Raw Cashew Banana Ice Cream

This ice cream is a winner. It's super delicious and takes less than 10 minutes to blend up and throw in an ice cream maker. Use ripe bananas for the best flavor, and to reduce the need to additional maple syrup. You can use this basic formula to make other flavors. Add 1/4 cup raw cacao powder and 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes for chocolate chile ice cream. Or, take out the bananas and add 3 cups of strawberries for berry ice cream. The sky's the limit.

Vegan Sour Cream

We had some friends over for dinner on the weekend and we made an awesome vegan taco buffet. We made homemade corn tortillas, grilled vegetables, delicious pico de gallo, stellar guacamole, and this sour cream. This recipe takes less than five minutes to make, and you can tweak the lemon juice, vinegar, and mustard to taste. This is a great staple to add to your repertoire, and will keep in the fridge for about 5 days.

Vegan Sweet Potato and Macadamia Soup from The Perfect Blend cookbook

I blended up this simple soup up with my friend Beth last week and she loved it so much I had to share it with you. When I served it up she put one spoonful in her mouth and sweaked out in in a mouse-like falsetto crying out, “Oh! That is soooo amazing!" We smugly smiled at each other and nodded our heads knowing that we'd be enjoying this incredible offering for years to come. Give your orange sweet potatoes a gentle roast to caramelize them without scorching. Roasting the veggies a…

Creamy Coconut Date Shake

Fresh dates are one of the great culinary pleasures of life. Dates are the oldest, and certainly the sweetest fruit, with the highest concentration of fruit sugars. They're so decadent and fabulous. I eat them in moderation. But, when I indulge, I commit. Throw some pitted dates in your blender with bananas, almond milk, and coconut water, and you've got a dessert shake that will make you weak at the knees. For a richer, more buttery flavor, add 1/2 cup raw cashews. To make this…

Vegan Cream Of Asparagus Soup

Asparagus is one of the most alkalizing foods on the planet. This sensational spear is loaded with Vitamin C, is a good source of zinc and selenium, and contains an arsenal of antioxidants that fire on free radicals. It's also a powerful prebiotic food that contain inulin, a magical fiber that remains in tact all the way to the intestines where it promotes the growth of friendly bacteria for gut health. Asparagus is also a natural diuretic; and contains significant amounts of folic…

Coconut Milk

Coconut is a health-promoting superstar. Yes, coconut contains a high quota of plant-based fats, but they are high-efficiency saturated fats, made up chiefly of medium-chain triglycerides that break down easily and convert to energy so they’re not stored as fat. These healthy fats boost the function of the endocrine system, particularly that of the thyroid to rev up metabolism. These healthy fats enhance the secretion of insulin to regulate blood sugar, too, reducing stress on the…

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 Slaw

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…

Fabulous Face 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…

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