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HEALTHY

SPICY VEGAN BLACK BEAN SOUP

There’s nothing better than a warming bowl of your favorite soup on a cold, dreary night. Not the kind of soup from a can, but the easy homemade kind that’s comforting and good for the soul, with enough leftovers for days.

Hello, Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup. You have been a favorite of mine since um, forever?

The first bowl of Black Bean Soup I ever had was from Panera, way back in high school during my senior year. How I remember that? I’m not sure ha. I wasn’t vegan then but lightly dabbled with the vegetarian thing on and off and also the non-dairy thing here and there – even back when almond milk was unheard of and not as mainstream as it is now!

Back then (about 9 years ago… eek) Panera didn’t offer many meat-free or dairy-free options EXCEPT black bean soup and a couple salads, at least from what I remember. Now they have a handful of vegan-friendly options but I also remember choosing Black Bean Soup because it was low-fat and low-sodium but high in fiber. Guess I’ve always been into nutrition.

It’s taken me a while to share this recipe… mainly because, while Black Bean Soup is absolutely DELISH and comes with nutrition facts from the nutrition gods, it’s not as photogenic or colorful as my Cleansing Detox Soup, (a major hit here on the blog) or as vibrant as my recipes in general.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, right?!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup water (or 2 tablespoons olive oil; if not oil-free)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3-1/2 jalapeño, finely chopped, to taste (optional)
  • 2 medium-sized carrots, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped (or any color)
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, to taste (optional)
  • 1 15 oz. can organic sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 3 15 oz. cans organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • sea salt & pepper, to taste
  • toppings: avocado, crushed tortilla chips, jalapeño, cilantro, dairy-free cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the water (or oil, if preferred) in a soup pot or large dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in the onions and garlic, with a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent.
  2. Stir in the jalapeño, carrot, red bell pepper, cumin, chili powder and red pepper flakes. Cook until vegetable are soft, about 7-9 minutes.

You can find complete recipes of this SPICY VEGAN BLACK BEAN SOUP in theglowingfridge.com

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HEALTHY

GRILLED SPICY LIME SHRIMP WITH CREAMY AVOCADO CILANTRO SAUCE

Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce has a simple but full of flavor and spice marinade.  The creamy avocado cilantro sauce is the perfect cool and creamy dipping sauce.

Do you ever get through a week and are just so happy that you survived? That was last week for me. I barely made it. It was the last week of school plus we are in the moving process. On top of it all my little girl turned two! We were able to pull it all together and managed to have an amazing Finding Nemo Birthday Party. If you follow me on instagram you will see her amazing cake! My little girl is obsessed with “Meno” and loved every minute of it. We may have given her her presents to her in Amazon boxes but we totally pulled it together! It was a huge success.

We are loving the warmer weather here and since we have been so busy lately we are loving to grill. My husband LOVES shrimp and asks me to cook it all of the time. I decided to make an easy marinade for these shrimp that really packed a punch. It had such a delicious blend of spices and the result was amazing.

The great thing about shrimp is that they are so easy to cook!  They grill up in just a matter of minutes.  The marinade on these shrimp is out of this world!  It has such a great blend of spices and flavor.

My favorite part was the Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce. It was so cool and creamy on these spicy lime shrimp. We are a family of dippers so most everything involves a dip. And this dip was the perfect compliment to help cool down the spice in the shrimp.

You guys are going to LOVE this recipe. It is such a quick and easy recipe that is absolutely delicious, especially if you love shrimp! This should go on your list of things to grill. You are going to love it!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Juice of one large lime
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce:

  • 1 avocado split and pitted
  • ½ cup lowfat greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, olive oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes. Pour into a resealable bag and add shrimp. Toss to coat and marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Put the shrimp on skewers and place on the grill. Grill on each side for about two minutes or until no longer pink.

You can find complete recipes of this GRILLED SPICY LIME SHRIMP WITH CREAMY AVOCADO CILANTRO SAUCE in therecipecritic.com

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AVOCADO HEALTHY

Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad

Tastes so good you won’t believe it’s healthy!

