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Hi friends! I’ve got a real treat for you today! Warmer weather is finally here and summer is right around the corner! I’ve been rounding…]]>
Vegan Summer Recipes - burger, skewers, salad, popsicles, soup

Hi friends! I’ve got a real treat for you today! Warmer weather is finally here and summer is right around the corner! I’ve been rounding up some of THE BEST vegan summer recipes, just for you! I’ve got you covered with healthy appetizers, dips, burgers, wraps, salads, summer soups, smoothies, healthy desserts, and so much more!

Are you ready for this?

Let’s dive right in, shall we? 🙂

Healthy Summer Appetizers & Side Dishes

These healthy apps and sides are wonderful finger foods to pair with your bbq dishes. Perfect for small or large gatherings.

This Healthy KitchenSweet & Spicy Baked Plantain Chips

This Healthy Kitchen – Sweet & Spicy Baked Plantain Chips

Wholesome YumHow To Cook Asparagus in the Oven – Fast & Easy

Erica’s RecipesMini Bruschetta Tarts with Dijon Cashew Cream

Love Food NourishEggplant Bruschetta (GF)

Love Food Nourish – Eggplant Bruschetta (GF)

Sip and FeastItalian Vegetables With Lemon Caper Sauce

Veggie SocietyMango Avocado Spring Rolls

Recipes from a PantryMexican Air Fryer Corn On The Cob + Grill Version

Recipes from a Pantry – Mexican Air Fryer Corn On The Cob + Grill Version

Pinch and SwirlGrilled Green Beans with Cumin and Smoked Paprika

Plant Based ScottySweet Teriyaki Veggie Kabobs

Umami GirlCharred Shishito Peppers Recipe: An Easy Appetizer

Umami Girl – Charred Shishito Peppers Recipe: An Easy Appetizer

Whole New MomMoroccan Carrots

This Healthy KitchenLemon Herb Grilled Zucchini – Oil Free

This Healthy Kitchen – Lemon Herb Grilled Zucchini – Oil Free

Dips & Condiments

Everything you need for dunking chips or topping those burgers. Nothing beats homemade when it comes to condiments. These recipes use simple, pronounceable ingredients. Now that’s something we can all get on board with.

MomablesEasy Pineapple Salsa

Momables – Easy Pineapple Salsa

Happy Kitchen RocksChipotle Corn Salsa Recipe

Sandhya’s KitchenBest Strawberry Salsa Recipe

This Healthy Kitchen 3 Minute Easy Guacamole

This Healthy Kitchen – 3 Minute Easy Guacamole

Homemade VeganHomemade Organic Tomato Ketchup

Nora CooksTofu Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe

This Healthy Kitchen – Oil Free Chimichurri

Healthy Midwestern GirlVegan Barbecue Sauce

Sustainable Cooks Sriracha Vegan Aioli

This Healthy Kitchen Beautiful Beet Hummus [GF]

This Healthy Kitchen – Beautiful Beet Hummus [GF]
This Healthy Kitchen Smoky Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

This Healthy Kitchen – Oil Free Dillicious White Bean Dip

Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

Keep the heat out of the kitchen by using your handy Instant Pot. On a hot summer day, no one wants to turn on their oven or stove top. This is a great way to keep cool and still enjoy a delicious meal.

This Healthy Kitchen Instant Pot Mexican Casserole [GF+Oil Free]

This Healthy Kitchen – Instant Pot Mexican Casserole [GF+Oil Free]

Green SchemeRed Curry Cauliflower Rice Vegetable Soup-Instant Pot

Little Sunny KitchenInstant Pot Corn On The Cob

This Healthy Kitchen Instant Pot Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

This Healthy Kitchen – Instant Pot Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

The Belly Rules The Mind Instant Pot Teriyaki Fried Rice Bowl

This Healthy Kitchen Instant Pot Unstuffed Peppers [V+GF]

Recipes from a Pantry Dump and Start Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa

Recipes from a Pantry – Dump and Start Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa

Summer Pastas, Grains & Bowls

Chow down on these delicious summer bowls! Fun, colourful pasta dishes, grains, and buddha bowls. All featuring fresh produce and a whole lotta yum!

