Carnival Squash Soup

Mmmmmmmm, carnival squash is sweet, so sweet that I could not eat it plain!  So sweet that with savory spicy seasoning and veggies it is a heavenly combo! It tastes sooooo rich and buttery (no butter and very little oil involved)!

Steam and peel 1 sweet Carnival squash

Spray your pan with a little coconut oil spray and sauté 1/2 yellow onion, 2 clove garlic, 2 large handfuls washed curly kale.  Add in 1/4 minced jalapeño for a kick!

Puree squash with 1/2-1 cup soy milk (or milk of choice), to desired consistency, along with about 2 tbs sautéed  onion/garlic * then sprinkle the remainder of sautéed veggies on top on top as a flavorful garnish. Enjoy the simple deliciousness!!

*for ease/laziness, I actually scooped out pieces of sauteed onion/garlic out of the frying pan, leaving all kale and about half the onion/garlic behind for garnishing.

Wow, I cannot wait to make this again!!  

   

                 

Crunchy Sweet Summer Salad

This was so simple yet so delicious!!  I was not expecting it to taste as good as it did 🙂  Optional add ins could include pumpkin seeds, cilantro, or sesame seeds. Enjoy with these or in the pure simplicity below 🙂

2 cups organic girl greens

1 large stalk celery chopped

About 6 small strawberries sliced

1/4 large lemon squeezed

About 1.5 cups chopped pineapple

Toss all together and be nourished!

Yum!!

   

   

Savory Roasted Red Beets

Ah, I spent last weekend in Vegas eating lavish buffets and oversized oily feasts, so I must say I was delighted to get back to my healthy kitchen. Fortunately my guy values health as much as I do and did some grocery shopping while I was away, yielding some fresh organic beets! Time to roast em!

You need:

3-4 beets, chopped into 1/2in x2 in slices

1 large clove garlic, minced

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

coconut spray

2-3 tbs fresh parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 350F, and spray glass/ceramic dish with coconut oil

Toss all veggies and parsley in dish, adding another spray if necessary to lightly coat.

Bake for 20minutes, stir. Resume for another 20minutes and serve with whatever you like!! I steamed some potatoes, cabbage, and acorn squash to go with mine, but I could see serving them on rice, or a bed of spinach too!  Naturally for meat/fish eaters it makes a great side, but is a most delicious meal for plant munchers 🙂  Enjoy! These were SO flavorful, and were even tastier as leftovers. Yeah, baby!!





Creamy Vegan Mushroom Bok Choy Stir Fry

Pseudo-asian-concoction of the day 🙂  I have so many asian crave foods I’m working on replicating in my very caucasian-but-wannabe-asian kitchen.  Hey, at least we got a rice cooker!!  My guy was raised on rice and doesn’t go a meal without it; I’m in!  We ate this along with some other leftovers tonight, but if I was cooking for me, I’d eat this whole recipe on some brown rice and call it a MEAL!

You need: 

1 large stalk bok choy, cleaned and chopped, greens separated from white stalks

About 3-4oz mushroom of choice (I used an assortment)

1 large clove garlic

1 drizzle sesame oil

about 1/2 tbs liquid aminos

1/2 cup low fat soy milk

1 generous dash crushed red pepper

Saute mushrooms and white stalks of bok choy in sesame oil, then add liquid aminos and garlic. Saute for a few more minutes, then add soy milk and crushed red pepper. Simmer until stalks reach desired level of tenderness, then add greens of bok choy, simmering until just wilted. Remove from heat and serve over brown rice!! YUM !

   

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Sweet Spinach Strawberry Salad

Simple and delicious!! Truly satisfying and fresh!! What a spring/summer lunch time treat 🙂

 All you need:

-2 cups fresh spinach

-1/4 lemon

-5-6 large strawberries sliced

– about 3 medjool dates chopped (more or less to taste!)

I packed this for my lunch today, squeezing the lemon over just prior  to eating. It was heavenly and didn’t taste overtly lemon-y. Really the strawberries and dates shine here!! YUMMY!





Fresh Mango Salsa!

Oh yeah!  Put these on some black bean vegan tacos, a bed of spinach for a fresh, salad, or if you eat fish some lovely grilled salmon.  We had a feast today replete with power greens, fresh avocado, steamed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and purple potatoes, and grilled salmon. It was amazinggggggggg.  My guy does the grilling and I do the veggies in the kitchen 🙂  Does not get more summery or simple!!

You need:

1 cup chopped mango

1cup chopped tomato

3 green onions sliced

4tbs chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 lemon or lime juiced

1/4 chopped jalapeño or serrano 

Chop and toss, enjoy!!!





Blueberry Fig Morning Smoothie

Another super simple all fruit smoothie for starting out your week right!  Get yourself hydrated and full of all natural energy and antioxidants. I know you need it on a Monday morning!! I sure did 🙂

You need:

16oz frozen figs

6oz frozen blueberries

1tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

about 1L water

Blendo all in high power blender!

Serves 2!

Garnish with fresh mint leaves (I couldn’t find mine for photos!)