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Did you hear? I got a spiralizer! Yes, I’m approximately three years late on this trend (better late than never). This was my first time eating spiralized anything. I couldn’t believe the texture -it was like eating a “real” noodle! Plus, there’s something oddly satisfying about eating an entire zucchini. It made me feel a bit like a warrior. 
I know that some (a lot) of my recipes require specialized kitchen equipment, and for that I really apologize. I use my Blendtec, food processor, mini food processor, etc. every day, and really can’t live without them. I’m in love with technology, it’s one of my absolutely favourite pastimes -computers, software, analytics, coding, graphic design, SEO, photography -I love it all. I became interested in technology for the first time at my former job. I learned some snazzy tricks from my wonderful colleagues, and I continued to keep learning on my own after my departure from the Big City (due to my health issue/surgery that I won't talk about anymore, because YAWN).  
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I read tech blogs, I studied various tutorials, I watched videos, I committed to learning “high” tech -and I did. Well, not all of it, but enough to get me going. I designated 3 hours of my day to teaching myself (I have a fear that if I stop reading/learning, my brain will turn to mush within a week -am I alone on this?). I now commit to about 1 hour per day, or when I'm needing to learn a new "tech"nique... I’m certainly not great, but for being self-taught in web design and building this blog from scratch, I feel rather proud of myself. I half considered going back to school to study computer science about a month ago -that’s how much I love it. I want to learn it all! I don’t have time to/need to, but I want to. I should really stop going to going to school and hold on to my money for a downpayment on a house or something, which I should probably get going on sooner than later. Anyways, back to tech talk.    

The other day I had to force myself to finely chop broccoli for a salad because I felt like I was becoming too dependent on my food processor. It took way too much time. Never again. I adore my kitchen equipment. We actually have two Blendtec blenders in my house, four jars, and a partridge in a pear tree. One is mine, one is my dad’s, and when I moved home (yes, I am a loser), it was Blendtec overload. Mine is happily packed away in the basement for my departure, because I can’t have two on the counter -that would look crazy! Luckily, when I moved from the Big City, back to the country, I also now have a much larger kitchen (well, my dad’s kitchen, technically, but he doesn't cook). More cupboards = more gadgets. 

In case you were wondering, I don’t spend all of my waking life surrounded by technology. Here are a couple of shots from my trail walk last weekend with my dog, Murphy. This trail is about a 5 minute walk from my home and is absolutely gorgeous. Yes, I took my techy camera, but for the sake of capturing the beauty for the blog.

I didn't photoshop these, so you could see the nature shots in their "raw" form (a little photography/healthy food humour collaboration for ya). You'll also see that I'm proudly wearing my Canadian Tuxedo (jean jacket and jeans). 
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I think that's a turkey vulture... or a wild turkey (ornithology isn't my strong suit). We have a ton of wild turkeys near where I live. It was so big, that when it flew overhead, it cast a massive Jurassic Park-style shadow, much like its relative, the Pterodactyl. Also, my shoes are Liberty of London for Lord & Taylor, because I know you were probably wondering that... 
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I hope to do some more trail shots throughout the next few months when the greenery becomes a bit more lush. 

Thanks to Jordan from Berlin By the Bay, for inspiring this tech/nature post!

On to the recipe! The recipe name of my salad was inspired by a spiral salad in Food & Drink magazine, a thick and glossy and free publication that’s available in Ontario at the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) -we don’t have alcohol on our grocery store shelves or at convenience stores, like elsewhere in the world and the rest of Canada. The magazines go quickly, and I usually miss out on them, but I was able to snag a copy this time around, to my delight.   
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Raw Tangled Thai Spiral Salad (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Raw)

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

Salad
1 small zucchini, spiralized
½ beet, spiralized
½ cup cabbage, finely shredded 
3 spears asparagus, sliced

Dressing
½ avocado, flesh scooped out
¼ cup water
1 tbsp hemp hearts
1 tbsp ume plum vinegar or lime juice or lemon juice
½ tsp mellow white miso paste
½ tsp toasted sesame oil (not raw, but the flavour is kind of key to this salad)
¼ tsp kelp or dulse granules
pinch of chili flakes

Directions:

To prepare dressing: Blend all ingredients in a mini food processor or mash very well with a fork until creamy.

To prepare salad: Place spiralized and sliced vegetables in a large bowl, pour on dressing, toss. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to marinate. Serve and have fun twirling!

