Slow Cooker Savvy: Moroccan Lentil Soup

Moroccan Lentil Soup 2This soup is thick, delicious and nutritious, and it’s spices are especially warming on a cold winter day. Put it on in the morning and revel in its warmth and fragrance after a  day of snowshoeing, skiing or sledding. Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free, it’s also suitable for any cleanse or new eating habits (I hate the word “diet!”) you may be testing in the new year. Continue reading

Top 5 Posts of 2012

It seems everyone in the blogging sphere is doing Top Posts for 2012. I’m really enjoying the reminders for articles I wanted to check out but didn’t get to, posts I did read and forgot about, etc. I thought the same might be helpful for you. Here, in no particular order, are the Top 5 posts clicked on for 2012 at The Soulicious Life. Coincidentally, they happen to be some of my favs too.  😉

By the way, if you haven’t yet entered my Happy New Year contest to win a beautiful and fun Upcycled Sari Bag, please do so here. You have until midnight, January 8.

Here’s to your nourishing your body and your soul in 2013! Continue reading

Slow Cooker Savvy: Apple Butter

With all the apples I picked from my neighbor’s yard last week, I tossed a large batch in the slow cooker to make apple sauce and … ended up with apple butter! Turns out that the long, slow cooking time required of apples for apple butter makes your crock pot a rock start (again!). And with minimum ingredients, the recipe itself couldn’t be easier.

Use whatever size slow cooker you have, filling it to the brim with apples and adjusting the ingredients accordingly; I used a 6 quart cooker. The large resulting quantity is ideal for preserving and the fragrant butter makes a well-appreciated gift, right at home spread on toast or paired with nut butter. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Savvy: Homemade Granola

Can I share my new obsession with you? Granola. No, not the store-bought stuff – good as yours is, Udi – but the homemade stuff. The slow cooker kind. Softer than the hard, oven-cooked granola you might be familiar with, it is completely addictive (not to mention easy on your mouth).

It’s also a heck of a lot cheaper to make your own than to buy it, and incredibly versatile too, so use whatever you have on-hand in your pantry. Swap pure maple syrup for raw honey, walnuts for almonds, dried cranberries for raisins. Creativity is the name of the game, and the result is perfect for submerging in milk, sprinkling on yogurt or snacking on straight from the bag. Hint: we devoured an entire batch on our recent road trip! Continue reading

Slow Cooker Savvy: Hearty Vegetable Pot Pie

This dish got a thumbs up from Soul Daddy for flavor, K-Bear for easy eating, and me for ease of preparation (and flavor of course!). You do have to pay attention to the time though: 4 hours on low, followed by 1 hour on high after you add the crust. Feel free to substitute any vegetables you have on-hand. Use organic ingredients whenever possible. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Savvy: Marvelous Marinara

Marinara 2I knew that I had officially hit womanhood when I had my own sauce. You see, my grandmother is a Rossini, and she had her sauce. My husband’s grandmother is a Ricupero, and she has her sauce. And you can bet that both of our mom’s have their own sauce. Ditto for our sisters. See a trend here? Yup, it’s an Italian thing.

Everyone’s sauce is a little different, and generally we all follow the “a little bit of this and a little bit of that” method, but for your sake, I broke tradition and measured. Also, I prefer a chunky end product, and always choose organic when possible.

It’s so easy and freezeable, you might never buy jarred sauce again! Each batch makes enough for at least 2lbs of pasta. I generally use half that week and freeze the other half. It’s also handy to freeze a seperate 1-cup container or two for your homemade pizzas. Continue reading