Vegan “Cheesy” Cauliflower Soup

Now that cauliflower prices are back below $11 a head, we can feed our kiddies this family favourite , scrumptious “Cheesy” Cauliflower Soup. Even our recently picky 9 year old gobbles it up! I like to cook it in my crockpot, so that it is ready to serve when I finish up work. YUM!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower (chopped- including stem)
  • 4 carrots (chopped)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 2 onions (diced)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (or more if you like extra cheesy flavour)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • water, to thin if desired (about 1/2 cup)

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Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 425F. Melt coconut oil and shake it with chopped cauliflower and carrots to coat.
  2. In a large roasting pan, roast carrots and cauliflower for 40 minutes or until vegetables start to brown.
  3. Meanwhile….On low/medium heat sauté onions in coconut oil on a large skillet until caramelized (golden brown-approx. 8 minutes)
  4. Add celery and garlic. Sauté for another 5 minutes.
  5. Add all vegetables to blender with vegetable broth (split into 2-3 batches to prevent splatter.
  6. Pour mixture into crockpot and add cumin, nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper.
  7. Heat on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8.
  8. Add up to 1/2 a cup of water to this the soup, if needed. (I personally prefer mine thick)
  9. Serve hot and enjoy.

TIP: Substitute 2 small heads of broccoli for the cauliflower to make a yummy “cheesy” broccoli soup instead! A great way to get the kiddos to eat their greens. 

 

Mindfullness Jar

This is a beautiful gift to give your children, friends, and family, or even for your own stocking this Christmas.

When you are feeling frustrated, angry, sad, and stressed you can shake the jar. At first the sparkles scatter and move rapidly throughout its core, representing the thoughts in your mind when we enter a place of stress. But as you set it down, taking full deep breaths, its sparkles soon begin to float delicately and slowly, and as they begin to settle, so does your heart and your mind. You are able to go to a place of calm, hitting the reset button, so you can continue to nurture yourself throughout the day.

This recipe was adapted from the book “Moody Cow Likes To Meditate” by Kerry Lee McLean. One of my favourite books for teaching children (and grown ups) how they can change their response to the the world around them with meditation.

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Ingredients:

  • 500ml Mason Jar
  • Craft paper (any design that you love)
  • gorilla glue (so your jar doesn’t open up)
  • water
  • craft sparkles
  • vegetable glycerin (found at most health food stores and pharmacies,usually in the first aid section)
  • dish soap

Directions:

  1. Fill Jar 3/4 full of warm tap water
  2. Fill the rest of the jar with glycerin and 4 drops of dish soap, leaving a bit of room.
  3. Shake jar allowing the glycerin to dissolve.
  4. Add sparkles and shake until all clumps have dispersed.
  5. Trace smaller lid insert on paper. Cut out paper and place decorated side up onto your lid.
  6. Apply a bit of “gorilla glue” around the lid ring and twist it on.
  7. Allow time for glue to set.
  8. Enjoy the beauty and relaxation benefits of your new mind jar!

Ginger Spiced Dehydrated Apples

The incredible bounty of apples this time of year has me knees deep in coring, peeling, and finding all the creative ways to eat them all up. Apples are incredibly versatile, I use them in soups, sauces, salads, desserts, ciders, etc. The possibilities are truly endless! However, you don’t have to make it complicated. This easy recipe makes a delicious snack perfect for packing in the kiddo’s lunch kits, taking on a gorgeous fall hike, or if you’re like me…popping them in your mouth, anytime you set eyes on them!

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Tools:
Apple Corer
Dehydrator
*If you don’t own a dehydrator, you can use your oven, parchment paper, and a cookie sheet.

Ingredients:

15-20 apples (thats how many fit in a batch in my dehydrator)
1 heaping tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. all spice
1/2 tbsp. Grated fresh ginger
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (“braggs” is my favourite)

Directions:

  1. Wash, remove core, and thinly slice apples.
  2. In a large bowl put apple slices, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, all spice, and ginger.
  3. Shake until apples are coated as evenly as possible.
  4. Lay apple slices in a single layer in food dehydrator. Set on135F for 7 hours. (8 hours if you like them extra crunchy)Alternately, if you do not have a food dehydrator, you can bake them in the oven on 2 parchment paper lined ,large, cookie sheets. Bake at 200F for 2hours and 45 minutes or an extra hour if you like them extra crunchy.
  5. Store in a glass container in cupboard for up to 1 week or in refrigerator for up to 1 month. Or enjoy immediately.*TIP: I like to add them as salad toppers or as a side on a charcuterie board!