This vegan 'Get Well Soup' features sweet caramelized onions, roasted garlic, fresh ginger, and turmeric to help you feel better!

Onion and Garlic ‘Get Well Soup’

Onion and Garlic 'Get Well Soup'

Onion and Garlic ‘Get Well Soup’

This vegan ‘Get Well Soup’ features sweet caramelized onions, roasted garlic, fresh ginger, and turmeric to help you feel better!

This winter has been germy.  It seemed like no matter how hard the husband and I ducked and dodged to avoid cold cooties, we caught them.  If you too have been battling the cold and flu season, here’s a ‘get well’ soup to get you back on the road to health.  This ‘Get Well Soup’ is made from healing ingredients like sweet caramelized onions and roasted garlic, warming ginger, and a dash of turmeric.

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This Ginger Orange Seared Ahi Tuna is a fishy take on Orange Chicken. This delicious dinner show-stopper is easy to prepare and ready in 15 minutes.

Ginger Orange Seared Ahi Tuna

This Ginger Orange Seared Ahi Tuna is a fishy take on Orange Chicken. This delicious dinner show-stopper is easy to prepare and ready in 15 minutes.

Ginger Orange Seared Ahi Tuna

This Ginger Orange Seared Ahi Tuna is a fishy take on Orange Chicken. This delicious dinner show-stopper is easy to prepare and ready in 15 minutes.  This post is sponsored by Orca Bay Seafoods, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Last year, I fell in love.  Yes, that’s right– I fell head over heels for a fish.  Which fish?  Was it salmon that captured my heart?  Cod that gave me a giddy smile?  Trout that made me gush to all my friends?  No, no, and nope!  (Although I won’t lie– I love all those fish too!)  This time, it was ahi tuna that made my heart skip a beat, and I just can’t get enough!  It’s flavor-packed, it’s filling and meaty, and best of all– it’s EASY!  As in, ridiculously easy.  This Ginger Orange Seared Ahi Tuna is a take on the meatier Orange Chicken.  It’s marinated for ten minutes, cooks in about one minute (yes that’s right– ONE minute), and is topped off with a simple sauce made from the marinade.

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This easy Citrus Seared Swordfish is coated in citrus zest, seared to perfection, and finished with fresh herbs and freshly squeezed citrus juice.

Citrus Seared Swordfish

This easy Citrus Seared Swordfish is coated in citrus zest, seared to perfection, and finished with fresh herbs and freshly squeezed citrus juice.

Citrus Seared Swordfish

This easy Citrus Seared Swordfish is coated in citrus zest, seared to perfection, and finished with diced green onions and freshly squeezed citrus juice.

Are you trying to add more seafood into your diet?  Have you been eating loads of salmon and white fish, and want to shake things up?  Try swordfish.*  It’s meaty, has a texture similar to ahi tuna, and is incredibly flavorful.  Plus– it’s EASY.  This Citrus Seared Swordfish is marinated in citrus juices, coated in zest, and quickly seared.

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This hearty Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus is made with mixed wild mushrooms, sautéed leeks, asparagus, milk, and cream. Serve it this winter with a hunk of crusty bread and a fireplace. champagne-tastes.com

Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus

This hearty Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus is made with mixed wild mushrooms, sautéed leeks, asparagus, milk, and cream. Serve it this winter with a hunk of crusty bread and a fireplace. champagne-tastes.com

Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus

This hearty Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus is made with mixed wild mushrooms, sautéed leeks, asparagus, milk, and cream.

There’s no question about it– it’s winter.  The wind is icy and cutting, my windshield was coated in frost this morning, and all I want is soup.  I want filling, cozy bowls of hot and steamy deliciousness that I can eat while curled up on the couch with a blanket.  (Just to be clear, you could also eat this soup while sitting at a table like a real grown-up.  I just choose not to.)  This Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus is flavorful, packed with mushrooms and asparagus, and will keep you warm on frigid winter nights.

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This Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney is a show-stopping seafood centerpiece. Both the salmon and chutney are ready, start to finish, in about 15 minutes.

Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney

This Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney is a show-stopping seafood centerpiece. Both the salmon and chutney are ready, start to finish, in about 15 minutes.

Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney

This Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney is a show-stopping seafood centerpiece.  Both the salmon and chutney are ready, start-to-finish, in about 15 minutes.

I had a spicy Aha! moment recently.  A ‘where have you been all my life?’ pepper revelation.  About what?  Paprika.  Specifically, Spanish smoked paprika.  If you’ve only used regular paprika– listen up!  Stop what you’re doing, and go get some smoked paprika.  Seriously, it’s that delicious.  It’s like a little bit of ground-up heaven to sprinkle over your food.  If you love chipotle peppers, and haven’t been using smoked paprika– your mind will be blown.  (Or at least– mine was!)  This smoky, woodsy spice has less heat than chipotle, but all the flavor, which means you can use as much as your little heart desires.

At the moment, my favorite way to use smoked paprika is to sprinkle it all over salmon, sear the fish, and cover it with cranberry chutney.  In other words, I take three of my favorite things and throw them together in a pan.  And it’s magical.  This Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney is flavorful, gorgeous, and fast– making it perfect for both a dinner party centerpiece and for a quickly thrown-together weeknight meal.

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This Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado is for the food adventurer! This tasty grilled cheese uses a washed rind "stinky cheese," avocado, and tomato in dark pumpernickel bread for a flavor explosion!

Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado

This Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado is for the food adventurer! This tasty grilled cheese uses a washed rind "stinky cheese," avocado, and tomato in dark pumpernickel bread for a flavor explosion!

Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado

This Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado is for the food adventurer!  This tasty grilled cheese uses a washed rind “stinky cheese,” avocado, and tomato in dark pumpernickel bread for a flavor explosion!

The husband has a theory.  He’s convinced that there are two types of people in this world– those who like blue cheese, and those who don’t.  The blue cheese lovers– these people like strong flavors, and have adventurous palates.  Blue cheese haters– well, they don’t.  He is so convinced of this that when we started dating, it was one of his first questions.  “How do you feel about blue cheese?!”  (It’s a good thing I like it, right!?!)  Is he right?   I’m not sure, but I am sure that there are people who are willing to try any new food handed their way.  People who think, “that looks weird– give me a bite!”  If you are an adventurous eater, and love strong flavors– then this Stinky French Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Avocado is for you!  Dig into pumpernickel bread filled with flavorful, and yet pungent, washed rind cheese, along with layers of tomato and avocado.

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Pesto Spinach Macaroni and Cheese- Easy, Gourmet Mac + Cheese, Ready in 20 Minutes Start to Finish! - champagne-tastes.com

Pesto Spinach Macaroni and Cheese

This Pesto Spinach Macaroni and Cheese is an easy, gourmet mac and cheese that's ready in twenty minutes start to finish!

Pesto Spinach Macaroni and Cheese

This Pesto Spinach Macaroni and Cheese is an easy, gourmet mac and cheese that’s ready in twenty minutes start to finish! 

Guys, I have a confession.  Some days, I just don’t care how easy a 15 minute meal is– my brain hurts, and I don’t want to cook.  Does this happen to you too?  On those nights, my first instinct is to have the husband cook dinner.  (The cat, of course, still refuses to help either of us cook.)  If that doesn’t work– there’s Indian take-out.  If take-out falls through– I reach back into the deep, dark recesses of my kitchen pantry– and pull out a box of mac and cheese.  Not just any mac and cheese, mind you– I like the fancy stuff.  The organic, ‘let’s pretend this powdered cheese came from a cow’ stuff.

However, even the fanciest boxed mac and cheese always leaves me full of doubt.  I’m left wondering, ‘What exactly did I just eat?’ and ‘Would homemade mac and cheese really have been harder to make??’  The answer, of course, is NO– homemade mac and cheese is NOT difficult to make, and doesn’t take much longer to prepare than the boxed kind.  Plus, with homemade mac and cheese– there’s no suspicious powdered cheese packet!  This Pesto Spinach Macaroni and Cheese takes about 20 minutes, start to finish, and is bursting with cheesy goodness.

