Fresh Summer Rolls

Summer Rolls

Homemade fresh rolls are an excellent no-cook recipe for summer¬†nights. They’re easy enough to make during the week, but impressive enough to serve for a dinner party. Add a hearty sauce and pre-cooked protein to make them a meal, or leave simple for a healthy appetizer.

We love this mix-n-match recipe for being adaptable and veggie-packed. The only prep is chopping the vegetables. Ideally, they would all be julienned into matchsticks like the pros. Or you could do like us, and just cut vegetables into small-ish strips and call it good.

Ready? Here’s what you’ll need:

INGREDIENTS
1. Rice paper wrappers
2. Sauce (see recipe below)
3. Filling Ingredients (mix-n-match from below)

DIRECTIONS
1. Prepare all filling ingredients (if adding noodles, make sure they’re cool)
2. Make dressing
3. Fill a shallow pan or cookie sheet with warm water
4. Place one rice paper sheet in pan and let “cook” for about 20-30 seconds
5. Remove from pan, let drip dry and fill with ingredients of choice.
6. Spoon sauce inside and roll like a burrito. Set aside and repeat.
Note: you can make these in advance for dinner guests or let everyone make their own for a fun dinner party idea or hands on meal with the kids.

3-4 Vegetables, julienned
Carrots
Cucumber
Bell Pepper
Cabbage
Butter lettuce or romaine

1-2 Fruits, chopped small
Avocado
Mango

1-2 Herbs, minced
Mint
Cilantro
Parsley

1 Protein
Cooked, shredded chicken
Sliced, Tofu or tempeh
Cooked shrimp

Other Additions
Mung Bean Sprouts
Rice Noodles or soba noodles

Dipping sauce Recipe
3/4 cup nut butter (almond, peanut or cashew)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup reduced sodium tamari (you could also sub coconut aminos or soy sauce)
2 Tbs. Honey
1/2 Tsp. ground ginger
1 clove garlic

Blend all ingredients until creamy.

We hope you enjoy this healthy summer recipe!

(Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet)

10 Healthy 4th of July Recipes

4th of July

Whether your plans for the 4th of July are¬†swimming¬†in the sun or celebrating in the San Francisco fog,¬†you’ll definitely be¬†enjoying some summer¬†food. Substitute¬†the burgers and potato salad for¬†these mouth watering recipes and make¬†your party¬†the healthiest one on the block.

Appetizers

Tomato Basil and Peach Skewers (pictured above):  Adding peaches to tomatoes, mozzarella and basil will make an impressive, sweet and savory appetizer.

Avocado, Black Bean and Corn¬†Salad:¬†You can’t go wrong with these 3 ingredients. Dress with plenty of cumin and citrus and you have an easy, versatile dish to serve with chips, on top of tacos or as a side salad.

Watermelon Feta and Mint Bites: Simple and easy to make (only 3 ingredients). Plus, nothing says summer like watermelon and mint.

Sides

Napa Cabbage and Kale Coleslaw: While coleslaw is usually one of the only vegetable sides to a traditional BBQ, it’s usually more mayonnaise than veggies. Instead, substitute a lighter (but still creamy) miso dressing and add in lot’s of leafy greens.

Fresh Herb Potato Salad: This recipe from Thug Kitchen¬†uses fresh herbs and a flavorful vinaigrette for a fresh take on traditional potato salad. ¬†As they say on their site “nobody needs mayo in their life”.

Entrees

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers: Easy to throw these on the grill with your meaty burgers for a hearty vegetarian option without extra fuss. This recipe also includes an avocado chimichurri recipe worth making.

Grilled Fish in Foil: Cooking for only a few? These 20 minute grilled fish would be great for 4-6 people. Easy to clean up and unlike a heavy burger will leave you with room for dessert. These also work in the oven.

Grillable Veggie Burger: The problem with most veggie burgers is that they don’t hold up on the grill, right? Wrong! Minimalist Baker has a solution with a grill worthy vegetable burger made with only 10 ingredients.

Dessert

Grilled Fruit: Try pineapple, peaches and even watermelon on the grill for a low calorie and festive dessert option that will please kids and adults, alike.

No Churn Peach Sorbet: As easy as making a smoothie. Just blend and freeze and you’ll have homemade peach sorbet.

Bring one of these recipes¬†to your summer potluck or party and impress your friends with your healthy¬†taste. You can even take all the credit for it, we won’t tell!

12 Healthy Ideas For Breakfast

With school back in session and those lazy summer mornings coming to an end, we want to give you our best ideas for easy and quick breakfasts.

Breakfast can be¬†the hardest meal to make healthy choices as we’re usually looking for something quick and easy. Here are 12 creative ideas to get you inspired to try something a little different.

We made sure each of these breakfasts are:

  • Balanced in macronutrients (containing protein, fat and carbohydrates)
  • Whole foods based (no processed ingredients or packaged foods)
  • Quick and simple for busy weekday mornings

1. Mini Green Frittatas . (Make ahead, perfect for busy weeks)

2. Savory Oatmeal. (For mornings when you want a savory meal)

3. Protein Smoothie. (Here’s how to make a macronutrient balanced smoothie.)

4. Chia Seed Pudding. (Quick, simple, nutritious)

5. Almond Butter + Quick Chia Jam  + Ezekiel Bread Toast. (Think PB&J with a healthy twist for adults)

6. Baked Eggs in Avocado. (Low carbohydrate, filling and easy)

7. Sausage + Vegetable Hash. (For when you’re burnt out on eggs)

8. Shakshuka .(For when the pantry is bare)

9. Banana Oat Blender Pancakes. (Pancakes without the clean up mess!)

10. Smoked Salmon + Avocado + Ezekiel Bread Toast. ( Quick, balanced and high in Omega 3 fatty acids)

11. Breakfast Salad (a healthy, travel friendly breakfast)

12. Leftover Soup (While some dinner leftovers aren’t usually appealing in the morning, try a simple chicken or lentil soup for dinner and have the leftovers for breakfast!)

