Herbed Celery Root & Parsnip Soup

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This soup is a light and refreshing chowder delicious on it’s own and even better with roasted fish added. Due to my delicate constitution (or delicate humors) I can’t eat onions/leeks/garlic lately but the herbs give this soup tons of flavor.

When peeling the celery root you will notice a strong celery flavor (didn’t see that coming!) but I guess I was surprised as it looks nothing like celery. It has a mild flavor that is an excellent potato substitute. Double down on the parsnip for a sweeter soup.

The herbs will come off their stem when cooking–no need to take off leaves in advance.

Ingredients:

  • Celery root, peeled and cubed
  • Parsnip, peeled and cube
  • Big bunch or fresh oregano and/or thyme
  • Kale or other green vegetable
  • Water

Directions:

  • Cover celery root, parsnip and herbs with water and bring to a boil
  • Simmer at least 45 minutes or until very soft
  • Remove stems of herbs
  • Blend with stick blender
  • Add greens and simmer until cooked through

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Plantain and Carrot Muffins

I am seriously on a plantain kick/high! Once you start baking with them you will see how amazing they are! Ok I’ll calm down.IMG_2239

This savory muffin recipe I came up with requires a black plantain for sweetness.  If you would like them sweeter I suggest adding maple syrup. I used acorn squash but any kind will do.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cooked squash (more ok)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 chunk fresh peeled ginger
  • 1 ripe plantain
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend.
  • Divide into muffin cups and bake 400 degrees @ 30-40 minutes

Plantain and Spaghetti Squash Paleo Kugel

I have been having a lot of fun cooking with plantains as they offer a great alternative to all the almond and coconut flours you often see in paleo cooking.

When cooking with plantain recipes make sure you note the color that is called for. A green plantain offers a totally different consistency (more for chips/crackers) than a ripe one  –the darker the sweeter, softer and more desert like. In this recipe a ripe or an almost ripe would work best.  IMG_4917

Kugel is a traditional Jewish comfort food –often containing noodles, cinnamon and creamy dairy . Sounds delish right? But I really wanted a healthy alternative that would not put me to sleep or make me feel awful after.

To me this really tasted like a kugel–though not nearly as sweet. You may want to add raisins, vanilla or a little honey/maple syrup.

And with that I give you Plantain and Spaghetti Squash Paleo Kugel:

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe plantains
  • 1-2 cups cooked spaghetti squash
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, very soft or melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 small apple, grated
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine plantains and coconut oil in a blender or nutribullet. You can also mix with the back of a fork if plantains are very ripe.
  3. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix.
  4. Add to well greased pan.
  5. Top with more cinnamon
  6. Bake @ 20-25 minutes

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Summer Squash, Goat Cheese & Arugula Salad

Enjoy this simple main course salad inspired by my farm box!IMG_4137

Ingredients:

  • Summer squash, sliced in large chunks
  • Spring onion, sliced thinly
  • Arugula
  • Goat cheese
  • Dill
  • Coconut & Olive Oil

Steps:

  • Combine squash, onions, dill and oils in pan. Bake in preheated oven @ 350 for about 25 minutes (don’t overcook-they are better firm)
  • Pour over arugula
  • Top with goat cheese
  • Stir together–the oils and cheese will add flavor to the arugula

Happy Spring!

Sweet Potato Ginger Carrot Stew

This healthy stew is full of flavor and very filling. I made it thinking of a hot breakfast but it would be great for any meal. The humble star of this stew is the highly medicinal burdock root. IMG_4069It is very mild in flavor and full of medicinal benefits.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons corn meal
  • Sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • Burdock root, thinly sliced
  • Ginger, crushed through garlic press
  • Slice of lemon
  • Salt
  • Shredded cabbage

Combine all ingredients except cabbage and simmer over low heat for 30-45 minutes, until veggies are cooked and stew is desired thickness. Remove lemon slice. Top with shredded cabbage and serve.

Chicken Soup

Ideally, making chicken soup is a leisurely affair involving a bath and/or a nap. You could make it in a couple of hours–but I like to make a day out of it.IMG_3406

All you really need to make it is a big pot, a chicken, water, onion and salt. I make it differently each time depending on what I have on hand. It is a great way to cook all those extra farm box veggies and I sometimes freeze the parts I don’t use (kale ribs etc.) for this purpose. A typical recipe combination I use is listed below.

You will have many meals from this one dish: chicken dinners, sandwiches, and plenty of broth to freeze.

Ingredients:

  • One whole organic, free-range chicken (I like Mary’s Chicken)
  • Celery greens (adds a lot of flavor)
  • Onion, cut in half
  • Whole garlic, cut in half
  • Carrots
  • Burdock root (medicinal)
  • Fresh Dill and Thyme (put in spice bag or wrap in cheesecloth)
  • Greens
  • Salt

Steps:

  • Put all ingredients in stock pot, cover in water and add salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Once it reaches a boil, add more salt. You may also skim the fat off at this time.

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  • Simmer uncovered for 40 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and cover.
  • Take a nap and/or bath.
  • Allow chicken to continue to cook with heat off for 1-2 hours.
  • Remove chicken and allow to cool.
  • Scoop out vegetables with a mesh strainer and discard. Rinse out the spice bag for reuse.
  • Once cool remove from bones and shred. You can freeze the carcass for another use.

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  • Remove broth–I like to use a glass measuring cup for easy pouring.

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  • Store in glass and plastic containers for the refrigerator and freezer.

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SO Delicious: Homemade Almond Milk

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I decided to start making my own almond milk to avoid the additives in the store bought but after tasting my homemade almond milk I would make it for the flavor alone. It is light, fluffy, creamy and just scrumptious.

Good enough to be desert!

Ingredients:

  • One cup almonds
  • Four cups water
  • Teaspoon cinnamon

Soak almonds at least overnight in water in the refrigerator. 

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Rinse and put in blender with four cups fresh water.

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Blend for one minute –add cinnamon and blend for another minute.

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I got a jelly strainer bag from the hardware store and secured it over the top of the blender before carefully pouring into a bowl. I then squeezed out all the liquid. I plan on using the excess nut meat in a recipe. You can also put the contents of the blender through a cheesecloth or buy something called a “nut bag” for this purpose.

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I came out with four cups of heavenly almond milk-the same amount as a 32 ounce store bought carton.

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Egg and Kale Muffins

These yummy little muffins are loaded with protein, greens, and Vitamin C.  They reheat nicely–just put them in the microwave for one minute for a quick and satisfying breakfast.IMG_3757

Ingredients:

  • 9 eggs
  • Handful of fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 3 or 4 kale leaves, ribs removed and shredded
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 slices turkey bacon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Coconut oil melted, to grease pan

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease muffin pan with coconut oil
  3. In a food processor blend kale, parsley, onion and turkey bacon
  4. Chop bell pepper into small pieces
  5. Whisk egg and spices
  6. Combine all ingredients and pour into muffin cups
  7. Bake about 20 minutes or until set

Makes 12 muffins.