All of my recipes are created to be quick, healthy, delicious and vegan (meaning they use no animal foods). They are meat-free, fish-free, dairy-free, and egg-free.
Most are also gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, or can easily be made so with some simple swaps. They are free of refined sugars, and most don't use any added sweeteners so many are suitable for diabetics.
I also sometimes share recipes from other people, and I am always conscious of choosing a recipe that is as healthy and vegan as I would make myself.
If you feel overwhelmed by recipes, you should pick up my online meal plan so that I can show you how to put recipes together into a balanced and nutritious eating plan.
These moist and richly flavored pumpkin muffins are a recipe from Lani Muelrath, and not only are they vegan, but they're refined-sugar-free, using dates and applesauce for all of their sweetness!
Lani is an award-winning teacher, author, presenter, and top plant-based living coach. These muffins are from Lani's new book, Plant-Based Journey.
Plant-based journey is not just a cookbook - it's a 5-step guide to help you through the journey of transitioning to a plant-based diet. It's full of amazing recipes and tips to walk you through the process. Scroll down to see the recipe, then further to enter the giveaway to win a copy of the book!
Lani's Pumpkin Muffins
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40-45 minutes
Makes 10 muffins
"This recipe is adapted from the Easy Pumpkin Muffins in The China Study Cookbook, by LeAnne Campbell. Just like LeAnne, I use whole foods for sweetening when I can, and I decided to make this recipe using date cream—with excellent results."
*Heather's Note: I found these baked up perfectly in 15 minutes, but it may be from the small changes I made (using regular whole wheat flour mixed with spelt) or my oven temperature.
This smoothie from Tess Masters, aka The Blender Girl, is packed with cold and flu fighting ingredients - and is a perfect summer refreshment!
Tess is one of those truly lovely and generous people, who you can meet once and feel like you know their soul. She is a cookbook author, an actress, a voice over artist, and a general force of nature. If you haven't seen her work before, go check her out now: The Blender Girl.
This smoothie comes from her latest book, The Blender Girl Smoothies. Here's what Tess says about this smoothie:
"This is a cold-and-flu buster and potent detoxifier, all in one zesty cocktail! The bromelain in pineapple suppresses coughs and loosens mucus, while mint clears respiratory congestion, soothes sore throats, and alleviates nausea. The vitamin C in limes has antibiotic power, anti-inflammatories in kale and pineapple combat arthritis, and ginger boosts immunity, aids digestion, and adds a powerful zing."
Tess's Cold & Flu Fighting Green Mojito Smoothie
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes 2 servings
Fresh basil pesto is a great way to use the basil that matures late summer all at once, and a healthy alternative to store-bought pesto.
It makes a perfect topping for homemade veggie burgers!
Fresh basil is fantastically nutritious, full of vitamin K for healthy bones, and has anti-bacterial and DNA-protective qualities.
Pine nuts are a natural appetite suppressant, which might help you from overeating this amazingly delicious pesto...
Healthy & Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes
Makes about 1 1/2 cups of pesto.
This is a thick, rich, satisfying smoothie from JL fields that's full of antioxidants, electrolytes, healthy fats - and flavor!
You can make this smoothie thick, like the healthiest milkshake you've ever sipped, or thin it out with some almond milk if you like.
JL is a vegan pressure cooking expert, and the creator of Real World Vegan Meal Plans - which include the kinds of things she whips up on a daily basis, like this smoothie!
JL's Avo-Cherry Milkshake Smoothie
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes 1 large smoothie
This was the very first recipe that I ever came up with. It combines beets (for sweetness) with mushrooms (for funghi-powered-nutrition) into a really tasty veggie burger.
Beets are wonderfully nourishing, and have a unique phytonutrient called betalain. It works as an antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory (though there's a caveat below), and a detoxification aid. Betalain starts to decrease when beets are heated, so to maximize the betalain content, cook these as little as possible.
That said, other nutrients in beets become more available to our bodies when beets are cooked, because cooking breaks down the cellulose walls of the cells in the beets that hold the nutrients. So it's a bit of a trade off - you lose a bit of this, but gain a bit more of that.
The caveat to the anti-inflammatory properties of beets is that although betalain helps reduce inflammation, there's another compound in beets, called oxalic acid, which can exacerbate chronic inflammation. So beets aren't the best for someone with arthritis or chronic joint pain. They're better for acute or one-time inflammation.
