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Chef V”s Guacamole w/Pomegranate and Mango

I like to make this guacamole for the holidays – so pretty and festive!

Chef V tip: save the pit and keep it in the mixture to keep the guacamole from turning brown.

creamy green smoothie


2 large ripe avocados
2 tsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp Fine sea salt
1/4 small white onion, finely diced
3 fresh cilantro sprigs with stems, chopped
2 Tbs. diced mango
2 Tbs. pomegranate seeds
1 tsp. Chopped jalapeno (optional)


For guacamole: Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. Scoop the flesh into a bowl. Using a fork or a potato masher, mash the avocado with the lime juice and 1/2 tsp. salt until the guacamole is smooth but still has a little texture and some chunks. Stir in the onion, mango, cilantro and jalapeño (optional). Top with pomegranate seeds. Taste and adjust the seasoning for dipping. Serves 4.

Creamy Green Smoothie

A creamy green smoothie has many important nutrients. Potassium is an important mineral that most people don’t get enough of. But instead of reaching for a banana, eat an avocado since it contains more potassium and way less sugar. – Veronica

Chef V’s Food Fact: Avocados are a nutritionist’s dream food – packed with nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins, and folic acid. Have one in a creamy green smoothie!

creamy green smoothie


  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 2 large leaves green kale
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup ice


Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend 1-2 minutes until smooth. Will keep for up to 3 days refrigerated.

Bon Appétit!

Easy Raw Pesto

This rEasy Raw Pesto is so delicious. Besides my Grilled Chicken Pasta, try this on gluten-free bread as a spread or use it as a marinade for your favorite protein or vegetables.

easy raw psto

TOTAL TIME: 15 min



  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 3/4 cup raw pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup cold-pressed olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Sea Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Process all the ingredients in a Vitamix until smooth. Will keep for up to a month refrigerated.

Easy Green Salad

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.

easy green salad

TOTAL: 15 Min

Prep Time: 15 Min

Serving Size: 2 People


  • 3 cups mixed greens (use your favs)
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1 small seedless cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup cooked hot or cold kidney beans
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced


Gently combine all the ingredients, drizzle with one of my dressings, and serve.

Raw Cucumber + Avocado Gazpacho

Cool and creamy, soups are a great way to start a meal, but are also awesome as a main course. You can easily double or triple my recipe and have delicious leftovers. The beauty of my veggie-rich recipe is that its high water and fiber content slows how fast you eat and fills you up quicker.

raw cucumber + avocado gazpacho

TOTAL TIME: 15 min



  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 cups filtered ice water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Fresh chopped chives
  • Cucumber slices


Refrigerate all the ingredients overnight. Peel and seed the avocado and peel the cucumber and garlic.

Place all the cold ingredients in a Vitamix and process until smooth.

The colder the ingredients are, the less foam there will be. Serve cold and top with chopped tomatoes for a bright pop of flavor.

Creamy Avocado Dressing

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.

creamy avocado dressing

TOTAL TIME: 10 min



1 large ripe avocado
1/2 small white onion, minced or grated
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1 small lime, juiced
1 tablespoon cold-pressed-olive oil or avocado oil
1 teaspoon sea salt


Process all ingredients in a Vitamix until smooth and well combined. Serve immediately.

Grilled Mango Salad

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.

Chef V’s tip: Add grilled chicken or fish for more protein!   – Veronica

ginger apple berry smoothie

TOTAL 30 minutes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 4 People


  • 1 to 2 mangos, peeled and cut into thick slices
  • 4 cups mixed greens (use your fav!)
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled or 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup Chef V’s Cilantro Lime Dressing


Preheat a grill or grill pan on a stove over medium-high heat. Place the mango sliced on the grill rack or pan and cook for 1 minute, or until grill marks appear. Transfer to a cutting board and cut the grilled mango into smaller chunks.

Plate the greens and top with grilled mango, red onion, and black beans. Drizzle with dressing and serve.

