Curried Creamy Carrot Soup

Curried Creamy Carrot Soup

Yes, I’ve been on gone from WordPress for some time now. I needed a break to catch up on my reading. I’ve been reading through the comments of other recipe and wellness blog sites. One of the most common comment I’ve read is that people don’t have the time or the interest in why you created the recipe or wellness tip. Most of us just scroll to the bottom to see the recipe. So, I’m changing it up. When I post a wellness tip or recipe, that’s all you’ll see. No explanation. Here we go Curried Creamy Carrot Soup

Curried Creamy Carrot Soup

  • 1 bunch orange and white carrots (8) chopped
  • 1/2 sweet Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon organic virgin unrefined coconut oil
  • 5 Tablespoons veggie bouillon
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 can (15-ounces) full fat coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons arrowroot dissolved in 1/2 cup water (opt)

In a medium saucepan, saute carrots and onions together in coconut oil until onions are translucent. About 15 minutes. Add the veggie bouillon and water. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until carrots are fork tender. About 15 minutes. With a hand blender, puree the soup until creamy. Add the can of coconut milk. Whisk until blended. If you like it a little thicker, you can add the 2 tablespoons of arrowroot dissolved in a 1/2 cup of water. Continue simmering until soup has thickened.  

Makes 6 servings

Enjoy!

Well there you have it. Curried Creamy Carrot Soup just waiting for a spoon!

LMJ

The Adventures of Kale and Avocado

I’ve never been one to go with the flow of popularity even in my eating. I don’t like kale chips, fat bombs, kombucha, kefir, or a kale salad. But I love adventures and experimenting with flavors. So let’s begin at the beginning The adventures of kale and avocado is my story of how I paired my least favorite veggie with my favorite fruit.

I Love Avocados

If I had only avocados to eat the rest of my life, I’d be one happy woman. I could eat them everyday and never get tired of them. They are good in so many ways. My favorite is a half of an avocado with a sprinkle of homemade taco seasoning mix. It’s like a party in my mouth!

Kale Ewwww

Kale on the other hand has to be hidden for me to really like it. I eat it because it’s the best way to get calcium that’s usable for my body. But even knowing that doesn’t do anything for my palate. So I’ve put it in my veggie smoothies, I’ve hidden it in meatballs (when I was eating meat), and even tried making it creamed like creamed spinach.

Then I thought how about pairing it with an avocado. And it hit me. I had a recipe for Kale Butter from the Engine 2 Diet book. I made this vegan recipe several times, but I could not get past its bitterness. In walks the Avocado and a couple my tweaks and this recipe is transformed into yumminess!

Kale Avocado Butter

Makes 12 servings

1 bunch kale, chopped and steamed 4 minutes (spinach, beet greens, or choice)

1 avocado, peeled and seeded

2 Tablespoons lime juice

2 Tablespoons onion soup mix (I make my own, recipe coming soon.)

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans (can also sub out for walnuts and macadamias or make it nut free by using pumpkin or sunflower seeds)

8 Tablespoons avocado oil

1/8 cup water

Whirl it in a food processor until smooth. Serve with crackers, veggie cakes, crudités or even as a topping on a sweet potato.

Enjoy

Nutrition Facts per serving

Calories: 164.4

Fat: 15.6 grams

Carbs: 5.1 grams

Fiber: 2.8 grams

Net Carbs: 2.3 grams

Protein: 1.8 grams

Cream of Veggie Soups

One of my favorite things about winter is having simple soups for either a snack or a second meal. While doing this plant based high fat low acid plan, I’ve been making several cream of veggie soups. They’re easy with simple ingredients and take only about thirty minutes total to make. I try to keep my soups a little on the plant based vegan keto high fat side but sometimes they take a different direction.

Tweaking recipes

Before we can make it, we need to make the powdered veggie bouillon. And this is where I took a recipe from another website, and I tweaked them to be something sustainable for my eating plan and palette.

I usually make this in batches every couple of months because it’s nice to have on hand for making these quick soups.

