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Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites

I like to have simple snacks on hand at all times to grab when I need something quick.  Energy bites…

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Easy Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberries are one of my favorite things about Spring!  I kind of miss them during the Fall and Winter months,…

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Shrimp Spring Rolls

Because March 20th is officially the first day of spring, I thought what better way to enjoy the day than…

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Tempeh Reuben Wrap

Reubens are a classic St. Patrick’s Day dish.  I used to love them as a kid.  Which is why I…

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Tarragon Chicken

One of my favorite chicken recipes is my creamy tarragon chicken. I mix up lots of fresh tarragon with mayonnaise…

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Hearty Vegan Irish Stew

Traditional Irish stew contains beef and potatoes, but I make a vegan version at home that is just as delicious!…

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Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Banana bread is something my Mom and Grandma always made a lot when I was younger.  The recipe was passed…

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Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parmesan

Recently my mother completely changed her eating habits and it has inspired me to do the same. I love pasta,…

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Breakfast Sandwich

This week I decided to experiment with some of the season’s best ingredients and incorporate them into a breakfast sandwich.…

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Chickpea Stuffed Roasted Yams with Miso Almond Sauce

Getting your fiber is easy when it is included in delicious meals!  One of my favorite fiber rich dishes (and…

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Edamame Miso Salad

Edamame is not only a great protein source, but is heart healthy as well and perfect for adding to soups…

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Cherry Almond Chocolate Chunk Energy Bars

It can be hard to eat healthy on the go sometimes, so I always like to have energy packed snacks…

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Beef Stew

One of my favorite comfort foods is a stew in any form, but especially a beef stew. Making a stew…

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DIY Body Butter

Along with Winter comes dry and cracked skin.  So, we all end up wanting to slather ourselves in hydrating lotion! …

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Valentines Steak, Shrimp and Pasta Dinner

With Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, I wanted to share a recipe to make at home for your valentine. As much fun as…

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Vegan Dark Chocolate Almond Truffles

I love giving candy to loved ones for Valentine’s Day!  Now, you could just go buy a box of chocolates,…

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Red Velvet Cookies (GF,V)

If you are looking for a healthy treat for Valentine’s day, have I got the cookie recipe for you!  It…

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Italian Sausage and Peppers

My husband did the majority of the cooking when we first met, he used to make Italian sausage and bell…

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Berry Beet Salad

Beets and berries are a match made in heaven, and great if you want nutritional bang for your buck it…

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Brown Sugar Chili

When I was a little girl my dad would make up big batches of his famous brown sugar chili and…

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Vegan Split Pea Soup

The Winter is the time to make warming soups!  I like to make a batch and enjoy it for a…

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Frittatas

Looking for an easy and delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner idea? A frittata is the perfect meal any time of the…

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Easy Blender Green Juice

If you are looking for a healthy cleansing recipe to get you on the right track after the Holidays, I…

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Roasted Chicken Dinner

Although I consider myself to be a good cook sometimes I find certain dishes to be intimidating. A few years…

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Detoxifying Veggie Rice

Feeling like you need some light and fresh food after the Holiday season, but still craving starches like rice?  Have…

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Winter Citrus Arugula Salad

In the Winter when citrus is plentiful and at its most flavorful, I enjoy using it in recipes.  Not only…

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Steak Fajitas

I love fajitas. I might have a mild obsession for them if I go to a restaurant and they have…

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Ham and Potato Chowder

During these cold winter months there is nothing more comforting than a big bowl of warm chowder. I like to make…

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Vegan Cranberry Chevre

When I was younger, I used to host New Years Eve parties. One thing that we always had to have was…

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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Scallops

With New Years Eve fast approaching, everyone is looking for a tasty, easy appetizer. This recipe is for sweet and…

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Jeweled Wild Rice and Quinoa

Quinoa can be a wonderful side dish in the winter, it is high in protein and nutrients, and can be…

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Chicken Marsala

One of my mother’s favorite dishes is chicken masala, so a few years ago I learned how to make the…

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Bean Cassoulet (Vegan)

If you are looking for a hearty and warming dish to serve your family this Holiday season, cassoulet is a…

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Easy Sunday Pot Roast

Pot roast is a simple, delicious and easy dinner to make. Using an inexpensive cut of meat and slowly cooking…

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Pomegranate Citrus Sparkler

It is nice to have something festive to sip in your hand at Holiday gatherings, and although alcohol and eggnog…

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Peanut Butter Blossoms

Christmas cookies are a tradition in many households, but when you have family members with gluten allergies, or a special…

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Sweet and Tangy Chicken and Potatoes

Do you tire of the same old chicken recipes like I do? Often times I research chicken recipes online, but find there are…

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Thyme Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms

I love brussels sprouts!  And luckily they are plentiful this time of the year!  My favorite way to eat them…

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Breakfast Burritos

Around the holidays we tend to have a house full of people.  I like to make as many quick and easy…

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Maple Cranberry Sauce

Canned cranberry sauce is often loaded with white sugar and is not very interesting, so I usually make my own…

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Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Thanksgiving is almost here! All of those sides, pies, relishes, salads and of course the turkey make for my favorite…

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Everyone has pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, but you know what is even better?  Pumpkin cheesecake!  Especially if it is gluten…

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Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

It is very common nowadays to have guests at your Thanksgiving dinner who can not eat dairy, so today I…

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Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing

Stuffing was always one of my favorite things at Thanksgiving!  My Grandma made the best in my opinion. Unfortunately for…

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Salmon Fillet

Not only is salmon one of the most flavorful fish but it’s also a healthy protein! Salmon is an excellent source…

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Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Since I am a vegan, I am not thinking about turkey at Thanksgiving, but rather creating a substantial and delicious…

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Teriyaki Chicken and Fried Rice

It’s no secret that my family’s favorite food is Chinese takeout, however it’s not always affordable. I’ve spent years perfecting…

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Dark Chocolate Caramel Cups (GF, DF, V)

Making your own Halloween candy is fun, easy, and can be healthier depending on the ingredients you use.  I love…

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Lasagna Roll Ups

Lasagna is a great meal any day of the week, but sometimes a whole pan of it is too much for…

