Farro, Mushroom, and Spinach Soup

Farro, Mushroom, and Spinach Soup

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Farro, Mushroom, and Spinach Soup
If you haven’t met farro yet, let me introduce you. Farro is an ancient grain with long-ago origins in western Asia. It has an earthy, nutty flavor and a chewy texture that works well in everything from winter soups to hearty salads. Italian cooks have enjoyed this grain for years, and it’s beginning to catch […]
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Roasted Maple Sweet Potato Mash

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Roasted Maple Sweet Potato Mash
Sweet and buttery, this recipe for Roasted Maple Sweet Potato Mash is lusciously creamy and so incredibly delicious. This Thanksgiving side dish feeds a crowd and would look lovely on your table. Bonus, it can be made a day in advance. It’s officially November and we are now in full-on Thanksgiving prep mode. First on […]
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Creamy Roasted Tomato Pumpkin Soup

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Creamy Roasted Tomato Pumpkin Soup
A bowl of creamy Roasted Tomato Pumpkin Soup will keep you warm and full during these chilly fall and winter months. Fresh Roma tomatoes are roasted and pureed with pumpkin puree, shallots, garlic, fresh thyme and a few dried spices. Drizzle with a little olive oil and heavy cream and then top with fresh basil. Serve with a […]
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Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup is a ridiculously luscious chicken soup with chopped baby spinach and pillowy potato gnocchi dumplings. Overall this soup is pretty effortless and I love to use leftover chicken, which makes whipping up this soup a cinch. A hearty soul-warming soup on your table in no time. Truth be told I’ve never heard of […]
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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits
I love dessert recipes that are quick and easy, and they get serious bonus points if I don’t have to turn on my oven. These light and delicious No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits are perfect for a crowd-pleasing, easy to prepare dessert that takes just minutes to throw together. The best part is that these flavorful […]
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Chili Con Queso

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Chili Con Queso
    I am really excited to be sharing this amazing recipe from my friend Holly over at Trim and Terrific, and it’s definitely going on my Superbowl menu. I swoon over the creamy, tangy deliciousness that is queso. It’s so hard to resist ordering it any time I see it on a menu. You […]
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Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes

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Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes
The perfect excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast with these Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes with just 88 calories for three. It’s hard to put a finger on what my very favorite thing about Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes is. There are so many things I love about them. I guess if I had to choose, I […]
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Mushroom Barley Bowls

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Mushroom Barley Bowls
These hearty vegetarian Mushroom Barley Bowls make a hearty and filling meatless main course or side dish plus it only gets better after a night in the fridge. Lately I have been trying to expand the whole grains that I consume on a regular basis. For a long time it’s been a pretty regular rotation […]
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Protein Packed Oat Waffles

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Protein Packed Oat Waffles
These gluten free Protein Packed Oatmeal Waffles are packed with protein and good for you oats but still taste amazing. I am currently obsessed with my waffle maker. It is so ridiculously fun to use and versatile—I can’t help but want to use it for much more than just traditional breakfast waffles. If you haven’t […]
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars are the perfect healthier replacement for your favorite cookies or brownies and are packed with protein and fiber. I love peanut butter. A lot. Peanut butter is a natural and inexpensive way to add nutrition to baked goods. Peanut butter packs a lot of protein and flavor that […]
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Baked Zucchini Pasta with Herb Ricotta

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Baked Zucchini Pasta with Herb Ricotta
This cheesy Baked Zucchini Pasta with Herb Ricotta is the perfect thing when you are craving comfort food and is surprisingly light for a baked pasta dish. Although I love me some spaghetti squash and zucchini noodles, sometimes nothing is better than a big warm bowl of real deal pasta. And for me, when I […]
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Sesame Soy Broccoli

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Sesame Soy Broccoli
Need a new broccoli side dish? I’ve got you covered with this Sesame Soy Broccoli that makes a great Asian side dish of even main course with some chicken, beef, or tofu. A few weeks ago I shared this Sesame Soy Edamame and we have been on the sesame soy train ever since. It’s such […]
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Fresh Herb, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Fritatta