Hungry Healthy Happy Vegan Burrito Bowl

Hungry Healthy Happy – Vegan Burrito Bowl

This Healthy Kitchen Vegan Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

Food MeanderingsEasy Spicy Peanut Pasta Salad

This Healthy Kitchen Oil Free Mexican Inspired Taco Buddha Bowl

This Healthy Kitchen – Oil Free Mexican Inspired Taco Buddha Bowl

This Healthy Kitchen Coconut Peanut Veggie Noodles [GF+Oil Free]

Recipes from a PantryPineapple Fried Rice

Downshiftology Carrot and Zucchini Pasta with Avocado Cucumber Sauce

Downshiftology – Carrot and Zucchini Pasta with Avocado Cucumber Sauce

Yup It’s VeganBBQ Jackfruit Sweet Potato Mac

This Healthy Kitchen Veggie Pasta with Black Bean Pesto

My Darling VeganVegan Pesto Pasta with Summer Squash and Cherry Tomatoes

My Darling Vegan – Vegan Pesto Pasta with Summer Squash and Cherry Tomatoes

This Healthy Kitchen 15 Minute Vegetable Stir Fry with Udon Noodles

2 Share My JoyItalian Asparagus Spinach Gnocchi Recipe

This Healthy Kitchen Chili Lime Chickpea Buddha Bowl [GF+Oil Free]

This Healthy Kitchen – Chili Lime Chickpea Buddha Bowl [GF+Oil Free]

Burgers, Sandwiches & Wraps

There’s something very summery about a mouthwatering burger, and I’ve got quite the assortment for you below! In addition to burgers, I’ve got some delicious sandwiches and wraps, many of which are enjoyed cold. Perfect for those hot summer days. Plus, they’re also great as make ahead options!

This Healthy Kitchen Vegan Chicken Burgers [GF]

This Healthy Kitchen – Vegan Chicken Burgers [GF]

Our Wandering Kitchen Beet Burgers

Laura FuentesPortobello Mushroom Burgers with Southwest Avocado Ranch

Make it Dairy Free The Ultimate Vegan Black Bean Burger

Make it Dairy Free – The Ultimate Vegan Black Bean Burger

This Healthy Kitchen Sweet Potato Bean Burger (GF)

Living Well KitchenAvocado Black Bean Burgers

This Healthy Kitchen5 Minute Chickpea Salad Sandwich [Oil Free]

Chickpea Salad Sandwich with tomato, pickle, and baby spinach
This Healthy Kitchen – 5 Minute Chickpea Salad Sandwich [Oil Free]

Where You Get Your Protein Apple-Walnut Chickpea Salad Sandwich (GF)

Love and Good Stuff Jerk Black Bean Tacos with Mango Salsa

Happy Kitchen Rocks Pita Pockets with Roasted Veggies and Hummus

Happy Kitchen Rocks – Pita Pockets with Roasted Veggies and Hummus

It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken Vegan Grilled Veggie Gyros

Be Plant Well Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups

This Healthy KitchenAsian Slaw Vegan Wraps with Cauliflower Rice

Summer Salads

These vegan summer salads are bursting with colour and flavour. Fantastic and hearty enough to enjoy as a main dish, or a side. Bring any of these along to your next pot luck for a show stopping centerpiece.

Vegan Huggs Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (GF)

Vegan Huggs – Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (GF)

Cadry’s Kitchen Avocado Caprese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

This Healthy Kitchen Asian Quinoa Salad [GF+Oil Free]

Know Your Produce Israeli Salad

This Healthy Kitchen Coleslaw Salad w/ Oil Free Thai Peanut Dressing

This Healthy Kitchen – Coleslaw Salad w/ Oil Free Thai Peanut Dressing

Veggie Desserts The Best Broccoli Salad with Potatoes and Herbs

This Healthy Kitchen Strawberry Spinach Salad w/ Berry Basil Dressing

A Pinch of Healthy Corn Salad with avocado, tomato and lime

Indian Ambrosia Aloo Chaat Recipe (Spicy Potato Salad)

Indian Ambrosia – Aloo Chaat Recipe (Spicy Potato Salad)

CooktoriaUltimate Zucchini Salad

This Healthy Kitchen Mexican Salad with 3 Minute Guacamole

Shane and Simple Three Bean Protein Summer Salad

My Quiet Kitchen Jackfruit, Mango and Dill Salad

Healthy Midwestern Girl Watermelon & Forbidden Rice Salad

Healthy Midwestern Girl – Watermelon & Forbidden Rice Salad

Summer Soups

Yes, you read that right! Summer soups are totally a thing. No, these are not all cold, but they do all contain fresh summer produce! One even has your favourite summer drink, BEER!

This Healthy Kitchen Vegan Cold Pear Soup

This Healthy Kitchen – Vegan Cold Pear Soup

Cilantro and Citronella – Watermelon Gazpacho

Veggies Save The Day Vegan Cold Cucumber Soup Recipe

Binky’s Culinary Carnival Asparagus Soup Recipe

Rhubarbarians Fresh yellow heirloom tomato soup

Rhubarbarians – Fresh yellow heirloom tomato soup

The Simple Supper Creamy Chilled Zucchini Curry Soup

Healthy Midwestern Girl Vegan Beer Cheese Soup

Yup It’s VeganSummer Minestrone with Lentil Balls

Yup It’s Vegan – Summer Minestrone with Lentil Balls

Summer Drinks & Smoothies

Refreshing drinks and smoothies to cool off from the summer heat. Or make it an adult drink and add a splash of rum or vodka to your favourites!

