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Comfort Food Redo: Vegan Mac n’ Cheese

Comfort food cravings are hard to curve. With this recipe you get the best of both worlds: that unbeatable feeling of having a warm bowl of Mac n’ Cheese in your hands without feeling as though you took ten steps backwards on your wellness journey. So how does this dish mimic that cheesy goodness that makes Mac n’ Cheese a lifetime favorite? Well, the secret is the cashew sauce… it’s packed with flavor and plenty of protein! Kick it up a notch and use gluten free pasta (try brown rice shells), and you’ll have a new favorite go-to vegan dish that even the kids will love.



(Serves 4-5)

  • 12 oz. uncooked pasta

For the cheese sauce:

  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for a couple hours/overnight)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • Salt to taste
You can find detailed instructions for this recipe on the blog The Garden Grazer. Enjoy!
Kaitlin, of the blog The Garden Grazer is a self proclaimed vegetable enthusiast who enjoys making recipes that complement her passion for veggies. Her blog features recipes that are a creative and delicious take on eating fresh. For more from Kaitlin and all things The Garden Grazer, connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Turkey Burgers with Fig Salsa from The Oaks Spa

turkey burgers with fresh fig salsa

Tis’ the season for BBQ’s and family get-togethers! Just because you are striving to meet healthy eating goals does not mean that you have to opt out of Summer fun too! Make a healthy swap to Turkey Burgers and you won’t miss a beat on the grill. Get your entire family aboard and make a switch to Turkey Burgers– the kids won’t even notice a difference. For an even healthier spin on this summertime staple, ditch the bun and opt for pita bread. Happy grilling! If you’ve enjoyed this recipe, be sure to check out more from Christine Denney and The Oaks Spa.

Turkey Burgers with Fresh Fig Salsa

(Serves 6)


For the Fresh Fig Salsa:

  • 2½ cups fresh figs, diced
  • ½ cup yellow bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup finely minced red onion
  • ½ cup dried cranberries (raisins can be substituted)
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced, or 2 tsp. dried red chili flakes
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced or grated fresh ginger

For the Turkey Burger:

  • 1 ½ lbs. ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh figs
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup finely minced red onion
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil (2 tsp. dried)


  • Combine salsa ingredients and chill for approximately two hours to meld flavors.
  • Combine all of the ingredients, but do not over-mix.
  • Divide into 6 portions and shape into burgers. Or, these can be made into meatballs for an appetizer. Chill for one hour before cooking.
  • Using a non-stick spray for your grill or sauté pan, spray generously and cook burgers over medium heat for 3-5 minutes per side, depending on thickness. (Meat should register 165 degrees in the center.)
  • Serve warm with fresh fig salsa. If “meatballs” are made, they could be used with an arugula salad, adding Gorgonzola, feta or goat cheese if desired, and the salsa could be the “dressing.”



This recipe was originally penned by Christine Denney, Food Services Director at the Oaks at Ojai Spa. Her recipes are always fresh and inspired by her love of nutrition and eating well. You can find that her cookbook, Recipes from the Heart, is available to purchase here. For more recipes from Christine, check out her chef spotlight  page on Recipe Redo.

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Creamy Avocado Dressing

Confession: one of my favorite ingredients are avocados. They are such a versatile and yummy fruit and surprisingly they have more potassium than a banana! I know what you’re thinking, I always assumed avocados were veggies too. The best part? The numerous ways you can incorporate avocados into your life: juice it, eat it whole, crush it into Guacamole, or in this instance make a creamy dressing to top off your salad! All of these reasons can be attributed to why I love this recipe so much! As always, enjoy and let me know what you think!Avocado549x305



  • 2 ripe avocados, halved and pitted
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ⅓ cup rice-wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

For detailed directions to prepare this recipe, read more at PureWow.

PureWow is an online space for mouth-watering healthy recipes, lifestyle advice, and more! You can follow PureWow on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Kiwi Glazed Cheesecake from The Oaks Spa

Wrap your mind around this: a summer dessert that’s just 110 calories a slice! Many recipes for cheesecake can often be high in calories and sugar– but this redo is an absolutely necessary indulgence sans the guilt. Even better? Few ingredients and easy preparation. Strawberries and kiwis are arguably the summer staples as far as fruit is concerned and this recipe features both! Cool off poolside with a slice and enjoy. If you’re absolutely obsessed with this dessert as I know you will be, head over to The Oaks Spa and sample the original from Christine Denney!

Kiwi Glazed Cheesecake

(Serves 10, 110 Calories/serving)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 inch pie plate with a nonstick spray.


