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Perfect Winter day soup…

White Bean Soup 

Vegetarian, Gluten-free, & Vegan

  • 2 15oz cans of White Beans – in a colander rinse the beans under water.
  • 1 T Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 medium Onion, diced
  • 1/2 large green pepper, diced
  • 1 large Potato (White/Sweet)  diced…can substitute with butternut squash
  • 2 cloves, fresh Garlic, minced
  • 1 large Bayleaf
  • 1/4 t Cumin powder
  • 1/2 t Garlic powder
  • 1 t Badia Sazon or 1/2 a packet
  • 1/2 t Kosher salt
  • 1/2 t Tumeric powder
  • A tiny pinch of Red Pepper flakes
  • 2 pinches – dashes of Black pepper
  • 1 T Tomato paste

Saute onions, green pepper, add garlic towards the end, do not brown the garlic.

Add all of the ingredients to the pot and add 4 cups of water, stir.

Cover and simmer the soup for 1.5- 2 hours.

Enjoy!

 

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Winter is here!

I love all of the festivities of Christmas, gatherings, lunches & parties but they go by way too fast….it’s almost Christmas!!

I made a few gift items like this cute bulky hat & neckwarmer for my li’l niece – she has a massive head of beautiful curls… I was thrilled it all fit in the hat!

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On this first very wet (torrential rain, all day) day of Winter, I made it home and made this simple, hearty soup.

Butternut Squash soup:  It’s Gluten-free and Vegan. It’s simple and easy to make.

1 1/2 bags of frozen Butternut Squash ( I used 6 oz bag of the cubes and 1 bag, 12 oz, of spirals) added it to 4.5 cups of water in saucepan add spices (below) and simmer for an hour.

The soup thickened nicely. One could always add a medium diced white/sweet potato and carrots too, if you like.

Seasonings:

1 t Badia Sazon (can be found in the Latin food aisle). Badia brand does not contain MSG…other brands may.

1/2 t of Granulated garlic powder

1/2 t Salt

1 large Bayleaf

1/2 t Tumeric

1/3 t Black Pepper

Give it a try…enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

What’s cookin’…

 

A fav vegan meal:

  • Brown rice & Black beans
  • Green beans
  • A lot of Avocado

I spice up boring Brown rice:  using both fresh and powdered spice – 1/2 t of IOnion, Garlic, Sazon, Tumeric, Black pepper. I hold back on salt since the mixed Spanish spice both contain salt. Saute 1 small onion in 1T of extra virgin olive oil (I used Carbonell, it’s 100% pure olive oil from Spain – really good flavor.

For my Black beans (one 16 oz can of beans) – add all of the above plus my homemade sofrito, 1 chopped medium potato, 1T tomato paste, cumin/comino, and 1 bayleaf.

 

 

 

Mac & Cheese Recipe – Vegan & GF

Creamy Vegan & Gluten-free Mac & Cheese w/Broccoli –

This will be my go-to pot-luck casserole dish… everyone wil love.

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  • 6 oz. of Penne Brown Rice Pasta – cooked
  • 1/2 cup of Cashew Milk  (or Hemp/Almond Milk)
  • Fresh or frozen broccoli
  • Garlic clove (minched)
  • Daiya Vegan Cheese (Shredded Mozzerella & Cheddar) – generous handful of each.
  • Salt & Pepper

Mince the garlic and heat in a saucepan add Cashew Milk, stir, add Cheese to Milk and stir til blended, add dash salt & black pepper then add penne pasta, stir the add broccoli….serve.

Christmas treats

Making edible gifts and keeping it simple & healthier.
I used 1 pound of Almonds, some Cashews and Walnuts  (I also love using salted Peanuts). Use whatever you like!

Melt 2 baking bars, I used one Dark chocolate (so it would not be too sweet) & one 60%. I used the double boiler method to melt over the range.

Spread the nuts out on wax paper and coat them in melted chocolate. Allow it to set for several hours then break into chunks and wrap in cellophane bags for gifting.

 

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