Tomato Basil Soup - Dairy Free


We went to lunch at this cute restaurant called Breakfast At Tifiny's for grandma's 91st birthday. No kids, so I didn't have to worry about gluten and cross contamination. Just enjoyed a yummy French inspired meal...well, except for my soup, which was most definitely Italian inspired. Normally I like my tomato soup smooth and pureed, but the version I enjoyed at lunch that day wasn't. So I recreated the tomato basil soup a few days later for the kids.


 
Tomato basil has always been a favorite, plus it's so simple to make and very versatile, naturally gluten free, and easily made dairy free as well. We like it with some salad and gluten free bread all on it's own one night, take the left overs and add some meat and veggies using it as a base for stew the next, or toss in some gluten free noodles and call it goulash. This is our favorite gluten free pasta.

To make a dairy free heavy cream alternative you can choose from a couple options.

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Sprouted Indian Bean Soup

 
 

Once a week I try to do a meat free meal, and with kids it can be difficult to come up with something they'll eat.  So I was pleasantly surprised when I made this protein, fiber and vitamin packed simple bean soup...and they liked it! They scarfed it down and weren't asking for snacks before bed because it filled them up and kept them full.  Yay!

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Chickpea Chowder

 

So I have this philosophy on eating.  Call it eating healthy, moderation, saving money, call it what you like, but I like to have two to three days a week where I don't serve any meat.  Nothing against carnivores, but too much of anything can just be...well too much.  Before the invention of the refrigerator and preservatives people mostly ate a seasonal, vegetarian-based diet supplemented with meat.  And as a bonus, this chickpea chowder, unlike most chowders, has no dairy.  This one's for all the herbivorous, omnivores, and carnivores on a break :) 

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{Homemade} White Bean Chili


"Is it spring yet?"  My kids and I are going a little stir crazy with all this wintry weather that just won't end! So to stay warm, full and healthy, why not heat things up with a little chili. Using whatever yummy leftover chicken you have hanging out in your fridge means you save money on your grocery bill and add even more yummy flavor. It's so fast and  easy to throw together, this chili may turn into one of your go-to dishes when you don't have much time, but a big appetite.

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GF Chicken Tacos with Garlic Lime Black Beans & Guacamole


  

Do you know what I've discovered over the last few years? It's that happily ever after is a pretty relative term. Happiness in its simplest form is being at peace despite the circumstances of your present situation. It's being okay with the imperfections, the mess, the not-so-happy predicaments we find ourselves in, but finding joy in the midst of it all anyway. Not in spite of it, but in it. Not a roll your eyes, grit your teeth, and pretend you're fine superficial happiness, but a sincere inner peace.

That's why I make dinner from scratch and use a slow cooker. So I don't have to waist my time standing in the kitchen preparing food all day when I have my happily ever after to enjoy.

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Melissa Moore has spent years researching and implementing nutritionally-based approaches to health and wellness. Her lifelong love of food and health evolved from a hobby to a passion when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease.

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