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Thai Coconut Soup

I don’t know why it took me so long to branch out to Thai food, but for whatever reason it did.  It wasn’t until a little over a year ago that I really started getting into these flavors, and I have to say that they are now at the top for me!

I love how creamy and slightly sweet the coconut milk makes this soup. The serrano pepper brings a slight amount of heat, and the lemongrass gives an earthy, unique flavor. I usually serve it over Jasmine rice– or I serve it with a stir fry of jasmine rice, cashews, and green onions.

 

Thai Coconut Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can coconut milk, light or full fat
  • 3T soy sauce or Tamari
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass or two drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 4 thin slices of ginger, peeled
  • 2 limes, juiced and zested
  • 1t cane sugar
  • 2T red Thai curry paste
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1 large carrot, cut in thin matchsticks
  • 2 large mushrooms, cut in large chunks
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, quartered and sliced
  • 1 Serrano pepper, diced
  • 1 cup or mung bean sprouts
Instructions
  1. Put broth, milk, lemongrass, and ginger in a pot and bring to a slight boil.
  2. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes for flavors to gel.
  3. Remove lemongrass and ginger.
  4. Add all other ingredients and cook on medium for about 15 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.
  5. Serve over jasmine rice and enjoy!

 

 


Lemon & Lentil Greek Soup

This is a yummy, light soup for the Spring–but is also loaded full of vegetables and protein packed lentils.  Its light flavor comes from a hint of lemon and a strong dill and oregano spice.

Lemon & Lentil Greek StewPair this with a side salad, and you’ve got an easy, tasty meal!

I hope you enjoy!

Lemon & Lentil Greek Soup
Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 russet potato, washed and diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • 1 t dried dill
  • 1 t sea salt
  • dash of pepper
  • ¾ cup green French lentils
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • zest from half a lemon
  • juice from half of lemon
  • 2 cups kale, washed and chopped
Instructions
  1. Put the olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Once heated, add the onion and sauté until soft, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, carrots, celery, zucchini, and potato.
  4. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add all spices and saute a few more minutes until fragrant.
  6. Add lentils and vegetable broth and stir.
  7. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce back to medium-low, cover, and cook for about 30-35 minutes until lentils and potatoes are soft. You may need to stir occasionally.
  9. Add lemon zest, juice, and kale and stir until the kale is wilted.
  10. Serve warm and enjoy!

 

 


Crispy Corn Flatbread

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If you follow me on Instagram, you see that every bowl of soup I eat has one of these slices wedged in the corner.

It’s just a tiny bit addicting….ahhh! Like I need anything else to dream about besides chocolate!

Speaking of chocolate…you know how when you make brownies and you eat the edges first? I love the gooey parts but also the crunch of the sides…Well, this flatbread is crunchy everywhere.  Which makes it that much more awesome.

I love this flatbread for a couple of reasons:

  • It is SO SIMPLE to make
  • It uses common pantry items
  • It cooks in under 15 minutes

Just. Try. It.

Adjust to your taste.  I first heard of this kind of method on my favorite blog Oh She Glows.  But I of course had to make my own adjustments to make it gluten free and refined sugar free.  BUT you can always sub regular whole wheat flour for gluten free blend, butter for coconut oil, and regular sugar for coconut sugar!

Crispy Corn Flatbread
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup organic cornmeal
  • ½ cup gluten free all-purpose flour (I use Bob's Red Mill brand)
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¼ heaping teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup water
  • coconut oil, for greasing
  • 10-inch iron skillet
Instructions
  1. Turn your oven to Broil. If you have options, choose the highest setting
  2. Place the cast iron skillet in the oven.
  3. Put all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and mix using a fork, trying to get clumps out, but not overmixing.
  4. Microwave for 60 seconds.
  5. Stir, and microwave again for 20 seconds.
  6. Stir, and microwave for 15 seconds.
  7. Take cast iron skillet out of the oven. Put ½ tablespoon of coconut oil in the pan and spread around to grease the pan.
  8. Pour batter in skillet and even out with a spatula.
  9. Broil for 10 minutes.
  10. Flip the bread over and broil for 3-5 more minutes, watching closely that it doesn't burn.

