Articles & Recipes

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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Vegan Queso Dip with Brown Rice Tortilla Chips

Ashley Sperber - Thursday, August 31, 2017
Vegan Queso Dip with Brown Rice Tortilla Chips

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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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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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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Ratatouille (Vegetable Stew/Condiment)

Ashley Sperber - Friday, May 26, 2017
Ratatouille (Vegetable Stew/Condiment)

Ratatouille is an old French classic developed by farmers in Provencal France.  It was considered to be "peasant food" because it's mostly comprised of a mish mosh of leftover summer vegetables.  Although I generally reinvent most classics, I have left this one completely untouched, because I think it's simply divine as is. I love this recipe because it's abundantly flavorful and can basically be applied to almost anything.  It's absurdly easy to make because it requires few ingredients, little precision and less than 30 minutes to cook.   ..

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