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  • Basil Shrimp Stir Fry

    This is one of my favorite weekend dishes. It’s simple to make and always a crowd pleaser. Serve with a rice of your choice and you’re good to go! INGREDIENTS 3 Fresno chiles, coarsely chopped 6 garlic cloves, smashed ¼ cup sugar 2 Tbsp. fish sauce 4 Tbsp. coconut or grapeseed oil, divided 1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled, deveined 2 cups basil leaves (about 1 bunch) Lime wedges (for serving) RECIPE PREPARATION ·       Blend […]

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  • Miso Bowl with Veggies

    Sometimes I simply eat the glazed carrots and mushrooms with the Miso sauce, while other times I need something more filling and add the broccoli and/or sweet potatoes. The vegetables are great by themselves or over a couple cups of spinach or other salad greens if you are looking to up your ‘greens.’ I use rice instead using a half-half mixture of Black Japonica and Brown Jasmine rice, which together make the prettiest purple-red mixture. I also love to use […]

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  • Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Goddess Dressing

    The roasted cauliflower with the crunchy chickpea blends effortlessly with the creamy goddess dressing. It’s one of those dishes you don’t want to share at the table as it’s just too good. This makes a great side dish to share with friends or as an entree if you don’t feel like sharing! I think the addition of some large grained grey sea salt and sesame seeds makes this dish PERFECT! Sometimes I make this without the basil or I add cilantro […]

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  • THE FIRST CHAKRA

    The first chakra is our foundation, the seat of the physical body. As the root chakra, it is the root for the other six major chakras as well as connecting us to the earth. It’s located at the base of the spine, and is more internal for women than for men. The 1st chakra corresponds to the tail bone and the lower lumbar vertebrae. It’s heavily connected to our bones and the whole body. The constant gravitational pull from the […]

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  • Miso and Turmeric Breakfast Scramble

    I have found a gluten-free, soy-free Miso paste from Miso Master that is delicious and use it in this recipe from The First Mess. It goes great with Avocado toast! It has the golden hue of the turmeric (anti inflammatory benefits) and feels, looks, and tastes like comfort food. If you really want to up your game add black lava salt or a spicy chilli sauce. Ingredients 3 cups cooked chickpeas 1 teaspoon virgin olive oil 2 green onions, finely […]

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  • Crispy Salt and Vinegar Potato Snack with Lemon Garlic “Aioli”

    This dish is egg and dairy free! When I need something salty for a night on the couch this is my go to recipe from ‘The First Mess.’ I love this dish, especially if I cook the potatoes for longer than this recipe suggests, so they’re golden and super crunchy…YUM! INGREDIENTS Lemon Garlic “Aioli” 1/2 cup raw pine nuts, soaked at least 2 hours 3 tablespoons filtered water 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 garlic […]

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  • Soup from the Greengrocer

    This soup not only tastes delicious, it’s a traditional Tuscan soup, filled with a wealth of garden vegetables. It is the ultimate cold fighting, immune building, weight maintenance soup I know. There is a bit more effort involved than most but this recipe (or frozen for later use) lasts for days, and is well worth the effort. Ingredients ¼ cup olive oil 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 medium onions, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 4 carrots, chopped 3 large, ripe […]

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  • What Are You Shopping For?

    In general, having more things means enjoying life less. What we consume can end up consuming us. “The high of the buy” briefly lifts your spirits, but it’s short lived and then you’re down again, but a little lower this time. Shopaholics know the consequences of their habit through the shame, the guilt, the debt, the distraction, and the scary reality of the monthly credit card payments. Behind all the smiles, there is fall out again and again. Overconsumption is […]

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  • Gluten Free – Vegan Plum Crumble

    Category: Dessert Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan   Ingredients 7-8 cups chopped plums (can also use an assortment of berries) 3 Tbsp maple syrup 1 Tbsp lemon juice   CRISP 1 cup almond flour ⅔ cup shredded or desiccated coconut (or rolled oats if OK with grains) 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts (or other nut of choice) 1/4 cup organic cane sugar 1/4 cup coconut sugar ½ tsp sea salt 4 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)   Instructions Preheat […]

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