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Pumpkin Apple Fruit Leather

Everyone enjoys their fair share of Halloween candy every year, but it can be nice to have something a little…

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Ham and Sweet Potatoes Au Gratin

If you like Au gratin potatoes then you must try my version using ham and sweet potatoes. I use smoked…

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Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin season is here and in full swing, and I am fully enjoying it baking all sorts of delicious things! …

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Harvest Hash

A hearty flavorful hash is a fall favorite for many. It’s a very versatile dish that you can switch up the ingredients…

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Pumpkin Spice Granola

Did you know making your own granola at home is easy to do?  Not only that, Fall is the perfect…

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Cranberry Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

One of my favorite things to make in the Fall when squash are in season is stuffed squash. I have…

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Creamy Pesto Shrimp Linguine

This time of year it’s fun to take advantage of recipes that use some of summers harvested vegetables and herbs. This Shrimp linguine recipe…

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Autumn Apple Salad with Pumpkin Spice Vinaigrette

In the first part of Fall, when fresh local greens are still available, and the Honey Crisp apples have come…

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Bacon and Egg Brunch Sandwiches

Lazy Sunday brunch is a great way to enjoy catching up with friends and family. This breakfast sandwich is simple to make and has…

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Creamy Wild Rice Soup (GF, V, DF)

Creamy wild rice soup is a Minnesota staple!  It is usually a rich soup with dairy, gluten and meat, but…

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Almond Crusted Apple Galette

Sometimes you want apple pie, but a little bit less work.  That is where galettes come in.  They are non-fussy…

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Buffalo Chicken Wings

Fresh and Natural Foods recommends using organic ingredients whenever possible.

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Blueberry Maple Pecan Energy Bars

Making your own energy bars at home is easy, simple and fun!  The best part is you can tailor them…

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Steak Kabob Blue Cheese Salad

This delicious gourmet steakhouse salad is easy to create at home without paying the steakhouse price you find in restaurants…

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Spicy Beet Sauerkraut

Keeping a healthy gut is important!  Did you know that roughly 80 percent of your immunity originates there?  Or that…

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Sloppy Joes

Tomorrow is Labor Day, are you having one last summer party to celebrate? If so try these sloppy joe’s, an…

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bites

When you are in school and on the go, it is important to have snacks to stave off hunger so…

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Black Bean Quinoa Burrito Bowl

One of my favorite go to dinners?  Burrito bowls!  They are easy to make if you have cooked or canned…

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Vegan Mango Peach Cobbler

When Summer fruits are in season, there is nothing quite as comforting than baking up a sweet dessert with them. …

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Fresh Tomato and Avocado Black Bean Pasta

Pasta salads were a Summer staple growing up in my house.  My Mom would make them for dinners and picnics…

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Thai Coconut Zucchini and Corn Soup

It is common to have loads of zucchini and Summer squash on hand in the Summer, and that is always…

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Sweet Corn Kohlrabi Slaw

Fresh sweet corn is one of my favorite foods in the Summer!  I try to always buy local and organic…

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Vegan Margherita Pizza

I used to think that going vegan and dairy free meant no more delicious pizza, but I have since discovered…

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Fruit Sweetened Peach Pecan Muffins (GF, V)

One of the things I loved about weekend mornings growing up was freshly baked muffins.  I still love it as…

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Strawberry Rhubarb Punch

When you are entertaining in the Summer, having something refreshing for guests to drink is a must!  A big pitcher…

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Roasted Summer Vegetables

One of my favorite ways to cook any kind of vegetable is to roast it.  A lot of people roast…

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Creamy Vegan Cucumber Salad

My Grandma and Mom used to make a creamy cucumber salad with dill every Summer when I was young.  It…

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Raspberry Basil Limeade

Making your own lemonade or limeade is easy, and most likely healthier than just buying it if you are trying…

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Tempeh Walnut Burgers

If you are looking for a good vegan burger that is pretty easy to make, have I got the recipe…

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Sparkling Kombucha Berry Cocktail

If you are looking for a healthier refreshing cocktail to serve for the 4th of July, have I got the…

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Berry Almond Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is a great alternative to tapioca pudding or rice pudding.  It is much lower on the glycemic scale,…

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Thai Coconut Corn

If you are looking for a little different side dish to serve for Father’s Day along with your grilled main…

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Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

If you are looking for a vegan alternative to chicken salad, chickpea salad is a great option.  Chickpeas are full…

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Avocado Potato Salad

If you love classic creamy potato salad, but are not a fan of mayonnaise, I have a great solution for…

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Vanilla Hazelnut Milk

Although you can buy store bought non-dairy milks, it is easy to make them at home, and they often taste…

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Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Refrigerator Jam

Strawberries and rhubarb are one of my favorite combinations.  Every year I can’t wait until Spring just so I can…

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Blackberry Almond Overnight Oats

If you are looking for a quick breakfast, overnight oats are easy, cost effective and delicious.  They are my favorite…

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Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese with Ramps and Greens

Just because you decide to go on a plant based diet doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy creamy mac and…

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Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

Tis the season for open houses and grad parties, so everyone is thinking about what to serve at those parties.…

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Vegan Hazelnut Banana Pancakes (GF)

Just because you are on a gluten free diet doesn’t mean that you can’t have delicious home made pancakes.  In…

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Blackberry Lavender Lemonade

If you want to make Mom feel special on Mother’s Day, of course you can make her a meal, but you…

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Blueberry Almond Energy Bites

When people need a quick snack, sometimes they tend to gravitate towards the more unhealthy things like chips or processed…

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Asparagus, Mushroom and Tempeh Stuffed Roasted Yams

Stuffed Yams are a healthy hearty dinner, that can be made within an hour with little hands on time.  I…

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Strawberry Beet Juice

If you are looking for an easy way to get in your beets, juicing is a good option.  I love…

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Lentil Sweet Potato Soup

If you are looking to reduce your meat intake and eat more Earth friendly, lentils are a good option.  They…

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Minted Pea Hummus

Hummus is a staple in my refrigerator.  I can use it as a dip for veggies or spread it on…

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Avocado and Arugula Pesto Stuffed Roasted Mushrooms

