Monthly Archives: April 2015

Creamy Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup

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If you’re following the GAPS diet or just eating a traditional diet, then this a great soup for you!

There is no dairy or gluten in it at all, and guess what?  Your family won’t even know it either LOL.

This soup is so creamy and just down right delicious.  If you do some of the prep work ahead of time, it can be a great go-to soup on those “hurried, rushed” nights!

Here’s how I make it.  I love being in the kitchen but there’s times when I love to “Bulk Cook” and make freezer meals.  The recipe calls for homemade chicken broth.  Have you started making your own yet?  It’s so simple.  I love the set it and forget it simplicity of making broth.  Just don’t forget about it and let it cook for a week!

You can read about my homemade CHICKEN BROTH RECIPE HERE.

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This recipe calls for two heads of cauliflower, but feel free to half it if you want to.  I ended up with 24 cups of soup when I was done.  I ate four cups (it was so yummy!) and then I froze the rest in these handy dandy freezer containers that hold 4 cups.  Perfect when I want some for lunch or dinner!

This is where I buy the freezer containers at:

Now, on to the recipe……

Creamy Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

2 bulbs of garlic
1 tablespoon of coconut oil/ghee
3 shallots (optional)
2 large heads of cauliflower, chopped
1/4 cup shredded carrots
8 cups of Homemade Chicken Bone Broth
Pink Himalayan Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper (to taste)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Peel the outer layers of the garlic to reveal as much of the skin as possible of the individual cloves. Snip the top off, place on a sheet of aluminum foil, drizzle coconut oil on each of them. Place the wrapped foil in the oven and bake for 35 minutes.

While the garlic is cooking, get your dutch oven out and add some coconut oil/ghee. Bring heat to medium-low and add the chopped shallots. Cook until slightly brown. Once the garlic is done roasting, let it cool and then you can squeeze it out and add it to the shallot mixture.

Next, add the remaining ingredients (except the carrots) and cook on low until the cauliflower is tender. Take the soup blend and either use your emulsion blender in the dutch oven or you can transfer your soup to the Ninja like I do. At this point, add the shredded carrots. I put it on the “blend” mode for less than a minute. Adjust the consistency the way you like it by adding more broth. You can also add more salt and pepper at this stage. I like a lot of pepper!

There you have it my friends! A wonderful non-dairy, non-gluten meal that is very satisfying. You can serve this with a nice healthy salad or as a cup of soup to your main course.

Enjoy and Blessings!!!

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COLLECTING EGGS IN STYLE

What is your normal attire for doing Barn Chores?  Do you go out in your PJ’s in the morning like me or do you where jeans and boots?

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What if we went out to the barn in style?  I wander if our animals would notice?

I came across these really cute boots and the bonus is they are waterproof.  Perfect for cleaning out the stalls, chicken coop or tilling up the soil.

They come in a variety of styles and colors.  My favorites are the paisley pictured above and the chicken print!

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Also, they are made right here in the USA!!!

Visit them at www.sloggers.com.  Post your pictures on my Facebook page of the ones you buy!  I’d love to see the variety out there!!!

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FOOD WITH INTEGRITY

As I strive to eat healthy, that also means that the ingredients I put in my body have to be healthy. Not all “healthy” food is made with quality ingredients, right?  Do you aim to eat Non-GMO foods?  Do you even know what they are?  I find when talking with people, a lot of them don’t even know what I am talking about when I say, “NON-GMO”.

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See, when my grandmother was growing up, she didn’t have to worry about GMO’s aka Genetically Modified Organisms.  The food back then was not modified.  They just ate real food.

I cook for the most part and try all I can to buy non-gmo food.  My garden is all non-gmo and most of my meats are (they can be expensive, so I pick and choose).

When I do eat out, I am not picky….I’m just selective!

There’s one place that I am excited to announce that is taking the efforts to bring us good real honest food!  As of yesterday, CHIPOTLE has announced that all of their food is made with Non-GMO ingredients.  Now, they still have soda, which I am not a fan of, but I think they might lose business if all they served was water LOL.

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Now, I have done my research and their meat and dairy animals are NOT GMO; however, the animals are fed with grains and they can’t verify if their food is non-gmo.  Hey, it’s a start!  I’m excited to know that their is a restaurant with pure integrity!

So, if you’ve never been to Chipotle, go check them out!  You can’t get out of there without getting a side of their guacamole either!!!

Read all about Chipotle’s mission HERE!

To your health!!!

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I Need Help!

Dear Homemaker,

Are the inmates running the asylum?

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I hear you. Sometimes I look around my house and wonder how things got so out of hand.

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I have good intentions, really I do.  I actually call this my organized piles LOL.  I know exactly what is in each stack!  Do you know what I mean?Affiliatebutton

I have plans to get around to this, someday, after I take care of……..

