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VEGAN + GLUTEN-FREE RUSTIC CHERRY GALETTE W/AMARETTO MASCARPONE

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! To kick off the festivities, I've teamed up with one of my favorite companies So Delicious Dairy Free to create a recipe that is perfect for all those holiday parties, potlucks, and brunches. You guys, I am really excited about this one! It's probably one of the best desserts I've ever made and happens to be gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free has no refined sugars or oils, and is totally vegan. I literally screamed, "YES" when it came out of the oven.  With cherry season right around the corner (and the fact that I am always looking for an excuse to make something sweet) I came up with this rustic cherry galette with an amaretto mascarpone filling then sprinkled...

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SPICY MASALA CHAI + ALMOND MILK +CINNAMON

Masala chai is one of those drinks I never get sick of. No matter the time of year, it always sounds good. Last week, I walked to my local coffee shop to grab an iced chai tea with coconut milk before heading to the park for some much needed time away from the computer and out in nature. As I was sipping away, I had to ask myself, "why haven't I ever made masala chai from scratch?" Later that day, I drove to the store and made a b-line to the bulk spice section and loaded up on cinnamon sticks, fragrant green cardamon pods, cloves, black peppercorns, and a big hunk of fresh ginger from the produce section. I was...

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GLUTEN-FREE + VEGAN BANANA CHOCOLATE CHUNK BREAD

I always end up buying more bananas than I can consume before they get to that mushy spotted brown phase aka banana bread perfection phase. Yes, they look very unappetizing but the darker and more squishy they are the better for baking.On occasion, I'll peel them, wrap them up, and throw them in the freezer for smoothies but let's be honest, I'd rather make this mouth-watering banana bread with chunks of dark chocolate then slathered it with some dairy-free cream cheese for a quick breakfast on-the-go. The texture of this bread is a little different than the traditional cake-like version. It is more dense, less sweet, and very moist with a slight crunch around the edges. I know the word "moist"...

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ARUGULA SALAD + SHAVED FENNEL + PEAR + SLIVERED ALMONDS

There's no doubt fall is here which means a new selection of local produce. Arugula, fennel and pear are gracing the outer isles of natural markets and make a refreshing combination when paired together. A light lemon, honey dressing adds a touch of sweetness to the peppery arugula, creating another layer of depth to this salad. I have never really experimented much with fresh fennel in the past because the thought of a licorice tasting bulb, just never appealed to me. Don't get me wrong, I like licorice but tend to gravitate towards it in its sweet candy form. While getting some groceries at the food co-op today, a sandy blonde gentleman was restocking fresh fennel that looked like something...

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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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