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Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas [Gluten-Free + Vegan]

There’s a vegan restaurant a few blocks away from me called Seed + Salt. I was meeting my friend Kristine for lunch there a couple weeks ago (#marinagirls forever) and even though I’m not a soup person, their Carrot Coconut Soup sounded delicious and I ordered it. Long story short, I have had that carrot coconut soup on my mind ever since.

Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup | Almost Getting it Together

I’ve strangely been craving a lot of soup lately. There’s a Thai Chicken soup at work that is allegedly very good, I was craving lentil soup (recipe coming soon) the week after that and then this soup just spoke to me. I blame it on the weather. The past few weeks have been the coldest it’s been since I’ve moved to San Francisco.

This soup is also great because I’ve been trying to eat way more plant-based lately. I’m going through a phase where I’m just kind of not that into meat and it’s such a pain to cook anyway. I’m feeling better without it in my diet and figuring out how to get protein in other ways. Also, not running 40 miles a week means you kind of don’t need as much protein as you used to… womp womp.

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I’m not saying that I’m not going to eat meat but I’m probably just not going to buy it and cook it for myself for a while. Also, looking to lower my grocery bill because SoulCycle is eating up my budget. But, my PT’s cute assistant told me “You can’t put a price on good health” and we all know if an attractive guy tells me something, I probably do it (aka the fact I moved to Hong Kong at 19 was partly because my advisor was hot and told me I should).

Not to totally diverge on this soup and bore you all to death, but I’m an almond milk latte in and aside from a glass of wine, that’s when I do my best writing/thinking so here’s a thought — isn’t the power of doing something to impress someone kind of crazy? The number of times I have made a boy go on a run he totally can’t handle, clean up his diet or do something out of their comfort zone (minus move to San Francisco, but that’s a story for another day) is unreal. I really need to harness that power more often. It’s like Kanye West wrote Kanye’s Workout Plan for the guys I seem to attract.

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Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas [Vegan, Gluten Free]
 
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Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas is the vegan and gluten-free way to stay warm this winter. Detox from heavy holiday foods with this soup.
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Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
Soup
  • 4 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced into half-moons
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • ½ tbsp fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt + pepper
  • Cilantro to garnish (optional, but encouraged)
Chickpeas
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry (or 1 cup freshly cooked chickpeas)
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • salt + pepper
Instructions
Soup
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425F.
  2. Line a baking tray with a Silpat or non-stick aluminum foil. Place carrots on baking tray and spray with coconut oil and sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. Bake carrots for 30 minutes or until they are soft and begin to brown.
  4. When carrots are finished roasting, melt coconut oil in a large soup pan.
  5. Place onion in soup pan and saute until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add carrots and continue cooking with onions for another 15 minutes, or until soft.
  7. Add vegetable broth, coconut milk, curry powder, ginger, crushed red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then let simmer, covered, for 20-30 minutes.
  8. Remove soup from heat and let cool slightly. Once cooled, pour into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender.
  9. Pour soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro and crispy chickpeas
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Chickpeas
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Place chickpeas on a Silpat lined baking sheet (or line with non-stick aluminum foil).
  3. Toss chickpeas with olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Place in oven and bake until hard and crispy, about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1½ cups Calories: 175 Fat: 10 g Saturated fat: 8 g Carbohydrates: 18 g Sugar: 9 g Sodium: 159 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 3 g

Nutrition information is for soup without crispy chickpeas.

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

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Soup person — yes or no? (I just figured out how to make an em dash on my Mac keyboard so watch me totally abuse it now.) What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve done because someone attractive told you should? Also, leave me more soup recipes I should make in the comments, please!

Spinach, Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas [Gluten Free, Vegetarian]

At about one a.m. on Sunday morning I decided I really wanted Chipotle chips and guac. Not just any chips and guac, but preferably Chipotle’s. Theirs isn’t even the best guacamole I’ve ever had (that still goes to my ex-boyfriend, unfortunately) but for whatever reason, two glasses of wine and a few sips of bourbon after a 12-mile run, SoulCycle class and a solid several miles of walking, Chipotle spoke to me.

Luckily for me, Chipotle isn’t open (that I know of) at 1 a.m., I only know where two are in the city and one is in SoMa which was too far away, so I texted my father that I really was craving Chipotle and went home and kind of buzzed-ate one of these enchiladas. Adulting is drunk texting your father about your food cravings and not drunk texting your ex that you miss them. #progress

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I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about people who are sick of Thanksgiving food. Sick of Thanksgiving food? It comes once a year. How can you be sick of it? People suggested subbing turkey for pasta carbonara on one Food52 discussion. On my dad’s side of the family we always had lasagna on Thanksgiving and Christmas (or sometimes gnocchi) but I’m Italian so…

I also saw a recipe for a tamale stuffing which totally intrigued me. What about a Mexican-themed Thanksgiving if you’re sick of Thanksgiving food? I would like to find one person who is sick of Mexican food (minus me, when I came home from Mexico, which I seriously still need to write about).

