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Hearty Chicken Soup with Basil Oil

15 Sep

IMG_1956Soup is the ultimate comfy cozy food. This healthy take on an old-fashioned favorite, Chicken Noodle Soup, is Danielle Walker’s recipe (her recipes and her story are amazing, so please check her out). I added more vegetables and topped it with basil oil for dimension. When I’m in a time crunch, it helps to buy a rotisserie chicken and let it cool before shredding it (which is a perfect time to chop the carrots, celery and onion).

Chicken Soup Ingredients:

1 roasted free range chicken or 3 chicken breasts, hormone and antibiotic free, cooked and shredded

8-10 celery stalks, chopped

8 carrots, chopped

1 small white or yellow onion, diced

6 cups low sodium chicken broth (I like Pacific Foods brand)

1 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp dried thyme

2 tsp dried oregano

1 bay leaf

2 lbs zucchini

 

Basil Oil Ingredients:

2 cups basil, tightly packed

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp garlic powder

 

Directions:

1. Shred cooked chicken into bite size pieces or cubes and place in large stock pot. Then, add cleaned and chopped celery and carrots, diced onion, chicken broth, sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, thyme, oregano and bay leaf. Cover, bring to a boil and simmer for 25 minutes.

2. While pot is simmering, use a mandoline slicer to julienne cut cleaned zucchini (you can peel the zucchini prior to cutting if you want it to look more like noodles). Set zucchini “noodles” aside.

3. Now make the basil oil, adding basil, olive oil, salt and garlic to a food processor. Blend, place in an air-tight container and set aside.

4. Once the 25 minutes is finished, add the zucchini and continue simmering for another 8 minutes.

5. When soup is finished (total of 33 minutes on the stove), remove the bay leaf, spoon soup into the bowls, drizzle with basil oil and feel all warm and cozy!

Serves 6-8

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Simply Delicious Beef Tacos

20 Jul

IMG_1946Me gusta tacos! This meal is perfect for health conscious awesome people like yourself who want to quickly put a meal on the table. This entire meal took less than 30 minutes (45 if you make a more difficult side dish) to make, so don’t let the ingredient list fool you, it’s mostly just dried spices. And, if you have a set of extra hands, it will take you even less time.

 

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs grass-fed ground beef

4 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp paprika

20 turns cracked black pepper (or 1/4 tsp)

1 tsp cilantro, chopped (or to taste)

2 scallions, chopped

8 chives, chopped

Juice of 1 lime

1/4 cup water

1 container butter leaf lettuce (organic, triple-washed)

Garnish: avocado, salsa, black olives, mango salsa, guacamole, etc.

 

Directions:

1. Brown the meat in a skillet and drain the fat. Add all of the spices, cilantro, scallions, chives, lime and water to the skillet and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. While the beef is browning, throw together your side. I made a salad of chopped zucchini that I let sweat and patted dry (learn how here), chopped red bell pepper, avocado and Whole Foods mango salsa (for a homemade recipe, try this). Rinse and pat dry the butter leaf lettuce so it is ready to go.

3. Layer the ends of two butter lettuce leaves and fill with the taco meat and any garnishments you like.

4. Enjoy with friends, family or in solitary peace on your porch.

 

Serves 6

Pulled Chicken Taco Salad

28 Oct

IMG_1779Anything I can top with guacamole makes me happy. Use this pulled chicken recipe in chicken chili, over spaghetti squash or in butter leaf lettuce for tacos or collard greens for a spicy wrap.

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs boneless, skinless antibiotic and hormone-free chicken breasts

3 cups salsa (I like Whole Foods 360 Hot Salsa or Green Mountain Gringo Hot Salsa)

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 red onion, thinly sliced

3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

1 Tbsp chili powder

2 tsp coriander

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

20 turns of cracked black pepper

Toppings: black olives, guacamole, sliced avocado, pico de gallo, cashew cheese, or broccoli slaw

salad greens (arugula is a nice choice for an extra peppery kick)

3 red bell peppers, sliced

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place chicken in a Dutch Oven. In a bowl, mix the salsa, garlic, red onion, cilantro, chili powder, coriander, cinnamon, sea salt, cayenne pepper and black pepper and place it on top of the chicken. (You can also make this in a slow cooker on low heat and cook for 6-8 hrs). Bake for 90 minutes.

2. Take out Dutch Oven, remove chicken, place on plate and shred with two forks. Place shredded chicken back in the Dutch Oven and bake an additional 45 minutes. (If using a slow cooker, place back in for another hour on low).

3. Serve on salad greens, bell pepper strips and use toppings such as broccoli slaw, black olives, guacamole, pico de gallo, cashew cheese or sliced avocado.

 

Serves 7-8

 

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Bell

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Hazelnuts & Pumpkin Seeds

15 Oct

IMG_1772Nothing says cozy comfort like curling up on a chilly Fall night with a warm bowl of soup. The soothing cinnamon mixed with the slightly salty, crispy butternut squash seeds and hazelnuts make this dish pop with flavor.

Ingredients for the soup:

1 butternut squash

1 small onion

2-3 cloves garlic

1 Tbsp coconut oil

4 cups low sodium vegetable broth

5 turns black pepper

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp cloves

cinnamon sticks or sage leaves for garnish

Ingredients for the toasted nuts & seeds

butternut squash seeds

1/4 cup raw hazelnuts

extra virgin olive oil to coat

sea salt to taste

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350°. Chop the onion into chunks and remove skin from the garlic cloves. Cut top stem and bottom nub off of the butternut squash. Then, cut in half lengthwise and widthwise, remove seeds (set them aside in a dish of water) and use a vegetable peeler to peel skin off of the butternut squash. Coat all vegetables with coconut oil, set on a baking dish and roast for 40-50 minutes.

2. While vegetables are roasting, clean seeds, dry and set aside for roasting.

3. While the squash is cooling, turn oven heat down to 325°. Place butternut squash seeds and hazelnuts on a baking sheet, toss with olive oil and season with sea salt. Roast for 25 minutes. Nuts and seeds should lightly brown but not burn.

4. Cut the butternut squash into chunks. In a large stock pot, add onion, garlic cloves and butternut squash. Add the vegetable broth, black pepper, sea salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Bring soup to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Puree the soup with an immersion blender until smooth.

5. To serve the soup, place the toasted seeds at the bottom of the bowl, pour the soup in and top with hazelnuts (I love hiding the seeds for a tasty surprise!). Sprinkle with cinnamon and garnish with a cinnamon stick or sage leaf.

Serves 4-6

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Bell