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Mandarin Spring Salad + Gamut Life Review

Spring is such a beautiful time of year. The flowers are in bloom, the birds and baby birds are chirping happily, the sun is shining and the sky is blue. It enlivens the senses! To celebrate this special time of year join me in making a delectable treat for the palette that will leave you with a sweet taste in your mouth and a refreshing burst of energy.

Start with fresh baby greens, spread chopped red onion and green bell pepper around the outskirts of the bowl. Add your favorite crunchy toppings, I used sunflower seeds and roasted cashew pieces. Add raisins for a hint of sweetness, 3 heirloom baby tomatoes, and a mandarin orange to make each bight burst with flavor! Add a jalapeno slice or two for an added kick and a sun dried tomato if you have one handy. Drizzle with your favorite dressing we chose Trader Joe’s Goddess Dressing mixed with Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette. What are you left with?

Mandarin Salad

  • No cholesterol
  • High in vitamin A
  • Very high in vitamin B6
  • Very high in vitamin C

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I’ve been working on adding more colors to the salad for a rainbow of health! Enjoy the beautiful energy the plants bring to your body!

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Servings: 2  Calories per serving: 220 (includes 2 tbsp dressing)

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Big Handfuls of Baby Greens
  • 1/4 chunk red onion – chopped small
  • 1/4 chunk green bell pepper – chopped small
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup roasted (or raw) cashew pieces
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 mandarin oranges – peeled
  • 2 slices sun dried tomatoes
  • 4 slices jalapeno
  • 6 heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Goddess Dressing
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette

Directions:

  1. Place greens in your bowl
  2. Place onion and green bell pepper in a food processor to chop up finely. (Time saver!)
  3. Sprinkle with seeds, nuts, and raisins.
  4. Spread the mandarin slices on the outer edge.
  5. Place 3 heirloom tomatoes in each salad, with one sun dried tomato and two jalapeno slices. Top with dressing and dig in!!

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Gamut Life recently reached out and blessed me with an incredible tank-top and sweatshirt for the spring season. I am so grateful as they instantly became my new favorites!!! It feels great to spread a positive message while living life. I can tell their apparel is designed with care. The cuts are made just right causing an ideal fit for woman. The material chosen is high quality and feels great on your skin. If you want to support the cause get your very own by clicking the picture.

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I think it’s absolutely worth it. While you are at it check out their YOLO edition! What a beautiful flattering fit. A million thanks for sharing the love. I HIGHLY recommend Gamut Life!!!

What is Gamut? – http://gamutlife.com/

“GAMUT IS AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE BRAND.

Gamut is dedicated to and inspired by art, music, fitness, skateboarding, sports, community involvement, nutrition, and philosophy/spirituality. We endorse taking an active role in your physical, mental, and spiritual health rather than looking for the “magic pill” or quick fix. When you wear our custom clothing or headwear, buy art from the shop or support in any way, you are representing a passion for life and culture, commitment to your own health and well-being through positive avenues, with style.

RUN THE GAMUT. We encourage you to go out and do everything you can with a healthy mindset. Fake it till you become it if you have to. Learn constantly and stay fresh.  Be a kid again. Support local.  Workout daily. Meditate if u want.  Question the media and the corrupt mainstream.  Notice nature. Try a random class or activity.  Pick up a paintbrush or dust off your old instrument.  Get out of your comfort zones. Get your bodies and brains firing again. Create your own version of The Gamut Life. You already know what you need to do.

HAVE THE COURAGE TO LIVE. ANYONE CAN DIE.”

WOW – What a message for humanity Gamut Life is sharing. We must all rise up (including ME!) and have the courage to LIVE our dreams, to LIVE this life honorably. Each day is a precious gift. As Gerald would say “May you find your passion and share it.” Spring forward with a gust of fresh energy!

Run The Gamut

With love,

Christa

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Dehydrated Fruit

One of our most favorite snacks would have to be dried fruit. It accompanies mixed nuts like no other and tastes so good! I’ve yearned to dehydrate my own fruit for a few years and now thanks to my wondrous husband I can use my Excaliber and dehydrate until my heart is content. A gift that keeps on giving!

