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Lemon Blueberry Burst Cake (V & GF)

This moist lemon blueberry burst cake is bursting with flavor from tart wild blueberries and lemon zest. Lemon icing is drizzled overtop, as it sinks into the moist cake. Together, the tart blueberry and lemon flavor along with natural sweetness from the icing create an amazing tasting cake that is light, yet rich and decadent.

But unlike mosts cakes, this lemon blueberry burst cake is made without refined flours, sugars, or hydrogenated oils. It is also grain-free and dairy-free. By using coconut or almond flour, this substitutes regular flour. It also absorbs moisture really well so you don’t need to use as much flour for the same effect. Plus, it’s anti-inflammatory rather than high-glycemic like refined white flour, which can spark blood sugar and initiate inflammation. This lemon blueberry cake is a complete makeover of the refined traditional version, yet it tastes similar and remarkably sweet for being somewhat healthy.

A simple one-bowl recipe, the cake’s main ingredient involves coconut or almond flour, which absorbs moisture so well that you can get away with using much less (also saves on ingredient amounts, which is always great!). You can also use an all purpose wheat flour or gluten free flour, but make sure to double the amount since they don’t absorb as much moisture.

Lemon Blueberry Burst Cake:

Dry Ingredients:
1/2 cup coconut flour (double if using regular flour)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder

Wet Ingredients:
1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
3/4 to 1 cup water (start with 3/4 and add the extra water if too dry)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 flax egg (1 tbsp. flaxmeal + 3 tbsp. water, whisked)
3 tbsp. coconut, brown, or white unrefined sugar
1 tbsp. oil of choice (avocado oil was used in this recipe)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest

Icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. lemon zest
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
A pinch of pink salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, then prepare a circular cake pan with parchment paper greased with oil of choice. Meanwhile, add coconut flour, salt, and baking soda to a large bowl and mix. Add all the wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until combined and there are no lumps remaining in the batter. Add the batter to a parchment paper-lined cake pan, and bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool, and assemble the frosting by combining powdered sugar, pink salt, lemon zest and juice, then mixing until smooth. Drizzle icing over the cooled cake, top with fresh blueberries (or thawed frozen blueberries) and enjoy!

Cheesy Baked Pasta (Dairy-Free)

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Baked pasta takes simple pasta to a much higher level. A little extra time to crisp in the oven allows for flavors to intensify and for a baked, crispy topping. In this cheesy baked pasta, the creamy sauce covered noodles bubble into this crisp topping as they meld together to create an amazing balance of creamy and crispy. This combination of baked crispness, creaminess, and cheesiness creates a pasta that tastes wonderful and is so satiating.

The topping of this cheesy baked pasta is made from chunks of bread coated in herb-infused olive oil. Digging into this crispy golden topping reveals noodles drenched in a creamy sauce that soaks into the olive oil coated breadcrumbs. But this pasta could actually be considered fairly nutritious, considering the secret sauce ingredient (buttery golden potatoes) is full of vitamins and minerals. It is also dairy free, thanks to this ingredient, and the noodles and breadcrumbs can be substituted for gluten free versions. It’s a great recipe for allergy-friendly comfort-food that is wonderfully cheesy, creamy, crispy, and satisfying. Thankfully, all you need are some simple ingredients to whip up a batch of this creamy, cheesy baked pasta.

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Cheesy Baked Pasta

2 cups boiled chopped potatoes (Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes were used in this recipe)
1/4 cup cooking water 
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. sea salt and a dash of black pepper
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 cup nutritional yeast

Breadcrumb Topping:
2 slices of sourdough bread (or a GF version), crumbled into chunks
3 tbsp. herb infused olive oil (Regular olive oil works too)
Additional sea salt and black pepper to taste

Cook noodles of choice until el dente, about 12 minutes. Meanwhile, boil the chopped potatoes in another pot for about 15 minutes. Drain the noodles and add them to a small casserole dish. Once the potatoes have finished boiling, add them to a high-speed blender or food processor along with 1 cup of the hot water. Add in the seasonings and blend on high speed until smooth. Pour this sauce over the noodles and mix. Now to assemble the breadcrumb topping, add chunks of bread to a pan and coat in olive oil and Italian herbs. Top with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Next, bake the pasta and the breadcrumbs separately for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, then top the pasta with this topping and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until it has reached desired crispness.

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Golden Spiced Thai Noodles

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The vibrant flavors of Thai cooking create amazing dishes like these golden spiced Thai noodles, which are light yet surprisingly filling and satisfying. The flavors of lime juice, spicy peppers and curry taste amazing when balanced with the subtle sweet flavors of coconut milk and rice. The coconut milk also cools the spiciness to create a wonderful balance of spiciness and creaminess. 

This recipe for Golden Spiced Thai Noodles incorporates wonderfully fragrant Thai spices into a simple noodle dish. Fragrant, hot, and subtly sweet, the creamy coconut sauce soaks into the soft Jasmine rice noodles. This tasty sauce combines aromatic spices with sweet coconut cream and spicy peppers. To accentuate these flavors, fresh lime juice is splashed into the sauce to bring out the flavors and to add some zest. Overall, these golden spiced Thai noodles are light and fresh yet comforting and nourishing–a healthy and delicious main dish or side.

It’s also a simple recipe to make that contains just a few ingredients plus spices. Simply cook up some rice noodles (They cook so quickly!) while making the sauce. Creating the sauce involves heating up spices,ginger, and garlic, then cooling everything down with some coconut milk and fresh lime juice. Top with optional tomatoes and Thai basil for additional freshness and flavor. 

