Last week, I had my annual Super Bowl Sunday Home-Alone-Cook-Off. Not going to lie, I’m no a football fan. I’ve tried watching games, but every time my mind begins to wander off to the 100 things I could be doing instead. And no, the Super Bowl is not the exception.
So every year, I have the house to myself and have my own party where I create my own recipes that I know my family would put their noses up to if they were around.
The arrangement works out nicely: I get to experiment in the kitchen and end up with a week’s worth of yummy food. I then eat while watching some Netflix with the game on in the background (for the halftime show and commercials).
Anyway, this was one of the end results:
Pumpkin Coconut Beef Sauce/Soup
1 tbsp red palm oil (or avocado oil)
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp sage
1 lb. organic, grass-fed ground beef
1 cup chopped carrots
1 (13.5oz) can of full-fat coconut milk
1 (15oz) can of pumpkin
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
salt and pepper
For soup version– add in 1 cup vegetable/chicken/beef broth (if you just want a sauce, omit)
Heat the oil in a pot and add in the onion, garlic, and sage. Sauté for 5 minutes. Add in the carrots and meat and cook until the meat is entirely brown. Add in the coconut milk and pumpkin and bring to a boil. Add in the spinach and cook until wilted. Adjust with salt and pepper, to taste. If you are making the soup: Stir in your broth here. If not, serve over rice or cauliflower rice.
It’s not intentional, but I’ve got another peanut butter combo for this week’s recipe. Tomatoes and peanut butter. Mixed together to make comfort soup. Sooooo good. After a hectic week working with 1st graders, it was exactly what I needed 🙂
Peanut Butter Tomato Soup
1 tbsp avocado oil
1 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 (28oz) cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 cups vegetable broth
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, heat the oil. Add in onions and nutmeg and sauté for 5 minutes. Add in tomatoes, vegetable broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender until at the desired consistency. Stir in peanut butter until melted. Note: In my opinion, this soup tastes best after to has cooled down and is just warm or even cold (you taste the peanut butter best this way!)
This past week I went to visit the school that I am going to be student teaching in next year. I was so excited to meet my cooperating teacher and look around! Only problem is, I had an AWFUL cough. Like the congested kind that makes you lose your voice and forces you to either cough harder or desperately try to clear your voice. (Fun fact- I found out that I’ve developed an allergy to cats this past week :/)
Anyway, here’s me trying to make a good impression while I’m hacking up a lung. And then- uh oh- I cough and no longer have my voice. Praying that nobody would ask me a question, I quietly tried to clear my throat. Which brought on a series of small coughs that made my eyes water like crazy and probably had the whole class think I should be quarantined.
Nice first impression, right?
So, after this, I went home and made egg drop soup to soothe my poor messed up throat. Thank goodness egg drop soup is pretty quick and easy to make. It’s my new go-to on days that I feel off (or have been around a cat).
Curried Egg Drop Soup (Paleo)
1/2 tbsp avocado oil
1/3 cup chopped onions
1/4 tsp curry powder
2 cups beef/chicken/vegetable broth
2 tsp coconut aminos
Salt and pepper
Heat oil in a pot over medium-low heat and add in onions. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, crack an egg into a mug and whisk until scrambled. Set aside.
After onions are done cooking, add in the curry powder and continue to cook for 1 more minute.
Add in broth, put on high heat, and bring a boil. Once at a rapid boil, immediately turn off heat and quickly stir in the egg. Stir in the coconut aminos and then pour into a bowl. Add salt and pepper and top with chives, if desired.
I remember the first time I went to Panera Bread. I got their Broccoli Cheddar soup and, like so many before me, became OBSESSED with it. It was total comfort to just sit at their booths and suck down a bowl between classes.
As I started to change up my eating habits and make my own recipes, broccoli cheddar soup was at the top of my list. So this is my own take of a more “cleaner” broccoli cheddar soup. Less ingredients, yet still full of cheesy goodness!
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
3 cups plain whole milk yogurt
3.5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
3 large heads of broccoli, chopped into florets
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbsp ghee (or butter)
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp mustard
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp salt
2 and 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
In a crock pot, whisk the 3 cups of yogurt and 1 cup broth together until smooth. Slowly add and stir in the rest of broth. Add in the rest of the ingredients, except cheddar cheese. Cook on HIGH with the lid on for 1.5 hours. Afterwards, use an immersion blender and blend ingredients until all broccoli chucks are gone. Stir in cheddar cheese. Place lid on top and cook on LOW for an additional 30 minutes. Adjust taste with salt and pepper, if needed, before serving.
Snowy Saturday = (sweats + Netflix + hot soup) + x
x = homework
I’m leaning more on the “-x” for the equation.
Anyway, comfort food is a must on a snow day and this soup definitely fits the bill!
Curried Squash and Spinach Soup (Paleo)
1 tbsp avocado oil
2 cups onions, chopped
2/3 cup celery chopped in small pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
4 cups chicken broth (vegetable broth if vegetarian or vegan)
2 cups water
4 cups cooked and pureed butternut squash
salt and pepper
5 tbsp tomato paste
5 cups fresh spinach
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add in onions, celery, and garlic and sauté for 10 minutes. Add in curry and turmeric and sauté until fragrant, about an additional minute. Add in chicken broth, water, squash, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Afterwards, use an immersion blender to make smooth. Stir in tomato paste and cook for another 10 minutes. Add in spinach and allow to wilt before serving.