Fresh greens season is almost here!  I love a good greens salad, but another thing I love to make is…

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Quinoa Pilaf with Peas

If you are looking for a healthy hearty side dish to serve with protein, quinoa is always a good option. …

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Creamy Vegan Spring Asparagus Pasta

If you are looking for a quick and easy, healthy comfort food dish, have I got the recipe for you! …

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Spring Broccoli and Asparagus Salad

If you are looking for something healthy and delicious for an Easter side dish, look no further.  This broccoli and…

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Vegan Peppermint Chocolate Cups

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so it is the perfect time of the year for all things…

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Mini Carrot Cake Cupcakes (gluten free, vegan)

Easter is fast approaching, and I don’t know about you but I like to plan menus ahead of time.  If…

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Vegan Irish Stew

I am not Irish, but it is still fun to make Irish type foods around St. Patrick’s Day.  Of course…

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Almond Butter Cacao Chip Energy Bars

It is super simple and easy to make your own energy bars at home, and that way you know every…

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Avocado Pasta

If you are on a gluten free diet, there are wonderful pastas out there made with beans and edamame!  Not…

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Coffee Coconut Body Scrub

Winter can be tough on skin, it becomes rough and dry, and cracked.  But there are things you can do…

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Beet and Quinoa Salad

Quinoa salads are a great way to eat healthy, and stay satisfied in the cooler months.  The one I am…

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Orange Caramel Dark Chocolates

Home made chocolates make a special Valentine’s Day gift. Especially when made in cute little heart shaped molds.  You can…

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Dark Chocolate Almond Raspberry Cups

Of course you can go out and buy chocolates for Valentine’s Day to give to your special someone, but you…

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Roasted Potato Kale Salad

Roasted potatoes in the winter are so good and comforting, and they make a nice side dish with protein, but…

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White Bean Borscht

It is the perfect time of the year to make a large pot of soup to warm you from the…

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Berries and Greens Smoothie

It isn’t hard to get your antioxidants and greens when you are drinking a delicious smoothie!  Smoothies take little time to…

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Green Apple Pear Juice

If you are looking to get the nutrients of a lot of greens, but don’t want to sit down and…

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Winter Citrus Slaw

Citrus is at its peak this time of the year, so why not enjoy it!  Although it is great to…

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Detoxifying Beet Pasta Salad

If you are looking to eat more healthy this year, adding some raw veggies into your diet can be a…

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Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail

I like to enjoy something sparkly as I ring in the New Years, but what I don’t like is the…

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Marzipan Snowballs

Christmas cookies and treats do not have to be unhealthy and loaded with refined sugars and flours.  There many you…

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Sweet and Spicy Nuts

My Grandma always put out a bowl of nuts during the Holidays to snack on when company came over.  I…

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Sugar Free Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is an essential part of Winter.  The problem is, with most of it also comes a lot of…

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Festive Broccoli Salad

We often times serve lots of rich food at Holiday meals, so sometimes it is nice to have something healthy…

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Dark Chocolate Almond Shortbread

Christmas cookie season is here!  There are so many choices, and I like to make a bunch, then enjoy a…

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Tempeh with Orange Cranberry Sauce

Just because you are vegan or vegetarian, does not mean you can not have a delicious protein rich main dish…

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Citrus Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts were always a staple at my family’s Thanksgiving table.  My Grandma made them simple, just with salt and…

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Cranberry Quinoa Stuffing

Stuffing has always been a fixture on a Thanksgiving table.  The thing I love about it is you can make…

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Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes

Think you can’t enjoy delicious cupcakes at home if you are vegan, gluten free, or dairy free?  Think again!  The…

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Maple Pecan Yam Casserole

My Grandmother, just like many others always used to serve sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving.  You know, the kind topped…

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Butternut Squash and Lentil Stew

Squash is one of my favorite things about fall. I love it roasted in salads, stuffed with something delicious or…

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Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cups

This is the time of year when I start to crave peanut butter cups.  Because those were always my favorite…

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Spiced Roasted Potato and Yam Salad

When it starts to get chilly outside, I like to make hearty salads with a few warm ingredients added.  Especially…

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Vegan Apple Cinnamon Galette

Apple pie is wonderful this time of the year when the local apples are plentiful, but sometimes I am a…

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Apple Broccoli Slaw

One of my favorite savory apple recipes is an apple broccoli slaw.  It is easy to make, and the best…

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Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pecan Scones

Baking something aromatic on a Saturday morning is something that everyone in their lifetime must experience, especially in the Fall…

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Savory Lentil Stuffed Squash

Stuffed squash is one of my favorite meals in the fall and winter.  It is always so good, no matter…

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Quinoa and Root Vegetable Soup with Tofu

If you are trying to eat less meat and more veggies, and also want a hearty meal, do I have…

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Vegan Roasted Vegetable Pot Pies

It is starting to get into comfort food season, and one of my favorite comfort foods is pot pie.  There…

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Vegan Pumpkin Caramel Latte Shake

Pumpkin season is fast approaching.  I don’t know about you but I am really craving pumpkin.  Although you can buy…

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Vegan Chocolate Beet Cake

Think beets are just for salads?  Think again!  Beets make a wonderful addition to a chocolate cake to give it…

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Apple “Cookies”

I have always been a fan of apples with nut butter.  But it sounds so boring when you say it…

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Beet and Yam Hummus

Getting kids to eat healthy snacks and lunches can be somewhat of a challenge.  When I was a child, I…

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Summer Overnight Oatmeal Mix

Mornings can be hectic sometimes as we get ready for work, and eat breakfast.  I eat oatmeal almost every morning,…

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Roasted Zucchini and Tomato Quinoa Salad

When zucchini is abundant in the garden, you then have to decide what to make with them.  Although you can…

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Super Berry Sangria

Although you can buy sangria pre-made, it can be healthier to make your own so that you can control the…

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Roasted Tomato Thyme Soup

Every year my Grandpa grows tomatoes in his garden, and this is the time of the year when there are…

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Summer BBQ Kale Salad

BBQ sauce is great on protein, but have you ever thought of using it as a sweet salad dressing?  The…

