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Showing posts with label healthy. Show all posts
Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

This coconut curry butternut squash soup is healthy, delicious and perfect for cold days! It's super easy to make, naturally healthy, gluten-free and easily vegan. Usually butternut squash soup is a fall staple, but I love it year-round. Especially with what feels like a hundred feet of snow on the ground outside and frigid temps, we're all about the warming soups!

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I looooove Thai food, especially curries! My mom and I always love to order pumpkin curry, which is what inspired this new twist on the traditional butternut squash soup recipe. I love the red curry flavor, and that it's not overly spicy. Try serving this with Cheesy Pesto Rolls and a Winter Salad!


2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
2-3 lb butternut squash, cut into 1 inch cubes
4 cups chicken stock
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons red curry paste
1 (14 oz) can full-fat coconut milk


Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium low heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until soft and translucent - about 10 minutes. Add the butternut squash through red curry paste. Bring the ingredients to a boil, then reduce temperature to low, and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the butternut squash is fork-tender. Remove from heat, and stir in coconut milk.

Move half the mixture into your Vitamix blender, select the hot soup setting, and start your machine. Continue with the other half of the soup, and serve with a squeeze of fresh lime!

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Kirsten Bell
Fresh and Healthy Winter Salad

Fresh and Healthy Winter Salad

In the summer, I'm obsessed with salads. They're so light and fresh - perfect for warm evenings on the patio. During the winter I definitely crave more comfort foods like macaroni and cheese or cheesy pesto rolls haha! But we've been making an effort to up our veggie intake, which has meant a lot more salads!

I've been trying to keep our salads new and exciting, experimenting with different ingredients and flavors. I love everything about this salad! The juicy pear is delicious with the tart cranberries, and toasted pecans are delicious with a hint of salty feta cheese. Topped with homemade shallot and basil vinaigrette, this is a winter salad that we'll be enjoying all year long!  

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Side note: I recently got these to-go dishes from Villeroy & Boch, and I am obsessed. Aren't they so pretty?? The dishes work perfectly for my salads, and I love that they're not plastic. We've been purging our plastic storage containers, so I really like that these are porcelain. Also eating off of a real bowl is just so much more enjoyable, don't you think? I use the small dish for my dressing, but it would also be perfect for dips and sauces!

Makes one salad, and about 1/2 cup dressing

Salad Ingredients:

2 cups romaine lettuce
1/2 pear, sliced
1/4 dried cranberries
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons pecans
Optional additions: boiled egg slices, bacon, sliced onion or avocado

Basil Shallot Vinaigrette Ingredients:

2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon agave
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
2 tablespoons dijion mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Vinaigrette Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of your food processor or blender (I used my Vitamix). Blend until smooth, and add any additional salt and pepper as needed. Serve!

If you make this recipe, be sure to tag me on Instagram (@thiscelebratedlife)! I love to see and share your creations!

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Kirsten Bell
Clean Green Smoothie

Clean Green Smoothie

I hope everyone has been having a great week so far! Our little corner of the world is seeing way below freezing temps, along with a fresh dusting of snow! It's crazy to look outside my window right now and think that yesterday I took an hour-long walk with Charlotte and our dogs!

When the temps get low like this, it's even more important to be sure we're getting as many fruits and veggies as possible. Give me all the immune system support, please! So today I'm sharing our every day, clean green smoothie with you! It's full of leafy greens, fresh fruits and a few extra healthy surprises you wouldn't even know were in there!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably been seeing my Vitamix allll over my stories. Jordan and I have wanted a Vitamix for years. Years, people! Our old blender was in a pretty sad state, and after doing a lot of research (and testing out some of my friends' Vitamix machines), I decided it was time to take the plunge. My only regret is that we didn't get a Vitamix sooner. I am seriously in love, and we have used it every. single. day. We're making soups, sorbet, pestos - and of course smoothies!

What I love most about our Vitamix is that it makes such smooth drinks. I mentioned above that there's some secret ingredients in these smoothies, and those are flax seeds and chia seeds! Both are full of healthy omega-3 fats, fiber and protein, but I'll be honest. I'm not a big fan of seeds in my drinks. When we make these smoothies with the Vitamix, you wouldn't even know they were there, because they get completely ground up. Seriously amazing!

Makes about 3-4 servings


1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds
2 cups spinach
1 cup kale
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 kiwi, peeled
1/2 cucumber, diced
1 cup frozen peaches or mango


Add all of the ingredients to your Vitamix machine in the order listed above. Select Variable 1, start your machine, and increase to the highest speed. Blend for 50 seconds. If your machine has the frozen drinks setting, select this setting, start your machine and let it run through the cycle. Serve immediately!

Thank you Vitamix for sponsoring this post. As always, opinions are my own.
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Kirsten Bell
Healthy Lemon and Garlic Baked Salmon

Healthy Lemon and Garlic Baked Salmon

Looking for a new favorite weeknight meal? This garlic baked salmon is bursting with flavor, and is so delicious, you'll feel like you're cheating on those New Years resolutions. But you're not! And the best part? It comes together in about 45 minutes, making this our go-to healthy weeknight meal.

This recipe has been used by my family for over two decades. Which makes me feel super old haha! My parents got it from a family friend, and it's one of those recipes that is crazy good probably because it's crazy simple. The flavors are bright and fresh, and I love all the superfood ingredients like olive oil, garlic and (duh) salmon! In the summer we cook this on the grill, and when it's super cold out like it is now, we bake it in the oven. It's delicious either way, and I've included directions for both below! I love to dress up this salmon by serving it with my Parmesan Risotto. or if I'm going for a simple meal I serve it with a my Kale Caesar Salad.


1 (2 lb) wild caught piece of salmon*
1/2 cup olive oil
6 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
1 cup chopped parsley
2 teaspoons lemon pepper

Sauce Directions:

In a small saucepan, heat garlic in olive oil until golden. Add lemon juice to the garlic. Simmer over medium-low heat until it thickens a bit, about 5 minutes. Add parsley and stir. Sprinkle lemon pepper  over the flesh side of the salmon.

Oven Directions:

Lay the salmon flesh side up on a foil lined baking sheet. Broil 3-5 minutes, or until the salmon just begins to brown. Pull the foil up around the salmon, and then pour the garlic sauce over the salmon. Lightly close the foil to create a tent over the fish. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, or until the fish is cooked to your satisfaction. (Salmon can technically be eaten raw, and just like beef everyone has different ideas of what "done" looks like. For us, if the salmon easily flakes with a fork, we call it done!)

Grill Directions: 

Grill salmon until golden. Flip fish skin side down in casserole or foil. Pour garlic sauce over, making sure the foil holds all the oil, and finish cooking to your satisfaction.

* We also use frozen salmon from Costco, which is way more cost-effective since we don't live near a coast! Just thaw the salmon you want to use, and then follow directions as usual.

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Kirsten Bell