Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Italian, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Slow Cooker

The “Feel Good” Italian Sausage Soup


Can we talk about these color? Ermahgawd, this soup was almost too pretty to eat. Having a cold, this warm and hearty veggies made Slow Cooker Italian Sausage Soup hit the spot. The only downside to these beautiful, rainbow veggies is that the purple carrots and potatoes give the broth a purple, rosy hue, but I’m not complaining. For not knowing what I was going to cook this past Sunday, this came together quite nicely. The soup is basically veggies, Italian chicken sausage, some Italian spices and homemade veggie stock. Let it cook and simmer in a slow cooker until the potatoes and carrots are tender.  (In the market for a new slow cooker? Check out Reviews.com for The Best Slow Cooker.)

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Italian, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

Easy Peasy Hearty Minestrone Stew

Quinoa Minestrone Stew

This stew is brilliant. My cousin, Betsy, always shares healthy and hearty recipes with my mom. We made this stew last winter after Betsy’s suggestions. After all the holiday indulgences (and over-eating), we decided to resurrect this veggie, vegan, gluten-free stew. Although technically a soup, it’s loaded with beans, carrots, celery, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, kale . . . the list goes on and is so hearty I’d like to swap the name from soup to stew. While my mom did all the cooking, it’s delicious to share, especially right before the New Year. Hope you enjoy this fresh, packed fully of veggies, you-won’t-go-hungry Quinoa Minestrone Stew.

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Appetizer, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Side, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Simplified Veggie Rolls


After trying Giada’s version of fresh spring rolls with the spicy chili Greek yogurt sauce this summer, here’s a much, much easier version: Veggie Spring Rolls with Sriracha Soy Sauce. Simple ingredients assembled in a fresh way. No complicated sauce or cooking soba noodles — just vegetables you have on hand paired with sriracha and soy sauce. When I want a veggie fix without a salad, these fresh spring rolls become option number two. Perfect for your next holiday party, get-together or perhaps even football showing (you need to balance out or substitute the chips and wings somehow, right?). The Veggie Spring Rolls somehow manage to be both extravagant and simple, but most importantly, always colorfully delicious.

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Entrée, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

Positively Pumpkin “Pasta”


Mmmm, more pumpkin recipes. Sounds like fall to me. In honor of Meatless Monday, here’s a pumpkin recipe to satisfy your pumpkin cravings in a not-so-sweet, but savory way and tackles a meatless meal. This Creamy Pumpkin Sauce is originally served over ravioli, but I love spaghetti squash just as much (maybe even more, which is saying a lot!). This sauce would also deliciously pair with pasta, tortellini or just over sautéed vegetables for a meal or side. Next on the agenda: to try this with plain almond milk instead of half & half. Either way, this pumpkin sauce tastes savory and creamy — without being too rich — and is a refreshingly different fall dish.

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