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Creamy Avocado Salsa

This amazing Creamy Avocado Salsa recipe is easy to make in just 5 minutes! It’s vegan, gluten free & perfect for tacos, grilled chicken, nachos or a delicious dip for chips!

Try it on Chipotle Honey Pulled Pork Tacos, Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls or Low Carb Nachos!

Tortilla chip being dipped into a bowl of avocado salsa

I first made this salsa by accident in 2013. I literally added a bunch of stuff to a blender to make a quick salsa for tamales. This ended up being the best salsa ever!

This avocado salsa quickly became known by my friends as “awesome sauce”. I was constantly being asked if I had any “awesome sauce” when they would come to visit.

Needless to say, this awesome green sauce has been made dozens of times since 2013. And I’ve added it to all of my favorite Mexican food dishes! From tacos to nachos to enchiladas, this avocado dip is truly incredible on just about anything!

It is on the slightly spicy side, which I love! But if you don’t like spicy food, just take a look at the notes in the recipe card below. I’ll show you how to tone it down a bit… or a lot!

Think of it as creamy avocado salsa verde! Instead of tomatillos as the base, this salsa uses avocados as the base. But it still incorporates all of the delicious herbs and peppers, like in a salsa verde!

One of the best parts about this salsa, besides just how awesome it is, is that it’s made in just 5 minutes! Literally toss all of the ingredients in a blender and puree. Next thing you know, you have the best, most creamy avocado salsa EVER!

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Thai Peanut Noodles with Vegetables

My FAMOUS Thai Peanut Sauce is tossed with vegetables and noodles in this QUICK AND EASY 15 minute recipe! It’s packed with flavor and easily made vegan and gluten free!

This vegetarian recipe for Thai Peanut Noodles is one of my favorite dinners. It’s simple, packed with vitamins from all of the veggies and most importantly, it’s SO DELICIOUS!

Noodles and vegetables in bowl with chopsticks on the edge of the bowl

Noodles are one of my favorite things in life! Rice noodles, ramen noodles, spaghetti noodles, udon noodles, if it’s a noodle, I’m in! There’s just something about cuddling up on the couch with a big bowl of noodles that makes my little heart so happy!

One of my other favorite things in life is this recipe for Thai Peanut Sauce. It was one of the first recipes I ever made on the blog in 2011. And it continues to be my favorite sauce to toss on just about anything!

It’s sweet, creamy peanut butter goodness, with a little bit of spice and tons of flavor! Everything goes right into a blender and 5 minutes later, you’ve got creamy, dreamy peanut sauce!

Over the years, I’ve added this peanut sauce to a number of different recipes. Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce, so delicious! Meatballs slow cooked in Thai Peanut Sauce, super scrumptious! And Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowls, the most popular vegan recipe on the blog, for good reason!

In this recipe for Thai Peanut Noodles, I’m simply tossing the sauce with noodles and stir fried vegetables. The recipe is made in just 15 minutes and you can totally make it your own! Shredded rotisserie chicken, shrimp or tofu can easily be added for more protein.

Want to make spicy peanut noodles? Add sliced Thai chilies or jalapenos to the stir fried veggies or serve them raw on top of the dish. A drizzle of sriracha or sprinkle of red pepper flakes on top will also spice these noodles up!

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Cilantro Pesto

This cilantro pesto recipe is vegan, gluten free & paleo. It’s perfect for adding to rice or pasta, or for topping tacos, grilled chicken, steak or pork. Whip up this easy sauce in just 5 minutes to add to your next meal!

Cilantro pesto in bowl with spoon

To say I’m a fan a fan of pesto would be an understatement! I’ve created 8 different pesto recipes over the years to turn my favorite herbs into delicious sauces.

  1. Basil Pesto – the classic pesto. Great simply tossed with pasta or on pizza!
  2. Vegan Kale Pesto – a great dairy free pesto option!
  3. Spinach Pesto – a tasty way to get your daily fix of leafy greens!
  4. Sun Dried Tomato Pesto – possibly my favorite pesto (don’t tell the others!) It’s so good, I’ll simply spread it on a cracker or piece of bread.
  5. Arugula Blue Cheese Pesto – an interesting spin on pesto that I created as the perfect topping for grilled steak!
  6. Paleo Walnut Sage Pesto – another dairy free pesto option, delicious dolloped on roasted sweet potatoes or you Thanksgiving turkey!
  7. Kale Pesto – yes a second kale pesto recipe! This one is a more traditional pesto recipe, made with parmesan cheese.
  8. Cilantro Pesto – the recipe you’re here for, a delicious, Mexican inspired pesto recipe!

Years ago I had an amazing Cilantro Pesto Risotto at a Mexican restaurant in San Diego. Of course, I had to come home and recreate the dish! I started by creating this Cilantro Pesto, then adding it to a creamy risotto. It’s the perfect side dish to go with enchiladas, fajitas or tacos!

This Cilantro Pesto is not just for mixing into risotto. It’s delicious on top of grilled chicken or steak. Put a dollop on your morning eggs or on top of tacos.

It can be used in place of guacamole or salsa verde on any of your favorite Mexican dishes! If you’re someone that loves cilantro, you’re going to fall in love with this scrumptious sauce!

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Creamy Corn Soup

Sweet corn soup is so easy to make in just two steps, simply roast the corn, then puree! It only takes 29 minutes to make the most luscious, creamy corn soup EVER!  The soup is naturally sweet from the corn & creamy without the use of cream, making it vegan & gluten free!

If you love how easy and delicious this Creamy Corn Soup is, you’ll also love these recipes for Roasted Tomato Soup and Creamy Sweet Potato Soup!

Creamy corn soup in bowl with corn kernels and green onions on top

I recently had the most creamy, flavorful corn soup of my life… at a sushi restaurant! Turns out Japanese corn soup is a real thing, they call it corn potage. I combined the wonderful creaminess of that soup with a more traditional American corn chowder. The result is my favorite creamy soup of all time!

I tested out the soup with various methods. I boiled the corn in one version and roasted the corn in another version. In the boiled version, I used an immersion blender to puree the soup. That version did not get to the level of creaminess I was looking for, so I used a traditional blender moving forward.

One version of the creamy corn soup included half and half, one did not. For a little added sweetness, I tried versions of the soup with sugar, honey and maple syrup.

After testing out this recipe for two weeks (and getting my fix of fiber!) I finally found the perfect combination of ingredients and techniques. Lucky for you all, my favorite version, the creamiest version, the BEST version, is also the easiest to make!

For this tested and perfected version of the soup, I added just over a pound of diced new potatoes. These potatoes are sweet and creamy, making them a perfect addition to this soup!

I roasted all of the veggies together, then pureed them in a Nutribullet. Any blender or food processor will work. I prefer the Nutribullet because of it’s serious blending powder, which creates the ultimate creamy soup!