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This Vegetarian French Onion Soup is a celebration of the onion. Instead of beef broth, which masks the onion, the slowly caramelized onions make their own sweet, deeply flavorful broth as they cook. For a faster cook-time-- caramelize your onions ahead of time and freeze them!

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

This Vegetarian French Onion Soup is a celebration of the onion. Instead of beef broth, which masks the onion, the slowly caramelized onions make their own sweet, deeply flavorful broth as they cook. For a faster cook-time-- caramelize your onions ahead of time and freeze them!

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

This Vegetarian French Onion Soup is a celebration of the onion.  Instead of beef broth, which masks the onion, the slowly caramelized onions make their own sweet, deeply flavorful broth as they cook.  For a faster cook-time– caramelize your onions ahead of time and freeze them!

Do you ever have ‘ah ha!’ moments?  Moments where suddenly, everything makes sense, and your world will never be the same again?  I had one of those moments recently– about onions.  (Don’t stop reading, guys!  It’s good– I swear!)  Specifically, my ‘the skies opened and everything was clear’ moment was about French Onion Soup.  You’ve eaten French Onion Soup, right?  Have you tried to make it?  Have you heard the warnings about using high-quality broth so as not to not ruin the hours and hours you’ve spent caramelizing onions into perfect, amber goodness?  The warnings are true, to an extent, because bad broth WILL RUIN your soup.  However, and this is a big however, you don’t need to add broth at all, because the onions make their OWN BROTH.  (If you’re staring in horror at your screen– stay with me!)  The broth you’ll get from simply using well-caramelized onions, hot water, and a little wine, is INCREDIBLE.  It’s so incredibly delicious, that when I tasted it– I immediately threw away all my other Vegetarian French Onion Soup recipes, because it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

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Savory Rosemary Apple Crêpes- A quick and easy lunch

Rosemary Apple Crêpes

Savory Rosemary Apple Crêpes- A quick and easy lunch

Rosemary Apple Crêpes

These Rosemary Apple Crêpes are light, delicious, and perfect for lunch.  Simply stuff one French Crêpe with apple slices, cheddar cheese, and fresh rosemary, and then lightly grill.

It’s no secret that I love crêpes– I crave them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and even for snacks in between!  If you’ve kept up with Champagne Tastes over the last few months, you know that I’ve been on a crêpe-binge– a crêpe-stravaganza— and have filled your phone screens and work computers with all things crêpe.  You’re welcome.  Let’s do this again, shall we?  Today– Rosemary Apple Crêpes– another simple and delicious way to fill your French Crêpes.

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This vegetarian Savory Apple Pizza is gourmet pizza at its most delicious. It's made with sauteed apples over mozzarella and gorgonzola cheeses, and is topped with fig syrup and pecans.

Savory Apple Pizza

This vegetarian Savory Apple Pizza is gourmet pizza at its most delicious. It's made with sauteed apples over mozzarella and gorgonzola cheeses, and is topped with fig syrup and pecans.

Savory Apple Pizza

This vegetarian Savory Apple Pizza is gourmet pizza at its most delicious.  It’s made with sautéed apples over mozzarella and gorgonzola cheeses, and is topped with a fig jam sauce and pecans. 

This recipe has a story– a long, twisted tale of pizza goodness.  It all started a few years back, when I was just out of college, and shockingly, shockingly, couldn’t find a well-paying job for my studio art degree.  You’re all shocked too, right?  At any rate, I ended up (briefly) with the slightly mind-numbing job of entering health insurance data while sitting in a dark cubicle.  To pass the time, I flipped through the waiting-room magazines.  Whenever I’d find a recipe I liked, I’d have a little cubicle happy-dance.  Well, friends, that’s when I found a recipe for a Savory Apple Pizza.  Quite honestly, I have absolutely no idea what magazine it was in, and over the years this recipe has morphed into an entirely different pizza, but that’s where it began.  This Savory Apple Pizza has become a dinner and pizza party favorite.  It’s topped with gorgonzola, mozzarella, sautéed apples, pecans, and finished off with a delicious drizzle of fig jam sauce.

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