This is a recipe that I found a couple of years ago and love making. It is a wonderful, nourishing soup that provides many of the minerals our bodies need desperately.
Originally from “Balancing body chemistry with nutrition” seminars by Dorthy S Downey.
I have modified the recipe a bit to how I make it.
It is so simple, and tasty as well.
Taz Soup (Adrenal Recovery Soup)
- 16 ounces green beans, cut into bite sized bits
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 zucchini*, sliced
- 1 medium onion*, chopped
- 1 16 can tomato* diced tomatoes
- 1 cup spring water (I use filtered water)
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 pound uncured smoked beef sausage, uncured ham chunks, or two chicken breast cut into bite sized bits
- Pepper to taste
Prepare ingredients. In a large pot, combine ingredients and simmer for about an hour, or until the veggies are tender.
One of my children does not like eating green veggies, but happily ate this and asked for more.
Great for when you are really stressed or sick to help your body get on the mend faster.
*Since this is about getting minerals and helping our bodies recover, these ingredients I highly recommend making sure that you get organic.
Broccoli salad is a big hit around here. It is a great way to get the children to eat veggies. With the cheddar and bacon there is a bit of protein in there as well. This recipe has evolved a bit over time, but I think we finally have it down.
Loaded Broccoli Salad
- 3 pounds of broccoli florets, trimmed into bite-sized pieces*
- 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
- 24 ounces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 3/4-1 cup of raisins (I like golden raisins) or dried cranberries
- 10-12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
- 1/2 cup flax seed
- 1 cup sunflower seeds, hauled
- 2 cups mayonnaise
- 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 8 tablespoons organic sugar (I use turbinado sugar)
Mix mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and sugar together until sugar is dissolved. Mix with remaining ingredients in a large bowl. I usually make this up the night before and it is great when it sets overnight.
*I usually trim the stem bits in as well, just in small bits.
Have you ever tried broccoli salad?
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It has become a tradition in our home to have lamb for Easter. It is a symbolic reminder to us that Jesus was the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
It might sound intimidating, and some are not crazy about the taste, but it is rather easy.
The hardest part is getting it tied up before roasting. I made a video showing how I do it that you can watch here.
You will need a probe thermometer, and some butcher’s twine, but that is all the extras that you will need to make this amazing dish (and really, you should have a good probe thermometer anyway!).
- Boneless leg of lamb roast
- 3-4 Sprigs fresh rosemary
- 10 cloves of garlic, finely grated
- Avocado oil/bacon grease
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Open up your boneless leg of lamb.
Rub the roast, inside and out, with garlic, salt and pepper. Place rosemary sprigs across inside of the roast.
Roll meat up into a roast shape and secure with butcher’s twine (see above mentioned video). Put roast opening side down in baking dish. Brush with oil.
Insert probe of thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. Cook at 450°F for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 325°F.
Cook until roast reaches about 5° below desired doneness. Remove from oven and cover to rest. Carry-over while resting will continue to raise the temperature about 5° degrees, so always set your thermometer for 5 degrees below your goal.
Rare is about 15 minutes per pound, medium-rare is about 20 minutes per pound, and medium is about 25 minutes per pound.
Remember to let your meat rest for 10-15 minutes before carving for a much juicier meat.
- Rare: 115 to 120°F
- Medium-Rare: 120 to 125°F
- Medium: 130 to 135°F
- Medium-Well: 140 to 145°F
You really do not want it well done. Do not even think it! I usually go to Medium-Well. That gives you just a bit of pink inside, and stays nice and juicy.
What Size Leg of Lamb Do I Need
Typically figure for 1/2 pound per person. So if you are feeding 8 people, you will want a 4 pound roast and so on…
Have you ever cooked lamb? What does your family eat for Easter dinner?
Family dinners are something that are becoming less and less common. Between extracurricular activities, and work we are busier than ever. Conversation and connecting are becoming lost arts.
Being intentional about passing on our faith is something that is vital to Christian parents. Having a dinner as a family is a great opportunity to pass along faith. While not every meal or conversation will be about faith, it does often provide teachable moments, as well as relationship to build them up in the faith. A lot more is caught than taught. Seeing you make family time a priority will set them up well for the future.
I firmly believe that quantity time leads to quality time. If we try to force quality time, many times is only stressful, yet if we have quantity time, quality time, those moments that you and your kids will remember, tend to just happen.
I understand many parents want their kids in lots of activities for various reasons, but if you are constantly running, please show them how to slow and enjoy what is really important.
Faith at Home is something that I have shared about before.
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
“Rules without relationship leads to rebellion.” -Andy Stanley
If we want our children to see our faith as more than rules, we need to model it for them, and relationship is key. Family dinners are such an important tool.
Even the secular world is acknowledging the benefits of family dinners.
Having dinner as a family has been shown to have many benefits including promoting literacy in young children, reduced risk of obesity, better mental health for teens, improved academics, as well as reduce the risk of substance abuse.
Children that eat with their parents tend to be more adventurous eaters.
