D-Licious Soup

Recipe, Design and Photo by Suzanne

Its getting cold around here and soups come back onto the menu for warm comfy food to warm the body from the inside. This soup was born of a previous Potato Leek Soup. I made the broth from a base of the Potato Leek Soup and dropped into the saucepan chunks of onions, a variety of dried beans, legumes, quinoa, celery coarsely chopped, baby tomato’s chopped added some water stirred and tempted into a slow easy bubbling broth with all the yummy fillings. Stir in a Tbsp. Miso and give the broth a shot of red wine to flavor. Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble. Leave it alone apart from a few loving stirs with a wooden spoon.

When ready – serve piping hot in a beautiful bowl top with Nutritional Yeast and lots of freshly chopping quality garlic. I added some freshly chopped shallots to this one too Serve in a warm bowl is a very nice added feature – there is nothing worse than serving soup in a cold bowl – that’s a pet peeve of mine. I always pop the bowls on the stove as the soup is building it start warming of them.

We all said ” it’s so D-Licious”. So D-Licious is my name for this soup. No two soups taste alike this is important and why I like to make soups from scratch or bend recipes.

Have fun play with your recipe and make your soup with attention and love in mind – I believe the soup is a reflection of the maker. A little goes a long way.

Serve with some corn chips or really good bread toasted.

Make a big pot and perhaps freeze some for a later time like when you arrive home from a tropical holiday have some that you can quickly pull out from the fridge – ah we’re home!

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P.F. Chang’s – Waikiki – Good For Vegetarians/Vegans

Vegetarian Lettuce Wrap

Below is a small sample from their menu. We like it here as it offers good selection for Vegans with the staff very helpful in a great location offering open tiki torch deck and plenty of room inside with a huge upstairs. It is very busy however it doesn’t take long, especially for small groups e.g. couples, three or four in your group. We had to wait for maybe 10 minutes and that was fine – good people watching  🙂 or enjoying a drink from the bar … Warm welcoming place accommodating those with different food interests. Not full Vegan or Vegetarian. This is one of the few places we found that caters for Vegans/Vegetarians with more than just hummus and chips or avocado. We have enjoyed the Buddha Feast, the Mushroom Combo, Asparagus small plates along with the Tofu Lettuce Wrap.

vegetarian MA PO TOFU
Sichuan’s famous dish of crispy silken tofu in a vegetarian sauce with steamed broccoli 11.5

vegetarian BUDDHA’S FEAST
Vegetable medley with five-spice tofu served steamed or stir-fried 9.95

vegetarian COCONUT CURRY VEGETABLES
Stir-fried mixed vegetables, crispy silken tofu and peanuts in a vegetarian coconut curry sauce 10.95

vegetarian spicy STIR-FRIED EGGPLANT
Tossed with scallions in a savory chili pepper sauce 10.95

vegetarian spicy VEGETABLE CHOW FUN
Soft, wide rice noodles and vegetables in a vegetarian sauce 11.5

vegetarian VEGETARIAN FRIED RICE
Our fried rice in a savory vegetarian sauce 12.5

Spicy and Vegetarian Legend View our Nutritional Information
All entrees are served with a choice of steamed brown or white rice.

If you have a food allergy or special dietary restrictions, please notify a manager or chef and we will try to accommodate you.

Everybody Say “Vegan Nacho’s”

Vegan Nacho’s – Recipe, Design and Photo by Suzanne

Ok, everyone loves Nacho’s. Vegan Nacho’s are so easy to make everyone loves them.  Here is my very easy and ever so yummy Vegan Nachos.

Turn oven on to bake or broil at 400 degrees. Take some really good quality tortilla chips pop them into a pan or bowl that is oven safe.

Cover tortilla chips with vegan cheese of choice, in my case we use Daiya Cheese and its delicious melts beautifully and a serious winner on the vegan cheese front.

Melting the cheese means watching the oven as this will burn easily so STAND BY THE OVEN AND CHECK OR PUT TIMER ON FOR SMALL 5 MINUTE INTERVALS but please DON’T WALK AWAY FROM THIS.

Daiya Cheese can be frozen so if we see it on sale we buy it freeze it for such moments as friends popping in or hungry kids after school. This is a great item to have on hand in your vegan kitchen.

Once melted to my hearts content I will usually add some sprinkles of nutritional yeast and some fresh salsa plus avocado to make fresh yummy treat that wins hearts makes friends perfect treat for kids great for parties.