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Fresh Herb, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Fritatta
I love a good egg breakfast and this Fresh Herb, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Frittata makes the perfect weekend brunch or quick dinner. A couple weeks ago we splurged on a fancy weekend brunch and I had the most amazing soft scrambled eggs with tomatoes, goat cheese, and fresh herbs. It was sooooo good and […]
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Garlic and Thyme Roasted Carrots

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Garlic and Thyme Roasted Carrots
These Roasted Carrots with Garlic and Thyme make the perfect healthy side dish full of garlicky herbs with just a hint of balsamic. Lately I have been having weird cravings for a Thanksgiving style meal – like the whole nine yards. I want the turkey, the stuffing, the cranberry sauce, and all the fixings. But […]
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Lightened Up King Cake

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Lightened Up King Cake
One of my favorite traditions each year is to make a King Cake to celebrate Mardi Gras. The King Cake tradition came originally from medieval France and Spain. Later, it was celebrated in Louisiana, where Creoles celebrated the king’s ball with a fancy cake in which a bean had been placed randomly inside. According to […]
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Blender Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes

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Blender Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes
These simple and tasty Blender Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes are made with oats, flaxseed, and unsweetened applesauce for a delicious, gluten-free breakfast. Pan-cakes! Full of apple cinnamon flavor and made with hearty oats and flaxseed meal, these pancakes are making mornings more bearable around here. This is even more true if you top them with […]
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Stovetop Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna and a Giveaway!

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Stovetop Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna and a Giveaway!
This post is brought to you by Lagostina but all opinions are 100% my own. Before we get into today’s recipe, I have to tell you about the amazing Lagostina Nera Nonstick 5-Qt. Casserole with Lid we are giving away today. For a long time, I have been in search of a pan that could […]
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Baked Garlic Parmesan Zucchini and Summer Squash Wedges

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Baked Garlic Parmesan Zucchini and Summer Squash Wedges
This will quickly become your new favorite healthy side dish – Baked Garlic Parmesan Zucchini and Summer Squash Wedges that are cheesy, crispy, and delish. If you have someone you love that turns their nose to veggies, make these garlicky, panko and Parmesan crusted, zucchini and summer squash wedges immediately. The coating is crunchy, cheesy, […]
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Your Basic Weekend Pancakes

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Your Basic Weekend Pancakes
These are just your basic weekend pancakes. Light, fluffy and deliciously perfect! The word basic gets thrown around these days like it’s a bad thing. I like basic. Lululemon leggings? Got’em. I’m not a Starbucks fan but I do have Ugg-like boots and I proudly wear them with my Lulu’s. Ain’t no shame in my […]
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Asian Charred Broccoli Quinoa Bowl

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Asian Charred Broccoli Quinoa Bowl
This Asian Charred Broccoli Quinoa Bowl is filled with nutritious goodness. Roasted broccoli, spinach, purple cabbage, carrots and quinoa, topped with green onions and chopped peanuts. The easy and creamy sesame dressing seals the delicious deal. Prepare to fall in love. This is what happens when one cleans out an overly stuffed vegetable crisper. I just wanted to […]
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Easy Creamy Tomato Soup

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Easy Creamy Tomato Soup
A quick creamy tomato soup that takes little to no time to whip up? Sign me up! Canned whole tomatoes blended with sautéed vegetables is pureed and topped with Gruyere toasts! The color is gorgeous the flavor is spot on delicious. You’ll never want to eat canned tomato soup again. I’ve never been a tomato soup […]
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Easy Three Cheese Vegetarian Sausage Lasagna

