Highlights of the Week

So how has the first half of your weekend been?  Mine’s been going great!  As I have been talking about all week, I finally got to teach yoga Saturday morning and it was lovely!  I love the energy and vibe and the natural high that comes from teaching and sharing yoga with others!  I can’t wait to teach again! It is a little nerve wracking to teach in a new town, new studio, new students, but everything went awesomely well.  Om Shanti Om!

Scott’s leaving early Sunday morning for a business trip that I had mentioned and so it’s just me and Skylar for a few days.  However, I’m going to be getting together with my new gal-pal and fellow food blogger, MadelineYay for the internet and blogging help to establish an in-person, real-life connections!

Thanks for the supportive comments from yesterday’s post about why I went high vegan and raw.  

And I;m glad you appreciated the multiple yoga picturesNamaste, friends!


So to recap this past week’s food & recipe creations, here’s my Highlights of the Week.  But in case you missed last week’s recap, here’s that one, too.


Monday there were the 5-Minute 3-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Fudge Balls

Tuesday I made Banana Bourbon Vanilla Softserve

Strawberry Softserve

And Pretty Purple & Red Roasted Potaotes

Wednesday I put together a Raw Vegan Sugar Snap Pea Salad with (Raw) Vegan Creamy Tahini Dressing

And I made a luscious batch of Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

Thursday there was Tahini & Seasame-Almond “Cesar” Salad

With Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls for Dessert

Friday I made Raw Vegan Apple Crumble for Dessert

And also put a batch of Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs into the Freezer for safe-keeping.

Saturday I told you all about Why I went Vegan and High Raw.  And chatted it up about Yoga, too.
An Excerpt from the Post:
“So that still brings us to the question of why raw?  
Well, after I eliminated gluten, dairy, & soy, I feel that raw chose me, I did not choose it.  Meaning, for me, it’s just easier and simpler to eat raw foods, less minimally processed foods and in as close to their natural state as possible…”

Today I’ve got a Fresh Kale Salad with Steamed Cauli & Sugar Snap PeasDressed with Homemade Vegan Sweet & Tangy Slaw Dressing

And for Dessert, I took those Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs that I just mentioned out of the freezerChocolate Lovin’ at it’s finest.

Yoga Today is Sirasana (Headstand)
(I talked in this post about weight distribution with your head vs. arm & shoulder muscles.  Check it out to stay injury-free in your neck!)

Tip of the Day: Kristen’s Raw is Having a GiveAway


My EcoStore USA $25 Give Away!!!!! 


Your chance to win a $25 Online Shopping Spree!  You really need to get on this one to help green up your life, so go Get Entered Now!!!!!
*The contest ends Sunday and so this is truly Last Call, friends! 

At the top of the post I talked about making an online/blogging connection with a fellow food blogger (Madeline) and then meeting up in real life.  Tell me if you’ve had any blogger meetups!  How did you discover that you lived in the same city or were going to be near the person you met up with?  I have to say, I had been in Phoenix 2 months til I even put it together that Madeline and I both lived here and now I wonder if there’s anyone else in the area I haven’t met yet.  Anne, Kristen, Bekah if you head north, holler!  Anyone else in the AZ area?  But tell me about your meetups or if you haven’t had one, who would your “dream-date” blogger meetup be with? Why?

Stay Tuned For Raw Vegan Homemade 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups, as in Reese’s PB Cups…


  1. LOVE this post and look at all the great recipes bloggers have made from YOU! this must make so feel so great and what an inspiration!

    I am so proud that I cook as well, I love looking in my fridge and putting together recipes, flavors, textures and enjoying it to the fullest. I will never be the type of person to enjoy take out over home cooked meals!!

    I am certainly making those banana nut vegan muffins they look soo great!


  2. I am NEVER making those darn "reeses" again! I ate both tonight! Addictive little buggers! You are absolutely amazing!!!! I have stuff for the Turtles but since I lack self control I can't make those for a while.

    Being primarily vegan you have to cook and I'm pretty proud of my workout and eating accomplishments. I have come so far in a year.

