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

Paleo: Banana Orange Walnut Mini-Muffins

These muffins are very tasty and somehow better in the mini muffin cups. I blended a whole orange in my NutriBullet which gave them an extra level of moistness and flavor. You can also squeeze an orange or put it in a blender or food processor.  IMG_4695

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour (sifted)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 orange (blended or squeezed)
  • 2 bananas (very ripe/blended with back of fork)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup ghee or butter melted

Directions:

  • Grease muffin pan with coconut oil
  • Combine all ingredients and pour into pan
  • Bake @400 degrees about 12 minutes
  • Let cool and gently remove from pan with a small spoon

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Don’t let the luscious looks of this puddin’ fool you–it is a health food!  IMG_4632

Although it tastes like a treat and satiates a chocolate craving it is loaded with nutritious ingredients. It has the same light and creamy texture as traditional chocolate pudding though (prepare yourself) it is not nearly as sweet.

Mint leaves are delicious in this recipe and (ta da!) also aid in digestion. You can also add in fresh ginger or even cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.

I used my beloved Nutribullet for this recipe though a food processor should work as well.

Ingredients:

  • One avocado (or 1/2 large)
  • 1 cup almond milk (add more or less for the right consistency)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Honey or maple syrup to taste

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients and blend

Looking for another healthy desert? Check out my Easy Apple Crumble which is gluten/dairy & sugar free.

Easy & Healthy Gluten-Free Dinners

Here are a few recipes I have been making lately:

  • Farm Box Summer Soup
  • Easiest Ever Fish Recipe
  • Mini Meatballs and Salad
  • Roasted and Fruity Chicken over Onions

Farm Box Summer Soup

Farm Box Summer Soup With Chicken

Farm Box Summer Soup With Chicken

I have been making this every week when I pick up my farm box varying the vegetables with the potato/onion base. It is incredibly tasty, creamy and light.

  • Chop and peel potatoes. Combine with chopped onion and garlic.
  • Cover with water and sprinkle in salt and pepper.
  • Cook until soft then puree with stick blender.
  • Add any raw vegetables and turn off heat. I love the combination of corn and zucchini.

Easiest Ever Fish Recipe

Easiest Ever Fish with  Veggies

Easiest Ever Fish with Veggies

I was always mystified/annoyed by cooking fish until I discovered this baking method.

  • Spread olive oil over red snapper or cod (on baking sheet).
  • Sprinkle with salt and dill.
  • Bake in preheated 400 degree oven about 12 minutes.
  • Serve with roasted vegetables.

Mini Meatballs and Salad

This recipe is inspired my my dear friend Miryum whose meatballs and rice right before Shabbat are my favorite comfort food.

  • Grate onion into organic, grass fed beef.  Add salt and lightly mix.
  • Form into small meatballs and bake in preheated 350 degree oven about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cover with foil until cooked through.
  • Serve with salad.

Roasted and Fruity Chicken over Onions

I wanted to find a good use for all the onions from my farm box.  The onions did a wonderful job flavoring the chicken while also serving as a edible roasting rack.

  • Make a marinade of fresh peaches, honey, marmalade, smoked paprika and fresh grated garlic or ginger.
  • Lay large slices of onion in pan. Put chicken pieces on top.
  • Spread marinade over chicken.
  • Bake in preheated 350 degree oven.
  • I did have to cover at some point because the marinade was getting charred. When too much liquid collected in pan I poured it out. Cooking time will vary depending on amount of chicken.

Happy Summer and Enjoy!-Julie

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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Farm Box Dinner

 

Ah…the simple things in life: like this farm box dinner.

Ingredients:

  • Summer squash
  • Tomato
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Brown Rice

Steps:

  1. Sprinkle sliced summer squash (say three times) with salt and saute in olive oil over low heat
  2. Add slices of tomato–break up while it is cooking so it becomes more of a sauce
  3. Add crushed garlic and some shreds of fresh basil–cook a few minutes
  4. Serve over brown rice and add more fresh basil on top.

Enjoy this healthy summer dish!