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Vegan Mozzarella Blackberry Basil Bites

Tomato, basil and mozzarella are a popular summer combination for a salad or skewers, but did you know fruit, mozzarella…

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Keeping kids energized in the summer is important, especially when they are out playing in the sun for hours.  So…

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Chilled Summer Vegetable Gazpacho

Chilled soups are wonderful when the weather is hot and you want to stay cool.  Especially when they involve no…

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Creamy Vegan Roasted Tomato Pasta with Lemon and Dill

If you think creamy pasta salads are only made with mayonnaise and gluten think again.  I admit when I went…

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Cherry Lime Mint Popsicles

Popsicles are a summer staple!  I always had them around when I was a child to cool off on a…

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Mini Cherry Galettes

I love a good fruit pie in the summer, but sometimes I don’t want to go through all the fussy work…

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Berries and Cream Parfaits

When I was little, my mother would always bring a berry dessert to our family’s 4th of July celebration. I…

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Avocado Lime Ice Cream

Although there are many types of dairy free ice cream out there to buy, I prefer to make my own…

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Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Strawberries and rhubarb as a combination are a Minnesota staple.  Especially in pie.  But did you know they make a…

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Quinoa Lentil Salad

In the summer when you want something substantial without having something heavy it is nice to make quinoa salads. They…

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Watermelon Cooler

Making your own delicious drink to serve to a party is easy, and it does not need to be something…

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Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Strawberries are not just for dessert, they are awesome in savory dishes as well!  I love them in salads and…

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Black Bean Burgers

Just because you are plant based does not mean you can not enjoy burgers for Memorial Day weekend too.  Today…

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Lemony Spring Pasta Salad

Going gluten free doesn’t have to mean giving up pastas.  There are plenty of good options out there nowadays that…

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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Strawberries

A chocolate cake is always a welcome gift for Mom on Mother’s Day, especially when you made it yourself.  Today…

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Tempeh Tostadas with Mango Salsa

I always love Mexican food any day or time of the year, but it seems very appropriate to serve it…

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Gluten Free Banana Blueberry Muffins

One of my favorite things growing up, was fresh baked blueberry muffins on weekends.  My Dad used to make them…

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Vegan Curried Carrot “Meatballs”

Going meat free doesn’t have to equal bland veggies for dinner.  Not that veggies are bland, but my point is…

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Spring Pea and Edamame Soup with Greens and Thyme

I enjoy soups the most that can serve as a whole meal, ones that include plenty of vegetables and a…

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Lemon Quinoa, Asparagus and White Bean Salad

Quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse!  It is high in protein, a good source of vitamins, and gluten free.  I love…

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Red Lentil Carrot Hummus

Hummus is a healthful snack when paired with whole grain crackers or veggies.  It is one of my favorite things…

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Fermented Saurkraut

Probiotics are important to keep our bodies healthy. Much of our immune system is in our gut, and healthy bacteria…

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Waldorf Salad

My family always included some sort of fruit salad along with our Easter meal.  It used to be a jello…

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Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Easter Eggs

Peanut butter filled chocolate eggs were always my favorite Easter candy.  And they still are as an adult. But since…

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Confetti Spring Carrot Salad

With the warmer weather arriving, it is the time of year when we start to crave more raw veggies.  Of…

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Vegan Shepard’s Pie

Everybody thinks of making corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day, but a shepard’s  pie sounds much more special to…

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Energizing Chocolate Protein Shake

Eating breakfast in the mornings can be tough; it can be tempting to grab something unhealthy or go without.  There…

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Hearty Root Vegetable Tempeh Stew

In the chillier months, it is always nice to have something comforting to come home to for dinner.  I like…

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Almond Berry Coconut Bark

Although you can easily buy sweets for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, I prefer to make mine.  I love chocolate…

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Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Nut butter cups have always been one of my favorite desserts, so it is no surprise that I love making…

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Edamame Guacamole

I love a good guacamole.  It is a wonderful spread for sandwiches in place of mayonnaise, and a great dip…

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Lean Green Clean Juice

If you are feeling as if your system needs a boost and a little cleansing from the inside after the…

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8 Days of Recipes. Day 8: Festive Winter Vegetable Rolls

Finger foods are a must at Holiday parties, and what better finger food to serve than sushi?  It is light…

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8 Days of Recipes. Day 7: Merry Cherry Mocktail

Around the holidays when entertaining guests, drinks are a big part of the celebration.  Although there is plenty of eggnog,…

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8 Days of Recipes. Day 6: Macadamia Chevre Stuffed Dates with Pomegranate Seeds

Cheese stuffed dates have always been a favorite treat of mine, and they make a wonderful appetizer.  So I have…

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8 Days of Recipes. Day 5: Festive Christmas Slaw

It is tradition to have lots of rich dishes for Christmas dinner, so sometimes it is nice to have a…

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8 Days of Recipes. Day 3: Dairy Free Eggnog

Just because you are following a vegan, soy free or gluten free way of eating, does not mean that you…

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8 Days of Recipes. Day 2: Lobster Penne a la Vodka

Are you sick of turkey? Tired of traditional meals for the holidays? This is a great alternative to wow any…

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8 Days of Recipes. Day 1: Vegan Caramel Nut Tart

Pecan pie was always a favorite of mine at holiday dinner.  So now I make a gluten-free, vegan nut tart…

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Vegan Cranberry Orange Mousse

It can be a challenge getting a holiday meal on the table. With an extensive list of things to prepare, it…

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Miso Orange Glazed Green Beans and Mushrooms

My Grandma always had green bean casserole for the holidays.  Miso orange glaze green beans and mushrooms is what I…

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Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart

If you are a fan of pumpkin pie and cheesecake, this tart is for you.  It contains all of the…

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Festive Quinoa Stuffing

Although bread based stuffing is traditional, it can be nice to have something a little different on the Thanksgiving table.…

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Squash Chili

I am a big fan of a warm bowl of chili during the fall and winter months, partly because it…

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Pumpkin Cornbread

Cornbread warm and fresh from the oven is a wonderful addition to a meal, especially chili in my mind.  In…

