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.

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.

Hearty Mushroom Hummus

In the mood for a savory snack? Try this hearty version of Mediterranean hummus made with baby bellas or portobello mushrooms, garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic, lemon, and parsley. This quick dip has that yummy hearty mushroom flavor and a hint of lemon. If you are a hummus lover, you have to try this variation – this is a break from the norm for sure! Perfect for dipping veggies and crackers, or layering on a sandwich or lunch wrap instead of mayo.

Avocado and Mango Salad

This Mexican-inspired mango and avocado salad comes together in just 20 minutes, making it perfect for a summery weeknight meal or "company" food. The flavor combination of mango's tropical burst, avocado's creamy decadence, and the rich smokey spice of cumin and chili powders makes this a "must-bring" to any social event. Consider this hot, tart, tangy, and sweet! (ps. Vibrant Method recommends swapping out Agave Nectar for real, raw Honey).

Lip-Smacking Technicolor Root Salad

Vibrant Method Test Kitchen “Perfected Recipe” sourced from Healthy Mind Cookbook.

A full color array on display of orange, purple, green, and yellows. Beets and Carrots are the key player here. Iron-rich beets contain natural elements which the body turns into nitric oxide which in turn expands the walls of blood vessels and increases blood and oxygen flow to benefit the brain and other parts of the body. Some say beets are also an aphrodisiac! When preparing, your shredding disc on your food processor is your best friend. Makes this recipe a quick snap!