Simple Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Whether you’re a party person, a meal prepper, or a picnic lover, we’ve got a salad that can do it ALL! This fresh, crunchy Southwest-inspired quinoa salad features corn, black beans, cilantro, tons of veggies, and a zippy lime vinaigrette. BIG TIME de…

Simple Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Whether you’re a party person, a meal prepper, or a picnic lover, we’ve got a salad that can do it ALL! This fresh, crunchy Southwest-inspired quinoa salad features corn, black beans, cilantro, tons of veggies, and a zippy lime vinaigrette. BIG TIME deliciousness, friends! 

It keeps well, making it perfect for BBQs, picnics, or quick lunches throughout the week. Simple ingredients and just 30 minutes required! Let us show you how it’s done! 

How to Make Black Bean Quinoa Salad

This SIMPLE black bean and quinoa salad begins with: quinoa!

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Muesli

Looking for a wholesome, make-ahead breakfast recipe? Muesli is the answer! Muesli is essentially homemade oat cereal, which originated in Switzerland. Just add milk, and maybe some…

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muesli recipe

Looking for a wholesome, make-ahead breakfast recipe? Muesli is the answer! Muesli is essentially homemade oat cereal, which originated in Switzerland. Just add milk, and maybe some fresh fruit. It stores well in the freezer for up to six months.

Not all mueslis are created equally—some are bland and blah. Not this one! This nutritious muesli recipe offers loads of texture and flavor. It features old-fashioned oats, nuts and seeds, optional coconut, and chopped dried fruit.

muesli ingredients

Toasting the muesli in the oven makes a world of difference. It brings out the savory, nutty flavors in the oats, nuts and seeds and makes your kitchen smell lovely. The oven’s heat also firms up the oats a bit, offering even more texture. It’s absolutely worth the effort!

My other trick is adding a maple syrup splash to the mixture before toasting. The subtle sweetness substantially improves the flavor.

You probably have everything you need to make muesli already, so let’s preheat the oven and start mixing. Below, you’ll find many options for adapting the recipe to your pantry.

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Hemp Seed Florentine Cookies (Vegan + GF)

When your friend tells you she had a life-changing Florentine cookie in Amsterdam, you’re basically obligated to recreate it. And it’s a good thing, too, because the results are undeniably delicious — caramelly, crispy, salty-sweet perfection!
Bonus? T…

Hemp Seed Florentine Cookies (Vegan + GF)

When your friend tells you she had a life-changing Florentine cookie in Amsterdam, you’re basically obligated to recreate it. And it’s a good thing, too, because the results are undeniably delicious — caramelly, crispy, salty-sweet perfection!

Bonus? These Florentines are vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, AND require just 8 ingredients, including nutrient-packed whole grains and seeds! What are you waiting for!?

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Southwestern Kale Power Salad with Sweet Potato, Quinoa & Avocado Sauce

This hearty salad features a few of my all-time favorite ingredients. Here we have massaged kale, quinoa, spiced sweet potatoes, and black beans served with a dollop…

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Southwestern Kale Power Salad with Sweet Potato, Quinoa & Avocado Sauce

This hearty salad features a few of my all-time favorite ingredients. Here we have massaged kale, quinoa, spiced sweet potatoes, and black beans served with a dollop of creamy avocado sauce. I added crumbled feta and toasted pepitas for good measure.

I’d cook with only these ingredients if it weren’t for diversity’s sake. This texture-rich vegetarian salad packs great for lunch. If you like to meal prep for the week, this is an excellent candidate. Given the number of components, this is not the quickest recipe around, but it’s absolutely work the effort.

southwestern kale power salad ingredients

This recipe has been a reader favorite since it was originally published in 2015 (really, nine years ago?). I developed it during a month-long stay in Austin, Texas with my friend Ali. You could probably say that the Southwestern vibes influenced the recipe.

Today, this salad is getting fresh photos and some slight revisions. Enjoy!

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The Perfect Thanksgiving Salad (15 Minutes!)

Don’t take away our creamy, hearty Thanksgiving classics. But this new salad is amazing alongside them: It’s a fresh, bright, crunchy green salad with sweet, crisp pear or apple, toasted hazelnuts or pepitas, a simple lemon vinaigrette, and optional ve…

The Perfect Thanksgiving Salad (15 Minutes!)

Don’t take away our creamy, hearty Thanksgiving classics. But this new salad is amazing alongside them: It’s a fresh, bright, crunchy green salad with sweet, crisp pear or apple, toasted hazelnuts or pepitas, a simple lemon vinaigrette, and optional vegan goat cheese. 

