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Trader Joe's Beet Hummus Dip

Beet Hummus Dip and Dressing

Aside from a dip, Beet Hummus makes a wonderful salad dressing while adding vibrant color to the dish. This recipe is inspired by Trader Joe’s. Who doesn’t like Trader Joe’s? Going to this neighborhood grocery store is similar to a treasure hunt. They love to switch and rotate things keeping you on your toes. I […]

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Fresh Pistachios

Fresh Pistachios are in Season! (September-October in the US)

Fresh pistachios are gorgeous. They have a cream colored shell with a pink and green seed. They are buttery, sweet, and slightly pungent, a flavor that is hard to describe. Several years ago, I was working for a Persian guy in Santa Monica. We became good friends. So one day he invited me to go […]

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Spaghetti Squash New Recipe Vegan

Spaghetti Squash with Tomato, Mushroom, and Rosemary Coconut Cream Sauce

New Spaghetti Squash Recipe I don’t stop being amazed from what nature offers us. For example, the spaghetti squash. This one is new to me. I met this vegetable several years ago, but I didn’t have it until a few months back. To me it looks like any other pumpkin or winter squash, maybe even […]

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Quinoa with Roasted Pumpkin, Arugula and Cranberry Salad

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Pumpkin, Arugula and Cranberry

Recently, quinoa has become one of our favorite foods. It is effortless to cook and there are many different recipes and countless ways to make it. Sometimes it is enough to put some olive or coconut oil and pinch of salt for a healthy side dish, or be creative and dig through fridge and pantry […]

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Red Lentil Mushroom Masala with Coconut Cream

Red Lentil Mushroom Masala with Coconut Cream

You know those moments when someone talks about a movie or a song they want you to see or hear, and you get excited about it, but forget the name and never actually watch it? That is unless they actually give it to you whether it’s a DVD or a link. It was the case […]

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Healthy Vegan Coleslaw

Crisp, Summer Fresh, Healthy Vegan Coleslaw

Perk up any BBQ or picnic with this crisp, summer fresh vegan coleslaw. I wanted to post this Healthy Vegan Coleslaw recipe a while ago, but things kept coming up and I would forget. Life is like that – we plan one thing, but often times things go a different way, which makes us say […]

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Roasted Rosemary Portabella and Rainbow Mushrooms

Roasted Rosemary Portabella and Rainbow Potatoes

Did I tell you that I like fast food? Not the out of the package or boxed fast food that is bad for you, but foods, which are easy and fast to cook. Sometimes it is because I’m too tired to make an amazing French-style 20 coarse meal or because I am busy with many […]

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Chia Seed Pudding

Raw Chia Seed Pudding

Let’s talk about something heart-healthy, tasty and pretty, – delicious Raw Chia Seed Pudding with Banana, Mango and Pineapple Coulis. Serve it up as a beautiful parfait for breakfast or any other time of the day or night. It is the perfect way to get the daily requirement of fiber and omega-3. Salvia Hispanica is […]

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Raw Almond Milk

How to Make Raw Almond Milk

Almonds are available throughout the year. It is an extremely versatile seed that can be used in sweet and savory recipes and has many health benefits. Learning how to make raw almond milk is easy and tastes so much better than store-bought nut milk! It has half the recommended daily allowance of vitamin E, which […]

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Fried Rice with Broccolini and Mushrooms

Fried Rice with Broccolini and Mushrooms

I’ve been thinking for a while what to write about Fried Rice with Broccolini and Mushrooms and couldn’t come up with a good story. It is very simple and a perfect side dish for any meal. It is easy to make, like most of our recipes, and the ingredients are available in almost any part […]

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Raw Berry Cheesecake

Raw Berry “Cheesecake”

I’ve been living in U.S. for several years and I am still not sure how to celebrate Christmas here. Back in Russia Christmas is celebrated on January 7th (Orthodox) and New Year’s Eve is when Santa makes an appearance. Santa Claus and Christmas are celebrated on different days, so it is difficult for me to […]

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Pomegranate Cranberry Juice

Pomegranate Cranberry Juice – Two Ways to Peel a Pomegranate

It is truly a magical time of the year: beautiful lights decorate the city, fragrant smells of Christmas trees fill the air, pomegranate cranberry juice, dreams come true and new hope inspire us to evolve and grow in many ways. We are all trying to wrap up what we planned for this year and step […]

