Glowing Spiced Lentil Soup

Glowing Spiced Lentil Soup

I love lentil soup!  This fabulous recipe is from: http://ohsheglows.com/2016/04/03/glowing-spiced-lentil-soup/

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free
 Yield: About 7 cups
Prep Time
15 Minutes
Cook time
20 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups (280 grams) diced onion (1 medium/large)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 (15-ounce/398 mL) can diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 1 (15-ounce/398 mL) can full-fat coconut milk*
  • 3/4 cup (140 grams) uncooked red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 3 1/2 cups (875 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, to taste (for a kick of heat!)
  • 1 (5-ounce/140-gram) package baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, or more to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, add the oil, onion, and garlic. Add a pinch of salt, stir, and sauté over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes until the onion softens.
  2. Stir in the turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, and cardamom until combined. Continue cooking for about 1 minute, until fragrant.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), entire can of coconut milk, red lentils, broth, salt, and plenty of pepper. Add red pepper flakes or cayenne, if desired, to taste. Stir to combine. Increase heat to high and bring to a low boil.
  4. Once it boils, reduce the heat to medium-high, and simmer, uncovered, for about 18 to 22 minutes, until the lentils are fluffy and tender.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the spinach until wilted. Add the lime juice to taste. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if desired. Ladle into bowls and serve with toasted bread and lime wedges.

Pumpkin-Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping

Pumpkin-Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping

Prep time: 20 minutes; cook time: 30 minutes / Yields 12 muffins

By: Carolyn Riley

Recipe From AllRecipes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  •  1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped peeled apples

Topping

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. Combine eggs, pumpkin and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. For topping, combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; sprinkle 1 teaspoon over each muffin. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

Depression Cake (uses no eggs)

Depression Cake (no eggs)

Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
    • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 cup water
Frosting
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk (or cream)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
    1. In a separate bowl, combine vanilla, vinegar, oil and water. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until completely combined and no lumps remain.
    2. Pour batter into a greased 8×8 square pan.
    3. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
    4. Let cake cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting
  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan (or in the microwave using a microwave safe dish.) Stir in cocoa powder, mixture will form a thick paste.
  2. Transfer chocolate mixture to a medium size mixing bowl. With mixer on low speed, add in powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.
  3. Once ingredients are incorporated, turn mixer to medium high speed and beat about 5 minutes, until frosting is smooth and creamy. Spread on top of cooled cake.

Chocolate Crazy Cake (no eggs)

 Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa (unsweetened)
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp.  salt
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp.  pure vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup water

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a greased 8″ square baking pan.  Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients – two small, one larger. Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression.  Pour water over all.  Mix well until smooth.

Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes.  Check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.  Cool.  Top with your favorite frosting.  Enjoy!

 
Note:  Oven cooking times may vary, be sure to check your cake to make sure you do not over bake.
TIPS

  • You can double this recipe, just use a 9×13 baking pan.
  • Mix batter in a bowl for neater, easier mixing. Be sure to follow the directions the same way – mixing the dry ingredients then making the depressions for the wet ingredients. Don’t forget to grease your pan. You can also make cupcakes – be sure to adjust baking time. 
  •  This recipe is great served warm or cold with just sprinkling powdered sugar on top.  

Quaker Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

QUAKER VANISHING OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” –Zig Ziglar

Makes about 4 dozen cookies
INGREDIENTS

Mint Polka Dot Cookies

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. –Robert J. Collier, Writer

Recipe and photo source: http://www.ldsliving.com/-Food-Dish-My-Family-s-Favorite-Cookie-Recipe/s/67377
Mint Polka Dot Cookies
Recipe adapted from Guittard
2 cups (12 ounces) Guittard semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsalted butter (NOT margarine)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (do not sift)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
heaping 1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 2/3 cups (10 ounces) Guittard Green Mint Chips
Preheat oven to 350F.
Heat semisweet chips and butter in microwave inside a small bowl at medium power (50% or level 5) for 2-3 minutes, stirring well after each minute until smooth. Set aside to cool. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla until light. Blend in melted chocolate, then dry ingredients. Stir in green mint chips and chill for 10-15 minutes or until slightly stiff. (If you chill it for longer, make sure to roll dough into balls before placing on cookie sheet.) Drop by well-rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets (preferably lined with parchment or Silpat).
Bake 8-10 minutes. Cookies will be soft in centers but will harden as they cool.
To judge doneness:
-cook until the tops look crusty, but there’s still a little gloss through the cracks. (With dark cookies, it can be hard to tell when things are cooked; it helps to smack the pan against the rack–if they deflate a little when you do it, they’re cooked.)
-leave cookies on the pan for 5-10 minutes after you pull them. The residual heat helps to bake them a little, but doesn’t overcook them. They shouldn’t fall apart when you remove them with a spatula, but they will still be a little gooey.

