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Dairy- Free Potato Leek Soup

 

 

 

With the change in weather I have been wanting soup.

 

Ingredients:

4 potatoes, cubed (I prefer red potatoes because they blend more creamy but any kind works. I also leave the skin on.)

1 large leek, in 1/2 slices and rinsed

2 shallots

2 tablespoons vegan butter or coconut oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

3/4 teaspoon salt

ground pepper to taste

3/4 teaspoon thyme

1/4 teaspoon rosemary

1/4 teaspoon corriander, ground

4 cups vegetable broth

1 bay leaves

3/4 cup coconut milk

green onions for garnish

 

In a soup pot over medium high heat add the butter/oil and salt, saute the leek and onion for 3-5 minutes.

Add potato, garlic, pepper, thyme, rosemary and coriander. Continue to saute for another 2-3 minutes stirring often.

Add broth and bay leaf, then bring to a boil before reducing to a simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

Remove from heat, remove bay leaf. Stir in coconut cream and add salt to taste.  Blend in batches until smooth and creamy, I usually under blend the last batch so there are some small chunks of potato still in the soup.

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Acorn Squash Coconut Curry Soup

The weather is changing, the maple leaves are beginning to turn that means it is squash season. You can use many varieties of winter squash for this recipe, pumpkin and carnival squash are easy to find alternatives.

Ingredients:

3 acorn squash, cut in half and de-seeded

1/2 onion, chopped

2 tablespoons avocado oil

1 tablespoon curry powder

4 cups chicken or vegetable stock

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

salt & pepper

 

Instructions:

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Bake acorn squash until tender, About 40 minutes.

Meanwhile Add oil to pot, saute onion and curry powder until onion is soft, add vegetable stock and simmer until squash is baked.

Scoop flesh from the squash with a spoon and add it to the broth, simmer together to reduce for about 20 minutes. Transfer to a food processor in portions and blend until smooth.

Return to pan and add coconut milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Return to simmer for another 20 minutes before removing from heat and serving.

Rosemary Coriander Chicken One Pan Meal

 

I am changing out my Aerogarden and I needed to use up some fresh rosemary. I know it goes well with chicken and lemon but I have no lemon so I am using Coriander instead. I am also using Salish smoked salt and red pepper flakes in place of traditional salt & pepper though there is still some black pepper in there.

 

Ingredients:

3-6 chicken thighs

1 cup mixed marble sized potatoes, cut in half

3/4 cup baby portabella mushrooms, whole

1/4  of a red onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

3 tbs sherry

1/4 cup beef broth

1/8 tsp corriander

Salt & pepper

2 sprigs rosemary

For the dredge:

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 1/2 tbs fresh Rosemary, chopped

1/2 tsp Salish smoked salt

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp Thyme

1/2 Tsp Coriander

Instruction:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add all dredge ingredients to a bowl and mix. Dredge chicken and add to heated skillet skin side down. Braise both sides of the chicken and set aside.

Add potatoes, mushrooms, onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally until onions are soft and beginning to brown.

Add sherry and deglaze pan. Add Beef Broth, Coriander and salt & pepper to taste.

Add chicken back into the pan skin side up, cover and place in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes.

Herbs Provence Chicken One Pan Meal

I make this at least once a month, it’s easy to throw together in 20 minutes after work and then do some relaxing while it’s in the oven. I haven’t run out of things to do with Lavender yet…

You can generally find Herbs de Provence in the spice section of a large grocery store. What’s in Herbs de Provence? Generally Savory, Fennel, Thyme, Rosemary, Marjoram, Basil, Oregano and Lavender flowers… give or take a few of those, depending on the recipe. If you are more adventurous there are many variations of an Herbs de Provence recipe online to explore.

 

Ingredients

2 pieces Bacon

4-5 Chicken Thighs

1/2 cup Flour

2 tablespoons Herbs de Provence

1 Shallot, diced

1 cup Baby Bella Mushrooms, sliced

6-8 Marble, Fingerling or any small variety Potatoes, cut in half

1 tablespoon fresh Parsley, chopped

1/2 cup Sherry

1 cup Water, hot

 

Instruction

preheat oved to 350F

In a small bowl add 1/2 cup flour, herbs de provence and mix.

In a medium sized frying pan cook two pieces of bacon until crispy, remove bacon and set aside.

Dredge chicken thighs in the flour and place in the pan with the bacon grease, cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until nicely braised.Remove chicken from pan and set aside with bacon.

Add Shallot, potatoes and mushrooms to the pan and cook until the onion starts to brown and the mushrooms shrink and release their liquid.

Add sherry to the pan and deglaze, once deglazed add water and simmer 1-2 minutes.

While that is happening crumble the bacon into tiny pieces and add it back into the pan. Sometimes I add the parsley at this stage and sometimes I add it after I take it out of the oven later. Add braised chicken thighs back into pan.

Cover and place in the oven, cook for 40 minutes.

Serve with bacon herb sauce in the pan spooned over the top.