For the final recipe, I did not add any milk or heavy cream to the soup. The soup is so creamy without it and I felt like the half and half covered up the delicious sweet corn flavor. I did add just a tablespoon of maple syrup for a little added sweetness, but that’s totally optionally!

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Strawberry Kiwi Slushie

You have to try this homemade version of the Sonic Strawberry Kiwi Slushie! It blends fresh fruit together into an icy cold beverage, perfect for kids and great for summer!

Strawberry slushie in glass with strawberry and kiwi slice on the rim of the glass

Fun Whitney fact of the day, my first job when I was 16 years old was a carhop at Sonic in Oklahoma! No, I did not wear roller skates. Yes, I did eat too many onion rings to count and drank my weight in slushies over the summer months!

For those that aren’t familiar, Sonic is a fast food chain that started in Oklahoma in 1953. The chain is most known for their extensive drink menu and slushies. My favorite Sonic slushie of all time was their Strawberry Kiwi Slush, but it was taken off the menu over a decade ago.

I decided to make my own at home and I have to say, it’s even BETTER than the Sonic version! It’s so easy to make with just 4 ingredients, 3 of which are fresh fruit, making it a healthier option than a Sonic slush.

Kids and adults will love sipping on these fresh fruit slushies all summer long!

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Grilled Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole

Grilled Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole is a little sweet, slightly smokey & totally delicious! This easy to make dip recipe is healthy, gluten free & vegan!

Serve it with Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers and Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn for the ultimate Fiesta!

Tomatillo guacamole in white bowl, on plate with tortilla chips

I am a huge fan of avocados. I’m a millennial that lives in California, of course I am! Haha! No matter your age or where you live, if you love this creamy green fruit as much as I do, allow me to give you a virtual high five!

Avocado is the base for my favorite smoothie recipe, the Lean Green Superfood Smoothie. It’s also the main ingredient in THE BEST Vegetarian Enchiladas with Creamy Avocado Sauce.

And finally, it is the reason my favorite green dip exists. Without avocados, there would be no guacamole! And a world without guacamole would be tragic!

Guacamole is delicious as a dip, a topper of tacos and a must-have addition to burritos. Yes, I know, guac is extra! 🙂 But not if you make your own at home!

While I love a traditional, no frills guacamole, I also love to put fun twists on the dip. Chipotle Bacon Guacamole is perfect for the bacon enthusiast. Peach Strawberry Guacamole is a fun, sweet, summery twist on the dip. But my all-time favorite guacamole recipe has to be this Grilled Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole.

I’ve been making this recipe since 2012 and I have to say, it’s always a hit at parties! The sweet and smokey grilled pineapple, tomatillos and jalapeños add so much flavor to this delicious guacamole recipe.

It’s great with chips for dipping, or for a healthy option, serve it with mini peppers or sliced bell peppers!

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Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi Fried Rice is a delicious Korean dish, that’s easy to make in just 15 minutes. This  recipe is vegan, gluten free & can be served as a side dish or entree!

I love this kimchi bokkeumbap recipe on its own as a meal for lunch. I also love serving it topped with melt-in-your-mouth Korean BBQ Short Ribs for dinner!

Overhead shot of Kimchi Fried Rice in bowl with chopsticks

Can we talk about how awesome fried rice is? Leftover rice is transformed into a seriously flavorful dish in less than 20 minutes. Sign me up for that every week!

Sweet and Sour Chicken Fried Rice is a fun combination of Chinese restaurant favorites. Sriracha Steak Fried Rice is meaty, spicy and so delicious! And Kimchi Fried Rice is an easy vegan dish infused with tons of flavor!

Kimchi is seasoned, fermented cabbage, commonly served at Korean restaurants and found in Asian grocery stores. We love kimchi around our house! We eat it as a snack straight out of the fridge and love adding it to recipes.

A lot of kimchi contains anchovy paste or fish sauce, making it not suitable for a vegetarian or vegan diet. To make Vegan Kimchi Fried Rice, I started searching for Vegan Kimchi. Luckily, I didn’t have to look far!

All of the grocery stores I regularly shop at carry at least one brand of Vegan Kimchi. It’s typically found in the refrigerated vegan section of the grocery store, near the tofu and soy chorizo.

If you’re not vegan or vegetarian, any kimchi will work in this recipe. For the meat-lovers out there, this Kimchi Fried Rice is perfect paired with Korean BBQ Meatballs or Korean BBQ Grilled Salmon.

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Crispy Baked Vegan Avocado Tacos

Crispy baked avocados, black beans & fresh corn salsa are combined in this scrumptious recipe for gluten free, vegan Avocado Tacos!

Overheat shot of crispy avocado tacos on plate with fresh cilantro

My love of tacos runs deep y’all! I’ve created many taco recipes over the years, including lots of meatless options for my vegan friends!

If you love these Avocado Tacos, you’ll also love these Butternut Squash Tacos. For even more vegan taco goodness, check out these Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos and these Vegan Tacos with Grilled Veggies and Chimichurri!

When it comes to tacos, meatless or not, you always need a great topping to finish them off. For these Avocado Tacos, I added Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa. This salsa is light, fresh and flavorful. A little drizzle of lime juice right on top and you’re good to go!

If you like your tacos on the spicier side, feel free to drizzle a little hot sauce right on top. We’re raving fans of Pico Pica in our house, so we drizzled  it right on top and used it to batter the avocado.

The crispy baked avocado is so easy to make. Simply dip avocado slices in your favorite hot sauce, then in a taco seasoned cereal coating. I’ve used both Rice Chex cereal and Corn Flakes to crust the avocado and both work great!

I toss the cereal right in my NutriBullet (any blender or food processor will work!) with Homemade Taco Seasoning and blend it into a fine crumb mixture. The combination of hot sauce and taco seasoned cereal crumbs gives these baked avocado strips so much flavor!

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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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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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Chili Seasoning

Homemade chili seasoning mix is made in less than 5 minutes! This easy recipe is gluten free, vegan, whole 30 compliant & keto friendly!

Chili seasoning mix of 8 spices in a bowl with a white and gold spoon

When you hear the word “chili seasoning”, you probably think of a big bowl of chili. This seasoning mix does make one delicious batch of chili, but it can also be used in a variety of recipes!

I love tossing sweet potatoes in chili seasoning, then adding them to this Sweet Potato Cranberry Spinach Salad. I also love making an easy skillet turkey chili, then adding it to spaghetti squash.

When you make your own homemade spice blends, you know exactly what’s in it! Just like in these recipes for homemade taco seasoning, Italian seasoning and fajita seasoning.

This recipe combines 8 common spices that you probably already have in your spice cabinet. I like to buy the most common spices I use in the kitchen and in my seasoning mixes in bulk.

You can do this by purchasing large containers of the spices on Amazon. Or find them in stores like Costco or Smart and Final. You can also head to the bulk spices aisle at your local grocery store. Fill up bags of your favorite spices at a fraction of the cost!

