Ashley Melillo

Ashley Melillo is a school psychologist and the writer, photographer, and recipe-creator behind Blissful Basil, a blog dedicated to unearthing the happiest side of life through wholesome, plant-based foods. With roots in both psychology and plant-based nutrition, Ashley is fascinated with the way that diet and lifestyle choices affect physical, cognitive, and emotional wellness. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, and her recipes have been featured in Women’s Health, Redbook, The Huffington Post, and Shape, among others.

Savory Sage + Green Pea Breakfast Patties With Apple-Chia Compote

These plant-pure patties have a rich punch of sage reminiscent of a classic breakfast patty, a subtle sweetness from grated green apple, a protein- and fiber-packed heartiness from green split peas, and just the right amount of chewiness from brown rice. An apple-chia compote brightens the dish and complements the earthiness of the patties.

Raw Apple-Cinnamon Breakfast Parfait With Cinnamon Soft-Serve

This raw breakfast parfait is oat-free and made from a simple combination of apples, dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chia seeds. The soft-serve is made by blending frozen bananas and ground cinnamon until frosty, thick, and creamy. Both the apple-cinnamon mixture and the cinnamon soft-serve get layered into a jar and topped as desired.

Avocado Rice Cakes

There will be no plain rice cakes or boring snacks on my watch. Crunchy rice cakes are topped with sliced avocado and a few generous spoonfuls of Spicy Tomato Jam. A light sprinkle of salt (optional) and pepper finishes off this simple yet immensely satisfying snack.

Crispy Cauliflower Tots

These tots are sans taters and plus cauliflower, tahini, and flax. Cauliflower transforms into a nutritious and delicious snack. I recommend serving these tots warm alongside a bowl of Speedy Two-Minute Ketchup for the ultimate dipping experience.