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Sweet Potato Salsa Soup

I got a new cookbook when we went gluten-free. It’s called Against All Grain, by Danielle Walker, and as of now, it has nearly 1,900 5-star reviews on Amazon, so that speaks volumes. I’m so impressed by not only her recipes, but Ms. Walker also took every photo in the book! Anyway, I’ve tried a couple recipes so far and been pleased. This recipe is my adaptation of her... read more

Basic Vegetable Soup

I was craving a simple vegetable soup…something to use up all the potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes that we keep buying because we forget we have a surplus. I stumbled on this recipe from Alton Brown, and despite the lack of spices, decided to adapt it to fit our family’s tastes. I was initially put off by the lack of spices–my favorite soup, Sweet Potato and Lentil, has... read more

Refreshing Summer Bean Salad

I had a ton of canned beans kicking around, so I set about searching the Internet for a good bean salad recipe. Once I did, I adjusted it to fit what I had in my pantry, and this delicious bean salad was the result! We ate this like a salsa, scooping it out of bowls with chips. Even my kids enjoyed it, although they picked out the green peppers. 🙂 You can’t win em all. I was... read more

Vegetable Coconut Curry Soup (vegan and omnivore options)

I’ve sung the praises of Penzey’s spices before, and I’m back to do it again! When I saw a soup recipe in their recent catalog, I had to give it a try because it has spices I love, like curry and Berbere, as well as ingredients like potatoes, bell peppers, and coconut milk. It was a no-brainer! I make this soup using homemade Berbere, because traditional is a wee hot... read more

Creamy Zucchini, Spinach, and Corn Soup (Vegan)

I was embarrassed to see that my last recipe post was made almost 3 months ago. It’s not that I haven’t been cooking a lot, but with this summer’s move, I’ve been focusing on fast, familiar recipes. Gnocchi and pasta are my friends.  🙂  Still, this recipe, which reminds me of Creamy Potato and Leek Soup, was a delicious dinner tonight, and very simple to... read more

Vegetable Noodle Soup

You know how when you’re sick, all you want is a warm, comforting soup?  Back in the day, my go-to was a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup.  Now, I turn to healthier and tastier alternatives.  This soup uses fresh veggies and whole wheat pasta and tastes wonderful when it’s reheated too! This recipe is adapted from one by Mary Rondinelli in the Penzey’s... read more

Simple Squash Soup

This is the perfect soup to whip up when you just want something warm, comforting, and easy.  This soup only has a few ingredients and the only chopping you have to do is a single onion.  I use frozen cooked winter squash to cut down on prep significantly. I use the Homemade Vegetable Broth powder to make the broth for this soup. This recipe is adapted from Ellie Krieger’s Winter... read more

Kale and White Bean Soup

I am always excited by a new recipe that uses kale.  After all, kale is the new beef, right?    Kale, in case you don’t know, has a perfect nutrient density score.  Although it can be a bitter, tough leaf, if it’s prepared well, it has a delicious taste.  Massaged kale salad, for example, is divine.  This soup preparation is full of wonderful vegetables, beans for... read more

Kohlrabi-Ginger Soup

My first time cooking with kohlrabi and I attempted an original recipe!  “Kohl,” for “cabbage,” and “rabi,” for “turnip” (Germanic)–this nutrient dense food contains 140% RDA of vitamin C, 19% RDA fiber, and 14% RDA potassium in a 1 cup serving.  Add in the russett potato, carrots, and awesome anti-inflammatory ginger and turmeric, and you have an... read more

"Eat Clean" Black Bean Soup

This is a great “clean out the fridge” kind of soup–I had some bell peppers that were looking a little sad, so this soup was a delicious way to use them up.  The flavor is reminiscent of the 10-Minute Tortilla Soup, but more veggie and less Mexican. This recipe is out of the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook. "Eat Clean" Black Bean Soup   Print "Eat Clean" Black Bean Soup Author:... read more

Bean & Corn Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Super-fast and simple to make, this is a high-protein side, or a delicious topping for a bed of romaine lettuce. This yummy, simple recipe is from Crepes of Wrath.   Bean and Corn Salad with Lime Vinaigrette   Print Recipe type: Salad Ingredients 4 cloves garlic, roasted and minced 1 tsp olive oil 1 tsp balsamic vinegar ½ an onion, diced 1 (14 oz) can black beans, rinsed and... read more

Cauliflower and Lentil Coconut Curry

I was blown away by the flavor of this dish–really unique.  I was expecting my typical Indian dish flavors, but instead, it’s sweet from the honey and coconut milk but finishes with heat in the back of your mouth.  It’s really good!  The heat doesn’t assail you from the start, so I can handle it. This recipe is adapted from Sweet Sugar Bean. Cauliflower and Lentil Coconut Curry... read more

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