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Vibrant Pea Pesto Pasta Salad
 

Vibrant Pea Pesto Pasta Salad - Pasta salad that is made with fresh ingredients and loads of flavor! Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

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As we enter spring, I wanted to create a pasta salad that showcases the vibrant colors of green! Not only is this recipe a crowd-pleaser, it’s also highly nutritious. As you may have already guessed, pesto is the star in this dish.

Where are my pesto lovers at!? Pesto is my absolute favorite when it comes to dips, sauces, or just straight out of the bowl. Unfortunately, most restaurants or pizzarias will have pesto that contains dairy. I either bear through it and deal with the repercussions later or just bring my own, lol.

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This pesto is a lot like my 5-ingredient vegan pesto but with an upgrade. The pesto used in this dish contains more greens like arugula and watercress as well as one of my favorite vegetable, peas!

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Other bright and colorful green vegetables that are added to this pasta salad are asparagus and broccolini. Like most of my pasta dishes, I use Banza pasta. Banza is a great gluten-free option that also contains a higher amount of protein, fiber, and less net carbs than most traditional pastas out there.

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This vibrant pea pesto pasta salad is great on its own but also perfect as a side dish for your meal preps. Add a side of grilled chicken and you’re good to go!

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As a Banza ambassador, I’m excited to announce that the first person who makes this dish and provides feedback will receive coupons for free Banza pasta! To qualify for this giveaway you must:

  1. Make this recipe!

  2. Leave a comment below.

  3. Post in your Instagram story or feed a picture of your finished dish and add #fromtherootsblog .

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I was not financially compensated for this post. All recipes, photos, and opinions are my own.


Vibrant Pea Pesto Pasta Salad - Pasta salad that is made with fresh ingredients and loads of flavor! Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup frozen peas

  • 1 bunch broccolini

  • 1 bunch asparagus

  • ½ lemon (juice)

  • 1 box (8 oz) Banza pasta rotini

PEA PESTO

  • 7-9 raw almonds

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • ½ cup peas (frozen)

  • 1 cup packed fresh basil

  • ½ cup packed watercress and arugula

  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast

  • ⅓ cup EVOO

  • ½ lemon

  • S&P to season

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a generous pinch of salt. Once boiling, add pasta and cook according to package instructions. Drain and set aside. Drizzle with oil of choice and toss to prevent noodles from sticking.

  2. While pasta is cooking, blanch asparagus and broccolini by filling a medium saucepan halfway with lightly salted water. Bring to a boil. While the water is heating, prepare the asparagus by breaking off any tough, white bottoms and cutting the spears into 1 to 2 inch sections. Add the asparagus and broccolini to the boiling water and lower the heat slightly to maintain a simmer. Cook for about 2 minutes and drain the hot water. Add the veggies to an ice bath after to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.

  3. Make pesto by adding almonds and garlic to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients except oil and blend until combine. Slowly add in the olive oil until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed. If mixture is too dry, add a little water. It should be thick but pourable.

  4. Taste and adjust flavor as needed; set aside.

  5. Add cooked pasta, broccolini, asparagus, and peas to a mixing/serving bowl and top with pesto. Squeeze half of lemon and toss to combine. Garnish with herbs, S&P, pine nuts, or hemp seeds (optional).

  6. Best served fresh at room temperature. Store in refrigerator for up to 4 days.

 
Strawberry Basil & Goat Cheese Crostini
 

An elegant and simple appetizer to serve or to bring to any party!

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A crostini is a small piece of toasted bread that is best served with toppings. You can really do any toppings for this crostini, but my favorite is with this strawberry basil and goat cheese.

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This recipe is similar to bruschetta given the tomatoes, basil, and garlic. However, instead of your regular bruschetta, I’ve added a twist with the strawberries, goat cheese, and balsamic glaze. The tartness in the goat cheese pairs really well with the sweetness of strawberries. What really takes this crostini to the next level is rubbing the toasted bread with garlic. All you have to do is simply cut a garlic clove in half and gently rub the cut side of the garlic clove over the toasted bread. What a game changer!

