Special Occasion Recipes

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Chef V’s Favorite Special Occasion Recipes – Christmas, Valentines, Easter, July 4th recipes from Chef V. All are gluten-free, many are vegan, all use organic ingredients.

Check out this yummy Easter Bunny Juice from Chef V! It’s so easy and the health benefits are amazing! It is blended not juiced to retain all of the beneficial fibers that boost your energy, speed up your metabolism, improve your skin and hair, and even our teeth.

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.

Check out my cute little sweet potato bunnies! They are so cute and can be seasoned sweet or savory! Recipe from Chef V for Easter celebration

Happy Easter! What’s more traditional than decorating Easter Eggs? But what is in all of those nasty dyes that we’ve been using on our food all of these years? Healthy Easter egg dye is easy to make. You can save money buying artificial dyes and get creative this year with household items you already have.

In keeping with our feature article about getting enough protein, this spring “What Do I Eat Today” menu includes chicken and salmon. We start the day with a liquid breakfast, my Skinny Shamrock Smoothie. Lunch is a mock ‘Chipotle’ Burrito Bowl with grilled chicken. Dinner is a recipe that is new to the website, Pistachio-Crusted Salmon, accompanied by my White Sweet Potato Purée. Enjoy!

I swear to you that my sweet potato pureé will have the same starchy mouth-feel as regular mashed potatoes. But this version contains way more minerals and is lower in calories.

This Green Goddess Hummus is amazing! It’s so full of flavor from the cilantro, chives, parsley, and lemon. It has the bright green festive coloring that kids love. Bring out the Green Goddess in you this holiday, or anytime.

My love salad with pomegranate seeds is 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.

Go red! Research has shown that red fruits and vegetables such as beets and raspberries are nutritional superheroes. So drink up!

Beets, including beet greens, contain an amazing array of antioxidants, other vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein.  – Veronica

Chia seeds are tiny superfood heroes. They come in either white or dark brown/black and have a huge nutritional profile. They contain Calcium, Manganese, and Phosphorus and are packed with fiber, protein, and healthy Omega-3 fats. They are basically tasteless so you can add them to nearly any kind of dish. Add raspberries, cocoa nibs, and coconut and you have a decadent yet healthy dessert.

Improving your diet is the most important healthy change anyone can make. Yes, you can exercise more, you can get more sleep, you can meditate. But if you’re still filling your body with junk, none of that is really going to work the way it should. Change your diet and everything else falls into place. Start with this healthier and delicious red beet hummus dip.

When you want a crowd pleasing appetizer that everyone will eat, my Buffalo Cauliflower recipe fits the bill. These are mega-tasty and healthy too, without guilty calories and bad-for-you animal fat. Buffalo Cauliflower bites go with summer parties, football games, and anytime you want some cauliflower that’s fun. – Veronica

Try a mocktail if you are looking to enjoy refreshing drink but hate the added alcohol calories. Take a break and try a Chef V mocktail recipe

My Macho Nachos recipe has everything a macho guy (or gal) could want in flavor and crunch, without the harmful fats and calories. Whether for Cinco de Mayo or the Super Bowl, this easy to make recipe is a hit with everyone.

Aioli, a traditional Mediterranean sauce, is just right for dipping veggies or drizzling over toasted baguette. It makes a delicious accompaniment to my Grilled Artichokes. – Veronica

When cooking for a special occasion you want meals that are hearty, healthy and memorable.  Chef V makes this delicious go-to recipe when she needs a dinner party main course.

This is my interpretation of a New York cheesecake. I’ve swapped the traditional cream cheese for a delicious mixture of cashews, coconut, and vanilla.

My Spinach Artichoke Dip is a favorite snack for watching football, as an hors d’oeuvre at a party, or with a glass of wine on the deck while the sun goes down. 

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