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Moroccan Coconut Corn Chowder ( Vegan/dairy free)

Moroccan Coconut Corn Chowder

The sky is grey and trees once hanging heavy with snow are now bare due to 25 km winds. It’s amazing how much a landscape can change with just a gust of wind. Though mild temperatures persist, it feels more like a blizzardy day, one where you’d  hunker down with a big bowl of stew and your fuzziest blanket. Ice pellets falling from the sky are in the immediate future and the wind gusts are proving to challenge even the strongest ravens (and those things are fierce in the north…and the size of medium sized dogs. These are seriously huge birds!). It’s time for comfort food. Again…

Comfort food. Perfect for cold days, low days, sad days, days on the ski hill with the kids, days that are blustery, after a night of not sleeping well or for days spent outside frolicking in the snow with good friends. Seriously, when is it not the right time? Depending on who you ask, comfort food can vary greatly. However, it’s usually associated with dishes someone you loved used to make. What they often have in common is some kind of startchy goodness like rice, potatoes, pasta or bread and some type of creamy texture mixed in for good measure. Comfort food doesn’t always have to be unhealthy though and with New Year’s resolutions falling like flies in late fall, this one won’t leave you with any guilt at all. Little potatoes, corn, and butternut squash all surrounded in a coconut milk broth and warming spices to wrap you up in proverbial blanket of coziness. Continue Reading →

By on January 21, 2015 in Blog, Chickpeas, Coconut Milk, Corn, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

Tunisian Spiced Tomato Chickpea Soup

Tunisian Chickpea Soup

For better or worse, having a dog forces me to get out into weather I may not otherwise go out in. Today I’m grateful for that.

Did you know that Vancouver has a magic hour on rainy days? It does.

The catch is you gotta be willing to venture out in it.

It happens about an hour after sunset. It’s still light enough to make out the outline of the Downtown skyline and the neighborhoods’ West Vancouver. Yet, it’s dark enough that heavy sheets of rain blur out the lights. Each little light, a TV screen of thousands of private stories, all muted like lighted candles in a smoky bar. Then there’s the layers of sound-the lapping of the waves, car tires speeding through wet pavement and the staccato of each drop smacking the hood of my raincoat. The darkness provides privacy and the orchestra a soundtrack. It feels comforting and peaceful. I love the rain.

There’s the smell of salt, sea, and the vestige of hot oil coming from the local pub. And of course, there’s the added bonus of the smell of wet dog. I’m not in a rush to get home even though I’m wet to my toes. I just want to take it all in. After all, I’m just a visitor here.

Strangely, this darkness, the smell of rain and ocean and the feel of wet sand under my boots make me crave soup; a thick and hardy soup made of tomatoes, garlic and chickpeas.

Tunisian Spiced Chickpea Soup

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By on November 2, 2014 in Blog, Chickpeas, Lunch, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Soup, Tomato, Vegan, Vegetarian

Superfood Kitchen

I received a book called the Superfood Kitchen by Julie Morris. I had agreed to review it and would only post a review if I liked it. Well, to my surprise it wasn’t only a superfood cookbook, but vegan too! I actually didn’t realize it at first with the absence of terms like “vegan cheese” and “butter substitute” but after spending a couple of hours with the book I realized I was going to be in for a real treat! Don’t let the price tag fool you (less than $10.00) it’s absolutely packed full of great recipes and information in a 200 plus page hard cover book.

This cookbook is going to really come in handy for my new adventure I’m going on. No I am not going vegan…but I will have to eat vegan for a short time. I’ll tell you ALL about it soon.

So yes, I’m still a meat lover, egg lover and cheese lover. But I really do feel its important to buy it locally and from a farm that raises their animals ethically and sustainably. I told myself that if I couldn’t buy it that way…I wouldn’t buy it at all. Of course I made that promise to myself not knowing I’d be in a situation where I wouldn’t be able to source it! Now I am going to be in a situation where the likelihood of getting ethically raised animal products are slim to none.

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By on March 8, 2013 in Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Informational, Kale, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

Keep It Real Thursdays – Soups ON!

Welcome to another week of Keep It Real Thursdays.

This week I wanted to highlight some of the lovely soups that were shared here last week. Since I’ve been on a bit of a soup kick lately, as seen here and here, what better time then now to get your soup on?

Soups can be quick and easy, nutrient dense, and very flexible. I love that often the vegetables can easily switch out, depending on what you have on hand and what is seasonal. The beans or legumes are often the same way too. And a meat based soup can often be easily converted into a vegetarian soup or even vegan, simply by leaving out the meat and substituting a good vegetable broth.

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By on January 31, 2013 in Blog, Keep It Real Thursday, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Soup

TV Tuesday #38 – Fast and Easy 10 Minute Coconut Spinach Soup

Every one needs a meal that can come together quickly, when the hunger hits. Though salads can come together easily enough, sometimes something hot is in order.

That’s where this 10 minute coconut spinach soup comes in.

The thing about soup is that it can take hours or minutes. Whether you’re putting together a beef and lentil soup, a French onion soup or a vegetable based soup, the cooking times can vary anywhere from 2 hours to 10 minutes. This soup is the latter of the two.

This is for those times when you have that crazy hungry look in your eyes…

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By on January 29, 2013 in Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Ingredient, Popular Posts, Recipes, Soup, Spinach, Vegan, Vegetarian, Videos

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