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Clamless Chowder

Clamless Chowder
Warm, delicious and satisfying.

Prep time: 25 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 55 mins
Serves: 4-6 (makes about 8.5 cups)

INGREDIENTS
Blender ingredients:
1 ounce raw, unsalted cashews (about ¼ cup)
¼ cup water

Soup pot ingredients:
½ medium yellow or white onion, chopped into small pieces (about 1 cup)
1 rib celery, chopped into small pieces (about ½ cup)
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾-inch chunks (about 6 cups)
4 cups water
½ small head of cauliflower, chopped into small pieces (about 2 cups)
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon dried dill
2 bay leaves

Frying pan ingredients:
¼ pound king oyster or trumpet mushrooms, chopped into small pieces (about 1½ cups)
½ medium yellow or white onion, chopped into small pieces (about 1 cup)
1 rib celery, chopped into small pieces (about ½ cup)
1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
Optional garnishes: chopped parsley and black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
Place the ¼ cup cashews and ¼ cup water into a blender (small blenders work best for this small amount) and set aside while you prepare the rest of the soup.
For the soup pot ingredients, heat 1 tablespoon of water in a soup pot over medium-high heat. When the water starts to sputter, add the 1 cup onion and ½ cup celery, and cook while stirring for 3 to 5 minutes to soften, adding a little water, as needed.
Add the potatoes, water, cauliflower, granulated garlic, paprika, dill, and bay leaves, and bring to a boil, uncovered. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook covered for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are very tender, stirring occasionally.
While the soup pot ingredients are cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of water in a frying pan over medium-high heat. When the water starts to sputter, add the mushrooms, 1 cup onion, and ½ cup celery, and cook while stirring for 3 to 5 minutes until soft, adding a little water, as needed. Add the thyme toward the end. Set the pan aside off heat.
Remove the bay leaves from the soup pot at the end of cooking, and blend the soup to your desired consistency with an immersion blender (or see Notes), leaving some small chunks.
Blend the cashews and water until very smooth, and stir into the soup pot along with the cooked vegetables from the frying pan, and simmer on low for 5 to 10 minutes covered before serving. Garnish with black pepper and/or chopped parsley.
NOTES
For added seafood flavor, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of kelp granules in step 6, or add “to taste” to individual bowls. (Kelp granules are usually found in the Asian cooking aisle of the grocery store.)

If you don’t have an immersion blender, carefully ladle most the soup into a blender or food processor, and blend briefly to your desired consistency before returning to the pot. Or you can use a handheld potato or bean masher right in the pot.

If you don’t eat nuts or are trying to avoid extra calories, simply omit the blended water and cashews or substitute with cannineli beans. The chowder will still be thick and creamy, just not as rich.

If you don’t have thyme, which is traditional for this dish, you may use finely chopped fresh rosemary.

Optional additions: 1 cup green peas and/or small-chopped carrots.

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Need to know

How to Keep Fresh: Spoiling & Unpacking

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Here are some easy tips to follow to help keep your produce from spoiling before you can enjoy!

The first thing you MUST do when you bring home produce is to remove everything and dry everything off thoroughly. Moisture is the enemy.

Don’t store fruit and veggies together! Keep Vegetables in the Vegetable drawer and Fruit in the Fruit drawer.

Remove any ties or rubber bands and trim the Greens if you see any visible rotting.

If you see any visible mold REMOVE it to stop it from growing and spreading.

Another tip is to use these Green Produce Bags . I used based on the recommendation of my CSA produce provider. They really work!

If your produce is organic, it doesn’t always look perfect but can be tastier than non-organic.

Check out my post about storing vegetables.

Do you have any tricks you would like to share for keeping produce fresher, longer?

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Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

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Conquer Cravings: Coffee

 

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If you are trying to eliminate coffee, I suggest you taper off slowly as many people get awful headaches if they quit coffee too quickly.

Caffeine consumption can mask true hunger and leave you out of touch with your body’s needs.

Coffee has also been shown to suppress the immune system.

Most of us use coffee for a sweet high, caffeine high or to help us to get more energy.

Try to taper off coffee by diluting caffeinated coffee with decaffeinated. Drink 75% caffeinated with 25% decaffeinated and go down in caffeine from there. Also consider decreasing the number of cups you drink per day.

If you adhere to a whole food, plant based diet with minimally processed foods, preferably sugar, oil and salt free, your need for an energy drink should eventually be eliminated.

There are some delicious teas which are health promoting and do not contain caffeine.

I enjoy green tea and it can be fun to try other caffeine free teas.

Hibiscus Tea can help lower blood pressure and also help with erectile dysfunction. You can buy Hibiscus Tea Bags  for one cup serving or make it by the gallon.

I always have a one gallon container of Hibiscus Tea in my refrigerator as my family drinks one cup daily.

I simply fill my tea leaf diffuser with Hibiscus Tea Leaves.

I put one gallon of water in a pitcher with 2 cinnamon sticks and the tea (in the diffuser). You can sweeten the tea withdate sugarand taper off the sweetener over time. I don’t boil the tea water and after a few hours in the refrigerator, I have delicious tea!

I keep my tea stored in the container with the cinnamon sticks and tea diffuser, in the refrigerator.

Is caffeine an issue in your life? If so, how to you combat the Caffeine Beasty?

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Read more about this in my blog Making Deals With Cheat Meals.

I have helped many people recover from going off the wagon. If you would like help to prevent yourself from going off the wagon and learn other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

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Check out my blogs below on beating The Cravings Beasty.

Conquer Cravings:  Sweets

Conquer Cravings: Ice Cream

Conquer Cravings: Salty Things

Conquer Cravings: Cheese

Conquer Cravings: Chocolate

Conquer Cravings: Baked Goods

It is not your fault that you are craving highly palatable foods.

Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry.

This book is a great resource to help you understand why Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

What strategies do / did you use to resist temptation?

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

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Who is Your Best Friend?

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Most people would answer with a name of a relative or friend. Many of us are fortunate to have at least one person around us who cares about us and for whom we can depend upon for support.

My definition of a best friend is one who is there for you whenever you call upon them; a person who will give you their honest opinion (even when you don’t ask for one), wants you to be happy, to do well and yes, someone who is there for your 24/7 and  would even risk their life to save you! Wait, who do you know that would fit this description? Well guess what, you do know someone exactly like this. It is someone you have known all of your life, you!

If you think about it, you are your best friend. You are the only one in the world who can make your life better. You are available 24/7. You can even get inside of your own head and monitor your every thought and decision.

So, now that you know you have been living with your best friend for your entire life, what changes can you make to improve this friendship?

Self talk – Think about the things you, your best friend, says to you through out the day. If any negative self talk comes about, try to correct each occurrence with a positive statement. Say it out loud, as voices that are actually heard by our ears (even our own voices) are more believable to our brains than our thoughts.

Influence – You have great influence over the things you do to yourself each day. As your best friend, try to help yourself make the better decisions about things like what you eat and how much exercise you get.

So work at being a better, best friend to yourself. After all, you make an effort with your other friendships. You may even have friends with whom you get frustrated because they are making poor decisions.

The friendship with yourself is the most important friendship, because a better you is a better example for, and a better friend to others.

What are some ways you can be a better, best friend to yourself?

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I have helped many people maintain this lifestyle. If you would like help to learn ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my Amazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

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