The Creamiest Vegan Soup (Cauliflower)

If you're looking to make a silky smooth, creamy vegan soup, today is your day. This gem caught my attention because it is quite different than most “creamy” vegan soups I come across. It uses a clever trick to achieve its signature texture. And the resulting soup doesn't rely on heavy cream or lots of coconut milk. Bingo.
The Creamiest Vegan Soup Recipe
The lineage of this soup goes something like this. Genius recipe-spotter Kristen Miglore highlighted this Paul Bertolli recipe on Food52 back in 2011. The CAP Beauty ladies gave it a turmeric and mustard twist in their new book, and I went from there. Adding yellow split peas on top make it a one-bowl meal, nutritional yeast tees up some cheesy flavor notes. I also upped the quantity because, leftovers.

The Creamiest Vegan Soup Recipe

The Technique: Make a Vegan Soup Super Creamy

The base of this soup is cauliflower. I make cauliflower soup all the time. The thing that makes this recipe special is the cooking technique. You let the cauliflower steam, in the pot, for 15 minutes. You can do this with cauliflower and get tender delicious florets out of the process. When you do this with vegetables like asparagus you end up with sad, overcooked, off color asparagus. Long way of saying, cauliflower is a great ingredient for this technique. Carrot and sweet potato also love the steam approach. 

The Creamiest Vegan Soup Recipe

This is a vegan soup.  It is also gluten-free, boosted with turmeric, and relatively quick to make on a weeknight. Leftovers are great and endlessly adaptable.

Other Ideas

This version is spike with  turmeric and mustard. You can certainly explore other directions. Grated ginger would be a great addition. Or, if you have spices left over from chana masala, perfect! I even stir a cup of rice porridge into the leftovers, for an excellent rice soup.

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13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthy, Feel-Good Food

I'm so excited about this post, I'm not sure why I didn't do it sooner! I love being able to use my site not only to share the recipes I'm excited about cooking, but to highlight other cooks who inspire me. Many of them have Instagram accounts, so I thought I'd pull together a list of a few favorites. My hope is that they'll all inspire you to want to jump into the kitchen. They tend to celebrate lots of plants and vegetables, and generally integrate food, cooking, balance, and wellness into their lives in a way that inspires others. I actually have a much longer list, so think of this as the first installment. And, if you're into it, I'll share more!

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food – Ellen Fisher / @ellenfisher – I love this family. Watching the kids grow up on Ellen's You Tube channel has been amazing, their love for good food and nature from the time they were tiny is inspiring to all. One love! :)!

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food– Alaina Sullivan / @alasully – She's on design over at Bon Appétit Magazine, but she's actually one of my favorite cooks to watch.

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food– Candice Kumai / @candicekumai/ – Excited for her new book! – Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food – Heidi Swanson / @heidijswanson – My Instagram, just in case you're not already following!

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food– ABCVNYC / @abcvnyc – Top of my list the next time I'm in NYC. I just wish they posted more! 🙂

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food – Andy Baraghani / @andybaraghani – I met Andy at a dinner at David Tanis's house a few days days before he started as Senior Food Editor at Bon Appétit Magazine and I couldn't wait to see what he'd be up to. He's just got that je ne sais quoi, and his recipes are are, so often, exactly what you want to be eating. Color, texture, flavor – he's just one of those cooks who has the good spidey sense.

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food – Beatrice Valenzuela / @beatricevalenzuela – Known for her clothing, shoe, and jewelry designs, Beatrice is actually one of my favorite cooks to watch. Catch glimpses through her watch Insta-stories for a peek into her Echo Park kitchen & life.

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food– Botanica / @botanicafood – The Instagram feed for Botanica Food & Market in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. If you can't be there, you can at least see what is coming out of the kitchen ;)…

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food – Camille Becerra / @camillebecerra – Chef at DeMaria in New York, all around inspiring person. Only wish Camille was West Coast :)!

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food – INDAY / @inday_nyc – Energizing Food + Good Karma, wish there was an INDAY in San Francisco.

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food – Nourished Journal / @nourishedjournal – a great wellness gateway with lots of wonderful profiles – for ex: alaalison, allylwalsh, and mynewroots.

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food – Sprouted Kitchen / @sproutedkitchen – Real life, real food. Love Sara.

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food – Anna Jones / @we_are_food – One of my favorite U.K. cookbook authors.

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Instant Pot Chickpea Cauliflower Korma

Today's recipe is a fantastic mash-up of sorts. It's an Insta-friendly riff on the Chickpea Cauliflower Korma recipe in Jennifer Iserloh's The Healing Slow Cooker. An Instant Pot korma. I paired it with the high-impact Indian-spiced Simmer Sauce from Coco Morante's The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook. If you have a simmer sauce on hand, whether it's this aforementioned one, or a store-bought version you love, this couldn't come together more quickly. It's the perfect vehicle to get all sorts of goodness into your body in one, delicious sitting.

