This porridge is an important part of Norwegian Christmas culture.
This is a non-alcoholic version of mulled wine enjoyed in Norway during the winter holidays.
A smooth, sweet-tart sauce that can be enjoyed on top of toast, in oatmeal or with yogurt.
If you grow Sungold cherry tomatoes then you know how prolific this little plant can be. This soup is a great way to use up a ton of those tiny orange tomatoes and it tastes so good with some grilled cheese sandwiches.
Instead of topping this strawberry pie with a tradition crumble topping why not check out my shortbread crumble. You will not be disappointed.
We have been living off this sausage soup for a couple of weeks now, not because I made too much, but because I keep making it!
Do you have kids that want to help in the kitchen? This is a great recipe for them. My 3 year old and I make these cookies all the time and I don’t feel even a little bit guilty letting him have them.
Here is another great summer salad that you can make ahead and chill until you are ready to eat it.
A favorite drink of Norwegian kids (and kids at heart).
Make ahead or eat right away. Summer is a great time for salads and this quinoa salad is packed with tasty, healthy ingredients and protein.
Break free from the ravioli-with-red-sauce routine with this light, fresh lemon herb sauce.
Finnish egg butter with a little miso mixed in. A simple and satisfying snack.
Bold asparagus and artichoke flavor mingle with savory parmesan cheese in this tempting egg dish.…just try not to eat it all by yourself.
Do you like recipes that use up left-overs and cook quickly? Then this is the recipe for you.
This flighty cousin of split pea and ham soup is loaded with veggies and works great with left-over poultry.
A fall inspired soup with a delightfully powerful garlic-ginger kick!
Cacao vs cocoa - despite what you’ve been told, it’s not the same thing.
Fruit infused water is great way to take advantage of the bounty of summer fruit. The addition of basil to strawberry water may sound odd, but it is so very good.
Sweet juicy peaches gently simmered with cinnamon and clove might just be your new favorite summer treat.
I recently discovered the secret to fluffy pancakes…Greek yogurt! These pancakes are buttery, light, and oh-so good. Dare I say, mouthwatering!
Nothing says summer quite like juicy, red tomatoes, pineapple, mango and fresh herbs! Welcome summer with this awesome variation of pico de gallo.
Whether you decide to make a loaf, muffins or mini-muffins this recipe is designed to help breastfeeding moms boost their milk production.
Surely you have heard of turkey-loaf, lentil-loaf and traditional beef meatloaf, but have you ever had bison meatloaf? And have you ever had meatloaf chock full of veggies, oats and flax? Well then this is the recipe for you! Delicious and healthy, you’ll never even know the flax was there.
Seasonal herbs, apples and pecans come together to make a sweet and nutty holiday stuffing that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. This stuffing is so good you will want to have it year round. Who’s up for Christmas in July?
Sweet mandarin oranges, crunchy water chestnuts and juicy rotisserie chicken are drizzled with a savory asian dressing in this classic asian chicken salad.
As a new mom I need lots of fast and easy recipes that still taste great. This lemonade really fits the bill.
There’s a secret ingredient in here that you know you should eat more of but you never do, and you won’t even notice it!
The signature dish of Thailand gets a tofu-free vegetarian makeover with lots of extra veggies.
Sauces are easy to buy pre-made but I prefer to make my own to avoid icky fillers and preservatives. All you need is the right ingredients, a good blender and 5 minutes!
A home-made sloppy joe recipe that comes with variations for vegetarians, vegans, and even those following a dairy-free, gluten-free, Paleo or Engine 2 diet!
A family favorite, this vegan soup combines tons of veggies in a thick, mouthwatering broth that is made by puréeing some of the cooked soup.
In this asian inspired soup a variety of veggies are sautéed in toasted sesame oil then doused in vegetable stock and miso soup.
There’s something sophisticated yet unpretentious about leeks and parsnips that I can’t really explain. All I know is this soup is quickly becoming a household favorite.
This classic mixture of cabbage, carrot, onion, mayonnaise and vinegar makes a great accompaniment to roasted potatoes and anything covered in BBQ sauce. A summer must have!
It is nearing the end Brussels sprouts season so if you haven’t had a chance to try any sprout dishes yet, then here’s your chance. If you don’t like these little cabbages, then watch out, you’re about to fall in love.
