Chickpea Vegetable Soup

It has been seriously cold here this week in Dallas.  So this Chickpea Vegetable Soup was in order.  This Chickpea Vegetable Soup is super easy to make.   You can make this healthy soup in your crock pot, or on the stove.  Either way works great.  This healthy vegetable soup came about when I discovered my peppers and tomatoes were starting to look a little wrinkled and soft.  I wanted to use them up so I made this soup.  I hope you enjoy it.  If you like soups as well you may enjoy this post.

Vegetable Soup - My Whole Food Life

I added the chickpeas to make this vegetable soup a complete meal.  I also had tons of chickpeas to use up so they were perfect.  This soup makes a large amount and freezes well.  You can freeze in serving sized containers for easy grab and go meals.  I topped mine with avocado because avocado makes everything better. :)

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Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Bring on the holiday baking!  I am starting with these Gluten Free Sugar Cookies.   These gluten free sugar cookies are perfect for cookie swaps and parties.  They contain far less sugar than traditional cookie recipes.  I think my 5 Minute Healthy Frosting would be great on these!  This healthier sugar cookie recipe is also vegan in addition to being gluten free.  All you need is 9 ingredients!

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies - My Whole Food Life

I used palm shortening in this recipe and here is why.  One of the key ingredients in sugar cookies is butter.  I don’t want to use margarine or some other kind of vegan butter.  I also didn’t think coconut oil would have worked in this recipe.  So I used the palm shortening.  I used Nutiva palm shortening which comes from a sustainable source.   Since it’s not something I use on a regular basis, I was okay with it in this recipe.  One thing I did different than most sugar cookie recipes is that I cut the sugar amount in half.

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Cranberry Corn Muffins

Do you like your cornbread sweet or savory?  I prefer it sweet so that is why I made these Cranberry Corn Muffins.  Imagine a sweet corn muffin loaded with cranberries.  I used fruit sweetened, dried cranberries, but you can use fresh cranberries if you like a little tart with your sweet.  These Cranberry Corn Muffins contain no oil.  I am really trying to limit my oils lately.  Don’t get me wrong, I love healthy fats, it’s just the use of oil I am limiting.

Cranberry Corn Muffins - My Whole Food Life

These corn muffins are vegan and gluten free.  If you didn’t want to use cranberries, you could use raisins instead.  I also did think about using fresh blueberries instead of the cranberries.  I just didn’t want to pay the price for fresh blueberries out of season.  I think these would also be delicious with my homemade cranberry sauce.  Or maybe even my blueberry chia jam.  Yum!

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