Easy Vegan Fall Wild Rice and Vegetable Soup Recipe

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

It’s finally Fall…which is both crazy (where did the summer go) and exciting! The weather is starting to cool down here in Orange County….well kind of. and even though it barely feels like Fall, I’m ready to start enjoying soup for dinner every night.

There’s a reason Fall is the favorite season of many – the slightly brisk air, pumpkin patches and of course, that autumn glow everywhere you look. Fall is when things start to slooooow down from the crazy summer and we finally get to enjoy all the fruits and veggies of the summer harvest. I know a lot of us have summer gardens. so how about a Fall soup recipe to use those veggies in. Our family just loves soup – and it’s easy to make too. here, I am sharing one of my new favorite soup recipes for Vegan Fall Wild Rice and Vegetable Soup.

Many of you may already know that I am vegetarian. and when I can, I like to eat vegan. This recipe is creamy, savory and full of hearty vegetables and wild rice. it’s dairy-free and uses Silk Unsweetened Almondmilk. whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just looking to get more plants into your diet, Silk is a great dairy-free, plant-based option AND when you buy it at Target, you’ll get savings to fit your lifestyle. Silk and So Delicious Dairy Free products are available at Target. and if you download and use the Target app, you can get 10-15% off on them between 10/14 – 11/11 – this includes Silk Half Gallons & Silk & So Delicious Dairy Free plant-based yogurts.

You don’t have to ask me twice to go to Target…it’s my FAVORITE store. Everything you need for this recipe is available at Target. plus, with the savings you get with the Target app, you can head over to the seasonal section and pick out some cute Fall decorations.

Now that we have gathered all our ingredients at Target, let me share with you this plant-based soup recipe.

How to Make Vegan Fall Wild Rice and Vegetable Soup

This soup is full of family-friendly vegetables and has a great Fall flavor. Earthy and savory. What’s great about this soup, and most other soups, is that you can prepare and make it ahead of time to have an easy family dinner on those busy nights. It’s also pretty easy to make many of your soup recipes dairy-free. just substitute the milk for Silk for So Delicious Dairy Free products.

The most time consuming part of this recipe is the chopping. Once you get everything chopped, the rest is easy. first step, in a large pot on the stovetop, sauté onions, celery and mushrooms with oil until onions are translucent using medium heat.

Add carrots, potatoes, vegetable broth, salt, chicken seasoning and garlic. If you are using uncooked wild rice, add that too. but i choose to use the precooked wild rice found at Target because wild rice is hard to find. don’t use brown or white rice. stir everything together and bring to a boil. once boiling, turn down heat to low and simmer.

Once the carrots and potatoes are tender add the cooked wild rice. Then it’s time to make the roux. tmelt the butter in a small saucepan. Whisk in the flour. Let the mixture cook for two minutes. whisk in the almondmilk, a little bit at a time, until you have a smooth, thickened sauce. Remember, you can use cashewmilk or coconutmilk instead.

The final step is to mix the roux with the soup in the large pot. stir until combined and soup starts to thicken. remove from heat. enjoy! I love this soup so much…one because i love veggies, and too, because it’s so flavorful and creamy. If you like mushrooms, that’s a plus too…although they aren’t overwhelming in flavor.

Vegan Fall Wild Rice and Vegetable Soup Recipe

For the Soup:
2 Tbsp oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
5 stalks celery, chopped
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
5-6 medium carrots, chopped
2 medium potatoes or 8-9 baby dutch potatoes
3 tsp minced garlic cloves 4 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chicken seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups water
2 cups of precooked wild rice (found at Target) or 1 cup of uncooked

For the roux:
6 tablespoons vegan butter (regular butter can be used)
1/2 cup flour
2 cups Silk unsweetened almondmilk (So Delicious Dairy Free Cashewmilk or CoconutMilk can be used too)

Directions: In a large pot on the stovetop, sauté onions, celery and mushrooms with oil until onions are translucent using medium heat. Add carrots, potatoes, vegetable broth, salt, chicken seasoning, garlic, thyme and water. If you are using uncooked wild rice, add that too. stir together and bring to a boil.

Turn down heat to low and simmer. Once the carrots and potatoes are tender add the cooked wild rice.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Whisk in the flour. Let the mixture cook for two minutes. Whisk in the almond milk, a little bit at a time, until you have a smooth, thickened sauce. Mix the roux with the soup in the large pot. Stir until combined and soup starts to thicken. Remove from heat. Enjoy!

