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Vegan + Raw Dark Chocolate Mousse & Amaretto Cream Parfait

Winter is, hands down, my favorite time of year to entertain. In fact, nothing brings me greater joy! This time of year in Nashville, the sun makes an early retreat in the late afternoon, tucking itself behind the hills as darkness awakes and the air turns cold and crisp. As the holiday party invitations are mailed off and our mailboxes (and inboxes) fill up, I always look forward to pulling out my favorite tacky, novelty sweater, cranking up the jazzy holiday tunes, and embracing the seasonal madness with open arms. Like most people, I tend to gravitate toward hot foods in the winter months. Though it can sometimes be a challenge when eating raw (nothing may be heated above 118...

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VEGAN + RAW TRI-COLORED CAULIFLOWER SALAD

TRI-COLORED CAULIFLOWER SALAD/DRIED CRANBERRY/CRUSHED PISTACHIO Cruciferous vegetables are abundant in the last days of fall and into the winter. They are extremely hearty and can be prepared in a variety of ways to create a wonderful side dish or plant-based entree. Recently, while on a trip to the farmers market, we came across these beautiful heads of purple and orange cauliflower, along with its relative - the fractal-like romanesco. For a quick side dish we usually like to pan roast cauliflower with a little olive oil, garlic, and lemon - but this time we decided to try something different.After a little experimenting, we came up with a hearty yet simple salad composed of shaved cauliflower and romanesco tossed with sweet-tart...

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VEGAN + RAW HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD W/ KELP NOODLES

It's August and ripe juicy tomatoes are dripping from their vines. If you grow your own, you might be surfing the internet trying to find recipes to use all your tomatoes before they are generously gifted to the compost.Here's a refreshing summer recipe that is light, crisp, and perfect for those dog days of summer. If you're unfamiliar with using kelp noodles, they can be a great alternative to the flour versions. They are free of most allergens including grains, making this salad not only raw + vegan but paleo as well!Right out of the bag, kelp noodles can be a little intimidating. They have a nice crunch and tend to soften when added to a sauce that contains salt....

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VEGAN CANDY STRIPED BEET/GARLIC LEMON YOGURT/HARISSA OIL/FRESH MINT

Now that Summer is officially here, the farmers markets are overflowing with produce and my recipe testing tends to revolve heavily around anything refreshing and light that can be enjoyed on a hot day.I have always loved the vivacious color of a beet. Wether it's golden, red, or candy stripe, it inspires me to create. The cover of my recipe book Wild Plate, is wrapped in a hypnotic hot pink Chioggia beet ( candy striped beet). When I saw some at the market the other day, I couldn't help but purchase a variety bunch and head straight to the kitchen.This recipe is a great appetizer or served as a salad. It uses Harissa spices which is made up of hot...

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VEGAN + RAW KELP NOODLES + HEMP SEED PESTO + CRUSHED RED PEPPER

Things have been very busy this month in the world of Wild Plate. I've been working around the clock on a large order of 950 of my vegan + raw candy bars "THE FIX". More info about that coming soon! From finding and setting up wholesale accounts, ordering the proper equipment, securing a commercial kitchen space in Louisvlle, KY, and making the bars, it hasn't left me much time to get crafty in the kitchen. Being surround by sweet treats and chocolate all day is not the worst thing in the world, but I have been craving anything and everything green to fuel up for these long 16 hour days of stirring, pressing, dipping, and wrapping. Last night I took...

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