What are your favorite weekday morning breakfast? What do you do to prepare healthy meals for busy mornings? Tell us on Facebook or in the comments below, we’d love to hear!

Kale Corn Salad: 2 Ways

I’d like to introduce you to the perfect summer salad.


Really, it’s perfect.

I made this salad 1 year ago for a potluck and my friends are STILL asking me about it.

Great for potlucks, as a side dish to your BBQ, or on top of tacos, this dish also makes great leftovers (perfect for adding eggs to in the morning!)

Originally this recipe (adapted from the Healthy Happy Vegan Cookbook author) is dressed with the sweet miso dressing which compliments the crunchy salad perfectly. ¬†(If you’ve never had miso, it’s a paste made from fermented soybeans.¬†And if you’re thinking “ewwww”, ¬†it’s a traditional Japanese seasoning with a tangy, salty taste and tons of flavor. It’s also quite nutritious!)

However, since not everyone has miso hanging around their fridge, the second way to serve this salad is with the garlicky lemon dressing. Also, a delicious compliment to the sweet corn and vegetables.

Nutritionist’s tip: Bring a salad to the party. Summers are full of parties, BBQ’s and lot’s of social engagements. This means lot’s of eating! If you bring a salad or vegetable as your contribution to the party, you’ll always have a tasty and healthy option to fill your plate.¬†

Recipe modified from: Healthy Happy Life

Salad Ingredients
2 ears of summer corn, shucked and kernels removed from cob
4-6 cups kale, washed and finely chopped (remove thick stems)
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1 small white or sweet onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped red cabbage

Sweet Miso Dressing
2 Tbs white or yellow miso paste
1 Tbs maple syrup
2 Tbs Soy sauce or Braggs liquid aminos or Tamari
4 Tbs olive oil
4 Tbs rice vinegar
Black pepper

Garlicky Lemon Dressing
4 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions:
1. Prep veggies
2. Mix in a large bowl
3. Whisk all dressing ingredients
4 Stir dressing into salad and let sit in refrigerator for 1-2 hours before serving.

Notes:
If you prefer cooked corn to raw, then boil corn before shucking. However, most sweet corn is delicious as is!

A Healthy 4th of July Menu: 3 recipes to makeover your BBQ

Nothing says 4th of July like a summer BBQ, right?

Whether you’re hosting your own or bringing a dish to a friends’, we want to send you off with some healthy recipes to impress. So we gathered our favorite mouthwateringsummer recipes for you below:

Basil Guacamole….
Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs…
Coconut Cream and Strawberries

Drooling yet?

These recipes are filled with the flavors of summer, but are much healthier than traditional BBQ fare. (Your friends won’t even notice the whole menu is sugar and gluten free!)

Basil Guacamole
(recipe via Food52)
The addition of basil gives rich guacamole a refreshing summery twist.
Ingredients
1 small shallot or 1/4 red onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno, seeds removed, finely diced
2 large avocados
2 cups basil leaves, stems removed and finely chopped
Juice of 2 limes
Cumin and salt to taste

Directions
Use a fork to mash avocados and mix in remaining ingredients (or use a food processor)
Serve with low salt tortilla chips and fresh vegetables

Spicy Pineapple Kabobs
(recipe adapted from The Gunny Sack)
If you haven’t already tried grilling summer fruit, trust us when we say it’s a crowd pleaser. These sweet chicken kabobs are a much healthier option than burgers and just as delicious.

Kabob Ingredients
1 pound organic chicken breast dices into 1′ thick pieces
6 red bell peppers dices into squares
1 can diced pineapple (save the juice)
1 red onion, diced into large pieces

Marinade Ingredients
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons tamari
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or olive oil)

Directions
Mix together marinade ingredients
Cover chicken with marinade in glass pan and let sit in fridge for 4-6 hours

Assemble chicken and other kabob ingredients on pre soaked skewers
Grill turning regularly for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through

Coconut Cream and Strawberries
(step by step tutorial here)

While most BBQ’s opt for ice cream or cake for dessert, impress with this healthy take on berries and cream. Canned coconut cream separates when refrigerated, and when whipped creates a sweet and rich whipped cream with a slight coconut taste perfect for dipping strawberries.

Ingredients
1 can full fat (NOT light!) coconut cream (make sure there are no other additives as this can affect how well it whips. Trader Joe’s makes a great one)

Directions
Refrigerate can overnight
Remove from fridge and flip upside down so that the liquid will be on top and the cream on the bottom
Open can and pour the liquid off (save for smoothies or other uses)
Scoop hardened cream into bowl and whip with a hand blender until fluffy
(Optional to add a sweetener like powdered or regular sugar, but we think it’s sweet enough as is)

Serve with fresh strawberries

 

Which recipe will you try? Make sure you tell us by leaving a comment!