Lunch / Dinner

Tomato Basil, Beet Power Lunch Bowl

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And now let’s talk about a little beet power! I don’t know about you but I do not like going more than a few days without eating beets.

Thanks to their unique source of phytonutrients called betalains, beets provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.

Beets play an important role in health, but don’t forget about their greens!

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Beet Greens supply good amounts of protein, phosphorus, & zinc. They are also a great source of fiber. Packed with antioxidants, they’re high in vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, & manganese.

So clearly this recipe contains beets & beet greens 🙂 But, what gives this lunch bowl it’s awesome flavor is Tomato Basil Soup. My new favorite thing is to cook my quinoa in organic Tomato Basil Soup instead of veggie broth or water. It is so flavorful & easy to do.

This bowl is full of flavor & vitamins & only requires 5 ingredients! *4 if you count the beets & beet greens as one 🙂

Tomato Basil, Beet Power Lunch Bowl

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 1 small spaghetti squash
  • 1 small beet
  • 1 box organic Tomato Basil Soup
  • 1/2 to 1 C quinoa
  • Handful of beet greens, chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 375F.
  2. Cut your spaghetti squash in half, de-seed & bake for 50 minutes.
  3. Cut the greens off your beet. Scrub the outside with a clean veggie scrubber. Wrap your beet in foil & bake for 50 minutes.
  4. While that is cooking, add your soup & quinoa to a medium size pot. Bring heat to a simmer until quinoa is fluffy.
  5. When your squash is done baking, scrape the insides out with a fork & add to your pot.
  6. Chop you beet into small cubes & add to your pot.
  7. Add in your greens & stir everything together.
  8. Serve warm 🙂

*This recipe is a great food prep for a few days of lunch.

**You can also make this in the crockpot. Just add your quinoa, soup, baked squash, chopped beet, & greens to a slow-cooker. Cook on high heat for about 2 1/2 hrs. Enjoy!

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And remember to share your beets with your furry friends 🙂


Breakfast · Dessert · Snack

Beet Protein Brownies

I have added small amounts of beets to baked goods & smoothies in the past. As long as you don’t over do it, you may not even notice it’s in there.

I got small baby beets from the Farmers market, so I chopped up one & added it as an ingredient in these brownies. I could taste the beet slightly (more so in the raw version), but was glad that I could because it punches a little bite!

A cool thing about eating plant-based & vegan is that all the batter I make I can also eat raw without having to worry about bacteria & getting sick. Sometimes the raw dough is even better than the baked version 😉

Oooh did I have fun with these brownies. From the same batter I created 3 different meals.

  1. I baked the batter into brownies & topped it with PB2 & sprinkled on some Maqui Berry Powder. – I ate this for breakfast 🙂
  2. I made a dessert bowl with plain greek yogurt, cacoa nibs & bee pollen. (Greek yogurt & bee pollen are not vegan & are ingredients that I still use often. I will talk more about why I still use these products later. Feel free to replace with non-dairy yogurt. I like coconut yogurt when using non-dairy.)
  3. Lastly, I scooped the dessert bowl into a jar to bring to work for an afternoon snack.

So to clarify, with the same batter I created a breakfast, snack, & dessert… #score.

Beet Protein Brownies

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 box organic black beans (drained & rinsed)
  • One baby beet (about the size of a big radish), thinly sliced
  • 1 c oats
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 c pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 c unsweetened plant-based milk (I used Silk, Cashew)
  • 1 scoop plant-based chocolate protein powder ( I like Orgain)
  • 2 T organic powdered peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of himalyan salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Add the black beans & beets to a food processor & process until combined.
  2. Next add in the oats, scrape the sides of the bowl, & process.
  3. Continue to add a few ingredients at a time (occasionally scraping the sides of the bowl & processing) to ensure that everything gets broken down & combined well, until no ingredients are left.
  4. Now is the fun part! You can simply add the raw dough to a bowl or jar & be creative on what to pair & top it with. Or… pour the dough into prepared muffin tins or a pan & bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool & then top with yogurt, nut butter, whatever you like. Enjoy!

What kinds of pairs and toppings would you guys use?!