Fiesta Pepper Corn Soup

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Vibrant fresh peppers are folded inside a creamy and savory corn sauce with a hint of buttery garlic flavor in this colorful cream soup that is based off of the creamy corn alfredo soup that was posted earlier. It is smooth and savory with the perfect creamy consistency for incorporating colorful slices of sweet peppers for a pop of flavor and crunch. The crisp peppers along with the alfredo-like soup base creates an amazing combination that is a must try! For a touch of spice, feel free to add some spicy peppers to the mix as well as fresh salsa and cilantro. This vibrant assortment of flavors and textures makes for a zesty and creamy soup.

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This fiesta pepper corn soup is abundant with savory, sweet, and rich flavors from the fresh ingredients and provides plenty of vitamins and minerals that aid in nutrient absorption. It’s fast, easy, and tasty while also being a vibrant feast for the senses!

Fiesta Pepper Corn Soup
  1. 4 cups frozen or fresh white corn
  2. 1/2 cup of leftover hot cooking water
  3. 1/4 tsp. unrefined salt
  4. 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  5. 3 cloves minced garlic
  6. 1-2 tbsp. butter or oil of choice
  7. 1 tbsp. lime or lemon juice
  8. Additional toppings: 1 cup sliced sweet peppers, 1/4 cup shredded fresh cilantro, optional: 1/3 hot pepper,
  1. Steam or boil corn until cooked through. Add to blender or food processor along with salt and some cooking water and blend on high until smooth. Add in the rest of the ingredients except for the peppers and blend until mixed through. Add the sliced peppers and a squeeze of lime juice and enjoy!
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Dill & Chive Potatoes

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Roasted potatoes are definitely delicious–especially mini potatoes, which are so creamy and tender. This particular recipe for mini roasted potatoes is based on the traditional Swedish potato recipe that prepares fresh simple potatoes with a sprinkle of fresh herbs such as dill, minced garlic, salt & pepper, and a drizzle oil. This preserves the rich and savory flavor from the fresh potatoes alone. These dill & chive potatoes are roasted along with garlic, chives, and shallots until the potatoes have reached a creamy softness; it’s a simple recipe that requires a bit of prep before and then letting them absorb the spices and roast in the oven until tender. Simply wash and slice the potatoes how you would like and then coat them with seasonings. These are tasty little tubers, especially when dipped in this garlic butter or whipped guacamole.

In addition to being super buttery and delicious, potatoes are high in fiber, protein, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins C and B-6. They’re also a great way to get in trace minerals like zinc, phosphorus, and folate. Basically, potatoes are full of nutritious elements that the body craves. It’s a good thing they are such a satisfying complex carbohydrate. So start eating and growing potatoes! They’re a great source of food that many ancient civilizations have thrived on for years. 

Now moving on to the recipe!

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Garlic & Chive Potato Fries
  1. 1.5 LBS potatoes
  2. 3 cloves chopped garlic
  3. 1/4 cup diced chives
  4. 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  5. 6 sprigs of fresh dill or 1 tbsp. dried dill
  6. 2 tbsp. oil
  1. 1 tbsp. unrefined sugar
  2. 1/4 tsp. unrefined salt
  3. 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  4. 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  1. Method #1
  2. Wash and chop the potatoes lengthwise then cut the halves until they are strips or wedges. Set the chopped potatoes in a large bowl of ice water to soak for about 30 minutes. Next add the seasoning ingredients to a cup and whisk with a fork. Drain the ice bowl and transfer potatoes to a steamer or pot of boiling water and steam/boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer back to the bowl and add the powder, oil, garlic, and chives. Mix around and add oil to evenly coat the potatoes. Transfer onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper so that potatoes are layered evenly. Bake for 20 minutes (or until crispy) at 375 degrees. Sprinkle with additional salt & pepper and extra herbs and oil.
  3. Method #2
  4. Wash and chop the potatoes lengthwise, then cut the halves. Transfer sliced potatoes to a large bowl. Add the seasonings, oil, garlic, and herbs, then evenly coat the potatoes. Transfer potatoes onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake in an oven heated to 375 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes or until golden and crispy. Sprinkle with additional salt & pepper and extra herbs and oil.
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Creamy Corn Alfredo Soup

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There is no replacement for a bowl of steaming and comforting soup when the weather starts to cool off–especially soups with a creamy base instead of a liquid broth. The creamy base makes for an extra warming and satisfying bowl of goodness that gets its creaminess from puréed sweet corn, which turned out to be wonderfully smooth and buttery. It is amazing how corn can be transformed into an alfredo-sauce type of consistency with just a spin of the blender or food processor.