Instant Pot Chickpea Cauliflower Korma

I love this recipe because it's absolutely packed with power ingredients, including a nice range of fragrant spices. I like to think I get a lot of spice in my diet, but I think the real key is integrating spice blends into lots of meals. Not just a few times a week, but daily. For example, the simmer sauce has coriander, cayenne, cumin, turmeric, paprika, and whatever spices are in your garam masala blend. It's how you shift from single notes to a chord.

Instant Pot Chickpea Cauliflower Korma

No problem if you don't have an Instant Pot, a stovetop version is a breeze as well, and I'll include guidelines for that down below! Also, for reference, this is the Instant Pot I used for this recipe: Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1

Instant Pot Chickpea Cauliflower Korma

Side note – Another way to get a medley of spices and power-ingredients into your meals are pastes. That's part of the reason I love strong curry pastes like this one, or a boosted miso paste like this one.

Lastly, if you have an Instant Pot, be sure to poke around this new section with all the instant pot recipes in one place.

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How To Make the Creamy, Toasted Coconut Milk of Your Dreams

Let me start by saying, if you already make your own nut milks at home, you have to try this. I mean – walk to your kitchen, turn the oven dial, and get some coconut in there. You have to trust me here. I started making homemade toasted coconut milk a few months ago, and it has become one of my favorite things. It's creamy, rich, nutty, and intense. I enjoy it immensely on its own, and as an ingredient in other preparations as well. It's a real flavor punch. Imagine all the ways you can use it to make some of your favorite preparations even better. It's great in chai tea, in morning oatmeal, baked oatmeal(!). You can use it in a wild range of sweet preparations, but it's also good as a way to add a little je ne sais quoi, to broths, soups, and weeknight curries.

You can see how it comes together in a video of the process here, and you can find the recipe down below, as well as a few notes. Let me know if you make it, and if you do, please let me know how you're using it!

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A couple notes. If you want to totally geek out on this, play around with the toastiness of your coconut. If you toast coconut deeply, you're going to have a different profile than a more lightly toasted coconut. I tend to ride the dark side of the spectrum, but it's wild the difference between a milk made with lightly toasted versus dark. Both delicious, just different.

Toasted Coconut Milk

Toasted Coconut Milk

Also, like all pure coconut milk, it will separate. And it solidifies in the refrigerator. Use it as you would canned coconut milk, and expect it to behave similarly (i.e. you might need to warm it up a bit, and give it a good stir before using)…

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Spicy Tahini Noodles with Roasted Vegetables

This is my favorite kind of weeknight meal. Noodles tossed with a quick sauce, topped with an abundance of vegetables, and kissed with chile feistiness courtesy of the condiment shelf. Spicy tahini noodles. It's in high-rotation around here at the moment, and I'll mention some variations down below. The gist: make a simple, thinned-out tahini sauce, roast the vegetables while your pasta water is coming to a boil, toss and serve on one platter. If you like those old-school Chinese restaurant spicy peanut noodles, these are sort-of their tahini slathered distant cousins.

A couple things worth noting. I've made this with fresh udon noodles (delicious!), you see it pictured here made with whole wheat fettuccini (thumbs up), and I'm also convinced thick, wide rice noodles would be good. Feel free to experiment. I think the key is a substantial noodle – skip the angel hair, and soba for this round.

Spicy Tahini Noodles with Roasted Vegetables

Spicy Tahini Noodles with Roasted Vegetables

On the vegetable front, literally clean out your crisper, and play around with the different vegetables you use here. Just group them in neighborhoods. This way if some of the vegetables cook more quickly than others, you can just move them off the sheet pan.

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California Tom Yum Soup

This soup is a distant relative of the vibrant, brothy tom yum soup you likely know from many Thai restaurants. Part of its magic is the way (a good version) plays sweet off sour, balancing herbaceousness, feisty heat, and just the right amount of saltiness. There are infinite interpretations of it, but this is how I make it in my (California) kitchen. It has evolved over the years, and this version is vegetarian / vegan, made with a fresh tom yum paste, highlighting whatever seasonal produce is on hand. It evolves with with the seasons, and I like to use any leftover to the next day to add dimension to rice bowls, or as egg poaching liquid, or as the broth in a breakfast congee. Be sure to read the headnotes before you dive into this one. Enjoy! -h

California Tom Yum Soup

California Tom Yum Soup

California Tom Yum Soup

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Her secret to shedding 40lbs in 4 months: the recap one year later

Hey guys! I’m sharing something intimate with you today and believe it will make a difference for you.

What I’m sharing is a ‘big reveal’ around what Nicole, one of my most heartfelt transformation success stories, was holding onto and what she let go of to lose and keep off the 40 extra pounds she was painfully carrying.

What I’m proud of is the ripple effect my clients like Nicole experience. The ripple effect is what you’ll hear us talk about in our no holding back, questions answered girl talk. Hit play!

Back to you. Your choices to pick up something unhealthy and comfort your body often doesn’t come from a physiological response unless your body is in distress/eliciting a negative response, and that’s another story. Where these less than amazing choices come from is someplace MUCH deeper and THAT place is what either makes us or breaks us in the key areas (that we share about in this video) that matter.

