Gluten free and Healthy Baked Spinach Chickpea Fritters
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Originally posted in November of 2017

A few weeks ago I made some spinach chickpea fritters and froze the leftovers. I could have just gobbled them down even though I was no longer hungry, because they were delish, but I am so glad I chose to freeze them instead. I am a huge proponent of making things ahead of time and freezing them (you kinda have to when you work full time, have over an hour long commute and a ten month old), and my frozen foods have come to the rescue several times over the past month.

 

Spinach Chickpea Fritters with Dip

 

Anyways, I am super happy I froze some of my spinach chickpea fritters because we spent last week in the hospital (baby v had bronchiolitis and pneumonia but is doing great now) and came home very tired to a house with a limited food selection. I searched through the freezer looking for something easy to feed baby v (I did not want to have to run to the grocery store) and was ecstatic when I found a tupperware full of my spinach chickpea fritters. Now I know what your thinking….is she posting a recipe for babies? Yes and no. This is a recipe for everyone. It does work great for babies because the patties are easy to pick up, and they contain iron from the chickpeas and spinach, which growing babies need a lot of. However, they also make a healthy, delicious and good looking appetizer for adults. It’s a win-win for all!

 

Blended Chickpeas

 

These spinach chickpea fritters are incredibly easy. Basically you blend and mix everything together and then plop the batter down on a parchment paper lined pan, add a little olive oil, and pop them into the oven. And the only thing I really had to clean afterwards was my blender and a few measuring instruments. These fritters are also super customizable. You can use this recipe as a template and switch out different flavors and spices. I’m thinking next time maybe adding some cumin or curry, or maybe even experiment with adding some feta.

 

Gluten free and Healthy Baked Spinach Chickpea Fritters

 

Spinach Chickpea Fritters

 

Ingredients
1-16 oz Can Reduced Sodium Garbanzo Beans
1 Cup Raw Baby Spinach
4 Tablespoons Almond Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Baking powder
1 or 2 Cloves Chopped Fresh Garlic
1 Egg
Olive Oil
 

 

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add beans and garlic to food processor or good blender and pulse until well blended. Add egg and spinach and continue to blend until you get a uniform green mixture. Remove blade from blender and stir in baking powder and flour. You should have a pasty green mixture that smells garlicky. The mixture should be too thin to roll into balls but thick enough to plop on a pan without running. Line baking pan with parchment paper and use a spoon to scoop out 12 large fritters in the baking sheet. Lightly brush or drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15-20 min. Turn on broil and broil for another minute or so until edges brown slightly.
 
 Gluten free and Healthy Baked Spinach Chickpea Fritters
 
 
*And if you need some dip just mix the ingredients below…
1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Parsley or Dill
Dash of Ground Black Pepper
 
 

Looking for more spinach recipes? Try my Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip… it is so easy and delicious you may not be able to eat the store bought version again.

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Easy vegetarian and gluten free Mediterranean Quinoa Bake
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This week was pretty busy so I wanted to make a really easy, healthy and delicious meal that would be able to feed both me and my husband for two nights. Throwing veggies, beans, and whole grains into a pan and baking it seemed like a really good way to accomplish my goal. I also wanted to do a vegetarian dish because 1) I love vegetarian dishes, 2) Adding meat seemed like an unnecessary extra step, and 3) My friend Stephanie is a vegetarian who loves casseroles/bakes and is always looking for healthy recipes…so this recipe was partly for her. I chose to use Mediterranean flavors in this recipe because I love them… annnnd I also happened to have a can of artichokes in my pantry I wanted to use. So if you like easy healthy recipes, veggies, chickpeas, and quinoa, this Mediterranean Quinoa Bake recipe is just for you.

 Easy, vegetarian, and gluten free Mediterranean Quinoa Bake

When I’m short on time or I’m running low on fresh vegetables, I like to combine fresh veggies with canned ones for a quick and easy meal that still helps me meet my nutritional needs. When buying canned ingredients, I compare different brands and choose the one that is lowest in sodium, preferably no salt added, if possible. I also drain and rinse my canned beans and veggies that do have salt added to help further decrease the sodium level. If you like to use a lot of canned ingredients I would suggest investing in a little mini colander so you can easily rinse off your canned beans and veggies without having to use your bigger one. That way you can save precious dishwasher space and you may be more likely to actually take the time to rinse them off 🙂

If you are in need of a little colander I think this one looks pretty darn cute:

Tablecraft HC1 0.75 quart Mini Colander  *

*Amazon affiliate link – if you click on purchase through this link I may receive a percentage of the sale to help run my website at no cost to you

Looking for more vegetarian dishes? Try my Sweet Potato and Kale Frittata, great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Easy, vegetarian, and gluten free Mediterranean Quinoa Bake

Mediterranean Quinoa Bake

 Ingredients 

1 Cup Uncooked Quinoa
1 Can (16 oz) Reduced Sodium Chickpeas- Drained and Rinsed
1 Can (14 oz) Quartered Artichoke Hearts- Drained and Rinsed
1 Can (12 oz) Roasted Red Peppers- Drained and Rinsed
3 Cups Raw Baby Spinach
4 Plum Tomatoes – Sliced
1 Cup Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
3/4 Cup Reduced Fat Crumbled Feta Cheese
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

 
 
Directions
Cook quinoa according to package directions and preheat oven to 350 degrees. While quinoa is cooking, add remaining ingredients except for feta cheese and balsamic vinegar to a large mixing bowl. Toss ingredients together mixing well. After quinoa is done cooking, spread quinoa evenly in a 9×13 inch glass baking pan. Top with veggie mixture. Cook in oven for 20 minutes or until veggies are warm and soft. Remove from oven, sprinkle feta cheese and drizzle balsamic vinegar over the top of casserole. Place back in oven for about 5 more minutes until cheese is warm and slightly soft. Remove from oven and serve. Enjoy!
 
