Mediterranean Tuna Salad

This Mediterranean tuna salad takes just minutes to put together: it’s a fast and flavorful lunch or healthy dinner! We’re…

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This Mediterranean tuna salad takes just minutes to put together: it’s a fast and flavorful lunch or healthy dinner!

Mediterranean tuna salad

We’re always looking for fast lunch and easy dinner ideas: and this one works for both. Introducing Mediterranean Tuna Salad! Combine canned tuna with crunchy vegetables, feta cheese, olive oil and a punch of Dijon mustard for the most flavorful salad to hit your plate! Serve it with crackers as an easy lunch, or over greens for a quick dinner with pita bread and olives. This one is so quick and versatile, it’s in our hall of fame of healthy meal ideas. Here’s how to make this tasty Mediterranean diet recipe.

Ingredients for Mediterranean tuna salad

This Mediterranean tuna salad combines quick and easy canned tuna with Mediterranean flavors: cool cucumber, briny caper, salty feta and tangy Dijon mustard. It’s pretty straightforward in its composition, but it’s a genius idea for using simple ingredients to make big flavors. We made it once, and it’s now on repeat for a simple lunch or dinner. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Canned tuna:  Use either water-packed or oil packed (we prefer water packed).
  • Shallot: A milder version of red onion, it’s a favorite for salads.
  • Red bell pepper
  • English cucumber: This variety is long and thin with no tough skin, no seeds and a milder flavor than standard cucumber: look for it in the produce section!
  • Capers: These bring big salty, briny flavor: look for them jarred near the pickles in your grocery
  • White wine vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt
  • Feta cheese crumbles, optional

All you have to do for this recipe: flake the tuna, chop the veggies, and mix it together! It’s seriously simple and the pop of tangy, savory flavor is unreal.

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Ways to serve Mediterranean tuna salad

This Mediterranean tuna salad is great because it’s quick, healthy, and it’s super versatile! You can serve it as a sandwich or just in a bowl, with crackers, or as a gluten-free main dish. It works as a quick lunch or a super-fast dinner! Here are some ideas for ways to serve it:

  • Over greens: Place it over crunchy greens and it works as lunch or dinner; add some sliced tomatoes and hard boiled eggs for a heartier meal
  • Sandwich: Throw it onto bread: you can also use Mediterranean-style breads like focaccia, pita or flatbread
  • Lettuce wraps: Wrap it into lettuce leaves as a gluten-free main
  • Crackers: Serve with gluten-free nut crackers (we like Nut Thins) or the cracker of your choice
  • Crostini: Spread over baguette slices
  • In an avocado: Throw it into half of an avocado for a healthy dinner option
Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Canned tuna nutrition

Canned tuna is part of a healthy diet! Even better, it’s shelf stable for 2 to 5 years in your pantry. It’s a pretty amazing ingredient. Here’s what Healthline has to say about the nutritional benefits:

  • Canned tuna is high in protein and low in calories. One 5-ounce can of tuna has about 30 grams of protein, which is about 60% of your daily need.
  • Tuna is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids that contribute to brain and heart health.
  • Look for tuna that is sustainable and low in mercury. Find cans of light or skipjack tuna, and sure they have an MSC certification on the label.

More tuna recipes

There are so many things to do with a can of tuna! And it doesn’t have to be 1970’s cheesy casserole. Here are a few favorite tuna recipes:

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Mediterranean tuna salad

Mediterranean Tuna Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 large, or 4 sandwiches
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This Mediterranean tuna salad takes just minutes to put together: it’s a fast and flavorful lunch or healthy dinner!


Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 cup chopped English cucumber (or standard cucumber, peeled)
  • 2 5-ounce cans white meat tuna
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese crumbles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prep the red pepper, shallot and English cucumber as noted above.
  2. Drain the tuna and place it in a medium bowl: mash it lightly with a fork. Add the chopped vegetables, capers, white wine vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, feta (if using) and kosher salt and stir to combine. Taste and add more salt if desired. Stores up to 3 days refrigerated.
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Keywords: Mediterranean tuna salad

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Chickpea Soup with Rice

This chickpea soup recipe with rice and lemon is bright and restorative! Cozy up to a bowl of this satisfyingly…

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This chickpea soup recipe with rice and lemon is bright and restorative! Cozy up to a bowl of this satisfyingly healthy, easy soup.

Chickpea Soup

Here’s a cozy soup that’s made of healthy veggies that taste bright and restorative: this Chickpea Soup with Rice! It’s similar to a chicken rice soup, except it’s made with plant-powered chickpeas instead. Tender grains of rice make for a satisfying thick body to the turmeric and ginger-infused broth, with a punch of lemon zest to brighten each spoonful. It’s got the cozy nostalgia of canned soup, but it’s fresh and homemade! This healthy soup made a splash over here: the whole family loves it.

