Jan 26

Raw Pecan Pie Cookies

By Ashley | Dessert , Raw Vegan Dessert , Snack

I always have dessert cravings at the most inopportune times. One of the beauties of raw desserts (in addition to the amazing health benefits) is that you can store them in the freezer almost indefinitely without sacrificing quality.  Thus, I have learned to keep my freezer well stocked with raw treats so that none of my sweet cravings go unsatisfied. I have made dozens of raw cookies but these are among my favorites.  Using high-quality […]

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Jan 22

Cream of Mushroom and Farro Soup

By Ashley | Entree , Recipes

This month I have been tortured by my inability to stay warm during this Antarctic weather in the Midwest. The best solution (short of flying to a tropical location) was making a big pot of hot soup on Sunday. I forgot how much I love cooking soup on January days. Standing over the stove for an hour is just pure bliss. And it pays off! Because this soup is so yummy and it gives you […]

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Jan 18

Vanilla Matcha Latte with Cashew Milk

By Ashley | Hot Beverage

I cannot explain how much I love hot beverages in the winter. Thus, I drink them all day, every day from the first chilly day in fall through most of the spring. So naturally, I can only drink so much black tea, green tea, soy lattes, etc. I am always searching for a new and drink that warms me up and excites my taste buds. After recently discovering the distinctive taste and antioxidant power of […]

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Jan 12

Shrimp, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad

By Ashley | Entree , Recipes

Halfway through winter I always become bored with winter fruit and daydream about berries, melon, stone fruits, mango, and all my favorite summer fruits. But then I remember grapefruit. It is the perfect complement to seafood and adding a creamy, fatty component balances the acidity. So I present, a super healthy and satisfying salad perfect for lunch or dinner. Blood or naval oranges are fine substitute if grapefruit is not available. This would be great […]

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Jan 07

Pure and Simple Tortillas

By Ashley | Bread , Recipes

Tortillas are the perfect canvas for nearly any ingredient. But have you ever noticed that this one food is full of dozens of ingredients, many impossible to pronounce. It just screams “processed” and “GMO.” Luckily, this delicious flatbread is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. In fact, in a pinch just flour and water will do the trick. I love customizing my food. Not only do I know exactly what’s in […]

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Jan 03

Braised Pork Shoulder with Parmesan Gnocchi, Roasted Mushrooms, and Arugula

By Ashley | Recipes

In January, when bitter cold strikes the Midwest, all I want is steamy, hot comfort food. These are the days when I don’t mind standing over the stove for hours, leaving the oven on all day. Braised food is among my favorites, especially in the dead of winter. I typically braise beef, but I wanted to try pork shoulder this time. Any tough cut of meat (such as brisket, chuck, shoulder, poultry legs or thighs) […]

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