Loaded Veggie Soup

Loaded Veggie SoupLots of you have been asking for my vegetable soup recipe after posting it many times on my Instagram story. During the winter months, I make this soup probably every two weeks at least. During the colder months, I find it harder to get all my veggies in, because I don’t crave salads as much. I love making a soup that packs as many vegetables as possible. I basically end up with more of a stew than a soup because my veggie to broth ratio is always completely off! What I love most about this soup is that it really can be altered anyway you like. You can add or remove ingredients without changing the taste. The key is knowing when to add in the veggies so nothing turns into complete mush. Remember you can always add beans, quinoa, rice or even tofu to add extra protein and fibre. Hope you love it!

Ingredients:

• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 yellow onion (diced)
• 3 cloves garlic (minced)
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• 4 carrots (diced)
• 4 celery stalks (diced)
• 2 sweet potatoes (diced)
• 3 quarts organic low sodium chicken or veg stock, homemade is best
• 1/2 green cabbage (shredded)
• 2 cups brussels sprouts (chopped)
• 2 cups green beans (chopped, 1/2 inch)
• 1 cup cauliflower (chopped)
• 2 zucchini (diced)
• 1 cup broccoli (chopped, can also throw in stems!)
• 1 cup fresh spinach
• 1/4 cup fresh dill (minced)
• 2 tbsp fresh parsley (minced)
• salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot. Sweat onion for 5 minutes then add garlic, salt and oregano. Stir for 30 seconds.
2. Add carrots, celery and sweet potato. Cook for another 5 minutes.
3. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat to low, add cabbage, brussels sprouts and green beans. Cover and allow to cook for 7 minutes.
5. Add cauliflower and zucchini, cook for another 3 minutes. Check to see that the carrots and sweet potato are cooked through, then turn off heat.
6. With heat turned off, add broccoli, fresh spinach, dill, and parsley. Taste and season to your liking.
7. Serve!

Loaded Veggie Soup

Italian Eggplant Marinara

Eggplant Marinara

This recipe has become one of my absolute favourites to have in the fridge. Not only does it go so well on top of pasta, but it makes an incredible side dish for meat, fish, tofu and legumes.If you are not a fan of eggplant, it is still worth it to make this marinara sauce! It is my go to homemade pasta sauce. A good tomato sauce isn’t really about the quantity of ingredients but more about the quality. From my travels throughout Italy, I realized how SIMPLE every dish was. When you have great quality fruit, veggies, oils and so on, your meal will be amazing without having to do much to it. So for a healthy and truly delicious meal, spend a little extra money on your ingredients and you will notice a huge difference in flavour. Hope you love this recipe as much as I do. It will keep you nice and toasty as we head into fall.
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Ingredients

• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 shallot (chopped)
• 2 tbsp garlic (minced)
• 1 cup red wine (I like any Chianti)
• 2 cans San Marzano tomatoes in puree
• 1/2 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
• 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil + more for garnish
• 2 tbsp salt (or to taste)
• 1 tsp freshly ground pepper (or to taste)
• 4 italian eggplants (diced)

Directions for sauce

1.In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shallot and cook until translucent, then add garlic.
2.Stir in the wine and cook over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes. Add your tomatoes, chilli flakes, basil, salt and pepper. Using the back of your spoon, break apart the tomatoes until desired texture is achieved. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.For a smoother sauce, transfer to a blender.

Directions for eggplant

1. While the tomato sauce is simmering, clean and cube eggplant. Steam the eggplant for 8-10 minutes. This ensures a really tender eggplant without having to fry it in loads of oil.
2. Once the eggplant is tender, transfer into tomato sauce and serve! Garnish with fresh basil, salt, pepper and tasty extra virgin olive oil.

Eggplant Marinara

Summer Iced Tea Smoothie

Iced Tea Smoothie
During these grueling hot summer days, I know how badly we all need something refreshing to rehydrate and cool us down. When making smoothies we often opt to add in milk, yogurt or juice to get things moving in our blender and of course, to add flavour and texture. Although these add ins are nutritious and add extra protein, sometimes its nice to have a lighter option if you want to have a smoothie more for a snack then a meal replacement. By using an unsweetened tea, you get a flavourful base without any heaviness you may feel from milk or juice.

For my smoothie, I used Pure Leaf Unsweetened Lemon iced tea as the liquid, but feel free to use your favourite tea. I think a cold brewed ginger tea would be amazing as well. A reminder that if you are using all frozen fruits, you most likely will need to add more iced tea. Another great idea is to make popsicles so you have a cold treat straight from the freezer all summer long! Hope you love this recipe as much as I do.
Iced Tea Smoothie

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup unsweetened lemon iced tea
• 1 ripe frozen banana
• 1/2 cup blueberries
• 1/2 cup pineapple
• 1 tbsp almond butter

Directions

1. Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
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