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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 + RAW SWEET CORN SALAD + COCONUT LIME DRESSING

Here's a recipe for an amazing corn salad I posted on my previous blog. I've spruced it up a little and added an extra splash of color with some beautiful red corn I found at the the local market yesterday. Lately, I've been on a salad craze, trying to come up with unique recipes and re-designing old favorites into vegan + raw versions.If you've stopped by any local co-op, farmers market or grocery store you'll notice fresh corn is everywhere. When in season and at its peak, corn is best eaten raw right off the cob. The sweet kernels deliver a pop + crunch that is irresistible!This salad is a mash up of textures and flavors creating that sweet +...

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VEGAN RAW CASHEW BROWNIE SUNDAE + SALTED CARAMEL CASHEW ICE CREAM + RAW FUDGE

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! Hope you all are having a great holiday with friends and family celebrating. If you're looking for a fun, quick, and easy recipe to whip up on a hot summer day, this ones a must and takes less than half an hour to prepare from start to finish. On a recent trip to Turnip Truck here in Nashville, I was scanning the frozen section looking for a new sweet treat to try on a 95 degree day. It was hot and sticky outside and all I could think about was ice cream! Since cutting dairy out of my diet almost ten years ago, there was a time when I thought my love affair with...

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