Warming Italian Rice Bowl

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I don’t know whether to call this dish a soup or a rice/ pasta type of dish.  It is simply a bunch of delicious ingredients mixed together, and it turned out to be a very tasty concoction. It is warming and satisfying–perfect for the upcoming colder months. 

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A flavorful blend of Italian herbs and spices brings out the salty and sweet taste of the tomatoes.   This is mixed with creamy, fluffy rice and garlic veggies for a hearty and healthy gluten-free alternative to pasta.
 
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Warming Italian Rice Bowl
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups white rice
  2. 2 medium zucchinis
  3. 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  4. 1 cup tomato paste
  5. 1/4 cup liquid of choice (veggie broth, nut milk, water)
  6. 1/4 cup sweetener
  7. 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley and oregano or 2 tbs. dried
  8. Italian seasoning mix
  9. 2 tsp. turmeric
  10. 3 cloves minced garlic
  11. 1 tbsp. dried basil + fresh basil if available
  12. sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook white rice according to package directions then set aside, covered. Chop and dice zucchinis and cut tomatoes in half. Steam or boil zucchini. While it steams, chop herbs and mince garlic. Add to an skillet with oil and and liquid. Sauté for a few minutes on low then add everything but the rice and veggies. Mix thoroughly and cook for a few minutes. Once it has turned into a sauce, add veggies then either serve over rice or mix rice into the sauce. Garnish with extra fresh parsley and tomatoes.
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Maple Raspberry “Ice Cream”

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This dish features juicy raspberries folded into creamy soft serve with a swirl of buttery maple syrup. It is super quick to make, nutritious, and tastes amazing. With a little prep ahead of time, it serves as a quick snack to throw together when you are short on time.

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It is completely natural and is made simply from fruit–nature’s most perfect food.   Sweet, ripe bananas are transformed in this recipe and topped with juicy raspberries for a pop of ruby-red sweetness.

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Maple Raspberry Soft Serve
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Ingredients
  1. 4 frozen ripe bananas, thawed slightly
  2. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  3. 1 tsp. vanilla bean or extract
  4. 1 cup raspberries
Instructions
  1. Blend bananas and vanilla in a blender or food processor on low until very creamy. Pour maple syrup and raspberries on top.
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Curry Pea Soup

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Comforting and warming on a chilly day, this soup has a velvety texture and a wonderful flavor. The aromatic spices add a nice touch of heat to combat the crisp temperatures outside. This creamy dish is very easy to whip up in a vitamix or food processor in a matter of minutes. Just quickly steam or boil your peas then throw them in whatever food processor/blender tool you have along with the spices and voila–creamy, velvety, and warming curry soup in no time!

 

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Curry Pea Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bag of frozen peas
  2. about 1/2 cup* of boiled water from cooking peas
  3. 1-2 cloves minced garlic (depending on how much garlic you like)
  4. 1 tbsp. cilantro
  5. 1/2 tbsp. curry powder
  6. 2 tsp. turmeric
  7. 1 tsp. cumin
  8. pink salt and pepper to taste
  9. lemon juice
  10. optinal ingredients: a few slices of sweet onion, 1/2 tsp. chili powder
Instructions
  1. Fill a pot halfway with boiling water and steam or boil frozen peas for and around ten minutes. Add cooked peas to a food processor or blender. The vitamix makes the creamiest consistency, but other blenders and food processors work well. Add everything else to the mix (except for lemon juice) and blend on high until very creamy. Once creamy soup has formed, add lemon juice and any extra spices, give it a mix then garnish with cilantro. Bon appétit!
Notes
  1. *use more or less of the cooking water for a more soupy or more creamy consistency
  2. Also, feel free to adjust spice amounts to your liking!
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Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Nothing compares to a warm and soft cookie filled to chocolate chip capacity.   They are simply the best when homemade with real ingredients–so melty and delicious. Of course every healthy and balanced way of eating has room for cookies, preferably cookies that aren’t from a package and full of chemicals.   This recipe is free of refined sugar, butter, and artificial ingredients.   it contains pink salt sprinkles to balance the sweetness and to bring out the classic deep flavors of brown sugar and vanilla.  Enjoy the comfort and warmth of this favorite treat!

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Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1 tbs. flax meal
  3. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  4. 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  5. dash of pink salt plus extra for sprinkling on top
  6. 1 cup brown sugar
  7. 1/2 cup earth balance spread or coconut oil
  8. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  9. 2 tbs. almond milk or liquid of choice
  10. 1 cup chocolate chunks
  11. 350 degrees 9-10 min.
Instructions
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Add wet ingredients to a separate bowl and stir until combined. Add the dry mixture slowly into the wet and mix, then add chocolate chunks until just combined. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line two cookie trays with parchment paper. Scoop dough onto tray and form round balls, making sure to leave enough room between them. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until edges are crispy and center is no longer doughy. After taking out, let cool 10 minutes.
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Cucumber Tomato Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing

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Crunchy cucumbers, salty greens, and juicy cherry tomatoes are diced together in this light and refreshing summery salad recipe.   Tossed with a generous amount of Creamy Garlic Dressing, each vegetable is covered in the savory and flavorful sauce.   Vegetables diced into tiny pieces are much more enjoyable to eat, plus they get completely covered in the dressing and absorb all its amazing flavors.

