you serve with a super healthy Sweet Potato Quinoa Burger that will compliment the burger without ruining its health benefits?  Homemade, gluten-free, baked sweet potato tots, of course!

A large serving of tater tots at a fast food chain packs:

  • 580 calories
  • 31 grams fat
  • 1450 mg sodium
  • No fiber
  • No vitamins

An equivalent serving of these delicious Sweet Potato Tots has:

  • 212 calories
  • ZERO grams fat
  • 434 mg sodium
  • 6 grams fiber
  • 689% vitamin a
  • 47% vitamin c

Simply said, this is one starchy side dish you can feel good about eating!

Sweet Potato Tater Tot Ingredients

Baked Sweet Potato Tots Ingredients

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Baked Sweet Potato Tots Instructions

Begin by boiling a large pot of water. Add the whole potatoes to the water with skins on. Boil for 20 minutes. Remove from the water and allow to cool.

Once cool enough to handle, shred the potatoes using a box grater.

*As you begin shredding the potatoes the skins will peel off. Snack on them while you prepare the tots or simply discard them.

Grated Sweet Potatoes

Add the grated sweet potatoes to a large bowl with the flour and salt. Combine well.

Sweet Potato Tater Tot Mixture

Now we get to my favorite part, putting the tots together. Actually my favorite part is eating them, but this part ranks up there simply because I lovingly named this process the “roll and squish”.

Roll…

How to make Sweet Potato Tater Tots

… and squish!

Sweet Potato Tots

And this is how you get perfectly shaped tater tots!

Place them on a baking sheet and into a 375°F oven.

Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Bake for 30 minutes or until crisp on the outside.

Homemade Sweet Potato Tater Tots

Now it’s time to dig in!

Sweet Potato Tater Tots

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Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Tots

These baked sweet potato tots are packed with vitamins A and C, filled with fiber and fat free, they're a healthy, fun twist on traditional tater tots!
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 tots
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes skins on
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.

  2. Add the potatoes to the water and boil for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the water and allow to cool.
  4. Once cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes.
  5. Shred the peeled potatoes with a box grater.
  6. Add the grated sweet potatoes to a large bowl with the flour and salt. Combine well.
  7. Roll and squish the potatoes into tot shapes.
  8. Place them on a baking sheet and into a 375°F oven for 30 minutes.

Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce

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I asked and you responded, “what generally unhealthy dish would you like to see transformed into something healthy and delicious?”

The response was unanimous, Mac and Cheese.  So today I bring you the first ever “Transformation Tuesday”  where I turn a generally unhealthy dish into something healthy and yummy. Today I transformed Traditional Mac and Cheese into Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce.

The result was a delicious, gluten-free, vegetarian dish that packs way less calories, fat, carbs and sodium than any macaroni and cheese dish you will eat at a restaurant!

The Cheesecake Factory Macaroni and Cheese SIDE DISH packs 51 grams of fat, 1309 calories, 768 milligrams of sodium and 92 grams of carbs, and that’s just the side dish to the main course!!

My dinner portion of Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce comes in at 275 calories, 12 grams of fat, 335 milligrams of sodium and 10 grams of carbs for a 1 cup serving. Even if you double the serving size to 2 cups, you will still save 759 calories and 27 grams of fat!

Just to make the picture even more clear, if you are counting Weight Watcher points, one side of macaroni and cheese at The Cheesecake Factory counts for 25 points, while my dish weighs in at only 4 points!