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Veggie Chicken Rice Soup

I have heard the H1N1 virus (aka swine flu) has been going around lately and so now is the time to build up the immune system!
I personally am against vaccinating myself because I have an over reactive immune system that it would challenge my system even more. (That is exactly what my doctor told me). If you get vaccinated, I hope it helps you. For me it’s not worth the risk. So I do things more naturally to prevent from getting sick. And so far it’s been working for years!
First off, to help when I feel the tickle in my throat, or the glands swelling I go immediately to these natural remedies. I also follow up by adding some dōTERRA OnGuard oil to my water and it really does the trick!
My friend says to me “whatever placebo effect works for you”. but his family is ALWAYS sick! I think the placebo is working. πŸ˜‰

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Another thing to do to help your immune system is drink LOTS of water! If you consume a lot of sugar (aka bottled juice) it actually will not help much unless it’s freshly juiced, then you are getting the live enzymes to help you recover. Bottled juice is dead enzymes.
And the another thing you can do to prevent getting sick, STOP EATING FAST FOOD! You want whole foods, good produce, not antibiotic filled tumor cows and GMO veggies. Home cooked or raw veggies are what you want to build up immunity in the winter.
There is time to achieve this on a busy schedule. I usually make enough for a small army and either freeze part for next week or eat it all in one week. To add variety (because I do get bored with food) I cut up different veggies to eat with some hummus or other healthy snacks. I could eat soup every day all day though. :-]
So speaking of soup, there’s a recipe! Read, create, enjoy!

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Veggie Chicken Rice Soup

To start out:
I took a rotisserie chicken carcass and put it in to the crockpot, added 4 cups of chicken broth, then filled to the 10 cup line and dropped in a vegetable bullion cube. Put on high setting for 2 hours.

If you have the meat from the carcass then skip the chicken prep. If not, read the steps below.

Ingredients for chicken prep:
β€’ 1 lb chicken breasts (I started mine from frozen)
β€’ 1 tbs oil (grapeseed, or avocado oil works good).
β€’ 1/4 tsp salt
β€’ 1/8 tsp pepper
β€’ 1/8 tsp garlic powder
β€’ 1/8 tsp onion powder
-In a large soup pot heat oil and add chicken (frozen or fresh). Sprinkle seasonings on chicken as it’s cooking, and cook until browned on both sides. (No pink in the center).
Once cooked set aside to chop later.

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Soup prep:
β€’ 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
β€’ 1 onion, chopped
β€’ 6 celery stocks, chopped
β€’ 2 cups red cabbage, chopped
β€’ 4 garlic cloves, smashed or minced
β€’ 1 Tbs oil

Once removed chicken from large pot, add the above ingredients and sautΓ© for 5-10 min on medium heat until onions are almost translucent.

When your chicken stock is ready, sift out the bones and leftover meat and pour the broth into your large pot.

Then add:
β€’ 1 lb chopped cooked chicken
β€’ 1 tsp dried parsley
β€’ 1 tsp salt
β€’ 1 bay leaf
β€’ 1/4 tsp dried thyme
β€’ 1/4 tsp celery seed
β€’ 1/4 tsp black pepper
β€’ 1/2 cup Jasmine rice

Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is cooked.
Yum yum!
I added the cabbage for an extra punch of Vitamin C. The carrots and celery are loaded with folate and calcium. A good combo to ward off the flu bug by building your immune system.
This recipe was super easy for me and I’m having a tired slow kinda day after my chiropractor torture chamber treatment. Tomorrow is always a better day. πŸ™‚ But if I can do it feeling like I do, than it’s pretty easy. πŸ˜‰
Try it, it packs a lot of flavor! Yum yum!

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

I can’t believe this month went by so fast! I have been so sick lately with stomach issues and then my normal stuff x10 so it’s not been a fun one. I have had no motivation to cook or anything lately and basically been living on raw veggies and hummus. One good thing out of all this is that by no mental effort, I’ve hit my goal weight. (Sorry if that offends anyone!) So I’m happy about that, but I wish my stomach would cooperate! I still have a bunch of tests to run to figure out the problem. Sometimes I feel like a genetic defect and they should just start over and hit the reset button!
I have a feeling my diet will be changing drastically in the next few months, so there might be some yummy recipes coming. (Here’s hoping!)
I mentioned in my last post that I was going to try a kale basil hummus…and it was not that tasty, so I’ll spare you from trying it too. I think mainly my beans weren’t cooked enough and the consistency was not great (I cooked mine in the pressure cooker). But this one is great and two of my co-workers were loving it today. πŸ˜€
I’m also glad it’s payday week because I just had to clean out my veggie drawer that wasn’t looking too happy. 😦
So here’s the recipe, now back to being conformed to my work chair another 5 hours.