Not only is it a colorful addition to the Thanksgiving table, but it beautifully contrasts the heavier dishes, aids digestion (hello, bitter greens and vinegar!), and comes together in just 15 minutes!

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Roasted Carrots with Farro, Chickpeas & Herbed Crème Fraîche

Can we talk about how beautiful those rainbow carrots are?! You are looking good today, carrots. This stunning roasted carrot dish features warm whole grains, protein-rich chickpeas, spiced…

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roasted carrots with farro and chickpeas

Can we talk about how beautiful those rainbow carrots are?! You are looking good today, carrots. This stunning roasted carrot dish features warm whole grains, protein-rich chickpeas, spiced pepitas and a light herbed crème fraîche sauce.

Don’t be intimidated by its gourmet looks—this recipe is simple to make once you get going. It has several different components, but none are complicated, and they come together beautifully.

ingredients for vegetarian carrot farro dish

This recipe is an absolutely lovely vegetarian option for your holiday table. Call it a main dish for the vegetarians and a side dish for everyone else. It’s also a well-balanced weeknight or special occasion dinner.

If this recipe looks familiar, it’s because it’s one of my all-time favorites. It even made it into my cookbook with a tahini sauce variation. Today, I’m sharing it again with updated photos and a video so you can watch how it all comes together.

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Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup (Instant Pot Friendly!)

If our creamy vegan carrot soup and Thai-inspired butternut squash soup had a baby, this carrot ginger soup would be her! And she’s got both her parents’ best features. Creamy and luxurious, a little spicy and gingery, and not too complicated. Oh, and …

Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup (Instant Pot Friendly!)

If our creamy vegan carrot soup and Thai-inspired butternut squash soup had a baby, this carrot ginger soup would be her! And she’s got both her parents’ best features. Creamy and luxurious, a little spicy and gingery, and not too complicated. Oh, and her sweet and spicy seedy topping? Highly recommended!

Just 1 pot and 8 simple ingredients required for this vibrant, warming chilly weather staple. Let us show you how it’s done!

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are the perfect quick meal for fall. They come together in under 30 minutes and are great for meal prep!

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It doesn’t get much easier or budget-friendly than these vegan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes loaded with tangy dressed Kale and tart Cranberries. Everything is cooked in a microwave, the dishes are minimal, and the potatoes are ready in about 15 to 20 minutes. Oh, and they are perfect for meal prep. This one is going into heavy rotation!

Three stuffed sweet potatoes on a wooden block with cranberries and pepitas on the side.

What Is a Stuffed Sweet Potato?

It’s all in the name. You can stuff a sweet potato with pretty much anything, but here, I’ve kept things plant-based by filling microwaved sweet potatoes with massaged kale and dried cranberries rehydrated in a citrusy sauce. These Stuffed Sweet Potatoes come together in no time and hold incredibly well, making them perfect for a work or school lunch.

Ingredients For Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Here’s what you’ll need to make my easy recipe for Stuffed Sweet Potatoes:

  • Sweet Potatoes: Look for evenly shaped potatoes that are heavy for their size. You can, of course, go with a regular potato, but the cranberry flavors don’t pair as well.
  • Kale: This is the base of our filling. You can use any sturdy green here, as long as it’s not too peppery.
  • Cranberries: Rehydrated cranberries lend excellent tart flavors and chewy textures. If you only have sweetened, rinse them well and omit the honey in the recipe. Golden raisins and chopped prunes work as a substitute.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: The base for our dressing, it adds zesty notes and helps rehydrate the cranberries.
  • Honey: Honey creates a subtle sweetness for the dressing. If you need to substitute it, use 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar. Make sure the sugar has dissolved in the dressing before using it to hydrate the cranberries.
  • Lemon Zest and Juice: The light citrus notes pair incredibly with cranberries and add dimension to the dressing. If you don’t have any lemon, substitute it with equal parts of apple cider vinegar.
  • Pepitas: AKA Pumpkin Seeds, add a necessary crunch to the final recipe. I used roasted pepitas, but raw ones are fine. Feel free to substitute with your favorite nut, especially peanuts, walnuts, or almonds.

What To Serve With Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

While they are a perfectly filling meal on their own, these beauties pair well with Roasted Chicken, Meatloaf, or Sausage Kebabs. If you want to add a little heft, top them with our Slow Cooker Chili Rubbed Pulled Pork.

How To Store

Sweet potatoes can be made ahead and stored in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. To reheat them, microwave until they are steaming and then stuff. The kale stuffing can also be made ahead and mixed with rehydrated cranberries. It will keep refrigerated in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. I do not recommend freezing the potatoes or the kale, as their textures will be compromised as they thaw.

