Anti Inflammatory Spring Charcuterie Board

When spring has sprung, we looove having friends over for weekend get-togethers! Admittedly, living in the Houston area has its benefits since we use our patio at least 8 months out of the year. But it does still get cold here!

anti inflammatory spring charcuterie board

One of my favorite things when we entertain is to make a charcuterie board, platter, or table because everyone seems so happy grazing while catching up.

But making it anti-inflammatory allows for everyone to enjoy the finger foods while not worrying about the ramifications later.

anti inflammatory spring charcuterie board

And this anti inflammatory spring charcuterie board seemed a fun addition to our weekends that signified the ending of winter.

anti inflammatory spring charcuterie board

Grab the recipe list below and let me know when you create your own spring board! Post it and tag me! πŸ‘‰ @truewell.co

**Also, if you’re a charcuterie beginner, check out the mega guide: How to Build an Anti-Inflammatory Charcuterie Board

AND

Build a super cute Anti Inflammatory Easter Charcuterie Board! πŸ‡

anti inflammatory spring charcuterie board

Anti Inflammatory Spring Charcuterie Board

Since charcuterie boards have pretty random different quantities depending on size of the board and how much is needed for creative license, I don't include amounts in the ingredient list. πŸ™‚
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • deviled eggs
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • celery
  • baby dill pickles
  • kalamata olives
  • green olives
  • cherry tomatoes
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • kiwi
  • raspberries
  • grapes
  • almonds
  • mozzerella pearls
  • chives for garnish
  • mint for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Chop broccoli and cauliflower into tiny florets
  • Peel and slice kiwi
  • Slice strawberries
  • Slice celery
  • Arrange on board
  • Add chive and mint garnish + additional spring flowers or other decor
  • Serve!
Keyword anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, nightshade-free, Sugar-Free, Vegan

Anti-Inflammatory Easter Charcuterie Board

Easter is, no doubt, one of the best times to get together with friends and family to have a brunch. After all, spring has sprung, the weather’s getting nice, and we’re all at our wit’s end with heavy winter recipes.

This Easter charcuterie board is made anti-inflammatory style to accommodate those of us who can’t have all the processed and cured meats.

easter charcuterie board anti inflammatory

If you’re new to charcuterie boards, check out the post on How to Build an Anti-Inflammatory Charcuterie Board for all the ins and outs, and then grab the recipe below to create your own Easter charcuterie board (or platter) anti-inflammatory style!

Here are ideas and tips for arranging your Easter anti-inflammatory board or platter:

easter charcuterie board anti inflammatory

Decide your pattern

For this platter, since it was oval-shaped like an egg, I wanted the design to resemble a decorated Easter egg. That meant lines across but with pattern interplayed.

easter charcuterie board anti inflammatory

Divide fruits and veggies

I decided that I had enough color to be able to divide the fruits to one side and the veggies to the other with the deviled eggs being the divider in the middle between the two.

I sometimes like to do this just to also make sure the savory flavored ingredients aren’t touching sweet ingredients. (You know what I mean if you’ve ever tasted a pickle-flavored strawberry. πŸ˜‚)

easter charcuterie board anti inflammatory

Disperse color throughout

Unless you’re going for an ombre effect or specific color groupings, try to spread the colors through the board so that the eye moves through the entire thing. Remember, these things are made to be pretty!

(I realize I could’ve done a better job with the darker colors, but if you’ll notice the dramatic contrast of the blueberries on the top half, this sort of makes my point that contrast attracts the eye. Now looking at these photos later it sort of makes the bottom half look a bit boring, lol!)

easter charcuterie board anti inflammatory

Garnish

The last step is to decorate. So the first think I love doing is using fresh herbs because they’re brightly colored and are great finishers.

I used mint and chives in mine because they feel so much like spring. (My daughter also wanted it to look like there was grass on the platter, lol!)

easter charcuterie board anti inflammatory

Final decor

And the final decor would be any other items you want to place to round out the theme or look of the board or platter. These would be things like number or letter cutouts, flowers, or other themed accessories.

I chose tree blooms to go on this one because the redbud trees and Bradford pears were bursting when we made this board.

So grab the recipe/ingredient list below and let me know if you made one! Post it and tag me: @truewell.co

πŸ’–

easter charcuterie board anti inflammatory

Anti-Inflammatory Easter Charcuterie Board (or Platter)

Since charcuterie board assembly has a bit of an 'unknown' factor when it comes to quantity (lest we dampen our creative process…) the quantities for ingredients are left out in this recipe.
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • deviled eggs
  • olives
  • baby dill pickles
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • cherry tomatoes
  • celery
  • baby carrots
  • assortment of nuts of choice
  • grapes
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • kiwi
  • any condiments, sauces, or dips of choice

Instructions
 

  • Chop the broccoli and cauliflower into tiny florets.
  • Slice celery.
  • Peel and slice kiwi.
  • Slice strawberries.
  • Arrange on board or platter.
  • Garnish with decor.
  • Serve!
Keyword anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, nightshade-free, Sugar-Free, Vegan

How to Build an Anti-Inflammatory Charcuterie Board

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The charcuterie board has become one of the biggest crazes on social media in the last couple years. I’d blame it on how gorgeous they can be… but I think after lockdowns and quarantine, the appeal may also have to do with the fact that they represent togetherness: If you’re building a board, you must be having a get-together.