Ingredients for this chickpea soup recipe

Chickpea soup can be made in so many ways: try our Italian Chickpea Soup (pasta e ceci) or this pungent-spiced Moroccan Chickpea Stew. But with our love for this ingredient, of course we couldn’t stop there! This chickpea soup combines the comfort of a canned chicken rice soup with the freshness of a Greek lemon rice soup. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Yellow onion, carrots, and celery
  • Spinach (or other greens like kale or chard)
  • Fresh ginger root
  • Garlic
  • Chickpeas
  • Long grain white rice
  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable broth
  • Ground turmeric, garlic powder, salt and pepper
  • Lemon zest
Chickpea Soup

Secret seasoning blend for the broth

This chickpea rice soup has a secret blend of seasonings with a few unexpected elements. Because this soup is vegan, it’s difficult to bring in the savory flavor you expect of a soup broth. We lifted a few tricks from our Easy Vegetable Soup and used them here. Here are a few of the unexpected ingredients that bring big flavor:

  • Fresh ginger root: A hint of fresh ginger adds a pop of flavor here! Don’t go without it. (We can’t really explain it, but it works.)
  • Ground turmeric: Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that’s part of the ginger family, and has an earthy, almost mustard-like flavor. Turmeric has some potential restorative properties and adds a nice golden color and zingy flavor to the broth. (Watch out though, it stains!) Grab a jar and can use up the rest with these turmeric recipes.
  • Lemon zest: It’s optional, but it adds a beautiful brightness to the soup without making it sour. (It’s similar to a Greek lemon soup, but not quite as intense.)

Storage info: rice expands in soup!

A few important notes about storage of this chickpea soup with rice! The rice expands in the soup over time, which is expected. Here’s what to know:

  • Add a splash of water when reheating leftovers. This soup lasts for up to 3 days in the refrigerator, but you’ll notice the rice expands during storage. Add a splash of water and a pinch of salt when you reheat it to bring it back to a soup-like texture.
  • The soup also freezes up to 2 months. Again, you may need to add a little extra water or broth when you reheat it.
Chickpea Soup

What to serve with chickpea rice soup

Want to make it a meal? This chickpea soup with rice works as a simple dinner or an easy lunch recipe. Here are a few ideas of what to pair with it:

More healthy and vegan soup recipes

Vegetarian and vegan eating is easy when you make soup! Here are some of our favorite healthy soups and vegan soup recipes to try:

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Chickpea Soup with Rice


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 13 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This chickpea soup recipe with rice and lemon is bright and restorative! Cozy up to a bowl of this satisfyingly healthy, easy soup.


Ingredients

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced (1-inch nub)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¾ cup long grain white rice
  • 3 cups baby spinach (or chopped greens like kale or chard)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (half lemon)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the vegetables: Dice the onion. Peel and chop the carrots. Chop the celery. Peel the ginger with a spoon, then mince the ginger. Mince the garlic. Drain the chickpeas.
  2. Prepare the soup: In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, chickpeas, and ½ teaspoon of the salt and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add the vegetable broth, garlic powder, turmeric, 1 teaspoon salt, rice and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the rice is tender.
  4. Stir in the spinach and lemon zest and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Taste and add a pinch more salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Serve warm (garnish with grated Parmesan for a flavor punch, if you like). Stores 3 days refrigerated; the rice soaks up the broth over time, so add a splash or water and a pinch of salt when reheating leftovers.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Soup

Keywords: Chickpea soup, chickpea soup recipe, rice soup

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Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls

These cottage cheese breakfast bowls are a healthy and easy breakfast! Top them with berries or apple, cinnamon and a…

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These cottage cheese breakfast bowls are a healthy and easy breakfast! Top them with berries or apple, cinnamon and a hint of honey.

Cottage Cheese Breakfast

Here’s a healthy breakfast idea that’s a bit unexpected, but surprisingly satisfying…Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls! Sure, cottage cheese and pineapple or melon seems a little retro. So let’s dust off the concept and make a modern way to start the day. Top this high protein cheese with fresh berries or apple, cinnamon and drizzle of honey. One bite, and you’ll be a believer (we promise).

Cottage Cheese Breakfast

Cottage cheese breakfast bowls

Cottage cheese is great for breakfast because it’s low calorie and high protein: to keep you full all day long! Let us be the first to declare: the whole cottage cheese and pineapple idea has never been our thing. But top it with fresh berries or apples and cinnamon, and it’s a whole new ballgame. Promise! If you have a texture thing about cottage cheese, we get it. But we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised here! Here’s what to do:

  • Add ¾ cup cottage cheese to a bowl. All brands taste different, so find one you love. (We like the flavor of Daisy brand.)
  • Top with berries or diced apple. For the berry bowl shown here, we used blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. For the apple cinnamon, we used Pink Lady apples (our favorite variety!).
  • Add a sprinkle of chopped nuts. Go with pistachios for the berry bowl and pecans for the apple.
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey. Both ingredients are essential to taking the flavors up a notch. You can use maple syrup if you prefer.
Cottage Cheese Breakfast
Berry cottage cheese breakfast bowls: we added Goji berries for fun

A healthy way to start the day

Make up a cottage cheese breakfast bowl and it’s both delicious and filling. One serving with ½ cup blueberries and 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios has:

  • 234 calories
  • 25 grams protein

One thing to watch with cottage cheese is the sodium: this recipe has 30% of your daily sodium. This shouldn’t be a problem if you cook healthy, whole food meals on the regular, but keep it in mind if you also eat lots of salty foods during the day.

