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December 7, 2010

Food Excitement!!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — saturner @ 3:11 pm

Every once in awhile I come up with a recipe to try that I don’t anticipate being that delicious and it ends up coming out spectacular!!!!!! I have been making a ton of soups as I have discussed previously but although the soups have been yummy I’ve been finding that they start to taste similiar so I wanted to really bump it up and do something new. Last night I came up with a new soup called Creamy Herb Chicken Bean & Asparagus Soup!! It came out absolutely delicious and I hope you try it!!

Creamy Herb Chicken, Bean & AsparagusĀ  Soup

Ingredients

2 Cans Cannellini Beans rinsed and drained

1/2 lb ground white meat chicken

1/2 bunch fresh asparagus cut into 2 inch pieces

2 Tbl fresh chives

2 Tbl Fresh parsley

2 Tbl Fresh thyme

2 shallots chopped

1 clove of garlic minced

2 cups reduced sodium chicken stock

t tbl extra virgin olive oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

In a stock pot use 1 tbl of olive oil and saute chopped shallots and garlic Thick, delicious and HEALTHY!!!until soft. Add 3/4 cup of the white beans and 1/2 cup of the chicken stock and let simmer about 5 minutes. Use an immersion blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add the remaining chicken stock, asparagusĀ and beans and let simmer.

In a saute pan brown ground chicken. When brown add to soup. Let soup cook another 5-10 minutes and then add all fresh herbs, salt and pepper. I also add a bit of hot chili flakes at this point since I like a “kick” to my soups.

This soup will make about 3 large servings so if you want to make more double the ingredients.

I know you will love this soup!! Please try!!

Love, health and big food!!!!

December 1, 2010

Spice and Crunch!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — saturner @ 3:18 pm

Sorry its been so long!!! Unfortunately with Thanksgiving there was not too much healthy cooking going on in my house!! But thats ok..special occasions should be just that. SPECIAL!! However now its back to reality at least for a couple of weeks until the Christmas cooking begins!!! In addition to a BIG healthy plate of food comes texture. It is very important for food to not only look and taste good but texture is really important when putting that first delectable bite of food in your mouth. There have been so many foods that I have tried that actually did have a great flavor but I couldn’t get past the texture which becomes a big deterrent for me and other people as well. You need the right combination of flavor, spice and crunch and that is why this dish is one of my favorites!!!

Spicy Broccoli Rabe w ith Cannellini beans and Crunchy Toasted Walnuts

Ingredients

1 Large Bunch of Broccoli Rabe

1 Can Cannelini Beans rinsed and drained

1 Cup chopped toasted walnuts

1/2 cup chopped sundried tomatoes (I like the ones packed in olive oil)

2 Cloves of garlic minced

1 Cup low sodium chicken or veggie stock

2 tsp red chili flakes

2 tbls parmesean cheese

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a good amount of sea salt. Chop the broccoli rabe and place in boiling water for about 5-7 minutes. This takes the bitterness out of the broccoli rabe. Drain into a ice water bath and then dry with paper towels.

In a saute pan heat the olive oil and add the garlic and saute slowly. You don’t want to burn the garlic. Once you start smelling the garlic cooking add the broccoli rabe and coat with the olive oil and garlic. Add the chopped sundried tomatoes, chicken or veggie stock and beans. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes. As you are ready to serve add the chopped walnuts and parmesean cheese!

Enjoy!

Love, health and big food!!!

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