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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…

Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes ♥ December

Seasonal Soup and Salad recipes, ideas perfect for the month of December, all from A Veggie Venture's decade+ collection of 1300+ vegetable recipes. December's recipes are mostly veg(etari)an and call for easy-to-find ingredients. Find your December salad (and soup!) inspiration here ...
Let's Give the Gift of Salads!There's a meme flying around Facebook that upends holiday expectations. "Give Presents" turns to "Be Present." "Make Cookies" converts to "Make Memories." My mantra?

Give The Gift of Salads, celebrating the season and gifted with abandon. Somehow salads embody the "hygge" of the kitchen in a way that even summer's freshest garden salads cannot. Simple but sumptuous. Bright with winter color. Wondrous with tastes that are too rich except during the holidays, fresh, crisp greens paired with dried fruits and glazed nuts and tiny bits of pungent cheeses. And so welcomed, before and after resplendent holida…

Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes ♥ November

Seasonal Soup and Salad recipes, ideas perfect for the month of November, all from A Veggie Venture's decade+ collection of vegetable recipes. The recipes are mostly vegan, quick to make (make all but one in under 20 minutes) and perfect for healthy, everyday eating.
This is a "loaves and fishes" recipe collection, of sort. Its origin is a newish (twelve months or so) meal prep practice that makes my meal planning, shopping, cooking and even clean-up life so so so much simpler. It's an uncomplicated premise: just keep a soup and a salad in the fridge all the time. ALL.THE.TIME. When stuff life happens, at least there's dinner in minutes.

Is it a meal prep routine that might work for you? Maybe. I'm thinking (hoping!) the answer is yes so without further ado, here are my favorite recipes for Soup & Salad meal prep inspiration for November. By happenstance, most are vegan, most take no more than 15 or 20 minutes prep time, and lucky stars, most are Weigh…

How to Cook Quinoa ♥ for Meal Prep

Oh friends, we are so going back to meal prep basics here, just some quinoa, some salt, some water, one pot and one stove. Follow this simple technique – just rinse, simmer, rest and fluff – for full, light-textured
quinoa every time. Quinoa = A Year-Round Kitchen Staple. Great for Meal Prep. Low Fat. Weight Watchers Friendly & Freestyle Friendly, quinoa is one of Weight Watchers "free" foods. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Naturally Gluten Free.
I remember searching high and low for quinoa for the first time twelve years ago – my cousin Lynda had sent the recipe for Acorn Squash with Quinoa & Cherries. I'd heard of quinoa but it was a new-ish thing then and none of the big grocery stores carried it. I finally found a dusty container in what we then called a "natural" food store. (Hmm, have natural food stores gone by the wayside? Who's been in one lately?)

Back then I even mispronounced quinoa "KWIN-oh-ah" or "kwin-OH-ah" i…

Vegetables 101 ♥ The Beauty of Asparagus Berries

It's no puppy cam or funny cat video but we interrupt the usual vegetable recipe programming to get up close and intimate with ... asparagus berries. Not to eat, just to look at! and learn about! Aren't the fronds and berries just so delicate and pretty?
WHAT ARE ASPARAGUS BERRIES? Asparagus "berries" appear in the fall on the fronds of female asparagus plants. Female plants??? Yes, there really are separate male and female asparagus plants, that makes asparagus one of numerous "dioecious" plants. [Dioecious is pronounced die-EE-shus, it means "two houses" in Greek.] Another dioecious vegetable is spinach; other dioescious plants include cannabis, date, mulberry, ginko, persimmons and currant.

WHEN DO ASPARAGUS BERRIES APPEAR? Asparagus plants produce feathery fronds near the end of the growing and harvest season. Then in late summer and early fall, green pea-sized berries begin to appear on the fronds. As autumn progresses, the berries turn br…