Friday, July 19, 2013

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

I love eating soup. I love making soup. I especially love making easy soups, with not a lot of ingredients or preparation. This carrot ginger soup is one of those soups.

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Ingredients:

  • one yellow onion
  • 2 lbs organic carrots
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 cups chicken broth (homemade or organic)
  • fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Carrot Ginger Soup cooking

Like I said, this was very easy.

  1. Sauté the onions and garlic in the butter.
  2. Add chopped carrots. Cook until tender, 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add chicken broth and spices. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer mixture to blender (Vitamix is AMAZING). Blend until smooth.

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Now look how creamy this soup is! I didn’t add any milk or cream, yet it tastes so rich and creamy!!

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Liam really enjoyed it too!

Maybe a little too much…I had a difficult time stopping him from covering his whole body in orange soup.

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What is your favorite soup?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Quick and Easy Kale Chips

Kale Chips

A couple years ago I was introduced to kale. Many of the healthy eating blogs I was reading discussed the health benefits of this green leafy vegetable.

  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Low Calorie
  • Antioxidants
  • Low Carb
  • Vitamin K, C and A
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Lutein

I decided I had to try it, but how? For some reason I wasn’t into the idea of eating it raw, so I had to find a recipe for cooked kale.

Enter Kale Chips. It was love at first bite.

They are incredibly easy and quick to make…and oh so delicious even Stan and Liam will eat them!

I picked up this bunch of kale at the Farmer’s market.

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Remove the stems (they are bitter).

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Wash and dry. I used a salad spinner and some paper towels. They need to be very dry!

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Tear the kale into chip sized pieces.

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Message 1 tablespoon of olive oil into kale pieces.

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Spread out on a large baking sheet. Add spices. I used sea salt and cayenne pepper. Garlic power with salt and pepper is also very yummy!

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Bake at 350 degrees for 15 min. They will shrink up quite a bit, so don’t be alarmed that they look so small!

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Transfer to a bowl and enjoy!! They don’t last long in our house, but you could try to save them in a zip locked baggie or paper lunch sack if you would like to make a big batch to last a few days.

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What is your favorite way to cook kale? I would love to find some new recipes to try!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Non-Toxic Microwave Cleaner

OK, this is embarrassing. Our microwave was disgusting…like I shouldn’t even show these pictures on the internet because it was that gross.

I had something boil over and then I didn’t clean it up. We don’t use our microwave that often, so it just sat there for a few weeks. When I went to use it the next time I was appalled by what I found! This nasty brown crud all over the plate and splattered on the walls and ceiling of the microwave.

Yuck

But guess what? I didn’t need any toxic harsh cleaners to make it like new again.

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Spray it on, let it sit for 5 min and look how easy the yuck wiped off. It took no effort at all!

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Now isn’t that much better? It only took me 10 min and I had a clean microwave again. Best of all, I used a non-toxic cleaner that only cost me pennies to make.

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