Sunday, March 10, 2013

light creamy mushroom soup

I think by now you know how much I love soup. 
I love mushrooms almost as much. 
I don't love really thick, overbearing soups though...
this one is perfect. 
Even the "carbs-loving" husband of mine asked me to make this again. 
Spring is almost here. 
Try this before it's too warm. 
Texas may already be too late for you. (turn on your AC and make it anyway)

I'll post a fish taco recipe soon to commemorate the beginning of spring. 

2 c mushrooms, roughly chopped 
(use a variety. i used half cremini, half baby bella)
1 T olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 T butter
1 T fresh thyme (or 1 t dried)
2 bay leaves
1 t worcestershire 
1 c broth
1 T flour
sea salt
1 c fat free half & half
dash nutmeg
ground pepper
fresh parsley or thyme, for garnish

Heat oil in saucepan. Add butter and lightly sauté garlic on medium hear.
Add mushrooms, thyme, bay leaves, and worcestershire. 
Cook about 5 minutes.
Gradually add in broth, stir occasionally until boiling.
Reduce and simmer 10 minutes.
Add flour and stir until it thickens. 
Season with salt and nutmeg. 
Taste and adjust seasoning. Add "cream" and bring to simmer.
Turn off heat. Add pepper and stir. 

Garnish and enjoy :) 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Baked Oatmeal

My Mama's Baked Oatmeal. 
Mostly guilt-free comfort food in the morning. 
Yes please! 

3 apples, peeled and cubed (about 1/2")
brown sugar
3-4 bananas, sliced in about 1/2" chunks
2 c blueberries
1/4 c honey or agave
2 c uncooked oats
1 c toasted walnuts, optional
3/4 t baking powder
1 t cinnamon
1/4 c brown sugar
pinch salt
1.5 c milk
2 eggs
1 t vanilla

Heat oven to 375. Lightly spray 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray.
Toss apples in dish with sprinkle of cinnamon and a bit of brown sugar. Bake for about 8 minutes.
Layer blueberries and bananas with apples.
Mix oats, walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt together. Pour over fruit.
Mix milk, eggs, honey, and vanilla together. Pour over oats and fruit. 
Sprinkle a few additional walnuts and blueberries over top and bake for about 30-40 minutes or until set, bubbly, and slightly browned on top. 
Serve warm. 

Could be prepared the night before then baked in the morning. 

enjoy :) 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Crockpot Coconut Ginger Curry Chicken

This crockpot recipe originally
 called for a lot of prep work, pre cooking, etc. 
I'm not into that when I'm using a crockpot....
so I added (almost) all ingredients at once and it turned out great. 

It serves a lot of people! 
I made this for our "small group" of 12. If making it for fewer people, 
consider halving the recipe.

4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 inch piece fresh ginger, roughly chopped
1 onion, quartered and roughly chopped
1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks 
2 handfuls sugar snap peas, ends trimmed
1 can baby corn, drained
3 T olive oil
2.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts 
2 cans lite coconut milk
1/2 t pepper
1 t cumin
1 t ground coriander
1.5 t ground turmeric
1 t salt

Set baby corn, snap peas, and red bell pepper aside.

Add all other ingredient to crockpot and stir thoroughly. 
Cook on low 4-6 hours. 

Add bell pepper and corn with 1 hour cooking time left. 
Add snap peas for last 15 minutes of cooking time. 

Serve over brown rice or quinoa.
Garnish with green onion, cilantro, or crushed peanuts. 

enjoy :)