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Mexican Rice

Homemade restaurant style Mexican Rice is quick and easy to make at home! This simple recipe is healthy, vegetarian and gluten free!

Mexican rice in orange bowl with cilantro and limes

I originally created this Mexican Rice recipe for my Mom. She requested it to go with Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers and Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn. Those are her two favorite recipes on the blog!

If you don’t know my Mom yet, allow me to introduce you. Her name is Muffet, yes like the one that sat on the tuffet! She’s always been a huge supporter of the blog.

She traveled with me on my cookbook tour. She flies from Oklahoma to San Diego to assist me on big shoot days. And most recently she took over my e-mail newsletter.

That’s right, sign up at the bottom of this post to receive e-mails from my Mom! Each e-mail includes a new recipe and a word from Momma Bond. She also throws in a picture of me as a kid, our family or our adventures together!

If you were talking to Momma Bond right now, she would tell you that she loves this recipe for three reasons. It’s easy to make, light on the spice and deliciously flavorful!

If you love Mexican restaurants rice, you’re going to love this recipe!

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Fajita Seasoning

Homemade fajita seasoning is easy to make with this simple 8 ingredient gluten free and whole 30 recipe. It’s perfect for steak, vegetables, shrimp or chicken fajitas!

Fajita seasoning spices in white bowl on wood tray

I love making my own seasonings at home! It has so many benefits vs. buying store bought pre-made seasonings.

  1. It’s cheaper! Check out the bulk spice section at your local grocery store for spices at a fraction of the cost. The commercial size spices at Costco, Smart and Final or on Amazon are also great for making your own seasoning blends. You can then make spice blends for an entire year at a fraction of the cost!
  2. You know exactly what’s in it. No hidden ingredients. No secret products that I can’t pronounce containing gluten or sugar!
  3. Making a big batch of your own seasoning blends at home means you always have them on hand.

You’ll always find Italian Seasoning, Taco Seasoning, Ranch Seasoning and French Onion Dip Mix stocked in my pantry.

When I met Kurt, he lived on a cereal and fajitas diet most of the time. Needless to say, his diet has gotten quite the upgrade over the last 4 years! Even though I’ve incorporated a lot of new recipes into his weekly diet, he still loves his fajitas.

We make chicken fajitas, steak fajitas and veggie fajitas regularly for dinner. With this homemade Fajita seasoning, it’s easy to make any night fajita night!

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Spinach Artichoke Hummus

Spinach artichoke dip is given a healthy twist in this vegan recipe for spinach artichoke hummus. It’s perfect as a gluten free, healthy snack or party appetizer!

Spinach artichoke hummus in white bowl on wood serving tray with fresh celery, carrots and bell peppers

Hummus is my favorite healthy snack to keep around the house. It’s filled with protein and good fats, and this particular recipe is also packed with extra vitamins from the spinach and artichokes.

Over the years, I’ve experimented with different hummus flavors. Sriracha Hummus is my favorite for when I want a little heat in my hummus! Nutella Hummus is my favorite fruit dip. And Beet Hummus is my favorite bright and beautiful dip for snacking on by the pool in the summer!

This Spinach Artichoke Hummus is a healthy twist on the popular dip. It’s a great snack to keep around throughout the year. It’s also a fun green snack for St Patricks Day! Serve it with Shamrock Shaped Green Bell Peppers for a festive and healthy snack on St Patty’s!

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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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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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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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Top 18 New Recipes of 2018

Whole30 recipes, Instant Pot recipes and recipes with buffalo sauce were some of the most popular trends in the Top 18 New Recipes 2018 on WhitneyBond.com!

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Every year I love to reflect back on what the most popular new recipes were from the year before. The Top 17 New Recipes in 2017 highlighted buddha bowls and zoodle bowls. And as you’ll see in this post, bowls are still a big hit!

This year I hosted “Whole30 March” with an entire month dedicated to Whole30 recipes. This was a very popular month! In fact, 8 of the recipes on this list were part of Whole30 March.  At the end of the month, I rounded up 30 Easy Whole30 Recipes with a Whole30 Shopping List.

This year, I also introduced Instant Pot recipes on the blog and people were excited! From easy basic recipes like Instant Pot BBQ Chicken to full dinners in the Instant Pot like this AMAZING Beef Stroganoff, the people have spoken and more Instant Pot recipes will be appearing on the blog in 2019!

Lastly, I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone that recipes with buffalo sauce topped this list! Ever since I introduced Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne to the blog in 2012, people keep coming back for recipes with buffalo sauce, so I’m here to give them to you, year after year!

Luckily, there are several brands of buffalo sauce that are whole30 approved and most are vegan and gluten free, making buffalo sauce an easy ingredient to add to any diet!

In addition to delicious recipes, this year on the blog I shared my Kitchen Remodel Reveal with all of the fun before & after pictures to go along with it!

I can’t wait to share more deliciousness in 2019! What can you look for in the new year? Definitely more Whole30 recipes, gluten free recipes, Instant Pot recipes, low carb recipes, zoodle bowls, buddha bowls and of course, buffalo sauce recipes!

Looking for something in particular? Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes? Low Carb Slow Cooker Recipes? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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Pico De Gallo

This easy, authentic recipe for homemade Pico De Gallo is healthy, vegan, gluten free & whole30 compliant. It’s delicious on grilled chicken, tacos & nachos!

Pico de gallo in white bowl on marble serving tray, with fresh cilantro and limes in the background

After growing up in Oklahoma, then moving to San Diego, my cooking has a heavy influence of Tex Mex and Mexican food.

I always love to mix up fresh Restaurant Style Tomato Salsa, Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa & Pico De Gallo to top my favorite Mexican recipes.

Pico de gallo is made with 6 simple ingredients for a fresh and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with any Mexican recipe!

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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.

I love keeping French Onion Dip Mix and Ranch Seasoning Mix on hand to easily make my own dips! I always use homemade Fajita Seasoning and Chili Seasoning to spice up my fajitas and chili recipes.  And I always have my own Pumpkin Pie Spice in the pantry during the fall and winter months!

The taco seasoning is perfect in this easy Crock Pot Taco Soup. And 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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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Homemade pumpkin pie spice is easy to make in just 5 minutes! It’s gluten free, low carb & can be added to desserts, drinks, chili recipes, Thanksgiving pies & so much more!

Homemade pumpkin pie spice in an orange pumpkin bowl with a small gold spoon and two small ceramic pumpkins

There’s no denying my love for pumpkin spice in the fall, but did you know that pumpkin spice doesn’t actually contain any real pumpkin?!

That’s right, most of your beloved pumpkin spice treats are simply flavored with pumpkin pie spice, not actual pumpkin.

In some cases, both pumpkin spice and real pumpkin are added to recipes together, like in this Pumpkin Chili and these Pumpkin Cookie Cups with Salted Caramel Filling.

