Turmeric Falafel Bowl

Jessica Penner, RDEntree, Meatless, Recipes, SaladLeave a Comment

Turmeric Falafel Bowl (vegan, gluten free)

This turmeric falafel bowl is vegan soul food in a bowl! Fresh greens, earthy beets, and sweet dates compliment the spicy falafels and umami filled dressing. “With dishes as tasty as this turmeric falafel bowl I could definitely go vegan!” True words I spoke to my husband today. But then we had a good chuckle because he knows how much I also love fine European cheese, and going out for a special steak dinner. So no, while I don’t foresee myself ever excluding myself from animal products entirely, we do eat a lot of vegan meals in our house. I … Read More

Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce

Jessica Penner, RDEntree, Meatless, RecipesLeave a Comment

Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce

Black bean enchiladas with bell peppers, onions, and the easiest homemade red enchilada sauce! Top with a healthy avocado cream sauce. I have to address something first and foremost: do not be intimidated by this recipe! I’m afraid you’re going to scroll down, see the long list of ingredients, and get scared away from making it. But it’s really not that bad! The recipe is broken up into 3 parts: Enchilada sauce Avocado cream sauce Making the enchiladas To spread your work time apart, you can make the sauces one day and then assemble it all the next day. If … Read More

Avocado Cream Sauce [+ baby food instructions]

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Avocado Cream Sauce

An avocado cream sauce that tastes like guacamole but is made lighter with the surprisingly delicious addition of green peas and cottage cheese! Guac = life. Agree or disagree? I’m definitely on Team Guac! I even have a recipe for the world’s best guacamole (seriously, go try it!). So why would I go ahead and mess with a good thing by adding green peas to guacamole?! I’ll give you three good reasons! 1) Avocado Intolerance Some people, including myself have a limited avocado tolerance. I can only eat a small amount before I’m literally sick to my stomach. The same … Read More

The Best Tofu You Will Ever Eat (gluten free and vegan)

Jessica Penner, RDEntree, Meatless, Recipes18 Comments

The Best Tofu You Will Ever Eat... guaranteed!

A super easy way to make TEXTURE perfect baked tofu! The outside turns out crisp and ready to be tossed in your favourite sauce. It took me a while to learn to  LIKE tofu. I would tolerate it when my vegan friends would make tofu dishes, but I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around actually LIKING it. It doesn’t have much of a taste and is actually quite special in the way that it can take on other flavours. It was definitely a mental block. Tofu just didn’t sound appetizing. When my baby started to eat solid food I bought him … Read More

Mango Quinoa Salad -Thai Inspired!

Jessica Penner, RDRecipes, Salad3 Comments

Mango Quinoa Salad -Thai Inspired

A tasty Thai inspired mango quinoa salad filled with juicy mangoes; crisp red peppers, and creamy cashews; it’s good for your health and soul! I love Thai Mango Salad. I love Mango Quinoa Salad. Put them together = mind blown. It’s just perfect on a hot summer day…. or any time! I’ve certainly made it in the dead of winter just to insert a bit of a tropical feel inside the house, even if it’s a polar vortex outside! Feel free to add chicken or shrimp to kick it up a notch and add some extra protein and minerals. Why … Read More

Vegetable Smoothies: make ahead freezer packs!

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Drink, Recipes3 Comments

Make mornings easier & healthier with these grab ‘n blend vegetable smoothie packs in 4 delicious flavours: Chocolate Beet, Vanilla Green, PB Banana, and Blueberry! Just add your choice of milk! Mornings are hectic! People always tell me they want to eat healthier breakfasts, but don’t have the time to prep food in the morning. Breakfast ends up being a quick slice of toast before running out the door. This is a lost opportunity for fruits and veggies! Nearly 90% of Americans are NOT meeting the recommendations for fruit and veggie intake!  What are vegetable smoothie freezer packs and how … Read More

Christmas Snacks: Healthy and Easy!

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, RecipesLeave a Comment

Easy Christmas Snacks for Kids #snacks #christmas #healthychristmas #healthysnacks

Using simple ingredients & taking only 5 minutes of your time, you can WOW your kids with these easy and healthy Christmas snacks ideas! I used to work in public health with new moms and babies in a drop-in group. Each week we would teach the moms a new baby rhyme or song to sing. We would always remind the moms that they didn’t need pretty singing voices as their babies didn’t care and just loved to hear their mom’s voice! I took that advice to heart and then SANG my heart out to my babies… much to my husband … Read More