Are you tech obsessed? How do you balance nature time and tech time? 

 


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05/30/2014 9:57am

I've always wondered how the texture is with a spiralizer. I wanted one for a while, but I'm not sure that I would use it enough to justify getting one. I'm the same way with learning, I'm always reading new things or listening to podcasts etc. Have you tried any of the free courses that are available online? I've heard great things about them!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
05/30/2014 10:36am

Hi Lou! :) The spiralizer texture is incredible! I was pleasantly surprised for sure.

I love podcasts too! I have done some free online courses, some of my favourite free blog writing websites have downloadable PDF guides too -they're really helpful. I like Copyblogger, in particular, and Moz blog, which one of my former colleagues introduced me to :) I also do tutorials on YouTube... which are really boring sometimes, but super informative!

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05/31/2014 11:05am

Ooh I'm going to have to check out those blog writing websites! Thanks for the recommendation, Allison!

05/30/2014 10:52am

I literally love your blog! You make me smile every time I read it! I love the shoes and I love Liberty's - best shop ever. It is like shopping in one of the grand buildings from the Harry Potter set - such an old school building! You are so multi talented girl! I am going to commit to learning things techy too - I am sure if I put my mind to it I can do it! Your salad recipe looks amazing as always and the dressing is so creative and original! I need to a) get a spiralizer (so behind too) and b) get some dulse flakes!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
05/30/2014 1:01pm

Hey Girl! Thank you so much!!! I've been to Liberty and could pretty much live in there. It is my favourite shop in the WORLD. It has everything and anything. I still dream about it! I love the architecture of that building -it's totally Harry Potter-y! And yes, if I can do it, anyone can do it. At my old work, I was the employee that was afraid to switch to Google Docs lol, so this definitely doesn't come naturally to me. And yes and yes, totally should look into a spiralizer and dulse flakes. I'm really happy with my new toy!

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05/30/2014 1:47pm

You and Murphy are absolutely adorable!! And those shoes are so cute! I need them! I'm a little bit shoe obsessed, although I always seem to wear the same pair of shoes everyday. That trail looks really beautiful, I love all the green. The only green I get to see here, usually has sharp spikes coming out of it. But, if I drive about an hour up a mountain, there are some nice hiking trails with green plants and flowers to enjoy. Tucson is the biggest city that I've ever lived in, and I have to admit that I do really miss the country. I love how quiet and peaceful it is and I really miss that.

I'm going to get a spiralizer soon!! I need one! I made some zucchini noodles a while ago using a knife and they weren't quite as noodly as I wanted them to be. Once I get one, no vegetable will be safe (evil laugh)! Your photos are so beautiful and I love the dressing (I'm little bit dressing obsessed lately).

I have so many kitchen gadgets, I have to store some of them in the spare bedroom. Eric is always asking if we can get rid of some, but I will never allow that! I have a vitamix blender that I LOVE and I also use my food processor all the time. I really need to get a mini one. Every year for Christmas when Eric asks me what I want, it is usually some new piece of kitchen equipment :) I don't know near as much as you do about techy stuff, but I think I might be as obsessed. Ever since I started my blog, I have been really into learning more about photography technology and website stuff, there is so much to learn, but so awesome all the stuff that you can do! I'm gonna shut up now, haha. Have a great weekend, Al!

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Allison @ Clean Wellnss
05/31/2014 7:33am

Izzy! Awww thanks, she's my "baby." My big hairy baby. Lol I usually just wear a pair of converse sneakers every. single. day. but I have so many too! It's a problem for me as well. Yes, it's sooo green here! It's cold a lot of the year, but the summer is very lush, so I guess that's a good thing! Well, if you ever need a break from Tucson, you are more than welcome to come visit! I would actually love to go see your neck of the woods as I've never seen a cactus! I am so sheltered!

Muwahaha, yes, nothing will be safe from the wrath of your spiralizer! I can see it now. Spiralized carrots, cucumbers, even bananas ;) Oh my gosh, a vitamix!!! I've always wanted a vitamix! I don't need one, but I wanted to do a comparison against a blendtec. Maybe we could arrange that sometime/start a kitchen equipment review blog... among our other blog collaborations -enchiladas, maybe dressings... tehe

Oh, I don't know a lot, trust me! I am just interested like you :) I wish I had more time to take it all in. And you never need to shut up! Nevarrrrr! Have a great weekend too, girl! xo

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05/31/2014 10:39pm

The only reason I am lucky enough to have a vitamix is because I used to work at a restaurant that had fancy blenders to make smoothies with, and one day we got new blenders and my boss asked if I wanted to take one of the old ones home with me. I happily took the vitamix home with me and have been thoroughly enjoying it ever since!

