white bean asparagus flatbreads

White Bean and Asparagus Flatbread

If you are a big hummus fan like me, this white bean and asparagus flatbread recipe is for you! Hunter says this may even be his new favorite meal (it has a healthy dose of carbs with toasted whole wheat naan, and is topped with pine nuts and feta so what’s not to like?). I’ll definitely be celebrating spring weather and spring ingredients on the patio with these little gems and a big green salad.

White bean asparagus flatbreads

We like our red pepper flakes.

As you can see from my recent posts, white beans have pretty much become a staple for us. This kale, white bean and sweet potato noodle bake is another recipe that consistently makes an appearance in our weeknight dinner rotation. Legumes are a great way to make vegetarian meals more filling!

The original version of this recipe can be found in the Love & Lemons cookbook – which I highly recommend you invest in if you enjoy plant based meals! The recipes are fresh and flavorful and always utilize seasonal ingredients.

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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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Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

As we say at our house, “when in doubt, make chili.” I mean, what’s not to love about chili? It’s easy to throw together, makes fantastic leftovers, and provides the opportunity to use all of your favorite toppings. This version is hearty, healthy and vegetarian!

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Our toppings of choice this time around: avocado, cilantro, and cheddar.

I’ve been obsessing over this black bean sweet potato chili recipe since October. You can find the original over on What’s Gaby Cooking! Sweet potatoes are making major appearances in our weeknight dinner rotation and I’ll be sharing another one of our favorite sweet potato dishes next week, so stay tuned!

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Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Butternut squash mac and cheese is a serious game changer. I mean, is there anything better than a healthier version of your favorite comfort food and a glass of wine on a weeknight? I really don’t think so.

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Cute cast iron skillets: Lodge!

I won’t lie to you, this is not the mac and cheese you’re used to. It’s difficult to create mac and cheese without the cheese. But, it’s a close second and it’s healthy. A combination of herbs and spices and a crispy walnut topping creates an amazing texture that you will want to keep in your weeknight meal rotation. I combined this recipe with a little inspiration from Snap Kitchen (they sell an excellent chicken butternut macaroni, which you could easily add to this recipe).

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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.

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

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 Sweet Potato and Green Rice Bowls

Bowls, so hot right now. This recipe is a healthier take on one of my favorite bowls: the burrito bowl (the poké bowl is not far behind). The green rice recipe alone is a keeper, but add in perfectly seasoned black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, and pepitas, and you’ve got one seriously delicious bowl on your hands.

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Green rice will be your new favorite rice!

 

This recipe was adapted from Cookie and Kate’s Sweet potato green rice burrito bowls. You can find the full, original recipe here! Yes, the ingredient list is long, but the recipe is not difficult…I promise. I also love this bowl because it incorporates one of my all-time favorite fall veggies – sweet potatoes! You could also add bell peppers and onions to this, or sub the rice for farro.

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Turmeric Detox Soup

Wondering why this is not a pasta post? Don’t worry. That’s coming. But first, let’s talk detox. Because after all of the delicious pasta, wine, gelato, panini, and more…I was CRAVING this soup when we got home. Turmeric is one of my favorite antioxidant ingredients.  And, it’s October, so from here on out I’m all about cooking things in pots.

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Let the detoxing begin!

This soup is pretty hearty with farro and red lentils. It’s completely vegetarian, and is topped with toasted breadcrumbs, because carbs. Bonus: the leftovers make perfect weekday lunches!

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Sesame Shrimp Soba Noodles

I’ve discovered toasted sesame oil and it’s my new obsession. I honestly think I could eat these soba noodles with just sesame oil. But they’re way better with a little garlic, ginger, and lime. And shrimp, because protein.

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Topped with avocado, naturally.

I adapted this recipe from Baker By Nature’s super simple garlic ginger shrimp soba noodles. And they are just that – super simple! Nothing beats an easy weeknight meal, and lately I’m really into simple noodle dishes with garlic and herbs. I think this is stemming from the Pepper’s spicy clams with pasta I made a few weekends ago. Sometimes all you need is some carbs and a stick of butter…or if you’re getting married in a month, some complex carbs and some sesame oil. Either or.

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A Toast to Toast: Lemon Edamame Avocado + Apricot Gorgonzola

Soooo July has been a crazy month and we’re only about halfway through! I’m in the final stretch of wedding planning (T-minus 70 days) and between work and the big day details, life has been busy (fun-busy, but still busy). So in honor of this crazy month, I’m giving a shoutout to one of my favorite go-to meals for even the busiest of weekdays…TOAST!

Breakfast, lunch, dinner…all perfect occasions for toast. It’s filling, requires no silverware, and can be made in 15 minutes or less. You can prep savory toast for lunch, sweet toast for breakfast, or a combination of both for whatever time of day the mood strikes. In all honesty, when I did this post I ate these toasts for dinner. And they were delicious.

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So much love for toast.

It just wouldn’t be right to do a “toast to toast” without sharing both a sweet and savory variety to do the dish justice. So today’s toast toppings include:

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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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