Hearty Chicken Soup

This is a yummy,warm for your tummy, full of chicken and veggies type of soup. Flavorful, and satisfying!

Hearty Chicken Soup
1 whole chicken (5-6 pounds)
1/2 to 1 whole bunch celery, sliced
3 carrots, thinly sliced
2 onions, chopped
1-2 Tbs minced ginger, or 1-2 teaspoons ginger powder
1 whole bulb (about 13-20 cloves) of garlic, minced
1-2 packages frozen cauliflower (or 1 fresh cauliflower, chopped)
3 cans full fat coconut milk
4 teaspoons xanthum gum
2 Tablespoons trim boulion mix (page 491 of trim healthy mama cookbook)
Salt
Black pepper
Red pepper flakes

Instructions: Cover the chicken with water and boil just till tender and cooked through. Remove and cool the chicken, reserving the broth. Then, pick off all the meat discarding the skin and etc. If you wish, return the bones to the broth and simmer several more hours or even all night, replenishing the water as necessary. If you decide to do this, be sure to refrigerate the chicken. I prefer not to leave the chicken on the bones for this longer boiling time, becaused it will become mushy and stringy.

Add the chopped veggies, except for the cauliflower, into the chicken broth. Add the ginger and garlic, too. (All bones and junk should first be removed). Simmer till the veggies are tender.

Add the cauliflower. Make the white sauce: Put the 3 cans of full fat coconut milk into your blender. Blend, adding the 4 teaspoons of xanthum gum. Add this to the pot of soup as well.

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Add the spices: 2 Tablespoons of trim boullion mix. And the salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.

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Simmer for a few minutes, till all is hot and cooked through, and the spices release their flavors.

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My kids love this soup, too!

It is also very good rewarmed the next day! 🙂

Eggplant Salad

This is one of my favorite lunches, when I don’t mind spending a little time in the kitchen. It does take a bit of work, with all the chopping of the vegetables, but it is so worth it!

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Are we ready to start? It’s nice if you can have everything layed out and ready to work.

Eggplant Salad
1/2 cup butter (or coconut oil, for dairy free)
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3 large boneless chicken breasts
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1 large eggplant
1 huge onion
1 bag mini peppers
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About 10 Roma tomatoes
Balsamic Vinegar
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Salt and Black pepper
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Mozzarella cheese and/or avocado
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Start by cooking the chicken breast in the butter or coconut oil. I am using coconut oil, here. I have a HUGE cast iron skillet, I like to use for this dish. (And lots of others). It takes up two burners on the stove!

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Meanwhile chop the vegetables.

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When the chicken breasts are cooked through, and nicely browned, remove from the skillet and dice.

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Add the chopped vegetables and cook, stirring often, till they are nicely sauteed.

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Chop the Roma tomatoes and divide between 5 plates. Use oven safe plates, if you intend to broil this later. I like to use enamelware. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.

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Divide the sauteed veggies between the plates.

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Now, divide the chicken between the plates and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Add grated cheese. This is optional if you are dairy free.

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If you used cheese, you can now place the plate of salad in the oven and broil the cheese.

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I just top mine with 1/2 a diced avocado and skip the broiling, for a dairy free option.

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If you want, use cheese and avocado!

I hope you love this dish as much as I do!

Mint Roses

Mint Roses

This is a companion recipe to my last one, Cacao Hearts, https://lotsalittlelambs.com/cacao-hearts/

Like the other, it uses creamed coconut. You can either make this in your vitamix or other strong gadget, or you can start with the equal weight, 14 ounces, of creamed coconut. I have made it both ways. I used the Let’s Do Organic brand of creamed coconut.

If you want to cut the recipe in half, I would encourage you to go with the already made coconut cream from the box, as my vitamix seems to need the bulk of the full 14 ounces of coconut to pulverize it.

I believe you could easily sub the boxed creamed coconut in place of making your own in the previous recipe, as well.

You may need to adjust the peppermint oil, according to the brand you use. I used Aura Cacia. Which says right on it that it is not intended for internal use. I just figure, it is from peppermint. Nothing else. Not like all these food colorings and dyes approved for our food! I know they have to put disclaimers on things. But you should not do as I do! Do as I say, and use a food grade oil! 🙂

And by the way, you can mold these in any shape you like. I like the roses, because I think they are pretty. But, I make stars for my husband. You could even just pour them into a dish and cut into squares after they harden.

My husband loves these! But then, he loves mint. I do not know why he told the little girls they are soap! But he did think it was funny when I was puzzled as to why they kept asking for, “More soap, Mommy!”.

Here is the recipe:

Mint Roses

14 ounces dried coconut or 14 ounces creamed coconut, softened
6 Tablespoons Pyure
30 drops mint essential oil (use a food grade! 🙂 )
1 cup finely shredded coconut (do not blend-stir in whole)

Turn the 14 ounces of coconut into cream, using your vitamix. Or if you are using the creamed coconut, just mix all the ingredients together. Put into molds. Set into the freezer to harden. Remove from the molds and store in a bowl or a container in the refrigerator.

Pretty easy!