Sweet potato black bean burgers! I love veggie burgers. They are so delicious and very versatile- you can eat them on a bun with some sweet potato fries or throw them into a salad plate. These veggie burgers are gluten free and vegan. This recipe makes 4 veggie patties.
I’m really passionate about eating real food. I believe (and feel my best) when I eat fresh, real foods in the purest forms and minimize the amount of processed foods that I’m consuming. In my opinion, we don’t need all of those additives found in many processed foods today and its not doing our digestion any favors. For the past several months, I’ve started to make my own almond milk. Making your own almond milk is super easy and only requires two ingredients- almonds and milk. It is super simple and devoid of any thickeners and preservatives found in many store bought almond milks. I wrote an entire blog post on making your own almond milk and the benefits linked here.
I recently tried using blanched, sliced almonds to make my own almond milk vs. regular raw almonds. It was a complete game changer! This almond milk comes out naturally sweet and so so delicious! The recipe is very similar to the one I recently posted using regular, raw almonds just replaces them with blanched, almonds. See recipe below!
When the weather gets warmer, I crave all of the hydrating, fresh foods. I love this gazpacho dish because it’s super hydrating and refreshing – perfect for summer! I paired it with Sakara Life chia tortillas to dip. This recipe is raw, vegan, and gluten free. All you need is a blender to make!
If you follow my Instagram account (@wellbymel_), you know that I LOVE Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. It is gluten free, dairy free, and only made with 5 ingredients- cauliflower, cassava flour, potato starch, olive oil, and salt! And it tastes great- it tastes like actual gnocchi! This is one of my go- to easy dinners because it is frozen and so easy to make! All you need to do is cook it on a skillet for a few minutes until fully thawed and crispy and then top with the sauce of your choice. Note: do not follow the package instructions to cook the gnocchi or else they will turn out mushy.
Today, I chose a pistachio pesto sauce. I have had a bag of pistachios in my pantry for a few months and wasn’t sure what to do with them. I’m trying to be more conscious of food waste so I decided to repurpose them to make pesto. It was super yummy and really easy! This pesto is dairy free and uses nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. See full recipe below!
Easy, peasy lunch in less than 10 mins – Cauliflower Fried Rice! Best part is it’s made with mostly frozen ingredients so it’s really easy to have them on hand. This is my go to meal when I need I’m low on groceries. Frozen produce is great because it’s a cheaper alternative to fresh produce and frozen produce are picked at their peak ripeness aka they contain the max nutritional content. Fresh produce is often picked before it’s ripe do that it ripens on the store shelves. So I’d say it’s a win-win 🙌🏻
Pineapple Overnight Oats 🍍🍍 This is my favorite warm weather oatmeal combo! Sounds kind of weird, but it seriously tastes so good! Made with overnight oats (served cool) topped with fresh cut pineapple, flax seeds, chia seed, and coconut nectar. I also topped with some goji berries as well.
I recently posted about homemade almond milk and all of the benefits to making your own almond. If you missed it, check it out at the link here.
Homemade almond milk is so clean and easy to make. However, it is very plain- it tastes like almonds. Like it should because it is only made with 2 ingredients- almonds and filtered water. However, for a little more flavor you can sweeten the almond milk (the natural way!). This recipe sweetens the almond milk with fresh medoolan dates and cinnamon.
Because its officially Spring and Easter this weekend, I thought I’d re-post my Carrot Cake Mini Muffin recipe! They are gluten-free and vegan (without the bee pollen topping) and soo delicious! See recipe details below..
Chocolate Chip Tahini Clusters on deck tonight! Because I’m ALWAYS craving something sweet after dinner. For me, fruit or a spoonful of honey won’t cut it, I always want chocolate 😋🍫 These are the perfect about of sweet and made with real food and only 4 ingredients!
I love using tahini, but it can be super pricey- I’ve seen it as high as $10/jar. I found the organic tahini that I used for only $4 at Trader Joes.
This is by far my favorite summer smoothie! It was actually the first smoothie combo that I have ever made. It’s a fun green color and tastes super refreshing. The green color comes both from spinach and wheatgrass. I love wheatgrass! It is the first superfood that I ever tried. It has a grassy taste that isn’t too strong so its an easy add to any smoothie. Wheatgrass is high in nutrients and antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation. However, wheatgrass is the leaves of the wheat plant and can contain gluten depending on how it is harvested. It may be best to avoid wheatgrass if you are gluten-free.
Note: This recipe is labeled as vegan, but is topped with bee pollen (optional). If you are trying to follow a vegan diet, you may want to skip the bee pollen topping.