Vegetable Dishes

Crunchy Honey & Mint Quinoa Salad (GF)

This cold salad is perfect for the hot summer months, with crunchy apples, carrots, peppers and celery, sweet cranberries and creamy chickpeas with a delicious honey and mint dressing.

Pomegranate Lentil Salad (GF)

A cold salad that can be made ahead of time for an easy and quick meal or side dish.  There’s absolutely no cooking at all, which makes this the perfect hot-weather recipe!

California Quinoa Salad (GF)

The California Quinoa Salad is so refreshing, with sweet mango and red bell pepper, cilantro, golden raisins, crunchy hemp seeds and a light lime dressing.  It’s a great make-ahead meal prep dish too!

Lemon Tahini Buddha Bowls (V, GF)

A crave-worthy, super creamy and incredibly flavorful tahini sauce that uses just a handful of ingredients and is the perfect drizzle over roasted veggies, grains and greens.

Super Easy Homemade BBQ Baked Beans (V)

These delicious homemade BBQ baked beans are the perfect summer side dish, and they take almost no time or effort at all!  With just a few simple ingredients you probably already have, you can make BBQ baked beans that are way better than the store-bought canned kind.

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Tomatoes, garlic, herbs and creamy white beans are all that’s in this simple yet delicious soup that’s perfect for a rainy summer night.  Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is the only acceptable reason to turn on your oven this summer!  

Baked Broccoli & Artichokes

This baked broccoli and artichoke dish is a quick and easy meal or side. Tossed in a buttery caper sauce and topped with crispy panko, fresh dill and lemon.

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Spicy Dijon Dressing (Dairy Free)

‘Tis the season for dinner salads!  You choose which vegetables you love the most, then roast them up and toss them in with peppery arugula, heart-healthy olives, crunchy cucumbers and of course, homemade croutons.  The spicy dairy free dijon dressing kicks it all up a notch and brings this from a boring, plain salad to

Ramen Noodle Cabbage Salad

If you’ve never experienced ramen noodle cabbage salad…it’s about time you do.  Guaranteed this will become a new regular at summer BBQ’s and potlucks!  It’s a great make-ahead meal prep salad that only gets better with time.  

Dairy Free Herby Baby Potato Salad

This dairy free baby potato salad is made with a light dijon dressing, loaded with herbs, crunchy celery and red onion, to make the perfect vegan BBQ side dish alternative.

Dairy Free Broccoli Salad (V, GF)

A creamy, sweet, tangy and crunchy broccoli salad that’s dairy free, so you can enjoy as much as you want of this delicious and healthy salad without any of the guilt!  The Creamy Maple Dressing is what makes this salad really pop, and you’ll never guess it’s dairy free!

Super Easy, Super Fresh Tabbouleh

If you love the fresh flavors of parsley and mint, this salad is for you.  Tabbouleh combines herbs, bulger wheat, finely chopped vegetables and fresh lemon juice to create a healthy snack, side dish or meal. 

Dairy Free Broccoli Cheddar Soup (V, GF)

A dairy free version of the Panera favorite!  This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is made with a rich, thick, creamy broth of cauliflower and potatoes, with sauteed onions and garlic to give it tons of flavor.

Cauliflower Alfredo Casserole (V, GF, Nut Free Optional)

A creamy cauliflower based Alfredo sauce that is nut free and dairy free, baked with spaghetti squash, sundried tomatoes, broccoli, spinach or whatever else you love.

Super Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower (GF, V)

Whether you love meat or you’re a 100% vegan, I think everyone can agree that buffalo cauliflower is the best, especially when the breading gets super crispy and the cauliflower in the middle stays perfectly tender.  In this recipe post, I’ll show you how to make your own buffalo cauliflower at home, with a simple

Burrito Bowls with Cauliflower & Walnut Taco Meat (V, GF)

A hearty mix of cauliflower, walnuts, chiles in adobo and taco seasoning that tastes and satisfies just like the real deal, all loaded into a burrito bowl for a delicious and quick meal.

Lentil & Japanese Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie (V, GF)

Lentils, vegetables, vegan butter, vegetable broth, GF flour, fresh thyme, onions and garlic tucked in under a mashed Japanese sweet potato and cauliflower crust.  The perfect combination of comfort food and clean eating, because we all need a little comfort right about now.

Beginners Guide: Cooking with Jackfruit

Whether you’re looking for a meat substitute or just want to add more vegetables to your diet, jackfruit is a great option.  This beginners guide to jackfruit explains what it is, the best cooking method and an easy recipe.

White Bean Parmesan (GF, V)

Whether you’re looking to make more meatless meals or you’re in search of more meatless meals to add to your arsenal, this is a game changer.  All the satisfying flavors of traditional chicken parmesan but without the meat.  Made with creamy white beans, they’re full of protein, fiber and tons of flavor.  The best part? 

