Decadent Vanilla Chai Protein Smoothie

As late summer breezes shift into early fall winds, you’ll start craving hearty breakfast options. Here’s a seductive morning protein smoothie to warm your senses and nourish your body. Half a frozen banana is blended with creamy nut milks and butters, pure vanilla extract (brain food), fragrant cinnamon, spicy ginger, smoky cardamom, and warming cloves. The Indian Chai spices impart an earthy flavor element when infused with alkalizing hemp protein and fiber-rich flax meal superfoods. Move over Starbucks, this morning pick-me-up is guaranteed to invigorate your palate and feed your body – the healthy way.

Harvest Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

Hello Autumn! Quite possibly the perfect flavor profile when the weather starts to cool. This superfood smoothie is blended with warming, earthy, grounding ingredients guaranteed to warm you soul. Organic pumpkin puree is loaded with Vitamin A for glowing skin and healthy eyesight. It is also rich in folate, the bioavailable form of folic acid vital for maintaining a healthy stress response. Pumpkin puree is low in calories, high in fiber, and excellent for maintaining a slim waistline. This recipe balances muscle-building protein and brain-healthy fat satisfy your morning taste buds. Raw walnut halves add much needed essential fatty acids and a hearty flavor. Greek Yogurt (can substitute for homemade goat’s milk kefir) boosts the perfect "tang" to enhance the flavor and deliver gut-healthy probiotics. Superfood Brand recommendation links are listed below. It’s so delicious, you wont want Fall to end.

Thyme-Scented Fennel and Leek Soup

A luscious spring soup that's dairy-free, vegan, and can be enjoyed by people with nut allergies. Pumpkin seeds are the super star of this recipe. By lightly toasting and pureeing them, you can create a light but creamy soup with subtle nutty undertones, which everyone can eat. Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as a source of the mineral zinc. They benefit your heart, liver and immune system, help fight diabetes, and offer unique benefits for men’s prostate health and women’s relief of menopause symptoms as well. This rich and creamy soup is loaded with layers of flavor - also outstanding served chilled, enjoy!!

Roasted Mushroom and Cauliflower Soup

A delicious and way healthier alternative to the canned 'cream of mushroom' soup that would emerge in a gelatinous blob, often with a questionable-sounding plop? Cauliflower is often considered one of the healthiest foods on earth- and there is good reason why. With its rich supply of health-promoting phyto-chemicals, high level of anti-inflammatory compounds, and ability to ward off cancer, heart disease, brain disease, and even weight gain- it seems there isn’t much cauliflower can’t do. Roasting the mushrooms and cauliflower brings out the best of the vegetables from some time in the oven, deepening the flavors for this quick and hearty soup. Substitute the creme fresh for unsweetened cashew or canned coconut milk.

Warm Mushroom, Edamame & Kale Salad

A super quick, delicious, easy, healthy and filling salad. Edamame beans are high in fiber, ultimately beneficial for your digestion, protein and antioxidants intake. Kale is rich in iron which is essential for the formation of hemoglobin, to help transport oxygen around in the blood, and is also high in fiber. Mushrooms are the only fruit or vegetable which as vitamin D, which we usually only obtain from the sun or correct form of D3 supplements – great now when it is winter and we don’t get enough sunlight. Mushrooms also boost the immune system and have been researched for cancer prevention and treatments.

Lentil, Mushroom & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

With its rich, mushroom-studded filling tucked under a layer of soft mashed sweet potato, it has all the hallmarks of a good shepherd's pie, but it's completely vegan — and includes a secret ingredient that adds body and creaminess to the filling, without any cream. Authentic shepherd's pie is a comfort food classic, but there's no room in my diet or grocery budget for a heavy dish of ground lamb or beef and buttery potatoes, except as an occasional treat. Lentils, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes, roasted until creamy-soft, need just a little salt and pepper to be a flavorful topping. This recipe uses one unusual ingredient: steel cut oats! The dry oats — cooked and drained with the lentils — release just enough starch to bind the filling into a creamy, mushroomy mass, rather than a loose scattering of lentils and vegetables. The oats also add a texture somewhat like ground meat, but they aren't noticeable unless you know to look for them, so your guests will have no idea their dinner includes a nutritious breakfast staple. Note: STEAMING the sweet potatoes saves you an HOUR off this recipe plus retains vital nutrients!