You can purchase a tiny little 1 oz container of Pumpkin Pie Spice at the grocery store for $5 or you can mix up a mason jar full of it at home for a fraction of the price!

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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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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Make your own taco seasoning at home to use on chicken or ground beef tacos, in taco soup or taco spaghetti! It’s easy to triple the recipe and store it in a mason jar in the pantry until ready to use. This recipe is mild, gluten free, preservative free and Whole 30 compliant!

Homemade taco seasoning in bowl with spoon

I’ve been making this homemade taco seasoning for years. I use it in Taco Soup, Buffalo Taco Spaghetti, Taco Croissants, simple ground beef tacos and so many other recipes!

I always make a big batch to keep on hand, along with my homemade Italian SeasoningFrench Onion Dip Mix and Fajita Seasoning.

The seasoning mixes are stored in half pint mason jars in the pantry, so they’re always ready to use when I need them for a recipe.

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Butternut Squash Tacos

Butternut Squash Tacos are made with sautéed butternut squash, crispy onion strings and a creamy avocado sauce for a delicious, healthy and vegan recipe made in just 20 minutes!

Butternut squash tacos topped with crispy onions, avocado cream sauce and fresh cilantro on plate

When it comes to tacos, I have plenty of recipes to go around! If you’re looking for vegan tacos, I’ve got those too!

Veggie Tacos with Chimichurri, Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos and Butternut Squash Tacos are all perfect examples of how you can ditch the meat, but keep the tacos!

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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!

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Lemon Berry White Wine Slushies

Three ingredients are combined to make the most refreshing drink of the summer, Lemon Berry White Wine Slushies, they’re easy to blend together in just 5 minutes for your next party, pool day or happy hour!

Strawberry Lemon White Wine Slushies

The warm days of summer are here, which means it’s time to update your menu of refreshing summer cocktails and I’ve got the first 3 to add to your menu! These Frozen Coconut Mojitos, Frozen Mango Margaritas and Lemon Berry White Wine Slushies are guaranteed to be a hit at your next pool party, beach bash or BBQ!

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Vegan Tacos with Grilled Veggies & Chimichurri

Vegan tacos are filled with grilled potatoes, peppers and corn, then topped with a flavorful chimichurri sauce. They’re easy to make in just 29 minutes and so delicious!

Vegan Tacos filled with Grilled Potatoes, Peppers Corn and Chimichurri Sauce

Last week, when I posted this easy 5 minute Chimichurri Sauce recipe, I mentioned some of the delicious dishes I added the sauce to, like Chimichurri Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls, Chimichurri Grilled Shrimp Skewers and Chimichurri Vegan Tacos.

Today, I’m so excited to share the recipe for Vegan Tacos, which I’ve been gobbling up with spoonfuls of chimichurri sauce on top!

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Avocado Bruschetta

Tomato basil bruschetta is combined with creamy avocado and served atop crispy toasted baguette slices with a drizzle of balsamic reduction in this easy, flavorful avocado bruschetta recipe, made in just 10 minutes!

Avocado Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction

My classic tomato basil bruschetta recipe is in constant rotation around my house! Whether it’s served on a toasted baguette, in a grilled chicken zoodle bowl, on a turkey burger or on top of chicken parmesan, I can’t get enough of the fresh tomato goodness!

This summer I’m adding my favorite green fruit, avocado, to the bruschetta party!

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Chimichurri Sauce

Just 8 simple ingredients are combined in 5 minutes to make this easy and authentic chimichurri sauce, perfect for topping grilled steak, chicken, shrimp or veggies!

Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce with Parsley, Garlic and Olive Oil

I’m obsessed with adding chimichurri sauce to just about everything I grill! From Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls, to Grilled Veggie Tacos, to Grilled Shrimp Skewers, this Argentinian sauce is a great addition to your summer grilling menu!

I make a triple batch of this recipe about once a month and keep it in a mason jar in the refrigerator to add to grilled steak, tacos, eggs and buddha bowls. There’s seriously not much I wouldn’t put this delicious sauce on! The best part is, it only takes 5 minutes to toss together and will stay good for up to two weeks in the refrigerator!

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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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Buffalo Chickpea Vegan Buddha Bowl

Buffalo chickpeas, quinoa and veggies are tossed together in this healthy, gluten free, vegan buddha bowl recipe, topped with an easy homemade vegan ranch dressing, all made in just 20 minutes!

Buffalo chickpeas, quinoa and veggies are tossed together in this healthy, gluten free, vegan buddha bowl recipe, topped with an easy homemade vegan ranch dressing, all made in just 20 minutes!

When it comes to healthy, easy meals for lunch or dinner, buddha bowls are my go-to! From Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls to Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowls to Vegan Grilled Veggie Buddha Bowls, all of these gluten free and vegan buddha bowl recipes are easy to make and perfect for meal-prep!

For this Buffalo Chickpea Bowl, I tossed my favorite sauce with one of my favorite meatless proteins, then added spicy jalapenos, fresh tomatoes and carrots, creamy avocado and a vegan ranch dressing on top.

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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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Whitney’s Pepper Fiesta Vegetarian Chili

Fajita veggies, chili beans and fire roasted tomatoes create the most delicious vegetarian chili recipe, made in under 30 minutes!

Fajita veggies, chili beans and fire roasted tomatoes create the most delicious vegetarian chili recipe, made in under 30 minutes!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BUSH’S slow-simmered chili beans and Hunt’s vine ripened tomatoes.

To make a great tasting chili, you need to start with the best chili beans and tomatoes, that’s why I partnered up with my friends at BUSH’S and Hunt’s to create this scrumptious vegetarian chili recipe! BUSH’S slow-simmered chili beans and Hunt’s vine ripened tomatoes are the perfect addition to the fajita veggies in this chili recipe, that’s both gluten free and vegetarian!

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Thai Green Avocado Curry

 Avocado adds an extra rich, creamy flavor and texture to this Thai Green Curry Sauce, perfect for simmering with veggies in this Vegan Avocado Curry Recipe!

Avocado adds an extra rich, creamy flavor and texture to this Thai Green Curry Sauce, perfect for simmering with veggies in this Vegan Avocado Curry Recipe!

We’re on the brink of moving into our new house (OMG SO EXCITED!) and if you want to catch a behind-the-scenes look at our fixer upper, check out my Instagram story, I’m always updating it with the latest changes on the house!

One of the things that excites me so much about the new neighborhood we’ll be living in is that there’s a brand new Asian market just about 2 miles away and it’s huge! I decided to stop by a couple of weeks ago before heading over to the new house for a meeting with our contractor and pick up some red and green curry paste.

I used the red curry paste in this recipe for Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken Noodles (seriously, so good!) and the green curry paste in this recipe for Avocado Curry!

