All posts by Alma Schneider

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 seed-based 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 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 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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Dairy Free Potato Corn Chowder

Dairy Free Potato Corn Chowder

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I belong to a local CSA, so each week I receive a lovely box of fresh produce. If you’re not familiar with the concept of CSA, or “community supported agriculture,” you may want to investigate the availability in your area. It’s a great way to get fresh, seasonal produce while also supporting your community. It’s also often a fun way to get to know new fruits and veggies!…

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Hazelnut Parsnip Soup

Hazelnut Parsnip Soup

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Winter soups are a fantastic way to feel satisfied and healthy without doing too much work. Unlike many healthy meals, they tend to garner fewer objections from the pickier members of your household. And if you live solo, they’re a great way to spend less time cooking and have plenty of leftovers to reheat.

Winter soups also provide a fantastic opportunity to do a little vegetable exploration.…

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Pumpkin Apple Curry with Shrimp

Pumpkin Apple Curry with Shrimp

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Nothing says “winter” better than pumpkin. It is delicious and nutritious, and can be blended with other ingredients to make a sumptuous meal — without all the processed carbs.

Pumpkin packs a punch when it comes to vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, and plenty more. That means it could be good for everything from preventing cancer to preventing heart disease to keeping your skin free of wrinkles.…

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Shrimp, Sausage, and Mushroom Wild Rice Dinner

Shrimp, Sausage, and Mushroom Wild Rice Dinner

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As I always say, cooking for one is awesome because you can use more expensive ingredients and it won’t cost you a fortune. Eating shrimp always makes me feel pampered — although my wallet doesn’t necessarily enjoy it as much. But when you’re on your own, you can feel free to indulge!

To round out the flavors in this meal, I added chicken sausage, mushrooms, and wild rice.…

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Cheese-Free Saag Paneer: Spice Up Your Nutrition

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I love Indian food, but some of the dishes are just not compatible with my approach to healthy eating. Recently, I took my favorite Indian dish, saag paneer, and eliminated the non-compliant cheese. It came out great! I also swapped the traditional spinach for kale and it lost none of the delicious comfort of the original recipe.

If you’re a fan of Indian food (or even if you’re not!), give this simple recipe a try and spice up your nutrition!…

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Indian-Inspired Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa

Indian-Inspired Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa

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I’m always surprised when people don’t cook for themselves when they live alone or happen to be alone at night. I like to treat myself to a scrumptious meal when I’m alone, especially when I can put leftovers together quickly.

As fall is approaching, I highly recommend making your life easy and delicious by roasting vegetables and preparing grains ahead of time and storing them in the fridge in clear Tupperware or mason jars so you can see what’s in them.…

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Dairy-Free Creamless Mushroom Cream Sauce

Dairy-Free Creamless Mushroom Cream Sauce

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Just because we don’t eat cream on the Whole Life Challenge doesn’t mean we can’t find tasty substitutes. Instead, try making cream-like sauces with soaked cashews. In my opinion, it makes for a close second. I put this sauce on rice and it is crazy delicious!

Depending on which level you are playing, you can put this over white rice, brown rice, or sweet potato.…

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