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27 Jul Bucatini with Basil Cashew Cream Sauce + Sweet Corn

I love indulging in creamy comforting pasta dishes, but my body doesn't always think that's such an incredible idea- especially during bikini season. The cashew cream base in this recipe mimics all the delectable happy signals to your mouth and brain that a traditional high fat dairy cream sauce does, but without the extra cellulite (hooray!) and the basil and farm fresh sweet corn brings summer right to your plate. You can use any pasta you'd like (even zoodles for a super guiltless version!), but in my book organic Bucatini can't be beat here. Go forth and conquer that beach body!   [yumprint-recipe id='82']...

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30 Jul Raw Shiso Wraps – Two Ways (Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Raw Shiso Wraps - Two Ways When I came across the most gorgeous Shiso leaves I've ever seen at the market last week,  vibrant purple on one side and a deep green on the other, I bought three bunches (having absolutely no idea what to do with them at the time). Shiso is the Japanese name for an annual herb called Perilla, a leaf generally classified in the mint family that has slight citrus and basil notes as well. You can eat it raw or cooked, and I find as a general rule to use it anywhere you would use mint or basil. Since my over-purchase, I've made shiso miso soup, shiso tempura, pickled shiso, shiso cocktails, shiso salads, and more. The most successful of my experiments:  Shiso Wraps. Here are the recipes for two of my favorites, the first has a California market flair with goat cheese, apricots, almonds and jalapenos; the...

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22 Jul Long Bean & Eggplant Coconut Curry

Long Bean & Eggplant Coconut Curry Yield: 2 Servings Time: 20 Minutes I have always been obsessed with the Szechwan green beans at Chinese Restaurants. In the pre-online-recipe days, I tried and failed to re-create the dish but never got it quite right. The ah-ha moment finally came when I discovered two things. One, that at the restaurants I was not eating garden variety green beans but actually Long Beans, a type bean that is grown on a climbing vine (instead of on a plant like regular green beans), has more of the flavor and texture of a green bean-asparagus mix, and are usually 1 – 1.5 feet in length (which is why they are also known as Yardlong Beans.) Two, that using the technique of dry frying (where you deep fry the beans without any coating or batter and the high heat sucks out a ton of the interior moisture and breaks...

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24 Jun Ricotta Crostini

Ricotta Crostini Yield: About 24 Crostini Cook Time: 30 Minutes I love appetizers, so much beauty and deliciousness in one to two bites (and who doesn't love eating things with their hands? )  When eating out, small plates and apps are one of my favorite ways to try a bunch of different things at a restaurant. When cooking, they are a fun way to experiment with new flavor combos.  These crostini are a great way to start off a dinner party while your guests wait for the main event, or a shining star for a cocktail party. My recipes listed here are just a sample of the unlimited possibilities,  get creative and play around with different cheeses, breads, spices, and toppings! Enjoy! xo Stephanie     Ingredients Crostini 1 French Baguette, sliced diagonally and cut in half 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt   Toppings Apple Honey Hazelnut Crostini Zest from 1 Lemon to Garnish 1/4 Cup Toasted Hazelnuts 1 Apple, thinly sliced Honey Lemon Ricotta Base   Basil...

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22 Apr Mighty Green Vegan Couscous Bowl

Mighty Green Vegan Couscous Bowl Yield: 2 Servings Cook Time: 25 Minutes Spring has arrived and I can’t get enough of the vibrant greens that are sprouting up everywhere. A great option for a quick weekday dinner, this healthy mighty green vegan bowl packs a punch in bold colors and fresh flavor from 11 different shades of green- a feast for the eyes and belly! Enjoy with luv! Xo, S     Ingredients 1 Cup Green Beans ½ Cup Cooked Shelled Edamame 1 Bunch Thin Stemmed Asparagus 1 Cup Broccoli Florets ½ Cup Shelled Fresh English Peas 1 Cup Arugula 1 Avocado, Diced 1 Cup Pesto (See the Recipe Here , Vegans- sub nutritional yeast for the parm) Juice from 1 Lemon ¼ Cup Pistachios 2 Tablespoons Lemon Zest 1 Tablespoon of Chives, thinly sliced ¼ Cup of Micro Basil (optional) Pistachio Oil (optional) Kosher Salt 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Package of Whole Wheat Couscous   Directions Cook couscous according to package instructions (super easy, only 5 minutes!) Blanch your asparagus (1 minute), broccoli (2 minutes),...

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