Cucumber Avocado Quinoa Salad

Cucumber Avocado Quinoa Salad with a creamy herb dressing | | gluten-free + vegan

I hope you like green food, because this salad is GREEN. First though… avocados. It’s been too long since I shared a recipe using avocados (over a month, what the whaaat!?) and since they’re my favorite thing on earth, we’re going a little avo-crazy today. They’re the base of this lovely cucumber avocado quinoa salad which is made up of all sorts of wonderful green goodness. With big chunks … [Read more...]

Vegan Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars

Vegan Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars are a healthy and delicious way to indulge | | gluten-free + vegan

You guys...this might just be the most epic quinoa dessert yet. I'm not kidding. These peanut butter quinoa bars are the real deal. They're packed with peanut butter flavor, sweetened naturally with coconut sugar, have no eggs or dairy or oil, AND they use quinoa flour which is packed with minerals and protein. So basically what I'm saying is...we all need to make them asap! Peanut … [Read more...]

Zucchini Bread Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Zucchini Bread Quinoa Breakfast Cookies - a decadent and healthy way to start your day || || gluten-free

When your morning involves cookies, you know it’s going to be a good day. Especially when those cookies are sweet, chewy and totally healthy. Who wouldn’t want to eat healthy cookies for breakfast? Today I’m bringing you my latest and great quinoa breakfast cookie flavor: zucchini bread. This delicious (and nutritious) breakfast treat tastes like a dessert but is actually packed with fiber, … [Read more...]

Farmer’s Market Quinoa Salad

EASY and HEALTHY farmer's market quinoa salad using tons of fresh veggies and herbs! //

Produce galore! Zucchini. Tomatoes. Radishes. Cabbage. Corn. Fresh herbs! They’re all fresh, all in season, and all packed into this summery farmer’s market quinoa salad. Spending a few hours at the farmer’s market is one of my favorite summer activities. Aside from going to the beach, I think it might be at the very top of my list. I just adore walking through the aisles, seeing what each … [Read more...]

Dark Chocolate Quinoa Pudding

Dark Chocolate Quinoa Pudding | a decadent, indulgent and surprisingly healthy treat! |

I know that they say you’re not supposed to use the weekends to indulge, but this weekend I threw rules out the window and indulged in wine, chocolate and sunshine. Yesterday we celebrated a friend’s birthday by going on a wine tasting tour on Long Island. First, I had no idea that Long Island even had wineries. Second, it was my first time ever being on a party bus - so fun! And third, we got … [Read more...]

Gallo Pinto with Quinoa + vacation pics

Gallo Pinto with Quinoa - traditional Costa Rican bean dish using quinoa instead of rice | | gluten-free + vegan

Okay friends, today is all about VACATION PICTURES! And food of course. (how can it not be about food?) You might have read that Matt and I just took a two week trip to Costa Rica. It’s one of my favorite countries in the world - I’ve been there four times (who am I?) - mainly because the people are so welcoming and friendly, the weather is perfect, the landscape and scenery is stunning and the … [Read more...]

5-Minute Quinoa Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Healthy Pesto Zucchini Noodle with Quinoa | | the best weeknight meal EVER! It only takes 5 minutes to make

ZOOOODLES! (read zucchini + noodles = zoodles) smothered in a dreamy vegan pesto sauce. On the menu tonight and ready in 5 minutes. Dinner in 5 minutes? I'll take it. Any day of the week. BUT especially after coming back from a two week vacation with little to no motivation to cook, while also carrying around a few extra pounds (who doesn't after vacay, right?) and craving/needing something … [Read more...]

Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes with a quick Blueberry Chia Sauce |

Simple, classic and delicious. Just how pancakes should be. Perfect for a lazy weekend. My perfect weekend morning looks a little something like this: we wake up late and head to our local coffee and juice shops (coffee for him, juice for her), then meander our way through Central Park with Trevi in tow. The sun is shining, but it’s not hot. The park lights up with that soft morning glow. It’s … [Read more...]

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Toasted Quinoa

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Toasted Quinoa + Chopped Almonds | | This makes for the perfect summertime meal - fresh, flavorful and delicious

So much goodness is happening in this bowl. Strawberries + spinach + almonds + toasted quinoa. All drizzled with a minty honey-lime dressing. Pretty much sums up everything I love about summer in one giant salad. Remember when I told you on Sunday that I might start adding fruit to more of our main meals? Yep. It’s happening. Let’s just roll with it. Because we’re deep in the middle … [Read more...]

Teriyaki Quinoa Bowls

Teriyaki Quinoa Bowls with crispy baked tofu, spiralized veggies and fluffy quinoa

Once again, quinoa bowls are on the menu. Pretty typical at chez Alyssa these days. Just me, a big bowl of quinoa, some fresh veggies and lots of sauce. It doesn’t get much better. And that’s probably why my obsession with these little bowls of goodness continues. The combo just can’t be beat. It makes for one of the easiest dinners ever and yet it’s still packed full of protein, veggies … [Read more...]