Cauliflower Soup With Toasted Garlic

Preparation: 15 minutes | cooking 40 minutes | Serves 4


3 cloves garlic, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small head cauliflower, chopped
5 cups vegetable broth (I changed it from low-sodium chicken broth)
1 tablespoon thyme leaves
kosher salt and black pepper


Cook the garlic in the oil in a large pot over medium heat, stirring, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes; remove and reserve the garlic. To the pot, add the cauliflower, vegetable broth, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Top with the garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, and additional thyme before serving.

This lovely recipe is from Real Simple >>>


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Zucchini Gazpacho With Basil and Yogurt

Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 15m| Total Time: 15m


4 scallions, chopped
3 cucumbers, sliced
2 zucchini, sliced
3/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup plain yogurt (not Greek), plus more for serving
kosher salt and black pepper


  1. Puree the scallions, cucumbers, zucchini, oil, basil, and lemon juice in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add the yogurt and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper and pulse to combine.
  3. Serve topped with additional yogurt, torn basil, and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.

By Lindsay Hunt, July, 2014 via –>

Make it vegan

Purchase some vegan yogurt. There are many different brands on the market. Find something plain.

Or make your own vegan yogurt. I found good instructions on this website and the author claims it is easy, although I have never tried it myself. Make your own vegan yogurt –>

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Vegan Salad Dressing from Fox News – Yes, Fox News!

I found a number of what look to be very tasty vegan salad dressings on FOX News, no less. What they were doing on there, I don’t know. Here’s the vegan Caesar Dressing:

Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing
Serves 6
• 1/2 cup raw cashews
• 1/2 cup sesame seeds
• Juice of 1 large lemon
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1/3 teaspoon sea salt
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon paprika
• 1/3 cup organic vegetable broth or water

Puree all in a blender or food processor; pulse until smooth. Adjust ingredients as necessary for desired taste and texture.

And here is the whole article —>

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gardein – garden grown protein

These gardein meat-free, meat products are so good. Just had a couple of their beefless sliders. I am starting to use the beefless tips in all sorts of dishes. And I just got a few suggestions/recipes on their website. –


My brand new Mejier store in South Haven, Michigan has a large selection of gardein, garden grown protein so I have a whole new vegan resource to indulge in.

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