Tastes of November

This past month has been so much fun! I have been exploring a plant based diet, and it has helped me so much in eating healthy and mindfully. I have been experimenting with Raw Vegan salad dressings, and eating way more fruit then I used to as well. Not only that but I have been trying to make smoothie recipes that I can post on here as well! I am trying not to label myself as anything in particular, such as vegan or fully plant based, for a few reasons. One of them is that I don’t feel I have earned the title, I mean it has only been a month.. Also I slip up sometimes, I am only human, and I sometimes eat things I shouldn’t but I am learning.

I wanted to share a few pictures from over on the OneJoyfulLife instagram where I have been posting pictures of some of the things I eat. This habit of posting and talking with other people on a path to eating more healthy has been so helpful in this process. I have learned so much and I can’t thank everyone over on instagram enough! We are almost at 100 Followers!! So here are the things I ate in November!

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Autumn Soup Recipe

When the air gets chilly, nothing tastes better than a warm hearty soup. This is my personal take on an autumnal vegetable soup that is not only healthy but also delicious!! Everything I used can be purchased at Trader Joe’s, or any other supermarket.

Ingredients 

  • 2tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 ¬†1/2 boxes of vegetable stock (1.5 QT)
  • 3 stalks of celery diced
  • 3 medium carrots diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cups butternut squash
  • 2 cups of fresh kale
  • salt/pepper/thyme/oregano/basil/cayenne pepper/ garlic (to taste)
  • (optional Zpasta fall zuchette butternut squash pasta)

 

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Steps

  1. In a large soup pot heat 2tbs of olive oil on medium heat and add in your diced celery, carrots, and onion. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onion is soft and light brown.
  2. Add your spices, garlic, squash, and stir together until steaming
  3. Add in your broth and bring to a boil, (add more spices if you find necessary)
  4. turn down to medium heat to bring the soup to a simmer, cover, let cook for 10 minutes. (If you are adding in noodles, in a separate pot bring water to a rolling boil and add in pasta)
  5. Add Kale into the soup, stir in, and allow to become bright green. Continue cooking until squash is tender.
  6. Remove from heat
  7. Serve nice and hot and add your cooked noodles in before serving

 

I really hope you enjoy this delicious soup, it was my first attempt at making my own soup with no recipe. Let me know if you decide to make this and tell me all about it!!

Starting Fresh

 

Some of you may be regular visitors here, and others may be brand new, so hello there friends! Either way everything around here is new! I recently decided to start fresh on this site, to post about things that truly matter to me and are things I am passionate about. Last year I posted mostly things I thought other people would want and that would drive up views, which it did, but I got lost in the writing and never felt authentic. So now here we are, late 2016 and beginning autumn. I am newly enrolled in law school and have so many new and exciting adventures to embark on. I hope you’ll find this new site a breath of fresh air and enjoy coming back again and again. Let me know if there is anything you want me to post about or things you want to see more of. Thank you all so much!