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Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes ♥ March

Seasonal Soup and Salad recipes, ideas perfect for the month of March, all from A Veggie Venture's decade+ collection of 1300+ vegetable recipes. March's recipes are mostly veg(etari)an, mostly Weight Watchers friendly, mostly naturally gluten free and call for easy-to-find ingredients. Find your March salad (and soup!) inspiration here ...
About March's Recipe CollectionSeasonal cooks know the feeling: it's not yet spring, not yet. (In fact, my hometown of St. Louis is slated for a weekend of single-digit temps and snow this very weekend.) But seasonal cooks are beginning to lighten up our palates. Soups, yes, but a little bit lighter. Salads, of course, nothing indulgent but hearty enough for a light lunch or soup+salad supper.

And I'm so pleased that A Veggie Venture's March soup and and salad recipes reflect this annual bridge period: not quite winter but not yet spring. Lots of citrus. Plenty of late-winter greens. A special soup for St. Patrick's Da…

Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup ♥

Today's hearty soup: Homemade Vegetable Beef, all about the vegetables but made with homemade beef stock. Great for Meal Prep. Naturally Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly. Weight Watchers Friendly & Freestyle Friendly. Originally published way back in 2007!
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Soup, Glorious Soup. Especially During the Cold Months.As the air turns cooler in the fall, the food on the table turns warm. From then until spring, soup it is, a couple of times a week. I make soup in big batches; the leftovers are perfect for quick lunches and light suppers. Often, some goes into the freezer. (Hint-Hint: Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup freezes beautifully!)

Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup is a flavorful soup. It is all about the vegetables but with enough meat to feel substantial. Make it over a couple of days if you can, so that the fat can be removed from the beef stock and the flavors can meld.

And it's a "concept recipe" – more a starting point, really, than an exacti…

Light Red Cabbage & Carrot Slaw ♥ for Late-Winter Color

Today's easy coleslaw: A quick mix of grated carrot and red cabbage tossed with a super-light dressing. This colorful slaw makes a great side salad but is also wonderful tucked into a taco or sandwich. Low Carb. Low Fat. Weight Watchers Friendly & Freestyle Friendly. Vegetarian Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Naturally Gluten Free.
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Oh! The color! I so remember the color!

I wasn't long out of university – though settled into my first apartment, my first grown-girl suits and pumps and even my first first job – when one Friday night, I fell into a string of potent cocktails. Singapore slings, I think they were although unsurprisingly due to time and said-string, my memory's a little fuzzy on the detail. What I do remember is the appeal — the outright seduction — of the bejeweled color of those sweet cocktail concoctions.

Those looooong-ago cocktails popped into my brain as I grated first cabbage and then carrot the other night. Like dazzlin…

Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes ♥ February

Seasonal Soup and Salad recipes, ideas perfect for the month of February, all from A Veggie Venture's decade+ collection of 1300+ vegetable recipes. These late-winter soup and salad recipes are mostly veg(etari)an and call for easy-to-find ingredients. Find your cold-weather salad (and soup!) inspiration here ...
This week's polar vortex has turned much of the country into ice cubes. My hometown in Minnesota? It hasn't been above zero for days and hit minus 36F on Wednesday – I'm reminded of the old adage, "At forty below, it's all the same." Whether Fahrenheit or Celsius, that's C-O-L-D cold! And cold weather calls for soup ... kitchen-scenting, belly-warming and life-sustaining. Stay warm, all!

About February's Recipe CollectionI'm loving these intense look-backs into recipes from A Veggie Venture's archives! Too long forgotten? Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup, just one of four recipes from this page revisited recently. So good! But Febru…

Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes ♥ January

Seasonal Soup and Salad recipes, ideas perfect for the month of January, all from A Veggie Venture's decade+ collection of 1300+ vegetable recipes. January's recipes are mostly veg(etari)an and call for easy-to-find ingredients. And healthy! It is January after all! Find your January salad (and soup!) inspiration here ... plus a life-changing meal-prep bonus!
About January's Recipe CollectionBack in 2006 (on Day 280 of that first year that gave A Veggie Venture its very name, when I tried a new vegetable recipe every day for an entire year), I wrote: "I tend to forget about vegetable salads during the winter. My mistake!" So true! And so January's list of salad recipes is shorter than I'd think – and two of the five were posted last year, the other three in the prior twelve years. (Shocking, that!) Are we all eating more winter salads than we once did? I'm pleased with these recipes, though, a mix of "weeknight simple" and "weekend far…