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Almond Broccoli Soup Recipe

Almond Broccoli Soup

Rich in calcium, magnesium, and protein, almonds help strengthen and renew bone and tissues while alkalizing the body and supporting the lungs. Add a cup of calcium-rich tofu and this recipe is even more beneficial to your bones—as well as a complete meal.

Plan ahead: Soak the almonds in 3 cups of water for 8 to 12 hours at room temperature to let them germinate. This enlivens the almonds, making them more nutritious (and less fattening).

Yield: 6 cups
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked*
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups bite-size broccoli florets
  • 1 cup shredded bok choy
  • 1 tsp minced fresh tarragon
  • ½ tsp dried rubbed sage
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 cup sliced cremini or button mushrooms
  • 1½ tsp fresh minced garlic (1-2 cloves)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup Bragg Liquid Aminos or white or yellow miso

*The almonds will expand to about 1½ cups after soaking. Use all of them.

Instructions: 
  1. Strain the almonds and rinse. Place the soaked almonds and water in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the pulp through a fine sieve, pressing the pulp with the back of a spoon to release the milk. (Alternatively, you can strain through a colander lined with 2 layers of cheesecloth, then twist the cloth to squeeze out all the milk.) Discard the pulp.
  2. Place the almond milk in a 3-quart pot over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli, bok choy, tarragon, sage, and pepper. Bring to just under a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until the broccoli is tender.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small skillet over high heat. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and salt and sauté for a few minutes until they begin to brown. Add this to the soup.
  4. Remove the soup from the heat. Add the Braggs or ladle ½ cup of broth into a cup and combine with the miso until smooth; stir this into the soup. Ladle into bowls and serve.
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Amazing Cream of Mushroom Soup

Here’s a robustly flavored, satisfying chowder that lets you savor the diverse shapes, soft textures, and deep, woodsy flavors of hearty, protein-rich mushrooms. Rustic yet elegant, this recipe is a foolproof crowd-pleaser.

Yield: About 8 cups
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Ingredients: 
 3 Tbsp  salted butter 6½ cups water
1 cup diced onion 2 tsp salt or to taste
1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks) 2 cups peeled, diced potato (2 potatoes)
1 cup finely sliced leek  (1-2 leeks) 2 Tbsp sherry
1 Tbsp minced garlic  (2-3 cloves) Fresh-ground black pepper to taste
4 cups mixed mushrooms* 1 tsp dried rubbed sage
1¼ cups half-and-half (cream)
Instructions: 
  1. Melt the butter in a 4-quart pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, leek, and garlic and sauté for a few minutes until they begin to brown. Add the mushrooms and sauté for a few more minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, increase the heat to high, and gently bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the potato is tender. Remove from the heat.
  3. Place 3 cups of the soup in a blender and blend until smooth. Return to the pot and stir through. Ladle into bowls and serve.
Notes: 

*Rinse the mushrooms and discard any tough stems. Tear or chop the mushrooms into bite-size pieces. You can also use other mushroom varieties like button, porcini, and chanterelle.

Presentation: If you have a few leftover mushrooms, sliver and sauté them briefly in butter or oil over medium-high heat. Garnish each bowl with a few slices.

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Rustic Tomato Soup

Rustic Tomato Soup

This is a perfect “cure-all” soup for a cold day. It’s full of intricate flavors that blend seamlessly, and it’s loaded with everything that's good for you. Serves nicely with toasted bread and butter. 

Yield: 4-6 Servings
Cooking Time: 40 Minutes
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
 
Ingredients: 
2 cloves garlic 1 bunch of washed and chopped Swiss chard
1 leek 4 tomatoes, cut into pieces
3 carrots 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 red bell pepper 1 tsp ground oregano
1 head of broccoli 1-1/2 tsp salt
1 zucchini 1/2 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil 1 pinch (careful, a very small pinch) of cayenne pepper
3 Tbsp liquid aminos (Bragg's is a good one to use) 2 or more cups of water
Instructions: 
  1. Chop garlic, leek, carrots, red pepper, broccoli, and zucchini into small bite-sized pieces.
  2. In medium saucepan, sauté the leek, carrots, and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes. Add red pepper, zucchini, and broccoli. When vegetables begin to soften, add liquid aminos. Cook until vegetables are tender. Turn off heat. Set aside.
  3. In separate large soup pot, add chopped chard, tomatoes, and spices (cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and cayenne) and turn to medium heat. Keeping the lid mostly on, but stirring occasionally, let the vegetables cook until the tomato skin starts peeling away and the chard has reduced in size (approximately 10 to 15 minutes).
  4. Add all vegetables from the saucepan to the pot of tomatoes and Swiss chard. Add the 2 cups of water, or more if you prefer a thinner soup. Turn to high heat, stirring occasionally until almost boiled.
  5. Turn off heat and serve.
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It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find anyone as influential as Wai Lana in bringing yoga to the mainstream.

Wai Lana's internationally aired TV series continues to attract a huge audience and has played a key role in yoga's skyrocketing popularity. Famous for making it easy and effective, Wai Lana excels at making the ancient art of yoga a life-enhancing experience for anyone who practices along with her.

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Wai Lana is not only a beautiful and charming modern-day yoga advocate but also a highly energetic and prolific artist. She has produced several yoga videos and DVDs for people of all levels and hosted nearly 200 half-hour television programs of yoga instruction. Wai Lana is one of the most well known yoga teachers in the world today. Her daily yoga TV shows are regularly watched by millions of people around the globe on five continents, including in the United States, where her shows appear nationwide on many PBS stations.

Wai Lana has become a favorite of viewers of all ages—from preschoolers to great-grandparents. Along with co-directing and hosting her TV shows, Wai Lana also designs the colorful clothes and flower garlands she wears during production. She travels the world to shoot her projects in the world's most beautiful, pristine locations in order to create inspiring visuals for her audience. Instructing us from the breathtaking coastlines of California and Hawaii to the snow-capped mountains of New Zealand to the spectacular red rock deserts of Sedona, Wai Lana has become a favorite of viewers of all ages—from preschoolers to great-grandparents.

Well known by now are Wai Lana’s yoga exercise videos and DVDs. Her Easy Yoga Series is now available around the world in different languages, as is her second series, Hello Fitness Yoga. A third series, Fun Challenge, targets intermediate and more advanced levels. She has also recently released a new series called Yoga for Everyone.

In addition to the spectacular scenic backgrounds, all of Wai Lana’s productions feature beautiful, soothing soundtracks to help viewers relax and let go of stress while they exercise. Including many original vocal recordings of her own, Wai Lana’s yoga music has attracted an audience of its own.

Wai Lana has been a yoga practitioner and vegetarian for over twenty years, and her commitment to good health couldn’t be more evident. Wai Lana has been a yoga practitioner and vegetarian for over twenty years, and her commitment to good health couldn’t be more evident than in the luscious, mouth-watering recipes and snacks .
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To the serene and warm-hearted Wai Lana, introducing people to a healthy yoga lifestyle is an important service to the global community. She has dedicated her life to this endeavor, and what began in a small way has grown very quickly.

Wai Lana has traveled the world for the past twenty years, working with dedicated professionals from different countries to produce the highest quality work in every field into which she ventures. This has earned Wai Lana unmatched admiration and made her a household name. Wai Lana’s popularity and recognition is certain to increase as she continues to make the practice of yoga easy and effective for millions more.

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