Guest Post: Edible Perspective


Good morning! Please give a warm welcome to Ashley today on Oh She Glows! She’s a great friend of mine and an all around amazing gal. Enjoy her favourite vegan recipes below, but try not to drool too much on your keyboard. ;)

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Hey guys!  I’m Ashley from The Edible Perspective.  I couldn’t be more excited to be guest posting on Angela’s blog today.  Ange + I have known each other for almost 2 years now, and I’m pretty sure we’re long lost sisters.

Let me break down a few getting to know you facts about myself:

  • I live in Ft. Collins, Colorado with my husband + two doggles [boxer + great dane/lab] and we love, love, love it here!
  • I started my blog just over 1.5yrs ago + at the same time I curiously stole borrowed my husband’s dSLR camera and fell in love with photography + photographing food.
  • My current exercise routine includes the following: cycling, swimming, HIIT workouts, 3x/week weight lifting, bouldering, walking the dogs, biking around town
  • Two of my biggest passions are cooking + photography, which I’m trying to create my own career from, although I actually have a master’s degree in Architecture.
  • A few months ago, I discovered I have an intolerance to gluten.  My digestive tract is so much happier without it!
  • My current diet looks something like this: always gluten free, always vegetarian, frequently vegan


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Now let’s get started with those vegan recipes!

cookie dough AB

If you know me at all, you most definitely know that I am a nut butter fanatic.  You will also know that I love creating my own nut butter recipes.  When thinking of which one to share, I was immediately drawn to my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Almond Butter.  Why?  Because I know Angela is a huge fan of cookie dough and this literally tastes like raw dough.  The crunchy pieces of chocolate chips will have you double dipping in the jar for more.  Enjoy this as an oat topping, ice cream topping, sandwich topping, you just can’t go wrong!


My next recipe, is literally hot of the press and in perfect timing for your next veggie burger craving.  This Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger has blend of Mexican spices, black beans, sweet taters, quinoa, corn and more.  Not only is this burger super flavorful, but it holds together and has awesome chew.  And guess what?  No food processor involved!  I promise the man in your life will love it too!


Something else your man will love?  And even your kids?  BEER fries.  These are the best oven baked fries I’ve ever had.  They take a little longer to cook, from soaking in beer, but result in a perfectly crispy french fry.  I kept the seasonings simple with garlic, salt + pepper.  And if you’re looking more sweet tater in your life, check out my sweet potato beer fries.  They actually retain some of the delicious beer flavor!

curried chickpeas

You might want to make this next recipe on a cool summer night.  If you have those where you live!  Or just stow it away for fall.  No matter what the temperature, this is my best curry recipe to date!  It’s a 2-part recipe with curried chickpeas as the main attraction and creamy coconut quinoa on the side.

My husband and I recently bought our first home, which was a major fixer upper.  With the help of my uncle, we’ve done all of the work on our own.  The kitchen was the first thing to go.  It was completely gutted!  With 75% of the kitchen complete + the oven in place, this was the very first recipe to come out of it!  Curried Chickpeas + Coconut Quinoa

I can’t leave without ending on a sweet note.  You will leave your family guessing the ingredient list for this next recipe!  The secret is avocado.



Chocolate Avocado Cake

Favorite chocolate cake ever?  I’m pretty sure it is.  I haven’t created a gluten free version yet, but when I do, a chocolate coma will ensue.  The avocado keeps this cake extremely moist and it’s packed full of delicious cocoa.  The brown rice syrup + sucanat combination, add a nice light sweetness.  Kid friendly.  Family friendly.  You’ll need to hide this under your bed, because it’s not gonna’ last long!  This cake was originally paired with a Green Monster frosting [whipped cream + spinach + sugar].  For a vegan version, just swap the whipped cream for full fat coconut milk.  Or, pair it with a simple vegan peanut butter frosting.  Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Thanks again to Angela, for inviting me over to her blog today!  A constant inspiration in life, a kitchen wizard + a fabulous friend…she’s pretty amazing, “eh?”  [<— I taught her that]


If you’re interested to learn more about my life, my photos + my eats, stop by The Edible Perspective and say hello.  I would love to hear from you!

<3 Ashley

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1 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 28, 2011

My boyfriend loves beer AND fries, so those beer fries are a shoe in!
Heading over to your blog right away :D Thanks


2 Ashley July 28, 2011

You’re welcome!! Hope the bf loves them!


3 Jennifer July 28, 2011

Thanks for sharing. Those fries look amazing, I am making them for us and the kids tomorrow for sure!


