Soups & Salads

Say "Hellloooo!" to Health!

Soups and salads are staples of a healthful diet.  Soups are hydrating and nourishing as the nutrients in liquids are easier to assimilate.  Salads offer a wealth of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and more benefits than we can count.  Think beyond the bowl and dig into these fabulous soups and salads instead!


Some days, the best recipe for the day itself is to press pause on the world and curl up in the cozy clothes and enjoy something warm and deeply nourishing.

This dish keeps that spoon just repeatedly hitting that bowl with a unique and incredibly scrumptious blend of flavors!

A tried-and-true favorite, this one always gets rave reviews!

This chili is incredibly nutritious and boasting with flavor from the roasted peppers, onions and garlic.  Though it may seem complex, it actually comes together very easily for a heaty, healthy, hearty chili that's sure to not disappoint.  

Hands down – this has got to be my favorite soup recipe of all time!  I never get sick of it and it is …

Ingredients 4 cups Mixed Dried Beans, soaked overnight in filtered water then drained 2 large cans Organic Diced Tomatoes 4 cups Organic Vegetable Broth …

Who knew healthy could be so dang scrumptious?!


Snap, savor & crunch with this uber fresh and flavorful salad.

A delicious take on a broccoli salad that keeps your fork migrating back to the bowl.

Ingredients For the Salad 1½ cups packed Baby Spinach 6-7 Fresh Strawberries, quartered or thickly sliced ⅛-¼ cup Walnuts, roughly chopped ⅛-¼ cup Pecans, …

These savory southwestern flavors paired with the meaty bite of the beans and umame of the avocado takes this one over the top!

Fresh and Refreshing can hardly get any faster or easier.  Total chop'n'go action here... Ingredients

Who says lettuce has to steal the show in a salad? This salad boasts the fresh taste of cucumber in the company of a slew of delicious, colorful fruits and vegetables. Simple and simply gorgeous!

An easy side for a summer's eve fiesta. Use as a side dish, condiment or filler - yes scrumptious and versatile. Love it.

Ingredients 2 Ears of Corn, kernels cut from cob (or approx. 1.5-2 cups frozen corn, thawed and drained) 1/2 cup Sweet Onion 1/2 large …

This sweet pepper salad makes a great side or can be used as a condiment.

Proof that a little Mediterranean flair can make most anything remarkably better.

So ridiculously chock full of nutrition and so incredibly good!

Where sweet & savory meet scrumptious - this makes a fun dish with delightful textures.

Be prepared to have your world rocked...

Yeah, you heard me.  B l a c k - E y e d   P e a  S a l a d . YUM!!!!!

Sweet, savory and warming, this salad makes the perfect starter for most any fall spread.

Ingredients For the Salad: 4 Sweet Potatoes, peeled, quartered lengthwise and sliced into ½ inch chunks 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil ½ tsp …

There'll never know this "throw-together" wasn't perfectly planned...

This was one of those concoctions where I stepped into the kitchen and knew that I was starting with the broccoli I had purchased …

more from my kitchen

Make your friends green with envy when they see your youthful glow and energy.

Delicious, healthy pancakes made in a blender. Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, flour-free and without added sugar.

My kind of nibbles'n'bits - a great way to satisfy cravings while sticking to the plan.

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