Savory Braised Red Cabbage

Poor cabbage has a bad rap and I can’t figure out why. Prepared this way, it’s savory and delicious—a fabulous side dish. Loaded with Vitamins K, C, and B6, red cabbage is superior to pale green cabbage in added nutritional benefits and its robust hearty flavor. The purple anthocyanin pigments lend to dietary antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and disease preventative benefits. Its beneficial for compromised digestive tracts, and good for cardiovascular support. Paired with savory caraway seeds which lend to an aromatic anise-like flavor (think rye bread) and tangy apple cider vinegar, you'll wonder why it took you so long to fall in love with braised cabbage. Excellent veggie dish to compliment red meat or poultry and a side of complex grains like brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, or amaranth.

Asian Lemon Ginger Tamari Dressing

The sauce goes great with your favorite sautéed (or raw) veggies and a grain like brown rice or quinoa making it a truly nutritious power meal. The raw ginger, garlic and lemon make this packed with health benefits from detoxification, to reducing bloating, better digestion and increased energy. Using Nama Shoyu's gluten-free tamari is basically like a vegan/soy free soy sauce. You can also opt for liquid coconut aminos. Use toasted sesame oil instead of olive oil for added flavor.

Chimichurri Salad Dressing with Basil and Cilantro

Popular among many Latin and South American countries, Chimichurri is that wonderful, fresh sauce that brightens anything it comes in contact with. Traditionally made with olive oil, lots of fresh parsley, lemon, garlic and shallots, it's most often used as a sauce on grilled meats and fish. Making this salad dressing is SO simple and SO much healthier than store bought alternatives that may contain poor quality oil, preservatives, hidden sugars and food coloring. You don't have to get fancy, a simple splash of olive oil and balsamic will do! But, if you want to experiment, give this salad dressing a try!! You can also use this on top of grilled shrimp and seafood, red meats, and roasted mixed vegetables.

Baby Bella Spinach Quiche Cups

Nutritious, high-protein, low-carb, gluten-free breakfast or snack made in a muffin pan with only 6 wholesome ingredients. Baby Bellas (Cremini) mushrooms are ideal for this recipe. You can substitute any high-fat nut milk of your choice or goat's milk (my personal preference for these little delights) instead of using the heavy cream. Feel free to add other "quiche-friendly" sautéed veggies including bell peppers, asparagus, and leeks. Nitrate-free canadian bacon from a reputable brand (Applegate Farms of Niman Ranch) is a great addition meat lovers.

One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta

The ultimate "one-pot wonder", this creamy, hearty pasta dish is the ideal answer to "What's for Dinner" when you don't have much time to cook. All you need is 20 min. There is absolute no pre-cooking or sautéing of any kind here. Simply throw everything into the pot, including the uncooked traditional pasta and that is it. Substitute heavy cream for goats's milk or full-fat coconut milk (the canned cooking type, not the beverage). Amp up the superfood elements by adding more veggies! NOTE: For a gluten-free option, cook rice pasta separately and rinse prior to topping with vegetable medley. Adjust the vegetable cooking liquid accordingly.

Roasted Mushroom and Green Bean Farro Salad

A complete meal packed with savory flavor and essential nutrients. The flavor combination of green beans and mushrooms pair well together. Roasting vegetables seems to concentrate their flavors and make them even tastier. Farro is a really nice whole grain due to its earthy nuttiness and the chewy texture. For folks who are eating gluten-free, you can use brown rice instead or substitute for quinoa, amaranth or buckwheat. The balsamic vinaigrette and feta brighten this dish with the perfect acidity. An excellent vegetable side dish everyone is sure to love!