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

Happy Holidays!

I’m on day four of what I am calling my 12 Days of Christmas: 12 days off from work over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday. Yipeee! I’m incredibly thankful to K-Bear’s daycare mom for taking a well-deserved break and gifting me this first-ever, extended holiday staycation.

Our first three days were spent baking and delivering goodies to the neighbors, gathering with friends for our annual Zoo Lights excursion, wrapping gifts and snuggling with K-Bear. There is something about the peace and beauty of these days leading to Christmas that make me forever happy and grateful for all we have.

I’ll be busy this week with a painting project in the house, and a snowshoe or two thanks to a winter storm coming our way just in time for a white Christmas. I’ll see you back on January 1 with a surprise!

Until then, from my family to yours, I wish you a holiday week filled with peace and love, fresh air adventures and a multitude of smiles and surprises that only a fat man in a red suit can deliver. 😉

Daly Family

xoxo

 

 

Yoga and Ski Retreats

Yoga Ski RetreatWow, can it be that the holidays are already here? We’ve finally been getting some snow here in Colorado which always makes Christmas feel that much more special. But the white stuff has put just one thing on my mind: skiing! It’s the reason I moved to Colorado 15 years ago, and it still puts a smile on my face all these years later. As does yoga!

Finding a retreat that combines time on the hill with time on the mat would be a dream! So as I bid adieu to you until January 1 (with a special surprise or two!), and set off to enjoy my time away from work and with the family, I am happy to welcome Matt Candelaria, a friend of mine from Gaiam TV, with this guest post. 

Happy holidays, my friends! I hope you all get a little yoga as well as a little skiing or other outdoor playtime over the holiday break! xoxo 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

Toxic Couches Sit Not-so-Pretty

Today, as I scramble to put the finishing touches on the Soulicious Gift Guide – featuring unique and affordable, eco-friendly, fair trade or handmade items (Hooray!) – I am happy to welcome my friend, Lindsay Dahl with this guest post. Lindsay is the Executive Director of Safer Chemical Healthy Families, and she’s here to explain the results of a new study that show toxic chemicals in 85% of couches. Yikes! Makes you think twice the next time you sit to watch that Parenthood marathon! Welcome, Lindsay.

For most people, the only dangerous thing about your couch is the risk of spending money on a nice piece of furniture, only to have your cat shred it to pieces. But today a startling new peer-reviewed study came out in Environmental Science and Technology, showing that couches across America contain high levels of toxic chemicals. Great coverage of the study can be read on the front page of the Chicago Tribune. 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

Top 25 Healthy Living Blogs

Happy Thursday friends! It’s my Friday and as if that wasn’t enough, I’ve also been nominated for Circle of Mom’s Top 25 Health and Wellness Moms 2012. I’m so honored!

But I’m also desperately in need of votes to make this happen. I’d really appreciate it if you could take a moment to head over and hit the “vote” button next to The Soulicious Life.

In fact, I’d be down right thrilled!  🙂  You can vote once per day up until November 1.

Thanks in advance for your vote, but most importantly for the support you provide every day by reading and commenting. This little ol’ space of mine in the blog world has grown slow and steady over the past year, and it’s truly awesome. It’s such a happy place for me, and I couldn’t have done it without you!