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Easy cream free pumpkin bisque

This pumpkin bisque soup is made with ingredients you likely already have at your house. Isn’t it great when that happens? No special stop at the grocery store required — just get right to cooking, and this soup will be ready in 20 minutes. This recipe is perfect for cool, crisp October and November when everyone is craving pumpkin. But it’s easy enough, you’ll be tempted to make it all year long. It’s so tasty, there’s no reason not to! There is a hint of curry, but if it’s not your favorite, don’t be alarmed. It’s a fairly subtle flavor. The same goes for the coconut milk. They’re there, but they’re not overpowering. This recipe can easily be adapted to be vegan — just use vegetable broth. It’s also naturally dairy-free, so it’s great for serving when you’re not totally sure the modern day diets of your group of family…

Roasted asparagus and pea soup recipe

A cold spring presents a conundrum — you’re ready for fresh spring flavors, yet you still crave a hearty meal. Need a delicious solution? Try this asparagus and pea soup with a handful of crunchy croutons and flavorful asparagus pieces. It only takes about 30 minutes to make and it’s loaded with healthy vegetables and bright flavors. And weather you sneak some store bought asparagus now, or save this recipe for later to use up the excess you’ll grow in the garden, it will be a win-win every time. Roasted asparagus and pea soup Serves about 4 Ingredients ~ 1/4 cup olive or avocado oil 1 large bundle of asparagus, trimmed about 2 cups of frozen peas 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 shallot, thinly sliced Salt Pepper 2 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth if you prefer) 1 cup skim milk (or milk that fits your dietary needs) 2 tbsp lemon juice (optional) 1-2 tbsp…

Creamy avocado pesto sauce with veggie noodles

Pasta never gets old. Just change the sauce and the veggies and you have an entirely different meal. This pasta and sauce combo puts a California twist on an old favorite — pesto. Avocado is so versatile. If you’ve only been using it as a breakfast food or burrito topping, you’ve been missing out. Its unbelievably creamy texture adds tons of flavor and it coats almost any type of noodle really well — Angel hair, farfalle, whole wheat rigatoni. Add in a few handfuls of basil and some nuts for texture, and you’ll have a seriously satisfying sauce and spread. I chose veggie noodles (sometimes called zoodles because of the zucchini) as my base to give this dish a truly West Coast kind of feel. You can make them with lots of different vegetables by using a spiralizer or by carefully and thinly slicing each vegetable with a knife. As a time saver, or if…

Roasted Red Pepper Cauliflower soup recipe is ready in no time

Roasted red peppers are one of those foods I keep stocked at all times. You can quickly elevate a basic chicken breast, pasta or pizza with a creamy roasted red pepper sauce. And it’s just as easy to make them a meal all on their own like in this tangy and satisfying soup made with cauliflower and creamy goat cheese. Roasted Red pepper Cauliflower soup Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 4 large roasted red peppers 1 bag cauliflower florets 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp olive oil 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth 1 medium onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 3-4 springs fresh thyme 6 ounces goat cheese salt fresh ground black pepper Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spread cauliflower on baking sheet in one layer and brush with 1 tbsp olive oil. Roast for about 20-30 minutes or until florets are tender. Turn once in the middle of cooking. In a…

Creamy Pumpkin smoothie makes for healthy fall breakfast

I have an intense obsession with pumpkin milkshakes. But I know that can’t be my breakfast go-to — well, everyday, anyway. I wanted to come up with something that had all the taste but kept out all the sugar. This creamy pumpkin smoothie tastes just like the classic Thanksgiving pie. And while nothing can replace my milkshake love, it’s an actual breakfast — and one I can feel good about. It’s made with just a few ingredients, so it’s not fussy. It’s low calorie, vegan and gluten-free. What more could you ask for? Make sure you’re using canned pumpkin purée and not pumpkin pie filling. The latter has loads of sugar (and then we’d be right back at the health levels of our milkshake breakfasts). Sure, you have to add your own sweetness and spices to pumpkin purée, but you get to customize it to your liking — and they’re spices you’ll have on hand anyway. Just…

Healthy cranberry, apple anytime smoothie

Why not start your resolution to eat healthier right now? This seasonal cranberry, apple smoothie will wake you up with it’s delicious tart flavor and keep you full until lunch. Cranberries are full of antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber. They’re also known to promote urinary tract health. Chia seeds provide a great fiber boost along with omega-3s. Apples add even more fiber along with phytonutrients, which help protect the body from detrimental free radicals. Apples also help promote digestive health, which is important around food-heavy holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Toss this cranberry smoothie together the morning after the Thanksgiving feast for a filling, healthy head start to all those Black Friday sales. Cranberry, apple smoothie Serves 1 Ingredients 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries 1 apple, cored (leave peel intact) 1/2 frozen banana 1/2 cup skim milk or coconut milk 1 tsp chia seeds 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon Optional: 1/2 scoop of…

Easy chocolate hazelnut, pumpkin brownies

For an easy way to make brownies, try this flourless pumpkin, chocolate hazelnut recipe. It’s seriously the most moist dessert I’ve ever had. It’s sort of a cross between cake and brownies, but whatever you call it, you’ll love this sweet treat alone or served with ice cream and walnuts in a sundae. All of the ingredients go right into the blender, so there’s nearly no clean-up. It tastes mostly of chocolatey hazelnut, but if you want more fall flavor try adding cinnamon or nutmeg. chocolate hazelnut Pumpkin bread Makes 1 loaf Ingredients 1 1/4 cups chocolate hazelnut spread 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 eggs 3/4 cup pumpkin purée  1 1/2 tsp baking powder  1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional) 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray the inside of a loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside. Add chocolate hazelnut spread, cocoa powder, eggs, pumpkin purée, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg into blender…

Alton Brown’s Genius Way to Juice Watermelon

Alton Brown, the master of kitchen hacks, leaves us in awe with his many time-saving tips, so it’s no surprise he has a genius way to juice watermelon, too. His method involves a biscuit cutter, a knife and an immersion blender. Since prepping a watermelon using involves a fairly large, juicy mess on the cutting board, Alton’s hack is one worth adopting. Since less juice will end up on your countertop, you’ll have more of the sweet stuff for your beverages and recipes. You’ll also save cleanup time overall, since the rind will remain in one piece. Check out his video here, complete with dramatic music. Because, everything is a cutthroat competition in the world of Alton. https://www.instagram.com/p/BV3TbZelUtz/?taken-by=altonbrown Start by situating the watermelon comfortably on one end, so it won’t tip over. Place the biscuit cutter on the top of the watermelon, and press into the rind so it creates a circular outline. Remove…

Fun Facts about Vitamix

1. What’s in a name “Vita” means life. Vitamix was named because in 1937, founder William Grover Barnard saw the value of blending whole foods as part of a healthy diet. 2. Vitamix and Hollywood Vitamix machines have quite the credit list to their name. A few TV and movie appearances include Chef, This is Us (NBC), Blackish (ABC), Grace and Frankie (Netflix), The Ellen Degeneres Show, Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 3. That’s a lot of blending! More than 6 million Vitamix blenders have been produced in the history of the company. 4. AS SEEN ON TV! Vitamix is credited with inventing the very first infomercial. At the time, TV was just coming in to American homes, and Bill Barnard, son of founder William Barnard, convinced his father that the new medium would be perfect to show families exactly what the machine could…