strawberry ginger smoothie
It’s Friday. This means several things. Firstly, thank God the week is over. That’s always what Friday means to me and every other employee in an underpaid field. Also, Friday means Inspiration for me. This weekend I will have two full days of sunlight (weather permitting) and two whole days to play with food and try to pretend I’m a photographer. Usually I try to cram this kinda stuff into the early morning so I can go outside and play for the rest of the day, so that means Friday is my cram time for thinking up delicious things to make.
So this Friday I wanted to share with you the different things I’ve come across. These dishes are delicious and inspiring on their own but have left me buzzing with ideas that hopefully can come to fruition soon. At this particular moment in time I’m having serious thoughts about chocolate–good thoughts–for perfectly justifiable feminine reasons so I think a chocolate-something will make its debut, as well. 
(And for those of you that say the cravings during PMS are an unhealthy reflection of your reproductive system .. well BOO YOU. I don’t care. I crave chocolate equally every single day of the month but I RELISH in this week for the fact that the rest of society seems to excuse these cravings …)

Raw Rainbow Salad by Ascension Kitchen. You know I love throwing superfood berries into my dressings and so I’m drawn to this variation of a superfood dressing as well. Not to mention the photography is beautiful.

Strawberry Ginger Smoothie by Kitchen Treaty. This blog is so neat for the fact that it is based on a meat eater and a veggie co-existing in the same home and the same kitchen. Naturally, I love it. And then this smoothie sounds so delicious and refreshing that I MUST try it. I’ve had little to no appetite these past few weeks so this may be a great way to get some calories in without having to worry about meal planning/prepping.

Quinoa, Avocado Vanilla Pudding, and Berry Breakfast Parfait by Choosing Raw. This recipe ain’t new but it is intriguing, to say the least. There has been some movement to use quinoa as a breakfast item instead of a dinner item lately and I’d like to think I’m on board with that. Paired with some of my favorite stuff (vanilla avocado pudding with berries?!) then I think I can like it, easily.

Winter Abundance Bowl by My New Roots. My favorite (and essentially only) cooked meal right now is a delicious variation of this bowl. I make my own with roasted sweet potato, boiled mung beans, massaged raw kale, pomegranate seeds, and my basic tahini dressing. So good and warming on those nights that you just need a messy mix of food.

Chocolate Brownie Cake with Raspberries by Real Raw Kitchen. I love this recipe because it hits this craving-spot that you never knew you had until you take a luxurious bite. It’s quick and easy to make and a chocolate-lovers dream come true. I’m craving it at the moment so I thought I’d throw it into the mix. 
Creamy Carob Chia Mousse by Coconut and Berries. This sounds like such a delicious matrimony of my standard raw chocolate mousse and my carob mousse pie and one I’d like to experiment with. Plus, I love eating anything out of fancy wine glasses!

Cabbage, red capsicum, olive & parsley salad by Supernatural Food. This salad is so simple but just seems like a groan-worthy experience that can fill you right up. I’ve had a slight aversion to salads lately (wtf, I know) but this one actually looks appetizing to me and I may want to try it until my appetite gets back with the program.

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