This nutrient-rich smoothie is made with wheatgrass, spinach and antioxidant-rich berries. It’s a superfood-a-palooza! And don't let the color deter you; it tastes amazing!
This recipe comes from a family friend who has been requested to make them for many get togethers. I finally got ahold of the recipe, managed to screw it up and people still loved it. It’s pretty much fool proof.
This veggie-loaded meat sauce tastes great and is a complete meal. Not only is this dish full of veggies, but bison contains significantly less calories and less fat than beef. If you are a meat-eater and haven’t tried bison yet, then you really should check it out!
Ready in about 20 minutes this uncomplicated dish tastes great hot or cold!
These individual quiches are great for potluck parties or on-the-go breakfasts. Just keep them in the fridge and reheat them as needed throughout the week.
Roasted eggplant in a rich tomato sauce served with whole grain (or gluten-free) pasta and fresh spinach!
A quick and effortless meal that can be ready in about 20 minutes. Toss with lots of hearty greens, and serve with either rice, pasta, or crusty bread for a complete meal.
Not only does this guilt free dessert taste great, but it will make your house smell amazing!
This fried rice is made with antioxidant-rich forbidden rice, aka black rice. Are you getting enough antioxidants in your diet?
It’s pomegranate season! What better way to enjoy those sweet little seeds than in a Christmas smoothie?
The classic combination of beets, walnuts and goat cheese gets a modern twist in this vegan recipe.
Spice up your holiday dessert repertoire with warm figs and seasonal spices. These figs can be served with a cheese board as an appetizer or dessert.
I’m not sure how it happened but I started out making a roasted beet and pumpkin soup and ended up with a nearly-traditional borscht, complete with potatoes, carrots, and cabbage (well mini-cabbages).
Mix it up this week by serving this vegetable-loaded sauce atop spaghetti squash instead of pasta noodles.
This is the vegan version of my sage and pumpkin biscuits.
Some of my favorite autumn ingredients are sage, rosemary and pumpkin. These biscuits combine all three of these flavors and compliment many seasonal meals, especially big turkey dinners!
It’s finally fall! In my house that means it is the beginning of slow-cooker season! This vegetarian chili can be made in a slow-cooker or more quickly on the stove top.
These biscuits make a great addition to any meal, and can made from scratch in 20 minutes!
Cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg; all of the warming spices of winter in an end of summer smoothie. This smoothie helps ease the transition into fall when the weather just isn’t cold enough for that latte.
This crustless quiche is a crowd pleaser! It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and has several servings of veggies! What more could you ask for?
Summer is coming to an end but you can make it last a little bit longer with this tropical smoothie.
Smooth creamy chocolate, with just a hint of cinnamon!
This fall soup is as fun to look at as it is to eat!
A tasty vegetarian dish loaded with fresh veggies, soft gnocchi and home-made pesto.
Try this dairy-free pesto over gnocchi, veggies or both!
This dairy-free tzatziki makes a great, guilt free dip for veggies, salad dressing or bread spread.
A summer soup that is perfect for when it’s so hot out you can’t imagine eating anything.
Decadent vegan whipped cream that’s so good you won’t miss whipped cow cream.
This chocolate mousse-y pie has a surprise in it...and it’s not apples.
Juicy pork chops simmered gently with sweet applesauce, crisp apple slices, cinnamon and nutmeg.
A cross between oatmeal cookies and banana bread, this sweet batter can be made into many shapes and they all taste great. My favorite is the good-old fashioned loaf, what’s yours?
Crisp leafy greens tossed with cauliflower, cucumber, apples and fresh herbs for a filling salad that won’t weigh you down.
In this crazy breakfast carrots, kale and zucchini are rounded up and tossed into a slow-cooker over night with oats, coconut milk and heart-warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. It makes for a hearty, healthy, keep-you-full until lunch treat that you are going to want to eat all week. Maybe this will make you rethink veggies for breakfast!
We have been seeing a lot of organic ripe pears in our grocery store recently which makes me think it must be pear season!
Roasted eggplant makes a great addition to salads, sandwiches, pastas, crepes, and more. Click here to find out how easy it is to make.
