Carrot Ginger Coconut Soup

After a eating adventure or just generally a period of eating rich food, I like to counteract it by making pureed vegetable soup.  I love them.  I love them for the flavor, simplicity of just vegetables and the health benefits.  I feel awesome after eating these soups.  This one had been on my list and after eating a lot of fried chicken (worth every bite), I was ready for some vegetables!

Joy the Baker had one that had been on my list, so I jumped right in.  It came together fairly easily, however, I don’t know why I hand chopped everything instead of using the food processor.   Fool.  Maybe I wanted to feel the knife in my hand.

The coconut milk adds a creaminess and the proportions are spot on.  Even though spring is sneaking in, I think I will throw this soup together again before summer’s arrival!

This soup reminded me of another soup that I love: Creamy Carrot and Chickpea Soup.  This is probably heartier, because of the chickpeas, but it is a great vegan option.



Quinoa With Chick Peas and Tomatoes

I thought I would continue sharing my “regular food” with you (hope you didn’t miss my Egg Muffins yesterday!).  By regular food, I mean food that we eat a lot of, not desserts and decedent delights.  While I love to eat rich food, I tend to be busy during the week and we eat much of the same sort of thing over and over.  I love to make a grainy, filling salad to eat for lunch during the week.  Paired with sliced apples, carrot sticks and some mixed nuts, I am good to go.  Sometimes I serve it on a bed of spinach or baby lettuce!

I threw this together in a short amount of time, looking for something filling and easy to throw together with ingredients on hand.

Quinoa With Chick Peas and Tomatoes
1 cup dry quinoa, cooked and fluffed with a fork
1 can chickpeas
1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons EVOO
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Start the quinoa to cook.  While cooking, rinse the chickpeas until the water runs clear, slice the tomatoes and whisk the minced garlic, EVOO and vinegar with salt and pepper.  Add the tomatoes and chickpeas and toss with the dressing.
2. After the quinoa has been cooked and cooled a bit, add it to the rest of the ingredients and toss.  Wait for the entire mixture to cool and put in the fridge.  Enjoy!