Taz: Adrenal Recovery Soup

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, or Adrenal Recovery Soup is a simple, nourishing soup to give your body what it needs. #soup #adrenalfatigue #nourish #realfood #gourmet #recipe

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.
 

Loaded Broccoli Salad

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.
This loaded broccoli salad is a big hit whenever I make it. It is great for cookouts and picnics! #broccolisalad #bacon #cookout #bbq #recipe #realfood #foodie @godschicki

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.
This loaded broccoli salad is a big hit whenever I make it. It is great for cookouts and picnics! #broccolisalad #bacon #cookout #bbq #recipe #realfood #foodie @godschicki

Have you ever tried broccoli salad?

Roast Lamb

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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!).
Roast Lamb #easter #roastlamb #lamb #gourmet #realfood

Roast Lamb

  • Boneless leg of lamb roast
  • 3-4 Sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 10 cloves of garlic, finely grated
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 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.
Roast Lamb #lamb #roastlamb #gourmet #easter

Lamb Doneness

  • 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?

Nourishing Cuticle Oil

Part of a great, natural manicure, this easy cuticle oil works wonders on dry cuticles and nails. I really could have used this when I worked as a card merchandiser! My hands got so dry handling cards all day.
More on the natural manicure part later, but for now, here is the recipe I use for my cuticles.
If you have not already read it, please check out this post on Essential Oil Safety before using any essential oils.

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Nourishing Cuticle Oil

Add essential oils to roller bottle, top off with carrier oil and shake.
For best benefits, use every other day, though I only get around to it once a week or so!
Just roll liberally on cuticles and nails, massage into cuticles and nails, and gently push cuticles back with a damp wash cloth or cuticle stick.
 

Gluten Free, Real Food Pumpkin Recipe Roundup

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.

Key

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.
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Basics

Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Pressure Cooker Sugar Pie Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin Pie Spice

Main Dishes/Soups/Sides

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
Pumpkin Soup
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)

Breads

Pumpkin Pie Protein Bake
Pumpkin Donut Recipe
Light & Fluffy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (GF, DF)
Pumpkin Muffins
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
Pumpkin Fritters/Gulgula
Oat Flour Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
Grain Free Pumpkin Nut Bread

Desserts

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

Miscellaneous

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?

Aprons & Pearl Linkup

Nothing too exciting this week. I have a couple of posts that are almost done, so keep an eye out for those. Other than working on them bits here and there, I have been trying to declutter and clean up, and balance doing stuff with the kids. Trying to have more productive days. Working on getting better sleep and staying hydrated.
Autumn is in full swing.  I have been alternating between energy boosting oils and autumn scents in the diffuser, and putting on pots of citrus peels and spices to make the house smell like autumn. The weather has been nice so I have had the windows open when I can.
I have so many ideas…just need time to get them into post form!
 

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

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Cynthia Carrier

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It has been a busy week here in our house. Lots of stuff getting done. Going places. Cooking up yummies in the kitchen. Sick child.
I did not get get to write the post that I wanted to put up yesterday, but I have a couple coming up soon. So stay tuned for that.
I have been freshening things up. It has been beautiful weather, so the windows have been open as much as we can open them. I have been breaking out some natural smell good things. Lighting my beeswax candle. Swapped out my usual mood boosting oil scents for some autumn ones. If only there were a pumpkin essential oil!
There is a pumpkin recipe round-up in the works. “Pumpkin all the things!” is my motto September-November, but October is the main event. Oatmeal and pancakes have been all that I have attempted thus far, but a cheesecake is in the works….
I need to sit down and have a good planning session. Menus, schedules, activities…party planning.  A good brain dump is what I need at this point!
Autumn is indeed here, though we have already been above average temperature wise since it officially started.
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The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

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Cynthia Carrier

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Veggie Cream Cheese

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100 Days of Real Food Fast and Fabulous @godschicki
If you have spent much time around my blog at all, you have probably picked up on the fact that I am big on real foods. That is why I am so excited to be selected as an ambassador for Lisa Leake’s new book, 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous [Affiliate Link], which comes out tomorrow.
I love this recipe and see us making it a lot in the future! Extremely quick and easy to make, this recipe is gluten and nut free as well as vegetarian.
Great to dip veggies or crackers, or use on sandwiches or roll ups (with cucumber slices, or left over sliced chicken or turkey).
This recipe does require a food processor, I only have a mini one, but it was still pretty easy, I simply did the veggies one at a time and then mixed everything in a bowl with a mixer. If you do not have a food processor, you could probably grate the veggies and mix them up…
Veggie Cream Cheese 100 Days of Real Food @godschicki

Veggie Cream Cheese

  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1/4 cucumber, skin on, cut into large chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 green onion, white and green parts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature

 In the food processor, combine everything but the cream cheese and pulse until finely chopped.

 Drop the cream cheese into the veggie mix and pulse until well combined. Serve or store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

More About The Book

In 100 Days Fast & Fabulous, Lisa shares some tasty, quick recipes proving that real food doesn’t have to take forever to cook. She also shares some helpful information on buying real foods (including her typical grocery list-by store), when homemade or homegrown is really worth it, food prep and storage ideas and meal plans.
There’s a total of 100 recipes-75 that you will only find in 100 Days of Real Food Fast and Fabulous-not even on the 100 Days of Real Food blog.
Fast and Fabulous includes a great break down chart in the back letting you know quickly which recipes are freezer friendly, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian or nut free. Here’s how they break down.
chart

  • 85 recipes are (or can easily be) Gluten Free
  • 52 recipes are (or can easily be) Dairy Free
  • 69 recipes are (or can easily be) Vegetarian
  • 85 recipes are (or can easily be) Peanut / Tree Nut Free
  • 35 recipes are Freeze Friendly-so you can still give your family real food when busy times are coming

This greatly reduces the time I have to take combing through recipes to find gluten free ones and takes the guess work out of figuring out what freezes well!
There is still a bit of time to preorder it, which will get you a great discount. Instead of the list price of $29.99, you can score it for just $16.50 on Amazon! Hurry, it can go up at anytime. You can order your copy here [affiliate link]. As of 2 pm November 21st, 2016, it is still  $16.50.
If you want to start your family on a healthier lifestyle on real food, but think you do not have the time, this book is for you! Know someone looking to make real food for their families? This would be a great Christmas present!
Do you fix real foods? What are some of your favorite cookbooks?
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Home is the foundation upon which great civilizations are built. It is the sacred dwelling where souls are forged, humans have great value, children are cherished and marriage is regarded as holy.

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