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Monthly Musings –What’s Happening in Letty’s Kitchen!

Carlos the dog looking out the trailer door.

Hola from Baja Mexico!

Close your eyes. Pause for a moment. Think about the best thing that’s happened to you today. Say it out loud.

My best thing? This morning I took two Zoom classes, first was strength training and then an hour later, yoga.

Zoom! For me, the online live video communication app is the best thing that’s come out of this pandemic. Zoom has been around for longer than a year, yes, but I’ll venture to say that as people all over the world went into stay-at-home mode, Zoom became the elastic to hold us all together.

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Healthy Tangerine Julius Smoothie {vegan}

You could call it a tangerine almond smoothie, or a tangerine creamsicle drink–both names suggest the flavors going on here. But if you’ve ever tasted the creamy citrus-y vanilla-y trademark orange Julius, your mouth is already watering. This healthy tangerine julius smoothie is a healthful riff on the famous orange beverage.

Healthy Tangerine Julius Smoothie | Letty's Kitchen

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Christmas Lima Beans with Tomato and Celery

Large meaty Christmas lima beans with tomato and celery and garlic is a delicious stew-like vegan dish. My favorite way to serve these beans is over steamed brown rice and sautéed dark leafy greens.

Christmas Lima Beans with Celery and Tomato with rice and greens in white bowl ove
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Black and Red Lentil Beer Soup

This vegan black and red lentil beer soup is quick to make, high-in-protein, plant-based, and tasty as all get out—an easy home-cooked meal. Mak in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot on those busy days.

Black and Red Lentil Beer Soup | Letty's Kitchen

With variations here and there, I’ve been making this hearty vegetarian soup since I was old enough to drink beer, about the same time I bought my first pressure cooker. Like all my soups, this lentil beer soup can be cooked in a pressure cooker. About 10 minutes of prep, 5 minutes to come to pressure, and 7 minutes in the pressure cooker–dinner in 30 minutes–wunderbar!

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Homemade Pesto Potato Pizza

Homemade crust with a liberal smear of garlicky pesto, followed by red onion slivers that practically disappear into the dough, and melty Swiss cheese–tempting, right? But the best part of this pesto potato pizza is the potatoes–thinly sliced, gently sautéed, and layered on top of all the other goodies! This unique mouthwatering pizza is not to be missed!

baked Potato Pesto Pizza on wooden board cut in wedges

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