Carrot Orange & Ginger Soup

Carrot Orange & Ginger Soup is a delicious spring style soup for the warmer seasons approaching us. It’s incredibly light and refreshing with sweet carrots and hints of citrus and warming ginger. The official first day of spring is just around the corner and I’ve been in the mood for celebrating spring produce in any way I can with recipes- including springtime soups!

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Carrot Orange & Ginger Soup is loaded with heaps of vitamin A especially from the carrots, vitamin C from the oranges, and warming ginger which provides digestive aid amongst other health benefits. Not only is this soup nutrient dense, but it’s also low in calories, which may come at a perfect time for most who are trying to “slim” for spring and summer. Most of us don’t associate soup recipes for the spring and summer months of the year, I hope that with this recipe is can be a new favorite to enjoy!

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Black-eyed Peas and Kale Soup

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a fun yet relaxing start to the New Year last week- I took some much needed time away from work, blogging, social media, and the like to re-energize, center, and refresh my focus for the new year. It was absolutely wonderful and I have some EXCITING things in store for you all this year, just wait! I’m back today to start off the New Year with a meal that I’ve been lovin’ the past week, Black-eyed Peas and Kale Soup, a traditional new year food.

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The most traditional meal to eat on New Years Day is the classic dish of black-eyed peas served with greens, ham/pork, and sauerkraut. I’m turning this traditional meal into a vegan friendly soup, Black-eyed Peas and Kale Soup. It’s warming, comforting, incredibly healthy, delicious, and leaves you feeling satisfied and ready to tackle the new year ahead of you. 

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Creamy Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

This Creamy Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, hands down is one I have in constant supply my kitchen during fall and winter seasons. It’s incredibly creamy, thick, slightly sweet, very hearty and comforting in the cooler months of the year. I promise, even if you’re not a fan of butternut squash or maybe haven’t used it much in your cooking, this one is a hit in the kitchen! Creamy Butternut Squash and Apple Soup is filled of roasted and naturally caramelized butternut squash, dates, seasonal organic apples, almond milk, warming spices, and a hint of citrus from orange to balance the sweet flavors.

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I like taking advantage of this beautifully colored and delicious tasting vegetable along with one of my favorite root vegetables, carrots, when it’s in season. If you’re not familiar with what butternut squash looks like, it reminds me of a pale yellow football or pear shaped gourd (see above). Butternut squashes have a thick skin compared to others like a yellow or zucchini squash where the skin can be eaten. After you peel the outer skin of the butternut squash, you reveal it’s golden yellow and slightly orange interior, which is the considered the edible flesh of the squash.

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Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup

“NO soup for you!” Just kidding, you can have all the soup you want (Seinfeld reference anyone?). Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup is a perfect recipe to wrap up summer and use all those tomatoes you have lingering from this summer before the first frost (at least here in Nashville)! This recipe is a soup staple in my kitchen around this time of year especially when I’m trying to use all my tomatoes from the garden or from friends gardens. This Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup is a great way to nourish your body with the health benefits of tomatoes all while satisfying your stomach!

Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup

Tomatoes get a lot of buzz in the health and nutrition community for good reason. Tomatoes are loaded with the most well known antioxidant/carotenoid, lycopene. What is lycopene and why is it so great?

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Watermelon Gazpacho

Gazpacho, okay another word that I have some fun saying (like galette or baba ghanoush). This gazpacho is a twist on traditional gazpacho, as the star ingredient is fresh, juicy, and sweet watermelon with tomatoes being the supporting actor. You all know how much I love watermelon and this recipe showcases watermelon in a unique way combined with the traditional ingredients in gazpacho resulting in a spicy and sweet flavor combination. Also this recipe comes in perfect timing as Saturday August 3rd was National Watermelon Day! If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, I was having fun posting many pictures and comments about the wonders of watermelon!

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What is gazpacho? Is traditionally a tomato based soup, served cold. The ingredients used vary from culture to culture, with tomato as the main ingredient followed by onions, cucumber, garlic, herbs, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Other additions you may see around the world include seafood added, meat, vegetable stock, bread, grapes, avocados, etc. Not only can the ingredients in gazpacho vary, but the ending texture as well depending on whether the dish was pureed using a blender or traditionally mashed with a mortar and pestle. I chose to use my Vitamix to create a smooth texture.

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