Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins

By Jessica Shepard, HCTP 2008 What says fall more than the flavors of pumpkin and gingerbread? These muffins are a combo and make the perfect fall breakfast or snack. Plus, the recipe requires no high-tech kitchen appliances – just a few bowls and a whisk. INGREDIENTS For the wet ingredients: 1 tablespoon chia seeds 3 … More Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins

Festive Chocolate Almond Butter

By Talia Pollock, HCTP September ’11 This festive, decadent, high-protein, creamy, and chocolaty nut butter turns anything you spread it on – toast, apples, bananas, a spoon, a knife, or your thumb! – into something worth celebrating! Also worth celebrating? How ridiculously easy it is to make! INGREDIENTS 3 cups nuts 2 tablespoons coconut sugar … More Festive Chocolate Almond Butter

Smoky Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Carrots

This Smoky Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Carrots recipe is perfect for any occasion…even just weeknight dinner. The vegetables are interchangeable. If you don’t have Brussels sprouts use cauliflower, broccolirabe, cabbage, or broccoli. If you don’t have carrots try parsnips, sun-chokes, sweet potatoes, beets, or other vegetables you like. Have fun with this recipe!

Classic Vegetable Soup

Building a Better Lunch for All If every school in America included vegetable soup on their menu as a required daily item, students might be a bit healthier and more alert throughout the day. Instead, processed foods of pizza, burgers and chicken nuggets are daily staples on school menus in the United States. No wonder … More Classic Vegetable Soup

Beetroot and Feta Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Easy raw beet salad with crunch and color Although beetroot is most commonly eaten cooked or pickled, the satisfying crunch of raw beetroot is ideal for salads. When uncooked, the sweet and earthy beetroot flavors are even more prominent, and set off perfectly by the tangy taste of soft, crumbly feta. Lemon and balsamic dressing … More Beetroot and Feta Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Adult Pudding Cups You may feel a bit silly serving pudding for your Valentine’s Day dessert, but this version isn’t your average Nabisco Snack Pack. Its base is made with avocado and coconut milk, so it is full of healthy fats instead of sugar and preservatives. Plus, it’s kind of fun to tap into your … More Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Easy Peasy Green Beans

An Easy But Tasty Side Just as the recipe title conveys, this is an incredibly easy side to make. A lot of people like green beans that cook on the stove all day in a ton of spices and maybe some bacon grease or fat. That’s obviously not the healthiest way to enjoy them! This … More Easy Peasy Green Beans

Cherry BBQ Chicken

A Great Date Night As Valentine’s Day approaches, are you considering staying in rather than going out? Just think of the major headache you can save yourself (traffic, crowds, long waits) and you can even help to keep your waistline trim in the process. Not to mention, cooking for someone, or with someone, is incredibly romantic! … More Cherry BBQ Chicken

Wild Rice and Veggie Bowl

Win the lottery! Who says you can’t have it all? This combination of squash, mushrooms, carrots, and wild rice has so many vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants, it’s impossible not to eat this and think you’ve won the food lottery! True wild rice is the grain and basis of this dish.  It is the only … More Wild Rice and Veggie Bowl

Vegan Cashew Cheese

Debunking some myths about vegan cheese Vegan cheese sometimes gets a bad rap. People wonder if it will be tricky to make, or assume that there’s no way it could taste like ‘real’ cheese. In fact, it’s actually quite easy to make a delicious dairy-free cheese with a savory tang that isn’t a million miles … More Vegan Cashew Cheese

Vegetarian Cheese Enchiladas

New Year, New Foods If your New Year’s resolution was to eat healthier or to reduce your meat intake, then you’ll love this dish! The layers of poblano peppers and oozy, cheesy queso fresco are just the right combination for a chilly winter’s night.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Homemade Basil Pesto

A simple vegetarian lunch with big flavors With their rich, earthy flavor and hearty texture, juicy Portobello mushrooms are a great, inexpensive alternative to meat. For an easy yet delicious vegetarian lunch, try these smoky grilled mushrooms topped with a homemade herby pesto crust. This dish is perfect as a starter, a side dish, or … More Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Homemade Basil Pesto

Moroccan Stew

Cuisine of Maghreb This recipe packs a punch of heat and nutrients into one easy dish! The basis for it’s heat is a North African condiment called Harissa, which is Tunisia’s main condiment and export. This spicy paste is a staple in the Maghrebian cuisine (North African cuisine) that includes Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Mauritania, … More Moroccan Stew

