Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup

The beginning of the school year was truly chaotic but I am finally – finally – settling into fall. The year 2016 has not been my favorite, I will admit, but I feel such a positive energetic shift lately! And while tomato season was technically over at the end of September, I refuse to say sayonara for a couple of more weeks.

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Easy Cucumber Noodles with Baby Kale and Sunflower Seed Pesto

I am on a plane as I type.  Things are not going so well as our plane was just diverted to Austin when we are supposed to be heading to Houston.  But such is life and I didn’t want to leave you empty-handed over the weekend.  These cucumber noodles are the easiest thing in the world to make.  They are light and delicious, a perfect summer side for everything for grilled salmon to veggie burgers.   read more

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Raw Vegan Nut Meat Tacos with Jicama Tortillas

These nut meat tacos with jicama shells are my gateway drug to raw vegan food.  I love nut meat tacos and if you haven’t tried them, you should!  This was dinner last night and in a couple of hours, it will be my lunch, too.  When your Meatless Monday slides right into your Taco Tuesday, it cannot be a bad thing.   read more

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Heirloom Tomatoes with Cashew Ricotta

While I enjoy a plant-heavy diet, as most of you know, I am not vegan.  There are very few foods that I just blanket won’t eat.  One of my favorite summer indulgences is heirloom tomatoes with burrata.  And holy smokes, do I love a good burrata.  It’s so creamy and decadent but it’s definitely not the sort of thing that I want to eat all the time.  

I wanted to create a healthy riff on the dish, something that I could eat everyday.  And that is how this dish, heirloom tomatoes with cashew ricotta, was born. read more

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Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Chermoula

These roasted sweet potato wedges with chermoula are a winner!  You should know that I have a slight chermoula obsession.  Chermoula, in case you are not familiar with it, is like a Moroccan chimichurri.  There is something about that combination of parsley and cilantro together with saffron, paprika, garlic and lemon that just gets me every time.   read more

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Classic Guacamole

People are particular about their guacamole, I tell you!  They have o-pin-ions.  Put yourself out there with a guac recipe and prepare to get into a throwdown.  It’s almost as bad as talking about politics.  So before I give you my guacamole recipe, can we come together as one and just agree that guacamole is awesome?  And that maybe, just maybe, there is no single way to make it?  With that said, I stand behind this guac 100%.  It’s seriously amazing, refreshingly simple and just what you need for your Taco Tuesday. read more

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Chilled Carrot Soup with Turmeric and Lime

You guys, I am downright giddy with excitement about this chilled carrot soup.  The carrots at the Union Square farmers market were ridiculous they were so pretty.  I had no choice but to bring them home with me, even though they weren’t in my plans for the week.  I wasn’t immediately sure what I was going to do with them.  But it’s been 90+ degrees all week in this humid concrete jungle that I call home and cold soup has sounded pretty flipping awesome.  read more

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Roast Chipotle-Lime Side of Salmon with Stone Fruit Salsa

Roast chipotle-lime side of salmon with stone fruit salsa.  Where do I even begin!?  The first thing you should know is that historically, I haven’t particularly cared for stone fruit.  Maybe not the best way to lead in but it’s true.  My least favorite category of fruit for sure.  I know that I am supposed to like it.  How can you be from Louisiana and not like peach cobbler, for example?  It was practically the eleventh commandment where I grew up.  Thou shalt enjoy gumbo, jambalaya, po-boys and peach cobbler.  I love the first three but the fourth – mmm, not so much.

But while you might not be able to sell me on peach cobbler, I am coming around on stone fruit.  This salmon dish is crazy good.  And the salsa?  Oh-my-freaking-seasonal-goodness-you-need-to-make-this-right-now. read more

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Red Cabbage Slaw

The coleslaw of my youth was a soggy sweet mess but this red cabbage slaw is the mad good.  Plus, it’s so loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that you’re practically guaranteed to glow from the inside out.  I think this may have just won a slaw beauty pageant. 😉 Definitely ready for it’s closeup! read more

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