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Shrimp and Black Bean Soup

So here it is February 12th already….  Where has the year go to so far!!!  A great sunny day today but really cold…only in the 20’s….brrr..  Time for another soup recipe.  I wanted to use black beans so here is shrimp and black bean soup.  Another easy recipe and great with a nice hearty bread or a simple side salad.  A nice way to warm up after a brisk walk around the lake or just around the block.

Ingredients:Shrimp and Black Bean Soup

•    olive oil cooking spray
•    2 medium onions, chopped
•    2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
•    4 cloves garlic, minced
•    6 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken stock
•    1/2 cup water
•    30 oz. black beans, rinsed and drained
•    1 tsp ground cumin
•    1 tsp dried oregano
•    8 oz. peeled, deveined shrimp (I use large)
•    Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
•    Finely chopped cilantro (optional)
Instructions:

Spray stockpot with cooking spray.  Heat over medium-high heat until hot.   Sauté onions and garlic celery until tender, about 5 minutes.  Remove onions and garlic and place in food processor.  Add tomatoes and  2 cups of stock and blend until smooth; return mixture to stockpot.  Add remaining 4 cups of stock, water, black beans and spices to stockpot and heat to boiling.  Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes, adding shrimp after 5 minutes.  Season to taste with sea salt and ground black pepper.  Garnish with finely chopped cilantro if desired.

Enjoy!

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Classic Green Split Pea Soup

So here is my first recipe for 2012!   I am hoping to get more recipes posted this year maybe one per month!  Here is a classic recipe for green split pea soup!  I love it however I know some who just can’t get past the green color.  Definitely a great way to warm you up after a nice hike or some outdoor activity!  So grateful it is 2012 and the weather has been exceptionally mild!  A balmy 45 today!!!  So I dedicate this first recipe to my Mom!  After serving a wonderful spiral ham for Christmas my Mom called telling me she saved the ham bone for me if I wanted to make pea soup…lol  My Mom doesn’t even like pea soup but my Dad does so I made a batch and brought it over to him.  Of course I kept some for myself to have!  A great easy meal to eat for the nights I just don’t want to cook!Green Split Pea Soup

Ingredients:

•    2 cups split green peas
•    1 small onion, finely chopped
•    1 ham bone
•    2 quarts water
•    2 cloves garlic, minced
•    1/3 tsp thyme
•    Black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Rinse and sort peas.  Add peas and water to stockpot and bring to a boil.  Simmer 2 minutes.  Remove from heat, cover and let stand 1 hour.  Add ham bone, onion, garlic and thyme to stockpot and return to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 2 1/2 hours covered (or until peas are soft).  Remove ham bone and slice off meat and add back to soup (if desired).  Season to taste with black pepper.

Enjoy!

Chicken and Vegetable Stew

Ingredients:Chicken Vegetable Stew

•    1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
•    2 tbsp spelt flour
•    1 tsp ground black pepper
•    1/2 tsp dried parsley
•    1/4 tsp thyme
•    1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
•    3 cloves garlic, minced
•    1 medium onion, chopped
•    2 stalks celery, diced
•    1 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
•    1/2 cup pineapple juice
•    1 cup carrots, chopped
•    1 12 oz can Great Northern beans (or any white beans), drained and rinsed
•    2 cups baby spinach, chopped
•    1 parsnip, cubed
•    2 bay leaves

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, pepper, parsley and thyme; dredge chicken cubes in mixture.

Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, celery and chicken and sauté for 4 – 5  minutes or until cooked through.  Lower heat to medium and pour in broth and pineapple juice.  Toss in carrots, beans, parsnip and bay leaves and stir to combine.  Cover and simmer on medium until carrots and parsnips are soft about 20 minutes.  Uncover and add spinach and cook for another 5 minutes.  Remove bay leaves and serve.

Enjoy!

Golden Vegetable Flax Crackers

This is my version of the Mediterranean Flax cracker recipe from Preserve It Naturally which I ordered along with my Excalibur dehydrator.  The first time I made these crackers they were a big hit!  I did not have all the ingredients listed so I added my own spices and vegetables.  This latest version was a much tastier cracker.  We ate them right out of the dehydrator!  YUMMY!  A great crunchy snack that is RAW!~

Ingredients:

•   2 cups golden flax seeds (soaked 12-24 hours in 1 qt water)
•   1/2 cups raw black olives – sliced
•   2 green onions – thinly sliced
•   2 cloves garlic – minced
•   1 tbsp fresh basil – thinly sliced
•   1 cup baby spinach – thinly sliced
•   1/2 red bell pepper – finely chopped
•   1 tsp sea salt
•   1/2 tsp turmeric
•   1 tbsp lemon juice
•   2 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients to soaked flax seeds and stir well.  Spread mixture about 1/4″ on dehydrator trays lined with a Paraflexx sheet.  At this point you may score the crackers into cracker shapes if so desired.

Dry at 105°F for approximately 4 hours or until no longer sticky.  Turn the tray over, remove the Paraflexx sheet transfer the crackers directly onto the dehydrator trays.  Let the crackers dry another 12 – 16 hours until completely dry.

Enjoy!

Broccoli Soup

Broccoli SoupIngredients:

•    2 large stalks of celery, sliced
•    2 bunches of broccoli florets coarsely chopped
•    2 medium onions
•    5 small carrots, scrubbed and sliced
•    2 cloves garlic, minced
•    8 cups vegetable stock
•    2 cups baby spinach
•    Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Add celery, broccoli, onion, carrots, garlic and vegetable to a large saucepan stock to a large saucepan and cover.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender about 20 minutes.  Add spinach when vegetables are done; remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.  Let soup cool another five minutes and then blend using hand blender right in saucepan until smooth.

Enjoy!

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