Watercress Soup Recipe

The Vegetarian Times article that I posted earlier also says that watercress has a lot of detox value so, I made myself some watercress soup.

This is the first time that I’ve had watercress soup and I was pleasantly surprised! Watercress has a slightly spicy taste similar to that of a radish. It is a lot less bitter than a radish, however. The combination of the cream and the watercress tames the spice just slightly. This soup is amazing and perfect for a spring day!

Oh, and one other note about this soup… watercress smells amazing when it’s being cooked! I was extremely surprised by the pleasant aroma!

Happy cooking!

Asparagus with Orange Sauce

Okay, so I found a recipe that used the detox veggies that I absolutely love! I tried it this afternoon and fell in love! At first I was a little skeptical to try Asparagus with Orange Sauce because I was a little unsure of how the two flavors would work together. I didn’t think that asparagus would taste well with orange over it.

I was wrong! This dish is incredible! The orange gives this a very nice, light citrus flavor. I really liked the creamy sauce over the asparagus. Usually I just put some olive oil and pepper on my asparagus and call it good but I’m really happy that I gave this a try. I really enjoyed this recipe and I’m sure you will too!

Happy cooking!

 

Detox Veggies

Lately I’ve been feeling a little blah so I thought I’d do a detox. Some people choose to drink the detox drinks or fast for days at a time but I took the more natural approach.

Although all veggies are good for you, Vegetarian Times says these 8 veggies target key areas such as the liver and gallbladder and clean them out.

Not only did this article help point me in the right direction for my detox but it also provided delicious recipes for all of the foods that were listed! I’m off to try some now!

 

How to Avoid Nutritional Stumbling Blocks

While doing some research, I came across the website for the North American Vegetarian Society. I intended to just look through the website quickly and come back to it later on… Several hours later, I had read all that I could at the moment. I would’ve stayed longer but my eyes were going cross!

While I was there, I found this article that I found really interesting. It focuses a lot on what not to do when making the switch from a diet that consists of meat to that of a vegetarian. There are several things on this list that I was guilty of when I first started eating a vegetarian diet. It took me a while to figure out what I should be doing and what I shouldn’t and I really wish I’d had this article to refer to when I was first starting out.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t lucky enough to have found this article yet so it was a lot of trial and error. I wanted to share it in case there are those of you who make the transition and are finding it hard. I hope you find it helpful!

N & J Cafe

Yum, yum, yum! I was craving hummus yesterday so I decided to go to N & J Cafe in Wichita, KS for free hummus Mondays! Not only did I get my fill of hummus but I also had the falafel.

As of yesterday, I’ve tried all of the vegetarian dishes on their menu and it was all delicious with the exception of one dish. I had the baba ganoush a while back and I wasn’t a huge fan of it. I don’t know if it was because the eggplant was so strong or if it was the texture but I wasn’t a fan. With the exception of that, everything else is wonderful!

The service is always great at N & J and it always smells amazing! If you haven’t been there yet, you should give it a try. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a lover of meat, you’ll surely find something there that you love!
N & J Cafe & Bakery on Urbanspoon

Edible Flowers

I’ve been getting a bit bored in the kitchen lately. I feel like I’m not trying anything new and I just make the same meals over and over and over again. So, I’ve decided to try to get out of this kitchen rut that I’m in. I’ve decided that I’m going to try to cook with flowers!

Most of the time when I see flowers in a dish, it’s just something that’s been tossed into a salad or added as a garnish but Vegetarian Times has made a list of edible flowers and some more exciting recipe ideas. There are a lot of flowers on this recipe that I didn’t realize were edible. Wondering about the flavor of some of these flowers? Well, you’re in luck because Vegetarian Times has included all of that information as well!

I saw on the list that sunflowers taste somewhat “artichokey”. I think I’m going to experiment and make some spinach dip and use sunflower instead of artichoke. I’ll let you know how it is! If anyone else has any experimentation ideas, let me know! I’m in dire need of some new recipe ideas!

 

Roasted Beets with Feta

As I said in my previous post, I love beets! After getting super excited about the prospect of having beets in the house this weekend, I started looking up beet recipes. Most of the recipes want you to destroy the beet and mask its flavor with things that are much more potent than the beet itself (which is pretty difficult to do) but after a lot of searching, I found a recipe that sounds amazing! It has two of my favorite things: beets and cheese!

This recipe for Roasted Beets with Feta not only sounds delicious but it is going to be super easy to make! I’m really looking forward to cooking some this weekend. I’m thinking having this as a side to some eggplant parmesan or maybe just some pasta with cheese, garlic, and olive oil. Either way, this side dish is going to compliment it well and I can’t wait to try it!

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I plan to! Happy cooking!

Wichita, Kansas Farmer’s Markets

Yay! The farmer’s market is open again! Opening weekend was last weekend and I’m pretty disappointed that I missed it. I will more than be making up for that mistake this weekend though. Bright and early on Saturday morning, I’ll be at 21st and Ridge ready to buy some delicious, fresh produce!

I love going to farmer’s markets because I always find amazing produce for amazing prices. Not only that but I usually find things there that I’m not able to find in the grocery store on a regular basis like beets. I love them but very rarely am I actually able to find them at the grocery store. On Saturday, however, that’s the first thing that I’ll be looking for!

For some reason, Farmer’s Markets are really hard to find here in Wichita. They happen every week during the spring but for some reason they aren’t advertised anywhere. I had to hunt for them last year and now I luckily know when and where to go. In case you’re also having a hard time locating them, The Kansas Grown Farmer’s Market will lead you in the right direction. Not only does this site include the locations and times of all of the Farmer’s Markets around Wichita but it also has a list of the vendors that you’ll find at the farmer’s markets.

I hope you all can make it out this weekend to help support Kansas farmers!

Wasabi Sushi

Okay, everyone… I have a confession to make! I cheated on my vegetarian diet this weekend! I was really craving fish and since sushi is one of the things that I miss eating the most as a vegetarian, I went and had some amazing sushi this weekend at Wasabi in downtown Wichita, KS.

Wasabi is absolutely amazing! The prices are great, the food is fresh, the service is fast, and they have a huge selection of rolls and sashimi. While I was there, I had two different rolls and they were both amazing. It would be really hard for me to choose a favorite! I had the 911 Roll and the Crazy Crab Roll and I loved them both. Wasabi is by far the best sushi restaurant that I’ve been to in Wichita. I honestly didn’t check to see if they have any vegetarian options on their menu but I’m sure they do!

Whether you’re a pescetarian, a lover of meat, or you’re cheating on your vegetarian diet, Wasabi is an excellent place to go. I hope you get the chance to check it out and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

Old Town Sushi Bar By Wasabi on Urbanspoon

The Most Nutritious Vegetarian Diet

I know that I’ve been preaching the benefits of eating a vegetarian diet a lot lately but it’s not always an easy thing to do. When I first started, I was worried about being malnourished because I was afraid that I would be missing out on something important. It turns out that I’m not the only one who has these concerns. Luckily for me and others who have the same concerns, The Mayo Clinic laid out a very detailed description of everything that a vegetarian needs and also included some examples of how to get these nutrients.

 

If you’re having trouble figuring out where to get the nutrients that you need, you should definitely check out what the Mayo Clinic has to say about the nutrients that vegetarians need.