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Recipes: Cashew-Free Raw Vegan German Chocolate Cake

At 11pm on Tuesday night, I crawled into bed with a handful of cookbooks and asked my boyfriend, “If you could have any one dessert for your birthday what would it be?”

We flipped through the cookbooks of NYC’s beloved vegan bakery Babycakes and found some close winners. But Matthew Kenney & Meredith Baird’s Everyday Raw Desserts took the cake, literally.  Our eyes settled on their recipe …

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Recipes: Raw Chocolate Orange Mousse Cake

I’m celebrating this week.  Celebrating life, blissful connections, new opportunities, spending time in nature, being with close friends and beloved family, sweet weddings, golden orange and pink sunsets on the beach, crisp clean saltwater-scented air, long meals and laughter in the kitchen…and much, much more.

This cake is certainly one for celebrations, and one to be celebrated! I originally made it for Kathleen’s birthday after we got back …

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Recipes: Blueberry Orange Amaranth Pancakes

This morning we woke up with heavy hearts and thunderstorms still pounding outside our window.  Oklahoma’s largest recorded tornado swept through Moore yesterday, a town just 15 minutes south of us.  I had listened to the tornado sirens sound all day while watching the hail pound the just-bloomed trees.   It was nerve-wracking and eerie, listening but not knowing where it would hit or if it would at all.  I’ve been …

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Recipes: Root Chakra Juice

The Muladhara Chakra (mula=root, adhara=foundation, support) is located at the base of the spine at the sacral plexus.  It connects us with the earth and provides feelings of groundedness. It governs survival, our right to exist, and basic trust in ourselves and others. When this chakra is clear and energy flows through it freely, we feel secure and confident that we can easily fulfill our needs.  We cultivate a …

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Recipes: Dark Chocolate Beet Brownies

I adore baked goods.  Absolutely adore them.  But the truth is, I don’t really get to eat them since I avoid gluten, dairy, and most processed gluten-free alternatives.  I’ve also learned the hard way that just because things are raw and vegan, doesn’t necessarily mean they should be eaten all the time.  I got caught in the trap of thinking anything ‘raw’ was automatically amazing for you.  Many times, raw …

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Recipes: Toasted Chickpea & Broccoli Salad

In the winter, my body craves cooked foods – as it should! From an Ayurvedic perspective, we should eat warming, grounding foods in the wintertime to keep us well…warm and grounded.   So instead of a raw broccoli and chickpea salad, I decided to toast the chickpeas in the skillet with caramelized onions, lightly steamed broccoli and lacinato kale.

If you’re sprouting the chickpeas, make sure to …

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Recipes: Sunchoke Soup

Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, are hearty winter root vegetables with a jicama-like texture and a nutty, sweet flavor. I first discovered sunchokes at the winter farmers market when I was living in DC, and since then this dish has become my winter go-to on a chilly day.  When it’s cold cold cooold outside, eating warming foods to help balance vata is important – especially for vata …

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Recipes: Blood Orange, Yellow Beet & Turmeric Juice

I recently read an article listing the top wellness trends of 2013. Guess what the first two were?

Number 1: The Rise of the $20 Gourmet Juice.
Number 2: Turmeric is the New Kale.

While I do hope that juice stays affordable for everyone, I’m loving that plants are getting more recognition as we continue to move towards a more health-conscious country! In the last year, I upgraded most of my recipes from …

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Recipes: Activated Almond Milk

To activate nuts means to soak and dehydrate them, releasing the enzyme inhibitors and naturally occurring chemicals that protect the nut from animals, bacteria, viruses and weather.  This compound, called phytic acid, is the principle storage form of phosphorous in plant tissues, especially found in bran, nuts and seeds.  Phytate, as it’s called in salt form, is not digestible to humans or non-ruminate animals because we lack the enzyme phytase …

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