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

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

Holiday Preperations and Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Happy Thanksgiving week! How is your 30 Days of Giving Thanks going? I have found it to be such a powerful practice, and one that has helped me be more mindful of a daily moment of gratitude.

I’m putting the finishing touches on our holiday menu and gearing up for the family to fly in from Connecticut. After having hosted Thanksgiving for so many years now, SoulDaddy and I are a well-oiled machine, but I’m still thrilled to be off work for the remainder of the week – and utilizing daycare for two of those days I might add!

Yes, SoulMomma gets to enjoy a few days for herself. I’m sure that half of that time will be spent cooking and cleaning, but I’m still thankful for the change of pace and time with family. Continue reading

Festive Beverage: Iced or Hot Pumpkin Pie

Hot chocolate and iced lattes, move over. Pumpkin is here.

If you do nothing else this week, you must try this recipe. If there is an easier way for a festive, delicious pumpkin fix, I have yet to find it. And frankly, I’m done searching. This. is. it. Doesn’t matter if you live in Des Moines or Daytona.

That’s because you can enjoy it hot or iced. You won’t be disappointed, and neither will any guests. This recipe makes one serving; multiply as necessary. Maybe even toss it in your slow cooker for a Thanksgiving day warm-up or holiday tree-trimming treat. Brilliant! 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: Pumpkin Spice Granola

Mmmm… Granola. When it comes to the homemade kind, I can’t eat enough of it! I’ve already posted one very versatile granola recipe for the slow cooker. This one is special though, filled with the flavors and aromas of autumn. I can’t think of a better fall snack, cereal or yogurt topper than this. Filled with pumpkin, apple sauce, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice, it’s an autumnal pantry must-have. Continue reading

Food to Crave: Hummus

This week, I’ve had a craving for hummus like no other! Thanks to my Armenian heritage,  I was raised on it as I was Tabbouli, and the store-bought kind will never do. Plus, it’s so incredibly simple to make! As long as you keep a jar of tahini [read: ground, hulled sesame seeds] in the pantry, you most-likely have all the ingredients on-hand at any time.

You can mix up a batch of this healthy, nourishing dish in 10 minutes or less. Spread it on sandwiches or falafels, scoop it up with crackers or dip into it with fresh-cut vegetables. Yum! Continue reading

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Tired of zucchini yet? Believe it or not, because our plants were decimated early on by pincher bugs and had to make a comeback, we have been enjoying a steady but not overwhelming pace of squash this year.

After a perfectly relaxing two days spent riding bikes, running a 5K, and harvesting the still-producing garden, these baked “fries” with their crunchy parmesan garlic coating were a delicious, guilt-free way to cap off the weekend. Continue reading