Vegan Chipotle Queso & Jackfruit Nachos (GF, V)

This is what vegan nacho dreams are made of!  This super easy and creamy vegan chipotle queso takes just a few minutes to make and only uses 5 ingredients.  Drizzle it over these insanely delicious jackfruit nachos or serve it straight up as a nacho sauce with chips.

Almond Butter Noodles (GF, V, Soy Free)

A creamy and tangy soy free almond butter and coconut aminos based sauce, tossed with GF rice noodles, roasted Japanese sweet potatoes and broccoli.  You can sprinkle hemp or sesame seeds on top like I did for extra crunch and protein too!

Mexican Quinoa & Jackfruit Casserole

A comforting casserole that’s dairy free, gluten free, corn free and vegan, made with jackfruit, black beans, salsa verde and other goodies, all baked to bubbling perfection.

Creamy Tuscan Portobellos (V, GF)

Creamy Vegan Tuscan Portobellos are simmered in a mouthwatering coconut milk based sauce that tastes just like the original, but without all the heaviness.  And even better?  This can all be made in about 20 minutes!

Creamy Cashew Cajun Zoodles (GF, V)

A dairy free version of one of my favorite comfort foods, this creamy cashew based Cajun sauce is tossed with zucchini noodles and crisp tender vegetables, then sprinkled with a miracle seed – Hemp Hearts, for a totally delicious and comforting meal thats vegan and gluten free.

Korean Mushroom & Asparagus Bowl (Soy Free)

Similar to my Korean Beef Bowl recipe, this soy free, gluten free, vegan version is just as good, if not better!  The sauce perfectly soaks into the brown jasmine rice, with crisp tender asparagus and sauteed mushrooms.  It’s a quick dinner you can put together in minutes and tastes even better as leftovers.

Spicy Broccoli Rabe & Banza Pasta (GF, V)

This is a quick and easy dinner idea that requires very little prep and cook time.  I am featuring one of newest Trader Joes obsessions, the Onion Chili Crunch Sauce.  Oh boy is it good, and I’ve put it on basically everything from pasta dishes like this, tossed with steamed green beans, roasted with fish

Jackfruit & Green Chile Enchiladas – (V, GF, Corn Free)

Vegan, gluten-free, corn-free and totally satisfying – they even got the animated nod of approval from Ryan!  Light yet filling and super easy to put together, these bean, green chile and jackfruit enchiladas are the perfect meatless-Monday meal or perfect for any day of the week!

Vegan Alfredo Spaghetti Squash with Broccoli

Plant based deliciousness has arrived to my kitchen and I couldn’t be more excited about it!  This vegan alfredo spaghetti squash is the answer to my comfort food prayers, and for someone who has been eating dairy and cheese her whole life, I never would have guessed this was vegan.

Simple Green Bean Salad

This is a great meal prep idea!  Fresh blanched green beans are tossed with sliced red onion, herbs and a simple vinaigrette.  Learn what blanching is and how to do it, as well as what to look for when purchasing green beans and preparing them.

Fresh & Easy Pico de Gallo

In the heat of summer or whenever I am traveling and we have our own kitchen, pico de gallo is always in the fridge.  Freshly prepared and easy to store in the fridge for a few days, this pico de gallo can be used in so many different ways.

Cheesy Fiesta Cauliflower Rice Bowls

This low-carb lunch or dinner option is great for meal prepping for the week ahead, or just whip it up quickly after work for a no-fuss dinner.  It’s packed with flavor, nutrients, healthy fats and healthy carbs, and brings in over 15 grams of protein!

Vegetable Fried Rice

Fried rice is one of my go-to dinner ideas when I really have no energy to cook but want something satisfying and healthy.  Someone once asked me after a cooking class, “So what will you be making for dinner tonight?” and since I had just done a three hour cooking class, I knew my answer

Cider Roasted Root Vegetabes with Toasted Pine Nuts

Crispy, sweet, savory roasted root vegetables that are absolutely perfect for a weeknight meal, holiday side dish or for meal prep to have healthy, delicious lunches all week long.