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Squash and Bean Soup

When the cooler weather arrives, it is nice to have a warm comforting bowl of soup for dinner to take…

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Chai Spiced Apple Pear Crisp

Apples and pears are at their best this time of the year. One of my favorite things to make is…

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Double Roasted Squash Salad

It is the time of the year when we are finishing up with the vegetables of summer and starting to…

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Rainbow Veggie Wraps with Kale Hummus

It can be challenging to prepare healthy lunches for kids (or adults) when you are busy. It helps to have…

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Late Summer Beet and Stone Fruit Salad

This time of the year, stone fruits such as nectarines, pluots and plums are so flavorful and at their best. …

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Carrot Cherry Slaw

I love a good slaw recipe during the warmer months. Classic is cabbage of course, but sometimes I like to…

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Rhubarb Ginger Lemonade

Rhubarb season gets me excited.  The best part about it is many people grow it and are willing to share. …

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Cooling Cucumber Edamame Salad

Every year I anxiously await my grandfather’s cucumbers from his garden because they are so good.  Nothing beats local cucumbers…

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Peach Jalapeno Bourbon BBQ Tempeh

Think barbecue sauce is just for meat?  Think again! Tempeh and tofu are delicious with barbecue sauce too!  I like…

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Pina Colada Protein Smoothie

I love tropical flavors for desserts, drinks and even breakfast in the summer time.  On a hot day, I can’t…

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Confetti Fruit Salsa

Salsa is one of my favorite things to make when the weather is warm.  Of course it is delicious with…

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Vegan BBQ Beans

To me, BBQ beans are a staple at summer picnics and social gatherings.  They were always a favorite of mine…

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Summer Berry Kale Salad

When deciding what to serve at a summer picnic I think about two things, taste and color, and of course…

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Summer Rainbow Shake

In the summer when kids are home and busy playing, it can be hard to get them to sit down…

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Creamy Chilled Asparagus Pea Soup

On a warm day, chilled soup is a good option.  One of the best chilled soups I ever enjoyed at…

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Summer Vegetable Quinoa Salad

I am so excited that more veggies are coming into season this time of the year!  So much so that…

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Fruit Skewers with Key Lime Dip

When hosting a BBQ or a party, it is nice to have healthy options that everyone can enjoy.  Of course…

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Spring Chickpea Salad

I always try to use produce that is in season because that is when it tastes its best.  Right now…

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Quinoa Veggie Burgers

A good home made veggie burger are well worth the effort to make and often times more flavorful and nutritious…

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Roasted Potato and Mushroom Pesto Salad

This is the time of the year when local produce starts to become available again, and it makes me happy. …

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Wild Mushroom Risotto

If you have not tried the variety of mushrooms we carry at Fresh and Natural, this Wild Mushroom Risotto is…

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Belgian Waffles with Flax (GF & DF)

Think you can’t enjoy delicious Belgian waffles on a gluten free, dairy free diet?  Think again!  With gluten free flour…

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Strawberry, Snap Pea and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad with Basil

Strawberries are not only good for dessert, they also make a delicious spring salad!  I like to combine them with…

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Roasted Asparagus with Macadamia Gremolata

Asparagus is one of my favorite spring vegetables.  It is good just about any way you prepare it: raw, steamed,…

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Energizing Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Smoothies can be a great way to get nutrients into your system fast in the morning before work or after…

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Spring Carrot Salad

When putting together a menu for Easter, most people have an idea what they will be serving as a main…

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Creamy Spring Vegetable Wild Rice Soup

Nothing showcases a mélange of delicious spring vegetables like a hearty warming soup.  It is still the time of year…

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Green Quinoa Salad

If you are looking to get your daily nutrients, look no further than kale and quinoa.  Kale is a nutritional…

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Kale Shamrock Shake

Shamrock shakes are available this time of the year from many places. I can see why they are popular; the…

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Micro-Kale Pesto

Pesto is traditionally made with basil, but this version uses kale shoots that have a wonderful, spicy herbaceous quality.  Highly…

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Tempeh and Mushroom Ragout with Spinach Fettuccine

Adding a few simple ingredients to a basic pasta recipe, and switching up your choice of pasta can transform it…

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Sunshine Oatmeal Cookies

My mother always told me she liked oatmeal cookies the best because they contained heart healthy oats and it made…

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Winter Citrus Avocado Salad

One thing that I look forward to every winter is the plethora of citrus fruit that is available.  I love…

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Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

Cheesecake has always been one of my favorite desserts. When I went vegan I was pleasantly surprised that I could…

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Skin on Seared Salmon

Fish can be intimidating to cook. I was recently introduced to the idea of eating the skin of salmon with…

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Heart Healthy Brownie Bites

Many people love brownies, myself included.  But most brownies are simply an indulgence.  What if you could get  heart healthy…

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Super Easy Superfood Trail Mix

If you are looking for a quick pick me up snack on the go or in between meals, homemade trail…

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Green Tea Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented probiotic beverage that aids in digestion and gut health among other benefits such as detoxification of the body. …

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Hot Honey Oven Wings

Are you ready for some football, I mean wings? If you are hosting a Super Bowl Party or need an…

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Comfort Pork Chops & Rice (GF)

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for fast entrees to whip up with staple ingredients that…

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Carribean Sweet Potato Black Bean Stew

Looking for a way to add more vitamins A and C to your diet?  Try some sweet potatoes!  Although they…

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Sugar Free Dark Chocolates

Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, but it also contains a lot of sugar. Although there are commercially made sugar…

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Quinoa Vegetable Bowls

If you are looking to put a meal on the table which is filling, yet packed with nutrients while being…

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Winter Greens Shake

If you ever feel like you have been eating too much rich food or your tummy needs a little TLC this greens shake…

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Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

I can remember enjoying hot chocolate as a kid; it was one of the things I looked forward to during…

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Caramelized Fennel Pasta with Lemon and Pine Nuts

We are all craving comfort food this time of the year. Although comfort food often equals rich and cheesy dishes,…

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Gluten Free Almond Snowballs

If you have allergies to gluten and dairy, Bob’s Red Mill gluten free all purpose flour is a good alternative to…

