Creamy Asparagus Soup with Crumbled Bacon

Sounds kinda crazy, right?!  I thought so too.  But you see, I LOVE ASPARAGUS!!!  So I just had to try!  And wouldn’t ya know…IT WAS FABULOUS!!  I’m so happy I discovered it!!!!!  
Also a plus, Mr. Rodgers loved it. Which could possibly be due to the fact that I put bacon on top. The way to every man’s heart, riiiiight?  ;). Haha, but honestly he aluded to the fact that it reminded him of his mom’s split pea soup that she made him growing up. It’s nice when something you make can bring a person comfort and good memories along with the pleasure of good taste and health!  If you need a fresh new way to get the family some veggies…please do yourself a favor and make this soup!
Here’s what you need:

  • 1 bunch asparagus (more if it is super fine)
  • 3 C Stock (Obviously vegetable works best but I never have that on hand…chicken works great as well!)
  • 1/4 C Grassfed Butter
  • 1 Onion, Chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Almond Flour
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 C Almond Milk
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 Pieces Bacon (As natural as possible!)

And here’s how you do it:

  1. First, prep your asparagus. Pop off the tough ends, and cut what is left into inch long pieces. 
  2. Set a small pot of salted water to boil, you only need an inch or so. Take a handful (just a few, this is for a garnish) of the asparagus tips and boil them for 5-10 minutes, until just tender. Drain and set aside. 
  3. Put stock and the remaining asparagus in a soup pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Asparagus should be soft. Drain, but KEEP THE STOCK. 
  4. While waiting for the asparagus to get soft, place your bacon in a pan and cook until crisp. Set aside. 
  5. Melt the butter in a soup pot and add the onion. Cook over low heat until soft. 
  6. Stir in the flour and cook for one minute. Slowly whisk in the stock you saved from boiling the asparagus. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, it should be thickening. 
  7. Stir in the cooked asparagus (not the tips for the garnish!), coriander, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes. 
  8. Using an immersion blender (or transfer to a food processor or blender), blend until very smooth and creamy. Stir in the milk and reserved tips and bring to a boil, simmering for a few minutes to heat through.  (The recipe says to stir in the milk, but last time I made it, I blended it in too!). Serve with crumbled bacon on top. Just how everything should be served, am I right?!

Peectures!!

  
Asparagus, washed and trimmed!

  
Boiling a few tips for a garnish (just a little something to bite into!)

  
Cooking the rest of the asparagus so it’s nice and soft…so we can make it creamy!

  
Sautéing the onions to bring out the flavor…

  
Stir in the almond flour, and whisk in the reserved stock. 

  
Add the cooked asparagus, seasonings, and lemon juice. Cook for about 10 minutes. 

  
Blend however you can. This is what I used to do, but now I have an immersion blender and it is AMAZING!  Don’t even have to take it out of the pot!  But whatever method you use, get it as smooth as possible!! (The recipe says to stir in the milk, but last time I made it, I blended it in too!)

   
 

Stir in the milk (or blend it in)…

  

Add your garnish tips…

  

Put it in a bowl and crumble bacon on top!

    

Hallelujah praise you Jesus, my favorite veggie just became a soup!! Can I get an amen?!

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Quinoa Brussles Bowl

Oh man. You know those nights where you have a hankerin’…but you just don’t know what for?!  Well I was having one of those. It was so intense in fact that I decided to dig through the fridge and cupboards and try desperately to throw something together to satiate the feeling. 

Well. Not to sound arrogant, but…NAILED IT!!  I made a big batch of this and ate it for days. Didn’t even share. Mr. Rodgers stays away from quinoa, so I had it all to myself.  No complaints here. This is my new favorite craving fixer!  It’s so tasty and satisfying. It made me so happy that I have to share my glee with you !  

