Basil Guacamole Dip and Sweet Potato Chips

Since it’s been a hot minute (ok, a loooong while…blame it on my need to soak up every single waking second with baby girl…and the fact that she lets me get very little else done!) since I’ve posted a recipe, the big come back better be double good…and it is!

A creamy, zesty, bbq-friendly but good enough for a dinner party too chips and dip. If you can’t decide between pesto and guacamole, this recipe is going to be your best friend. Not that we’re into labels or anything, but it also happens to be diary and gluten free and vegan too.

The icing on the cake? The perfectly roasted crunchy sweet potato chips so good that they put sweet potato fries to shame. Not that you’re not already salivating, but allow me to also mention the fact that this is super simple and easy to whip up. In fact, I did it before baby girl’s attention span ran out…which is pretty damn quick! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 1 handful arugula
  • 1 small or 1/2 large avocado
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

Blend everything together in a high powered blender or food processor (I use a Vitamix) until it’s thick and creamy. That’s it!

For the chips, take 1-2 sweet potatoes (I used one large) and cut into thin round discs. Roast in olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper at 400 degrees until crispy (about 45 minutes at 400 degrees.) Let cool and arrange around your dip.

One Healthy Breakdown: good luck making this one last more than a few minutes!

 

Vegan Pesto Zoodles with Fresh Tomatoes

Zoodles are oodles of fun, especially during tomato season! Upgrade any pasta dish with veggie noodles for a healthier meal that’s low in carbs, calories, and high in fiber. This one just happens to be meatless, vegetarian, vegan, and you won’t even miss the meat or cheese one bit! I used the inspiralizer to make noodles out of zucchini and summer squash before adding fresh tomatoes and a vegan pesto that is out of this world. Ready to be inspiralized?

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Ingredients: (makes two servings)

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 summer squash
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1/2 cup arugula
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1/3 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions:

Use Inspiralizer (or your tool of choice) to make noodles out of the zucchini and squash. Put noodles aside on a plate, sprinkle sea salt over noodles, and let sit to drain some of the liquid. For pesto, in a Vitamix, blender, or food processor, combine arugula, basil, nuts, avocado, 1 tablespoon olive oil, nutritional  yeast, and the lemon (remove seeds, optional to use juice or peel as well like we do.) Add a few spoonfuls of water if needed, so that mixture blends together.

Put zoodles in a pan on the stove over low heat and add remaining olive oil. Once they start to cook and soften, add pesto and cubed tomato. (For added protein and creaminess, you can also add one egg to the pan at this time.)

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Mix over heat a few more minutes until noodles are all covered in pesto and tomatoes have softened. Remove from heat and serve in pasta bowl, garnish with basil leaves. Bon appetit!

One Healthy Breakdown: There’s nothin’ wrong with a little healthy Italian.

Beet & Basil Hummus

In the spirit of DIY’ing, we’re making a simple favorite: hummus. This colorful version is not only bright and beautiful, it’s also full of flavor, healthy goodness, and only real foods (bye bye, chemicals.) Hummus is a well-rounded staple to enjoy often for it’s plant-based protein, carbs, and fat, but this one adds beets and basil for some serious vitamins and minerals (ie: magnesium, iron, potassium, folate, flavonoids, vitamins B & K, and more.) BEET THAT!

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Ingredients: (makes one large bowl or ~5 single servings)

  • 2 medium-sized red beets (cooked to soften, I boiled mine for 20 minutes)
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup chickpeas or white beans (I used canned organic, washed)
  • 1/3 lemon (skin and all)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1.5 tablespoons pine nuts (or pistachios or cashews)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • dash of sea salt and pepper

Just blend all ingredients in Vitamix/high-powered blender or food processor until smooth. Serve with crudite and/or whole-grain crackers or chips for the perfect healthy appetizer. Also add to your salads/meals for a colorful boost of healthy flavor!

One Healthy Breakdown: if hummus and pesto had a baby, it would be this recipe 🙂

Green Cauliflower Mash

Have you heard?! Cauliflower is the new mashed potatoes. Yup, move over boring old starchy potatoes, you’ve been replaced by cauliflower. For 2/3 fewer calories and carbs, this cruciferous veg is low on the glycemic index and packed with vitamins.photo(150)In a food processor, combine:

  • 1/2 head cauliflower, steamed and cut into pieces
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 1 handful arugula
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 teaspoon miso
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened milk of choice (I used cashew milk)
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • optional: for added protein, add 1/4 cup chickpeas, tofu, or plain Greek yogurt

Blend until you have a light zesty, green mixture and enjoy! Cauliflower mash makes the perfect side dish, snack, or small meal. To make plain (white) cauliflower mash, simply remove the arugula, basil, and avocado and replace with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Some may not even realize the potatoes are missing…

One Healthy Breakdown: goodbye mashed potatoes…sorry to say, I won’t miss ya a bit.

Brunch at Babette’s – Dilemma Solved!

When I first ventured to Babette’s (66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton) for brunch years ago, I knew I’d be back…again…and again. This place instantly jumped right to the top of my list of brunch spots, and for good reason. Just looking at the menu made me feel light, cheerful, and hungry! There’s something for everyone and everything is fresh and organic. From simple classics like pancakes, French toast, (Nick’s choice, pictured below) omelets, and eggs, to super creative creations too!

photo(25)First and foremost, Babette’s serves breakfast until 4:30pm, (as a huge fan of breakfast for dinner, this sits well with me) in addition to lunch and dinner too.

One of my all-time favorites is the poached eggs with market vegetables and pesto. It’s fresh, light, and pesto-freakin-tastic. The eggs were delish, super fresh, and the pesto added a flavor I could only dream of. The bed of veggies perfectly balanced the rich pesto flavor. I had a few bites of oatmeal too, which was simple and good. One of these days, I’ll get around to (attempting to) recreate this gem in my own kitchen (good luck to me.)
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Our sunny, cozy table by the window also provided some good entertainment as East Hampton’s mid-morning crowd strolled down Newton Lane. Babette’s won my heart (and my stomach) long ago and I will be back soon for sure!

One Healthy Breakdown: Delightful and delicious – a must.