And that’s what makes them so fun–having a way to entertain and feed guests at the same time! It also doesn’t hurt that there are literally a million ways to build a charcuterie board based on what season, holiday, or event is being celebrated.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

That being said, most charcuterie boards have a few ingredients as staple items that are no good for those of us trying to live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.

Especially since the definition of charcuterie revolves around cured meat products (even though nowadays we add on lots of other fun stuff, too!)

So here’s how to build a board that’s just as pretty and fun, while also keeping out the foods that send inflammation into overdrive.

What exactly makes this an anti-inflammatory charcuterie board?

Obviously the thing that will determine how anti-inflammatory your board is will be the ingredients that you add. These are normally the processed meats, breads, crackers, many of the dips or sauces (including honey), and some dairy additions.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

The thing to remember about making a charcuterie board anti-inflammatory is that it’s made up of so many fresh ingredients that you can still make it gorgeous and fun without all the inflammatory no-go foods.

There are also (thankfully) enough substitutions for things like crackers and dairy-based dips to give us plenty of options that are A-OK on the anti-inflammatory diet.

So let’s get to it.

STEP 1: Choose your base

The very first step is choosing what your base will be. Since the word ‘board’ is in ‘charcuterie board’, you may automatically think you need a special board for this. Or even a cutting board (which is a good option).

But the truth is that you can expand this way beyond just a plain ole board.

Platters in various different shapes are great, cutting boards (wooden or stone are the prettiest for this), boards specifically designated for charcuterie, or even something more creative like a dough bowl. (I’ve even been seeing charcuterie boxes lately!) Honestly, the possibilities are endless.

Here are some great options:

You’ve surely even seen some of the spreads down the entire countertop. These are usually referred to as ‘spreads’, ‘tables’, or even ‘grazing tables’.

In that case, you may just need some butcher paper as your base. (Although even this larger cases I do still recommend having some boards and other platters to add visual interest.)

πŸ‘‰How to choose between a board, platter, or table? First think about how many people you’re feeding or entertaining. If it’s just a few, a smaller board or platter is perfect. 5-10 would be better served with a board. 20-30 people may warrant several boards or a spread.

There’s really no formal calculation on this, but just know that these boards are traditionally the thing people see when they walk in the door to your get-together.

Although they can be used as the option for sides at a meal, they’re normally used as appetizers before the main meal.

Since people love to graze, especially when having drinks and mingling, it’s highly likely the whole thing will be cleaned off by the end of your get-together.

STEP 2: Layering and levels

Different levels could work for smaller boards, but is usually best when you have a larger board, need a little extra space, or are doing a spread.

The best types of varying levels would be things like raised cake platters, or even a bowl upside down as a pedestal for a smaller platter to sit on.

Using layers can give the board a really interesting add-on while helping to delineate or highlight certain ingredients.

For example, if you have some special ingredients for those with allergies or foods that contain alcohols that kids don’t need to partake in, special levels can designate those foods separately.

I’ve even used separate platters before to keep crackers away from the juices of the fruits and veggies.

STEP 3: Ingredients

Obviously the ingredients are the star of the show. Even though the goal here is an anti-inflammatory board, it should still be pointed out that probably most of your guests (if this is for a get-together) probably don’t eat by anti-inflammatory guidelines.

When this is the case, don’t be afraid to add in ingredients that you don’t eat yourself. Most people appreciate the variety, even if you’re not eating some of those foods.

Another important thing to consider is the season or theme of the get-together (or board). Winter themes probably shouldn’t include things like zucchini or summer squash while spring and summer themes wouldn’t include cranberries.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

Fruit and Veggies

Unless the board is specifically for, say, pre-dinner vs dessert (meaning no fruit vs no veggies), I like to make sure I have a mix of half veggies and half fruit. I also add in lots of extra finger foods like nuts and sometimes seeds. These all work perfectly for an anti-inflammatory diet.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

Cheese

Cheese can be ok if it’s organic, but it may be a good idea to keep it separate if you have anyone who can’t have dairy.

Cheeses that are great for charcuterie boards include mozzarella pearls and pre-sliced cheese that you can cut into different shapes if needed.