  3. Averie you are so incredible – I know this is going to sound so lame and cheesy but you are a gift to the food blogging community. Look at all the incredible recipes you've shared with so many of us! I hate to say it, but you should really keep some of these a secret and write a book!! Granted that would mean the blogging community couldn't get them for free but I'm just thinking of you. I need to save all these recipes NOW!! Plus I still need to pick up some nooch. I can't believe there are so many incredible desserts to make. I HAVE to try them out while family is here for the holidays.

    You're incredible!!!

  4. Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) Reply

    I'm with Hayley- I sense a cookbook coming on :-)

    When I did Atkins a few yrs ago, I became UNSCARED of cooking veggies- I sauteed ANYTHING and everything in cooking spray and that was the beginning of my days as a cook. Prior to that I had no idea what to do.

  5. In college, I started a fire in the oven while making a frozen pizza because I thought the cardboard on the bottom was a disposable pan! Now, I make my own bread, almond milk,… You name it, I will try to make it! It sounds like we were quite similar in the beginning!

  6. your blog is incredible and so are you! you are such an inspirational and positive person, no doubt you will go far.
    keep being the full of life funky girl that you are! you are inspiring so many- myself included!good luck with your yoga job, i would attend if i lived closer! :P

  7. I want one of each thing please : ) Congrats on the yoga job, sure wish we lived closer so we could go…you are going to be an awesome teacher!! I am already jealous of your students because they have you.

  8. Everything looks so yummy!

  9. Oh my gosh where I have been? Me with no computer=missing out on your goodness! Wow! nd sriously, congrats on getting the job!!

    Hmm.. I'm the same way about how far I've come in cooking. I use to overcomplicate "EasyMac".. and I guess the concept was way too simple for me to accept. Maybe that's a good thing lol.

  10. girl youll be posting me up soon bc im for sure gona make one of your recipies asap!! that pudding looks amazing..if i lived near a good health food store then it would be so much easier to get good stuff!

  11. Oh averie! what a great post!
    you seriously have inspired SO many bloggers :D
    I cant wait to make more of your recipes <3

  12. What a fun idea for a post! Goes to show how jammin your recipes are ;) I still can't get over how good those chocolate snowballs look mmmmm. I am proud that despite how busy I get, I always find time to make a healthy and delicious meal that fits the needs of me (veggie friendly) and Josh (meat lover :)).

  13. STELLLLLAR tribute post!!

    And yes, you SHOULD be proud – rock it out :)

  14. What a fun post! I tried your chocolate chia pudding, but didn't send it in:) Couldn't get used to the texture though. YOu have some fabulous recipes!

    HaHa! When I got married, I didn't know how to cook at all! Boy, I have come a long way:)

  15. Oh my God I am drooling …I must make those PB Cups…and just about everything else – I hope they taste as good as they look! Especially those turtles :)

  16. healthhappinesshope Reply

    What a fun post Averie! It's always an accomplishment to have other's make your original dishes. They all are such winners! :)

    I have a few recipes on my own blog that I created myself, and I really am proud of them! It takes a true passion for food to be able to create a unique recipe. Even some simple yogurt mixes or cereal/seed/nut mixes that I've created have made me pretty darn proud!


  17. What a great post Averie, this had to have taken you forever. Thanks for recognizing us!! :)

    Whats more amazing.. that yoga pose today.. wow!!

    Have a great one,and hopefully morew people will be inspired to try your wonderful creations!

  18. This is such a great post! You are indeed an inspiration :)

  19. Loved this post! And look at all your reader's creations! Awesome! Averie is inspiring kitchens all over the world :)

    We made your vegan reese's cups, but I subbed almond butter and added chia and flax. That recipe is so easy and so GOOD! Thank you for sharing! I blogged it and mentioned my Averie-inspiration :)

    Can't wait to see your kitch tour!

    Thanks for all you do for us here in bloggy land. Have a lovely day!

    xo Sheri

  20. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) Reply

    What a great post – you're famous. :)

    I really want to try your peanut butter cups. They all look so good.