Skinny Shamrock Smoothie

Shamrock Smoothies are popular around St. Patrick’s Day.  However, they are typically not very healthy.

Here is my favorite version of a Shamrock Smoothie. It’s light, healthy, creamy and it tastes so good!

It’s also a low sugar smoothie. Stay skinny and look your best in green with this delicious recipe.

skinny shamrock smoothie

TOTAL: 15 min

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 1 Person


  • 1 small avocado (or ½ large avocado)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 date, pitted
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds


Blend all ingredients together in Vitamix or blender for 1-2 minutes, until smooth. Serve in your favorite glass and garnish with a spinach leaf cut out like a shamrock.

Balinese Urab Salad

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.

Urab has a delicious topping that makes it special. Grated shallots sautéed with herbs and spices are sprinkled over the top of the salad – crunchy and spicy special! – Veronica

easy green salad

TOTAL: 1 hour 15 min

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 2 People


  • 1 cup cooked red lentils
  • ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tbsp. Base Genep (RECIPE)
  • 1 cup green bean, chopped and blanched
    BLANCHED means dropping in boiling water for
    30 seconds to a minute but not cooking completely.
  • 1 cup bean sprouts, blanched
  • 2 tbsp. sliced shallots, fried in coconut oil
    (use half to mix in and half for topping/garnish)
  • 1 tsp. kaffir lime leaf, sliced and chopped thin
    (This might be harder to find but specialty Asian markets usually have fresh kaffir lime leaves. If you can’t find fresh leaves, use dried, but do not substitute anything else, as the taste is so distinct it can’t be mocked).


Mix the coconut, red bean and base genep with your hands very well. You can mix so well that you start to mash the beans slightly but do not over mash, keeping most whole. Add the blanched green beans and bean sprouts. Add half of the fried shallots and kaffir lime leaves. Use a pinch of salt to taste. Mix well and garnish with remaining fried shallots.

Grilled Watermelon Salad

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.

Watermelon is high in potassium, vitamin A,  vitamin C, and it’s super low calorie. 2 cups = 80 calories! Watermelon also provides vitamin B6 and glutathione. The body needs these vitamins, nutrients, and compounds like glutathione for proper immune function. Check out this yummy fun salad with a grilled take on watermelon to bring some versatile flavor to this delicious and nutritious food. – Veronica

easy green salad

TOTAL: 1 hour 15 min

Prep Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 2 People


  • 2 large slices watermelon to grill
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 3 radishes, sliced
  • 2/3 cup Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette (see recipe)
  • 10 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, optional


Preheat a grill or a grill pan on a stove over medium high heat. Place the watermelon slices on the grill rack or pan and cook for about 4 minutes, or until the watermelon is lightly charred, turning once about halfway through cooking. Transfer to a cutting board and cut each watermelon piece into slices.

In a large bowl combine the quinoa and radish slices and lightly toss with the vinaigrette.

To serve, make a bed of the chopped lettuce on a large serving platter and top with the quinoa mixture. Next, arrange the watermelon slices and avocados, and sprinkle with chili powder and chopped cilantro. Serve with extra vinaigrette on the side.

Quinoa Cooking Tip

Chef’s tip: My fail-proof way to cook quinoa is with a rice cooker. Place 1 cup uncooked quinoa and 2 cups liquid (either 2 cups filtered water or 1 cup filtered water and 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk) in the cooker and set on the white rice setting.

The quinoa comes out perfect every time. If you don’t have a re cooker, place the quinoa and 2 cups liquid into a medium sized pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Simmer, covered, for about 15-20 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed. Remove the pan from the heat, fluff the quinoa with a fork, and keep it covered until ready to use.

RAW Chocolate Avocado Mousse


Combine ingredients in food processor or vitamix and lick it clean, no seriously!! I know you will! Top with raw crushed nuts and/or shredded unsweetened coconut for variety.

Bon Appetit!


  • 1 large ripe organic avocado
  • 3-4 tbsp. of raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp. raw coconut nectar
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