Makes 8 servings.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Fun Ideas on How to Organize Breakfast for Back to School

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dannon® Oikos® Greek Yogurt and Danimals® Kids Smoothies. The opinions and text are all mine.


so, finally my kids are back to school! we had an entire summer of fun, and the time spent together with the kids was great. but now i’m ready for some alone time (well almost…obviously i still have little miss Dani Kat home with me). i always use these first few weeks of back-to-school to get our lives back organized and our daily routines going again. that includes stocking up the fridge with food so everyone can eat around their busy schedules. this is my favorite job because i get to go to my favorite place…TARGET!

this year, i have three different drop-off times at three different schools. mornings are going to be rough. so breakfast organization is key. i stocked up on all the kids favorites so they can easily grab and go in the mornings. yogurt is a big hit with the kids, they all like it. i’ve got all ages, so i bought a few different varieties including Activa, Danimals Smoothies and Happy Baby Organics. i also picked up some granola, fruits, cheese, breakfast sandwiches and hard boiled eggs. this is the very reason i love Target…everything i need in one stop!

they all have their own likes, so i make sure to cover all the bases, getting varieties of everything. then i prepare it so it’s easy to transport. this way, if we’re running behind, they can still take nutritious food with them while we are driving.

when it comes to organizing the refrigerator for the school year, i love using these clear plastic bins…which can also be found at Target. it keeps the food together in groups and i don’t have to worry about a stray yogurt getting lost in the fridge. the bins make it easy for the kids to see what we have and to grab their breakfast in a hurry. i also love clear glass containers for storing food.

see! nice and tidy.

this year, my kids are really into parfaits. so i made a little granola station where they can get the granola they like and layer it with yogurt and berries. i keep my fridge stocked in sections to keep us organized. i can easily see when we are running out of certain items, and the kids can easily find what they want to eat.

for the granola station, i keep little jars, spoons and granola on the cupboard so the boys can make their parfaits quickly. the berries i keep in the refrigerator in glass containers which keep them fresher longer. one cup of Activa yogurt is the perfect amount for one parfait that is layered with granola and berries.

my boys and little girlie are thrilled to have their favorite breakfast foods ready each morning. and i am happy that they are getting a full tummy with nutritious food to keep them satisfied throughout the school day.

these Danimal Smoothies are so cute and easy to drink in the car. Vann loves to have them along with some toast and fruit.

and my teen will eat anything!

i especially love the small sizes of the Happy Family Organics yogurts for toddlers. the perfect size for her to feed herself and not have any wasted yogurt. a little messy still…but she is doing great. and the flavors are yummy too!

by organizing our breakfast foods (thy also love them for snacks) we are off to a great school year. we haven’t been late yet, and i haven’t heard any complaints of not having any good food to eat. now that is a win in my mom book!

Happy Back to School!!!

My Teen Athlete Loves Tai Pei Asian Food

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with the back to school craziness, i was slowly losing the battle of keeping the grocery shopping done and my family properly fed. i thought that once the first day of school came, things would go back to our normal routine. but it sure didn’t happen as fast as I was hoping. from the moment i get up, i’m going at light speed and i know it’s going to be like that all day. luckily, i’ve found a way to satisfy my teen’s hunger, save me some time and make everyone happy. i’ve stocked up the fridge with milk, juice and fruit, the cupboards with cereal, and my freezer with Tai Pei Asian cuisine entrées.

my teen son has double water polo practices everyday, school and sometimes even a water polo game. you can bet that he is ALWAYS HUNGRY. so in between practices and running around, he can easily prepare a quick and healthy Tai Pei meal for himself..

Tai Pei Asian cuisine entrées are made with clean ingredients flavor-infused rice and no additives, preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, so i am fine with him eating as much as he wants. each bite takes you on a journey of mouth-watering flavor and enticing aromas. there are ten delicious entrée recipes from Asia and every variety is designed to deliver a restaurant-inspired experience straight from your own kitchen (or office microwave) in just minutes.

to make entrée preparation fast and easy, Tai Pei’s packaging has been designed to serve the perfect portion to satisfy your cravings (no matter how many portions you need to prepare), while allowing enough room for the tasty ingredients to steam perfectly. it’s a delicious, affordable alternative to cooking, much less than take-out, so we can all enjoy tasty Asian cuisine in just minutes.

of course, the rest of us love Tai Pei as well…but we are lucky to get one as Jackson has been eating them all! i guess that’s life with a teenage boy.

one last thing…i thought i would mention that Tai Pei has a full lineup of appetizers and snacks too!

you can learn more about Tai Pei entrees here and where to buy them here.

Easy Super Mario Cereal Bars

as you have seen on my social media, we are huge Nintendo fans. the boys asked for a Nintendo Switch for Christmas, and everytime they’ve earned screen time, they’re playing it. actually, you will find the whole family playing it, especially in the evenings. i like to make a big bowl of popcorn or a special treat, and anyone who has finished their homework and has a clean room can play until bedtime. speaking if treats – check out these Super Mario Cereal bars that i recently made! the boys spotted the new limited-edition Super Mario Cereal in the store, so we decided to make some thing special with it.

the new limited-edition Super Mario Cereal from Kellogg’s has just hit store shelves nationwide! each box has collectible Super Mario Odyssey™ art on it, and also functions as an amiibo™ accessory. my boys LOVE amiobos. you can use these ones to collect in-game coins and check out other fun features.

it’s really easy to make these Super Mario Cereal Bars. just heat 1/4 cup of butter and 4 cups of marshmallows in a saucepan on the stovetop using medium heat. once they are melted, combine one box of Super Mario Cereal and the melted marshmallows in a large bowl. mix until the cereal is completely coated. next, pour the mixture into a greased 8 x 8″ baking dish. cool completely and cut into squares.