Cottage Cheese Breakfast

More ways to eat cottage cheese breakfast

Want a few other ideas for ways to eat cottage cheese at breakfast? Here are a few ideas you might enjoy:

More easy breakfast ideas

There are so many ways to eat a quick breakfast, especially on the go! Here are a few ideas:

This cottage cheese breakfast bowls recipe is…

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Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These cottage cheese breakfast bowls are a healthy and easy breakfast! Top them with berries or apple, cinnamon and a hint of honey.


Ingredients

  • ¾ cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup fresh berries or chopped apple
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios or pecans
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions

  1. Place the cottage cheese in a bowl. Top with the berries, nuts, cinnamon, and honey. Eat immediately.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: Cottage cheese breakfast

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Carrot Ginger Soup

This carrot ginger soup recipe is simple but comes out with a pure flavor and velvety texture! Everyone will love…

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This carrot ginger soup recipe is simple but comes out with a pure flavor and velvety texture! Everyone will love this bright orange puree.

Carrot ginger soup

Here’s a bright orange puree that that tastes like sunshine: Carrot Ginger Soup! This recipe is ideal for when you’ve got a big bag of carrots to use up, or when you’re in the midst of a gray season craving sun. We often avoid pureed soups around here because they’re not filling enough to be a meal. But this carrot ginger soup: this one’s worth taking time for! It’s great as a first course, or for lunch with grilled cheese. Here’s why it’s worth peeling and chopping all those carrots.

Ingredients in carrot ginger soup

Carrot ginger soup is a simple pureed soup made with carrots, onion and ginger. For maximum creaminess, this one’s got coconut milk for a velvety texture. It also adds a subtle fruitiness that compliments the carrot perfectly. You could substitute heavy cream for a richer soup, but we adore the flavor that coconut brings. Here’s what you’ll need for this soup:

  • Yellow onion
  • Carrots
  • Ginger root
  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable broth
  • Garlic powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Coconut milk

Most of the effort involved in this soup? Peeling and chopping the carrots! It takes a while to prep, but once you take the first bite: we promise you it will be worth it.

Ginger

A quick way to peel ginger

Here’s a quick tip on how to peel ginger for this carrot ginger soup. Instead of using a vegetable peeler, here’s a trick: use a spoon! Ginger root is notoriously hard to peel with a vegetable peeler: it’s knobby and the skin is tough and stringy. But peeling it with a spoon works like a charm. It sounds unbelievable until you try it: but it’s the perfect tool for the uneven surface of ginger root.

Blending it up: a few tips!

Chop those veggies, sauté them up, and boil until the carrots are tender (head to the recipe below for exact details). The only fussy part of this carrot ginger soup is blending it! Here are some notes on blending:

  • While immersion blenders are handy, we like to use a standard blender here. With a stick blender, somehow we always end up with un-blended chunks and a mess all over our kitchen. It’s worth using a blender for this one!
  • Carefully transfer the hot soup using a ladle. Don’t pour it all into the blender, or you’ll get lots of hot splatters! A ladle is the way to go.
Carrot ginger soup recipe

What to serve with carrot ginger soup

This carrot ginger soup is not a meal: just like most pureed soups. They’re meant as a first course, or a side dish that compliments another. For that reason, we usually avoid purees because we prefer spending cooking time on a main dish. But this carrot ginger soup is so tasty, it’s absolutely worth the prep time! Here are a few ways to accessorize it and make it into a meal:

Carrot Ginger Soup

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Got more carrots? Here are a few more carrot recipes to use them:

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Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free

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Carrot Ginger Soup


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 medium or 6 small servings
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This carrot ginger soup recipe is simple but comes out with a pure flavor and velvety texture! Everyone will love this bright orange puree.


Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 cups chopped carrots (1 3/4 pounds or about 12 large carrots)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon peeled and minced ginger root (about 1-inch nub)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Dice the onion. Peel and chop the carrots. Peel the ginger with a spoon, then mince it.
  2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the ginger, carrots, vegetable broth, garlic powder, cinnamon and salt and bring to a boil. Then simmer until the carrots are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Carefully transfer the hot soup to a blender using a ladle (or use an immersion blender). Add the coconut milk and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve swirled with a drizzle of coconut milk and topped with fresh cilantro.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Pureed
  • Cuisine: Soup

Keywords: Carrot ginger soup

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Egg Muffins

This egg muffins recipe makes the ideal healthy breakfast, lunch, or snack! Bake eggs in muffin tin cups, then refrigerate…

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This egg muffins recipe makes the ideal healthy breakfast, lunch, or snack! Bake eggs in muffin tin cups, then refrigerate for quick meals.

