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Cool and refreshing Asian cucumber salad! Full of flavor, and easy to throw together in a few simple steps. The perfect side dish or healthy lunch recipe.

overhead image of asian cucumber salad on a plate with a spoon

What You’ll Need To Make Asian Cucumber Salad

Mini Cucumbers – Six mini seedless cucumbers are the star of this recipe. I cut mine into fun little spirals for my salad, but you can simply slice them instead. If slicing, I recommend a mandolin to help slice the cucumbers as thin as possible.

Fresh Ginger – Fresh ginger goes a long way in this Asian cucumber salad! Start by cutting about a 1-inch piece from a knob of whole ginger. Then, peel your ginger with either a spoon or a vegetable peeler. Once peeled, run the ginger along a microplane or the fine side of a box grater.

Rice Vinegar – For a hint of acidity, rice vinegar tastes best. However, if you don’t have any, feel free to use white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar in its place.

Sriracha – While optional, I recommend a tiny drop of sriracha to round out the flavors in this recipe. For a mild version, start with just 1/2 teaspoon. Or, for a spicy Asian cucumber salad, add upwards of 1-2 teaspoons.

close-up image of asian cucumber salad on a plate

How to Cut Cucumbers

  1. Cut 1/4-inch of each end of a mini cucumber.
  2. Place two chopsticks on either side of the cucumber.
  3. Then, make thin (about 1/8-inch) diagonal cuts along the cucumber, stopping when your knife hits the chopsticks.
  4. Flip cucumber over and make the same exact cuts, in the same direction, on the other side.
  5. Lastly, cut each the cucumber in half, then add them to a bowl for this recipe!

Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs

Make it Gluten-Free: For a 100% gluten-free Asian cucumber salad, use tamari in place of the soy sauce. Tamari tastes just like soy sauce, but unlike soy sauce, is certified gluten-free!

Make it Vegan: Use maple syrup in place of the honey for a completely vegan side dish.

Asian Cucumber Salad

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Recipe by Samantha Course: SidesCuisine: AsianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

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Total time

5

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Cool and refreshing Asian cucumber salad! Full of flavor, and easy to throw together in a few simple steps. The perfect side dish or healthy lunch recipe.

Ingredients

  • 6 mini cucumbers, spiralized (see Notes) or thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and grated

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon sriracha, optional

  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced

  • pinch of sesame seeds

Directions

  • Place cucumber in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt, then let sit for 10-15 minutes while you make the dressing.
  • Whisk together the ginger, garlic, rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce, maple syrup, and sriracha in a small bowl.
  • Check on the cucumbers, and drain the water that’s gathered at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Add dressing, scallions, and sesame seeds to the cucumbers and toss to coat. Either serve immediately or let marinate in the fridge for a few hours.

Notes

  • How to Cut “Spiralized” Cucumber: Cut off each end of a cucumber, then place two chopsticks on either long side of the cucumber. Then, make thin diagonal cuts along the cucumber, stopping when your knife hits the chopsticks. Flip cucumber over and make the same cuts on the other side. Last, slice each cucumber in half, now they’re ready for this recipe!

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Quick, easy, and insanely delicious 20-minute mongolian chicken! Inspired by the flavors in your favorite dish from your local Chinese restaurant – comes together in less time than it’d take you to order takeout.

overhead image of mongolian chicken on a plate over cauliflower rice

What You’ll Need To Make Mongolian Chicken

Chicken Breast – Thinly slice two large, boneless and skinless chicken breasts against the grain. Once sliced, it’s ready to use in this recipe! And for extra crispy chicken pieces, we start by coating them in corn starch before cooking. However, if you don’t have any corn starch, you can use arrowroot starch or tapioca starch in its place. Or, you can skip this step altogether!

Scallions – Slice three whole scallions (white and green part) however large or small you’d like. I typically slice mine in 2-inch pieces, since I love biting into large pieces of sautéed scallions in my mongolian chicken.

Ginger – If using fresh, whole ginger, slice off a 1-inch knob of ginger and remove the skin. Then, run your piece of ginger along a microplane grater until its finely grated. Or, to save time, I recommend buying a jar of minced ginger, and using that in this recipe instead!

Soy Sauce – Soy sauce is the classic addition to this Chinese-inspired recipe. However, if gluten-free, use tamari in place of the soy sauce. Or, for a slightly healthier version, use reduced sodium soy sauce instead!

close-up image of mongolian chicken in a skillet

Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs

Make it Paleo: Turn this into an easy paleo dinner recipe by replacing the corn starch with tapioca starch, and using coconut aminos in place of the soy sauce. Then, serve your cooked chicken over cauliflower rice – yum.

Make it Gluten-Free: For gluten-free mongolian chicken, make sure the corn starch you use is entirely gluten-free, and replace the soy sauce with an equal amount of tamari. Tamari is the gluten-free equivalent to soy sauce, and tastes exactly the same!

overhead image of mongolian chicken in a skillet.

Interested In More Chicken Recipes? Try These!

