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Beefy Soup

So many vegetables!

So many vegetables! I could just eat them raw.

I’ve been super lucky throughout my pregnancy. I’ve been very healthy through most of it. I’ve only had cravings for healthy food, mostly broccoli. I’ve been working on stocking up some pre made food for after I have my baby. I wanted to make something that would be great from before baby and recovery after baby. This soup is made with marrow bone broth and ox tail, along with a whole host of amazing vegetables. The extra iron and vitamins in the soup will really be beneficial for  any woman but especially the post labor woman in your life. After I made it I realized that I just and to have tomatoes! So I went back and added a few can of diced tomatoes, and some tomato paste. It really kicked up the heartiness of the soup. However, I don’t have any pictures of beefy soup 2.0 so just imagine how great it looks!

 

Beefy Soup

Bone Marrow Broth – go here for that recipe

7 ox tail pieces (give or take your own preferences)

1 medium onion diced

2 red bell peppers diced (about 2-2.5 cups for the next four ingredients)

1 small butternut squash diced

4-5 stalks of diced celery

4-5 carrots diced

a head of garlic chopped (yes a head, it’s recovery soup! garlic is good for that)

1.5 heads of kale ripped up.

1 tbsp black pepper

1 tsp hot peppers or cayenne (remember, recovery)

1 tsp parsley

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp smoky paprika

1/4 tsp majoram

1/4 tsp savory

(2-3 cans of diced tomatoes and 2 cans of tomato paste)

 

meat, meat, meat, yummy meat

Frist brown your meat in a very large stock pot. Everything will be going into this pot eventually so make sure it’s big. I like to brown the meat because it adds a lovely depth to the flavor. These ox tails had a thick side of fat, so I started with that side first to render some fat to cook them in. See? I’m smart. Brown all sides, and set aside.

this is where delicious starts

This is where the magic starts. The bottom of the pan will have all sorts of meat and fat stuck to it. By cooking the onions, the moisture will help loosen up that deliciousness, giving that depth I was talking about. Cook onions until they are starting to become translucent. Note they are not actually browning, that’s the good stuff stuck in the pan adhering now to the onions. Lucky onions.

so pretty

When your onions are soft, add the squash and the red peppers. Keep temperature at medium high and occasionally stir vegetables. Cook for about 4 minutes.

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Add in carrots and celery. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes.

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Add seasonings, meat, and broth. Look at all that dark rich goodness! Bring soup to a slow boil for about 15 minutes. Add in kale for last two minutes. You can also skip the boiling and cook on low for about an hour. When all the vegetables are soft and your meat is cooked through your soup is done. Now I said above that I decided this soup would be even better with tomatoes. I wish I thought of that first! Add about 2-3 cans of diced tomatoes and two cans of tomato paste when you add in your broth. It gives it a great rich color and really ups the flavor. But this soup was delicious just as it was, but even better with the tomatoes. I left the meat on the bones. It’s a preference thing. If you’d rather not have bones in your soup you can remove the meat after you boil it.

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beefy soup

This makes a ton of soup. I planned on that because I wanted to freeze a bunch for post baby meals. This is a great fall/winter soup that’s super hearty and would make a great gift for a friend in need of a bit of an immune boost.

 


Chicken Soup

There is something so satisfying about chicken soup. Warm, hearty, chockfull of vegetables, it just screams comfort and health. For the base of this soup I roasted a chicken on our new rotisserie toaster oven. I stripped the chicken and skin from the bones and simmered the bones in water to create a rich flavorful stock. This step will take your soup from good to amazing.

Stock

Roast one whole chicken until cooked.(I stuffed the skin with salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder). Remove all the skin and meat from the bird. The skin was perfectly crunchy and delicious so I just ate it. But you can use it in your stock if you aren’t as addicted to crispy skin and I am. Place bones, fat, and skin in a large pot cover with water, I had about I gallon of water. Add 3 bay leaves and a pinch of saffron. Cook covered on low for at least 12 hours. Cool and strain. If you pour it in plastic containers then you can freeze it forever, or use it within 2 weeks in the fridge.