Egg Muffins

Here’s a customizable make-ahead recipe that works for healthy breakfast, lunch and snack: Egg Muffins! Bake up scrambled eggs in muffin tin cups with healthy veggies, then refrigerate them for meals all week! This works as a grab-and-go breakfast, and it’s perfect for kid lunch boxes. We also find ourselves sneaking them out of the refrigerator for a quick snack. The filling is packed with good stuff: loads of spinach, cottage cheese for healthy protein, and jarred red pepper. They’re easy to whip up and so full of flavor!

Ingredients in egg muffins

Egg muffins are scrambled eggs that are baked in muffin tin cups, often with added vegetables or meat. Our spin on an egg muffin recipe loads up on healthy vegetables: spinach and red pepper. Because why not pack in healthy veggies? This makes them perfect for a healthy breakfast or lunch boxes. Our son loves these (and he’s wary of spinach: go figure!). Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Eggs
  • Oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper
  • Frozen spinach: don’t substitute fresh; frozen spinach has a specific texture you’ll want her
  • Cottage cheese: bold, savory flavor and velvety texture and adds protein
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Jarred roasted red peppers: substitute sundried tomatoes if desired
Egg Muffin Cups

Bake it up in muffin cups

This egg muffins recipe is simple: whisk up the eggs, add the cheese and veggies, and bake it up! Head to the recipe below. But here are a few notes on the baking process:

  • Important: squeeze out as much water as possible from the spinach! The spinach should feel like dry crumbles when you are done. This makes sure the egg muffins will hold together when baking and won’t be too watery.
  • Spray or grease the muffin tin well. You’ll want to be able to pop the egg muffins right out after baking!
  • Bake until puffed and golden, 22 to 24 minutes. They’ll deflate a bit after you let them cool: that’s expected!
Healthy Egg Tin Muffins

Variations on egg muffins

These healthy breakfast egg muffins are exactly what we love in the morning: they’re packed with vegetables and healthy protein! But if you like, you can customize egg muffins to have different variations. Add ½ cup additional mix-ins to the recipe below, or remove the spinach entirely and substitute about 1 to 1 ½ cups mix-ins. Here are some ideas (make sure they are finely chopped):

Important notes: You’ll want the veggies on the done side when you sauté them, so they don’t release too much moisture while baking. They should be finely chopped for good distribution. Also, make sure to keep the cottage cheese in the base recipe; or you can replace it with milk.

Egg Muffins Recipe

Storage info

The great part about these egg muffins? They keep very well! They’re perfect for storing in the refrigerator for meals all week.

  • Store refrigerated for up to 5 days: you can eat them cold, room temp, or re-warmed. Personally we like them room temp!
  • You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. Defrost by placing in the refrigerator overnight.

Another spin: crustless quiche!

This egg muffin recipe is a spin on our Crustless Spinach Quiche. So if you prefer, you can make this recipe in a pie pan and slice into wedges. Simply bake it for 25 to 30 minutes until puffed and golden. Head to the linked recipe for more details!

Crustless Quiche

More healthy breakfast and lunch ideas

You can never have enough healthy breakfast or lunch ideas, in our opinion at least! Here are some more of our favorite resources:

This egg muffin cups recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Egg Muffins


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This egg muffins recipe makes the ideal healthy breakfast, lunch, or snack! Bake eggs in muffin tin cups, then refrigerate for quick meals.


Ingredients

  • 10 to 12 ounces frozen spinach*
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped roasted red pepper (from a jar), plus more for topping
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray or grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin.
  2. Place the spinach in a colander and let warm water run over it until it is thawed, about 1 minute (some brands take a bit more effort to defrost: you can also use a microwave if necessary). Then use your hands to squeeze out as much excess liquid as you can.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Then stir in the oregano, salt, garlic powder, cottage cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, spinach, and roasted red pepper. Add a few grinds of fresh ground black pepper if you like.
  4. Fill each muffin cup three-quarters of the way to the top with the egg mixture. Sprinkle the tops with additional chopped roasted red pepper.
  5. Bake 22 to 24 minutes until set in the center and golden around the edges. Allow to cool for a few minutes (they’ll deflate, which is expected), and then run a butter knife around the edges of each muffin to loosen it and pop it out. Enjoy immediately or store refrigerated for up to 5 days: you can eat them cold, room temp, or re-warmed. (You can also freeze them for up to 3 months and defrost by placing in the refrigerator overnight.)

Notes

*Note: To customize the mix-ins in this recipe, substitute about 1 to 1 ½ cups mix-ins for the spinach. Try finely chopped sauteed broccoli, ham or bacon, caramelized onions, roasted peppers and onions or sautéed peppers, sauteed mushrooms, and so forth. You’ll want the veggies on the done side when you saute them, so they don’t release too much moisture while baking.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

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Easy Kale Soup

This Italian kale soup recipe with white beans is full of bold, Mediterranean flavor! Healthy and satisfying, it’s ready in…

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This Italian kale soup recipe with white beans is full of bold, Mediterranean flavor! Healthy and satisfying, it’s ready in just 30 minutes.

