NH Home Stager's Vegan Adventure - More Vegan Recipes Part 9

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One year ago I made the decision to TRY a vegan diet.  I honestly never expected to make it to this point....not even close.  I continue to be very surprised how easily I adapted and how much I enjoy the food.

I wish I could share some secret as to how I've made it work....but I don't have one.  As with any diet, you have to WANT to do it and you have to allow yourself some space to eat unhealthy now and then, without feeling guilty.    For example....my recent cruise vacation was a free for all.  My daughter coined the term "vegcation" to describe my week-long vacation from being a vegan.  I ate whatever I wanted, including dairy and meat.  

When you eat as healthy as I do, you can afford to eat "poison" sometimes and not beat yourself up for doing it.  Funny thing is, while I enjoyed what I ate on the cruise, a week was plenty.  I couldn't wait to get back to eating healthy.  

You have to do what works best for you.  True vegans don't eat honey or wear leather.  I do both.  I also eat seafood ocassionally, and I still use a little organic butter and mayo now and then. The term "vegan" is the easiest way to describe my diet, but a more accurate description is "mostly plant based". 

With the Polar Vortex freezing most of us,  I thought some soup recipes might be in order.....here are three recent vegan soup favorites: 


broccoli potato soup


Creamy Broccoli Potato Soup 

Edible Perspective

Shortcut with this recipe:  I didn't divide the veggies....I cooked them all at once.  Prior to blending, I removed about 1/3 of the veggies with a slotted spoon and set aside.  I returned them to the pan after I blended the rest. 

I used extra potatoes and broccoli, approx. 4 cups each.





white velvet soup



White Velvet Soup  (2 servings)

Healthy Happy Life

With this soup you can use non-dairy milk or a non-dairy milk and veggie broth combo.  I like creamy soup and used all milk. (unsweetened almond milk)

It's very easy and fast to throw together...no stovetop cooking involved.   




African Peanut Soup

There are many versions of this soup online.  The ingredients may seem strange....but they blend together so well!  


2 Tbsp olive oil                                   1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 onion, chopped                               1 cup uncooked long grain rice

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced      3 cups thick and chunky salsa 

2 cloves garlic, minced                        2 cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

8 cups vegetable broth                       1 cup unpeeled zucchini, diced

1 tsp dried thyme                              2/3 cup creamy peanut butter (all natural)

african soup


Heat oil in large sauce pan, over medium high heat.  Saute onion, sweet potato and garlic, about 5 minutes.

Add broth, thyme, cumin, and rice.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer covered about 15 minutes, until rice is cooked.

Add salsa, beans, zucchini and cook 10 minutes.

Stir in peanut butter until combined.  




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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sharon,

Looks like you have come up with some excellent soup recipes for us to try. Thanks for sharing some of your favorites!!

Jan 12, 2014 08:16 PM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Sharon - your guilt-free approach to try vegan has worked well for you.  I also like your daughter's term "vegcation".   

Jan 12, 2014 09:02 PM #2
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

I wondered if you were going to stick to your vegan way of life while on your cruise. I love the term "vegcation".

Jan 12, 2014 10:11 PM #3
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

What night are you serving the African Peanut soup? I will see if I am going to be in the area!

Jan 12, 2014 10:16 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- I so applaud you for sticking with this healthier lifestyle.  Since I love soup, I'm going to give some of these a try.  I may not go totally plant based but I can certainly try. 

Jan 12, 2014 11:07 PM #5
Joshua Frederick
Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC - Defiance, OH
Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio

Congrats!  A vegan/plant based/whole food diet shouldn't be coined a "diet", IMO, but a lifestyle...a new way of eating.  I also think reading The China Study should be mandatory for every person on this planet.

Thanks for the recipes!  My wife has many too & perhaps I can share some as well.

p.s. I've been a vegan Home Inspector now for about a year too.


Jan 12, 2014 11:38 PM #6
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

Yummy! I am not sure if I ever told you this, I went vegan 2-3 years ago and I never felt better!

Jan 13, 2014 01:20 AM #7
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Dorie:  I love soup and I love sharing the recipes!

Michael:  Yeah, not much vegan going on that week, LOL.

Roger:  I had no intention of limiting myself while on vacation....I ate whatever I wanted.  The good thing about a cruise is there are so many options and if I took a bite of something and wasn't thrilled with it, I didn't eat anymore of it....I went on to something else.   There was only 1 night that I wasn't happy with my meal, the other six nights I enjoyed every bite of every course!  

Rob:  Anytime you are in the area I would be happy to cook for you!

Kathy:  If I weren't enjoying it so much, I wouldn't be sticking with it!  Give them a try...the great thing about vegan recipes is that even people who aren't vegan can enjoy them too, LOL!

Joshua:  I agree 100%...it's a lifestyle.  Please do share some recipes, I'm always looking to try a new one!

Patty:  No, I don't think I knew you were vegan....awesome!  You and Joshua and I would make a great vegan real estate team!



Jan 13, 2014 04:21 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have had the African peanut soup with meat in it and its a delicious soup...vegan style sounds good too, wishing you a great week. A

Jan 13, 2014 05:52 AM #9
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I love a good soup. I believe I could survive for quite some time just by eating soup but it has to be good soup. 

Jan 13, 2014 11:48 AM #10
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Sharon, these recipes look delicious and appetizing. The Broccoli Potato soup looks just fabulous! Many of us are attempting a 2014 with a healthier diet. I thank you for your sharing and cannot wait to try that soup. Gotta get the cashews first. Perhaps in the meantime, I will just grab one of the bowls from the photos. :)

Jan 13, 2014 03:34 PM #11
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Alexandra:  I think even meat eaters would enjoy the vegan version...it's a hearty soup.

Debbie:  I could eat soup every day....alone or with salad and bread!

Jane:  I hope you do get to try it.  One warning....it calls for 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes....it doesn't sound like much, but it made the soup a little hotter than I would like.  My husband liked it, but I would leave it out next time. 

Jan 13, 2014 09:12 PM #12
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

I would love to have Chief Cook try the African peanut soup so I bookmarked it.  Thanks, Sharon

Jul 29, 2014 08:02 AM #13
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Ron:  If you do try it, I hope you enjoy it!  

Jul 29, 2014 09:37 AM #14
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