Chicken Soup

~one gallon chicken stock

1 whole chicken cut up and deboned

4 carrots diced

3 stalks of celery diced

2 red bell peppers diced

2 yellow onions diced

3 cloves of garlic minced

1 head of kale torn from stems

1 tbsp kosher of salt

2 tbsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp cumin

¼ tsp saffron

¼ tsp ground thyme (or 1tsp of regular thyme)

½ tsp oregano

3 eggs tempered

Sautee onions and carrots in olive oil on medium high heat for 5 minutes. Add remaining vegetables except kale and sauté for 3 minutes. Add seasoning and chicken. Stir and cook for 3 minutes.

Add stock and turn down heat to low. Cover and cook for 1.5 hours. Add kale. Whip your eggs in a separate bowl and slowly pour hot stock over the eggs while beating them. This is called tempering eggs.

It adds heft to your stock in a totally paleo way! If you just pour the eggs in your soup without tempering you will get scrambled eggs instead. While tasty, this is not something you want in your soup. Cook the soup on low for another half hour and then serve. This makes an enormous batch of soup.

You can freeze a bunch of it or serve it for a dinner party. It’s got enough heat from the red pepper and plenty of hearty goodness from the homemade stock to cure whatever ails you.


redux

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. So many of the Leets food has been previously cooked meals. I made Asian style short ribs ala this recipe. Using a 1/4 cup of each of the following agave, sesame oil, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar plus the usual ginger and garlic. Last 20 minutes I threw in some kale. The beef and kale were made for each other. They were a perfect taste compliment.

I also made my egg cups with a few variations to eat for the whole week. Whipped up the eggs (it gives the more bread-y texture), chopped sausage, chopped bacon, cooked and chopped kale, diced hot peppers. I make a ton of these and heat them up at school each day for breakfast. They are portable and easy to make. Just oil your muffin pan, toss in fillings, then pour in beaten eggs. Bake until done. Re-heat for 20 seconds on a microwave. This picture is proof that tasty doesn’t equal pretty.

I promise soon I will have something more inspiring to cook. I have been very busy lately with work and activities, that I’ve not been very creative. Dinner has just been sauce packets on meat and a salad. Something of that quality is not worth posting to a blog.

This weekend we ran a mud race. We were dressed as southern zombies. So, in lieu of a great new recipe I give you zombies.


Pesto Turkey

Deciding what to cook for green was very difficult. So many delicious foods are green. There are so many ways to make things green (naturally). Unlike yellow this decision had too many options.

I finally decided on one of my favorite sauces, pesto. Pesto typically is pine nuts, olive oil, parmesan, and basil. I figured since this is a challenge I should make a pesto from things I’ve never tried. Going with the standard formula of green leafy vegetable/herb, nut, and fat. I picked kale, cilantro, walnuts, jalapeno, and olive oil. I slathered this mixture on a turkey and roasted it. It was very tasty raw so my hopes were high. Sadly, when it came out it was not the tasty mix I had hoped for. I’m not sure what went wrong. Too many flavors? Did cooking it change the kale too much? Whatever the reason the turkey looked unappealing (think brown mush on a roast turkey) and tasted rather underwhelming.

Pesto Turkey

1 turkey defrosted

1 bundle of kale

1 bundle of cilantro

1 jalapeno

1.5 cups of walnuts

1.5 heads of garlic

1 cup of olive oil

1-2 tbsp of salt

2 onions (reserve one for inside the turkey)

Wash and cut kale and cilantro from the stem. Place the in a food processor or blender. Blend with all the above ingredients (except turkey) until it resembles a paste.

Place the remaining onion in the cavity of the turkey along with the stems of the cilantro. Make sure you cut the rubber band from the stems.

Roast the turkey in the oven at 325 for 4-5 hours until internal temperature reaches 180 when measured at or near the thigh.

The raw pesto was tasty and would make a fine sauce for pasta or veggies. The cooked pesto on the turkey was a fail. I  lieu of a finished photo Lucy said I should draw a picture of what it should have looked like. So I drew you this picture instead.


Kale Chips

I had some kale ready to turn bad in the fridge and I hate throwing away food. So I decided to try making kale chips. I’ve never made them before but they sounded interesting. This recipe is so easy and tasty that I wish I had tried it sooner.

All you need is Kale, olive oil, and salt and pepper.

The steps to make it are also just as simple.
Rinse the kale, cut out the middle stem and tear into bite sized pieces.Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper.Toss a few times to coat the leaves
Bake in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutesThey were so simple that T didn’t even know I had made anything until he came in the kitchen. He and I quickly ate the entire batch.

T liked them so much I went out today and got two huge heads of kale to make it again.

They are delicious, crunchy and healthy!