Don’t worry though, if you don’t have an Asian market near you, you can still find red and green curry paste in the Asian section of your local grocery store, or you can order the same Green Currry Paste that I found at my local Asian market on Amazon.

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Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup is a delicious vegan & gluten free recipe made in under 45 minutes that’s perfect for staying warm & healthy during the winter months!

Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup is a delicious vegan & gluten free recipe made in under 45 minutes, that's perfect for staying healthy during cold & flu season!

It’s September y’all, which means fall and winter are right around the corner. With the change of season, also comes cold and flu season, but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with the most perfectly delicious keep-you-healthy-warm-you-up soup you’ve ever tried!

This soup is PACKED with antioxidants and vitamins! Each serving provides 482.2% of your daily vitamin A needs, yup almost 500 PERCENT and 62.5% daily vitamin C needs.

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Vegetarian Stuffed Squash

This Mexican Stuffed Squash recipe combines roasted spaghetti squash with black bean corn relish & creamy avocado dressing for a simple vegan & gluten free meal!

This Mexican Stuffed Squash recipe combines roasted spaghetti squash with black bean corn relish & avocado dressing for a simple vegan & gluten free meal!

I created this recipe in October 2013 for a supper club dinner I threw featuring Mexican fall inspired recipes.

This Mexican Stuffed Squash was the appetizer and my deliciously unique and amazing Pumpkin Enchiladas were the main course!

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Vegan Parfait with Grilled Peaches

Cinnamon sugar grilled peaches are layered with peach almond milk yogurt and granola in this delicious vegan parfait recipe, great for breakfast or dessert!

 Cinnamon sugar grilled peaches are layered with peach almond milk yogurt and granola in this delicious vegan parfait recipe, great for breakfast or dessert!

Today’s post is sponsored by Silk & their new Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative! 

Peaches are one of my favorite things to grill in the summer (hello Grilled Fruit Sangria & Grilled Peach BBQ Sauce!) and after trying Silk’s new Peach Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative, I knew that it would be amazing on top of grilled peaches!

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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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Grilled Veggie Vegan Buddha Bowl

 The Green Vegan Buddha Bowl is filled with grilled veggies, green tahini sauce, avocado & quinoa for a healthy, filling meal that’s also gluten free!

The Green Vegan Buddha Bowl is filled with grilled veggies, green tahini sauce, avocado & quinoa for a healthy, filling meal that's also gluten free!

Spring has arrived and grilling season is here!

I’m not going to lie, I own 4 grills. An indoor grill,  a tabletop outdoor grill, a rolling “tailgate” grill and a fancy new Char-Broil infrared grill.

To say I enjoy grilling would be an understatement!

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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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Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted cherry tomatoes, garlic and onions are pureed into a vegan and gluten free tomato soup recipe, that’s so easy to make in only 29 minutes!

Roasted cherry tomatoes, garlic and onions are pureed into a vegan and gluten free tomato soup recipe, that's so easy to make in only 29 minutes!

I love roasted cherry tomatoes! Like seriously, in love with these flavorful little bursts of sunshine! I love them on steak, in casseroles and on bruschetta!

After making Roasted Sweet Potato Soup earlier this winter, I got the idea to make Roasted Tomato Soup! Genius, right? Flavorful roasted tomatoes pureed into a warm, comforting soup, perfect for dunking your favorite grilled cheese sandwich into!

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29 Minute Spaghetti Sauce

Ditch the store-bought jar for this easy spaghetti sauce recipe, made in under 30 minutes! It’s delicious, gluten free & vegan!

Ditch the store-bought jar for this easy spaghetti sauce recipe, made in under 30 minutes! It's delicious, gluten free & vegan!

I’ve been making this spaghetti sauce for years to toss with pasta, top chicken parmesan and spread over pizza, so I decided it was about time it got it’s own blog post!

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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 these Thai Peanut Noodles with Vegetables!

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Veggie Fajita Rice Bowl

Sautéed, seasoned veggies are served on top of cilantro lime rice with fresh avocado for a flavorful, easy to make, vegan and gluten free fajita recipe!

Vegan Fajita Rice Bowl Recipe

Oh hey, it’s Whitney and I’m back with another fresh and delicious bowl recipe!

If you’re a fajita fan, you’re going to absolutely fall in love with this fajita rice bowl that is so quick and easy to make!

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Pineapple Mango Kale Salad

Fresh pineapple and mango add a tropical flare to this delicious gluten free and vegan kale salad recipe tossed in a homemade avocado vinaigrette dressing!

Vegan Pineapple Mango Kale Salad Recipe

April is Earth Month, so what better time to celebrate the almighty Earth that gives us the plants and trees, which grow the delicious food we eat every day!

To celebrate Earth Month, I’ve created an organic kale salad that is so delicious, and good for the planet!

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Blackberry Jalapeno Guacamole

Fresh blackberries & jalapenos are combined in this simple & delicious guacamole recipe that’s perfect for dipping up all summer long or serving on tacos!

Blackberry Jalapeno Guacamole Recipe

Oh hey there, it’s Whitney here, checking in from 40,000 feet in the air! Yay for Southwest In Flight WiFi!

I’m currently en route to Oklahoma to see my family and celebrate my future sister-in-laws bridal shower!

If you like fried chicken, steaks and cowboy hats, be sure to tune into my Instagram page for all of the fun Oklahoma pics!

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Thai Peanut Pineapple Veggie Rice Bowl

Thai peanut sauce, sautéed vegetables and pineapple top this quick and easy rice bowl recipe, that’s both vegetarian and gluten free.

Thai Peanut Pineapple Veggie Rice Bowl Recipe

I have a confession to make, when it comes to cooking rice, I overshoot it every time by about 2-4 cups. I’m not sure what my deal is, I guess I just really have a phobia of running out of cooked rice!

But today that leftover cooked rice, along with some leftover Thai Peanut Sauce, came in very handy to make this epic new recipe!

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Roasted Garlic & Kale Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Soy milk and olive oil add a delicious creaminess to this recipe for Vegan Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic & Kale!

Garlic Kale Vegan Mashed Potatoes

When thinking about mashed potatoes, the words cream and butter are usually the first to come to mind, but for those that are dairy-free or vegan, that means no mashed potatoes in their life. Until now that is!

By cooking the potatoes in soy milk, they keep their nice creamy mashed potato texture, while remaining dairy-free and vegan!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Spinach Kale Salad

Spinach & kale are tossed with an avocado vinaigrette, roasted butternut squash, pistachios, dates & quinoa in this vegan & gluten free kale salad recipe.

Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad Recipe

If one of your goals in 2016 was to eat healthier, while still enjoying super flavorful food, then I have just the salad for you!

When it comes to healthy recipes, I love to get in the kitchen and create delicious new dishes that are healthy, while still full of flavor, and this salad is just that!

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Maple Syrup and Apples

This delectable vegan & gluten free recipe for Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Apples is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas or a fall dinner party!

Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Apples Recipe

It’s day five & the last day of “Thanksgiving Week” on WhitneyBond.com!

While I certainly couldn’t pick a favorite between all of the recipes this week including Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stuffing, Oven Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Jalapeno Relish, Baked Sweetpotato & Three Cheese Dip, Cranberry Apple Sangria, and this recipe for Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Apples, my boyfriend made his favorite immediately known, and it was this recipe for brussels sprouts.

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Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Homemade butternut squash pasta sauce is easy to make, vegan & gluten free. Serve it with pasta, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles!

Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce Recipe

Two weeks ago today I was on a flight back from my first trip to Seattle where I was visiting one of my best friends Ashley!

There was football watching, beer tastings, rainbows, rope swings, Oktoberfest, Pike Place Market, and of course, lots and lots of delicious food!

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Slow Cooker Mushroom Ragu

Slow Cooker Mushroom Ragu is a delicious vegan & gluten free recipe with tons of flavor, perfect served on roasted spaghetti squash, polenta or pasta.

Slow Cooked Vegetarian Mushroom Ragu Recipe

With fall peeking right around the corner, I decided to take my most popular slow cooker recipe, Beef Ragu, and make it vegetarian & vegan friendly!

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Superfood Fruit Parfait

This delicious mason jar fruit parfait recipe is topped with superfood bars for a healthy, vegan, gluten free breakfast or snack!

Superfood Fruit Parfait Recipe

When I first tried Nature’s Path new Qi’a Superfood Bars at the Natural Products Expo in March, I was hooked!

Delicious bars that are packed full of healthy ingredients, that are also gluten-free and vegan, yes, please!

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Kale Apple Slaw

Kale Apple Slaw is a delicious & healthy twist on traditional coleslaw. This vegan and gluten free recipe is perfect served as a side dish at BBQs or added to pulled pork or brisket sandwiches.

Kale Apple Slaw Recipe

With summer and swimsuit season in full swing, I’m always looking for ways to make new recipes a little bit lighter and healthier, while still totally delicious!

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Acai Blackberry Smoothie

Get a boost of antioxidants, fiber and Omega-3s in this vegan Acai Blackberry Smoothie recipe. Easy to whip up for breakfast in only 5 minutes!

Acai Blackberry Smoothie Recipe

I’ve been a huge fan of adding blackberries to new recipes lately. And by lately I mean just yesterday I posted a recipe for Blackberry Jalapeno Pulled Pork Tacos (Yes, YUM!)

I’ve also added blackberries to these recipes for Blackberry Jalapeno Guacamole and Blackberry Serrano Cornbread!

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Grilled Strawberry Lemonade

Fresh lemons and strawberries are grilled in this delicious recipe twist on strawberry lemonade, perfectly refreshing for summer BBQs!

Grilled Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Ever since I completed my Balcony Makeover a couple of weeks ago, all I’ve wanted to do is hang out on the balcony and grill EVERYTHING!

Seriously, 8 out of 10 new recipes posted this week, or coming in the next two weeks on the blog, are grilled! I can’t be stopped, must grill everything… including lemonade!

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Mexican Sweet Potato Salad

This vegan & gluten free Mexican Sweet Potato Salad recipe is filled with healthy & delicious ingredients like quinoa, avocado, black beans & peppers!

Mexican Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

When it comes to eating healthier, no one (especially me!) likes to compromise taste, that’s why I’m always coming up with healthy recipes that are still packed with flavor!

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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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Immunity Boosting Orange Berry Smoothie

This orange berry smoothie recipe is packed with immunity boosting ingredients to keep you healthy! It’s loaded with Vitamins A, C & K!

Immunity Boosting Orange Berry Smoothie

(32 oz) (32 oz) Today’s post is sponsored by Beaming. 

Welcome to that post-holiday-winter-cold-season-yuckiness that’s happening right now! It’s going around and it seems like there’s no stopping it. Oh, but there is!

I started feeling that dreaded cold coming on after New Years so I vowed to stay in and down as many healthy, immunity-boosting beverages as possible! Within 24 hours, I was feeling 100% again!

One of my creations during this weekend of hibernation was this Immunity Boosting Orange Berry Smoothie!

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Crock Pot Three Bean Taco Vegan Chili

Soyrizo, three different beans, taco seasoning & salsa make up the base for this easy, gluten free, crock pot vegan chili recipe!

Crock Pot Three Bean Vegan Chili

Right now, if you’re anywhere in the country besides Southern California or Florida, I’m guessing you’re cold!

With the onslaught of chilly fall weather this week, what better time to turn “Taco Tuesday” into Taco Chili Tuesday!  Read the full post here!

Mexican Chipotle Sweet Potato Casserole

This Mexican Chipotle Sweet Potato Casserole is a delicious and simple, vegan and gluten free recipe that could be eaten as a side dish or as an entree!

Mexican Chipotle Sweet Potato Casserole

There’s nothing I love more than a delicious slow cooked one pot meal that’s super easy to make and super healthy, which is why I’m totally obsessed with this new dish!

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Caprese Veggie Burger Sliders

These healthy veggie burgers combine garbanzo beans, chia & hemp seeds with tomatoes & basil for a healthy & vegetarian slider recipe.

Caprese Veggie Burger Sliders

Today’s post is sponsored by Nature’s Path.

Alright, it’s time for a little honesty to start this post. I used to think that veggie burgers were all dry, flavorless and just kind of boring!

That was until I made my own veggie burgers! I’m now slightly addicted to creating different veggie burger recipes!

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Grilled Vegetable Skewers

A delicious assortment of colorful vegetables are combined in this simple, gluten free, whole30 compliant recipe for Grilled Vegetable Skewers.

Grilled Vegetable Skewers

For the most part, cooking in my house goes down like this:

  1. Recipe Idea Brainstorming
  2. Writing Out Recipe
  3. Grocery Shopping for Recipe
  4. Creating Recipe in the Kitchen
  5. Photographing Recipe
  6. Blogging About Recipe

For this recipe, I skipped straight to #4!

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Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa

Roasted poblano peppers, grilled corn & spices are combined in this simple, delicious, vegan and gluten free corn salsa recipe.

Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa

Remember that time I made a simple salsa to put on top of a taco and the salsa ended up being totally amazing?

Well, you probably don’t, because that time was yesterday and you’re just hearing about it for the first time, but after this post you totally will!

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5 Minute Homemade Salsa

Fresh vegetables, herbs and spices are combined in this homemade salsa recipe that is vegetarian, gluten free and only takes 5 minutes to make!

5 Minute Homemade Salsa

I’m kind of obsessed with making everything from scratch, taco seasoning, marinara sauce, salad dressings, and the list goes on.

I’m not crazy though, I totally understand that most people don’t have the time to make every element of a meal from scratch!