…laundry, making my own DIY products and never-ending meal prep… money worries, gritty floors, soap scum, holiday stress, a husband who works long hours, weeding my garden, a dog that keeps shedding, chickens that just die randomly… and a secret dream to run my own little business from home. I NEED HELP!

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HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE MAC ‘N CHEESE

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THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE TASTE OF CREAMY MAC ‘N CHEESE ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE IN NEED OF SOME GOOD ‘OLE COMFORT FOOD, RIGHT?

I’m going to let you in on my little secret on how you can have it on the table in less than 20 minutes and guess what?  And, it’s made from SCRATCH!

I have to admit many many years ago, like 10 or 12, I use to buy the boxed kind like Velveeta or Kraft Mac ‘N Cheese (What was I thinking, eeww?) because it was easy, the commercial made it look so exciting and I could get it on the table in less than 5 minutes!  Why did no one share with me back then that homemade was so much better for you?

Making it homemade tastes so much better and is healthier for you!  It’s rather quite simple to make and if you just plan a few extra minutes you can have homemade mac ‘n cheese anytime of the day!

I have two teenagers and they still want me to make it for them – for lunch, as a side with dinner or even just a snack.  Btw, have heard recently about the recall on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese?  And what’s in that packet of powder anyways?  You can read all about the recall HERE.  Compare their ingredients to my recipe below:

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OK, so are you ready to try homemade?

Homemade Mac 'N Cheese

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

1/2 lb. elbow macaroni ( I often use bow tie or penne as well)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour (make sure it’s unbleached/unbromated)
1/4 – 1/2 cup of Organic or Raw Heavy Cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese (or a mixture of your favorites)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender (about 10 minutes). Drain and set aside.

Heat the butter in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat. When it starts to bubble, whisk in the flour. This is called making a ROUX. Mixture will thicken considerably. Turn heat to medium and slowly whisk in the cream. When cream mixture is thick and creamy, turn off the heat, add the salt and cheese, and toss with the pasta.

That’s it my friends!  Post your pics here or on my Facebook Page and share with me your creation of homemade mac ‘n cheese!

Happy Cooking!

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WHAT’S WRONG WITH OUR FLOUR?

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Have you noticed that the word GLUTEN-FREE has popped up all over the place over the past few years? Why is it we never heard about this when I was a kid aka “the 70’s”?

Flour has been around since biblical times and if you think about it, people have been eating bread for centuries!!!  So why is it bothering people now?

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Our ancestors were lucky!  They could just plant their wheat, harvest it and enjoy the smell of homemade bread.  The problem with the Gluten intolerance stems from the farmers being mandated by the government to spray their wheat with things like RoundUp and other pesticides.  Our bodies can’t tolerate it!  Our flour then becomes bromated.

Bromated flour is flour which has been enriched with potassium bromate, a maturing agent which promotes gluten development in doughs. Some commercial bakers use this type of flour because it yields dependable results, and it makes stronger, more elastic dough which can stand up to bread hooks and other commercial baking tools. Home bakers may choose to use it for much the same reason, when they can obtain bromated flour. Ascorbic acid has replaced potassium bromate as a food additive in a number of areas.

Potassium bromate is classified as a potential carcinogen, meaning that it may be harmful when consumed. In theory, the substance is supposed to bake out of bread dough as it cooks, but if a residue remains behind in the bread, it could be harmful in the long term. A careful balance is required of manufacturers, since they must add enough of the substance to bromated flour to make it perform as expected while not adding too much. Many flour producers have switched to ascorbic acid, which has similar properties without the potential health risk.

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In some countries, bromated flour has actually been banned out of concerns about health risks. In the United States, it flour is legal, although state by state labeling laws may dictate that a flour producer clearly label flours which contain potassium bromate. Some organizations such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest have lobbied the Food and Drug Administration to ban potassium bromate as a food additive in the United States. Many bakeries and flour mills pride themselves on using unbromated flour, and market their products accordingly.

Typically, bromated flour is used in bread production. Adding potassium bromate makes the bread stronger and more elastic, and also promotes big rises of bread. The resulting bread tends to be strong and springy, well suited to commercial production especially. The substance also bleaches the flour slightly, creating the creamy white color which most people associate with flour. It tends to be used in low protein flours more commonly, since these flours do not develop enough gluten on their own.
Consumers who are concerned about using bromated flour can seek out flours which do not contain potassium bromate. When baking bread, a high gluten flour is very useful, and many flour mills formulate products specifically for bread production which will be clearly labeled as “bread flour.” A number of options including whole wheat and white unbleached are available.

*Source: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-bromated-flour.htm

I personally buy unbromated flour and I have hopes to get a food mill for Mother’s Day so I can start grinding my own flour!  My family just doesn’t know it yet!!

 

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