Triangular shapes are popular because you can layer pieces while shifting the directions, creating a super cool pattern. Soft cheeses like brie may be ok, but try to choose organic as well.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

Nuts

Unless there’s a severe nut allergy, these can be a great way to add texture and variety. I recommend buying the kinds that are salted and roasted, and individual types, not mixed. (This allows easier flexibility in arranging them.)

Crackers and breads

Bread can be a tricky addition because slices can dry out quickly. It’s especially tricky when it’s gluten-free or grain-free because the slices are more crumbly and hard to manage.

If you include bread, I do recommend pre-slicing it so that the guest line can move along quicker and nobody has to handle a knife.

I personally don’t usually include breads just because they can be tough to deal with when I have so many other things going on as the hostess.

But if you really want to include it (or just try out some yummy grain-free bread!) I recommend the Simple Mills brand:

Crackers are usually a fun addition because you can use them to separate sections on a board, and they come in different shapes to add visual interest.

Gluten-free or grain-free are a little more limited in variety, but can be just as fun!

I’ve recently found these grain-free crackers that are yummy and have just enough crunch to satisfy:

Protein

As said before, processed meats are a definite no-no on an anti-inflammatory diet. So if you choose to leave them out, you can still always add chunked-up grilled or baked chicken, steak bites, or even tuna.

There are some brands now that are uncured, so this may even be an option. If you do opt to have processed meats, I still recommend choosing organic.

Eggs are also a really great protein option. Boiled, that is. (Unless you’re doing a breakfast or brunch board, in which scrambled can still work too.)

Deviled eggs are becoming a popular addition as well since they’re cooked, prepped, ready to go, and usually super yummy.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

Sauces and spreads

Any anti-inflammatory sauces, spreads, or condiments will probably have to be homemade as most store-bought versions are full of inflammatory oils, preservatives, and non-organic dairy.

Some good options for these include hummus, bean dips, and homemade versions of yogurt dips or dressings for dipping veggies.

Honey has sugar, sure, but it can be a nice add-on for others. I always recommend raw and organic.

Fruit spreads are also a favorite as they pair well with cheeses and crackers. It can be hard to find sugar-free versions that also don’t have artificial sweeteners. So if you’re going for anti-inflammatory just for yourself, you may need to whip this one up yourself.

Consider color

Since one goal of the charcuterie board is to sit and be gorgeous, an important thing to consider when choosing your ingredients is color.

Some boards vary color throughout the board, while others have distinct color groupings.

πŸ’‘ Think about how you want to arrange the board, or the colors you may need to emphasize before making final choices on ingredients to go on the board.

For example, I did a 4th of July board last year that distinctly moved from red to white to blue. This meant that I didn’t include ANYTHING that was green.

STEP 4: Design and place

The most fun part of a charcuterie board is designing it, then placing all the ingredients!

Designs can be literally anything, but the most eye-catching ones usually follow any of these patterns:

  • Linear separations
  • Symmetrical design
  • Color groupings
  • Balanced color through the board
  • Randomized texture

Basically, don’t just put stuff willy-nilly on the board. Have a visual plan in place and follow it, adjusting as needed.

And don’t forget to place your levels as you go as well (like the tiered cake platters.)

STEP 5: Containers

This step is needed for any sauces or condiments, but it’s also a neat visual add-on for things that are small and may need to be contained (like nuts or seeds.) I even use them sometimes for olives since they’re sometimes covered in oil or brine.

Using small containers like ramekins is perfect, but I’ve even seen other fun stuff like cupcake papers or silicone cupcake wrappers. Just make sure the spacing is random or proper spacing throughout the board or table.

An art professor in college once pointed out that the goal of any piece of art is to encourage the eye to move around the total piece, not just focus on one thing. This is the same concept with charcuterie boards. You may have a main focal ‘part’, but you want the entire thing to be visually appealing.

STEP 6: Decor and garnish

I think this is the most fun part, because it speaks to whatever season, holiday, or event you’re celebrating!

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

Decor and garnish can be as simple as letters or numbers cut out of cheeses, as easy and natural as flowers from your yard, or as themed as paper or plastic cutouts and do-dads you’ve purchased specifically for this get-together.

Garnish can also be as simple as fresh herbs.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

The possibilities are endless.

These, too, should be spaced out so they make sense visually and continue to encourage eye movement around the board.

STEP 7: Plates and serving

Plates are necessary for charcuterie serving, but make sure that you pay attention to the types of foods you have as well.

  • Do you need spoons to scoop anything?
  • Are there soft cheeses or spreads that require a knife?
  • Would toothpicks be the obvious choice for some of the foods (like olives)?
  • Would little serving forks be best for spearing things?

Make sure you have appropriate serving pieces to make things easy. (And don’t forget the napkins! πŸ˜‰)

STEP 8: Timing

I’ll be the first to warn you that make a charcuterie board can take a while!

