Ginger Lemonade Made With Whole Lemons

We had some friends over for dinner last night. It was a beautiful, balmy evening on the deck with fresh food and fabulous company. We decided to make use of the huge bowl of lemons we'd been given by our neighbor and make lemonade. The secret ingredient to this lemonade is to blend in a whole lemon. The zest and pith adds an aromatic citrus essence, a depth of flavor, and tartness, and the ginger adds back-end zing. I've sweetened this with coconut nectar, but you can use maple…

Vegan Chocolate Fruit Balls

For the last 40 years, my mum’s side of our extended family has gathered together every second year for a 4-day Christmas feast. Last year I made a family cookbook, complete with all of our favorite photos, stories, and recipes. This year is the off year, and mum and dad have come to stay with me in L.A. As mum and I were baking holiday treats last night, we were fondly reminiscing on all of our special memories and bemoaning the loss of Kimmy’s rum balls! Everyone is responsible for…

Red Cabbage Detox Salad

This red cabbage salad is one of my favorite recipes. I make a batch of this almost every week, and it never gets old. I'd never been a fan of cabbage and had struggled to lovingly include it in my diet until I tasted this salad. The first time I ate a version of this salad, it was made, and served to me by a very proud 8 year old when I was volunteering at my mum's school kitchen. That's how quick and easy it is! The vibrant purple of the cabbage mixed with the lush green parsley…

Easy 10-Minute Hummus

My friends Stef, who makes the best authentic Lebanese hummus I've ever tasted says it's sacrilege to make hummus with canned chickpeas and garlic. She says the secret is all in the slow cooked chickpeas and the lemon juice. At many a girly lunch feast, Stef has come with her famous hummus, and we all madly lick the the bottom of the bowl with smiles on our faces. Her fridge is never without a bowl of hummus, and there's always a healthy stash of Lebanese flat bread in the pantry. The…

Homemade Natural Moisturizer

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and absorbs whatever you put on it. So, I'm just as vigilant about what I put on my body as I am about what I put in it. If I can’t eat the skincare, I don't use it. This philosophy has led me into the wonderful world of natural skincare recipes. There are a lot of fantastic organic food-grade skin care products on the market. But, I find that a lot of these creams still have too many preservatives. I use coconut oil as a natural body…

Asian Sesame Ginger Dressing

I can never go past a fresh Asian salad on a hot summer day. It always reminds me of many a steaming hot day seeking refuge at a shady table outside at a hawker stall in Singapore, Malaysia, or Thailand during my teenage years. Those of you freezing your rear ends off in the Northern hemisphere probably can’t even contemplate the hot sun on your body right now. But for those of us basking down under, we're celebrate all things summer today. As I continue my crusade against commercial…

Vegan Coconut, Sweet Potato & Red Lentil Soup

I got a version of this coconut and red lentil soup from my friend Steven Acuff, and I've been serving it up with gratitude ever since. Steven is an American nutritional consultant who changed my thinking about health during a series of consultations. He introduced me the concept of bio-individuality, the health benefits of coconut, soaking raw nuts and seeds, alkalinity, and so much more. Steven offered me this soup as an alternative to the more traditional macrobiotic soups I was…

Creamy Cauliflower Soup My Most Requested Recipe

This is my most requested recipe. I've been making this soup for over 20 years, and it never gets old. For a simple, impressive, and downright delicious soup, you just can’t go past this creamy cauliflower blend. Since The Blender Girl cookbook was released, I receive over 500 emails a week from people who are addicted to it, and now make it every single week. This soup even gets raves from cauli-phobes. I never tell people what's in it, cause it's so much fun listening to all of the…

Vegan Roasted Garlic and Potato Soup

Hearty, nourishing, delicious, nutritious, and dead easy to make. This garlic and potato soup which I affectionately refer to as my “Happy Peasant Soup” is incredible. When I travel I always seek out the local peasant food to get an authentic taste of the local culture. It's also typically the best food on offer. I fell in love with a hearty potato and garlic soup on a family trip to Ireland many years ago, and this is my homage to that fabulous memory. This phytochemical-rich…

Gluten-Free Vegan Quinoa Tabouli

Tabouli is my favorite salad, and this gluten-free version using cooked quinoa in place of cracked wheat is delicious. Traditional Lebanese varieties always add allspice, and this addition does add an extra dimension of flavor. But, you can omit it, and this salad still tastes yummy. I'm not a fan of curly parsley, even as a garnish. I find it bitter and less flavorful than the flat-leaf variety, so stick to that in this recipe. I eat a ton of parsley in juices, smoothies, salads,…

Balsamic Vinaigrette

I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of balsamic dressing. So, I called in reinforcements and asked my friend Melanie, aka resident balsamic dressing aficionado to come over and taste test so my version would be be up to snuff. We settled on a mild version of this classic favorite. For those of you balsamic beaters, you can always kick up the acid a notch until you find your perfect blend. Thanks Melly!

Raw Berry Breakfast Parfaits

The combination of fruits and nuts never gets old for me. Throw in some cashew cream, seeds, and coconut, and you've got an antioxidant-rich, mineral-dense, protein-powerhouse breakfast that's mighty tasty. Breakfast parfaits are nothing new. You see different versions at breakfast buffets far and wide. My mouth waters, my tummy grumbles, and my eyes bug out as they longingly follow those sublime spoonfuls of heaven to someone else’s table. It would be helpful if the restaurant gods…

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