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Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese

Baked vegan mac and cheese is a winner any time of the day. A quick dairy-free and delicious cheese sauce gets tossed with brown rice elbow pasta and then baked later for crispy perfection. The Sauce gets creaminess from cashews, nuttiness from nutritional yeast, the aroma of nutmeg and fresh garlic gets infused with fresh lemon juice, gets beautiful color from turmeric and perfect consistency with arrowroot flour.

A complete vegan and gluten free dish that is easy, healthy and super fun to make for any occasion or simply enjoy it at family meal time. Unlike, traditional mac and cheese that are loaded with butter, cheeses, milk, heavy creams and white flour pasta-This comforting dish is packed with protein, fiber, that is good for heart, boost immune system and health.

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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa, Kale & Cranberry

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the bounty of the harvest season with family and heartwarming food.  Whether you are following a vegan lifestyle or trying to add a flavorful side dish to your Thanksgiving dinner menu, this beautiful stuffed acorn squash dish will be a family pleaser!

A Fall favorite, acorn squash are very high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.  We bake these mini squashes in the oven until they become fork tender.  The stuffing is made with protein-rich quinoa, vibrant green kale, and sweet dried cranberries – you will love how the heavenly scents of this dish fill the kitchen reminding you of the holiday season.

Garnishing these pretty squashes with crunchy roasted almonds, ruby red pomegranate seeds, and a drizzle of sweet and savory tahini dressing is a great way to involve the family and kids in the preparation of this meal.

It is an elegant and delicious dish that will add charm to your holiday menu or brighten up any Fall weekend!  Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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Ayurvedic Kitchari

“Ayurveda” is one of the oldest healing sciences from India. “Ayurveda” translates to knowledge of life and is based on a holistic approach of gaining balance between mind, body, spirit and environment. An Ayurvedic treatment starts with a internal purification process with specific diet, herbs, massages, yoga and meditation.

One of the most detoxifying recipes used in Ayurvedic kitchen is “Kitchari”. A combination of lentils, rice and specific herbs that are used to create a balancing effect on all the three bodily dosha’s (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). It is easy to digest, provides strength and vitality to the body, a complete meal that nourishes the cells and used in cleansing programs called “Panchkarma”.

If you are feeling sick or over indulged during the holidays, try eating kitchari for dinner and see the difference. Most of the Yoga retreats all over the world serve kitchari and is enjoyed with ghee(clarified ghee-not vegan), tamarind sauce, cilantro chutney and yogurt!

“The most creative act who will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself” -Deepak Chopra

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