This corn alfredo soup also happens to be an extremely easy recipe to make with one main ingredient and a few spices and toppings of choice. There are also several variations of this soup that can be made by adding different ingredients or by using it as a sauce for quinoa, pasta, and rice etc. Stay tuned for future recipes based off of this one. It’s so good you’ll want to incorporate it into every recipe!

Besides being incredibly delicious and easy to make, it is also extremely healthy! Corn in its natural state is a nutritious and complete food that contains vitamins B3 and B6, as well as phosphorous, niacin, pantothenic acid manganese, and phytonutrients. These are vital for digestive and cardiovascular health–corn is an overall great food for maintaining good health. Add in extra medicinal herbs like garlic, ginger, and cilantro and it becomes an even more nutritious and delicious soup.

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Creamy Corn Alfredo Soup
  1. 4 cups frozen or fresh white corn
  2. 1/2 cup leftover cooking water
  3. 1/4 tsp. unrefined salt
  4. 3 cloves minced garlic
  5. 1 tbsp. butter or oil of choice
  6. 1 tbsp. lime or lemon juice
  7. Optional toppings: extra corn, chives, and chili powder
  1. Boil or steam the corn for around ten minutes or until just cooked. Add the corn, hot water, and salt to a food processor or blender and blend on low, then increase the speed up to high until the corn becomes very smooth. Now add the minced garlic to the blender and blend on low. Pour and serve with additional toppings and a dollop of dairy-free butter and a splash of lime juice.
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Zucchini Spaghetti with Tomato Cream Sauce

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A perfect fresh pasta dish for summer, this zucchini spaghetti with tomato cream sauce is gluten-free, and raw vegan yet full of flavor and savory spices & herbs. It is light on digestion and will leave you feeling energetic. Vibrant tomatoes, fresh homegrown herbs, and zucchini make all the difference when it comes to the quality of flavor and texture. This raw spaghetti is so fresh it’s packed with living nutrients and is high in vitamins and minerals, which makes it much more nutritionally dense than regular pastas. You can even incorporate these ingredients into regular noodles for a closer match to a true pasta dish paired with this flavorful, fresh sauce.

Zucchini noodles are way too fun to make and to eat, and are filled with minerals like phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, folate, manganese, and copper–the list of nutrients goes on and on. Some of the main health benefits of zucchini are its anti-cancer, anti-inflammitory, and anti-microbial properties as well as being able to greatly improve bone health. It’s amazing how one long green veggie(or fruit/squash?) can do so much for health. Nature knows how to take care of you. (Also, zucchini squash is a super simple plant to grow in a garden or even on the side of a house!)

In order to actually make these fun noodles, you can slice them with a veggie peeler but the best tools for this job are this and this. It’s a life-changing tool ;)

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Spaghetti with Tomato Cream Sauce
  1. 1 spiralized large zucchini, ends cut off
  1. 2 cups cherry tomatoes or 2 large tomatoes
  2. 1/2 of a lime, juiced
  3. 1/2 cup sliced nectarines or mangoes
  4. 1 to 2 cloves of minced garlic
  5. 3 tbsp. sesame seeds or hemp seeds
  6. 6 fresh basil leaves or around 1/4 tsp. dried basil
  7. Optional salt and pepper to taste
  1. First, wash and chop zucchini then spiralize it into noodles. Set aside and prepare the sauce ingredients. Chop the tomatoes and add them to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend along with the lime juice and sliced fruit. Blend on medium to high until smooth. Now add the rest of the sauce ingredients into the blender and blend on low until seasonings are just incorporated into the sauce. Pour over noodles and let them absorb the moisture from the sauce. Serve and enjoy!
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Golden Garlic Butter

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This garlic butter is like liquid gold, or melted garlic gold that is flavored with garlic & herbs and seasoned with salt & pepper. These aromatic herbs and mild spices infuse into the softened garlic for an wonderfully fragrant and delicious pot of gold.

