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Old 11-18-2015, 04:22 PM   #241
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LOL, that was funny jem. I'd better be careful, I'm out of cashew milk, too!

This is the recipe we loved for the pumpkin and/or butternut squash soup. It's from a site called Feed Me Phoebe. I made a change to the milk used since the coconut milk is too high in fat for us

Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Soup

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil (I did not use)
1 large sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
Two 15-ounce cans pure pumpkin puree or 4 cups fresh cooked pumpkin
2 cups vegetable stock
One 15-ounce can coconut milk (I used 2 cups of cashew milk plus a tsp of coconut extract)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 teaspoons sriracha (I used cayenne pepper instead)
2 teaspoons sea salt

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Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or stockpot. Saute the onion over medium-high heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger, and continue to cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Carefully stir in the pumpkin, stock, coconut milk, maple syrup, siracha, and salt. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the soup has reduced and thickened slightly.
Puree with an immersion blender or in a stand blender until very smooth. Garnish with cilantro leaves or toasted coconut.
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:28 PM   #242
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The Instant Pot is my best all-time household purchase, and I am a total gadget nut so that is saying something! Love love love my Instant Pot. It sits out on the counter and I use it almost every day, and often multiple times a day. Jem one thing to keep in mind is the Duo version also has a yogurt function if that is appealing to you - I was kinda ambivalent about that, but since getting the IP I've been making soy yogurt on a regular basis. I'm happy I have the 6-qt since I fill it to the max a lot of times and think the 5-qt would've been too small for us (we are only two but we eat a lot lol).
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Old 11-19-2015, 10:55 AM   #243
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Thank you for the soup recipe PenguinPower and the instant pot review. The soup sounds delicious, so I'm going to try it out.
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Old 11-19-2015, 10:57 AM   #244
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jem51, how do you make a "bacon" marinade?
I read that and am intrigued. I've always been a bacon hound, but now I do my best not to eat it.
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Old 11-19-2015, 05:42 PM   #245
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Nigel, I just used shoyu, smoked paprika, sweetener and a little water. You can use liquid smoke but smoked paprika worked fine.

I used it for coconut bacon and it was delicious, then I used it for baked tofu. It's really good.
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Old 11-21-2015, 09:07 AM   #246
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I am looking forward to having the saute feature on the IP. If I have to saute/brown an ingredient, I won't bother with the slow cooker because that just means more to clean up so I just cook the whole thing stove top.

PP I'm planning that pumpkin soup tonight since the hub is having beef stew.
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Old 11-21-2015, 10:35 AM   #247
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Nigel, I just used shoyu, smoked paprika, sweetener and a little water. You can use liquid smoke but smoked paprika worked fine.

I used it for coconut bacon and it was delicious, then I used it for baked tofu. It's really good.
Thanks jem51.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:15 PM   #248
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Off to see what an IP is You guys know about all the cool stuff!


Well thought I had gotten out of a big family Thanksgiving. Not that I mind them, I just feel like we have all been on warp speed lately so when DH siblings and families said they couldn't make it I was like.....phew just us this year. Then last night my MIL drops a bomb on me that she invited her cousin and then are bring 5 with them, and another cousin had plans that aren't working out so now I have 12 coming for dinner plus our 4! Yikes!! Did mashed potatoes and squash up today, it will be fine made that far in advance. Will do a bit more Tuesday night, Wednesday will do the desserts so that I am not working like a dog that morning! Just want to pop things in the oven and tidy up so I am ready for people!


I am really proud of my oldest daughter, she hasn't cheated once since she decided to try vegetarian eating. My youngest is about 50/50. Hubby and I are still around 75/25. SOOOOO much easier though when it is more than just me!
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:36 PM   #249
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:55 PM   #250
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Old 11-23-2015, 07:59 PM   #251
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I read that Walmart is going to have the 6-qt Lux (no yogurt function) on sale for $79 on Cyber Monday.
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Old 11-24-2015, 07:37 AM   #252
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Oh, man. I knew that would happen.
I will pass that tidbit on to my friends, though....thanks.
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Old 11-26-2015, 05:35 PM   #253
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You can get it online right now for that price I'm thinking I will buy it now!
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I posted it on my FB page.

I can't wait to use it. Plant Fueled Trucker posted about his chili and I got all excited.

I always soak beans so it'll be interesting to see the difference in time.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:16 PM   #255
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jem - have you used your Instant Pot yet? I ran mine four times today and it made me think of you!
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:05 AM   #256
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PP, I made Mexican quinoa but didn't get the liquid right since it was had a slight crunch.
It was delish and I see where the grain type dishes will cook more evenly in the IP.

