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Easy Plant Based Dairy Free Roasted Vegetable Soup

Easy Plant Based, Dairy Free Roasted Vegetable Soup

This is the easiest plant based, dairy free, roasted vegetable soup you will ever make! It’s a quick weeknight meal and a great way to use up all of the vegetables in your fridge. Honestly the more colorful the better! (It may not look the prettiest when it’s all said and done but soooo many good vitamins and nutrients for you!) And even better, there’s like no measuring involved. Serve with some warm, crusty bread.

 

Easy Plant Based Dairy Free Roasted Vegetable Soup

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 cups of roughly chopped veggies (any kind, whatever is in your fridge).
  • chopped garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • milk of your choice (I used coconut)
  • nutritional yeast
  • sage/thyme (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place your chopped veggies on a large baking sheet.
  3. Add some chopped garlic, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle some salt and pepper then toss until evenly coated.
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes until the veggies look nicely roasted.
  5. Remove from the oven and pour into a large sauce pot.
  6. Pour in your milk of choice, covering the top of the veggies.
  7. Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. If you like your soup less chunky add more milk.
  8. Sprinkle in some nutritional yeast for that cheesey flavor, more salt and pepper to taste. If you want to give it more of those cozy thanksgiving flavors, sprinkle in some sage and thyme too!
  9. Serve with warm crusty bread or top with pasta (the boy’s favorite).

Easy Plant Based Dairy Free Roasted Vegetable soup

Easiest plant based, dairy free roasted vegetable soup

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Easy Plant Based, Dairy Free Roasted Vegetable Soup

Easy Plant Based Dairy Free Roasted Vegetable Soup

This is the easiest plant based dairy free raosted vegetable soup you will ever make! Throw in whatever vegetables you have in the fridge, roast to lock in more flavor and serve in a big bowl with crusty bread.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Soup

Ingredients
  

  • 5 cups chopped vegetables
  • chopped garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • milk of choice (I used coconut)
  • nutritional yeast
  • sage/thyme optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place your chopped veggies on a large baking sheet.
  • Add some chopped garlic, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and lightly toss until evenly coated.
  • Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until the veggies are nicely roasted.
  • Remove from the oven and pour into a large sauce pot.
  • Pour in your milk of choice, covering the top of the veggies.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. If your like your soup less chunky, add more milk as desired.
  • Sprinkle in some nutritional yeast for that cheesey flavor, more salt and pepper to taste. If you want to give it more of those warm flavors of Thanksgiving, add in some sage and thyme too!
  • Serve with crusty warm bread or top with pasta (the boy's fave).
Keyword dairy free, plant based, soup, vegan

For more plant based recipes check out:

Harvest Grain Bowl

Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup

Another one of my favorite soups, although not plant based

Tomato Spinach Tortellini Soup

 

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Harvest Grain Bowl

Harvest Grain Bowl

Grain bowls have become one of my favorite lunches since going plant based. (You can read more about why I have gone plant based here). There are so many combinations and different things you can add in but this Harvest Grain Bowl is my jam lately.

A good grain bowl usually consists of:

– Grains: quinoa, farro, rice, etc.

– Vegetables: The more color the better!

– Protein if you choose:  Legumes, (If I add a protein I will do some of bean to keep it plantbased), tofu, fish, chicken.

– Toppings: Nuts, dried cranberries, sesame seeds, cheese (I will do dairy free)

– Sauce: Tahini, Honey, Soy Sauce, Green Goddess Dressing, etc.

I will do all sorts of themes when I make my bowl, such as Greek, Tex Mex, Poke Bowl, etc. This Harvest Grain Bowl has been my go to lately this season. I’m showing you how to make your own Harvest Grain Bowl below.

Harvest Grain Bowl

Harvest Grain Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup roasted brussel sprouts
  • 1 cup roasted root vegetables (I did sweet potatoes and parsnips)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa cooked
  • Handful of dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp chopped nuts
  • Tahini and honey (to taste)

Directions:

1.) I usually will have my veggies roasted and the quinoa cooked ahead of time. On Sundays, I spend some time prepping food for the week and always have cooked quinoa and roasted veggies on hand so that I can make a quick bowl in a flash.

2.) In a bowl layer your grains, veggies and toppings.

3.) Drizzle with some tahini and honey to taste.

Stay tuned for every Meatless Monday where I will be sharing a new plant-based recipe!

Harvest Grain Bowl

Harvest Grain Bowl

A combination of quionoa, roasted root vegetables, nuts and dried cranberries come together for this plant based lunch or dinner.
Prep Time 1 hr
5 mins
Course Main Course, Salad
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup roasted brussel sprouts
  • 1 cup roasted root vegetables (I did sweet potatoes and parsnips)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa cooked
  • handful dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp chopped nuts
  • tahini and honey to taste

Instructions
 

  • I usually will have all of my veggies roasted and the quinoa cooked ahead of time. On Sundays, I spend some time food prepping for the week and I always have cooked quinoa and roasted veggies on hand so I can make a bowl in a flash.
  • In a bowl, layer your grains, veggies and toppings.
  • Drizzle with some tahini and honey to taste.
Keyword grain bowl,, plant based, vegan

For more plant based meals check out:

Easy, plant based, dairy free roasted vegetable soup

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Plant based meal ideas

plant based meal ideas

Over the past month, I’ve been really making an effort to eat a more plant-based diet. For me, it was a personal choice to adapt a more healthier lifestyle as it has been shown to reduce chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer as well as aid in weight loss. I’ve never been a big meat eater, but this girl loves her dairy (give me all the half and half in my coffee and cheese please!), and I would do a salad with chicken for lunch daily. And with a big meat eating husband, at first I really had no idea what to make for lunches or dinners. But after some experimenting, I’ve found some favorites!

