Recipes: vegetarian

White Bean & Kale Soup

By Gina Caputo

White Bean & Kale Soup

Kale yeah! This is SOUPer simple and delicious. I recommend taking the time to soak dried cannelini beans (I order mine online) because I find the canned ones of this particular bean are just mush. And that little blast of lemon juice at the end? Absolutely zingy delicious!

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Pumpkin Protein Balls

By Gina Caputo

Pumpkin Protein Balls

These One Ball Wonders are a fan favorite! I initially posted this recipe in one of my weekly emails and have since received so many requests for the recipe, I had to add it to the website too. These seem to hit just right for nearly everybody! Their genesis was my desire to have a healthy mid-afternoon snack that was also well balanced in carbs/protein/fat. I've been known to have one for dessert. If you love pumpkin pie, these balls can give you some of that year-round holiday delight.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups oat flour
  • 2 scoops unflavored or vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt + Maldon salt for topping (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice (I make my own out of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla)
  • 1/3 cup nut butter
  • 1/4-1/3 cup pumpkin puree (start with 1/4, add more if it seems too dry to stick together)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup, honey or date syrup
  • 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3-1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, protein powder, sea salt and pumpkin pie spice
  2. Add nut butter, pumpkin puree, honey/syrup, oil and vanilla, stir to combine thoroughly
  3. Add mini chips and combine once more
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and use your hands or a small ice cream scoop to form the balls
  5. Sprinkle Maldon salt crystals on top (optional)
  6. Pop in the refrigerator for an hour before eating and can be stored in a container in the refrigerator too!
  7. You can also get creative and add chopped nuts or seeds too! Salted pepitas (then I omit the Maldon finishing salt) are a big win!

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Chicken/Chickpea Salad

By Gina Caputo

Chicken/Chickpea Salad
When I was living in Kansas City, my favorite place to eat was a luncheonette called Happy Gillis. Mismatched s&p shakers, great sandwich bread, epic chocolate chip cookies and the world's greatest chicken salad. I do not consider myself a chicken salad person. At all. But I love to ask what the staff loves and someone recommended this and I've never looked back. It's INCREDIBLE. I included a vegetarian option too!

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Overnight Oats with Mango Milk

By Gina Caputo

Overnight Oats with Mango Milk
I loved my Overnight Oats with Blueberry Milk so much that I started to get creative with more fruit milks in my overnight oats. And this tropical delight was a big WIN!! Mangoes are in season right now - you can use frozen ones or chop up fresh mango if you prefer. Cool oats are especially good in the summer when you don't want a bowl of hotness to start your day!

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Club Tropicana Smoothie

By Gina Caputo

Club Tropicana Smoothie
Like most of you, I've got my go-to smoothie that never fails to deliver. But I'm also a creative and food is my medium! So I experimented with a vague memory of an Orange Julius and came up with this smoothie that includes orange AND pineapple or mango! Not to mention a totally bizarre sounding veggie in there. TRUST ME. Bonus points if you're old enough to know what the name is referencing 😜

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Soupa Green

By Gina Caputo

Soupa Green
Rainy spring days have me wanting healthy soups. Not the dense soups of Fall but something both warm and bright. Enter SOUPA GREEN! A vegan Spring soup that uses the veggies of the season that just all happen to be green. Note - the peas and the splash of lemon juice MAKE this soup. I add beans for protein and some bite, you could also add a small pasta in this soup if you'd like to make it even heartier.

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Shrimp & Asparagus Salad

By Gina Caputo

Shrimp & Asparagus Salad
When asparagus is in season, this salad is a MUST. The bitter of the arugula goes so spectacularly with asparagus and the lemon makes every ingredient in here pop. Shrimp is a super easy protein to prepare, is amazing with avocado and has a lot of bang for its buck. Vegan friends can use a can of rinsed garbanzo beans and it’s an amazing, hearty salad for all! 

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Can't Beet It

By Gina Caputo

Can't Beet It
This is a riff on a favorite recipe of mine that I make every week. Sometimes I change up the legume or the greens, other times I change up the grain. This version uses barley, a high-fiber (with decent protein!) grain that is most commonly used in soups but has a nutty flavor that makes it amazing in salads. These salads feel like "shoulder season" salads to me, where I'm ready to move out of the heavier foods of winter but not quite ready for the light salads of summer.

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