Blogger Vegan 4 A Day Challenge: Part 3

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Good evening friends!

I hope you are having a lovely Thursday. I am absolutely beat tonight. I baked/packed/shipped for about 13 hours today and I am ready to hit the couch do whittle my middle and then hit the couch. ;) Oh, I just remembered- I have a huge sink of dishes to wash too…doh!!

I want to finish off my day of food blogging for you to see what other delicious vegan goodies I had today!

Afternoon snack:

I’m so very excited to tell you about this.

I call it my Faux Candy Cane Cereal :) It’s so festive!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Nature’s Path Flax Plus cereal
  • 1/4 cup Goji berries (an obsession I have forgot to tell you about!)
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup hemp milk
  • 1/2 Refresh (Chocolate Peppy-mint) Glo Bar

It tasted like a candy cane!!!

The chunks of Refresh Glo Bar were key- the chocolate peppermint flavour from the bar mixed into the cereal and it tasted like a candy cane. Amazing.

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This cereal was so filling I didn’t have much of an appetite for dinner. I decided something light would be perfect.

I have never made pumpkin soup before so I thought tonight was the perfect time to try out something new and to use up my leftover pumpkin from my pie.

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5 Minute Vegan Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 onion, diced (didn’t have, so I omitted)
  • 1 16 oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/3 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • EVOO, parsley flakes, and toasted pepita seeds to garnish.

Directions: Chop onion and cook onion in EVOO until tender in a large pot. Add the rest of the ingredients (except garnishings) and stir well. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Garnish soup with parsley flakes, EVOO, and toasted pepita seeds if desired.

Recipe adapted from here.

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I was very skeptical that this soup was going to turn out due to how EASY it was, but wow did I ever love this soup!!! My fears about pumpkin soup are totally gone now. I was tempted to throw in some veggies to beef it up, but I am glad that I didn’t. Sometimes simple is better and I think that applies to pumpkin soup.

I had a slightly heavy hand when pouring the olive oil onto my soup, so please disregard all the olive oil on top. hehe. ;) I love a bit of EVOO on top of the soup and then I mix it in with my spoon. It tastes so smooth and satisfying. The toasted pepita seeds gave the soup a nice crunch.

Dessert was this bad boy:

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I may have a light snack while watching Gossip Girl tonight. If that is the case I will likely have my usual Darvida crackers and salsa for a light snack.

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Deeeelicious!

Oh He Glows just called me and he said his car is on EMPTY and he is about 20-25 minutes from home. The only problem? He forgot his wallet today!! :( I offered to go meet him but he said he will call me if it stalls. Oh boy…

Is there a new Office on tonight? I sure hope so. Onto episode 12 (??) of Gossip Girl Season 1 tonight. Can I just say that Vanessa is annoying?? It is clear that she has ulterior motives…Dan better not mess up what he has with Serena!

BON SOIR MES AMIES!

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OSGMOM November 19, 2009

I hope OHG doesn’t run out of gas before making it home. I have to try the pumpkin soup — sounds delicious!

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Bridget November 19, 2009

Faux candy cane cereal! How creative! Love it ;)

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Jil November 19, 2009

oh my god, the soup and the cereal look so good!! where do you find goji berries?? i’ve been looking for them like crazy in the states, but i haven’t been able to find them!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 19, 2009

i got these ones from Bulk Barn in Canada

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K November 19, 2009

Mmm, I love the sound of that cereal! I am already feeling super festive so I am definitely going to try a variation on that. Here’s hoping Eric makes it home ok, car troubles are no fun. :(
-K

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Marissa November 19, 2009

That cereal bowl looks sooooooo good!!!! I hope Eric makes it home ok!!

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Alex November 19, 2009

Just wait until you get to THIS season of GG. Oh lawdy!

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Karen November 19, 2009

That pumpkin soup looks so easy & delicious!

I def will have to try the Refresh Glo Bars at some point!

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Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries November 19, 2009

OMG that soup sounds so simple and delicious! I am bookmarking this now :)

Also, that candy cane cereal creation! Your genius never ceases to amaze me, chica.

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Bronwyn November 19, 2009

Yum. That soup looks delicious.

And so does your power snack. It actually looks quite Christmassy!

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Karla November 19, 2009

I hated Vanessa too! But honestly she’s grows on you and I’ll leave it at that!

Grey’s Anatomy is on in 45 minutes which means I have 45 minutes to finish my self evaluation!

Goodnight!

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Janna November 19, 2009

hahaha “Oh HE Glows”.

I love peppermint/candy cane flavors. It’s one of my favorite things about the holiday season. Hmm… I think you may have just inspired a recipe!

Have fun watching GG!

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Allison November 19, 2009

everything you make always looks so good!

