Move over carrots and zucchini, there’s a new veggie making its way into your muffins. Grated raw beets (use red or golden) stud these healthy breakfast muffins made with protein-packed and rich-in-the-good-fats, tahini. Sweetened with pure maple syrup instead of refined sugar, these muffins are a hands-down better-for-you choice. Plus the seeded muffin tops are incredibly tasty. Hold the beets with a paper towel as you grate, or wear gloves (red beets will dye your hands temporarily). Although there’s nothing better than a baked good fresh out of the oven, these on-the-go breakfast muffins freeze well.
Better-for-You Caesar Salad With Lemon-Parmesan Croutons
A Caesar salad doesn’t have to be indulgent, it just needs that familiar zing and irresistible flavor, and it's possible that it can have healthful properties. This creamy dressing is made with good-for-your-gut yogurt. Look for yogurt that contains live and active cultures (it should say so on the label). These are the probiotics—read, friendly bacteria—that may improve gut health. You’ll get some protein from the yogurt as well, but this salad will go great alongside or topped with seared tofu, grilled chicken or salmon.
Savory Oatmeal With Spinach and Poached Eggs
A simple savory oatmeal with egg and spinach is the breakfast you didn’t know you needed in your life. Cooking the oats in the skillet with the onions gives them a risotto-like texture, and stirring in a generous pile of Parmesan makes the oats taste really cheesy and rich. Finish the bowls off with a poached egg, baby spinach, chives, and of course, more Parmesan for something seriously brunch worthy. If you’re nervous about poaching eggs, a fried egg would taste equally great here, too.
Soft-Boiled Egg and Radish Smørrebrød
Smørrebrød are Danish open-faced sandwiches that are simply delicious. Built on a thin slice of bread (traditionally a dense, seeded rye, but whole-wheat works, too!) and smeared with butter this delicacy loves toppings. Perfect for breakfast or a light lunch, a flavorful chive butter and a layer of thinly sliced radish is the base for soft-boiled eggs. The runny yolk adds extra creaminess but the quick-pickled shallots are the ingredient you can’t skip. Grab a fork and knife and pretend you’re in Denmark.
One-Bowl Peanut Butter Cookies + 4 Variations
When it comes to peanut butter cookies, there are two approaches you can take: the traditional drop cookie method of creaming butter and sugar and stirring in flour, or the 5-ingredient flourless approach, which relies on just peanut butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt. We considered both for our brand new peanut butter cookie recipe, but quickly landed on the flourless approach: the ingredient list is shorter, you can mix it all up by hand, and you can load it up with peanut butter for bold, nutty flavor. To keep the cookies from tasting too sweet, we opted for natural peanut butter (look for jars with no added sugar) and cut back on the total amount of sugar in the recipe. The result are peanut butter-packed cookies with crisp edges and chewy centers that are sure to be your new go-to.
Wilted Sesame Spinach
Wilted spinach can be kind of boring. But a nutty mixture of tahini, maple syrup, and tamari yields a creamy result with an unexpected flavor. Using sesame oil to cook the spinach imparts an assertive sesame flavor, but if you only have olive oil on hand, that works just as well. Saucy in nature, let the flavorful juices run into whatever you’re serving it with on the plate—like a rich salmon filet or juicy sliced steak.
Spiced Carrot Salad
Reminiscent of a Moroccan carrot salad, this shredded carrot salad gets seasoned with a warm garlicky, cumin-spiced oil with a spicy kick. The citrus-plumped raisins add bursts of sweetness throughout. You don’t need to buy an herb bunch if the carrots come with the leafy greens attached. Carrot tops are commonly used the same way you’d use other herbs, so go ahead and roughly chop—they’re packed with potassium, too.
Miso Roasted Radishes
Good-for-your gut miso and apple cider vinegar coat the colorful and peppery radishes before they hit the heat of the oven. The shallots soften and caramelize beautifully for a melt-in-your-mouth contrast to the crunchy radishes. If your bunch comes with the greens still attached, chop them and toss them in to wilt. The peppery leaves are edible and yes, you should be eating them.
Celery-and-Apple Salad With Crispy Buckwheat
This is a refreshing and crunchy salad that’s packed with flavor and texture. If you’re gluten-free, don’t be confused by buckwheat: it’s neither wheat nor a grain but actually a seed. Fiber-rich buckwheat groats or kasha are hulled, crushed kernels that can be cooked like rice or toasted in the oven to bring out its nutty flavors. Make a big batch and use it to top salads, soups, or roasted vegetables. Look for a head of celery with bright green leaves attached—they’ll add a whole other layer of flavor.
Sweet Potato-and-Kale Tortilla Soup
Nourishing sweet potato and kale make up the bulk of this perfectly spiced tortilla soup. While you can make it vegetarian, you can also stir in shredded rotisserie chicken for added protein. Serve with your favorite toppings like radishes, avocado, and cilantro. The best part might be the contrast of the soft tortilla strips soaking up the broth and the crispy ones on top.