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
β€’ 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
β€’ 3-4 cups cooked garbanzo beans (chick-peas), drained
β€’ 1/3 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
β€’ 1/4 – 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
β€’ 1 red pepper seeded, chopped & roasted (I did mine in a toaster oven on broil)
β€’ 1/2 tsp salt (if using dry beans, 1/4 tsp if using canned)
β€’ 1/4 tsp dried parsley
β€’ 1/4 cup olive oil (add however much you like for consistency)
β€’ 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
β€’ 1/8 tsp cumin

How to:
– To prepare garbanzo beans in pressure cooker, add 7 cups of water/chicken broth to 2-2.5 cups dry (rinsed) beans.
– Seal top, and cook according to your pressure cookers instructions for 25-30 minutes.
– Rinse, de-seed and cut in large chunks your red pepper and put on broil until it’s looking roasted. Maybe 15 minutes? I didn’t put mine right next to the heat so it could take less time, just keep checking it.
– Once all that is ready, drain beans, peel garlic, juice lemon, dump all ingredients and spices in food processor except oil.
– Turn on to low setting until it’s starting to look smooth.
– Turn up to high setting and drizzle in olive oil from the opening in lid until it starts to get the consistency you like.
– Taste test to see if it needs tweaking, then either refrigerate for an hour to enhance flavor, or devour and leave no trace behind. πŸ˜‰

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I hope you are having a great week and leave any suggestions for hummus experiments in the comments or yummy ones you have tried. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

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Avocado Cilantro Hummus

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Avocado Cilantro Hummus

If you love guacamole then you most certainly will absolutely love avocado cilantro hummus, it is simply wonderful!
I happen to have found a very nice food processor for $53 the other day. It’s a Hamilton Beach one at Le Gourmet Chef store and it has made hummus so much easier for me to make. I have tried making hummus in my vita mixer and it gives it a very grainy texture, because it is a thick mixture and tends to get stuck with the style of blade the vita mix has. The food processor gives hummus a very nice creamy almost whipped texture if that’s what you like.
I started out my day by putting my garbanzo beans in the crockpot on delayed timer for 4 hours and then to cook for 4 hours.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Beyond Rice cooker! (I am becoming an electric gadget queen). I used to work for Pampered Chef, so I have a ton of handheld gadgets, but with my aching back, I need to speed up my time in the kitchen!
It is hard to write this post and nosh on this yummy hummus! Thanks to Siri for helping out. πŸ˜‰
Let’s quit the small talk and get to the chase.

Ingredients for Soaking the Beans:
β€’ 2 cups dry chickpeas (rinsed)
β€’ 7 cups water or water and broth mix (I was out of broth and my beans still tasted pretty good).
β€’ 2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
β€’ salt, pepper, onion powder, cumin, eyeball it.

Prep Work:
Add all the above ingredients into your crockpot or Beyond Rice cooker and set for 3 to 4 hours delayed time and 3 to 4 hours cook time. Soaking your beans is important because chick peas/garbanzo beans are a very hard bean and takes its sweet time to be ready. You want to make sure that your beans are not hard when you are done because it will give a very sandy texture to your hummus.
When the beans are done cooking I do not drain them because I use the juice in my hummus for the additional flavor.

Ingredients for Hummus:
β€’ 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (if canned, rinse. If from crockpot method above, don’t rinse).
β€’ 2-3 cloves peeled garlic
β€’ Juice of 1 lemon
β€’ 1 handful cilantro, rinsed
β€’ 1 large avocado
β€’ 2 Tbs water (I used mine from my crockpot bean juice)
β€’ 3/4 to 1 tsp sea salt
β€’ 1/2 to 3/4 tsp cumin
β€’ 1/8 or more cayenne (depends on your level of spice).

Magic happens Here:
Add all the hummus ingredients above into the food processor and pulse or blend until everything is mixed together. If you are nervous about the amount of lemon juice or spices, start with a little bit and add more as you go along. Taste test to see if you need any extra ingredients because the original recipe I was going from was very bland.
Do not worry that you put salt in your beans when they were soaking and then you’re putting more salt in your hummus. I really needed to add a lot more salt because I started with 1/4 teaspoon in my hummus mix and added maybe 1/2 tsp to my crockpot.
I did not add cayenne to the hummus that I made because my doctor wants me to say away from it right now. But I’m sure it will taste absolutely fabulous with cayenne in it. πŸ™‚
You will have extra beans left over from what you had soaked. That is awesome for another batch in case you devour this one and do not share with anybody else. Sharing is caring. πŸ˜‰
I had gotten some kale at the farmers market last week but it was a very hot day and it wilted before it got home. So I was going to make my second batch as a kale basil hummus and I’m excited about that. If it is a success I will add the recipe to another blog post. πŸ˜€
As I’m eating this hummus and enjoying it very much, I just thought of a good idea of maybe adding a quarter slice of onion next time and it would give it a nice little kick! (I love onion in about all my savory dishes).
I hope you like this recipe and it encourages you to eat clean this autumn and to avoid junk food!
I just recently have tried fresh veggies with my hummus instead of rice crackers and I am loving it! Now I can enjoy cucumber with the rest of the masses. Yea!