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Hummus

Chunky or Smooth Hummus

Traveling and cooking go together like cheese and wine, like pieces of a puzzle. National dishes pair with their country, Japan and sushi and ramen, Vietnam and phô, Spain and paella, France and baguette and coq au vin, etc. The opportunity to cook international dishes amazes me every time I think about it. It is […]

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Raw Protein Power Ball Snacks

Raw Protein Power Balls

We have so many ways to connect with people these days. The Internet gives us opportunities to reach out to people throughout the world at any time from (almost) any location. We can Skype® and Viber® each other, send emails and share photos through a multitude of social media platforms and we all have our […]

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Beet Caviar with Walnuts

Russian Beet Caviar with Walnuts

Today we are making Russian Beet Caviar with walnuts, a classic favorite in Russia. Are you tired of the same foods and looking for something new to make, something that’s easy and good? There are many ways to prepare beets and today we are making vegan beet caviar with walnuts, a classic favorite in Russia. […]

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Carrot Juice

Raw Carrot Juice Plus

In our carrot pancakes post we talked about the benefits and capabilities of carrots. It is nutrient dense and super-healthy for our body and so on. Well, the best way to get all those nutrients we discussed is from raw carrot juice. I am also going to mention that I cannot get enough of its […]

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Sauerkraut Fermented Cabbage with Airlocks

Raw Sauerkraut – Fermented Cabbage

There are things we grow up with that we don’t see the value of or notice that’s right in front of us. Sauerkraut is like that for me. We had it in the house all the time when I was a kid. It was something our parents would make us eat because it is good […]

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Baked Zucchini with Rice and Mushrooms

Baked Zucchini with Rice and Mushrooms

Last night we went to Downtown Art Walk, which is located on Main and Spring streets between 2nd and 9th in Los Angeles. Since 1999, old and unused office buildings have been converted into lofts and apartments as part of the city’s redevelopment project, which includes the historic and old bank districts. The night air […]

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Raw Almond Joy Bars

Raw Almond Joy Bars

Gluten-free, guilt-free raw Almond Joy bars! When I was 16 and going to college I decided to go to cosmetology school. It was a short program (no nails or makeup) taking up only a few days a week focusing just on hair. I was excited to buy my good quality Japanese scissors, sharp and ready […]

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Pistachio Guacamole

Pistachio Guacamole

We all know that it is dangerous to go to the grocery store hungry. Often I think I’m okay for now and think I can get through the shopping process, but as soon as I step into the store, my stomach starts talking and growling like I haven’t eaten for days. So the other day […]

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Dressing and Sauces How to Make Organic Coconut Butter

How to Make Organic Coconut Butter

Coconut butter is creamy and spreadable at room temperature. It does not need to be refrigerated and has a shelf life up to 12 months or more, but we promise it won’t last that long! Once my friend was making something in the kitchen and I saw this jar filled with white stuff on the […]

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Double Baked Sweet Potato

Double Baked Sweet Potato

Just as fast as we step into autumn after summer we are all getting geared up for the holidays. This is the season we celebrate family and friends. It’s the time of year we gather around gorgeous tables and create new memories and reminiscence. It is a very exciting and wonderful time of the year, […]

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Kombucha Fermented Tea

Kombucha – Fermented Tea | How to Grow a SCOBY

BENEFITS The Therapeutic Properties of Kombucha Kombucha is a refreshing, effervescent fermented tea that has therapeutic and restorative properties for the body. Kombucha is produced using a SCOBY, an acronym for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. This simply means that the bacteria and yeast exist together in a supportive network. The SCOBY feeds on […]

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Japanese Yaki Gyoza Potstickers

Japanese Yaki Gyoza – Pan-fried Dumplings

It seems every country has their version of dumplings, both savory and sweet. Dumplings can be boiled, smoked, fried, steamed or baked and are filled with meats, fish, vegetables, cheeses or fruits. In Russia pel’meni has its tradition. Families were large so one of the main traditions was to gather around a big table and […]

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Borscht

Borscht! Borsch! Borsh! – Russian Beet Soup

Who hasn’t heard about Borscht, the classic Russian beet soup? This soup has always had a vital role on the Russian table. So much so that the country provided borscht in a tube for their astronauts. We saw this borscht as a space food displayed at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum while visiting family […]

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