Pad Thai- Raw!

Pad Thai- Raw!

Raw? "What on earth does that mean?" You may ask.  I was first made aware of raw foodists when I myself was vegan. It is exactly what it sounds, a raw food diet consists of raw, uncooked, unprocessed foods. I will first tell you the reasoning behind it and then show you that eating raw doesn't mean eating salad with no dressing day in, day out. The coolest thing about this recipe? Its use of kelp noodles.. I had never even heard of them before. They do not need cooking and are very low in calories.

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BBQ Pineapple & Mint

BBQ Pineapple & Mint

Sound a little strange? This is possibly the strangest and most interesting dessert I've ever made. Alex and I found in next to a recipe for Wasabi Salmon (which we also made) in the March edition of Bon Appetit magazine. My mom collects these magazines by the dozens. While they're beautiful, I rarely resurrect their glossy pages in my own kitchen. This recipe stood out- for one it involved a barbeque (thank god it is finally barbeque season) and it had unusual flavors like honey, mint and pistachio. I'm pretty creative but I would never think to combine these flavors.

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Thai Pumpkin Curry with Cauliflower Rice

Thai Pumpkin Curry with Cauliflower Rice

Nothing warms the heart and body like a good curry. Curries come in all shapes and sizes: from a Japanese curry made with stock and wheat flour to Indian dal whose beans act at thickeners. "Curry" is a blanket term for a saucy or stew like dish that is rich in ground spices and herbs. Most curries slow cook so the ingredients (typically vegetables and meat) have time to absorb the flavors and spices.

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Simple Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Simple Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

I've often told people that if I were to have my own stand in a farmers market it would be a sauce, marinade and dressing stand. I mean a life without sauce isn't a life worth living. My only critique of this tasty meal make or braker is that making sauces homemade can be time consuming and difficult. This recipe is one of the exceptions. And even better? It is versatile- you can put it on fish, chicken, veggies, potatoes etc. You can also mix it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (2 parts olive oil to 1 part vinegar) to make a salad dressing. 

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The Famous 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

The Famous 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Call me American but I love most things Peanut Butter. Left to my own devices I would eat it straight from the jar.. maybe even drizzle it with honey. What's not to love about Peanut Butter? It is voluptuous, creamy, wholesome, fatty and sinfully delicious. Put it on toast, in sandwiches, dip veggies in it, make it into a sauce.. or put it in cookies, cakes, brownies. Alright enough.

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The Easiest Banana Berry Muffins: Gluten Free & Vegan

The Easiest Banana Berry Muffins: Gluten Free & Vegan

As you may know, I love food. But as any of my friends will tell you, I love whipping up something delicious on the fly. Scruptious food does not need to suck your time nor does it need to be unhealthy. I stumbled upon this muffin recipe when I was a vegan (it shockingly has no butter, milk or eggs). It was such a simple and unusual recipe, I didn't believe it could actually produce muffins, let alone ones that tasted good. I can't tell you how mistaken I was! These muffins have become a staple in my baking. Primarily because they're absolutely delicious and secondly because they are so easy AND so healthy. They have no added sugar, no butter, and are gluten free? Take the leap of faith like I did and you will not be disappointed.

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Steamed Mussels Linguine a la White Wine Sauce

Steamed Mussels Linguine a la White Wine Sauce

Like most people, I love seafood but am less than confident cooking it at home. However, I've come to learn that the only way to gain this kind of confidence is by diving in head first--even if it means failing a couple of times. Fortunately for me, I have recently moved in with my younger brother who just finished culinary school so we took on this project together.

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The Only Barbeque Chicken Pizza

The Only Barbeque Chicken Pizza

I made this pizza a couple months ago and have been craving it ever since. It is honestly the best pizza I've ever had (and it can be made gluten free & paleo). I'm posting it because it is a recipe that can (and should!) be made with BBQ'd ingredients. Since it is barbeque season what could be better than combing grilled delights with earth fired goodness?

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