Mint Chocolate Chip Shake (Dairy-Free)

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This mint chocolate chip shake is an amazing frozen dessert to combat the sweltering heat of summer. It’s icy cool and refreshing thanks to the chilled ice cream consistency. Plus, the fresh mint adds a cooling element from its medicinal cooling properties. Creamy and refreshing ingredients are combined with peppermint extract and delectable chocolate chips to create a wonderful mixture of icy and creamy as well as cooling and refreshing. It is so simple yet delicious, and it is made completely without dairy products or highly processed ingredients. It is an unconventional, simple mint chocolate chip shake that can be whipped up in a blender for a quick icy and minty treat.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Shake (Dairy-Free)
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups nondairy milk such as coconut or almond (Almond milk was used for this recipe)
  2. 1 cup ice
  3. 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  4. 1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  5. Pinch of unrefined salt
  6. Optional fresh mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Start by freezing the nondairy milk in a bowl overnight or for at least 4 hours. Use a knife to slice down the edge of the frozen milk to lift it out of the bowl. Add to a blender and blend on low, scarping down the sides. Once it has reached a creamy consistency, add the peppermint extract, most of the chocolate chips, and optional fresh mint leaves then blend on low until everything has combined. Top with additional chocolate chips and mint. Enjoy!
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Avocado Bagel Sandwich

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This avocado bagel sandwich is simple, yet it contains an exciting combination of flavors with a complex taste. This simplicity makes for an easy-to-make sandwich that is perfect for a quick lunch on the go. Buttery and satisfying, creamy avocado is mashed between your bagel of choice and topped with a variety of ingredients. This mashed avocado “cream cheese” recipe is crazily similar to a chive and garlic cream cheese. It is savory, creamy, and herby–the perfect base for topping with fresh ingredients.

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This avocado bagel sandwich can also be made gluten free by simply substituting the bagel for a gluten free version. Layer it with crispy lettuce, sweet, salty tomatoes, diced chives, herbs, and mustard or even spicy onions if you’d like—the toppings are completely up to you! There are so many possible ingredient combos to add on top of the essential  base of seasoned, creamy avocado and your bagel of choice. This recipe idea makes for a quick, nutrient-dense, and delicious sandwich!

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Avocado Bagel Sandwich
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Ingredients
  1. 1 regular or gluten free bagel
  2. 2 tbsp. spicy mustard
  3. 3 lettuce leaves
  4. 6 rings of sliced onion
  5. 1 sliced tomato
  6. optional pickles
  7. Avocado "cream cheese"
  8. 1 ripe avocado
  9. 1minced garlic clove
  10. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  11. 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  12. 1/4 tsp. salt
  13. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  14. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  15. Optional 1tsp. dried chives
Instructions
  1. Wash and slice the vegetables, then prepare the avocado "cream cheese" by scooping out and mashing the avocado with a fork until creamy. Add the rest of the avocado ingredients to the mashed avocado. Spread the avocado on a toasted and sliced bagel along with the mustard. Add the lettuce, sliced onion and tomato along with optional pickles. Enjoy!
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Ginger Garlic Rice

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This Ginger Garlic Rice is savory and sweet with a slight spice. Similar to a sweet and sour sauce, the sauce is sweet and tangy from the citrus juice and deep maple flavor. The ginger and garlic add the perfect amount of heat to balance out these sweet, tangy, and salty flavors. This contrast of tastes creates such a delightful and vibrant sauce that is perfect as a dipping sauce or glazed over steamed veggies and fluffy jasmine rice. This ginger garlic rice bowl is super nutritious, simple to make, plus it tastes amazing—everything you could want in a veggie-rice bowl. It’s packed with healthy carbs, veggies, protein, and delicious healing herbs that add a warming touch to this satisfying bowl of goodness.