Kale soup

Need a healthy soup recipe that pleases everyone? Try this Kale Soup with White Beans! Hearty Tuscan kale, white beans and kale float in a tangy broth flavored with oregano and fennel. It’s like a combination of all our favorite soup recipes in one bowl: comforting and full of bold Mediterranean-style flavors. It comes together in just 30 minutes and makes a huge pot that’s great for leftover lunches. Really, it ticks all of our boxes! Healthy, easy, and irresistibly tasty.

Ingredients in this kale soup recipe

This kale soup delivers flavor well beyond its quick prep time! Sip a spoonful and you’ll be surprised by the pop of tangy flavor.

  • Kale: you can use either Tuscan or curly, but we prefer Tuscan (see below)
  • Onion
  • Carrot
  • Olive oil
  • Canned fire roasted tomatoes
  • Vegetable broth
  • Canned or cooked white beans: cannellini, Great Northern, navy, butter, or other
  • Seasonings: fennel seed, oregano, smoked paprika
Kale soup

Use Tuscan kale, but curly works

There are a few main types of kale you can find at the grocery store. We like Tuscan kale in this kale soup, because it has the mildest flavor and is Italian in origin, which matches the Mediterranean-style flavor of this soup. Here are the different types of kale you’ll see:

  • Tuscan kale has dark green, flat leaves and a mellow flavor. It’s also sometimes called Lacinato or dinosaur kale. It’s common in Italian dishes like Tuscan Kale Salad or Tuscan Vegetable Stew (Ribollita).
  • Curly kale is brighter green and very curly. The flavor is bitter and spicy., which is why we usually prefer Tuscan kale.
  • Baby kale is kale that’s harvested before it’s mature and sold in boxes in grocery stores and farmer’s markets. Baby kale has a very mild flavor and is more tender than standard kale, so you don’t have to cook it as long.
Tuscan kale

Why to look for fire roasted tomatoes

Another flavor secret to this kale soup? Fire roasted tomatoes. If you’ve been reading for a few years, you’ll know that we often use this type of tomato in our recipes because it brings massive sweet flavor, especially to soups and sauces. Here’s the downlow on fire roasted tomatoes:

  • Fire roasted tomatoes are a type of canned tomato that’s roasted over a flame before canning. They’re sold by several different brands, and you can find them in the canned tomato section in your local grocery.
  • Fire roasted tomatoes taste sweet right out of the can, instead of bitter like other canned tomatoes. This means you can cook them for less time, which is always a pro in our book!
  • Can’t find them? Just use the highest quality canned tomatoes you can find. You could also add a pinch of smoked paprika and a pinch of sugar to round out the flavors.
Kale Soup

What to serve with kale soup

Want to make it into a meal? This kale soup is an easy 30 minute meal that’s ideal as an easy dinner idea or healthy lunch. Here are a few ways to accessorize it to make a quick meal:

Storage info

This kale soup saves very well! After you make it, you can refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. The flavor just gets better with time!

More healthy soups

We’re all about cozy, comforting soups: anytime, anywhere! Here are a few of our top favorite healthy soup recipes:

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Easy Kale Soup


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This Italian kale soup recipe with white beans is full of bold, Mediterranean flavor! Healthy and satisfying, it’s ready in just 30 minutes.


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter (or olive oil)
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 28-ounce cans diced fire roasted tomatoes*
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 15-ounce cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried fennel seed, crushed with fingers, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 bunches Tuscan kale (or 1 large bunch curly kale), chopped
  • Shredded Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese for serving, optional

Instructions

  1. Prepare the onion and carrot as noted above.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and butter (or all olive oil) over medium high heat. Add the onion and carrots and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes until tender.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth and beans. Bring to a steady simmer, then add 1 teaspoon of the fennel seed, along with the dried oregano, smoked paprika and kosher salt. Simmer 12 minutes. (Meanwhile, chop the kale.)
  4. Add the kale and simmer additional 2 to 3 minutes until the kale is tender. Add the additional ½ teaspoon crushed fennel seed. Taste a cooled spoonful and add up to ½ teaspoon additional kosher salt (depending on the salt level of your broth and beans), until the flavor pops.
  5. Serve immediately with grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese. Store refrigerated for 3 days or frozen up to 3 months.

Notes

*If you can’t find fire roasted tomatoes, use the best canned tomatoes you can find. Add another ½ teaspoon smoked paprika and 1 teaspoon sugar, honey or maple syrup to round out the flavors.