This Healthy Kitchen Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

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This Healthy Kitchen – Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

Green and Grey Kitchen Mango Wake-up Smoothie

Yay For Food – Maple Peach Citrus Juice

Healthy Happy Life Watermelon Frosty, Summer Smoothie

This Healthy Kitchen Sour Apple Smoothie

Cooktoria Spinach Smoothie Recipe

Cooktoria – Spinach Smoothie Recipe

Whole New Mom Refreshing Homemade Sugar-Free Lemonade

Jolly Homemade Recipes Watermelon, Mint and Lime Slushie Recipe

It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken Vegan Caesar Cocktail

Tasting Page Spicy Mango Citrus Cocktail

Watch Learn Eat Apple Blueberry Lemon Smoothie

Watch Learn Eat – Apple Blueberry Lemon Smoothie

Running on Real Food Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Strength and Sunshine Virgin Banana Daiquiris

The Belly Rules the Mind Vegan Tropical Butternut Squash Smoothie

This Healthy Kitchen Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

chocolate peanut butter smoothie with chocolate chip garnish
This Healthy Kitchen – Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Summer Desserts

Check out these amazing vegan summer dessert recipes! Tons of cold and frozen options to cool off from the summer heat. Plus some sweet treats using seasonal produce and hidden veggies! You know, so you can have your cake and eat it too!

This Healthy Kitchen Easy Coconut Peach Popsicles

easy coconut peach popsicles
This Healthy Kitchen – Easy Coconut Peach Popsicles

Choosing Chia Vegan Mango Lassi Popsicles

This Healthy Kitchen Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies [GF]

Let’s Eat Cake Raw Blackberry Cheesecakes

Let’s Eat Cake – Raw Blackberry Cheesecakes

Delightful Plate Vietnamese Avocado Mousse Ice Cream

In The Kid’s Kitchen Creamy Avocado Fudgesicles

This Healthy Kitchen Chocolate Zucchini Bread [Vegan+GF+Oil Free]

two slices of cake on plate with fork and raspberries
This Healthy Kitchen – Chocolate Zucchini Bread [Vegan+GF+Oil Free]

Vegan Huggs Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars (GF)

This Healthy Kitchen Strawberry Banana Bread [GF]

The Simple Green Dairy Free Magic Shell Ice Cream Bars w/ Toasted Almond

Recipes from a Pantry Balsamic Roasted Berry Ice Lollies

Recipes from a Pantry – Balsamic Roasted Berry Ice Lollies

Umami Girl Raspberry Prosecco Popsicles

My Plant Based Family Mango Lime Ice Pops

This Healthy Kitchen Sweet Hummus Fruit Dip [GF]

Sweet hummus fruit dip in center of a platter of fresh fruit
This Healthy Kitchen – Sweet Hummus Fruit Dip [GF]
Hope you enjoy some of thees delicious vegan summer recipes as the weather warms up. I’d love to hear which ones you try, so let me know in the comments below. 🙂 Enjoy!

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Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie https://thishealthykitchen.com/strawberry-pineapple-smoothie/ https://thishealthykitchen.com/strawberry-pineapple-smoothie/#comments Tue, 21 May 2019 10:00:48 +0000 https://thishealthykitchen.com/?p=4939 strawberry pineapple smoothie in large glass

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Summer is just around the corner and this tropical flavoured smoothie is just what you need to enjoy in the sunshine! Naturally sweetened with strawberries and pineapple, no added sugar here. Plus a nice boost of protein from the hemp hearts that you’ll never guess are in there. Perfectly healthy, packed with 8g of protein, tons of vitamin C, and ALL the delicious! You really need to try this strawberry pineapple smoothie, it’s like dessert in a glass. And hey, if you want to add a splash of vodka in there, I’m not judging!

strawberry smoothie with strawberry garnish

What I love about this smoothie is that it’s simple to make, and works well using fresh or frozen fruit. So really, whatever you have on hand will be great! Frozen fruit will make this smoothie a little thicker and creamier, but fresh fruit works just as well. If you are going with all frozen, you may need an extra splash or two of almond milk to get it moving.

strawberries, pineapple, banana and hemp hearts on green cuting board

Just add all your ingredients into your blender and process until smooth. If you’re using a high powered blender, you’ll have no trouble at all. If your blender is struggling with frozen fruit, just add a little more milk or water.

strawberry, pineapple, banana, milk in blender

Garnish your smoothie with a slice of pineapple or strawberry to add an extra layer of tropicalness. Now go sit outside, preferably on a lounge chair or pool side and enjoy! 🙂

tropical smoothie with pineapple garnish

If you enjoy this strawberry pineapple smoothie, be sure to give these ones a try as well! And stay tuned for more smoothie recipes coming your way soon.

