Kale Salad with Spicy Cannellini Beans + Lemon Chia Seed Dressing

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When colder months roll around, it’s easy to trade in salads for warmer (sometimes less healthy) options, but this kale salad is the perfect cool weather meal. Because kale is pretty sturdy, it can stand up to the weight of the spicy beans and warm sweet potato spirals and hold up in the fridge. To make it a full meal, add some roasted sunflower seeds for crunch and top with a protein of choice….

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Curried Butternut Squash Dip

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When the weather starts to turn, it seems like we go straight from crisp summer salads and iced coffee to hearty stews and pumpkin spiced lattes. This curried butternut squash dip is a good stop in between – not too light, not too heavy, both sweet and savory, delicious served warmed or cold. Don’t limit yourself to using this as a dip – it’s also great as a spread on sandwiches or as a sauce on pizza….

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Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake

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Whenever I visit my parents, my sisters and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, experimenting with various “healthy” dessert recipes; gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, etc. When it comes to making nutritious desserts, raw nut-based ones are fail-proof options. Treats like mocha brownie barschocolate peanut butter cookies, and vegan peanut butter pie are just a few that have been approved by even the most traditionalist dessert eaters.

I’ve always enjoyed raw desserts, but am usually a bit turned off by the amount of nuts the recipes call for. While the nut-based approach works well for brownies, cookies, or crusts, raw cakes are usually a bit too dense for me. When I came across this recipe for lemon meltaway pie that adds cauliflower (!) to the cashew cake base, I knew I had to test it out. My sisters and I were skeptical at first, but as soon as we tried it, we were sold. The cauliflower transforms the density of the nuts to a make a  light and airy filling.

This vegan strawberry “cheesecake” is the perfect summer dessert. Served cold, it tastes really similar to those delicious (but not so good for you) Good Humor strawberry shortcake bars. Other berries would be great in this too – feel free to use them in lieu of the strawberries. For a plain cheesecake, just omit the berries altogether.

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Buckwheat Soba with Peas, Spinach + Sunflower Seed “Parm”

Gluten Free Buckwheat Soba with Peas, Spinach and Sunflower Seed "Parm" | ourfourforks.com | #glutenfree #recipe #vegan

Gluten free buckwheat soba made without wheat flour are hard to come by. I know this because I’ve been off-handedly searching for it for years. My local Whole Foods sometimes carries it, but it’s expensive. I’m talking like $10 for 1 package (of dried noodles!), which is hard for me to justify. A while back, I tried to make my own soba using only buckwheat flour and water, but as this article on the Kitchn noted, it is difficult to do without the presence of wheat flour. It worked ok, but the noodles began to dry out as soon as I rolled them and didn’t hold together very well once boiled.

Recently, I came across a gluten free buckwheat soba recipe that I hadn’t seen before on Fork and Beans. Rather than support the buckwheat flour with wheat flour, Cara uses arrowroot powder and psyllium husk powder. The recipe worked perfectly; the noodles were easy to roll out without sticking or drying and held together when cooked.

This hearty gluten free buckwheat soba is a nice contrast to the creamy lemony sauce in this springtime dish. Coconut cream is a perfect substitute to heavy cream and gives the dish a subtly sweet flavor. The peas and spinach are my favorite springtime vegetables, but really any vegetables would work here. Just don’t skip the sunflower seed “parm,” which gives the dish a layer of salty, crunchy texture.

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