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“For years I have craved sugary foods, but didn’t know why. When I saw the local community center was offering a program on Stressed Out Bodies; Cravings, What Are These About I was intrigued to learn more. Michelle Sanderbeck's presentation helped me to understand why my body was craving certain foods and how to give my body the food and nutrients it needs so that I won’t crave the foods that I know that are not good for my health.” Andrew S.

Lentil Vegetable Soup

• 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 2 small onions, diced
• 2 stalks celery, diced
• 2 medium carrots, diced
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tsp salt, plus more to taste
• 1½ tsp italian seasoning
• 2 bay leaves
• 1 cup trimmed and chopped green beans (I used frozen)
• 4 cups vegetable broth + 1 cup water
• 2 tbsp tomato paste
• 1-15oz caned diced tomatoes (not drained)
• 1 medium potato, cubed
• 1 cup lentils
• 2 cups spinach
• 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  1 Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot or dutch oven.

2 Once oil is hot, add onions, celery, carrots, and a dash of salt. Sautee for about 7 minutes.

3 Add garlic and sautee for another 2 minutes. Stir in the salt, italian seasoning, and bay leaves. Sautee for another minute. Add green beans, vegetable broth, water, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, potato, and lentils. Give it a stir, bring to a boil, then simmer (covered) on low for 35-45 minutes, or until lentils are tender.

Stir in spinach and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Broccoli Soup with Cashew Cream

3 TBSP olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 shallots, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 quart organic chicken broth
6 cups broccoli florets, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
4 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 cup coconut milk
Handful of pumpkin seeds for garnish

For the cashew cream:
¾ cup raw cashews, unsalted
¾ cup water
Salt to taste

  In large soup pot over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add the onions, shallots, ad garlic and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the broth, broccoli, and salt and pepper. Bring to boil, then lower the heat and simmer fro approximately 10 minutes, until the broccoli is soft.

Remove from heat and pour soup into a blender with the thyme. Process until smooth. Return to soup pot and stir in the coconut milk. Warm gently over medium heat.

Puree the cashew cream ingredients in the blender. Serve the soup with a drizzle of cashew cream n top and, if desired, a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds.

Recipe courtesy of Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD

Serves 4-6

Potato Leek Soup

There is only one word to describe this soup—comfort. It’s thick, creamy, and bursting with flavor. Leeks are often underutilized in the kitchen, but they’re a phenomenal source of vitamins and antioxidants, not to mention quite delicious.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 leeks, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 russet potatoes, cubed
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (14-ounce) can white beans
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
 

Sauté leaks in oil over medium-high heat for about five minutes, until softened.

Add garlic and potatoes and sauté two more minutes.

Add broth, beans, and spices.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and puree mixture in a blender. If soup is too thick, add water until desired consistency is reached.

Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Recipe courtesy of The Chopra Center

Carrot Ginger Soup

Just a few simple ingredients combine to make a flavorful (and creamy, thanks to the coconut milk) soup that’s sure to please your taste buds. Fresh onion, carrot, ginger, and garlic are all full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to help strengthen your immunity during the cold winter months.

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 3/4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (14-ounce) can full fat coconut milk
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
 

In a large pot, sauté onion in oil over medium heat for five minutes.

Add carrots, ginger, garlic, and curry powder and toss vegetables until coated in spice. Cook an additional five minutes.Add broth and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 20 to 25 minutes until carrots are soft.

Remove from heat and allow to cool until just warm.

Puree mixture in blender until smooth.

Return mixture to low-medium heat and stir in coconut milk. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe courtesy of The Chopra Center


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