So, here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb Brussels Sprouts, halved
  • 1 Can Chickpeas, drained
  • 1 C Dry Quinoa (I used red)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2-3 Tbsp Bacon Grease
  • Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, and Cayenne

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*!
  2. Place your sprouts and chickpeas in a bowl and drizzle with bacon grease. 
  3. Season generously with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Add just a pinch of cayenne and toss it all together so that everything is coated with bacony goodness and all spices. 
  4. Dump onto a foil lined pan and slide into your oven. Roast 25-40 minutes, until brussel and chickpeas are browned and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. 
  5. While waiting on your roasted ingredients, cook your quinoa according to package instructions (probably simmer in 2 C water for about 12 minutes).
  6. When water has evaporated and quinoa is done, create a crater in the middle of your pot. Scramble your eggs in a bowl then dump into the “crater.”  Cook, scraping, so that you get scrambled eggs. When eggs are done, mix it into the quinoa so you have little bits throughout. 
  7. As soon as your brussels and chickpeas are done, add quinoa mixture and stir to evenly combine. Adjust seasoning as needed, and eat warm. Sooo comforting I hope you love it as much as I did! 

Peectures!



Place your Brussels and chickpeas in a bowl. Toss with bacon grease and spices (careful with the cayenne!). I put just a pinch and it was perfect!



Sorry for the horrid blurry picture, but I knew this step might be confusing so I had to put it in there anyway. Cook your quinoa. When the liquid is gone, create a hole in the middle and pour your eggs into it. Cook, scraping often to get little bits of scrambled egg. DONT MIX IN QUINOA UNTIL THE EGGS ARE FULLY COOKED!



Pull out sprouts and chickpeas when they are deeply browned and crispy on the outside; tender on the inside. 

See how your quinoa mixture should look?



Dump quinoa mixture on top of roasted mixture and stir together. 



Season if needed. But mostly…just enjoy. Ah yeah. So happy. 

Butter Dill Beets and Carrots

I tell you what, I wish you guys could be here now.  What a lovely evening it is!!  I’m sitting here with a fuzzy puppy at my toes, the lingering scents of dinner in the air (seared pork chops and an awesome soup I can’t wait to share with you!), and my favorite part of all…Mr. Rodgers on the other side of the couch with his new “studious” glasses on, intently writing a beautiful song with his acoustic.  It is a wonderful day.  An unexpected day off, no less…considering there is a ton of snow out there and I work at an ice cream store.  😉  My tummy is full, but with healthy things.  And you know what?  My heart is full too…with healthy things.  I am so thankful for new years.  For people that inspire me to be better, and a God that gives me strength to pursue health and peace and loves me no matter how many times I screw up.

Sigh.  I am thankful.

Anywho…on from your glimpse into the Rodgers’ lives!  I hope all of you are enjoying this start to your year as well.  I pray you are blessed with new levels of HEALTH this year.  That is the mantra in our house for the year.  And if you let me, I would love to help you bring health to your house this year too!!  So let’s get started with some root veggies with a great flavor to boot!

Beets.  I don’t have much history with them.  I was always so scared of the smell that came out of the can when my mom ate the canned ones…so I never really gave them a chance.  Then came that one time Mr. Rodgers and I juiced for a few days after watching “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.”  (Very interesting, you should check it out!!  It helped us on our journey, even though we decided to go a more protein-heavy direction.)   I drank beet juice then…and actually didn’t mind it!!  It was a different flavor, but I grew to love it.  The husband, not so much.  He was not a fan of the beet juice.

But then I made these babies.  He WAS a fan of these.  Great flavor, I tell you!  Not to mention all the benefits of beets…they are very good for detoxing (which we all need to do after the holidays, good gracious!), and house a ton of vitamins apparently!  And I don’t think I need to tell you that carrots have benefits as well…especially for your eyes.

