Whether you’re looking for an easy healthy side dish to compliment your Thanksgiving feast, or just trying to lighten up your meals in the days leading up to Thursday, this salad fits the bill. Vegan & gluten free, it appeases a crowd with myriad dietary restrictions, but tastes delicious enough to make everyone else around the table happy as well. The acidic bite from the lemon and capers in this dressing perfectly offsets all the classic buttery, creamy, rich Thanksgiving dishes, and serves as a welcome counterpoint to all the cooked and mashed vegetables. Shred the sprouts and whisk together the dressing the night before to take one item off your list. This salad also travels well and makes for delicious leftovers.
Total Time: 20 minutes
1/3 cup vegan mayo (Veganaise is a favorite)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
zest from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon capers, minced, plus extra to garnish
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
flake sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
3 cups shredded Brussels sprouts
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
croutons of your choice (whole wheat, gluten free, even cornbread!)
4 almonds, grated to serve
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, minced capers, nutritional yeast, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
In a larger bowl, massage the shredded Brussels sprouts with ½ the dressing to soften them slightly. Mix in the parsley and croutons, then transfer to a serving platter. Drizzle with the extra dressing to taste, then grate over the almonds with a microplane or zester to serve. Sprinkle over some extra capers, and enjoy!
Notes: Shred the Brussels sprouts with a food processor, or trim the ends, slice them in half lengthwise, then thinly slice them into half-moons.
This little salad stealer couldn’t wait for a bite!
These cauliflower buffalo bites are the perfect healthy twist on a classic football favorite. You’ll get all of the flavor and satisfaction, but none of the guilt or fatty food coma. Crispy, spicy, sweet, and saucy, these will be a surefire hit with vegans and meat-eaters alike. They’re gluten free too, and perfect for when you need to cook for a crowd with myriad dietary restrictions. Make up a double batch for your football Sunday gatherings, and let the compliments roll in!
Serves 4-6 as an appetizer
Total Time: 1 hour
For the Wings:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (or substitute gluten-free flour of your choice)
2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 tsp of paprika
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 head of cauliflower, broken into bite size florets (trim off any leaves)
For the Sauce:
2 tablespoons vegan butter (try Earth Balance)
2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
1 cup Frank’s Red hot sauce (or your favorite “wing” or buffalo sauce)
1 cup Vegenaise (or your favorite vegan mayo)
2 tablespoons chopped basil
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 scallion, white and green parts, minced
1 garlic clove, finely minded or microplaned
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
First, make the dipping sauce. Whisk together all the dipping sauce ingredients, and refrigerate until you use it.
In a large bowl, whisk together the almond milk, spices, and salt and pepper until smooth. Working one at a time, dip each cauliflower floret into the batter, being sure to get it into all the crevices. Tap off any excess batter, using the edge of the bowl if needed, and set on the baking sheet.
Bake the battered cauliflower for 25 minutes (it should look slightly golden and crispy in places).
While the cauliflower bakes, melt the butter, honey, and hot sauce together in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Once the cauliflower has baked for 25 minutes, transfer it all to a large bowl, pour over the hot sauce mix, and gently toss so they’re all coated.
Place the sauced cauliflower back on the baking sheet, and bake for another 15 minutes. If you have extra sauce, you can use it to baste the cauliflower half way through cooking.
Broil for a minute if needed, to get it really crisped and golden.
Serve the bites while they’re hot, with the prepared dipping sauce, and extra hot sauce if desired. Enjoy!
Note: If you use a different type of gluten free flour, be sure to watch the cauliflower carefully as it bakes. Cooking times may differ. These also taste best right out of the oven.
With over 22,000 miles of coastline, Australian cuisine comprises a bevy of fabulous seafood. These vibrantly spiced prawns showcase that perfectly, and are deliciously offset by this bright and tangy peach salsa. The perfect way to celebrate the summer season, this dish is also full of health benefits. Shrimp provide protein, selenium, and vitamin B12, while peaches contain ample amounts of vitamin C, and can help stave off free radicals in the body. Enjoy this dish with a simple green salad for a colorful and summery meal.
