We love homemade crackers and Everything Bagel Seasoning, but have you ever tried them together? Woah — get ready to be wowed. Inspired by a recipe from the wonderful Carolina Gelen, these crackers are perfectly crispy, light, toasty, savory, and fille…
We love homemade crackers and Everything Bagel Seasoning, but have you ever tried them together? Woah — get ready to be wowed. Inspired by a recipe from the wonderful Carolina Gelen, these crackers are perfectly crispy, light, toasty, savory, and filled with nutritious seeds!
They’re also super easy to prepare (just 8 ingredients and 1 bowl required) and suitable for gluten-free, plant-based, and nut-free eaters.
Pollo Guisado or Latin Chicken Stew is a hearty braised chicken stew popular in Caribbean, Central and South American cuisines, with loads of flavor and so easy to make! Pollo Guisado (Latin Chicken Stew with Olives) This pollo guisado recipe my favorite comfort food dish, especially when the weather is cold. This is my go-to […]
Pollo Guisado or Latin Chicken Stew is a hearty braised chicken stew popular in Caribbean, Central and South American cuisines, with loads of flavor and so easy to make!
Pollo Guisado (Latin Chicken Stew with Olives)
This pollo guisado recipe my favorite comfort food dish, especially when the weather is cold. This is my go-to chicken stew recipe that is huge on flavor and my family loves it. I probably make this as often as I make picadillo, and if you’ve been following for a while, then you know how much we love picadillo! I have many variations of this recipe, like my Instant Pot Latin Chicken Stew with Corn and Sofrito Chicken Stew. Another chicken stew we love is this Paprika Chicken Stew.
Are you looking for a sweet lentil pancakes recipe made with red lentils? Imagine a light and fluffy pancake without eggs and milk that contains a natural protein source and only 6 other pantry ingredients. They are essentially vegan protein pancakes w…
Are you looking for a sweet lentil pancakes recipe made with red lentils? Imagine a light and fluffy pancake without eggs and milk that contains a natural protein source and only 6 other pantry ingredients. They are essentially vegan protein pancakes without protein powder. The best part is that the taste of the red lentils...
The next time you’re in the mood for an easy baking project, roll up your sleeves and try one of these healthy muffin recipes! They include a recipe for every classic muffin you can think of – blueberry, banana, zucchini, chocolate chip, an…
The next time you’re in the mood for an easy baking project, roll up your sleeves and try one of these healthy muffin recipes! They include a recipe for every classic muffin you can think of – blueberry, banana, zucchini, chocolate chip, and more – but they’re all made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour, almond flour, Greek yogurt, and maple syrup. Still, they deliver everything you want in a muffin, healthy or otherwise. They’re moist, tender, puffy, and lightly sweet. Two (or three) for me, please! Before you get to baking, here’s a tip: all these healthy muffin […]
This Mediterranean tuna salad takes just minutes to put together: it’s a fast and flavorful lunch or healthy dinner!
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
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.
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
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:
Prep the red pepper, shallot and English cucumber as noted above.
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.
Here’s another super easy meal prep for you! This super simple Cajun Sausage and Vegetables meal prep follows the basic protein + veg formula and is super fast to make. I’ve got some additional suggestions for you below, if you’d like to bulk up the meal a bit or just make it a little fancier!
This recipe is super flexible, so if you don’t like the vegetables I chose, you can swap them out with other vegetables. Here are some options:
For heartier vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts, you may want to pre-steam them for a few minutes just to make sure they get tender.
The Andouille sausage in this recipe is packed with herbs, spices, and a delicious smoky flavor, which ends up adding flavor to the entire dish. You can swap the sausage out with something like shrimp or chicken thighs, but if you do so, I suggest coating the chicken or shrimp well with plenty of Cajun seasoning since they don’t have seasonings built-in, like the sausage.
Bulk it Up!
If you need some carb action to keep you full and satisfied, you can serve these Cajun Sausage and Vegetables over a bed of rice. You can cook your rice in broth or add some herbs and spices for even more flavor.
Another option is to serve the sausage and vegetables over a bed of pasta. I think penne would be a great choice. If serving over penne, you can add a vinaigrette to help coat everything in flavor. I think the Smoky Vinaigrette that I used in my Smoky Roasted Sausage and Vegetables recipe would go nicely.
How Long Does it Last?
I generally keep meal preps like this for about four days, but the lifespan will vary depending on the conditions in your refrigerator, the freshness of the vegetables, and how long you cook the vegetables. Since I cooked this with the intention of reheating later, I purposely cooked the vegetables very lightly to prevent them from getting super soggy as they wait in the refrigerator. By nature, they will wilt a bit as the days go by, but undercooking them slightly can definitely help.
Cajun Sausage and Vegetables
This simple Cajun Sausage and Vegetables meal prep is a fast, easy, flavorful, and delicious way to get your daily dose of vegetables!
Slice the zucchini and yellow squash into half-rounds. Slice the red bell pepper and red onion into strips. Add all of the vegetables to a large bowl.
Slice the sausage into rounds. Add the sausage and 1 Tbsp cooking oil to a large skillet. Cook the sausage over medium heat until well browned. Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the sausage to a clean bowl.
Drizzle the vegetables with the remaining 1 Tbsp cooking oil, then sprinkle the smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper over top. Toss the vegetables to coat them in oil and spices.
Place the same skillet back over the heat and turn the heat under the skillet up to medium-high. Once very hot, add the vegetables and sauté just until they are slightly tender. The vegetables will pick up the flavor left in the skillet from the sausage, so do not clean the skillet first. Be careful to not overcook the vegetables, as they will cook more when you reheat your meal preps.
