Vegan Pistachio Pesto

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 re-purpose 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!

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

Want an easy meal that takes less than 10 minutes to make? Try out this Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe! This is my go to meal when I want something quick and easy to make or when I’m low on fresh groceries. The best part about this recipe is that it’s made with mostly frozen ingredients!

What’s so great about frozen ingredients? Let me tell you…

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Gluten-Free Falafel

This may be the easiest recipe I have ever made! It doesn’t involve many ingredients, only took me about 20 minutes to make, and is naturally delicious. This recipe is gluten-free and vegan. It makes about 10 falafel.

I topped the falafel over a salad bowl with tahini sauce. You could also throw them in a pita. See recipe below!

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Rainbow Soba Noodle Bowl

There is nothing like a bright, colorful veggie bowl! Not only is this bowl pretty to look at, but it is also full of nutrient-dense veggies. It is important to eat a colorful plate in order to get a variety of different nutrients. Plus, colorful bowls are just fun to eat!

I love this Rainbow Soba Noodle Bowl because it tastes so fresh and delicious. It is topped with a dressing, which gives the bowl a fun and delicious flavor. This bowl is completely plant-based and soy free.

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BBQ Jackfruit Taco Bowl

Have you ever cooked jackfruit before? Have you ever heard of jackfruit before?

I had only recently heard of jackfruit. I made it for lunch for the first time roasted in bbq sauce and it was so good, I felt the need to spread the news! Jackfruit, as the name implies is a fruit. However, if you chop it up and roast it in BBQ sauce, it actually tastes like pulled meat! It also resembles pulled meat. BBQ Jackfruit is so easy to make and is the perfect add to tacos, taco bowls, or to any bbq!

BBQ Jackfruit is the perfect compliment to any plant based recipe. I love that this meat alternative, is simply a fruit! So many meat alternatives are highly processed, high in sodium, and just don’t seem great for you! I love that jackfruit is completely natural and only 1 ingredient! I am a firm believer in eating real food so bbq jackfruit is a food that I can easily get on board with!

For this recipe, I used canned jackfruit that I found at Trader Joes. I put added the bbq jackfruit to a taco bowl to create a healthy and delicious, plant based Mexican meal.

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Loaded Sweet Potato

This past weekend I watched the marathon in NYC. I ran the NYC marathon the previous year, so going to watch it this year was definitely nostalgic for me. It was such a great experience!

I carbo loaded to go watch the marathon (kidding) with this Loaded Sweet Potato! But in all seriousness, I did make this Loaded Sweet Potato this past weekend and it was really good. It is the perfect quick & easy healthy lunch! See the full recipe details below.

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Lentil Bolognese

This lentil bolognese makes the perfect healthy comfort food! I love serving it over spaghetti squash for a delicious, and veggie-packed meal. I’m definitely on a kick with all of the fall seasonal foods, but I’m especially loving spaghetti squash right now. Spaghetti squash is so easy to make and I love using it as a substitute for traditional pasta. This winter veggie is packed with vitamins, minerals, other nutrients, and fiber.

Try making this lentil bolognese and serving it over spaghetti squash. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, contains no added sugar, and is vegan and vegetarian friendly.

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Peanut Spaghetti Squash

I’m a huge fan of spaghetti squash, so I’m loving that it’s in season right now. I usually cook it with tomato sauces for more of an Italian dish. However, I also really like to cook with spaghetti squash for more Asian-inspired dishes, like this recipe. This Peanut Spaghetti Squash makes the perfect healthy meal. This recipe is made with lots a veggies and topped with a peanut sauce. It is gluten free, dairy free, and can be made soy free.

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