The Easiest Banana Bread Recipe

During this quarantine, it seems like everyone is making banana bread. I had two very ripe bananas in my kitchen and decided to get on the banana bread train. This is truly such an easy recipe. All you need to do is blend ingredients and bake and you’ve got a healthy and delicious banana bread!

This banana bread tastes sweet, but contains no added sugar- it is naturally sweetened by the bananas and dates. This recipe is also gluten free and dairy free.

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Veggie Cauliflower Rice Paella 🥘💃🏼

I just remade my Veggie Cauliflower Rice Paella and it was so good, I wanted to re-share! Click the link below to see the original recipe.

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Veggie cauliflower rice paella! 🥘💃🏼 You definitely need to check this one out. This dish is made 100% with veggies- riced cauliflower, onion, red bell pepper, tomato, peas, artichokes, parsley, garlic, and spices. It is completely grain free, gluten-free, and so easy to make and freaking delicious! The recipe below makes about 2 servings.

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Great Groceries to Stock Up on During Quarantine

During this COVID 19 quarantine, many of us may find that we are at home cooking much more than usual. If this is not something that you are used to doing, it may be a challenge to navigate what groceries to purchase at the grocery store. I wanted to share some of my favorite groceries to purchase that I find tend to last awhile. Not all of these groceries are nonperishable, so be sure to check the sell by date to ensure it is safe to eat!

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Chickpea Cookie Dough

I have another pantry staple recipe for you this week, using chickpeas. If you missed my post last week, I posted a variety of Pantry Staple Recipes using popular pantry staple items.

I’ve seen a lot of sweet chickpea recipes- anything from chickpea cookies to chickpea blondies. I decided to put my can of chickpeas to use and make a sweet dessert! This chickpea cookie dough is made with 6 simple ingredients and is gluten free and vegan. The best part is it can be made in 5 minutes or less!

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Pantry Staple Recipes

While we are at home quarantined, many of us may find that we are cooking much more than usual. Many people have been stocking up on pantry staples at the grocery store. I wanted to share some healthy recipes that you can make that feature popular pantry staple items. This list includes breakfast, main dishes, snacks, and dessert recipes. It also includes a variety of gluten free, dairy free, and vegan options. All recipes are made with real food ingredients and easy to make!

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Black Bean Brownies

I’m not gonna lie, I had seen Black Bean Brownies before and was a bit skeptical about how they’d taste. Since it’s quarantine time due to COVID-19 in NYC and I have some extra cans of black beans, I decided to give it a try. I was honestly so surprised how easy it was to put this recipe together and how much the batter tastes like brownies! Only this recipe is gluten free, vegan, contains no refined sugar, is rich in fiber, and made with real food ingredients!

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Healthy Air-Fried Chicken Nuggets

Healthy Chicken Nuggets- You probably never thought you’d see those words in the same sentence, did you? Well prepared to be amazed, because not only are these Chicken Nuggets delicious, but they are also gluten free, paleo, keto, and whole 30! Did I mention they only require 3 ingredients to make? Get prepared to make the easiest recipe of your life.

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Sweet Potatoes, Black Beans,& Avocado

As I said in a recent blog post, I am adding budget-friendly recipes to be blog coming out of my Food Stamps Experience Project for school. This is my second budget-friendly recipe and it is for main dish.

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Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal

As I said on my last blog post, I am adding budget-friendly recipes to be blog coming out of my Food Stamps Experience Project for school. This is my first budget-friendly recipe that is for breakfast. This recipe can be made either hot or cold. It requires minimal kitchen gadgets to make!

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My One Week Food Stamps Experience

As I posted on my instagram, @wellbymel_, I experienced being on Food Stamps (SNAP) for 1 week for a project in my Community Nutrition class. SNAP budget is $40 per week for a single person and limited to only non-prepared foods. For example, you are able to purchase raw chicken; however, rotisserie chicken is not allowed under the SNAP program.

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