It’s so delicious you will want to put it on everything. Slather it, dip it, and drizzle it on bread, pasta, rice, veggies–any excuse to drench everything in garlic butter, right? It’s so delicious yet incredibly simple to make in a matter of minutes with just a few main ingredients plus herbs & spices. 

This savory golden garlic butter also happens to be dairy-free; it is simply a blend of plant oils that contain healthy fats such as omega-3 and 6. It’s a delicious cruelty-free and allergen-free substitute to garlic butter!

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Golden Garlic Butter
  1. 4 TBSP. Earth Balance buttery spread or Smart Balance
  2. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1/4 tsp. pink Himalayan salt
  4. black pepper to taste
  5. 1/4 cup avocado or olive oil
  6. 2 tsp. dried parsley
  7. 1 tsp. dried oregano
  8. 1 tsp. dried basil
  1. Start by melting the butter in a pan along with minced garlic and melt over low heat until butter is creamy and garlic is translucent, about three minutes. Take pan off of heat and add herbs, salt, pepper, and additional oil. Let it absorb the flavors and enjoy!
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For an oil-free version with similar flavors, try Whipped Guacamole for a super creamy and delicious dip, spread, or sauce!

Minty Watermelon Frosty

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When it comes to refreshing summer treats, there is nothing quite like biting into a sweet and juicy watermelon. A good quality watermelon’s crisp flesh melts in your mouth with its high water content. This natural sugary juice hydrates and nourishes your cells on a deep level, especially because of its high amount of electrolytes. It also provides vitamin A & C and is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants. As for the beautiful red color, watermelon gets its vibrant pigment from lycopene–it contains even more than tomatoes!

Watermelon is definitely an amazing and hydrating fruit, but to make it even more refreshing, this recipe for a minty watermelon frosty is icy and sweet with a light and cooling mint flavor. It combines some of the most cooling ingredients that are chilled in the freezer to become dusted with ice crystals and then blended to create a frosty smoothie. Drinking this icy and sweet treat is one of the best ways to battle the heavy humidity of summer.

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Minty Watermelon Frosty
  1. 4 cups frozen watermelon
  2. 6 mint leaves
  3. 2 tbsp. sugar if watermelon is not very sweet
  4. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  1. Cut and slice watermelon into cubes and add to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Freeze for 1 to 2 hours or until melon is frozen to preference. Once frozen, add chunks to a blender and blend until smooth. Rinse mint leaves and add to the blender along with the rest of the ingredients and pulse for a couple of seconds. Serve and enjoy!
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Whipped Guacamole

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The three secrets to an amazing guacamole are ripeness of the avocados, flavor enhancers, and arm power. Nothing beats good old-fashioned arm power for a super creamy, whipped texture. (You can also use a food processor for this, but mashing avos into cream is half the fun!) This whipped guacamole is so incredibly smooth and creamy. Its buttery consistency adds an amazing texture to the Fiesta Taco Bowl. Anything this guac goes on, it coats it in thick and creamy goodness that takes any meal to a whole new level.

Besides the amazing texture, its flavor is garlicky without being overpowering because the creaminess of the avocado softens the spice. The lemon/lime juice and fine-grain salt work well together to bring out the rich flavor and savory quality of the avocados.

I just can’t get enough of this stuff and put it on just about everything. You must make this and try it on salads, rice, noodles, veggies, chips, and whatever else you choose. It’s a dressing, dip, and sauce all in one!

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In order for guacamole to have this whipped consistency, the avocados need to be quite soft, but not rotten or mushy. There is a perfect in- between stage of ripeness when the avocado is at its very best. The ripening stages look a lot like this. ;) It takes awhile to get it right. I’m still learning and I’ve been at it awhile! One tip that helps is to remove the little button on the end of the avo where the stem would’ve been attached. If it’s green, this = unripe, grey or brown = overripe, and yellow should be perfectly ripe!