An enchilada, dressings, and kitchen equipment review blog with you would be a dream :) P.S I finally found miso! I found it right next to the veganaise at the grocery store I always shop at, the same grocery store that when I asked someone who worked there if they sold miso paste, they said no. I can't wait to start experimenting with it!!

05/30/2014 4:11pm

The spiralizer is such a cool kitchen gadget to have. When I first bought it, I tried to spiralize everything, seriously. Endless hours of fun. ;)
Oddly enough I never tried spiralizing beets...I wonder why...
BTW that salad looks killer; gorgeous colors and I bet it tastes amazing!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
05/31/2014 7:42am

Hey Mike! Ah, I know -lunch and dinner have been spiralizer city this week! You should try beets! That is, if you like them :)

Thanks so much! It was pretty tasty! I ate it all :)

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05/30/2014 5:06pm

Gorgeous salad! Love the idea of turning anything into noodles....

And I can totally relate to your dependency on technology, after I got my mandolin I started slicing everything with it, and same with my mini food processor its so convenient. I remember our pre-food processor days when my roommate would make vegan oreo truffles by smashing the cookies in a ziploc bag with a pan. I remember waking up in the middle of the night thinking a burglar was trying to kick down our door and tiptoeing downstairs to realize it was just her making oreo truffles :)) haha.

And lovely pictures from your walk. Here in San Diego the trails are much more desert-y with dry shrubs. Miss all the green of the ravines and Beltline trail in Toronto!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
05/31/2014 7:53am

Hey J.S.! Thanks so much! I know, veggie noodles are a blast! My kind of a good time is turning veggies into noodles lol ;) OMG I don't have a mandolin. I think I need one! lol haha, good story about you and roomie! I would also think that was a burglar. Sometimes my sister cooks in the middle of the night and the smell wafts into room and wakes me up -follow your nose!

It is really nice and green here this time of year! But I would also love to see your area -I've never been out there! It's on my to-travel list! And I should check out that trail in Toronto! I'm always looking for new hiking spots in the summer :)

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05/30/2014 8:33pm

I guess I'm behind on the times too. I've just started learning about spiralizers, but they're so interesting! I know what you mean about the kitchen gadgets. I have everything imaginable, besides a Vitamix but I'm working on convincing my husband. He claims I have way to much kitchen stuff, I disagree with him.

By the way I love those photos and your dog! Absolutely adorable!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
05/31/2014 8:07am

Hey Danielle! lol it takes me like half a year to commit to buying something before I actually purchase it, which is why I'm always slow on the gadget front -although, they do accumulate over time! Glad I'm not the only kitchen gadget hoarder! They're way too much fun! Haha, well I won't get between you and your husband, of course, I personally think that a Vitamix is "essential" ;)

And thanks! She's a sweetie :)

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05/31/2014 12:18am

Allison, what a beautiful post. I love your picture with your dog. So cute. I am the same way with learning, I'm always watching Youtube tutorials and taking courses online.

I didn't know you live in Ontario. Can I ask where do you live in Ontario? I live in Toronto and I also get inspired by reading LCBO magazine sometimes ;-)

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
05/31/2014 8:15am

Hey Olivia! Thanks so much :) My dog is very photogenic! Youtube is oddly amazing at teaching, of course, when I'm not distracted by whatever the viral video of the day is. hehe. It can be a really great tool though!

I live about 2 hours south of Toronto, right near lake erie :) They call my area, Ontario's Garden or Ontario's South Coast, and also the Banana Belt. I of course, don't refer to it by ANY of those lol.

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05/31/2014 2:16am

Girl, I am loving everything about this salad!!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
05/31/2014 8:20am

Hey Ami! Thanks so much :) It's a veggie feast!