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Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

Enjoy tropical flavours combined with a healthy dose of protein and iron in this mouthwatering strawberry pineapple smoothie.

  • 5 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/3 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (a little more as needed if using frozen fruit)
  1. Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth. Enjoy!

Makes approx 2 cups.

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread [Vegan+GF+Oil Free] https://thishealthykitchen.com/chocolate-zucchini-bread/ https://thishealthykitchen.com/chocolate-zucchini-bread/#comments Sun, 19 May 2019 10:00:17 +0000 https://thishealthykitchen.com/?p=4956 two slices of cake on plate with fork and raspberries

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Attention chocolate lovers!! This one’s for you. This delicious, chocolate zucchini bread is decadent and scrumptious, all while being completely WFPB (whole food plant based), without any oil! This tasty dessert is healthy enough for a wholesome breakfast. It’s loaded with zucchini and naturally sweetened using dates! It’s chocolatey flavour comes from ‘good for you’ dark chocolate and raw cocoa powder. Not only is this bread…er cake…refined sugar free, but it’s dairy free, egg free, oil free, and gluten free! Need it nut free? Sub the almond milk for soy. It’s seriously the perfect dessert option for ALL eating preferences and intolerances.

sliced zucchini bread with zucchini in background

How do you make delicious, decadent, HEALTHY chocolate zucchini bread?

First, combine all your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together. Then set aside while you prepare your date paste.

dry ingredients for chocolate zucchini bread

Add the dates and water to your food processor and pulse until a paste forms as shown below. Stop to scrape down the sides as needed until all the dates are processed. Then transfer this mixture into a medium mixing bowl.

dates in food processor

To this same bowl, add all remaining wet ingredients and mix well. Then pour your wet mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix until combined without over mixing.

zucchini bread ingredients in mixing bowl

Finally, pour your batter into your prepared loaf pan. At this point, you may add even more chocolate chips on top, if desired. Both with or without taste fantastic. But…a little extra chocolatey goodness is just what the doctor ordered. 🙂 Then bake!

chocolate zucchini bread before baking

Once baked, removed the loaf from the oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing it from the pan. Use the parchment paper to help get the loaf out and transfer it to a cooling rack to cool completely. This will be the hardest part! Do not slice this deliciousness until cooled, or it won’t hold up as well. I know it will be tempting! Like really, really tempting! But waiting until it cools will allow it to set and make slicing a whole lot easier.

cooked chocolate zucchini bread on cutting board

When the waiting game is finally over, slice this bad boy into ten slices and enjoy! Serve with fresh fruit for dessert, or enjoy with your morning coffee for a delicious, healthy breakfast.

chocolate cake in plate with raspberries

chocolate cake in plate with fork and raspberries

Want more healthy desserts?

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread [Vegan+GF+Oil Free]

This chocolate zucchini bread tastes more like a cake, but without all the sugar! Dates sweeten this delicious treat while hiding any trace of veggies!

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1/3 cup raw cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (approx 1 large or 2 small zucchini)
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened cashew milk (or almond milk)
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (plus more for sprinkling on top if desired)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line a 9″x5″ loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the dates and water to a food processor and pulse until a paste is formed, scraping down the sides as needed. Transfer this mixture to a medium bowl. Then add all remaining wet ingredients to the same bowl and mix to combine.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Then pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips if desired and gently press them down.
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. Then remove from the oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rack to let cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!

Do not slice until cooled to room temperature to allow the bread to completely set. I know it will be tempting, but it will not hold as well!

 

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Almost Healthy Vegan Poutine https://thishealthykitchen.com/almost-healthy-vegan-poutine/ https://thishealthykitchen.com/almost-healthy-vegan-poutine/#comments Thu, 16 May 2019 10:00:19 +0000 https://thishealthykitchen.com/?p=4656 vegan poutine with cheese sauce and veggies

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For all my Canadian friends, this one is for you! Okay, well not just my fellow Canadians, but I think this will hold a special place in your hearts. 🙂 This vegan poutine is not quite your traditional cheese curds and gravy smothered french fries type dish. Instead, I’ve made it healthier. Of course. 😉

potato wedges with vegan cheese sauce, green and red onion and tomato on top

First off, I start this dish with roasted potato wedges, rather than deep fried french fries. Although baked french fries would also be perfect here. Perhaps even an air fryer would make wonderful potatoes, but I haven’t tried it that way yet. So, roast your potatoes until golden and super crispy. You want them a little overdone so they don’t get overly soggy when you smother them in the cheesy sauce. While your potatoes are baking, chop up your veggies and prepare the cheese sauce.