Ultimate Powdered Veggie Bouillon

(original recipe Super Veggie Mom)

Makes 2 1/2 cups

  • Mix all together in a blender until powdered.
  • Use 1 teaspoon for each cup of liquid.

    Nutrition Facts per 1 teaspoon

    • Calories: 10.8
    • Total fat: 0.2 grams
    • Total carbs: 1.4 grams
    • Fiber: 0.7 grams
    • Net carbs: 0.7 grams
    • Protein: 1.4 grams
  • Now we can make any soup we choose.
  • My comfort soup this week has been my Thai Cream of Carrot Soup. It’s warming and I can drink it by my favorite mug.

    Thai Cream of Carrot Soup

  • Makes 4 servings
    • 5 carrots washed and chopped
      small onion, chopped
      1 clove garlic sliced
      2 Tablespoons coconut oil

    Sauté until onions are translucent.

    Add:

      2 Tablespoons homemade veggie bouillon powder (recipe above)
      6 cups water (see note)
      2 teaspoons curry powder
      1 Tablespoon ginger orange marmalade made with no sugar (St. Dalfour is my favorite)
  • Bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer for 20 minutes.

    With an immersion blender, blend the soup till a creamy texture.

    Add:

  • 1 small can coconut cream
  • Stir until cream is mixed in and heated through.
  • Serve with a topping of pecans or pumpkin seeds.

    Note: If using store bought veggie broth, omit the veggie bouillon powder and water. Use 6 cups broth.

    Enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts per serving

    • Calories: 150
    • Total fat: 14.7 grams
    • Total carbs: 14.9 grams
    • Fiber: 3.2 grams
    • Net carbs: 11. 7 grams
    • Protein: 2.4 grams

    First Meal

    Most people equate first meal with breakfast. Breaking the fast of sleeping eight to ten hours. I’ve never been one for eating first thing in the morning and now that I am implementing an 18 hour intermittent fasting plan into my lifestyle breaking my fast later in my day makes sense for me.

    What you eat for your first meal will create the kind of day you will have. Since being on a sometimes raw vegan high fat (keto) plan to having a cooked first meal of flax seeds, essential mix, protein bowl, I’m creating the desired impact for my day.

    Think about it for a moment

    What’s in your first meal/breakfast? Sugary cereal (insulin rush and cravings for more) , a venti vanilla latte (insulin overload and belly fat ignition), a plain coffee with butter or coconut oil (pure acid), or how about that bottle of cola (rust remover and weapon of mass destruction). These are all acidic and will shave years off your life.

    Having a first meal that’s alkaline and filled with nutritional ingredients helps your cells create energy by giving them what they desire most. Be good to your cells and your cells will be good to you.

    You don’t always have to have a smoothie for your first meal, but with the limitless combinations of veggies and fruits you’ll never run out of ideas. You can have a nice warming porridge as your first meal that’s vegan, plant based, high fat (keto), grain free, and good protein.

    Creamy Raspberry Protein Porridge

    Makes 2 servings

    Ingredients

    • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
    • 2 Tablespoons ground golden flax
    • 2 Tablespoons vegan protein powder (Warrior Blend by Sunwarrior is my favorite)
    • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
    • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons almond or alternative milk (Ripple is my favorite)
    • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
    • 1/3 cup frozen berries of choice
    • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened sunflower butter (my favorite is Once Again)

    Directions

    1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the first five ingredients, making sure there are no hard lumps.
    2. Add the 1 cup of milk.
    3. Turn burner on medium low.
    4. Stir till thickened about 5 – 8 minutes, depending on desired constancy (I like mine a little runny because out will thicken up as it cools).
    5. Remove from heat.
    6. Add in the berries, stevia, sunflower butter, coconut, and the 2 Tablespoons of milk.
  • Enjoy!

    Happy First Meal whatever time you have it!

