All posts by Alma Schneider

Jackfruit "Crab" Cakes

Jackfruit Crab Cakes (Without Any Crab)

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I’ve been trying to cook vegan lately and, let me tell you, it’s not easy! I am already used to planning ahead, but vegan meals take a lot more planning if you don’t want to eat a ton of carbs.

Recently, I found a recipe online for jackfruit crab cakes. This recipe includes no actual crab and the cakes are instead made with this versatile and increasingly popular fruit.…

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Middle Eastern Turkey Meatballs

Middle Eastern Turkey Meatballs

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I have been enjoying a lot of Middle Eastern-inspired recipes recently. I also prefer to make and eat what I consider to be healthier versions of meatballs, though. So for this recipe, I left out the breadcrumbs, used turkey meat, and combined a few flavors I love to create my gluten-free, Middle Eastern turkey meatballs.

These turkey meatballs can be served for dinner or as an appetizer  — or made in bulk and kept in the freezer for an easy snack, lunch, or supper.…

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Za'atar Dip and Crunchy Veggies

Za’atar Dip and Crunchy Veggies

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One of my favorite ways to maintain my healthy eating habit is to always have cut up vegetables in my refrigerator so I don’t attack my kids’ starchy carb-loaded snacks in the cabinet if I’m really hungry.

One of the easiest ways I’ve found to dress up my veggies is to create a savory yogurt-based dip — this za’atar dip is my favorite.…

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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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