4 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat July 28, 2011

I adore those black bean sweet potato burgers – and LOVE that I don’t have to wash the food processor! Still need to try the chocolate cake…


5 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit July 28, 2011

I still haven’t made that nut butter! Gosh, it looks so delicious. Everything does. Great post, Ashley!


6 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 28, 2011

You had me at “beer fries.” Everything looks amazing – can’t wait to read more! :)


7 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 28, 2011

Ashley, it’s awesome to see you here! (Angela – great choice :))

Love your photography, and of course your recipes.

The beer fries. I still am drooling over those. Thanks for the reminder to make them!

And cookie dough ANYTHING makes me weak. I love the AB recipe!


8 [email protected] July 28, 2011

chocolate avocado cake!?!? I need that NOW. Great post, Ashley!


9 Sylvia @ The Running Advocate July 28, 2011

Loved your guest post Ashley! Somehow I hadn’t seen that cake yet, not sure how that happened? Can’t wait to try it though :) Thanks!


10 Ashley July 28, 2011

Thanks so much Sylvia!! Let me know what you think of the cake!


11 Beach Bum Beauty July 28, 2011

Aww Ashley is sweet and an angel because beer fries are going to earn me serious brownie points with my husband!


12 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 28, 2011

me too :)


13 Ashley July 28, 2011

Oh yeah…for sure!!!


14 Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 28, 2011

Great guest post Ashley! I’m off to visit your blog now :)


15 Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove July 28, 2011

Okay… I NEED to try that sweet potato/black bean burger. Yum!!


16 Cait's Plate July 28, 2011

Aw yay I loved this! And I’m a huge Edible Perspective fan :) Loved hearing a little more about you!


17 Ashley July 28, 2011

Thanks girlie :)


18 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 28, 2011

I’m obsessed with all of Ashley’s nut butters!


19 Holly @ The Runny Egg July 28, 2011

Ashley I love your photographs and your food always sounds so delicious — thanks for sharing these today!


20 marla {family fresh cooking} July 28, 2011

Angela, thanks so much for sharing Ashley with us. Her blog is awesome & filled with amazing recipes. It is fun to learn more about her here. That burger looks awesome!


21 WIERDGREENMAN July 28, 2011

I can’t wait to try these out! I’m really excited about the nut butter/cookie dough. And avocado is always awesome!


22 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 28, 2011

It’s great to ‘meet’ you Ashley! Your recipes look delicious – you had me at the cookie dough almond butter!! You’re the latest addition to my Google Reader!


23 Ashley July 28, 2011

Thanks for adding me Angela!! :)


24 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 28, 2011

Perfect guest poster, love Ashley’s recipes! I’m making the beer fries this weekend.


25 Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa July 28, 2011

Beer fries?! Genius! Everything looks amazing, but the veggie burger, fries and cake jump out at meal and scream a perfect meal for summer!


26 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine July 28, 2011

Those beer fries are genius. :) My BF would probably ask me to marry him if I made those! Hmm … ;)


27 Andrea July 28, 2011

Oh I love the idea of beer fries! I am so making those this weekend! :D


28 MaryBe July 28, 2011

Love the photos of the two of you!


29 (what runs) Lori July 28, 2011

Ashley, you are seriously too cute! Love this. And what incredible recipes (I’m going to have to check out) you have on your blog! I knew you were a culinary talent, but now I’m going to have to start picking at least one of your recipes to make a week… starting with that cake!


30 Ashley July 28, 2011

Aw, thanks so much Lauri!! Hope you love the cake!


31 [email protected] healthy helper blog! July 28, 2011

These all look fabulous! I love trying out new vegan recipes!


32 The Teenage Taste July 28, 2011

Great post, Ashley! Your recipes are amazing and now I am dying to make that cookie dough almond butter! Yum! :-D


33 Eat Hike Sleep Repeat July 28, 2011

I can vouch that the Sweet Potato burgers and Curried Chickpea with Coconut Quinoa are both fantastic. Love your food and blog. Thanks for keeping me well fed.


34 Ashley July 28, 2011

Yay! I’m so glad!! Thanks for letting me know! :)


35 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh July 28, 2011

That cake looks too yummy! Can’t wait to try it!


36 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 28, 2011

Such an awesome guest post! I love the photography too! :)


37 Ashley July 28, 2011

Thanks Jemma!!


38 Nikita July 28, 2011

One of my favorite reads! These look like great recipes- I really have to make those burgers soon, perhaps with the beer fries? That sounds like something my husband will enjoy too!


39 Ashley July 28, 2011

With the beer fries for sure!!!


40 Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 28, 2011

All of the recipes look fantastic, but the chocolate avocado cake really jumped out at me! That sounds right up my alley. Recipe is now saved!