That being said, you want to try to time the finished masterpiece with when your guests arrive (unless you have a large enough fridge to accommodate until then.)

Just remember that the last thing you want is a food poisoning situation from foods that have been out too long because you made the thing first thing in the morning when guests didn’t arrive until late afternoon.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

I will sometimes place the tiered platters and ramekins, then arrange the nuts and crackers earlier. Then when it’s closer to time for guests to arrive I’ll place the cold items and garnish with decor right as people arrive.

If it’s just a board I’m making for us at home, the kids will NOT let me do it alone! So it’s actually a kind of cool time to spend together creating something pretty we can eat when we’re finished. πŸ₯°

Charcuterie boards can be a super fun way to add spark and interest to your food choices at any get-together! (I still have friends who talk about boards I’ve done on various holidays.)

But admittedly, it can be a challenge to create one that’s anti-inflammatory. Don’t despair, though–it CAN be done!

Check out my spring charcuterie boards and get the ingredients lists and charcuterie platter ideas of your own! πŸ‘‡

The ‘Easter’ anti-inflammatory charcuterie platter:

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

The ‘Spring Anti-Inflammatory Charcuterie Board’:

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

And hit me up on Insta! Post your charcuterie board and tag me! @truewell.co

πŸ’–

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

Turmeric Milk | Golden Milk | Turmeric Latte

turmeric milk golden milk turmeric latte

One of the belles of the ball when it comes to anti-inflammatory beverages (and coffee alternatives) is definitely turmeric milk (or golden milk or turmeric latte–depending on your choice of names).

One thing I’ve noticed, however, is that even though most recipes have the intent of helping to lower inflammation, they still have sugar in them. Usually maple syrup.

That’s why I recreated the recipe as a sugar-free version that’s just as yummy, with just as much inflammation-busting power, but without the added sugar.

turmeric milk golden milk turmeric latte

Turmeric Milk | Golden Milk | Turmeric Latte

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups coconut milk unsweetened (or other non-dairy milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 TBSP keto maple syrup or granulated monk fruit or stevia
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Simmer up to 10 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  • Pour into 2 mugs and enjoy!
Keyword anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Sugar-Free, Vegan
turmeric milk golden milk turmeric latte

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad with Ground Turkey

roasted brussels sprouts

Even though brussels sprouts alone are one of my all-time faves for veggies (which is saying something since we never had them growing up!), merging a basic roasted brussels sprouts recipe with the added protein of ground turkey, a spicy crunch of sliced radishes, and topping it off with a caesar flair is an amazingly simple and downright delicious upgrade!

roasted brussels sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad with Ground Turkey

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb ground turkey extra lean
  • 5 cups brussels sprouts halved
  • 1/2 cup radishes sliced
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice or 1/2 lemon
  • 2 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt/pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, toss brussels sprouts with a splash of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss well and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil.
  • Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Brown the ground turkey.
  • Add olive oil, lemon juice mustard, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste into a blender. Blend until creamy.
  • Once brussels sprouts are finished cooking, remove from oven and let cool a few minutes.
  • Then place brussels sprouts, turkey, and radish into large mixing bowl. Add dressing and toss well.
Keyword anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, nightshade-free, Sugar-Free

Anti-Inflammatory Overnight Oats

anti inflammatory overnight oats

When it comes to overnight oats, nothing is more simple for a delicious, easy, and anti-inflammatory breakfast.

It is, however, a little harder to find one that’s sugar-free, as sugar is inflammatory. That’s why this basic overnight oats recipe has replaced the sugar for an option that’s just as yummy, but without any added sugars.

anti inflammatory overnight oats

Anti-Inflammatory Overnight Oats

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Course Breakfast
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats gluten-free (or steel-cut)
  • 1/2 cup milk dairy or dairy-free
  • 1/4 cup yogurt Greek, or dairy-free option
  • 1 TBSP monk fruit granulated
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to container with a lid. Stir until well combined.
  • Seal the container, and let sit in the fridge a minimum of 2 hours. (Best to prepare the night before and let it soak overnight.)
  • Top with fresh or frozen fruit, and add other spices like cinnamon for a flavor boost!
  • *If you prefer warm, pop in the microwave in the morning for 30-60 seconds.
  • *Tip: For even more efficiency, double the recipe for 2 days worth of breakfasts. πŸ™‚
Keyword anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, nightshade-free, Vegan

Turmeric Ginger Butternut Squash Soup

turmeric ginger butternut squash soup recipe

When it comes to Anti-Inflammatory soups, this Turmeric Ginger Butternut Squash one is πŸ’―! Packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients and vegan (unless you want to add some shredded chicken!), this will warm you right up in those cold months and keep you cozy!