Below I’m sharing some of my favorite plant-based meal ideas. Now I would just like to say, that no one is perfect and I am a big believer of “everything in moderation”. Do I follow this 100%? No, I’m more 80/20.  Even if you eat plant-based 1 or 2 days a week, you’re making an effort to be healthier and be more sustainable for the environment. (Read more about my tips on how to transition to plant-based here).

Plant-based meal ideas

Breakfast

Ok so I have never been a big breakfast person. Usually it’s just 1-2 cups of coffee for me. But I did have to swap out my beloved half and half. I really really love Califa Farms vanilla almond creamer, that’s been my jam!

If I do eat breakfast it’s usually

 

Lunch

  • Shaved kale and brussel sprout salad with cooked lentils.
  • Bean salad with lavash.
  • Smoothie bowl
  • Bento Box or Snack Plate – Stuffed grape leaves, veggies, hummus, fruit
  • Butternut squash soup – here’s my recipe!

 

Dinner

  • Quinoa stuffed peppers
  • Lentil Sheperd’s Pie (This is the recipe I used)
  • Taco bake with Lightlife meat substitute
  • Stuffed spaghetti squash with sauteed spinach, vegan cheese and Primal Kitchen’s vodka sauce
  • Chickpea pasta with butternut squash sauce (I used my butternut squash soup as a sauce)

 

Snacks

 

And that’s pretty much it! I’ll add to this list as I experiment more. If you have any favorite plant based or vegan recipes, comment below!

 

For more inspo check out some of my favorite plant-based/vegan food bloggers:

Rabbit and Wolves

Love and Lemons

The Healthy Avo

 

 

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Tips for transitioning your family to a more plant-based diet

This post is sponsored by Else Nutrition but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Eating a plant-based diet can be really good for you! Rick and I are really trying to be more healthy about our food choices  for our own personal goals and to set a good example for the kids. And while we haven’t gone fully plant-based (everything in moderation), we are trying to be more mindful.  Our behaviors are trickling down to our kids and it’s been great because not only is it healthier, but I don’t have to make 3 different meals at mealtimes. Below I’m sharing my tips on transitioning your kids to a more plant based diet.

What is a plant-based diet?

Plant-based eating means eating foods that mostly come from plants such as fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds and nuts.  Eating a whole food plant based diet gives your body nutrients from natural minimally processed foods. There are a few types of plant based diets, the most common being a Mediterranean diet (which also includes fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, a few times a week) and vegetarian, which there are many different versions of.

Benefits of plant-based eating

The benefits to going plant based are well documented.  Plant-based diets have been shown to reduce or reverse chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, metabolic diseases and depression.  There is also evidence to support that plant based eating helps with weight management and obesity. In addition, it is also more sustainable so better for the environment.

Tips for transitioning your family to a more plant-based diet

Tips for transitioning your family to a more plant-based diet

Now I am of the mindset “everything in moderation”.  So do we still eat chicken, eggs, meats, cheese, etc? Yes we do. However with that being said, we’re being more conscientious and making an effort to incorporate more plant based meals into our diet. Here are some of my tips to help your family transition to a more plant based diet.

  1. At least one night a week, have a vegetarian meal for dinner. In our house we try to do “Meatless Mondays”. Our favorites is Zoodles with tomato sauce or chickpea pasta.
  2. Fill the majority of your plate with veggies and healthy grains. This is my tip for my husband who is a big meat eater. It’s all about changing your perception. Instead of making meat the focal point of your meal, make it about the plants with a side serving of meat.
  3. Incorporate a nutritional drink for the kids – Recently, we tried Else Nutrition. It’s a complete clean-label nutritional drink for kids ages 12-36 months made with whole foods. Endorsed by leading pediatricians, it’s a great alternative for children with lactose intolerance, sensitivities or families looking for options free of dairy or soy. My kids love their “breakfast smoothie” – almond milk, Else nutrition, a banana and some fresh berries, but it’s also great by itself.  Scroll to the bottom for a special offer for my followers/subscribers.Tips for transitioning your family to a more plant-based diet
  4. Have fruit for dessert – If you’re like me and have a sweet tooth, you probably crave something sweet after dinner to cleanse your palette. Instead of my usual ice cream, I have a bowl of berries or I make “nice cream” – blend a frozen banana with a splash of almond milk and add in some nuts and a few chocolate chips.
  5. Start small and be kind to yourself – When making any change, it’s normal to want to go full out and give it all 110%. But start small. Instead of cutting out meat and dairy completely, try just doing 1 meal a week or 1 meal a day at first. For your little ones, you can also try incorporating Else Nutrition a few days a week. Recognize that you are making a conscious effort to be better to your body and give yourself a pat on the back.

 

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Tips for transitioning your family to a more plant-based diet