Vegan Sweet Potato Pudding

This vegan sweet potato pudding is a fantastic super easy plant-based holiday dish. Roast your sweet potato to get the best flavor. Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg deliver those signature holiday flavors, orange juice and zest adds a tangy and sweet note, and maple syrup adds a nice smokey caramel note. Once again, "tweak-to-taste" and find the blend that is right for you. Just like the cranberry pudding, my favorite way to serve this pudding is straight out of the blender carriage…

Vegan Lentil Quinoa Salad

I got the recipe for this lentil and fennel quinoa from one of my favorite readers, Marie-Guy Maynard. I first connected with Marie-Guy after she left some comments on the facebook page and here on the site. Her family are big fans of the key lime pudding. We've been wonderful friends ever since, and she and her family have been amazing recipe testers for all my cookbooks. Read Marie-Guy's story here. I just served this quick easy salad to some friends and it received rave reviews.…

Raw Vegan EggNog

We are just days away from Thanksgiving in the US and I want to share a delicious raw vegan “eggnog” recipe that comes from the wonderful Tracy Russell at Incredible Smoothies. This is one of my favorite smoothie websites. Tracy and I have a lot of synergy in our approach to health and whole foods. She and I both eat a plant based diet with a lot of raw foods and green smoothies supplemented with some healthy cooked whole foods. So I was delighted when she agreed to do a recipe swap…

Vegan Chickpea and Rosemary Soup from The Perfect Blend cookbook

from The weather has finally turned in Southern California! As much as I mourn the loss of balmy summer nights, daylight savings, and sunshine, I do look forward to cuddling up in front of the fire with a delicious bowl of steaming soup. Soup is the ultimate comfort food - quick, easy, hearty, and nourishing, and so easy to throw together. I’ve been serving up this little gem since my college days, and it never goes out of style. On the table in under 20 minutes, it’s one of my…

Vegan Orange Cranberry Pudding

This raw vegan orange cranberry pudding is quick, easy, and totally delicious. This healthy low-sugar dessert is a fantastic last-minute treat you can whip up in minutes. The zesty notes of the lemon and cranberry are balanced with the warm notes of the spices. This blend just screams fall, and the flavors strike a nice balance between tart, sweet, and spicy. I love to serve this pudding warm straight out of the blender container. But, it's also fantastic chilled. Either way, serve…

Raw Lemon Cranberry Cheesecake

I continue my celebration of cranberry season. We started with the cranberry raisin oatmeal cookies and the cranberry smoothie; and today we're making cheesecake. My favorite thing about this recipe is the gorgeous lush pink color and decadent creamy texture. But the real selling point for this cheesecake is how easy it is to make! Just throw all of the crust ingredients in your food processor, blend up the filling, and then assemble and freeze. Simply defrost this cake an hour before…

Body Ecology Cranberry Almond Smoothie

I'm posting this Body Ecology cranberry smoothie in honor of the release of Donna Gate’s new book, “The Baby Boomer Diet” and the companion DVD series, “Growing Younger". Those of you who've been following me for a while would be familiar with how The Body Ecology Diet changed my life. I had suffered lethargy and candida my whole life, and after trying every whole foods diet known to man, I started on Body Ecology stage one and never looked back. Donna had successfully cherry picked…

No-Bake Cranberry Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

It is cranberry season and I could not be happier! I admit to having performed my signature dance of joy with reckless abandon in the middle of the farmer's market on the weekend whilst salivating over all of the plump delicious fresh cranberries on offer. The "tart-at-heart" in me was rejoicing as I contemplated "death by excessive cranberry consumption." Just call me the scarlet lady! What can I say, those plump glossy tart little berries were just begging to be exploited! So, I…

Spinach and Chickpea Veggie Burgers

I am posting these spinach and chickpea burgers in honor of my dear friend Kris. Those of you who have been following me for a while will remember Kris from many of my posts: the potato salad, key lime mousse, cherry limeade mocktail, spinach dip, socca and many many others others. You might also remember her packing my car with the precision of an obsessed surgeon when I moved to LA last year! I have made many trips back to Missouri, she has come to visit me in LA, and we speak almost…

Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I've got a simple little gem today. This soup is a staple in our house during the fall. When butternut squash is in season in North America I always crave my mother's roasted veggies. I love heading up to my local farmer's market and picking some different varieties of squash to roast with some carrot, onions, and garlic. Roasting is righteous. Baking these foods brings out the natural sweetness and gives you a beautiful depth of flavor. The ginger and cilantro root is mellow,…

Fruity Fever Green Smoothie

This smoothie is heavenly. It's one of my favorite sweet blends. If you've never tried baby bok choy in a smoothie, add it to you leafy green rotation because it's mild in flavor, and goes into most blends unnoticed. Pair with sweet fruits like pineapple, mango, banana, apple, pear, citrus, berries, and grapes. Start with 1 cup, and add to taste. In large amounts, it can get slightly bitter. Rich in vitamins A, C, and K, folate, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous,…

Vegan Green Tea Ice Cream Smoothie from The Blender Girl Smoothies app

I enjoy a cup of green tea, and I absolutely love green tea ice cream. But after rubbing my dairy-drenched belly on way too many occasions I had to develop a recipe that would enable my addiction without the need to coat-check my colon! This recipe from The Blender Girl smoothies app hits the spot. Now, I'll warn you, this smoothie is for green tea lovers. If that's not you, move onto the next smoothie. This smoothie has distinct strong green tea flavor. What I love the most about…

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