Delicious and Zesty Carrot Soup

October 13, 2009 by  
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Fall means soup – here’s another great soup recipe that the kids will enjoy!

1 ¼ cups of water
3 cups carrots, peeled and sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
grated zest of 1 orange
juice of 1 lemon
1 ¼ cups orange juice
For thinning: 1 ¼ cups of water or milk

In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add garlic, orange zest, orange juice and carrots and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Then add the lemon juice and turn off the heat. When the mixture has cooled off a bit, blend until mixture is creamy. Reheat, but don’t bring to a boil, and mix in another 1 ¼ of either water or milk.

Your kids will love the color of this fruity soup. Serve with nice crusty bread.

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Corn and Sweet Potato Soup

October 10, 2009 by  
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I haven’t had a chance to make this one yet but doesn’t it sound yummy?

(Serves 6)

1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cups water
2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 ½ tbsp olive oil
4 cups vegetable stock
3 cups corn, tinned
1 red bell pepper, minced
1 fresh jalapeno, minced
1 cup milk
Juice of ½ lemon
Cayenne pepper
2 -3 tbsp cream
Parsley or cilantro for garnish

Place diced sweet potatoes, water and vegetable stock in a pot and simmer for about 20 minutes or until tender.

In the meantime, heat olive oil in a skillet, add onion and a pinch of salt, and fry until nice and brown.

Add the onions to the potatoes. Mix well. Purée the soup with a blender. Once smooth, add corn, peppers and milk and simmer until tender. Then mix in lemon juice and a bit of cayenne pepper and salt. Stir in cream and serve immediately.

Serve with fresh chopped parsley or cilantro and nice crusty bread.

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Favorite Family Chicken & Noodles

September 1, 2009 by  
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A twist on your usual chicken noodle soup – just plain yummy and super kid friendly too!

4-5 pieces of chicken (chicken breast preferably)
4 carrots, sliced
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups water
4 chicken broth cubes
1 tsp garlic salt
1 lb egg noodles
salt & pepper

Add carrots to your crock pot, then add chicken, onion, water, cubes and spices (leaving out the noodles). Turn the crock pot on low and cook for about eight hours.

When almost ready, cook egg noodles according to package instructions. While the noodles cook, take chicken pieces out and cut into child-friendly, bite-size pieces. Place chicken pieces & cooked noodles in the crock pot.

If needed, mix cornstarch, water and a bit of broth together and add to your chicken and noodles to thicken.


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End Of Summer Beefy BBQ Stew

August 29, 2009 by  
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I love good slow cooker meals – especially toward the end of the summer when every minute counts! This one is super easy and tasty too!

2 lbs stew meat
3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup onion, sliced
1/2 cup yellow pepper, chopped
1 large clove garlic, finely minced
2 cup stock (preferably beef)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 can (8 oz.) chopped tomatoes
1 can (4 oz.) mushrooms
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
3 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water

In frying pan sauté sliced onion, pepper, garlic and meat in olive oil. Add stock, salt and pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms and barbecue sauce and cook for a few minutes. Place in slow cooker and cook on low heat for about 8-10 hours. Just before serving, mix cold water and cornstarch in a little bowl and add to the stew to thicken.

Serve with hot brown rice.

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Three Super-Easy Slow Cooking Recipes

August 25, 2009 by  
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Slow cookers, or crock pots, are wonderful tools in any home kitchen. Not only do they allow you to make a wonderful meal, you don’t even have to be present the entire time it’s cooking! You may want to try one of these three super-easy slow cooking recipes if you’ve never used a slow cooker before.

One meal commonly prepared in a slow cooker is pot roast. While this meal is often traditionally prepared in a cast iron Dutch oven or in the stove, there’s nothing quite like how moist and tender a slow cooker makes the meat.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

1 rump roast or shoulder roast
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 can water
2 cloves minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
6 small potatoes cut into quarters (red or golden)
1/2 onion, diced (or 1 teaspoon onion powder)
3 cups chopped carrots
3 cups mushrooms, whole or chopped

Begin by removing any large pieces of fat from the roast and put it into a slow cooker set on low. Chop the vegetables so they’re ready when needed. Add the soup, water, herbs, spices, and onions with the roast and let this simmer. When the roast has cooked 3-5 hours, add the rest of the vegetables and allow this to simmer for another 1-2 hours.

Perhaps your family is vegetarian. You can still use the slow cooker for making Vegetarian Chili.

1 – 16 ounce tomato sauce
1 – 32 ounce kidney beans, drained
1 – 16 ounce canned corn
1 onion, chopped
1 crushed clove of garlic
1 sliced green pepper
1 chopped tomato
2 teaspoons of chili powder
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon of salt

Add all ingredients into the slow cooker and stir them. Put the cover on the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. This will make 6 to 8 servings and is great for leftovers, if you have any.

For those who like dessert with their meals, you can use your slow cooker for that, too. Here’s a recipe for Blueberry Cobbler:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar – divided
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 pinch each salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
1 beaten egg
1 tablespoon of milk
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
2 cups of blueberries
1/4 cup of water

In a small bowl, combine flour, half of the sugar, baking powder, and spices. Combine eggs, milk, and oil in another small bowl then pour this mixture into the dry ingredients until it’s moistened. Grease the slow cooker on the bottom and sides and then spread the batter on the bottom of the cooker.

On the stove, over medium heat, combine the blueberries, water and the other half of the sugar. Bring this mixture to a boil and then remove it from the heat. Pour the berries into the slow cooker and cook on high for two hours. Turn off the cooker after the two hours, uncover it, and then allow it to set for at least 30 minutes before serving. You may want to serve with vanilla ice cream, home-made or store-bought.

Slow cookers are great for those days you want to have dinner waiting for you due to time constraints, but they’re also good for making dessert. If you try one of these three super-easy slow cooking recipes, you may find the slow cooker is one tool you’ll want to have in your kitchen.

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Chilled Avocado Soup

July 18, 2009 by  
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Creamy Avocado Soup
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This is a wonderful recipe that the whole family will love – especially in summer.


3 avocado (ripe)
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 cup cream
2 cups chicken stock
Fresh mint to garnish

Peel avocado and cut into bite-size chunks. In a blender, combine avocado, green onion, lemon juice, sugar, salt, pepper, jalapeno, 1 cup chicken broth and process until nice and creamy.

Pour soup mixture into a serving bowl and add the cream and the remaining chicken broth. Whisk with wire whisk until well blender. Put plastic wrap directly onto the soup and put into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Serve chilled and enjoy this fantastic summer soup, garnished with mint leaves.

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