Articles & Recipes

"Cream" of Cauliflower and Leek Soup (vegan)

Ashley Sperber - Friday, October 06, 2017
"Cream" of Cauliflower and Leek Soup (vegan)

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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Zucchini Pancakes (GF, vegan)

Ashley Sperber - Friday, September 22, 2017
Zucchini Pancakes (GF, vegan)

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
Tomato Carpaccio with Goat Feta and Deconstructed Pesto

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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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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Summer Detox Quinoa Salad

Ashley Sperber - Friday, June 23, 2017
Summer Detox Quinoa Salad

Summer is officially here, and that means we have to eat like it.  We habitually eat heavier foods in the winter to accumulate some needed fat as insulation.  In the summer months, that insulation can be quite uncomfortable and unnecessary, so leaner foods are preferred.  In general, the heat should inhibit our hunger and invoke the craving of more revitalizing, nutrient dense foods.  Seasonal fruits and veggies are at the top of that list! ..

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Chipotle Green Bean Fries with Vegan Ranch

Ashley Sperber - Friday, June 16, 2017
Chipotle Green Bean Fries with Vegan Ranch

French fries are great, but not for you.  Being an avid french fry-aholic myself, I can empathize with anyone that's had to sacrifice their affinity for crispy, salty, greasy goodness for the betterment of their health.... hence the creation of veggie fries.  Yes, potatoes are technically a veggie, but they are loaded with starch, and their nutrient complex is volatile, meaning it's sensitive to heat.  When we fry potatoes, they lose most redeeming nutritional qualities.  French fries are exceedingly bad for us because they are also fried in canola or soybean oil, which are the cheapest oils available to restaurants.  Canola oil is made from corn. About 95% of corn harvested in the U.S. is genetically modified, whereas, soy is 99% genetically modified.  Furthermore, frying at high temperatures causes the food to oxidize, making it carcinogenic.  I know, it's depressing. ..

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