Raw Cacao Truffles

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Who doesn’t love a little dark chocolate indulgence??? A group of coworkers and I were getting together after the completion of the Conscious Cleanse (thanks CC for the recipe!), so I brought these as a celebratory treat. The recipe makes quite a few truffles so I ended up freezing the leftovers and I pull one out when I want a little chocolate fix. They are oh-so decadent and delicious!

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Costa Rican Inspired Cabbage Cups

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I was so excited to head to the farmer’s market last Sunday! With the holidays and our trip to Costa Rica, it has been a long time since I was there and I couldn’t wait to see what was fresh and new. I always go to the farmer’s market looking to get my veggies to roast for the week but I generally also go knowing that lunch is on the horizon so I look for inspiration from what is available to create a new meal. I’ve made recipes like my Pea Salad and Green Panzanella this way.

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Gluten Free Avocado “Toast”

Gluten Free Avocado Toast

This is one of my favorite go-to breakfast or snack items. I love avocado on regular toast but given that I don’t always have fresh bread in the house, this are a nice way to still get the same great taste – and they are gluten free for those out there with an intolerance! Whoever thinks they don’t have time to eat breakfast hasn’t tried this yet!!!

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7 Vegetarian Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less!

When I posted Five 20 minute meals, I got a lot of great feedback because many people get home from work late and just don’t have time to spend hours cooking a meal… but just because you are busy or work late doesn’t mean you can’t end the day with healthful wholesome meals. So here is a week’s worth of meals you can make in 30 minutes or less :). And the good news is you’ll probably have left overs to take with you for lunch!

1. Delicata Squash and Tofu Curry

Delicata Squash and Tofu Curry

2. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad… 

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Best Vegan Cookies EVER!

Best Vegan Cookies

Our friends Alissa and Drew had us over for dinner not too long ago and sent us home with some cookies. My ears perked up when Alissa told me that they were gluten free, dairy free and free of any added sugar. And then my taste buds certainly perked up when I bit into one! Not only are these the best vegan/gluten free cookies I have ever tasted, they are some of the best cookies I’ve ever tasted, period! I don’t see any reason to ever make another chocolate chip cookie… this one is healthier than most and is oh-so good. I’ve made them about 4 times since she had us over a month ago :)…. 

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Vegan Butternut Squash and Kale Soup

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Happy New Year everyone! If you are like me, the new year is a time to reassess and reintroduce some of those healthy dishes you may have forgotten about during the holidays. We spent New Year’s Eve up in Tahoe with a group of friends and had everyone contribute by cooking brunch or dinner on one of the days. It was so much fun to see everyone find their creativity in the kitchen… and we got to eat lots of yummy stuff. Anyway, one couple had some extra butternut squash so Scott and I took it home to make a yummy squash soup!… 

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Roasted Pumpkin Pilaf

Roasted Pumpkin Pilaf

I hosted my wine club last week and wanted to be sure

to have some gluten free options. I’m a little tired of

quinoa at the moment so I went ahead and tried this

pilaf dish. I also learned recently that wild rice is not a

grain, it is actually a seed! It is full of B vitamins and has

more protein than brown rice so opt for that if you can

find it, otherwise brown rice will do. Enjoy this flavorful dish!… 

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Vegan Split Pea Soup

Vegan Split Pea Soup

A few weeks ago I posted a picture of a homemade split pea soup on Instagram and had several people ask me for the recipe. I actually didn’t really follow a recipe for that soup because I had looked at one that used a pressure cooker and I don’t have one. So I made it my mission to find a split pea soup I felt comfortable sharing with you all. I decided to try a slow cooker version because I love putting something in the crockpot in the morning and coming home to a warm meal. I added in the cauliflower because it gives the soup some extra veggie goodness and also thickens it a little bit (maybe next time I will try it with broccoli)! I enjoyed this last night and can’t wait for the leftovers tonight :).

For updated recipes and photos, check out The Simple Kitchen!
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