This savory and satisfying Moroccan inspired dish hits all the nutritional and flavor high notes. Roasting lemons with high heat mimics the traditional preserved lemon flavor prevalent in Moroccan cuisine. The same high heat also caramelizes the onions, making them sweet and delicious. Turmeric, a spice common in Moroccan recipes, acts as an anti-inflammatory in the body, and helps ward off a whole host of disease. Black pepper increases the bio-availability of turmeric, so be sure to include it in your cooking. Fennel offers a bright and bracing component in this dish, and also aids in digestion.
In Cambodia, this classic pork dish signals breakfast time. Packed with savory flavors from the marinade and zesty kick from the pickles, this recipe will perk up your taste buds any time of day. Swapping in a lean cut of pork significantly lowers the fat in this dish, while still providing ample amounts of protein, zinc, iron, B vitamins, and potassium. This adapted recipe also calls for brown rice rather than the traditional white rice, to maximize fiber and protein. You could also serve this over quinoa or another healthy grain.
This recipe turns the beloved tres leches classic into an ultra-delicious dairy free vegan treat. You won’t miss the traditional milk one bit in this rich, decadent, and utterly indulgent dessert. Coconut milk features front and center in this recipe, lending it a sunny, tropical flavor that’s not exactly traditional, but no less delicious. Both vegans and dairy-lovers alike will be charmed by this crowd-pleasing tres leches cake.
Packed with fiber and protein, nutty and delicious farro makes an excellent swap for pasta or rice in this hearty Italian dish. Butternut squash provides vitamins C and A, and kale supplies vitamin K and folate, rounding out this dish as a super healthy recipe to add to your repertoire. Balsamic vinegar, which provides acidity and flavor in this salad, also boosts your immune system, and offers antioxidants and polyphenols which can protect your body from heart disease and cancer. Feel free to vary the ingredients in this recipe, and add grilled chicken or fish for a well-rounded meal.
Okay, so this isn’t really an authentic Caesar salad. It does however have the same tangy, creamy, decadent feel as the original- but with a hefty nutritional boost from super food kale. If you’ve tried kale in the past and hated it, or are too nervous to try it, this salad will make you a convert. Working the kale with a little salt and olive oil gives it a more palatable texture while still keeping it raw and healthy. I’ve swapped the traditional heavy croutons for chopped almonds, which give you a similar crunch, but feel free to add the croutons back if you like. As is, this salad is a seamless way to ease into the lighter eating and cooking of spring. It would be a great accompaniment for a meal, or delicious on its own with any of the traditional Caesar salad toppings. Try grilled shrimp or chicken, or even a fried egg. The kale holds up well to the dressing, keeping well in the fridge for great leftovers.
Makes 6 servings as a side dish, or 3-4 as a main course.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
3 Bunches Kale (Try Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale)
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 pinch Kosher Salt
1 tbsp Lemon juice
4 tbsp Low Fat Mayo
1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp Fresh Parsley (minced)
1 clove Garlic (minced)
1 pinch Black Pepper
1⁄2 cup Raw Almonds (roughly chopped)
Wash and dry the kale, then cut off the hard stems (usually the lower inch or two). Roll the kale into a cigar shape (like you’re doing a chiffonade of basil) and slice thinly into even strips.
In a large bowl, add the kale, olive oil, salt, and lemon juice and massage everything together for 2-3 minutes. You’ll notice the kale will become darker and more silky- that’s the goal.
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, mustard, parsley, garlic, avocado, and pepper. Once everything is smooth and combined, add the dressing to the kale a little at a time (you might not need all the dressing). Once your kale is nicely coated with dressing, add the chopped almonds, give everything another toss, season to taste, and serve your salad with additional chopped almonds on top if you like.
Notes: If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan, you can use Nayonaise in place of the regular mayo- it will still taste delicious!