This process is EMPOWERING, economical and healthy! One can preserve food, have ready to eat snacks on hand for those “on the go” moments or when you just want something easy and yummy to snack on. I love that I get to choose what is going into our bodies. We are eating less sulfates and added sugar. The next best thing will be picking it from the garden and then dehydrating it….ooh I can’t wait!

Step One: Start with some fresh fruit!

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Step Two: Slice and lay on the trays! Easy as pie!

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Step 3: Turn it on to 135 degrees or 105 to opt for raw and go about your day as you normally would. If you are up for it take a moment to dance to Omar’s Chocco for all the fine work you did!!!

After hours of dehydration the end results are SURE to please! The hardest part…..not eating it all!

Enjoy banana chips….

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Pineapple Rings…

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Apple & Pear Chips…

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Prunes…

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Fresh Raisins…

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And even….a homemade fruit roll up or fruit leather!

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If you are up for it play with your food and make a pretty picture… ;)

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and don’t forget to share the love…!

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Shine

SHINE BRIGHTLY!

Love,

Christa

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Vegan diet for a healthy gut!

Eat more fruits ‘n vegetables and wallah things start flowing better! Seriously. The easier we make it on our digestion system the smoother things work. So many kids and adults suffer from irregular movements or constipation, when so often foods are overlooked as a potential solution to the blockage.

The article Foods To Eat For A Healthy Gut  states “What we put into our stomachs is so important that it affects whether we feel well, how flat our bellies are and even our chances of avoiding certain cancers.

The first piece of advice is:

“1. Eat to beat disease: citrus fruit, fibre-rich foods, leafy greens and yellow vegetables

Whole grains, spinach, cauliflower, carrots, wheat bran, apples, broccoli, beans, figs and pears are all great fibre sources. “Start slowly, adding more fibre every few days, and drink lots of water.

..eating light green, dark green and yellow-coloured vegetables help add up to a healthy stomach, too.”

Yet instead of a diet change to relieve constipation some doctor’s are pushing Miralax and giving it multiple times a day to children no less…!!! NY Times reports:

“The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug for use only by adults, and for only seven days at a time.

Despite the drug’s popularity, it has never been approved by the F.D.A. for pediatric use. In 1999, when the F.D.A. first approved Miralax, the patient materials included the warning: “Miralax should not be used by children.” In 2009, an F.D.A. drug safety oversight board raised a number of concerns about PEG’s use in children, including the uncertainty of the long-term effects of large doses, but concluded that current evidence does not suggest that PEG causes severe side effects.

Even so, some doctors said they are concerned about the lack of information about its long-term effects. “We don’t know 30 years from now what will happen,” said, Dr. Carlo Di Lorenzo, the chief of the gastroenterology department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

In a statement, Merck said it recommends the use of Miralax only for patients 17 and older and only for a week

Often a contributing factor is diet, like too much dairy and too few vegetables and fruits. Other factors include not sitting on the toilet routinely, stress, lack of hydration, being sedentary and school rules that discourage children from using the bathroom as needed.

Rather than tackling those factors, Miralax “can be a Band-Aid,” said Dr. Tricia Jean Gold, a pediatrician at TriBeCa Pediatrics in Park Slope, Brooklyn. When parents try to wean their children off Miralax, “the underlying work isn’t done, so they become constipated again,” she added.

“I did read the label,” which says for adults and children 17 and over, said Ms. Tesfa, who is a contracts administrator for a government contractor in Arlington, Va. “When I brought this up with her, she said, ‘Oh no, don’t worry about it. It’s completely safe. I’ve had patients on it for years.”

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A complete disgrace. How can doctor’s over-prescribe this to children under the age of 17 when the manufacturer states on the label only to give it to adults and children 17 and over for no more than 1 week?!

Why not try nutrient rich whole food ingredients that aid in proper digestion? Treating our bodies like a temple is our responsibility. Eating fresh organic whole-foods that are free of animal products is great for your temple and for Mother Earth! The foods we eat, the energy we put into the food, the process of making a meal and sharing it with your loved ones is all a gift. It is our responsibility to choose healthy foods! The alchemical process of watching food transform and heal our bodies is miraculous! Join me in transforming your temple with a vegan meal today!

