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Sweet breakfast ideas, melt-in-your-mouth dinner rolls, flavorful stuffing,  and all the fabulous fixings, desserts & drinks you can only wish for.  This is truly the ULTIMATE ALLERGY-FRIENDLY THANKSGIVING RECIPE ROUND-UP!...

This creamy potato soup is feel good, comfort food to keep you warm and bring a smile to your lips.

This soup is comfort food at its finest. Rich & velvety, dairy-free potato soup. Crazy Oklahoma weather!  Last week it was "puffy coats, layers & boots" kinda of weather and this week, it's been hitting the 70's!  Is it like that where you live?  Although I love the warmer weather and the way the sun feels on my face, I do like to take advantage of the cold days by making foods that are extra rich & comforting, that warm you from the inside out, like this Creamy Potato Soup

Turning Spring's produce into wonderful, vibrant, Gazpacho soup is only a blender away.

I'm not a fan of rainy days, but today, I'm not going to complain.  It's actually been raining for several days now but its turning everything green and beautiful again.

My office window faces out back, and although the sound of the rain  pouring down is quite loud, so is the sound of the birds out back.  The robins, doves, chickadees & cardinals are all busy, singing, chirping, flying around and eating from my bird feeder.  There is even a mamma bird who made its nest in my hanging garden and now her babies are finally popping their heads out and flying around.  So, so cute.

Why am I telling you this?  Because it is 1 of the reasons why I love Spring.  This season is just full of life and color.

Just like my Gazpacho Soup ....like my comparison?  Loaded with fresh veggies, raw, unprocessed, did I mention, fresh?  I mean, you can't get much better than this.  This soup is FULL of life-giving, nutrient rich veggies and vibrant color. 

A few weeks ago I took my son, Xander on a fun little date night to celebrate my birthday.   My oldest was working, my daughter was at tumbling and the hubby, well, he was out of town and I just didn't feel like cooking, soooo, the little guy and I went out to celebrate,,,at WholeFoods. If you're thinking it's a pretty lame place to go, it really wasn’t.  We got to hang out, walk around, and pick exactly what we wanted to eat from a large selection of healthy foods.  The options were so much better than most restaurants we could have gone to.   X-man decided on the salad bar and loaded his plate high ($15 salad anyone?) and myself, I picked to eat from the Ramen Station and had their chef make me this amazing, spicy, bowl using tofu instead of chicken. The food was absolutely wonderful. Since that night, I’ve been craving their ramen bowl, in fact, I could probably eat it every night. The veggies were so fresh, the broth nice & light and that spice was a fun little treat to my palate.   Seeing that it'd be a little silly to go there for dinner everyday, I thought I'd give it a go and make it myself.  I am so glad I did! 

  I'm reminded recently that we are in the months of winter.   Up until now, Tulsa has had a fairly warm season and there hasn't been much need to run to those typical comfort foods. But now, I'm cold! I wake up cold, I turn on the little heater next to my desk to warm my toes, I keep a hot coffee with me most of the day (it's like a hand warmer with benefits). Because of that internal chill that is so difficult to shake, I'm starting to turn to soup and stew and chili  to warm myself and my family on the inside. This Sweet Potato Gnocchi did the trick!  Not only was it nice and hot, like most soups should be, but the combination was quite enjoyable. I never had gnocchi in a soup before but I wanted to do something other than topping it with pasta sauce (although that would be delicious as well).

Potato Dirt Soup

One of the my most requested soups to make is Dirt Soup, especially from my youngest.  Boy, does he love his Dirt Soup.  So much so, he's on his 3rd large bowl right now.

We're having a "Mom & Me" hang out afternoon since he's not feeling well and of course, I had to make him his favorite, feel good soup.

In case you've never heard of this soup, it actually Miso Soup but growing up, my husband always called it Dirt Soup because of the cloudy, light brown color.  It is actually, one of the first Korean dishes he made for me when we first were married, but over the years, it has transferred hands and now I am the maker of this simple and delicious soup.

Serve up a Hearty bowl Lasagna Soup. Super easy, only 1 pot required. Vegan & Gluten free

This is a HUGE time saver! One pot Lasagna with Tofu Ricotta. Delicious, simple, vegan & gf.

I cannot believe in all my 42 years of life, I never had Lasagna Soup.  OH had I missed out,,,,,and so have you if you haven't ever tried this before.

Two favorites during these cold months, rolled into one!

It's a rich & robust lasagna but in the form of a warm & comforting soup...can you see why it's simply amazing?

AND...I only had to use 1 pot to make this!

But it gets even better......it's vegan, gluten-free & free of dairy, eggs, & nuts.