Creamy Red Lentil Rosé with Roasted Red Peppers (Vegan & Nut Free)

This pasta sauce is creamy and comforting while being both nutrient-rich and naturally vegan & gluten-free. Most vegan sauces call for cashews which can be costly. My recipe calls for red lentils which are an excellent source of protein and fibre. The added nutritional yeast delivers a satisfying cheesy taste and is a significant source of the B-complex vitamins.

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Creamy Red Lentil ‘Rosé’ with Roasted Red Peppers (Vegan & Nut Free)

Author: Milk & Marigolds Yields approx. 3 cups of sauce  

Total Time: 30 – 40 minutes Serves: 4 with the pasta

Equipment: A high speed blender, one small cooking pot and one large pot

Note: The sauce yields enough for 2 separate meals (serving 8 in total). I like to make this batch and freeze half of the sauce for later. If you do not wish to do this, then halve the sauce recipe.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of dried spilt red lentils

1 small yellow onion, chopped

1 heaping tablespoon of finely minced garlic

2 1/2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice

100 g or 3/4 cup cauliflower

1 full cup of roughly chopped roasted red pepper (I used jarred), plus a 1/4 cup for garnish

3 tbsp nutritional yeast 

2 1/2 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Gluten Free stock cube

1 400 mL sized can coconut milk (you will need 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp of the coconut cream only. This is the coconut fat that sits at the top of canned coconut)

salt & pepper to taste

250 g or 8.8oz of pasta

Garnish:

A small bunch of fresh basil, roughly chopped

roasted red peppers, roughly chopped

jarred artichokes and/or olives your choice

extra virgin olive oil

dried chili flakes

Instructions:

1. Gather all the ingredients and equipment required. Begin by rinsing the lentils with cold water and drain. Add the lentils to a small pot along with 1 1/4 cups of water. Cover and bring to a simmer. The spilt lentils should take about 10 – 15 minutes to cook. Stir occasionally and add a bit more water if needed.

2. Meanwhile, chop the onion and mince the garlic. Also, chop and set aside your garnishes for later. Cut the cauliflower into small chunks and place it in a bowl of water to cook quickly in the microwave or stovetop if preferred. I usually steam it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. 

3. At this time you may want to prepare your large cooking pot for the pasta. Always salt your water prior to adding the pasta to it. A couple generous pinches will do. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. Add the pasta to the boiling water when you are ready. Stir occasionally so the GF pasta noodles don’t stick together.

4. Once the lentils have cooked, scrape them into the blender. Reserve the cooking pot to add the oil and warm it on medium heat. Then, add the onions and sauté until tender. Add the garlic and sauté for a couple more minutes. Lower the heat and add the stock cube along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Scrape the contents into the blender. Also, add the cooked cauliflower, the coconut cream, roasted red peppers, lemon juice and the nutritional yeast. Blend until completely smooth.

5. Strain pasta and then add it back to the pot. Then, pour out about 1 cups worth of sauce into the same pot as the pasta and combine it well. Add more sauce if desired. Generously garnish with fresh basil and roasted red peppers, dried chilies and add more salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with more extra virgin olive oil and serve while warm. Enjoy!

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Watercress Soup with Cauliflower & Apple

Watercress is a superfood containing over 18 vitamins and minerals and should be eaten shortly after picking for nutritional benefit. While watercress is bitter in taste, it pairs beautifully in this recipe with puréed cauliflower and apple for a savoury-sweet, balanced flavour. 
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In many ways, springtime is like New Year. Spring can ignite excitement over the opportunity to start over fresh and to make healthy eating choices. This simple, easy to make watercress soup by Milk and Marigolds is spring inspired and full of freshness and flavour.  This recipe is also free of dairy and gluten.

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Watercress Soup with Cauliflower & Apple

Prep Time: 15 minutes                Cooking Time: 40 minutes 
Author: Milk & Marigolds.          Serves: 2 (easily scalable)             

Ingredients 
1 tbsp (15 mL) extra virgin olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, minced
1 cup (225 mL) cauliflower, roughly chopped
3 tsp of stock bullion powder or 1.5 to 2 cubes (preference)
3 cups (680 mL) water
2 1/2 (560 mL ) packed cups of watercress, stems removed
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
ground pepper to taste

Garnish Suggestions
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
drizzle of coconut milk
roasted, crispy cauliflower

Equipment
A blender

Instructions

1.  Begin by removing the stems of the watercress. While the stems are edible, they are quite bitter. Throughly wash and drain the watercress. Set aside and reserve a 1/2 cup worth of raw watercress for garnish (refrigerate until it is needed).

2.   Meanwhile, roughly chop the cauliflower and mince the onion. Then peel, core and roughly chop a Granny Smith apple.

3.   In a medium sized pot, set the heat to medium and then add 1 heaping tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Add in the onions and lightly sauté for a couple minutes before adding in the chopped cauliflower and apple. Continue to sauté for 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly browned.

4.   Then add the water, stock cubes/powder and salt to the pot. Cover and bring to a light boil for a couple minutes, then simmer on low (while still covered) for 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.  

5.   Meanwhile, chop up the 1/2 cup of watercress for garnish and prepare any other desired garnishes. For more garnish suggestions visit milkandmarigolds.com

6.    Add in the 2 cups of watercress right at the end and blend immediately. Blend until smooth or until desired consistency is achieved. 

7.   Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with chopped watercress. 

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Warm Mushroom Salad with Avocado, Dried Cranberries & Quick-Pickled Red Onions

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How are you getting your Vitamin D these days? Did you know that mushrooms are the only natural (non-fortified) plant source of Vitamin D? 

Mushrooms are incredibly versatile and can enrich any meal. If it is challenging to find fresh mushrooms, try ordering dried mushrooms which can be easily rehydrated. This warm mushroom salad is both sweet and savoury and full of nutrients. Let me know if you give it a try and please use @milkandmarigolds or #milkandmarigolds on Instagram to show me how yours turns out! 

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Self Care & Wellness Kept Simple

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What Does Self Care Look Like To You?

To me, self care translates as being kind to myself. Mental health and wellness is something I have long been passionate about. Therefore, I felt it was time to bring this new category into what Milk & Marigolds has to offer.

When it has been instilled in us to put others before ourselves, self care can sound selfish. However, as the flying metaphor goes, “you need to put your oxygen mask on first, before helping others. ..”

As a teacher and a new mother, the majority of my time & energy is dedicated towards giving.  I am well educated on the science behind burnout and as prevention, I teach mindfulness exercises to my students, yet, I don’t practice it enough in my own time. Many of us are working towards getting more creative with our time and with our resources so self care and mindfulness can become a part of our regular routines.

The goal of Milk & Marigolds is to offer simple ways to bring calmness and self-care practices into your daily lives.

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Rustic Shiitake Mushroom Soup with Fresh Dill

 

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My mushroom soup is easy to prepare. I often make a double batch to keep lunches simple & healthy throughout the week. This recipe is gluten-free, low in carbs and full of flavour. Let me know how you enjoyed it and tag your outcome @milkandmarigolds

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