These sweet little treats have no added sugar, no oil or butter and are made with whole-wheat pastry flour. Not to mention they are chock full of raisins, nuts and carrots!
Vichyssoise is classic French dish...I mean American...wait, no French...
These super tasty enchiladas are dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan! With all the crazy dietary restrictions out there now-a-days, these enchiladas are safe to feed to almost anyone. Best of all, they taste so great you won't care how healthy they are.
An easy-to-make alternative to store bought enchilada sauce with no icky fillers like oil and flour. This recipe has instructions for using canned tomato sauce, canned tomatoes and fresh tomatoes, so you can decide how you want to make it!
First you are probably asking yourself, “Cashew cream? That sounds delicious but what do I do with it?” The answer is “Anything!” Click here to find out how to make this decadent cream and how to use it.
Chicken and veggies sautéed with almond oil and served in their own juices. This delectable dish can be enjoyed year round, as a healthy winter stew or a veggie-rich chicken salad.
This horseradish vinaigrette works great as a salad dressing, atop roasted veggies or even as a sauce for meat.
Lemon’s normally sour flavor gets a savory overhaul in this vegetarian Moroccan tagine. And don't worry, you don't have to have a tagine to make this.
This vegan garlic bread is easy to make and tastes great. It makes a great accompaniment to other vegan dishes like Anne’s E2 Lasagna or your favorite soup.
This awesome vegan recipe has all the flavors and comforts of a traditional lasagna but none of the animal fats or cholesterol.
Wintery ingredients like kale, clementines and cinnamon come together to make a nutrient-rich smoothie that’s easy on the taste buds.
A traditional French stew of chicken slow-cooked in wine. In the true Waffle Heart’s fashion, we added extra veggies and whole grains. Plus we reduced the amount of butter but we couldn’t take it out completely, could we.
Lemon’s antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting properties combined with green tea’s antioxidants, ginger’s nausea eliminating ability and cinnamon’s fever reducing powers make a tea that is designed to fight sickness and make you feel better, even if you aren’t sick.
A traditional Japanese soup that takes advantage of all of the beneficial antioxidants and free-radical fighting characteristics of tea by using it as soup broth.
Rich chocolate pudding with a hint of coconut. Enjoy this creamy treat hot or cold accompanied by fresh berries.
This is my “chicken noodle soup” recipe, only it doesn’t have any noodles.
A simple variation on potato leek soup, this makes a great appetizer or main course. Enjoy it smooth or chunky, hot or cold...the choice is yours.
Surely you have heard of sweet and sour chicken, or pork, or maybe even fish. You can add any of those to this dish, but this veggie recipe is a fulfilling meal all on its own.
This one is for all of those college kids out there (and college kids at heart) who love ramen despite its unhealthy reputation. In this recipe I have done my best to make ramen healthy. Skeptical?...click here.
Love, love, love these crepes! They are super easy to make and help you get your daily dose of leafy green vegetables.
As far as I know I am the first person to make a veggie loaded lasagna that also has meat in it. I do not know why vegetables and meat seem to be mutually exclusive when it comes to lasagna but I think they taste great together and it makes for a well rounded meal. You can, of course, leave out the meat to make this vegetarian but please do not leave out the vegetables.
Fårikål is a traditional Norwegian stew of lamb and cabbage that is commonly consumed throughout the year. In fact it is so well loved throughout the country that it is the first Norwegian recipe that my forlovede (fiancé) asked me to make for him.
This light, creamy soup makes a great appetizer or mid-day meal.
Start the new year off right with a healthy immune-system-boosting smoothie. It is rich in vitamin C and protein and makes a great breakfast or mid-meal snack.
In our family Turkey and Dumplings has always been a post holiday favorite, but sometimes you have left-over mashed potatoes as well. This recipe is a great way to use up both!
Ever have trouble finding ways to use up all of that left over holiday Turkey? This turkey chili tastes great right away or can be frozen and enjoyed months later.
Hazelnuts, sage and cranberry make this rich pumpkin soup a perfect winter appetizer.
Boost your immune system with this vitamin C and protein-rich smoothie.