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Easy Three Cheese Vegetarian Sausage Lasagna
Fresh homemade lasagna with Lightlife Vegetarian Sausage, three kinds of cheese and a simple pasta sauce. The best thing is that leftovers taste even better! There’s something about a huge dish of homemade lasagna that makes me happy. Maybe it’s the rich comfort taste or how it only takes 15 minutes to prepare but whatever it… […]
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Review: Potato Mushroom Stew

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Review: Potato Mushroom Stew
Well, it has definitely turned fall here now. We have chilly, wet days and the trees have spectacular colors. With this change in weather, we really appreciate warm comforting stews and soups. We enjoyed this meal created by Molly at apolloandluna.com. The fennel seeds really add a nice flavor to the stew. Recipe: Potato Mushroom […]
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Wine Braised Fennel with Apples

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Wine Braised Fennel with Apples
This is an easy, yet elegant side dish that could adorn a holiday meal, or any other meal as well. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 28 ounces fennel bulbs 1 tablespoon cooking oil 1 cup vegetable bouillon 1½ cups dry white wine, divided 1 cup soy yogurt 1 small yellow onion, sliced 1 apple, cored, peeled […]
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Creamy Asparagus filled Puff Pastry Shells with Chervil

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Creamy Asparagus filled Puff Pastry Shells with Chervil
This is a quick and easy elegant holiday meal or first course. It would also be nice for a New Year’s brunch. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 1-2 per person vegan puff pastry shells 2 cans white asparagus pieces 2 cups soy yogurt 1½ teaspoons vegetable bouillon powder ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder ½ teaspoon anise powder splash […]
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Lentil and Wurst Salad

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Lentil and Wurst Salad
This is lovely salad that we enjoyed as a hearty lunch. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 1 cup dry lentils 3-4 cups water 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and chopped 1 red onion, thin sliced 3-4 vegan wursts or hot dogs ½ head iceberg lettuce, chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil 1½ tablespoon vinegar 1-2 teaspoon mild […]
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Review: Pepita Salad Recipe

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Review: Pepita Salad Recipe
This is a delicious recipe from the famous Heidi Swanson of the 101 cookbooks blog. The recipe calls for yellow split peas. As beans and legumes are being featured as super healthy foods, we have been expanding the variety of ones we usually enjoy to include lesser known ones, such as the yellow split peas. […]
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Tempeh, Shiitake, Broccoli Bowl

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Tempeh, Shiitake, Broccoli Bowl
Tempeh is a great vegan source for probiotics and encouraging a “healthy gut”. We really enjoyed this delicious tempeh bowl and will have it more often. Especially encouraging more probiotics over the cold winter months. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 8 ounces tempeh, sliced 1 red bell pepper, de-seded and sliced in strips 1 onion, sliced […]
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Vegetable Ravioli and Mushroom Salad with Kale, Walnut Pesto

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Vegetable Ravioli and Mushroom Salad with Kale, Walnut Pesto
This is a delicious main meal salad. Very hearty and filling. We enjoyed it as a winter lunch, it would also be lovely in the summer at suppertime. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients for the pesto: 1 cup walnut pieces 2 garlic 3-4 cups kale, cleaned and cut from the stems 1/4 cup olive oil 3 […]
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Vegan Chickun and White Bean Soup

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Vegan Chickun and White Bean Soup
Hearty and delicious, this soup is quick and easy to make and is a whole meal in a bowl. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 1 (8 ounce) package soy protein (chickun style) pieces 1 (16 ounce can) cannellini beans (or other white bean) 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 […]
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Stir-fry Vegan Chickun, Broccoli and Red Pepper

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Stir-fry Vegan Chickun, Broccoli and Red Pepper
This is a quick and delicious main meal that can be enjoyed any time of the year. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients 12 ounces Vegan “chickun” pieces 1 large head broccoli, cut into florets 1 sweet red pepper, de-seeded and cut into pieces 1 red chili pepper, de-seeded and cut into small rounds 1 lime, sliced […]
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Crunchy Curried Pea Salad with Apples Cashews and Water Chestnuts

