The Best Gluten Free Pancakes

These gluten free pancakes are so delicious; you won’t even suspect they’re different from your favorite less healthy recipe. Light, fluffy, golden brown and delicious, these make the perfect lazy weekend breakfast with fresh summer fruit. Alternatively, you can make up a batch for yourself, and freeze the leftovers for a warm and healthy breakfast for weeks to come.

Black Bean & Corn Empanadas with Guacamole

This quick & easy version of empanadas makes these delicious treats totally doable in your home kitchen, without having to fuss with making your own dough. Refrigerated crescent roll dough makes the perfect buttery foundation for this delectable recipe, and saves you tons of time. Feel free to use whatever filling here you like- ground beef, shredded chicken, or roasted and diced vegetables all work seamlessly. Mash up with easy 5-minute guacamole recipe below, pull out your favorite hot sauce, and you’re in for a real fiesta!

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bowls

Craving a hearty bowl of pasta but don’t want to break the calorie bank? This recipe has your back. Spaghetti squash, when baked, turns into perfect low-cal noodles, making an ideal vehicle for melty cheese and meaty sauce. Make up a double batch of this recipe to freeze and enjoy when you’re short on time. For a vegetarian twist, swap the ground beef out for an equal amount of cooked lentils.

White Bean Chicken Chili

This cozy white bean chicken chili is just the thing to tide you over until the arrival of warmer spring days. Packed with spicy jalapeños, zesty lime, and savory spices, this delicious soup adds a kick to any mealtime. Make up a double batch, it saves well, freezes beautifully, and makes for amazing leftovers!

Thai Beef Noodle Bowls

This bright and zesty Thai recipe packs a ton of flavor and satisfaction into every bite. Flank steak is one of the leanest cuts of beef, lower in fat than other cuts while still being protein rich. A quick marinade and a fast sear will coax the maximum amount of flavor out of the steak, which pairs perfectly with lightly dressed rice noodles. Cilantro can help remove heavy metals from the blood, and also can balance blood sugar levels, while mint boosts digestion and basil acts as an anti-inflammatory. Gluten free, dairy free, and protein packed, this recipe caters to a wide swathe of dietary needs, making it ideal for entertaining.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

A health food these rich & fudgy bars are not, but they sure are delicious! Layers of graham cracker crust, chocolate fudge, salty peanut butter chips, and chocolate chip cookie dough bake together into a sum far better than its parts. Make a batch of these for your next get together, birthday, or bake sale and be prepared to share the recipe! For a variation on this base recipe, swap in an equal amount of your favorite candy bar chopped up, for the peanut butter chips.

Italian Zoodles with Clams

This riff on a decadent Italian classic allows you to indulge without the carb overload of regular pasta. Spiralized zucchini, also known as zoodles, stands in for spaghetti in this fast and delicious recipe. A nutrient dense food, zucchini boasts health-protecting antioxidants and phytonutrients including vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, folate, polyphenols, and fiber. Clams are a tasty source of lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids. and contain zinc which bolsters your immune system. This recipe is easily doubled and is perfect for entertaining.  

Winter Citrus Salad with Feta & Crispy Quinoa

Bright and zesty orange and grapefruit balance perfectly with salty, creamy feta, and crispy quinoa adds texture and protein to this delicious dish. Citrus fruits offer a multitude of health benefits. Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant protecting the body from free-radicals, and flavonoids can help protect against heart disease. Serve this salad in the last few weeks of summer, accompanied by grilled fish or chicken to round out the meal if desired.

Apple Cider Moscow Mules

This sweet and spicy cocktail is just the thing to liven up all your holiday entertaining. Sweet cider mixes with peppery ginger beer for a match made in cocktail heaven. Set out the ingredients for these Moscow Mules at your next party and let your guests play bartender.

Homemade Queso Dip

Rotel. And while there's a time and a place for everything (including non-dairy cheese!), this more natural, homemade version of queso is quick, simple, and beyond delicious. This dip will be a sure-fire hit at your next party, tailgate, or movie marathon. Make up a big batch, and watch it disappear!   

Smoked Salmon Sweet Potato Bites

If you're looking for a healthy, simple appetizer for holiday entertaining, look no further than these smoked salmon sweet potato bites. Super delicious and ready in a flash, these bites are the perfect starter for all your holiday parties and cocktail hours. Make up a bunch and watch them disappear!

Citrus Turmeric Tonic

Consider this tonic your new go-to hangover cure. Ginger calms your stomach, maple syrup gets your blood sugar back up, and turmeric reduces inflammation naturally and helps you get back on your A game.This tonic is also great for boosting your immune system if you’re feeling under the weather. If you’re hosting a new years day brunch, consider making up a double batch. Your weary guests will thank you!

Roasted Tomato Soup

Here on the East Coast we’re still in the depths of winter, and those ripe summer tomatoes seem worlds away. In the meantime, you can roast canned tomatoes to boost their flavor, and blend them into a super cozy, comforting soup to tide you over until those warmer days arrive. And when those summer tomatoes do hit the market, you can swap them in for the canned ones for an even more delicious dish. Feel free to double your batch- it makes for great leftovers!

Lemony Moroccan Chicken with Couscous & Fennel Slaw

This savory and satisfying Moroccan inspired dish hits all the nutritional and flavor high notes. Roasting lemons with high heat mimics the traditional preserved lemon flavor prevalent in Moroccan cuisine. The same high heat also caramelizes the onions, making them sweet and delicious. Turmeric, a spice common in Moroccan recipes, acts as an anti-inflammatory in the body, and helps ward off a whole host of disease. Black pepper increases the bio-availability of turmeric, so be sure to include it in your cooking. Fennel offers a bright and bracing component in this dish, and also aids in digestion.

Salmon Provençal

This classic recipe from the South of France is bursting with bright flavors from ripe tomatoes, fragrant basil, and peppery arugula. It’s a dish you’ll cook over and over all year long. Salmon is a nutritional powerhouse, and packs ample amounts of anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids, satiating protein, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Olive oil also boasts similar benefits. The Mediterranean diet, which this recipe perfectly exemplifies, has been hailed as a key to a longer healthier life. Feel free to swap in any fresh, sustainable fish fillets you prefer.

Vegan Tres Leches Cake

This recipe turns the beloved tres leches classic into an ultra-delicious dairy free vegan treat. You won’t miss the traditional milk one bit in this rich, decadent, and utterly indulgent dessert. Coconut milk features front and center in this recipe, lending it a sunny, tropical flavor that’s not exactly traditional, but no less delicious. Both vegans and dairy-lovers alike will be charmed by this crowd-pleasing tres leches cake. 

Zucchini Rollup Enchiladas

This healthy, lightened up and gluten free take on classic enchiladas will have everyone asking for seconds. Thinly sliced zucchini ribbons stand in for tortillas, wrapping up a hearty filling of cheesy corn, beans, and quinoa. These enchiladas are so packed with flavor; you won’t even miss the tortillas! Feel free to add in ground beef, shredded chicken, or any of your other favorite enchilada fillings in this highly adaptable recipe.

Vegan Brussels Sprout Salad

This recipe showcases one of my favorite winter vegetables in a whole new way. Shredded and mixed with a punchy vegan Caesar dressing, these sprouts will quickly become a mainstay on your table. Vegans and carnivores alike will flip for this creamy, crunchy, lemony, flavorful salad. Make up a double batch- it makes for delicious leftovers!