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Recipes 2018-05-10T23:54:28+00:00

RECIPES

While initially trying to transition to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle, many people aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to food preparation. There is often misconception that the ingredients are expensive or difficult to find, or that food preparation is too time consuming.  I will emphasize the health benefits of various ingredients, and associate many of the recipes with the Food is Medicine page on the site. My goal is to help people see how easy it is to prepare their own delicious and nutritious meals as a part of a plan to improve their overall health.

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