With love,

Christa

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Homemade Vegetable Broth

Unsure what to do with all of those vegetables in the fridge? Make some veggie broth. I had some broccoli that was begging me to use it and this broth offered just the trick. This Homemade Vegetable Broth is out of this world and whimsically easy!

If you’ve ever seen the movie Julie & Julia there is a scene where Julia is cutting up onions in a fury after being embarrassed in cooking class. Julia is standing over a mound of chopped onions crying, when her husband walks in he instantly stops, grabs his eyes and goes to leave.

She asks “Hungry?”

he replies “No”

she says “good”

and continues chopping away. The next day she is proud to show off her fast chopping skills! Here is a link if you wish to watch the onion mastery.

I was cutting the onions for this broth, crying up a storm while I look over to see Jerry wiping his eyes and waving as he heads for the door haha! It was so funny and reminded us of this movie scene. Moments like this make the soup taste better I swear.

This recipe was inspired by  Vegan Yum Yum where I found a recipe that was easy and well worth it. The write up is creative, the pictures are beautiful and it inspired me enough to get off a dime and make my own vegetable broth. I hope I can do the same for you!

This recipe is:

  • incredibly simple
  • economical
  • organic
  • gluten-free
  • vegan
  • fat-free
  • oil-free
  • made with 100% whole-food ingredients
  • low-calorie

and available right here right now.

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Homemade 1Vegetable Broth

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 onions, chopped
  • 1 lb carrots, chopped
  • 1 lb celery, chopped
  • 3 whole cloves garlic
  • 3 Bay leafs
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 gallon filtered water
  • OPT: Red Pepper Flakes
  • OPT: Chopped Broccoli or other veggies you’d like to add!

Directions:

  1. Add a bit of water to a very large pot and saute the onions.
  2. While the onions are cooking chop the carrots and add them to the pot. Repeat with the celery and any additional vegetables you’d like.
  3. Add the water, bay leafs, salt, pepper stir and cover for an  hour.
  4. Flavor with tamari or soy sauce, cover for 20 more minutes.
  5. Strain the vegetables into a large pot or pitcher. Pour into a jar, container or ice cube trays for later use.

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Enjoy in a number of dishes. To your good health!

~ Christa ~

Choco Chai Heaven`

Chocolate Chai Cake

I recently celebrated my birthday with the love of my life, Gerald, who treated me like a princess. When we ended the day I had a hankering for something chocolate and sweet. What a perfect day to make a chocolate cake! I started out with a chocolate cacao cake but felt like it was missing something. With the stars aligned in my favor this day….I recalled a delicious dirty chai I had the other day and thought…that is it! The missing ingredient….chai. We ❤ Chai Lattes and my sister just so happened to send us a homemade mix that was to diiiieee forrr…okay well at least wrestle for! I told her she could patent it.  It took the cake to a whole new level. I didn’t stop there either, I decided to make a chai frosted glazed that was sensational! This cake is 100% vegan, gluten-free, moist, and sure to please! I’ll be making this again and again. Join me in a delicious recipe and enjoy a slice or slab of it.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashew milk (or favorite non-dairy milk)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4-1/2 cup brown rice syrup (agave, or favorite sweetener)
  • 1/2 cup macadamia oil (see below…or can use favorite)
  • 1 1/2-2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour mix
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 tbsp dry chai latte mix

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup dry chai latte mix
  • 1 tbsp cashew milk
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

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The cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a cake pan or 8″ spring-form pan. May also place a piece of parchment paper down to prevent sticking.
  2. Whisk the milk and vinegar together and set aside to curdle. Then add the balance of the wet ingredients and mix well.
  3. In another bowl mix together the dry ingredients. Add to the wet in two to three batches and beat until very smooth and few small lumps remain if any.
  4. Pour batter into the pan and bake for 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool completely and then release from pan.