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05/31/2014 4:12am

Allison, that was so lovely to get a little insight into your life. I always find those kinds of posts so interesting (it probably just means I'm nosy!) As for your question about being techy, erm, no I'm not at ALL a tech freak. In fact, although I've managed to learn enough to tweak my bog theme myself I'd say it's the only part of blogging that I don't enjoy. So ... now I know who to ask when I get stuck on something (haha .... don't panic, only kidding. Actually, hubby is super techy so that helps). I think it's fantastic that you have this passion, though, and maybe there's something you could do with this in the future without having to formally study. You could even start a blog consultation service! :-)
Love the salad ... so simple, healthy and flavoursome!

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05/31/2014 8:35am

Hey Helen! Hehe, I love posts about blogger's lives too -which is why I love reading all of your awesome stories! If you're nosy, then I'm nosy! We'll be nosy together ;) And you are more than welcome to ask me any question you like! hehe. But that's great that your hubby is a tech guy! Oh gosh, if I had the time, I would totally pursue more nerd stuff as a side "job."

And thanks for the comment about the shoes! hehe. They are so comfy and the pattern makes me oddly happy!

The salad was really nice. It was a nice change from my usual lunch for sure!

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05/31/2014 4:13am

P.S. I adore those shoes!

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05/31/2014 10:28am

I've heard spiralizers really are all they're cracked up to be - this looks amazing! Love the colours.

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
06/01/2014 7:43am

Hey Anna! I was really pleased when I tried it! It's a lot of fun :)

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05/31/2014 11:50am

This looks amazing! I love fusion of flavours- so tasty!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
06/01/2014 7:45am

Hey Jess! Thanks so much! I'm really into the whole sesame oil flavour right now for some reason -so good!

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05/31/2014 2:06pm

I've been debating buying a spiralizer ... I love all the recipes I see that use one! We'll see : ) I also already have an entire closet full of my kitchen stuff (food processor, blender, mixer, etc) - I'm running out of room!! haha

This looks absolutely delicious - I love all the color!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
06/01/2014 7:53am

Hi Ashley! Thanks so much :)
Haha your kitchen sounds like my kitchen! I'm really enjoying mine, but I'm at the stage where I want to spiralize everything and I really need to control myself lol.

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05/31/2014 3:07pm

Well this just looks and sounds straight up amazing! And I totally laughed out loud when you said, "there's something oddly satisfying about eating an entire zucchini..." because I could not agree more - what the heck is it?! So good for you. And love all of those nature photos, you are gorgeous and your doggie is beyond adorable. Oh, and today is an exciting day, because... I have just added you to my blog roll! I'm officially hooked. Sending you lots of love!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
06/01/2014 8:37am

Hey Jordan! Can I just say, that I am so happy to be added to your blog roll!!! I feel so honoured! And I added you to mine, as I find you ultra inspiring and entrepreneurial and humorous and wonderful... I could go on! Anyways, the love is mutual and I feel like I have a new pal :)

Hehe, I'm glad you agree about the zucchini! And thanks, I think my doggie is also adorable -but I'm her "parent" so I would of course think that ;) xo!

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05/31/2014 3:29pm

I also try to set aside time to learn new skills rather than enroll in formal education programs - there's so many resources out there to teach yourself almost anything!

And you've convinced me that I need to stop thinking about it and just get a spiralizer. this looks amazing :)

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
06/01/2014 8:47am

Hi Kori! I know what you mean, the resources out there are plentiful! It's just a matter of sitting yourself down and reading them -which sometimes, I have to force myself to do lol.

Yes! Hop on the spiralizer train, it's so much fun hehe :)

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Barbara Barker
05/31/2014 5:06pm

Recently bought a spiral maker and love the vegnoodles. I love my time saving devices in the kitchen, am 67 and have cooked since I was a kid. Also just got a Vitamix. I AM in kitchen heaven. The bird was a turkey vulture. I just love how technology brings those with similar interests together. I have cooked international, vegetarian,vegan, every different food I could find for over 45 years and only had magazines to guide me, and cookbooks too. I love searching the net and reading blogs, recipes and learning younger folks are like me, food adventurers

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
06/01/2014 9:02am

Hi Barbara! I'm so happy to be part of the spiralizer club! I also love time-saving devices in the kitchen -makes my life a bit easier! Oh yeah, Vitamix is fantastic! Those high-speed blenders are life-savers and make the creamiest, smoothest soups and smoothies ever.

Thanks for the bird tip! I was leaning towards a turkey vulture too. I love that you've cooked all of those different foods! Variety is the spice of life and I really enjoy getting inspiration from all of those cuisines.

