Cold and Creamy Cucumber Soup

Cold soups are so refreshing during the hot summer months.  The avocados make the soup creamy and gives it some substance and the color is beautiful.  This recipe has been adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook, "It's All Good."   I garnished the soup with chopped mint, but chives would also work nicely.  This soup comes together in no time because…


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Indian Spiced Carrot Soup

This recipe is from, "Simply Delicious-Plant Based Recipes for a Healthy Life," by Sandy Holmes, RDN.  The recipes in this book are so easy and so good! You can order here on amazon. I wanted to make a soup and so Sandy's recipe for Indian Spiced Carrot Soup caught my eye, I love Indian spices and I love how my house smells when I cook with them.  This…


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The Easiest and Most Delicious Butternut Squash Soup

When I was at the Food Lab in Boulder a few weeks ago, one of the cooking instructors mentioned that his recipe for butternut squash soup is…… 1.  Take a butternut squash and cut off the stem. 2. Cut the butternut squash in half and place it flesh side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment. 3. Bake at 375 until the squash is soft, about 45-50…


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Tortilla Soup

This Tortilla soup that Chris and I  presented at our last cooking class was a hit!   It is easy to make  and delicious! The starch from the tortillas and beans give the soup a creamy texture, especially if you let the soup sit a while. We added greens to the soup bowl before adding the soup for extra nutrition.  The heat from the soup will wilt the…


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Cream of Mushroom Soup with Shitake Bacon

Oh boy is this soup good.  The recipe comes from a fabulous food blog called Making Thyme for Health.  This soup has such a strong mushroom flavor and the creaminess comes from pureed cauliflower so even though it seems rich is won’t leave you feeling overloaded. I used portobello mushrooms because City Market was out of everything else except for white…


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Chunky Miso Vegetable Soup

This recipe comes from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s book, “Isa Does It.”  This soup really is soup for the soul.  Whip up a batch of this if you think you are at the beginning of a cold or you have had a bad day and want to feel comforted.  Miso is a staple in Asian diets and as we know, people who eat traditional Asian diets have much lower rates of heart…


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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Tamari Pepitas

I came across this recipe in the Aspen Times on Thursday.  I love cream of cauliflower soup because it is so creamy tasting without any of the artery clogging cream and butter that you find in creamy soups.  This recipe offers a little kick with the addition of hot sauce and the miso offers some depth of flavor to the soup.  If you like,  add greens…


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Spicy Two Bean Chili

This is my “go to” chili recipe when I am having a group of friends over for a casual dinner.  The secret ingredient is the bulgar.  Bulgar adds a nice chewy texture to create a really hearty dish.  This chili comes together quickly but give it time to sit so that all of the wonderful chili flavors come together.  Three jalapeño chili peppers will add…


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Celery Root Soup with Granny Smith Apples

This recipe by Tal Ronnen is to die for.  I make this soup whenever I really want to impress guests.   This is a rich and creamy soup with  wonderful celery flavor. The hardest part about making the soup is dealing with the celery root.  Be sure to wash it it thoroughly and then get to work cutting off the gnarly bits until you have a smooth surface.…


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New England Glam Chowder

I just returned from a trip to New England where I touched base with old friends, enjoyed my family, and took in all the wonderful things that New England offers in the fall.  One of the things that you think of in New England, especially the coast, is New England Clam Chowder.  This recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s book,  Isa Does It, tastes just…


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