Soup and Salad

There are few lunches more satisfying than the classic soup 'n' salad combo. It's light, healthy, and yet still manages to soothe the soul in the same way that much more fattening comfort food does.

Today was chilly, but this Spicy Pumpkin Soup from Vegan Comfort Food warmed me up:

This spicy-sweet soup only contains a few ingredients, yet its flavor is pretty complex. Pumpkin puree meets coconut milk, red chili flakes, and agave. Yum!

Between warm bites of soup, I crunched on this Caesar Salad from Vegan Comfort Food:

It's also pretty simple — a homemade vegan Caesar dressing, romaine lettuce, vegan Parmesan, and whole wheat croutons. The dressing — made from a base of olive oil, Vegenaise, capers, and some other stuff — is a spot-on recreation of the classic Caesar dressing.

As for the croutons, I subbed whole wheat bread for the sourdough bread called for in the recipe because I try to avoid the white stuff at all costs.