Close up of a forkful of stuffed sweet potato with the plate in the background.
Three stuffed sweet potatoes on a wooden board.
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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are the perfect quick meal for fall. They come together in under 30 minutes and are great for meal prep!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $6.60 recipe / $1.65 each
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 383kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dried cranberries $0.44
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar $0.09
  • 1/2 Tbsp honey $0.07
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced $0.79
  • 4 large sweet potatoes $2.96
  • 2 cups chopped kale, packed $1.29
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil $0.06
  • 1 pinch salt $0.01
  • 1/4 cup pepitas $0.89

Instructions

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add the cranberries, apple cider vinegar, honey, and the juice of the lemon. Microwave for 1 minute. Let the cranberries steep while you prepare the sweet potatoes.
  • Rinse the sweet potatoes well. Pierce the surface of the potatoes a few times with a fork and then microwave for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cooked through. They are done when a fork can easily pierce through them. The cooking time will vary depending on your microwave's strength and size of the potatoes.
  • In the meantime, use a fork to smash the rehydrated cranberries to help thicken their sauce.
  • Add the kale to a large bowl along with the olive oil and salt. Massage the kale for about 30 seconds until tender. Mix the pepitas and the undrained cranberries into the kale.
  • Once the potatoes are done, slice the potatoes in half (but not all the way through) and fluff the insides with a fork.
  • Divide the kale between the four potatoes. Finish with a sprinkle of lemon zest on each potato.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1potato | Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 216mg | Fiber: 13g

How to Make Stuffed Sweet Potatoes – Step by Step Photos

Cranberries marinating in a bowl.

In a microwave-safe bowl, add 1/4 cup cranberries, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey, and the juice of 1 lemon. Microwave for 1 minute. Let the cranberries steep while you prepare the sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potatoes being pierced with a fork.

Rinse the 4 sweet potatoes well. Pierce the surface of the potatoes a few times with a fork and then microwave for 10 to 15 minutes until cooked through. They are done when a fork can easily pierce through them. The cooking time will vary depending on your microwave’s strength and size and the potatoes’ size.

Soaked cranberries being smashed with a fork.

In the meantime, use a fork to smash the rehydrated cranberries to help thicken their sauce.

Kale being massaged by hand.

Add 2 cups kale to a large bowl along with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and 1 pinch of salt. Massage the kale for about 30 seconds until tender.

Cranberries and pepitas added to the kale in the bowl.

Mix the 1/4 cup of pepitas and the undrained cranberries into the kale.

Cooked sweet potatoes opened and mashed.

Once the potatoes are done, slice the potatoes in half (but not all the way through) and fluff the insides with a fork.  

Sweet potatoes stuffed with kale on a wooden cutting board.

Divide the kale between the four potatoes. Finish with a sprinkle of lemon zest on each potato.

Three stuffed sweet potatoes on a wooden board.

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Pesto Pasta Salad

This pesto pasta salad is destined for your next gathering. Or at least, that’s what I hope! This recipe is light and so fresh. It’s perfect for…

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pesto pasta salad recipe

This pesto pasta salad is destined for your next gathering. Or at least, that’s what I hope! This recipe is light and so fresh. It’s perfect for parties, picnics and weeknight dinners, from spring through fall. Leftovers keep well for lunch, too.

Pesto and pasta are the stars of this show, naturally. To make it a pasta salad, I added a pint of cherry tomatoes, a few handfuls of fresh arugula, and some cheese. I love salty feta in this recipe, though mozzarella and Parmesan are also great.

pesto pasta salad ingredients

This pasta salad recipe includes homemade pesto made with a few little twists. Instead of pine nuts, I opted for more affordable pepitas (green pumpkin seeds). You can use pine nuts if you’d rather—or even walnuts or pecans.

I like to use half fresh basil and half fresh parsley, which tastes even more interesting and also cuts down on costs (buying lots of fresh basil can be expensive). You could certainly use all basil if you have an abundance growing in your garden. I also add some fresh lemon juice to brighten up the dish. Give it a try!

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Strawberry Granola

I love making homemade granola because I love eating homemade granola. A few favorites include: lemon blueberry, almond butter, peanut butter, chocolate, and chocolate chip cookie granola clusters. I also love this Strawberry Granola, especially during…

I love making homemade granola because I love eating homemade granola. A few favorites include: lemon blueberry, almond butter, peanut butter, chocolate, and chocolate chip cookie granola clusters. I also love this Strawberry Granola, especially during the spring and summer months. The strawberry flavor is so good! The granola is sweet, crunchy, and made with…