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Savory Potato Apple Soup December 16, 2012

Savory Potato-Apple Soup topped with a twist of black pepper and chopped ambrosia apple pieces.

Savory Potato-Apple Soup
with lemon & garlic

Mellow yet tangy–potato & tart apple pair playfully in this cozy soup. Serve it hot topped with fresh chopped apple slices. I suggest using an apple with a sharper, tarter flavor such as an Ambrosia or Jazz apple. Granny Smith would work as well (just avoid a purely sweet apple such as a Red Delicious).

Ingredients
Makes 6 servings 

-~1 lb potatoes (red new potatoes or small russets will work fine)
-3 Tart apples (such as Ambrosia or Jazz)
-4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
-Juice of 2 fresh lemons
-10 garlic cloves (peeled & chopped)
-3 shallots (peeled & chopped)
-2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (If you don’t have this, add 1 Tbsp brown spicy mustard instead)
-Pinch of cloves
– 2 Tbsp olive oil (use for roasting potatoes & sautéing garlic)
-1/2 cup water
– 2 Tbsp chopped green onion (optional)
-Pinch of rosemary (optional)
– Salt & pepper to taste (as topping–not mixed into soup)

Method

1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Rinse and chop potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Place chopped potatoes in a large baking tray with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Mix well so that all pieces are coated in the oil. Bake for 40 minutes or until tender at 350°F, stirring every 10 minutes.

2) While potatoes are cooking, peel and chop garlic & shallots. Place on saucepan on stove top and sauté in 1 Tbsp. olive oil, stirring frequently until ingredients have browned slightly. Add a few spoonfuls of your vegetable broth as needed to keep ingredients moist rather than adding more oil.

3) Rince and chop 3 ambrosia apples. Reserve 1/2 apple chopped for soup topping. Add the rest into a large pot on the stove top along with the 4 cups of vegetable broth and 1/2 cup water. Add in all remaining ingredients to your soup pot (other than ingredients reserved for topping), and bring to high heat. Add in your garlic & shallots.

4) Carefully remove roasted potatoes from oven and add to your soup pot. Reduce heat to low. Using an immersion blender, blend all ingredients until soup becomes smooth.

5) Serve hot with chopped apple pieces on top. Add a pinch of salt and pepper on top as desired. Store extra in the fridge to use within the next few days or in the freezer to de-thaw and enjoy weeks or even months later!

Enjoy! Note, I did NOT peel the apples or potatoes because I felt they enhanced the soup’s flavor and texture (and added fiber!). Apples and potatoes are part of the “Dirty Dozen” so these are good items to buy organic.

 

Buckwheat Banana Gingerbread December 9, 2012

Rich Buckwheat Banana Gingerbread

Rich Buckwheat Banana Gingerbread

Buckwheat Banana Gingerbread
with walnuts & fresh ginger

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups Arrowhead Mills Organic Buckwheat flour
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 ripe bananas
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 cage-free egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Method

1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine ingredients (all except buckwheat flour, nuts, & ground spices) in large bowl. You can use a mixer or a hand blender to mix the fresh grated ginger in well with the other ingredients.

2) Mix in the flour and spices until all ingredients are well blended. Mix in nuts using a large spoon (or sprinkle chopped nuts on top of bread batter in pan).

3) Pour mixture into bread pan and bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes. Test the bread with a toothpick of fork to make sure that full baked.

This was a really fun bread to make. I was craving gingerbread and have been wanting to try something that would complement buckwheat flour (a gluten-free alternative to wheat–which is actually not related to buckwheat despite their similar names–with a distinct nutty taste). Gingerbread & buckwheat paired beautifully together. I really wanted to try this with applesauce but only had bananas on hand so decided to give them a try. Not bad and makes a great bread for those who would enjoy a more complex flavor than traditional banana bread but with some of the light banana sweetness. Enjoy!

 

Curried Cauliflower Soup November 26, 2012

Curry powder & fresh ginger heat up the flavor in this warming soup.

Curried Cauliflower Soup
with ginger & chickpeas

Ingredients

-1 quart reduced sodium broth (vegetable or chicken)
-1 cup cooked chickpeas (or one can drained & rinsed)
-1 1/2 cups sliced tomatoes or grape tomatoes
-1 head cauliflower (separated into florets)
-2 yellow onions (to sauté in 1 tbsp olive or canola oil)
-1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
-2-3 tbsp curry powder (to taste)
-1 tsp lemon juice (or juice or 1/2 fresh lemon)
-1 tsp black pepper
-salt to taste (do not add until serving)

Tip: Store some leftovers in the fridge & some in the freezer for future easy, healthy meals!

