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Crunchy Vietnamese Jicama & Cabbage Salad with Grapefruit and Fresh Herbs

Crunchy Vietnamese Jicama & Cabbage Salad with Grapefruit and Fresh Herbs

You will not really find this salad in Vietnam. This is the salad I wished was in Vietnam after I ate a bad grilled banana dessert and decided I would probably never eat (or travel) again. SOmething fresh and living and low on the food poisoning possibility scale.

Crunchy Vietnamese Jicama & Cabbage Salad with Grapefruit and Fresh Herbs

I love Vietnamese food (and Vietnam! And the Vietnamese! So much!). I love the large amounts of greens and herbs and general freshness. I love how light and clean it all tastes. There would likely be ground pork and lots of fish sauce in this if it was more authentically Vietnamese, but this salad is just inspired by what I love about Vietnamese food.

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Carrot & Jalapeño Soup

Carrot and Jalapeño Soup

Puréed soup rules. Nutritiously speaking, it is basically a cooked smoothie (so easier to digest) that can include the Allium family of veggies (onion, garlic etc) without freaking anyone out. There are definitely benefits to a raw, green smoothie that you don’t get from a cooked bowl of soup, but this soup definitely has its own thing going on that a green smoothie can’t touch.

Carrot and Jalapeño Soup

Soup makes the perfect food for fall and winter. Look at every ingredient on the list for this recipe. Each one is something you have probably thought about eating more of while perhaps reaching for something more convenient instead. Whipping these ingredients up into this bright orange soup turns them into the healthiest and most convenient of convenience food.

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Indonesian Butternut Squash Noodles with Veggies

Indonesian Butternut Squash Noodles with Veggies

In case you are like me and have cravings for Indonesian peanut noodles a little more than you would like to admit, I wanted to share a version with you that leaves you feeling energized and smugly vegetablized instead of Netflix zomb-ified.

Indonesian Butternut Squash Noodles with Veggies

The first and most important thing we do is make it more about the veggies than the noodles (good life advice too). Then we remove the peanut butter (sad face, I know, but pb -even organic -contains aflotoxin, a known carcinogen produced by mold) (I still eat it once in a while when accompanied by chocolate, because I’m human) and replace it with pumpkin seed butter (or sunflower seed or almond) (you won’t miss the peanut butter, I promise).

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Shitake Miso Gravy with Rutabaga Purée

Shitake Miso Gravy & Rutabaga Purée

Here’s a tip: you don’t need flour to make gravy. I discovered this when I first started dating my now husband who is (and apparently always has been, even in past lives) gluten-free. Personally, I might have said ‘hey Wes, don’t eat the gravy’ but instead when we went to my parent’s house for dinner, my Mom would make a gluten-free version of that and EVERYTHING ELSE and the rest of the family would avoid it.

Shitake Miso Gravy & Rutabaga Purée

Eventually, as I started cooking for nutritionally-minded clients, this early incarnation of my Mom’s g-free gravy got me thinking (I also started to understand the inflammatory effects of gluten). She would use rice or potato flour in place of the wheat flour and it tasted pretty much the same (My Mom was the best cook). From a whole food perspective, wouldn’t it be better to just use some fresh potato as thickener? Or even better, other flavourful, starchy vegetables?

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