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So Smooth

This past week Mother Nature has gifted us with some amazingly warm weather, albeit there have been several severe, tornado-producing storms, the temperature has been quite lovely!  With the emergence of warm weather brings my insatiable craving for smoothies.

Recently, I’ve made the decision to decrease my dairy intake, not because of ethical reasons, but more for health concerns.  Lets face it, the primary function of cow’s milk is to make baby cows FAT.  While I do enjoy indulging in a glass of ice-cold raw milk, it is not something I do on a regular basis.  I’m also appalled with the amount of hormones and antibiotics pumped into animals because of the inhumane conditions in which they are raised.  Did you know that 80% of the antibiotics produced in the U.S. are for injecting into factory-farmed livestock due to the horrendous conditions in which they are raised?  Cattle are packed into manure-laden holding pens, where they stand 2 feet deep in fecal excrement.  That, my friends, I have serious ethical issues with!

I have no plans of becoming a vegan, nor am I saying I will never again consume dairy products, because I’m not.  Besides, ice cream is one of my FAVORITE foods, and during the summer months I tend to make it on a somewhat regular basis; however, as far as my morning coffee and granola are concerned, I’ve decided to seek out alternative options.  Rhubarbs, my local natural food store, has a vast selection of non-dairy milks for the choosing.  I’ve replaced pasteurized milk, cream, and half and half with coconut milk.

They also have almond, rice, soy, and hemp, along with several other varieties, all of which I will be sampling. 🙂

Vegan Fruit Smoothie  (I don’t measure ingredients, it’s more of a toss and pour till it looks good. Trust me, you can’t screw up a smoothie!)

bullet 32 organic coconut milk

bullet 32 organic soy yogurt, I use wholesoy & company

bullet 32 1/2 a banana (I keep several on hand in my freezer so I’m always ready when the craving strikes)

bullet 32 fruit, the go-to favorite is strawberries and my canned peaches (my stand-alone freezer is still packed full of last year’s local fruit, although, the blueberries come from Jersey; that state grows the best berries!)

bullet 32 agave nectar

bullet 32 dehydrated Swiss chard

bullet 32 ground flax seed

Add ingredients to a tall mixing cup, insert immersion blender, mix till desired consistency is achieved.  You can also use a regular blender.

Some alternate additions are ice, honey, pineapple, peanut butter, coconut, espresso powder, plums, pears, avocado…the options are endless!

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Coconut Curry Veggie Soup

Hands down this is one of my favorite soups! I make it slightly different each time depending on what veggies are on hand. And let me tell you not once has it let me down! You can make it on the stove, but I purchase most of my beans and peas dried, so I just toss everything into my crock pot and forget about it!

Coconut Curry Veggie Soup
This recipe makes A LOT! (and it freezes well too)

6 cups water plus 4 bullion cubes or stock of your choice
1 16oz bag dried chick peas
1 large onion chopped
1/2 bag baby carrots, cut into large chunks
4-5 medium potatoes, cubed (I don’t peal mine)
1 bag of corn, probably about 2 cups. I never measure when I bag and freeze corn.
1/2 head cauliflower broken into bite sized florets.
1 large red or green pepper, chopped. I ran out of room in my crock so I omitted it this time.
Lots of (I used red) curry paste…use your own judgment here folks.
1 can of coconut milk
Mombasa Powder ( As I’ve mentioned before I like my food wicked hot. For those of you who do not, the curry paste may be enough for you. If you need an additional kick add cayenne or any other hot pepper powder you have on hand.)

Combine everything except the coconut milk in your crock pot. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 8-9 hours. If you are home you can stir it up every few hours. The soup is done once the taters are tender. Add the coconut milk, spoon into bowls and enjoy!

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