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5-Minute Mock “Baked” Apple

When you're in the mood for a quick warm treat but don't have the time to bake, consider this warm and spicy mock baked apple. I'ts very low in sugars and total calories, but high in flavor! We don't  like microwaves and avoid them whenever possible, but once-in-while use in a pinch is not a big deal.

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All-Veg Tabbouleh

This elegant tabbouleh is even faster to make than the traditional version, yet it is completely grain-free. Finely processed raw cauliflower makes an extremely low-calorie base for all the rich, minerally, citrusy flavors of this classic Middle Eastern dish. Add in some of the optional extras to make it a full meal.

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Almond Cherry Chewies

These tangy, tasty, easy, cherry truffles make a great take-along treat for a long hike, climb or bike tour. They last for weeks in the fridge so you can make them well in advance of a special trip. I like the flavor (but not the sugar content or price!) of cherry Larabars, so this is my lower-cal, lower-cost homage to those snack bars...

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Autumn Reds Detox Salad

This tasty salad requires some chopping time, but it's well worth it. It's mostly seasonal fruits and veggies, but the avocado, hazelnuts and dulse give it enough staying power to enjoy as a lightly detoxifying meal, great for enjoying after a bit of heavy holiday "celebrating" :)

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Baked Eggs or Eggs en Cocotte

These eggs look elegant enough to serve for a nice brunch. But they are so easy to make and have endless possible ingredient combos.

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Baked Mediterranean Chicken

Mediterranean cuisine, well known for its nutritional benefits, is easily adapted to a quick baked chicken dish. While simple to make, it has a satisfying complexity of flavor. The piquancy of the lemon and olives is mellowed by the creamy feta. This recipe can work in all seasons, even summer, because the oven only needs to be on for twenty minutes.

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Baked Sweet Potato Hummus

This delightful, lightly sweet hummus makes a perfect satisfying, high-fiber fall snack with crunchy crudites or seasonal fruit slices. It is made without oils for lowest-cal, but tastes great with a splash of extra virgin olive, so feel free to drizzle if you're looking for some clean fats. The flavor with black beans is delightful, but the color isn't, so choose your bean base accordingly :)

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Basic Nut Milk

Nut milk is commercially available all over the place, but it's easy to make your own and homemade tastes incredibly fresh and delicious. You can do the simplest version or fancy and flavor things up to rival anything you can find at a good juice bar ~ up to you!

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Bison Flank Steak

Flank steak tends to be a tougher cut of meat, especially bison steaks because they are even lower in fats than beef. The solution? A citrusy, tenderizing marinade and then slicing thinly on the bias. This one practically melts in your mouth!

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Black and White Bean Soup

This creamy flavorful soup has a slight hint of fruitiness from the tomatoes and orange that lift plain beans to new heights. It is simple to make and provides a nice light entree for nights when you have no fresh proteins in the fridge or are looking for protein-and-fiber rich vegan fare.

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