If you’re avoiding oil, you can bake your potatoes without it. Just use parchment paper on your tray and leave space between the wedges so they don’t stick together. They won’t crisp up quite as much, but they will still be delicious!

plate of potato wedges with veggies on cutting board

Divide your roasted potatoes into two serving dishes, or 1 large platter if you’re sharing. Then generously pour your vegan cheese sauce over top, and finally sprinkle with your fresh veggies. I use green and red onion and tomato to sprinkle on top, but feel free to experiment! Some cilantro, corn and jalapeno would also be a great combo to put a Mexican spin on your poutine. I’d love to hear what you come up, so please share in the comments below!

potato wedges covered in cheese sauce and veggies with fork grabbing a bite

If you enjoy this healthy-ish vegan poutine, you might also like these:

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Almost Healthy Vegan Poutine

A fun twist on a classic, this vegan poutine is smothered in “cheese” sauce and fresh veggies for a guilt free comforting meal!

  • 4 russet potatoes (peeled & cut into wedges)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tomato (diced)
  • 2 green onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 red onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 cups vegan cheese sauce
  1. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 425 degrees convection roast.
  2. Toss the potatoes with the oil and salt and place in a single layer on your baking tray. Roast for 35-45 minutes, until potatoes are crispy, flipping once midway through cooking.
  3. Serve the potatoes in two deep plates smothered in the vegan cheese sauce and sprinkled with half of the toppings in each plate. Enjoy!

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Oil Free Chimichurri Sauce [V+GF] https://thishealthykitchen.com/oil-free-chimichurri-sauce-vgf/ https://thishealthykitchen.com/oil-free-chimichurri-sauce-vgf/#comments Tue, 14 May 2019 10:00:34 +0000 https://thishealthykitchen.com/?p=5196 finely chopped herbs with lime juice and vinegar in glass jar

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finely chopped herbs with lime juice and vinegar in glass jar

Chimichurri is an uncooked sauce, typically used for grilled meats. It is made using fresh herbs (mainly parsley) and spices, combined with olive oil. In the interest of keeping this oil free, and far fewer calories and fat, I opted for some freshly squeezed lime juice and red wine vinegar in lieu of oil. The taste is equally fantastic and pairs perfectly with your favourite grilled foods. This sauce pairs particularly well with grilled tomatoes, grilled zucchini, and even grilled mushrooms. Or you might also enjoy this sauce as a burger topping.

close up of chimichurri in jar with spoon

How do you make chimichurri sauce?

This simple recipe requires zero skill and zero cooking. Just gather your ingredients.

I’m using:

  • parsley
  • cilantro (you may use additional parsley instead of cilantro if preferred)
  • garlic
  • oregano
  • salt
  • paprika
  • lime juice
  • red wine vinegar

Add all the ingredients to a food processor, except the liquids and process until very finely chopped.

cilantro, parsley, garlic in food processor before pulsing

Once chopped, you may transfer the contents to a bowl, add the liquids and stir. Or you can also add the liquids directly to your food processor and pulse once or twice. Just enough to combine, but do not over process once the liquids are added. Otherwise, you may end up with a paste looking sauce which is not what you want.

finely chopped herbs in food processor

Store your chimichurri in a jar or container and let rest for an hour or so before using. This resting times allows the flavours to properly blend with one another. Then serve with your favourite grilled foods.

chimichurri sauce in glass jar

Feel free to customize this recipe to your liking. Want some heat? Spice it up with a pinch or cayenne or red chili flakes. Or add smoky flavour with a touch of smoked paprika. You may also want to try lemon over lime. This recipe can be modified to suit your needs and palette. Enjoy!

chimichurri sauce in glass jar with spoon

If you enjoy this sauce, you might also like to check out these!

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Oil Free Chimichurri Sauce

  • 1 cup parsley (packed (thick stems removed))
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (packed (thick stems removed))
  • 4 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  1. Add all the ingredients, except the lime juice and the vinegar to your food processor. Process until finely chopped.
  2. Then transfer the herbs to a bowl and add the lime juice and vinegar and stir. Let rest for 1 hour to allow flavours to blend well and serve with your favourite grilled foods.

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10 Minute Better Than Takeout Cauliflower “Fried” Rice https://thishealthykitchen.com/cauliflower-fried-rice/ https://thishealthykitchen.com/cauliflower-fried-rice/#comments Sun, 12 May 2019 10:00:04 +0000 https://thishealthykitchen.com/?p=4622 Cauliflower fried rice in bowls

What’s better than take out? How about this seriously better than take out cauliflower fried rice that you can make at home in 10 minutes…]]>
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What’s better than take out? How about this seriously better than take out cauliflower fried rice that you can make at home in 10 minutes flat! You can’t even get take out this quickly! This recipe is so easy peasy, and super yummy. All your favourite take out flavours, without the ton of sugar and complex carbs that typically come along with it. Homemade take out for the win!