turmeric ginger butternut squash soup recipe

Turmeric Ginger Butternut Squash Soup

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 TBSP avocado oil or virgin coconut oil (unrefined)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 TBSP ginger fresh, grated
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 butternut squash or 5 cups (for 4 servings)
  • 1 tsp turmeric dried
  • 1 3/4 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 4 cups vegetable broth low sodium
  • 1 cup green lentils dry, rinsed
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 F, cut butternut squash in half and lay it facing downward on a pan covered in foil. Cook for 40 minutes.
  • In a large pot, drizzle oil and add onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook until the onions are clear, stirring often.
  • Pour in the milk, broth, and lentils, and stir. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, until lentils are cooked through.
  • When the squash is finished cooking, remove from oven, spoon out and discard seeds. Then scoop out the flesh and place in a high-powered blender.
  • Add half of the soup mixture into blender and puree until smooth. Pour back into the soup pot.
  • Stir in the baby spinach and simmer until the spinach is wilted.
  • Divide into bowls, serve, and enjoy!
Keyword anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, nightshade-free, Sugar-Free, Vegan

Simple Roasted Tomato Soup (Easy, Vegan + Healthy)

When it comes to easy and nutritious, nothing comes closer than this simple roasted tomato soup. Not only is it full of phytonutrients from tomatoes, onion, and bell peppers, it’s also a great cold-weather comfort food.

simple roasted tomato soup recipe vegan easy healthy

Simple Roasted Tomato Soup

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 2 28 oz Canned tomatoes Italian, San Marzano
  • 1 yellow onion loosely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped and de-seeded
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth for vegan version
  • 2 TBSP fresh basil chopped
  • 2 TBSP fresh parsley chopped

Instructions
 

  • Drizzle olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and bell pepper and cook until tender.
  • Add garlic and cook about 5 more minutes.
  • Pour canned tomatoes into a high-powered blender. Add onion, pepper, and garlic mixture.
  • Pulse until smooth, then pour back into large pot. Add broth.
  • Simmer soup about 5 minutes, then add basil and parsley.

Notes

Notes:
Top with organic sour cream or plant-based sour cream (optional).
Add a grilled cheese sandwich with grain-free bread (optional).
Keyword anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegan
simple roasted tomato soup recipe vegan easy healthy

Creamy Collard Greens Soup

Being from the South, I’ve had my fair share of collard greens as a kid–but never collard greens soup. Well, I’ve had my fair share of adults trying to get me to eat my collard greens as a kid. I was never a huge fan (being more of the ‘addicted to sugar‘ type).

But as an adult? Not only do I know the superpower of greens, I’ve experimented through the years to see what works, what doesn’t, and what I can tolerate in the name of getting needed nutrients and fiber into my body. (Cause my body does so much better when I’m taking care of it this way!)

This recipe is not only right up there with ‘what works’, but my kids didn’t even know the difference between this and the broccoli-potato soup they regularly order at the steakhouse down the road. (Win for Mama!!)

So technically potatoes aren’t necessarily ‘frowned upon’ in an anti-inflammatory diet (unless you have to avoid nightshades). But what does happen is that they’re such a high-glycemic vegetable that it raises blood sugar pretty significantly. High blood sugar is inflammatory.

That being said, I’ve been able to sub in butternut squash repeatedly on recipes (like this one) and my kids didn’t even know! They thought they were orange-y potatoes!

So without further ado, the collard green soup that my kids think is full of potatoes… (and other greens that are NOT collards)… 😁

creamy collard greens soup recipe anti-inflammatory vegan

Creamy Collard Greens Soup

Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 TBSP garlic freshly chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth low-sodium
  • 8 oz collard greens 1 bunch, stemmed and chopped
  • 2 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper to taste
  • 2 TBSP avocado oil
  • 1 TBSP hot sauce optional, to taste
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free sour cream optional
  • 5 slices bacon organic, uncured, (optional!)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise and place face down on rimmed baking pan lined with foil. Once oven is preheated, place in oven for 30-40 mimutes, until squash is cooked through.
  • Stem and chop onions and collard greens.
  • Heat a large pot on medium high and place avocado oil and onions in the pot. Saute until clear.
  • Add the collard greens and cook down until tender. Add the garlic and stir often.
  • When squash is cooked, remove from oven and flip the pieces over. Spoon out seeds and discard.
  • Spoon out chunks of squash into a high-powered blender. Add the collard mixture.
  • Blend until super creamy. Pour back into pot.
  • Simmer on cooktop until time to eat.
  • Top with dairy-free sour cream. {And if using bacon bits, cook bacon, chop, and sprinkle on top.}
  • Enjoy!
Keyword anti-inflammatory, Gluten-Free, nightshade-free, Vegan

Green Smoothie Protein Muffins

When it comes to bulk recipes that are easy to grab-and-go, you can’t get much more balanced than these Green Smoothie Protein Muffins!