41 Allison July 28, 2011

What a fun guest post! I’m so excited to know about your blog, Ashley. Can’t wait to try some (or all) of these recipes. I live in Fort Collins too, so it’s fun to know about a great local blog!


42 Ashley July 28, 2011

Yay Fort Collins!!! So glad you enjoyed my post!


43 Michelle July 28, 2011

Two of my favorite ladies in one post. Love you guys!


44 Mama Pea July 28, 2011

My worlds are colliding with both my favorite bloggers/people in one spot. This should happen more often. A Angela/Ashley sandwich with Mama Pea in the middle.


45 Ashley July 28, 2011

Woohoo!! Fabulous idea! Why do we live SO FAR away from one another?????


46 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 28, 2011

Or we could just meet somewhere tropical ;)


47 Andrea B. @ Vegvacious July 28, 2011

I have a feeling that those beer fries are going to be a huge hit at my house …. and I will definitely be trying out that black bean burger!


48 Ashley July 28, 2011

I”m pretty sure he would! ;)


49 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 28, 2011

love both of your blogs! I remember these recipes too :)


50 Heather @ Get Haalthy with Heather July 28, 2011

Ashley your food always looks out of this world good!


51 [email protected] July 28, 2011

Ashley, I love all your recipes so far and that burger looks soooo good! The photo is definitely gorgeous as well. :D


52 Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY July 28, 2011

The burger looks awesome, and i really like the cake. I love the idea of green monster icing but i’m pretty sure, I’ll have a hard time convincing my friends to eat it.


53 Molly @ RDexposed July 28, 2011

And…I’m drooling!


54 Jen @ July 28, 2011

Great post! Yummy recipes!


55 Rebecca July 28, 2011

I just love when my favorite bloggers combine the best of both their cooking/fun/photography worlds and I benefit :)


56 Joanna July 28, 2011

Glad your blog was introduced! Can’t wait to try your recipes :)


57 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine July 28, 2011

I commented over on your blog, but I loved those recent couples’ photos you shot!! :)


58 Ashley July 28, 2011

Thanks so much Lexi!


59 Emilie July 28, 2011

Avocado is so useful! As a hair paste, spicy guacamole, secret recipe ingredient…it really can do no wrong our eyes!


60 Mich July 28, 2011

Great post! Nice to hear from someone who has the exact same diet I do =)


61 Aja July 28, 2011

Everything looks so delicious!


62 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner July 28, 2011

I LOVE THIS POST! It is absolutely DELICIOUS! :D


63 Ashley July 28, 2011

Thanks Kathleen!


64 Andi July 28, 2011

I love when the blogs I follow cross paths.. makes me feel like we are one big group of friends!!!!


65 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 28, 2011

Great post Ashley! I love the looks of that AB – you had me at “cookie dough”! I can’t wait to make it as soon as I get my hands on a food processor that can handle it. I’m scared of breaking my little 3 cup Cuisinart! :P


66 Ashley July 28, 2011

Oooh, yah, you definitely want to wait. :)


67 Katherine July 28, 2011

I took a look at your blog, your dogs are adorable!


68 Living, Learning, Eating July 28, 2011

Wowza, nice burger!


69 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 28, 2011

You two are such gorgeous ladies!!!! I love all of these recipes, not gonna lie I drool over them every time she posts!!


70 Carly July 28, 2011

I made those sweet potato black bean burgers tonight, and they were great!


71 Katrina July 29, 2011

Everything looks so good!


72 Emilia @ Namaste Gurl July 29, 2011

Anything made by Ashley is magnificent and BEAUTIFUL– way to go, chef and photographer, Ashley! :)
As a major fan of Ashley’s blog, I’m happy to say I’ve tested out a great deal of her amazing recipes and they all live up to their standards 200% :)


73 Ashley July 31, 2011

You are too sweet :)


74 jackie July 29, 2011

hi there, i added my husbands email by mistake to follow you on…how can i unsubscribe HIM so that i can add myself to get your blog updates?

thank you <3


75 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 29, 2011

I’m not sure Jackie! Sorry


76 Ruth July 29, 2011

ALL those recipes look awesome! I’m hopping over to visit you now…


77 Robyn July 29, 2011

Well more yummy recipes to make over the weekend…nice pics and I now have your site in my faves too…thankyou Ashley <3


78 Mistene July 30, 2011

I made the burgers yesterday and they were delicious!!!!


79 Ashley July 31, 2011

Yay!! So happy to hear! ;)


80 Jen July 31, 2011

These recipes look great! Especially the burger, I’m definitely going to make that one.


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