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Recipes

All of my recipes are created to be quick, healthy, delicious and vegan (meaning they use no animal foods). They are meat-free, fish-free, dairy-free, and egg-free.

Most are also gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, or can easily be made so with some simple swaps. They are free of refined sugars, and most don't use any added sweeteners so many are suitable for diabetics.

I also sometimes share recipes from other people, and I am always conscious of choosing a recipe that is as healthy and vegan as I would make myself.

If you feel overwhelmed by recipes, you should pick up my online meal plan so that I can show you how to put recipes together into a balanced and nutritious eating plan.

Lani's Pumpkin Muffin Recipe + Book Giveaway!

Lani's Pumpkin Muffins - vegan, whole foods, refined sugar-free, oil-free, dairy-free, egg-free

These moist and richly flavored pumpkin muffins are a recipe from Lani Muelrath, and not only are they vegan, but they're refined-sugar-free, using dates and applesauce for all of their sweetness!

Lani is an award-winning teacher, author, presenter, and top plant-based living coach. These muffins are from Lani's new book, Plant-Based Journey.

Plant-based journey is not just a cookbook - it's a 5-step guide to help you through the journey of transitioning to a plant-based diet. It's full of amazing recipes and tips to walk you through the process. Scroll down to see the recipe, then further to enter the giveaway to win a copy of the book!

Lani's Pumpkin Muffins

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Makes 10 muffins

"This recipe is adapted from the Easy Pumpkin Muffins in The China Study Cookbook, by LeAnne Campbell. Just like LeAnne, I use whole foods for sweetening when I can, and I decided to make this recipe using date cream—with excellent results."

*Heather's Note: I found these baked up perfectly in 15 minutes, but it may be from the small changes I made (using regular whole wheat flour mixed with spelt) or my oven temperature.

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Tess's Cold & Flu Fighting Green Mojito Smoothie + GIVEAWAY!

Tess, aka The Blender Girl's, Green Mojito smoothie - perfect as a cold & flu fighter, or summer detox smoothie!

This smoothie from Tess Masters, aka The Blender Girl, is packed with cold and flu fighting ingredients - and is a perfect summer refreshment!

Tess is one of those truly lovely and generous people, who you can meet once and feel like you know their soul. She is a cookbook author, an actress, a voice over artist, and a general force of nature. If you haven't seen her work before, go check her out now: The Blender Girl.

This smoothie comes from her latest book, The Blender Girl Smoothies. Here's what Tess says about this smoothie:

"This is a cold-and-flu buster and potent detoxifier, all in one zesty cocktail! The bromelain in pineapple suppresses coughs and loosens mucus, while mint clears respiratory congestion, soothes sore throats, and alleviates nausea. The vitamin C in limes has antibiotic power, anti-inflammatories in kale and pineapple combat arthritis, and ginger boosts immunity, aids digestion, and adds a powerful zing."

Tess's Cold & Flu Fighting Green Mojito Smoothie

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Makes 2 servings

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Healthy & Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

Fresh basil pesto is a great way to use the basil that matures late summer all at once, and a healthy alternative to store-bought pesto.

Fresh basil pesto is a great way to use the basil that matures late summer all at once, and a healthy alternative to store-bought pesto.

It makes a perfect topping for homemade veggie burgers!

Fresh basil is fantastically nutritious, full of vitamin K for healthy bones, and has anti-bacterial and DNA-protective qualities.

Pine nuts are a natural appetite suppressant, which might help you from overeating this amazingly delicious pesto...

Healthy & Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

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Makes about 1 1/2 cups of pesto.

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JL's Avo-Cherry Milkshake Smoothie *SF-Ep.11

JL's Avo-Cherry Milkshake Smoothie

This is a thick, rich, satisfying smoothie from JL fields that's full of antioxidants, electrolytes, healthy fats - and flavor!

You can make this smoothie thick, like the healthiest milkshake you've ever sipped, or thin it out with some almond milk if you like.

JL is a vegan pressure cooking expert, and the creator of Real World Vegan Meal Plans - which include the kinds of things she whips up on a daily basis, like this smoothie!

JL's Avo-Cherry Milkshake Smoothie

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Makes 1 large smoothie

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Sweet Purple Funghi Burger Recipe

Sweet Purple Funghi Burgers - can be dehydrated (raw) or baked

This was the very first recipe that I ever came up with. It combines beets (for sweetness) with mushrooms (for funghi-powered-nutrition) into a really tasty veggie burger.

Beets are wonderfully nourishing, and have a unique phytonutrient called betalain. It works as an antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory (though there's a caveat below), and a detoxification aid. Betalain starts to decrease when beets are heated, so to maximize the betalain content, cook these as little as possible.

That said, other nutrients in beets become more available to our bodies when beets are cooked, because cooking breaks down the cellulose walls of the cells in the beets that hold the nutrients. So it's a bit of a trade off - you lose a bit of this, but gain a bit more of that.

The caveat to the anti-inflammatory properties of beets is that although betalain helps reduce inflammation, there's another compound in beets, called oxalic acid, which can exacerbate chronic inflammation. So beets aren't the best for someone with arthritis or chronic joint pain. They're better for acute or one-time inflammation.

If you serve these burgers on the greens from the top of the beets, you get bonus nutrition points with the lutein (the same antioxidant in tomatoes) and beta-carotene (the same thing in carrots that makes them good for eyesight) that's in those greens. If you've noticed that they look a bit like chard, that's because they're from the same family!

This burger recipe is to get you ready for a summer of veggie burgers! If you want to get more recipes, tips, and tutorials from me on how to make the perfect veggie burger, sign up to become an early bird for my veggie burger course - just click here.

Sweet Purple Funghi Burger Recipe

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Makes 10 small burgers, or 6 large ones.

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