Category Archives : Raw


3 Tips for Eating Out and Traveling on a Vegan or Plant-Based Diet

Dining Out is Easy with My 3 Top Tips for Eating Out and Traveling on a Vegan or Plant-Based Diet. Before you leave, load up your body with nutrients – enjoy my fresh, sweet and creamy pre-travel smoothie. Dining out while attempting to eat a healthy diet is hard. Eating out and traveling on vegan or plant-based diet […]

Pre-Travel Smoothie

Raw Collard Fiesta Wrap

Fat Burning Raw Collard Fiesta Wraps

Raw Collard Fiesta wraps are a delicious way to fill up and burn fat. “What are the top three topics you’d like me to cover?” I asked in a recent facebook post. Best foods for fat burning, was an answer that came back to me. This is a topic that will always […]


Cleansing Cucumber Rolls

The buzz word for this year is cleanse. If you are jump starting your system this year, these Cleansing Cucumber Rolls will fit the bill perfectly. Who isn’t cleansing these days? People have all kinds of methods of rebooting their internal systems. One of my favorite ways is through real, whole foods.  Right […]

Cleansing Cucumber Rolls

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Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta is my new seasonal favorite dish – easy to prepare, full of flavor and is versatile enough to continue changing with the seasons. It was like stepping into another planet when we got out of our truck to visit our friends from college, Don and Kathy, […]


Vegan Caesar Kale Salad with Arugula

This Vegan Caesar Kale Salad with Arugula is TO. DIE FOR. You may just lick the bowl. Right in front of the whole family at the Thanksgiving Dinner Table. A few exciting things have happened. 1) My CSA/Farm share just started up, 2) I got arugula in my first basket and 3) […]

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Superfruit Mangosteen Dressing

Fresh Salad with Superfruit Mangosteen Dressing

We’re all hearing about the benefits of superfruits ~ in this post I’ll review the mangosteen and share a delicious recipe for Superfruit Mangosteen Dressing! It’s all over Dr Oz, the internet, health blogs – you name it – superfruits are hot. It is hard not to buy into the hype […]


Spicy, Sweet and Savory Raw Thai Noodle Salad ~ Easy, Gluten Free and Vegan

. This sweet, spicy and savory Raw Thai Noodle Salad is easy to make and as an added bonus is also naturally gluten free and vegan. Walking through Native Sun last week I stopped and did a double take. Kelp noodles. Hmm. Interesting. I’m embarrassed to say I have never […]

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Juicy Orange Vinaigrette over Crisp Pear & Apple Salad with Cranberries, Almonds and Fresh Rosemary

 Juicy Orange Vinaigrette over Crisp Pear & Apple Salad with Cranberries, Almonds and Fresh Rosemary. Need I say more? Sometimes an unexpectedly happy email pops into your inbox ~ maybe it is from an old friend, maybe it is a response to a job opportunity or maybe it is from […]


Luscious Lemon Olive Oil Dressing over Crunchy Rainbow Salad

Since leaving my corporate job I have been so much busier than I thought I would be – but every minute has been filled with gratitude, peace and excitement about the future.  After 13 years in the structured day of corporate finance I expected to have anxiety with the change […]

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Back to School! Kid Tested Vegan Gluten Free Snack Idea – Grape Skewers with Lemon Vanilla “Frosting”

 I thought I was SOOOO smart. At my daughter’s daycare I had created tons of vegan and gluten free lunch and snack ideas that she loved and were easy to prepare.  With all her food allergies to wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts and dyes (like red 40) it was just easier […]


Four Reasons Mila is my Chia of Choice and a Recipe for Chocolate Chip Chia (Mila) Bars

There are four reasons I choose Mila. WHY is it better?   A fair question.  Over the years, I have been approached with many various products – from skin care, to food, to pills and shakes and this is the only product I have chosen to support. Quality. We need […]

Chocolate Chip Mila Bars

Gingery Pepita Energy Bars

Gingery Pepita Energy Bars – a little spicy, a little salty and a little sweet and only around 150 calories!

Gingery Pepita Bars – a little spicy, a little salty and a little sweet. 100% delicious. These are so satisfying and EASY to make – you’ll never spend money on pre-made bars again.  I’ve been making tons of variations of these with whatever is on sale.  I simply add enough dates, […]


Vivian’s Rockin’ Raw Root Veggie Salad

The moment one learns the joy of cooking is the moment things get interesting. A whole world opens up. Recipes, cookbooks, classes, TV shows and food blogs. It can be a bit overwhelming to the point that there are so many recipes you would like to create you ask, what will I […]

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Grilled Adobo Tofu and Veggies over Fresh Citrus Salsa and Cilantro Sunflower Seed Pesto PLUS Tips on How to Make Tofu Look Like Chicken!

Grilled Adobo Tofu and Veggies Open your mind…… “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” ― Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto “Many people know that animals around the world are treated badly, yet they turn their minds away.” – Ruby Roth, Vegan is Love So I […]


Layer it up! Recipes in a jar, 2 Ways – Kale Maple Blueberry Smoothie Parfait and Kale and Quinoa Salad in a Jar

Layer it up! Recipes in a jar, 2 Ways – Kale Maple Blueberry Smoothie Parfait and Kale and Quinoa Salad. “Leaving the tiny Bed and Breakfast in the English countryside we looked at our bill and it listed charges for water and electricity.  We walked to our tiny car, hopped […]

Kale Maple Blueberry Smoothie Parfait

Crisp Collard Wrap

Fresh & Crisp Collard Tofu Wraps for One

After all the crazy eating over the holidays – cookies, heavy meals, wine and empty carbs…..it’s time to detox! I love using fresh collard greens as a wrap for delicious fillings.  It adds a nice crunch as well as lots of vitamins, fiber and nutrients. One of my goals for […]


Broccoli Stem Salad with Creamy Garlic Tarragon Sauce – Don’t Throw Those Broccoli Stems Away!

How many times do we throw food away and not think about it? According to the EPA “More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW). In 2010 alone, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, with only three percent […]

Broccoli Stem Salad with Creamy Garlic Tarragon Sauce

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Watermelon Radish and Carrot Top Salad

Belonging to KyV’s  CSA/Farm Share has opened my eyes. I never would have seen such a thing as a beautiful watermelon radish with its mint green rind and gorgeous blushing flesh.  It’s crisp and has bit of a bite and is so visually pleasing that you just have to eat […]


Purple Kale and Sun Dried Tomato Salad

I’m kicking off the new CSA Season right with a Purple Kale and Sun Dried Tomato Salad and a how-to video on storage and prep. Yesterday was our FIRST delivery of the CSA season and what a great start! In our bags we got squash, onions, broccoli, broccoli rabe, spinach, […]

Purple Kale and Sundried Tomato Salad

Simple Purple Cabbage and Creamy Avocado Salad

You’ll love the crunchy sweetness of purple cabbage and the creaminess of avocado in my Simple Purple Cabbage and Creamy Avocado Salad. I find cabbage to be a bit intimidating and I’m not sure why.  Kohlrabi and daikon radish have had no problems making it to my plate, but that […]