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Crunchy Curried Pea Salad with Apples Cashews and Water Chestnuts
This is a lovely crunchy salad that would be an asset to any table. it looks pretty enough for a holiday meal although is also lovely for a filling supper meal. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 16 ounces fresh or frozen peas 6 ounces cashew nuts, chopped 2 spring onions, chipped 8 ounces water chestnuts, chopped […]
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Cream Of Celeriac Soup with Brussels Sprouts Chips

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Cream Of Celeriac Soup with Brussels Sprouts Chips
This month we’re sharing a few recipes from our friend Tess Masters, The Blender Girl! Tess is our go-to gal for fantastic vegan and gluten-free blender recipes. Check out her newest book The Perfect Blend, available now on Amazon. This sensational soup will make you look like a gourmet chef, and it only takes 30 […]
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How To Make Fast, No-Soak Beans in the Pressure Cooker

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How To Make Fast, No-Soak Beans in the Pressure Cooker
I think that a warm pot of beans whenever you want them is at least half the reason for owning a pressure cooker. Forget pre-soaking. Forget hours of gentle simmering. With a pressure cooker, you can go from opening a bag of dried legumes to plump, tender beans in under an hour. How’s that for a sales pitch?! Continue […]
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Vegan French Toast with Caramelized Bananas

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Vegan French Toast with Caramelized Bananas
This month we’re sharing a few recipes from our friend Tess Masters, The Blender Girl! Tess is our go-to gal for fantastic vegan and gluten-free blender recipes. Check out her newest book The Perfect Blend, available now on Amazon. Whoever thought of soaking bread and frying it should be nominated for sainthood. This recipe uses gluten-free […]
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Easy Tuscan Bean Soup

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Easy Tuscan Bean Soup
The best bean soups have a lived-in quality, as if they have been simmering on the back burner for hours, just waiting for you. You can achieve this by cooking the dried beans from scratch, of course. Or you can skip the long simmer and pop open a can! Bean soups have the distinct advantage […]
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How To Make The Best Detox Smoothie

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How To Make The Best Detox Smoothie
This month we’re sharing a few recipes from our friend Tess Masters, The Blender Girl! Tess is our go-to gal for fantastic vegan and gluten-free blender recipes. Check out her newest book The Perfect Blend, available now on Amazon. Today, I’m going to share my fool-proof system for making delicious detox smoothies. Whether you binged […]
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How to Cook Mushrooms without Fat

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How to Cook Mushrooms without Fat
Do you know the easiest way to cook mushrooms? Here’s a method I’ve been using for years. It’s called “dry sautéing”. You cook sliced mushrooms in a hot pan without adding any fat, liquid, or sauce. As the mushrooms heat up in the pan, they release their juices and cook in their own liquid.  Continue reading “How […]
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Bloody Mary Smoothie

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Bloody Mary Smoothie
This month we’re sharing a few recipes from our friend Tess Masters, The Blender Girl! Tess is our go-to gal for fantastic vegan and gluten-free blender recipes. Check out her newest book The Perfect Blend, available now on Amazon. Have you ever tried making a savory smoothie? This non-alcoholic, breakfast-worthy spin on a traditional Bloody […]
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Arugula Salad with Beets and Goat Cheese

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Arugula Salad with Beets and Goat Cheese
Winter in California is the season for peppery arugula. Several years ago my parents planted some arugula in their garden and for years the arugula would re-seed itself, taking over the entire garden with a flourish, starting in December. While mature arugula can be almost too intense to eat raw (best for left for cooking), young baby arugula is […]
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How To Steam-Fry Vegetables

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How To Steam-Fry Vegetables
Need a quick side dish of vegetables to go with your meal? Try steam-frying them! Using this method, you quickly stir-fry vegetables to develop some color, and then steam them until tender. Steam-frying uses less oil than a regular stir-fry, but the vegetables still quickly cook through. The veggies also pick up a little browning from the stir-fry […]
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