Dinner Today: Hearty Winter Quinoa Salad with Warm Apple Cider Vinaigrette

quinoa saladAfter spending hours outside on a frozen pond over the weekend, the last thing I felt like either making or eating was a salad. A body warming soup or a hearty stew seemed more appropriate, but this quinoa salad hit the spot. The key is the warm dressing. It softens everything up a bit and makes it a delicious, hearty and nutritious meal or side to chicken, fish or tofu.

But first, let’s talk about how nutritious all of the ingredients are. Continue reading “Dinner Today: Hearty Winter Quinoa Salad with Warm Apple Cider Vinaigrette”

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Great Reasons to Eat More Oats

oatsA steaming hot bowl of oatmeal is THE ultimate cold weather food. And not only are oats comforting, they are also very good for you. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals like phosphorus, thiamine, immune-boosting zinc and magnesium. And although they are typically a breakfast food, read on for an oat recipe that would be great at lunch or dinner!

One of the main benefits of oatmeal is that it is heart healthy! Continue reading “Great Reasons to Eat More Oats”

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Breakfast Today: Delicious Rustic Muffins

rustic muffinsThese rustic muffins are the perfect food to bring on a long hike or even a camping trip. Throw them in a container and you have a quick breakfast or a pre-hiking snack that will help keep you full for hours.

High in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, not only are these delicious, they are also super healthy. Beans provide both heart healthy fiber and muscle-building protein, plus iron and zinc. Beans are an important source of nutrients in vegetarian or vegan diets. Continue reading “Breakfast Today: Delicious Rustic Muffins”

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Father’s Day Dinner: Beer Bean Chili

black bean chili aSteaks, sausages and hamburgers on the grill are almost synonymous with Father’s Day when the perfect meal comes to mind. But many men are jumping on the meatless bandwagon for various reasons, including a healthier lifestyle. Even going meatless one day per week can have benefits for your dad and everyone around him.

By eating less meat and more veggies you…

1. Cut down or even cut out potentially dangerous processed meats.
2. Decrease heart disease risk. Continue reading “Father’s Day Dinner: Beer Bean Chili”

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Dinner Tonight: Hearty Vegan Minestrone

minestrone soup aAs parts of the United States still continue with low temperatures, you may be looking for recipes that will help you stay warm on a cold winter day! We’ve got you covered with of one of our favorite soup recipes… vegan minestrone.

Minestrone is a hearty Italian vegetable soup made with vegetables and pasta or rice. The remaining ingredients are basic pantry items, including canned tomatoes, beans, spices and any vegetables you may have on hand. Not only will this budget friendly soup keep you warm on a cold day, but it is also packed with fiber, plant-based protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that will help give your immune system a boost this winter, as we anxiously await the warmer temperatures. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Hearty Vegan Minestrone”

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