20-Minute Mongolian Chicken

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Recipe by Samantha Course: MainCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Total time

20

minutes

Quick, easy, and insanely delicious 20-minute mongolian chicken! Inspired by the flavors in your favorite dish from your local Chinese restaurant – comes together in less time than it’d take you to order takeout.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, thinly sliced

  • salt, to taste

  • 1/4 cup corn starch, or arrowroot starch

  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil

  • 3 scallions, sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated

  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, or tamari if gluten-free

Directions

  • Season chicken breast with salt, then toss in corn starch to coat.
  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, once hot add in the chicken – cook until golden brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
  • Lower heat to medium and add in the garlic, ginger, and scallions. Cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Whisk the corn starch into the vegetable broth, then pour into the skillet along with the soy sauce. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce has thickened.
  • Once thick, add chicken back into the skillet and toss in sauce, then serve.

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These carrot cake baked oats taste just like eating carrot cake for breakfast! This recipe includes a vegan cream cheese icing and is entirely refined sugar-free. Add a scoop of almond butter and a handful of chopped walnuts for a healthy, well-balanced breakfast.

Close-up image of carrot cake baked oats with cream cheese icing and carrots on top.

What You Need To Make Carrot Cake Baked Oats

Rolled Oats – You can use either rolled oats or quick oats in this recipe. I like to stock up on oats whenever I’m at the store, they’re so versatile and super satisfying. Oats are one of the best gluten-free grains, loaded with vitamins, minerals, and plenty of health benefits.

Apple Sauce – You can swap mashed banana for the apple sauce in this recipe – use whichever you prefer!

Maple Syrup – I love using maple syrup in place of refined sugar in my recipes. Maple syrup not only tastes delicious, but is full of antioxidants and less likely to spike your blood sugar.

Walnuts – Add a much-needed crunch to these carrot cake baked oats. I used raw, unsalted walnuts in my recipe and gave them a quick chop before mixing them in. If you don’t like walnuts, feel free to either swap them with another nut or leave them out!

Non-Dairy Cream Cheese – No carrot cake is complete without the cream cheese frosting. Therefore, I developed a two-ingredient cream cheese icing for these baked oats. My preferred non-dairy cream cheese is Kite Hill’s plain flavor. If you’re not dairy-free, you can definitely use regular cream cheese instead. Just make sure, whatever cream cheese you use, is plain and doesn’t have any added flavors.

Carrot cake baked oats being scooped out of a mug.

Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs

  • Add Protein: Throw one tablespoon of your favorite vanilla protein powder in with the oats and make the rest of the recipe as directed.
  • Make it Nut-Free: Use soy or coconut milk instead of almond milk and leave out the walnuts. If you’re also making the cream cheese icing, make sure your dairy-free cream cheese is nut-free as well!
  • Add Dairy: Swap out the almond milk for cow’s milk and the dairy-free cream cheese for regular cream cheese.

Carrot Cake Baked Oats

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Recipe by Samantha Course: BreakfastDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

serving
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

These carrot cake baked oats taste just like eating carrot cake for breakfast! This recipe includes a vegan cream cheese icing and is entirely refined sugar-free. Add a scoop of almond butter and a handful of chopped walnuts for a healthy, well-balanced breakfast.

Ingredients

  • For the baked oats:
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, see Notes

  • 1/2 cup apple sauce, see Notes

  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk, see Notes

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons grated carrots

  • 1 tablespoon raisins, optional

  • 1 tablespoon walnuts, optional

  • For the cream cheese icing:
  • 1 tablespoon non-dairy cream cheese

  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit and lightly grease a oven-safe ramekin.
  • Add the oats, apple sauce, almond milk, maple syrup, baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla extract to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into ramekin and mix in the raisins, carrots, and walnuts. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Whisk together the dairy-free cream cheese and maple syrup in a small bowl. Pour icing over your oats and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Rolled Oats: You can also use quick oats, if you’d like.
  • Apple Sauce: You can swap the apple sauce for 1/2 cup of mashed banana.
  • Almond Milk: Use any non-dairy milk you’d like!
  • Walnuts: Pecans would also taste great, but use whatever nuts you’d like.

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The quickest and easiest way to make your own green juice in a blender – no juicer necessary! A refreshing blend of green veggies, a touch of ginger, and a hint of green apple make this homemade juice not only palatable, but actually delicious. No fancy equipment or juicer is needed for this simple and super healthy recipe!

green blender juice being poured into a glass, garnished with a lemon slice

What You’ll Need For This Recipe

Blender – I used my Vitamix blender for this green juice recipe. It’s certainly an investment, but my gosh is it powerful! The Vitamix is a total work horse and if you ask me, worth EVERY penny. I even purchased mine “reconditioned,” which is just a fancy way of saying “used,” and it’s so far lasted me four years and three moves! However, if you don’t have a Vitamix and don’t feel like investing in one at the moment (I get it), you can simply use whatever blender you have. And if your blender isn’t large enough to fit all the fruit and veggies at once, simply split the recipe up into two batches.

Nut Milk Bag or Fine Mesh Strainer – I purchased my very inexpensive nut milk strainer bag off Amazon 5+ years ago. If you don’t own a nut milk bag, you have two options. You can either buy one, which happens to be my recommended option, since it’s also an important tool in my dairy-free coffee creamer recipe! Or, you can use a fine mesh metal strainer instead. Though beware, a metal strainer won’t catch nearly as much pulp as a nut milk bag will, resulting in a grainier green juice.

