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Watermelon Gazpacho. A great source of Lycopene and Carotenoids.

Watermelon Gazpacho

This is a GREAT summer soup! Watermelon gazpacho will provide a rich source of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin A, and your B vitamins. Most people have heard that tomatoes are a great source of the antioxidant Lycopene, but you may not have known that watermelon is an even better source! And you get them both in this recipe!

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Blueberry, Almond Milk, Flax Seed, Plant Protein, and Super Food Powders Smoothie

Super Food Powders

Super Food Powders are my go-to for smoothies. I don’t always link to the exact product I am using because I am always experimenting. If you find a link to a specific product in any of our recipes it is because it’s a product we have found has stood the test of time. Recipes are road maps for you to add your own creativity to suit your own tastes and nutritional needs.

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Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup with Cucumber, Watermelon and Basil

This chilled heirloom tomato soup recipe was actually in People Magazine from Richard Rosendale of the Greenbrier Resort. I made this last week with rave reviews and I’m making it again today for lunch. It’s a perfect healthy summer recipe. Get creative with it. Try adding fresh sliced avocado and Turkish finishing salt on top!

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Vegan Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

Vegan tomato basil Cream Sauce

Nutritional yeast (I use Bragg’s) is commonly used by vegans as a cheese substitute. It is a complete protein and is naturally high in vitamins including all B Vitamins. Most companies also add Vitamin B12. This vegan tomato basil cream sauce is a perfect substitute for those on a vegan diet who also miss cream sauces. Cashews can be added to numerous dishes, including soups, to give them a creamy texture. This is great served over any type of pasta, polenta or gnocchi. Enjoy!

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Vegan Vanilla Cake

Vegan Vanilla Cake

This vegan vanilla cake was an unexpected huge hit among a group of friends that appreciate my vegan lifestyle, but are far from being vegan themselves. There is a surprising moist and dense consistency to this cake, along with tons of vanilla flavor without being too sweet. You can probably guess from the pictures below it was enjoyed morning, noon, and night, by my non-vegan friends.

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Wild Rice Salad – Wild Style Recipe

wild rice salad

This wild rice salad recipe was also taken from Grub, written by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry (see the recipe for Carrot Coleslaw). The book is amazing and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in cooking vegetarian and organic! It has great information on why everyone should be eating organic. The name of this recipe was taken from the film Wild Style directed by Charlie Ahearn in 1982, about the birth of hip hop.

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Carrot Coleslaw & Sesame Seeds

Carrot Coleslaw

This carrot coleslaw recipe was taken from the book Grub, written by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry. Grub is part organic handbook/part cookbook and there are some really great tips on living an organic lifestyle. The recipes are organized by season and even include music ideas to make cooking even more fun!

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Baked Orange Cauliflower Recipe

Baked Orange Cauliflower

Normally I am not fan of savory food flavored with orange or orange zest, so I was little hesitant to try Michelle’s Baked Orange Cauliflower with Snap Peas. She convinced me when she said she was squeezing fresh juice for the recipe, and it was just an ingredient in the sauce. I am thankful I did not pass on trying this dish, because it is delicious!!

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Vegan Paleo Fruit Tarts

Paleo Fruit Tarts

This is a fun dessert if you are having company over. These paleo fruit tarts are very easy to make and great for kids or adults. If you do not have individual tart pans, just make one large tart. Make sure to make this ahead as it needs to sit in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours before serving.

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Kohlrabi and Cabbage Coleslaw

kohlrabi and cabbage

My family and I recently subscribed to a community supported agriculture share from one of our local farms and have been blessed with so many fresh, organic greens! We have also gotten some vegetables that I normally do not eat/buy such as white turnips, eggplant and kohlrabi. It has been fun trying out different recipes. This is a very easy kohlrabi and cabbage cole slaw recipe that is light, fresh and flavorful!

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Jalapeño Hummus Recipe

Jalapeño Hummus

My husband has perfected this jalapeño hummus recipe at our house. It is so easy to make, and even though the garbanzo beans are from a can, this hummus tastes so fresh. We use it all week long. On crackers, veggies, sandwiches and wraps, it adds just the right kick to any meal or snack.

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Skip nut butter, eat seed butter!

seed butter

Michelle’s daughter attends a nut-free elementary school. This seed butter recipe was tweaked and embellished from one that she found online while researching nut butter alternatives. It is very easy to make and tastes just as good, if not better, than nut butters.

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Roasted Chickpeas. Easy appetizer, side dish, salad topper, or perfect healthy snack.

Roasted chickpeas are super easy to make, and make a great appetizer, side dish, or perfect healthy snack. Chickpeas are also known as garbanzo beans and are grown all around the world. High in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, you can’t go wrong including them in your diet on a regular basis.

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Recipes: Whipped Coconut Cream Frosting and Whipped Cream. Both Vegan and Fabulous!

You don’t have to be a vegan to to appreciate delicious foods that don’t contain animal products. Reducing the dependance on animal ingredients is good for you and the planet. Below are two different ways to make excellent vegan dessert toppings, frosting and whipped cream, for all of your holiday dishes. The whipped cream is less sweet than the frosting.

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Recipe: Vegan (if you choose), Gluten Free, Easy, Pumpkin Muffins

Vegan GF Pumkin Muffins

We have 2 versions of our pumpkin muffins recipe for you. Michelle gave us the base, and Melanie decided to make these on a whim for company one weekend without shopping for the exact ingredients beforehand. So we have indicated the substitutions she used in parenthesis. This is a super easy recipe and the muffins are delicious either way.

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