Yes, I am a proud food adventurer! Glad you came across my blog, Barbara!

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05/31/2014 11:20pm

Oh my goodness this looks amazing! I will definitely have to try it! I also looove your photography!
Brittney

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
06/01/2014 9:02am

Hi Brittney! Thanks so much! I hope you love it! :)

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06/01/2014 8:36pm

I couldn't be more obsessed with my spiralizaer!! And you just gave me an amazing idea for another recipe to whip up!! :)

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
06/02/2014 7:08am

Hi GiGi! I'm so happy to be part of the spiralizer club! Hope you enjoy :)

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06/02/2014 6:29am

Hi! Happy for your spiralizer, didn't know what that was until I read this post.

And I'm a total technophobe!! Hehe. I just think it's so funny that you love SEO!!! But it's awesome that you're self taught. I too feel as though when I'm not reading thinking, just chasing around the kids, my brain gets mushy. Need.To.Think. Must learn more about SEO though.

Cute dog. Cute outfit. Cute shoes. Need I say more?

Anything with zucchini and asparagus and I'm in! All beautiful photos.

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06/02/2014 7:15am

Hi Laura! Hehe thanks :)

So glad I'm not the only one! I started liking SEO at my old job as I had a really great co-worker who just lived and breathed it, so I was always in awe of him lol. He taught me how useful it could be! Although, I certainly can't do the stuff he does, not even close.

And thanks! Cute overload is what I was going for lol ;)

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06/02/2014 2:10pm

A spiralizer...that sounds like something I need. :D I too love learning and I would go to school for the rest of my life if it were free. I get obsessed with things and want to learn all about them. I wish I were better with web design. Although, my son is and I'm using him to help me out.
I love your nature photos. I think that would be the best job ever...just walk about capturing nature and everything living. :D

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
06/03/2014 1:09pm

Hi Cindy! Yes! Everyone needs a spiralizer ;) I love the design of your site, so someone must be pretty handy hehe. And thank you! I agree, nothing makes me happier than going for a walk with my dog and my camera!

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06/02/2014 3:16pm

OMGosh Allison your site is too fantastic for words. I have been so frazzled lately and haven't kept up with reading any of my favorite sites...except yours! Your pictures are always breathtaking, the recipes are always creative and wholesome....everything is pure perfection! I can't wait to try this out - I've been trying to find a good way to use my ume plum vinegar!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
06/03/2014 8:17am

Hi Elyse! Thank you so much!!! I am flattered and blushing :) That really made my day!

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06/02/2014 4:41pm

I don't have a spiralizer yet, if that makes you feel any less behind-the-times. I would love one, I'm just not sure I can get my husband to be on board. So, for now, no spiralizer. I do love my other kitchen toys like the food processor and the Vita-mix. Couldn't do without them now. What a beautiful salad. I love all the flavors and how they must just melt together. Beets are another thing I can't get the husband to be on board with, so I reserve those for myself. Thanks also for the beautiful nature shots! Lovely, just lovely!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
06/03/2014 1:11pm

Hey Debi! Oh I know what you mean about the processor and vitamix -once you start using them on a regular basis, you wonder how you ever "survived" hehe. Well, this dish does serve one, so it would be perfect for just you ;)

Thank you so much! I had a great time taking them :)

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06/02/2014 8:43pm

Hi Allison! What an inspiration you are! This post is beautiful on so many levels. Taking a walk almost everyday is my medicine.. the fresh air, sounds of birds, the views... the occasional turkey vulture (you know they poop on their legs to keep themselves cool?) and the thought of a good inspired recipe, like this one! A walk clears my head too. No spiralizer in my kitchen yet, but its on the list. Can't wait. Thank you for this inspiring recipe!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
06/03/2014 1:14pm

Hi Traci! Thanks you so much :) That means a lot to me! I never thought of it as medicine, but it is totally a form of that for me too. So relaxing and really keeps me sane. Haha! I had no idea that turkey vultures did that!!! I will watch my head next time they fly over me! ;)

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06/02/2014 11:43pm

I have never even heard of a spiralizer before! I want want if only just to make this salad. This looks great!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
06/03/2014 1:15pm

You should do it! ;)

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06/24/2014 6:33pm

Oh my goodness, I don't know how I missed this! You can tell I'm no good at blogging...haha! I am so glad to inspire. :) We spend most of our days out in nature, there is so much beauty out there to discover. You look adorable!

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