Fresh Vegetables – Any and all fresh vegetables are welcome to this green blender juice party! The specific ones we use are cucumber, celery, kale, fresh ginger, lemon, and some green apple for a hint of sweetness. I highly recommend purchasing organic produce for this recipe, since there’s no cooking involved to kill off any gnarly chemicals. Also, since everything’s being blended together – simply give the vegetables a couple quick chops, nothing too precise.

Top Tips

  • Store the fresh fruits and vegetables in the fridge before making your juice. This’ll ensure it blends up extra cold and refreshing! Warm green juice is OK, but definitely not nearly as enjoyable as cold green juice.

  • Get innovative with the pulp from your green blender juice! Add it to smoothies, popsicles, or I’ve even seen people use it in baked goods. It’s always a goal of mine to be as low-waste as possible in the kitchen, so if all else fails, I’ll simply add my leftover pulp to the compost pile.

  • Any fresh, homemade juice is best enjoyed immediately after making! This is when the most vitamins and minerals are available, leading to more nutrients to fuel your body and leave you feeling amazing. However, you can store any leftover green juice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.

Other Tasty Additions

Feel free to add or substitute your favorite fruits or veggies, such as:

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Lime Juice
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pears
  • Turmeric

Green Blender Juice (How to Make Juice Without a Juicer)

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Recipe by Samantha Course: DrinksDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Total time

10

minutes

The quickest and easiest way to make your own green juice in a blender – no juicer necessary! A refreshing blend of green veggies, a touch of ginger, and a hint of green apple make this homemade juice not only palatable, but actually delicious. No fancy equipment or juicer is needed for this simple and super healthy recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber, chopped

  • 1 bunch celery, chopped

  • 2 green apples, chopped

  • 1 bunch kale, chopped

  • 1-inch piece ginger, peeled

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 1 cup water

Directions

  • Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  • Place a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and pour juice through bag or strainer. Squeeze out as much juice as possible and discard pulp.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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Notes

  • No need to remove any seeds or stems from your fresh fruits and vegetables! Simply run a knife through everything, making it just small enough to blend.

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This vegan butternut squash curry is the perfect weeknight dinner for the winter. Simmered with fragrant spices, red curry paste and coconut milk, it’s filling, flavorful, and can be cooked in under 20 minutes!

Vegan Butternut Squash Curry

Butternut squash is one of my favorite winter produces because you can use it in soo many ways! You can use it to make soups, salads, and fried rice. It’s also easy to work with. All you need to do is trim the ends of the squash and peel off the skin. If you are roasting them whole, (like my honeynut squash recipe) you don’t even need to peel the skin. For this butternut squash curry recipe, you’re going to need to dice the squash into cubes. You can check out my post on how to cut butternut squash if you need to learn how to do it safely and efficiently!

Main Ingredients Needed to Make Vegan Butternut Squash Curry

  • Butternut squash – You’ll need to get 1 small squash and dice it up

  • Coconut or olive oil

  • Chopped onion

  • Grated ginger

  • Red curry paste

  • Coconut milk

  • Spinach – optional, but works great with this dish

  • Tamari or soy sauce

  • Lime juice

  • Basmati rice, chopped cashews, fresh cilantro & lime wedges for serving

TIPS FOR MAKING THIS Butternut Squash Curry RECIPE

  • Add chickpeas or tofu to this dish for extra protein.

  • I used basmati rice for serving, but you can also serve it with white jasmine rice, quinoa, or millet.

  • I recommend using spinach in this recipe, but it’s totally optional. If you want to sub it with something else, you can use collard greens.

Vegan Butternut Squash Curry

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Recipe by Samantha Course: Main
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Total time

30

minutes

This vegan butternut squash curry is the perfect weeknight dinner for the winter. Simmered with fragrant spices, red curry paste and coconut milk, it’s filling, flavorful, and can be made in under 20 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Butternut Squash (diced)

  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil or Olive Oil

  • 1 Small Onion (chopped)

  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger (grated)

  • 2 Whole Garlic Cloves (grated)

  • 1 Pinch Salt

  • 2 Tablespoons Red Curry Paste

  • 1 14-ounce Full-Fat Coconut Milk

  • 1/2 Cup Water

  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar

  • 1 Handful Fresh Spinach (optional)

  • 1 Tablespoon Tamari or Soy Sauce

  • 2 Teaspoons Lime Juice

  • For serving:
  • Basmati Rice

  • Chopped Cashews or Peanuts

  • Fresh Cilantro

  • Lime Wedges

Directions

  • Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat then add in the onion and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the grated ginger, garlic, butternut squash, and a big pinch of salt. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant
  • Add in the red curry paste, coconut milk, water, and sugar. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover with lid and cook until butternut squash is fork tender, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove skillet from heat before stirring in the spinach, tamari, and lime juice. Give the curry a taste and adjust any seasoning as desired. Serve over rice with chopped nuts and fresh cilantro.

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