Posts in Plant Based
Radish Butter Crostini is the Perfect Appetizer

It's taken me a long time to appreciate radishes. I've never liked the sharp bitter bite of a radish, and unfortunately so, because they look so pretty all sliced up as garnish in salads. I know they are hydrating, detoxifying, great for digestion and skin, full of minerals and all kinds of things that make me want to say yes to them. Then one day, a French friend gave me a taste of fresh radish from their garden. A few slices of radish on top of fresh buttered toast sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt. Since then I've become a radish lover.

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Coconut Matcha Chia Parfait

As I've become more of a matcha tea lover, I must admit, matcha is my favorite tea in the world. I am one of those people that can drink it iced all day long, then make a foamy matcha latte with coconut milk (or homemade cashew and almond milk), and then I'll say to one of my daughters or to my guy: "Hey, do you want to go check out that matcha tea place that just opened in Little Tokyo?" Coconut is also the same for me. Coconut milk, coconut ice cream, coconut curry, coconut rice. Coconut is most definitely a favorite of mine too. Put matcha with coconut in a chia pudding? Oh yes.

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Chow Fun Noodles with Baked Sriracha Tofu {Vegan Recipe}

The other night I made a noodle dish and with my own flair it came out as sort of a Thai style "Chow Fun" noodle dish. I used flat Pad Thai-like brown rice noodles, adding carrots, minced garlic, ginger and scallions, served with baked sriracha tofu, toasted sesame seeds, sliced cucumbers and a squeeze of lime. Yes, I went a little wild with ingredients.

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Vegan Miso Pumpkin Soup {RECIPE}

The new year has come. We've indulged plenty over the holidays, and now seek healthier dishes to go along with our workout routines. But you know, I'm not ready for it. I am still in winter mode. I crave butter, cheese, creamy pasta sauces, bread, and thick spoonfuls of squash soup. Eating mostly a vegan diet, I have found luxurious ways to make healthy versions of all things craveable, and this soup is a perfect example.

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup {Vegan Recipe}

Thanksgiving is here, friends. Only a few days away until everyone is gathering around for the holiday feast, so what to serve those that don't partake in meats or dairy? This creamy cauliflower soup is luxuriously creamy (sans the cream) and pairs well with Thanksgiving fare. Not a touch of dairy--- only plant-based goodness in a bowl. You can whip this up, no problem.

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Green Beans with Mushrooms in Mustard Sauce {Maille Mustard Recipe}

I have fond memories of my grandmother's green bean casserole served during Thanksgiving dinner, quite possibly because in addition to the creamy mushroom soup base, there was a layer of Swiss cheese within the dense bed of green beans. The classic version has the green beans swimming in cream of mushroom soup-as-béchamel sauce and topped with fried onions. That recipe will stay put in our family cookbook, as this version of haricot verts is brought into the holiday spotlight, dressed up in a sensuous mustard sauce.

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Marvelous Matcha Coconut Cheesecake {RAW VEGAN RECIPE}

The other day as I was shopping for groceries, I found some mattcha tea powder in the tea section. Some grocery stores and Asian supermarkets carry this magical green tea powder, and I'm addicted to the stuff. I had run out of my stash at home, making due with some green tea bags instead. That wasn't quite working. As a true tea lover, I feel that mattcha is a special ingredient. Traditionally, mattcha is used in Japanese tea ceremony, frothed up with a bamboo brush in an artful practice, showing reverence for tea.

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Not Your Usual Avocado Toast

Avocado toasts have received much attention over the past year. Even fine dining restaurants have them on the menu. What’s the big deal with putting avocado on bread anyway? Well, I happen to think the avocado is one of the best things to eat since, well... avocado on toast. Perhaps it’s because you can create many different versions using a wide variation of ingredients.

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