Greek Penne Rigate

Gut-Friendly Dairy Yogurt is an ancient food made from the fermentation of milk. Prior to the industrialization of food, it was known basically as milk that had been allowed to sour and curdle; in the southern parts of the United States, it was referred to as “clabber”. Today, yogurt is a processed milk that has … More Greek Penne Rigate

Leek, Artichoke, and Carrot Soup

A Maiden’s Dream Leeks are allium vegetables and cousins to onions, garlic, shallots and scallions. Ancient Greeks and Romans dined upon these delicacies seasoned with honey, vinegar and cumin. Folklore claims that Emperor Nero (36-68 AD) ate leeks on a daily basis to improve his singing voice. In Wales, during the 1620’s, it is said … More Leek, Artichoke, and Carrot Soup

Sweet Stuffed Dates Two Ways

Sophisticated snacks that are ready in minutes Sweet and sticky stuffed dates make for an impressive party platter or a simple but delicious bite-sized snack. They are full of energy and nutrients and, best of all, you can make them in minutes. Thanks to their versatile flavor, stuffed dates work just as well with sweet … More Sweet Stuffed Dates Two Ways

Wild Rice and Oyster Casserole

Mikey Tried It This savory recipe is delicious beyond belief…if you give it a chance. It contains vitamin and nutrient-rich foods that, unfortunately, some have learned to dislike or have simply never tried. Not only is this dish loaded with vitamin A, zinc, and iron, but it contains a complete protein as well. The basis of … More Wild Rice and Oyster Casserole

Low-Carb Lasagna

Can it be…pasta-free?! You might think that following a healthier diet means saying goodbye to family favorites like lasagna. Surely all those layers of rich beef ragu, pasta, béchamel sauce, and cheese can’t be healthy? Not to worry…happily, we’ve got a fantastic recipe that puts a nutritious and lower-carb twist on this old classic. This one-layer … More Low-Carb Lasagna

Rice & Beans

Simplicity Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that we take for granted– milk and cereal, peas and carrots, eggs and bacon, and rice and beans. Interestingly, rice and beans have been staple menu items in many cuisines for centuries, but is this by chance or by design? Did our ancestors realize the composition of … More Rice & Beans

Raw Food Wrap

Shout Out for Sprouts Raw food enthusiasts will love this recipe due to its combination of textures, spices, and seasonings. Raw foods have been the mainstay of diets since the beginning of time and before the discovery of fire. Some foods, in their natural state, provide more nutrients and enzymes than their cooked counterparts, and … More Raw Food Wrap

Boiled and Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Naturally sweet potatoes The sweet potatoes of your past holiday meals have probably been rich with butter and brown sugar…possibly topped with beautifully golden-brown, toasted mini marshmallows or a flour-laden maple crumble, maybe containing a little cream or some candied pecans. You’re not alone if the dish is a favorite, because it’s basically a dessert! … More Boiled and Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Home-Cooked Stovetop Stuffing

Just like mom made? Stovetop stuffing is another popular holiday tradition. That red cardboard box had a reserved seat at most family tables and you probably couldn’t get enough. Who could have imagined that some stale bread, spices, and dried vegetables cooked up in a little butter could and would taste so good? If you’re … More Home-Cooked Stovetop Stuffing

Just Like Turkey Gravy

Down Memory Lane You may have memories of a family member standing over a pan of turkey drippings, skimming off the fat and adding flour, maybe a little sherry–and if super traditional–chopped giblets that had been stewing all day. You can probably taste it now, thick, rich, delicious–but also very high in sodium and gluten. … More Just Like Turkey Gravy

Sweet Potato Pancakes

A breakfast that will have you leaping out of bed These delicious sweet potato pancakes are a treat to make and even better to eat! Made with a few simple ingredients, including sweet potato, coconut flour, almond milk, eggs, honey, and cinnamon, they are easy to prepare and full of nutrients. These pancakes make a … More Sweet Potato Pancakes

Jackfruit Curry

The Meaty Vegetable Jackfruit is a unique tropical fruit indigenous to the rainforests of India. It is cultivated in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka and was introduced to the States around the early 1800’s. In South and Southeast India, the fruit’s popularity ranks with the ever-popular mango and banana.