So whether you are an avid beet lover, or are fearful of them like me…you should give them a chance.  And roasting them should definitely be that first chance.  Here’s a great way to try:

 

What you need:

  • 1 lb baby beets, or 2 bunches “normal” beets
  • 1/2 bag baby carrots (yes, I used the snack kind for ease.  You can also use 1/2 lb the bunch kind if you desire.)
  • 3 Tbsp Grassfed Butter, such as Kerrygold
  • 1 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp Dill paste, or fresh chopped (Warning: I have recently discovered that the herb pastes often have Dextrose in them 😦  So use at your discretion..they are great for when you are in a hurry or don’t want your herbs to go bad before you get to them…but fresh is definitely the better alternative health wise.  Sigh.)
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400*
  2. Clean, trim, and peel your beets.  Chop into pieces all about the same size…some you will halve, some into quarters, some into eighths, depending on the size.  You want to have roughly one inch wedges.
  3. Place beet wedges and carrots on foil lined baking sheet.
  4. Melt butter and add dill and garlic.  Whisk together.
  5. Dump butter mixture over veggies and toss around till everything is nice and coated.  Share the love baby!  Add some salt and pepper.
  6. Slide into your preheated oven and roast about 35 minutes, (stirring occasionally), or until the veggies are tender but a bit browned and crispy on the outside.
  7. Remove, and eat!!

Beets 1

 

Trim, clean, and peel those bad boys.  Chop into even sized wedges.

Beets 2

Look down and realize this looks bad…really bad.  I sent this pic to my mom and she got a good laugh about it.

Beets 3

Toss onto a lined baking sheet.  Add baby carrots.

Beets 4

Melt butter and add garlic and dill.  Whisk together.

Beets 5

Dump it all over.

Beets 6

Mix it allllll up. Add a little salt and pepper, naturally.

Beets 7

And roast!  About 35-40 minutes, or until starting to brown and crisp but tender inside.

Beets 8

Yeah baby.

Beets 9

And enjoy!!

 

Jalapeno Brussels Sprouts

Sounds a little crazy, right?  But these actually had just the right amount of heat, and a TON of great flavor!  Believe it or not Brussels Sprouts are probably the favorite vegetable around here!  They have this great texture when roasted right…crunch on the outside, but dense enough on the inside to make your teeth happy.  There is just something so satisfying and comforting about a good, hearty, healthy vegetable that also tastes AMAZING!  And I am so excited about this fun new flavor combo!!  Who would have thought jalapenos and Brussels would be so beautiful together?!

I just love how my food inspiration can explode because of others’ ideas!  This one was adapted from paleofondue.com!  It was originally made with red jalapenos, which I was very excited to try…but then none of my stores had them.  Laaaaaame!  But it was still SOOO delicious.

 

Okay, seriously….bunny trail…I am having an incredibly difficult time writing this blog.  Want to know why?  This is why:

Because this is happening right now:

Frizz 2

If you cannot tell…that is my lap that she is laying in.  And that is my laptop, which is supposed to be in my lap.

 

Frizz 1

Ugh!!  But she’s just so cute!!!  How can I possibly make her move?!  If I try, she will whimper and turn on those puppy eyes that would break Chuck Norris’ heart.  So here I am…stretching over her, trying not to wake her and somehow type at the same time. And my foot is starting to cramp! Haha.  The things we do for love…and I don’t even have kids yet!!  I’m doomed!! 😉

 

Okay….back to those amazing Brussels Sprouts that are a lot easier than typing with a sleepy cute puppy in your lap…ready, set, go!

 

Here is what you need:

  • 2 lbs Brussels Sprouts, Halved
  • 3 Jalapenos, thinly sliced (crossways so you have rounds)
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Grassfed Butter, melted
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Honey, Melted
  • 1/4 C Walnuts, Finely Chopped

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400*.
  2. Chop your Brussels in half and slice your jalapenos.
  3. Toss the Brussels and jalapenos with the coconut oil or butter and spread out on a foil lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast for about 25 minutes, stirring once.
  4. Thinly slice the garlic and let it soak in the vinegar while your Brussels cook.
  5. When the 25 minutes is up, add in the garlic, vinegar, and walnuts and stir around again.  Cook another 5 minutes or so.  Drizzle on the melted honey, stir around, and cook an additional 5 minutes.  Brussels should be browned well on the outside.  You are ready to serve!

