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Ashley Melillo is a school psychologist and the writer, photographer, and recipe-creator behind Blissful Basil. 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 is a graduate of the CNS and eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate.

Savory Sage Breakfast Patties With Apple-Chia Compote

Savory Sage 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.


Avocado Rice Cakes

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.


Spicy Tomato Jam

Spicy Tomato Jam

Use your tomatoes to make this tasty, homemade staple.


Crispy Cauliflower Tots

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.


Speedy Two-Minute Ketchup

Speedy Two-Minute Ketchup

Whip up homemade ketchup and forget the high fructose corn syrup or other unnecessary ingredients.


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