Golden Turmeric Tahini Dressing

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A super simple recipe for an anti-inflammatory turmeric tahini dressing that’s the perfect topping for your favorite salad, but also lovely as a sauce or dip! My favorite homemade dressing of all time is my zesty tahini dressing, but this turmeric tahini dressing is slowly creeping up as a close second. It all started when Cava released their 2018 winter menu with a spicy turmeric tahini dressing. It wasn’t long after that I found a packaged … [Read more...]

Dessert Baked Sweet Potato

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Turn nutrient-rich sweet potatoes into a satisfyingly sweet dessert! Just bake and stuff with your favorite toppings. This particular dessert baked sweet potato is loaded with toasted coconut, coconut butter, cinnamon, almond butter, pecans and dark chocolate. Vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly.  Sweet potatoes are one of my absolute favorite vegetables and over the years I’ve found so many different ways to enjoy them — from sweet potato … [Read more...]

One Pan Za’atar Chicken Bake (VIDEO)

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Get inspired by Middle Eastern flavors with this one pan za’atar chicken bake. It’s easy to whip up and tastes incredible, especially with a drizzle of tahini dressing. Paleo, gluten-free and whole30 approved.  Gah! As I type this I’m feeling super behind because I still haven’t done a recap of our trip to Israel in November. When we got home I was consumed with catching up, then the holidays began, and now it’s 2018 and I still … [Read more...]

Chocolate Bran Muffins recipe

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We all know how important it is to get a lot of fiber into our diet and the fact is that a lot of forms of fiber just don’t taste all that great. My wife has been making these chocolate bran muffins for years and although they are a great treat or snack they are chock full of fiber so they are actually good for you as well and filling. My wife has been making these great mini loaves or muffins with All Bran and thought I should share the … [Read more...]

RECIPE: 2-Minute Chewy Oat Bar (with just 4 ingredients!)

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I'm never sure what to call this. It's more of an "oat patty", but that just doesn't sound very appealing. This basically makes a chewy oatmeal patty (we'll call it a bar) that you can top with pretty much anything! My favorite is honey and banana. (See more photos below the recipe for other ideas) Click here for a printer-friendly PDF recipe 2-Minute Chewy Oat Bar Ingredients: 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats 1 egg white (or 2 Tbsp. liquid egg … [Read more...]

Mexican Sweet Potato Chicken Soup

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This hearty Mexican sweet potato chicken soup is loaded with veggies, lean protein and has a smoky, sweet flavor from dried guajillo Mexican peppers. Grain/gluten-free, diary-free, paleo and whole30 friendly.  Okay, I’m going to come right out and admit something I’m kind of embarrassed about… cooking with dried peppers has always intimated me. I used to walk past them in the store and think, what the heck do people do with those things? … [Read more...]

RECIPE: One Pot Italian Sausage Lentils and Rice

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I was inspired to make this dish after eating the Mexican Lentils and Rice for several years. (I was going to link to that recipe, and I realized that I never posted it! So I will post that another time.) I had some Italian turkey sausage to use up, so I made this and it was delicious! It's very hearty and filling, super easy to cook, and it doesn't take a ton of ingredients or time. (See notes after recipe) Click here for a printer-friendly … [Read more...]

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

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These decadent no bake pumpkin pie bars pair a crunchy granola crust with a creamy, thick pumpkin filling with coconut oil and cashew butter. Vegan & gluten-free. This post is sponsored by Nature’s Way.  Last week I shared a sweet and savory wild rice stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving, but now it’s time to move on to dessert! Dessert is the best part about the holidays anyhow, amirite? Of course pumpkin pie is a quintessential … [Read more...]

Chocolate Pecan Pumpkin Granola (VIDEO)

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This recipe for homemade pumpkin granola is loaded with nutty pecans and studded with mini chocolate chips for the perfect hint of chocolatey goodness. Vegan + gluten-free.  There’s really nothing better than making a big batch of  homemade pumpkin granola on a fall day. Not only does it make the house smell amazing, but it’s so awesome to have on hand for snacks throughout the week. Isaac is on the road a ton and we’ve found … [Read more...]