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in A day in the life of Jeni, Food and drink

 

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Summer chicken bean soup

This weekend I realized what true exhaustion really is! There were guests coming from afar (and not family, so deep cleaning is a must!) I am so glad I snatched up a Living Social deal for a cleaning lady. It really helped make my Wednesday more enjoyable. Plus having someone to talk to while you clean helps keep you accountable to cleaning! (No resting and pinning on Pinterest!)
I did so much in-town driving too taking friends to the homes they would be staying at, it was nice to have the one-on-one chat time with them.
On Thursday night I was at a friends house who lived in fireworks city! Just about every other house was lighting them off! That was pretty neat since I was thinking I wasn’t going to be able to see any this year with the events I was going to. But the drive home was kinda scary! Trying to pry your eyes open with someone chatting away while you are trying to focus on staying on the road and watching out for drunk drivers was quite a challenge! When I got home I passed out on the couch with bird in hand (he was happy about that).
Friday was more relaxed day and fun to spend the last moments with my friends. A big group of us went up to Pittock Mansion to check out the view and then Red Robin for dinner.
So after all that my Saturday was pretty lazy other than laundry. It’s nice to have an already clean home. :-]

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I forced myself to make a salad, (why is salad always better when someone else makes it??) and I got some reading in while working on tanning my arms, and painting my nails.
By the end of the day I’m beat, but didn’t want to have to pick up take-out tomorrow. So here’s what I came up with in my half conscious creativity…smells good! πŸ˜€

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Summer Chicken Bean Soup

Ingredients:
β€’ 2 frozen chicken breasts
β€’ 32 oz. liquid chicken stock (Costco)
β€’ 5 cups water
β€’ 2 cans great northern white beans, rinsed and drained
β€’ 6 oz. frozen peas
β€’ 3 celery stalks, chopped
β€’ 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
β€’ 1 white onion, chopped
β€’ 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
β€’ 1 can diced green chilies
β€’ 1/2 tsp dried thyme
β€’ 1 tsp dried parsley
β€’ 3/4 tsp sea salt
β€’ 1/2 tsp pepper
β€’ 1/4 tsp cayenne

In crockpot add all ingredients and cook for 4 hours. At end, shred chicken with a fork, stir and serve.
Total no brainer!
It may not look too appealing with the peas but I like it. (Omit peas if that pleases you).

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Getting some kitty cuddle time in. :-}
πŸ’—”I think I’m in luv”πŸ’—

 
 

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Creole GF Noodles & Sausage Main Dish

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Here is a new dish I tried out based on a variation from this recipe.
I didn’t have all the ingredients she had, so you just gotta improvise! πŸ™‚
I had also been wanting to use some of my quinoa noodles and couldn’t pin down what to make. So this inspiration was perfect!
I wasn’t sure how it would turn out so I was really crossing my fingers on this recipe. But it was very good! I had to be sure only to have a little bit and fill up on the butternut squash soup that I also made today. I was in a cooking frenzy! And…I made homemade granola. Wow. That is so not me to be so inspired to cook like this. Maybe it’s the “new me”. Haha…or the the B-12 that’s working. πŸ˜‰
So enough talk, lets get cooking!

Creole GF Noodles & Sausage
Main Dish: Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 lb Italian sausage (I used Johnsonville Bratwurst)
8 oz. GF quinoa rotelle pasta (or which ever style noodles you want)
4 oz. can of diced green chilies (Trader Joes brand are .79 cents each!)
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic
Salt & pepper to taste
Creole Seasoning to taste (mild to burning hot, your choice)
Sauce:
3/4 cup GF chicken stock
1 Tbs GF Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp cornstarch

Directions:
1) Boil water for noodles.
2) Brown sausage then cut into pieces. It’s ok if it’s not all the way cooked.
3) Cut up green pepper, red pepper, onion. Add to skillet with grapeseed oil (or olive oil) add 2 cloves crushed garlic. SautΓ© for little bit to coat with oil and add can of green chilies & cut sausage.
4) Season with salt, pepper, and creole seasoning to taste. (I used Cajuns Choice brand).
5) In liquid measuring cup add 1/2 – 3/4 cup cold organic chicken stock (Costco has a great brand). Worcestershire sauce, cornstarch and stir.
6) When water boils add 8 oz. GF quinoa pasta (got it at Fred Meyer in the GF section). Boil for 6 minutes adding dash of salt and oil.
7) Add the cornstarch mix to sautΓ©ed veggies and sausage, cover, let it get bubbly for a few minutes. Then stir.
8) When noodles are done (not mushy, but slightly aldente but not too aldente), drain noodles in colander and add to sautΓ© pan. Mix until combined.
And enjoy! πŸ˜€