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Strawberry basil & goat cheese crostinis make the perfect appetizer for any party or occasion! Whether it’s for a romantic Valentine’s dinner, a picnic, or a small get together, know that these crostinis won’t take much of your time but will still impress!

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Ingredients

  • 1 whole grain bread (or baguette)

  • 4 oz goat cheese (softened)

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (chiffonade)

  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

  • 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes

  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup (or honey)

  • S&P

  • extra virgin olive oil (for cooking)

  • balsamic glaze

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Slice your bread and place them on a baking sheet. Spray or brush both sides of bread with olive oil.

  3. Bake the bread for 12-15 minutes until golden brown, flipping the bread slices halfway through to ensure both sides are toasted evenly.

  4. While bread is baking, in a small bowl, combine chopped strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and basil to olive oil, maple syrup, and salt and pepper until fully combined. Taste the mixture to make sure the desired full flavor is there.

  5. Once the bread has slightly cooled, gently rub garlic cloves on each slice.

  6. Spread softened goat cheese on each slice and top with the strawberry basil mixture.

  7. Drizzle balsamic glaze on top and enjoy!

Notes

  1. I like using this balsamic glaze brand but you can get this at any grocery store in the condiment/vinegar section!

 
Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole
 

Perfect for the holidays or as a side dish! Bonus - vegan, gluten-free and naturally lower in sugar.

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Let’s be honest, the only time I think about eating sweet potato casserole is during Thanksgiving; amiright?! Like a complete cooked turkey, it seems like sweet potato casserole only falls within a Thanksgiving side dish category.

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Maybe after you make this, you can see that this side dish can be made year-round! I’m thankful for that because when recipe testing a month before Thanksgiving, I was glad this could be eaten with most any dishes. For example, we had this casserole with my pecan crusted spiced salmonand broccolini and it was amazing!

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When it comes to sweet potato casserole, I have noticed the toppings can fall within two categories: marshmallows or with a crunchy texture. I fall in the crunchy texture category 100%! Personally, I am not the biggest fan of marshmallows (I know, I know -- crazy, right?). If you enjoy marshmallows, you can still go that route.

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What I love about this recipe and what sets this casserole apart from the rest is the secret ingredient: oranges. After watching Samin Nosrat’s Salt Fat Acid Heat on Netflix, she made a good point that many Thanksgiving dishes lack acid which is why cranberry sauce is often served. With that in mind, I knew I needed to change that! I’m so glad I did because the orange zest and juices completely elevate the spices and sweetness in the sweet potatoes perfectly!

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The rest of the ingredients are pretty standard for a traditional sweet potato casserole sans butter and heaping cups of sugar. To make them naturally sweeter without adding so much sugar, I simply baked the sweet potatoes instead of boiling them to maintain their natural sweetness.

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With Thanksgiving in mind, I would bake the sweet potatoes a day before the big day so that when you are at the point of cooking all your casseroles/side dishes, you will just need to prepare the mixture and topping and pop them in the oven 23-30 minutes. It’s that easy.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with a crunchy nut topping - Perfect for the holidays or as a side dish! Bonus - vegan, gluten-free and naturally lower in sugar.

ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes

  • 1 cup plant based milk

  • 1/4 cup orange juice (1/2 orange)

  • Zest of 1/2 orange

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/4 tsp allspice

  • 2-4 Tbsp pure maple syrup

  • 1/2 tsp salt

Crunchy Nut Topping

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds

  • 1/3 cup GF old fashioned oats (regular is fine)

  • 1/3 cup GF all purpose flour (regular is fine)

  • 1/2 cup light organic brown sugar (coconut sugar is fine)

  • 4 Tbsp cubed coconut oil

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Use a fork to poke holes in sweet potatoes and place potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet.

  3. Roast for about 45 min to an hour or until fork tender. Allow potatoes to cool for 5-10 minutes before discarding the skin.

  4. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees while potatoes are cooling. Spray an 8x8 inch pan or a 1 ½ quart to 2-quart oven safe baking dish with nonstick cooking oil. Set aside for later.

  5. Place sweet potato flesh in a large bowl and add milk, seasonings, orange juice and zest, and maple syrup. Use an electric mixer or potato masher to beat mixture until smooth and creamy.

  6. Pour mixture into a prepared baking pan and smooth top.

  7. To make the crunchy nut topping: Whisk together nuts, oats, flour, sugar and oil.

  8. Sprinkle topping all over the sweet potato mixture.

  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.

Notes

  1. You can make this casserole ahead of time! Cover and place in the fridge. When ready, bake as directed.

  2. If you do not have coconut oil, you can use vegan or regular butter.

  3. Don’t make the mistake I did and use quick oats! First bake is crunchy but reheating will make the topping mushy so use old fashioned oats!

 
Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple Tahini Drizzle
 

Roasted acorn squash with maple tahini drizzle - perfect for that simple healthy side dish for Thanksgiving!

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Who else is excited for Thanksgiving like me? The food, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, napping after being full!? Thanksgiving will be here before you know it so if you are hosting Thanksgiving at your house or wondering what you can bring as a side dish, you are probably planning everything now!

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As a side dish, this acorn squash with maple tahini drizzle will soon become a yearly Thanksgiving staple. The squash is cooked in one pan while the drizzle is made in a small jar, making clean up quick and painless. The recipe will not take up much space or equipment so you can continue spending more time on the turkey and other fixings. Not only is it quick to make, but the ingredients are also very simple!

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Bonus! I have teamed up with Wayfair on how to make your Thanksgiving table setting simple yet beautiful! The pieces I have chosen were inspired by my home roots. Thanksgiving is all about family so the colors were inspired by my mother’s favorite color, purple, speckled in the centerpiece with gold furnishings all centered around a rustic/country theme. You may think the rustic theme has been overdone, but personally, I love it! I grew up in Georgia so I was often surrounded by country beauty.

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To make your table setting really pop, add fresh flowers like mums, black-eyed susans, and magnolias. Adding foods like pumpkins, persimmons, pomegranates, and pears will tie the theme together.

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Get creative and have fun!

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Wayfair Thanksgiving Table Ideas:

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I was not financially compensated for this post.

Bonus: To turn this recipe into a soup: Peel the skin off of the acorn squash and blend into a blender with 1 cup plant based milk. Feel free to season to taste and add maple  tahini drizzle to garnish!

Bonus: To turn this recipe into a soup: Peel the skin off of the acorn squash and blend into a blender with 1 cup plant based milk. Feel free to season to taste and add maple tahini drizzle to garnish!


INGREDIENTS

ACORN SQUASH

  • 2 acorn squash

  • 2 Tbsp EVOO

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 2 tsp raw cane sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

MAPLE TAHINI DRIZZLE

  • 1/4 cup tahini

  • 3 Tbsp water

  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup

  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

  • S+P season to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Cut acorn squash in half and take out the seeds. Then slice each half into 1/2 inch slices.

  3. In a large bowl, toss acorn squash, oil and seasonings to combine.

  4. Transfer to two sheet pans lined with parchment paper.

  5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until squash is cooked through and edges are crispy. Will need to flip for the first 15 minutes.

  6. While the acorn squash is cooking, add all ingredients for the maple tahini drizzle in a small mason jar and whisk until combined.

  7. When the acorn squash is cooled, pour the maple tahini drizzle over the acorn squash and top with pomegranate arils and peptitas.

 
How to Create a Healthy Stress-Free Summer Picnic + Watermelon Salad
 

Insider guide on how to create a healthy stress-free summer picnic plus a watermelon salad recipe!