If you serve these burgers on the greens from the top of the beets, you get bonus nutrition points with the lutein (the same antioxidant in tomatoes) and beta-carotene (the same thing in carrots that makes them good for eyesight) that's in those greens. If you've noticed that they look a bit like chard, that's because they're from the same family!
This burger recipe is to get you ready for a summer of veggie burgers! If you want to get more recipes, tips, and tutorials from me on how to make the perfect veggie burger, sign up to become an early bird for my veggie burger course - just click here.
Sweet Purple Funghi Burger Recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes 10 small burgers, or 6 large ones.
To satisfy your sweet cravings - even the ones that come at pregnancy level craving - in a healthy way, give this oatmeal cookie smoothie from Lisa Pitman a try!
Lisa is a joyful vegan, certified raw chef, energetic runner, passionate activist, critical social worker and all-around fun girl. I copied that from her twitter bio. Because it's so totally accurate!
Lisa is currently expecting her first baby, and I wanted to have her on to chat about vegan pregnancy, what she's craving, how she's nourishing herself, and of course what her favorite smoothie is right now...
Lisa's Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie
This is a decadent and rich dessert, and is super healthy at the same time! It's a refreshing and beautiful way to finish off a summer meal.
Thanks to some special matcha green tea powder from MyMatchaLife, this dessert is packed with age-defying antioxidants, brain boosting amino acids, and fat-burning compounds called ECGC.
This special foodies' grade of matcha is less processed, and retains higher levels of catechins ("cat-e-kins") than other matcha green tea powders. Catechins are a powerful antioxidant, and help specifically to minimize inflammation in your body.
Catechins have also been studied for their effect on fat-burning potential. A 2005 study found that "body weight, BMI, waist circumference, body fat mass, and subcutaneous fat area were significantly lower in the green tea extract group than in the control group." They concluded that "daily consumption of tea containing 690 mg catechins for 12 wk reduced body fat, which suggests that the ingestion of catechins might be useful in the prevention and improvement of lifestyle-related diseases, mainly obesity."
I don't know about you, but when I read that I want to go get some matcha in me! Check out the recipe, then scroll down below to enter the giveaway!
And if you want to order some of the barista grade (for lattes and smoothies) or the ceremonial grade (for pure matcha green tea) - or just can't wait for the giveaway! - you can get 15% off your order from MyMatchaLife if you use the code HEATHER15 on checkout! Good till July 31.
This recipe features matcha, in all its antioxidant and fat-burning glory, and pairs with lime, for even more fat-burning potential plus increasing the bioavailability of the compounds in matcha, and chia seeds for omega-3 and calcium.
This is absolutely, 110%, guilt-free dessert!
But shhhh... don't tell anyone that till they try a bite and see how delicious it is! The look of surprise is totally worth it.
Matcha Lime Chia Pudding
Prep time: 10 minutes
Makes 3-4 servings
This smoothie from Ricki Heller shows you how to make a delicious and creamy smoothie without any fruit or sugar!
Ricki is a vegan cookbook author, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and specializes in showing people delicious recipes they can make when dealing with a candida overgrowth. She even helps coach people if they need extra help figuring out a special diet (like candida or certain allergies).
Ricki is offering my readers a special discount this month on her coaching services if you use the code JULYSAVINGS on checkout!
This smoothie is perfect for anyone on an anti-candida diet, dealing with diabetes or blood sugar imbalances, or just wants to change up their smoothie game...
Ricki's Smooth Operator Smoothie
This is a total energy boost and daily nourishment that Dreena Burton makes for herself and her kids to get them going every morning.
If you want to know how to get energy and nourishment for your kids, Dreena is the lady to follow! Her three little girls are so healthy and energetic, playing hockey and running around with their puppy.
Dreena is also the person who kept insisting that I needed a BlendTec, and would not give up on me until I had one. And I have to admit, she was right!
In honor of her good influence, I'm thrilled to say that one of you will win a brand new BlendTec to join us! Click here to enter.
Dreena's Daily Kid-Friendly Green Smoothie
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes 1 large adult smoothie, plus 3 small kid smoothies
Refreshing, nourishing, and nutrient-dense. All good things! And all happening in this smoothie from Christy Morgan, The Blissful and Fit Chef.
Christy is a macrobiotic vegan chef, a cookbook author (Blissful Bites), and the Editor-in-Chief of a fantastic magazine called Definition Magazine, which delves into fitness for vegan ladies.
Have you tried fresh basil in a smoothie before? What did you think? I love it! Fresh mint is also excellent.
Christy's Orange Basil Green Smoothie
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes 1 16 ounce smoothie
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