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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup (Vegan)

Oh how I love fall. With a chill in the air, we can finally start wearing fall clothes without sweating like a dog. Scarves, hats, jeans, it’s all game now! And not to mention the food. Pumpkin everything, mac and cheese, and soup!

I’ve been making so much soup this year and I’m pretty sure it is the been the best decision I’ve made. Now this soup here is probably one of my all time favorite soups ever. It’s rich and super creamy but it’s still vegan and super healthy. The trick to making it thick and creamy? Rice.

I learned this trick in one of my classes for gluten free cooking. Instead of making a roux or veloute, just add a little rice, overcook it, and puree. It creates a super thick, rich, and healthier option without the addition of butter or cream.

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Barley with Mushroom Gravy

So ten years later I finally write up another post. Hello again everyone.

For the few of you that are wondering why I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks, I’ll just say, life happens. Between school and work and all of the other various little things that need to be done sometimes you need a little break from everything.

So what have I been doing with that time? Being lazy of course. Procrastinating as usual. But I did accomplish one thing on my bucket list, so I wasn’t completely lazy.

With one week in between classes, me and my brother, along with a good friend, decided to go to Colorado and climb Mt. Elbert, the tallest mountain in the rockies. Was it a challenge? Uh, yeah. Did I struggle? Every. Single. Step of the way. Did I almost fall off the mountain and die? I’m pretty sure. But did we make it? YES! The only question that matters, was yes we made it to the top. Through the snow and icy rocks we trudged on and defeated that mountain.

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Chicken and Spinach Bread Pudding

So for one of my classes last semester we had a final practical. Make shrimp bisque, risotto, hollandaise, beurre blanc, and one “mystery box” dish. Basically just use whatever ingredients we still had and make something. This bread pudding is based off of one of those mystery box dishes.

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Steak and Potato Pie Pockets

 This recipe really isn’t much of a recipe…. I like to call it more of put what you got into a pie crust and enjoy. I think that’s a better fitted name.

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Parmesan Mushroom Quinoa Salad

I feel the need to post something healthy. I mean, summer is right around the corner, I shouldn’t be stuffing my face with cookies and cake! What am I thinking?!

I’m thinking cookies and cake are delicious and whoever says otherwise is mental.

But for those few moments when I want something healthy, this salad is for me. Quinoa packed with protein, mushrooms, garlic and olive oil? That’s like health crazy my friends. Not to mention easy and fast.

Enjoy!

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Peppered Steak with Cream Gravy and Parsley Potatoes

This.

Is.

Heaven.

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Cauliflower Rice

Are you, or have you ever been on a low carb diet and just dreamed of the rice you couldn’t have. That savory vessel to soak up all of the amazing juices of whatever you’re eating, flavoring the rice into a delicious bed of carby goodness. Yeah, low carb sucks.

Until now.