This soup is thick, delicious and nutritious, and it’s spices are especially warming on a cold winter day. Put it on in the morning and revel in its warmth and fragrance after a day of snowshoeing, skiing or sledding. Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free, it’s also suitable for any cleanse or new eating habits (I hate the word “diet!”) you may be testing in the new year. Continue reading
It seems everyone in the blogging sphere is doing Top Posts for 2012. I’m really enjoying the reminders for articles I wanted to check out but didn’t get to, posts I did read and forgot about, etc. I thought the same might be helpful for you. Here, in no particular order, are the Top 5 posts clicked on for 2012 at The Soulicious Life. Coincidentally, they happen to be some of my favs too. ;-)
By the way, if you haven’t yet entered my Happy New Year contest to win a beautiful and fun Upcycled Sari Bag, please do so here. You have until midnight, January 8.
Here’s to your nourishing your body and your soul in 2013! Continue reading
Mmmm… Granola. When it comes to the homemade kind, I can’t eat enough of it! I’ve already posted one very versatile granola recipe for the slow cooker. This one is special though, filled with the flavors and aromas of autumn. I can’t think of a better fall snack, cereal or yogurt topper than this. Filled with pumpkin, apple sauce, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice, it’s an autumnal pantry must-have. Continue reading
SlimKicker is a healthy living/fitness app that turns healthy habits into 7-30 day challenges. This level-up, points-based game puts the emphasis on learning proper nutrition, portion control and other habits that participants can stick with for the long run.
Because the SlimKicker team realizes that fun and games aren’t enough, they also provide ongoing support with personalized advice, as well as tools such as calorie counter and fitness tracker. It’s a great way for folks to interact with experts and stay motivated while developing healthier, life-long habits.
For example, users can pledge to give up soda for a month or use their slow cooker once a week. We know all about the latter as we are (or are trying to be) Slow Cooker Savvy around here, right? Which brings me to…
SlimKicker reached out to me looking for fresh ideas from YOU for fun, creative fitness and diet challenges! To enter, leave a comment below for each idea that you have. Keep it simple; one-to-two sentences only. SlimKicker will choose the winner based on their favorite entry, use it on their site and send you a brand-new Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker. Hooray! Continue reading
With all the apples I picked from my neighbor’s yard last week, I tossed a large batch in the slow cooker to make apple sauce and … ended up with apple butter! Turns out that the long, slow cooking time required of apples for apple butter makes your crock pot a rock start (again!). And with minimum ingredients, the recipe itself couldn’t be easier.
Use whatever size slow cooker you have, filling it to the brim with apples and adjusting the ingredients accordingly; I used a 6 quart cooker. The large resulting quantity is ideal for preserving and the fragrant butter makes a well-appreciated gift, right at home spread on toast or paired with nut butter. Continue reading
Can I share my new obsession with you? Granola. No, not the store-bought stuff – good as yours is, Udi – but the homemade stuff. The slow cooker kind. Softer than the hard, oven-cooked granola you might be familiar with, it is completely addictive (not to mention easy on your mouth).
It’s also a heck of a lot cheaper to make your own than to buy it, and incredibly versatile too, so use whatever you have on-hand in your pantry. Swap pure maple syrup for raw honey, walnuts for almonds, dried cranberries for raisins. Creativity is the name of the game, and the result is perfect for submerging in milk, sprinkling on yogurt or snacking on straight from the bag. Hint: we devoured an entire batch on our recent road trip! Continue reading
This soup is not only delicious and easy, but also full of fiber and vitamins. Pureeing a portion of the soup gives it a lovely creamy texture. As always, use organic ingredients whenever possible. Continue reading
This dish got a thumbs up from Soul Daddy for flavor, K-Bear for easy eating, and me for ease of preparation (and flavor of course!). You do have to pay attention to the time though: 4 hours on low, followed by 1 hour on high after you add the crust. Feel free to substitute any vegetables you have on-hand. Use organic ingredients whenever possible. Continue reading
Remember the sloppy joes served in your school cafeteria? Or perhaps the canned version that your mom added to ground beef as a kid? I promise these lentils are like that, but totally not (thank goodness)! They are sloppy, yes, and tasty, yes, but far, far healthier and, with the slow cooker, a breeze to make. They are also super kid-friendly!
I adapted this recipe from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker and it has long made a regular appearance at our dinner table. Because I was prepping for post-surgical meals, I doubled the recipe and had enough left over from dinner to freeze two more meals; lentils freeze very well.
- 1 tbls. olive oil
- 1 medium yellow organic onion
- 1/2 red and 1/2 green pepper
- 14 oz. can fire roasted organic tomatoes
- 1 1/2 c. dried brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
- 3 c. water
- 1 tbls. chili powder
- 2 tbls. tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tbls. yellow mustard
- 1 tbls. organic sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- Fresh ground pepper
Assemble all ingredients in a six quart slow cooker and cook on low for eight hours. Serve on your favorite crusty rolls topped with fresh cole slaw. Yum!
I recently scored at Costco with huge bags of organic frozen vegetables, including corn. I couldn’t think of anything better to do with 5 lbs. of corn kernels than make chowder, a winter favorite of mine. Adapted from “Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker,” this recipe uses no milk or cream; it’s thickness comes from pureeing a portion of the soup. Continue reading