Tag: anti-cancer

Why You Should Eat More Watermelon + Vegan Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe

Why You Should Eat More Watermelon + Vegan Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe

Watermelon is good, and good for you Seriously, what’s more refreshing than watermelon on a hot summer day? In life, I rarely think, I want some watermelon. But then summer rolls around and I take my first bite and I’m like oh yeah, this stuff is […]

The Truth Behind Detoxing – Miracle cure or mythical crock?

The Truth Behind Detoxing – Miracle cure or mythical crock?

 Detox Me, Maybe? Juice cleanses. Detox programs. Cleanse supplements and detox teas. These days, these products are ubiquitous in the world of wellness and nutrition. But what’s all the hype about? Why is detoxing beneficial and really – is it? As with all things health […]

Raw Vegan Creamy Celery Herb Soup Recipe

Raw Vegan Creamy Celery Herb Soup Recipe

Cool for the Summer: Raw Vegan Creamy Celery Herb Soup

Ohhhh yes, this raw vegan creamy celery herb soup recipe is a win! More raw soup. Souper delicious. Souper healthy. Creamy. Refreshing. Bursting with layers of flavor.

So I went to the local farmer’s market Saturday morning and loaded up on organic veggies. Forgetting I already had two full stalks of celery in the fridge, I bought another giant stalk. And when I got home, I realized I had to make something using mass quantities of celery, stat. Soup seemed like the obvious choice. And given that it’s the dead of summer, raw soup it would be.

A taste of Provence

I had one lonely avocado in the fridge so I pulled that out to lend the soup a creamy factor, then decided I’d add some garlic, ginger, and lemon. And by stroke of good fortune, I’d also picked up a packet of Herbs de Provence at the farmer’s market on a whim – it’s not a blend I typically cook with, but it turned out to be the perfect addition to balance out the light, refreshing flavors of the produce with a hint of savory earthiness.

Without any particular agenda or theme in mind, I also happened to pick up some fresh lavender at the market. The universe was clearly steering me through that market, taking me straight back to the French countryside.

When I studied abroad, I went on a trip to Provence in the South of France, and the first memory that springs to mind when I reminisce is wandering through the local market, assessing the fresh produce, smelling the lavender, an doing my best to converse with the vendors in passable French. The day’s acquisitions couldn’t have been more appropriate. Soup’s on!

Spice blends: Herbs de Provence vs Italian Seasoning

In case you’re unfamiliar with it or haven’t yet made this addition to your spice rack, herbs de Provence is a fabulous spice blend. While the specific blend varies depending on the spice maker, it typically includes some combination of dried thyme, marjoram, summer savory, rosemary, mint, fennel, bay leaf, sage, basil, oregano and – often – lavender. Most blends will not include all of the above, but if you do a quick search you’ll find quite a wide variety of recipe blends.

In my opinion, lavender is the key player. It’s what truly sets Herbs de Provence apart from Italian seasoning, another common spice blend thats composed of many of the same spices. As the HdP flavor combination works well with everything (so says the spice master at the market), it’s fair to say that the two blends are often interchangeable in recipes. The choice to use one over the other may simply boil down to taste preference.

But the flavor profiles are in fact distinct, and absolutely worth exploring in their own right. While lavender is the obvious difference, generally, the savory, thyme, fennel, and chervil fall more in the HdP territory, while parsley, garlic, onion, and pepper are typically on team Italian.

Anyhoo, back to the soup.

I threw all the ingredients in my blender with 2 cups of cold water, and within a a couple minutes, had some delicious raw soup on my plate. I seasoned the soup with a touch of black pepper and a pinch of lavender sea salt that’s been waiting verrry patiently in my cabinet for just the right introduction to my palette since my trip to Croatia a couple summers ago, and it was delicious.

But honestly, the flavors of the soup are robust enough that it can easily be enjoyed without any salt or pepper. I highly encourage you give it a fair taste test before adding salt or pepper!

Raw Vegan Creamy Celery Herb Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 stalk of celery (a whole head), roughly chopped enough to fit in your blender
  • 1 avocado (I used one of Trader Joe’s tiny avocados – half of a normal size would work, or use a whole normal size for an extra creamy soup)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1-inch piece of ginger
  • juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp herbs de Provence
  • 2 cups cold (or warm) filtered water
  • salt and pepper to taste, on serving

How to Make:

  1. Clean and chop the celery, peel the garlic and ginger, juice the lemon.
  2. Add all ingredients to the blender except the salt and pepper.
  3. Blend. Taste. Serve. Enjoy!

Cheers! xx

 

Why Go Dairy-Free (or not): The Great Dairy Debate (and dairy-free alternatives)

Why Go Dairy-Free (or not): The Great Dairy Debate (and dairy-free alternatives)

Pass the Cheese Please… Or not. So one of the things I miss most since I upgraded my diet after diagnosis is cheese. I am not alone. Cheese is one of the foods people miss most when they go dairy-free or vegan. I briefly dabbled […]

Juice Pulp Muffins: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Recipe

Juice Pulp Muffins: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Recipe

Juice up your life Last year after I was diagnosed with Lymphoma, I immediately went into research mode and dove into everything I could find when it came to anti-cancer nutrition. Carrot juice came up time and again: there were numerous stories of miraculous recoveries […]

Clean Green Soup: A vegan cancer fighting machine

Clean Green Soup: A vegan cancer fighting machine

The S Factor

Anytime I overindulge a bit in the food department and stray from my typical healthy eating habits (hi bachelorette, reunion, and wedding all within 9 days), I revert to the S factor: really Simple eating, comprised primarily of soups, salads, and smoothies, with a little low-sugar vegetable juice thrown in for good measure. This simple approach helps fight any puffiness, fogginess, and sluggishness that results from over-indulgence (read: too much sugar) and removes a lot of the questions surrounding ‘what Should I eat?’

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Sugar: The Dietary Devil, and why you should cut sugar

Sugar: The Dietary Devil, and why you should cut sugar

The White Devil Unless you’ve been completely disconnected from reality, you know that the sugar skeleton is finally out of the nutrition closet. It’s worse than gluten, it’s worse than dairy, and yes, it’s even worse than fat.

Golden Milk – Why you Should Drink it and How to Make my favorite Turmeric Milk Recipe

Golden Milk – Why you Should Drink it and How to Make my favorite Turmeric Milk Recipe

Liquid Gold in a cup I can’t believe it has taken me this long to post about Golden Milk. It’s delicious and nutritious and SO easy to make. But before I go on, I want to make it clear why I’ve been drinking it so much, […]

Super-Power Matcha Latte

Super-Power Matcha Latte

Matcha in Tokyo – My first taste

Having lived in Tokyo for fourteen months of my life, one might imagine that I developed a taste for matcha while living in Japan. Not the case.  (more…)

The Cost of Cancer: Part 1

The Cost of Cancer: Part 1

Cancer is expensive. That’s a fact. A few people have wondered about my use of funds on the yoga retreat I went on in September. This did cross my mind when booking the retreat – how it might look. The fact is, I didn’t use […]