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Seasonal Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Seasonal Spiced Pumpkin Soup

If you love this harvest season, then you probably love everything pumpkin, and soup is a great. I saw a great soup in the Simple Vegan recipe book one day, but first off it had carrot juice in it… and and that is sooo sweet and what a way to just shoot up that insulin response… so then I had to figure out how to modify it to my dietary lifestyle. One of the great items I have purchased over the last couple years is my Blendtec and so I don’t need to juice a carrot if I want to use one, I can just throw it in the blender and go to town. So here’s my take on their recipe:

Seasonal Spiced Pumpkin Soup

24 oz Vegetable broth
1/4 cup (60 ml) unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 cups (368 g) canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon coconut oil {if needing that rich flavor}
1/2 cup (58 g) sliced onions, sautéed in coconut oil
1 1/2 garlic cloves, roasted {if you want to cook this on the stove, then chop and toss in}
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
2 medium sized organic carrots
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 drops of Black Pepper Essential oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1/2 cup hulled pumpkin seeds – roasted {optional}

Directions for High Powered Blender: 

  1. Place all ingredients into the container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Soup or Variable 1.
  3. If needed, turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 6-7 minutes or until heavy steam escapes from vented lid.
  5. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds and enjoy

Directions for Stove Top: 

  1. In a large saucepan add coconut oil, melt on medium heat.
  2. Add pureed carrots from food processor, and onions. Cook down until soft.
  3. Add garlic, cinnamon, cayenne and cook for another minute.
  4. Add pumpkin and vegetable broth and boil of high heat to boil. Reduce heat, add in coconut milk, and  black pepper essential oil and simmer 15 minutes to blend flavors.
  5. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds and enjoy.

Vegan Buffalo “Wings” … well how about buffalo cauliflower

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower

One of the item I really miss since I gave up meat is the buffalo wings at Squatter’s Pub in Salt Lake City, Utah. I also once had the wings at the Pike’s Bar and Grill in Seattle at the Pike’s Market and they are comparable. For me it must be spicy and it’s been an item that I really really miss in life. The Curvy Carrot posted this great recipe, but I don’t do buttermilk and so I needed to change it up… but it’s to die for.

Buffalo-style Cauliflower

The Curvy Carrot Buffalo Style Cauliflower


1 head cauliflower, cleaned and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup sprouted eikorn flour or your choice of all-purpose gluten-free flour
2 teaspoons garlic puree,
1 teaspoon himilayan salt
1 cup Frank’s Original Hot Sauce {gluten free and kosher}
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
2. In a small bowl mix coconut milk and apple cider vinegar.
2.  In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut milk mixture, flour, and garlic, salt, whisking until mostly smooth (it’s ok if there are a few lumps left).
3. Very gently (cauliflower can be pretty delicate), place the cauliflower in the bowl and lightly toss to completely coat with the mixture.
4. Place the cauliflower in a shallow baking dish and bake for about 15-18 minutes or so (watch it, it may start to brown up quickly on you.)
5. Meanwhile, combine the buffalo sauce and the melted coconut oil in a small bowl.
6. Carefully remove the hot cauliflower from the oven and pour the buffalo sauce mixture over it, stirring gently to coat it as best you can.

Banana Nut Butter Smoothie

Yummy Healthy Breakfast Smoothie 

A banana is a great item to throw into a recovery drink because it’s a good,quick usable carbohydrate. I am allergic to them {latex allergy} but you are welcome to bring them into your diet if you’d like. I got the idea from the Simply Savor site, but I don’t use a lot of their ingredients like yogurt {hence the whey} or soymilk. We don’t do soy anything, but I do get the Maranatha almond butter for my cutie husband. My daughter and I have always used Hemp Nut Butter.

Banana Nut Butter Smoothie:

1 Small Ripe Banana
1 tsp almond or hemp nut butter
3/4 cup of flax milk, almond milk or coconut milk
1 Scoop of Undenatured Whey
Handful of ice cubes

In a blender combine all ingredients, blend until smooth. Enjoy.