One Step Chilled Avocado Cucumber Soup

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The weather has been so nice out lately and a green healthy chilled soup was exactly what I needed to finish off the weekend! This recipe is incredibly easy and is the perfect amount of cool, fresh and crisp. It’s a nice way to end a warm day (or start the day!)…It even becomes a nice healthy portable lunch if you put it in a mason jar and top with some nuts & beans. So basically you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner in 5 minutes, really?!… 

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Vegan Corn and Roasted Poblano Chowder

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I’ve been seeing poblano’s everywhere lately and while I have never cooked with them before, something about them just drew me in! I made a stuffed poblano recipe that needs a little work before it goes on this site and then followed it up with this recipe.

It takes a little work but Scott and I ate this every night for about 4 nights because it makes enough to serve 8. So, on an evening or an afternoon where you have some time, whip this up and enjoy it for the week or freeze and reheat at a later time. We surely were not sick of it by night 4…… 

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Costa Rican Inspired Cabbage Cups

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I was so excited to head to the farmer’s market last Sunday! With the holidays and our trip to Costa Rica, it has been a long time since I was there and I couldn’t wait to see what was fresh and new. I always go to the farmer’s market looking to get my veggies to roast for the week but I generally also go knowing that lunch is on the horizon so I look for inspiration from what is available to create a new meal. I’ve made recipes like my Pea Salad and Green Panzanella this way.

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Zucchini Hummus

Zucchini Hummus

I have made many different types of hummus but on the cleanse I just did (recap to come later this week), we had to eliminate all night shades so I had to say bye bye to my babaganoush, which is one of my very favorites!

There were also food combining rules I had to abide by so I was excited to find a hummus that did not include beans or eggplant. My daily salads are just not complete without a nice dallop of hummus on top :).

This recipe came from The Conscious Cleanse recipe book and along with my parsnip chips, it really helped me get through the cleanse. The chips are even great to dip in the hummus! For those with a bean aversion, fear no more, this zucchini hummus tastes just like the real stuff. And while calories are not a focus here at FLB, given that you replace the beans that are found in a traditional hummus with a veggie, this is a lot lower in calories so you can feel free to snack away.

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Zucchini Hummus
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Serves: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 medium zucchini, roughly chopped
  • ¾ cup tahini
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (can omit if you don’t like spicy)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Good for up to a week refrigerated.

 

Mexican Baked Spaghetti Squash

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I made this last week and was honestly SO excited about it! It is one of those dishes that really feels like it should be unhealthy when you are eating it …but then I realized the only thing in it, other than vegetables, is a small amount of greek yogurt. Seriously, can’t go wrong with that!

I also think this would be great for people (or children) who generally don’t like spaghetti squash because the way it is baked makes the texture a bit different. I cannot wait to make it again :)!

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Chickpea and Root Vegetable Tagine

Root Vegetable Tagine

I made this dish for Scott and I a few weeks back and we loved it. This week we were bringing dinner to a friend and his wife and I had to come up with something I could cook earlier in the day and then reheat as I was coming straight from the studio and this was the first thing that popped into my mind. This dish can easily be made earlier or even the night before and then just reheated prior to serving as it allows the flavors to really soak in. A few of the comments I got that night included: “This is exactly what they serve in Morocco” & “This might be the best dinner ever”, so I would say it was a success. I got this from the fabulous Kris Carr and her amazing book Crazy, Sexy Kitchen, but modified a bit to fit my tastes.

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Chickpea and Root Vegetable Tagine
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ⅔ tsp ground cumin
  • ⅔ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes [adjust based on desired spiciness]
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or pressed
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ cup carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup turnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (I prefer red or yellow)
  • 2 cups chickpeas, cooked
  • 6 ounces artichoke hearts, rinsed and quartered
  • 1½ cups peas
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 3 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp chopped mint
  • Sea salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large heavy-bottom shallow pot or deep skillet [cast iron works best] on medium heat, add oil, onions, and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent and golden, stirring continuously for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the spices, tomato paste, vegetable stock, carrots, sweet potatoes, and turnip. Cover and simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the carrots and potatoes are tender. Cooking time may vary based on the thickness of chopped veggies.
  3. When the root veggies are tender, add the bell pepper, chickpeas, artichokes, and raisins. Continue simmering for about 5 to 8 minutes. Liquid should be reduced and thicker at this point.
  4. Add parsley, cilantro, mint and sea salt, folding in all of the herbs. Cover and remove from the heat. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  5. Garnish with lemon zest, red sliced chili and any leftover parsley, cilantro or mint if desired.

Serving Suggestion: Serve over cauliflower mash, quinoa or grain of choice.

Sweet Potato Curry

Potato Roti Curry

I made this tonight and it was divine. It is a soupy curry dish that is quite easy to prepare. While roti is traditional thing to serve with this, whole wheat tortillas or pitas are great accompaniments for sopping up the liquid. You can also saute up beans and spinach and serve over that too for a gluten free version.

Sweet Potato Curry
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ cups chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato (about 1½ pounds)
  • 3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled acorn squash (about ¾ pound)
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (14oz) light coconut milk
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Combine first 6 ingredients; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic; cook 15 seconds, stirring constantly. Add spice mixture; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add potato, squash, and bell pepper, stirring to coat with spice mixture; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in water and coconut milk, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; bring to a boil.
  3. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until potato is tender. Season to taste (I added a little curry powder at the end). Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

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