Friday, October 7, 2016

Creamy Tortilla Soup

It was chilly yesterday & I was in the mood for soup. There were several candidates but this one won! It did not disappoint.  Originally this calls for chicken but I was looking for a vegetarian option. Yum.

1Tbsp canola oil
1 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion (1 medium)
1 Tbsp finely minced garlic (3 cloves)
1 jalapeno, seeded & chopped (1/4 cup) *I omitted this
1 (32oz) carton low-sodium chicken broth
1 tsp of each chili powder, cumin & paprika *I was out of chili powder so used a dash of cayenne
Salt & pepper to taste
1 (15oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 1/3 cups milk
1/3 cup masa harina *I couldn't find this so used corn meal instead
1 (15oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sour cream *I omitted this

For serving: shredded cheese, sour cream (or greek yogurt), diced avocados, cilantro, lime wedges, tortilla chips

Heat canola oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add onion & jalapeno & saute 3 minutes, adding garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteeing. Add chicken broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika and season with salt & pepper to taste. Bring to a gentle boil, 15 minutes or so (this is where you'd add the chicken)

Add diced tomatoes with green chilies to pot. Then measure milk & whisk in the masa harina until well blended. Pour mixture into pot & cook, stirring frequently, until mixture boils and thickens slightly (it won't thicken much). Add black beans, pinto beans & corn. Stir in cream and sour cream and cook til heated through.

Perfect cozy meal for a cool evening!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gluten Free Vegan Pancakes


Gluten Free Vegan Pancakes
 Since I'm trying this Gluten Free thing, I'm trying to find things that I can make/bake that still make me happy. While these pancakes are not, REAL pancakes, I liked them & I knew they were super healthy for me. The batter is very runny (I did  not mix these up right according to the recipe...) but that was okay. I just made them smack in the middle of my griddle one at a time and they turned out more like thin Swedish pancakes (which ironically I can NEVER get to turn out thin enough!). I enjoyed these more the next day when I spread them with strawberry cream cheese & ate them in my lunch! Yum! I'm planning on making a batch (sans syrup) to take camping so I can use them more like tortillas than pancakes. Enjoy!

Serves: Yields 10-12 4" Pancakes
  • 1 cup of gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed (flax meal)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or sugar, honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup of milk (or non dairy)
  1. In a medium size mixing bowl, sift together flour, flax meal, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, vanilla, applesauce, and milk. Slowly mix in half of the liquid into dry bowl, stirring continuously, and the rest ¼ cup at a time to avoid a runny batter (not all gluten free mixes are the same see note below). Mix until you get the lumps out of the batter. You don't want it to be too thick or too runny. There's a happy medium and 1 cup + 2 isn tablespoons should be just about right.
  3. On a greased, heated griddle over medium heat (or pan on your stovetop), begin to cook pancakes about a ¼ cup of the batter for each one.
  4. Cook 1-2 minutes until they start to bubble around the edges, and flip. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from pan and serve.

Oriental Salad with Ramen Noodles

From Busy Mom Recipes
via My Mom :)

Oriental Salad
1 bag of cole slaw
1 bag of broccoli cole slaw (shown below)
1 pkg. Oriental ramen noodles **see the recipe for homemade Oriental flavor!
1 small bag of slivered almonds
cashews or peanuts (optional)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 TBS. soy sauce
Season packet from the Ramen noodles
Preheat oven to 300-degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with foil to save on clean up.
Spread the bag of slivered almonds over the foil.

Break up the uncooked noodles in the
packet of Ramen noodles and spread them
out with the slivered almonds.

Bake noodles and almonds
for about 12 minutes or until golden.

If you are making this ahead to serve the
salad later, allow to cool,
then seal in a ziplock bag until ready to toss salad.

While noodles and almonds are baking,
mix up the dressing.
I start by measuring the sugar,
then mixing in the oil so the sugar doesn't stick to
the oil in the measuring cup.
Stir all the ingredients together and
set aside until you're ready to toss salad.

To toss salad, add the cole slaw
and broccoli cole slaw to a large bowl.

Mix the slaws together.

Add the toasted almonds and Ramen noodles
and mix.

Add 1/2 cup cashews or peanuts
if desired.  I think the nuts really add flavor and crunch.
This day, I only had unsalted peanuts, but I prefer cashews
in this salad.

The dressing constantly separates,
so right before you add it to the salad,
stir well.

Then pour it quickly.

The salad will be tastier when marinated
with the dressing for one to two hours before serving.
If you bring this salad to a potluck,
they'll EAT IT UP!

I have only ever used just 2 bags of broccoli slaw for this. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I'm not a huge cabbage fan.

I also omit the extra nuts....but I'm sure it'd be good (I usually just don't have them).

I could eat this salad every day. I love it so much. 

Homemade Oriental Ramen Flavoring (ie: NO MSG!!)

From Mix It Up

Ramen Noodle Seasoning Mix (Single Use)

1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon dried chives
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon dried onion flakes

I use this for the incredibly addictive Oriental Salad with Ramen Noodles. Primarily so I don't get that yucky MSG aftertaste. I think it works great. I've only used it with onion powder though as I am out of onion flakes. You can buy nutritional yeast at your local co-op.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sweet Spinach Detox Smoothie

from The Ninja Kitchen Website

I got a Ninja Master Prep blender/processor for Mother's Day. I'm so excited to make healthy green smoothies! :) This is the first one we tried & we both really liked it! Enjoy!

Sweet Spinach Detox



The health benefits of spinach, lemon and ginger are phenomenal! Apple and agave add sweetness, creating a winning combination.

2 crisp apples, peeled, cored, cut in half,
1 lemon, peeled,
1-inch ginger, peeled,
1 1/2 cups fresh spinach,
2 tablespoons agave or honey,
1/2 cup apple juice,
1/2 cup water,
1 cup ice cubes
    1. Place the Top Blades in the Pitcher and add all of the ingredients in the order listed.*
    2. Select Speed 1 and flip the switch to START. Slowly increase to Speed 8 and blend until smooth.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

From Crystal at 


Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
To freeze: Divide into four ziptop freezer bags and seal tightly. Freeze flat.
To serve: Thaw overnight (or for 8 hours) in the refrigerator. Dump into a greased casserole dish (each bag will fill an 8×8-inch pan; two bags will fill a 9×13-inch pan). Sprinkle with additional shredded cheese, if desired.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until heated through and bubbly.
This recipe makes around 15-18 servings. Each freezer bag serves 4-5 people.
Recipe adapted from Once a Month Mom

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Aunt Ellen's Irish Soda Bread

via Katy Foley

2 cups flour
1 Tbsp sugar
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 Tbsp Shortening (like Crisco)
3/4 cup raisins (plumped)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk

*To plump raisins: soak in boiling water 1/2 hour (boil water, dump raisins, take off stove) Drain and dry thoroughly with paper towel before adding to bread

Sift dry ingredients. Cut in shortening with pastry blender. Add raisins (toss with small tsp of flour first). Add milk and mix together (by hand) to make a moist batter. Spread in a greased round pan (I use my aunt's old metal pan - it's higher than a round cake pan but no hole in the middle or anything like a bundt pan and not as high).
Bake 400 degrees 25-30 minutes. Decrease oven temp to 375 if using glass pan.
Enjoy! (the top should be crusty and bumpy)