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.  😉

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

Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Lasagna 7Hands down, lasagna reminds me of Sunday dinners at my grandparent’s home. Our extended family gathered around the dining room table once a week to share a meal, always Italian, with love and gratitude. I swear, Nana Pearson’s well-worn pan – layered with noodles, fresh marinara and mozzarella – never weighed less than five pounds.

These roll-ups are as worthy of any Sunday dinner as a layered lasagna, but way more fun. They also are flexible with various size baking pans, and require no messy cutting of the finished noodles. They make a fast and delicious dish to bring to those in need of a meal; I doubled this recipe and shared with friends who had a new baby. If you have family coming in for the holidays, no one will be disappointed when this dish appears, and it will feed the whole crew! Continue reading

Savory Fig and Walnut Stuffing

Stuffing is hands-down my favorite holiday dish. This past Thanksgiving I ran a 5K just so I could eat a whole lot of this particular version that I discovered new this year and adapted from A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa. Truth be told, I would’ve eaten the whole pan myself, 5K or not. It’s so simple to make and is the perfect mix of not-too-sweet and savory.

I hope you can find room for it on your holiday table. You won’t be disappointed, I promise! Continue reading

Quinoa, Squash and Black Bean Soup

squash quinoa soup 1This recipe was originally inspired from Oh She Glows, but I was up against the sweet potato she used. You see, SoulDaddy gags when I say the word sweet potato. But I did have a spaghetti squash from our summer garden still hanging around on the counter, just begging to be hidden in a form SoulDaddy wouldn’t recognize used.

I may be living in denial, but I’m convinced my darling husband doesn’t hate squash as much as he thinks he does. After countless tries, I finally succeeded with this soup! Filled with the flavor of cumin, coriander and chili powder, this protein-packed  bowl of deliciousness is warming and fills your belly fast with healthy goodness. Continue reading

Virtual Vegan Potluck: Armenian Roasted Eggplant

Welcome, new readers, to The Soulicious Life and the 2nd anual Virtual Vegan Potluck. I’m thrilled to be participating! There are 105 awesome recipes full of inspiration here today. Simply use the forward and back buttons at the bottom of this post to navigate your way through the virtual buffet line and get ready for your mouth to water!

Over the years, my grandmother Viv taught me many secrets, about life, about love, and about food. I attribute all I know about Mediterranean cooking to her and our Armenian heritage. It makes me so proud to know I grew up eating hummustabbouleh and stuffed grape leaves (dolmades), before they ever hit the (sorta) mainstream.

Roasted Eggplant is a favorite in our family. It makes an appearance at every special occasion from birthdays to holidays, as well as anytime the garden is blossoming with this pretty purple vegetable. Garlic lovers will adore it (if you eat a piece, be sure your partner does too!), and so will anyone who appreciates a simple, easy-to-prepare appetizer with minimal ingredients. Continue reading

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

When the days grow shorter and the temps colder, I know it’s time for the slow-roasted goodness of this soup. The apples add sweetness while the cayenne provides a touch of heat, and pureeing it in its entirety gives it a rich, silky texture.

I could tell you I make this soup entirely for its flavor, but the truth is I equally adore the warmth and aromas that arise from the oven as the vegetables slow roast. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds from that recent pumpkin you carved or baked. Enjoy with a loaf of crusty bread smothered in fresh cream butter. Hello fall! Continue reading

Slow Cooker Savvy: Apple Chutney

Apple sauce, apple butter, and now apple chutney!  My autumnal affair with apples has nearly come to an end, culminating in this sweet and spicy chutney perfect for complementing Indian dishes all winter long.

You can make this foolproof recipe on the stove top, but I found it cooked well in a slow cooker, allowing me to run errands while it simmered. It makes a large batch, enough to preserve 3+ pints. If you are seeking a smaller amount, simply halve the recipe. It keeps well in the refrigerator when stored in a sterile jar, and a little goes a long way. 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

Basil #Pesto: Quick to Make and Easy to Freeze

This time of year, my favorite crop to scoop up by the armful at farmer’s markets is fresh basil. I make a batch of pesto nearly every week, freezing it in portioned batches to enjoy all year-long. Come spring, as I use my last cube, I am sad only long enough to remember that in just a few months, the basil will be bursting forth again, beckoning me and my food processor to get whirling. Continue reading

Kid-Friendly Whole Wheat Hummus Roll-Ups

I absolutely adore hummus and so does K-Bear, who loves to dip into it with thinly sliced vegetables and whole grain crackers. She also gobbles it up (as do I!) in these roll-ups, fun finger food made even healthier by using whole wheat tortillas and fresh vegetables.

This recipe makes four small roll-ups, perfect for a summertime lunch, as they pack very easily for the beach, pool, park, trail or other excursion. For a heartier meal, serve with Italian Vegetable Soup for extra dipping fun! Continue reading