It is a great time to practice good manners (another lost art I fear), compassion, forgiveness, joy, respect, patients, kindness, self-control, and empathy.
You show and pass along your family values during dinners together.
It might not be easy if you are making this as a big change, but it is well worth it. Just set your mind to it, and understand that there will be an adjustment period.
Put the phones in a basket away from the table. Give your undivided attention to those around you.
Meals do not need to be fancy. Real food does not have to take long or be complicated. (You can check out my review of 100 Days of Real Food Fast and Fabulous here, and the 100 Days of Real Food Blog is a fantastic resource)
These resources are not Christian, but they offer some great tools and information:
The Family Dinner Project Benefits of Family Dinners (They have a ton of resources including conversation starters)
It’s Science:Eat Dinner Together
This year, let’s take time to be intentional about breaking bread together as a tool to pass along our faith.
Need some ideas to get conversations going? Check out Family Dinner Games.
Do you regularly have family dinners? Is there something holding you back? What do you find is the biggest challenge in having regular family dinners?
I have this thing for pumpkin. September to early December is pumpkin season in our house. I try not to go too crazy since hubby does not love it as much as I do, but I get it in where I can. We try to eat real food (less processed), and we eat gluten free as well, so I wanted to make a round up of gluten free real food pumpkin recipes.
With the exception of one or two that can easily be modified to be gluten free (GF), these are all gluten free. If there are other bits of info about the recipe, I have included them. Some are paleo, keto, dairy free (DF), sugar free (SF), vegetarian, vegan, and soy free.
Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Pressure Cooker Sugar Pie Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Flourless Pumpkin Waffles (GF, Paleo)
Pumpkin Broccoli Soup
Roast Pumpkin Mediterranean Salad
Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Spiced Pumpkin Risotto
Pumpkin Overnight Steel Cut Oats(GF, DF options)
Kale Mushroom Pumpkin Alfredo (Not Originally GF, but you can easily substitute GF pasta)
Savory Paleo Pumpkin Soup(GF, DF, Paleo)
Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Curry Chicken
Roasted Apple Pumpkin Soup with Potatoes(GF, DF, Vegan)
Meatless Pumpkin Lasagna (GF, Vegetarian)
Quick Vegetarian Chili
Slow Cooker Thai Pumpkin Sweet Potato Yellow Curry (GF, Paleo)
Quick & Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Chestnut Pasta (GF, Vegan)
Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani (GF, Vegan)
Pumpkin Cranberry Quinoa Salad (GF, Vegan)
Vegan Miso Pumpkin Soup (GF, Vegan)
Savory Pumpkin Casserole
Pumpkin Soup With Bacon (GF DF)
Vegan Pumpkin Curry(GF, Vegan)
Super Spicy Pumpkin Soup
Slow Cooker Beef & Pumpkin Stew (GF, Paleo)
Pumpkin Sauce With Meatballs(Not GF, but can sub GF bread crumbs and pasta)
Maple Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal(GF, SF, Can be DF)
Pumpkin Pie Protein Bake
Pumpkin Donut Recipe
Light & Fluffy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (GF, DF)
Healthy Pumpkin Muffins (GF, SF, Paleo)
Sugar Free Pumpkin Bread (GF, DF, SF, Paleo, Keto
Sour Cream Pumpkin Butter Muffins
Pumpkin Pie Snowball Cookies
Pumpkin Apple Harvest Muffins
Oat Flour Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
Grain Free Pumpkin Nut Bread
Easy Pumpkin Fudge(GF, DF, SF, Paleo)
Keto Pumpkin Pie(GF, SF, Keto)
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites
Paleo Pumpkin Pie Dessert Nachos (GF, Paleo)
Pumpkin Spice Frosted Brownies
Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Swirl Cake
Crustless Low-Carb Pumpkin Pie
Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Pie From Scratch
Pecan Pumpkin Shake (GF, Vegan)
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin Cobbler with Brown Butter Streusel (Not GF, but could easily swap a GF baking mix for the flour)
Caramel Stuffed Pumpkin Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting(GF, DF, Soy Free)
Healthy Wheat Free Pumpkin Cookies
Magical Paleo Pumpkin Crumble Bars(GF, Paleo)
Pumpkin Date Cookies
Savory Pumpkin Hummus
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie (GF, DF)
Pumpkin Popcorn Balls
Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup
Pumpkin Spice Hummus
Coconut Oil Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Sticky Pumpkin Wedges (GF, Whole 30)
What is your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin?
Growing up in North Carolina, pulled pork BBQ was a common dinner. I love having it with a good cole slaw with it. Cole slaw is so easy to make. Here is my recipe!
Red Cabbage Cole Slaw
- 4 cups finely shredded/diced red cabbage (about 1/2 a head)
- 1/2-2/3 cup grated carrot
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2-3 tablespoons sugar (I use turbinado)
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds (optional, but adds great flavor)
In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar well until sugar is dissolved. Mix in remaining ingredients. This is best after it has set overnight, but still good freshly made.
What do you like to eat cole slaw with?