The glaze:

  1. Sift the chai latte mix into a large bowl, add the milk, vanilla and oil and mix until smooth.
  2. Pour over cooled cake if you can wait…. I couldn’t wait hah! :)

Also right in time for my birthday was a generous gift from Hawaii! The Oils of Aloha was by far my favorite! Rich, smooth and sensational. I actually used it in this recipe. It may be why it was so incredibly moist. I’m having the hardest time not making another batch, yum! The Da Kine spice is also quite clever and has added a tasty new spice to our meals! Who made this possbile? The wonderful Aloha spirit of Mulvadi, aloha and Mahalo!!!!

Mahalo!

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Mahalo

Thank you ALL for your continued support!!! May you shine brightly with unconditional love!

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Christa                              &                                                   Jerry

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Veggie Burger Deluxe!

I was having WAY too much fun making these delicious veggie burgers for my husband and I. Fresh veggies on top make it a sensation! It’s a rare occasion that I opt for buns and I’m not sure why because MAN it makes one heck of a tasty difference. This patty is quick, simple and a true craving buster. I have you covered for Meatless Monday or any day you want a burger! Prep the potatoes, place them in the oven, prep the patty, while it’s cooking prep the veggies and buns. Mix the fries, place the buns in the oven and toast until lightly brown or the vegan cheese is melted. Place the veggie patty on the bun, top with your favorite fresh vegetables and sauce and say thanks to the food gods for the delicious meal that is about to take place! Dig in!!!!

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French Fries:

  • 4-5 dutch potatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Veggie Burger Deluxe:

  • 1 package organic tempeh
  • ½ red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Cilantro
  • Red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp tamari sauce (or soy)
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 1 “egg” made of flax meal and warm water
  • TJ’s African Spice or Red Pepper Flakes, black pepper
  • Pinch of Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp Fennel seed
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1-2 tbsp vegetable broth
  • Sprinkle of vegan cheese
  • Light spread of Earth balance
  • Fresh veggies to top

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Put a sheet of parchment paper on a pan. Place potatoes on the pan and season with salt and pepper. (No oil required!) Cook until crisp about 30 minutes or so.
  3. Meanwhile, place tempeh and balance of ingredients, less the last 3, in a food processor and pulse until well combined.
  4. Preheat vegetable broth in a pan and place burgers into the pan, cook until heated throughout and slightly brown on each side.
  5. While they are cooking, prep the toppings and buns. I used vegan cheese and earth balance butter for a divine experience.
  6. Toss the fries, place the buns in the oven. Toast until golden brown and cheese is melted. Place veggie burger on the bun and top with fresh toppings! Enjoy!!

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May your week be tOo BlEsSeD tO sTrEsS!

Christa

P.S….Find more delicious recipes in my book!

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P.P.S. Gerald just did an INCREDIBLE interview with Dr. Sasha Lesson and Janet Lesson, we cannot wait to share it with all of you!! Stay tuned… :)

 

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Lemon Glazed Ginger Tempeh with Brown Rice and Fresh Basil

My mouth is still watering from the smell and taste of the Lemon Glazed Ginger Tempeh I made the other night. It is crispy, flavorful and creates a delicious meal that is sure to wow you and your loved ones. My husband and I ate every last bite. With a special ingredient to enhance the flavor this recipe is a for sure keeper! Plus it is easy to make and very healthy for you!

The special ingredient? Shallots! Shallots are a good source of iron, fiber and potassium. Iron helps promote healthy red blood cells, aids in metabolism, brain function and assists in keeping tissues strong by helping to product collagen. Fiber helps promote healthy digestion, slows the release of sugar in your bloodstream, softens your stool, lowers your blood cholesterol and a fiber rich diet can aid in protecting against heart disease. Potassium supports your metabolism, regulates fluid levels in your body, aids in nerve and muscle cell function and is known to lower blood pressure.

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Join me in making your very own dish. What will you need?

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated or chopped ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves – minced
  • 1 shallot – chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp gluten free soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Goddess dressing (Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 tbsp agave maple syrup (or agave, or maple)
  • 1/2 tsp of ground coriander
  • 1 package organic tempeh
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Salt & pepper to taste (Opt: add dash of chili powder and red pepper flakes for a kick!)

