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?!

Shrimp “Alfredo” Spaghetti Squash

Wow.  It’s been a crazy season!  Has it been like that for anyone else?  It definitely has been at the Rodgers household, and it sure doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon!  But that is okay…it is all good things :). However, it has taken a toll on my cooking time!  It was making me so sad because I kept thinking “I have nothing fun to share with my food blogger friends!” 

But then today, I was scrolling through my email and BAM!!!  Sitting there so innocently were a cluster of unopened emails from myself, all containing food pictures!  Beautiful sight to behold!  Now I cannot promise you that I will remember every recipe exactly, but there is some great inspiration there that is too appetizing not to share.  With that in mind I will do my best to tell you how you can make these recipes happen for yourself, some adjusting and creativity may be required.  But that is what cooking is all about, isnt it?!  So begins the lost archive series. 

First up?! Creamy Shrimp Spaghetti Squash! This was a fun one!

So here is the general idea of what you will need:

•2 Spaghetti Squash
•1 lb Shrimp, deveined and shelled
•1 C Diced Mixed Veggies (I was super lazy and just used a frozen medly)
•6 Cloves Garlic (at least,) minced
•4 C Chicken Broth
•1 C Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
•2-3 Tbsp Grassfed Butter
•2 Heads Cauliflower, cut into florets
•Salt and Pepper

And here is how you do it:

1) First order of business is cooking your squash, that takes the longest. You can cook it a number of ways, I usually cut them in half and roast them for about an hourat 375*

2) Bring your broth to a boil. Add the cauliflower and boil until nice and tender. I usually do about 15 minutes.

3) In the meantime, melt some butter in a skillet. Add your minced garlic and saute just for a minute or so to get a nice flavor out of it. Set it aside, it is for flavor in the sauce.

4) When the cauli is tender, transfer it to a food processor, in batches if necesssry. DON’T THROW OUT THE BROTH! Add the almond milk, salt, pepper, a pad of butter, the sauted garlic, and enough of the broth to bring it to the right consistency (1-2 cups). Blend until smooth amd creamy. Set aside.

5) Melt some butter in a large skillet. Add your shrimp and cook until just starting to color. Add your veggies and stir until heated through and the shrimp is completely opaque. Add your cauliflower sauce and stir it all together. Taste and adjust with spices as you see fit.

6) Spoon on top of a heaping pile of spaghetti squash, and enjoy. 🙂

Peectures!!!

Blending the sauce

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Ccoking the shrimp and veggies
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Mixing it all together
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Dang that looks good! Now see it all come together!

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Awe yeah baby!

What do you think?! What twist would you add to this archive recipe?!

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. 

Monster Meat Pile

Okay, so…let’s just be honest here.   The hardest part about eating healthy?  At least for me?  Those days when you have so much to do, you have no time, you’re crazy hungry, and the drive through is RIGHT THERE.  Especially when you get home and it seems like there is nothing to eat!!  Well.  Here is one of our solutions.  Not saying that I am perfect and never cave.  To my shame I do that more often than Mr. Rodgers.  But this Protein Plate has saved me from stumbling so many times, because I have these items on hand at all times!!

Like a few of my other posts, this is a little less “recipe,” and a little more just me sharing an idea with you that has worked for me.  Obviously you can make your own version of this, as long as you keep a go-to for weak, hectic moments.

 

So here’s what I use:

  • Frozen Burger Patties
  • 2 Slices Bacon (Optional, I happened to have some the night I took these pics)
  • 1/2 Small onion
  • 1-2 Eggs

 

I think you can pretty much figure out the rest by checking out my pictures (sorry the lighting was bad, I was so hungry I didn’t have it in me to take the time to take really pretty pictures.  I am known for getting “hangry.”  You don’t want to mess with me when the hanger is upon me.

Basically, you just….

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Heat up a cast iron skillet and toss in a frozen burger patty or two.  Slice your onions into strips, rub a little butter on the bottom half of the skillet and sauté the onions while your burgers cook.  I season both sides of my burger patties with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and a little chipotle chili powder.

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Toss some bacon in the pan too if you are using that.

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A couple minutes before it is done, create an open space and crack an egg in there.

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When it is all done, assemble your monster meat pile.  You will not be lacking in the protein area after this!  I always find it so satisfying!

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Yay Yay Yay Yay!  What do you think of my idea?  And what do you do when you have no time but need some protein fast?

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.

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Toss onto a lined baking sheet.  Add baby carrots.

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Melt butter and add garlic and dill.  Whisk together.

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Dump it all over.

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

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

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Yeah baby.

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And enjoy!!

 

Pesto Cod – Light and Flavorful

I’m back I’m back I’m back!! This past month has been so fully devoted to my trip “home” to visit my family in Washington! It. Was. Beautiful. I got to meet my new nephew, Ellis London. I got to build Legos with my oldest Nephew, Noah Jesse. And I got to play in an Anna and Elsa tent with my one and only niece, Olive Selah Grace. I got my toes done and shopped at Ross with the girls (one doesn’t realize how they love Ross until they move away from it!), to go on a romantic date with my husband at a spot on the beach we went to when just dating…and I got to be close to my three brothers, my best friends of all time. My heart is happy as I resume my food posting!! So please forgive me for my absence! But when one has not seen so many of the most important people in their life for a year and 3 months….one cuts out everything else in life to just BE with them!! I sincerely hope you all had a chance these past months to just BE with the ones that are important to you!

However, as glorious as it was, I am ready for a few things to resume. First and foremost, health! In every aspect of the word! Physical, mental, spiritual!! And along with that, the resuming of sharingy journey with you wonderful people!!

So, assuming you are all still feeling like fat cows just like me, let’s start off with something super light but still so yummy yummy yummy!!

Cod with Pesto! So incredibly easy and tasty!

So, here’s what you need:

16 oz Cod Fillets
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 sm bunch parsley
2 Tbsp cilantro paste or fresh (optional)
1 tsp minced garlic
Juice of a lemon
2+ tsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp minced favorite nut (I used walnut)

 

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Preheat the oven to 400*
  2. Start your pesto. Trim the stems off the parsley and place in a good proccessor. Pulse a few times until broken down some.
  3. Add all the other ingredients except the fish and blend. Add more olive oil until it becomes a thick sauce, or whatever consistency you prefer.
  4. In a cast iron skillet, melt coconut oil over medium high heat. Add fish and sear for about 3 minutes per side.
  5. Too each fillet with even portions of pesto then slide into the oven for 5 minutes to heat everything through. Serve hot and feel good about your choices!! Go you!! Happy New Year!!

 

 

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Blend everything together to make your pestoooooo!

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Sear your fish on each side for about 3 minutes.

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Top with pesto and slide into 400* oven for about 5 minutes, until everything is warmed through.

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Now serve with some nice hearty veggies!!  (I always serve fish with a sturdier veggie like broccoli or asparagus since fish is so light…it makes me feel full and satisfied!)

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And enjoy!  Yummy yum yums!  Thanks for reading guys, I truly appreciate you all!