Today I will use the slow cooker mode and 'roast' vegies. It would be nice if I could just leave the IP out and not have to pull out a different appliance for various ways of cooking.

If this turns out to be the case, I will move the stove top pressure cooker and crock pot to the summer place.
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:32 AM   #257
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Anyone craving soups? I made broccoli cheddar two nights ago and ate it all in two days. It has very little carb. Today I'll be making split pea with bay leaf, garlic, onion, & "ham" stock. We're having a very mild winter here, but soup warranted anyway.
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I got jackfruit for 1.25 at a local Asian market. So cheap....cheap enough to experiment with.
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Wow, great buy! Can't wait to hear about your experiments. I've been lazy with mine, I've only made the "crab" cakes and barbecue.
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I got mine! But....its for under the tree. Will have to wait!

Been pinning a bunch of things to try!
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Anyone craving soups? I made broccoli cheddar two nights ago and ate it all in two days. It has very little carb. Today I'll be making split pea with bay leaf, garlic, onion, & "ham" stock. We're having a very mild winter here, but soup warranted anyway.
Yes! Although like you we are have a really warm winter Very few times have we not had snow for Christmas and its bumming me out!
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There's a new natural foods market opening in our neighborhood soon. It's not a chain although there is one (the only one) in Yuba City which is 40 miles from here.
From what I see on their website it is like a whole foods in size and has everything WF has but makes more attempt to go local...plus they have a long list of banned substances.

I'm really looking forward to the hot/salad bars....I'm wanting to cook less.
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Hey, Nigel, just wondering how your labs came out.
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I'll let you know. I have an appt. on Wednesday. Got my finners crossed.
I was told to cut back on cheese, but that's a tough one for me to do.
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My cholesterol is still too high, so I'm doing a juice type thing for a while, starting today for as long as I can keep it up. I will still eat dinner or else I'll never get to sleep, but just light eating. And of course, I have to wean myself off of cheese for my main food source. Too bad I just don't like vegan cheese...then my problem might be solved.
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Did it change at all? What about ratios?

It seems like you'd have to be eating a lot of cheese to keep having numbers that are too high. What else?

I'm wondering if you could try something like Engine2 until the next check, instead of doing temporary juice cleanses.
Maybe the juice is part of the problem considering the sugar.....maybe it's a combination of that and large amounts of cheese.
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Well, they did a full blood work up so I won't get the total results until the next visit in 3 months unless there is a problem, then I will find out next week. They have to send out the labs so it takes some time.

I have been taking chitosan which is supposed to help lower your cholesterol, but I guess I haven't been taking it long enough, only a couple of weeks. The doc blames the cheese and also said it could be hereditary.

My whole family has high cholesterol. My brother says its from eating peanuts, but that's something I haven't investigated and I do eat peanuts , but not a lot, and I could give them up. Mostly, I have been eating macadamia nuts lately and I get in a few pecans, walnuts, cashews, and almonds. I don't overeat on them, just a regular 1/4 or 1/3 cup serving per day.

Last visit she told me to quit using coconut oil, so I switched to straight olive oil from Italy so I made sure it was pure, no other oils in it and I don't fry much. That didn't seem to make a difference.

I think I have to do some serious research and see what the problem could be.
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I have discovered that drinking hisbiscus tea at night is not a good idea. You have to go to the bathroom about every hour. I don't like that aspect of it at all, so I am switching to drinking it before 5pm and see if that works. That's supposed to help lower my cholesterol too. We shall see.
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It would be nice to know if there's any difference just so you know if you're even on the right track.
It would also be nice if the doc would give you a copy of the labs so you can see the numbers for all lipids.
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Peanuts are not the problem.

The reason I mentioned Engine2 or some such, is because if it's familial, it won't help to drastically change your diet.....although, with that much of a strict vegan diet, it might make a difference for anyone.

My point is, you won't know if it is genetic until you try something strict. After which you can add back some dairy, watching your numbers to see how small amounts effect it.

How were your numbers when just regular LC?
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I don't know cuz I never had it checked back then.

It's only been the last couple of years that I got checkups cuz I found out about the family cholesterol thing and I was feeling very tired all the time. My Dad had a heart attack and his cholesterol was thru the roof. he was a heavy smoker so that contributed to it also and he was a big fried food eater too.

The doc stressed that I get enough protein so I ate cheese and protein smoothies and of course too much cheese, so now I'm reading that I should eat more soy to lower my cholesterol, so I can do that--it doesn't affect me and I actually like it. I eat soy burger patties all the time. I guess I need to learn to cook tofu--I still haven't done much of that.

Good idea--I will ask her for the reports next visit.
Thanks for your help, Jem51.
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