Directions:

  1. Get the rice started and prep the veggies.
  2. Place the ginger, garlic and shallot in a food processor and pulverized them. In that same container add the freshly squeezed lemon juice, soy sauce, goddess dressing, maple syrup, ground coriander and a dash of salt, pepper, chili powder and red pepper flakes. Mix together and set aside.
  3. Preheat a pan and fry the tempeh on each side. Opt to use olive oil, water or veggie broth whatever your heart desires.
  4. Once the tempeh is golden brown on each side pour the lemon ginger mixture over the tempeh and saute for about 10-15 minutes constantly covering the tempeh in the sauce so it’s completely covered.
  5. Take the hot rice, pack it into a measuring cup and turn it over onto a plate. This will give the round circular appearance. Add the tempeh on either side with some fresh basil leaves. Wallah! Dinner for two!

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Two Servings at 696 calories each, but well worth every bite!! Add another 1/2 of rice if you’re really hungry!

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For a variation try orange or grapefruit juice with fresh cilantro! Yum!

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I hope you enjoy from our kitchen to yours!

With love,

Christa

Warm up with Soup

Broccoli Cream Soup

With all the cold weather across the states soup seemed like a fitting recipe to make. Soup warms you up from the inside out taking that bone chilling cold away. We recently visited Michigan and it was a winter wonder. Flying over the states we couldn’t believe how many of them were frozen solid!

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I’ve never felt so thankful to live in San Diego! It makes me appreciate how good we really have it. Right now I am writing this in a coffee shop near the beach, with the warm sun shining down on me sipping an almond chai latte, oh my gosh life is so good! I saw a few homeless people on the way and it just stops me in my tracks and makes me give gratitude for all the blessings big and small in my life.

We attended our VERY first private conference for Gerald’s new book! It was a smashing success and everyone LOVED it! I can say this because I am his wife…but he looked so handsome, so poised, and he was incredible! He was completely “on” the entire time. What a mind he has. People were commenting on how brilliant he is! His ability to recall information on the spot is truly incredible. The energy was fantastic, the people were amazing and we can not WAIT to do more!!!! We’ll share the video as soon as we can! In the mean time here are some pictures:

On our way

Gerald being a gentleman!

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Me excited for the event!!

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The event was held in Port Austin, Michigan in their new community center. It was a winter wonderland covered in snow and frozen solid!

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Scott Steigerwald from Bird Creek Farms hosted their very fist educational event featuring Gerald Clark!

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Dr. Stefan Brink from The Health Oasis in Royal Oak, MI attended the event and spoke about his healing modalities offered.

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The main event was Gerald Clark discussing consciousness, unconditional love and his book “The Anunnaki of Nibiru: Mankind’s Forgotten Creators, Enslavers, Destroyers, Saviors and Hidden Architects of the New World Order.”

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Afterwards our hosts Scott and Beth treated us all to a fabulous dinner at their local spot “The Farm”.

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Chef Pam wowed us with a special vegan meal!

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We all had a great time and can’t wait for more events!!!

Okay back to the soup…..!

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Broccoli Cream Soup

I have a hearty full flavor Broccoli Cream Soup. Not only is it crave worthy and delicious but it’s also incredibly good for you! Did you know that broccoli is high in one of my favorite vitamins? Vitamin D! It is also loaded with Vitamin K, A and B-Complex. If you are on a detox diet or looking for a strong detoxifier, broccoli is it! Plus it works as an anti-inflammatory, is a strong antioxidant, can help to prevent cancer, support happy healthy digestion and so much more! Broccoli is a good vegetable to keep handy as it helps with skin damage from the sun! So whip up some soup and grab the ladle and SHINE on!!!

Broccoli Cream Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet onion – chopped
  • 1 celery stalk – chopped
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 head of broccoli – chopped finely
  • 3 tbsp of gluten free flour
  • 3 cups of nut based milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste (Opt: red pepper flakes)

Directions:

  1. Simmer the onion and celery in vegetable stalk until the onion is translucent.
  2. Add 3 cups of broth and the chopped broccoli. Simmer and stir occasionally for 15-20 minutes until the broccoli is soft.
  3. Sift in the flour and add the milk. Stir until well combined. Add the spices. Serve hot! Opt to serve in a bread bowl for a supreme treat!