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Seitan in Mushroom Gravy with Fluffy Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

When I became Vegan, I needed to find a way to make mashed potatoes and gravy as delicious as the…

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Cranberry Orange Glazed Roasted Beets

When it comes to Holiday meals, I feel it important to serve beautiful and tasty side dishes.  The bright colors…

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Holiday Cranberry Pomegranate Guacamole

Around the holidays, often times we reach for the cheese tray or pigs in a blanket when it comes to…

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Festive Dark Chocolate Short Bread

Cookie baking is an activity that everyone can enjoy around the Holidays, and having dietary restrictions does not mean cutting…

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Apple Stuffed Squash

It is the time of the year when squash are abundant, and one of my favorite ways to serve them…

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Jeweled Wild Rice

It can be a challenge to find side dishes besides just veggies to use in place of traditional richer and…

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Cranberry Apple Relish

When most people think of cranberries, they think of the canned jelled kind served during the holidays, but there are…

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Autumn Apple Cobbler with Rosemary Lemon Biscuits

Being gluten free and vegan does not mean that you will never be able to enjoy things such as a…

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Tempeh Cutlets with Caramelized Onions and Apples

Tempeh can be a great source of protein and pairs well with many things, a plus for when the seasons…

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Roasted Pear Salad

I love roasting fruits for salads when the cooler months hit.  One of the best fruits to roast which is…

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

If you are craving the sweetness and flavors of pumpkin pie, but would like something a little easier to make…

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Roasted Squash and Kale Salad

One of my favorite things about autumn is squash.  Although there are many different varieties, my favorite is buttercup or…

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Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Here is a delicious gluten free pancake recipe that are home made and do not come out of a boxed…

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Brussels Sprout Apple Slaw

In Autumn you can still enjoy a delicious light creamy slaw as a side dish.  Things such as brussels sprouts…

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Cinnamon Pecan Milk

Although you can buy many non-dairy milks at the store, you can easily make them at home.  By making them…

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Chipotle Yam Fries with Avocado Cilantro Sauce

Most of us love fries, but we do not necessarily want the unhealthy fat that to often associated with the…

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Curried Coconut Cauliflower and Chickpeas

When I was a child, my mom used to make a curried cauliflower dish that was so simple, and yet…

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Mushroom Wild Rice Salad

Once the weather starts to cool, I feel like it is time for heartier salads.  It is nice to add…

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Raw Date Caramel

When I was a kid, I loved things like caramel apples and caramel apple dip.  As an adult however, I…

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Melon Cucumber Gazpacho with Avocado

When I was little my mom used to make a soup called gazpacho.  It was a chilled soup that she…

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Fig and Apple Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is a wonderful main dish, as it is a complete protein. It is so versatile, and can be paired…

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Creamy Coconut Almond Black Bean Soup

People often associate black beans with chili, but they also make a wonderful blended soup.  I enjoy them paired with…

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Veggie Hummus Rolls

Sometimes it can be a challenge to get kids to eat their veggies and try new things.  When I was…

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Summer Stone Fruit Salad

In the late summer, stone fruits are at their most flavorful.  Peaches, pluots, and apricots are at their peak, and…

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Vegan Raspberry “Cream Cheese”

I am often asked about vegan cheese substitutes, and although there are commercially made ones, a lot of them have…

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Roasted Grape and Fig Salad

Figs are one of those fruits that I look forward to all year long!  Although they are great as is,…

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Sweet Kale and Grape Salad with Almonds

I am one of those people who can never get enough kale. It seems that a lot of our customers…

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5 Spice Tempeh and Strawberry Salad

Salads can be a perfect main course if you add the right components.  If you are vegan, a piece of…

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Italian Vegetable Chickpea Salad

In the summer it is nice to have meals that can be quickly thrown together with no cooking involved.  Vegetable…

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Southwest Vegetable Salad

It can sometimes be challenging to try to come up with dishes to bring to a summer picnic or potluck…

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade Popsicles

Everyone loves popsicles in the summer, from children to adults.  Nothing beats something icy and cool on a 90 degree…

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Summer Tomato Salad

Nothing beats fresh local tomatoes in the summer. Fresh and Natural Foods carries local tomatoes that are super flavorful and…

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Sugar Free Blueberry Limeade

At summer picnics or when entertaining, it is always a good thing to have something refreshing to serve guests. Pitcher drinks…

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Watermelon and Blueberry Salad

Watermelon is so good this time of the year, perfect for picnics, a refreshing snack to re-hydrate or a simple…

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Mini Raw Vegan Blueberry Lavender Cheesecakes

Being dairy free does not mean you have to give up delicious creamy desserts like cheesecake.  On the contrary, you…

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Vanilla Hemp Milk

Hemp seeds are nutritional powerhouses, and I have only just begun to appreciate them.  They are a complete protein, a…

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Summer Sweet Corn and Peach Salad

The corn available right now in our store has been so sweet and perfect for using in salads.  Many people only…

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Red White and Blue Fruit Salad

There are so many delicious fruits this time of year; I have been buying them like crazy.  Although I eat…

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Sweet Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli is a commonly used ingredient, but what we do not often realize is the value of the stock along…

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White Bean Tapanade

I had recently seen a recipe for white bean tapenade and I loved the idea so I decided to create…

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Cherry Pistachio Salad with Sweet Lemon Vinaigrette and Fresh Mint

The cherries lately have been wonderful!  They are sweet and delicious alone, but even better in desserts or savory things…

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Thai Coconut Vegetable Soup

When I was in high school, my mother taught me how to make soup.  We made many different kinds, but…

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Blueberry Basil Quinoa Tabouli

I love quinoa tabouli when the weather gets warm.  The traditional version with cucumbers, tomatoes and parsley is delicious, but…

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Peachy Green Smoothie

Peaches are in season! This is the perfect combo for a satisfying smoothie to for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.…

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Red Berry Beet Smoothie

I was recently asked how to incorporate more beets into one’s diet without tasting them; and although I had many…

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Superfood Cacao Bars

Everyone is talking about super foods lately. Goji berries, chia seeds, cacao powder…they are all packed with nutritional goodies that…