If you love chicken salad and avocados, then you are going to go ga-ga for this recipe. After my first bite , I had an OMG moment. How can this taste THIS GOOD and be HEALTHY!

To make this recipe even more awesome, I used 1/2 mayo and 1/2 plain Greek Yogurt. YUM! Double bonus…. my daughters loved it 🙂

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • ¼ cup plain Greek Yogurt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20-30 minutes to let all those yummy flavors blend together.
  2. Serve on your favorite bread, crackers, pita pocket or on a bed of lettuce.

You can find complete recipes of this Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad in familyfreshmeals.com

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AVOCADO HEALTHY

Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado Salad

 

Instructions:

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 4 Roma tomatoes
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • ½ red onion
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Place sliced cucumber, tomatoes, avocados, onion, and cilantro in a large salad bowl.
  2. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

You can find complete recipes of this Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado Salad in buzzfeed.com

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AVOCADO HEALTHY

BACON AND AVOCADO MACARONI SALAD

A simple macaroni salad loaded with fresh avocado and applewood smoked bacon tossed in a lemon-thyme dressing – the best macaroni salad I’ve ever had!

When Fresh and Easy started opening up around town, I honestly didn’t know what to think of it. I already had my grocery routine down, starting my Saturday morning grocery store errands at Trader Joe’s and then finishing up at my local grocery store. But surprisingly enough, I could find everything that I needed right at Fresh & Easy, saving me from an extra grocery store trip. Plus, their prices are very comparable to Trader Joe’s (if not cheaper), there are no lines to the cash register and they always have these weekly $5 off coupons (expires 7/7).

So with my most recent Fresh & Easy shopping adventure, I stocked up on some elbow macaroni pasta, bacon, avocado, fresh thyme and a bag of lemons in hopes of making an out-of-this-world-type macaroni salad. And boy, was I in for a treat.

This simple macaroni salad of just three main ingredients comes together so beautifully as they get tossed in an incredibly creamy lemon-thyme dressing. It has such a wonderful burst of fresh flavors with just enough savoriness from the fatty, crisp, salty bacon. It’s become my most favorite summer picnic recipes yet!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 ounces elbows pasta
  • 5 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, for garnish

FOR THE LEMON THYME DRESSING

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. To make the dressing, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and thyme in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add the olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside.
  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

You can find complete recipes of this BACON AND AVOCADO MACARONI SALAD in damndelicious.net

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HEALTHY VEGAN

roasted veggie pitas with avocado dip

Top o’ the Roasted Veggie Pita with Avocado Dip Monday to ya!
Bleh. Do you just want to kick me sometimes?
There is only one reason that it is a Top O’ The Monday kind of morning, and it is not the fact that I’m battling a throat-attacking cold, or the fact that we are embarking on some travels in just a few days for which I still have no hotels reserved, or the fact that our second bedroom/office is currently door-less because of a home fix-up project gone bad. Anti-inspiring Monday Things, I hereby banish you to another day. Or another life. Be gonesies.
Today there’s a new kinda Monday in town today and it involves spicy roasted cauliflower, semi-crispy roasted chickpeas, and velvety-creamy avocado dip all wrapped up in a super soft whole wheat pita and dollop-ed with Greek yogurt like a champ.
Things are looking wayyyy up.In addition to the beauty of these Roasted Veggie Pitas with Avocado Dip on a Monday, we have some other happy news on the horizon: soon and very soon, we are going to be in Florida! I can’t even tell you how excited this makes me. The South. The warmth. The sun and palm trees and green life all around. But then I remember that it’s currently zero degrees in Florida. Like, what? HOW. WHY. This is such a crime of nature.
Packing for the trip, which is already a personal struggle of mine, just went from Regular Bad all the way to Red Alert Overboard Zone Bad. Sandals, shorts, tanks, plus all my thickest sweaters and scarves. Maybe a blanket? Plus sunglasses and sunscreen, but don’t forget mittens.
The good news is that one of my most favorite things to do on vacation is EAT. And you can do that in any temperature. And you can especially do that in Charleston, which, as you’ve told me time and again, is a Foodie Paradise. Yes, friends, we officially made the decision that for our Florida-conference-weekend-travel-extension, we’re going to drive north to spend a few days in Charleston. Ugh. This is all your fault. THANKS A LOT.
I’m not telling you because I’m expecting you to comment with your detailed restaurant recommendations so we can eat the best of the best of the best while in Charleston, buuuut if that happened, I wouldn’t be mad about it.