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Zucchini Quinoa Burgers

Zucchini, corn and chickpeas are combined in this recipe for vegan, gluten free quinoa burgers. A great vegetarian alternative to traditional burgers!

Vegan Zucchini Quinoa Burgers

Every time I think of Quinoa Burgers now I think of that Bud Light commercial. “What the heck is a Quinoa?” That commercial totally cracked me up the first time I saw it.

I’m pretty sure anyone who has ever bought a frozen Quinoa Burger patty might agree with most of the things said in the commercial. I’m also pretty sure that anyone who has ever made a homemade Quinoa Burger filled with fresh veggies and spices will tell you that they are absolutely delicious!

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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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Black Bean Quinoa Taco Soup

Quinoa and black beans are combined with delicious spices to make the perfect protein packed, gluten free and vegan quinoa taco soup recipe!

Quinoa Taco Soup

I couldn’t think of a more perfect recipe to share on Meatless Monday than this Black Bean Quinoa Taco Soup! This soup is not only vegetarian, it’s also vegan. And most importantly, it’s so delicious!

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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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Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Creamy butternut squash is added to these stuffed poblano peppers for a rich, creamy, flavorful, vegan side dish, perfect for Thanksgiving!

Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Looking for a last minute, unique Thanksgiving side dish? Look no further than these Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers!

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Mango Salsa

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping! It’s gluten free, vegetarian & vegan!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

Last night was “Taco Tuesday” so I decided to toss together healthy, grilled Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon Tacos for the occasion! These tacos are sweet, spicy and oh-so-delicious.

I couldn’t top such an amazingly flavorful taco with just any old salsa, so I whipped up this fresh mango salsa!

Chipotle honey glazed salmon is placed in warm corn tortillas & topped with fresh mango salsa in this mouth-watering recipe for healthy salmon tacos!

This mango salsa is so easy to make and not only is it perfect on salmon tacos, it’s also delicious on top of grilled chicken, steamed fish or served with chips for dipping!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

Mango Salsa Ingredients

  • 1 mango (diced)
  • 3 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (minced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)

Mango Salsa Instructions

Add the diced mango and diced tomato to a small bowl.

Tomato Mango Salsa Recipe

Add the minced red onion, minced jalapeño and minced cilantro.

Mango Salsa Recipe

Squeeze the lime juice over the salsa and mix everything together.

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

Easy as that, you’ve got a healthy, scrumptious mango salsa ready to go! This salsa has only 57 calories per cup, making it the perfect choice for a flavorful side that you can feel good about digging in to!

In addition to the salmon tacos I originally served this mango salsa on top of, the salsa would also be great on Grilled Shrimp Tacos or Blackened Red Snapper.

You can also serve the salsa with a bag of chips and a Serrano Chili Mango Margarita or Blackberry Jalapeno Margarita for a delicious happy hour!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!
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Mango Salsa

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping! It’s gluten free, vegetarian & vegan!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 cups mango salsa
Calories 57 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 mango diced
  • 3 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion minced
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime juiced

Instructions

  1. Add the mango and tomato to a small bowl.
  2. Add the onion, jalapeño and cilantro.
  3. Squeeze the lime juice over the top and mix together.

Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad

This simple & delicious vegan, paleo Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad is bold in flavor and perfect for lunch or a side dish with dinner!

Roasted Green Bean Salad Recipe

I bet you all were wondering what other dish I created using that delicious Paleo Vegan Walnut Sage Pesto I made last week!

I apologize if it’s been keeping you up at night, but never fear, the new recipe is here and you can be guaranteed a good nights rest tonight! 😉

Vegan Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad

This Paleo salad recipe is full of rich flavors and would be perfect served with any of these Paleo main dishes, like Roasted Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, Lemon Herb Salmon or Herb Crusted Turkey Breast!

Roasted Green Bean Salad Ingredients

Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad Ingredients

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Walnut Sage Pesto (click link for recipe)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts

Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Begin by trimming the ends off the green beans, chopping them into 1 inch pieces and adding them to a large mixing bowl.

Chopped Fresh Green Beans

Add the tomatoes, bell peppers and garlic cloves to the bowl then drizzle with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and top with the black pepper.

Roasted Green Bean Tomato Salad Recipe

Toss together then place onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.

Roasted Green Beans and Tomatoes

Top with the fresh basil and place into the oven for 25-30 minutes.

While the vegetables are roasting, toast the walnuts in a small skillet over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.

Toasted Walnuts

Remove the vegetables from the oven.

Roasted Green Beans and Tomato Recipe

Add the roasted vegetables to a large mixing bowl.

My recommendation: grab the sides of the parchment paper or foil (like this ↓) and simply slide it into the bowl so you make sure to get all the roasted vegetables and the delicious balsamic juices into the bowl.

Roasted Green Beans and Tomato Salad Recipe

Next, add the pesto to the roasted vegetables.

Roasted Green Beans and Pesto Salad Recipe

Toss well. Place into a serving bowl and top with the toasted walnuts.

Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad Recipe

My intern Erin and I ate this for lunch last week, but it would also be a great side dish for dinners, BBQs or holidays!

Roasted Green Bean, Tomato Salad

Roasted Green Bean Salad Recipe
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Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad

This simple & delicious vegan, paleo Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad is bold in flavor and perfect for lunch or a side dish with dinner!

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 313 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1/4 cup Walnut Sage Pesto click link for recipe
  • 1/3 cup walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Trim the ends off the green beans, chop into 1 inch pieces and add them to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the tomatoes, bell peppers and garlic cloves to the bowl then drizzle with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and top with the black pepper.
  4. Toss together then place onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
  5. Top with the fresh basil and place into the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  6. While the vegetables are roasting, toast the walnuts in a small skillet over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Remove the vegetables from the oven.
  8. Add the roasted vegetables to a large mixing bowl.
  9. Next, add the pesto to the roasted vegetables.
  10. Toss well. Place into a serving bowl and top with the toasted walnuts.

Paleo Walnut Sage Pesto

Fresh sage & parsley are combined with walnuts, garlic & olive oil in this dairy free, vegan, paleo Walnut Sage Pesto recipe, perfect on chicken or pork!

Paleo Walnut Sage Pesto Recipe

It’s creamy, delicious, dairy free, vegan and PALEO!

Healthy Walnut Sage Pesto

This Pesto sauce is perfect on chicken, pork or fish. I also have a couple unique recipe uses for the scrumptious sauce, including Sweet Potato Skins and Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad!

Walnut Sage Pesto Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh sage
  • 1 cup fresh Italian parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water

Add the sage and parsley to a food processor.

Walnut Sage Pesto Recipe

Add the garlic, black pepper and walnuts.

Walnut Sage Pesto Recipe

Puree in the food processor for 15 seconds, then add the lemon juice. Turn the food processor back on and add the olive oil through the pour spout at the top.

Paleo Walnut Sage Pesto Recipe

Next, add the water while continuing to puree for an additional 30-60 seconds or until all ingredients are combined.