    I love cooking as well. Growing up my mom and I always baked together, but after college, I learned there was so much more in the kitchen to make other than cookies. Before that, I thought all veggies came from a can. ;)

  21. so happy your recipes are becoming such a HIT! Love it :D They all look great…my chia pudding failed, but I'll play around more soon.

    I am proud that I just 'cook' now- the most successful recipe is my lara cakes, but I don't think anyone has made them :( I like them though!

  22. lilveggiepatch.com Reply

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on getting the yoga position! As I've said before, I would LOVE to take a class with you. One day…

    Love this tribute post. There are still so many things to try… and I still have so much kale chip dressing left!

  23. Holy poop, a drug test?! I'm quite surprised that's required. But congrats on the job!!

    And thank you so much for posting the link to my version of your Breakfast Cookie. There are soooooOooo many of your recipes that I want to try. You really truly should write a book.

    Thanks for the continuing source of inspiration.

  24. Woohoo I can comment again! :)

    I am going to try the peanut butter cups this weekend, DEFINITELY. My husband has a bit of a sweet tooth but is also a health nut. If I tell him these are 'raw and healthy,' he will eat them all so I don't. :)

    You're awesome, girl!!!

  25. It's so awesome that so many people have made your recipes!!

    Hehe about the drug test. I'm the same way.

    I've made 2 of your recipes – http://www.thesaladgirl.com/2009/11/06/catch-up-post/

    and – http://www.thesaladgirl.com/2009/10/16/i’m-a-veggie-i’m-a-veggie-from-abbeywood-way/

  26. wow you put a ridiculously awesome amount of work into this post with everyone's pictures thaaat's how i know your food and creations are off the hook because i know you put THAT much work into them :)

    you're awesome girl! can't wait to hear more about the job!

  27. just found your blog! so glad I did:) look forward to reading more!!

  28. Wow! Everyone is doing a great job. The food all looks fantastic! I wish I could try it all.

    Im most proud of the fact that I cook too! I rarely eat out and prefer to home make everything. It puts a smile on my face when I can devour something I put some time and effort into=)

  29. Kris | iheartwellness.com Reply

    Averie, you are my allergy girl! I can’t believe we have the same ones!! And Garlic!? I didn’t know I could even be allergic to garlic…..I don’t care for it, it doesn’t cause my hives, but I think my skin gets irritated from it!

    I would love to chat more to you about all of this, it is surprisingly so interesting to me that my body knows what it wants and doesn’t want! Crazy huh?? I do crave what I can’t have, ie. White bread…..crave it and can’t eat it!

    Can I email you to chat more??

    PS. Next time I make an “Averie Recipe” I will send you a shot!!

    Have a great day, Love!


  30. Living and Loving in L.A. Reply

    Oh Averie!
    I love that post! Especially the part where you said how far you've come in the last 10 years, that's amazing!
    I can't wait for more recipes to come so I can make all of them!

  31. dang girl that's a shhh…crap ton of recipes. i hate to say it but I cant remember if i have made any of yours or not?? they all look super tasty though :)


  32. I'm book marking this so then when I get home this weekend I can whip up some of your creations. Seriously, I drool when I read your blog!

  33. This was such a great post – what a loving tribute to your readers! I never would have guessed that 10 years ago you weren't a cook. Could have fooled me! It was great seeing so many versions of your recipes, you're becoming a legend! Thanks for all the inspiration in the kitch! ;)

  34. Wow, it looks like you have quite a following Averie! It must be because you are so darned easy to love : ) Thanks for sharing the pictures and links!

    I am happy to say that being Raw has made me much more creative in the kitchen. I have mostly been a recipe gal but now I experiment with reckless abandon: )

  35. Hey girl, my stupid email isnt working. I cant believe I forgot about that pie!!! Heres the link (http://peanutbutteroats.blogspot.com/2009/08/chocolate-brownie-pie.html)you can just copy the pic. I also made a raw pecan pie leaving out the choc. and using about have pecans and half walnuts. No pics but it was amazing!!


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