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Garlic Ginger Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup dry white rice
  2. 2 cups boiling water
  3. 1 head of broccoli, rinsed and steamed
Sauce
  1. 1/4 tsp. salt
  2. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  3. 1/4 tsp. minced ginger
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. Sprinkle of black pepper
  6. 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  7. 1/4 tsp. chilli powder
  8. 1 tbsp. maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Add the rice to a pot of boiling water and cook for about 15 minutes, then cover with a lid for 10 minutes to let the rice absorb any excess moisture. Steam or boil the broccoli for around 10 minutes, then toss with the rice. Assemble the sauce ingredients in a small dish or cup and whisk everything together. Pour over the rice and broccoli and top with additional herbs. Enjoy!
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Sweet Potato Veggie Plate

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This sweet potato veggie plate is super delicious and satisfying while being full of essential nutrients. All the colors and textures satisfy your mind and leave you fully satisfied. Fill your plate with nutrient-dense plants and you will feel energized from this flavorful goodness. The star of this recipe is the sweet potato—these sweet potato wedges are roasted until they are soft and moist with a subtle caramel flavor. Then they are drizzled with almond butter and maple syrup, which soak into the warm flesh of the sweet potatoes. They are perfectly sweet, salty, and nutty. The steamed broccoli and greens add a nice salty contrast to balance out the sweet, dense quality of the sweet potatoes—they add the essential savory element. Plus, the mineral-rich greens are full of protein that is easily digested and absorbed by the body—especially when steamed. This sweet potato veggie plate is full of complex carbs, fiber, protein, and numerous vitamins and minerals. The various flavors and textures create a colorful and satisfying meal, and you can fill your plate with nutritious plants until your heart is content!

It’s also delicious topped with a nice, creamy scoop of guacamole !

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Sweet Potato Veggie Plate
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Sweet Potatoes
  1. 4 medium sweet potatoes
  2. 2 tbsp. almond butter
  3. 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  4. Dash of unrefined salt
Veggies
  1. 1 head of broccoli, steamed or boiled
  2. Steamed greens of choice such as swiss chard or collard greens
Avocado Mash
  1. 1 avocado
  2. 1 garlic clove, minced
  3. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  4. Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Wash sweet potatoes and chop them lengthwise into wedges. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and top with the sliced sweet potatoes. Bake for around 45-60 minutes depending on the oven. If you insert a fork, the sweet potatoes should be soft and not starchy in the middle with slightly crisp edges. While the sweet potatoes cook, prepare the avocado mash and steam the broccoli for about 10 minutes, adding the greens for the last 5 minutes. Once everything has finished cooking, add everything to a plate and drizzle the sweet potatoes with the almond butter and maple syrup. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If using an efficient oven that cooks quickly, check the sweet potatoes after about 45 minutes. If using a slower oven, check on the sweet potatoes after about 50-60 minutes.
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Mango Rice Bowl

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There is something so satisfying about bowls filled with vibrant colors, savory-sweet flavor combinations, and a variety of textures. The exciting mixture of ingredients makes your taste buds happy and leaves your belly satisfied. This tropical-inspired mango rice bowl is just that–combining sweet, savory, and tart flavors with soft, crisp, and creamy textures. The mixture of fresh ingredients brings out each of their flavors and release their nutrients. The flavors all mesh wonderfully! The sweet mango that melts in your mouth combined with warm, soft jasmine rice, and coated in a creamy guacamole that tastes of zesty lime and garlic. It’s one of those recipes where you throw a bunch of simple, fresh ingredients into a bowl and it transforms into a fantastic recipe without all the prep and cooking time.

 

Mango Rice Bowl
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white rice
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 1/4 cup shredded fresh cilantro or 1/2 tbsp. dried cilantro
  4. 1 tbsp. lime juice
  5. 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  6. Salt & Pepper to taste
  7. 1 cup chopped mango
Creamy Mashed Avocado
  1. 1 avocado
  2. Juice from 1/2 a lime
  3. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. Dash of pepper
Instructions
  1. Add 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of boiling water and cook on low for about 10 minutes or until the rice has absorbed the water. Cover with a lid for ten minutes and assemble the other ingredients in a bowl. Add the rice to this bowl and mix until ingredients are combined with the rice, then toss in the chopped mango. Scoop out the avocado and add the lime juice and salt to a bowl with the avocado. Mash it with a fork until it has reached desired texture, then add the minced garlic and pepper and mix until combined. Top the mango rice bowl with the creamy avocado mash. Enjoy!
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Cilantro Lime Rice

 
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Cilantro lime rice is an essential component of any burrito bowl—it has a wonderfully soft texture and a zesty lime flavor that is enhanced by the bits of chopped cilantro and sprinkled with salt crystals. I tried to make a copycat recipe of Chipotle’s cilantro-lime rice, but it never tasted quite the same until this recipe happened. Even though it’s a pretty simple recipe, the quality of the few ingredients and the amounts of each will make all the difference. It has the perfect balance of flavors and textures; it is super simple!

