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.

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.

Vibrant Summer Salad with Watermelon and Cherry Tomatoes

Vibrant Method “Approved Recipe” sourced from Healthy Mind Cookbook.

This salad has always been a crowd favorite at outdoor cookouts with friends. Both watermelon and tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, a well-known antioxidant that protects the brain’s high fat content. Lycopene may also play a role in the growth of the brain. A little lime juice and cilantro provide a nice zesty note for this dish, playing well off the slightly briny creaminess of the feta cheese.

Fresh Asparagus Caesar Salad

Vibrant Method “Approved Recipe” sourced from A Food for Thought.

There’s something wonderfully exciting about seeing a recipe that completely changes the way you think about food. This is a new take on the classic Caesar salad using asparagus as the "greens". Classic caesar dressing incorporates anchovies (loaded with vitamin A, calcium, and potassium) as the main flavor component, however, if you are completely freaked out by the idea of having to chop up the little fillets, you can use a little Worcestershire sauce , but I think it’s better to go for the real deal. Your brain and eye-sight will thank you!