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Dark Chocolate Dipped Apricots with Pistachios & Salt.

This simple 4-ingredient plant-based dessert is composed of nutritious ingredients, and is quick and easy to prepare. These apricots make a wonderful edible gift – a real crowd-pleaser! Inspired by middle-eastern flavors, which often feature pistachios and dried fruit – I wanted to create a sweet and salty bite, with multiple textures. Naturally ‘packaged’ in individual bites, you can enjoy 2 or 3 chocolate-dipped apricots and feel satisfied!

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Cauliflower & Caper Salad with Parsley and Almonds.

A true celebration of cauliflower, this nutritious and hearty side-dish is a satisfying addition to your lunch or dinner ‘bowls’. Enjoy it with a protein source like lentils or beans, grilled tofu/tempeh, quinoa, farro or buckwheat groats. Roasting cauliflower brings out its natural sweetness, which is delicious with the warming spices it’s coated in. The salty capers provides a burst of flavor, along with the fresh parsley, and bright lemon. The almonds provide crunchy texture, along with some healthy fats and protein. Make enough of each component, to assemble and enjoy for 3 days worth of meals!

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Quinoa & Roasted Beet Salad with Seeds & Basil Dressing.

This nutrient-dense and satisfying ‘complete meal’ salad is rich in earthy, nutty flavors, and multiple textures. The quinoa, almonds, and pumpkin seeds – provide protein, good fats, and fiber. Along with the leafy greens, which offer plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants – the juicy sweet cherry tomatoes, and hearty roasted beets, create a hearty dish. Everything is brought together with the fresh, aromatic basil dressing! I suggest preparing enough of each component, to enjoy for 3 days worth of meals – saving time in the kitchen!

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Dark Chocolate Dipped Almond-Stuffed Dates with Pistachio & Orange.

Sweet and sticky dates are nature’s ultimate candy! Wonderful on their own, and even more delicious when jazzed up like this. Stuffed with crunchy toasted almonds, dipped in slightly bitter dark chocolate, coated in nutty pistachios, bright orange zest, and sea salt – this plant-based recipe is rich in flavor and nutrients. Naturally ‘packaged’ in individual-sized portions, these stuffed dates are a small, yet satisfying treat – composed of wholesome ingredients. To me, it is perfectly healthy to enjoy a homemade plant-based dessert like this on occasion – as part of a balanced diet!

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Cashew Butter, Maple & Lemon Glazed Raw ‘Donuts’

While not actually made with traditional ‘dough’, these whole food, plant-based ‘donuts’ are a delicious AND nutritious treat! Using nuts and dates as a base, one can create many different raw sweets – of all shapes and flavors. As a lover of lemon, I was inspired to make a lemon-infused dessert, that would bring brightness and tang to the almonds and dried fruit. Including fresh ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa, also makes these ‘donuts’ more flavorful. With no refined sugars or oils, you can feel good about enjoying this no-bake healthy dessert!

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Roasted Sweet Dumpling Squash, Apple & Walnut Brassica Salad.

This seasonal salad is packed with fiber-rich complex carbs (for stable energy), vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, Omega 3’s, protein and deliciousness! The comforting roasted squash, hearty winter greens, fresh parsley and apple, sweet cranberries, and crunchy walnuts create a balanced bite. I suggest preparing enough for 3 days worth of whole food, plant-based meals – making the most of your cooking time!

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Four-Seed & Date Protein/Energy Bars.

These sweet/salty, chewy/crunchy seed bars are a delicious and nutritious whole food, plant-based snack! Offering a full spectrum of amino acids/protein, unprocessed energy/carbs from the dates, plenty of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. A great back-to-school item for kids attending nut-free schools and otherwise. A healthier option compared to the packaged store-bought bars, made with processed sugars, refined oils, and preservatives. These DIY bars are made from just a handful of real, nutrient-dense ingredients. Quick and simple to make, this recipe requires no baking, just the use of a handy food processor – my go-to kitchen tool!

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DL’s Peanut Protein & Energy Bars. Whole Food. Plant-Based.

These delicious and nutritious bars are packed with plant-based protein, good fats, and whole-food carbs – an ideal pre or post-workout snack. Designed for the plant-based athletes I work with, this recipe offers concentrated energy from the fiber-rich dried fruits, and protein from the nuts and seeds. This combination of macronutrients provides a boost of energy without spiking your blood sugar level, and allows for steady energy release. Unlike store-bought packaged bars, these have zero added sugars, oils, or preservatives – making it a much healthier option. These bars can also be enjoyed as a dessert, a healthy and tasty treat for the whole family!

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Almond, Cranberry & Earl Grey Granola. Sweetened with Apple & Apricot.

A different, healthier take on breakfast granola! This nutritious and delicious recipe is composed of only whole food ingredients, providing plenty of fiber-rich complex-carbs, plant-based protein, and healthy fats – for steady energy. Sweetened naturally with my Apple & Apricot butter (see here), this granola is free of the processed sugars, refined oils, and other preservatives, which are found in store-bought products. To boost the flavor in a healthy way, I added Earl grey, cinnamon, and orange zest!

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