In England, mincemeat pies are synonymous with Christmas and usually accompanied by cold weather, choir concerts and mulled wine. Luckily they have finally made their way across to the pond to America!
Fall flavors like butternut squash, chard and caramelized onions make this colorful quiche taste as good as it looks.
Did you know that nearly 40% of the world’s lentils are produced in Canada? They are a staple in French, Indian, Iranian and Ethiopian cuisine and are an important part of a healthy, well-rounded diet.
This cranberry chutney goes great with turkey or chicken, can be used as a sauce, sandwich spread, or dip and is ready in about 15 minutes.
Spice up breakfast for under 400 calories! Check out this healthy version of a Mexican classic.
My mom is a chips-and-salsa lover who wants her salsa full of flavor but not hot. This mild salsa is her favorite because it uses red bell peppers instead of spicy jalapeños, however if you like yours a little spicier see the note on jalapeño use.
Red curry is a popular Thai dish that is easy to make at home in about 30 minutes.
Try this paste-free and preservative-free red curry sauce! There’s no high-calorie oils or fishy business which makes it safe for all vegetarians, even vegans.
For me, fall means cranberry season! I don’t know about you but I can’t seem to get enough of these tart little gems. Check out this piquant sauce which uses whole fresh cranberries.
Chances are, you have heard of and probably even enjoyed delicious Italian gnocchi. But have you every tried sweet coconut flavored gnocchi? These flavor-filled balls are safe for those on a gluten-free diet or a nightshade-free diet, but I think everyone will enjoy them.
Sweet roasted butternut squash, sage and rosemary come together to make this fall themed quinoa salad.
Did you know that Caesar salad is believed to have been invented in 1924 by an Italian who owned a restaurant in Mexico and it didn’t even have anchovies in it?! Check out this low-calorie, vegetarian Caesar salad dressing recipe.
Soup season has arrived and here is another basic soup recipe that can be adapted, doctored up or enjoyed as is.
Carrots are an awesome source of vitamin A and a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin K and manganese. This is a basic carrot soup recipe than can be personalized in a number of ways to make it your own, and best of all, it is ready in under 20 minutes.
Try this smoothie for breakfast or dessert. Both sweet and tart, it combines greek yogurt, coconut water, cardamom, ginger and of course sweet potatoes.
Norwegians have an unusually strong relationship with their potato salad. Recipes are strictly guarded by gas station attendants, grandmothers and potato farmers, kept locked in secret closets and never given to outsiders (even fiancés). Unfortunately for them, I am an expert at tasting recipes and recreating them.
We recently had some friends visiting from Norway and they introduced us to a way that Norwegians commonly eat oatmeal. It is quite different from the sweet, warm dish that Americans traditionally think of as oatmeal.
Pasta primavera is one of my favorite dishes because it is an easy way of combing lots of different vegetables in the same dish. You can easily make this dish for a crowd, or for just two. Plus it is customizable, by changing only one ingredient you can make it either gluten free (with gluten free pasta), vegetarian (leave out the pepperoni), or dairy free (leave out the cheese).
Summer figs are so delicious, but sadly their season is quite short. Make your summer figs last longer by preserving them in this sweet (but unsweetened) jam.
This sauce is intended for use with pasta, ravioli or tortellini. I like to toss it with spaghetti and wilted spinach.
This recipe combines whole grains with parboiled green vegetables for a truly healthy dish that can be used as a side or main course.
Unlike most cornbread recipes which are made with sugar or honey, this recipe is sweetened with corn. It’s also gluten free and dairy free!
For me, baked potatoes are major comfort food. They always hit the spot and fill me up. This veggie-topped baked potato incorporates a variety of fresh, nutrient-rich produce which makes a great dinner any night of the week.
Lemon juice, roasted red peppers, almonds, nutritional yeast, and dried minced onion come together to make a mouthwatering sauce you’d swear has cheese in it.
Tea is a great morning pick-me-up. It gives you a calm, focussed energy as opposed to the jitteriness and crash that often accompany coffee. This smoothie combines chai tea with spinach, banana and rice milk to make a low calorie drink that is high on nutrients and low on the twitch scale.
