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This recipe was highly inspired by the New York Times Recipes for Health. This soup is silky smooth and bright red. Bell peppers promote optimal health by reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, increasing lung health and may even promote better eyesight.

 
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
Salt
4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
4 large red bell peppers, roasted, seeds removed and peeled
2 teaspoons paprika
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
4-6 cups vegetable stock
A bouquet garni made with a bay leaf, a bit of rosemary, thyme and parsley, tied together in a bundle
Freshly ground pepper
Soy milk (about 1/4 cup)
 
For garnish (optional) :
Garlic croutons (toast thin slices of bread or baguette and rub a cut clove of garlic)
Basil leaves or fresh thyme
Olive oil
 
Heat the oil over medium heat in a large soup pot, add the onion and carrot. Cook, stirring often, until the onion begins to soften, and then add 1/ teaspoon salt. Continue to cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes, and stir in the garlic and tomato paste. Stir for a minute or two, until the garlic is fragrant and the tomato paste has darkened, and then add the roasted peppers, paprika and another 1/2 teaspoon salt.
 
Add the potatoes, stock and bouquet garni, and bring to a simmer. Add salt to taste, cover and simmer over low heat for one hour. Remove the bouquet garni.
 
Blend the soup with a hand blender or in batches in a blender. Add soy milk, to taste and desired consistency. Heat through, add salt and pepper to taster, and serve.
 
Garnish with garlic croutons, fresh basil and drizzle with olive oil.
 
Serves 4
 
*To roast the bell peppers, cook in a 425F degrees for about 25 minutes, turning a few times, or until the peppers blackened on all sides. Set aside to cool, the blackened peel will then be easily removed
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When I was a child, my mother would always cook up a batch of baked beans during the holidays. I remember waking up in the morning and smelling the absolutely wonderful aroma of beans cooking slowly overnight in sweet and tangy ingredients such as tomatoes, molasses and/or maple syrup, vinegar, etc. I had to come up with a vegan of baked beans which my mom cooked with bacon of course. If you can find vegan bacon, it will give this dish a nice smoky flavor and aroma, but the baked beans will also be excellent without it.

Starting the new year with baked beans in the oven might just be my new tradition! Healthy and comforting. This is definitely my comfort food!

An added bonus : blackstrap molasses are full of iron and calcium and navy beans are full of fiber!

To a wonderfully healthy New Year!

3 cup dry navy beans
9 cups water
2 large onions, 1 diced and 1 left whole
1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
2 tablespoons agave nectar (or maple syrup)
2 tablespoons mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
2-3 strips of vegan bacon

Mix the beans and water in a large container and refrigerate them overnight or for about 7-8 hours.

Drain the water and replace it with nine cups of fresh water. Bring the mixture to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the beans aren’t quite done but are beginning to get tender. Drain the mixture again, setting aside 2 cups or the drained liquid.

Mix the beans, chopped onions, molasses, agave nectar, mustard, apple cider vinegar, diced tomatoes and salt in a large covered preferably ceramic casserole. Top the casserole with a whole onion pressing it into the bean mixture. Top with vegan bacon. Bake (overnight) at 250 degrees F for 6 to 9 hours. Remove the cover for the last hour.

Check the mixture a few times and add a little of the saved liquid if the beans are too thick.

Serves at least 8 for breakfast or brunch.

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This salad combines different colors and textures. The citrus burst of clementines, the fluffiness of millet, the smooth texture of black beans, the crunchiness of roasted almonds with the fresh, crisp addition of fresh cilantro. I make salads like this one often. Colorful, highly nutritious, fresh, tasteful salads. Combine any grain, fruit, bean, fresh herb and nut for an easy lunch. Millet is a grain that is still widely unknown. It is packed with magnesium which is, for example, known to help decrease symptoms of asthma and reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.


 
1 cup millet
1 cup black beans (canned is fine), rinsed and drained
2 clementines, cut-up in medium-size pieces (or substitute one orange)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
1/4 cup roasted almonds
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
 
Nutty Citrus Dressing :
2 tablespoons walnut oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Juice of one small lime
1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
Pinch of paprika
Sea salt, to taste

Cook the millet according to the manufacturer’s direction.

In the mean time, prepare the dressing. In a large bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk briefly with a fork. Add rinsed black beans, cooled millet, chopped clementines and peas. Mix until all ingredients are well combined. Add chopped cilantro and roasted almonds just before serving.

Serves 4

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This was inspired by Heidi Swanson’s 101 cookbooks. I absolutely love her site (101cookbooks.com) and cookbook (Super Natural Cooking).
I made this little rice bowl for lunch before going to work on this cold but sunny Monday morning. I needed to eat something healthy yet, satisfying.

 

Poached eggs over brown rice

Poached eggs over brown rice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
2 pinches of salt
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (I used fresh hot chili pepper, chopped)
3/4 cup organic extra-firm tofu (optional), 1/4 inch dice
1 small clove garlic, chopped
2 – 3 cups leafy green, chopped (I used baby spinach)
2 – 3 cups cooked whole grain rice (I used a mixture of brown and wild rice)
4 good quality (free range) eggs

Sesame oil

 

Fill a saucepan with water and vinegar, bring to a simmer.

Separately, warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion, salt, and crusher red pepper flakes. Let the onions soften up a bit – a couple minutes. Stir in the tofu if you are using it – let that heat up and brown a bit. Now stir in the garlic and greens. Cook the greens for a couple minutes, until they collapse and soften up. Stir in the cooked rice and saute until hot. Remove from heat, and set aside.

Now back to the simmering water. Gently crack egg into the boiling water with vinegar. Simmer for a few minutes. If you like a loose yolk, cook for less time. Remove the egg with a strainer or slotted spoon and either serve it atop some rice or set aside while you repeat the process with the remaining eggs.

Divide the rice between four bowls, serve each topped with one of the poached eggs, add a drizzle of sesame oil and a tiny splash of fresh lemon juice.

Top with sesame seeds.

Serves 4

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