While cleaning up your diet may seem like an overwhelming process, food blogger Danielle Walker’s recipes on her blog show how easy it can be to create fresh recipes to satisfy every palate. For her newest recipes, she has partnered with California Almonds to create a collection of dairy- and gluten-free meals and snacks that anyone can make, from novice home cooks to experts in the kitchen.
The recipe collection, which can be found at Almonds.com/DanielleWalker, features dishes for an entire day of nutritious eating, from a breakfast cookie, to an easy Mason jar lunch, and a scrumptious dessert made from satisfying whole foods like almonds. Danielle infuses taste and nutrition in her dishes by utilizing ingredients not found in many traditional recipes, but easily sourced in grocery stores everywhere.
“Eating healthfully does not mean tasteless, boring food,” Walker says. “It’s an opportunity to explore new ingredients and really hone your cooking skills. For this recipe collection, I experimented with some of my favorite ingredients, used in new ways. I included chia seeds in the smoothie, almond butter in the slow cooker chicken recipe and dates in the parfait. The results are approachable and crowd-pleasing recipes even the pickiest eaters will enjoy!”
Start your day with a cookie – really! – with Danielle’s Chocolate Almond Cherry Power Cookies, packed with chia seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon and almond butter. For a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, power up with the Almond Matcha Superfood Smoothie, which can be made in less than five minutes. Pack the Thai Shrimp Salad with Spicy Almond Dressing in a Mason jar for a portable and crisp lunch on-the-go. For a make-it and leave-it dinner, try the Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Chopped Almonds, Apricots and Cauliflower Couscous, which makes a well-rounded, filling family meal. Finally, the Layered Chia & Almond Pudding Parfait is a mouth-watering finale to a deliciously wholesome day of eating.
Danielle also shares her tips for success. It all starts with preparation and a little planning:
- Make a double batch of a recipe that can be easily frozen, like her Chocolate Almond Cherry Power Cookies, for a quick and nutritious breakfast on-the-go.
- If you are having friends or family over for dinner, but do not have time to make everything day-of, prep what you can the day before. Danielle’s Layered Chia & Almond Pudding Parfait can be made the day before — just let the fridge do the work!
- Find more tips here.
For more information on Danielle and to check out her recipes and tips, visit Almonds.com/DanielleWalker.