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Soup

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Granola Recipe (vegan)

Homemade granola from scratch is such a simple thing to make and is infinitely customisable! If you hate dried fruit, leave it out. If you can’t eat nuts, leave them out or replace with seeds. Add spices or extracts! Add cocoa powder! This is my …

Homemade granola from scratch is such a simple thing to make and is infinitely customisable! If you hate dried fruit, leave it out. If you can’t eat nuts, leave them out or replace with seeds. Add spices or extracts! Add cocoa powder! This is my favourite granola as it’s not too sweet but has that …

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Magic Breakfast Cookies

These healthy breakfast cookies are amazing: no flour, refined sugar or dairy, yet they taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie!…

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These healthy breakfast cookies are amazing: no flour, refined sugar or dairy, yet they taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie! Morning win.

Breakfast Cookies

The path to healthy breakfast ideas is difficult, especially for meals on the go. So here’s a make ahead breakfast that fits in the palm of your hand: these Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies! Yes, it’s magic: oats, nut butter, applesauce, and maple syrup transform into cookies that you can eat for breakfast. There’s none of those traditional cookie ingredients: no flour, no butter, no oil, and no refined sugar. How is it possible? You’ve got to taste. Read the post for some important pointers.

Ingredients in breakfast cookies

Eating cookies for breakfast? Breakfast cookies are a handheld cookie made with healthy ingredients intended tp be eaten for breakfast or snack. They’re similar to a granola bar, but the texture is softer like a cookie. Breakfast cookies are conveniently easy to make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for meals on the go.

These healthy oatmeal breakfast cookies have no flour and no oil, opting for healthy alternatives. They also make both a vegan breakfast idea and gluten free breakfast option! Here are the 8 ingredients you’ll need:

  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Creamy peanut butter or creamy almond butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • Baking powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Kosher salt
  • Raisins
Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies we created for a friend who asked us for healthy breakfast ideas for on the go (hi Chelsea!). She had particular dietary considerations, resulting in these cookies being vegan, gluten-free, and full of nutrient-dense ingredients. Here are a few notes on calories and serving the cookies:

  • The recipe yields 11 to 12 cookies. You’ll get 11 cookies if you make ¼ cup scoops, or 12 cookies if you make them slightly smaller.
  • The cookies are either 270 calories or 247 calories, depending on whether you made a batch of 11 or 12.
  • Serving size is 1 cookie. The cookies are fairly sweet so we’d suggest another item if you want a more filling breakfast. Add an apple or other grab-and-go item.
Healthy Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies are not like a traditional cookie! There are a few things that are a bit different and pointers to note:

  • The dough is very wet. It’s not like a normal cookie dough, so don’t expect it to be! It’s very wet.
  • You’ll have to form the dough into the cookie shapes with your hands. Again, it doesn’t shape like you expect it to: but that’s ok!
  • They also don’t spread when baking like a normal cookie. When you shape it, that will be the final shape of the cookie when baked. You can press a few extra raisins into the top before you bake if the cookie looks a little sparse on top.

Storage info

The best thing about breakfast cookies? They’re easy to make ahead and store for on-the-go breakfasts! Here’s what to know about storage:

  • Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for 3 months. Then grab them on your way out the door.
  • You can also store at room temp for about 5 days. They get very soft when stored at room temp (and delicious!).
  • The cookies become softer when stored. You’ll notice they’re a little crisp at the edges after baking, but they hydrate more during storage.

More healthy breakfast ideas

Looking for easy healthy ways to start the day? (Who isn’t?) Here are a few healthy breakfast ideas:

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Magic Breakfast Cookies


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 11 to 12 cookies
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These healthy breakfast cookies are amazing: no flour, refined sugar or dairy, yet they taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie! Morning win.


Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter or creamy almond butter
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce, maple syrup, and peanut butter. Stir in the oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix very well to combine into a dough. Add the raisins and stir until combined. The dough will be wetter than you expect, but it’s as intended.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out 1/4-cup portions of dough and use the palm of your hand to gently shape it into a cookie to about 3/4-inch thick. The cookie won’t spread while baking, so make it the shape you’d like the final cookie. Place it on the prepared baking sheet. If it doesn’t pop right out of the cup, you can remove it with your hands, form it into a ball and then flatten it into a cookie shape with your hands. Again, the dough will be wetter than a normal cookie dough. Repeat to make 11 ¼ cup sized cookies or 12 slightly smaller cookies. Press a few extra raisins into the tops of any cookies that seem sparse.
  4. Bake until the cookies are golden and firm, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on the pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack and cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes. The texture becomes softer during storage. Leftover breakfast cookies will store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, and in the freezer for up to 3 months (you can wrap individually in foil if you like or place in a freezer proof container).
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

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Easy Vegan Tacos

This vegan tacos recipe stars a flavor-bursting taco meat with classic toppings like pico and lettuce. An easy vegan dinner…

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This vegan tacos recipe stars a flavor-bursting taco meat with classic toppings like pico and lettuce. An easy vegan dinner in 30 minutes!

Vegan Tacos

It’s easy to resolve to eat more plant-based healthy dinners, but actually doing it is another matter entirely. Here’s one way to make it mega-delicious: this Vegan Tacos Recipe! There are lots of ways to make a vegan taco, but this one is our favorite. It’s filled with hearty, spiced walnut taco meat that tastes remarkably similar to the real thing. Add refried beans, your favorite classic toppings, and dollop with a creamy, spicy sauce. These were a major hit at our house. Eating vegan dinners never tasted so good!

