Toasted Coconut and Goji Berry Trail Mix

Toasted Coconut and Goji Berry Trail Mix

There are a lot of reasons why people make trail mix. Most people I know make trail mix because they need quick energy on a hike. Or a bike ride. Or perhaps a good run.

But me? No. 

I make trail mix prior to a shopping trip at IKEA. I mean, can you think of a better time when you’ll be under stress, most likely hungry, and really needing some energy? I certainly can’t.

I made this batch of trail mix in preparation for an IKEA run a few weeks back. Even though my friend and I were estimating it would be a “quick trip,” I knew I had to be prepared and that definitely meant bringing food along.

Three hours, two lamps, a kitchen cart, and a giant shelf later I found myself stuffing this trail mix into my mouth by the handful and I couldn’t have been more grateful.  If you need a tasty and nutritious snack on hand to prevent low blood sugar, I think this toasted coconut and goji berry trail mix is the solution…

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Spring Detox Smoothie

Spring Detox Smoothie

I have made a lot of green smoothies in my time. Seriously. A lot. I’m talking a green smoothie every day for the past seven years. That’s a lot of smoothies.

It all started back in 2007 when I was working at a raw foods cafe. I probably made over 10,000 green smoothies during that time. And that’s not even including green smoothies for me.

I used to rely on my Green Smoothie 2.0 recipe. This was my go-to standard smoothie for years.

Then came some fun green smoothie variations. Including my Kale and Pear Smoothie with Herbs and my Energizing Green Smoothie, which uses green tea for an energizing antioxidant boost. Yum!

Somewhere in there I became a holistic health coach and started encouraging others to make green smoothies of their own. (Are you a green smoothie newbie? I made a Green Smoothie 101 Video Tutorial just for you!) 

I also spent the past three and a half years years working at a nonprofit organization doing food education with low-income children and families. The best part? I got to share my Kale Smoothie for Kids with hundreds of kids all around the city of Seattle. I’m really gonna miss that job.

Then came my Kale Smoothie for Ladies. This one combines kale with potassium-rich bananas, hormone-balancing maca powder, and cacao powder (because… who doesn’t love chocolate?!) for a delicious, creamy treat.

Recently I even developed a low-sugar smoothie, perfect for those needing to cut back on fructose. The result? A creamy Fruit-Free Green Smoothie that uses avocado and cucumber as the base.

This week I found myself reflecting on the different smoothies I’ve made throughout my life. Just like the weather, I usually switch up my smoothie 3 – 4 times a year to coincide with the seasons and meet the needs of what I’m craving.

Since we’re now into spring I thought it was time to create a new smoothie using all the fresh greens available. This smoothie is a slightly spicy blend of arugula, kale, pea shoots, and micro greens, combined with avocado, cucumber, lemon, and a little coconut water for sweetness. It’s low in sugar, high in fiber, and the perfect way to add more greens into your diet this season. Hello spring detox smoothie!

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Vegan Walnut and Mushroom Pate

Vegan Walnut and Mushroom Pate

Have you been on a spring cleaning kick lately? I have.

Me and my trusty DIY All Purpose Cleaner and DIY Citrus Vinegar Cleaner have been scrubbing every surface in my apartment and I’ve been decluttering like mad. At this point it’s getting crazy. If something isn’t somehow attached to the apartment itself I’ve found myself trying to figure out how to get rid of it.

I knew I was going overboard the other day when I found myself debating about donating my food processor. I mean, I love that thing, but somehow I haven’t used it since I was recipe testing for my cookbook last summer. That’s when I knew it was time to put it to use again.

So, what to make in my lovely food processor? Enter vegan walnut and mushroom pate. If you’ve been needing a reason to keep your food processor around, I think this just might be it.

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Yams Stuffed with Mushroom Gravy

Gravy Stuffed Yams

There’s nothing worse than trying to blog about food when you’re sick… Trust me on this one.

That’s the only excuse I can offer for why this post is long overdue. Like, a week behind. I mean, the idea of talking about cooking, eating, and food in general when you’re really under the weather? No thank you. 

