Recipes

Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup

My husband brought some creamy tomato soup home from Costco a few weeks ago without thinking about the word, creamy. I pointed out that likely meant milk, cow milk. Indeed, it is the first ingredient. 😭So I thought in that moment, I’m sure I can make it with coconut milk. And Monday I finally got around to it! Boy am I glad I did! 🙂

This is mine and my husbands favorite meal now. I thought we’d have a ton left over. We barely have left overs 😩😭but, fear not, folks. We have 4.5 cups of beans soaking for vegan chili, Ha!
Ingredients: {again, if possible, use organic & glass containers rather than cans. I’ll make this with fresh tomatoes one day!}

2 14.5 oz cans organic diced tomatoes {we get ours from Costco which sometimes means odd oz. Make sure you have close to 28-32 oz)

1 6 oz can organic tomato paste

1 can organic coconut milk (can, NOT the milk in the refrigerated section)

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced

2 tablespoons of olive oil, or oil of your choice

2 teaspoons red chili powder

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

I would have used San Marzano fire roasted tomatoes if I had any left. If you come across those, pick those babies up. If not, plain ole diced tomatoes work really well, to my surprise!
Blend (yes the nutribullet works quite well) the first 3 ingredients (tomatoes, coconut milk and tomato paste) together in a blender or nutribullet until it reaches your preferred consistency.  Mince up your onion, throw some oil on a sautée pan. Once the oil is hot throw the onions in. Smash and chop your garlic now, add that in when the onions are mostly translucent. Let that go for a few seconds after a good stir. Throw the blended soup in the pan if you have one with sides! If not, get out a sauce pan and combine the blended ingredients with the sautéed ingredients. Add your spices in and give it a nice stir.

Enjoy! 🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅

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Yellow Curry Quinoa

I love quinoa. I love curry. So I thought, why not??

I thought wrong. The boys didn’t care for it. Except the 1 year old. He loves everything.

If you like the two, you’ll probably like this recipe. My husband doesn’t like curry so I figured he wouldn’t like it but he gave it a try at least.

Ingredients: 

1 cup cooked organic quinoa {follow directions on your package, for flavoring I’d highly suggest you salt & pepper it as well as adding .5 tablespoon of yellow curry while the quinoa is cooking. Quinoa will absorb the flavors you cook it with}

1/2 of an onion

3 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

.5-1 tablespoon yellow curry, use .5 tablespoon if you’ve already cooked your quinoa with curry, 1 tablespoon if you haven’t.

1 cup broccoli

I love easy. This one is EASY. Like I said earlier, cook your quinoa, mine takes about 15 minutes and I HIGHLY prefer to cook it with spices as mentioned above! While that is cooking get to chopping. Chop up that broccoli into small bite size pieces. Next, smash and mince 3 garlic cloves 😋😋 then cut your onion in half. Did you know to prevent crying you’re supposed to use the top of the onion first, leaving the root last?!? It works 90% of the time for me! So, once you’ve cut your onion in half, chop it up to your liking. (The other day I used the mandoline. It worked so well and again, way easier! Ha! And my husband doesn’t have a heart attack watching my knife skills. Or lack there of…) Heat your olive oil in a sauté pan, once the oil is heated, add the onions and sautée until translucent. Add the garlic cloves and sautée for another 30 seconds or so. Throw in the broccoli. Sprinkle the rest of your curry powder on top and sautée until the broccoli is BRIGHT green. Do not cook it all the way through as you will loose the nutrients of these miracle trees!! If you wanna be fancy you can deglaze with some water or wine. Took me years to figure out when you’re supposed to do that…when the pan and its contents are really really hot and there’s no liquid left 😂. Adds some yummy liquid gold if you’re up to it…Go ahead and take a drink too. No one is watching.

Throw in the quinoa at the end (if you deglazed wait until that liquid is mostly absorbed) and mix up. Then hope your family likes it and eats it. If not, I’m just a phone call away 😉😉😉

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Homemade Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Mmm, salad dressing! You either love vinegar, or you hate it. Or so my husband and I thought. We spent years making two salad dressings, his was honey mustard    dressing and mine honey balsamic dressing. We’ve found a happy medium with this recipe instead.

In the last six months I started trying to find a balsamic recipe with less olive oil and more flavor. I didn’t think it was possible….but….after months of experimenting and multiple friends asking me for the recipe, here it is!