Fluffy rice is the key to making it delicious, and the key to fluffy rice is cooking it with enough water, but not too much. Also, letting it sit covered for ten minutes after cooking helps it to absorb the moisture to increase its light and fluffy quality. Any rice could work, but white jasmine rice is the best in this recipe. It’s light, fragrant, and a perfect base to absorb all of the flavorful ingredients. Fresh lime and lemon juice and fresh cilantro add a vibrant and flavorful touch. It is a tasty side dish and an essential base to burrito bowls and taco bowls.

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Cilantro Lime Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white jasmine rice
  2. 2 cups water
  3. Juice from 1 lime
  4. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  5. 1 tbsp. oil of choice
  6. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, sliced
  7. 1/4 tsp. himalayan salt crystals or kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Start by rinsing the rice and boiling the water, then add the rice to the boiling water and cook on low for 10-15 minutes. Once rice has cooked, cover it with a lid and let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, chop the cilantro and prepare the other ingredients and add them all to a bowl. Add the rice to the bowl with the other ingredients and mix everything together. Serve fresh and enjoy!
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Mixed Berry Crisp

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This mixed berry crisp could not be any easier to make, and it’s crazy delicious. When the berries are warmed, they become softened and extra juicy, and their tart flavor is glazed in a sweet sauce. This tasty berry mixture melds with a golden brown topping that is sweet and buttery with a slightly crumbly texture that melts in your mouth. The combination of tart, sweet, and salty flavors creates a delectable treat that can be quickly whipped up and baked with minimal ingredients. The best part is the fragrance of baked sugar and cinnamon summer berries that is almost as good as it tastes. Fresh or frozen berries, a few nutritious flours, and a blend of sweet and tart make up the simple ingredients that combine to create a simple yet delicious crisp. It’s a dessert that is made without artificial ingredients—just plant-based foods that highlight the flavors of summer.

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Mixed Berry Crisp
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Berry Filling
  1. 4 cups thawed frozen or fresh berries
  2. 2 tbsp. organic sugar
  3. 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  4. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  5. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  6. sprinkle of salt
Crisp Topping
  1. 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil + 1/4 cup maple syrup
  2. 1/4 cup organic sugar
  3. 1/4 cup GF all-purpose flour
  4. 1/2 cup coconut flour (substitutions: quick oats, almond flour)
  5. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 3 tbsp.water
Instructions
  1. Thaw berries if using frozen, and set them in a baking dish. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and add the rest of the filling ingredients to the baking dish with berries and mix everything together. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the melted coconut oil and maple syrup together, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir until a crumble forms. Add more water if the mixture is too dry. Add crumble mixture on top of the berry mixture and bake for about 25 minutes or until the top is crisp enough.
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Quinoa Bowl with Garlic Sauce

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Big bowls of goodness are a warming and hearty comfort food, especially when they are big bowls of plant-based goodness that are satisfying and nourishing at the same time. They warm your belly, but also feed your soul. High-protein grains, veggies, healthy fats, and herbs & spices are the key ingredients for creating a delicious bowl of goodness–this quinoa bowl with garlic sauce contains just those ingredients with a variety of flavors.

The fluffy quinoa is cooked with fragrant herbs and tossed with sweet, juicy bites of corn and topped with a creamy garlic sauce. It is a savory bowl of plant-based goodness that is full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals that will leave you feeling energized and satisfied. Simply cook the quinoa and corn, then toss in the corn sauce and herbs & spices. It’s an amazing wholesome and satisfying dish that is just as nutritious as it is delicious.

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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quinoa
  2. 2 cups frozen or fresh white corn
  3. 2 cups corn sauce: http://simplesweetsandtreats.com/creamy-corn-alfredo-soup/
  4. 1 tbsp. oil
  5. 1 minced garlic clove
  6. 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, sliced
  7. 1/4 tsp. pink salt
  8. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  9. 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  10. 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  11. 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  12. Juice from 1/2 of a lime
Instructions
  1. Add rinsed quinoa to two cups of boiling water in a medium-sized saucepan. Cook on low for about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cover the pan for 10 minutes. Quinoa should be fluffy. Add frozen corn to boiling water and cook on low for 10 minutes, then toss with the quinoa. Heat oil in a skillet and add the minced garlic, then sauté for a few minutes until it softens. Add in the other herbs so that they heat up. Add the quinoa, corn, and corn sauce to the skillet and mix everything together and allow the mixture to warm. Serve with additional herbs and a squeeze of lime juice. Enjoy!
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Simple Sweet Potatoes

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I jut love simplicity (hence simple sweets ;). Especially when it comes to food, not only are simple foods easier, but there is something so satisfying and delicious about savoring a few, flavorful ingredients. Food doesn’t have to be made complicated–just made with care and quality, whole-food ingredients—and simple meals are perfect, because who has time to make complicated meals anymore? Hungry and tired? Sweet potatoes will save you. 