Method

1) Peel, chop, and sauté  onions in a large pan with 1 tbsp olive (or canola) oil. Stir frequently. When onion slices begin to brown, add 1/4 cup broth and reduce heat.

2) Rinse and separate cauliflower head into florets. Add florets to skillet with onions and add broth to moisten as needed. Stir frequently and allow florets to soften.

3) In a large pot on the stove top, bring remaining broth to medium heat and pour in contents from the skillet (onions & cauliflower). Add all remaining ingredients (except salt) and blend using an immersion blender.

If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can pour contents into a regular blender and carefully transfer back to your pot. Do not put hot contents in a regular blender–instead blend ingredients with broth before transferring to your large pot and heating. 

You want to blend until the florets are smooth but so that the soup still has some texture to it (it doesn’t need to be puréed).

4) Serve hot & enjoy! Add a light sprinkle of salt on top of poured soup when it is ready to serve.

 

Flourless Spiced Butternut Squash Mini Pies October 3, 2012

Spiced butternut squash mini pies sprinkled with cinnamon.

 This post has moved to my new blog: purefitlosophy.com

 

Pan-Seared Salmon Cakes July 11, 2012

Pan-seared Fish Cakes make a quick, protein and omega-rich breakfast or great meal anytime.

Pan-Seared Salmon Cakes
with parsley, lemon, & scallion

Time to Table: Approx 10 minutes
Tools Used: Hand Blender, Microwave, Pan, Stove Top, Fork

Ingredients
Serves 2 with 2-3 cakes per serving

– 3 Red or Purple Potatoes
-1 Egg
– 1 scallion (chopped)
– 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
– 1 tbsp chopped parsley
– t tbsp olive, peanut, or canola oil (for cooking)
– 3 oz canned salmon, smoked salmon, or cooked salmon (This is the perfect way to use up any leftover refrigerated fish from dinner the night before. The salmon pouches sold near tuna pouches at most grocery stores also are an excellent, thrifty option.)

Optional Extras
– 1 tsp flax seed or walnut pieces
– 1 tsp crumbled goat’s cheese or feta

Method

1. Rinse the potatoes and puncture with a fork to ventilate. Place on a microwave-safe ceramic or glass plate and microwave for 2 minutes to soften potatoes.

2. While potatoes cook, rinse and chop parsley and scallion and gather remaining ingredients. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (except for the oil), including the cooked potatoes. Blend with hand blender until well mixed. Using a spoon, make six small cakes on your plate. Microwave for 2 minutes so that egg mixture is fully cooked.

3. Add 1 tbsp oil to stove top pan and lightly sear cooked cakes until slightly crisp on the outside. Place finished cakes on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil. Serve warm and enjoy!

 

 

 

Guanabana Coconut Smoothie June 21, 2012

Ripe Guanabana & Coconut Milk Smoothie

Guanabana Coconut Smoothie
with white mushroom & banana

Ingredients

– 1/4 package of Frozen Guanabana Pulp

I used Goya 100% Guanabana Pulp. Goya is often found in a separate freezer aisle from the rest of the frozen fruits.

– 1/2 frozen banana
– 1 handful sliced white mushrooms

Look for the kind that provide 100% DV of vitamin D. Only mushrooms that are exposed to UV light synthesize vitamin D. Check the label to see if your brand provides it.

– 1 cup calcium fortified coconut milk

From the refrigerated section. Such as Silk Pure Coconut- go for the unsweetened

-Dash of cinnamon

Method

Blend until smooth. Serve fresh.

 

The Coffee Mug Muffin June 19, 2012

Simple whole ingredients mix to make a healthy, delicious breakfast in minutes.

The Coffee Mug Muffin
with Oats & Egg

You only need two ingredients to make this basic muffin: oats & egg. The direction you take your flavor after that is full of possibilities. For a fruity start to the day, try adding blueberries and a dash of cinnamon and honey. For a savory flavor try artichokes and caramelized onions (or chopped green onions for a quicker burst of flavor).   Today’s muffin used 1/2 cup old fashioned (unflavored) oatmeal, 1 egg, 1 tbsp feta cheese, and 1 tbsp chopped green onion.

Method
Simply add ingredients to a microwave-safe mug and stir well. Microwave for 2 minutes. That’s it! To make clean-up a breeze, place your cooked muffin on a plate and immediately clean out the mug. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to clean. Enjoy your breakfast!