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Iranian Legume Soup from Ottolenghi’s Plenty More

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First of all, Happy Holidays! It has been quite some time since I have posted anything here on Health is Happiness. It is something I think about every day and get asked about almost every day. I put blog work on hold for a little while to focus on some other things, as I mentioned earlier this year.

I am excited to get back into creating, and sharing delicious healthy recipes with everybody. Just because I haven’t been photographing my food doesn’t mean I haven’t been creating deliciousness in the kitchen.

The seasons have changed twice as my last post was in late spring. The beautiful summer weather is now a distant memory. Fall has come and gone and we are well into winter. Although, besides one massive snowstorm here in Montreal, we haven’t had too much to complain about weather wise. What I do love about colder weather is the food it makes you want to eat. Hearty and warming foods that fill your belly! These are some of the dishes that I love to create and cook. Dishes like this Iranian Legume Soup from Ottolenghi’s new book Plenty More that came out in October. One of the many new cookbooks I have added to my collection since my last post. Continue reading

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Immune Boosting Garlic Soup

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Cold and flu season. Ugh. Many of us fall victim to it at some point or another. I have had a cold for the past week now, and it is the first time I have been sick since last November. I used to get sick several times a year, so this is quite an improvement.

I happened to come across this garlic soup recipe last week. I was not looking for a particular recipe to boost my immune system, but the timing couldn’t have been better. I found the recipe in Annemarie Colbin’s book Food and Healing. Food and Healing is probably my all time favourite book that I have read on nutrition. If you are interested in learning more about nutrition, this book is really interesting and informative.

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Vegetable Stock Recipe

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I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada.  Hopefully you ate some good food and spent time with people you love. Part of Thanksgiving is eating delicious seasonal food, which for me, means lots of soup at this time of year.

How do you improve any homemade soup you make and save money? Make homemade vegetable broth. The vegetable stock recipe here is a simple stock you can make to use in a wide variety of soups, stews, or any other dish that calls for stock.

The taste of homemade vegetable stock is far superior to the majority of store bought stocks or bouillon cubes. Feel free to make this vegetable stock recipe your own by adding other herbs or vegetables.

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Broccoli, Leek and Potato Soup with Roasted Fennel

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Although the past few days have been very kind to us here in Montreal as far as weather goes, we can’t deny that fall is upon us. And what does that mean? It means time for making soups! Delicious soul warming soups like this broccoli, leek and potato soup.

Fall’s seasonal ingredients lend very well to a wide variety of soups. Leeks, broccoli and potatoes are just a few of fall’s delicious offerings. Butternut squashes, pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers, a wide variety of greens, beets, carrots, apples etc.

I took a trip to the market (Jean-Talon) on Friday. Needless to say I was in food heaven. So much incredible produce, it was a little overwhelming. I am not exaggerating when I say that I can’t fit anything else in my fridge right now. Eggplants, beans, beets, leeks, peppers, romanescu, onions celery root, red garlic and more.  It’s hard to say no when the produce is so fresh. The only “problem”is that it comes in massive quantities. I bought a bushel of butternut squash for 8$! Continue reading

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Hearty Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

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Although it is officially spring, the weather isn’t making me a believer.  As my healthy vegetarian split pea soup simmers away on the stove the thermometer outside reads 5 below! It’s April and it’s freezing out!  (note: written on April 2nd) No sense in fighting it because there is nothing we can do about it.

Embrace these last few days of cold weather with a warming soup.  This pea soup is filling and bursting with flavour.  Dried peas are a good source of protein and are packed with fibre.  They will provide you with long lasting slow burning energy to get you through your day.

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Curried Red Lentil & Swiss Chard Soup With Coconut Milk

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IMG_8018This is my new favourite soup, and I am convinced that if you make it, it will be yours as well. What does that mean? It means I really think you should make this soup. I made it at the beginning of last week, and it provided me with lunches and even a quick dinner. I loved it so much, that I made it again today, so I could have it again this week.

Do you have a favourite soup? One that you found yourself making several times this winter? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

This soup is filling, really tasty, incredibly nutritious, and REALLY easy to make. Seriously. It’s so easy! We often don’t have the time or motivation to prepare a healthy meal for ourselves or our family, but preparing a big batch or 2 of something like a soup or a stew is a great way to help you eat healthy. This way you have something ready for those days when you don’t have time or simply aren’t in the mood to cook.

