No-Bake Chocolate Espresso Torte

It's only fitting that the last post of 2016 be a chocolate cake! And, not just any chocolate cake...an epic, super-easy, make-you-weak-at-the-knees chocolate cake. You can't get much easier than this cake. Just grind the crust ingredients in a food processor and press them into a springform tin, throw the filling ingredients into your blender and blast on high until smooth and creamy, freeze until solid, and then devour. I've made this cake three times during the holiday season, and my…

Vegan Spaghetti Pie

If you don't know why Thug Kitchen are you may have been living under a rock, because it's a global phenomenon. Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway have taken vegan living out of the pretentious darkness and into a bold, fun place that doesn't take anything too seriously, and they've inspired an entire generation of people to "eat like they give a fuck." Thug Kitchen absolutely blew up in 2012, and you couldn't walk into a bookstore or get online without seeing them absolutely…

Roasted Edamame Pop Ems

For those of you who've been emailing me about picky eaters, I have got an amazing book for you! The 52 New Foods Challenge - A Family Cooking Adventure For Each Week Of The Year by Jennifer Tyler Lee encourages families to expand their food literacy, and move from the freezer section to the farmer's market, and prepare fresh healthy foods together. Jennifer encourages parents to take their children on a journey with food, and make healthy eating a fun game the whole family can…

10-Minute Carrot Ginger Soup

Scott and I have been eating this carrot ginger soup a lot in the past few months because it's quick and easy, loaded with nutrients, and seriously delicious. Making hot soup from raw ingredients is one of the easiest ways to get a nutritious meal on the table in very little time. We're both so busy, and this soup has been a last-minute lifesaver on more than one occasion this winter. One of the most awesome features of the new Pro Line® Series blender is the dual-wall thermal jar…

Bibb Lettuce Salad with Vegan Buttermilk Dressing

On September 13th this year I attended a divine dinner hosted by my friends Heather Bell and Jenny Engel, founders of Spork Foods at their kitchen in L.A to celebrate the launch of their amazing new book, Vegan 101. These lovely ladies are two of the nicest, most talented people I know in the world, and their night of celebration was magical. They lovingly served the quesadillas with creamy chipotle bean dip and charred onion salsa; acorn squash fritters with spicy korean sauce; smoky…

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

I get constant requests for quick, easy recipes for babies, toddlers, and young children. I came across The Pediatrician's Guide To Feeding Babies and Toddlers by Dr Anthony Porto and Dr Dina Dimaggio, and it's one of the best resources I've come across for reliable nutrition information for young children. It also contains some awesome recipes the entire family can enjoy, like this butternut squash soup I'm sharing today. For those of you mums out there, this book is an incredible…

Blood Orange and Grapefruit Salad

This beautiful blood orange and grapefruit salad with cinnamon is from the Nutrition Stripped cookbook by McKel Hill, a registered dietitian and nutritionist who started the Nutrition Stripped site to share simple nutrition and fitness advice, and quick healthy recipes. She also offers a meal-planning membership service and personal health coaching. McKel has a very simple wellness philosophy: Live Whole. Eat Well. Feel Amazing. This accessible approach to healthy living is where her…

Asparagus Edamame Salad

This awesome asparagus edamame salad with tarragon comes from The Love & Lemons cookbook from my sweet friend Jeanine Donofrio. I stalked Jeanine and her husband Jack on instagram for years before we finally met for dinner in Austin during my first book tour. She is just so lovely, so I was thrilled to bump into her again when I was in Austin a couple of months ago for the Esca Bona conference. I have been waiting for her book with excited anticipation imagining the fast, fresh, and…

Gluten-Free Vegan Super-Seed Crackers

These awesome gluten-free and vegan sun-dried tomato and garlic super-seed crackers are from the Oh She Glows Everyday cookbook by vegan blogging goddess Angela Liddon. The first Oh She Glows cookbook was a NY Times bestseller, and this latest installment in the series is flying off the shelves, too. I was honored to blurb this book from this sweet and talented lady, and I'm excited for it to be out in the world because it's a great resource for easy plant-based recipes for all walks…

Creamy Coconut Pea Soup

This delicious 15-minute green pea and coconut soup comes from A Modern Way To Cook, the incredible new cookbook by superstar Anna Jones. Anna Jones is a London-based cook, food writer, and stylist. She worked for many years styling and writing books, TV shows, and food campaigns for Jamie Oliver, before moving on to work with some of the UK's biggest chefs and food brands. Anna's first book, A Modern Way To Eat (read my post about it here) was my favorite book of last year. It is…

Vegan Creamed Spinach with Shiitakes

Scott and I are sad to be leaving Mexico tomorrow. We have had such an incredible time with our friends Michelle and Crystal. Michelle is a chiropractor, and Scott and I have been taking full advantage of the daily adjustments! I feel like a new person. But, all good things must come to an end, and luckily, we have thanksgiving to look forward to, so our vacation continues. As I mentioned in the Thyme For Mushroom Gravy post, we're heading up to Sacramento to spend thanksgiving with…

The Quintessential Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Pie

This is the best gluten-free free vegan apple pie I've ever had in my life. Those of you who've made the frozen berry pie I posted several years ago would be familiar with the genius of my dear friend Kate McDermott from Art Of The Pie. Those of you who are new the site, get ready for pie perfection because this lovely lady is a pie master! She's also one of the loveliest people on the planet, and her new book, Art Of The Pie is my go-to holiday gift this year, because everybody…

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