On that note, my sincere apologies for things being rather silent on the blog last week. And, I think it’s time we change that. So let’s talk about yams stuffed with mushroom gravy.

Are you noticing the change in seasons? I’m excited to see the long, dark days of winter almost behind us, but I know we still have many rainy days of spring ahead of us. That can only mean one thing: healthy comfort food. Are you with me?

These yams stuffed with mushroom gravy are just that: the perfect way to bridge the gap between winter and spring AND, they can be used with a variety of protein sources. Vegetarian? Paleo? Vegan? No problem! The best part is that this recipe works for a variety of diets!

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Quick Pickled Beets

Quick Pickled Beets

You know what’s funny about this time of year? The days are still dark, short, and cold, but I can sense spring in the air.  And for some reason, spring always makes me crave salads. So even though it’s a little early, let’s talk about salads, shall we?

If you love salads as much as I do, you should try my Roasted Fennel and Spring Vegetable Salad and I would definitely encourage you to top your salad with my Green Goddess Salad Dressing (it’s vegan!).

You know what else I love on my salads? Beets. I usually roast them, but I’ve been craving something tangy so I decided to create some quick pickled beets by marinating them overnight in apple cider vinegar with a little garlic and onions. Yum. Whether you’re a beet-lover or a beet-hater, this is the perfect way to top your salads this season!

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Energizing Raw Coconut Maca Fudge

Energizing Raw Coconut Maca Fudge

I live down the street from this really amazing French bakery which I have to pass by two times a day.

The downfall? This means that two times every day I have to resist the amazing smells coming from this place and not think about chocolate croissants.

Chocolate croissants, people. Do you know what kind of mental willpower that takes?! Don’t even get me started.

When it comes to willpower, I think willpower is pretty fleeting. This is why we have to plan ahead.

I mean, willpower can only do so much when you’re hungry, tired, and just want some dang chocolate already. But, if you have this energizing raw coconut maca fudge waiting for you at home? Then that chocolate croissant doesn’t look so good now, does it? (Okay, that’s a total lie. It still looks good, but you get my point here… )… 

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Curried Cauliflower and Yams

Curried Cauliflower and Yams

There is a reason Rachel McAdams movies exist.

Rachel McAdams movies exist because sometimes, on a random Wednesday evening, you just need a good cry. And there is nothing that gets the tears flowing like watching The VowThe Notebook, or The Time Travelers Wife.

A night like this might also call for a glass of red wine, some good chocolate, or perhaps a fuzzy blanket and cat snuggles.

And when you’re really an emotional mess? I recommend roasted vegetables. I mean, a gal’s gotta eat and something full of fiber just makes sense in a situation like this.

Plus, when you combine the vegetables with curry powder and turmeric? It’s the perfect balance of flavor and flair. It helps, I promise. 

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Brussels Sprouts with Onions and Pecans

Brussels Sprouts with Onions and Pecans

Dear Kelly,

I feel like we’ve been friends for awhile now… and so I can say this with love. 

I mean, we’ve known each other since before this blog started. That was back when I had really bad hair and very little knowledge of how to actually cook. And through the years you have been one of my most dedicated blog readers, which is incredibly touching and flattering. I love that you frequently cook my recipes and always share feedback. You are awesome.

Except, well… except for that time you made my grain-free zucchini (and cabbage) yakisoba, reheated it in your office microwave… and tried to blame ME for the awful smell it made.

I don’t know how, but somehow, somehow, you didn’t get the memo to never reheat cruciferous vegetables in the microwave. Especially at work. 

Ooh, Kelly. That’s a big no-no. 

I’m really sorry. I’m also sorry that your co-workers made a video about it, put it on Vine, and now call you Smelly Kelly. That’s really not cool (although it is hilarious and I fall over laughing every time I think about it).

But, don’t worry, I got your back. I made Brussels sprouts with onions and pecans this week and I’m posting a warning here on this recipe so you never forget: do not reheat cruciferous vegetables in the microwave. You are welcome.

And happy early birthday.

Your friend,

Sonnet… 

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