Remove the skillet from the heat and add the cooked sausage and chopped parsley to the vegetables. Toss to combine with the vegetables. Give the sausage and vegetables a taste and adjust the salt or other seasonings to your liking.
Serve immediately or divide into four portions and refrigerate until ready to eat.
*If you can not find Andouille sausage in your area, you can substitute it with any smoked sausage, like kielbasa.
How to Make Cajun Sausage and Vegetables – Step by Step Photos
Prep the vegetables first, so they’re ready to go. Slice one zucchini and one yellow squash into half-rounds. Slice one red bell pepper and one red onion into strips. Place the vegetables in a bowl.
Slice 14oz. Andouille sausage into rounds.
Add 1 Tbsp cooking oil to a large skillet and heat over medium. Add the sausage and cook until the sausage is well browned. Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the sausage to a clean bowl.
Drizzle 1 Tbsp cooking oil over the vegetables, then sprinkle with ½ tsp smoked paprika, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked pepper. Toss the vegetables until they’re coated in oil and spices.
Turn the heat under the skillet up to medium-high. Once very hot, add the vegetables and sauté just until they begin to soften. The vegetables will pick up the flavor and browned bits left behind by the sausage. Be careful not to overcook the vegetables. Remove the skillet from the heat.
Return the cooked sausage back to the skillet along with a couple of tablespoons of chopped parsley. Toss to combine. Give it a taste and adjust the salt or other seasonings to your liking.
Serve immediately or divide into four portions and refrigerate until ready to eat.
This chickpea soup recipe with rice and lemon is bright and restorative! Cozy up to a bowl of this satisfyingly healthy, easy 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
Long grain white rice
Ground turmeric, garlic powder, salt and pepper
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
This rainbow citrus salad is so crunchy, full of delicious texture and flavor! Blood oranges, red cabbage, spinach, avocado and a sesame vinaigrette bring this all together to create the most vibrant, beautiful bowl. Nothing can beat the winter blues like this vibrant crunchy salad. This beauty is so loaded with flavor that you won’t […]
This rainbow citrus salad is so crunchy, full of delicious texture and flavor! Blood oranges, red cabbage, spinach, avocado and a sesame vinaigrette bring this all together to create the most vibrant, beautiful bowl.
Nothing can beat the winter blues like this vibrant crunchy salad.
This beauty is so loaded with flavor that you won’t believe it. Serve it as a main dish or your side – heck, serve it at a party! It’s pretty to look at and delicious to eat so it checks allll the boxes. Top it with your favorite protein if you wish. It’s amazing!
I mean, just look at these stunning ingredients?! They are incredible on their own but when topped with the sesame vinaigrette… wowza. You won’t believe it. It will be in the rotation stat!
This salad is a copycat of the Miami salad from Kaya. They have the BEST salads – so vibrant and plentiful with lots of fruit and vegetables. And crunch! You may remember a few years ago when I recreated their spicy rainbow salad. Oh my gosh – that one is just so, so good.
And this is no different! Their Miami salad has a base of red cabbage, sliced into super thin strips. While this is never something I would even consider starting a salad with, it works. I promise.
The red cabbage strips are SO crunchy. They have super crisp and crunchy texture, but when marinated in the sesame vinaigrette for a few minutes, the coarseness breaks down and they become perfect for salad. Kind of like how kale does. It’s great!
Kaya uses regular oranges for their salad but since we’re in the height of citrus season, I had to go with blood oranges. They are so beautiful and wonderfully sweet.
This is everything that’s going into our rainbow citrus salad for extra crunch and flavor:
Thinly sliced red cabbage
A few handfuls of baby spinach and/or arugula
Sliced jalapeno peppers
Roasted, salted pepitas
And a sesame vinaigrette!
The spinach and arugula bulks up the salad nicely. It really adds some satiety to it as well as a little more crunch.
The tomatoes, cucumber and oranges are a given. Chop them however you wish and toss them in! Same with the avocado. Slices or chunks, you can’t go wrong.
Bloood orange are my favorite, but navel oranges, cara cara or even pre segmented mandarin slices would also work in a pinch.
The jalapeno peppers are optional. I am someone who doesn’t love heat but I like to keep these in there. I suggest going with the round slices because then you can really see them and they are easy to avoid! (more…)
Who else is addicted to Everything Bagel Seasoning? If you’re not, perhaps we should apologize because you likely will be soon. We were inspired by Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning (who else loves Joe?!), but we like this DIY vers…
Who else is addicted to Everything Bagel Seasoning? If you’re not, perhaps we should apologize because you likely will be soon. We were inspired by Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning (who else loves Joe?!), but we like this DIY version even better! It’s salty, savory, crunchy, and making it at home means you can use fresher ingredients.
This seasoning is the ultimate versatile topping — perfect for avocado toast, eggs, bowls, crackers (recipe coming soon!), and beyond!
These boozy milkshakes are all kinds of delicious! Coffee ice cream mixed with bourbon then topped with a chocolate chip cookie for the ultimate dessert! They are truly the best dessert for so many occasions, especially a cookie and cocktail party! Thi…
These boozy milkshakes are all kinds of delicious! Coffee ice cream mixed with bourbon then topped with a chocolate chip cookie for the ultimate dessert! They are truly the best dessert for so many occasions, especially a cookie and cocktail party! This boozy coffee and bourbon milkshake are probably one of my favorite desserts and […]