Vegan Cream Of Artichoke Soup from The Perfect Blend cookbook

fromFor those of us who love artichokes, there’s not alway time to trim, stem, and steam to get our fix. This super-easy blendsational soup gets to the heart of the matter with a fraction of the work! With rich flavor and velvety texture, this soup’s awesome served hot or cold, or as a sauce for grains or cooked veg. For the best flavor, use defrosted frozen artichoke hearts. I get the packs from Trader Joes. I've tried all kind of plain canned artichokes and the flavor has a…

Vegan Lemon Asparagus Risotto

We had a dinner party with our friends Geoffrey, Bernhard, and Rita last night, and they went nuts for this risotto. Geoffrey leaned over me as I was cooking, and asked me how I was going to get a gorgeous depth of flavor without butter and cheese? I replied, "the magic of lemons!" I adapted this delectable recipe from an awesome risotto my friend Olivia makes. It is her signature dish, and I have been wanting to share it to celebrate her for ages. The lemon juice and zest gives…

The Best Vegan Mac N Cheeze

This quick easy vegan mac n cheeze is simple and delicious. This is a perfect way to sneak some veggies into your children without them knowing it. To add an orange color to the sauce, add some mashed cooked carrot. If you're serving this mac n cheeze to small children, you may want to omit the mushrooms, green onions, and cayenne pepper. But for adults, jazz this dish up with some extra fixins. What I love about this dish is that you can make the sauce and toppings while the pasta…

Vegan Strawberries and Cream Smoothie

The combination of strawberries and cream never gets old. If I had one hour to live, I might just spend it in a vat of strawberries and cashew cream. This smoothie does every delectable mouthful of that dream justice, striking just the right balance to create the perfect spoonful of strawberries and cream. This smoothie is rich and decadent, and all about the fun. Enjoy. Find more delicious smoothie recipes in The Blender Girl Smoothies app. *Probiotic Powder - I add 1/2 teaspoon of…

Raw Raspberry Jam from The Blender Girl cookbook

from I don't eat preserves, jams, and jellies very often. But when I do, I always make my own, so I can control the quality of the ingredients and the level of sugar! I was at my friend Kris's house last year, and she was making home made apricot jam with a bucket load of fresh apricots her neighbors had dropped around from off of their trees. Kris is an amazing cook and has a real flare for flavors. Her home made apricot jam was delicious. But, as I was sitting at her kitchen bench…

Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Today I am posting one of my favorite guilty pleasures - home made vegan chocolate hazelnut spread. I was reminded of this naughty little recipe when my friend, Mika, texted me yesterday requesting an alternative to peanut butter for her son, Kai, who refuses to put anything else on his toast! I gave them a blender for Christmas, and suggested they make their own flavored nut butters. Even though this spread contains a lot of natural sugar, I decided it would be a great fun start to…

Raw Pasta Marinara and No-Meat Balls

This raw pasta marinara with no-meat balls is one of my go-to raw dinners because it's low in carbs, loaded with nutrients, and really delicious. The no-meat balls are optional. If you want to make this an even quicker meal, you could skip making the meat balls. You can spiralize the zucchini noodles and blend up the marinara sauce in less than 20 minutes. The sauce is very rich when you taste it straight out of the blender. But, it mellows out when you stir it through the zoodles.…

Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Smoothie from The Blender Girl Smoothies app

This is the most popular recipe on the site. I get over 500 emails a week from delighted smoothie drinkers who are obsessed with this smoothie since I featured it in The Blender Girl cookbook. Sun Cafe, my favorite local raw restaurant, won SeriousEats.com’s Best Smoothie in L.A. award for a blend that’s similar to this one. I’m not sure exactly what they put in their award-winner, but this is pretty close. One taste and you’ll understand why kale- phobic omnivores line up and even…

Vegan Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Scott's mum makes this amazing roasted tomato and basil soup, and it's so good I had to share it with you. Sandra and I have an ongoing friendly debate about the virtues of chunky soups versus blended soups. I, of course, have a stake firmly planted in the blended soup pot. She, on the other hand, is a fan of chunky "partially blended" soups. If you're a fan of chunky soups, try the roasted garlic and potato, coconut and red lentil, chickpea and chard, split pea, chamomile corn…

Berry Beet Green Smoothie

This fantastic berry beet smoothie comes from the incredible Ricki Heller. I love her blog and books. If you don't know about her, get acquainted. Her recipes rock! Ricki is a whole foods chef, educator, and author of Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free, Living Candida-Free, and Sweet Freedom. If you're looking for spectacular gluten-free and vegan baked goods, and candida-friendly low-sugar recipes, Ricki is the master. This beet berry smoothie is one of my favorite smoothies on her…

Aloe Vera Face Oil

ZaaToday I am sharing another home made organic skincare recipe that was given to me by Purvi from Zaaina Skincare. Zaaina is one of my favorite natural skincare companies because the products are so pure and natural. I prefer to make my own homemade skin care at home so I can be putting the freshest food grade ingredients on my body. But if I don't have time, or am travelling, the Zaaina products are the next best thing! Check out their range of very inexpensive organic skincare. The…

Vegan Black Sesame Ice Cream

I absolutely love the black sesame ice cream at Japanese restaurants. This vegan version is super creamy and delicious. If you've never eaten black sesame ice cream before this is a different flavor. But, be open. This ice cream is seriously tasty. You can purchase toasted black sesame seeds from Japanese grocers, online, or from some health food stores. Trust me, try something new, and give this Japanese black sesame ice cream a spin.

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