Review Category : Recipes

Happy Friday! For me, Friday night is often date night. While going out to eat is fun, cooking together and eating at home is much more intimate. Cooking for someone else is also a great way to show your appreciation for your partner—and we all want to do that, don’t we?

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This is a smoothie concoction I came up with while researching cures for hormone-induced acne. While that may not sound too appealing, food is the best health care, and this smoothie is as delicious as it is nutrient-packed.

So what ingredients are good for a glowing complexion? Orange for texture-improving vitamin C, coconut oil for essential fats, turmeric and ginger for brightening, maca powder for hormone balancing, spirulina for zinc, iron and deep sea minerals, and plenty of greens. I try and keep the fruit content here relatively low, as sugar is not good for acne flair.

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I’m always looking for new ways to liven up my daily greens intake. I have a huge salad at least once a day, and I usually make my own dressings and drizzles. After I was gifted an abundance of locally grown limes, I came up with this spicy, citrusy creation. The fat content in the tahini (mmmm….tahini) cuts the spicy ginger, and with only a handful of ingredients, it’s super snappy to whip up. Store it in the fridge for up to a week and drizzle it all over your greens, roasted veggies, grains – anything, really.

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Sometimes lunch sneaks up on me, and the fridge is looking lonely, and I have no idea what to munch on. Call in my emergency lunch staple, The Easiest Seared Tofu Ever. I cook this up in 10 minutes, throw it on some greens or cooked grains and BAM! Lunch is on. This recipe so extremely easy, I can barely even call it a recipe, but here it is, for you. You’re welcome.

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The holidays are a’comin, and what says “Holiday” better than a big ole pie? Well, maybe some snow. Out in the jungle I have been playing around with more raw food, so I was extremely happy when my friend Gretchen showed up with a raw pie made from mamey sapote! I’ve written about mamey sapote before – it’s a large fruit with a super sweet inside that matches the texture and color of a cooked sweet potato. It’s high in zinc and vitamin C and extremely delicious, with a flavor profile that reminds me of a very ripe papaya. So, tastes sort of papapa-y, but with the texture of a sweet potato.

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Lentils, dahling… har, har, har. I love indian food, and since making the big move to the big island, I don’t eat it often. Actually, I don’t get to eat out much at all. This has been a good thing, actually, because it forces me to learn how to cook the things I once loved to order. Ah, convenience, the ultimate crutch. I hope you enjoy this simple, fast, spicy dahl recipe with your favorite grain and veggie.

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Not much is better than a well done Mac and Cheese. As a vegan, I have tried tons of Mac and Cheese recipes, and the majority have tasted like a floury roux with a dash of nutritional yeast. Most likely this is because they WERE a floury roux with a dash of nutritional yeast. The best cookbook recipe I have found is Isa Chandra’s Mac Daddy in Veganomicon, but even that leaves a lil sumpin sumpin wanted. (More on that later.)

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This chocolate mousse may be the best thing I have ever done. I can die now knowing I have contributed something amazing to the universe. Not to toot my own horn or anything (toot, toot), but this recipe only has 3 ingredients, is totally raw, low in fat and sugar-free. Yep, you read that right. Raw, sugar-free chocolate mousse with only three ingredients. I know! It’s basically a culinary unicorn.

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I know, I know, it’s fall and that means barbecue season is over. But aside from being awesome to slather on your grill foods, barbecue sauce seems pretty autumnal to me. Full of molasses and rich tomatoey goodness, it’s hearty and if you add spice like I do, it’s hot! Capsaicin—the active ingredient in chilli peppers-revs your metabolism, flushes out toxins, and gives you that irresistible sweat-on-the-upper-lip look. Sexy kinda.

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