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Carrot-Lemon Soup

Lovely lemon-y Carrot-Lemon Soup This recipe for Carrot-Lemon soup was inspired by a Greek soup recipe.  When I was a kid, almost every local upscale eatery-- what we labeled "fancy restaurant" --was operated by Greeks who had emigrated to my town or city from the Old Country.   We all learned what was in a 'Greek salad' and were quite fond of the way seemingly all the Greek dishes were enrobed in melted mozzarella.  I realize now that the restaurateurs probably quickly tumbled to the fact that Canadian prairie people were dazzled by melted cheese, and they accommodated us.  And we-- or at least, I-- really loved the lemon rice soup that generally preceded a hearty meal of mozza-covered whatever.   But try as I did, I could never quite achieve that tangy citrus flavour... until now. The original vegan recipe I was looking at for a similar soup used tofu .  Well, I like tofu well enough but we are in the midst of our 'take' on the COVID-19 "crisis&qu

Rice Pasta with Cauliflower Sauce

This delectable garlicky cauliflower sauce over organic rice spaghetti was a most delightful supper one evening at the beginning of the COVID-19 dilemma. It has a lovely creamy mouth appeal but because it has no actual cheese or dairy fat of any kind (only fat would be in the almond milk) it settles lightly on the digestion. Perfect for an evening meal. INGREDIENTS: Large head of cauliflower, broken into florettes with leaves and stem end removed 1 onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 cups almond milk (unsweetened) 2 tsp. lemon juice, fresh squeezed 1 tsp. fine sea salt black pepper, fresh ground, as desired 4 T. chopped parsley as garnish full box of rice spaghetti (28 oz) or quinoa, rice, etc. Steam the cauliflower over a pot of boiling water, covered, for about 5 - 10 minutes, or in Instant Pot. Set aside. In a skillet, cook onion until translucent. Add garlic and cook for another couple of minutes. Combine the cauliflower, garlic, onion, lemon juice

Breakfast Oat-Carrot Cake

Breakfast Oat-Carrot Cake with Lemon Curd I have had enough experiences with baked oatmeal to think that I could put together a really delicious carrot cake version-- and I believe I have nailed that with the following soft, pudding-y, yummy Breakfast oat-carrot cake.  Try it and see if you agree! Place in large mixing bowl: • 3 cups organic rolled oats In blender carafe add: • 2 apples cored and chopped • 1 cup shelled walnuts • 2 medium carrots, chopped • 6 pitted Medjool dates • 2-3 tablespoons chia seed gel • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt *Blend well until smooth. *Pour over oats and mix well. Let sit for 2 hours or over night. *Preheat oven to 350 F. *Pour batter into baking pan lined with parchment paper.  Cover with aluminum foil. (Remove foil to brown during last 5+ minutes) *Bake for 25-40 minutes. *Let cool and serve in squares topped with fruit like pineapple, berries and banana slices SEE Lemon-Coconut Oatme

Colcannon (Irish Mashed Potatoes) and Irish Soda Bread (Spelt)

Colcannon is a lovely Irish traditional mix of boiled cabbage or kale along with a root vegetable, usually mashed potatoes, but sometimes turnip, or carrots. Leaks and/or onions, and garlic, are pretty popular additions. Chopped green onions, chives and/or parsley are often used as a stirred-in garnish. I am vegan, so this is a vegan colcannon-- no dairy butter or milk involved. The following are ingredients in the colcannon I made (Missing from the picture are water, garlic, pepper, oil, and fine sea salt): Lovely Colcannon: potatoes, cabbage, leaks, green onions, and parsley INGREDIENTS (2-4 servings) 2 T.  Olive Oil (or water, or coconut oil) 1/2 Cabbage , shredded 2    Leeks , finely sliced (or shredded) 4 cloves minced Garlic 4 C. peeled, diced  Potatoes  (I used yellow flesh Yukon Gold) 1/2 C. Water (if using Instant Pot-- enough to cover vegetables if using regular pot on stovetop). 1 tsp. Fine Sea Salt Black Paper Finely chopped Green Onions and Parsl

Lazy Perogy Vegan Poutine with Mushroom and Onion Sauce

This perogy poutine is right out of my head, so please feel free to improve upon it, eliminate and add ingredients, do whatever you need to do to make it seem like a lazy perogy version of poutine for you. That said, my husband raved about this particular vegan perogy-poutine recipe and said it was his fave of the three variations (the other two being: Poutine with Cheesy Smoky White Sauce and Poutine with Fat-Free Cheesy Nacho Sauce , also both vegan, of course).  So maybe the ingredients are just right for you as well.  You will have to try it and see what you think. LAZY PEROGY VEGAN POUTINE with MUSHROOM and ONION SAUCE 650 g/ 1 1/2 pounds  frozen potato fries The Mushroom and Onion Sauce: 2 T.      cooking oil (I used olive oil) 1          organic mushroom bouillon cube ("Go Bio" brand) (optional) 1/2 lb.  crimini mushrooms, cleaned and roughly chopped 1          large onion, cut up (diced or in rings, your choice) 3          garlic cloves, minced sma