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To your good health!! :)

LOVE or as our new friend would say…

Love, Love, Love,

Christa

Winter Wonderland!

Tomato SOup

Homemade Tomato Soup

Tomato soup is one my husbands absolute favorites. I often ask what he wants and he’ll grin and say “tomato soup.” I used to buy a can of tomato soup until I realized we were practically eating a can of GMO soup. Not so yummy. Then I started buying an organic tomato soup in a carton but realized there was milk in it. :( I found some without the milk and loved it but didn’t love the price at the rate we were eating it.

It soon came to my attention that I had never tried to make tomato soup! So I gave it a try and not only is it quick and simple but it is lip smacking delicious. After eating a bowl I immediately feel better. I don’t know what it is but it just makes my body feel alive! My body warms up instantly and my blood flow feels better. Now I ensure I have all the ingredients I need on hand so I can most always make a batch of tomato soup!

What do you need? 1 sweet onion, 2-5 cloves garlic (depending on your liking), 1 carrot, 1 stalk of celery, 1 can of diced organic tomatoes or a couple cups of chopped tomatoes will do as well. Add 1 cup of vegetable broth or water if you are out. Add salt and pepper and red pepper flakes to taste! My oh my what a taste sensation this is! Add parsley or basil for added flavor and health benefits. I’ve also made it without the celery and carrot and it was still sensational. Ideally I’d have organic heirloom tomatoes fresh picked from the garden but until then this will do just fine!

Tomato Soup for two

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized sweet onion – chopped
  • 2-5 garlic cloves – chopped
  • 1 carrot – chopped finely
  • 1 stalk of celery – chopped finely
  • 1 can of diced organic tomatoes + juice
  • 1 cup of vegetable stock (water if you’re out)
  • OPT: 1/2 cup of nut milk for added creaminess
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Saute the onion and garlic in vegetable stock over medium high heat until translucent.
  2. Add the chopped carrot and celery and saute until soft.
  3. Add the tomatoes, vegetable stock and nut milk. Simmer on medium-low to low heat for 15-20 minutes. The longer it simmers the more flavorful it will be.
  4. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes for an added kick and enjoy! Opt to add parsley or basil for garnish.

Chunky style:

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Or BLEND and have it SMOOTH!

OPT: Feel free to saute the onion in olive oil and add a little vegan butter when you add the milk. It’s quite tasty although I typically make it without oil and butter for a healthier low-fat option.

I hope this finds you warm and in good health! It’s almost Valentine’s day! Let your LOVE SHINE!!!

Keep Smiling Keep Shining

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Guess what? Artistic Vegan has experienced more traffic this year than it did in all of 2013!! Whoo-hoo!! Thank you ALL for your support!!!

Christa

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Ensalada!

The other day for lunch I whipped up a quick salad for Jerry and I, it was so good I made it again but added even more to it to amp it up a notch! Me encanta todo de ensaladas! I love the ingredients, preparing the salad, eating it and best of all how it makes me feel! RAW HEALTH stemming from natures finest. The varieties are endless. This salad is flavorful and left me feeling FRESH! I like to take notice of how different meals make me feel. Typically the easier it is to digest the better it makes me feel. I can’t get enough shakes, salads and soups and why? Because they make me feel SO good! When I make bread, muffins, cakes, crackers, waffles and pancakes I feel weighed down and my energy decreases. When I eat something that is easier on my digestion system I feel rejuvenated, alive, refreshed and re-charged!

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Do you ever take note of how certain foods make you feel? What makes you feel great? Tuning in and listening to how our bodies make us feel is key! With that…lets eat!!!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh sprouts
  • 2 leaves chard – shredded
  • 1/2 cucumber – peeled and sliced
  • 1 stalk celery – chopped
  • 2 pieces broccoli – torn
  • 2 slices sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup mixed nuts
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp sundried tomatoes
  • 2 tsp chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Prepare ingredients and place in a bowl
  2. Add your favorite dressing and dig in!

In these times we have to keep moving on – grooving on – finding the positive – emanating the frequency of love – we have to stick together and unite! Stay thankful, grateful and mindful of our thoughts as they create our reality….so let us unite and shine on!!!!

With love,

Christa