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RECIPE: The Juiciest Juice!

RECIPE: The Juiciest Juice!

Part of my intention for the New Year of 2016 was to do a cleanse. Every so often (at least twice a year), I’ll do a restrictive diet that includes dropping all alcohol, caffeine, meat, and severely reducing sugar and salt intake. I already eat pretty healthily in terms of whole foods, so eliminating processed foods isn’t much of the focus. However, at the end of 2015 I was really feeling the call to cleanse again. In addition to the…

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Going LOCO for LOCRO!

Going LOCO for LOCRO!

I’m still in South America, and you know what that means? MORE INSANELY DELICIOUS RECIPES from my partner’s homeland! The first time I heard about locro, I was in Mendoza visiting my partner’s best friend and his family. I misheard the name as ‘loco’, which means ‘crazy’ in Spanish. And after trying locro, I indeed have gone off the deep end. LOCO for LOCRO! I don’t even know what to call it. A stew? A thick soup? A strange casserole? The…

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Pastel de Papas — Potato Pie from Argentina

Pastel de Papas — Potato Pie from Argentina

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared something from my kitchen, and part of that reason is because I’ve been on the road. In early May, my partner and I launched a 6 week South American family-and-friend visiting tour. We’ve been in Argentina for almost a month now, and while this country is famous for everything that comes off the grill, there are of course some other dishes that deserve some kitchen time. Pastel de papas, or potato pie, is one of my favorite…

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RECIPE: Chickpea Cilantro Lime Salad

RECIPE: Chickpea Cilantro Lime Salad

This is one of my favorite salads IN THE WORLD. It’s fresh, it’s quick, and it’s extremely tasty. When I eat it, I feel like the most successful vegan in the world, even though I’m not vegan. Still, if a salad can make you feel that triumphant, eating is doing something right. Combining chickpeas, cilantro, lime and a blender produce one of the healthiest and yummiest salads on the planet. This is perfect for a lunch, or a side dish. Or, you…

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RECIPE: Vanilla Mango Express

RECIPE: Vanilla Mango Express

All aboard the TASTY TRAIN! Yeah, that’s right, I’m running with the train theme. I hope you bought your tickets in advance, and checked your FORMER BREAKFAST at the gate. Because it’s time to hop on board — the Vanilla Mango Express is heading straight for your MOUTH! BAM! Okay, all tackiness aside, let’s get to the recipe. This is one of my favorite morning-starters yet. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: ½- ¼ mango 1.5 inch-2 inch thick slice of pineapple, spiny sides removed, cored 1 banana…

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RECIPE: StrawMango Banana Blast!

RECIPE: StrawMango Banana Blast!

This week, we’re looking at one of my FAVORITE SMOOTHIES IN THE WORLD. It’s a strawberry-banana-mango blend, simple and super nutritious. For those of you that don’t make smoothies often, or have never handled a mango before, I have some specific tips below. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 2 Bananas A good handful of strawberries (depending on size, around 10. More is usually better!) 1/4 to 1/2 Mango     PREPARATIONS: 1. Peel those bananas and toss them in the blender! Hell…

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Welcome to Ember’s Kitchen

Welcome to Ember’s Kitchen

This is the first installment of a series called “From Ember’s Kitchen” where I’ll share my favorite recipes for dinner, snacks, smoothies and more. Here’s my story: It’s no secret here, I love to cook. But it wasn’t always this way. In fact, I was raised exclusively on Hamburger Helper and microwave meals. I used to be overweight and extremely unhealthy. Shoving lots of pizzas, mac & cheese, and Wendy’s chicken nuggets down my gullet as much as I could….

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