Paleo Walnut Sage Pesto Recipe

Voila! A simple, healthy and yummy sauce made in less than 5 minutes!

Paleo Walnut Sage Pesto

Paleo Walnut Sage Pesto Recipe
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Paleo Walnut Sage Pesto

Fresh sage & parsley are combined with walnuts, garlic & olive oil in this dairy free, vegan, paleo Walnut Sage Pesto recipe, perfect on chicken or pork!

Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups pesto
Calories 934 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh sage
  • 1 cup fresh Italian parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water

Instructions

  1. Add the sage, parsley, garlic, black pepper and walnuts to a food processor.

  2. Puree in the food processor for 15 seconds then add the lemon juice.
  3. Turn the food processor back on and add the olive oil through the pour spout at the top.
  4. Add the water while continuing to puree an additional 30-60 seconds or until all ingredients are combined.

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

This strawberry peach guacamole gives a sweet & fruity summer twist to the dip that everyone loves!

Strawberry Peach Guacamole Recipe

I made this dish last weekend for a Memorial Day BBQ and it was a hit with all of my friends!

I served it along side it’s spicy counterpart, Buffalo Sauce Guacamole, which will appear in my cookbook, Buffalo Style, out this fall!

Strawberry Guacamole Recipe

The combination of juicy pieces of strawberry and peaches mixed with fresh basil and lemon juice make it difficult to put down the chips!

Strawberry Peach Guacamole Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1 cup strawberries (chopped)
  • 2 peaches (peeled & chopped)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)

Mash the avocados together in a medium bowl, add the tomatoes, strawberries and peaches.

Strawberry Peach Guacamole Recipe

Mix all of the ingredients together then juice the lemon into the guacamole and add the fresh basil.

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

Serve with your favorite chips for delicious dipping pleasure!

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

You could also serve this fruity guacamole with apple crisps for a fun and healthy twist!

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

 

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Gluten Free Banana Walnut Waffles

These delicious gluten free banana walnut waffles are also dairy free and egg free, making them a healthy and delicious way to start the day!

Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Waffles

These waffles were inspired by a combination of extra bananas in the house and my desire to incorporate flax seed into a new recipe!

Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Walnut Waffles

Did you know that flax seed can be mixed with water and used to replace egg? Me either! Until recently, that is!

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Waffles

Flax seed provides essential Omega 3’s, as well as antioxidant boosting power and fiber which promotes glowing skin, hair and nails!

The substitute for the egg worked great and now I have a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free waffle that is healthy, delicious and can be enjoyed by everyone!

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Waffle Ingredients

Ingredients

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a small mixing bowl.

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Waffle Recipe

In a large mixing bowl combine the flax seed and water, then add the coconut milk, 1 tbsp honey, cinnamon and olive oil.

Dairy Free Banana Walnut Waffle Recipe

Whisk together, then add the flour mixture.

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Waffle Batter

Combine well, then add the walnuts and one sliced banana.

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Waffle Batter

Mash the banana slightly into the mixture.

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Waffle Batter

Spoon the mixture into a waffle iron and cook.

Gluten Free Banana Waffles

Top with the extra sliced banana then drizzle with the additional tablespoon of honey.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Waffles

Serve with a fresh glass of juice for a well balanced healthy breakfast that’s also fun and scrumptious!

Dairy Free Banana Walnut Waffles

Dairy Free Banana Walnut Waffles
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Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Walnut Waffles

These delicious gluten free banana walnut waffles are also dairy free and egg free, making them a healthy and delicious way to start the day!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 square waffles
Calories 321 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fine ground flax seed
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp honey divided
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 bananas sliced

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a small mixing bowl.

  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flax seed and water, then add the coconut milk, 1 tbsp honey, cinnamon and olive oil.
  3. Whisk together, then add the flour mixture.
  4. Combine well, then add the walnuts and one sliced banana.
  5. Mash the banana slightly into the mixture.
  6. Spoon the mixture into an oiled waffle iron and cook.

  7. Top with the extra sliced banana then drizzle with the additional tablespoon of honey.

Guacamole Stuffed Peppers

Guacamole Stuffed Peppers are the perfect gluten free, vegan and paleo party appetizer made with fresh guacamole stuffed in grilled sweet mini peppers!

Guacamole Stuffed Peppers

Last week I noticed a new item at my local grocery store, a bag of small, bright colored, sweet peppers.

I picked up a bag with the thought that something that cute and vibrant had to be used in a new dish!

Serrano Chili Guacamole Stuffed Peppers

When I got home I realized I had purchased a bag of avocados last week that were now perfectly ripe, and so the guacamole stuffed peppers were born!

Paleo Guacamole Stuffed Peppers

This dish is not only delicious, it’s also gluten free, vegan and paleo making it the perfect party appetizer for all guests!

Guacamole Stuffed Pepper Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 10-12 sweet mini peppers
  • 3 avocados
  • 1 small tomato (chopped)
  • 1/4 onion (chopped)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 serrano chili (minced)

Slice the tops off of the peppers and cut them in half, removing the white membrane and seeds from inside.

Small Peppers for Stuffing

Place the peppers on the grill over medium heat for 7-8 minutes.

Grilled Sweet Peppers

Remove from the heat and allow to cool while preparing the guacamole.

Grilled Sweet Peppers

Prepare the guacamole by removing the avocado from the shell and smashing in a small bowl.

Cilantro Lime Guacamole

Next add the tomatoes and onions.

Guacamole with Fresh Tomatoes

Add the lime juice, cilantro and serrano chili, then mix well to combine.

Serrano Chili Guacamole

Spoon the guacamole into each pepper.

Guacamole Stuffed Peppers

Simple as that, you have a beautiful, easy and healthy dish to serve as an afternoon snack or appetizer!

Guacamole Stuffed Sweet Peppers

With all the beautiful bright colors in this dish, it just screams summer to me! Am I the only one super excited for shorts everyday, pool parties and BBQs?

Guacamole Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Paleo Guacamole Stuffed Peppers
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Guacamole Stuffed Peppers

Guacamole Stuffed Peppers are the perfect gluten free, vegan and paleo party appetizer made with fresh guacamole stuffed in grilled sweet mini peppers!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 24 stuffed peppers
Calories 46 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 12 sweet mini peppers
  • 3 avocados
  • 1 small tomato chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion diced
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 serrano chili seeded & minced

Instructions

  1. Slice the tops off of the peppers and cut them in half, remove the white membrane and seeds from inside.

  2. Place the peppers on the grill over medium heat for 7-8 minutes.

  3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool while preparing the guacamole.
  4. Prepare the guacamole by removing the avocado from the shell and smashing in a small bowl.
  5. Add the tomatoes and onions.

  6. Add the lime juice, cilantro and serrano chili, then mix well to combine.
  7. Spoon the guacamole into each pepper.

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

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