INGREDIENTS :
For the Avocado Dip

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (go for one clove or less if you’re sensitive to strong garlic tastes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water (more as needed)
  • a handful of cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • half of a Serrano pepper (more or less depending on how much heat you want)
  • juice of one lime

For the Roasted Veggies

  • 2 heads cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 2 14-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper if you want spicy
  • oil oil for drizzling
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 small whole wheat pitas
  • Greek yogurt for topping

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Veggies: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Pat the cauliflower and chickpeas dry with paper towels.
  2. Arrange in a single layer on one large baking sheet or two baking sheets.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with spices. Give the pan a gentle shake to sort of mix things around.
  4. Roast for 15-20 minutes, stir, and roast for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  5. The cauliflower and chickpeas should be golden brown and the chickpeas will be semi-crunchy.
  6. Avocado Dip: While the veggies are roasting, puree the avocado dip ingredients in a food processor. Set aside.
  7. Assembly: Spread each pita with a spoonful of avocado dip and top with roasted veggies.
  8. Sprinkle with extra salt, pepper, cilantro, and a dollop of Greek yogurt

You can find complete recipes of this roasted veggie pitas with avocado dip in pinchofyum.com

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AVOCADO

Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas

Crispy quesadillas filled with beans, sautéed onions, bell pepper, avocado and lots of cheese. These avocado black bean quesadillas are filling and make a great vegetarian meal too!
Happy New Year! It’s been a great year in food and I want to thank every single one of you for supporting this small blog which has become more than just a full-time job for me. It’s become place to share healthier cooking options and hopefully have a positive impact on the way you eat and think about food!
I have many more healthy, creative, and delicious recipes in store for 2017 and I can NOT wait to share every recipe with you all! I wish you and your family a safe and happy new year, filled with plenty of delicious healthy home cooking, and lots of happy tummies! 🙂
If you’re following me on Instagram, then you might have seen my top 9 Instagram posts of 2016! Broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and lots of cheese are some of my reader favorites!

Ingredients

  • ½ onion, sliced
  • ½ bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup black beans, drained
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 4 medium soft flour tortillas
  • 2 avocados, peeled, halved, seeded and sliced
  • ¼ cup minced cilantro
  • 1 lime, cut in half
  • 1 cup light Mexican, Cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  • oil or cooking spray for grilling

Instructions

  1. In a medium pan over medium-high heat, saute onion and bell pepper in 1 tablespoon oil for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add the black beans and taco seasoning. Cook for another minute. Transfer mixture into a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Rinse and wipe down pan and return to heat. Drizzle with a light layer of oil or spray with cooking spray.

You can find complete recipes of this Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas in gimmedelicious.com

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AVOCADO HEALTHY

Healthy Breakfast Egg Muffins

It’s nice to see you, 2017! While last year will be tough to beat, I have a sneaking suspicion that the New Year is going to be quite the flavor-packed extravaganza.
We have a whole host of new recipes and guides lined up for your eating and entertaining pleasure. And we’re kicking things off on the light and tasty front with none other than Healthy Breakfast Egg Muffins.
Consider these perfectly portable egg muffins to be the equivalent of handheld omelettes. They’re high in protein and low in carbs, making them the ultimate breakfast-on-the-go. Best of all? You can customize the fillings and toppings to suit your tastes.
Not a fan of spinach? Skip it! Quite the carnivore? Stir in cooked breakfast sausage! Where’s the cheese? Add your favorite variety! This is your chance to clean out the fridge and make the most of random leftover odds and ends. (And we all know what a fan I am of leftovers!)
Once these egg muffins exit the oven, all that’s left to do is pop them from the pan into your mouth, or go the extra step and load up on toppings. I’ve opted for diced avocado and salsa. It lends a southwestern spin guaranteed to please palates of all ages.
Stay tuned for more quick and easy early morning meals and don’t forget to check out countless more healthy options for breakfast through dessert (looking at you, 5-Minute Frozen Yogurt!).