 

Special shout out to my husband who is always in the kitchen, trying new combinations. Especially when I say I want something to have more (fill in the blank) he gets to experimenting and always hits the nail on the head!

 

So, anyways, honey balsamic vinaigrette: {use organic ingredients when possible, or GMO free}
1/4 cup water

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (Go to the bottom of this page to learn about balsamic vinegar–does yours contain caramel coloring/gluten?)

3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

.5 tbsp of RAW honey (unfiltered if you can), organic agave is also a great substitute if vegan 

1 to 1.5 tbsp dijon mustard (if you like the mustard taste more than sweet, try 1.5 tablespoons and see how you like it..(my husband))

2 cloves of garlic, minced 

Pinch of salt & pepper

 

 

Combine all ingredients in a deep bowl. Whisk away. Have kids? They especially like the whisking. Store in the refridgerator. No, I don’t know how long it WILL last because mine doesn’t last long enough to find that out! 😉

 

Having a glass container like this is handy! $4.99 at TJ MAXX.

 

Vinegar FYI:

http://lettherebebite.com/in-store-guide/vinegar/

 

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Who I Am Grateful For Today

Gratitude, in the most simple explanation is being thankful for everything you have.

Lately my husband has expressed to me directly and to his friends and family that he is grateful to me for helping him to express his emotions.You can read his blog here.

The funny thing about that is, he is the one who taught me what unconditional love is. When I was angry with him, or disappointed, it was so hard for me to feel and express the love I knew I had (have) for him. He was always right there though, loving me through each and every argument and will continue to do so.

He is my calm rock and always has been. He models patience to our children and me more than I’ve ever seen before.

Chris, I am so grateful to you for the amount of love, respect and patience you demonstrate on a daily basis. 11011717_10203999740219468_3943890846861082012_nHere’s a throw back to almost 10 years ago when the Universe put us in each others life.

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Hemp Chia Seed Green Smoothie

I could say this is my favorite smoothie, but every smoothie is my favorite smoothie! 😂😂😂

I LOVE adding hemp seed, chia seed, maca powder, raw cocoa powder, goji berries, camu camu powder, super greens powder. The list goes on and on. Have you ever seen our multiple cupboards overfilled with goodies? It makes for hard decisions in the morning!

This week my husband is out of town so I had to keep it rather simple and incredibly dense nutritionally.

Today I decided:

Half a cup frozen peaches

Half a cup frozen pineapple

1/4 of an avocado

2 stems worth of kale (stems removed, I juice those babies!)

2 handfuls of fresh power greens mix (ours is baby kale, Swiss chard and spinach)

3 tablespoons of chia seeds

3 tablespoons of hemp seeds (hello complete protein)

Handful of organic dried goji berries (another great protein choice)

Ice

Water
*i do not specificy the amount of water you need because it depends. Depends on your preference, do you like thick or thin? Add more water for a thinner texture. I like thicker textures. Also, depends on the blender you have. We have the nutribullet. The nutribullet makes it easy and gives you a line to fill with liquid towards the top! Also, you don’t have to use water, any liquid of your choice so long as it does not cause you inflammation. Dairy has been linked to cause inflammation so I try to stay away from it, but organic nut & coconut milk or coconut water work great too! Experimenting is key. Find what you like so you KEEP GOING

The main goal for smoothies for myself is to incorporate fruits and good fats. This is opposite of most people, most people I know enjoy smoothies to hide vegetables. I enjoy smoothies to hide fruit and boost my good fats intake as I am still nursing a 1 year old so I have two brains to feed! I have noticed since starting smoothies {EVERY DAY!} my need for sweets has drastically declined. Coincidence? I think not!
I’ll definitely share some more recipes; especially this week. Thank you for all the requests!
Ps. No photo to share today. 😀drank that too quick! 😁

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What I’m Doing Now & Why

As Marianne Williamson said in “A Return To Love”, I have written and will continue to write and share with an open heart and I hope you’ll read enthusiastically and with an open mind.

Since having children my entire life changed. It was no longer about me, or my husband and I, it was about these two baby boys we love and cherish deeply. When you’re pregnant you know your life is going to change (for the better) but you truly do not know exactly what life will be like as a new mother until you are in it, day in and day out…24/7. It is because of them and my husband that I realized something in my life needed to change. I wasn’t the mother nor the wife I always pictured myself to be.