Not only do these powerhouse muffins have spinach in them (hence, the green color), but they’re also packed with fiber and a boost of protein to make these perfectly balanced.

green protein smoothie muffins spinach banana recipe anti-inflammatory

Green Smoothie Protein Muffins {anti-inflammatory, vegan, gluten-free}

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp coconut oil organic, virgin unrefined
  • 2 1/3 cups baby spinach
  • 2 bananas ripe
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 2 TBSP pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup whole milk organic, or non-dairy unsweetened milk of choice)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups oats rolled or steel-cut or old-fashioned
  • 1 TBSP baking powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350ΒΊF (177ΒΊC) and line a muffin tin with liners. Brush the liners with coconut oil or use silicone cups to prevent the muffins from sticking.
  • In your blender, combine the baby spinach, bananas, protein powder, dates, and milk. Blend until smooth, then add the eggs, oats, and baking powder. Blend again until a batter is formed.
  • Scoop the muffin batter into the cups. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Let cool and enjoy!

Notes

  • Recommended Protein Powder

    This recipe was developed and tested with a plant-based protein powder. If using a different type of protein powder, results may vary.
  • Leftovers

    Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days, or freeze for two months or more.
  • Add-Ins

    After blending, stir in chocolate chips, fresh berries, walnuts, or anything else you like to add to banana muffins!
Keyword anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, nightshade-free
green protein smoothie muffins spinach banana recipe anti-inflammatory

Turkish Red Lentil Soup

When it comes to creamy soups for fall and winter, this Turkish Red Lentil Soup is just the thing to warm you up AND fill you up!

The lentils and rice give a ton of fiber and complex carbs while the tomatoes give a boost of vitamin c and lycopene.

And with a vague mint and spicy note, it’s perfect!

*Serve with gluten-free whole-grain crackers and a dollop of organic sour cream (or dairy-free sour cream) to finish it off!

turkish red lentil soup anti-inflammatory

Turkish Red Lentil Soup

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes canned, drained
  • 5 cups chicken stock vegetable for vegan option
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 cup basmati rice or wild or brown
  • 2 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 TBSP mint leaves dried or fresh
  • 1/2 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook onion until clear, then add the garlic and cook about 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, lentils, rice, tomato paste, paprika, red pepper flakes, and mint. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the lentils and rice are cooked through (this will take approximately 30 minutes).
  • Pour entire pot into a high-powered blender and pulse into a puree.
  • Pour soup back into pot and simmer, adding salt and pepper to taste, until time to serve.
Keyword anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Red lentil soup vegan gluten free healthy easy

Lavender Lullaby Mocktail

By far one of the coolest things to trend in the last couple years is the love of mocktails–hence special months like Sober October and Dry January–so that we can enjoy special treats without the guilt like this sleep-inducing Lavender Lullaby Mocktail.

Don’t be intimidated by the lavender… this is just one of many new types of drinks and mixers more crafty than our Boonesfarm predecessors. 😁

The lavender in this craft lavender mocktail isn’t overwhelming; but it is known to induce calmness and help some sleep. Which makes it the perfect post-dinner treat.

**One thing I will caution: Not all lavender sodas are sugar-free, EVEN if they say ‘dry’!! Check the label to ensure you’re getting sugar-free to keep your mocktail anti-inflammatory, low-carb, and keto!

Lavender Lullaby Mocktail

The lavender in this craft lavender mocktail isn't overwhelming but is known to induce calmness and help some sleep. Which makes it the perfect post-dinner treat.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bottle dry lavender soda *Make sure it's 'diet' or 'sugar-free'!
  • 2-3 basil leaves muddled
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice fresh is best
  • 2 drops liquid stevia or use 1-2 tsp erythritol (Swerve brand is great)

Instructions
 

  • Fill a highball glass with ice.
  • Place muddled basil in glass.
  • Pour in lemon juice and drops of stevia (or other sweetener).
  • Fill the glass with lavendar soda.
  • Garnish with basil if you need more fragrance. Enjoy!
Keyword Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Sugar-Free, Vegan

Cozy Keto Pumpkin Muffins

When it’s fall (ya’ll) [sorry-had to be done by a Southerner such as myself] πŸ˜† everybody goes bonkers for pumpkin spice, and these keto pumpkin muffins should definitely be in your saved + often-used recipe collection. And I get it–it’s (hopefully where you live) starting to cool down, and that crisp snuggly feeling should be crankin’ up!

The only thing is… when we think of ‘cozy’ things, it usually veers in dramatically different directions: Either heavier soups and stews (savory), or warm, sweet breads (sweets direction).