Vegan Poutine with Really Cheesy Fat-Free Vegan Nacho Sauce

The recipe for 'really cheesy fat-free vegan cheese' is based on a surprising recipe from a video by Jill McKeever, the guru over at Simple Daily Recipes. We love it in our family. The 'surprise ingredient' and the lack of any fats make it a real winner for our digestive systems, and I would imagine you will also find that... although, I am not a physician or a nutritionist, and would suggest you go by what those folks have advised you. This is how the Really Cheesy Fat-Free Vegan Nacho Cheese recipe goes with my additions to Jill's base: Makes about 3 cups 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/3 cup nutritional yeast 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup roasted red bell pepper 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Sweet Paprika 1/4 teaspoon Chipotle pepper powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 cups water Check out this wonderful variety of Mexican tiles! (Click on image below...> shopetsy

2020 Vegan Recipes on Instagram (healthiacynthia)

Here are the vegan mains, sides, soups, smoothies, desserts, pastries, and breakfasts as shown on Instagram. The following recipes appear on Instagram in 2020 ( /healthiacynthia ) SASKATOON BERRIES- SUPERFOOD- RECIPES Just go ahead and click on the link below to go directly to the recipe! They are arranged in their categories from the most current Instagram recipe to the oldest-- to see them as they come out, join me at https://www.instagram.com/healthiacynthia/ Delicious Tofu Spring Frittata Colcannon-- Irish Mashed Potatoes, Leek and Cabbage Rice Pasta with Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce Lazy Perogy Vegan Poutine  with Mushroom and Onion Sauce Vegan Poutine with Cheesy Nacho Sauce Vegan Poutine with Smoky WhiteCheesy Sauce Barley and Corn Casserole Moroccan Bowl (random veggies using Berber Spice Combination at the article site) VEGAN SIDES Low-Fat Vegan Garlic Mashed Potatoes SOUPS Beet Borscht with Lentils and Red Cabba

Vegan Poutine with Smoky White Cheesy Sauce

So, March forward I will with delicious potato recipes as a highlight of the pure joy and potato nutrition that abounds in our everyday world. Poutine is truly French Fries drowned in melted cheese curds and fatty gravy. Delicious by all accounts. But not so much a thrill for vegans, of course (or the poor critters that go into the fatty gravy). However, take a look! There are several vegan poutine recipes online. Most of them have replicated the fatty gravy and dense, gluey cheese curds with a scary closeness. The vegan poutine sauce/gravy in this recipe is a little less fatty, but the nuts and seeds (cashews and tahini)have the reqired mouth appeal, and the liquid hickory smoke gives them a scrumptuous rustic je ne sais quoi.   Try the recipe.  Doctor it up and let me know what you think. Get your fries out of the freezer.  Read the instructions  package to bake your fries crispy,  Set the oven or prep your air fryer. Meanwhile: Ingredients for Smoky White Cheese

Low Fat Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Vegan Buttermilk

You probably think I'm obsessed with potato recipes... and maybe you would be right.  I love spuds.  I reallly love garlic mashed spuds. The potato has so much going for it and has been so misrepresented as a fattening, 'bad' junk food.  Wrong! The potato is root vegetable which means that it has great accessible amounts of starchy energy, and lots of other wonderful nutrients: Vitamin C, fibre and potassium, being three.  The scare about the potato being fattening comes from the way some potatoes are prepared (deep-fried) and/or the smotherings we sometimes introduce: dairy cream, sour cream, butter, cheese, bacon, even mayonnaise.  There are the sources of your "fattening".  Good News: Potatoes are delicious with much less fattening accompaniment, and much healthier if you kick the fat down and take out the cholesterol (animal products).  Much kinder to the animals and the planet. A 7-ounce serving of a side of these luscious garlicky potatoes is about

Elderberries are Flu-Fighters (New Study)

One summer day a few years ago our younger son pointed out various exotic trees as we walked around our neighborhood.  One with clumps of  luscious blue-black berries caught my eye.  Black Elderberry.  I asked if the berries were edible, and he said they were.  And the black elderberry ( Sambucus racermosa ssp pubens var melanocarpa ) is native to our Vancouver Island.  As someone wanting to grow only native trees in my yard, I have the ethical go-ahead. (To read about why we should grow native trees if we grow trees, see this article about botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger.) And... did the berries not have some medicinal benefits? I wondered aloud.  He told me that indeed elderberries were noteworthy for staving off and remedying colds  coughs, sore throats and flu.  Customers' Most-Loved Gifts Click to learn more...  A New Study  from the University of Sydney, Australia, published in 2019 in the Journal of Functional Foods...  shows that this amazing berry contains phyt