Caroline Yoder
thebroccolihut.com
Hometown:
Birmingham, AL
Location:
Birmingham, AL

About Me: I’m studying to become a nutritionist, so healthy, natural food is important to me. On my website The Broccoli Hut I showcase dozens of vegetarian- and vegan-friendly recipes. These recipes often include hummus and tofu—my two all-time favorite foods! Apart from working on The Broccoli Hut, I enjoy running, Duke basketball, reading, and shoe shopping.

Recipes Posted by Caroline Yoder:

When I converted to a vegetarian lifestyle six years ago, I began experimenting in the kitchen with beans as an alternative protein source. Soon enough, I discovered the wonders of chickpeas—they offer a satisfying, almost butter-y taste, plus a generous dose of both fiber and iron. They pair well with spicy and sweet flavors, both of which are included in the recipe below. The sweetness of the mango and the spiciness of the peanut butter provide a mouthful of contrasting flavors and textures.

Peanut butter has long since been established as a part of party fare—peanut butter snack mix, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter pretzel nuggets. While all these foods provide plenty of flavor, they also often provide large amounts of sugar and unhealthy fats. Below you’ll find two recipes with enough flavor and nutrition to satisfy any peanut butter-loving crowd. First, a unique hummus dip featuring a host of Asian flavors, with peanut butter, orange, and ginger. If you’re looking to turn up the heat at your get-together, then consider the spicy herbed yogurt dip featured here with cayenne-spiked peanut butter and cilantro.

When I first discovered Peanut Butter & Company products a few years ago, it didn’t take long for me to invest in a copy of their cookbook. Upon perusing the sandwich section, I discovered a combination that delivered both the sweetness and spiciness I often crave—The Heat Is On peanut butter with pineapple preserves. I loved this flavor duo so much that I decided to combine it with yet another of my favorite ingredients—tofu. The result of my experimentation is the high-protein, high-flavor dish you see below.

Ever since I received my first blender as a birthday gift several years ago, I’ve been experimenting with smoothies on a nearly daily basis—indeed, you might call me a “smoothie enthusiast.” A key aspect of all my smoothies is that they must be nutritious. Accordingly, peanut butter makes a perfect smoothie component, with its high protein content and generous amounts of fiber and heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Below, you’ll find a hemp-based smoothie with banana and coconut; this smoothie provides a dose of omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient often […]

When I was growing up, my mother had a stand-by baked good recipe that took less than an hour to prepare but always received rave reviews—graham cracker brownies. While her recipe is delicious, it features processed graham crackers, sugar-laden condensed milk, and chocolate chips. I set out to re-create this dessert with slightly healthier ingredients, substituting whole grain graham crackers, evaporated skim milk with a moderate amount of sugar, and nutrient-packed peanut butter. The result is a dessert with a cookie-like texture, sure to please anyone with a […]

Peanut Butter Graham Cookie Bars