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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Pineapple Overnight Oats

Introducing you to my all time favorite warm weather oatmeal combo- Pineapple Overnight Oats! I know this combo sounds kind of weird, but it seriously tastes so good. The overnight oats are served cold and combined with the pineapple tastes so refreshing and delicious! These overnight oats are so easy to make- all you do is combine ingredients, let it sit overnight, and then enjoy the next morning! As much as I like oatmeal, who wants to eat warm oats over the summer? Not me. Plus it make it that much easier to make!

These Pineapple Overnight Oats are mixed with nut milk and of course fresh cut pineapple for a sweet and delicious flavor. It also contains both chia seeds and flax seeds for a dose of healthy fat and fiber. This combination helps keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer. It is sweetened with coconut nectar. Coconut nectar is a similar color and consistency of maple syrup, but tastes slightly different- it is delicious! I topped the overnight oats with goji berries for added crunch (optional).

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Chocolate Chip Tahini Clusters

Chocolate Chip Tahini Clusters on deck for dessert tonight! I’m ALWAYS craving something sweet after dinner and fruit just doesn’t just it – I always want chocolate. These Chocolate Chip Tahini clusters are the perfect amount of sweet to satisfy a sweet craving AND they are made with (only 4) real food ingredients.

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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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Cherry Cacao Smoothie Bowl

One meal I never get sick of? Smoothie bowls. Tastes like ice cream but packed with fruits, veggies, and healthy fats to keep you full longer. My new fav combo is Cherry Cacao 🍒🍫 This below for full recipe details!

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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Rainbow Soba Noodle Bowl

Rainbow Soba Noodle bowl 🌈 Do colorful bowls make anyone else super happy? This is such a fresh and delicious bowl. It is completely plant based- made with soba noodles, spinach, mango, carrot, avocado, purple cabbage, red bell pepper, red onion, and topped with a thai- inspired dressing.

See recipe below, it makes about 2 servings.

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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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Banana Nutella Smoothie Bowl

Banana Nutella smoothie bowl for breakfast this morning! 🍌🌰 Made with bananas, frozen riced cauliflower, cacao powder, hazelnuts, avocado, cinnamon, and nut milk. This 80 degree weather has been perfect and has me craving all of smoothie bowls! Can it be summer in NYC already? ☀️

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Creamy Avocado Pesto Sauce

Red lentil pasta topped with creamy avocado pesto sauce! 🥑🌱 I’ve been on a veggie pasta kick and used lentil pasta for this recipe. The lentil pasta is topped with a creamy avocado pesto sauce and grape tomatoes. This sauce is soo creamy and delicious, I may or may not be dreaming about it for the rest of the day.. 😴💁‍♀️ This recipe is gluten free and dairy free. See below for details on how to make the creamy avocado pesto sauce!

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