Main Dishes

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms

One of my favorite dips is spinach artichoke dip. However, it is full of mayonnaise with soybean oil and processed Parmesan cheese. It is seemingly healthy with the spinach in there. Some recipes also use mozzarella cheese, sour cream, or cream cheese to create a stomach monstrosity. As Redefining All Diets, I found a healthier way to create my favorite dish from home using a cashew base for cheese, nutritional yeast for the flavor, and vegeneise to cut a portion of the unhealthy fat. I added an extra veggie kick by stuffing it into a mushroom. This also gives it more protein to make this a well-rounded dish. You won’t even miss the meat with how filling this is.

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

I freaking love Thai food. I’ll go out with my friends to a Thai restaurant and I will order the pad thai almost every time. Lately, I’ve noticed that when I eat it, I feel an immense amount of bloating and inflammation. It’s to the point where I’ve had to keel over trying to walk out of the restaurant. This is followed by immense amounts of constipation and gas with more stomach aches.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Rice is always a staple when you go to a Chinese or Japanese restaurant. Most times, white rice is included with your dish. You can even upgrade to fried rice for an extra $1. Typically, this is fried in canola oil, which comes from the rapeseed plant, one of the most genetically modified plants on the market. Not only are you consuming trans fats due to the amount of oil typically put in this dish at restaurants, but you are getting high amounts of sodium from the soy sauce they put in. Typically, soy sauce contains ~900 mg sodium PER TABLESPOON.  White rice has had the bran, fiber, B-vitamins, and all the external fiber removed so all that's left is a pure carbohydrate. The outer shell is removed on white rice, which removes the natural oils found in brown rice, which makes white rice have a longer shelf life. While this is nice that you can keep white rice longer, it has a high glycemic index, which turns it rapidly into sugar. This will lead to a big boost of energy followed by a big crash pretty quickly afterward. Talk about a salty, nutritionless monstrosity. The great this is that you can make fried rice at home using any other type of grain, fry it in sesame oil, and use Tamari in place of the soy sauce to make it completely gluten-free and soy free! Plus, you get the nutrition from the peas and carrots with a healthy dose of saturated fat from the oil. Feel free to add whatever meat you like to make it a complete meal that will leave you full of energy and begging for seconds.

Banh Mi Pizza

Banh Mi Pizza

Growing up, I lived on pizza.

When time was in a pinch, my parents would order pizza.

When I was in marching band and we had late night practices, we would order pizza.

When I would go out with my friends, we would eat pizza.

After a late night on the town, I would be craving pizza.

Everywhere you look, pizza is at every corner.

Pizza has become a staple of the American diet being eaten for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner.

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

If you are a meat and potatoes lover, this recipe is definitely for you.

I grew up eating some type of meat and potatoes dish all the time. 

Whether it was a burger and fries, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, or whatever, it was always on my plate in some form.

A lot of times, when you think of meat and potatoes, it can be quite a heavy dish without a lot of nutrition. 

Sure, you get protein and starchy carbs, but a lot of times, there is no source of vegetables.

When you make a stew, it is a great way to make a hearty and warming meal that is also full of delicious vegetables. 

With carrots, celery, and greens (optional), this amazing beef stew recipe courtesy of My Heart Beets is a well-rounded dish that will keep you full for hours!

Oh Shit! Pasta

Oh Shit! Pasta

Sometimes, we have those days where we are like "Oh shit! I don't know what to make for dinner!" 🙈

Who does this resonate with? 

For a lot of people that means going out to eat, but as a cook, I tend to keep more than enough food in the house.

If you are like that too and have had enough takeout food, take the time to see what ingredients lay around the kitchen.

You might find some yummy food laying around your freezer or a bunch of random ingredients in the fridge.

This is a great opportunity to experiment and use your creative side to make a spontaneous, impromptu meal. 😋

Chicken Zucchini Noodle Casserole

Chicken Zucchini Noodle Casserole

I love outdoing myself every time I create a new recipe. I have been preparing a lot of vegan cheeses lately. This time, I found something a bit different. I am so proud of myself for meal planning again. I’ve been writing weekly meal logs and holding myself accountable for my meals. I’m really excited to be doing this as well in my upcoming challenge I’m holding in the next upcoming weeks. I’ve found all these awesome meals over the past few years and I am finally using them. Now, I’m bringing them to life!

Deconstructed Sushi Bowl

Deconstructed Sushi Bowl

Are you someone that craves sushi a lot? To be honest, I have no idea how to make sushi from scratch. One night, I really wanted sushi, but didn't want to go out to eat. I tend to eat way more and my body feels better when I eat at home. I love cooking, so I thought why not make it into a bowl? That way I was able to swap out the rice for quinoa and make my own homemade dairy-free "spicy mayo dipping sauce". Veggies are the star of the dish here because I was able to up my veggie game by making it at home. Ditch the takeout because you will definitely want to try my all new deconstructed sushi bowl.

Take-Out Fake-Out Hot and Sour Soup

Take-Out Fake-Out Hot and Sour Soup

I definitely outdid myself here! This hot and sour soup tastes just as good if not better than what you would get at a restaurant. The best part is there is no flour to act as a thickener, less salt in a restaurant, and I amped up the veggie game to make this a healthy, hearty, grounding dish. Want to learn how to make more recipes like this? Join me in one of two ways: take a cooking lesson with me or join my crash course cooking on April 9th. For now, enjoy the epic noms in this video! 😉😋🍲

Cheezy Crockpot Chili

Cheezy Crockpot Chili

Late night munchies get you again? 

What do you like to eat when you feel the cravings coming after a night out?

For me, I would go out to the bar, drink a few cocktails, and I ever so badly wanted pizza or nachos.

Sure, this seemed like a great decision in the short term, but afterward, I felt bloated.

I self-loathed and would regret every time I ate the unhealthy food.

Then, it hit me. Why don't I cook something healthy?