A diet that doesn't leave room for french fries simply will not work for me. Fries are delicious. There is no way around it. And while I sometime need the real thing (never from fast food restaurants though), other times I can make healthy substitutes to satisfy my craving. I created this recipe for Turnip Fries for Linn at Straightforward Nutrition. Check it out and check out Linn's delicious recipes. And the raw avocado dip is amazing on everything, so try it!
Baked Vegetable Pockets + Orange Peanut Dipping Sauce
Most days I wake up craving fresh fruits and vegetables, raw foods, and earthy flavors. They energize me and leave me feeling pure and on top of the world. But other days…I really miss junk food. That is to say I miss the warm salty flavors and reassuring feelings I get from eating familiar foods. What I don't miss is the inevitable can't-move, bloated, sick feeling that comes along with junk food, not to mention the unseen havoc it causes my digestive and immune systems.
It was on one of these junkfood-minded days that I came up with this recipe. My perspective is that eating should be fun and intuitive and not about deprivation so when I feel like I need comfort foods, I embrace it. I wanted to make something comforting to satisfy my craving without the heavy feeling and negative repercussions. With this criteria in mind I came up with Vegetable Pockets stuffed with eggplant, mushrooms, cashews and more. It's not quite Indian, not quite Chinese, although it hints at both dumplings and samosas. Usually stuffed foods are wrapped in white flour based pastries or noodles which offer little to no nutritional benefits. White flour also spikes your blood sugar (hello, disease fuel) and is one of the most common triggers for people with food sensitivities. Instead I used rice paper because they are light and gluten free. Rice paper wraps hold everything together without adding much to taste, allowing the vegetable flavors to shine through.
Buckwheat Flatbread with Goat Cheese & Summer Squash
I could post a different zucchini recipe everyday for the rest of the summer. I never tire of eating summer squash. On these long summer days I hate to spend my time indoors, so I find myself sticking to simple recipes like this that I can pull together in thirty minutes. And when the produce is as good as it is in the summer, it doesn't take much to make a delicious meal.
Root Vegetable Chips with Caramelized Onion Dip
When you think about chips and dip, you don't exactly think healthy. But this might be the healthiest recipe I've ever posted. Seriously. Other than a tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt, the only ingredients are vegetables. And somehow this two-ingredient healthy dip tastes completely indulgent. Put this caramelized onion spread on toast, veggie burgers, cheese, fruit... (might I recommend gruyere, fig spread, caramelized onion jam grilled cheese?) It tastes good on everything. Trust me.
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Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash
When I am too tired to cook, my go-to takeout is Thai food. I have a serious weakness for anything with coconut milk and chili peppers. Unfortunately, most Thai restaurants use white rice and non-organic tofu (read: GMO) and who knows what else. Not to mention the cost of ordering takeout. This recipe is by no means authentic Thai cooking, but it can satisfy even the strongest of takeout cravings without requiring a trip to a specialty Asian grocer.
Black Quinoa Kale Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts
This week I'm switching things up. Switching blogs that is. I will be sharing my recipe for Turnip Oven Fries & Raw Avocado Dip on Straightforward Nutrition's website and Linn will be sharing her salad recipe here! Linn creates delicious healthy recipes and has great advice on how to live a healthy vibrant life. I'll let her tell you a little bit about herself: