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Creamy Tomato Soup for the Soul

27 Mar

Yesterday was a crazy day! Cape Cod got hit with an insane snowstorm + hurricane!! The house was shaking and we even lost power for a few moments! But we made it… and today the sun is shining and its like yesterday never happened :D

Weather was my inspiration for some warming and soothing tomato soup.

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Creamy Tomato Soup

Yields 4 servings

1 Tbsp avocado oil (or any oil of your choice)
1 medium yellow onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, diced
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1\4 cup coconut milk
1\4 cup unsweetened original dairy-free milk (feel free to use all coconut milk or all dairy-free milk)
1\2 cup water; more or less depending on the consistency you prefer
1 Tbsp agave nectar
1\2 tsp sea salt + a pinch more for seasoning the onions
3\4 tsp Italian seasoning
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

In a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat and add the chopped onions.  Cook for a few minutes until lightly browned, about 5-8 minutes.  Season with a pinch of sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.  Once cooked, add the garlic and cook for about a minute more.

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Move the onions and garlic towards the sides of the pan exposing the brown bits that have formed on the bottom of the pan.  Spoon in a little of the liquid from the can of tomatoes and scrape the brown bits up with a wooden spoon.  Add the remaining can of tomatoes along with the remaining ingredients.

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Stir well and let this cook over low heat for about 10 minutes until all the flavors have combined.  If you prefer your soup chunky, then serve as is.  Otherwise, use either an emersion blender (best method) or a blender/food processor (be careful with hot liquids) and puree until smooth.

Serve hot and, if you want, top with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and some avocado!

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Creamy Tahini Dressing + Another Quinoa Bowl

16 Nov

I really can’t get enough of my quinoa bowls!!

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To keep them tasting fresh I have been making homemade dressings to drizzle over top.

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The last dressing I made, peanut sauce (recipe posted on meatfreeathlete.com), was my favorite until the other day when I had this simple and delicious creamy tahini dressing!  I had it on my quinoa bowl and then again on my simple green salad the next night.  The flavor just got better with time (:

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Creamy Tahini Dressing

Serves 4

2 tablespoons tahini

1 garlic clove, minced

4 tablespoons walnut oil (or any oil you prefer)

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons water

2 teaspoons agave

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

Salt and Fresh ground black pepper

Directions:

Put all ingredients in to a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake away!  This is some great exercise (:

Alternately, puree the ingredients in a food processor.

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 3 days.

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To make the Quinoa Bowl:

1/2 block tempeh, chopped small

1 garlic clove, diced

1 small shallot, diced

1 tablespoon coconut oil (or any oil you prefer)

1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa

2 large leaves kale, chopped well

1/2 large carrot, diced

1/2 red bell pepper, diced

Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

1 avocado, peeled, cored, and diced

2 teaspoons nutritional yeast, optional

4 tablespoons sesame sticks, optional

Creamy Tahini Dressing, recipe above

Directions:

In a large sauté pan, heat the coconut oil; add in the shallot and tempeh and cook until lightly browned.  Add the vegetables (kale, carrot, and red bell pepper) and cooked quinoa, stir well then add salt and pepper to taste.  Cook until the vegetables are just slightly softened.

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Divide everything evenly between two bowls, top with avocado, nutritional yeast (if using), sesame sticks (if using), and creamy tahini dressing.  Enjoy!

Ultimate Thanksgiving Sandwich + Cookbook + Giveaway!!

14 Oct

As some of you may have seen (via my Facebook Page or Twitter account) I have published my first cookbook!! :D

I have so many people to thank for helping me get this cookbook to where it needs to be <3 too many to list… but you can see many of their names in the cookbook!  Recipe testers, family, friends… the list is too long!

Well anyways, it has been taking up so much of my time and I have been heavily neglecting my blog and my Meat Free Athlete blogging duties!  So look out for a new post tonight or tomorrow on MFA!

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Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

Serving size varies depending on amount of leftovers (:

For one sandwich:

1 slice Holiday Lentil Loaf

3 tablespoons Golden Gravy

2 tablespoons Mashed Cauliflower

1 tablespoon cranberry sauce

2 teaspoons Vegenaise

2 slices whole grain bread

Directions:

Reheat the lentil loaf in a few teaspoons of olive oil in a nonstick sauté pan.  Meanwhile, lightly toast the bread.

Spread 1 tablespoon cranberry sauce on one slice of bread and 2 teaspoons Vegenaise on the other slice.  When the holiday lentil loaf is heated through, place it on one slice of bread then, using the same hot sauté pan, reheat the mashed cauliflower.  Spread the heated cauliflower over the holiday lentil loaf and, again using the same hot sauté pan, heat the gravy.  Pour the gravy over the cauliflower then top with the remaining bread.  Slice down the middle, grab a napkin, and enjoy your holiday feast again (:

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All the recipes for this sandwich are included in my holiday cookbook “my Kind Holiday

Buy now:

Paperback (Createspace): https://www.createspace.com/4479821

Paperback (Amazon): http://www.amazon.com/Kind-Holiday-Compassionate-Dishes-Guests/dp/1492967483/

E-Book (Scribd): http://www.scribd.com/doc/175510663/My-Kind-Holiday

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Today I received an amazing package in the mail from my favorite company: Garden of Life!  This company produces amazing vegan and vegetarian supplements and never have I been dissatisfied.  I have made raw protein truffles and of course I always include a scoop of protein in my smoothies.  I have received these products and will be reviewing Marley Coffee Raw Protein and Guayaki Raw Protein + Energy.  So what about Raw Fit???

Raw Fit is available for one of my readers* (: YOU’RE WELCOME!

How to enter (up to 3 ways to enter per person, for a total of 4 entries!!!):

  1. Leave a comment below telling me how you will use/have used Raw Fit High Protein (1 entry)
  2. Follow WeHeartVegan on Facebook and leave a comment on the Facebook Page about how you will use Raw Fit High Protein (2 entries)
  3. Copy and tweet the following tweet: “I can’t wait to try Raw Fit @gardenofliferaw high protein for #weightloss!! #Giveaway on wp.me/pUDpM-1kZ #vegan via @weheartvegan” (1 entry)

Contest Ends October 21, 2013 at Midnight EST

Good luck to all!! <3

*open to U.S. and Canada residents only

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