These sweet potatoes are just that–super simple, yet they are sweet, nutritious and easy to make with an amazing texture that is super satisfying and nourishing. Adding a bit of flavor enhancers complement the sweet potatoes wonderfully—the sweet from the potatoes and the maple syrup are balanced by the salty and savory nut butter. It tastes a bit like caramel topping when everything is mixed together! Although, they are quite good without toppings too! Not only are they super tasty, but they contain tons of antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, and loads of minerals—the list goes on and on. They are also anti-inflammatory, help regulate blood sugar, and are healing for the digestive system. There are endless reasons to eat sweet potatoes!

Simply set washed sweet potatoes/yams in the oven and let them slowly bake until they are sweet, soft, and oozing with their own caramel. The amount of time that they cook, and the heat level does the trick– I tried and failed many times to cook them to that delicious soft and caramely stage, but finally found a time and temp that works. The best part is that you can leave them in the oven and forget about them until they’re ready, then just add whatever toppings you like. Maple syrup and nut butter with a little bit of salt crystals are delicious—sweet and salty, yet nutritious.

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Simple Sweet Potatoes
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Ingredients
  1. 3-4 medium-sized sweet potatoes or yams
  2. 3 tbsp. nut butter of choice such as cashew butter,
  3. sesame seed butter (tahini), and almond butter
  4. 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  5. Sprinkle of unrefined salt crystals
  6. optional 1 tsp. lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Wash and dry sweet potatoes, then place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for around 90 minutes, for regular size potatoes, 70 minutes for smaller potatoes. After cooking, let them cool for a bit, then drizzle the nut butter and maple syrup. Sprinkle salt to taste and optional lemon juice. Enjoy!
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Mixed Berry Muffins (GF, V)

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Blueberry muffins are wonderful. They are sweet, fluffy, and so decadent with fragrant bursts of tart berry flavor from the blueberries folded into a soft, buttery cake-like texture. These mixed berry muffins incorporate vibrant and sweet berries along with these flavors and textures.

While most muffins require loads of ingredients such as butter, milk, and eggs, these muffins are made with simple, nutritious ingredients that come together easily and are all tossed into one bowl–this makes for an easy baking method and cleanup. These mixed berry muffins are filled with healthy fats and nutrient-dense berries that create a sweet and buttery flavor. They are incredibly fluffy and moist with a subtle taste of vanilla and a crisp topping from the crunchy sugar crystals. This creates an amazing combination of a crisp top with a fluffy and moist center.

These mixed berry muffins are made with simple, plant-based ingredients. The use of coconut flour adds a rich fluffy texture to the muffin base. Almond flour can be used as a substitute to the coconut flour that also adds nutritious healthy fats and substance. The flavorful berries offer an antioxidant-packed, vitamin C rich nutritious element. Not only are these muffins tasty, but they are a balanced and nutritious snack!

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Blueberry Muffins
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Dry Ingredients
  1. 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  2. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  3. 1/4 tsp. salt
  4. 2 tsp. baking powder
Wet Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup oil
  2. 1 cup unrefined sugar
  3. 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed + 6 tbsp. water
  4. 4 tbsp. applesauce
  5. 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  6. 1/2 cup almond milk
  7. 1/2 cup water
Add In
  1. 2 cups frozen berries
  2. Additional unrefined sugar for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a muffin pan. Add ground flax and water to a cup, mix completely and set aside for 10 minutes. Assemble the wet ingredients into a medium-sized mixing bowl and mix, incorporating all the ingredients. Add cup of flax and water to the ingredients and mix until it is combined into the other ingredients. Add the dry ingredients on top of the wet, and mix these together until a batter if formed. Add frozen berries to the batter and mix until just combined, not thoroughly. Add batter to a muffin pan, filling the cups slightly above the line of the pan. Top with additional sugar crystals and bake for about 30 minutes.
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