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!!

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.

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.

Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cilantro-Lime Sauce

Who doesn’t love a good taco? Black beans paired with creamy cilantro-lime dressing make for the ideal healthy taco dinner! These nutrient-dense finger foods pack a powerful high-fiber and protein punch. The super-quick black bean filling is made in less than 5 minutes with just black beans, organic salsa, and cumin. Simple ingredients yet rich with a variety of nutritional elements and flavor components. Black beans are an abundant source of digestive and colon supportive elements including folate and fiber. Feel free to experiment with different south-of-the border spices like ancho chili or chipotle chili powder. You can also try different pre-made salsa mixes, just make sure they are organic and not loaded with food additives and chemicals – or you can make your own with jicama, mango, cilantro… the possibilities are endless! Serve with a veggie-rich side salad for a complete meal.

Gluten-Free Blueberry Mini Muffins

Gluten-Free Blueberry Mini Muffins. These mini-muffins are easy on the constitution. The key is they’re made with almond flour, so they’re grain and gluten-free. Many folks can’t tolerate gluten, especially as they get older; it creates inflammation which messes with the gut and digestion. Here I’ve canoodled with almonds, eggs, blueberries, vanilla, and honey to create a pick-me-up in every bite

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!

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.