Silky Smooth Pure Chocolate Pudding

I’ve tasted lots of faux puddings over the years…especially ones with avocados…they have all been TERRIBLE! This one is NOT!! So delicious! Possibly my favorite recipe of all my Cook With Joy episodes. I definitely recommend the “extras” coconut whipped cream, almonds and raspberry jam…so good. Let’s talk about the health benefits: Avocados, bananas, and cacao powder…3 super foods for a “super dessert”! You gotta try this!!!!

California Barley Bowl w/ a Lemon Ne Chevre Sauce

Great idea…so many great health benefits (avocado, mung bean sprouts, almonds, etc) but probably the worst recipe of Season 2. #1 Didn’t taste great, #2 Barley is NOT Gluten free! Yikes! How could I not know this. HOWEVER! You could make this with any gluten free grain AND, with some tweaks, I think it could actually taste good! I’d love to hear what you do with this recipe!

Blueberry Orange Steel Cut Oatmeal

This recipe was delicious. You may remember my first episode of season one: “The Best Darn Oatmeal You’ll Ever Have” This oatmeal was also very good. A few things I would do to make it better: I used apple juice instead of water but that was too sweet. I think I would use ½ apple juice and ½ water. I would also want to make a larger batch to be more time efficient. Toasting the oats is a really nice touch and I’d do this again.

I LOVE the Heidi Ho Pure Ne Chevre and am excited about using this awesome product in other recipes. I think this is a great recipe for a “fancy” breakfast and look forward to making this for special guests. The health benefits of all these ingredients are legendary; what a great way to start the day!

Smoky Squash Gnocchi With Pesto

Okay, so I won’t lie…this was a super complicated recipe but SO worth it! Love, love, love it! Squash, pumpkin seeds, sage, basil, garlic and lemon are all super foods…how exciting to have them in one delicious dish…Wow! This dish is wonderful…you might want to double it and freeze some of the gnocchi for a second meal. I do like it with pesto…try it both ways and share your results!

3 Ingredient Baked Cheddar Cauliflower Bites

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 22 mins

If you have muffin pan liners go ahead and use them because they will ensure the cauliflower bites don’t stick to the pan.

This recipe is a great way to get cauliflower into your family’s diet. Cauliflower is a member of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables

Cauliflower is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich and may boost both your heart and brain health

Eating cauliflower will provide your body with impressive amounts of vitamin C, vitamin k, beta-carotene, and much more while supporting healthy digestion and detoxification

Pretty impressive for a snack, yes?

Five Layer Dip

This is what Better Beans says: “You eat plant-based all week long then it comes book club, or game day or that fancy party you have been planning for for months and you feel compelled to serve meat or cheese. Well, I’m hear to tell you this appetizer will tingle the taste buds of ever your most carnivorous friend! 😉  Stay true to you”

This is a really easy dish that is a crowd pleaser and also so good for us! A couple of notes from trying:

I couldn’t find the cute little cups they used so I tried making them in the plastic slanted cups we use for wine at big parties…not as cute. The next time I made them, I used a big, clear, glass dish and it worked but I’d really like to find the cups they used…

I prepped the dish ahead of time and added the heated cheeze right before I served the dish…big hit! Every layer of this dish is full of health benefits…such an improvement over a traditional dip like this with cheese, sour cream, etc. Here’s what others say about using Heidi Ho instead of dairy cheese:

“This product filled a “gaping hole” in the vegan/vegetarian/lactose challenged products aisle. Most non-dairy cheeses were made with starch, fat, added flavors and other unpronounceable things. This is an organic, natural cheeze with less fat and calories than real cheese.” Yay!

Walnut Cranberry Hummus

I love, love, love this dish! I felt it needed more of everything (garlic, rosemary, salt, lemon, cranberries and walnuts) and the second time I made it, I added all of the above and loved it event more! Already, I’ve decided that this is one of my “go-to” dishes for all parties…super simple yet special and beautiful (way better than that store bought stuff…) AND so good for us!

I’ve talked a lot about the health benefits of beans, garlic and walnuts in other episodes so today I want to mention how beneficial rosemary and cranberries! Rosemary can help to alleviate muscle pain, improve memory and hair growth! Wow! Who knew? Cranberries, of course, really aid in urinary tract health but also may help to lower blood pressure and thus, positively impact our circulatory system. Hard to believe that something this delicious can be this good for us!

I REALLY like it with the red lentil flatbread from earlier in the season!


Black Bean Brownies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

From my friend and Fitness Professional, Beth Eisele

I’m not a huge dessert person but my friend, Beth, is and she swears by this recipe. She runs a bootcamp program and likes being able to give her students some options for healthy treats. I love that this recipe is pretty simple and doesn’t need any adaptation to make it vegan and gluten free.

Anytime I can get beans into my diet, I’m happy…this recipe does that! Black beans give us an excellent source of protein and fiber and, unlike other types of beans, have a significant amount of Omega 3’s.

Lentil Flat Bread

An easy, healthy and delicious high fiber & high protein gluten free flatbread pizza crust!
Recipe taken from: Kristen Wood | moon and spoon and yum. 

I was a little nervous about this recipe and I could not believe how easy it was to make and how delicious it is! It is now my “go to” for pizza, hummus, any dip, etc. What an amazing way to sneakily getting healthful lentils into dishes that normally use a flour product. I think I’m in love!

I have also made it now with yellow lentils and split peas and have had the same result while providing some interesting color contrasts. I served these at a happy hour with the Hummus recipe you will see in the July 5th episode and people LOVED it…these were many non-health conscious people, btw!

The health benefits of lentils include a high protein content, improved digestion, a healthy heart, diabetes control, control of cancer, weight loss, a solution for anemia, and better electrolytic activity due to potassium. It is good for pregnant women, the prevention of atherosclerosis, and it helps in maintaining a healthy nervous system. What’s not to love?

Kristen Wood | moon and spoon and yum. 

Tuscan White Bean & Veggie Pesto Pasta

Adapted from….mis-quoted on video

Add some healthy plant-based protein to your next pasta dish! You will be amazed at how good the Italian classic, pasta e fagioli can be!


Wow! My first episode of season 2 in which I am blindly following other peoples recipes! Scary but this first one is a home run!

So much goodness all while avoiding gluten and dairy: beans, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, almonds, basil and garlic: an antioxidant smorgasbord! Asparagus is an amazing food: fights bloating and hangovers! Promotes weight management, kidney function AND is a mood enhancer/aphrodisiac…who knew?!

This is one of my favorite recipes of the whole season! I hope you and your family enjoy it, too and let me know how it turns out and what you think! Bon apetit!