 

 


Lentil-Potato Stew

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I don’t know about you, but I just get little girl kind of excited about fall and the beginning of soup season.

It’s probably how my hunter friends feel about the smell of deer pee and countless hours in the stand. Other people just don’t understand it (like ME), but somehow it amuses and fulfills these  friends.

That’s how I feel about my soups.  Other people might not get it.  But it brings me joy.

Have a bad day? Make some soup.  Have a great day? It calls for soup.  Depressed? How about some soup and biscuits?

Soups are a part of my regular routine for many reasons:

-They freeze well and make busy nights easy!

-They are cheap.  Really, who doesn’t get excited about that?!

-They are packed full of healthy ingredients.  It’s even easy to sneak in some things like carrots and spinach.

-They give this vegan-like girl some awesome protein.  I can’t lie though, lentils do something special to my digestive system.  Whew!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and I hope it gets you excited about this beautiful season coming up!

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Lentil-Potato Stew
 
Ingredients
  • 1 T olive oil
  • ½ medium white onion, diced
  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed
  • 3 red potatoes, washed & diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 1 t dried thyme
  • ¼ t ground coriander
  • ½ t sea salt
  • ¼ t black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of water, divided
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 2 handfuls of spinach, chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil over medium heat until hot.
  2. Add onion to the oil and stir until onion is soft (about 5 minutes), being careful not to let the onion burn.
  3. Add the lentils, potatoes, carrots, and garlic.
  4. Saute for another few minutes until vegetables are soft (sprinkle with water if things start to stick).
  5. Add the tomato paste and all spices.
  6. Stir well--until fragrant.
  7. Slowly pour in the vegetable broth and stir.
  8. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  9. Reduce heat to low and cover.
  10. Let cook for approximately 15 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  11. Add ½ cup water and stir.
  12. Cook, covered, for about 15-20 minutes longer, or until lentils are soft.
  13. Add the remaining water, vinegar, and spinach.
  14. Stir until spinach is wilted.
  15. Serve with a salad and bread!

 


What I Ate Wednesday 5-28-14

Breakfast:

For this WIAW morning, I ate a bowl full of fruit and a half of a gluten-free flat cornbread.  I usually make this flatbread when I make chili, but for whatever reason, I was CRAVING it for breakfast.

breakfast 1

It’s simple & easy–cooked in a cast iron skillet.  I’m honestly not sure if anybody else would like it or if it’s one of those weird things I just love.  It’s salty, but the coconut oil gives it a bit of sweetness.

breakfast 2

Lunch:

On this day, I was especially hungry.  I started running again, and since then, I just haven’t been able to fill up!  Since going vegan about 2 months ago, I’ve had to be very intentional about what I’m eating.  I’m lovin’ it so far 🙂

So, I ate two lunches!!

For the first one, I had a bowl of soup.  I’ve been super busy and slightly unmotivated lately, so these Amy’s Organic Soups make for great lunches on those days (and to pack in the hubby’s lunch!)

lunch 2

This one bowl didn’t quite fill me up, so I roasted some leftover veggies I had in my fridge.  I drizzled olive oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and maple syrup on these and roasted for about 15 minutes.  I paired with a piece of rice bread and vegan butter.  I wasn’t able to eat ALL of it, but it definitely hit the spot!!

lunch 1

Dinner:

For dinner on this day, I made this amazing Asian Kale Salad.  It’s seriously one of the best salads I’ve ever eaten.  It’s packed full of good stuff and lots of plant based protein!

dinner

I ate two large portions of this salad 🙂

For dessert, I ate way too many of these chocolate chip cookies that were leftover from earlier in the week.  I was working late, and just nibbling.  Bad choice!  I have major issues with self control when it comes to sweets, especially chocolate.  At least these cookies are somewhat guilt-free 😉

cookies

And that was this week!  Lots of green (told you I rotate!), plant based protein, strong flavors, and CHOCOLATE!

Have a blessed day!