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Vegan Creamy ‘Cheesy’ Broccoli Soup

Vegan Creamy ‘Cheesy’ Broccoli Soup

‘Cheesy’ Broccoli Soup For the Win: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo Recipe For real guys. This creamy cheesy broccoli soup is hands-down the most satisfying soup I’ve ever made, or ever tasted for that matter. All the creaminess. All the cheesy flavor. None of the dairy […]

Cauliflower Leek Beet Green Pink Soup

Cauliflower Leek Beet Green Pink Soup

Nourishing Mind Body and Soul with Soup Yep it’s the new year and guess what that means – time for souping! It’s WAY too cold outside to even consider juicing. But soups? Nourishing, warming, and cleansing all in one. It’s my favorite approach to clean […]

Paleo Mushroom Gravy: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Recipe

Paleo Mushroom Gravy: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Recipe

It’s Gravy Baby

Turkey or not, no Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without gravy. Traditional gravies are obviously made with the turkey pan drippings, cutter, cream, and regular all-purpose white flour. None of which are suitable for a vegan and or paleo-friendly recipe. So here ya go: vegan paleo mushroom gravy.

There are plenty of vegan gravy recipes to be found, and to be honest I based this recipe off of one I found in the New York Times. But it did call for a couple ingredients that don’t exist in my pantry (e.g. soy sauce and all purpose white flour). So back to the drawing board I went.

And here we have it: an easy, make-ahead mushroom gravy for your holiday feast!

vegan paleo mushroom gravy

Morals and morels

Not gonna lie, I actually used to hate mushrooms. But the truffle trend quickly changed that. Now I cook with them regularly, particularly since I’m a fan of their immunity-boosting and anti-cancer powers. And I’m a huge fan of this mushroom gravy.

They are loaded with antioxidants and contain a substantial amount of selenium, which is a crucial mineral for liver functioning – one that I was deficient in pre-diagnosis. It prevents inflammation and decreases tumor growth rates, so yeah, I make sure to include plenty in my daily diet.

Selenium is typically not found in most fruits and vegetables, so it is crucial to supplement a plant-based diet with mushrooms or other sources of this vital mineral. Brazil nuts are also a good source of selenium, so now I make sure to have a regular supply of brazil nuts and mushrooms on hand.

They are also high in vitamin D, potassium, and folate, all crucial for their immunity-boosting, anti-cancer, and general health-promoting benefits. Mushrooms also provide a solid dose of fiber, key for any health diet.

vegan paleo mushroom gravy

Meaty Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a good go-to when it comes to replacing the essence of meat. They impart a hearty, earthy, meaty umami (savory) flavor. While not as potent in the protein department compared to meat, they deliver a solid dose of vitamins and minerals.

Mushrooms are also low in calories so they can be added in plenty to up the flavor factor without compromising the health value of a dish.

While I’m no mushroom or morel aficionado quite yet, my taste for mushrooms has steadily increased. Perhaps my body just knows what’s good for it!

So if you’re looking for an easy, clean, flavorful recipe, give this mushroom gravy a go!

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Paleo Mushroom Gravy

Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free gravy recipe for your clean-eating holiday feast that can be made ahead 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped mushroom I use cremini/ baby bella
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free or arrowroot flour
  • 4 cups vegetable stock organic or homemade if possible
  • 1 tsp braggs aminos
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat.

  2. Add the onion and mushrooms and sautée until soft and slightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. 

  3. Add the flour and sautée a few minutes until browned. 

  4. Add the vegetable stock and stir continuously. I like to add it in a few batches. The gravy should immediately thicken upon adding. 

  5. Stir in the braggs aminos, salt and pepper. Stir until everything is thoroughly incorporated, transfer to a gravy boat or serving dish, and serve! 

Creamy Ginger Turmeric Squash Soup

Creamy Ginger Turmeric Squash Soup

Best Soup Ever Pumpkins and squash are everywhere, and squash soup has been high on the to-do list. I’ve made several versions in the past, but this time I wanted to spice things up a bit and thought I’d add some ginger and turmeric. No […]

Gut Health: The link between gut bacteria and cancer risk and response

Gut Health: The link between gut bacteria and cancer risk and response

Gut bacteria: The key to health All disease begins in the gut. ~ Hippocrates We have 70 trillion cells in our body. And we have 100 trillion cells in our gut. Meaning the gut bacteria we house far outnumber our own cells. There’s a reason […]

Creamy Celery Soup: Vegan Paleo Keto-Friendly Recipe

Creamy Celery Soup: Vegan Paleo Keto-Friendly Recipe

More Soup for You

It’s October and while the days have still been warm, the mornings and evenings are cool and the air has that distinct autumn crisp. I’ve totally been feeling all the fall feels. Pumpkin, squash, soup, and yes, more soup. So today I have for you: Creamy celery soup, vegan, paleo, and keto-friendly. Which means it’s full of healthy fats to keep you satisfied.

