Creamy Chipotle Dressing

Ever since I made this recipe from Dora’s Table, I’ve been in love. It is addictive, it’s easy to make, it’s raw vegan, and it goes well on (almost) everything.

Use it as a sauce mixed with pasta. Use it as a salad dressing on top of greens, avocado, red onion, cucumber, and cilantro. Drool.

1/2 cup raw almonds

1/4 cup unsweetened plain almond milk

1 Chipotle in adobo sauce

1 clove garlic

3/4 cup water

1/2 cup canned fire-roasted tomatoes (I used Muir glen)

1 tbsp. Fresh lemon juice

Himalayan pink salt or sea salt to taste

Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender (I use my Vitamix) and enjoy. I find this keeps well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

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Perfect Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Perfect Pumpkin Soup Recipe

There’s something undeniably satisfying about soup, particularly in the cold-weather months (which we have many of here in CT). Soup warms the soul. This pumpkin soup is so uplifting, even the vibrant orange color makes me happy. I love soup because it fills the belly at a low calorie cost.

The health benefits of this soup are innumerable. Pumpkin is a fantastic source of fiber and Vitamin C. It also has loads of Potassium (more than bananas, surprisingly) and contains the cancer-preventing antioxidant beta-carotene. Carotenoids are free-radical neutralizers which may prevent wrinkles, so for that reason alone, I’m sold on pumpkin.

Curry powder has its own special health benefits as well. This soup does not have an overwhelming curry scent or taste, if you’re not fond of it. So try it! Curry helps control blood sugar, has cancer-preventive benefits, may help lower cholesterol, and has detoxifying effects.

So without further ado:

Perfect Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
-1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced (white button work great, baby bella as well)
-1/2 cup chopped onion
-2 tablespoons butter or margarine
-2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry powder
-3 cups vegetable broth (I’ve made this with chicken broth as well and that works too)
-1 15-oz can solid-pack pumpkin
-1 12-oz can evaporated milk
-2 tablespoons honey
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon pepper
-1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

In a large pot over medium heat, saute the mushrooms and onion in butter until tender. Stir in the flour and curry powder and blend well. Cook for a couple minutes to get rid of that raw flour taste. Slowly add in all the broth. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add in the pumpkin, milk, honey, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Heat through. Makes 7 servings. You can garnish this with sour cream and chives if you feel so inclined, I usually skip the garnish because it’s fabulous on its own!

If you’re wondering, the honey does not make it sweet, it just has this perfect balance of flavors. Even my brothers (meat-and-potato kind of eaters) love this soup. It’s a crowd pleaser, is great to entertain with, and makes excellent leftovers.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

xo Steph

Truth or Dare: Review of The Whole Truth Vitamin C Kit by Ole Henriksen

True or Dare: Review of The Whole Truth Vitamin C Kit by Ole Henriksen

I feel it is my civic duty to tell you about these products. I have heard many great things about Ole Henriksen’s skincare products and lines, and I am completely kicking myself for not trying them sooner!

I recently have become a freak about anti-aging and protecting my skin in any way possible. This stuff is other-worldly. First of all, it smells like candy. It’s got this fresh, citrusy-vanilla scent that reminds me of a creamsicle. Mmmm. So not only does it smell delicious, but the consistency is so luxurious, particularly the cream. It’s lightweight, and reminiscent of whipped cream (a lot of things remind me of food!).

What I love about these products is that a little product goes a LONG way. At first, when I saw how small the jars were, I was mildly disappointed. But this will last me quite some time, considering how little product you need to cover your face. For $45, I believe it’s a good value. Ole Henriksen’s products, and this particular kit, are available for purchase through Sephora. After reading some reviews of the product, I ordered through their website, since some consumers were complaining of product going rancid, and they claimed that if you order it online, you’re getting a “fresher batch.” Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know. I had no problem with anything being rancid. The products have a protective seal and all seemed fresh to me.

How to use:

Currently I’m using this for my morning routine. So, after cleansing and toning (make sure your toner dries completely) lightly pat on the collagen-boosting serum. Let that soak in and dry as well. Next, apply your moisturizer all over the face and neck. Using your ring finger, dip into the eye cream, gathering a tiny amount of product, and tap onto your under-eye area gently. If you’re applying makeup after, next you’d go ahead and apply your primer and foundation, etc.

Note: I really wouldn’t recommend this for people with oily skin. It’s fantastic for adding moisture back into your skin, especially in the winter months. It does make my skin visibly glow and appears to plump up the skin and reduce the look of fine lines.

Overall, I give this an A! Wonderful product if you’re just starting the anti-aging process and want to give something a try for a reasonable price.

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