Rasberry Cucumber Smoothie

Is it me, or does this smoothie just look like a spa?! Celebrating this AMAZING weather in Brooklyn with a Raspberry Cucumber Smoothie Bowl! That’s right, cucumber. Cucumbers are one of my favorite summer smoothie ingredients because they are super hydrating and taste soo refreshing! See recipe details below.

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Gluten – Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Are you a sweet potato or a regular potato person? I personally love sweet potatoes! You can make them savory, you can make them sweet – they are such a delicious add to meals! My favorite type of pasta is gnocchi but I don’t eat regular gnocchi too often because I generally avoid gluten. I’ve found cauliflower gnocchi to be a great substitute but I personally like making foods from scratch as often as possible in order to control what ingredients and how much of each ingredient are put into my food.

I’ve made this sweet potato gnocchi a few times now and it is great! It’s a lot easier to make than you would think. This recipe is gluten free – it uses cassava flour as the flour. If you haven’t heard of cassava flour it is a root vegetable and a staple in my kitchen. This recipe is also dairy free and vegan. It makes about 2 servings. See details below!

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

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.

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Fresh Gazpacho 💃🏼

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!

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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 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!

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Pineapple Overnight Oats

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. 

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Carrot Cake Mini Muffins

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..

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Chocolate Chip Tahini Clusters

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.

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Green Banana Pineapple Smoothie

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.

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Easy 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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