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Green Veggie Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

I have been taking full advantage of the spring produce lately. Snap peas, carrots, and fennel seem to be finding…

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Vanilla Almond Milk

If you have never made homemade almond milk, you must try it at some point.  It is much different tasting…

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Blueberry Kale Salad

Many people think of kale as simply something that is to be served with strictly savory things, but in reality…

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Gluten Free Vegan Raspberry Rhubarb Streusel Muffins

Just because you eat vegan or gluten free, does not mean that you cannot enjoy homemade muffins at home that…

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Taco Chicken Salad Wrap

We love Mexican food in our house. But having the same old tacos every week gets old. This recipe is…

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Spring Chicken Style Seitan Salad

If you are vegan, chicken style seitan can be a delicious addition to main dishes, if you are missing chicken,…

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Red Pepper Peanut Thai Slaw

There is something about Thai food that I crave. If you like when sweet and salty collide, this is the…

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Strawberry Ginger Lemonade

When warm weather hits, I find myself often wishing for a glass of lemonade…so I make it.  I do not simply…

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Rainforest Slaw

Sometimes it is nice to venture outside the vegetable box and try new combinations that you normally wouldn’t.  I am always…

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Italian Black Quinoa Spring Vegetable Salad

I often get asked how to prepare quinoa. It is simple to prepare, and there are so many different ways…

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Carrot Cake Smoothie

In the spring, I find myself wanting carrot cake; it just seems like a spring dessert.  Yet when the craving…

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Sweet and Tangy Kale Salad

In the deli at our store, I get asked a lot about how to prepare kale.  Although you can saute…

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Banana Coconut Soft Serve Ice Cream

I love ice cream.  When I discovered a healthier option, I thought I needed to share the recipe with you…

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Creamy Lemon Coconut Fruit Salad

Sometimes it is nice to have a sweet fruit salad to accompany a meal or even have for dessert.  It…

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Raw Zucchini and Asparagus Pasta with Mint Pesto

I am so excited for spring, and all the produce that comes with it, especially the asparagus.  I saw some…

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White Beans with Roasted Asparagus and Peppers in Chimichurri Sauce

Often times we can get stuck in a rut when it comes to dinner. Making the same flavors and foods…

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Grain Free Mediterranean Veggie Wraps

For people who are trying to stay away from grains, eating a wrap sandwich can sometimes seem like it is impossible. …

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Strawberry Avocado Salad with Macadamia Chevre

I used to have a favorite Spring salad that had chevre and strawberries on it.  I thought that I would…

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Strawberries in Lavender Coconut Cream

I have always loved strawberries and cream.  There is something about the fresh sweet berries and rich silky cream that…

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Coconut Lemon Pistachio Macaroons

One of my favorite simple desserts is coconut macaroons.  I love that they can be a black palate for different…

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Paleo Chocolate Chewy Brownies

We are on a Paleo kick in our house. For lent, we gave up sugar including honey and syrup. Needless…

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Creamy Dairy-free Stroganoff Bisque

This weather is getting me down. Instead of looking like Spring, it is feeling like those windy, snowy days of January.…

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Coco Cacao Chia Energy Bites

After a run, I often enjoy chia seeds soaked in coconut water to rehydrator and boost my energy, but I…

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Curried Coconut Borscht

When I think of spring soups, I always think borscht. If you are unfamiliar, it is a soup of Ukrainian origin with…

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Spring Beet and Carrot Salad

In the winter months, we often rely on cooked vegetables. But now that spring will soon be arriving, it is…

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Macadamia “Ricotta” Cheese

I often get asked by customers, or people looking to be dairy free, ‘what are good cheese substitutes’?  Although there…

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Paleo Chocolate Pudding

Sugar is a foreign object in my kitchen along with its counterparts, processed foods. We try to avoid grains and…

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Tahini Lemon Dressing

When I was  a kid, I used to think that salad dressing all came in a jar or bottle.  Boy…

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Spicy Coconut Chili Kale Chips

We all crave something salty, crunchy and sweet sometimes. But why not get some nutrients and healthy oils with it…

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Miso Glazed Tempeh Cutlets over Sauteed Portabellos and Kale

Non GMO soy is said to have heart healthy benefits, and one of my favorite ways to enjoy it is…

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White Bean and Kale Soup

In the winter, it is nice to have a bowl of something warm to sit down to after coming in…

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Guacamole Deviled Eggs

Looking for a healthy app that is not the average run of the mill? This app is not only paleo-friendly,…

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Shoreview Birthday Cake

If you were able to share in our celebration of 11 years, chances are you enjoyed a piece of cake…

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Vegan Gluten Free Brownies

Who doesn’t like brownies?  All that decadent chocolate and fudgy sweet goodness reminds me of my childhood.  Some of us link them…

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with Pistachios

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and if you are like me, you are probably thinking of sweet things you can…

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Pho Ga Soup (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)

After January and the bitter cold is gone (hopefully), I am sick of the same old soup. I am always…

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Vegan Mexican Chocolate Almond Mousse

I used to love making chocolate mousse when I was younger; it was so decadent, so rich, so intensely chocolaty. …

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Mango Black Bean Guacamole

Since the Super Bowl Sunday is approaching fast, I thought it would be appropriate to share a game day worthy…

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Sunrise Bars

I have always been a fan of seeded energy bars.  You know, the ones that look like a mosaic of…

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Raw Southwest Sushi

I have always loved sushi.  It is so light and delicious; for me, it is wonderful reminder of summer even when…

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Creamy Kale Avocado Soup

In the winter we crave creamy soups. But what happens when you can’t eat dairy?  I recently made a creamy,…

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Chili Kale Chips

I cannot get enough of kale lately.  Thrown into soups, tossed into salads, blended into smoothies, you name it!  Another…

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Avocado Grapefruit Salad

Many people think of grapefruit as something to be served at breakfast cut in half, but really there are so many…

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Vegan Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Being vegan, gluten free or dairy free does not mean you have to give up warming winter foods like meatballs! …

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Winter Wild Rice Salad

With the hope to get healthy fresh on the mind, it can be challenging to diet in the winter. We…

