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Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder Recipe

I wanted to start a new series on the blog called, Meatless Monday.  These recipes will be of course, meatless but also diary-free and most will be gluten-free or easily converted.  My goal is to share about 1- 2 recipes for Meatless Monday every month to start off, each being my own recipe!  I’m excited to share with you today, the recipe for my Grilled Corn Chowder.  It is meatless, it is diary-free and so creamy and delicious!!  You won’t miss the bacon or the butter.

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder Recipe

Besides the fact that this corn chowder is loaded with veggies, you might also be interested to know that it’s only 248 calories per serving!!!  And we’re not talking skimpy portions either.  Most corn chowders come in at double to triple this calorie count.  Also did I mention that it’s loaded with flavor???  So now you’re probably wondering what’s in it?

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 chopped sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 ears of fresh corn, husked
  • 3 medium zucchinis, chopped
  • 32 oz vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 oz vegan cream cheese (I used Tofutti)
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 chilli powder
  • 3 -4 pinches of red chili flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Preheat grill to medium high heat.  Husk corn while grill is preheating.  Rotate every 2 – 3 minutes until browning occurs on each side.  Set corn aside to cool. Once your corn has cooled, you can take a knife and shave off the corn kernels (set aside)

2. Preheat oven to 425 OR grill zucchini. While oven is preheating chop zucchini into thick 1/2″ slices. Place in mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil about 1/4tsp

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder

3.  Lay out parchment paper on baking sheet and spread out zucchini.  Once oven is preheated, place zucchini in for 10 minutes, flip, and roast an additional 10 minutes.  When zucchini is done, set it aside to cool.

4.  Peel and mince your onion (set aside)

5.  Mince garlic (set aside)

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder

I used the food processor to mince the carrots and celery because this chowder is pretty chunky already!

6.  Mince celery and carrots in food processor (set aside)

7.  Peel and chop potatoes into bit sized cubes.  Steam potatoes for about 15 minutes or until tender (I used a double boiler)

*This is the trick to getting the chowder creamy!*

8.  Take half of the potatoes that you steamed and place them in a food processor with 1/4 cup of water.  You’re essentially creating mashed potatoes (set this aside)

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder

Onions before and after

9. In a stockpot on medium heat, place the remaining olive oil and onion.  You’ll want to cook the onions for about 4 – 5 minutes or until they turn a golden color.

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder

10. Add garlic to cook for an additional 1 – 2 minutes.

11. Then add the carrots and celery for an additional 4 – 5 minutes.  Now add your corn, potatoes (mashed and cubed), seasoning, and vegetable broth.  Give it a good stir.

*DO NOT* add zucchini just yet

12. Slowly add the vegan cream cheese.  I used a spoon to scoop out small even amounts.  If you dump the entire cream cheese into the pot, it will take forever to melt into the chowder.

13. Stir and bring to a simmer for 15 minutes.

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder

14. While chowder is simmering, take your cooled zucchini and chop it into quarters.

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder

This is what your chowder should look like at this point

16.  Once your chowder has simmered for 15 minutes, add the zucchini for an additional 5 minutes.

Serve warm.  For serving sizes, I broke the stockpot up into 6 servings using the bowl you see below.  This is a full meal and a large serving.  You could always go smaller and get more servings.

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder Recipe

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Spring Salads to Try

There’s something about Spring that whispers, “eat healthy”.  It could be because the weather is warming up or maybe because everything is in bloom.  It’s difficult to pinpoint the specifics but either way, here I am making and eating delicious salads for lunch and smaller side salads to go with dinner.  I think the key to a great salad is making sure you take it beyond just the romaine, tomato, cucumber and balsamic.  Adding something as simple as avocado, or roasted brussel sprouts can take your salad from just okay to awesome!  Take a look at these 7 Spring salads that kicked it up a notch.

