Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

(Recipe) Carrot Ginger Blended Soup

Carrot Ginger Blended Soup. Almost Raw-Vegan.

Carrot Ginger Blended Soup. Almost Raw-Vegan.

I love soup. They’re (usually) easy to make, easy to digest, and fairly portable. I can carry my lunch around the house in a mug, while I get everything done. Multi-tasker extraordinaire here. (Though we really should be more mindful when we eat – relaxing, noticing the flavors and textures with each bite and swallow. Sigh, a girl can dream.)

Speaking of portability, you could make this soup on the road while traveling, if you travel with your blender and a cooler full of food like I do. :)

So, you might be wondering why I’d post a warm soup recipe like this in the summer, when it would clearly be awesome for the fall and winter. Well, besides calling me a planner so I’m already experimenting with fall-flavored soups, I knew I’d be drinking it again in spite of the hot weather. I plan on putting it in my travel coffee cup and sneaking it taking it into the theater so I can keep cozy and warm in the blasting air conditioned theater.

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Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Useful Tips I Learned in Culinary School – Review Classic Cooking Academy

Chef Pascal and me. He's funny and French.

Chef Pascal and me. He’s funny and French.

I’ve mentioned a few times that I recently took a 6-month course at a local cooking school to increase my skills in the kitchen. When I went from vegan to omni, I was feeling out of sorts in the kitchen. I ruined too many grass-fed steaks and wild-caught fish.

So, I talked mom into taking this course at Classic Cooking Academy.

It was amazing, fun, and worth every penny especially since I learned to shuck oysters! I don’t know about you, but watching that on YouTube is not as good as practicing in a class with a professional to guide you.

Raw oyster. Real Food Fast Food. #Zinc

Learning to shuck oysters makes you a total bad-ass.

 

And, we learned to make things like this…

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Saturday, March 14th, 2015

I Used My Soup-Making Genes From Dad For This Roasted Cauliflower n Carrot Soup Recipe

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, ghee, gluten free, recipe, soup
Roasted Cauliflower n Carrot Soup - Soooo good.

Roasted Cauliflower n Carrot Soup – Soooo good.

My dad is a chef and my mom is no stranger to the kitchen either. I’m pretty sure I get my comfort in the kitchen because of my genes. Ok, so maybe there’s some nurture going on, too, since I practice. A lot.

Back to my dad. He owned a popular restaurant in Michigan with my uncle until only a few years ago when they retired. Dad was the chef. Uncle was front of the house. Both perfectly suited to their jobs. (Mom was famous for her cheesecake and her table-side cooking, which I will share a funny story of that in the future.)

One of the things for which my dad was known was his soup making abilities. People still talk about it.

The other night I wanted to make a homemade soup with the cauliflower I had. I don’t usually relish the thought of making cauliflower to eat (roasted or steamed) but I do enjoy it in a soup. I also had some carrots and onion and homemade bone broth (i.e., stock). I teach you how to make your own bone broth easily here.

I was feeling soulful and decided that I would activate my dad’s soup-making genes in me to enhance my soup. It totally worked.

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Sunday, March 1st, 2015

“It’s BEER Soup!” My Husband Exclaimed.

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, ghee, recipe, soup, Vitamix
Beer Soup. Yup.

Beer Soup. Yup.

My husband, Greg, is a fan of beer.

So, when he came across a recipe for a soup that contained beer in his Beer Advocate magazine, he proudly came in waving the torn out recipe in his hand. So cute. He knows how much I love cooking and here he was giving me a recipe that he found.

With beer.

I had to make it of course. How can I not encourage that participation?

I made some adjustments to suit my tastes and I present the results here. It’s wonderful and filled with deep flavors, no doubt from the beer. ;)

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

My Best Chicken Soup – Inspired By My Daughter’s Distaste for Carrots

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, offal, pastured chicken, soup, Vitamix
My Best Soup Yet

My Best Chicken Soup

I just made my best soup ever. It’s chicken soup, but I added an extra step and an extra ingredient that took it to new levels of comfort and deliciousness.

Here’s the back story…

I love making super easy chicken soup, as illustrated here in a previous post. Everyone likes it, including my young daughter, but she’s not a fan of carrots. Weird, I know. She loves broccoli and brussels sprouts. But carrots? Meh… she’s not a fan.

I decided to try a trick this time. I blended the soup, which had lots of carrots. And, for extra wonderful-ness, I added a bit of heavy cream.

She loved it. Yay, cuz trying to get her to embrace carrots for their night-vision superpower wasn’t working.

We all loved it. It’s become the new chicken soup staple around this house.