Cauliflower fried rice close up with lime wedge

How do you make cauliflower rice?

Start by breaking or cutting your head of cauliflower into manageable size florets. Then using the shredder attachment of your Veggie Bullet, food processor, or grater, process your cauliflower into rice size pieces. If you’re using a food processor, make sure to do so in small batches so you don’t over process. Remember, you want longer pieces resembling grains of rice, rather than completely pulverizing your cauliflower. Using a grater will take a little longer and will produce bigger pieces, but it will still work if you don’t have an automated tool to help. Alternatively, you can buy pre riced cauliflower at the supermarket. I’m seeing cauliflower rice, and all sorts of vegetable noodles these days at the grocery store. This will however, cost a little more than making your own, of course.

cauliflower rice shooting through veggie bullet

Once your cauliflower rice is ready to go, add it along with all your veggies and seasonings to a large skillet. Sauté for about 5 minutes or so until slightly reduced and tender. Do not overcook, the cauliflower cooks through quickly.

Cauliflower fried rice and veggies in skillet

And that’s it! Super easy, super yum! How can you go wrong? If you’d like, serve your cauliflower fried rice along with some sliced green onion and lime wedges to garnish. Is this not the most perfect weeknight meal ever? It seriously doesn’t get easier than this!

Cauliflower fried rice in two bowls with green onion garnish

Now dig in! 🙂

Cauliflower fried rice close up

Want more quick and easy weeknight meals? Try these!

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10 Minute Better Than Takeout Cauliflower "Fried" Rice

You can’t get delivery as quickly as you can make your very own “better than takeout” cauliflower fried rice loaded with delicious flavour!

  • 1 small head cauliflower (or half a large, makes 4 cups of riced cauliflower)
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (thawed (I used carrot, peas, green bean & corn mixture))
  • 3 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce if not avoiding gluten)
  • 1/2 small lime (juiced)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  1. Using a food processor or veggie bullet, shred your cauliflower into a rice consistency. If using a food processor, do so in smaller batches not to over process your cauliflower. You do not want it pureed.
  2. Add all your ingredients to a large skillet and sauté over medium high heat for about 5-6 minutes until softened.

  3. Serve garnished with green onion and lime wedges if desired.

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Strawberry Banana Bread [V+GF] https://thishealthykitchen.com/strawberry-banana-bread-vegan-gluten-free/ https://thishealthykitchen.com/strawberry-banana-bread-vegan-gluten-free/#comments Thu, 09 May 2019 10:00:10 +0000 https://thishealthykitchen.com/?p=641 close up slices of banana bread

Check out this strawberry banana bread that is fresh, moist, and super delicious! I’m pretty certain that everyone has made banana bread at some point…]]>
close up slices of banana bread

Check out this strawberry banana bread that is fresh, moist, and super delicious! I’m pretty certain that everyone has made banana bread at some point in their life. It’s a pretty staple dessert recipe and the perfect way to use up your overly ripe bananas. I often purposely buy way more bananas than I know we will consume to have banana bread bananas ready to go, lol. But have you ever made strawberry banana bread? Definitely not as common, but totally necessary! Please try this. It’s basically banana bread on crack. Added sweetness and moisture from the strawberries make this bread a mouthwatering choice!

sliced strawberry banana bread

How do you make Strawberry Banana Bread?

All you need is nine ingredients. First combine your dry ingredients in a large bowl, and the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. Add the wet mixture to the dry. Then fold in your strawberries. Now just pour your batter into a prepared loaf pan and bake!

strawberry banana bread ingredients

Although not necessary, feel free to add even more strawberry and banana slices to the top of your loaf before baking, if you like. It’ll add some extra colour to the crust, and is definitely visually appealing. But either way, this loaf will taste great!

strawberry banana bread before baking

Once baked, let the strawberry banana bread cool for at least ten minutes before attempting to remove it from the pan. I know it will be difficult! Your house will smell amazing, and it’s tough not to dive right in, but trust me, it’s worth the wait. Once you remove the banana bread from the pan, continue cooling on a wire rack for another 20-30 minutes before slicing. This extra setting time will allow you to easily slice the loaf.

banana bread on cutting board

If you’re in a hurry, and just can’t wait, you may slice sooner, but use extra care. While the bread is still very hot in the middle, slicing will be a tad more difficult, but still doable! Enjoy with a fresh pot of coffee, and additional fresh strawberries.

sliced strawberry banana loaf on cutting board

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Strawberry Banana Bread [V+GF]

For a unique take on traditional banana bread, give this delicious, fresh, strawberry banana bread a try. It’s perfectly sweet and satisfying.

