Articles & Recipes

"Cream" of Cauliflower and Leek Soup (vegan)

Ashley Sperber - Friday, October 06, 2017

This rainy weather has me very excited for soup season ahead.  Soups are amazing because they are generally loaded with nourishing vitamins and minerals that can easily fill you up and keep you warm in the cooler months.  

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Mexican Stuffed Peppers (GF, Vegan)

Ashley Sperber - Friday, September 29, 2017

Stuffed peppers are a classic, traditionally filled with ground meat, rice, tomato sauce, and baked with a layer of cheese, and yes, I'm aware of how delicious that can be.  However, the reinvented version I'm featuring is loaded with far more bioavailable nutrients, with the same amount of protein, and significantly less unhealthy fats.   

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Zucchini Pancakes (GF, vegan)

Ashley Sperber - Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall is officially here, but I wanted to sneak in one last summer squash recipe: zucchini pancakes.  Although zucchini (and many other fruits and vegetables) can be found year round, it doesn't mean they offer the same health benefits as during their peek season.  Freezing, pickling or preserving recently harvested produce presents us with optimal nutrients.  When we consume foods that are not local to us (due to climate change), they must travel a long distance.  The longer that transit time is, the more nutrients deplete, which means that by the time it gets to us, the food is pretty "dead".  It's best to try to eat locally and in season in order to gain the most out of everything we consume. 

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Tomato Carpaccio with Goat Feta and Deconstructed Pesto

Ashley Sperber - Friday, September 15, 2017

During the summer we spend so much time out and about that spending time home slaving in the kitchen seems like an inconceivable task.  For that reason, I am delivering a recipe that is completely raw, which not only is fast to prep, but incredibly healthy due to its potent enzymatic benefits.   

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Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta Bake (GF, vegan)

Ashley Sperber - Friday, September 08, 2017

Ok, so, I admittedly went a little crazy with two back to back vegan cheese based recipes, but I'm not sorry.  Cashew cheese is a much more responsible option compared to antibiotic and hormone laden dairy that can wreak havoc on several metabolic functions.  Feeling bloated, gassy or plain old nauseous after indulging in this classic dip obviously isn't caused by the spinach or artichokes; it's the body's natural response to the cheese that we put on the cheese that we mix with other cheese.  More than 50% of the world's population is intolerant to dairy, yet we consume it despite the symptoms that indicate that we shouldn't.  Between poor quality options and prevalent intolerance, the harm seems to outweigh the taste, in my humble opinion.  

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Vegan Queso Dip with Brown Rice Tortilla Chips

Ashley Sperber - Thursday, August 31, 2017

My recipe of the week was a special request from a client that considers himself to be a "queso-holic".  With football season around the corner, I wanted to set him up with a healthy alternative to the junk that's been sitting on the shelves since last season.  Vegan queso recipes have been popping up everywhere recently, so I felt it necessary to try my take on it.   

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