Roasted Creamy Cauliflower Soup – Dairy & Dairy-Free Recipe

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This soup is so hearty, comforting and easy to make. In fact, I made this last night at the last minute because I was craving some warm soup since is has been raining like cats and dogs here in Phoenix. I’m actually wearing sweats and the temp is in the low 50’s. Chilly for us living in the valley of the Sun.

I like this soup because it is so versatile and can be healthy or even add some yummy fixins like cheese and bacon to change it up a bit.

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Here is the recipe for the healthy vegan/vegetarian version.

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Healthy Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce: Fave Foods Made Healthy Series

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There are many things that I am working on attaining.  A long list of things; be it in the kitchen or in life, things I want or am striving to learn or do better.  But there is one thing that I feel I excel in, not that I don’t continue to expand and evolve and learn anew anytime that I am able.  This one thing is pasta.

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, in the early rays of a sun lit afternoon or the wee hours of the night at three am; I can whip up a plate of mouth-watering pasta.  As long as I have a box of noodles the possibilities are endless.  It has nothing to do with what I have in the cupboard or the fridge.  In fact, I take it as challenge the barer the kitchen is!  My secret is not only in the simplicity of the dish, but also the quality of the ingredients.  I mean come on, let’s be honest, if you are making a dish with three ingredients, you can’t skimp on the quality of what you use!

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Huckleberry Yogurt Scones – Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free

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In the year or so prior to going gluten free, my breakfasts typically subsisted of a latte and a massive blueberry or lemon curd scone.  Aside from a bowl of yogurt and fruit – it’s one of the most fulfilling breakfasts I can think of.  So after going gluten free one of my first priorities was to learn to bake scones with a new selection of flours.

My first attempt at scones (actually the first gluten free thing I ever baked) was made with 100% white rice flour. They were fluffy but incredibly gritty – not what I remembered. So I continued to experiment and by year two, I got to what my husband and I call “scookies”. These were treats that tasted like scones, had the right consistency, but flattened out like a cookie. It was year three when everything finally fell in place after my mom gifted me a cast iron mini-scone pan. Turns out, this makes all the difference for well-shaped gluten free scones.

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Mardi Gras Chicken Fingers

Mardi Gras Chicken Fingers are an easy addition to your celebratory Fat Tuesday table!

Mardi Gras Chicken Fingers

Mardi Gras is here early this year, so it’s time to get celebrating!

King Cakes fly off the shelves starting in January, and purple, green, and gold everything adorn windows, stores, wreaths, and trees. I’ve seen school bands practicing in my neighborhood to get ready for marching the parade route, and I passed floats driving down the interstate with full police escort. Mardi Gras never fails to bring out the fun in the city.

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