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Roasted Cauliflower, Sweet Potato & Coconut Milk Soup

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This is the second time I have made this soup.  The first time was when my friend Rosanna suggested that we make dinner make for her roommates and neighbours.  She wanted to get to know some of the  neighbours( in her building) better, and thought inviting them over for dinner would be fun. I agreed.  Rosanna, loves to support me in everything I do, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to share my food with others.  Well, at least that’s what she told me.  I think she was happy to have someone  take charge of cooking dinner for 8 people in her apartment kitchen.  I was up for the task, because that is just the type of thing I love to do.

Check out this video of Rosanna and Jon performing their song “Hold Me Down”.  I really love this song.  I am warning you.  It is catchy and will very likely get stuck in your head if you listen to it a few times over.  Enjoy.

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Butternut Squash Soup with Lemongrass, Ginger, Chilis and Coconut Milk

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I know what you are thinking. “Not another butternut squash soup recipe.”  Yes, another butternut squash soup recipe.  Soup seems to be a popular thing to make with butternut squash.  It seems like everybody is making it these days. It is a classic warming winter soup  for good reason. It is absolutely delicious.  I know that I posted a butternut squash soup recipe before Christmas, but I felt that this one was different enough to share.  The last one was roasted butternut squash and parsnip.

The main similarity between the two recipes, other than the fact that they both have butternut squash in them, is that I roasted the butternut squash for both of them.  I love the added depth of flavour that roasting brings to the soup.

The spices used in this soup are similar to those used in some thai curries.  Lemongrass, ginger, red chili peppers, even cumin and of course coconut milk.  This makes for an incredibly flavourful soup.  The roasted squash brings a  sweetness which is balanced with the fire from the chili peppers.  Then, add the kick of lemongrass and ginger.  Oh baby! With the amazing taste of coconut milk to pull it all together. Continue reading

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Parsnip Soup

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Snow. Christmas time. Cold weather. Winter. It is all upon us. Whether you interpret those as good things is up to you. What all those things can also mean is delicious, hearty, comfort food, good for warming you up from the inside. That means soup. Heart warming, tasty, comforting, nourishing. Nothing like a big bowl of hot soup to warm the soul, and put a smile on your face in the winter.

Butternut squash soup is a classic. Simple and delicious. In this version, I added parsnips and allspice for a little different flavour palette. I quite like how it turned out. Incorporating butternut squash and parsnips together is a great way to continue cooking with local foods in the winter. The summer and fall months which bring tons of fresh produce are behind us for this year, but there are some local foods still available. Continue reading

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Hearty Lentil and Kale Soup Recipe

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Although the forecast says a high of 16 degrees tomorrow we all know what is coming.  Don’t worry it will be below freezing by Wednesday.  Soup season is officially upon us.  There is no snow on the ground, but it’s cold enough that our bodies are craving those warming foods.  A lot of comfort food can be quite unhealthy.  The good news is it doesn’t have to be.  Good hearty soups like this lentil soup are very comforting as well healthy.

This soup is incredibly easy to make, it is filling and inexpensive.  Green lentils, potatoes, tomatoes, kale, carrots, celery flavoured with fresh thyme and cumin.

Nutritious and delicious. Simple yet satisfying.  Anyone can put this soup together, even those of you who claim not to cook.  The problem is if you are reading this,  you are more than likely someone who does cook.  So share this recipe with someone you know who doesn’t like to cook but wants to make a delicious hearty soup to keep them warm this winter.

Hearty Lentil and Kale Soup

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2 cups green lentils (or black beluga), picked through and rinsed
6 cups of water

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 large carrots, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
a few sprigs of fresh thyme
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
250 g potatoes, cut in small chunks
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, lightly toasted in pan
2 cups of chopped dinosaur kale, de-stemmed (or other leafy green)
fine grain sea salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
6 cups water or vegetable broth
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In a medium saucepan, combine the lentils with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until tender, but not mushy.  Approximately 20 minutes.  Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a heavy soup pot, over medium heat, combine the oil, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme sprigs,  salt and pepper.  Saute for 5 minutes until the vegetables being to soften.

Add the can of tomatoes and 2 cups of water. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Then add the potatoes. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes.

Add the lentils, and 4 more cups of water or vegetable broth. ( I used water and it was delicious)  Bring the soup back to a boil for 5 minutes before adding the chopped kale and toasted cumin seeds.  Simmer for approximately 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, and allow to cool a little. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.

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