Slow Cooker Creamy White Chicken Chili

 

Emilie served this delicious chili in Yellowstone.  I believe this is the original site source: http://www.thechunkychef.com/slow-cooker-creamy-white-chicken-chili/

PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES, 
COOK TIME: 8 HOURS
SERVES 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 24 oz. chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 2 15 oz cans great Northern beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 4 oz cans diced green chiles
  • 1 15 oz can whole kernel corn,drained
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • small handful fresh cilantro chopped
  • 4 oz reduced fat cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup half and half

TOPPINGS:

  • sliced jalapenos
  • sliced avocados
  • dollop of sour cream
  • minced fresh cilantro
  • tortilla strips
  • shredded Monterey Jack or Mexican cheese

 

Cajun Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

This is what we made for Father’s day dinner.  It was so good.  Even grandpa, who is roast beef and potatoes man went back for seconds.

Original site source:  http://comfortablydomestic.com/2011/03/cajun-chicken-alfredo/

Ingredients

  • 4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lbs.)
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Cajun blackening spice (I found it at the grocery store spice aisle)
  • 2 Tbs. butter, divided
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil (or more if needed)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 C. (1/2 pint) grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 C. dry white wine (I used chicken broth)
  • 1 1/2 C. heavy cream (or half-and-half)
  • 1 1/2 C. good quality, freshly grated Italian cheeses (I found a blend of Asiago, Parmesan, and Fontina at the grocery store)
  • 3 oz. herbed goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt (or more, to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper (or more, to taste)
  • 1 pound fettuccine, cooked
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg, for garnish
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish

Instructions

1. Rinse chicken breast in cool water, and pat dry. Pound each chicken breast flat with a flat meat mallet or rolling pin, between two sheets of plastic wrap. Set flattened breasts on a clean plate. Sprinkle a heavy amount of blackening spice on both sides of each chicken breast, pressing to adhere.

2.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

3.     Heat 1 Tbs. of the butter, and the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, until butter begins to brown. Place chicken in the pan, and sear on one side, until it is very brown, about 3 minutes. Flip chicken and sear the other side until very brown, about another 1 1/2 minutes. Work in batches so as not to crowd the pan.

4.     Place browned chicken onto a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside. Remove chicken from the oven and thinly slice against the grain; set aside.

5.     Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions and begin cooking the sauce.

For the Sauce

If the skillet looks dry, add a bit more olive oil. Reheat the skillet over medium heat.

1. Pour the chicken broth into the skillet to deglaze the pan and whisk all of the delicious brown bits off the bottom of the pan. (1-2 minutes)

2. Add the garlic and tomatoes to the pan and sauté to soften and lightly caramelize, stirring occasionally. (1-2 minutes)

3. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour the heavy cream to the pan with the tomato mixture, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add the salt, pepper, and the remaining tablespoon of butter. Continue to stir the cream mixture while it simmers for 3-4 minutes. The cream will reduce slightly.

4.  Remove from heat. Add the grated cheeses, and goat cheese to the cream sauce. Stir constantly until all the cheese has melted, and sauce is smooth. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings.

5.  Pour the fettuccine onto the sauce, and top with the sliced chicken. Toss the pasta and chicken into the sauce with tongs, until well combined. Turn tossed pasta into a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg, and a bit of chopped parsley.

Serve immediately.

Slow Cooker Queso

SLOW COOKER QUESO

Cook time: 2 hours / Serves: 8-10

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound Velveeta, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 pound white American cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • Splash of milk
  • 1 (4 ounce) can green chilies
  • Chopped fresh cilantro

INSTRUCTIONS


1) Add all ingredients, except cilantro, into a slow cooker.

2) Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally so everything is combined.

3) When ready to serve, stir in chopped cilantro and enjoy!

Yellowstone Banana S’Mores

 

This is what we had around the one night  campfire.  We used broken up Hershey bars for the chocolate factor, but chocolate chips would be easier:

Ingredients:

  • Banana
  • Chocolate chips
  • Small marshmallows
  • Graham crackers

Directions:

  1. Peel a ripe banana and cut a slit down the middle, but don’t cut it all the way through.
  2. Fill the inside of the banana with as many marshmallows and chocolate chips as you like.
  3. Roll the banana in a square piece of aluminum foil and set it in the red coals.
  4. Open the tin foil, crunch up a graham cracker over the top and eat it.

Zucchini and Ground Beef Casserole

ZUCCHINI AND GROUND BEEF CASSEROLE

6 c. sliced zucchini
1/4 c. chopped onion
1 lb. ground beef
1 tbsp. butter
1 pkg. Stove Top stuffing mix
1 1/2 c. water
1 c. cream of chicken soup
1 c. sour cream
1 c. shredded carrots
Cook zucchini in a small amount of salted water in saucepan for 3 minutes; drain well. Brown onion and ground beef in butter in skillet, stirring until ground beef is crumbly; drain.Prepare stuffing mix according to package directions, using 1 1/2 cups water. Combine soup and sour cream in bowl. Add zucchini, ground beef and carrots. Spoon half the stuffing into greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Layer ground beef mixture and remaining stuffing on top. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown.