Vegan

All Seasons, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Grains, Low Sodium, Paleo/Primal, Raw, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Raw versions of popular baked goods are my favorite way to treat my family (and myself) to sweets without wreaking havoc on our bodies. Many raw sweets are a great way to fuel the body properly for sports and other fitness activities as they are a good mix of healthy carbs and a little bit of protein. These Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies are my favorite version; they never last very long in my house whether as a pre-workout meal or afternoon snack.

Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Sides, Sides, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Edamame and Summer Corn Quinoa Salad

This light and fresh deli-style salad that I originally bought from Stater Bro. Market in Joshua Tree sustained me for a couple days whether before a hike in Joshua Tree National Park or as a light snack on one of our many car rides during our southern California summer vacation.

I know this salad will become a permanent addition to your summer rotation of favorite, go-to recipes.

All Seasons, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Lemon Coconut Blissfully Joyful Truffles

I have made simpler versions of these raw lemon balls once the weather starts to warm up but I decided to energize my original recipe to include some other ingredients that really open you up to feel joy and creative flow in your life. You will feel “blissfully joyful” eating a few of these!

Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Contains Nuts, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable

Easy Economical Pesto

I created this more economical version of pesto with walnuts rather than the traditional pine nuts. Walnuts are less expensive as well as the popular nut can usually be found in most kitchens while pine nuts are a less seldom used dry good. This version gives you more incentive to prepare this super healthy and delicious condiment more often.

All Seasons, Appetizer, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Kale Chips

Believe the craze for Kale Chips as this leafy green from the cruciferous family is one of the powerhouse superfoods that you want to make sure is a regular star in your diet. Chips are so Americana that actually having a healthy version is a no-brainer!

This is an easy, foolproof recipe; so easy you’ll be making multiple batches each week!

All Seasons, Dairy Free, Drinks, Drinks, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Pineapple-Cilantro Margarita Protein Smoothie

I took a break one afternoon from having my nose in my laptop and desperately needing to recharge. Fueled myself with this incredibly refeshing, super yummy and uber healthy protein smoothie. It was the last week of Jazz Fest and I was daydreaming about the last time I was at this timeless music fest. Almost as memorable was finding El Gato Negro and their Pineapple-Cilantro Margarita. This is my smoothie verison and you’ll never miss the tequila (well, if it is before 5pm!).

All Seasons, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Mexican Margarita Cookies

I adapted The Whole Meal’s popular and healthy raw Cinnamon Raisin Cookies for my friend, Kari L., for her Cinco De Mayo get together as she wanted to highlight fresh Mexican as well as healthier, in-theme desserts. This was a hit in testing with both kids and adults as it has just the right balance of sweet and salty with a punch of lime.

All Seasons, American, Beans/Legumes, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Sides, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Hoppin’ John

Serve with braised collard greens-

“Eat poor that day, eat rich the rest of the year. Rice for riches and peas for peace”. This is a southern saying on eating a dish of Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day to ensure a prosperous year filled with luck.

This is my quick, vegetarian version (the original Hoppin’ John calls for dried black eyed peas soaked overnight and a ham hock). While I like to make this on New Year’s Day (we all want prosperity and luck for our families, right?), it is also a great dish that I prepare almost year round.

All Seasons, American, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Chocolate Cranberry Truffles

I was looking for a whole foods alternative to the highly processed “energy” bars (more like crash and burn) so favored by my daughter, who is a swimmer. Upon experimenting with different dried fruits, this was the final version that won her approval, as well as her teammates and friends. Nuts provide a bit of protein, dates and cranberries are a natural sweetener, and coconut adds good fat. I usually add some unsweetened cocoa powder and semi sweet chocolate chips for the chocoholic in all of us! It’s a no cook (all you need is a food processor) snack, treat, dessert your family will love. Once you get a hang of the basic recipe, you’ll enjoy making variations on the basic nut and date base.