You can add finely chopped green onions or beans of course. Make the experience fun and the outcome delicious with this easy to Vegan Nacho idea.

You can make big plates of this filled with beans, avocado, tortilla and cheese or small individual ones – flexible recipe is a good recipe.

Takes 5 minutes to prepare, 10 to melt, 5 to eat, 1 to say “hmmmmmmmmm”, 6 to say “is there more” 🙂 and off you go again 🙂

Always – have fun and make it a great day.

Everybody say “Vegan Nachos” 🙂

Passionate Pumpkin Pleaser

Original Creation & Recipe with photo by Suzanne

I was fortunate to find some lovely orange pumpkin pieces for tonight’s dinner. All the other ingredients I had in stock  home. Love an easy meal on a cool autumn night. This recipe offer up soft flavors and luscious textures with a melt in your mouth type of moment. This took like no time to make and went down as two thumbs up delicious.

Recipe: Passionate Pumpkin Pleaser

  • Put music on. Get your bowls ready and put them on the stove top for warming.
  • Get pot of rice going – I use a lovely brown rice in the classic way of 1 cup rice 2 cups water – I also added to the rice a handful of Quinoa for good luck Pop lid on bring to boil and cook until ready.
  • I am a bit of a rule breaker on the rice cooking so I do turn it while boiling and I do put in other things such as mixing with Quinoa. I also added a pinch of  fresh Lavender for flavor in the kitchen.
  • While the rice is cooking take a heavy skillet add a dash of coconut oil and put on a low heat.
  • Add chopped onions, garlic, mushrooms and bring to simmer.
  • Add dash of red wine to taste and put lid on skillet keep simmering.
  • Toss in pumpkin pieces and shopped green onions and keep on a low simmer.
  • Add a teaspoon of miso and stir in nicely into a rich gravy.

Take your warm bowls from the stove top and fill them with the scented rice/quinoa mix. The pumpkin mixture should have a lovely rich flavorful almost earthy. Tip the skillet to separate the rich sauce and spoon out bountiful portions onto the rice. Then add the hot rich sauce over the whole dish. Top with nutritional yeast and almond shavings then serve piping hot right away.

Add some Tortilla Chips for some extra crunch or crumble on top for added texture.

This easy meal was a huge hit with my family tonight and all gone not a flake to spare. Feeling all warm and fuzzy now. Yum o!

Super easy super good super nutritious and super all gone 🙂

Good Love – Lunch / Dinner Meal – Suze’s Saturday Delight

Suze’s Saturday Delight.

Photo by Suzanne

Tonight’s dinner was awesome. Super easy super yum oh.

Quickly cook up some rice noodles. Meanwhile getting chopping anything you have. In this case I chopped up into a bowl garlic, onion, tomatoes, cucumber, mint and added lemon juice. Stir this up and get the flavors mixing.You can let this sit as long as you want really however as it is moist I suggest using within a couple of hours. In this case I kept giving it a quick toss about then getting on with draining the noodles. In a saucepan lightly melt some coconut oil and toss in chopped mushrooms to saute until you desire. Then make a spot in the hot pan for the noodles along with your tomato cucumber mix, making three separate parts in the same pan.  Toss in some sesame oil heat to steamed. Remove lid and select a bunch from each group and make beautiful layers of delicious food. Top with a dash of miso paste, garlic turmeric pickle. Add some diced avocados with a sprinkle toss of Chia, Flax and, Sesame Seeds.  Complete with healthy sprinkle of nutritional yeast. Serve in warm bowls that have been slowly warming up on the stoves edges.  This meal took 12 minutes to make and 8 minutes to eat. Oh yea this is seriously easy and delicious.  Gluten Free. Packed with nutrition. Add more less to amounts according to how many mouths you feed.  Easy meal for popping in fridge for next day or to take to work/school in container. Add steamed or raw broccoli topped with nutritional yeast and coconut oil for color and health. Top the whole meal with a fresh healthy dose of lemon or lime or combo of the juice and serve right away.

Easy Zucchini Dinner

Easy Zucchini Dinner

Zucchini stuffed with with brown rice, finely chopped mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, dried currents, garlic, some finely chopped greens, seeds of choice including sesame, sunflowers, roughly ground almonds, onto of a spread of garlic pickle and broiled until hot topped with nutritional yeast for good luck.