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Recipe: Vegan Mushroom Soup

Recipe: Vegan Mushroom Soup


4 tbsp olive oil
1 (1 1/2 cups) yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
¾ cup celery, chopped
¾ cup carrots, chopped
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 cups vegetable broth
½ cup dry white wine
2 tbsp soy sauce or gluten free tamari
1 ½ lbs fresh mushrooms, sliced. Mix of Cremini and white button mushrooms.
½ lb Shitake mushrooms, sliced
1 (13.5 ounce can) full fat coconut milk
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp sweet paprika
ground black pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and cook 3 minutes. Add the garlic, cook another 2 minutes. Mix in the celery and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring so the veggies don’t stick to the pot.

Stir in the broth, wine, lemon juice, soy sauce. Add the mushrooms. Bring to a boil then a simmer. Mix in the coconut milk. Continue to simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste with black pepper.

Serve hot topped with some fresh chopped parsley.

~ Marla Meridith

Cran Raspberry Mimosas

Celebrate the New Year or enjoy for brunch these Cranberry Raspberry Mimosas are absolutely delicious! A festive cocktail recipe that will add JOY to any occasion.

6 cocktails

1 cup sweetened cranberry raspberry juice
1 bottle dry Champagne or sparkling wine (Prosecco or cava)
fresh raspberries
fresh mint

Pour 1/4 cup (2 ounces) crane raspberry juice into each Champagne flute. Top with Champagne, a few raspberries and fresh mint.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Sparkling Pear Champagne Cocktail

This sparkling cocktail is the perfect way to ring in the New Year or any special occasion.

2 cocktails

2 oz pear juice (no added sugar)
2 oz Poire Williams (pear brandy)
8 oz chilled dry Champagne or sparkling wine (Prosecco or Cava)
thinly sliced fresh pear, for garnish (optional)

Pour the pear juice and Poire Williams into two Champagne flutes. Top with Champagne. Garnish with fresh pear slices.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Apple Cider Mojitos

The flavors of fall and winter combine in this quenching and delicious Apple Cider Mojitos cocktail. A great recipe for entertaining and holiday parties.

2 cocktails

–cinnamon brown sugar simple syrup
1 cup light brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup water
–Apple Cider Mojito
1/2 lemon
3 sprigs fresh mint
1/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup cinnamon brown sugar simple syrup
1/4 cup gold rum
splash of club soda
–for garnish
fresh mint, apple slices, pomegranate and cinnamon

–Cinnamon Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
In a small saucepan over medium heat bring the water and sugar to a boil. Stir so the sugar dissolves. Add the cinnamon sticks. Remove the pot from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature, the flavors from the cinnamon sticks will infuse the simple syrup. Once cooled discard the cinnamon sticks. Pour into a mason jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. This simple syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.
–Apple Cider Mojito
Add the lemon and mint to a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, press out the juices from the lime and mint.
Add the apple cider, simple syrup, rum and a handful of ice to the shaker.
Cover and shake until the cocktail is well combined.
Fill a rocks glass halfway with crushed ice. Pour the cocktail into the glass and top with club soda and the garnishes.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Chickpea Stuffed Acorn Squash

This Vegan Chickpea Stuffed Acorn Squash is a deliciously healthy main for plant based diets. Filled with veggies, grain free, gluten and dairy free.

2-4 servings

2 medium acorn squash
4 tbsp olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup carrots, finely chopped
1/2 cup crimini mushrooms, chopped
1 1/2 tbsp Tamari or soy sauce
1/2 tsp freshly chopped rosemary
1 can (15.5 ounce) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 tsp sweet (or spicy) paprika
1/4 tsp turmeric
freshly chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 400˚F with the rack in the middle.
Wash squash. Pierce the squash several times with a sharp knife. Microwave on high for 5 minutes or until soft enough to slice. Let cool a few minutes, slice in half and scrape out the seeds with a fork. Discard the seeds. Gently slice the bottoms so the squash lay flat in a baking dish.
Make 10 slits inside each half. Rub 1 tablespoon of olive oil into each half, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place squash on a baking pan, pour 1/2 cup of water onto the bottom of the pan, and bake for 35 minutes at or until soft.
While the squash are cooking: In a 10 inch cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions. Sauté until softened and fragrant a 4-5 minutes.
Add the garlic, carrots, celery, mushrooms and soy sauce, and sauté for 3-4 minutes
Add the rosemary, chickpeas, cumin, paprika and garlic powder. Sauté for another 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Once squash is finished cooking, remove from oven, place on a serving plate. Fill each half with the stuffing, serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Coconut Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Looking for an easy & delicious recipe that captures all those delicious, cozy fall flavors? Look no further than this Coconut Pumpkin Rice Pudding. It’s naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and is also vegan & gluten free.

