Baby Greens Sweet Potato Soup

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Creamy without any cream. Blended sweet potatoes have a creamy consistency by themselves. I baked some sweet potatoes ahead of time thus this soup was super fast to make. Heathy and nutritious and the greens add more texture and flavor.

1 onion diced
2 celery sticks diced
2 carrot sticks diced
3 baked sweet potatoes
2 cups tightly packed baby spinach and baby kale
2 vegetable bullion cubes
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt pepper
Smoked paprika and dried basil for garnish.

In a pot sauté onions with olive oil till golden. Then add celery, carrots, water, and bullion cubes. Boil till carrots and celery are soft. Add baked sweet potato and bland everything in a blender or with an immersion blender. Return to the pot if used a blender and add greens to the soup. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer till greens become wilted. Spoon into a bowl and garnish with smoked paprika, dried basil, and drizzles of olive oil. Enjoy!

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9 grains for breakfast or lunch

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I found this nine grain blend at our local health/bulk store and it consists of Hard Red Wheat, White Wheat, Barley, Rye, Oats, Corn, Millet, Buckwheat, Flax Seed. It is delicious and full of nutrients. What’s more, it takes very little time to prepare. Just put in a pot with a one to two ratio of water and it is done in less than 10 min. You can enjoy it as sweet or savory and for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Breakfast:

Cook one cup grains and two cups water

Top with nuts, barriers, and maple syrup

Lunch:

1 Vegan bouillon cube

1 Tbsp EV Olive Oil

Dried basil

Salt and Pepper

Bring two cups of water and one cup of grains to a boil. Add the bouillon cube and oil. And season to taste with basil salt and pepper. Serve on a bed of spinach with fresh slices of tomato and avocado.

Spring! Or not.

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I could not resist adding the ladybug to the picture. We have a lady bug living in our house now for about two months and it is pretty neat to watch her. Also we will be buying some ladybugs in the spring for our garden as pest control. I can’t wait and will tell you all about it! Saturday we had freezing rain and ice. I did not poke my nose outside all day. Sashenka had to work the whole day. But for brunch I did have this dish and it felt like spring, at least inside. And no that is not Ossetra caviar (I wish), its Tangkorn seaweed topping from IKEA. It has a very mild salty taste. The Rye crisp bread is also from IKEA.

Rye crisp bread

Hard boiled eggs

Mayo

Seaweed topping

Spinach

Spread mayo on the crisp bread and top with slices of hardboiled egg and seaweed toping and a little bit of sea salt. I wilt spinach my adding a drop of olive oil and water to a pan and a whole bag of spinach and cook until wilted seasoning with sea salt and a few drizzles of lemon juice.

Chia Seed Smoothie

I just realized how hard it is to come up with names for posts or recipes for that matter. How would you name this smoothie?

It consists of:

1 Banana

1 Mango

2 Tbsp Frozen Bluberries

Handful of Spinach

2 Tsp of Chia Seeds

2 Tsp of Coconut Oil

1 1/2 C Almond Milk

Blend all ingredients in blender. Enjoy!

This is not a super sweet smoothie and make sure that the mango is ripe in order for it to have some sweetness. This smoothie is Sashenka approved. He is not a big fan of most of my smoothies. But he did enjoy the subtle flavors of the blended ingredients.

A delicious raw soup

 

Raw soups are super easy to make and are extremely healthy for you. But in the past when I tried to make raw soups they never tasted great and I was always disappointed. Lately I have been trying to incorporate more fresh (raw) foods into our diet and decided to give raw soups another try. I found this recipe online and decided to try it because of the simple ingredients that I had all on hand. This time I was not disappointed and it tasted great! Sashenka loved it and surprisingly so did my belle-mère (mother in law sounds prettier in French then it does in Russian or English, meaning ‘beautiful mother’). This soup had a lot of flavor and tasted great being room temp. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Serves 2

½ head spinach leaves, washed
½ cucumber, peeled
1 tomato, in wedges
¼ cup water
1 avocado
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons nama shoyu or soy sauce
½ teaspoon sea salt
dash cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil

Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Bon appétit!