    Nutrition Facts per serving

    Calories: 226

    Fat: 14.4 grams

    Total Carbs: 12.8 grams

    Fiber: 9.1 grams

    Net Carbs: 3.7 grams

    Protein: 15.45 grams

    Sleeping Like a Baby…Staircase Wit

    I was having a conversation with a friend the other day when they said they were sleeping like a baby because they happen to be taking a new supplement before bed. I didn’t have any words to say except nod in agreement that the supplement helps you sleep. At home I thought about that conversation and about how my sons slept when they were babies. I should have asked, “Did you wake up crying every two hours because your diaper was wet, you lost your pacifier, or just needed to be soothed? That’s what is called “staircase wit” otherwise known as espirit de l’escalier.

     

    It reminded me of the scene in You’ve Got Mail (my favorite pick-me-up movie) where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are sitting in the coffee house and she’s waiting for NYC152 to show up. He never shows and Tom Hanks’s character then sends her a message about giving her his ability for zingers because she couldn’t think of what to say until she was at home.

     

    Espirit de l’escalier

     

    Staircase Wit

    Does this ever happen to you?

    Laughter

    I remember when my mom would try to tell a joke but she always messed it up beyond recognition. We all laughed anyways. There’s actually a word for this thing of laughter

    Jayus an Indonesian word that means an unfunny joke told poorly that you can’t help but laugh.

    Laughter regulates gene expression.

    Laughter is good medicine.

    Some of my favorite laughter kindling

    The elephant story by Tim Conway

    The Dentist with Harvey Korman and Tim Conway

    Uber with Sebastian Maniscalco

    Menopause with Jeff Allen

    Laugh your way to good health

    I’m Sorry

    Ho’oponopono is a Hawaiian word representing the mantra “I’m sorry, Please Forgive Me, Thank You, I Love You. I find it’s easier to say these words to others, but to myself it’s extremely difficult. Maybe by practicing this we can obtain the health benefits that come from its practice of forgiveness and reconciliation.

    Ho’oponopono literally means ‘to put to right; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up, make orderly, or neat.’ It’s a practice of reconciliation, forgiveness, and cleansing our minds of wrong thoughts.

    Wow, this sent my mind to my favorite childhood book, Peter Pan. This passage from J.M. Barrie in Peter Pan, “Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter when she was tidying up her children’s minds. It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for the next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day.”

    Tidying up our minds before we go to bed helps us fall asleep easier and stay asleep. It’s common knowledge now that letting go of what has happened during the day is the best way to lay our heads down and get a deep sleep.

    Putting things in their right place.

    Personal Experience

    From personal experience, I can tell you that I sleep better when can forgive others and myself instead of rehashing every word I spoke and overthinking every situation or decision I’ve made during the day. Plus, I feel better and more energetic when I let go of the reigns of holding on to everything. But I’m warning you now once you begin on this journey of ho’ponopono/forgiveness you’re going to have several questions arise when you do this…some of mine follow.

    Why am I sorry?

    What did I do to be sorry for?

    Do I need forgiveness?

    What did I do today where I need to be forgiven?

    Am I also grateful for this forgiveness?

    What is in the way of me loving myself?

    Asking myself these questions became a nightly ritual because they came up on their own as I laid down all the baggage of my day into my journal. Letting go and tidying up my mind turned into a lifelong component never really going away but always helping me to get to the bottom of my life. When I stripped away everything that was holding me down, and forgave myself for not being that perfect daughter, that perfect friend, or perfect wife and mom I was able to work with myself and create the person I wanted to be. Each day is a new day to go after that person.

    I’m sorry: Apologize for all the things you’ve done and words you’ve spoken that don’t go along with your vision.

    Please Forgive Me: Forgive yourself for not accomplishing perfection and any other thing you’ve thought that isn’t moving you toward your vision.

    Thank You: Being and living in gratitude helps you see all the blessings in your life and gives you a healing perspective.

    I Love You: Loving yourself where you are is the only way to move forward in your health and life journey. Loving yourself needs to come first before you can love anyone else.

    Be in Ho’oponopono on a daily basis. I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you, I love you will help you move forward on your health and live journey. Remember, it’s a daily task that takes us to our next word..