I’ve always felt I wasn’t truly happy at my core. It always felt as if something was missing. I never had a job or a relationship where I felt whole and happy.At the time I thought it was normal (I still think it is NORMAL because a lot of people experience this, but it doesn’t have to be!!). I think subconsciously I knew better. One day this fall I asked the universe for help. I had been asking myself what I wanted to do with my life and never had any answers come to me, but this time I literally asked the universe & my spirit guides (angels if you will) what I wanted to do with my life and to please provide me a sign that gave me the answer. The next morning I was driving my toddler to school and listening to Food Heals Podcast (that’s my FAVORITE podcast. Subscribe to it) and the guest was announced as a holistic life coach. It suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks that is what I wanted to do. The amount of relief and happiness I felt is indescribable, I almost had to pull over.  I want to become a holistic wellness coach and help people find their true purpose in life, their authentic self, their higher self—INTUITION, whatever you want to call it! And truly start living from a happy state of mind and soul. None of this can happen without SELF LOVE.

If you asked me years ago if I loved myself I would have said yes without hesitation. It took a few months this past winter for me to truly connect to myself and LISTEN to my thoughts to realize there was a lot more negativity going on in my head than I cared to admit! Specifically about myself. A few friends and family members have expressed shock when I’ve told them this so it makes me wonder; how many of us are out there projecting a happy, healthy, positive life, but on the inside we are not treating ourselves with the love and respect we deserve? Probably a lot of us, right?!

So, this is the beginning of a completely different journey for me. Since Thanksgiving my husband and I have drastically changed our nutrition, thought processes and exercise. (Ok, my husband has been consistent in the exercise dept for a year, but I wasn’t!)

It was through dropping most animal products and processed foods, eating a plant based diet, becoming more aware of our precious Mother Earth (again) and learning to reprogram my brain that I finally discovered my own self love and happiness. Nutrition was a key factor for me. I’ve always struggled with eating…either I wouldn’t eat enough or I’d overeat–either way, it lead to a lot of tears and guilt. I suffered from IBS as well, thanks to an incredibly poor diet and lifestyle. I am happy to say my IBS is in remission (usually…sometimes I eat something that doesn’t agree with me and I remember it is a lifestyle choice I must make to continue my well being! Remember, when you ask your doctor if nutrition has any role in your dis-ease, they will likely say no because they truly have no idea, they’ve not been taught nutrition in medical schools! This is slowly but surely changing). The biggest nutrition key for me was stopping the meat and adding plants that are alive into my system. What do I mean by this? RAW FOOD. Eating raw foods sounded scary at first. All I could imagine was a sore mouth from chomping all the time, HA! But it was nothing like that. I added in more fruit, apples, berries, bananas–etc and a lot of salads. The salads were really the easiest thing to add raw produce to for me. Sprouts, peppers, avocados, onion, squash, goji berries and zucchini for example. Once I ate these daily I started craving them and no longer craved the junk. Don’t worry, I’ll post more about that journey as well! The point is, after watching a lot of documentaries (I’m looking at you, Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives, Food Matters, Fat Sick & Nearly Dead and Fed up) I decided I needed to clean up my nutrition for good and help save our planet. No more saying oh Ill do this or that and sticking to it for a month or two. This was a lifestyle change for the better and it worked for myself and my husband. The amount of clarity provided to me by this transition was and is still incredible. Now I enjoy a large salad at least once a day as well as lots of raw snacks and cooked food. I choose to not rely on cooked food as a majority of my diet (I hate the word diet, seems so negative and temporary!) because when cooking you are literally cooking the nutrition out. I immediately lost 20 pounds of what I imagine was built up inflammation and all sorts of other junk I don’t want to know about!

No, it didn’t happen over night (the weight loss happened within two months and still going) and no, I am not done. This is the EXCITING part, I will always continue learning and cultivating my own self love and development. I am working hard on no longer acting from a place of FEAR. After all, the only REAL thing in this world is LOVE. My holistic wellness coaching is all about discovering true purpose in life and we can do that through nutrition, mindfulness & exercise. I am so excited for what my future holds and I thank all of you for helping me along the way and continuing to do so in this new path of mine!

 

Namaste.

-Nichole Causey Holistic Wellness Coach

Discovering True Purpose

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