Buffalo Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Cashew Ranch Dressing

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Who said buffalo sauce is just for wings? This buffalo cauliflower salad is loaded with cauliflower, crispy chickpeas and topped with a creamy vegan ranch dressing made from cashews. Okay before we get into this buffalo cauliflower salad recipe I have to share a little story about where my love for salads began. I was on a spring break trip to Colorado with my roommates. We were having a blast — spending our days exploring the national … [Read more...]

RECIPE: Cream Cheese Rigatoni

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This pasta dish is not very saucy, but has a good taco flavor with a some creaminess from the cream cheese and a top layer of cheddar. Jerry and my kids are obsessed with this dish! They request it all the time. Click here for a printer-friendly PDF download of the recipe Cream Cheese Rigatoni Ingredients: 16 oz dry rigatoni (or penne or other pasta) 2 tsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 pound lean ground turkey 1 packet of taco seasoning 1 cup … [Read more...]

RECIPE: (Mom’s) Beef Stew

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This is my mom's recipe for beef stew. While typically, beef stew has potatoes and a heartier gravy, we've always eaten this over egg noodles (without potatoes), and a thinner, tomato-based sauce. I actually prefer this much more! It has a nice texture with the noodles, and the sauce has more flavor than gravy does. Click here for the printer-friendly PDF version. Mom's Beef Stew 2 tsp. oil 12-16 oz. round steak, cubed (I buy round steak … [Read more...]

Avocado Deviled Eggs Packable Lunch

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Inspired by the flavor of guacamole, these avocado deviled eggs make for a fun packable lunch idea. Simply pack two avocado deviled eggs, the extra filling, plantain chips and veggies for a satisfying and unique lunch! Sponsored by Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.  Back to school season is here and although we don’t have kids I love this time of year. The fall season always feels like a time to restart, get back into a routine and home in on … [Read more...]

Trail Mix Coconut Butter Cups

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Easy 4-ingredient trail mix coconut butter cups that are vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly. My love for trail mix runs deep. It’s been one of my fav snacks for ages and it’s the main reason I named my site “Eating Bird Food.” Hence the reason I have a ton of healthy trail mix recipes here on EBF. And if you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll know that lately I’ve been having a moment with coconut butter. I posted my … [Read more...]

Vegan Banana Split Breakfast

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Have a dessert-inspired morning with this vegan banana split breakfast bowl. It’s loaded with dairy-free yogurt, caramelized bananas, fresh berries, cacao nibs and grain-free granola. Vegan, gluten-free and kid-friendly! This post is sponsored by Silk.  I get asked frequently about a good substitute for regular yogurt and until recently I hadn’t tried any dairy-free yogurt options that I absolutely loved. That changed when Silk reached out … [Read more...]

Roasted Strawberry Cottage Cheese Bowl

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This strawberry cottage cheese bowl pairs maple roasted strawberries, oats and coconut with cottage cheese for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast. Roasting the berries enhances their sweetness and creates a delicious, fruity sauce to mix into the cottage cheese.  It’s funny because I go through phases with cottage cheese. Some weeks I buy it and it disappears in a couple days, but other times it just sits in the fridge. It’s one … [Read more...]

Announcing Simple Inspirations 2017

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It’s officially my favorite time of year!!! Yes, summer… but it’s also the most creative season for all my friends on the Jenny Craig program:  It’s time for Simple Inspirations!!! I’m thrilled to announce that Jenny Craig has launched the 3rd annual recipe contest. It’s incredible to be back, participating as a guest judge for 2017! Throughout the years, I’ve realized that the recipe possibilities are truly ENDLESS with … [Read more...]

Lentil Tuna Salad

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This lentil tuna salad combines beluga lentils with canned tuna, fresh veggies and a turmeric dressing. It’s absolutely delicious and perfect for sharing at summer cookouts and parties. I received free samples and compensation by Genova in exchange for recipe development. All opinions are my own.  You know the feeling when you make a recipe and realize it’s pretty much amazing? It’s one of those recipes you mark down as a favorite, bookmark … [Read more...]