Asparagus Soup

1 tbsp of coconut oil

3 green onions, sliced – fresh from the garden!

3 small red potatoes, cubed– organic preferred

¾ of a bunch of asparagus, cleaned, broken into pieces

1 quart of organic chicken broth

½ cup of water

 

Melt coconut oil in soup pot over medium heat

Saute onions in pot

Add red potatoes, chicken broth, and water, bring to boil

Add asparagus when potatoes almost tender.

Blend with hand blender, food processor or blender. I kept the tips out of the blender step (that’s why you see chunks in the soup pot!)

Enjoy!

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Yummy Vegan Alfredo Sauce

I found this easy and very quick pasta sauce that you can make in 5 minutes. It’s dairy and gluten-free so it’s great for the Elimination Diet. My whole family loves it! Here is a picture of last night’s dinner.

Vegan Alfredo Sauce

INGREDIENTS [YIELDS 12 OZ. SAUCE]

1 c. coconut milk [the canned kind]
1/2 c. nutritional yeast
1 medium clove of garlic
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

Mince the garlic and add all of the ingredients to a blender. Blend until the consistency is smooth and creamy – you know, like alfredo sauce. Pour it over any pasta you’d like and warm quickly with the rest of your hot pasta and other toppings.

This week, I added broccoli to my boiling pasta and cooked diced chicken at the very end. My pasta choice is a rice and quinoa pasta I found at Costco. I suppose the whole meal isn’t vegan but the sauce is so enjoy!

 

The link to the original source is here at The Fitchen.com

 

 

Yummy Parsnip Chips

I bought a few too many parsnips last week so I decided to try out some parsnip chips knowing I really like kale chips.

I used my new fancy vegetable peeler I got from a Pampered Chef party. It easily peels off thin layers perfect for chips. They were really good! They had a nice, sweet flavour with that satisfying crunch you need for late night snacking. Here is how I made them.

Parsnip Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 Parsnip
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Take the first layer off of the parsnip with the peeler and discard. Then peel the rest of the parsnip onto a cookie sheet.
  3. Pour some olive oil and massage into the parsnip peels.
  4. Season with Salt and Pepper
  5. Cook about 20 minutes, tossing every 7 minutes or so. Cook until mostly browned and crispy.
  6. Make a heaping small bowl.

Curried Butternut Squash & Pear Soup

My great friend Amy shared this recipe with me. It was titled “Lindsay’s Curried Butternut Squash and Pear Soup” so I can’t give full credit to the original author. It was easy to make and has great flavours. I’ve added in my notes for you throughout.

Roasted butternut squash

Roasted butternut squash

This is a perfect soup for a cold winter day!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (2lb) butternut squash
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter (could use coconut oil)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (I used 3)
  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 4 cups chicken broth (I used my homemade chicken broth – so easy from scratch!)
  • 2 firm Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1 inch dice
  • 1/2 cup half & half (I didn’t add any milk, you could add coconut or almond milk to make Dairy-free)

 

The finished product! Made about 4 good servings - Perfect for lunch!

The finished product! Made about 4 good servings – Perfect for lunch!

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membrane. Place squash halves, cut sides down, on the prepared baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven until veyr soft, about 45 minutes. Scoop the pulp from the peel, and reserve.
  3. Melt the butter (coconut oil) in a large soup pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, garlic, ginger, curry powder, and salt. Cook and stir until the onion is soft, about 10 minutes. Pour the chicken broth into the pot, and bring to a boil. Stir in the pears and the reserved squash, and simmer until the pears are very soft, about 30 minutes.
  4. Pour the soup into a blender or use an immersion blender to blend. Stir in the milk or milk substitute and serve warm.

Gluten-free Quiche

I made this amazing quiche a few weeks ago when my dear friend Emma came to visit.

 

Home cooked gluten-free, lactose-free quiche.

Home cooked gluten-free, lactose-free quiche.

Potato crust quiche

For the Potato Crust:

  • 1/2 cup grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose gluten-free flour (Bulk Barn)
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled

For the Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups (1 large) leek, sliced, washed, and drained
  • 4 cups sliced mushrooms
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated fontina or Swiss cheese (optional – I didn’t use cheese to make it lactose free)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used rice milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 450°F. Grease a 9- or 10-inch deep-dish pie pan. Set up a strainer over a bowl.Grate the onions into the strainer, and drain for 10 minutes, pressing out the extra liquid.

When the onions are drained, transfer them to a bowl and combine them with the salt, thyme and flour.

Grate the potatoes into the strainer. Press out any extra liquid, then combine with the onion mixture, mixing to combine.

Pat the mixture into pie pan and up the sides. Bake for 25 minutes to let the steam escape.

After 25 minutes, brush the potatoes with oil, then bake for 15 minutes more, until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and turn the oven temperature to 350°F.

While the crust is baking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and mushrooms and cook until the leeks are wilted, and the mushrooms give up their liquid and it cooks away (you don’t want the vegetables to be juicy). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer the vegetables to the baked crust, and sprinkle the cheese evenly on top.

Whisk the eggs, milk and Worcestershire together, and pour slowly over the vegetables. Return the quiche to the oven and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, until the centre is set. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve warm.

I found the recipe at: http://gourmetfood.about.com/od/breakfastrecipe1/r/potatoquiche.htm

Fall Butternut Squash Soup

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When the weather turns colder, I turn to more soups. I especially like making one on the weekend to take for my lunches at work that week. Here is one I whipped up recently:

  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • chicken stock (reserved from my crockpot stock after roasting a chicken

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  1. Melt coconut oil in big pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and stir frequently till soft, then add other vegetables as they get cut.
  3. Add the chicken stock to cover all the veggies and fruit.
  4. Bring to a boil and simmer until all veggies are soft.
  5. Remove from heat and blend with a hand blender or in batches in a food processor.

Enjoy!