white peach gazpacho

It’s summer now, and summer shouts one thing to me: stone fruit! This peach gazpacho is the perfect summer dish. I love to serve this as a starter with a glass of sparkling rose and some cheeses.  It also makes a great light lunch with a green salad.  For something extra, I love to add…

macadamia pecorino pesto

This is a great tapa to serve with a  cheese and charcuterie board.  Unlike a typical basil pesto, this one is all about the pecorino, and I like to serve it in endive boats or in a small bowl with crusty bread and some castelvetrano olives. This would also be a great topping for yam…

broccoli salad

I love this salad because it’s light and it’s a great way to use veggies you have ready from your meal prep day. I love the texture of the steamed broccoli with the raw stems and carrots… add the nuttiness of the hemp seeds, and I’m in heaven.  This salad is packed with omega 3s, fiber, plant protein, and…

ebook preview: yam smoothie bowl

My ebook Chef Amber’s Smoothies to Detox, Heal & Energize comes out tomorrow, so I’m giving you a sneak preview today! One of my favorite tricks for smoothies these days is using frozen roasted vegetables instead of ice cubes for added nutrition, flavor, and texture. Just roast your chopped veggies (cauliflower and yams in this…

why I meal prep

I can’t tell you how much easier my week is when I spend some time planning and prepping my meals on Sunday. After meal prepping, I have some of my meals completely ready for the week, and lots of veggies and proteins prepped so that other meal are really easy to throw together. I can only imagine…

how to be your own smoothie bar

You probably know by now how much I love smoothies. It’s so easy to make your own smoothies once you know what to do, so I put together this little guide on how to be your own smoothie bar! Blenders I have only used vitamix blenders, and I’ve been really happy with them. I’ve heard…

smoothie must-haves

*For a list of superfoods, ingredients, and benefits, stay tuned for my new smoothie ebook!* Pantry Must-Haves: Protein Powder of Choice (Read the ingredients carefully, and make sure you are getting what you need! I use SunWarrior brown rice protein and Ancient Grains Bone Broth Vanilla Protein. You can also choose vegan or paleo options.) Collagen…

favorite veggie soup

I’ve been LOVING this soup lately. I like the big batch because I can freeze half of it, and it’s a really versatile soup that you can eat with any of the add-ons below, or add roasted chicken to. Pre-portion it if you want to have it on the go, or drink it as a savory smoothie topped…

raw detox salad

The health benefits of this salad are amazing. I love a raw meal when I’m cleansing and detoxing.  Beets are great for the blood and liver, and (tip!) half an avocado per day for 30 days is a great way to help detox the liver.  Parsley leaves also help with cleansing with the liver and kidneys. Activated pumpkin seeds…

6 tips to detox all year round

We always think to start the detoxification process when we begin to get sick. But by doing some of these things regularly, we can have a healthier body and immune system with lower inflammation, which should help us repel illness around the clock.  (Always consult your doctor or healthcare professional before adding something new to…

bone broth tea

I was sick for over a week, and I had to get creative about how I would get my nutrition. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? So I put some of my favorite things together to make this healing soup/latte. I got all the nutrition I needed from the bone broth, and an extra…

a challenging season

This holiday season brought challenges, loss, and lessons to my family. Just before 2016 ended, my stepdad (far right in this picture from Christmas) passed after a recent late-stage cancer diagnosis. His death has been very hard for us all to accept. There was a lot going on when I arrived in Atlanta. My mom…