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flour (or all purpose flour)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 large ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cashew milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 cups strawberries (chopped)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients and set aside.

  3. Then in another bowl, add the wet ingredients EXCEPT the strawberries and mix well. Then pour the wet into the dry bowl and mix until combined, and gently stir in the strawberries.

  4. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of your loaf comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan. Then continue cooling on a wire rack for 30 minutes or more before slicing. Enjoy.

This recipe can be easily doubled to make 2 loaves and also freezes well.

 

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Sweet Potato Noodles w/ Vegan Alfredo Sauce [GF+Oil Free] https://thishealthykitchen.com/vegan-alfredo-sauce-noodles/ https://thishealthykitchen.com/vegan-alfredo-sauce-noodles/#comments Tue, 07 May 2019 10:00:41 +0000 https://thishealthykitchen.com/?p=4753 plate of cooked sweet potato noodles and spinach on blue towel

This comforting dish combines a luscious vegan Alfredo sauce recipe together with gluten free sweet potato noodles in absolute glorious harmony. All the while, maintaining…]]>
plate of cooked sweet potato noodles and spinach on blue towel

This comforting dish combines a luscious vegan Alfredo sauce recipe together with gluten free sweet potato noodles in absolute glorious harmony. All the while, maintaining a whole foods plant based diet. This dish is not only vegan, but it is oil free, gluten free and 100% guilt free! The sauce recipe uses cashews to provide plenty of protein and healthy fats, combined with lemon juice and the perfect blend of seasoning. Absolute bliss!

sweet potato noodles with vegan alfredo sauce over top

How do you make sweet potato noodles?

First of all, you’ll need a spiralizer. I use a Veggie Bullet, but there are tons of different models out there ranging from manual to automatic. As long as it gets the job done, go for it! If you don’t have a spiralizer, I’m noticing that grocery stores are selling pre spiralized veggies now! Such a great option, although far more expensive than doing it yourself, of course. If you’re not a huge sweet potato fan, you may sub carrot or zucchini instead. Or even rice or wheat noodles if you’re feeling really indulgent! This sauce would also taste particularly great on gnocchi. Mmm…

sweet potato noodles and spinach in skillet

Once your noodles are cooked, throw your spinach in the skillet and mix well until wilted, about 30 seconds or so. Then remove your noodles from the heat and divide among four dishes. Or you may add them all to a larger serving platter if preferred and have everyone help themselves.

sweet potato noodles and spinach cooking in skillet

sweet potato noodles and spinach in two plates

How do you make vegan Alfredo sauce?

Soak your cashews for 30 minutes in freshly boiled water. I use my kettle to boil water and pour the cashews and water into a heat proof bowl. Then drain and add to your blender along with all remaining sauce ingredients and process until smooth. That’s it! Super easy! This vegan Alfredo sauce is velvety smooth, full of flavour, and so satisfying. Pour a generous amount of this mouthwatering sauce over top your noodles of choice and enjoy!

pouring vegan alfredo sauce from blender over plate of sweet potato noodles

If you’re so inclined, you may even sprinkle some Vegan Parmesan Cheese over top for some extra salty, cheesy flavour. But I promise these taste great as is!

vegan alfredo sauce mixed into bowl of sweet potato noodles

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Sweet Potato Noodles w/ Vegan Alfredo Sauce [GF+Oil Free]

This decadent vegan Alfredo sauce truly tastes like the real deal! Enjoy over sweet potato noodles, or noodles of your choice!

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (spiralized)
  • 2 cups baby spinach (no need to measure, just grab a couple handfuls)

For The Sauce

  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked in boiling hot water for 30 minutes)
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Optional Garnish Vegan Parmesan Cheese
  1. Add your spiralized sweet potatoes in a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of water and sauté over medium heat until softened, adding more water as needed to prevent sticking. This will take about 5 minutes. Then add your spinach and mix well to get them to wilt, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
  2. Drain your cashews and add them to your blender, along with all remaining sauce ingredients. Process on high until smooth and creamy. Then pour your sauce over your sweet potato noodles and serve.

The sauce will thicken as it cools, so if you’re working ahead, you may need to add more water or re-blend before ready to serve.

 

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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie https://thishealthykitchen.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-smoothie/ https://thishealthykitchen.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-smoothie/#comments Sun, 05 May 2019 10:00:09 +0000 https://thishealthykitchen.com/?p=4936 chocolate peanut butter smoothie in martini glass

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chocolate peanut butter smoothie in martini glass

Chocolate peanut butter smoothie. Um, yes please! My new go to, to satisfy my sweet tooth. This decadent smoothie is super flavourful and seriously mouth watering! It’s basically dessert in a glass, but without all the refined sugar. This healthy chocolate peanut butter smoothie contains a whopping 7g of protein per serving, making it a great breakfast choice or afternoon snack. Also perfect for taking on the go for your busy weekday mornings.

chocolate smoothie with peanut butter drizzling over top

How do you make a chocolate peanut butter smoothie?