7 Spring Salads to Try

Citrus Salmon Salad via How Sweet Eats

7 Spring Salads to Try

Grilled Romain Salad with Corn and Avocado via Floating Kitchen

7 Spring Salads to Try

Detox Chopped Salad via Pinch of Yum

7 Spring Salads to Try

Grilled Veggie Salad for those chilly Spring days via The Endless Meal

7 Spring Salads to Try

Mexican Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad via Half Baked Harvest

7 Spring Salads to Try

Quinoa Superfood Salad via Lazy Cat Kitchen

7 Spring Salads to Try

Strawberry and Spinach Salad via Lovely Little Kitchen

Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe

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7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

If you’re planning a brunch for Easter then it’s a must to have some lovely brunch cocktails set up for your guests.  The traditional brunch cocktails are mimosas and bloody mary’s, maybe even a sangria.  However in today’s world of Pinterest and foodie bloggers, I think we can take things up a notch!  Even just having one signature cocktail along side some white wine and rosé shows your guests you put in a little added thought.  Also remember that if you’d like a lighter cocktail, you can always add seltzer or tonic water to these recipes:

7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Mojito Margaritas via How Sweet It Is

 

7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Citrusy Champagne Sangria via Kiran Tarun

 

7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Paloma with Salty Chili Sugar via How Sweet It Is

 

7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Add seltzer to make this Lemon Drop Margarita a Margarita Spritzer!

 

7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Pineapple Jalapeño Sangria via Best Friends for Frosting

 

7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Frozen Rosé via Basil and Bubbly

 

7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Melon Basil White Wine Spitzer via The Sweetest Occasion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Spring Recipes to Try

Spring is one of those times of year when you’re ready for lots of fresh produce but at the same time (since it can still be a little chilly) you’re not quite committed to chowing down on crisp salads just yet.  I think these 5 Spring recipes give you a good mix of both warm/soothing with some healthy options like Vegetarian Chili!  That will still keep you cozy during the beginning of Spring.  So now the only question is, are you ready to eat?

5 Spring Recipes to Try

Salmon and Avocado Pizza via Cafe Delites

 

5 Spring Recipes to Try

These Roasted Squash Bowls via Floating Kitchen offers that perfect mix of warm comfort food with crisp tasty greens

 

5 Spring Recipes to Try

Vegetarian Chili from Vegetarian Adventures is a healthier alternative to the traditional hearty chilis

5 Spring Recipes to Try

Lemon Coconut Bars via Two Peas & Their Pod

 

5 Spring Recipes to Try

Sea Salt Brownie Cookies via Butternuts – I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but these look so good!!

 

Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe Avocado Toast 5 Ways 7 Springtime Desserts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe

Happy National Margarita Day!!  Why this little holiday happens in February, I have no idea but it’s a second favorite only to Cinco de Mayo.  In honor of said holiday, I wanted to share my Lemon Drop Margarita recipe with you.  It’s a simple and tasty cocktail to help get you through those cold winter blues.  Just remember that with every sip, Summer is coming!

Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe from The Nautical Wheeler

 

There’s something I really love about fresh fruit and cocktails.  Instead of using a fruit flavored liquor, I will chose the real thing every time.  Clearly I’m not alone, if you look through any cocktail recipe book there are tons of fruity drinks listed.  I also feel by adding real fruit it makes it a touch healthier?  Like the vitamin C balances out all the tequila!  I’m not sure how my math adds up on this but real fruit has got to be better than sugar flavored lemon any day.  At least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself…

 

Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe from The Nautical Wheeler

 

This margarita recipe is very simple to make and to prove it, I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I am a terrible bartender.  I have a hard time getting through most drink recipes that have more than three ingredients.  Which is sad because so often I want to make a delicious cocktail that I’ve had in a restaurant or bar.  So believe me when I say that this is a very simple recipe!  If I can make it, so can you.  One of my best friends happens to be an amazing bartender.  No, she doesn’t bartend for a living or even to make extra money.  She’s just a born natural.  She barely needs to look at a recipe (she’s had no formal training!) to whip together something tasty.  I truly don’t know how she does it.  Anyways, on to the recipe –>

Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe from The Nautical Wheeler

 

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 – 3 lemons)
  • Ice
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Lemon slice for garnish

Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe from The Nautical Wheeler

Instructions

  1. Squeeze lemons and strain out seeds
  2. Add the top four ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake for roughly 10 – 20 seconds.
  3. Place ice in glass and pour ingredients from cocktail shaker into glass.  (If you’d prefer you can shake with ice and strain instead)
  4. Add pinch of sea salt and lemon slice (optional)

Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe from The Nautical Wheeler

 

That’s it!  Now lay back, relax, and enjoy your Lemon Drop Margarita!

A side note: Adding the salt to the rim instead of in the drink is another, more traditional option.  To do this, while the glass is empty, wipe a lemon wedge along the edge of the glass.  Place salt onto a plate and dip the top of the glass into the salt.  If you’d like to go a step further, you can then place the glass in the freezer so it’s nice and cool before you mix your margarita.

 

 

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10 Dessert + Drink Recipes for Valentine’s Day

There’s something about a holiday that makes me want to eat!  Seriously, it doesn’t matter the actual holiday, just give me food + something to drink and I’m happy.  That’s possibly the reason that I often find myself sharing recipes around the holidays.  For this Valentine’s Day (tomorrow yay!) is no exception.  Get inspired by these 10 dessert and drink recipes to share with your valentine or even your galentine!!

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10 Dessert and Drink Recipes for Valentine's Day

Heart-shaped donuts! Who doesn’t love donuts? These would work for breakfast or dessert. via Frau Zuckerstein (you will need google translate) but essentially you can take any donut recipe and just make them heart-shaped!

 

10 Dessert and Drink Recipes for Valentine's Day

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

 

10 Dessert and Drink Recipes for Valentine's Day

Heart-shaped and love-filled Cookies via Dune Cheri – this site easily translates into english

 

10 Dessert and Drink Recipes for Valentine's Day

Dessert Tacos!! because tacos shouldn’t stop with dinner. via Taste and Tell

 

10 Dessert and Drink Recipes for Valentine's Day

Rose Gummy Bears so you can eat AND drink your wine! via Sprinkle Bakes

pink-drinks

10 Dessert and Drink Recipes for Valentine's Day

Love Potion #9 via The Cookie Rookie

 

10 Dessert and Drink Recipes for Valentine's Day

Watermelon Mint Limeade – just add alcohol of your choice. via A Crimson Kiss

 

10 Dessert and Drink Recipes for Valentine's Day

Strawberry Sangria via Simply Whisked

 

10 Dessert and Drink Recipes for Valentine's Day

Strawberry Cream Mimosas – I think strawberries are a running theme for Valentine’s Day since they’re naturally heart-shaped. via Swanky Recipes

 

10 Dessert and Drink Recipes for Valentine's Day

A little rose goes a long way! If you don’t have time to craft your way to a cocktail or dessert, this will always do the trick! via Short & Loud

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New Year. New Cocktails. 5 Cocktail Recipes To Try In 2017

I’m a firm believer of trying new things, especially when it comes to cocktails.  I think it’s great that some of my friends have a “house” wine or drink.  Something that they in essence, always have on tap at their house and friends get to know.  However with a new year starting, I also think it’s good to mix things up a bit!  Expand your cocktail horizon.  These 5 cocktail recipes only deviate slightly from the norm, adding a new twist to the same old drink recipes we all know.

5 New Cocktails To Try In 2017

 

5 New Cocktails To Try In 2017

 

5 New Cocktails To Try In 2017

 

5 New Cocktails To Try In 2017

 

5 New Cocktails To Try In 2017

 

5 New Cocktails To Try In 2017

Salty Dog Cocktail Blood Orange Margarita Watermelon Cucumber Sangria

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