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Blue-Green Banana Smoothie

Organic kale. It sounds like the perfect green. Everyone just can stop talking about all the nice things about it.…

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Super Antioxidant Smoothie

In the midst of our busy lives, we are all looking for a quick way to get energy. With all the…

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Coconut Carrot Cake Pudding with Pecans

Today I was feeling ambitious. I wanted to accomplish everything on my to-do list in an extraordinary and efficient manner.…

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Festive Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw

Many people think of serving Brussels sprouts on their holiday table, but few think to serve them raw.  The truth is, they…

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Coconut Almond Hot Chocolate

After being outside for a day of skiing, going for a walk, or sometimes just coming home from work in…

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Vegan Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

When having guests over for the holidays, it can be a challenge to get all of your dishes that you…

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Filo Wrapped Squash Triangles

Anything wrapped in filo is always a hit.  At least that is what my mother says.  She has asked me…

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Festive Cranberry Orange Macaroons

Coconut has always been a part of the Christmas cookie spread at my house; my mom and grandma both love…

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Coconut Pecan Yam Cookies

I tend to have leftovers whenever I make a big meal.  Especially when it involves potatoes or yams.  I usually…

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Creamy Roasted Autumn Root Vegetable Soup with Cornbread Croutons

Are you looking for a creamy, satisfying soup without all the dairy?  Look no further than this root vegetable soup recipe. …

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Pomegranate Basil Spritzer

The holidays are a time for entertaining. This busy season of our lives is full of social gathers around the…

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Beet and Pomegranate Jewel Salad

In the deli department, there are many customer favorites.  But one that always stands out to me are the beet…

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Swedish Meatball Gravy over Mashed Potatoes

Minnesotans are known for their Swedish and Norwegian ancestry. My family is no exception. We have our traditional Swedish meatball dinner every…

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Spiced Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Balls

The holidays always make me think about Christmas cookies.  Every year, my mother and I would make at least 12…

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Fennel Pomegranate Salad

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, who has time for cooking, especially prep time? It’s nice to have some simple…

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Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

If you are like me, you are probably looking for quick and hearty dinners to serve that require little effort. …

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Enchilada Turkey Lasagna

Need a recipe to move the leftover turkey in the fridge? This recipe is a tasty diversion from the traditional turkey…

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Pumpkin Mousse

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and so a lot of people seem to be looking for recipe ideas for the meal. For…

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Shrimp Noodles with Thai Peanut Sauce

I love Thai food. The spicy fighting the sweet is something I crave. Here is a versatile dish that can…

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Golden Quinoa Salad

While working in the deli, I often get asked by customers how to prepare quinoa.  It is fairly easy, and cooks…

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Asian Root Vegetable Tofu Stew

When I’m working in the deli, customers ask a lot of food prep question. One in particular is how to…

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Home Made Apple Pie Lara Bars

I have always loved Lara bars.  In fact, I used to eat them for dessert, I thought they were so…

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Grass-Fed Beef Stroganoff with Mushrooms

No cream of mushroom required, this recipe is a creative use of bouillon that I typically always have on hand. I must admit, there…

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Roasted Mushroom and Leek Salad with Pears and Pecans

When the chilly air starts to hit, I think more about salads that contain warm elements.  I like to combine…

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Autumn Pumpkin Cookies

Cakes, pies and cookie pumpkin desserts are everywhere this time of the year.  My Mom used to make soft, maple…

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Stuffed Apples with Cider Chipotle Syrup

When apple season started this year, I was especially excited for the honeycrisps!  I cannot get enough of them, and…

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Tahini Dressed Root Vegetable Slaw

Many people think of slaw as a summer salad, but I believe that there are slaws for every season, depending…

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Spicy Shrimp Alfredo

Eating out is great for moms. No making dinner means no dishes! But with the expense of eating out and…

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Sesame Tempeh with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots

Sometimes I am in the mood for Asian food, but most of the time I do not leave the house…

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Apple Cinnamon Macaroons

Have you ever walked through the bulk section of Fresh & Natural and taken time to look at everything?  I…

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Gluten Free Banana Spice Muffins

It seems that I often end up with more bananas than I could just eat, and they get over ripe…

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Roasted Yam and Edamame Salad

Roasted yams are one of my favorite things.  Although I enjoy them plain, they are also delicious in warm salads. I…

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Quick, Healthy Tailgate Chili

At our house, we have little time to prepare food on Sunday mornings. But without fail, I always have a husband…

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Autumn Spiced Apple Crisp

Autumn is here.  The cool air, the beautifully painted trees, and the leaves that crunch beneath your feet as you…

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Raspberry Walnut Chia Porridge

Have you tried chia seeds?  It may seem like it is nothing special at first glance, but really it is a…

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Sweet and Spicy Squash and White Bean Chili

On a cool night, one of my favorite dinners is a bowl of warming chili.  It is nice and hearty,…

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Mushroom Lentil Wild Rice Soup

When the cooler Autumn weather hits, we start to crave warm comfort foods like soups.  I can remember when I was…

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Apple Pie Smoothie

Sometimes it can be a challenge to fit breakfast into a busy schedule in the morning.  Often times we rush…

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Vanilla Scented Nut and Cacao Nib Granola

Since it is national breakfast month, I thought it appropriate to post something breakfasty. No, not pancakes or eggs and…

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Lemon Salmon Quinoa with Mint

Quinoa is a staple dinner item in our house. Its versatile, neutral taste helps to fill any dish. This “filler”…

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Raspberry Peach Fruit Leather

I can remember begging my parents to buy me fruit roll-ups fruit snack when I was in elementary school. My mom…

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Vanilla Scented Strawberry Jam

To continue what I started (see Homemade Peanut Butter recipe blog), no peanut butter is complete without the proper jam.…

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Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

Sometimes it’s a chore to think of what to make for dinner.  Everyone is busy. We are all looking for…

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Homemade Peanut Butter

Peanut butter and jelly.  It is a staple for many school lunches, or at least for those little opinionated eaters. …

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Pumpkin and Red Lentil Dal Hummus

When I was a kid, dip was only option veggies were served with in my house.  Of course, as with many kids,…

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