sweet potato avocado toast

Sweet Potato Avocado “Toasts”

Sweet potato season is in full swing at our house! I love sweet potatoes year-round, but especially in the fall.  They’ve  been involved in many a chili dinner over the past couple of weeks. I also love avocado toast (basic, I know, but whatever it’s easy and good). So naturally, when I heard about combining sweet potatoes and avocado toast, I had to test it out.

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Loved topping these with pom seeds, but like any avocado toast recipe the toppings are up to you!

I put a seasonal spin on the recipe by topping the “toasts” with Pom Wonderful Pom Poms. I’m thinking this one will be a healthy addition to our holiday appetizer spreads this year. I kept it dairy free this time, but next time I might toss a little goat cheese on top. Who knows, things might get crazy.

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Roasted Portobello Caps

A delicious, super healthy meal that is ready in under an hour and requires less than 10 ingredients? Yes please! TBH, I’m typically not a mushroom person. I have a hard time accepting them as a protein substitute (although they’re often positioned that way to vegetarians)! However, that was before I discovered this recipe. We are about to have these roasted portobellos for dinner for the third week in a row!

Roasted portobellos with asparagus

I love a simple recipe and this is the definition of simple. The portobellos soak up all the delicious flavor of the marinade and make a perfect main when paired with roasted asparagus. They would also be absolutely delicious grilled, but I do love the convenience of throwing both the mushrooms and the asparagus in the oven and serving dinner in under 30.

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Chipotle Shrimp Taco Salad

Taco salad combines two of my favorite things, and this chipotle shrimp version is not to be missed! You guys were loving this recipe on Snapchat Tuesday night so here it is…and if you love this, you definitely need to check out my spicy shrimp taco recipe for when a salad just won’t cut it.

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Topped with a generous helping of cilantro avocado dressing, of course!

We’ve had a couple of 80 degree days in Dallas lately, so a salad with spicy shrimp and refreshing avocado and herb dressing was calling my name this week. And, this dish is pretty easy to throw together. I typically make the cilantro avocado dressing a day or two in advance and use it in as many lunches and dinners as possible because it is amazing. This week, I saved some extra dressing and made a loaded sweet potato with peppers, black beans and feta.

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Kale, White Bean and Sweet Potato Noodle Bake

Is there anything I love more than a one pot meal? Yes. A one pot meal that is so good and so easy that I made it twice in one week and didn’t get bored with it at all. And guess what? This kale, white bean and sweet potato noodle bake is back on the menu this week. I’d even go so far as to say this meal is weekend worthy (it has cheese!!).

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Also, it’s amazing for you.

This recipe is from Inspiralized, one of my favorite blogs for recipes that are packed with vegetables and super flavorful!

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Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

We’ve had our fair share of indulgences lately, so it’s time to get back on the health train with these 100% veggie burrito bowls! Cauliflower rice makes an amazing base for so many dishes – you could almost forget you’re eating a vegetable. I posted my go-to cauliflower rice recipe on Instagram not too long ago, and have found the perfect place for it in these spicy, savory perfect-for-weeknight-dinner bowls.

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With all of the toppings, of course.

The “meat” in this recipe is also completely vegetarian, made with Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles! I love using plant-based proteins, and Beyond’s products are so quick and easy to season.

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos for Cinco de Mayo

Is there a better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with tacos and margaritas? I think not.

Also, I’m loving that two of my recent posts include “spicy” in the title.  My true essence.

This year, we’re celebrating with Pinch of Yum’s spicy shrimp tacos with garlic cilantro lime slaw. I meal prepped three different sauces on Sunday, and realized that each was green. Obviously I love my avocados and cilantro. And I looooove my garlic too. Thankfully, so does Hunter or he would have a hard time eating anything I cook for him. This garlic cilantro lime sauce is the kind of sauce that could really go with anything and everything…salads, fish, quesadillas, burgers, etc., so if you like the ingredients in its name, keep it nearby at all times.

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Cheers!

It’s important to note that these tacos have a delicious slaw. So basically, they are a salad. But in all honesty, if you did want to cut down on carbs, you could easily put these in lettuce wraps and they would be just as delicious. I’m a big fan of wrapping my food in romaine. It would also help offset the necessary fresh guac and cold bev that must be served alongside this entree.

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Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls

People, meet the zoodle’s delicious cousin. Sweet potato noodles are heartier than zucchini noodles, and make a great base for one of our new favorite weeknight dishes – sweet potato noodle bowls.

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The beauty of the sweet potato noodle bowl is that you can include whatever vegetables and sauces you like. My favorite recipe includes sautéed onions and bell peppers, orzo, and black beans topped with crunchy almonds and an avocado vinaigrette.

Fun fact: this is my first 100 percent original recipe! I usually rely on my favorite food bloggers or restaurants to inspire me and then adapt the recipe from there, but this one was completely made up by yours truly (with feedback from Hunter re: vegetable inclusions, of course).

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Teriyaki Salmon + Thai Salad

Salmon is a weekday staple for us, so I’m always looking for ways to switch it up and use new flavors. A little teriyaki glaze and a bright, crunchy salad made for a seriously game-changing meal this week.

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Avocado slicing skills on point.

Major bonus: leftover thai salad makes an excellent less sad desk lunch. Just save some dressing to take to work.

The dressing is arguably one of the best parts of the meal – I even topped the salmon with it. Will definitely be using the recipe for future salads. Also, the salmon is baked (my weeknight go-to) making the recipe super easy.

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Brighten your day with Less Sad Desk Lunches

Your desk lunch doesn’t have to be sad. In fact, it can be the highlight of your workday if you put a little planning into it.

Of course, ideally we would all be sitting on a patio somewhere sipping cocktails and enjoying a nice cheese board, but sometimes that’s just not an option. Now, with the invention of mason jar salads and major improvements in the plastic lunch container world (how cool are these adult lunch boxes?) lunch at your desk can officially be less depressing and more enjoyable.

Key attributes of a  great desk lunch include:

  • Portability (major key)
  • Ability to fit in office fridge
  • Easy assembly
  • Minimal mess
  • Great tasting (necessary)
  • Healthy (for the most part…)

Today I give you two options that meet all of the above criteria:

  • Lemon Tarragon Salad with Sautéed Vegetables + Veggie Burger with Lemon Hummus and Sprouts (my current fave)
  • LL’s Salad in a Jar (bonus: makes a great Instagram)
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Veggie burger with lemon hummus and sprouts; lemon tarragon salad with sautéed veggies and of course water

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Roasted Red Peppers with Pesto Zucchini Noodles and Goat Cheese

A healthy meal involving goat cheese and pesto? Yes please. Too good not to share!

To preface this recipe, I am obsessed with my spiralizer. I have the Paderno 3-blade, and use it to incorporate more veggies into our meals pretty much as often as Hunter will allow (there was a month last year that consisted of a TON of spiralized zucchini spaghetti and meatball dinners, so I don’t blame him for limiting my zoodle usage.) But hey, the spiralizer has many benefits. It’s simple to use, easy to clean and disguises veggies as carbs (for the most part.) This week has been cray at the office so I was looking for something easy, flavorful and healthy – after all it is still January, people. Let’s not throw our health and wellbeing out the window that quickly.

This recipe was created by Inspiralized – my go-to blog for all spiralizer recipes! Ali is so creative with vegetables it’s seriously inspiring (get it?) You can find the original recipe here! Also, I haven’t mentioned how gorgeous this dish is. Check it out:

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That is one good looking pepper!

These beauties make a great side for grilled fish or chicken if you’re adding protein, but are also substantial enough to serve as a meal! That said, let’s get down to business.

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