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Ingredients for 4 serving. CRISPY CHICKPEAS 14 oz can of chickpeas, 1 can, rinsed and drained 4 teaspoons curry powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 teaspoon kosher salt CURRIED CAULIFLOWER SOUP 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted + 2 tablespoons, divided kosher salt, to taste freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 small yellow onion, diced 1 jalapeño, diced 2 cloves garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons red curry paste (I used Panang Paste) 14 oz coconut milk, 1 can 4 cups vegetable broth scallions, sliced, for serving fresh cilantro, for serving lime wedge PREPARATION Make the crispy chickpeas: Preheat the oven to 400˚F (200˚C). In a medium bowl, combine the chickpeas, curry powder, garlic powder, onion powder, coriander, turmeric, and salt, and toss to coat the chickpeas. Transfer the chickpeas to a small baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the chickpeas are crispy. Remove from the oven and let cool. Make the soup: Increase the oven temperature to 450˚F (220˚C). Add the cauliflower florets to a medium bowl with the melted coconut oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat, then transfer the cauliflower to a baking sheet. Roast for 25 minutes, until browned and tender. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onion and jalapeño, and cook until the onion begins to caramelize, 5-10 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for 2 minutes more, until the garlic is toasted and fragrant. Add the curry paste and cook for 1 minute, stirring to dissolve. Add the coconut milk and vegetable broth and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat. Add the roasted cauliflower to a blender with the broth and puree until smooth. Ladle the soup into bowls. Top with the crispy chickpeas, scallions, and cilantro, and serve with lime wedges.' source
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Roadtripping? Stop for a picnic! Take a break during long drives by stopping at a roadside rest area for a light lunch or snack. While big picnic meals work for set destinations, road trips rely on easy, on-the-go eating. Mason jars make a great travel vessel for little servings of meals such as layered salad or a dip, small sandwich squares, and different easy pastas. If you didn’t bring your own food, make do with the best vegan options from a nearby convenience store, food truck or local market. Make it enjoyable by sitting at a picnic table or laying out a blanket on a patch of grass nearby Backyard picnics On a quiet weekend mornings, bring out a picnic blanket in your backyard. The idea of picnicking seems to make meal time magical, especially for children. Pour your coffee or tea into a thermos, and make a simple breakfast. Something like oats with berries and nuts, scrambled tofu breakfast wraps, or easy grab and go items like muffins and fresh fruit. Serve breakfast on a tray and enjoy the summer mornings before they’re gone. Impress that someone special with a secluded sunset picnic. It's a bit cliché, but everyone can appreciate a good ol’ picnic in the park. Make a midweek evening memorable with a spontaneous night out to watch the sunset. Find a comfortable place with a view of the sky and plan to set up shop around dusk. Stop by the market for snacks on your way. You don’t need much—crackers and vegan cheese, fruit, some sweets and wine, plus a large blanket and bug spray (Most important). Remember to bring candles or a flashlight so you can continue to enjoy your picnic (and each other's company) once the sun goes down. Take a lunch break outside during the workweek. Picnics aren’t just for weekends and holidays. One of my favorite easy lunch ideas during the workweek is to just go outside with a simple brown-bag lunch. Map out the closest picnic table, public park, or random patch of grass near your office. Bring along portable meal options that don’t need reheating such as different salads, sandwiches, raw veggies and dip, and fresh fruit. Bring along a small blanket and some reading material if you’re eating solo, or ask a colleague to join in on the fun and make it a potluck picnic. Throw an indoor picnic party. If you've got one of those nights when the weather just isn’t good to eat outside, cozy up with some blankets and candles on the living room floor. Invite a crowd or just your significant other, and have fun with food since your kitchen won't be far away. Watch movies and play board games while you eat whatever you've got on hand.
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If you're on a weight loss journey, but you hate exercising, test out these weight loss tips that don't require one minute of exercise. Tie a knot. If you're feeling daring, try Valerie Orsoni’s “Le Petit Secret." It's a method used by multiple French women who wear a ribbon around their waist when they go out to eat. It's supposed to keep you conscious of how much you're eating because the ribbon will start to feel tighter as the evening progresses. Eating for the Insta. Rather than logging down every morsel in a food journal/diary, take a picture of it. That way you can visualize how much food you're truly consuming. Eat off small blue plates. Putting your food onto small plates will give off the appearance that you have more food on your plate than you actually do. Also, the color blue functions as an appetite suppressant, so there's a reason why a lot of restaurants don't use them. Eat with your opposite hand. This will cause you to concentrate more on picking up your food and unconsciously slow down your food intake. Light a vanilla-scented candle after dinner. Studies show that the aroma of a vanilla candle will dampen dessert cravings. Hang a mirror opposite your seat at the table. You're less likely to shove that extra roll in your mouth when you're staring yourself in the eye during a meal. A mirror will help remind you of why you're trying to lose weight in the first place. Sit at the end of the table. Usually all the shared food such as appetizers, chips and salsa, bread, etc. are placed in the middle of the table for easy access to everyone. The farther away you sit, the least likely you will be tempted to go for seconds.
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