One of my friends mentioned she ate Mexican food four times in three days over the weekend and someone commented that we lived in California so that was totally normal. I’m thankful to live in such a beautiful, albeit dry, state where I have an abundance of good Mexican food. There’s two amazing Mexican places (Mamacita and Tacolicious) within a few blocks of me!

We all know I’m a yogurt monster because I don’t love meat and yogurt is my biggest protein source. I’ve been a huge fan of siggi’s for basically ever, or since I learned Icelandic yogurt was a thing and has even more protein than Greek yogurt. siggi’s yogurt is made with simple ingredients and not a lot of sugar. There is more protein than sugar in every cup – even flavored varieties, so I love grabbing a few flavored cups to have as a special snack throughout the week at work or after dinner.

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If you’re worried about not getting enough protein in a recipe without animal protein, well, there’s black beans and corn tortillas and cheese and siggi’s! so each little enchilada guy has 12 grams of protein each. You can also save this recipe for after Thanksgiving and stuff your leftover turkey meat inside, too. You’re welcome in advance.

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Spinach, Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas [Gluten Free, Vegetarian]
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 10 enchiladas
Ingredients
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1½ cups black beans (or one can black beans, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 3 cups baby white mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 jar green enchilada sauce
  • 2 containers siggis 4% plain yogurt
  • 1½ cup shredded mexican cheese
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt + pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil on medium.
  3. Add garlic and chopped yellow onion and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally.
  5. While mushrooms are cooking, mix yogurt and 1 cup of cheese in a small bowl.
  6. Add spinach to mushroom mixture and cook until wilted, about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Remove veggies from heat and strain excess water from cooking with a strainer. (REALLY IMPORTANT UNLESS YOU WANT SOGGY ENCHILADAS!)
  8. Add black beans to veggie mixture and mix well. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Wrap corn tortillas in plastic wrap and microwave for one minute to soften.
  10. In a large baking pan, add ¼ cup enchilada sauce to bottom.
  11. Place tortilla in saucy pan, fill with ¼ cup veggies and 1-2 tbsp of yogurt + cheese mixture. Roll so the seam is towards the bottom of the pan. Repeat until you run out of tortillas.
  12. Pour remainder of enchilada sauce on top of enchiladas.
  13. Sprinkle remainder ½ cup cheese on top of enchiladas.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and top of enchiladas begin to brown.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 enchilada Calories: 176 Fat: 6 g Saturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 20 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 296 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 12 g

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by siggi’s yogurt and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

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If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

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Do you ever get sick of Mexican food… or Thanksgiving food? Do you eat non-traditional foods on holidays?

Fig, Ricotta and Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts [Gluten Free]

There are two problems with my neighborhood in San Francisco, aside from the absurdly high rent: tourists and the lack of a Whole Foods which means it’s a little more work for me to find naturally-raised, antibiotic free meat. The meat counter at my Safeway doesn’t carry organic, natural chicken breast but luckily, they do carry Foster Farms Simply Raised line in their refrigerator section. Even better, Foster Farms Simply Raised is locally grown in California. I was so excited to learn about the antibiotic-free line when Foster Farms asked me to check out their product.

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Foster Farms is delivered fresh from local ranches in 48 hours or less. Some other chicken brands are across the country and could take up to a week to reach the West Coast. The other cool thing about Foster Farms is that they have been family run since their founding 76 years ago. Max and Verda Foster began raising turkeys off their bedroom in 1939 so they could keep a close eye on their flock. Today, all Foster Farms fresh chicken is American Humane Certified and their grandson, Ron Foster, runs the company.

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A super easy, insanely delicious chicken breast preparation I often forget about is stuffed chicken breasts. When was the last time something was stuffed into something else and it wasn’t delicious? I don’t care how health-conscious I am and the fact that I will never, ever eat it again – Stuffed Crust Pizza is basically as good as it gets.

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Back to stuffed chicken breasts – expect like five more stuffed chicken breast recipes, because while I was in the kitchen prepping these, I thought of a dozen more ideas of what things I could stuff into them. I’m not going to tell you all my ideas now, because I’m terrified someone will take them and do them better or worse yet, terribly.

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Since you know eating seasonally (for the most part) and locally (almost more difficult to not do in California!) is important to me, I wanted to stuff my chicken neighbors with some goodies I knew came close from home. Figs are still in season, the ricotta was from house made from the market by my apartment and the pear was also California-grown.

