Vegan Eggplant Burger Stacks

I’m still obsessing over the Simple Seasoned Eggplant Steaks that I made a couple weeks ago. The tangy flavor and toothsome texture of the eggplant were so tasty, I just couldn’t pass up using the steaks in another recipe. So here you have it: Vegan Eggplant Burger Stacks!

Vegan Eggplant Burger Stacks // Naturally Lindsey

All the goodness of a lettuce-wrapped burger with no meat — and being a meat-eater myself, I promise you won’t even miss it. After your first crunch of the lettuce “buns” with a delicious assortment of burger toppings, you’ll be a believer. I used tangy red pepper slices, baby spinach leaves, Clean Caramelized Onions (nomz), and creamy avocado slices instead of spread. Feel free to top your burger with your favorite gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, or Paleo toppings. The best part about this recipe is how completely customizable it is!

Vegan Eggplant Burger Stacks // Naturally Lindsey

Whether you’re vegan, detoxing, or just looking to get more veggies in your diet, this simple “burger” stack is a perfect, healthy option. Continue reading

Simple Seasoned Eggplant Steaks

Eggplants, or aubergines, are wonderful to look at (that color!) and even more wonderful to eat. They’re high in fiber and vitamin B1 and have a unique texture and taste. They also bounce! My mom always used to tell me that when her she was a child her mother would bring eggplants home from the store and she and her sister would bounce them on the floor once she left the room. Little mischief makers! While fun, bouncing an eggplant will cause it to bruise so try to restrain yourself. Full disclosure though: I have tested it out with just a two-inch drop. Still entertaining ;-) Anyway, on to the recipe… but first a few pictures!

Simple Seasoned Eggplant Steaks // Naturally Lindsey

Simple Seasoned Eggplant Steaks // Naturally Lindsey

Perfectly seasoned and cooked until tender, these simple eggplant steaks are a versatile addition to your weekly dinner rotation. Eat them alone, with a side of pasta (gluten-free or veggie), or as a beefless burger stack (recipe coming soon!)

Simple Seasoned Eggplant Steaks // Naturally Lindsey

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Raw Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Garlic Sauce

I have a confession. I love zucchini. I could eat zucchini all the time, in some shape or form, at every meal. Here’s the catch though: it has to be organic. The flavor of organic zucchini is so far superior to non-organic that to me it’s not even comparable. I actually used to hate zucchini as a kid unless it was covered in cheese! Talk about a complete 180. In this simple recipe, fresh zucchini gets turned into a delicious “pasta” covered in a creamy Italian flavored sauce with just a handful of ingredients.

Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Garlic Sauce // Naturally Lindsey

This recipe can be enjoyed completely raw as a refreshing main or side dish, but for those who prefer their “pasta” to be warm feel free to give the noodles a boiling water bath. I would refrain from actually cooking the noodles as zucchini tends to get soggy easily when it’s this spiraled this thin. In case you’re wondering, the spiralizer I use is from Paderno World Cuisine and I highly recommend it. It makes everything so easy and so tasty!

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Grain-Free Garlic Cilantro Lime “Rice”

Rice that’s not rice? You heard right! This tasty recipe uses cauliflower to give you all of that ricey goodness without the grains. Though as far as cruciferous vegetables go, cauliflower seems to be the most polarizing. People either love it, or they hate it. Maybe it’s because too many people have either only had it on veggie trays (raw is a bit hard to palate, in my opinion), or from frozen medley packages with a lovely side of freezer burn. Not exactly the best impression…

Grain-Free Garlic Cilantro Lime "Rice" // Naturally Lindsey

No matter which side you fall on, fear not! This recipe is for you. It’s also free of practically every common food allergen. Pretty cool, huh? Although I’m in the pro-cauliflower camp, I can tell you that you would never guess this is cauliflower! Just chop it up, cook with onion, garlic, and spices, throw in some cilantro and squeeze a lime on it et voila! Zesty rice perfection. My mouth is watering in reminiscence.

Grain-Free Garlic Cilantro Lime "Rice" // Naturally Lindsey

This recipe calls for a whole head of cauliflower, but before you get into that please know that it’s A LOT, about 6-7 cups worth. So if you’re not looking to make that much, feel free to half the measurements. If you want to make that much but don’t have an extra large sauté pan, just cook it in batches. Maybe make one spicier than the other or try different kinds of seasoning. Get creative! It’s easily adaptable and super versatile… Continue reading

Perfect Whole Roasted Chicken in 3 Easy Steps

Chicken is a staple in the diet of almost every American family. In fact, chicken outsold beef for the first time in 2013, making it America’s favorite protein — with breast meat accounting for 55% of all chicken meat sold. Crazy! It’s not hard to see why chicken is a top-seller: it’s generally cheaper and easier to cook than beef, has a better health rap, and it goes with just about everything. However, the chickens you find in most supermarkets aren’t raised healthfully. These factory-farmed chickens are raised for rapid growth and have a ton of health problems due to unsanitary living conditions — PLUS they’re fed everything from antibiotics to arsenic to GMOs, which you in turn consume when you eat them. Yikes!

Perfect Whole Roasted Chicken in 3 Easy Steps // Naturally Lindsey

So what’s a chicken lover to do? Go free range! I know, I know: the first thing people think when they hear “free range” is “empty wallet,” but it doesn’t have to be that way. Whole organic, free-range chickens are generally just cents more than the boneless skinless chicken breasts sold in the market, and because you’re using the whole chicken and not just paying for “parts,” you’re saving money at the same time. Plus, since they live a better life, so will you! Free-range, organic chickens have virtually none of the health concerns of factory-farmed chickens, and you’ll also get the nutritional benefit of the vitamin packed giblets (put them in the freezer for later) as well as the bones (save them to make stock – recipe to come!). And the best part? It tastes better than factory-farmed and could not be easier to make! Some people get grossed out over the sight of a whole chicken, and to those I say this: since when did it become repulsive to see where your food comes from?

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