Tag Archive: Vegan

Spring Garlic and Lemon Pepper Asparagus Soup!

It’s Spring and although we still have a few snow piles here and there and the temps haven’t stretched into the 50’s yet, I’m not going to let that get to me! Asparagus is out in full force in the markets and I’m going to eat every one of these luscious organic, tender, green vegetables I can get. (Even with the smelly pee comments from the hubs!)  I got a version of this recipe when I was cooking with my sister at an Easter dinner in NJ.  We love roasting veggies and this easy recipe was a perfect start to a Spring dinner. I guarantee that the color alone will put you in the warmer weather mood!

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You will need:

20 spears asparagus, trimmed

1/3 cup unsalted cashews

4 cups veggie broth

2 cloves garlic minced

1/2 tablespoon lemon pepper

olive oil

sea salt

fresh ground pepper

2 fresh lemon slices

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  On a parchment lined baking sheet layout the asparagus with lemon slices on top and cover with garlic.  Drizzle liberally with olive oil and sprinkle generously with lemon pepper and sea salt. Roast for 30 minutes remove from oven and cool. For garnish, cut off some of the asparagus tips and set aside.  In a blender add the rest of the cooled asparagus, cashews, the lemon slices minus the rinds and veggie broth.  Blend on high until smooth.  Taste to see if more salt and pepper is needed.

 

Reheat to serve but also nice served room temperature.  Garnish with reserved roasted asparagus tips.  Serves 4

 

*What we love about asparagus is its vitamin content. Full of K, E, C, B6 and A. It’s full of fiber as well as iron, copper, calcium and protein.  It tastes great and is easy to prepare.  Asparagus is a natural diuretic and it helps to remove toxins from your body hence the “smelly pee”. It’s just doing its job! So, grab some goodness next time you’re at the market!

 

Warming Vegetarian Curry Stew

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Whenever I post pictures of this dish on social media, I get requests for the recipe so I finally decided to get off (or on) my duff and write it all down. This satisfying plant-based curry recipe is a one pot dish that can easily serve a family. Any leftovers can be frozen to pull out for an easy quick dinner later on.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. canola oil

2 sweet onions diced

2 minced cloves garlic

1 tbsp. minced ginger

1 jalapeno pepper finely diced

1 ½ tbsp. curry powder

½ tbsp. red curry powder

1 can fire roasted tomatoes with juice

½ cup smooth peanut butter

4 cups low sodium veggie broth (more if needed)

3 cups diced butternut squash

1 can low sodium chickpeas drained

1 head cauliflower cut in bite size pieces

2 cups fresh greens such as kale, spinach or chard

Sea salt to taste

How to:

In a heavy bottom stock pot, heat canola oil and sauté the onion until soft. Add garlic, jalapeno, curry powders and ginger. Cook 1 minutes.

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Stir in broth, tomatoes, and peanut butter. Add in squash, cauliflower, chickpeas and greens. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer. Cooking for about 20 minutes until veggies are tender to the tooth. Add salt to taste. Serve over cooked rice or quinoa.

Perfect for those snowy days! Enjoy Tracy!

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Roasted Chestnut, Leek and Lentil Soup

CN soup1This time of year, chestnuts are on every street corner in New York City and memories of standing in front of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza conjures up the smoky sweet smell of those nuts that were served up in a plain brown bag.  I roasted the chestnuts in my oven for this recipe but later found preroasted, peeled, organic chestnuts ready to go (of course!). (more…)

Not So Scary Pumpkin Smoothie

I know, (sigh)…. another pumpkin drink recipe…. but with all the artificial flavored beverages out there, very few are made with real pumpkin.  I made this thick and creamy smoothie to taste like a slice of pumpkin pie (without the guilt) and added a carrot to the mix.  It’s a real bump up in your vitamin A intake…just in time for trick-or-treating in the dark! (more…)

On a New Journey-Spicy White Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

 

I am very excited to be a new food contributor at FoodHomeLifeStyle.com

Hop on over to get this warm and cozy bisque-like fall soup recipe….Happy Autumn!

http://foodhomelifestyle.com/fall-spicy-white-bean-and-sweet-potato-soup/

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