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Fig, Ricotta and Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts [Gluten Free]
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup fresh figs, sliced
  • ½ cup chopped Bartlett pear
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp chopped shallots
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • salt + pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Carefully cut a slit into each chicken breast that runs the length of the breast. Do not cut through the bottom.
  3. Rub 1 tsp of the olive oil on the chicken breasts and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. In a small skillet, heat 1 tsp olive oil on medium high heat and add shallots. Cook until fragrant, about two minutes.
  5. Add pears and figs to shallots with the dried thyme and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes or until pears are soft. Turn off heat and let cool slightly.
  6. Place ricotta cheese in a small bowl and add fig, pear and shallot mixture. Mix well.
  7. Carefully fill the slit of each chicken breast with the cheese mixture, distributing evenly. Tie the chicken breasts back together with oven-safe twine or use toothpicks if you are worried about the stuffing falling out.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, or until an internal thermometer reads 165F.
  9. Cut twine from chicken (or remove toothpicks) and serve.

This post is sponsored by Foster Farms®, the opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands I love!

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Do you ever make stuffed chicken breasts? What are the best things to stuff them with? Do you eat locally as much as possible?

French Salad with Parchment Baked Chicken and Mustard Vinaigrette

Let’s talk about something that is a total time suck for me: BACK STALKING MYSELF. WHY?! I spend at least an hour a week looking at my old Instagram photos, tweets and blog posts. I’m secretly the most narcissistic person. I’m just always real concerned someone new is going to pop into my life and I’m worried of what they will think when they back stalk me, because they will  – am I cool enough? Should I have deleted all the photos of ex-boyfriends?

Fun story, re: social stalking. My friend Jordan from college texted me Sunday night to say “I also love how you seem to eat all the time and you are so fit”. I Snapchatted (follow me at @cpisone, BTW) a photo of two burritos and Bloody Mary. This was after probably Snapchatting four pieces of toast at The Mill, all the food at Comal and ice cream at Bi-Rite the day before. He then learned exactly 0 burritos belonged to me (but the bloody was mine – there was a guy at Treasure Island Flea with a mimosa + Bloody Mary cart so how could I say no?) and retracted his statement. If only my metabolism was that great.

French Salad with Parchment Baked Chicken and Mustard Vinaigrette | almost getting it together

I have to eat salads like this all week because I feel the need to eat Bi-Rite ice cream every weekend.

On to this salad, which is why we are all here. Unless you’re here to read my train-of-thought rambles, then even better. Lentils make me think of France, even though I’m 99% positive I never ate a lentil in any of my three trips to France. So that’s why this is a French salad. Also, brie cheese. I remember my mother explaining brie cheese to me as a little girl as “like butter, but better” and I’ve basically been obsessed ever since. Brie in any dish on a menu? Ordering it. I wish this were a salad with escargot and foie gras. That’s my kind of French salad.

Also, parchment baked chicken is the best. It’s stupid easy to make and delicious. I’m honestly not too into meat but I eat it to stay full so this is an easy way for me to not screw it up.

I need to go eat like a thousand salads to counteract my weekend. And because I need fresh produce before I go to Pittsburgh this weekend where I don’t think vegetables are a thing yet. They’re just now getting into over-charging for toast.

French Salad with Parchment Baked Chicken and Mustard Vinaigrette | almost getting it together

French Salad with Parchment Baked Chicken and Mustard Vinaigrette

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French Salad with Parchment Baked Chicken and Mustard Vinaigrette
 
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Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner, Entree
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 2 salads
Ingredients
Salad
  • 6 cups arugula
  • 1 cup sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 cup cooked lentils
  • ½ cup grapes, sliced in half
  • 2 oz brie cheese, chopped
Chicken
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 tsp turmeric
Dressing
  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • ½ tbsp chopped shallots
Instructions
  1. Place chicken, olive oil and seasonings in a glass container or ziplock bag and combine until chicken is well coated. Season with salt and pepper. Let sit on counter for 20 minutes or in fridge up to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Place a large sheet of parchment paper on a baking tray, place chicken on and fold edges to create an "envelope" for chicken. Bake for 30 minutes or until an internal thermometer reads 180 degrees.
  4. On another tray, place sweet potatoes and roast for 30 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
  5. Mix all the dressing ingredients in a small jar or container and shake well to combine.
  6. Once chicken is done cooking, remove from oven and chop.
  7. Place arugula in a large bowl, season with salt, pepper and salad dressing and toss.
  8. Split arugula into two large bowls or plates and put half the salad toppings and half the baked chicken on each salad to serve.

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