Lucky for you, I’ve got the sweet covered with a fiber-filled, pumpkin-spice loaded muffin that is sugar-free, and also has the added benefit of being a great after-dinner snack (if you add on the pumpkin seeds–they contain melatonin. πŸ˜‰)

Now, I know some of us like stevia, some prefer erythritol, some like monk-fruit, and on and on. So I put 2 options in the directions in case you veer either way, because that one option will determine baking time.

So warm up some unsweetened coconut (or almond) milk and enjoy! πŸ‚

Cozy Keto Pumpkin Muffins

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 27 mins
Total Time 42 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 6 muffins
Calories 156 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 eggs large
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, canned
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 TBSP coconut oil melted
  • 1 tsp stevia liquid OR 1/3 cup erythritol (Swerve brand works great)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 TBSP coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup pepitas, for topping (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line your muffin tin with liners (paper tend to stick unless you spray with oil).
  • Whisk together eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, stevia (or erythritol), coconut oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium-sized bowl.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the coconut flour, salt, and baking powder. Then whisk into the pumpkin batter.
  • Evenly divide the mixture in the 6-muffin tin cups.
  • Bake 22-25 minutes (using stevia as the sweetener), or (27-29 minutes using erythritol as the sweetener).
  • Muffins are ready when a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Pop muffins onto a towel or cooling rack, and let them cool completely for optimal fluffy texture.
Keyword Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Sugar-Free

Cucumber Cherry Lime Mocktail

What a better way to celebrate summer than to use in-season ingredients that have the bonus of giving us better sleep — like this Cucumber Cherry Lime Mocktail!

Although this craft mocktail contains cherry juice, which is essentially straight fructose, the cucumber’s fiber will help blunt the blood-sugar spike. Also, tart cherry juice has mega phyto-nutrients and antioxidants!

{If you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic, please be smart about consuming drinks with fruit juice. This is technically sugar free, but that only means ‘added sugars’. The fruit juice still contains fructose!}

Cucumber Cherry Lime Mocktail

Prep Time 7 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup cucumber peeled and chunked
  • 1/8 cup tart cherry juice Montmorency cherry juice
  • 1/8 cup lime juice fresh is best
  • 4 oz seltzer water plain, unflavored

Instructions
 

  • In high-powered blender cup, place cucumber chunks, cherry juice, and lime juice.
  • Pulse 20-30 seconds until completely smooth.
  • Pour into glass over ice cubes.
  • Fill with seltzer water and serve.
Keyword Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan

Cherry Sour Mule Mocktail

An amazing way to celebrate cooler weather and earlier nigh-time hours is to combine tart cherry (for its sleep-inducing properties) with a Moscow mule to make this delectable Cherry Sour Mule Mocktail.

Although this mocktail is technically sugar-free, it does have tart cherry juice in it, which is basically straight fructose. Tart cherry juice does have less sugar than other cherries, so pay attention to the type you’re buying (it will say Montmorency cherry juice).

So if you’re able to have a bit of sugar and need a boost in sleep, this Cherry Sour Mule Mocktail could be the perfect warm-weather after-dinner beverage!

cherry sour mule mocktail

Cherry Sour Mule Mocktail

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup tart cherry juice Montmorency cherry juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice fresh is best
  • 1 can diet ginger beer Zevia Mixers is a great brand
  • 1 sprig mint for garnish + aroma

Instructions
 

  • Place large ice cube or ball in a copper mug.
  • Pour lime juice and cherry juice over ice.
  • Fill with diet ginger beer.
  • Garnish with mint + enjoy!
Keyword Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan

Tart Cherry Almond Mocktail

If you’re searching for a way to use tart cherry to improve your sleep, look no further than this Tart Cherry Almond Mocktail! The sweet almond and tart cherry mesh together beautifully and give a delicious treat to send you off to dreamland.

Tart cherries have been shown to boost sleep through melatonin content and possibly the high amounts of antioxidants. They also have a lower sugar content than other cherries.

So while keeping your blood sugar down is a concern for supporting better sleep (and is necessary for diabetes and inflammatory conditions), this mocktail may still be a viable option, even with the straight tart cherry juice.

Although alcohol can always be added to mocktails to make a full-on cocktail, I don’t advise doing it with this recipe. The recipe-tester (that would be me) advised that it will turn this delicious treat of a beverage into a large, full glass of cough-syrup flavor. No thank you.

Instead, enjoy this tart cherry mocktail treat alcohol-free after or during dinner to prep you for bedtime!

tart cherry mocktail

Tart Cherry Almond Mocktail

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup sugar-free cream soda (diet or Zevia brand)
  • 1/3 cup tart cherry juice Montmorency
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 sprig mint optional

Instructions
 

  • Place ice cube/s in a short tumbler.
  • Pour almond extract first, then tart cherry juice, and top it with the diet cream soda.
  • Add a sprig of mint for garnish.

