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creamy basil tomato soup

easy healthy vegan creamy tomato soup recipe with basil

 

Life has been bonkers again. It’s all good, but stressful. As we started back to school on Monday, I was thinking about school lunches, which led me to my favorite school lunch when I was little. One of the only days I could eat a school lunch because very few of them are vegetarian and none are vegan. You know the one, grilled cheese tomato soup day. Oh yes, I loved that lunch at school.

Now that I am older and maybe wiser, I was longing for the comfort that lunch used to provide. But without all of the fat and cholesterol the original lunch had. I also realized that the cheese wasn’t an important part of the lunch, it was the warm toasty bread which you dunked into the soup, that’s where the magic really was. So, I made the soup, added some grown up flavors like garlic, basil and red pepper and toasted bakery fresh sourdough bread for dunking.

Ahhhh, my stress is starting to fade and I have some soup to thank!

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup diced yellow onion
2 – 28 oz can of tomatoes in juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tbs flour
dash baking soda
crushed red pepper 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon     *add after completion if serving to kids
1 tbs fresh basil plus additional for garnish
3/4 – 1 cup coconut milk
salt and pepper
Method:
heat olive oil in large pan, add onion and cook over medium low heat until translucent, about 10 minutes. add next 6 ingredients and simmer 5 minutes. blend with stick blender until smooth ( or cool and transfer to blender). gradually add coconut milk while stirring until desired consistency, salt and pepper to taste.
serve with better than sour cream, additional coconut milk, basil, rice or pasta.

easy healthy creamy vegan tomato soup with basil

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August 23, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Jackie - This looks delicious! One question… does it taste like coconut? I love it but others in my house hate it!

August 23, 2012 - 4:54 pm

Amanda - Good question Jackie! my husband also doesn’t like coconut and didn’t know I even used it! it didn’t taste at all like coconut, but any vegan milk would work well.

August 23, 2012 - 8:13 pm

Richa - woah that color! thats ia gorgeous bowl of a fave soup!

August 23, 2012 - 11:08 pm

yumgoggle - I love tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwich. The color sure looks perfect! Wonderful clicks!
Anyhoo, we have been keeping an eye out for unique and interesting bloggers with phenomenal photography skills, and yours caught our attention! We have just recently launched a food photo submission gallery http://www.yumgoggle.com/gallery/ that allows you to showcase all your great work and share it with all of our visitors. We’d be proud to have your work as part of our growing collection to continue to have a larger reach and further inspire all fellow food lovers out there!

August 25, 2012 - 3:20 pm

Ashley @ It's Fitting - Wow, now I’m craving soup. Thanks a lot :-) That looks amazing!

September 9, 2012 - 10:54 am

leslee - Awesome recipe!

sparkling green tea


sparkling green tea - healthy soda alternative for weight loss

It has been over a month since I have had even a tiny sip of soda. I wasn’t really trying to stop drinking it either, but once I realized that it had already been over a week since I had drank any, I figured that I was finally REALLY done with it. Done. Finito. Audios soda.

So what have I been drinking? Tea. Lots of tea. Green, white, black, mate. Tea.
But, it’s starting to get a tad blase. It’s time for bubbles again, to tickle my nose and my fancy.

 

Ingredients:  2 servings
1 cup brewed green tea- 2 tea bags
2 cups ice
1 cup sparkling water
1/2 teaspoon agave or stevia
Method:
brew green tea and allow to cool. in a tall glass, combine one cup ice, 1/2 cup tea and 1/2 cup sparkling water. sweeten to taste.
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August 13, 2012 - 10:45 pm

Chloe - Hey, just stopping by to say Hi. I am very interested in improving our diet. It’s been a big adjustment now with our kids grown and shopping and cooking just aren’t the same anymore. I’m always looking for ways to be inspired. I’ll be hopping back to see what’s cooking again.

Thanks.

our {mostly) DIY kitchen!

 

diy kitchen cabinets open shelving white gray and marble

You know how on MTV cribs, they say “this is where the magic happens” as they enter the bedroom? Well, THIS is where the magic happens in our house (sorry Robert) and I finally really LOVE my kitchen!!