Last week I offered to cook some meals for a friend going through chemo, and she’s doing keto. So I came up with this recipe while looking in my fridge and thinking about keto-friendly cancer-fighting chemo-soothing foods. This creamy celery soup is the result, and thankfully, it passed her tastebuds’ test!

Creamy celery soup vegan paleo keto

Celery Soup for the win

Soup is a great option when you’re appetite is up and down, plus a great way to get some veggies and nutrients into your diet in a super-tasty way. And to make it keto-friendly, I figured I’d add some avocado, like I did with my raw version of a creamy celery soup.

Plus, it’s full of immunity-boosting cancer-fighting foods, like celery, avocado, onion, and garlic… check out this cancer-fighting soup recipe for the benefits of these veggies. Avocados are packed with more potassium than bananas, high amounts of vitamins K, C, and B5 and B6, folate, vitamin E, the unsung hero of the immune system, and the healthy fats needed to help it absorb. Phew!

This time, I also added some coconut cream to boost the fat content, and this can be adjusted up or down or eliminated altogether. But this particular addition added an extra dose of creaminess that just works so well, and happens to add a bunch of immunity-boosting minerals to the blend. And really you don’t taste the coconut.

AND, let’s not forget the spices! Cumin is actually chock-full of health benefits. To name just a few, it aids in digestion, boosts immunity (did you catch the theme here?), helps relieve stress and anxiety, removes toxins from the body and prevents colon cancer. And it’s packed with nutrients! Sage is similarly beneficial for overall health. So go ahead, season liberally.

Top it off with some raw pumpkin seeds and you’ll add a potent source of magnesium, zinc, and omega-3s, all super beneficial for healing and immunity. And, of course, the turmeric on top is a powerful anti-imflammatory.

Creamy celery soup vegan paleo keto

Easy Peasy Creamy Celery Soup Recipe

I know, I know. The number one reason most people rarely cook is because of time. I promise, even though it technically takes about an hour, this recipe is easy on the time-budget, because once it’s simmering, you just let it sit there, and can go about your business for 45 minutes. Once you chop the veggies, you just sauté for a few, add the broth, then let it do its soup thang.

Come back 45 minutes later, add the fats and blend away and that’s it. So easy, even the busiest of you can do it. Bonus: it keeps for days, so make ahead and and have delicious and nutritious soup on hand all week! So, DO IT! 🙂

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Creamy Celery Soup: Vegan, Paleo, Keto-Friendly

Course Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Amanda

Ingredients

  • 1 head celery (about 10 individual stalks), chopped
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried sage (or 1/2tsp powdered) heaping tsp
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth 4 cups if skipping coconut
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk, or 1/4 c coconut cream plus 3/4 c water can use reduced fat coconut milk if not doing keto
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash and chop the celery, onion, and garlic. 

  2. Heat the olive oil on medium in a large soup pot, then add the chopped vegetables, cumin, and sage and sauté until slightly browned.

  3. Add the broth and cover. Reduce to simmer and simmer for 45 minutes. 

  4. Remove from the heat and add the soup to a blender or food processor, then add the avocado and coconut milk/ cream and blend on high until thoroughly combined. Alternatively, used a hand blender and add the remaining ingredients to the pot once it's removed from the heat. 

  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I added a dash of turmeric and some raw pumpkin seeds to the top, parsley would work well as a garnish too. 

  6. Serve and enjoy!

One-Year In the Clear Remission Re-Birthday: Thank You Letter to My Universe

One-Year In the Clear Remission Re-Birthday: Thank You Letter to My Universe

Dear Universe Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for this day, thank you for this life. Thank you for everything – all of it.  Today is September 27, my one year ‘cancerversary’ of my remission scan – my re-birthday. Which means […]

The Benefits of Meditation: Boost your Health and Happiness

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Meditation and My #HappyMe Challenge September is my favorite month. I am admittedly slightly biased because it just so happens to be my birth month, but I’d still probably prefer it even if I wasn’t lucky enough to have the sapphire as my birthstone. Crisp […]

Why Cleanse: The benefits of cleansing and signs your body needs one

Why Cleanse: The benefits of cleansing and signs your body needs one

Cleanse your system the fun way

The words cleanse and detox often cause strong, guarded reactions. The idea of deprivation or consuming bizarre foods you can’t even pronounce is simply not appealing to most. But before you turn and run… truth bomb: you don’t have to suffer on a cleanse! You can have your coffee and drink it too if you really can’t fathom going without.
And best of all: you don’t have to deprive yourself! Cleansing can be done in a completely satisfying, totally delicious way.