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Tomato Cucumber Salad with Garlic Cream Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large diced cucumber
  2. 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  3. 1 small bunch of parsley and dill, chopped into fine pieces
  4. juice from half a lemon
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. optional 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Combine diced cucumber, tomatoes, and herbs into a bowl and toss with lemon juice, s&p, and optional vinegar. Let veggies marinate in the lemon juice and herbs for an hour or so. Next thoroughly coat in Creamy Garlic Dressing.
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Salted Peanut Butter Cups

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  Can you ever go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter?   I don’t think it’s possible.  Mixed with fluffy powdered sugar and dusted with sprinkles of pink salt, these treats are peanut butter perfection.

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The sweet and fluffy peanut butter filling and rich chocolate coating are super easy to make, and are fortunately quite natural.   They’re made without chemicals, fillers, animal products or hydrogenated oils.   These delicious and healthy peanut butter cups should be savored and enjoyed without any worries!
 
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Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup natural peanut butter
  2. 1 cup organic powdered sugar
  3. 1 tsp. vanilla
  4. 1 tsp. pink salt
  5. melted chocolate of choice or homemade version
  6. 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup sugar, salt
  7. extra fine pink salt for dusting
Instructions
  1. Add peanut butter filling ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and mix until just combined; set aside and make melted chocolate. Thinly coat peanut butter cup candy molds* with the melted chocolate and freeze for a couple of hours. After chocolate has hardened, add a spoonful of peanut butter mixture and coat with more melted chocolate. Sprinkle the top with pink salt and freeze some more, then enjoy these delicious and chocolatey peanut butter bites.
Notes
  1. *pb cup candy molds: http://www.amazon.com/Cybrtrayd-AO032-Chocolate-Copyrighted-Instructions/dp/B000EDS064
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Creamy Garlic Dressing

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 Creamy and savory with just the right amount of spice, this dressing tastes amazing on so many dishes.  It is delicious on noodles, veggies, salads, sandwiches, and even as a dip for roasted potato/sweet potato fries.  It’s especially tasty on this Cucumber Tomato Salad–a perfect summer dish. (recipe coming soon)  It’s so creamy yet it doesn’t contain any harmful hydrogenated oils, MSG, dairy or preservatives that are found in most dressings.  On the contrary, it is full of healthy fats, protein, and minerals like zinc and magnesium.  It is the perfect sauce to just slather on everything, which makes any vegetable taste delightful!

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Creamy Garlic Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup hemp hearts or 1/2 cup pine nuts
  2. 1 large clove minced garlic*
  3. 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  4. 1/4 cup fresh basil or 1 tbs. dried
  5. 2 tbs. lemon juice
  6. 1 tsp. parsley
  7. Italian seasonings to taste
  8. pink salt and pepper to taste
  9. optional 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a small blender and pulse, then blend until dressing becomes creamy. For a thicker sauce that's more like pesto, use less liquid.
Notes
  1. *For a less strong and spicy flavor, saute the garlic in some vegetable broth or oil for a couple minutes before adding to blender.
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Blueberry Crumble Smoothie Bowl

 

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This smoothie tastes like a soft-serve version of a blueberry muffin; its delectable sweetness comes from the semi-frozen ripe bananas. When ripe and speckled, they have a soft, creamy texture that pretty much turns into the most delicious soft serve once frozen and blended. The juicy blueberries pair perfectly with crumbly and buttery dried mulberries for a dish that is full of sweetness. It’s really simple to make–check out the recipe below.

 

Blueberry Crumble Smoothie Bowl
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Ingredients
  1. 4 medium ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
  2. 1 cup thawed frozen blueberries
  3. 1/2 cup dried mulberries
  4. 1/4 cup coconut sugar or another unrefined sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine mulberries and coconut sugar in a food processor and pulse until crumble forms. Set mixture aside to add to the top later. Blend bananas in a food processor with a little liquid such as almond milk. Add thawed blueberries into the soft serve and mix. Top with mulberry crumble and enjoy.
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Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

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 Noodles cooked to perfection are drenched in this creamy and ridiculously smooth Alfredo sauce.  This recipe also happens to be dairy-free and full of veggies, but you will never miss the dairy considering how smooth and tasty this is.  It’s also incredibly easy to make.  I used to make this all the time as a soup base until I decided to pour it on some noodles, which turned out super delicious.  Easy, creamy, and nutritious :)

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Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1 steamed cauliflower head
  2. 1 cup vegetable broth
  3. optional coconut or almond milk
  4. 1 cloves garlic, minced
  5. optional 1/2 shallot
  6. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  7. sprinkle of parsley and oregano
  8. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop then steam the cauliflower until very tender. While cauliflower is steaming, saute garlic and optional onion in vegetable broth or some oil of choice. Add the steamed cauliflower to a high-speed blender or food processor along with the cooked garlic/onion, garlic powder, and s&p. Blend on high until it turns into a super creamy consistency. Pour over cooked noodles of choice and sprinkle with parsley/oregano. Enjoy!
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