Lemon Tahini Dressing

Spoon this tangy dressing over cooked broccoli, green beans, salad or poached fish. Tahini is a paste made from ground, hulled sesame seeds used in North African, Greek, Iranian, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisine. Tahini is served as a dip on its own or as a major component of hummus. Not only are sesame seeds an excellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber. I often use it instead of mayo on sandwiches and dip my crunchy veggies into it as a quick snack.

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!

Spring Asparagus & Fennel Sauté

Vibrant Method “Approved Recipe” sourced from Recipe to Nourish.

Nothing says SPRING like ASPARAGUS! These beautiful green spears are abundant in all grocery stores during the spring months. At home, I prepare asparagus a few times a week during peak season. Asparagus is known to be excellent for supporting the kidneys + helps support digestion. It’s a great source of folate + vitamins A, B6, C, E and K. It has antioxidants + supports natural cellular health. Its also perfect for weight management due to its Inulin content. Since it does not have a long shelf life, it is important to store bottoms sitting in water {like in a mason jar} or wrapped with a damp, clean kitchen towel to help keep it fresh.

Healing Bone Marrow Broth

Vibrant Method Test Kitchen “Original Recipe”.

Bone Marrow Broth is a common healing food that is now being recognized for its incredible health benefits ranging from overcoming food intolerances and allergies, improving joint health, reducing cellulite, creating a youthful skin tone, and boosting the immune system. Nutrition researchers Sally Fallon and Kaayla Daniel of the Weston A. Price Foundation explain that bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others. They contain chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, the compounds sold as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain. Broth can be consumed plain with a little salt, ground pepper and crushed garlic, or used to braised and roast meats, as a base stock for soups and stews, and when braising vegetable. Add a small amount to your pet's food for added nutrient benefits.

Spinach Asparagus Pesto with Rice Pasta

Vibrant Method “Approved Recipe” sourced from Simply Recipes.

An ideal spring dish to prepare on the fly during a busy weeknight. Loaded with phytonutrients from the asparagus and spinach for your daily vegetable intake. Can be eaten alone on a meatless dinner night or served alongside sustainable wild-caught fish or your favorite meat course. Leftovers store well for lunch the next day - although there may not be any left! Any unused pesto can be stored in the freezer for later use when you are in a pinch for a quick sauce, defrosts well.

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!

Wild Rice Asparagus Salad with Walnut Lemon Dressing

A main-dish salad is a perfect destination for grains. Tossed with a vinaigrette, a selection of vegetables and herbs, perhaps some walnuts to add crunch and flavor, and you've got all you need for the center of your plate. I love the contrast of textures and colors in this salad. The wild rice is earthy, the brown rice nutty, and both are chewy in different ways. Walnuts and walnut oil not only add perfect complementary flavor and crunch, but also contribute omega-3 fatty acids to the mix. You can make this up to a day ahead, but don't add the asparagus, parsley, and herbs until shortly before serving, because their colors will fade. I usually cook a few servings of wild or brown rice each week and toss cooked leftovers in soups and salads to save time in the kitchen.

Mediterranean Sautéed Cauliflower + Grape Tomatoes

This Italian-inspired sauté of cauliflower and tomatoes spiked with anchovies, garlic, and vinegar pairs well with white fish or roasted chicken. You'll be happy to see bacon in this recipe for a salty, savory flavor addition. Bacon? Yes, Vibrant Method is OK with organic, preservative-free bacon when used in moderation. Vegetarians can substitute the anchovies with worcestershire sauce and also swap out the bacon with parmesan cheese + gluten free bread crumbs to provide the crunch, fat, salt, and umami elements.

Chicken Sausage + Portobella Ragu over Creamy Polenta

One of my favorite ultimate comfort-dishes! Polenta serves as a gluten-free alternative grain topped with savory combination of chicken sausage, earthy baby bellas, and a bright tomato zing. Perfect for a weeknight dinner and sure to impress your guests at dinner parties. You can choose vegetarian sausage to make this vegetarian-friendly. I usually add a tablespoon of brain-healthy butter in the final polenta stir, because organic butter is a Vibrant Method approved brain food when used in moderation.