In the summertime when the weather is hot, this chilled Mexican-inspired pasta salad is the perfect go-to dish for a picnic, pool day, or just because! It may be a mild dish, but rest assured each bite is loaded with a fiesta of flavors!
Yields 7 servings
3 cups mini farfalle pasta, cooked
2 (14.75 ounce) cans roasted corn, drained
1 large avocado, diced
10.5 oz cherry tomatoes, cut in half
4 green onions, sliced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
2 Tbsp. cilantro
1 Tbsp. jalapeño, optional
1/2 cup black beans, optional
2 Tbsp. hemp seeds
3/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
3/4 tsp. Chili powder
1 tsp. hot sauce, optional
Salt and pepper to taste
In a well salted pot filled with water, cook the pasta according to the box instructions. Remember to drain, rinse, and cool the pasta once done cooking; Set aside.
Add the drained corn, diced avocado, green onions, cilantro, bell pepper, jalapeño, and black beans.
Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and stir until well mixed.
For as long as I can remember, broccoli has always been something I’ve enjoyed. My Roasted Broccoletti is the best alternative if you are looking for a different kind of broccoli at dinner. The mix between the crunchy stems and the fluffy florets are what I love about this vegetable the most.
Yields: 2 servings
1 (8 ounce) package brocoletti
1/2 Tbsp. avocado oil
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1/8 tsp. Gustus Vitae Smoked Salt
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place your broccoletti onto the baking sheet and drizzle with avocado oil.season with garlic, smoke salt, and red pepper flakes.
Roast broccoletti for approximately 15 minutes; flipping halfway through.
Serve immediately or serve on top of my Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Polenta.
Chef’s tip: Slice a medium shallot and add it to the brocoletti before roasting it.
If you think you’ve seen it all, let’s just say you haven’t yet. This superfood guacamole, made with Moringa powder, has a mild earthy taste that enhance the natural avocado flavor. Since taco Tuesday isn’t just about tacos, this recipe will be a great way to elevate your meal.
One of my favorite things I recently acquired a taste for are my grandmothers cucumber and onion salad, which is marinated in vinegar and sugar overnight. The sweet taste and tangy flavor from the two ingredients give this side dish the perfect touch it needs.
Yields 2 cups
Serves 2-3 people
1 medium onion, sliced very thin
1 English cucumber, sliced thin
1/4 cup vinegar to start then 1/2 cup of more
1-1/2 tsp. organic cane sugar
Thinly slice the onion, cucumber, and add to a mixing bowl.
In another bowl, add the vinegar, sugar, and stir combined. Pour over cucumber and onions and give a good toss.
Place into the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight for best results.
Chef’s tip: Allow the cucumbers, onion, and “brine” to meld overnight for maximum flavor.
Bringing the bakery to your house with my Freshly Baked Italian Bread Recipe this week! This homemade bread is warm, crusty, and perfect for sandwiches, toast, or scooping excess pasta sauce off your plate (just saying). Either way, this Italian bread is purely organic, fresh, and scrumptious. If you’re ready to get your hands messy, let’s get baking!
What’s better than your favorite dip? Seven layers of it that’s what! This 6-layer Mexican style bean dip is all you’ll need this taco Tuesday. It is layered with refried black beans, navy beans, guacamole, cashew sour cream, vegan cheese, and jalapeños, making this the ultimate party dip! To get a closer look and see those layers, you’ll have to give making it a try.
Are you looking for that perfect side dish that is quick and easy? Roasted Brussel sprouts have always been a favorite of mine, but these Asian-infused sprouts take that to a whole new level. Being made in less than 30 minutes, this side dish is healthy, oil-less, and uses a few simple ingredients. Next time you are planning your weekly meals, I highly suggest rotating this into your meal plans.
With the recent trend in CBD product, I thought now would be the perfect time to create some recipes with this oil infused. Guacamole is the best appetizer or snack in my opinion and has lots of healthy fats and flavor. This taco Tuesday, give this recipe a try with the added benefits of CBD oil. Personally, I’m creating this and a few other recipes for cancer patients that are trying to reduce the symptoms they endure with the pain, treatments, nausea, and mental coping. Now I know this may not be for everyone, and that’s simply okay- feel free to omit the oil and you’ll still enjoy this amazing guacamole dip.
Although this recipe calls for you to soak the black beans over night, you can also use canned (just make sure they’re organic). Either way you choose- you’re going to enjoy this fantastic Black Bean Soup! One of the added benefits of soaking fresh beans is using the liquid to flavor the the broth. The second is to limit the amount of extra ingredients that could be added. If you are looking for a plant-based alternative to your favorite soup, I got you covered. Make sure to give this one a try for your taco Tuesday nights, it will be the life of the fiesta!
Although many of you know what “nice cream” is, there are some of you who probably have no idea what in the world this is- and that’s okay! Taking bananas that have been frozen overnight and blending them until it reaches a soft serve “ice cream” consistency is a great treat for anyone who is dairy intolerant, or looking for a healthier breakfast, after gym re-fuel, or even dessert! This nicecream however is blended with Maqui berry powder and naturally sweetened with dates. Thats right.. no added sugar or unwanted sweetness- its all natural! Feel free to give this recipe a change and add your own favorite fruits to the top.