Tuesday, February 9, 2016

White Beans and Pasta

This is just comfort in a bowl.

Adapted from an eMeals recipe, this hardly resembles the original.

White Beans & Pasta

1 lb turkey burger, browned and drained
2 (15 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz) cans white beans
2 tsp salt-free seasoning
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 box veggie broth
(1/2 box) rotini pasta, cooked
1 tsp kosher salt

Brown burger meat and drain.

To a soup pot, add all ingredients except pasta.

Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes.

Add pasta to bowls and ladle soup over top - garnish with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
(You can add the pasta to the soup itself, however, those little spirals will suck up all your broth eventually, especially if you want leftovers!)

We enjoyed this yummy, light soup with sourdough bread and a green salad dressed simply with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Better Coffee Creamer

After reading for the umpteenth time how awful store-bought coffee creamers (such as International Delight and CoffeeMate), I have vowed never again to consume their fakey-goodness. In lieu of all those non-food chemicals that taste like real food, I am making my own. And let me tell you, it is just as good, if not better!

Better Coffee Creamer

1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup half-n-half (or whole cream, if you are into it)
1/2 tsp good quality pure vanilla extract (optional)
1/4 tsp good quality ground cinnamon (optional)

Place all ingredients in a quart-sized canning jar with a lid. Secure lid and shake well to mix.
Keep refrigerated.

That is it. Add to your coffee knowing that you are not adding horrific chemicals to your coffee or body. That is better, for sure!

There are a lot of different flavors you can add to the basic recipe (in place of the vanilla and cinnamon) - experiment and get creative!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Israeli Spice Rub (for Chicken)

Marinate chicken pieces in this spice rub, along with some olive oil, in preparation for grilling or baking.

1-1/2 T paprika
1-1/2 T cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp kosher salt

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Turkey and Potato Chop Soup

OK, I made that up. I love chop salad, and since I chopped everything pretty small for this soup, the name fits.

Turkey & Potato Chop Soup

1 lb ground turkey, browned
4-5 medium potatoes, diced small
3 celery stalks, diced small
1/2 sweet onion, diced small
1 can green beans
1 large can tomato puree (crushed)
4 cups veggie broth
2 Tbsp soup seasoning
salt & pepper, to taste

Combine all in crock pot and cook on high 4 hours, or until potatoes are soft.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lentil Chicken Stew

Italian seasoning and tomato puree makes this stew hearty enough to serve over pasta or rice. Super easy, too.

Lentil Chicken Stew

1 cup lentils
2 chicken breasts, uncooked, cut bite-sized
1 large can of crushed/puree'd tomatoes
4 cups veggie broth
1 clove garlic, crushed/minced
1 Tbsp no-salt seasoning (similar to Johnny's)
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 cup carrots, diced or processed
1 cup celery, diced
1 medium sweet onion, processed

Everything goes in the crockpot with a quick stir. Cook on high 4 hours, low 2 more.