Why cleanse

The fact is, our bodies are designed to detox on a daily basis. Detoxification is a natural process. However, modern life is so full of toxins that it’s difficult for our bodies to keep up with the constant toxification loads placed on it through our food, the products we use, and the air we breath. By periodically and systematically eliminating foods that are more taxing on the digestive system and are known common irritants, we allow our bodies’ systems to rest and reset.
Symptoms often include relatively minor annoyances like poor sleep, weight gain, brain fog, mood swings, food cravings, or bloating to name a few. (But let’s be real, anyone who suffers from these knows how real the frustration is when nothing seems to work, no matter what you try!). But toxic overload can also be a factor in more serious conditions such as chronic insomnia, autoimmune conditions, asthma, arthritis, acne, irritable bowel syndrome, and more.

 

What is a Cleanse?

These days you hear the terms cleansing and detoxing everywhere. Detox your life. Do a juice cleanse. Do this detox diet and make these detox-friendly recipes. The two terms are often used seemingly interchangeably, so what’s the difference?
Detoxification is actually a natural process that happens every day in our bodies to clear out toxins and waste. A true detox diet typically refers to a highly restricted diet that may reduce down to only liquids (fruit and vegetable juices) and usually calls for specific supplements to support the detoxification process.
Cleansing ultimately has the same goal as a detox – to give your body the chance to reset – but takes a somewhat gentler, more sustainable approach. A cleanse essentially cleans up your diet: it eliminates processed junk food and strips the diet down to the essentials – nutrient-dense real, whole foods. Think: lots of fruits and vegetables.
By removing the junk from your diet and consuming foods that support the body’s natural detoxification processes, you allow your body to rid itself of the toxins and waste that have been building up over time – a natural detox. It’s basically like unclogging a drain. Cleansing allows our kidneys and liver to function more efficiently, which makes for a healthier, happier body.
Blueberry Green Power Smoothie – recipe in my free cleanse guide

Who should cleanse?

While weight loss is a common goal of such diets, cleanses are a good idea for anyone struggling with low energy, stress, poor health, or, frankly, nearly any form of disease in the body. Cleansing can not only repair the body, but it can remedy your relationship to food and help you rethink the way you fuel yourself.
Basically, if you fall into any of the following categories: you should consider a cleanse:
  • If you wake up feeling less than vibrant or energetic. If you feel like crap all the time. If you suffer from any of the symptoms listed below.
  • If you struggle with keeping the weight off. As it turns out, not all calories are created equal. Sugar and refined flour have a unique effect on the body’s metabolism, and often trigger hunger and cause people to overeat. Not to mention, sugar triggers inflammation.
  • If you’re addicted to sugar, carbs, or salty food-like junk. The fact is, it’s not your fault. It’s the sugar and the flour and the chemicals and the concerted efforts of the food industry over the years to hijack our brains so we become addicted, repeat customers.
  • If you’ve never done a cleanse or detox. These days, all of us could use a little reset. And most of us could do with a little more self-care. Cleansing allows you to focus on self-nourishment. You and your body are your top priority for over a week. How great is that?

But wait, cleansing sounds hard!

I get it. For most of us accustomed to the SAD (Standard American Diet), cleansing sounds like an onerous chore. And frankly, it can sound really intimidating to many. No pizza? No burgers? No fries? No cookies!? And on top of all that… no coffee??? Are you nuts!? (Well, maybe a little, but that’s neither here nor there ?)
As I mentioned above, while perhaps not the absolute ideal, you can have your coffee on a cleanse. Just stick to one cup of organic coffee in the morning, then maybe reduce to decaf, and then possibly consider dandelion tea. If you can start to wean yourself down a few days before, even better!
I LOVE my coffee too, but I do encourage clients to give the no-coffee thing a shot at least once as we easily get hooked on the caffeine. It’s possible that after a few days, you may even choose to go without.
Here’s the thing about cleansing: if often opens up a whole new world of eating. Healthy, nourishing food can be absolutely delicious, and your whole approach to eating can shift. Cleansing can get you better attuned to what your body truly needs, and many often find they begin to crave these healthy options full of nutrients your body requires rather than empty calories that mess with our chemistry. Delicious food that nourishes body, mind and soul – who wouldn’t want that?

