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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Easy Baked Eggs + French-Inspired Asparagus

If you like baked eggs and asparagus, you'll love this combination for a quick protein-rich breakfast or a speedy "breakfast for dinner" option. The key is to remember to set your eggs on the counter for a while and get them to room temperature - makes for better baking! You can dip gluten-free toast into the yolks for a whole-grain boost or add leftover cooked quinoa to the asparagus bake.

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.