Chicken Vegetable Soup

If you are feeling overloaded from holiday food and looking for something light to get your digestion back on track, or if you have been battling with a low immune system all season, then this is just the soup for you. What better for digestion and immunity than homemade chicken soup, made with a whole chicken, bones and all. While with soup makes a great base if you’d like to add noodles or rice, without any heavy starchy components this... Read More

Chicken Pho with Spaghetti Squash Noodles

I am a total soup fiend, I love it in all its forms and all year long. Blended veggie soups are my go to, I love congee and other porridges, tom ka gai and tortilla soup are obsessions of mine, but pho ranks up there as one of my favorites. Pho has so many complex flavors, some fresh, bright and aromatic, some rich, deep and comforting.  A dish with such complex layers understandably requires a laundry list of ingredients and hours to develop,... Read More

Cauliflower Leek and Fennel Soup

The long Thanksgiving weekend brought a bit of much needed rain here in LA, so we finally got a taste of autumn weather and a respite from the unrelenting heat. I make soups all year round because I find it’s a great way to get bone broth and a good helping of veggies into my diet.  When it’s raining especially I can’t help but brew up a big batch of something comforting to sip on. One of my favorites is potato leek soup because... Read More

Roasted Chicken Coconut Curry

This recipe is so good that once I made it the first time, I made it again only 5 days later.  The first time was for a few friends who came over for a Sunday night dinner and we all knew right away that this was a winner. I probably took the most complicated route to making this recipe, since I roasted the chicken myself and toasted/ground my own spices, but don’t worry because I show you tips along the way that will save you some time in... Read More

Making Bone Broth at Home

I’ve already told you about all the Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth, so of course I have to let you know how to make it yourself! As an acupuncturist, drinking bone broth is one of the single most frequent nutritional suggestions I make to my patients. I drink it myself every morning. While I believe most other aspects of diet should be tailored to a specific person’s needs and constitution, bone broth is one of the few things that nearly... Read More

20 Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth

While many commercial broths available today are only made with skin and may contain MSG, bone broth has been a staple of many cuisines throughout history and across the globe. This is largely because of its economic value (using every part of the animal) but more importantly because of its nutritional value (delivering many essential compounds to the body.) Minerals for example are plentiful in broth, and it can be difficult to get the same levels... Read More

Blended Winter Veggie Soup

I know it/s a mouthful, but these winter veggies blend together to make a beautifully creamy mixture that is slightly sweet and spicy.  I have made many soups like this one before, like the Carrot Garlic Soup I made a few years back or the Spicy Carrot Apple Ginger Soup that I made when I first started the blog, but I had never stumbled upon this mixture before a few weeks back. The ingredients found each one weekend when I wanted to make... Read More

Green Zebra Gazpacho

The green zebra is an interesting variety.  They are grouped in with the other heirloom tomatoes but they are actually a hybrid of two different heirlooms.  Heirloom technically means that the seeds come from pure strains (in other words, they have not been crossed with another variety) so by crossing two heirlooms it actually yields a non-heirloom.  Does that make sense?  It doesn’t really matter anyhow, all you need to know is that these... Read More

Roasted Zucchini and Fresh Rosemary Soup

When zucchini first appeared at the farmers market again this year (after a long an cold winter filled with seemingly endless root vegetables, oranges and kale) literally squealed with glee.  For some reason I could care less about summer squash all of last year, but as soon as they went out of season I got some serious cravings that lasted all winter. I know zucchinis and all other summer squashes can be pretty neutral in flavor, but i think... Read More

Simple Green Garlic Soup

When people see green garlic for the first time they usually seem so perplexed, asking things like, “What do I do with it?”  Well it’s not too much different than regular garlic, in fact if you let it dry it will become the type of garlic you find in the grocery store.  It’s a bit more plump and moist so you can use some layers of the less papery skin, as well as the green stalk and leaves.  As long as it’s not too... Read More

Light Potato Leek Soup

The skies have been overcast most days here, which is LA’s version of winter I guess.  On days like these only one thing comes to my mind: soup.  Whether the soup is accompanying dinner or my stomach is a little upset, it’s nice to reach for something lighter on the lighter side. This recipe is like this classic version, which also features a rich, flavorful broth stewed with fresh herbs and thickened with potatoes.  But I’ve... Read More

bbq lentil and baked sweet potato soup

soup is hands down my favorite food, so i’m always coming up with new ways to brew up a pot of something tasty.  i used to be big on puréed soups, but lately – perhaps out of sheer laziness – i tend to prefer something chunkier.  whenever i get a chance i bake a few sweet potatoes and set them aside for later.  when they cool they are easy to peel and toss the chunks into a hardy stew. paired with lentils and subtle hints of... Read More

Chunky Pumpkin Soup

This is a recipe I got from my boyfriend.  When he first started cooking for himself, this was one of the first recipes he learned, I dare even say, mastered.  It’s an easy, wholesome recipe that you don’t have to be a seasoned chef to make, it doesn’t even require any blending.  It is versatile, since you could really use any kind of squash, like butternut or delicata, just as easily.  Plus it’s also perfect for thanksgiving... Read More

Zucchini and Fresh Parsley Soup

I’ve recently been making soup out of all sorts of things, squash, kale, radish tops, spinach, green garlic, shallots, tomatoes.  You name it and I can make it into a soup.  Last week at the Echo Park farmers’ market I got a ton of zucchini for just that purpose.  It’s soft so it sautés easily and blends into a purée very well. When deciding on which herb would really accent its flavor I had a lot of choices.  Oregano?... Read More

Carrot Garlic Soup

Well it’s still raining off and on here in LA, so I’m constantly in search of foods that will make me feel warm and cozy when the sky is dreary and gray.  I’ve posted a carrot soup before, but realized after the fact how complicated that recipe is.  This one requires no sautéing, just some light chopping, a half an hour on the stove and a little blending.  It might be my simplest soup so far! Carrot Garlic Soup 8 c broth (I... Read More