INGREDIENTS :

  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • Sliced avocado, for serving
  • Salsa, for serving
  • Crumbled cotija or feta cheese, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, nonfat milk and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Stir in the spinach, tomatoes and onions.
  4. Divide the mixture evenly between the 12 muffin pan cups and bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the egg is fully cooked.
  5. Remove the muffins from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes in the pan then use a knife to loosen the muffins from the cups.

You can find complete recipes of this Healthy Breakfast Egg Muffins in justataste.com

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AVOCADO HEALTHY

Tofu Teriyaki Bowl With Broccoli & Peppers

If you were to to ask me a year ago if I liked tofu, I would have responded with one of the following things: EWWWWWWWW TOFU, YUCK YUCK YUCKY YUCK. GROSS, NO! ARE YOU CRAZY?! Today, tofu is one of my favourite things to eat. Love it. Any excuse to eat tofu now and I’m all YES PLEASE, GIVE IT TO ME NOW!
My favourite way to eat tofu is with a big pile of rice. Rice, tofu, veggies, sauce. Awesomeness in a bowl. This dish is filled with yummy things: Crispy baked tofu Flavourful rice Steamed veggies The most delicious teriyaki sauce ever Eat it up, then eat some more. A satisfying bowl of delicious food. Time to eat!

INGREDIENTS :
Rice

  • 1 cup rice (I used basmati rice)*
  • 2 cups water*

Baked Tofu

  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Veggies

  • 1 small head broccoli, chopped small
  • 1 small bell pepper, thinly sliced (I used yellow)

Teriyaki Sauce

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sweet rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • ½ tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water (mixed well)

Putting it all together

  • Sesame seeds
  • Green onions, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Rice : Cook rice according to package directions (usually 1 cup rice to 2 cups water*). Set aside.
  2. Tofu : Preheat oven to 425F. Wrap tofu in a clean towel, add something heavy (I usually use a few heavy cookbooks)
  3. And set aside for about 15 minutes to press out some of the water in the tofu.
  4. Slice your tofu into cubes or thin squares (like I did).
  5. Mix together cornstarch and oil. Add the tofu and coat each piece evenly.
  6. Spread tofu on a large baking sheet, lined with parchment paper or a Silplat baking mat.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, then flip and bake for another 20 minutes until browned (a nice deep brown is ideal, but not black!).
  8. Teriyaki Sauce : Whisk together the soy sauce, sweet rice wine vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, ginger, and fresh garlic.
  9. Then add the cornstarch/water mixture.

You can find complete recipes of this Tofu Teriyaki Bowl With Broccoli & Peppers in veganinsanity.com

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HEALTHY

ZESTY LIME SHRIMP AND AVOCADO SALAD

Talk about a light and refreshing salad that requires no cooking! Lime juice and cilantro are the key ingredients to creating this wonderful, healthy salad you’ll want to make all summer long. Made with cooked peeled shrimp and the freshest ingredients – avocados, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro and chopped jalapeño tossed with some freshly squeezed lime juice and a touch of olive oil.
I’m remaking this from the archives for lunch today, so I took the opportunity to re-shoot this since the photos needed some updating. This is perfect to serve as an appetizer, or for a lunch or light meal. You can put this over a tostada to make it a little more substantial and you can easily adapt this to suit your taste by adding more or less
cilantro, jalapeño etc. If you plan on making this ahead of time, you can combine all the ingredients except for the avocado and cilantro and keep this refrigerated, then add them just before serving. This easily doubles for a large crowd.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 limes, juice of
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt, black pepper to taste
  • 1 lb jumbo cooked, peeled shrimp, chopped*
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 medium hass avocado, diced (about 5 oz)
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced fine
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl combine red onion, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Let them marinate at least 5 minutes to mellow the flavor of the onion.
  2. In a large bowl combine chopped shrimp, avocado, tomato, jalapeño.

You can find complete recipes of this ZESTY LIME SHRIMP AND AVOCADO SALAD in skinnytaste.com