Join us for real girl talk in this 20-minute tell-all. We want to hear from you and if you relate!

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Girl Talk with Natalie Jill

Girl Talk with Natalie Jill

Join us on our next retreat HERE and experience your own breakthrough!

XO,

Natalie

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Meet Terri! 37 Pound Weight Loss Success Story!

Meet Terri! 37 Pound Weight Loss Success Story!

Meet Terri! 37 Pound Weight Loss Success Story!

In Terri’s words:

Meet Terri! 37 Pound Weight Loss Success Story!

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“Thank You is not enough to say to Natalie Jill and the entire team of people that helped me get my life back. I am so grateful for this amazing tribe of women and so appreciative for my new sustainable lifestyle. The opportunity to participate in Natalie’s groups and her Breakthrough Weekend has been a blessing.

Soooo proud to say that I no longer need to wear curvy jeans!!  I started with Natalie Jill at a size 16 and am now wearing an 8 🙂

For most of my life I did not have to worry about my weight. I was active and thin. After suffering a back injury, my workouts stopped and I slowly began gaining weight. I am 50 and want to be active, travel and have fun!! I knew that was hard to do if I was feeling unhealthy and overweight.

Most importantly, I would like to say thank you to Natalie Jill for sharing and being fun and positive. My husband and I both enjoy the positive message that you share and the fun way you share it. My goal is to be fit and healthy!!

Weight loss is 37 pounds (since Jan 2017), BMI 25. Percent body fat 32.5. I am now inside the healthy zone and feel amazing. I have decided that this journey shall continue forever.”

Wow! Go Terri! We are SO PROUD of you! You are FIT, HEALTHY and inspiring us all!

Meet Terri! 37 Pound Weight Loss Success Story!

Meet Terri! 37 Pound Weight Loss Success Story!

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Aging in Reverse

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Aging in reverse

When I’m told “I’m too old” I choose to ignore it. You see, I’ve decided to age in REVERSE. Many people “hide” their age, but I pretty much blast it from the roof tops. Why? Because to me, I feel GREAT for 46. I am not ashamed of my age and I don’t feel the need to try and be 20 again. I love progressing towards the best me possible!

I believe in aging in reverse

What does Aging in reverse mean?

Aging in reverse means “improving” and getting BETTER, SMARTER, STRONGER as the years go by. You have more experience, more resources, more trial and error, more practice, more knowledge so WHY NOT?

Why listen to people that put “aging” into such a negative light?

Here is how to embrace aging in reverse:

Eat real food. Stay as CLOSE to natural as possible. Processed food and junk will AGE you and put unnecessary strain on your body. Our bodies were NOT designed to process chemicals, artificial junk and high doses of sugar! Keep it real unprocessing your diet

Eat your veggies and phytonutrients. Vegetables have so many amazing nutrients to help keep you feeling and looking young.  Nobody EVER “got fat” eating too many carrots! 🥕 ‘s
Seriously- don’t get me started here. Load up on those veggies!

Stay active!  Just MOVE! Park further, walk more, play, walk instead of drive, bike to run errands, take the long cut, and keep moving. Quit sitting so dang much!!! (Yup I’m yelling)

Challenge yourself always. Progression with your body as well as your mind is key. You can ALWAYS improve from where you are no matter what your age. Practice, be determined, and move forward!

Try new things and never stop with your goals. Age is not a reason to not go for your goals.
Keep negativity out of your life. If someone causes stress or brings you down there is no reason to engage with them.

Drop the excuses and self imposed stops. FIND SOLUTIONS and progress forward. You are not “too old” it’s not “too late” you are just getting started!

Age backwards. XO Natalie Jill

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I have always hated my arms

I have always hated my arms

I have always hated my arms. In fact, as a baby I had super chubby arms. I’m not exaggerating. The kind with rolls on them- like the Pillsbury dough boy. For real.

My mom said people used to “comment” on the 9 rolls on my arms (yes there were 9 of them). She told me that people used to stop her on the street and say “that’s a big bruiser of a boy you got there!”

It never mattered that I had a pink bow in my hair (true story- you can ask her if she hasn’t already told you or you can look at the pictures below.

Hating my arms was never-ending.

When I was in the best shape of my life I still hated my arms.
When I was in the worst shape of my life- I hated my arms.
In a tank top – I hated my arms.
In a strapless dress… I hated my arms.

In ANYTHING no matter what… I hated my arms.

It could be 110 degrees outside and I would likely still have had something covering my arms.

You could have told me that you loved my arms and it wouldn’t have mattered.

I hated them.
You know what the funny thing is? You likely have not ever noticed my arms.

You see- WE hyper focus on ridiculous things about US that no one else notices! Everyone does it.

We focus on something ridiculous that no one else notices.

I decided a while back that I would LOVE my arms. Not because they would CHANGE or all of a sudden be totally different but because there is GRATITUDE in what my arms do daily for me. That list is so long.

Focus on what we LOVE not what we hate and everything starts to shift.

xo Natalie Jill

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