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A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a summer picnic with my friends Maria, Rebecca, Kayla, and Liz before some of us separated. It was such a fun time enjoying each other's company while eating delicious food! The biggest reason why we were able to enjoy the moment before the big farewell was because it was stress-free!

Now, it seems like it can be tiresome setting a time, location, menu and actually prepping the food but I have some secrets that can make this picnic experience pretty fun and stress-free! If you are wanting to host your first summer picnic, here is what you need to know to make this as stress-free as possible:

KEEP IT SIMPLE

From the decorations to the menu, keep it simple, simple, simple! The summertime is the best season to host a picnic because the flowers are blooming and the grass is green - what’s great is that you don’t even have to pay for it!

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Another way to keep your decorations simple is by using things you already own. By doing a quick scan around the house, I was able to scrounge up blankets, trays, plates, forks and mason jars that had a simple color scheme that reflected summer colors. So not only are you using your environment for decorations, you are also using things you already own so a win-win on the wallet!

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What’s great about the summer is that it’s hot so people typically like to eat lighter, more refreshing type foods. This will make creating the menu that much easier!

SERVE YOURSELF

I could literally devote an entire page on food allergies from all five of us combined, but I will refrain. With that said, you will most likely have someone in your group with a food allergy/sensitivity. This may seem a little overwhelming as your creating the menu, but if you create simple dishes and give them the opportunity to serve themselves then it puts the pressure off of you.

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A charcuterie board is a prime example. A charcuterie board mostly consist of a variety of meat and cheeses, with fruits and nuts. You can also cater to your board to your friend’s palettes. My board was kept pretty simple as I had to be sensitive to food allergies but even though one of my friends is allergic to nuts, I was able to separate the nuts by keeping them in their own bowl.

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My classic healthy chicken salad is a great main dish that is simple and can be catered to preference. This chicken salad is always a hit in the office so I knew it would be great for the picnic! Again, there were allergies so I just simply omitted the carrots and sunflower seeds and kept the spices neutral and it was still a great main dish! If you have friends that are gluten-free, use lettuce to make chicken salad lettuce wraps.

HYDRATION

You can totally get away with bringing water to a summer picnic- it’s actually encouraged! The summer heat may seem like you’re melting so your guests won’t notice that you didn’t bring rosé or something fancy - they will be looking for water! To take that summer drink up a notch, why not infuse them with herbs and fruit like mint, lemon, and blueberries.

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Another great way to take that water up a notch is with my newest recipe, watermelon lime refreshers! You can bring them for drinks or go a simple step further and make them into popsicles. The popsicles were the best part because by the time everyone finished stuffing faces, it was time for something sweet, light and refreshing to end a perfect picnic!

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What are some ways you like to create a healthy stress-free summer picnic?  Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your summer picnic photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love to see your healthy and stress-free summer picnic photos!


Summery watermelon salad that is sure to be a hit at your next summer picnic! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 small seedless watermelon (cubed)

  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta

  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint

  • juice of 1/2 lime

Toppings

Balsamic glaze

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients the day of the picnic or as your setting up the picnic and drizzle balsamic glaze as a nice touch!

 
Strawberry Fields Salad
 

This spring salad was featured in Bliss Women Magazine. Their mission is to make women's health and well-being a priority. Check out their website to learn more!

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Spring is finally here!

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the sunshine lasts longer. I always look forward to the weather becoming warmer and our frozen world coming back to life.  The spring is a gentle reminder that seasons do not last forever and that eventually, flowers will begin to bloom again. How can this reawakening of a flower relate to our story as women? Are you currently stuck in a career that does not allow for growth? Do you want to get your health back on track but don’t know where to start?  Just like a flower emerging from its winter slumber, so can we as women come into a new season of life. It might take some hard work and sacrifice, but with time you will begin to see the fruition of your efforts and fulfillment of your goals.

