Quinoa & Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

We are headed to Disney World in a just a couple days.  Eek!  So I have been trying to clean out my fridge.  That is how this Quinoa & Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze came about.  It’s so delicious!  I love when you can make a good meal out of the extras in your fridge.  I think you could probably add many other vegetables to this as well. I think carrots, sweet potato or squash would be great additions as well.  I always keep some kind of cooked grain on hand in the fridge so I can add it to meals throughout the week.   This Quinoa & Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze is gluten free and vegan. :) If you have been wanting to try quinoa, I highly recommend this.  Another favorite quinoa dish of mine is my Quinoa, Tomato and Avocado Salad.  I also use quinoa in breakfast recipes like my Slow Cooker Breakfast Quinoa.

Quinoa and Brussel Sprouts - My Whole Food Life

Roasting the Brussel sprouts, onions and garlic in the balsamic glaze helps them develop a sweetness that is so yummy!  I added almonds for a nice crunch and an added protein boost.  I wanted to add hazelnuts, but I was out of them.  Honestly, I think just about any nut will do in this recipe.

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Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Pasta

Mushrooms and spinach are two of my favorite vegetables.  They go so well in this creamy mushroom and spinach pasta.  This is a healthy meal that doesn’t take very long to make at all.  I used brown rice pasta in this creamy mushroom and spinach pasta to keep it gluten free.  You can probably use regular pasta as well if you have no issues with gluten.  If you also enjoy spinach and mushrooms together, you may also like this recipe.

Creamy Spinach Mushroom Pasta - My Whole Food Life

I used full fat coconut milk in the can to give this pasta a creamy texture and taste.  Not only does the coconut add to the taste, but the richness of it will keep you satisfied after only a small amount.   This creamy mushroom and spinach pasta is more heavy on the vegetables than it is on the pasta.  If you are grain free, you may also be able to make this dish with zucchini noodles.

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Vegan Pad Thai

I just love Pad Thai.  Now that I am vegan, I wanted to make a Vegan Pad Thai.  This vegan pad Thai came out really yummy!  In addition to being vegan, this healthy pad Thai recipe is also gluten free and grain free!  I used zucchini noodles to make this healthy pad Thai recipe.  I just love my spiralizer.  That is what I used to make the zucchini noodles.  Totally worth getting in my opinion.   This super easy recipe can be made up in no time at all.  If you like to use your spiralizer, you may also like this and this.

Vegan Pad Thai 1 - My Whole Food Life

I highly recommend keeping the sauce and the vegetables separate until you are ready to eat.  The zucchini noodles can release moisture that can make the sauce seem a bit watery.  I actually spiralized my zucchini the day before I went to use it in the recipe.  I just stored it in a strainer with a bowl underneath to catch the excess water.  It seemed to work well.   We actually ate this meal cold, but I am guessing you can heat it up as well.  This may not taste exactly like traditional pad Thai, but it is a great option for vegans. Very yummy!

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