Herbed Ragu Bolognese

Even though I never got to cook with my Italian Grandmother, through the wonders of genetics, I was lucky enough to inherit her flair for cooking. My guess is that she’d be surprised by my take on traditional Italian dishes and my hope is that she’d be intrigued. 


Herbed Ragu Bolognese

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
Brazil Nut Cream
1/4 cup raw Brazil nuts, soaked in water for 4 hours or more.
2/3 cup water

Ragu Bolognese
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup...

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Blueberry Lemon Gluten-Free Vegan Scones

Hot and fresh from the oven, these steaming buttery scones burst with blueberries and bright lemon zest.

Blueberry Lemon Gluten-Free Vegan Scones

By Allison Rivers Samson

Makes 12 scones

Ingredients
Dry
1 3/4 cups brown rice flour
3/4 cup oat flour
3/4 cup tapioca flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegan butter or unflavored coconut oil

Wet
Zest and juice of one lemon (first zest, then juice)
1/3 cup vegan milk
1/3 cup maple syrup

Add-ins
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All-American Potato Salad

Looking for that one perfect dish to pass around at summer barbeques? This potato salad is simple to prepare and always a favorite!

All-American Potato Salad
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 6

Ingredients
2 cups water
4 cups yellow potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/4 cup yellow onion, minced
1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 tablespoons dill pickle juice
1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon fresh...

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The Energizing Powers of Juice!

Warmer weather, fresh air, and farmers’ market openings often inspire healthier eating. Late Spring is a great time to find an abundance of fresh, locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. And with all the outdoor activities summer brings, many of us wonder how we can have more energy throughout the day.
 
Instead of reaching for more caffeine, give juicing a try! It’s done marvels for my overall health and energy levels. After my Nia workout, a pint of green juice makes an...

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Are You an Overachiever? If So, You’re Not Alone

Have you ever noticed that in our society we’re expected to constantly produce? This has been something I’ve wrestled with in my intention to slow down, have more self-care, and generally do less. It’s quite a practice for a Type A overachiever like myself! Do you ever have challenges with this?

I never thought that doing less would require so much effort. I mean, it’s kind of counter-intuitive, right?

Several people have asked what I’ve been up to and how my...

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Doing Less

Have you ever felt like your life runs at a ridiculously frenzied pace? Like there’s never time to notice Life’s wonderful surprises? Have you wondered if it has to be this way? Guess what? You’re not alone and it doesn’t.

Slowing Down and Doing Less were never on my list of Life Goals. Until the Summer of 2013. You see, I have always been a “doer.” Regardless of how I might have been feeling, if there was a  project to be accomplished, I would push...

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New Season’s Resolutions

“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Happiness. Love. Dreams. Desires. So much of our lives are spent searching for and appreciating these things.

Being a ponderer, over-thinker, and well, sometimes even a ruminator, I’ve decided to revisit my New Year's desires by taking time in these weeks leading up to Summer Solstice (June 21) to...

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5 Tips to Drink More Water

Getting healthy and staying healthy are both personal and financial commitments. The average monthly fee for a gym membership is $55. Weight loss or personal training programs can be hundreds of dollars a month. High-quality, organic, healthy food is an investment.

While the age-old mantra to drink “8 glasses of water a day,” isn’t accurate for everyone, there’s no arguing that most Americans don’t drink enough water. Some estimates state that 75...

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Find Movement You Love, And Do It

More and more, we're learning that sitting can be detrimental to our health. Isolating exercise to an hour at the gym just isn't enough anymore, especially when we spend so much time working at a desk just. What’s a busy woman with a career and a family to do?

My answer: focus on Movement—not exercise—and find something you love!

For me, walking on an elliptical for 45 minutes is about as exciting as watching paint dry. But maybe it’s exciting for...

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Finding Joy in Being Present

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

We live in a world of multitasking. At work–and at home–we juggle roles, schedules, and tasks. We stress out about the future and fret over the past. But is all this preventing us from being mindful in more of our present moments, and in turn, seeing time passing us by faster than...

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