Articles & Recipes

Apricot Squares (GF, vegan)

Ashley Sperber - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Apricot Squares

The recipe of the week was inspired by my grandmother's renowned apricot squares, which was a treat I used to enjoy immensely as a child.  Unfortunately, her recipe was comprised of traditional refined flour, refined sugar, butter and eggs, as well as sugar laden apricot preserves.  As tasty as they were, they provided close to zero redeemable nutrition.  Due to my health coach nature, I decided to reinvent this classic with a few nutrient dense improvements.   ..

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Cobb Cups

Ashley Sperber - Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Cobb Cups

It's been quite some time since I produced a recipe that had meat or dairy in it, but I felt like my vegan streak had a good run.  This little creation was invented last summer when I was experimenting with my favorite bacon alternative: duck bacon.  Duck bacon is a much safer option to consuming pork products, but uncured turkey bacon without preservatives will also suffice.   ..

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BBQ Jackfruit Tacos

Ashley Sperber - Monday, July 31, 2017
BBQ Jackfruit Tacos

We should probably start with what jackfruit is, and then conclude with what you can supplement it with.  Jackfruit is  the largest tree fruit which is widely common in South/South East Asia.  It's an incredibly large, green, spiny fruit which isn't all that easy to come by due to it's origin.  I was fortunate enough (and shocked) to find a quarter of one freshly cut in a Shop Rite in upstate New York. I know Whole Foods generally carries it fresh, whereas, on Amazon, it can be found canned.  I will add that the fruit is loaded with vitamin B6, C and magnesium, but it's a little high in carb count if you are trying to mind your sugars.  The fruit is obviously low in fat and protein (3 grams per cup), so be sure to add some beans for protein if you are vegan.   ..

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All Veggie Lasagna (vegan)

Ashley Sperber - Wednesday, July 26, 2017
All Veggie Lasagna (vegan)

One of the most challenging aspects of eating clean is missing the foods that we would once indulge on.  Every time I recreate an old classic, I try my very best to add in as many comparable layers of texture and flavor that I can.  In the past I have created a veggie lasagna, but this was my first vegan and grain free option. ..

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Teriyaki Shisito Peppers

Ashley Sperber - Monday, July 17, 2017
Teriyaki Shisito Peppers

I love shishito peppers because they have so much unique flavor all on their very own.  Once in a while you will catch a relatively spicy one (about 1 out of 10), but for the most part they are very mild in heat and in fact, somewhat sweet. Peppers are one of the greatest sources of vitamin C possessing about three times as much as citrus fruits.  Shishito peppers actually originate from Japan, but have been making appearances on American gastropub menus for the last few years now.    ..

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Gazpacho (vegan/raw)

Ashley Sperber - Monday, July 10, 2017
Gazpacho (vegan/raw)

Gazpacho is one of those recipes that is so incredibly healthy on its own, that it requires zero enhancements.  The recipe originates from Spain and was created specifically as a chilled summer soup.  It's contents are tomato based with accents of cucumber, (ideally, spicy) peppers, garlic, onion and vinegar.  Cooling seasonal produce such as cucumbers and tomatoes are obviously used to reduce body temperature.  Spicy peppers are also used, because when the body sweats, it cools itself down.  Garlic and onion are used as to season the dish, and vinegar is added to preserve it.   ..

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