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It’s about 12 degrees out so yeah soup is in order for sure – you asked so here is the recipe I just posted on Instagram.  All veggies but you won’t miss the meat I promise.frederick, md, dmv, common market, beans, one pot meals, soup, healthy eating, food, resolutions, veggies, vegetarian, dinner, home sweet home, cooking, easy dinner , loriannmd, lori tauraso, urablankslate, frederick md, dmv, neiman marcus, saks fith avenue, nyc, new year, fresh starts

Cauliflower & White Bean Soup

Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Lori Tauraso


  • 1 head cauliflower core removed and rough chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 med sweet onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery washed sliced / chopped
  • 2 carrots washed sliced/ chopped fine
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes ( optional )
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 handfulls spinach fresh cleaned stems removed
  • 2 cans great white northern beans or white kidney beans
  • 1 box vegetable stock ( mccormick kitchen basics - unsalted)
  • Kosher Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese top just before serving
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Water add purified water after stock bring to boil than simmer water should be about 2 -3 inches from the top of your pot


  1. Coat stock pot with olive oil and butter - over medium heat - saute onions, celery, carrots until tender ( stirring often so as not to burn ) add your cauliflower.  Stir and brown slightly - keeping eye on the pan not to burn - add more oil if needed.  Add crushed red pepper flakes.  When tender add drained beans and continue to stir.  Add 1/2 cup of the veggie stock and continue to cook until veggies tender.  Now add the chopped garlic and salt & pepper. Cook low med heat 7-10 minutes than add the rest of the stock and purified water until about 2 -3 inches from top of pot.  Stir and bring to a boil.  Turn down med. low cover and cook for 20 minutes more.  Taste for S&P add as desired.  Sometimes I add a veggie or chicken bouillon instead of more salt for flavor.  5 minutes before serving add your spinach - more or less its ups to you.  

    Serve and top with grated Parmesan - Italian bread or croutons.  

    You can also top it with cooked toasted quinoa for added protein and some crunch.  


This is simple, delicious and good for you.  Try it out and comment to let me know how it turns out for you.  Like I said you can top with quinoa, croutons and/or serve with crusty bread.  All your veggies for the day in one bowl.

Stay warm!  Cuddle Up and Be Good To Yourself

Here is List 1 To Prepare For The Next 21 Days


Hey Hey Happy Saturday,

Today was a great day – the sun was fianally back out – took a quick trip to DC and had a great lunch with my hubby at Peking Gourment Inn – hands down best Peking duck ever!   Now, winding down from the day to take my “normal” hot bath for the night.   Sidenote – I just love bubble bath’s & hair masks and this one from Borghese does not dissapoint.


But before bath, bed, and Netflix, here is list 1 to prepare for this “reset”.   These are things you should have this first week.  Just do your best.  If you dont want to get everything, no worries it’s up to you.   This is meant as fun not a chore.  No winners here – Oh wait there will be!

To begin, set aside a clutter free area in your home – be it a small room – maybe its only on your bed – or part of a walk in closet HAHA!  This will be used as a spot to go to daily.

Wash a set of sheets.  We have “homework assignment” begining tomorrow/Sunday if you can fit it in…. It’s a really good one, promise!


  • Lots of veggies – shop your produce dept – farmers market etc. to your little heart is content
  • Bag of lemons
  • Quinoa
  • Cucumber, carrots, celery, green apple
  • Onions all kinds & green
  • Cabbage any type red, napa, etc.
  • Almonds or walnuts
  • Fruit – whatever is in season and that you like
  • Fresh Berries I love raspberries ( seem expensive but what do you spend a day eating out or on coffee at shop ) so full of goodness worth the sprulge
  • Salmon
  • Kosher salt
  • Soup Stock low sodium preferred I use veggie but you choose
  • Coffee (even if you don’t drink it grab a small bag – will be using the brewed grounds)
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Epsom Salt large bag – grab two or three Walmart good place to buy in bulk
  • Eggs for cooking and facials
  • Alberto VO5 – yeah we are going old school – must be a reason some products have been around for ages people

Below are items needed from your Health food market.  If lucky, your normal grocery store – or from a Super Walmart.

  • Sonne’s No 7 Detoxificant Sonne’s No. 9 Intestianl Cleanser ( this is optional and should be done when you can um…..Be Close To Home! I’ll try first and let ya know – LOL 
  • Unsweetend cranberry juice
  • Dandelion tea 
  • Essential oil – eucalyptus – lavender – grapefruit (or any citrus you like)
  • 2 spray bottles (found most health food stores – use glass if possible ) making our room linen and bath sprays in them
  • Meal prep containers ( glass is my preference but…….. use what you have.  enough for 2 days at a time so you can clean in between
  • Large glass jar / jug / thermos for storing our detox flush drink
  • Water/juice refill bottle to take above juice with you everywhere

Below some items from your local ethnic Market

  • Tapioca Starch – get in small bag from Asian market – this is a must for some great facials order online if you have to
  • Sesame oil – Asian market
  • Spicy Chinese chili paste your choice (i’ll show you what i have)  
  • White Chinese vinegar 
  • Curry powder
  • Cayenne Powder

this is what the bag of Tapicoa Starch looks like – Goya makes one too

I hope you have alot of these at home already – we will add as we go along and reuse some of the  items of course.

XOXO Sweet dreams and I’ll chat with you tomorrow with next list and homework assignment.

Smashed Cauliflower & Links of Places to Eat Bucket List

It”s Almost The Weekend People!

As promised on my +Instagram page this week here is the recipe for SMASHED ROASTED CAULIFLOWER.

To start: core and chop one head of cauliflower

I like to use a large cast iron pan to roast in a 450 degree oven.  Cover with olive oil just enough to coat – start slow you can always add more.  Peel slice 1/2 a large head of garlic, add crushed red pepper flakes (optional) S&P.  Toss and place in oven !

Cook until golden brown toss occasionally to brown evenly – depending on over 20min.  When done remove from skillet and place in glass bowl – use small wish or fork and smash to desired consistency 
I prefer some florets to remain – all your choice you may or may not need to add more EVO or butter usually not and “Viola” – you have something that is healthy and satisfies that craving for mashed potatoes ……….. sortta!  LOL  here is dinner Greek salad grilled chicken and smashed cauliflower Enjoy! 

Also ck out the links below to see great foods, restaurants etc…. that should be on your bucket list!  Some I’ve been to and some I can’t wait to go to.   Have a great weekend everybody!  

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