When not to cleanse

Detoxing is one thing – many people should avoid strict detoxes. When it comes to whole foods cleansing, there are far fewer risks.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should always avoid strict detoxes, however my gradual, whole foods cleanse approach is safe to follow during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
There are of course situations when caution is advisable. Anyone suffering from a serious condition should always clear any major dietary changes with their doctor. Diabetics in particular must excercise caution, as with any dietary change.
Because this approach is gentle and calls for real, whole foods, there is nothing to be lost except for what you want to lose: the toxic crap that makes us feel less than great!

The cleansing process

What happens when you eliminate all the ‘dead’ foods? Foods that contain gluten, flour, wheat, dairy, sugar and trans fats are technically dead, and dead foods have lower energy. Because they’re dead. No wonder consuming them makes us feel like crap.
So, first, you replace them with lots of live foods: delicious fruits and veggies and clean plant-based edibles. Once you eliminate the processed, refined, and difficult-to-digest dead foods, your body will feel cleaner, leaner, and lighter. You’ll be able to think more clearly, have more energy, and be more productive. Imagine feeling light and free and full of energy – imagine feeling like the best version of yourself, every day.
I won’t sugar-coat it: things often get a little worse before they get better. Cleansing can release toxins stored in tissues into the bloodstream and cause a little fatigue, brain fog, or skin flare-ups, but this usually only lasts a couple days, and proper preparation and cleanse-enhancing activities can ease these symptoms.
A cleanse isn’t necessarily an easy quick-fix solution. It’s not a magic pill (they don’t exist). It does take a little planning, effort, and willpower to stay the course when everyone around you is indulging in pizza, cake, and beer. But consider getting your friends or family on-board: social support and friend-power is a winning combo!

Bottom Line: It’s worth a shot!

Once you get through to the other side, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do this ages go. And you may find something somewhat astonishing: that food in its natural state not only tastes good, but that it’s better than all the other stuff you used to indulge in. You may find that you start to prefer, fresh, real food.
Bottom line: Cleansing effectively switches your metabolism into full gear, activates your body’s natural healing abilities, and helps you function better than you even thought possible.

Cleanse-friendly food

Signs you need a Cleanse

Still not sure if a cleanse is really worth it for you? Here are some common signs your body could benefit:
  • have trouble sleeping
  • get headaches
  • gain weight easily, especially in the belly
  • feel exhausted and depleted
  • feel a lack of focus and energy
  • have trouble losing weight
  • experience bloating or gas
  • have digestive complaints
  • have excessive sinus problems
  • suffer from joint pain
  • have acne, eczema or other skin problems
  • feel stuck, unmotivated, or irritable
  • feel stressed and overwhelmed
  • experience mood swings
  • crave sugar or starchy food

Symptoms of Toxic Overload

What underlies these signs are typically the symptoms of toxic overload. The complaints listed above are often how the body signals that it’s experiencing toxic overload and wants a little TLC.
The symptoms of toxic overload are much more extensive than the relatively minor frustrations listed above. The symptoms are also extremely varied and can impact the entire bodily system. Seemingly unrelated conditions may all result from this underlying issue. As mentioned above, chronic insomnia, autoimmune conditions, asthma, arthritis, acne, irritable bowel syndrome, and more serious conditions can all by influenced by toxic overload.

Below is a list of the many symptoms of toxic overload:

  • headaches
  • weight gain or loss
  • constipation
  • belly bloat
  • painful gas
  • frequent belching
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • joint and muscle aches
  • muscle tension
  • soreness
  • acne
  • warts
  • itching
  • eczema
  • skin eruptions
  • inability to focus or concentrate
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • depression
  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • lethargy
  • flu-like symptoms
  • allergic reactions
  • hives
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • coughing
If you experience any of the above, this is a sign your body needs a good internal cleaning. Overall health and optimal wellbeing begin with gut health and nutrition, and cleansing your body is the best way to shift your body into healing and optimal functioning.

What now?

Ready to cleanse? Got any questions? Get in touch with me now and we’ll come up with the best plan for you! My cleanse guides are packed with even more information and are full of delicious, cleanse-friendly recipes to get you started.
In the meantime, check out a few of my cleanse-friendly recipes:
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 […]