Normally scalloped potatoes are slathered with butter and cheese while drowning in a sea of cream until there’s not much potato left to speak of. While undeniably delicious this is not a particularly healthy dish. My scalloped potato recipe is simply potatoes, garlic and vegetable stock. If that wasn’t healthy enough, I even slipped in a little broccoli.
Wheatgrass juice is loaded with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E, Folic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Calcium and Selenium. Need I say more?
A little sweet and a little spicy, this jam tastes great on top of toasted rye bread or corn bread. Just like my strawberry jam, it is very low in sugar, and the coconut sugar means it is low on the glycemic index.
The perfect time for making berry jams is now while they are at their peak in flavor. Make sure to buy fresh, organic strawberries that are ripe, sweet and juicy. Using in-season strawberries means you can use less sugar!
Tortilla soup is a dish that combines many of the traditional flavors of Mexican food, but is served in the comforting form of a soup. My Tortilla Soup recipe is packed with healthy veggies, is vegan and has no oil; all of which help to keep the calories low.
These eggplant crisps are great dipped in hummus or salsa! They take about 3 hours to make but only about 10 minutes of that is active time.
Just because you are having pancakes is no excuse to top them with unhealthy butter, whipped cream or loads of maple syrup. These are really great topped with fresh blueberries, a little apple butter or apple sauce.
Start your day off right with a breakfast full of leafy greens and accented with bacon, lettuce, eggs and avocado. Be a trendsetter. Put lettuce at the forefront of your diet, where it belongs!
Make the most of spring produce with this seasonal asparagus quiche. In the northern hemisphere, asparagus is harvested from February to June with it’s peak in April; in the southern hemisphere the peak season is from August to December (peaking in October). Don’t wait until it is too late, get asparagus while it is still in season in your hemisphere.
This smoothie is a great source of vitamin C (orange), vitamin A & K (spinach), calcium (yogurt, orange and spinach), vitamin D & B12 (coconut milk) and folate (all of the above). So drink up and feel good about yourself for getting the nutrients your body needs.
If you like bittersweet chocolate, these cookies are for you. Slightly sweet with just a touch of salt. Did I mention they are so rich that they will make your whole house smell like chocolate? Yum!
Did you know that lentils are an excellent source of dietary fiber and protein while staying very low in fat with no saturated fats. This recipe uses green lentils to replace ground meat for some very tasty tacos.
Start your day off right with a wholesome breakfast of whole grains, fruit and nuts. This oatmeal has more than half of your RDA of fiber and 10grams of protein to keep you full for hours so you can focus on your day and not your stomach grumbles. Best of all, this breakfast costs you less than 400 calories.
This slightly spicy sauce tastes great drizzled over veggies like steamed broccoli and roasted potatoes, or try it with sautéed chicken or tofu.
California is famous for it’s warm sunny weather, which in turn encourages a healthy lifestyle and an abundance of fresh seasonal produce. This dish represents the most important crops to California’s economy which are all food you should have in your regular diet.
Lavash is a low-calorie flat bread which means you can make this tasty pizza for under 300 calories, and in less that 15 minutes. Now that is what I call healthy, fast food.
Garlic, basil, white wine, coconut milk and nutritional yeast. Sounds like a weird combination right? Those are the ingredients that come together to make this sauce oh so delectable. I can almost guarantee you will want to lick the plate clean.
The “cheesy-ness” in this soup is created by a little known ingredient called nutritional yeast. It is a nutty, cheesy, vitamin-packed powder that is a complete protein and completely dairy free. You may have had it sprinkled on top of movie theater popcorn at some point without even knowing it. Try this “cheesy” soup as-is or as a base for a nutrient dense vegetable soup!
Do any two foods pair together better than mint and lamb? Try this mouthwatering deviation on the classic lamb with mint jelly. We replaced the sugary mint jelly with a dry rub made from antioxidant-rich, minty green tea.
Topping the list of antioxidant rich foods is blueberries. They are full of flavonoids which help fight disease by ridding the body of free radicals. Additionally, this smoothie is full of manganese and potassium which are two minerals that are difficult to get enough of in food form. Did you know that you should have 5000mg of potassium per day? A medium sized banana (the most potassium rich food) has only 400mg! Now I am not suggesting that you eat 12 bananas a day, but I do suggest you check out this smoothie and eat more fruits and veggies!
