Salads & Soups

Sweet potatoes are the uber tuber – packed wth fiber and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and blood sugar regulating nutrients. The best ways to prepare them for maximum health benefits are boiling, steaming and stir frying.

So how do I make cranberry sauce healthy? To sweeten the organic cranberries, I use coconut sugar. And in my opinion, my cranberry sauce tastes better than traditional Thanksgiving.

The only thing more comforting than a bowl of soup is a bowl of homemade soup that is both vegan and gluten-free. There’s something special about cooking comforting meals like this during the Fall that will warm you up and have your kitchen smelling festive.

This is a delicious fall treat for those first cool days that signal the end of summer. It’s also a hit at Thanksgiving dinner. It’s very filling and makes you feel warm inside even though it’s a salad. It’s also very healthy and vegan. – Veronica

How about our Green Bean Casserole made from scratch, vegan friendly and enjoyable for all?! The perfect combination of crunchy and creamy in a vegetable dish… what more could you ask for!

Green is good! Let me show you a variety of tasty ways you can create a sensational salad. Start with locally sourced organic greens, top your salad with a variety of colorful vegetables, fruits, legumes and a touch of lean protein. Salads are easy to prepare and are a super convenient way to get more nutrients into your diet.

Here’s my healthy Pasta Salad, using brown rice pasta, your choice of veggies and my raw cashew mayo to sauce. Mix well and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

Chef V’s tip: Most of my salads are delicious with my Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette or Creamy Avocado Dressing. Use these on any salads unless otherwise specified.

My Grilled Mango Salad is perfect for a hot summer day. It combines the hearty flavor of black beans with the luscious richness of mangoes and avocado, all in a healthy salad, perfect before or after a Chef V Cleanse.

I hope you had a great summer! Did you indulge and eat lots of barbecue and toss a few back? No worries! But now that summer is almost over, are you still eating and drinking like every day is the 4th of July? If so, it’s time to get serious about slimming down. Fall is just around the corner and you want to fit into those skinny jeans! I have the easiest solution for dropping a size within one week….

Ambrosia salad is to die for Yum but also you might die from the ingredients! Yikes! Sugar on sugar on sugar! Oh wait, a little cream too! So, I’ve decided to remix this Easter classic and make a yummy, healthy and vegan ambrosia salad.

Smoothie bowls are growing in popularity. They are easy to make, super nutritious and they look so pretty! I love green smoothie bowls because you can make them all sorts of different flavors on the top or blended in.

Mason jars are our favorite accessory. We use them every chance we get – filling the empty jars with fresh cut flowers, refreshing drinks or a variety of veggies for delicious salads on the go. Below we share with you our foolproof guide for creating the best and most nutritious mason jar salads that you – and your kiddos – will love, as well as three of our go-to mason jar summer salad recipes.

Balinese Urab is a salad made with any of a wide range of vegetables. You can use whatever vegetables you like – I used green beans in this recipe and added red lentils – the variation I learned in my cooking class. Balinese red bean salad: Urab.

Yes you can grill watermelon! It will reward you with a smoky flavor and lots of sweetness. Combining the scent of outdoor barbecues with the fresh fruit flavors we love, the result is memorable. Try this on your friends and revel in the compliments.

Pomegranate seeds are so yummy. They are sweet and tart and add a delicious crunch to any dish. They have lots of fiber and two essential Vitamins, C and K. Sprinkle them on your favorite salads and soups or toss them into your next smoothie.

My Creamy Broccoli Soup is made with coconut milk and coconut oil. In case you didn’t know, coconut milk is the liquid that comes from the grated meat.

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