The basic idea behind vegan taco meat

There are lots of plant-based meat substitutes available these days: which speeds up the prep of these vegan tacos. But many brands can have additives and odd ingredients, and aren’t all that different from the processed food many home cooks like to avoid. So we like to make our own! Walnut taco meat might sound a little odd: until you try it for the first time. You’ll be sold, one bite in! Here are the basic steps (or jump right to the recipe):

  • Chop walnuts and mushrooms very finely to the texture resembling ground beef. Use a large food processor for the easiest prep.
  • Add savory seasonings to amp the “umami” flavor of these ingredients: tamari, ketchup, cumin, smoked paprika and garlic powder.
  • Saute the mixture until it is lightly browned, about 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Stir in a little olive oil to approximate the richness of ground beef.
Vegan Taco Meat

Toppings for vegan tacos

Once you’ve got the taco meat, all you need are the taco toppings! We wanted this vegan tacos recipe to mimic a classic ground beef taco, with toppings to match. So we’ve kept everything pretty classic! Here are our must-have toppings, and a few other ideas for getting creative:

  • Refried beans: This is a must! It makes the tacos more filling with plant-based protein, and provides a soft texture contrast to the taco meat
  • Pico de gallo and iceberg lettuce: These are so classic! They’re required too.
  • Corn: We like adding corn to bring in a yellow element to mimic cheese (but of course, it doesn’t with the flavor)
  • Pickled vegetables (optional): If you have time, Pickled Red Onions add a tangy flair, or use storebought jarred Pickled Jalapenos
  • Guacamole: Another natural fit!
  • Hot sauce: Add a few dashes of hot sauce or taco sauce! Speaking of sauces…
Vegan Tacos

A few vegan taco sauces

Sometimes when we’re making tacos, making a separate sauce feels like too much effort with all the work on the toppings. But in my opinion, the sauce is what ties it together! Vegan sauces are difficult because you can’t rely on the richness of dairy. But there are a few great options to make a killer sauce:

  • Chipotle Sauce: This Chipotle Sauce recipe uses tahini to make the creamy base. It’s quick to whisk up and the spicy favor is spot on.
  • Yum Yum Sauce: Use vegan mayo and coconut oil to make this rich and creamy Yum Yum Sauce.
  • Cilantro Sauce: This Cilantro Sauce requires soaking cashews for 1 hour, but it’s absolutely worth it for the zingy flavor.

Tips on warming tortillas

The last thing about this vegan tacos recipe: make sure to warm tortillas! It’s impossible to make a good taco with a cold, leathery tortilla. Here’s how to warm tortillas like a pro:

  • Place them over the flame of a gas burner. Place each tortilla directly on a gas burner for a few seconds per side, turning with tongs. This lightly chars the edges and warms the tortillas. Then throw them into a tortilla warmer!
  • Warm them in the oven. Go to How to Warm Tortillas. You can also char them with a kitchen torch, if you’re a stickler for a charred tortilla (which is what we did here, because we cook on this induction range!).
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More ways to make vegan tacos

This vegan tacos recipe is a take on a classic ground beef taco. But there are so many different ways to make a vegan taco! Here are some favorites:

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Vegan Tacos

Easy Vegan Tacos


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 to 10 tacos
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This vegan tacos recipe stars a flavor-bursting taco meat with classic toppings like pico and lettuce. An easy vegan dinner in 30 minutes!


Ingredients

For the vegan taco meat

  • 2 cups whole walnuts*
  • 8 ounces baby bella (cremini) mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari (or coconut aminos for soy free)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ½ tablespoon each smoked paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

For the vegan tacos


Instructions

  1. Make the vegan taco meat: Roughly chop the mushrooms. Place them in a large food processor, then add the walnuts and tamari, ketchup, cumin, spices, and salt. Pulse gently multiple times until everything is evenly chopped, being careful not to over process (or it will be too mushy). If you don’t have a food processor, use a chef’s knife to roughly chop everything and place in a bowl with the spices.
  2. Cook the vegan taco meat: Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium low heat. Cook for 7 to 10 minutes, stirring until it releases all of its liquid then becomes dry and browned. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Taste and add more salt if desired. (Store refrigerated for 1 week or freeze on a sheet pan, then place in a sealed container and freeze up to 3 months. )
  3. Prep the toppings: Heat the refried beans on the stovetop with ½ teaspoon cumin and a few pinches of salt. Chop the iceberg lettuce.
  4. Make the sauce: If using, make the Chipotle Sauce or Yum Yum Sauce with vegan mayo (or make the Cilantro Sauce in advance).
  5. Warm the tortillas: Warm and char the tortillas by placing them on an open gas flame on medium for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm. (See How to Warm Tortillas.)
  6. Assemble the tacos: Add a generous spoonful of refried beans to a tortilla, then top with vegan taco meat, pico de gallo, lettuce, corn, and sauce.

