Healing Holiday Soup


Tomorrow is the big day! It's my first official day of being self-employed. Holy crap. This is really happening. I can't believe it. Friday was my last day with my full-time job and tomorrow is the start of Alyssa, the full-time food blogger (you can read more about the decision here). The whole situation feels kind of unreal. Like it's happening to someone else and I'm just watching from … [Read more...]

Three Alarm Vegetarian Quinoa Chili


It's official. It's winter and I'm freezing my tooshy off. And umm hello... this happens every year, it's not like I should be surprised or anything. But it's inevitable. I'm super excited when fall comes because I can break out the boots, chunky sweaters and scarves, and then .5 seconds later, it's snowing, the temperatures are below freezing, my fingers are numb, and I'm wrapped up in a … [Read more...]

Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup


I made a discovery when making this soup that I seriously can't wait to share with you. You see, when it comes to creamy soups (and smoothies for that matter), I'm very particular about the texture. I like them thick and I like them ultra smooth. Thankfully, my blender totally does the job, leaving no lumps behind, but when you're making "cream of" anything soups and you're not using heavy cream, … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Quinoa Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes made with Quinoa

Did you know that I think I’ve only had Sloppy Joes three times in my whole life? Well no, why would you? It's not like we've spent a lot of time talking about them before. In fact, Sloppy Joes have had very little impact on my life, I've never really thought about them before, and yet here we are. About to talk about the outrageously delicious dinner we had the other night. And yes, it 100% … [Read more...]

Creamy Coconut & Mushroom Quinoa Soup

For the longest time, I thought coconut and mushrooms was a weird flavor combination. I'm so comfortable using mushrooms in Italian dishes (my Italian side of the family grew up in the mushroom business), that cooking with coconut just sounded way too bizarre. But then I fell in love with Thai food - especially the soups. My two favorites are Tom Yum, which is a sweet and sour soup that is … [Read more...]

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup


I feel like everyone has a good story about chicken noodle soup. Mine is kind of normal, but you know, it's one of those stories about when I was a little kid, so sick that I couldn't get out of bed and mom saved the day by cooking chicken noodle soup. Oh the soup... And then I proceeded to watch Disney movies on VHS in my princess pajamas (Little Mermaid, of course) for the rest of the day. All … [Read more...]

Creamy Mexican Pumpkin Soup

I'm in full on pumpkin mode now and I couldn't be happier. As many of you know who have been following for a while, in February I moved from Vermont to New York City because my BF got a job. Leaving Vermont was really hard. While I'm super happy in the city, and now have a little puppy to keep me company on my toes, there's nothing like fall in Vermont. So for the past week and a half, I've been … [Read more...]

Super Healthy Green Soup [vegan]

Another day that I intended to post about my healthy fish taco recipe, but something came up that was even better (and healthier!). I'm sure you already know, I have a slight obsession with green smoothies. I have one every single morning. But I'm here to say, there might just be a new green machine in my life. My newest green obsession - this super healthy (and vegan) green soup. To me, … [Read more...]

Quick & Healthy Tomato Bisque


The last few weeks have been unbearably cold. The nights dip down below 0 degrees and the days barely reach 20. It’s the type of cold that pierces through even the thickest of your jackets. It freezes your nostrils as soon as you step outside. That windproof gloves, fleece hats and chunky scarves can’t keep out. The kind of cold that makes soup for dinner the only option that makes … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili with Quinoa


Do you have a love affair with your slow cooker?  For someone who works full time and doesn't get home until dinner time, or even for the stay-at-home mom who's day is consumed with running around after kids, shuttling them to and from school and sports, a slow cooker is a saving grace. It affords you to opportunity to make a fabulous meal, that is ready to serve the moment you get home. You … [Read more...]