Carrot and Orange Soup

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Here is another amazing recipe from my dear friend Julia.  She fed this to a group of women that ooed and ahed over this amazing soup that is just perfect for a cold autumn or winter day.  The fennel, carrot and orange combination is amazing, and the spices she used were fun and new to me. Adapted from: Homemade With Love by Jennifer Perillo Serves … [Read more...]

Julia’s Fall Applesauce

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We visit Chicago every Fall, and I always find myself  in my dear friend Julia's kitchen.  We hang out and talk while she whips up amazing food almost effortlessly (well, that is the way it always looks to me). On one visit, she had prepared a tenderloin for dinner that night, and her husband and son said, “we have to have the applesauce with it!” I watched in amazement as … [Read more...]

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...]

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

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This is a great summer soup when it is too hot to cook. My Vitamix seems to always be in use in my house.  Especially in the summer!  I love that you can blend a soup for about 5 minutes and it comes out slightly warm.  So healthy and so easy!  No hot kitchen.  Just cool and refreshing. Add to Vitamix: Celery- 3 ribs with leaves 1 jar roasted red peppers (with … [Read more...]

Coconut Cucumber Soup


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...]

Fast and Fresh Gazpacho

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Ingredients 4 cups low-sodium tomato juice 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Hot pepper sauce to taste (optional) 2 pounds tomatoes, seeded, diced 1 cucumber, seeded, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 jalapeño pepper, minced 3 cloves garlic, minced Fresh cilantro for … [Read more...]

No-Bake Lasagna


Is the summer getting hot?  Sometimes it is great to make a meal that involves no ovens, heat, or cooking equipment.  Raw, vegetarian, vegan, and refreshing.  I am proud to share this recipe with you from celebrity chef Beth Aldrich, Amazon Best Selling Author of Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food Lose Weight and Feel Fabulous.  This recipe makes a … [Read more...]

Spinach and Eggs Breakfast Salad


My kids' still love protein pancakes for breakfast, but in the summer I like a more refreshing and cooling morning breakfast.  My breakfast still has to pack in the protein, however, or I'll be hungry just a few hours later.  One of my favorite things to do is to hard-boil some eggs on a weekend, and then use them as snack items and/or quick meal items during the week.  These … [Read more...]

Refreshing Quinoa Salad


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...]

Thai Spring Rolls


(Originally published May 2012 on Healthy Kids).  I am so thankful for my wonderful neighbors, Ken and Donna, who shared this awesome spring/summer recipe with me.  It is so fun and festive, yet very easy to prepare.  You have to make sure to get your hands on the rice paper (Three Ladies is the brand Ken and Donna recommended to me, available in some grocery stores but … [Read more...]