Cream of Artichoke Soup

I’ve always wanted to be the kind of lady who can just kill it at a gospel church. Belting it out, laughing and smiling ear-to-ear, calling everyone by name, and giving everyone big mama bear hugs – all with a healthy dose of sass.

I would say I can accomplish most of those, minus the actual gospel singing and remembering all the names. The belting, laughing, hugging, and “call ‘em like I see ‘em/ playful hard time” sassing I think I have down. And they can only grow from here!

Creamy vegan artichoke soup

Along with this sunny, yet sassy personality I try to reflect outward, comes a strong desire to feed all my friends and family. As far as I’m concerned, everyone is a growing girl/boy. And one of my favorite ways to achieve this is with soup accompanied by a good hearty bread.

Super fast, super easy, and super flavorful, this creamy artichoke soup nourishes bellies and warms hearts.

My favorite way to “cream” a soup is with velvety cashew cream. (This creamy kale soup and this corn and leek soup are also worth checking out!) This artichoke soup starts with …keep reading!

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Carrot Ginger Soup

Hi there! I’ve missed you. Is that a new haircut? Well, it looks great.

I feel like it’s been quite the whirlwind this past month. I’ve been working a crazy overnight shift in a sweet bakery…happily moving to daytime soon – God bless anyone who works overnight. The sun never felt more precious.

I was also lucky enough to spend a whole week home with my wonderful family and friends. And if you’re anything like me, you happily and lovingly tortured filled your tummy with homemade eggnog, cookies, cheese platters, bacon, hot buttered rum, and all manner of butter-filled foods. Because holidays. It’s the perfect excuse, and I totally embrace it.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Now it’s time to reign it in a little bit just so that your body doesn’t hate you too much. This is obviously the annual theme of January due to the aforementioned parade of goodies. Now, I’m going to be upfront with you – I’m still goin’ for the pastries at work and red wine with friends, but this is the “trade-off” soup (this one’s a close second). …keep reading!

Green Gazpacho

Summer is waning. This is not a drill, folks.

Green Gazpacho

Don’t panic; we’re gonna make the most of it. Caution + wind.

Mind if I tell you about my summer so far? Ok, great!

Your hair looks amazing today, by the way.

DC

Earlier this summer, I threw caution to the wind in DC when it came to eating out and getting drinks with friends. I decided to live it up and do it all. So no, I don’t regret skipping my kickboxing class in favor of happy hour or that new fried chicken and donut place. DC is wonderful. You really should go.

New Orleans

I continued throwing caution all up in that wind on my cross-country road trip with Caitlyn….Allllllllll the biscuits, fried chicken, BBQ, and mint juleps all Keep reading!

Vegan Cream of Broccoli and Kale Soup

Soup soup soup soup soup soup.

Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

I have somethin’ on the mind. Polar Vortex or not, soup is always a good idea. It’s the original one-dish-wonder; it’s comforting; it’s healthy; I could eat it for days. And anyone who’s seen my bouillabaisse pot knows that I’m not lying….that thing can hold 30 cups. Yeah, I mean business when I make soup.

Oh, and not that anyone has made a New Years Resolution around this subject, but this soup would be great to balance out the tin of cookies and quart of spiked eggnog we consumed a couple weeks ago. And by “we,” clearly I mean “I,” and I totally don’t regret it. I am, however, making a lot of soup this month.

The best part about this soup is that Don’t stop! Keep reading…

Quick and Easy Chilled Pea Soup

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Begrudgingly, I dragged myself out if bed this morning, to go for a good long, pavement-pounding run, and the best thing happened. It poured down rain. Buckets. I was absolutely drenched, and I loved it. That’s one of my favorite things in the world :)

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I’m just going to leave you with a quote I came across recently that I love and a very healthy, very easy summer soup recipe :)

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” ― Audrey Hepburn

Amen sistah.

Quick Chilled Pea Soup

Empty into a large mixing bowl:

-thawed peas (one large package – about 20 oz.) reserve 1/2 c.
-2 c. chopped fresh spinach
-1 tsp. garlic powder
-salt and pepper to taste
-1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh mint
-1 tsp. lemon zest
-the juice of one lemon
-1 c. vegetable broth or water (add more later to reach the desired consistency)

Set aside.
In a small bowl (preferably a 2-cup glass liquid measuring cup) add:

-1 c. raw cashews
-enough water to cover the nuts

Microwave for 1 and 1/2 minutes. Using an immersion blender (or transferring to a food processor), blend the cashews into a very fine, silly cream.

Add the cashew cream to the pea mixture and blend it all together. Add the reserved peas and more salt, pepper, and broth to your liking. Serve chilled on a hot day or warm it up if you prefer. (*note, you can also add cream or milk if you don’t have cashews.)

Garnish with a spinach leaf if you’re feelin fancy, and enjoy!

*French phrase for fun:

J’adore courir quand il pleut des cordes.
I love running when it’s raining cats and dogs.

Redemption Soup…Best Served Hot

Redemption Soup

Confession: I once made a soup in France that was so truly truly terrible that I had to throw it out. I was on a very tight budget and had gotten into the habbit of purchasing cheap canned vegetables. This was also at the time that I was first introduced to the glory that is an immersion blender…SOUPS GALORE!!! I made many soups using canned tomatoes, lentils, corn – you name it – and decided to give spinach a try. TERRIBLE IDEA.

Actually, WORST IDEA EVER. Canned spinach is simply abysmal. The soup was beyond salvage. I tried to spice it up; I added cream; I tried everything. I forced myself to eat two meals of it before I had to dump the whole pot. For shame. Afterwards, my roommates, Julia and Gaby, said, “I mean, I wasn’t going to say anything because you’re such a good cook, but that was just awful.” So…

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Egg Drop Soup

Egg Drop Soup

Things you should be doing this weekend:

-IMMEDIATELY WATCH THIS VIDEO: Shirtless acrobats dance for pope. How did I not know this existed?! I absolutely died. Habemus papam! (Thanks Dmell.)

-Buy and consume Irish soda bread (my absolute fave), look for a four-leaf clover, and drink a Guiness and/or Baileys…let’s be real, we’re selecting the “and” there. Own it. Embrace it.

-Think of three outrageous things (that you can’t completely control) to put on your weekend checklist. Context: something ridiculously awesome just happened to me, and I thought, “Wow, that would’ve seriously been the coolest thing to check off my list.” Now I’m adding some random things for funsies. For example, for St. Paddy’s day I’ve just added:

1. High-five a ginger, and say “Stay strong”…we need the encouragement sometimes.

2. Have a drink with someone in a top hat. You should buy, buuuut if they insist ;)

3. The first fiddle song you hear, go ask a stranger to dance.

Stirring in the eggs

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