Saturday, January 1, 2011

simple soup, salad and smoothie

our eats at home have been on the simple side lately... lots of fruit, salads, cooked soups and grains, smoothies and juices... while last year saw me a raw gourmet chef in the kitchen, soaking and dehydrating my tail off! (don't fret my raw foodie friends, i foresee more romps with raw cuisine in my future...=)

below are some stand-outs... a particularly scrummy soup, salad and smoothie recipe to guide you in creating your own animal-friendly deliciousness.

feel free to tweak these recipes (or any for that matter) to create a dish suited to your stock of ingredients and taste. don't have/care for turnips? add more potatoes/use parsnips instead! want to swap apple cider for balsamic vinegar? do it! cook intuitively - you may be pleasantly surprised with what you create!

potato-carrot-turnip soup
adapted from this recipe
(serves 4-6)

4 potatoes
3 carrots
2 celery stalks
1 turnip
1 clove garlic
5 1/4 C water
2 vegetable bouillon cubes
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp oregano
pinch nutmeg
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper, to taste
splash of vinegar (optional)

dice veggies. in a large pot, saute first 6 ingredients with olive oil and allow to cook about 5 minutes, stirring often. add water and remaining ingredients. bring to boil, cover and simmer about 10 minutes. carefully pour hot soup into blender or food processor and puree until smooth.  

maple-balsamic-dijon vinaigrette
over a bed of mixed greens with green apple and pecans

2 T olive oil
1 T balsamic vinegar
2 tsp maple syrup
2 tsp dijon mustard 
1 or more garlic clove, minced

mix well and enjoy the yummiest dressing ever.=)

carrot-ginger super smoothie
serves 2

2 bananas
1 apple
1 large carrot
1 celery stalk
1 T chia seeds 
1/4 of one cucumber
small handful goji berries
fresh ginger root, to taste

blend all with filtered water until smooth.

happy 1/1/11!


  1. I'm still having a hard time looking at food -
    but this looks MIGHTY FINE!!!! :)
    Happy New Year, my friend!!

  2. yum to that smoothie, it's now on my to-make list

  3. The soup looks great. I may need to try that one.

  4. happy new year. i hope it's a healthy and lovely one to you!
    soup and smoothie are going on my recipe list.

  5. i too love both simple things and some more complex from time to time.

    happy new year! have a good one!

  6. Looking great girlie! Simple eats are great.
    Happy New Year to you too! Much love!!! xoxo

  7. simple food is the best, the soup, salad and smoothie look wonderful, yummmmmm

  8. Great ideas! The pictures are really appealing. That soup looks and sounds like a perfect change-of-pace on these cold winter days.

  9. I would try this soup and I love salads! I agree that we should cook intuitively, I often do.

  10. i was fretting for a second, but these recipes and your reassuring words helped me to not worry. ANDDD that soup, looks divine. I plan on recreating it for lunch after I press enter on this comment.

    Hope you have an epic 2011!!!

    (and thanks for your comment, next time you visit toronto let me know! id love a raw vegan meet up in my hood)

    -Amy :)

  11. Happy New Year, Kelli!

    Thanks for all your support, and thanks for the book recommendation- sounds good! I've read a bit about ayurvedic diets, but not in any detail, and know that I'm mostly vata. Sounds like the book may speak of something similar?

    Lots of love xxxx

  12. thanks gabriele! feel better! xoxo

    rick - it's delicious.

    liisa - let me know how you like it if you do please!=)

    thanks griffen! same to you!

    bitt - i've been thinking of a big d-day - not sure if the dehydrator will hold everything i plan to put in it!=)

    heathy - thanks girl! was just reminiscing about nelly's and toronto through pictures.

    thank you, neeta, and indeed it is.=)

    ms a. - love that you love it!=)

    thanks, clint! the soup was so warming and filling, but not too heavy. i can't wait to make it again.

    lela - i make my yummiest meals when i just go with it.=)

    hehe, thanks amy. toronto is the vegan/raw capital of the world, i'm convinced.=) i need to go back!

    thanks, and my pleasure, sarah!=) the book goes beyond diets - it's pretty amazing and just makes so much sense. it's hard for me to sum it up, but some people did on amazon, if you search the book yoga of eating.

    wishing you all many blessings in the new gregorian year!=)

  13. Simple eats are my fave :)

    Of course, I like fancier stuff too, but salads with good stuff and good dressing just rock!

    I'm enjoying reading your blog :)

    Happy New Year,


  14. I will try your dressing, looks amazing. I love pure maple syrup even if it is not raw--it is just plain GOOD!!!
    Peace and Happy New Year,

  15. Why am I suddenly aware I have a lisp? lol ... Simple is great. This all looks fabulous, Kelli.

    Happy New Year :)

  16. mmm mmm mmm yummy delicious natural goodness!


  17. Please remind me about that salad dressing! It looks delicious and I want to try it but afraid I may forget. Marlie's fault. :)

  18. Your soup looks perfectly smooth! Yummy.

  19. I love eating simply:) Your soup looks great!

  20. thanks, ladies!

    miss, you're a nut!=)


  21. Mmmm! That dressing sounds so great! and lol @Lisa!

  22. heidi, it's so yummy. i just used it as a marinade for roasted veggies.

    lisa - lol! i'm imagining cindy brady reading the post out loud!=)

  23. :o)

    I wish you were at The Tree with me, too! looks like I missed Courtney...sniff!

    Blessings to you!

  24. Happy new year Lovely being ♥ MWAH

  25. I'm better now and have NO trouble looking at food!! :)
    It all looks SOOO delicious!!

  26. ms. a - it must be so nice and warm where you are! here we're expecting snow, again!

    so nice of you to drop in hanane! i think of you each time i see my jordanian thyme... mmm mmm!

    thanks gabriele... so happy to hear you're better!


  27. Happy New Year! That dressing looks really good! Yum! Hugs!


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