Veggies

My favorite green ginger smoothie.

My Favorite Green Ginger Smoothie

This green ginger smoothie is more like a green ginger juice, but I’m calling it a smoothie, as you get the added fiber from all the ingredients.

Vegan almond pesto with sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers, spinach and gluten-free pasta.

Vegan Almond Pesto with Gluten-Free Pasta

Rich Roll’s vegan almond pesto paired with brown rice pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers, spinach and artichoke hearts. It’s a flavor bomb!

Roasted red peppers in sheet pan

Roasted Red Peppers

If you’re looking for ways to incorporate more veggies into your diet, then these roasted red peppers make it easy, as they are jam packed full of flavor! Roasting them with a bit of avocado oil and some Celtic sea salt adds a sweet smokey depth of flavor that’s hard to describe in words, it’s just something you have to try.

Vegan brussle sprout salad in a bowl

Vegan Brussels Sprouts Salad

Move over mixed greens and kale, there’s a new salad green in town, Brussels sprouts. Ok, I know some of you may be shaking your heads at the thought of Brussels sprouts in general, never mind raw Brussels, but I would encourage you to give this salad a try, because when Brussels sprouts are raw and thinly sliced they resemble a crunchy cabbage salad.

Roasted beets on baking trays

Roasted Whole Beets without Foil

Today I’m going to show you how to roast whole beets without foil. I found an even easier and less wasteful technique, where the beets come out perfect, flavorful and tender every time, and that is to just put the whole beets on a layer of parchment paper, and roast them away. Easy peasy!

Roasted matchstick beets with coconut oil

Roasted Matchstick Beets with Coconut Oil

If you’re looking for a nutrient dense, vitamin packed, vegan, naturally gluten-free topping to replace the standard old croutons for your next salad or soup, then you have to try these roasted matchstick beets. Yes, I said roasted matchstick beets (because they truly look like matchsticks)! They’re the cutest and simplest things to make, and add a pop of flavor and texture to any soup or salad. I’m all about adding in extra nutrition where I can, as well as showing you all simple recipes that incorporate seasonal produce. Hey, if we could all learn to eat seasonaly and locally, then we will not only be helping our bodies and our wallets, but our local farmers as well!

Oven roasted sweet potato

Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Halves

These roasted sweet potato halves are honestly one of my new favorite things of 2016 (it’s only been 10 days since the New Year and I’ve already found something new to love, pretty cool). I know you’re all looking for easy, weeknight, tasty, healthy, kid approved recipes, and these sweet potatoes hit every mark!

Beet ginger coconut soup

Beet, Ginger and Coconut Soup

This is a BIG year for Marin mama! I’m going to be finishing up Natural Chef school in March, and I therefore need to figure out my next career move before I finish school, YIKES! It’s super scary, but exciting at the same time, but a little more on the scary side, as I’m not sure what’s out there for little old me. I’m going to be spending the next few months researching, networking and getting a feel for what’s out there career-wise for me. I have some ideas brewing, but I’m not entirely sure yet what’s the best path, so I’m just going to keep following my heart, intuition and gut and see where it leads me. I will be sure to keep you all updated on where I’m heading.

Fall Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Fall Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Topping a pizza with roasted vegetables, some fresh rosemary and a few dollops of ricotta turn a plain-Jane pizza into an amazing sweet, savory

Fall roasted vegetables on a baking sheet

Fall Roasted Vegetables

It finally feels like fall around here and I have to tell you that I’m happy about that. Fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s a cozy time filled with soups, stews, savory chicken dishes, big bowls of steel cut oats, and of course fall roasted veggies! Yes, I’m someone who gets excited by butternut squash, acorn squash, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and sweet potatoes! I simply adore roasted vegetables. They get all caramelized and crispy on the outside, and stay soft and tender on the inside. Roasting vegetables brings out the natural sweetness in vegetables. The sweet potatoes and squash get a bit sweeter, and the red onion sweetens considerably (especially when you use coconut oil to roast it up) and it’s bitter and pungent flavor dissipates. If you have picky eaters who are not fans of vegetables, try roasting some up and I bet they’ll be fans!

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