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Not only do flowers bloom but so does spring produce! In-season produce reaps the most nutritional value so look for these fruits and veggies at your local farmer’s market or produce aisle:

Strawberries

Asparagus

Radishes

Peas

Rhubarb

Arugula

Beets

Fava beans

Artichokes

Avocados

Citrus Fruits

Fresh herbs

What better way to incorporate these ingredients than to make a spring salad! Salads are a super-convenient way to get in a couple of servings of vegetables and/or fruit into your diet. Salads can also be fun, colorful and full of great texture.

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For this healthy recipe, I have created a vegetarian style salad with most of these spring ingredients that contain healthy fats, protein and complex carbohydrates that will keep you satisfied.

This winning strawberry fields salad is complex in flavor, yet super simple to make. It provides just the right amount of sweetness from the strawberries and honey balsamic vinaigrette, nuttiness from the pecans, creaminess from the avocado and goat cheese, tartness from the green apples, and spiciness from the arugula and radishes.  The honey balsamic vinaigrette pairs beautifully with the contrasting flavors and textures of the salad.

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If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo with #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


This strawberry fields salad will become your new go-to salad for the spring! Made with fresh spring produce and a bright honey balsamic vinaigrette. A vegetarian and gluten-free option! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup pecan halves

  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar

  • 1 tsp coconut oil

  • 1 cup strawberries (sliced)

  • 1 large handful fresh mixed greens

  • 1 small handful fresh arugula

  • 2 Tbsp goat cheese (crumbled)

  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint leaves

  • 1/2 cup carrots (shredded)

  • 1/2 granny smith apple (sliced)

  • 1/4 cup radishes (sliced)

  • 1/2 cup fresh snow peas

  • 1/2 avocado (sliced

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 lemon with zest

  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vineger

  • 1 Tbsp EVOO

  • 1 Tbsp honey

  • 1/4 tsp dijon mustard

  • salt and pepper to season

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

  2. Mix coconut oil and sugar together and add pecans. Toss until thoroughly coated. Place pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. Cook for 5-10 minutes on one side and then flip them and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.

  4. While the pecans are roasting, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients until corporated. Give it a test taste. If you like it sweeter, add a touch more honey. If you like more vinegar, add a touch more balsamic.

  5. Toss dressing with the salad and top with avocado and coconut sugar roasted pecans.

 
Avocado Deviled Eggs
 

Made with avocado instead of mayonnaise, these healthy avocado deviled eggs are just as creamy and delicious without the guilt.

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They’re perfect for Easter or for an upgraded snack. Sprinkle with chives or dill and smoked paprika for garnish!

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Growing up as a child, my mother would make deviled eggs for every occasion; Christmas, Easter, you name it! But since I live in a different state from her, it looks like it's up to me to continue the tradition in my home! This recipe will be similar to my mother’s recipe but tweaked so it’s healthier for you.

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Eggs can get a bad reputation with the fat content but eggs actually contain healthy fats that are essential to overall health. Eggs are also a great source of protein as one whole egg contains six grams of protein. They are great from a culinary standpoint to help emulsify sauces or dressings and important in baking to add structure, leavening, and to enhance flavor.  

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Speaking of healthy fats, a great whole food alternative to mayonnaise is using avocado instead! An avocado provides just a quarter of the calories mayo does along with healthy fats, fiber, and important vitamins like folate and Vitamin C.

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Since I absolutely love deviled eggs, I thought I would kick up the game a little bit. You can completely omit this part (why would you!?) but these eggs are beet-dyed! Dying the eggs are merely for presentation. The beet dying process does not affect flavor at all! If you would like to give your eggs this pretty color, check out the Created by Diane blog post on beet dying. I followed her foolproof method but used the juice from my Refrigerator Pickled Beets recipe instead, to cut out some steps.

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Enjoy these not so devilish eggs as a quick protein snack or as an appetizer to share this Easter holiday, picnic or barbecue.

