All posts by Alma Schneider

Ras el Hanout Roasted Cauliflower

Ras el Hanout Roasted Cauliflower

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This roasted cauliflower makes for a spicy and eye-catching dish to serve to your family or guests. If you’re tired of eating steamed cauliflower, then this recipe is a must-try for you.

And thank goodness we are allowed Greek yogurt on the Lifestyle and Kickstart levels of the Whole Life Challenge because it provides a great coating for roasted cauliflower. If you cannot find the Moroccan spice mixture known as ras el hanout, then you can just use any curry powder you can find (or mix up your own ras el hanout).…

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Almond Date Coconut Truffles

Almond Date Coconut Truffles

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It’s completely natural to crave a treat from time to time, and thankfully, these almond coconut truffles can satisfy a sweet-tooth without loading you up with junk. On top of that, they’re easy to make and they freeze well. So, you can make a batch, leave a reasonable number available to snack on and put the rest away in the freezer for another time.…

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Cashew Milk Potato Leek Soup

Cashew Milk Potato Leek Soup

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If you’re looking to make a change in your body composition, then you may be leery of white potatoes. But they can be fine if you eat them in moderation. And if you use nut milks, you can still enjoy a deliciously creamy soup without the downsides of dairy. This potato leek soup uses cashew milk to achieve that satiating and authentic “soup” feeling.…

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Saffron Chicken with Rice (or Quinoa or Amaranth)

Saffron Chicken with Rice (or Quinoa or Amaranth)

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Sometimes a single flavoring can transform a simple dish into something really special. That’s how I feel about saffron. Yes, it’s expensive, but you only use a little bit so it goes a long way. And that little bit feels so indulgent — eating saffron-flavored rice makes me feel just like I’m back in Seville.

This saffron chicken dish is great when made with brown or white rice, but you can also get experimental and try making it with quinoa or amaranth.…

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Curried Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad

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When I come home tired after a long day, I thank my day-before-self for roasting a chicken. Having cooked chicken on hand means I can make a quick and healthy chicken salad with the leftovers.

This is when it’s also handy if you keep your pantry stocked with some healthy basics like raisins and nuts. You can throw them into this chicken salad to power up the texture and natural sweetness.…

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Morning Nut Milk Latte with Turmeric and Cinnamon

Morning Nut Milk Latte with Turmeric and Cinnamon

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If you’re trying to kick dairy, but are having trouble giving up the milk in your coffee — try getting rid of your coffee instead!

This nourishing morning beverage makes for a tasty alternative to coffee and it’s full of beneficial ingredients. Turmeric and cinnamon are anti-inflammatory, the nut milk has protein, and the coconut oil will give you the feeling of fullness and energy you need to start your day.…

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Apricot, Almond, and Kale Egg Salad

Apricot, Almond, and Kale Egg Salad

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I try to add vegetables to everything I eat — even egg salads. Not only does this practice of eating my vegetables fill me up, but it adds a whole lot of extra nutrients, flavor, and texture to all my meals. It also stretches out the meal so I can serve more people or pack more lunches for the week.

Hard-boiled eggs are a great way to have a healthy protein snack handy, but this egg salad really takes it up a notch.…

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Alma's Mung Beans and Brown Rice

Alma’s Mung Beans and Brown Rice

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Imagine you could make a quick and healthy dinner that you could also eat the next day for lunch without even reheating. Wouldn’t that be convenient?

Well, that’s what this sprouted mung beans and rice dish is all about.

If you aren’t familiar with mung beans, this is an opportunity to try something new. You can read about their health benefits here.…

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Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad

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Now that it’s summer, it is definitely salad season. This fresh tasting fattoush salad recipe was given to me by an Iraqi friend who says this is the staple salad in her country.

Fattoush salad is a great accompaniment to any meal, but can also be made into a meal itself by adding grilled chicken, shrimp, or any other protein you like.…

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Chipotle Sunflower Seed Dip

Chipotle Sunflower Seed Dip

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If you’re like me, you need to do a lot of snacking to stave off hunger. And it’s easy to enjoy your snacking habit and still stick to a sensible nutrition plan if you have healthy, flavorful, and accessible options to keep you going.

So many dips start with beans or cheese, but this hearty nut and sunflower seed dip will keep you full and satisfied through to your next meal.…

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Stewed Eggplant and Tomatoes Indian Style

Stewed Eggplant and Tomatoes Indian Style

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Eggplants are fascinating looking, but what do you do with them? I love to combine stewed eggplant with tomatoes for a simple and flavorful Indian-inspired dish.

Of course, it’s wonderful to make this stewed eggplant dish with freshly picked tomatoes and eggplants from the garden, CSA, or farmer’s market, but you can make this dish year-round by using canned tomatoes and it is just as good.…

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Rich and Creamy (and Healthy) Chocolate Shake

Rich and Creamy (and Healthy) Chocolate Shake

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When I first participated in the Whole Life Challenge, I had no idea I would be able to indulge in something so decadent that even my junk-food-junkie kids would enjoy it.

This protein-filled chocolate shake is as rich and velvety as it is compliant. Feel free to substitute the peanut butter for almond or sunflower seed butter. You can also add more almond milk if you want it thinner, frozen bananas to make it colder, or pour the mixture into popsicle molds to make it a frozen treat.…

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