A Hearty Fall Soup

I love walking through a fall forest, even when our west coast November rain is pouring down and the trees are shrouded in mist. Actually I sometimes love it even more because the forest leaves are glistening with dewy rain drops and transformed into a mysterious, enchanted forest.

An afternoon spent in this kind of weather, however, calls for a big bowl of warming and soul soothing chicken soup.

I happen to have an easy and tasty recipe for our cold, snowy and, in Vancouver, damp Canadian winter. It’s not fully home-made (packaged chicken broth instead of bone broth) but close enough and is 100 percent comfort food.

Soul Soothing Easy Chicken Soup

  • one package organic vegetable or chicken broth
  • one chicken breast, sauteed and cubed
  • 1/4 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 2 red peppers
  • handful cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 onion
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • cubed tofu, optional (I like this to add extra protein)

Bring to a boil in saucepan, then simmer for about 15 minutes.

Serve.

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Cypress Mountain & Nice CreamΒ 

A few photos and quotes from last week’s hike on Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver:

Birds are not meant to be caged. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. – Stephen King

In quietness are all things answered. – A Course in Miracles

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive. – Gilda Radner

Spending time in the forest has always been my yin to the yang of the corporate world. Nothing for me is more soothing and rejuvenating than spending an afternoon surrounded by sweet scented, mossy green trees.

And after working up an appetite on a hike I like to head home to whip up a tasty, sugar-free treat. This recipe is a post hike favourite. It’s vegan, naturally sweetened and uber-healthy with nut butter, dairy free milk and lots of anti-oxidant fruit.

Peanut Butter Banana Nice Cream

  • 5 bananas
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 3 T. peanut butter (or almond butter if you prefer)

Blend together and store in freezer until frozen. Top with your favourite fruit. This one has banana, mango, strawberries and unsweetened coconut. The recipe tastes a lot like ice cream but is so very good for you.

Hope you enjoy it.