Whether you don’t feel like cooking with fire (or sweating your a** off in a hot kitchen), or you’re eating a raw food diet, this mix of meals for every time of the day is sure to satisfy and keep things interesting. Who knew you could make chili, pancakes, and brownies without cooking?
Picking up a muffin on the way to work is definitely appealing on hectic mornings, but they’re usually massive and loaded with sugar. This no-bake version is healthier and super easy to make at home. Oats, strawberries, and nut butter pack these morning treats with fiber, vitamins, and protein. Think of these as PB&J for breakfast.
When an early morning meeting means dashing out the door, a speedy breakfast is a must. High in fiber, protein, and antioxidants, chia seeds are a great a make-ahead option. Combine the seeds with almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder in a jar before bed, and you’ll have a healthy dessert-like meal ready to go when your alarm goes off.
Microwaving oatmeal may be a no-brainer for a hearty morning meal, but sometimes even that feels like too much effort. This overnight recipe uses blueberries and bananas for natural sweetness and loads of fruity flavor. The best part? Throw a lid on the mason jar, grab a spoon, and this turns into a portable breakfast.
Sticking to raw foods means most yogurt is out of the equation, but it’s possible to get that same dreamy texture with this parfait. Puréeing cashews with a bit of agave, cinnamon, and vanilla makes a protein-packed sub that might even taste better than that Greek stuff everyone keeps raving about. Layer it with fresh fruit and nuts for a parfait that’s as pretty as it is tasty.
Enjoy the convenience of breakfast bars without baking or questionable ingredients. These are packed with nuts and seeds (three of each!) for loads of crunch and some serious staying power. Feel free to swap in any other type of dried fruit for the blueberries, and switch up the nuts and seeds too.
Mashed avocado with a pinch of salt and lemon always tastes great, but this filling fruit also works well with a little bit of sweetness. With a mere five ingredients and a super speedy prep time, this should definitely be on the docket for tomorrow. Avocados are loaded with good fats and fiber to keep you full, plus they could help lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation.
What’s an easier breakfast than a porridge made from soaking some nuts and buckwheat overnight and then blending them with some apple and orange juice in the morning? OK, maybe a banana and a handful of almonds. But this creamy meal is hardly any more effort and is so much more delicious. Topping choices are endless, but keep in mind that a combo of healthy almonds, coconut flakes, and cocao nibs tastes just like a candy bar.
Grain bowls are the darling of the lunch world, so it can seem like an impossible feat to find something as good when cooked grains are out of the question. Two words: cauliflower rice. Simply chop the cruciferous vegetable in the food processor with a few seasonings for a base that’s every bit as satisfying as the real deal. Top with a whole mess of produce and some tahini for a complete meal that might even be better than a traditional bowl. (Scroll down on the blog page for the raw version.)
Deli wraps seem like a healthy lunch option, but too often the person behind the counter slathers on the condiments like spackle and only puts two leaves of spinach on top. Take control and make these easy, gluten-free, vegan, and raw wraps. Collard greens replace the usual tortilla for a wrapper that’s packed with antioxidants, while a simple pecan and tamari mixture makes a satisfying and addictively savory spread.
Some red pepper soups are more cream than vegetable. So much for a healthy lunch! This version gets a creamy texture from avocado and a light sweetness from the pepper and a bit of carrot. Just throw everything into a blender for a whirl, and lunch for today and tomorrow is ready to go. Sure, you could share the extra, but you might not want to once you get a taste!
From pasta to potato to coleslaw, a good salad makes a picnic or backyard barbecue, but they’re often swimming in mayo. With a creamy sauce made from cashews, this broccoli salad is like no other. Simply blend the dressing and then toss with the florets, red onion, sunflower seeds, and raisins. No need to tell anyone it’s healthy. That can be your secret.
One of the best parts of eating at an Italian restaurant is loading up on the delicious antipasto salad. Sadly, all that meat and cheese makes for one salad that can leave you feeling seriously stuffed. This recipe keeps the basil and olives but swaps in cauliflower and Swiss chard. Pine nuts add crunch, and a simple lemon dressing whisks together in no time. It may not be a typical antipasto salad, but it sure is tasty.
For an updated take on a favorite casserole, toss green beans with a creamy cashew dressing, some sliced mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes. Miss the crunchy onion topping? Toss a few extra cashews on top for healthy fats (the canned onions are made with saturated-fat-heavy palm oil) and energy-boosting magnesium.
Just when you thought cauliflower mash couldn’t get any better, now you don’t even need to cook the vegetable! Throw it in the food processor with some soaked cashews, herbs, and a bit of olive oil, and you’ve got a creamy dish that’s every good as those spuds. With more vitamins and fewer calories that mashed potatoes, it’s also a healthier choice.
Stuffed peppers are pretty much the ultimate comfort food. They’re kind of a process to make, though, and usually have loads of rice and cheese. This no-bake recipe stuffs the crunchy peppers with a mixture made from mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots, and sunflower seeds. Whir everything in the food processor and stuff into red bell pepper halves for some vitamin C.
Some mashed sweet potatoes taste like a big hug thanks to lots of butter and brown sugar. To make this dish healthy for everyday life, the vibrant tuber (a source of manganese and potassium) goes on a trip through the food processor with some water and dates. Top with almonds and raisins for a little extra flourish, and you’ve got a hug that’s as good for the body as it is for the soul.
Pepper strips and cucumber noodles go for a swim in a super easy coconut curry broth in this vibrant, satisfying soup. Top it with cilantro for freshness and a few slices of chili for even more spice and a gourmet touch that’s almost too pretty to eat.
Chili without firing up the stove? Oh yes, it can happen. Each veggie—mushrooms, carrots and celery, and then pepper—gets a ride in a food processor and then is combined in a bowl with the spices and other seasonings. It’s tasty as is, but toppings like diced onion, sliced radishes, and cilantro send it over the top.
Delicious as cheesecake is, the huge time commitment to make it can make it seem worthless to DIY. This recipe miniaturizes that beloved dessert and streamlines the process. An almond and date crust makes the perfect base for a creamy filling made from puréed cashews, lime, and coconut oil. Store these in the freezer for treats that are ready whenever.
Requiring just one more ingredient than a boxed mix, this recipe proves that whole foods are as easy as packaged ones—and much better for you! Since these fudgy dreams are ready in minutes, they’re good for last-minute guests. Plus, they have no added sugars, so go ahead, have a second.
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