  • 3 cups nonfat cottage cheese
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. agave (or honey)
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice

For the Cheesecake:

Process everything except the eggs in a blender or food processor until creamy.  Add eggs and process until combined.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pie plate and bake approximately 30 minutes until the center is set.  Refrigerate for at least one half hour before adding the fruit and glaze.

Kiwi, strawberry and glaze preparation:

Peel and thinly slice five kiwis.  Slice about 6 strawberries.  Prepare the following glaze:

In a small pan, heat ½ cup apple juice concentrate.  Mix two teaspoons of arrowroot or cornstarch with two tablespoons of water.  When apple mixture boils, add arrowroot mixture and whisk until incorporated and beginning to simmer.  Cool at room while you are waiting for cheesecake to be ready.

When cheesecake has chilled for one half hour, arrange kiwi and strawberry slices decoratively around cheesecake.  With a pastry brush, apply cooled glaze to fruit and fill in any places that fruit is not covering.  This will be best if chilled for at least another two hours, or overnight.  Slice and serve, either as is or with a fresh raspberry sauce.

logo-red-OaksSpaThis recipe was originally penned by Christine Denney, Food Services Director at the Oaks at Ojai Spa. Her recipes are always fresh and inspired by her love of nutrition and eating well. You can find that her cookbook, Recipes from the Heart, is available to purchase here. For more recipes from Christine, check out her chef spotlight  page on Recipe Redo.


Zucchini Noodles with Basil Balsamic Marinated Tomatoes

Warmer weather and plenty of sunshine requires recipes to complement the easy summer atmosphere. This recipe serves only one, but feel free to double, triple or stretch the ingredients to what works best for you! Though the zucchini pasta noodles are creative and yummy, what really makes this dish stand out are the Basil Balsamic marinated tomatoes– they are bursting with flavor and absolutely irresistible. One note to add: if you don’t have one already, you may need to purchase a Julienne Peeler to create the zucchini pasta noodles effect. The peeler’s uses are many and the investment isn’t too much of a stretch. Enjoy and eat well!


Zucchini Noodles with Basil Balsamic Marinated Tomatoes

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 1 heaped cup of small tomatoes, halved
  • splash of balsamic vinegar, about 1 tbsp
  • splash of extra virgin olive oil, about 1 1/2 tbsp
  • 1 tsp finely minced garlic
  • 1 sprig of basil, leaves finely sliced
  • salt + pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • handful of pine nuts

This lovely summer day recipe and detailed instructions can be found at A House in the Hills. 


A House in the Hills is as adorable as it is practical. You can keep up with their fresh recipes, lifestyle blog and various adventures on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.


Flourless Black Bean Avocado Brownies: Gluten Free and Vegan

You’ll have to trust me on this one– this edition of Recipe Redo is adventurous and ambitious! For the brownie lovers of the world, this may be just the healthy solution you’ve been searching for to satisfy your chocolate cravings. The ingredients to this brownie spin may seem weird (black beans and avocados we are looking at you), but my bet is that you won’t be able to resist sneaking a taste out of the brownie batter bowl. It’s a win-win situation for the reformed chocoholics: you can have your brownies and get in your veggies at the same time! The best part? This recipe is gluten-free and vegan approved! Enjoy and as always, comment below and share what you think!2-IMG_3234

Flourless Black Bean Avocado Brownies


  • 1 large flax egg
  • 1 – 15oz can low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 medium to large ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling
You can find detailed instructions for this recipe on the blog Ambitious Kitchen. Enjoy!
Monique is the face behind the healthy-eats blog Ambitious Kitchen. Her recipes are a creative and delicious take on eating fresh. For more from Monique and all things Ambitious Kitchen, connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.


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Margherita Pizza Wheels, Kids Can Cook too!

Meal times are a great way to connect with your family over dinnertime conversations! Even more, preparing meals are a unique opportunity to get kids involved in a hands-on activity with a delicious reward. Little hands will have so much fun rolling the pizza dough into pinwheels! I particularly love this recipe because of it’s versatility. Feel free to customize this recipe to fit your diet: instead of using regular crust, swap it out for a gluten free option. Also, add in your favorite veggies and toppings to make a meal that’s kid-approved!



(Makes 12 4-inch pizza wheels)

  • 1/2 recipe Basic Pizza Dough
  • Easy marinara (recipe below)
  • 4 ounces (113 grams) mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (10 grams) basil leaves, chopped
  • Yellow cornmeal, for dipping
  • Coarse salt, for sprinkling


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (36 grams) onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 14.5 oz can peeled diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs such as basil, oregano and thyme (2 teaspoons dried)
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

For detailed preparation instructions, visit Completely Delicious.


Annalise loves to bake and share her recipes on her blog Completely Delicious! For more of her delicious recipes, follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.