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Made with avocado instead of mayonnaise, these healthy avocado deviled eggs are just as creamy and delicious without the guilt.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 dozen, 12 fresh eggs

  • 1 large ripe avocado

  • 2 Tbsp minced sweet pickles (bread and butter pickles or gherkins)

  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard

  • 1/2 tsp celery salt

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Garnish

smoked paprika, chives or fresh dill

DIRECTIONS

  1. To hard boil the eggs: Place 12 eggs in a large saucepan with cold water until eggs are fully covered. Set the oven on medium heat and let the water boil gradually (this prevents the eggs from cracking if set on high). Once boiling, cover with a lid and sit on the back burner for about 11-13 min (depending on the size of your egg). When the eggs are cooked, immediately transfer eggs to an ice cold water bath to stop the cooking process. Gently crack shells to remove the egg.

  2. To beet dye eggs: Place de-shelled eggs in a large ziploc bag and place bag in a bowl to keep the ziploc bag upright. Pour beet juice from (pickled beets recipe) and dilute with water until all eggs are covered. (or use beet mixture from (Created by Diane). Place in fridge for at least 1 hour. Rinse the beet juice off the eggs using a strainer and pat dry

  3. Slice eggs in half and remove eggs yolks saving 4 egg yolks (8 halves) and add to a bowl. Discard or keep remaining yolks for another dish.

  4. For this filling: add avocado, pickles, dijon mustard and seasonings to the bowl with yolks and mash until fully incorporated. Adjust seasonings to taste. It is best to use the back of a fork for easy mashing.

  5. To serve: place filling in a ziploc bag and cut one corner to squeeze the filling into the hollowed part of the egg. Sprinkle with smoked paprika and top with chopped fresh chives or dill.

  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week and enjoy!

NOTES

  1. The egg and avocado mixture should fill exactly 24 halved eggs but just in case you might have used a small avocado, add more egg yolk to the mixture to ensure you have enough filling for 24 halved eggs. 

 
Kale and Pesto Cauliflower Rice
 

Cauliflower rice is cooked with kale and pesto for a low carb, gluten-free, easy and healthy dish! 

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Cauliflower rice has become the new “it” vegetable. Not a day goes by where I don’t see a new cauliflower rice recipe being passed around by all the low-carb, veggie lovers. Even though it may seem like a trend, I am not so sure it will fade away anytime soon. I believe cauliflower rice is here to stay and I am perfectly okay with that! It has become a staple for my dinners as it lowers my carb intake. I also use cauliflower rice when I batch cook since it is so easy to prepare!

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So, what’s with the hype for this smelly vegetable? Here are some quick facts about cauliflower:

Despite knowing how healthy it is to eat cauliflower, the taste sometimes discourages me from eating it. There is just something about the taste of plain cauliflower that my taste buds do not agree with which is why I have created this recipe in such a way that adds zest and boosts the nutritional value. The wonderful thing about cauliflower is that it’s a vegetable that will take on whatever flavor you add. In this cauliflower rice recipe, I have combined it with my quick and easy 5 ingredient pesto sauce. Kale is used to amp up the veggie and fiber intake, and finally, I add lemon to complement the pesto sauce and bring out the savory taste of kale.

You can use cauliflower rice to substitute your typical heavy carb sides. Here, I have made kale and pesto cauliflower rice for dinner along with grilled chicken, roasted cherry tomatoes, and steamed broccoli.

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Cauliflower rice is so easy and quick to make that I often prepare it when I batch cook on Sundays!

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If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo with #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


Cauliflower rice is cooked with kale and pesto for a low carb, gluten-free, easy and healthy dish! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cauliflower head ((or 16 oz bag frozen cauliflower rice))

  • 1 large bunch fresh kale ((stem out))

  • 1-3 Tbsp pesto (less or more depending on preference)

  • 1 tsp coconut oil

  • 1/2 lemon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Begin by bringing about ¼ inch of water to a boil in a large frying pan.

  2. Add ½ tsp fine sea salt and cauliflower florets* (or frozen cauliflower rice)

  3. Cover and steam for about 3-8 minutes until desired tenderness

  4. Drain the cauliflower rice and add back to the frying pan with 1 tsp of coconut oil on medium-high heat. Cook for about 5 minutes.