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Golden Spiced Thai Noodles

Golden Spiced Thai Noodles
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Ingredients
  1. 1 package or 8 oz. of rice noodles
  2. 1 tbsp. oil of choice
  3. 2 tbsp. vegetable broth
  4. 1 tbsp. minced ginger
  5. 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  6. 1/4 tsp. each of chili powder and cumin
  7. 1/2 tsp. favorite curry powder
  8. 1/4 tsp. paprika
  9. A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
  10. 2 tbsp. brown sugar or coconut sugar
  11. 1/2 cup coconut cream
  12. Optional fresh ingredients: Thai basil and chopped cherry tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Add rice noodles to boiling water for around four minutes. Let sit then assemble the sauce ingredients. Add the oil, vegetable broth, minced ginger and garlic, and the spices to a skillet or low pan and sauté for a few minutes until the spices are fragrant and the garlic becomes golden. Add in the coconut cream, brown sugar, and salt & pepper, while mixing over low heat just until warm. Drain the rice noodles, then add them to the sauce and toss until the noodles are evenly coated. Enjoy!
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Italian Style Lentils

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During the hectic holiday season, it is super convenient to put a hearty soup on low to simmer so that you can work on something else while dinner cooks itself. Simmering also allows the flavors in the soup to slowly develop and soak into any and all beans, legumes, veggies, or grains being used; this creates a fragrant and savory tasting soup. Slow-cooked soups can be made in a slow cooker, pressure cooker, or even left on the stove over low heat. These meals require some prep, but leaving them to cook on their own makes up for any prep time.

This recipe for savory Italian style lentils is just that–quick prep, yet deep in flavor thanks to the long cooking time. The herb-infused lentils are also hearty and full of protein–a satisfying and warm winter meal after an icy day. Along with plenty of sautéed garlic, the lentils absorb flavors from the herbs and spices as they simmer until tender. Italian style lentils are delicious over noodles, rice, or even as a soup served with a side of crusty bread.

Besides being delicious and versatile in so many recipe, lentils are amazing for your health. Plus, they are an easy, delicious way to consume loads of protein and minerals. With 18 grams of protein in just one cup, they are a great source of plant-based protein. They also contain folate, iron, copper, phosphorous, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese as well as vitamins B1 and B6 just to name a few of the minerals and vitamins contributing to healthy function of the body. They are also a great source of fiber, making them excellent for digestion, stabilizing blood sugar, and balancing overall health. This high fiber content helps lower cholesterol while the high magnesium and folate content also contribute to enhancing heart health.
*A great link for learning more about the benefits of Lentils

Italian Style Lentils
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup dry lentils
  2. 4 cups water
  3. 1/2 onion, chopped
  4. 3 to 4 cloves of minced garlic
  5. 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  6. 1 red pepper, diced
  7. 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  8. 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  9. 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  10. 1 tsp. basil
  11. 1 tsp. parsley
  12. 1 tsp. oregano
  13. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  14. 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Rinse lentils and add to a slow cooker or a medium-sized pot along with water. Add the additional prepared vegetables, then spices, and stir until combined. Cook on low for about 9 hours or on high for about 5 hours. Serve warm over pasta or rice, and garnish with additional herbs, salt & pepper. Enjoy!
  2. If using the stove-top cooking method, bring lentils and veggies to a boil, then allow lentils to simmer for about 45 minutes or until tender. When lentils are soft, add the spices and simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve warm and garnish with additional herbs, salt & pepper. Enjoy!
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Chickpea Curry with Basmati Rice

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This chickpea curry with basmati rice combines a sweet, spicy, and savory curry over fluffy basmati rice. It is a classic Indian-inspired dish with traditional spices and savory herbs that are absorbed by the steamed rice and garbanzo beans. The spices add a touch of heat, yet not too much. Creamy and healthy fats, along with lemon juice added at the end of cooking help to cool down the savory spice. Not only is this curry super delicious, but it is a complete meal with complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals such as zinc and magnesium.

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Healing spices provide an extra benefit to this nourishing and healthy curry. The spices in curry have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine as protection against inflammation and disease in the body. Turmeric, a well known ingredient in curry, contains curcumin: an anti-inflammatory compound that has been known to help prevent an array of diseases and conditions such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and several neurological conditions. When inflammation is in check, the body is able to keep on top of its natural processes. It’s amazing to think that for thousands of years, this spice has been used to treat numerous conditions and it is finally being rediscovered as the potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory healing spice that it is.

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Chickpea Curry with Basmati Rice
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Rice
  1. 2 cups dry Basmati rice
  2. 4 cups water
Curry
  1. 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 minced garlic clove
  4. 1/4 tsp. curry powder
  5. 1/4 tsp. cumin
  6. 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  7. 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  8. 1 tbsp. GF flour
  9. 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  10. Salt and pepper to taste
  11. 1/4 cup corn
  12. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  13. 1/4 cup coconut cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice and add to a pot with boiling water. Cook on low until fluffy. Meanwhile, add the water, spices, and garlic to a pot and sauté on low until fragrant and warm. Add the flour and brown sugar, and whisk. Then, add the chickpeas and corn, and let cook for a few minutes over low heat. Top with lemon juice, coconut cream, and salt & pepper to taste. Serve warm over the basmati rice. 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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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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