Sweet Potato Soup with Brain Boosting Lions Mane

As a lot of you know, medicinal mushrooms and adaptogens are all the rage right now. You’ve likely seen them on Instagram in wellness bloggers bulletproof matcha lattes, in coffee and healthy tonics and elixirs. Literally they are everywhere these days.

BUT what the hell is lions mane?

That is what my family asked when I said thats what I was cooking with this past Sunday afternoon. I was, as you can imagine, so excited to drop some mushroom magic knowledge on them.

Lions mane is really cool and has been found to potentially have insanely beneficial qualities to it. Because of its brain boosting and cancer fighting ways it has been popular in Chinese Medicine.

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80/20 Vegan Plant Based Lifestyle for Health & Balance Plus A VIDEO!

Its been a minute since I’ve posted a YouTube video for you (more like years, not minutes but hey who’s counting, right?)

This video is about my approach to eating and basically everything in my life.

The 80/20 rule aka the Pareto principle states that roughly 80% of the events come from 20% of the causes. It has been adopted in business management stating that 80% of profits come from 20% of clients/customers. Interestingly enough it has been found true in several areas in life, for example 80% of the worlds wealth is in the hands of 20% of the worlds population.

I sort of use it for everything.

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Good Mood Food: Cashew Alfredo Pasta with the Goods

Heyyy guys! I’ve been in LA the last couple of days enjoying the energy of the city. Its really unlike any other place I’ve been. You know when things just feel right, like you can’t necessarily put it into words but you somehow feel in alignment with your self and what you are up too? Thats how I have been feeling the last few days and months even.

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the food I have been eating as a way to boost my mood.  Good Mood Food I’ve been calling it. Last week, I posted about how changing up my diet and lifestyle helped curb depression and anxiety symptoms.

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Asian Inspired Buddha Bowl Featuring Lotus Foods

I am naturally drawn to an Asian flavor profile. Nearly everything I make when not following a recipe or aiming for something specifically of a different cuisine uses tamari, sesame oil, coconut aminos or rice vinegar. So naturally when creating a buddha bowl using rice I chose to encorporate those ingredients and flavors. They are bright, tangy, umami aka savory which I love. If you have a palete that prefers savory then you might love this dish as much as I do.

If you are new to Lotus Foods then I am so excited to introduce you to them, they make some of the best rice I’ve ever had and I’ve had alot  of rice. They also make insanely good gluten free nooooodles. I am so excited to be partnering with them for this recipe. Be sure to check it out on Instagram here and here!

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Thai Red Coconut Curry w/ Chickpeas & Shrooms

Chickpea Coconut Curry Caras Kitchen

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind. Honestly this whole year has but thats a different story. Between a transformative yoga retreat, a painful break up with a man I loved, a school load exponentially increasing, starting a new business with a soul sister I’ve never met IRL and finally deciding to move back to LA for good (just not yet), its safe to say my feet haven’t really been on the ground. The thoughts in my head up with the clouds.

This warming curry has me all figured out though. It just gets me.

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Thai Almond Sweet Potato Noodles

Thai Almond Coconut Sweet Potato Noodles Caras Kitchen

Its time to use that spiralizer again. I seriously can’t get enough of it these  days and eating something in noodle form is just more fun isn’t it? Atleast I think so. Even saying the word noodle is kinda fun. nooooodle. Ya know? (not adultish). If there is one thing the paleo and gluten free diet produced that I am thankful for its the idea to turn vegetables into noodles. I’m a big fan. 
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Avocado Peanut Red Curry Bowls

Happy Memorial Day!

The beginning of summer has so much promise wrapped up in it. Longer days, warmer nights and the city of Los Angeles has a blanket of laid back vibes set out for everyone to chill out on. I’ve always loved summertime and since Phoenix becomes a brick oven where you can fry your eggs on the asphalt, I’ll be in LA for the entire month of June. The heat plus some fun projects.

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Balancing Peanut Butter Fudge Bars w/ Adoptagens

I’m gunna be real with you. These bars taste like snickers. At least what I remember snickers tasting like. Its been over half a dacade so I might not be the best judge. You might be wondering how they balance you out or reduce stress like their name suggests. The secret stress reducing sauce is made up of adaptogens.

Adaptogens are everywhere these days. These super herbs and fungi have made there way into just about everything. If you’re anything like me then you spend a good portion of your day knee deep in an instagram scroll hole. There I’ve seen adaptogens put in soup, smoothies, coffee, tea, energy bites and now they are going in dessert.

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