  5. Add kale, pesto sauce, and S&P. Stir and cook for about 5-10 minutes until rice is crispy, kale has wilted and rice is fully coated with pesto sauce.

  6. Take off heat and garnish with freshly squeezed lemon.

NOTES

*If using fresh cauliflower, cut into florets and then briefly pulse in the food processor until they are the size of grains of rice.

  1. This recipe will make four servings. With that in mind, if you would like to use this in meal prep, divide up your protein, roasted cherry tomatoes with avocado oil and basil, and steamed broccoli. 

 
Refrigerator Pickled Beets
 

A great way to amp up up the nutritional value of beets while being a great addition to salads, side dishes, and appetizers! 

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We need to talk about beets.

I was not a fan of them in the beginning. It was so bad that I remember my first time trying them. It was at Jason’s Deli, many moons ago. I was with my health freak friends and they were like, “Oh! You have to add beets to your salad, they’re so good for you!”. I thought to myself, “Sure… If beets can make my entire salad pink then they can’t be that bad!”.

Boy, was I wrong; beets taste just like dirt.

Years have gone by since then and I would now consider myself a beet connoisseur. If I go to a cute mom & pop bakery or a hipster smoothie joint, I will initially scour the menu for anything beet flavored and go for it. One of my favorite things that include beet in the recipe is these amazing beet and ricotta cheese donuts from The Underground Cafe with DoughP Doughnutsin Asheville, NC. They were a total game changer!

I have thought about different ways to incorporate beets into my diet, and eventually, I realized one way to implement beets is to pickle them!

Cool facts about pickled beets:

  • Very low in fat, with less than 0.2g in each cup of slices.

  • Rich in dietary fiber which helps in promoting a healthy digestive system and stable blood sugar levels.

  • High levels of many vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, B and C, potassium, magnesium, and iron.

  • Detox capabilities!

  • Contains both essential amino acids betaine (used to help people with depression) and tryptophan (that acts as a natural mood regulator)

There are many ways to incorporate pickled beets into your diet. My favorite way is to add them to salads. You can also add them to a bruschetta style appetizer with goat cheese and basil, breakfast eggs, or a side dish!

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Now, let’s talk about how to pickle your beets. Most restaurants or recipes on Pinterest will tell you to pickle your beet or vegetable in sugar or a brine. A little bit of sugar is fine, but I try to avoid adding too much extra sugar to my diet. That is why my recipe uses a very small amount of sugar along with apple cider vinegar just to balance out the flavor. I won’t go too much into detail, as ACV already holds a solid reputation, but ACV is great for regulating blood sugar levels, can improve skin health, and reduce blood pressure. Now, to the recipe, we go!

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A great way to amp up up the nutritional value of beets while being a great addition to salads, side dishes, and appetizers! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb fresh beets

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar ((with the mother))

  • 1/2 cup filtered water

  • 1 tsp organic cane sugar

  • 1 pint glass mason jar (wide mouth in picture)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Wash and clean beets and add to a boiling pot of water.

  2. Boil for up to 25 minutes or until fork tender. (Tip* use boiled beet water as a plant fertilizer!)

  3. While beets are boiling, add water, sugar and ACV to a small pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for 5 minutes. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.

  4. Let the beets rest and then peel off the skin (taking the skin off after boiling process is much easier than when beets are fresh)

  5. Cut into cubes or slices (Tip*place a paper towel over cutting board and wear gloves to prevent staining)

  6. Add beets to a jar and pour the liquid mixture over until full to the rim. Allow the pickled beet mixture to cool until room temperature.

  7. Screw on lid and transfer to the fridge! You can refrigerate for up to two weeks.

NOTES

Canning option: I will be honest and say that I have not tried canning for long-term storage so I am not sure how these would store later so I don’t recommend it.