Green Tea Avocado Skin Mask

"What do you use on your skin to keep it so smooth?" I get asked this question every week. While I maintain that you love your skin from the inside out by keeping hydrated; eating a diet rich in high-water-content foods like leafy greens and non starchy veggies, healthy plant-based fats, and antioxidants; getting lots of sleep; and staying out of the sun; using natural topical masks and creams does bolster your internal agenda. What we put on our bodies is just as important as what we…

Tofu Bell Pepper Scramble

This tofu bell pepper scramble is so epic it will fool even the most devout egg lover. When I served this dish for my July 4th brunch, nobody picked that it was tofu, and when I revealed what was in the dish, my friends said they thought it tasted better than conventional scrambled eggs. So, I had to share the recipe with you. The secret ingredient that makes this recipe taste so incredible is the Massel vegetable broth powder mixed with an awesome combo of spices: onion powder,

No-Churn Piña Colada Ice Cream

For those of you living in the U.S, I hope you had a fabulous July 4th holiday weekend. My mum, dad, sister, brother-in-law, and my niece and nephew have all been staying with us for the past 3 weeks, and we hosted a holiday party with our closest friends to celebrate their last day in America. I served this instant pineapple coconut ice cream, and it was the perfect refreshing treat in the hot L.A weather. This all-but-instant ice cream is so easy and so delicious. It takes less than…

Vegan Zesty White Bean Dip

As I announced in my post a few weeks ago when I shared the beet berry smoothie, I've signed on to be the global spokesperson for KitchenAid® blenders. You can read all of the details and my reasons for changing to KitchenAid in that post. In short, one of the biggest reasons for my change is that the new KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series blender is now the most powerful machine available, and certainly the best blender I've ever used. I'm incredibly proud to help bring the next generation…

Happy Hydrator Salad with Low-Fat Lemon Dressing

I get a lot of emails requesting oil-free salad dressing recipes, and I always share a version of this dressing I'm sharing with you today. The best way to get an incredible decadent flavor and texture with an oil-free dressing is to blend broth, lemon juice, and roasted garlic. The broth and garlic give the dressing a rich creamy texture and divine flavor, and the lemon juice brightens and lifts the flavor and adds a nice mellow zestiness. To that base, you can then add any aromatics…

Beet Berry Smoothie

The next generation of blending has arrived! The new KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series blender is now available in the United States exclusively through Williams-Sonoma. I'm delighted to announce that I have signed on to be the spokesperson for KitchenAid® blenders. Yes, this is a very big change for me, and it was a huge decision that I thought long and hard about. When KitchenAid® came to me over 18 months ago saying they had a high-speed blender in development I was skeptical. I…

Kimchi

I have been dying to share a recipe from Amy Chaplin's award-winning cookbook, At Home In The Whole Food Kitchen for over a year. I first fell in love with Amy’s incredible food when I repeatedly scoffed myself senseless on anything and everything on her menu at Angelica’s Kitchen in New York like an unapologetic addict with no intention of recovery. Last year, I was fortunate to cheer Amy on as she accepted the IACP award for her triumphant debut cookbook. I had pre-ordered a copy…

Vegan Creamy Pasta Maconara

Have you tried the new Suncoast Gold macadamia milk? You must, because it is epic! And, the latest dairy-free milk is about to sweep the world. Macadamia milk is poised to be the next almond milk. People are going crazy for it! There are a few varieties hitting the shelves right now. I've tried them all, and the Suncoast Gold brand is the best by a mile. I was honored when this amazing Australian company asked me to be their spokesperson, and I've been overwhelmed by the response…

Vegan Scalloped Potato Bake

One of my favorite things to eat when I was growing up was my mum's scalloped potatoes. It was such a popular dish in the 80's! But, with gobs of cream, cheese, and butter, the original is not so healthy. My mum and dad have come over to stay for 5 weeks for the holidays, and I'm feeling nostalgic. This vegan version that I've created for Christmas utilizes a blend of raw cashews, onions, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and broth to create a rich creaminess that is equally as…

Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

Happy holidays! I can't believe it's the week of Thanksgiving already! Where has the year gone? I am not complaining because I absolutely love the holiday season. I really enjoy entertaining, cooking for friends and family, and celebrating all of the wonderful things I am thankful for with loved ones. It is a really special time. This year, Scott's parents and his best friend Richard have flown down from Sacramento to spend the week with us. We have a lot of cooking and eating…

French Lentil and Arugula Salad

I’m so excited about the new Food52 Vegan cookbook written by my friend Gena Hamshaw. Her blog and first book Choosing Raw are both fabulous resources for delicious plant-based recipes and health tips. Gena’s latest cookbook is based on her popular New Veganism column that she has been writing for Food52 since 2012. Gena’s recipes are always accessible and full of flavor, making them appealing to seasoned vegetarians and foodies, as well as omnivores looking for more creative vegetable…

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Pancakes

These chocolate pancakes are the best gluten-free vegan pancakes I've ever tasted, and all of my friends I served them to at brunch agreed. They have a terrific fluffy texture (a far cry from the typical cardboard GF pancakes you can get), and fabulous flavor. Forget that they're gluten-free and vegan. They're just perfect pancakes no matter what you're dietary stripes. This righteous recipe comes from my friend, Meghan Telpner, a Canadian nutritionist and founder of the Academy of…

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