Always a Twist

Fire Roasted Tomato Minestrone

Soups & Stews | January 12, 2017 | By

Thoughts and Inspiration: When you’re walking outside and your face starts to hurt from the frigid air, all I can think about is a bowl of comforting, hearty and warm soup.  I have always really enjoyed minestrone soup, but haven’t quite created a recipe good enough to post, until now!!!  I am really proud of this one!  It is a Winter weather winner.  Veggies and cannellini beans with fire roasted tomatoes, mmm mmm mmm!  Sub-out the pasta and it’s deliciously gluten-free.  Enjoy!  

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Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup

Soups & Stews | December 4, 2016 | By

Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup Thoughts and Inspiration: Happy Sunday all!  As promised, here is your next squash recipe.  This soup is really simple, hearty and ridiculously healthy!  Kabocha squash has a beautiful, robust sweet flavor that is similar to pumpkin.  Enjoy.

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Spinach & Pinto Bean Soup – 3 ways

Spinach & Pinto Bean Soup - 3 ways Thoughts and Inspiration: Let’s admit it… we are all SO sick of the rain here on the East Coast!  It’s nice one day, then we have rain on and off for 4-5 days, then another nice day if we’re lucky.  Ugh!  It is the worst!  We just want summer here already!  

But, while the weather is gloomy, I always turn to soup for comfort.  This recipe is ultra healthy and delicious.  Beans, lentils and spinach altogether into a simple and hearty meal.  You have three different options on how to have this soup after making it.  This is a great dinner and an even better healthy lunch.  Remember, always add in your own TWIST.

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Lemony Cannellini Bean Stew with Spinach & Orzo

Soups & Stews | February 14, 2016 | By

Lemony Cannellini Bean Stew with Spinach & Orzo Thoughts and Inspiration: Here is a simple stew-ish soup for you!  It is perfect for a cold winter’s night and simple to make.  The orzo thickens the soup as it sits, so I feel that the consistency is more of a stew, rather than a liquid-y soup.  My sister would laugh… finally a recipe without my favorite and beloved, zucchini!  This stew is basically cannellini beans with spinach and orzo, and a few other essential ingredients.  Enjoy!  And remember to add in your own TWIST.

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Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Thai Curry Soup

Soups & Stews | October 20, 2015 | By

IMG_0667 Thoughts and Inspiration: It’s that time of the year to start making soups and stews again!  The warmth and comfort you feel inside from having a good, nutritious bowl of soup is like nothing else!  This butternut squash soup is delicious!  I have to warn you… it does have a spicy kick to it!  Red curry paste is generally spicy, so this soup tends to be a little spicier.  No fear though!  If you aren’t a fan of spiciness, I have a great substitute in the notes section so check it out. 

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Chipotle Spinach & Black Bean Soup

IMG_0402 Thoughts and Inspiration: Here is the first recipe from my 1st cooking event!  Many more to come of course!

It’s got a bit of spicy-ness and a real depth of flavor.  I take the typical mirepoix blend of carrots, onions and celery and build upon the flavor with black beans (which helps create a rich, smooth texture) and spinach.  The punch of flavor comes, however from the chipotle peppers and cilantro that are simmered with all the ingredients.  I have a bunch of optional garnishes to top the soup with which makes it fun!  Have this for dinner or make smaller portions as an appetizer for a dinner party.  It was a huge hit with zero leftovers!

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Three Bean Farro & Quinoa Stew

Soups & Stews | March 23, 2015 | By

IMG_0027 Thoughts and Inspiration:  This is another one pot meal that is great to take to lunch or have as dinner.  It is packed with protein and lots of flavor.  It incorporates a few legumes and grains with tomatoes and a spice blend that is great!  The hubs loves chili… this isn’t a chili per say, but sort of in the same realm.  Add in your own favorite vegetables to make it your own!  Enjoy.

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Leek and Cannellini Bean Soup

Soups & Stews | March 19, 2015 | By

IMG_0235 Thoughts and Inspiration: I know I posted a soup recipe just this past Tuesday and usually I like spacing out similar category recipes, but this one couldn’t wait!  My sister tried the soup and really wanted the recipe so she could make it at home.  So here it is – another fun soup recipe for you.  Two in one week!
There was no particular reason for this soup creation… other than that I had bought some frozen chopped leeks from Trader Joes and wanted to get some use out of them.  So I threw the leeks together with a few other ingredients and wahla!  The deliciousness in a bowl was born!

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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Soups & Stews | March 17, 2015 | By

IMG_0190 Thoughts and Inspiration: We had gone out to dinner on the last snow day we had to a Pizza/Wine bar called Zavino.  They had a pepper and tomato soup as a special, so of course on a cold, snowy day who wouldn’t want some soup?!  This recipe was inspired by what I tasted there.  It’s a sweet, clean flavored heartwarming soup.  You’ll love it!

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Oh So Carrot Soup

Soups & Stews | February 13, 2015 | By

IMG_0009 Thoughts & Inspiration: With this cold weather, I can’t help but just want soup all day long.  This soup is a bowl of sweet/savory comfort – the sweetness from the carrot is perfectly complimented by the tomato and the mild garlic addition.  Enjoy!

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