Yes, I know it is summer and soup is the last thing you want to make. That’s okay. I am going to share it anyway and you can store it away in your memory bank until the next time you get carrots with the tops on and have no idea how to use them. You’ll thank me then!
This is one of the easiest soups to make. First, saute carrots and onions in butter or olive oil. If you have any other veggies (like celery!), add it in.
Then, add in carrot tops and let them suck up the buttery goodness.
Throw rinsed/soaked uncooked quinoa on top.
Fill the rest of the pot with chicken broth and let it cook down. Serve over tasty bread (sourdough?) and top with cheese!
In our CSA last week we received hyssop. I had No. Idea. what it was or what to do with it. Some quick Googling (is that how you spell it? Drop the “e” add -ing?) showed me that it was an herb with a minty taste that either works well with licorice flavor or tastes like it. Not sure.
Anyway, most of the recipes were with carrots. My favorite was this one. I didn’t have olives, but that was the only thing I didn’t have. Perfect!
I shredded up a bunch of carrots in the food processor.
The leftover pieces were perfect for a salad!
Anyway, I mixed it together with a ton of hyssop.
To season and dress it, I used balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
John couldn’t quite place the flavor of the hyssop, but he really liked it! Now I am excited to find other uses for it!
I didn’t put the names of the veggies used in this dish into the title on purpose. It is a yummy meal or side dish and could be made with a variety of vegetables and I didn’t want anyone to write it off because I chose to make it with turnips. For many people (including my father… sorry Dad!), turnips constitute an automatic no-go. I beg you to try the recipe anyway, changing the veggies if need be. If you can, though, try the turnips. You can’t even really tell they are turnips!
On to the recipe…
First, I chopped up carrots and turnips and simmered them in a little chicken broth to make them nice and soft.
I took them out of the pan and set them aside while I did the next step. I sauteed onion and celery in butter until tender.
I set THAT aside and sauteed shrimp in butter.
When they were ready, I added in the celery and onion mix along with a little flour, salt, and pepper.
When it was mixed together, I added in about a cup and a half of milk and the broth the root veggies cooked in to the pan.
I cooked it down until it was nice and thick.
When it was thick enough to coat the spoon, I shredded in lots and lots of cheddar cheese.
Topped with a little fresh parsley, this was so tasty and filling. I would DEFINITELY make it again.
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Yet another warm and yummy soup for this chilly winter. I have really been on a roll with making soups using the new immersion blender. It’s so much fun! This particular soup was just a mix of veggies we had lying around. Onion and Garlic, of course…
and carrots and potatoes!
While I chopped them up, I defrosted 2 cups of chicken stock.
When it was all melted, I added in all the veggies and some sea salt and let it all cook up.
When the veggies were nice and soft, I blended them all together with the immersion blender.
I stirred in some milk and butter to make it extra tasty!
This soup was a great way to use up extra veggies!
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It’s so nice to have the energy to devote to creating. We haven’t started any fermented veggies in FOREVER, so I tackled that today.
First on the list? Dill Pickles. Don’t the cucumbers look so pretty in the jars?
We had fresh dill from our last CSA delivery, so I added that to the jars, along with sea salt, mustard seed, and whey.
The other thing I got fermenting was a sauerkraut concoction. I started out shredding a head of cabbage and 2 apples. I read in a few different places that adding apples will give it a different taste, so I am trying it out.
It needed more color, so I added in a ton of carrots.
I sprinkled salt on top to get the juice out of the produce.
After mixing it together and letting it sit for a little while, I smushed it all up.
Into the jars it went, with some whey and water!
This has to be the easiest side dish ever. Well, at least if you have a food processor it is.
Step 1- Shred a whole bunch of carrots. Forget to take a picture.
Step 2- Melt coconut oil in a pan. Add a little bit of smashed up garlic.
Step 3- Add in the shredded carrots.
Step 4- Enjoy with dinner! Grassfed beef and home made garlic bread, perhaps?
One of our favorite take-out foods in Chinese Food. Unfortunately, now that our bodies are no longer used to junk, Chinese take-out doesn’t love us. I have been trying to recreate things, and most have failed. This particular dish doesn’t taste like take out, but it is reminiscent of it.
I started by sauteeing onions and garlic in butter. Most of my recipes start like that.
I added in some grass-fed beef that I sliced up pretty thinly.
Once it was starting to brown, I added in some celery.
When the meat was just about cooked, I added an egg to one side of the pan and fried it up.
By then, it was time for the sauce! It is just a 3:1.5 mix of soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. That’s it!
The fast-cooking ingredients were added in last… mushrooms and beet greens!
Just before I was ready to serve it, I added in some cooked rice.
Now, normally, I would add in carrots when I added the celery, and ginger when I added the sauce. THIS time, I just added the lactofermented ginger carrots on top at the end!
Another fermenting success! YAYYY!!!!
I went on a bit of a fermenting spree last weekend. The ginger carrots are first thing that was ready, so here they are!!
First, I shredded up a few carrots in my food processor.
Then, I added 4 tablespoons of whey, 1 tablespoon of sea salt, and some ginger to the carrots.
I mixed it up, and then mashed it down to let the juices flow!
After it was stuffed into a jar…
I filled it nearly to the top with filtered water and let it sit for 3 days.
Now, after 2 days, I noticed that there were quite a few bubbles. By the third day, the the lid was starting to bulge up a little. When I pressed on it, I could feel that there was a build up in pressure under it. I knew it was ready at that point.
I didn’t know just HOW ready it really was!
It kept rising, spilling over the top of the jar!! I hope all my other things turn out this well!
Oh, by the way… Taste wise? It is yummy!!
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So, this recipe? Kind of a fail. Not a HUGE fail, like this or this… or this, but a fail nonetheless. Part of the problem, I think, was the marinade.
You see, I was sort of following a recipe and it called for marinating salmon in teriyaki sauce with extra ginger and scallions. I was happy because I wanted to finish up the teriyaki sauce we had since it had some ingredients I wasn’t crazy about.
So, I threw the salmon on a dish and covered it with teriyaki marinade, some grated ginger, and some scallion-ish things.
Then, since I didn’t read the directions, I cooked it just like that. I baked it. In the oven. With all the sauce.
Then, I read the directions and found out that the marinade was supposed to turn into the sauce. Oops. Lesson learned? Read the recipe and retain it before you begin.
So, I had to use more of the teriyaki sauce to make the sauce itself. I added ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, scallions, and some garlic to the teriyaki and brought it to a simmer.
Next, the yummy step! I shredded up some cabbage and carrots and added it to the sauce with peas!
Yayyyy!!!!!!! Hahaha, sorry I was just excited about something working! Anyway, that deliciousness got mixed together with some macaroni.
Ehh. It was okay. The sauce was too thin even after I thickened it up with some corn starch.
Always on the lookout for crockpot recipes that use ingredients we have on hand. This recipe popped onto my radar recently, and it was perfect for me to tweak and use.
I started off by chopping up 1 onion, 3 potatoes, 3 stalks of celery, 3 carrots, and some garlic cloves and throwing them into the crockpot.
Then, I mixed about a pound and a half of grassfed stew beef with some flour, salt, and pepper.
It went into the crockpot and I poured the liquids in. What liquids, you ask?
1 cup of tomato sauce and nearly 3 cups of red wine.
It cooked on low for about 7 hours. Then, when it was almost ready, I mixed up 1/3 cup of flour with water to make a slurry, or thick mixture.
I took a little of the liquid out of the crockpot and mixed it in.
It was mixed back into the crockpot to help it thicken up. After about another 1/2 hour it was ready to serve.
Served over rice? DELISH!
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