Monthly Archives: March 2014

Red Lentil and Coconut Milk Soup

Red Lentil and Coconut Milk Soup

To be completely honest this Red Lentil and Coconut Milk Soup surprised me.  I expected it to be tasty, and I knew it would be satisfying thanks to the coconut milk, but I was surprised at how subtly fragrant and delicious all of the flavors combined to be.

The flavors are mildly of curry, but not a kind of curry that beats you over the head or fills your house.  The cumin and coriander are savory, and yet the ginger and coconut milk provide a light fragrance and sweetness as well.  If you’re not a lentil lover red lentils might be just the thing for you – in this soup they practically dissolve, and in the end you’d hardly guess they’re there, as they combine with the coconut milk to provide an overall thick and creamy texture that is lovely.  Sauteed garbanzo beans make the soup hearty enough for a meal and add an extra layer of umami and texture.  The jalapeno provides a nice counter to the sweetness of the coconut milk.  Overall the soup has such a well-rounded yet subtle flavor profile that I just loved.

The kiddos gave it their endorsement as well, captured without words in this lovely portrait.  They think you should give it a try!Red Lentil and Coconut Milk Soup Love

Red Lentil and Coconut Milk Soup
From Eat Happy Meal Plan
Adapted from Coconut Red-Lentil Curry, Gourmet 2006
Total Prep Time: 45 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Serves:  4 with [...]

Real Food Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Ditch the nasty packets!  Make the most of this late winter storm with this real food hot chocolate recipe.  Made with whole milk, real cocoa, raw honey, and a pinch of sea salt.  It may just literally warm your soul.

It’s easy peasy: take about 8-10 ounces of milk (I use goat milk, but you can use grass-fed cow’s milk, or even almond milk) and mix in about a tablespoon of good-quality cocoa (Droste is good) in a small to medium saucepan.  You’ll have to whisk it pretty well while it’s over medium-low heat.  (Keep it on the lower end, as milk can scorch – milk likes low and slow).  Real cocoa isn’t as easy to dissolve as cocoa mixes, but after 2-3 minutes it will completely dissolve.  Heat it until it’s almost to a simmer, but not quite.  The milk will be very hot and appear to thicken a little.  Then stir in 2-3 teaspoons of real honey and a tiny pinch of sea salt.

The result will be a creamy, dark chocolate cocoa experience that you’ll look forward to on cool days.  Marshmallows optional, but always fun.

Eat happy!

Whole Foods Cleanse: Results are IN!


As you may recall I ran my first-ever 12 Day Whole Foods Cleanse and Detox about a month ago.  I was so excited to offer this program and expected participants to have great results.  After looking at the final survey responses….I am thrilled to report that results were as positive as I had hoped.

On the program, participants were asked to eat only whole, unprocessed foods, and avoid common problem foods/substances including dairy, gluten, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar, along with any and all processed ingredients (refined flours, processed meats, etc).  Ok to eat were an abundance of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and unprocessed animal foods such as whole cuts of wild salmon and pasture-raised turkey or chicken.  For support participants were provided with two weeks of cleanse-friendly meal plans from Eat Happy Meal Plan, daily support emails, and conference calls during key points during the cleanse.

Here are key findings from the final survey:

  • 100% of participants reported at least 1 positive result while on average individuals reported 3.6 positive results
  • The number one most common positive result was improved digestion, with 70% of respondents reporting this result
  • The next most common cleanse results were a reduction in food cravings and clearer sinuses (tied for second most common) and improved mental clarity and better sleep (tied for third most common)
  • Cleanse respondents reported an average difficulty, on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most difficult, of 2.1 (no one responded with higher than a 3)
  • The number one most beneficial support mechanism provided was the weekly meal plans, from Eat Happy Meal Plans (special cleanse edition!)
  • Finally, 100% [...]