Easy Yellow Split Peas Soup

  • 21 oz. yellow split peas (soak an hour or so to reduce cooking time)
  • 3 big carrots, chopped in bite size pieces
  • 5 celery stalks, chopped in bite size pieces
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 t thyme
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 3/4 t pepper
  • pinch of paprika
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 12 C chicken broth
  • 8 oz. fresh spinach

In a large pot, saute carrots in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add celery and onion; saute 5 more minutes. Add garlic and saute until onion is soft.

Add spices, broth, and rinsed peas. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 30-50 minutes (depending on whether or not you soaked the peas). Add spinach and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve.

adapted from mediterraneanlatinloveaffair.com

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Basil Potato Soup

  • 6 large leeks (white and light green parts), diced and rinsed
  • 4 celery stalks, diced
  • 4 medium carrots, diced
  • 1/2 C coconut oil
  • 4 C chopped green cabbage
  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 C minced garlic
  • 3 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 12 C chicken stock
  • 1 C chopped basil
  • 1 T salt
  • 1/2 t pepper

Place the leeks, celery, and carrots in a large stockpot with coconut oil. Saute for 10 minutes over medium heat. Add cabbage, potato, garlic, beans, and chicken stock and bring the soup to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook uncovered for 15 minutes (or until the potatoes are tender). Add the basil, salt and pepper.

Adapted from Forks Over Knives–The Cookbook (Tuscan Bean Soup)

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Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup

  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 1 1/2 T minced garlic
  • kale, Swiss chard, or any variety of greens, coarsely chopped (I use a bag of kale and 5 oz. fresh spinach.)
  • 8 carrots, sliced 1/2″ thick
  • 5 celery stalks, sliced 1/2″ thick
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • 8 C vegetable stock (or chicken broth)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

Prep veggies and set aside. Heat a large pot on medium-high heat. Add coconut oil and onions, stirring often. When opaque and lightly browned, add garlic and cook until browned. Add carrots and celery, stirring occasionally for a few minutes. Add salt, pepper, and chicken broth. When the liquid comes to a boil, add the chopped greens and the beans. Cook another 10 minutes until greens have wilted and carrots can be pricked by a fork. Serve hot.

adapted from fromjessicaskitchen.com

 

 

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Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Salad:

  • 1 or 2 heads romaine lettuce–rinsed, dried and chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (I used orange)
  • 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta
  • 5 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved

Combine salad ingredients in a bowl, adjusting ammounts as desired.

Salad Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp Dijon-style mustard

Mix (or shake) all ingredients together in a jar or sealed caraffe. Pour over salad. Store in fridge.

recipes from All Recipes–the salad, the dressing

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Sweet Potato Burrito Bowl {one skillet}

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1 pound (heaping 2 cups chopped) sweet potatoes
3 Tbs olive oil, separated
1 red bell pepper (or color of choice)
1 cup white rice (Jasmine)
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cans black beans, drain & rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 cup vegetable or chicken broth
2 Tbs lime or lemon juice (optional)
Optional Toppings: tortilla chips,shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, salsa, chopped cilantro, chopped tomato, avocado or guacamole

Instructions:

  1. Chop the sweet potato into small pieces.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine two tablespoons olive oil with all of the sweet potatoes. If you don’t like any amount of crunch to your sweet peppers, add them after the sweet potatoes have been cooking for about 6-8 minutes.
  3. Saute the sweet potatoes for 8-10 minutes or until pretty tender. Add in remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the rice.
  4. Cook, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes at medium heat.
  5. Add in the diced tomatoes, black beans, corn, minced garlic, cumin, chili powder, and vegetable or chicken broth (add peppers if not been added already). Give everything a really good stir, bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat.
  6. Cover the skillet with a lid and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the rice is cooked through.
  7. Remove the lid and stir in the lime juice. Serve with optional toppings & enjoy!

Recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

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Southwest Sweet Potato Salad with Avocado Dressing

Southwest Salad

Salad:

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 heaping teaspoons cumin & chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 (14 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • tortilla corn chips

Dressing:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves (or more)
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a splash of lime juice

Instructions:

Peel the potatoes and chop into bite-sized pieces and place on large tray lined with parchment paper. Mix the olive oil, cumin, and chili powder together. Drizzle over the sweet potatoes and toss to coat. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes, stir. Turn oven up to 425 and bake for 10-15 more minutes, or until potatoes are barely roasted brown (or as desired).

Meanwhile, pulse the dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Toss the beans, corn, lettuce, and sweet potatoes in a big bowl, and serve with the avocado dressing and tortilla chips. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy! 🙂

recipe from Pinch of Yum

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Three-Bean Sloppy Joes

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, drained
  • 2 (15 oz) cans pinto beans, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Saute the chopped onion and celery in a skillet with oil until tender. Add remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat until warmed to serve. Serve over bread.

adapted from A Couple Cooks

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Crockpot Creamed Corn

  • 4 cups frozen corn
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk (we used almond)
  • 1 Tbs honey granules (or sugar)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients in a 3 quart slow cooker. Don’t worry about mixing thoroughly, just throw it all in. Cook on high for 1 hour, stir, then cook an additional hour.

recipe from Mostly Homemade Mom

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Easy Salsa Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup canned sweetcorn, drained (about half a 15 oz. can)
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup salsa (I used Newman’s Own pineapple salsa)
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Additional Toppings:

  • fresh parsley or cilantro
  • tortilla chips

Directions:

Stir together all the ingredients. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.

From Blog of Joy

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Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwiches

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Here is a quick, healthy, delicious, and easily adaptable vegetarian lunch!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp each of mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil, and mustard (or some combination to make a 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp each of cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder (or whatever spices you’d like!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 2 Tbs finely chopped celery

Directions:

In a small bowl, mash the chickpeas with a fork until partly pasty.

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Blend in the liquids (whatever combination you want).

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Add the rest of the ingredients. Adjust the seasonings to taste. I garnish with extra chili powder.

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Excellent on pita chips or in pitas (or gluten free creacker) with lettuce or avocado, but any bread will do! You can be creative with this recipe, but I love this combination! 🙂

From Blog of Joy

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