Ginger Beef, Mushroom And Kale Stir-Fry

Quick and healthy stir fry with a few 'Vibrant Method' modification are a total crowd-pleaser of a dish, and can be ready to go in less than 30 minutes! Substitute soy sauce for gluten free tamari or coconut aminos. Leave out the corn starch or substitute with arrowroot powder. Serve with organic brown rice or quinoa and a generous helping of green-leafy salad.

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.

Arugula and Hemp Seed Pesto

A delicious gluten-free, Vegan, and nut free pesto for folks with food allergies or sensitivities. Superb as a pasta sauce, this pesto would be great as a spread on wraps or sandwiches, as a sauce on pizza, as a topping on grilled meat or veggies, etc. I love the use of Hemp seeds as a nut alternative - especially for its protein content. Protein from hemp seeds is complete, containing all 10 essential amino acids, making it superior relative to almost every other plant-based source of protein. It’s also high in plant-based omega-3s and because hemp seeds and hemp-based foods are raw, they maintain their high level of nutrients.

Savory Roasted Mushroom Base for Burgers, Sauces, and Soups

Edible mushroom varieties contain a number of valuable nutrients, including protein, enzymes, B vitamins (especially niacin), and vitamin D2. About 100 species of mushrooms are being studied for their health-promoting benefits, and about a half dozen really stand out for their ability to deliver a tremendous boost to your immune system. They've even been studied for their ability to prevent cancer. Adding this "Roasted Mushroom Base" to your recipes increases flavor and heartiness. Its an excellent method to boost the umami flavor factor in dishes. The flavor "umami," which means "delicious" in Japanese, is valued for making foods taste meatier and more satisfying. Umami is the natural flavor of glutamic acid, which, in your body is often found as glutamate; eating umami-rich foods may increase post-meal satiety, helping you eat less throughout the day. You can crumble this into soups, stews, burgers, meat sauce, or pretty much anything you want taste "meaty". The mix will keep for about 4 days in the refrigerator.

Roasted Portobello Fajitas

Quick and easy weeknight meal featuring portobello mushrooms as the superstar! They can be substituted as an excellent savory stand-in for meat. They have a hearty texture and absorb flavors well when marinated. You can get as creative as you want with toppings - the more veggies the better! Serve over whole-grain brown rice or in a tortilla (I love Udi's spelt tortillas or Food for Life gluten free brown rice tortillas). Top with homemade guacamole and make extra, because these will get devoured by your dinner guests.

Roasted Portobello and Red Pepper Tacos

A pretty simple and delicious combination of wholesome ingredients including portobello mushrooms, red peppers and red onions tossed with oregano, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper, all roasted to perfection. The cooked veggies can be stuffed in soft tortillas or folded like a burrito (I love Udi's spelt tortillas or Food for Life gluten free brown rice tortillas) and garnished with other additions like avocado, cilantro, salsa or whatever your heart desires. Add superfood boosters like sliced avocado shredded kale or red cabbage. Ready in 30 minutes or less!

Rice Pasta Salad with Avocado and Lime-Basil Aioli

The creamy, zesty, refreshing, Avocado aioli salad dressing transforms this basic pasta salad into the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Avocados are an ideal ingredient to lend a rich and buttery flavor as well as satisfy feelings of indulgence and fullness. They are loaded with a wide variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients (manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as phytonutrients like unique carotenoids, flavonoids, and phytosterols). The tangy lime and basil combination pair well with blood-sugar supportive peas and heart-healthy carrots, which serve a significant source of vitamin A and biotin for healthy eyesight and youthful skin. This scrumptious dish is ideal for a quick weeknight salad or main course. Feel free to add in more types of crunchy veggies to improve the nutritional content as desired.

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).

Zesty Lime + Shrimp + Avocado Salad

Sustainable shrimp is an excellent source of Protein, Selenium (dietary mineral), and Vitamin B12. This recipe is tossed with refreshing lime juice and cilantro (known as the "anti-diabetic" plant) as key ingredients to creating this mouthwatering salad. Avocado adds a multitude of benefits including metabolic-boosting fat, rich flavor, and keeps you feeling full longer. Make sure to use fresh ingredients; sustainable shrimp, avocados, organic tomatoes, red onion, organic cilantro and chopped jalapeño. This dish makes a perfect, well-rounded, healthy-fat and protein-packed main dish at lunch or dinner.