Hearty Kale Salad with Chipotle Pecan Pesto

Hearty Kale Salad with Chipotle Pecan Pesto

This is not your average kale salad. Seriously, friends. It’s so good! Not only is this salad perfect for fall with its hearty, seasonal veggies and gorgeous autumnal colors, but it’s absurdly flavorful and nutritious to boot!

We could not believe how much we loved the bright, savory, sweet, and smoky qualities of this salad, and it’s safe to say it’s our new favorite way to pack in a ton of nourishing veggies.

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Creamy Chipotle Pecan Pesto

Creamy Chipotle Pecan Pesto

Oh boy, we really did it this time! We took inspiration from Bouldin Creek Cafe for this chipotle pecan pesto but ended up with something that, dare we say, we love even more. It’s undeniably addictive, versatile, and perfect for sandwiches, roasted veggies, wraps, bowls, tacos, salads (recipe coming soon!), and more. This pesto knows no bounds.

We’re sure you’ll agree once you give this creamy, nutty, smoky, and uber savory creation a try!

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Easy 1-Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan)

Easy 1-Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan)

Is there anything better than a classic bowl of tomato soup? When it’s creamy, comforting, savory, and perfectly balanced like this one, we think not! This version has all the amazing tomato soup flavor you know and love thanks to simple ingredients and quick and easy methods!

This 1-pot wonder is the perfect pairing for grilled cheese sandwiches, vegan BLTs, grilled romaine salads, and beyond. Let us show you how it’s done! 

How to Make Tomato Soup

The elements of a classic tomato soup are simple: sautéed onions, garlic, and dried basil bring depth of flavor, while whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes (a super sweet and balanced variety!) bring all tomato lovers’ dreams to life.

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Minty Watermelon Cucumber Salad (Vegan)

Minty Watermelon Cucumber Salad (Vegan)

Get ready for summertime in a bowl! This fresh and juicy watermelon salad is bursting with flavor thanks to sweet watermelon, crisp cucumber, bright mint leaves, zingy onions, a hint of spice from jalapeños, and crunchy pepitas (or pistachios). It’s all beautifully balanced with salty vegan feta and a zesty lime dressing. Where do we sign up!?

This is a plant-based take on the classic combo that you don’t want to miss!

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Charred Serrano White Bean Dip

Charred Serrano White Bean Dip

Dreams do come true! We had an idea for a charred pepper and white bean dip, but we never imagined it would turn out this good. Trust us when we say this is going to be your new favorite savory, spicy, creamy, lemony, oh-so-versatile dip. 

It’s the perfect companion for veggies, wraps, flatbread, naan, and beyond. Just 8 ingredients and 30 minutes required. Let us show you how it’s done! 

Inspiration

While not a traditional hummus as it doesn’t use chickpeas, this creamy, dreamy white bean dip is hummus-inspired with a smoky, spicy twist!

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Vibrant Bell Pepper and Zucchini Tacos

Vibrant Bell Pepper and Zucchini Tacos

These easy, herbed veggie tacos were inspired by the seasonal vegetarian taco at a Portland restaurant we love (¿Por Qué No?). They always had a taco with sautéed summery vegetables served in chimichurri sauce, and it was a flavor explosion!

Our inspired version features seared zucchini, onion, and bell pepper, and can be modified with what’s seasonally available. The flavor comes in waves from the searing, the spices, the herbs, and fresh lime juice!

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Perfect Roasted Eggplant (Tender, Caramelized!)

Perfect Roasted Eggplant (Tender, Caramelized!)

Is it just us or is eggplant totally misunderstood!? If you’re in the camp of only experiencing eggplant as a sad and soggy addition to mealtime, fear not, we have just the thing: perfect oven-roasted eggplant! It’s easy to prepare (just 3 ingredients, 30 minutes, and 1 pan required) and results in an addictive crispiness and caramelization. We had a hard time not snacking the whole batch right out of the pan! 

It’s perfect as a side with nearly any main and in wraps, bowls, and salads, or tossed with pasta.

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Easy Ratatouille (Versatile, 1 Pot!)

Easy Ratatouille (Versatile, 1 Pot!)

Friends, meet the ultimate summer meal! It doesn’t require turning on the oven or fussing with a complicated list of ingredients. Just throw a bunch of colorful summer vegetables into a pot with seasonings and olive oil and watch it transform into hearty, flavorful ratatouille. It’s absolutely perfect paired with any carb your heart desires (think bread and pasta and polenta, oh my!).

Our inspired version is easy to make, requiring just 1 pot and 10 simple ingredients, and it’s ready in less than 1 hour.

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