All of these recipes were made with one hand, and a lot of love!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Curried Coconut Spinach and Shrimp Soup

I did a makeover on one of my favorite soups today!!! It was even faster and soooo yummy! I made it extra spicy to warm me up since it is so cold outside - so feel free to dial down the spiciness if it is too much for ya!

Curried Coconut Spinach and Shrimp Soup

Saute in a soup pot for 5 minutes
2 TBSP olive oil
1 large onion, diced

add 3-4 cloves garlic and cook 2 minutes more

Add, and cook for 1 minute or so -
2 tsp yellow curry
1/2 tsp tumeric
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Add

8 Roma Tomatoes, diced (or 2 cans diced tomatoes)
2 tsp lemon juice
2 1/2 C vegetable broth
1 can coconut milk

Bring to a boil and add:

2 C small -medium sized shrimp (I used the frozen already cooked kind)'
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 bag spinach

Allow to return to a boil , boil a minute or two and serve! YUMMY!

Thai Style Evil Jungle Princess

This has long been my favorite to get at Thai restaurants! I was thrilled when I found this recipe and tried it out right away! It was so good! The kids were licking not only their plates, but the serving bowl by the end of dinner. I didn't make it too spicy - between a 1 and 2 but next time I might make it a bit spicier so I can have leftovers! ;)

Thai Style Evil Jungle Princess

1 TBSP olive oil (or Peanut)
6 garlic cloves peeled and minced
1 1/2 stalks lemongrass chopped into 1" - 4" pieces (variety is fun!)
4 TBSP lime zest (or 6 Kaffir lime leaves, softened in warm water)
4 8 oz chicken breasts, skinned and sliced into pieces
1 C coconut milk
1 C chicken broth
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp sugar
10-12 fresh mint leaves, chopped
4 TBSP fish sauce (I left this out, since I had none... I just added a small amount of salt toward the end of cooking)
2 tsp cayenne pepper - or to taste
6 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 C finely chopped red cabbage
1 C finely chopped Chinese cabbage (or regular - that is what we used!)
1 2/3 enoki mushrooms (I didn't use these but might next time!)

Cooked Rice if desired

Heat the oil in a large skillet or Wok and add the garlic. Cook until oil is infused with garlic and add the lemongrass, lime zest, and chicken. Stir fry chicken until no longer pink. Add coconut milk, chicken stock, and chili powder and stir fry until chicken turns white and sauce has cooked down into a coating cream. Stir in the sugar, mint leaves, and fish sauce. Add your cayenne, keeping in mind that how much you add will determine the 1-5 heat factor. I would say that 1 1/2 tsp was about a 1.5 on the heat scale. A little spicy, but still fine for kids. Stir in lemon to suit your taste.

Put the sliced cabbage and mushrooms into a hot skillet with a little chicken broth or water (just enough to cause steam) and allow to heat through (I did 8 minutes or so)

Serve the cabbage over rice (if desired) and top it all with the evil jungle princess! YUM!!!

***NOTE - towards the end I wanted it a little saucier so I added more coconut milk (about 1/2 cup) so it was a little thinner... but still awesome and it went farther that way! Woooo hooooo;)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A little change

I was in serious need of some comfort food a few days ago... so I made my Grandma's soup!!! It is soooo delicious and I made it dairy/gluten free with a couple of easy changes! We all liked it even better, it was so creamy! I added in diced ham and the kids sprinkled cheese on top! GREAT meal!

So - the changes I made to it....
I switched out the milk and used coconut milk (I thought it might be too sweet - but it wasn't - it was just really creamy)
I switched out the flour for Potato flour (you could also use arrowroot flour!).

Hooray for food makeovers!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Chocolate Shake

Seeing as how I have had this nearly every morning for a week, I thought I would post it! It is wonderful! A friend of mine (thanks Lynn) gave me this recipe along with a bunch of others I have fallen in LOVE with!

Chocolate Shake

1 Cup coconut water (or just plain water)
1 Cup Spinach (or more)
1 banana
1 TBSP flax
2 TBSP cocoa powder
blueberries
dates (I chop mine first as I don't have an amazing blender!)

Blend it up and enjoy! Try to hide from your kids while drinking it, because if they are like mine they will end up drinking half of it;) OR - just be nice and make them one too!