October 19, 2017

October 2017 Updates!

Hi guys and happy OCTOBER! 🍂 I plan on working in more of these "behind the scenes" and lifestyle posts for those interested in seeing what we're up to. (I also created a new Lifestyle tab to gather all these non-recipe posts.) October is my favorite month and here's a peek into what we've been up to lately:

Autumn has arrived!
Last week we walked through downtown Bozeman, Montana to a local tea shop and came across this maple tree in full autumn color-mode (with that gorgeous blue sky backdrop) 💙

After a quick stop at the tea shop (with our cozy pumpkin chai lattes!) we hit the trail. Bozeman has so many beautiful hiking/biking trails around the city, and we love to get out and explore them. Sunshine, fresh air, pine trees, and mountain views with family - my perfect day!

I try to wake up early enough to catch the sunrise and there have been some pretty incredible ones lately. Little things like this add so much joy to my mornings 😊

One more sunrise pic from a different morning - the color palette was stunning! 🎨

Here's the view from another hike we took in the Bridger Mountains just when the fall colors were starting to emerge. (And I love the soothing sounds of a gently flowing stream.)

We also spend a ton of time at our food co-op which focuses on local, organic produce. Just look at those beauties! Love when they're lined up all pretty 🌿

Recent Reads
Big Magic
by Elizabeth Gilbert
I shared this book on my Instagram a couple weeks ago after really enjoying Elizabeth's down-to-earth writing style. This book was a huge spark of inspiration and such a fun read! (Find it here on Amazon.)

by Dr. Wayne Dyer
This book was a recommendation from the lovely Ashley at Blissful Basil 💛 I took my time reading this one (and plan to revisit often) because it's so beautifully dense with wisdom and encourages us to tap into our deep, inner awareness. Powerful read! (Find it here on Amazon.)

by Chris Guillebeau
Such a cool idea for a book. Chris shares incredible stories around the world of ordinary people doing remarkable things. It also encourages everyone to pursue a challenging quest to find more meaning and long-term happiness. He gives great advice on finding our own quest and motivating us to make leap. (Find it here on Amazon.)

by Winston & Maimes
This was a brand new topic for me and whether you're familiar with adaptogens or never heard of them before (me!) this is a great reference. These powerful herbs have a long history of providing ancient remedies around the world, and have been well documented. Adaptogens are said to help our body stay balanced, normalized, and overall healthy, while increasing our resistance to stresses and illness. Definitely been a fun new topic to explore! (Find it here on Amazon.)

After getting acquainted with adaptogens and their amazing benefits, it inspired me to try these herb blends. It's always good to start small with anything new like this to gauge how your body responds, so we've been slowly working them into our routine the past month. Is anyone else familiar with adaptogens? I'd love to hear your thoughts and experience! I found these two blends at our co-op but you can also find them on Amazon here: Adrena Uplift & Adrena Nourish.

Latest Recipes Recap
I was so excited to post this recipe a few weeks ago - it's a 30 minute, flavor packed, family-friendly soup that everyone can personalize with their own favorite toppings. (Plus a huge nutrient boost from all the veggies and the lentil/black bean combo!)

This is my favorite go-to taco seasoning blend that I posted years ago, but recently updated the photos when I used it again for the Lentil Taco Soup. A great spice blend to make and have on hand, or adapt to your own personal taste - chipotle powder is a great, smoky twist!

Another warm and cozy soup ready in just 30 minutes. This is one of the easiest soups I've ever made - you literally just chop a few veggies, put everything in the pot, and bring to a boil. I love how silky and smooth the broth is, with tons of flavor from the curry powder 💛

I made another batch of these candied nuts recently and updated this 2012 recipe with some fresh new photos. We love having these on hand as a snack or for salad toppers!

That's a wrap! Would love to hear how autumn is wherever you are. Hope you're enjoying the sights, smells, and all the cozy good things.

🌻 -Kaitlin 

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October 8, 2017

Vegetable Curry Soup (30 minute!)

I love cozy, warming meals 💛 And this easy 7-ingredient soup only takes 30 minutes from start to finish! It quickly develops a silky, golden broth... rich with flavor and overflowing with veggies. I love the challenge of making a recipe as simple as possible without skimping on flavor. This one you literally chop a few veggies, throw everything in a pot, and bring to a boil. Yes! Curry powder is the magic ingredient that brings it all together - it's such a rock star, flavor-packed spice blend. Either serve the soup as is, mixed with rice, or with some warm pita/naan bread (for dipping into that silky broth!) Hope you enjoy!

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Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free
Serves about 4-5

1 small head cauliflower (about 3 cups florets)
1 large carrot
2 medium potatoes (about 2 cups cubed)
3 cups vegetable broth
14 oz. can coconut milk, unsweetened
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. curry powder
1 1/2 cups frozen peas
Salt to taste
Variations: spinach/kale, broccoli, snow peas, water chestnuts, fresh cilantro for serving

Dice carrot and potatoes. Cut cauliflower into small florets.
In a stockpot, combine all ingredients except frozen peas (and spinach if using).
Bring to a light boil over high heat then reduce heat to medium-low.
Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Stir in frozen peas (and spinach if using) and let heat for 2 minutes.
Salt to taste.

Great served with rice or warm naan/pita bread for dipping!

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September 17, 2017

Lentil Taco Soup

You could say I'm easily excitable over food (understatement) but some recipes I get extra, extra excited about. This is one of those recipes. It's SUPER easy, yet incredibly flavorful... and so pretty! I'm always looking for more ways to work in lentils (read: they're inexpensive and packed with nutrients) and this simple soup is packed with SO much awesome fiesta flavor from the homemade taco seasoning. The best part is you can load it up with alllll your favorite taco toppings before serving. Extra avocado? 🥑 YES PLEASE. It's a fun, family-friendly meal that works great for kids & crowds - just double the recipe if needed for more. Hope you love it as much as we do!

PS - come join The Garden Grazer on Instagram 🍓 and share a pic if you make this! I love seeing what you guys cook up!

Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free
Serves about 4-5

1 onion
3 cloves garlic
1 cup dry brown lentils
15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
15 oz. can black beans (or pinto, kidney)
1 cup corn (I use frozen)
4 cups vegetable broth
3 Tbsp. taco seasoning
Optional toppings: cilantro, fresh tomato, avocado, tortilla strips, dairy-free cheese, green onion, hot sauce

Dice onion.
In a stockpot over med-high heat, saute onion in 3 Tbsp. broth/water for about 6-7 minutes.
Meanwhile, mince garlic and make taco seasoning.
When onion is translucent, add garlic and taco seasoning. Saute 1 minute.
Add 4 cups broth and tomatoes with juice. Bring to a light boil.
Rinse lentils and add to stockpot. Once lightly boiling, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until lentils are tender. (Add more broth/water if desired.)
Rinse and drain black beans. Stir in black beans and corn during last few minutes of cooking.
Serve with any desired toppings.

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