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Friday, December 19th, 2014

Recipe: Souped Up Soup (Taking Boxed Soup To New Levels)

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, ghee, gluten free, herbs, omnivore, recipe, soup
Souped Up Soup

Souped Up Soup

In my effort to spend a little less time in the kitchen some days, I’ve come up with a nice, easy, nourishing meal that I’m calling Souped Up Soup. I take a really decent organic boxed soup and I add a bunch of stuff to it to amp up the nutrition. It’s really easy and makes a fast dinner (or lunch) when I just need to get something on the table.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Recipes: Buttered Broccoli Soup and Salad (Gluten Free)

by Kristen Suzanne in broccoli, recipe, salad, soup

 

Better Broccoli Soup

Buttered Broccoli Soup

Tonight’s nourishing soup recipe is a real winner: Buttered Broccoli Soup. Greg said it might be his favorite one yet. He loved its vibrant color, super soft mouth feel, and the slightly-cheesy taste even though there’s no cheese in it. Kamea gobbled up all of hers, though she wanted to drop a raw organic chocolate covered cacao nib into each Elmo spoonful. Hey, who am I to stop that? Raw chocolate and broccoli? Maybe she’s on to something here.

Personally, I’m a fan of the recipe because it combines nutrients (namely: kelp’s and broccoli’s – plus butter’s fat soluble goodies) and flavors that pair synergistically (plus its great flavor and texture). It’s especially wonderful during the cold winter months.

Buttered Broccoli Soup

Yield 2 servings

  1. Chop and wash the broccoli.
  2. Cook the broccoli in a large (and deep) sauté pan (I use this one), covered, over medium heat with a few tablespoons of water added to steam/sauté it (about 8-12 min should do it). I say “medium” heat because that is the level of heat I use/need for Le Creuset enameled cast iron cookware. Alternatively, feel free to simply steam it using a pot and steamer insert. Here’s my new steamer insert I love.
  3. While the broccoli is cooking, warm the stock in a small saucepan.
  4. Transfer the cooked broccoli to a high speed blender and add the stock and remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth, which is best accomplished with a high speed blender.

* If you don’t have the high vitamin butter oil (which I highly recommend for concentrated fat soluble nutrients), then add another tablespoon of grassfed butter. I like the high vitamin butter oil for the boost in vitamins it offers.

Bonus recipe… see that salad next to the soup? A-mazing. It’s become a staple salad for us. Super easy to throw together on a whim. Here’s what I did…

  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • juice of a lemon or lime
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 to 3 pinches of sea salt, to taste
  • sprinkling of Farmhouse Kraut’s Smoked Jalapeno Kraut (optional, available at Whole Foods)

Toss everything in a bowl and let it set for a half hour or so (covered), if possible. Otherwise just toss and serve. By waiting though, the salt works its magic on the ingredients and enhances the experience.

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Thursday, August 1st, 2013

11-Minute Sweet Potato Cinnamon Beef Stew (Slow Cooker)

by Kristen Suzanne in Breville, gluten free, paleo, recipe, slow cooker, soup, stew

I really should name this recipe after my little girl, Kamea, because she loooooves it. Being a huge sweet potato fan as well as loving grass fed beef, this is right up her ally. My heart smiles when she says, “Mom, this is yummy in my tummy” or “Mom, this smells delicious!”

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Beef Stew with Paleo Bread

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Beef Stew with Paleo Bread

Here we go again with my beloved slow cooker. What can I say? It’s too dang awesome and easy to use not to have it regularly simmering away with healthy goodness.

In fact, I had planned on making this recipe after I came back home from a playdate one day. When I looked at the clock, I knew that I didn’t have to head out for the play date for another 15 minutes, so I challenged myself to throw it all together and have it cleaned up in that amount of time. That way I wouldn’t feel rushed to get home and get dinner going. That’s how easy slow cookers are. Mom, why did you never teach me about these? Turns out that I got it all done in only 11 minutes. Read that?! It took me only 11 minutes to throw together an awesome healthy dinner and have the clean up done, too. If you don’t have a slow cooker, what are you waiting for?

Plus, I adore it when I’m coming home after being gone a few hours and the heavenly smells hit you right when you step in the house. Slow Cooker food says, “Welcome Home.”

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Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Paleo Recipe: Minimalist (aka Easiest) Slow Cooker Chicken

I’ve been drawn to making dishes with a minimalist mentality. I’m buying the highest quality ingredients I can find and letting them speak for themselves in my recipes, while also using as few ingredients as possible. I’m doing this for a few reasons… for starters it’s easy and less demanding of my time. It’s also less expensive because I am not incorporating as many ingredients. And, in many cases, it’s healthier.

Enter: Minimalist (aka Easiest) Slow Cooker Chicken.

Minimalist (a.k.a. Easiest) Slow Cooker Chicken

Minimalist (aka Easiest) Slow Cooker Chicken

This paleo recipe took me literally minutes to put together. The slow cooker did all the work cooking all day, while I sat back and enjoyed the smells wafting through my house.

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Quickie Crab Salad (plus a quickie soup recipe)

 

Quickie Crab Salad

Quickie Crab Salad

Quick delicious lunches are my kind of thing when my schedule is full or I’m just too tired to be extravagant.

Here’s a lunch I tossed together for Kamea (my 3-year old) that definitely pleased her taste buds. This made two servings, which I had planned on giving Kamea the second serving for her lunch the following day. However, I woke up and found that Greg had eaten it in the middle of the night. He said it was awesome, so all is forgiven. ;)

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