I have an off topic question. How do you get a successful blog, like everyday like a billion people visit yours im sure, and you always get TONS of comments. I have a blog, its still new, but i dont know how to get my name out there or anything? Any tips?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 19, 2009

I really don’t get that many visitors…its really just OSGMOM posting under different avatars…hahaha. ;)

There really is no magic formula for success…I always say do find something unique that you can contribute and make sure it is something you are passionate about.

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Cynthia (It All Changes) November 19, 2009

That sounds like something Hunni would do. I hope he got home safe.

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Kim November 19, 2009

That pumpkin soup looks amazing!! YUM!!

Your cereal also looks pretty darn good. :)

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels November 19, 2009

Now you’ve surpassed me in the gossip girl season 1. I must rent the second volume!

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Katy November 19, 2009

That pumpkin soup looks incredible — definitely going on my “must make” list!

I’m not sure I can thank you enough for your support of #VeganWeek, but I’ll try. I’m blown away by what happens when bloggers and readers from all different walks of life come together. It sounds cheesy (bad vegan pun?) but I truly believe that anything that forces us to think about what we’re eating and where it comes from is good.

You are getting so much love on the guest post you did for me — I hope you are reading the comments!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 19, 2009

Thank you for doing it! I was blown away by the response from the blogging community. It was so interesting to see what everyone did. I love an open mind!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 19, 2009

Love that quick soup!

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Michelle Gay November 19, 2009

Dear Angela,

Please come to my house and feed me.

Love, Michelle

p.s. I added chia seeds to my pizza dough last night–the egg replacer idea–it was awesome. LOVED IT!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 19, 2009

haha I would hop a plane to visit in a heart beat…Eric wants to take me there someday :)

great idea about chia seeds in pizza dough!

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Kristie Lynn November 19, 2009

That pumpkin soup looks really, really amazing Ange! I can’t wait to try it out :-D

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Jessie (Vegan-minded) November 19, 2009

What a simple and delicious looking pumpkin soup! I like a little extra olive oil in my soup too. :)

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Jolene November 19, 2009

Yummmmm – pumpkin soup!!!! Sounds great :-)

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Carolyn November 20, 2009

I’ve never seen a prettier bowl of soup.

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Bella (Bella's Kitchen) November 20, 2009

looks delicious! too bad I can’t get your Glo Bars in Austria ;-(
I love pumpkin soup, but I usually make it without milk and add some chickpeas or couscous.

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Paige @ Running Around Normal November 20, 2009

Candy cane cereal! hehe I love it! Hope Eric made it home OK!

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Abby November 20, 2009

I would love to try pumpkin soup, but considering I cook only for myself, I don’t want to be left with large amounts. However, that recipe looks simply delicious and maybe it would freeze well…?

It was a new Office, but it was kind of “meh” this week, in my opinion. I think it’s because I am completely hooked on Community and everything else pales in comparison. :)

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Kristie Lynn November 20, 2009

I’m glad my hubby and I aren’t the only ones who are hooked on Community. I don’t think I laugh as much during all the other shows I watch combined than I do while watching Commmunity :)

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skinnyrunner November 20, 2009

yum i love candy canes….
your vegan recipes and eats just seem to come so easily for you. it seems like definitely a good fit for you and your lifestyle!! and so healthy too.

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Tina November 20, 2009

Oh your afternoon snack looks amazing! I’ve never tried goji berries!

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Anne Marie @ New Weigh of Life November 20, 2009

The cereal looks great! I hope the hubby made it home okay!

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing November 20, 2009

I am totally impressed that after 13 hours of hard work you are still doing the whittle my middle challenge! Way to go :O)

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Tania @ Moment Anew November 20, 2009

Mmmmm….that pumpkin soup looks delish!!!

Angela, is there a vegan version of sour cream? Can you suggest something I could use to top my curried carrot soup: http://momentanew.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/busy-busy-monday/

I keep trying to have a vegan meal here or there and it always ends up having at least dairy or eggs in it. :)

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Kris | iheartwellness.com November 20, 2009

Darlin’ I need to eat at your house!! This soup will be brewin’ in my kitchen this weekend!

Happy Friday!! XXOO

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Amanda@thegrainsofparadise November 21, 2009

I Love Pumpkin Soup and I make it all the time! Can’t wait to try your version :-) I’ve been recently putting pumkin puree in banana/almond milk smoothies too !!! yum! Aloha, Amanda

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Tiffanie November 22, 2009

I’m so bummed! When I saw your pumpkin recipe (and having ALL the ingredients listed) I quickly whipped up a batch for last nights dinner! No one in the family liked it :( I so wish I could say opposite. I found it too runny. Like there was too much Almond milk, or too much veg. broth. I’m thinking next time I make it I’ll reduce that amount so that it’s a bit “thicker” and more robust. Did you find that was the case in your batch??

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