4 servings

1 (13 1/2) ounce can unsweetened full fat coconut milk
2 cups water
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup Arborio rice, briefly rinsed and drained
brown sugar
sweetened coconut flake
ground cinnamon

Heat the oven to 350˚ F with the rack in the middle.
Bring the coconut milk and water to a boil in a 10″ cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Mix to combine.
Whisk in the maple syrup, pumpkin puree, salt, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.
Pour in the rice and mix well to combine.
Place the skillet in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes or until the rice is tender and the pudding is creamy. Stir once in the middle of cooking time.
Remove the skillet from the oven. Stir the pudding and let it sit for 15 minutes before serving.
Sprinkle individual bowls with brown sugar, coconut and cinnamon.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Rhubarb Applesauce

Instead of a heavy dessert try this Healthy and delicious Vegan Maple Rhubarb Applesauce recipe. Great for breakfast, brunch, back to school and snacks.

6 cups

5 Gala, Honey Crisp or Pink Lady apples
4 cups chopped rhubarb
1/2 cup pure maple syrup or more to taste
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup water

Place all the ingredients in a large Dutch oven or soup pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer for 35-40 minutes. Partially cover with a lid during the simmer.
Remove from the heat and let cool a bit. Place 1/2 the mixture into a blender and puree on a sauce setting. Repeat with the other half. Serve warm or cold.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Maple Vanilla Roasted Strawberries

Add these Maple Vanilla Roasted Strawberries to your pancakes, waffles or yogurt parfaits. Or enjoy over cakes, whipped cream or ice cream! This recipe is so simple and delicious!

2-4 servings

1 pound fresh strawberries, rinsed and pat dry
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch of fine sea salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F with the rack in the middle.
Trim ends off strawberries and discard. Cut strawberries in half, quarters if they are huge.
Place on a baking sheet and toss with maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Arrange berries in a single layer.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and scrape from the pan with a spoon. Enjoy hot, room temperature or cold.

Adjust maple syrup to taste, to go sweeter simple add more!

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Creamed Corn Popsicles

If you already love creamed corn then you must try these Creamed Corn Popsicles! Great for summer entertaining and perfect for outdoor BBQ’s.

4 popsicles

5 ounces cooked corn kernels (unsweetened canned OK too)
12 ounces unsweetened coconut milk from the can
pinch of sea salt
1 dropper full vanilla stevia drops or sweeten to taste with honey, agave or simple syrup

Steam your corn. Let the corn cool a bit. Purée all ingredients in a blender until virtually smooth.
Divide mixture evenly into pop molds. Freeze for about 3 hours or until frozen through.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Spring Bouquet Popsicles

How beautiful are these Spring Bouquet Popsicles?! They are simple to prepare and great for all kinds of baby, bridal and summer celebrations.

6 pops

16 ounces cold water
1 ounce orange blossom water
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
honey, stevia, agave or simple syrup to taste
a handful of organic edible flowers, rinsed and remove petals

Have pop molds handy and make sure you have room in your freezer.
Combine water, orange blossom water and lemon juice. Sweeten to taste.
Pour mixture into molds. Freeze without sticks and petals for about 1 hour.
Remove from freezer and add flower petals. You can push them into the molds with the help of a long, skinny spoon or pop stick. Make sure the flowers are scattered throughout the pops.
Add sticks and freeze for 2-3 hours more until solid.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Chocolate Covered Watermelon Popsicles

These Chocolate Covered Watermelon Popsicles and great for summer parties! Healthier pops that are cooling and delicious!

12 pops

1/2 ripe, juicy watermelon
1 bag chocolate chips: white, milk or dark
2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil (to keep chocolate smooth)
popsicle sticks

Cut watermelon into triangle slices about 1/2-3/4 inch thick. Carefully pierce with popsicle sticks. Freeze until firm, a few hours to overnight.
Melt chocolate & coconut oil in the microwave for 2 minutes. Stir well. You can also melt it on the stove top in a double boiler.
Line a sheet pan with wax paper. Dip frozen watermelon pops in chocolate, let extra drip off. Then dip in sprinkles. Serve immediately or place back in the freezer until ready to serve. You can store these in an airtight container, in the freezer for a few weeks.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Vegan Raspberry Steel Cut Oatmeal

We love this quick, easy and very healthy Vegan Raspberry Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe. Great for those busy weekday mornings and you can make it the night before!

4 servings

–raspberry sauce
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
splash of water
1 tbsp pure maple syrup or more to taste
–the oats
1 cup steel cut oats
1 (14 ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk
2 cups water
1/4 tsp salt

Make the raspberry sauce. In a small sauce pan, bring the raspberries, water and maple syrup to a boil, then simmer a few minutes until a sauce starts to form. Mash the berries against the sides of the pan so they release their juices. Simmer a few more minutes then remove the pan from the heat.
Bring the oats to a boil with the coconut milk, water and salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the oats are cooked to your liking. Stir frequently to prevent sticking. Mix in 1/2 of the raspberry mixture.
To serve top the oatmeal with the other half of the raspberry sauce.

~ Marla Meridith