i recommend reserving a bunch of the marshmallows in a cup before combining the cereal with the marshmallow mix. then, once the cereal and marshmallow mix is placed in the 8 x 8″ baking dish, decorate the top with the reserved marshmallows. this will make your bars look extra fun!

my kids thought i was the coolest mom for making these Nintendo treats. they we so excited to try them, and loved them so much….especially because they tasted different from your average marshmallow crispy treat bar. Super Mario Cereal is filled with colorful power-up marshmallows and a blast of mixed berry flavor. they made the perfect treat for our Nintendo Switch family game night.

you can find Super Mario Cereal for a limited time at your local grocery store. we found our at Target! if your kids love Nintendo or Super Mario, they would love having a Super Mario Cereal breakfast surprise. or if you have a party coming up, make sure to try making these easy Super Mario Cereal bars. they will be a crowd favorite. power up!

{this is not a sponsored post. we did receive a box of cereal from Nintendo. all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. }

Getting my fresh on with Ready Pac Fresh Prep’d

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fresh food…i crave it all the time. a salad, homemade soup, sandwiches – i love to eat them, but i don’t love to make em’. it’s been almost a year since i had little Dani Kat, and i am struggling to get back in the groove of making meals at home. i used to be so much better at it. lunch in particular is where i struggle the most. with the boys at school, it’s so easy to just run to the drive thru and get a cheap and quick bite to eat. but no more! i was super excited when Ready Pac Foods sent me over some of their new Fresh Prep’d Soup and Wrap Kits. omg!!!! they are so good and fresh…exactly what i have been looking for.

i have been a big fan of the Ready Pac Foods Salad kits and Bistro Bowls® for some time now. i love that the salad greens and all the extra yummy toppings are included in the packs. who has the time to prep all those extra  ingredients. well, the new Fresh Prep’d Soup and Wrap Kits work the same way. definitely designed for a hectic lifestyle…which with four kids, i totally have.

the Fresh Prep’d Soup Kits come with everything you need to make a fresh bowl of soup. including the bowl and spoon! A delicious and satisfying meal you prepare when it’s convenient. vegetables stay crisp – just like homemade! there are five flavors – Asian Inspired Beef, Chicken Noodle, Chicken Tortilla, Italian Style Wedding and Tuscan White Bean.

when you open each of the packs, you will find the fresh ingredients, the broth concentrate and a spoon. everything you need to make the soup is included. this is the Tuscan White Bean. looks good huh!
check out all the fresh kale.

here is the Chicken Tortilla Soup – even jalapeño slices, cilantro and tortilla strips are included.

once you combine all the fresh ingredients in the provided bowl, you add the broth concentrate.

next, add 1-1/2 cups of water, or simply fill up to the fill line.place the venting lid on top and place into the microwave for three minutes.

wha la!!! within minutes you have fresh cooked soup that you can enjoy with all the flavors you expect from something homemade. yum! the veggies in the Tuscan White Bean are cooked perfectly, still a little crisp, and the seasoned crostini are the perfect touch.

the Chicken Tortilla Soup is hearty and full of flavor. we’ve tried all the flavors and they are all great. my husband’s favorite is the Asian Inspired Beef, and since i am a vegetarian, i go with the Tuscan White bean. all my kids love the chicken noodle.

next up are the Fresh Prep’d Wrap Kits. these are just as awesome, and i just found something new to put in my husband and teenager’s lunchboxes.

the tortilla for the wraps are specially made to be easy to wrap and not break apart. i’ve never been good at making wraps, but with this kit…i am now a pro!place all the fresh ingredients in the center of the wrap and the add the dressing.
folding and wrapping the tortilla is easy since it already has folds.

then wrap it up!

you would think you got this at a restaurant. the flavors are there with all the extra ingredients included, and the tortilla made the perfect wrap that stays wrapped and does not fall apart.

i am thrilled with the new Ready Pac Foods Fresh Prep’d line.

wondering about all that packaging? Ready Pac is passionate about preserving the health of our planet – all packaging is made with 70% post-consumer PET plastic, and are made in a plant that operates using 50% solar energy. it’s also 100% recyclable. Ready Pac has also reduced loads of waste by 75% through installing trash compactors and also recycling over 8,000 tons of materials annually, including corrugate, plastics, paper and metals.

Ready Pac has designed these new Fresh Prep’d Wrap and Soup kits for everyone’s hectic lifestyle. they understand that our lives have become busier and busier. their motto is your day is packed; we packed you lunch. i am excited to start the new year off with a goal to not eat out as much, eat fresher, healthier ingredients, and live a healthier lifestyle. these Fresh Prep’d Kits will definitely help me.

now you’re going to want to try these Ready Pac Foods Fresh Prep’d Wrap and Soup Kits. you can get them from Amazon Fresh, at select grocery stores and online. don’t see them at your grocery store? ask your local store manager to carry Ready Pac Foods Fresh Prep’d products. and head over to iBotta for $1 off coupons while supplies last!  for all eligible users within areas that our product is available for purchase. yay! one less thing to worry about…your lunch is now packed.

{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. }