This easy recipe is just like tea but not really because it has no tea leaves. It is completely delicious though and perfect for chilly days and rainy days. It is also a great tea to drink if you have a cold or flu bug because it is comforting and soothing. A bonus is that it also makes the house smell incredible.
Apple Honey Tea
3 or 4 organic apples, unpeeled, cored and sliced
6 cups cold water (filtered or spring is best)
1 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-2 Tbs raw local honey
Put the apples and the cold water in a crockpot and simmer for two hours. Remove from heat and strain. Add the lemon juice and honey and drink hot. You can make this tea in advance and store it in the refrigerator and heat up a cup at a time.
This is a new favorite of mine. I could eat it a couple times a week. It really warms you up on a cold day and it is so good for the immune system with its garlic and gingery goodness. The fish sauce and peanut butter combo gives it a savory-salty kick. As a soup fan and an Asian food fan…this dish totally satisfies. Try it, you won’t be disappointed!
Spicy Peanut Shrimp Soup
6 cups chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 small sweet red peppers, sliced
2 small red chilis, sliced
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, chopped
2 Tbsp fish sauce
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (look for no sugar added)
1 lb shrimp, cleaned – tails off
3 cups frozen or fresh baby spinach
5 green onions (whites and greens)
In a saucepan simmer the broth, garlic, chilis, peppers, ginger, fish sauce, and white onion for a good ten minutes to allow the flavors to fuse. Whisk in the peanut butter. Add the shrimp and cook until opaque if raw. Add frozen baby spinach and green onion and stir for a minute or so. If using fresh spinach you can put a handful or two in the serving bowls and ladle the soup on top.
If you want to avoid spice just remove the chilis. Easy peasy.
I love cooking with garlic. Lots of garlic. Luckily this yummy soup does indeed have lots of garlic…two whole heads actually. What is that…20-30 cloves? You just can’t have too much.
I like to make this recipe when it is cold because it is very warming. It is also great to eat during cold and flu season because garlic helps boost the immune system. It is also very affordable for eating well on a budget. Potatoes and garlic don’t cost all that much so I splurge and buy really good parmesan cheese to go with it. Enjoy!
Roasted Garlic Soup Recipe
8 Ounces yukon gold potatoes, chopped (3/4 of a one pound bag)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Heads of garlic
6 Cups chicken or veggie broth
1/4 Cup parmesan cheese (plus more for sprinkling)
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pull loose skin off of garlic heads and cut the tops off so that the cloves are exposed. Cover each in one tablespoon olive oil and wrap in foil. Roast or 45 minutes in an oven safe baking dish. Allow the garlic to cool and then squeeze the cloves out of the skin.
Bring the potatoes, garlic, and broth to a boil. Cover and simmer until potatoes are soft. Pour all ingredients into a blender, including the 1/4 cup cheese, salt and pepper. Blend well and pour into bowls. Garnish with more cheese (optional). Pairs well with a nice crusty bread.
This just might be my new favorite fall soup. It is scrumptious! Also pretty easy to make, just a bit long on cook time. I love pumpkin and you find great sales on pie pumpkins right about now but I am not big on making tons of sweets and pies. I usually put them in the slow cooker and make my own pumpkin puree for pancakes, smoothies, and souffles. That is about it…until now. You can bet I will be stocking up on pie pumpkins so I can make this soup throughout fall and winter!
1/2 cup cream
1 cup stock (veggie or chicken)
1 clove garlic
1 T butter
2 T olive or coconut oil (non virgin)
Half a small onion or the white part of a large leek
4 ounces goat cheese
One small apple (cored, skinned, chopped)
1 tsp thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
1 medium to large pie pumpkin
Preheat oven to 375. Cut out the top off the pumpkin as set aside, scoop out the seeds and the stringy pulp of the pumpkin. Make sure to set the seeds aside for gardening next spring…or you can use them for roasting. Oil the outside of the pumpkin and the inside of the pan (we used a cast iron dutch oven).
Inside the pumpkin bowl add butter, stock, cream, garlic, onion, apple, and some salt and pepper. No need to mix, just toss it in. Replace the top of the pumpkin and cook for 1.5 hours. Remove from oven and add the goat cheese and thyme. Cook for another half hour.
When finished remove from the oven and scrape the sides of the pumpkin gently to loosen the pumpkin flesh. Be careful not to pierce the pumpkin so that you won’t have a messy plan to clean up later. Use an immersion blender to puree all the ingredients into a thick soup. Add salt and pepper to taste. This soup serves 2-3 people so if you want to feed a larger family go with two pumpkins and a roasting pan.
It will be super hot so be careful! Enjoy!
I love tacos. In fact I love all Mexican food. I also love the crockpot. I use it all year long but it is especially helpful in the summer when I don’t want to heat the house. These days though I need recipes that only require 4 hours, instead of 6-8 as typical. I just don’t have the time for that. Making chicken or beef for tacos is perfect. I just cook on high for 3-4 hours and voila…a delicious home cooked meal that took 10 minutes (or less) to prepare. Quick and easy. This recipe can be used for chicken breasts or beef and it tastes delicious either way, lots of flavor. Most times we just use Bibb lettuce instead of taco shells but every now and then we will use organic corn tortillas.
Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
2 pounds boneless chuck roast (or 3-4 large skinless chicken breasts)
1 packet taco seasoning or 3-4 Tablespoons DIY blend
1 jar salsa (we use mild for the kiddos)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (I like Amy’s Organic)
Fresh tomatoes (chopped)
Put your meat in the crockpot and cover with the taco seasoning, salsa, and mushroom soup. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, until it can be easily shredded. Spoon the taco meat onto lettuce or taco shells and top with sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, and avocado. Yum!
Leftovers can used for taco salad the next day!