Vegetable & Bean Tostada’s

Whether I am going close to home or 1000’s of miles away, I always scope out the food scene.  It’s in my blood.  My parents know what they will order from a restaurant days before they even go.  We talk about this together all the time.  We are foodies at heart.  I love to read

Roasted Vegetable Paella

Paella is one of those comforting dishes I like to make when I want something with a little more kick.  Very similar to a risotto, paella is a Spanish dish that uses spices such as saffron and paprika.  It is a slow cooking process, usually taking about 30 minutes total, but the finishing product is

Creamy Red Lentil Soup

Here in New England, October means freezing your tootsies off in the morning, sweating all your makeup off during the day then freezing your tootsies off again at night.  Clearly it doesn’t make any sense, but that’s New England for you.   This morning, I was FREEZING.  Like, couldn’t get out of bed so I dragged

Eat Well All Week: Chickpea Salad + Meal Prep Tips

A few years ago, I would order out for lunch every day, leading to a terrible looking bank account and a terrible feeling all over my body.   I quickly realized that something had to change, so I overhauled my whole routine and started devoting time each weekend to preparing for the week ahead.  I taught

Creamy White Bean & Kale Soup

I love this soup for so many reasons.  It was adapted from a recipe out of an Ina Garten cookbook I just received, and I can’t stop making it!  I put my own spin on it with extra garlic and hearty kale.   I’ve also used broccoli rabe in this as well which gives it a

Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad with Crispy Halloumi Croutons

Winter is slowly creeping up on us in New England.  When you start waking up and seeing your neighbors roofs dusted in white, you know it’s beginning.  The smell of a wood burning fire wafting through crisp air, with the crunch of leaves under your boots and the grey skies looming up above, makes me

Cold Sesame Soba Noodle Salad

What if I told you that the bowl you see pictured above contained sweet, spicy, savory and crunchy flavors, all wrapped into one? What if I told you that everything in that bowl is made from scratch, and that this took under 20 minutes to throw together?  Full of protein, fresh vegetables, healthy fats, antioxidant

Grilled Vegetable Fajitas

When it comes to having a BBQ when you’re trying to be a vegetarian, things can get tricky – especially if you’re like me and hate tofu… We love veggies and black bean burgers, but that get’s old after a while.  So instead, we opt for grilled vegetable fajitas.  I made a quick tomato-avocado salsa,

Healing 8-Minute Miso Soup

I love miso soup!  Especially when served with fresh spicy tuna rolls, am I right?? Miso soup is one of those meals that goes unnoticed a lot of the time.  Unless you’re at a Japanese restaurant, you’re more than likely not going to eat it – but you should.

Lemon Broccoli & Mushroom Grain Bowl

Growing up, there were always a few recipes my Mom kept on hand to cook week after week.  They were simple, no-brainer recipes that tasted delicious and gave all the comforts of home.  Nowadays, I’m on my own path, and still in need of those same kind of recipes, only more plant-based.  Grain bowls are

Broccoli Crunch Salad

Every summer we are all faced with the same question – you are heading to a friend or families house for a BBQ and ask if you should bring something.  They almost always say no, just bring yourself!  But you know better, and I am here to help.

Rich & Smokey Vegetarian Chili

With temperatures reaching to 0 degrees combined with a wind chill of -31, it was time I made some chili.

Bean, Cheese and Green Chile Enchiladas

Growing up, we always had some sort of Mexican dish every week.  My Mom grew up in California and learned very early on about a proper tortilla and the fact that chopped green chiles are what happy lives are made of.  So that was passed on to me, and I can never go too long

Papa Pomodoro Soup with Homemade Croutons

Winter in New England is very nostalgic for many people, myself included.  While I long for the days of gazing out toward the Pacific while basking in the glow of the sun in Costa Rica, I still walk around in awe of my surroundings in New England.  Whether its the blooming hydrangeas on Cape Cod

Rich & Buttery Lentil Stew

When you say the word “lentil” to people, many just pass it by and never bother to try them.  Most think they are boring and tasteless.  What people forget is that when made the right way, lentils become rich and buttery little wonders that are full of protein and fiber and will warm your heart

Hearty Vegetable Stew with White Beans

All of the flavors of fall that you need in a hearty, flavorful vegetarian stew.

Mushrooms, Chickpeas & Kale with Pesto

I have fallen in love with this dish!  Everything gets done in one pan, so there’s little clean up involved and huge flavor.  When you cook everything together it allows the flavors to meld together which makes for a creative and delicious meal.

Asian Carrot Noodles

Vegetables are the new pasta, haven’t you heard?  The spiralizer has transformed our meals into healthy, nutritious dishes that we just can’t get enough of.  It started with zucchini as most other people have had, but carrots might just be my new favorite.  The sweetness and crunch of the carrot noodles pair deliciously with a tangy,

Lemony Beet-Greens Pasta

As we strolled through the farmers market yesterday looking at all of the fresh produce picked just hours ago, I stumbled upon some beautiful beets with their lush green leafy stems.  After talking with the shop keeper, I learned that beet greens can easily be cooked down like a spinach to create the perfect addition

Grilled Vegetable Ciabatta + Learning to Budget for Groceries

We decided this week to cut down our grocery budget and went meatless for the week.  That of course meant some serious creativity on my part.  This little gem will be making the rounds on our menu again and again with it’s simplicity and deliciousness.