We did almost all of the work ourselves, other then the gorgeous marble on the island, we did it. We demo-ed, painted, took down the upper cabinets, added new hardware, changed lighting fixtures, installed the faucet, installed the range hood and open shelving, and lastly, I refinished all of the cabinets. Whew. It has been a long process but ALL worth it.

I didn’t realize at the time that I kinda took all of the things people are afraid of, like open shelving, white cabinets and marble, and rolled them into my dream kitchen. It’s bright and open and completely user friendly. Having all of that room above the range and dishes right in front of you makes cooking so much more fun.

and now for a few more close ups followed by what we did and approximate costs…

diy kitchen gray white marble open shelving

 

chalkboard dishwasher appliance kitchen diy paint

kraus stainless apron front sink grohe faucet marble diy kitchen

marble white gray cabinet kitchen diy with orchid

diy open shelving kitchen viking coffee maker dualit toaster

 

So, now for a breakdown of costs:

 

paint                 $200     home depot low or no voc paints
shelves            $200 ikea
sink                   $400 Kraus farmhouse stainless
faucet               $400  Grohe
hardware        $150 ikea
rangehood     $350 on ebay
coffee maker $170
toaster             $100
counter           $2,000 Granite Gallery
 Total-              $3,970
Under 4 grand for a new kitchen, not bad! Let me know if you have any questions and I would love to hear what you think, what would you do differently?
Environmental note:
                                               the cabinets removed were re-used in our garage and turned into new storage and a workbench
                                               the microwave removed was sold on craigslist to someone who was matching their black GE appliances
                                               low or no voc paint were used whenever available
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August 7, 2012 - 7:40 pm

Sara T - So beautiful! Congrats on the new kitchen redo! Totally dig that sink!

August 12, 2012 - 5:49 pm

MedSchool - LOVE white so I unequivocally die for this kitchen and your DIY work. Fantastic. Maybe because I’m tall or it’s the angle the photo was taken in, but the shelves look a little low. With frying and oil splatters I’d be worried about staining the lower shelf.

August 13, 2012 - 10:45 pm

Chloe - I LOVE a white kitchen!! You did a great job.

August 14, 2012 - 1:35 pm

Betsy - Gorgeous! You are so brave taking on that task by yourselves, but I’m super impressed at what you accomplished on your budget! Hope this equates to much photo inspiration

August 23, 2012 - 4:53 pm

Anne (@notasupermom) - Love it! So bright and open. The granite island makes the tile counters a lot more palatable.

Was it hard to give up all the cabinet space?

August 23, 2012 - 4:57 pm

Amanda - Anne- not at all! I hated all of the dark cabinets before we moved in and was thrilled to be rid of them.
Everything on the shelves is what we already had in the cabinets, now it’s just easier to get it.

August 23, 2012 - 5:00 pm

Amanda - Thanks Chloe! It feels twice as big now, I love it.

May 2, 2013 - 6:51 am

Adriane - I was so excited to see this post because I am about to redo my kitchen! I have old wood cabinets and I’m contemplating staining or painting them. I wasn’t sure how hard it would be to do it myself though, but it’ll cost a lot more to hire someone. Could you tell me about the steps you took to do the cabinets??

refreshing friday ~ strawberry basil popsicles

 

strawberry basil popsicle recipe healthy and vegan

Summer is totally flying by, in a great way. We have been so busy having fun that I haven’t had much blogging time even though I have been working on recipes behind the scenes. This one is so simple and kid friendly but with an elevated taste perfect for adults too.

Strawberry popsicles certainly aren’t new, but adding fresh basil to them changes the flavor to something unforgettable. If you are still enjoying an abundance of fresh affordable berries, this is a great way to use them in a totally guilt free summer treat.

 

Ingredients:

3 cups strawberries- cleaned and hulled
3 tablesoons water
1-2 tablespoons light agave
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 -1 tbs basil

 

Method:

blend all ingredients in blender or food processor until smooth. pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.

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