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What I ate tonight

I’ve recently done an assessment of my physique and I think I need to make some changes in 2013….I know, typical for beginning of the year. To tell you the truth, I have been too broke to buy real food! I leaned more on potatoes, eggs, beans, oatmeal, chips n salsa for a few months too long! Today I got a payday incentive. So a grocery shopping I went!
First I’ll show you what I ate tonight and then I’ll explain. πŸ˜‰

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I need to eat more veggies than I have been. Potatoes tend to add up after a while, same with beans. So I went to my fav natural food store New Seasons and loaded up on the organics! Almost all their produce is organic and I looooove that! ❀ I really don't like Trader Joe's cuz it's like a search and rescue for foods I can eat. No thank you!
I loaded up on my greens. Here's some of what I got; Red cabbage, purple kale, rainbow chard, red leaf lettuce, and baby spinach (the darker the healthier). Oranges, lemons, bananas and fresh ginger so I can do smoothies again. Got lots of frozen berries that need used. And I even bought….broccoli! :-/ eek! I'm not a big veggie lover, and specially with broccoli. But I …must …eat… Green…
I'm planning on steaming the broccoli with some butter, I can do that. Just not mushy or raw please.
The kale is outside my comfort zone too. When I worked at a deli we shoved it in between the crocks of the salad bar. Then I found out years later that people actually eat it?!? O.o
One of my friends is doing the Paleo diet (way too restrictive for me!) she LOVES kale, her kids chant "we want kale!" Strange… She showed me you can cook kale with bacon! Just sautΓ© them together (I made the mistake of throwing in the kale too soon, let the bacon sizzle first!)
That was 1/3 of my dinner, the kale and bacon. Then I cut up some sweet potatoes (the white kind, can't remember if its actually a yam?) then tossed it with olive oil, pink Himalayan salt, pepper, garlic powder, and rosemary. Roast on 400Β° for 30 min.
Then the last 1/3 was quinoa boiled in chicken broth (make sure to rinse quinoa before you cook or it turns out bitter). Once that was done I added chopped green onions, red peppers, Roma tomato, avocado, & cilantro. D-LISH!
I gobbled it all up, but left room for my Bobs Red Mill GF/vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookie! πŸ˜€ To cap it all off I brewed some jasmine green tea. Ohhh boy…no room for midnight snacks tonight!
When I eat something healthy I'll post a few of them, I know I love new ideas!
If you have any ideas for all the greens I bought, comment away!
So have a healthy happy 2013 and eat something green! πŸ˜‰

 
 

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Almost Vegan pizza! “I like green pizza, no ham Sam I am!”

I have been wanting to make my own pizzas, because GF DF pizzas are about $14 for a 10″….not cheap!
So I bought Bobs Red Mill pizza crust mix…and it’s still in the bag. πŸ˜›
Today I saw Udi’s GF pizza crust pre made! (only $4.49 for 2, not too bad)
The crust is GF, DF, soy free, nut free, but not egg free.

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I was going to use the pepperoni that has been in my fridge but then after seeing the expiration date was last year of October and a consensus over text that it’s probably not okay. So that’s when I made it a vegan pizza minus the whole crust having egg thing.
Here’s a step-by-step of how it looks as I was making it.

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I started with a pesto for the sauce, added my Dayia mozzarella cheese, topped with mushrooms, orange bell pepper, shallots, zucchini, (all thinly sliced). Then topped with Trader Joes 21 Season Salute (see pic for what’s all in it, it’s my use on EVERYTHING seasoning!) Topped with more Dayia then baked on 375Β° F for 9-10 min.
Superb!!! It tastes sooooo good!!!!! πŸ˜€
Here’s the seasoning…

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Sam! If you will let me be, I will try it. You will see.

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Hey! I like green pizza, no ham!
I do! I like them, Sam I am!
And I would eat it in a boat.
And I would eat it with a goat…
And I will eat it in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
It is so good, so good, you see!
So I will eat it in a box.
And I will eat it with a fox.
And I will eat it in a house.
And I will eat it with a mouse.
And I will eat it here and there.
Say! I will eat it ANYWHERE!
I do so like green pizza, no ham!
Thank you!
Thank you,
Sam I am!

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P.S. I totally grossed out my nephew with the whole veggies and pesto that he disowned me until I eat some meat. LOL!! πŸ˜›

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in A day in the life of Jeni, Food and drink

 

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