Spaghetti Squash Yoga Bowl (Paleo & Vegan)

Spaghetti Squash Yoga Bowl (Paleo & Vegan)
The past two Saturday mornings I have happily toted my mat across town for a group yoga session and core workout under huge, spreading oaks in Golden Gate Park. It’s a perfect way to kick-start the weekend, and has left me feeling refreshed, centered and energized both times. Yesterday I arrived back at my apartment afterward craving something with tons of texture and flavor, but with a plant-forward twist. The First Mess’ gorgeous spaghetti squash bowl crossed my mind, so...
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Vegan Heartache Cake (Chocolate Eggplant Torte)

Vegan Heartache Cake (Chocolate Eggplant Torte)
Quite a few recipes on this site would probably give a vegan a heartache, for obvious reasons. But this one is titled Vegan Heartache Cake because it’s adapted in a roundabout way from a recipe in the Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache cookbook. The subtitle of that cookbook is “the ultimate feel-good book of natural cakes that taste naughty” which made me smile and piqued my interest. Plus I liked the idea of a vegan version of the cake. A recipe...
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Paleo Vindaloo

Paleo Vindaloo
Sometimes I get a craving for Indian food. Warm, thick, spicy, creamy… and vindaloo–a tangy, spicy curry from Goa, India that was originally brought to the region by Portuguese colonists–is a particular favorite of mine. There are plenty of great Indian restaurants in San Francisco, but the only way I really know I’m eating clean these days is to make it at home. Luckily, this recipe is huge fun and can be made in a series of steps. 
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Jamaican Rundown

Jamaican Rundown
I love traditional recipes that require almost no adaptation to align with a Paleo nutritional approach. Jamaican Rundown is a great example of such a recipe. With a simple list of ingredients and minimal seasoning, it uses the flavors of real food (assisted by a cooking technique that specifically enhances flavor) to achieve a result that’s thick, rich, and complex. The dish gets its name from the fact that fish and vegetables are cooked until they’re soft and the textures...
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