Notes

**I don’t recommend converting this to a full-on cocktail by adding alcohol– it turns the drink into cough-syrup flavor.
Keyword Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan

Pineapple Kiwi Mocktail

When it comes to a mocktail that’s fun + fruity but has the added benefit of improving sleep, this Pineapple Kiwi Mocktail is pretty much perfect!

Pineapple contains melatonin, which helps improve sleep, and kiwifruit has been shown in studies to improve sleep as well, making them a perfectly dynamic duo.

What I love about this Pineapple Kiwi Mocktail recipe is that even though we’re using fruit, which contains fructose, we’re not using straight juice. The fruit itself stays in the recipe, which keeps all the fiber. This is important for sleep to help blunt blood-sugar spikes, which can interfere with sleep.

Plus the tropical feel of this mocktail is super fun!

{This is not to say that this mocktail is a good option if you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic and having a hard time controlling your blood sugar. Know your body and go from there. ie-be smart about your mocktail options!}

Pineapple Kiwi Mocktail

Prep Time 7 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kiwi fruit peeled and chunked
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks or can use canned
  • 2-3 drops liquid stevia to taste
  • 1 can lemon seltzer water or sparkling water
  • 1 sprig fresh mint leaves optional, for garnish and aroma

Instructions
 

  • Put chunks of kiwi and pineapple, and stevia drops in a high-powered blender cup. Add 1/4 cup seltzer water and pulse approx 20-30 seconds until pureed into a smoothie-like texture.
  • Place ice cubes in a large glass.
  • Pour fruit mixture into glass.
  • Top it off with seltzer water and stir.
  • Garnish with mint. Enjoy!
Keyword Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan

Egg, Bacon, + Avocado Bowl

This high-protein, high-fat breakfast bowl will keep you satisfied and focused for hours in the morning. Plus it’s a perfect post-workout muscle builder!

Egg, Bacon, + Avocado Bowl

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 1
Calories 378 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 slices bacon organic, uncured
  • 2 eggs medium to large
  • 1/2 avocado chopped
  • 1 TBSP red onion finely chopped
  • 1 TBSP red bell pepper finely chopped
  • sea salt + pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Prep all vegetables per the ingredients list
  • Fry the bacon until crisp on a non-stick pan. Let it cool slightly and chop.
  • Combine the bacon, eggs, avocado, onion, and bell pepper in a bowl.
  • Season with salt and pepper to serve.

Notes

Per serving:
32 g fat
14 g carb
23 g protein
*For vegan option, replace eggs with meat-free substitute
Keyword Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Sugar-Free, Vegan
egg bacon avocado bowl breakfast low carb

Egg Broccoli + Turkey Muffins

These little savory muffins are full of comfort, without the carbs. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, and amazing as a batch-prepped breakfast or snack!

Egg Broccoli + Turkey Muffins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, lunch, Snack
Servings 6
Calories 102 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 head broccoli
  • 5 eggs medium to large
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 pinch chili flakes optional
  • 4 slices turkey from deli
  • 1/3 cup cheddar shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 360Β°F(180Β°C).
  • Place the broccoli in a pot of boiling water and cook for approx. 3 minutes. Strain and cut into small pieces.
  • Beat the eggs in a medium-size bowl, add the minced garlic and season with salt and pepper, and chili flakes if using.
  • Grease a 6 muffin tray with oil or butter, and fill the muffin tin with evenly divided broccoli, ham, and grated cheese. Pour the beaten eggs into the muffin tin and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until eggs have set.

Notes

Per muffin nutrition:
6 g fat
4 g carb
10 g protein
*For vegan option, replace cheese with plant-based cheese + replace turkey with meat-free option.
Keyword Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Sugar-Free, Vegan

Avocado + Egg Salad

This delicious high-fat take on egg salad is a perfect breakfast or lunch, and can be easily paired with whole-grain or grain-free bread for a quick toast or filling sandwich.

Avocado + Egg Salad

Prep Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, lunch, Snack
Servings 2
Calories 298 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 eggs medium to large
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 avocado ripe
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 TBSP cilantro fresh, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Boilthe eggs (put in warm water and cook 5 and a half minutes after the water hasboiled, then pour cold water in the pot and cool). Once cooled, peel and chop into cubes and put in a bowl.
  • Press the garlic,and addto the eggs.
  • Half the avocado, remove the stone and cut the flesh into cubes. Place the avocado and cilantro the bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil.
  • Season everything with salt and pepper, and gently mix. Garnish with more cilantro.
  • Serve immediately on whole-grain or grain-free bread or on its own.

Notes

Per serving:
24 g fat
9 g carb
11 g protein
Keyword Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Sugar-Free