Butternut Squash Soup Taste-Off

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We've recently moved into our new house, and I'm excited to have a kitchen that inspires me to cook again.  My recipe books have been packed up (some have been away for three years!), so I'm excited to be able to access them after missing them dearly.  One thing I like to do when I'm making a dish is to look up several different versions of a recipe, then choose the one that … [Read more...]

Lentil Stew

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Such an easy soup to make when the weather starts getting a little chilly.  Also, a great way to use up any greens you have left in your garden! -Veggie base:  saute onions, carrots and celery in 2 T coconut oil -Transfer to slow cooker and add lentils:  2 cups french lentils, rinsed -Liquid:  Water or broth (to cover) -Season:  bay leaf, italian seasoning, salt, etc. -Add … [Read more...]

Live Cashew Cream Cheese

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I am calling this recipe "live" because of the fact that it uses a probiotic capsule as part of the ingredients.  I thought this was pretty interesting; I read more and more every day about the importance of probiotics and gut balance. Ingredients: -2 cups cashews, soaked for 1-2 hours -1 cup purified water -Powder from 1-2 capsules probiotics -1/2 bunch fresh dill, … [Read more...]

Creamy Avocado Herb Salad Dressing

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If there is one thing EVERY person should know how to do it the kitchen, I'd say it should be knowing how to make your own salad dressing. That stuff that comes in the bottle has all kinds of stuff in there that you don't need, it doesn't taste as good, and it is overly expensive. I'm always winging in when it comes to salad dressings, but I periodically posted a comment … [Read more...]

Herb Avocado Dip

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For a refreshing summer snack, blend in a Vitamix or cuisinart: -1 avocado -2 cups greens (spinach, kale, sorrel, asian greens, etc.) -1/2 herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro, dill, tarragon, etc.) -1 roma tomato -1 T each: fresh lemon juice, apple cider* vinegar, olive oil -1 t sea salt *or change it up with red wine vinegar, or balsamic … [Read more...]

Coconut Cucumber Soup

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If you are looking for a quick and refreshing summer soup, look no further! In a vitamix, blend: -3 cucumbers, peeled -coconut milk (or meat of 1 fresh coconut) -4 T fresh lime juice -2 T almond butter -1/2 cup greens/herbs (basil, cilantro, mint, etc.) -1 T fresh ginger -Water to thin (about 1 cup) -Season with:  salt, cayenne, or add thai "flair" by adding a splash … [Read more...]

Miso Soup

Miso Soup

-3 – 1” pieces of wakame (sea vegetable) -4 cups water or stock -1⁄2 cup chopped kale or Swiss chard -4 tbsp light or mellow unpasteurized miso -2 scallions, thinly sliced for garnish Soak wakame in a small bowl of cold water for 5 minutes to rehydrate. Put water in a 4 quart pot, bring to a boil.  Remove wakame from bowl and tear into pieces, removing the spine. Add … [Read more...]

Refreshing Quinoa Salad

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My son's favorite whole grain is quinoa, and I'm thrilled that he loves its nutty flavor (and fantastic nutritional profile, especially protein!).  I'm always trying to find something new to do with quinoa.  This salad might be fun for kids as the veggies are raw and therefore very crisp and crunchy.    Here's how to make it: *Cook up some quinoa in your rice cooker *Wash and … [Read more...]

Spinach and Dulse Soup

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I have been trying to come up with ways to use all the greens we have growing in our garden.  It is still pretty warm here, so it was also nice to not heat up the kitchen to come up with a dinner soup: -1 avocado -several stalks of celery -a large bunch of greens from the garden -3 T olive oil -1/2 cup dulse flakes (seaweed;  great source of iodine) -Purified water to … [Read more...]

Roasted Red Pepper and Avocado Soup

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The picture of this soup does not do it justice.  I think it is my own food photography skills that I need to work on.  Trust me, this soup is delicious (my kids and hubby could not get enough of it).  A great summer treat when it is too hot to cook. I got a Vitamix for Christmas last year, and I must say that I love it.  I love that you can blend a soup for about 5 minutes … [Read more...]