Reasonably Quick Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

2 T butter
1 lb boneless skinless chicken, white and/or dark meat
1 1/2 cup onion, chopped, either white or sweet
1 cup celery, chopped, include some delicious leaves
3 slender carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal into bite sized pieces
6 cups unsalted chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1 t thyme
1/4 t black ground pepper
1 pinch of ground cloves
1 goodly pinch of saffron
Salt to taste
1 T fresh parsley, or 1 t dried parsley
3 oz medium egg noodles (or 6 oz for thick stewy soup) Read More


Cold Asian Noodles

Cold Asian NoodlesIngredients:

8 oz egg noodles
3 T soy sauce, low sodium
2 T rice vinegar
2 T vegetable oil
2 T water
1 T palm sugar, or brown sugar
1 T sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 t ginger, minced
1/4 t ground black pepper
Pinch salt, or to taste
2 scallions, white and light parts, sliced Read More


Recipe of the Week: Basic Hummus

This recipe is from The Archive under The Spoon Mage™ Explains.
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Do you have a favorite brand of hummus or do you enjoy it at one particular restaurant because they make it so perfectly? You don’t have to go out –  make it yourself.

Once you have mastered hummus basics, check out the ideas below the recipe to take your hummus beyond the ordinary. Enjoy it often – it’s good for you. I love to dip carrots, radishes, and cucumbers in my hummus. Or try it on sandwiches as a replacement for mayo.

ps – It’s not cheating to use canned garbanzo beans. It’s just easy.

Basic Hummus

Ingredients:

1 (15 oz can) garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
2 T extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 T tahini
2 T fresh lemon juice
Sea salt and pepper to taste
3 T olive oil  (you may use less or more to taste)
Optional Ingredients: see below for a few delicious suggestions

Click here for the Directions.


Asian-American Shrimp Pad Thai

Ingredients:

8 oz medium or large flat rice noodles
1 lb wild caught medium shrimp, thawed if from frozen, shelled, and deveined
3 t cornstarch, divided use
1/4 cup fish sauce
3 T fresh lime juice
2 T soy sauce
1 T ketchup
1/4 cup palm sugar
1 T brown sugar
1 T rice wine vinegar
1 t crushed red pepper, or to taste
1/8 t ground white pepper, or to taste
1/4 cup water
4 T peanut oil, divided use
1 1/2 T garlic, minced
1 small shallot, minced
2 large eggs beaten
2 cups bean sprouts
4 scallions, sliced
2 t sesame oil
1/2 – 3/4 cup lightly smashed unsalted dry roasted peanuts
2 T cilantro
1 lime quartered
hot chile oil to taste Read More





Mindfulness Revisited: The Importance of Words

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At the start of a new year, many folks think about going on a diet. The word is not often accompanied by feelings of joy.

When you think of eating a cookie as failing or “breaking” your diet, you might berate yourself … or “give in” and go for more forbidden bites which makes you feel as if you personally are a failure and just cannot succeed with a diet. You are not a failure. That sort of thinking is the result of what you have been trained to think when you see the word diet.

Read more here.


Recipe of the Week: Black-Eyed Peas, Creole Style

Start the New Year off right with a southern meal designed to create plenty of luck for everyone at the dinner table. Black eyed peas form the solid foundation of a tasty southern New Year’s Day tradition. To bring financial good fortune, serve up a side of your favorite leafy green. Mustard greens are standard, but you can use any leafy green you love – spinach, cabbage, or the interesting greens from sweet potatoes.

What delicious New Year’s Day traditions do you enjoy?

Happy New Year!

Ingredients:

4 oz bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 oz ham, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 cup celery, chopped – include some of the delicious leaves
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, deseeded, and minced
2 t Creole seasoning mix
1 t dried thyme
3/4 t dried oregano
1/2 t dried basil
2 bay leaves
1 pound black-eyed peas, sorted, rinsed, and soaked
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
4 cups chicken stock
Water as needed

Garnish: sliced green onion

Click here for directions.