 

 

Jalapeno 1

Slice your chiles and sprouts

Jalapeno 2

Pour on your melted butter or coconut oil…

Jalapeno 3

Spread out on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper…

Jalapeno 4

Roast for 25 minutes, stirring them around once.  Add sliced garlic to vinegar to soak while you wait.  After 25 minutes, add garlic, vinegar, and nuts to Brussels and stir around again.  Cook for another 5 minutes, add honey, and cook for 5 minutes or so again.

Jalapeno 5

Brussels should be nice and browned and crispy on the outside!

Jalapeno 6

YUM-O!!

 

What is your favorite way to cook Brussels Sprouts?

 

 

Lemon Garlic Asparagus

If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE asparagus.  Freakishly.  Last night I was shoving some in my face telling Mr. Rodgers “I could seriously eat this every day of my life!”  Because of said passion…I jump at every new way to prepare it!  This method seemed so simple, I just had to try it!  And I definitely was not disappointed…with taste or appearance!!  It was just so stinking cute!  It made me happy!  Did I mention it was simple?!  Beautiful.  You ready?  Here we go!

 

You may have guessed, but this is adapted from one of my favorites!!

Meditteranean Frittata 1

Yay for this book!

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Bunch Asparagus
  • 1/2 Lemon, Thinly Sliced
  • 2 Large Garlic Cloves, Minced (or 2 tsp minced garlic)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil.  Spread the asparagus out in a single layer.  Spread the lemon slices over the asparagus.  Sprinkle with garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of your asparagus.  It should be tender-crisp.

 

 

And there you go!  Bingo zingo…super easy!!  Do you love it?!  I love it!!

 

Asparagus 1

See?  Lay it out nice and pretty…

Asparagus 2

Sprinkle with garlic…

Asparagus 3

Salt and pepper…and cook until tender crisp!

Asparagus 4

Yummy roasty toasty garlicky lemony goodness!

Asparagus 5

Asparagus 6

 

Sweet and Tangy Slaw for All Seasons

Coleslaw.  I thought I hated it.  But over the last few years, my adoration for cabbage has grown and grown.  I now can barely make a salad or stir fry without it!  But cabbage is not the ONLY thing I was convinced I despised that I have changed my mind about as of late.  The other ingredient never absent from my salads?  Spicy brown mustard!!  Never make a vinaigrette without it!

 

Why am I telling you this?

 

Because…I found a recipe for Three Cabbage Slaw with Honey Mustard Dressing!  And I just HAD to try it.  Turns out…I LOVE COLESLAW!!

Hallelujah, who knew?!  🙂

 

Now this recipe was adapted from another one of my awesome cook book finds!!  This was a thrift store gem!!  See?

Eat Well Stay Well

 

Slightly old school (I was 8 when it came out!)…but tons of good stuff crammed in here…and the recipes are easily adapted to different health standards.  🙂

 

So…let’s get down to it!!

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 C Red Cabbage, Shredded
  • 3 C Green Cabbage, Shredded
  • 2 C Napa Cabbage, Shredded
  • 4 Carrots, Shredded
  • 3 Scallions, Thinly Sliced
  • 1/4 C Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/3 C Plain Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
  • 3 Tbsp Raw Honey, Melted
  • 2-3 Tbsp Spicy Brown Mustard, depending on tastes
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Prepare your veggies…get a-shreddin!  Put them all together in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together the rest of the ingredients, drizzle over the veggie mixture, and toss to coat.
  3. Taste, and adjust to your liking.  And you’re done.  Easy peasy!  And delicious!

 

Peectures!

Slaw 1

Shreddy Veggies…

Slaw 2

And dressed!!

Slaw 3 SLaw 5 SLaw 4

Yeah baby!!  Let me know how you like it!! 🙂 🙂 🙂