Dress/Dip/Schmear

Avocado Hemp Seed Pesto

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This pesto is LOADED with healthy fats and is creamy and delicious to boot. The avocados and olive oil both provide those Mediterranean monounsaturated fats while the hemp seeds provide essential, anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids. The hemp seeds are also a great plant-based source of protein (one of the few providing all 9 essential amino acids). So this recipe is doing all sorts of good for you! It’s also super decadent tasting and delicious on so many different foods (suggestions below). Bonus, it takes under 10 minutes start to finish!

Cherry Chia Jam

The peanut butter (or almond butter) and jelly classic combo truly never goes out of style in my opinion. However, some store-bought jellies can be full of extra, unnecessary ingredients that aren’t so great for you (refined or fake sugars, inflammatory oils etc.) This EASY 2 minute recipe makes a good sized batch of healthy jam that can be used in so many ways. By pairing the fruit with chia seeds, you achieve my “magic 4” of blood sugar stabilizing foods (protein, fat, fiber and phytonutrients). The cherries have fiber and phytonutrients and the chia seeds have protein, fat and fiber so this will leave you or your little ones feeling full and satiated not cranky and hungry. Bonus is that you get some gut-healthy apple cider vinegar snuck in with your PB&J!

I used “Seal the Seasons” frozen cherries for this recipe but you could also try it with another frozen fruit. I love Seal the Seasons since they source locally grown produce and freeze it at the peak of freshness and are available all over the country! They strive to make quality frozen produce affordable and available to the masses, and that is something I can get behind!

Cherry Chia Jam

Sweet Beet Dip

This dip has a touch of sweetness and a thick consistency that makes a delicious snack by itself or paired with toast, veggies, oats and more! Beets have so many health benefits and it's a great way to sneak in an extra serving of vegetables. Beets help with heart health, can improve our cardiovascular abilities and can even help speed up our metabolisms. 

Sweet Beet Dip

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Lemon Tahini Dressing

This lemon tahini dressing is DELISH and refreshing! Do you need another reason to make it? Plus it's nut-free and massaged into kale it's divine. Enough said, it's easy and keeps for a while in the fridge.

Tsquared Sauce

This turmeric tahini (TT AKA T squared) dressing is a great way to add flavor to any dish. It's full of healthy fats, nut-free, and has anti-inflammatory turmeric!

Vegan Cashew Pesto

This pesto is dairy-free and delicious. So easy to whip up a batch and eat it in all different ways.  I love to put it on "zoodles" but it is also great on any pasta (my favorite is chickpea), toast or even as a dip for raw vegetables!

Omega 3 Tuna Burgers with Avocado Crema

These burgers are packed with healthy fatty acids from the omega 3s in both the tuna and the flax seed meal. Omega 3s are especially important in the American diet since most Americans get a lot of Omega 6 fatty acids but not very many omega 3s, and the balance/equality of these two is critical to maintain optimal health.  These burgers also are easy, delicious and have a great texture in my opinion.  Try them topped with my lightened up avocado "crema".

Baked Coconut Chicken Tenders with Homemade Honey Mustard

These lightened up version of fried chicken fingers will be sure to satisfy both your clean eating fanatic as well as your fried chicken fiend.  The chicken is breaded with minimally processed, gluten-free grains to keep the glycemic index low and the coconut ads a great flavor and texture. Since these are baked, no guild from the fry-o-later!  Honey mustard sauce is equal parts healthy and satisfying - this comfort meal will not disappoint.

Comfort Zoodles

Zucchini + Noodle = Zoodle (for those who are unfamiliar).  They are my FAVORITE way to make an easy, lean dinner taste comforting.  You must first own some kind of spiralizer (to make the noodles), however, you can find these for under $20 at Amazon.com or Bed Bath & Beyond, you really don't need anything fancy.  The zucchini fills you up at only about 30 calories per zucchini (vs. a serving of whole wheat pasta at around 190).  Plus it is a great source of calcium and potassium.  I love zoodles for lunch or dinner and they store pretty well if you want to pre-make them and keep them in the fridge.

Homemade Blackberry Chia Jam

You can definitely switch out the berry in this jam and use raspberries or strawberries.  I love it because it's quick and unprocessed and perfect on some Ezekiel toast for peanut butter or almond butter and jelly!

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Schmear

I find I often have half used cans of pumpkin in my kitchen... not sure if that's just me but most recipes don't call for the entire can.  I created this recipe to use up the rest and it is a pumpkin peanut butter party in your mouth! For people with kids who won't eat vegetables but will eat peanut butter, this is a great way to disguise some of those veggie vitamins!

Almond Butter Bliss Dressing

If you love almond butter even half, or a quarter or an eighth as much as I do you will LOVE this dressing.  It's great on salads, buddha bowls, "zoodles", any type of cooked or raw vegetable, plain chicken/fish etc. the list goes on! It's full of healthy fats and Vitamin E from the almond butter, no sweetener, has anti-inflammatory properties from the ginger, is low in sodium and has omega 3 fatty acids from the flax seeds.  

Avocado Zing Dressing

This is one of the quickest ways to make a mouth-watering dressing and it's 100% healthy!