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

Chia Pudding 101

Chia Pudding
Chia seeds are quite similar to flax but requires no grinding to receive all its benefits. These seeds have more omega-3s than salmon and the right amount of omega-6 which helps support heart health and beautiful skin, hair and nails. Chia seeds also have about 11 g of fibre per ounce which will help aid in digestion and staying fuller for longer. Furthermore, per ounce, chia has up to 3 times more calcium than skim milk!

Chia can be enjoyed as a topping on salads, oatmeal and yogurt. It can also be added into baked goods, smoothies or used as an egg substitute for vegans. When added with liquid this seed becomes like a superfood tapioca pudding. In recreating my last chia pudding recipe, I realized that adding that extra tablespoon of oats makes for a creamier result. The recipe given here is my usual base, but I often will change it up with one of the add ins mentioned below. The best part about chia pudding is you can prepare it for the entire week in one day, and change up your toppings daily depending on your mood.
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Ingredients:

• 3 tbsp chia seeds
• 1 tbsp oats (gluten free if your celiac)
• 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1 tsp maple syrup, honey or a few drops of stevia (to taste)
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Additional Add Ins:

• 1 tsp protein powder
• dates
• matcha tea powder (working on a recipe with this now!Stay tuned…)
• fresh juice
• 1 tsp cacao powder
• mashed banana
• 1 tsp maca powder
• fresh jams and fruit purees

Toppings:

• fresh fruit
• nuts and nut butters (try coating nuts in honey and sea salt!)
homemade cereal
granola
• dates, figs, prunes, goji berries
• maple flakes
• coconut flakes

Directions:

1. Place all of the ingredients in a sealable jar. Shake vigorously. Place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes and then shake the jar vigorously again. Try and do this one more time before leaving it in the fridge overnight. You can have chia pudding within half an hour,however the longer it rests in the fridge the more thick and pudding-like it will be.

2. Remove from the fridge and add toppings of choice.
Chia Pudding

Salted Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

Salted Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies
One of my best friends was telling me how she loves to indulge in something she called chickpea cookie dough. From cauliflower pizza to zucchini noodles, nothing really surprises me anymore – but cookie dough and chickpeas…this really peaked my interest. With holidays approaching, I decided to do a quick google search and was amazed how much the recipes truly looked like cookie dough. I had to try it! I first tried Erin’s recipe which was delicious! Using that as a starting point, I created a gooey chocolate chip cookie that will fool just about anyone! No one would believe these are grain/oil free and packed with good for you ingredients. These cookies won’t do much rising but they taste like fudgy cookie dough.With added course salt on top, it is really hard to eat just one. Hope you love them!

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Ingredients:

• 2 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
• 1/4 tsp baking soda
• 1 egg (can sub for flax/chia egg)
• 1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter
• 1/4 cup almond butter (can also use more peanut butter if you don’t have almond butter)
• 2 tbsp non-alcoholic vanilla (I used this one)
• small pinch of fine salt
• 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp pure maple syrup (I use the darkest variety)
• 2 tbsp coconut flour
• 1 cup 70% dark chocolate chips
• 1 tbsp course salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.Rinse chickpeas well and dry with towel.
2. In a food processor or high powered blender, blend chickpeas and baking soda until smooth. (about 1-2 minutes)
3. Add egg, peanut butter, almond butter, vanilla, small pinch of fine salt, maple syrup and coconut flour. Blend until completely smooth and combined. Transfer mixture to a bowl and fold in chocolate chips.
4. Using a cookie scoop, place dough onto baking sheet. Wet fingers and flatten until desired shape is achieved.  The cookies won’t change much in the oven.  Sprinkle each cookie with a pinch of course salt.
5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool and enjoy! Store in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks. I love them kept in the fridge!
Salted Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies