Cauliflower Lentil Soup

Very good for you and tasty too…lentils are high in protein and good food value

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Cauliflower Lentil Soup ~ Annie's Cooking Lab

One of my goals this year is to start cooking with ingredients I haven’t used in the past. I’ve only eaten lentils a few times before, and I’ve never cooked with them, so I was excited to try them out. All the other ingredients in this soup are things I use frequently, so I thought this would be a good place to test the lentils.

The verdict? I didn’t love the lentils’ texture, but I certainly didn’t mind them and the flavor in the soup was great, it’s definitely one I’ll make again. Plus there is broiled cheese on top, and that’s always a good thing.

In addition to trying out new ingredients, my other goal is to survive this crazy cold winter we’re stuck in. A hot bowl of soup will definitely help accomplish that!

Cauliflower Lentil Soup


  • 2 tbl. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2…

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Cucumber & Lavender Lemonade

Interesting combination and it sure sounds good for your health..



Now, I am sensitive about the fact that today’s recipe might not feel appropriate with the polar vortex madness….but where I live, its really starting to get hot……..and its also hot in Australia. So all my Veggie Zest readers in India and Australia can make this recipe now and all the readers from UK, US and Canada and other countries experiencing the brutal winters can bookmark it for a few months later…because you have to try this version of lemonade. Its simple and very refreshing plus its a great spin on the regular lemonade.

You can make the lavender syrup in advance and store it in a bottle in the fridge for up-to a week. That way whenever you want this lemonade, all you do is blend fresh lemon juice with cucumber and water. Add everything together and you have a fresh drink ready in 5 minutes – it can…

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glazed passion fruit bars


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Glazed Passion Fruit Bars |

If you like lemon bars, I think you’ll love this variation of my Meyer Lemon-Mascarpone Bars, which substitutes passion fruit juice for lemon juice. Like lemon bars, these Passion Fruit Bars have a thick, buttery shortbread crust and luscious ooey, gooey filling, but with the distinct, floral flavor and aroma of passion fruit. The sharp tartness of the passion fruit is nicely balanced by the sweetness of the sugar and the richness of the creamy mascarpone. The glaze adds a touch more sweet-tart flavor and a little crunch from the passion fruit seeds.

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vanilla bean & meyer lemon chess pie

Wonderful recipe…delicious photo…

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Vanilla Bean & Meyer Lemon Chess Pie |

Citrus season reaches its peak in winter.  Isn’t that great timing?  Just as Mother Nature is dumping massive amounts of snow on many parts of the country, here in California, she is providing an abundance of tangerines, oranges, grapefruits, and lemons so that we can bask in the bright, citrusy sunshine even on the coldest days of winter.  To me, nothing says summer-in-the-middle-of-winter more than meyer lemons.

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