 
 Easy, vegetarian, and gluten free Mediterranean Quinoa Bake
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Dietitian Approved Mango Recipes

Mangoes are delicious. They also contain important nutrients like fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folate, and B6. Meaning they are good for your gut, eye and skin health, cell growth and metabolism. And being that mango season is quickly approaching, I thought I would gather up some dietitian approved mango recipes from some of my favorite RD bloggers, just for you. Oh and myself, because who am I kidding? I will definitely be working my way through these recipes this summer.

So without further ado, here is the mouth watering list of dietitian approved mango recipes. Enjoy!

Smoothies and Drinks

Dietitian approved mango recipes

Mango Carrot Ginger Smoothie by Sharon Palmer – The Plant Powered Dietitian

Layered Mango Raspberry Smoothie (Dairy Free) by Chrissy Carroll at Dairy Free for Baby

Green Smoothie with Pineapple and Mango by Marie Dittmer at Healthy Ideas Place

5 Ingredient Energizing Smoothie by Alyssa Lavy at Alyssa Lavy Nutrition and Wellness

Springtime Mango Smoothie Bowl with Edible Flowers by Emily Kyle at Emily Kyle Nutrition

Matcha Green Tea Ginger Smoothie Bowl by Leanne Ray

Mango Cardamom Kefir Lassi by Dixya Bhattarai at Food Pleasure and Health

Ginger Peach Mango Lassi by E.A. Stewart – Spicy RD Nutrition

Breakfast and Snacks

Dietitian approved mango recipes

Blueberry Mango Yogurt Parfait by Marie Dittmer at Healthy Ideas Place

Tropical Mango Chia Pudding Parfait by Ginger Hulton at Champagne Nutrition

Mango Turmeric Overnight Oats by Kara Lydon at Kara Lydon Nutrition

Banana Almond Mango Overnight Oats by Amy Gorin at Amy Gorin Nutrition

Easy Mango Almond Oatmeal by Amy Gorin at Amy Gorin Nutrition

Coconut Mango Barley Breakfast by Kristine Pfeifer Duncan at Veg Girl RD

Gluten Free Mango Muffins by Caryn Fasko at Delicious and Nutritious Eating

Soups and Salads

Dietitian approved mango recipes

Chilled Mango Red Curry Soup with Shrimp by Danielle Cushing at The Every Kitchen

Red Lentil Mango Soup by Judith Scharman at Foods with Judes

Passion Fruit Broccoli Salad by Experience Delicious

Strawberry Mango Spinach Salad by Peas and Hoppiness

Grains

Dietitian approved mango recipes

Colorful Quinoa and Pecan Salad by Triad to Wellness

Mango Lime Quinoa Salad by Sarah Schlichter at Bucket List Tummy

Cucumber Tomato Mango Quinoa Salad by Brittany Poulson at Your Choice Nutrition

Mango Quinoa Salad by Jess DeGore at Dietitian Jess Nutrition

Mango Quinoa Black Bean Salad by Judith Scharman at Foods with Judes

Coconut Mango Rice by Caryn Fasko at Delicious and Nutritious Eating

Entrees

Dietitian approved mango recipes

Slow Cooker Sriracha Mango Chicken Tacos by Kara Hochreiter at Byte Sized Nutrition

Steak Lettuce Wraps with Mango and Avocado by Chrissy Carroll and Snacking in Sneakers

Cajun Mango Avocado Burgers by Chrissy Carroll at Snacking in Sneakers

Baked Cod Fish Tacos with Mango Guacamole by Jodi Danen at Create Kids Club

Stir Fried Rice with Tofu and a Peanut Mango Sauce by Mostly Balanced

Mango Chicken Curry by Whitney Reist at Sweet Cayenne

Avocado Chicken Salad by Caryn Fasko at Delicious and Nutritious Eating

Salsas

Dietitian approved mango recipes

Double Pepper Mango Salsa by Lizzie Streit at It’s a Veg World After All

Cucumber Mango Salsa by Marie Dittmer at Healthy Ideas Place

Mango Salsa by Jeanette Kimszal at Jeanette Kimszal Nutrition

Grilled Avocado Stuffed with Grilled Mango Salsa by Sarah Koszyk

Desserts

Dietitian approved mango recipes

Mango Coconut Soft Serve by Liz Weiss at Liz’s Healthy Table

Coconut Mango Popsicles by Caryn Fasko at Delicious and Nutritious Eating

Mango Ice by KeyVion Miller at KeyVion Miller Nutrition

Don’t forget to pin this list of Dietitian Approved Mango Recipes so you can save them all for later!

Dietitian Approved Mango Recipes

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