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by Sarah Steimer

Vegan gingerbread cheesecake bites

I’m a huge fan of cheesecake (the actual, regular kind), but I’d always been curious about vegan cheesecake. I made these little bites for a party, so not only was it a nice, guilt-free item among the less healthy options, but it was something that my friend with a gluten allergy could enjoy as well. As you can see, I also made a pan without the gingerbread spices, but topped with pomegranate arils.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Sweet potato balls with smoky cashew aioli

Aioli is a sauce traditionally made with olive, oil, lemon, garlic and egg yolks, but this one’s a little different in that it includes softened raw cashews instead of egg yolks. Plus, smoked paprika is like magic pixie dust. Don’t skimp and grab for regular paprika. Buy a little bottle of the smoked version, and I promise you won’t regret it. I’ll be looking for new ways to incorporate it, so stay tuned. My first experiment was to add it to hummus — delicious!

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by Caitlin Saniga

Sweet potato salad with olives, edamame and cashews

I was inspired to come up with this recipe when I read about the unlikely combination of sweet potatoes and olives in a recent issue of Vegetarian Times, which suggested that the sweetness of the potatoes can be balanced with the tangyness of the olives. Spot on, VT. I added some edamame and scallions for color and some cashews for crunch, and a blanket of balsamic vinaigrette sealed the deal. This dish was delicious.


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by Caitlin Saniga

Curried lentil salad

This lentil salad is packed with color, flavor and nutrients. What would I expect, though? This recipe came from my dietitian friend Samantha.


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by Caitlin Saniga

Crispy cashew chicken salad with honey mustard vinaigrette

It might seem ridiculous to slice chicken tenderloins in half because they’re already so teensy. But thinner cuts of chicken will cook faster and prevent the cashews from burning. Trust me on that one.


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by Caitlin Saniga

Thai coconut-cashew rice with bits of roasted pineapple

My family spent a couple of weeks in Thailand visiting my aunt and uncle when I was a freshman in high school, and since then that time has come to be known as The Trip of a Lifetime. I think Grandma may have even used that as the title of her photo journal of the trip. Point is: I’ve never been on a vacation like that one. We rode on more than 10 forms of transportation (airplane, speedboat, tuk-tuk, elephant … ); watched the sunrise from a small, remote island; toured temples of gold, emerald and broken china; and we ate some amazing food. Most notable, perhaps, was the availability of fresh fruit in Thailand. I drank a fruit smoothie with almost every meal, and we’d stop at roadside food vendors for small plastic bags of fresh pineapple or melon on long skewers. One of my favorite Thai dinners was a rice dish that included cashews, vegetables and sometimes chicken. It was simple, filling and not at all spicy, which was important at the time. When I prepare this dish, I’m reminded of some of my favorite food memories of Thailand.

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by Sarah Steimer

I love curry, but I don't think I've ever had it paired with grapes. The sweet bite of the grapes and the cool mint gave this dish a springtime feel, which is just what I've needed during this crazy back-and-forth weather.

I love curry, but I don’t think I’ve ever had it paired with grapes. The sweet bite of the grapes and the cool mint gave this dish a springtime feel, which is just what I’ve needed during this crazy back-and-forth weather.

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