Grilled Pinto Bean & Rice Burgers

Plant-based has never tasted so good!  Going meatless is a healthy dinner option, and you won’t miss out with these flavorful, filling and nutritious pinto bean and brown rice burgers.

Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp & Pesto

Zucchini is spiralized into strands of pasta for a delicious and satisfying gluten-free bowl of “pasta”.  Tossed with pesto and shrimp, this is a hearty, filling meal that everyone will rave about.

Fish & Roasted Vegetable Tacos with Guacamole

Fresh striped bass is the star in these fresh tacos.  Just roast up some quick vegetables, whip up some guacamole and dinner is ready in minutes.

The Nourishing Buddha Bowl

Buddha bowls are popular in the yoga world and always vary depending on who is making them.  Buddha bowls provide a complete and nourishing meal all in one, containing ingredients that make you feel good.  So here is my version!

Bacon, Corn & Asparagus Saute

A delicious medley of thick-cut bacon, sweet corn, fresh asparagus and silky shallots.  Because really, who doesn’t love bacon?!

Avocado & Orange Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette

A salad to enjoy any day of the week, with minimal effort.  You’ll think you just ordered this from a cafe, not made in your kitchen!  Fresh ingredients and a zippy vinaigrette make this a new lunchtime staple.

Italian Chickpea Salad

A great addition to salads or just by the spoonful and loaded with tons of healthy veggies and fiber and protein rich chickpeas.

Roasted Portobello’s with Crispy Kale

Savory roasted portobello’s are topped with sauteed until crispy kale, onion and garlic.  Even a carnivore will like this and feel just as satisfied.

Mushroom Stroganoff

Sometimes you come across a true gem, and this is definitely one of them.  Wonderfully comforting with a creamy sauce and hearty sauteed mushrooms and onions, served over wild rice.   I’m starting to question why the beef part was ever put in?!

5 Easy & Delicious Meatless Monday Recipes

There are so many reasons to explain why Meatless Monday’s are great.  Eliminating meats even just once a week can drastically improve your overall health by nurturing your body with essential vitamins and minerals without the excess animal fats that can overtake your body.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna

  Full of vegetables and loaded with ooey gooey melted cheese, this quick crock pot lasagna is sure to please just about anyone.

Crunchy Peanut Cabbage Salad

Crunchy, sweet, fresh and full of flavor – this salad has it all and more.  With it’s wonderful detoxifying qualities, it’s a great way to use normally boring and tasteless (in my opinion) cabbage.

Autumn Salad with Apple & Honey Vinaigrette

A wonderful combination of roasted sweet potatoes, nutritional quinoa, vibrant curly kale with a sweet and tangy apple & honey vinaigrette to knock your taste bud socks off.  It’s a perfect addition to any fall meal.

Eggplant, Tomato & Corn Quesadillas

A prefect meatless Monday addition to the menu!  Sauteed eggplant combined with crispy sweet corn and sweet tomatoes folded in to a whole wheat quesadilla with local spicy cheese for an irresistible, creative way to use veggies!

Vegetable & Barley Stuffed Acorn Squash

A fresh idea for fall!  Roasted acorn squash is stuffed with garden picked vegetables and hearty barley for a perfectly easy and delicious dinner.

Creamy Pesto Penne with Mushrooms & Spinach

We loved this dish because the creaminess in the pesto comes from Greek yogurt, so say hello to added protein, while sauteed spinach and mushrooms give it bulk nutrition and added flavor in a seriously fast amount of time.

Healthy Summer Vegetable Frittata with Hash Brown Crust

In my opinion, Sunday mornings should always start with a cup of coffee, a comfy chair and something delicious to indulge in.  So since it’s summer and we all are (hopefully) craving those gorgeous fresh vegetables the season has to offer, why not use them in a yummy frittata?!

The Perfect Summer Meal

A whole roasted summer squash with parmesan is served with sauteed shrimp, onion, garlic and tomato is the perfect farmer’s market summer dinner.  Complete your plate with some perfectly cooked brown rice with peas and corn.

Broccoli Coleslaw Minus the Mayo

A perfect addition to pulled pork sandwiches – or just about anything!  Slightly sweet yet perfectly tangy, this mayo-less slaw is perfect for those who hate mayo.

Parmesan Crusted Shrimp with Summer Vegetable Saute

Make dinner in 15 minutes or less with this crunchy and flavorful dish.

Black Bean Chile Cakes with Corn Salsa

I made this on a Monday and boy oh boy was this the best way to start off my week! A perfect little cake – crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with a little kick of spice all over a bed of fresh corn salsa and rice.  It was heavenly!

Twice Cooked Rice with Spring Vegetables & Manchego

Seasonal vegetables sauteed together with pre-cooked rice, fresh sliced chives and imported Manchego.