Notes

*To make a smaller amount or reduce the calories, it also works with 1 cup walnuts and same amount of mushrooms. Reduce the kosher salt by ¼ teaspoon and then add more to taste. You can also substitute plant-based taco meat to speed up the recipe; here’s some notes on a favorite brand of ours.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan

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Sweet Potato Curry

This sweet potato curry recipe with chickpeas makes an irresistible healthy dinner! It stars luscious coconut milk and Thai curry…

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This sweet potato curry recipe with chickpeas makes an irresistible healthy dinner! It stars luscious coconut milk and Thai curry paste.

Sweet potato curry

When it comes to healthy recipes, here’s a plant-based dinner that’s just as satisfying as a margherita pizza or chili cheese fries (we think). Try this Sweet Potato Curry! Tender sweet potatoes and bell peppers swim in a luscious broth of coconut milk and Thai curry paste, topped with fresh cilantro and crunchy peanuts. There’s so much flavor going on, you’ll want to take another bite before you’re finished savoring the first. Welcome to: your easy weeknight dinner soulmate!

The origin of curry

What’s the origin of a curry? The word “curry” is a Western invention to poorly describe the nuance of what colonizers observed in foreign cuisines (see Bon Appetit). Today, the term is pretty broad: it’s used to describe any dish with a spiced sauce and meat or vegetables, often eaten with rice or flatbread. It’s made in many countries with varying flavor profiles, including India, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Africa, Nigeria, England and more.

This recipe is loosely based on a Thai or Southeast Asian-style red curry using red curry paste and coconut milk. After traveling in Southeast Asia, we fell in love with the flavors of ginger, garlic, galangal, lime and lemongrass. Sweet potato and chickpeas aren’t traditional ingredients in this type of curry (though pumpkin is); so this is a non-traditional spin on the concept.

Sweet Potato Curry

Ingredients in this sweet potato curry recipe

This sweet potato curry is a fantastic easy dinner recipe that makes vegetables taste irresistibly rich and nuanced. The broth uses the shortcut of curry paste to infuse massive flavor into each bite. Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand:

  • Sweet potato: find medium-sized orange sweet potatoes
  • Yellow onion
  • Bell pepper
  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Red curry paste: we like Thai Kitchen brand because it’s flavorful yet not too spicy! See below for more notes
  • Coconut milk: Use only full-fat or regular here for the right richness and body
  • Peanut butter
  • Lime juice (optional)
  • Olive oil

Red curry paste: what to know

Red curry paste is a shortcut for Western kitchens, not an authentic ingredient: it’s a jarred paste that takes all the flavor of a Thai curry and concentrates it! Curry paste is made with chili peppers, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, kaffir lime leaves, cumin, coriander, and more. It brings a massive amount of flavor and lasts for months in the fridge. A few notes on this ingredient:

  • The heat level varies based on the brand. We like Thai kitchen curry paste because it’s very mild (and works for our 4-year old!). There are many great brands to try: just make sure to taste your curry paste and if it’s very spicy, use a little less than the recipe specifies.
  • Find it near the Thai products in most grocery stores. It keeps for months in the refrigerator. You can also buy it online: Thai Kitchen red curry paste.
Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

Ways to serve sweet potato curry

This sweet potato curry is a Southeast Asian-style curry, so it’s best served with rice. (Reserve naan for an Indian-style curry.) That makes it a vegan and gluten-free dinner recipe that’s packed with flavor. Here are the best styles of rice to serve alongside:

More curry recipes

We could eat curry every night of the week! Here are a few more tasty curry recipes:

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Sweet Potato Curry


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This sweet potato curry recipe with chickpeas makes an irresistible healthy dinner! It stars luscious coconut milk and Thai curry paste.


Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), unpeeled or peeled and diced into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 15-ounce can full fat coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste (we like Thai Kitchen brand)*
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 cups baby spinach or chopped spinach
  • ½ tablespoon lime juice, to finish (optional)
  • Crushed peanuts and torn fresh cilantro, to garnish
  • To serve: jasmine rice or basmati rice

Instructions

  1. If serving with rice, start the jasmine rice or basmati rice.
  2. Chop the onion, sweet potato, garlic, and bell pepper as noted above.
  3. In a large skillet, pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sweet potato and sauté for 5 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add the garlic and red pepper and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add the chickpeas (drained and rinsed), coconut milk, curry paste, peanut butter, 1 cup water and the kosher salt and bring to a simmer. Simmer until sweet potatoes are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Add the spinach and lime juice and cook until the spinach wilts, about 1 minute.
  6. Garnish with crushed peanuts and torn cilantro. Serve immediately with rice. Leftovers store up to 3 days refrigerated, or 2 months frozen.

Notes

*The heat level for red curry pastes varies based on the brand. The brand we like, Thai Kitchen, is very mild. Taste your curry paste beforehand and add a little less if you’re worried about the heat level.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Curry

Keywords: Sweet potato curry, sweet potato chickpea curry

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