I have clearly gone a little hummus crazy this week. This is the last one I promise. This hummus has a nice little kick to it, and is full of protein, folate, iron, magnesium and manganese.
Like hummus? Try this gingery twist on regular hummus, made with both garbanzo beans and black beans. It tastes great with veggies, pita bread and even tortilla chips.
This is a traditional hummus in every way except it is oil-free which in this case means less calories! Serve with fresh veggies for a healthy snack, or a last minute appetizer that can be ready in 5 minutes.
This cold soup is a summer must. I fell in love with gazpacho while traveling around the south of Spain one very hot summer a few years ago. When all the other food available to us was heavy, oily or fried, this fresh vegetable soup really saved the day.
Creamy, spicy, limey, and yet oil and dairy free. This mouth-watering dish is perfect atop some whole grain pasta accompanied by a big leafy green salad.
This is a great emptying out the fridge kind of recipe because you can use whatever veggies you have on hand. In addition to the ingredients listed, I have made this with butternut squash, kale, tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes, yellow onion, turnips, parsnips, and carrots. It also works great with different cheese like swiss, edam, gouda and provolone.
In honor of my mother, I've developed a healthier and chocolatier Red Velvet recipe for Mothers Day.
Try this garlicky spread as an alternative to mayonnaise on sandwiches or mixed into summer salads like three bean salad.
An onslaught of salads recipes is a good sign that spring is here. So get ready, here is a vegan twist on the classic Three Bean Salad...and this one is ready in about 10 minutes.
I don’t know about you, but regular mayonnaise freaks me out. Eating raw egg yolks? Gross!! Check out this vegan mayo that you can whip up in under 5 minutes with stuff you probably already have in your kitchen.
Check out this awesome vegetarian French onion soup! This is as healthy as French onion soup gets.
A funky vegetarian twist on spaghetti and meat balls. Try these beet balls hot on top of a big pile of whole wheat noodles or chilled atop a nice leafy green salad.
Recipes like this green curry are a great way to spice up your weekly dinners while using leftover meat and vegetables. You can make the paste ahead of time and refrigerate for up to a week, or buy a pre-made paste and whip this up in under half an hour.
This paste is the basis for making a moderately spicy green curry. It is super easy to whip up in a blender and tastes much better than store bought. It will last 2 weeks if refrigerated. See my Thai Green Curry recipe for how to use this paste.
This recipe is the inspiration for the website’s name. Heart shaped waffles are a popular snack in Norway. One of the first Norwegian recipes I ever learned was this one and it was taught to me by my fiancé, a real waffle loving Norwegian.
Earl Grey tea, whole wheat couscous, juicy naval oranges, crunchy cucumber, fresh peppermint and toasted almonds combine to make a healthy dish that can be a main course on its own, or side for a tasty Moroccan Tagine!
This is a vegan version of my Traditional Shepherds Pie and in my opinion is even tastier than the original. Green lentils add a subtle peppery flavor to this dish which compliments the earthy shiitake mushrooms that I love.
Did you know that shepherds pie was created as a way to use up leftovers from Sunday roast* (an English tradition that continues today in pubs across the UK). Traditionally ground lamb or mutton was used, but you can replace it with ground beef, turkey, pork or chicken.
A healthy and filling dish that takes only 5 minutes from start to finish. This is such a scrumptious breakfast that I have about once a week...pretty much whenever I am not eating oatmeal.
Anyone for green eggs and ham? Well, green eggs at least...the ham is optional. Boost your antioxidant intake with this green tea recipe.
Crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside. Enjoy these as a breakfast potato or dinner side dish.
This brain child of mine came from the desire to get more veggies into my diet in any way possible. However, I don't feel like it's necessary to eliminate meat in order to do it.
This crustless quiche is quick to put together and can cook unattended so you can finish getting ready in the morning.
This is a guilt free way to enjoy tasty fall apples for the rest of the year. There's no added sugar, just a few spices and a lot of apples. The only special equipment you'll need is a slow cooker and a blender.
Winter is here and so are warm hearty dishes. Unfortunately hearty usually means heavy and fattening but not in this case. This delightful butternut squash soup is fat free, low calorie and low sodium.