For The Sick Days

Hello lovelies!

My handsome hubby recently got sick with a stomach bug. We aren’t exactly sure what caused it, but a lot of people in our area seemed to picking up that or a summer cold. I got the latter and am still fighting off a lingering cough. No one likes being sick! During these times, I think it is even more so important to focus on putting good into your body. You get out of it what you put in, so put in healthy!

soup fruit cookies

Minus the cookies (although sometimes delicious comfort food does do something wonderful for the soul 🙂 ), I made us this tasty but incredibly simple dinner that lasted a few meals.

It’s not anything fancy, just a simple veggie soup and a fresh fruit cup, but boy was it good. Being sick is pain enough, and cooking seems like such a chore during those times. Thankfully this was done in all of 20 minutes, without much work on my end.

Simple Veggie Soup
1 box of organic vegetable broth
1 large head of broccoli, chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 tbsp vegetable oil (optional)
Herbs/spices to season (garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper, etc.)
2 cups of dried brown rice

Begin cooking your rice before you start with anything else. I use a rice cooker and do 2 cups brown rice, 5 cups water. This takes about 20-25 minutes to cook which is enough time for the soup to finish up.

With your veggies chopped, throw everything into a large soup pan on high heat. Once you see it start to boil, turn it down to medium. Stir frequently. The soup should be cooked in about 15 minutes. While it’s cooking, if you’d like to make the fresh fruit cup pictured above, just chop up some banana, strawberries, green grapes, golden delicious apple, and drizzle lightly with fresh lemon juice.

After the soup and rice are done cooking, you can eat them separately or together. I like to blend up my soup with the rice, making for a creamier and more filling mixture. This is what is pictured above. It also works great if you want to leave it as a chunky vegetable soup as well. Add a few wheat crackers to the mix and you’re done!

I hope that you don’t have to get sick to enjoy this simple recipe, but I do hope you gobble it up once you make it! Have a lovely, healthy day my friends!



Mama Bear’s Love Cookies (PB & Choc Chip)

Hello lovelies!

A long time ago I promised to share this recipe and I’ve taken my sweet time getting around to it. It also doesn’t help that I tend to eat all the food I make before I remember to take a picture of it! LOL!

love cookies

I make these cookies anytime we have company over, I want to do something nice for someone, or hubby wants a delicious treat. Hence why they are called love cookies. It may seem silly but I do believe that the what we are feeling gets poured into whatever we are doing. It shows in our performances, artistic creations, and I believe it also transfers into food. So part of the reason I think people love these cookies, is because I intentionally make them while focusing on love. Love for friendships, family, Jesus, the world, all of it. It just makes everything better!

I adapted the recipe from one of my favorite vegan cookbooks, La Dolce Vegan.

Mama Bear’s Love Cookies
What you’ll need:

1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
egg replacer equal to 1 egg (I use Ener-G egg replacer)
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup oil
3/4 sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (Enjoy Life Semi-sweet chocolate Mini chips or chocolate chunks, depending on your preference)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prep your egg replacer. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the egg replacer, water, peanut butter, oil, sugar, and vanilla. Stir together until well combined. After the dough is formed, cover the mixture with the chocolate chips and fold into the dough. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. (These come out of the oven looking like they are completely cooked because they are chewy cookies, so let them cool a bit to harden up) Makes approximately 16 – 20 cookies.

Whether you give these cookies away or save them for yourself, be sure to schedule some much needed rest time after eating. Devour the goodness and savour.

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Happy munching lovelies!