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Gluten-Free Side Dishes Vegan

Green Beans with Shallots and Pine Nuts

This is a simple and healthy side dish that comes together in less than 15 minutes and requires only three ingredients!

Green Beans with Shallots and Pine Nuts Recipe

I personally hate when people take green beans and smother them with unhealthy creams and toppings. Good quality green beans are so delicious and do not need a lot of added junk to please your taste buds!

Green Beans with Shallots and Pine Nuts Recipe

Shallots and greens go together like peanut butter and jelly (that is no news to anyone) and the toasted pine nuts add a perfect nutty crunch to this dish. I love to prepare my green beans this way because I think they can be served with almost anything – poultry, meat, or fish. This is the ideal weeknight veggie because it comes together in a pinch!

Green Beans with Shallots and Pine Nuts Recipe

Green Beans with Shallots and Pine Nuts
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. green beans, washed and ends trimmed
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons pine nuts, toasted*
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 3 minutes. Immediately strain the green beans and rinse with cold water for about 1 minute (alternatively, place green beans in a bowl of ice water). Pat dry.
  2. Turn a large pan to medium-high heat. Add the extra-virgin olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the shallots and cook for 2 minutes until golden. Add the green beans to the pan and toss for about 1 minute to warm. Salt and pepper to taste. Place the green beans and shallots on a platter and sprinkle with the pine nuts.
Notes
*Pine nuts can be substituted for toasted, slivered almonds.
 

Salads

Fresh Spring Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I am on a serious salad kick recently. I used to hate making salads at home because I never felt like they were as good as when I ordered them out at one of those “make-your-own-salad bars.” I realized that this was because I never had all of the delicious mix-ins salad bars offered. Now when I go grocery shopping, I take these little items into account, always making sure to throw a couple in my basket. In order to keep myself from getting bored, I try to change up the ingredients on a regular basis – different nuts, cheeses, veggies, lettuce, etc. I also always make sure my salad has a good dose of protein, fiber, and usually a healthy fat, so it holds me over until my next meal.

Fresh Spring Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

This salad is packed with fresh and bold flavors, which will make your taste buds very happy. I love bringing leftovers for lunch at work the next day. If you pack your salads to go, I recommend you put your salad dressing in a separate small container, so it isn’t soggy by noon. Soggy salad = the worst.

Fresh Spring Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

The lemon vinaigrette I use on this salad is the same one I shared with my Kale and Quinoa Salad about a year ago. It is so light and perfect for spring.

Fresh Spring Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

If chicken isn’t your thing, feel free to substitute salmon or grilled tempeh instead.  It will be just as delicious and healthy!

 

Fresh Spring Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
Salad:
  • 6 oz spring mix lettuce
  • ¼ cup roasted red peppers, chopped
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 6-8 oz grilled chicken breast, sliced into ½ inch strips
  • 2 oz feta
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted pine nuts*
Lemon Vinaigrette:
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 Tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 1.5 teaspoons dijon
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. To prepare the salad, place the lettuce at the bottom of two large bowls. Then divide the roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes and grilled chicken between the two bowls. Sprinkle both with the feta and pine nuts.
  2. To prepare the lemon vinaigrette, mix all ingredients in a small bowl or salad dressing shaker. Sprinkle lightly over each salad. Store the remaining dressing in the fridge for up to three days.
Notes
To toast pine nuts, turn a small skillet to medium-high heat. Place the pine nuts in the pan and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned. You will be able to smell the pine nuts as they are toasting. Make sure to watch them the entire time because pine nuts burn very quickly.
 

 

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Grilling Main Meal

Grilled Pizza with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Pine Nuts

Sometimes there is nothing better than a slice of pizza.  Even when you have it 3+ times a week…which is what I have been doing the past few weeks.

Too much? Nahh, I haven’t grown sick of yet because it has all been homemade and I’ve tried so many different dough recipes and topping combos.

During the summer vegetables are so fresh and taste delicious raw. For this pizza I used fresh tomatoes from my neighbor’s garden.  They were so sweet and tasted perfect without any salt or pepper.  If you don’t have great tomatoes where you are , or if you are making this during an off-season I recommend roasting the tomatoes in the oven first to maximize their flavor.

Grilled Pizza with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Pine Nuts Recipe

This is so easy and requires very few ingredients. This time, I bought pre made whole wheat pizza dough, because I was in a hurry, but usually I like to make my own and I will be posting my recipe soon!

Grilled Pizza with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Pine Nuts Recipe

In the summer I avoid turning on the oven so, I decided to put this pizza on the grill. However, if you choose to use the oven, the pizza will be just as great. Just make sure to use a pizza stone or cast-iron pan.

Grilled Pizza with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Pine Nuts Recipe

The end result tastes so fresh and the combo of parmesan and mozzarella makes this extra yummy!

 

Grilled Pizza with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Pine Nuts
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 package or recipe whole wheat pizza dough
  • Olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (8-10 oz) baby spinach
  • 3 Tomatoes, sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup Mozzarella cheese, cut into slices
  • ⅛ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • Leaves of fresh Basil (for serving)
Instructions
  1. In a pan, heat a small amount of olive oil and saute the baby spinach with the minced garlic. When completely cooked, take the pan off the heat and allow the spinach to cool. When cool, squeeze the spinach dry of any excess liquid.  Then, move the spinach to a cutting board and chop.
  2. Roll the pizza dough into your desired thickness, using a rolling pin or an empty wine bottle. Placing extra flour on your surface and on the rolling pin will prevent the dough from sticking. Move the dough onto a lightly floured baking sheet (that will fit on top of the grill). If using a pizza stone, put the dough on the stone and heat the oven to 500 degrees.
  3. Sprinkle the dough with a small amount of olive oil. Place the chopped spinach on the dough, then the tomatoes, then the parmesan, mozzarella, and pine nuts.  Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the baking sheet with the pizza on the grill and bake for 8-10 minutes, until brown, crisp, and bubbling. Remove the pizza from the grill / oven, and place a few leaves of fresh basil on top. Cut into slices and serve warm.