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Whipped Guacamole
  1. 3 ripe avocados
  2. Juice from 1/2 of a lime
  3. 1/4 tsp. granulated unrefined salt
  4. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  5. dash of black pepper
  6. optional: diced spicy pepper and 1/4 cup shredded cilantro
  1. Halve the avocados and remove each pit, then transfer to a bowl. Add the salt and lime juice and mash with a fork and a spoon. Add the remaining ingredients and mash thoroughly until the guacamole becomes very smooth with no chunks remaining. Enjoy this fantastic whipped guacamole!
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Peach Pie Smoothie Bowl


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Creamy soft serve, juicy sun-sweetened peaches, and crumbly dried mulberries combine with subtle flavors of maple and cinnamon in this delicious smoothie. It is like a sweet and buttery peach pie mixed with soft-serve in a bowl, and it actually happens to be full of nutrients. The main ingredients are sun-ripened fruits because they naturally add the sweetest flavors and creamiest textures as well as loads of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. It tastes delicious and is good for you–the perfect compromise.

Peach Pie Smoothie Bowl
  1. 4 frozen bananas (frozen when ripe)
  2. 2 fresh ripe bananas
  3. 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  4. dash of cinnamon
  5. 3 ripe peaches, sliced
  6. 1/2 cup dried mulberries
  1. Add the bananas to a food processor or high-speed blender and blend on low, scraping down the sides until bananas transform into soft serve. Now add in the rest of the ingredients except for the peaches and mulberries. Blend for a few seconds then pour into a dish and top with sliced peaches and mulberries. Top with additional maple syrup if desired. Enjoy!
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Fiesta Taco Bowl

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delicious taco salads are like a fiesta in a bowl. This one contains an exciting mix of colorful ingredients and textures that create an amazing combination of flavors, each complemented by a rich and velvety guacamole (recipe coming soon!) that tastes like a creamy sauce. Each bite is an explosion of flavor and texture. It is savory, spicy, sweet, salty, and tangy. To put it in my mum’s words, this bowl is like a party in the mouth.

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This fiesta taco bowl can have many variations simply by adding additional toppings and changing the ingredients. Add crunchy corn chips, rice and beans; there are endless options. Whatever you do you can’t go wrong–throw a bunch of zesty and creamy ingredients into a bowl and you have a flavorful meal of satisfying and vibrant deliciousness. It couldn’t be easier! Sometimes simple food is the best food.

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1 head of shredded romaine lettuce
Cilantro Lime Corn Salsa
tortilla chips
optional jarred salsa

Coming Soon Recipes:
Whipped Guacamole
Fresh Tomato Salsa
Cilantro-Lime Rice and Spicy Garlic Beans

Prepare all additional ingredients and chop lettuce. Mix everything together and coat with guacamole. That’s it!

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Cilantro-Lime Corn Salsa

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An amazing addition to taco salads that I’ve often overlooked is corn. Corn that is fresh, tender, and accented by light and spicy flavors. This cilantro-lime corn salsa combines sweet and creamy bites of corn with a squeeze of lime juice, diced red onion, and cilantro for zest. After marinating in this mixture, the corn fully absorbs the flavorful ingredients. It is a simple yet delicious topping that adds such a buttery and sweet element to tacos and taco salads that each bite bursts with a fresh and flavorful taste–and it couldn’t be easier to make with just a few fresh summer ingredients.

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Cilantro Lime Corn Salsa
  1. 4 cups fresh or frozen white corn
  2. Juice of 1 lime
  3. 1/2 cup shredded fresh cilantro or 1/4 cup dried
  4. Diced onion to taste (I used 1 small onion) or 2 to 3 cloves minced garlic
  5. pinch of unrefined salt and black pepper to taste
  6. optional diced jalapeno
  1. If using frozen corn, steam or boil it for about ten minutes while prepping the other ingredients. Add the corn to a medium-sized bowl and toss with diced onion, salt & pepper and let cool. Now add the cilantro and lime juice and mix thoroughly. Enjoy with tacos, taco salads, and tortilla chips!
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