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Spiral Mediterranean Veggie Salad

Spiral Mediterranean veggie salad

The effort put into this salad doesn’t even come close the beauty and flavor that comes out it.  The earthy and deep raw flavors of the vegetables seamlessly compliment the creamy richness of the chickpea hummus. The addition of cilantro and sumac not only add great color, but celebrate the Mediterranean pops of flavor!

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Vegan Thin Mint Bars

Vegan Thin Mint Bars

YES the filling is made with avocado, but you’d never know it!  The flavor of the peppermint extract hides any flavor of avocado, but the light creaminess of the avocado gives these bars a heavenly texture!

Even though these are technically dessert bars, they are packed with protein and superfoods.  Just like the avocado is hidden, so is the “healthy” flavor and nutritional benefits!

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No-Bake Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

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One of my best friends from Culinary school is now on a strictly raw and vegan diet. Most the time I am in amazement of how she sticks to such a strict diet, but when I found out that she could eat things like raspberry cheesecake bars my sympathy quickly went out the door!

The secret to the creamy cheese-like texture and taste is the soaked cashews and the power of a good food processor. The longer you soak the cashews the creamier the texture. I recommend soaking over night, but if you’re not one to plan ahead then soak the cashews in boiling water for 1-2 hours. Read more

Fresh Spring Salad Trio

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Salads are so often overlooked, but can be essential to enhancing a meal! A perfect plate of grilled steak or chicken can be given a whole new personality with the right combination of vegetables. Some of my favorite salads incorporate fruit and below are a few recipes that I truly believe will make anyone from family to guests coming back for seconds. Read more

Big Spoon Roasters

big spoon roasters

“It matters to our health, our happiness, and the well being of our planet.”- Big Spoon Roasters

Big Spoon Roasters makes delicious handcrafted nut butters from scratch in Durham, N.C. Inspired to share his experience in Africa with these beautiful ingredients back home, Mark and his wife began their journey with Big Spoon Roasters in January 2011. This unique company sets their standards high focusing on small batches, while utilizing top quality local ingredients sourced from like-minded producers. The business has been built on a foundation of delicious, nutritious, and an outcome that is positive for a those involved. Read more

Kale Salad with Beets, Avocado, and Goat Cheese

Kale and Beet Salad

The spring weather today has inspired me to create this colorful fresh kale salad! The combination of fresh crisp kale and beets against the creamy avocado and goat cheese just might be deadly!

This salad is the perfect pop of color to any table, whether it’s for lunch, dinner, or served as a side!

I mean look at these beets! It amazes me that something this beautiful can come from nature itself! Not only delicious raw, these Zebra beets are also fantastic roasted. Read more

City Press Juice & Bottle- Chicago

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2931 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60657

City Press Juice & Bottle is the dream of founders Anthony and Angela Maicki, recently located to Chicago from Detroit in 2011. This couple believes in the idea of food being medicine. Each of their juices, blends, and foods are created from organic whole foods with raw nutrition. The concept stems from a traditional Roman Café, which encompasses the sense of community, creativity, convenience, yet simplicity. Read more

Avo- Nashville

Avo

3001 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209

Avo is unbelievable. The talent running this restaurant puts me in awe. It’s incredible to see a menu that is entirely plant based, but tastes nothing like your typical vegetarian and vegan ingredients. Just to add to the use of creativity in the combination of flavors and textures, the restaurant is committed to heating nothing above 118 degrees. Read more

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