Grilled Veggie Skewers With Chimichurri Sauce

EASY + DELICIOUS Veggie Skewers with Chimichurri! The PERFECT plant-based option for grilling season. #vegan #glutenfree #grilling #skewers #recipe #minimalistbaker

Ahhh, summertime. My favorite season of the year has practically arrived and we’ve officially dusted off our grill! Best. Feeling. Ever.

Our first grilling recipe this summer is veggie skewers! This is the perfect, easy side or entrée to enjoy on the patio on hot summer nights or to bring along to BBQs. My 10-minute chimichurri sauce adds the perfect, citrusy-spicy touch. Let’s get to grilling! Continue reading “Grilled Veggie Skewers With Chimichurri Sauce”

Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers

VEGAN Black Bean Beet Burgers! Tender and moist on the inside, slightly crisp on the outside with TONS of flavor and nutrition #vegan #glutenfree #minimalistbaker

People call beets a lot of things ― earthy, or even dirty, gets thrown around a lot ― but beautiful is not often one of them. And it should be. Beets, with their ruby red or golden yellow hue, are stunners. When put to work in the right recipes, they will easily impress.

That’s not all beets are good for, either. These roots are a nutritional powerhouse. They’re high in betaine, which helps fight inflammation. They’re rich in nitrates, which could help lower blood pressure. And they’re a great source of folates, which is vital in disease risk reduction. Continue reading “Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers”

How to Juice a Watermelon

Juicing a watermelon is work. There’s a lot of tough rind to cut through, and if you’ve got a good watermelon on your hands, a lot of drippy, juicy mess that happens as you’re cutting.

Turns out, there is a better, easier, less messy way, and Alton Brown has shared it with us.

This is what you’re going to need: the watermelon (of course), a three-inch biscuit cutter, a knife and an immersion blender. The biscuit cutter is a great tool that’ll help you cut a hole in the top of the watermelon. That hole is needed to fit in the blade of the immersion blender. And the immersion blender is responsible for juicing up the watermelon in a matter of seconds. It’s a beautiful sight. Continue reading “How to Juice a Watermelon”

Vegan Veggie Love Muffins

Tired of eating vegetables the ordinary way? Switch it up with these vegan veggie muffins. You can make this recipe all your own by using other natural sweet produce of your choosing. Let’s get creative!

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Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Shallot Dressing Recipe

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“This quinoa salad is delicious with Marcona almonds, but I sometimes substitute toasted pine nuts, because everything tastes better with toasted pine nuts!” —Oprah Winfrey

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, preferably multicolored, rinsed and drained (if necessary)
  • ¼ cup minced shallots (from 1 to 2 large shallots)
  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Finely grated zest and 2 Tbsp. juice from 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • Ƅ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large orange
  • 4 hearts of palm (from one 14-ounce can), drained and thinly sliced
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • ½ English cucumber, thinly sliced into half moons
  • ½ cup Marcona almonds or toasted pine nuts

    Directions

    Active time: 30 minutes
    Total time: 1 hour

    In a medium pot, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add quinoa, cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside, covered, for 5 minutes more. Uncover, fluff with a fork and spread out on a baking sheet or large platter to let cool.

    Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together shallots, vinegar, mustard, garlic, lemon zest and juice, salt black pepper and cayenne. Whisk in oil.

    Zest orange into a large bowl. Using a paring knife, cut and discard peel and pith from orange. Cut between membranes to release segments; roughly chop and add to bowl with zest. Add cooled quinoa, hearts of palm, mango, cucumber and almonds. Toss gently to combine. Drizzle vinaigrette on top and toss again to coat. Serve immediately

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/quinoa-salad-with-lemon-shallot-dressing-recipe#ixzz4dmnxJfyG

 

Roasted Asparagus

Serves 4

Invite spring to your table with this simple side dish. The recipe easily doubles for company; just make sure the asparagus spears are not crowded on the baking sheet.

Ingredients:
  • 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as parsley, thyme and mint
  • pinch fine sea salt

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12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

When it comes to healthy eating, preparation is the key to success. (Those Boy Scouts are onto something.) In fact, one study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine suggests that spending time on preparing and cooking meals at home is linked with better dietary habits. But if you love the convenience of prepackaged foods and restaurant meals, it might be hard to go cold turkey on your take-out routine.

Luckily, planning and preparing your meals ahead of time will make healthy choices a no-brainer. Instead of running to the deli for a cold cut calorie bomb, you’ll have a home cooked feast on hand that can be heated up faster than you can walk two blocks. (Leaving you with more time to squeeze in your daily workout!) And hey, you’ll save money while you’re at it.

Plus, if you’re intimidated by cooking, there are tons of sneaky tricks that can help make assembling delicious meals a cinch. From easy breakfast options to methods for whipping up meals in bulk, we’ve got expert tips to set yourself up for a fuss-free and healthy week. Whip out your favorite Tupperware (we’re loving these leak-proof options) and get started.

12 Meal Prep Ideas to Try Now

How to Meal Prep Chicken

1. Season meat three ways using just one pan.
If you’re sticking to lean meats like chicken, chowing down on the same flavors can get tedious after a while. Save time without boring your taste buds by preparing two or three variations of chicken at once, using aluminum foil dividers in your pan. Sriracha, BBQ, honey mustard — you can have it all. Three birds, one pan! Photo and recipe: Kevin / Fit Men Cook Continue reading “12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time”