This simple, yet deliciously satisfying smoothie uses only 6 simple ingredients, plus an optional two for garnishing if desired.

  • a ripe fresh banana or frozen
  • raw cocoa powder
  • pitted dates
  • plant milk of choice, I use almond, but cashew or soy will also work well
  • natural peanut butter
  • a pinch of salt (this helps bring out the natural sweetness of the dates)

banana, milk, dates and peanut butter on cutting board

And I highly recommend an extra drizzle of peanut butter drizzled over top and a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips. I mean it’s not totally necessary, but…omg yum.

Use frozen banana or a handful of ice cubes if you want to make the smoothie more dessert like and serve with a spoon. If you want something quick to drink, stick with a fresh banana. Either way, this smoothie is THE BOMB! Like seriously, this is not something I claim often. This smoothie is so ridiculously delicious, it’s pretty hard to believe it’s quite healthy!

chocolate smoothie with peanut butter drizzled on top

chocolate peanut butter smoothie with chocolate chip garnish

For a more tart flavoured smoothie, you might want to check out my Sour Apple Smoothie. (Which totally pairs well with vodka by the way, just saying.) As usual, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below. Enjoy! 🙂

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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

This healthy chocolate peanut butter smoothie uses dates and raw cocoa to naturally sweeten and give chocolatey flavour, without any refined sugar.

  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tsp raw cocoa
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup dates (soaked in warm water for 10 minutes if you do not have a high speed blender)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • dark chocolate chips (optional garnish)
  • more peanut butter (optional garnish)
  1. Add all the ingredients, except any optional garnishes to a high speed blender and process until smooth. Serve topped with dark chocolate chips and a drizzle or two of peanut butter if desired.

Makes approx 2 cups.

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Mexican Salad with 3 Minute Guacamole https://thishealthykitchen.com/mexican-salad-with-3-minute-guacamole/ https://thishealthykitchen.com/mexican-salad-with-3-minute-guacamole/#comments Thu, 02 May 2019 10:00:17 +0000 https://thishealthykitchen.com/?p=4508 Mexican salad in serving dish garnished with lime wedges

Beautiful, colourful, flavourful, Mexican salad is topped with my favourite simple recipe for Guacamole! Yes, guacamole! I mean, we use guacamole for dunking, and layered…]]>
Mexican salad in serving dish garnished with lime wedges

Beautiful, colourful, flavourful, Mexican salad is topped with my favourite simple recipe for Guacamole! Yes, guacamole! I mean, we use guacamole for dunking, and layered in burritos and tacos, so why not dolloped on a salad? My thoughts exactly. 🙂

How do you make a Mexican salad?

Very easily!

I use 5 basic ingredients for the salad base:

  • purple cabbage
  • carrots
  • red pepper
  • cilantro (If you’re among the small percentage of people who think cilantro tastes like soap, you may sub for parsley instead!)
  • corn

The salad base can be prepared ahead and refrigerated as long as you’re not adding any of the dressing or other wet ingredients. When ready to serve, whip up your 3 Minute Easy Guacamole and chop a few additional (optional) toppings if desired. I include some diced tomato, extra corn on the side for anyone who wants extra sweetness. I also chopped up some jalapeno for a little bit of kick. My husband loves everything spicy! Serve the salad with a generous portion of guacamole and lime wedges to decorate the plate. Enjoy!

Mexican salad with guacamole, lime, tomato, corn

This fresh tasting salad is PERFECT for bbq season, or just any time you want a delicious, Mexican inspired dish. It’s crunchy, sweet, fresh, tangy, and scrumptious! Also makes a wonderful pot luck option to bring to your next event. To make this salad more filling, feel free to add some black beans to the mix and enjoy as a main course.

Mexican salad served in three plates topped with lime and guacamole

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Mexican Salad with 3 Minute Guacamole

Light and tasty Mexican salad is topped with easy 3 minute guacamole and a squeeze of lime for the ultimate in freshness.

For the Salad

  • 1 small purple cabbage (or half large) (shredded)
  • 3 large carrots (peeled & shredded)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 red pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup corn

3 Minute Easy Guacamole

  • 3 ripe avocados peeled & pitted
  • 2 tbsp extra chunky medium salsa
  • 1/2 fresh squeezed lime
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash your avocados with a fork or potato masher. Then add remaining guacamole ingredients and mix to combine.
  3. Serve a generous portion of guacamole with your salad and enjoy.

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