Jennifer’s Slow Cooker Chicken Apple Sausage Hearty Vegetable Soup/Stew

 

 

Jennifer’s Chicken Apple Sausage Vegetable Soup’s creation was driven by the need for something quick, hearty and what I had in my refrigerator(what is in your pantry and refrigerator greatly effects how we eat).  This is simple and very yummy.  Very filling and satisfying.  Adapt as needed with the goal to keep it healthy with minimum carbohydrates or complex carbohydrates only.
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Serves 8-10

Ingredients: 

  • 10 Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausages
  • 3 Medium Sweet Potatoes
  • 3 Small Yellow Potatoes
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Large Bunches Lacianto Kale
  • 8-10 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Tbs Organic Better Than Chicken Bouillon
  • 7-8 Cups Filtered Water
  • Celtic Sea Salt to Taste
  • Ground Black Pepper to Taste

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Directions:

  1.  Gather Ingredients
  2.  Cut and Chop all Vegetables, Garlic and Sausages.  Place Potatoes on bottom. Then layer pepper, kale, sausages and garlic.

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3. Add water, Better then Bouillon and pepper

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4. Turn Slow Cooker or Crock Pot  to Low for 6-8 hours High for 4-5 hours.  Taste and add Celtic Salt 30 minutes or earlier.  Serve Warm

 

 

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Enjoy this Simple, Yummy and Satisfying Meal!

My entire family enjoyed this! They complimented me and it was so easy.

Honey Spelt Rolls and Bread

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Jennifer’s Fluffy Honey Spelt Rolls & Bread

I have been making bread for years!
I began because I wanted a Healthy Whole Grain Bread without Bromine or Soy.

Making bread takes practice. So don’t give up after a few times.

This is our families favorite bread!
I’ve tried several recipes over the years but this is hands down the best!

Makes 12-15 rolls & 1 Loaf

Spelt Dough

4 cups spelt flour
1 (1/4-ounce) packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
2 teaspoons fine salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 1/2 cups whole milk or almond milk
1/3 cup raw honey
2 large eggs, room temp

Directions

For the dough:

1.. Place the flours, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk by hand to combine; set aside.

Fresh Ground Spelt with Yeast

Fresh Ground Spelt with Yeast

2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the milk and honey and heat, stirring, until the honey has dissolved and the mixture is warm to the touch but not hot (between 105°F and 115°F on an instant-read thermometer), about 2 to 5 minutes.

Butter, Milk & Honey

Butter, Milk & Honey

3. Pour the milk mixture over the flour mixture and add the eggs. Knead by hand or Fit the bowl onto the stand mixer and mix with the hook attachment on medium-low speed until just combined, about 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium high and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. (The dough will be slightly sticky.) I like to use the stretch test.  If you can take a piece of the dough and pull it until it is thin enough to see light through it but not rip the dough it is ready.

Kneading the dough

Kneading the dough

Kneading without makeup

Kneading without makeup

 

 

 

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More Kneading

More Kneading

 

 

 

 
4. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour or more . (If you’re not baking the dough until the next day, place it in the refrigerator to rise overnight.)                             5.Punch Down dough and Scrap onto a dough board, our clean nonporous surface.
To assemble:

1. Coat the bottom and sides of a 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish with the butter, using all of it; set the dish aside. (If the dough rose overnight in the refrigerator, let it sit in the bowl at room temperature for 45 minutes before proceeding.)
2. Transfer the dough to an unfloured work surface and divide it into 20 equal pieces (about 2 1/4 ounces each). Working with 1 piece at a time, cup your palm over the dough and roll the dough on the work surface into a round, tight ball. Arrange the balls so that they are just touching in the prepared baking dish, 4 across and 5 lengthwise (they won’t touch the sides of the dish).

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Rolls Rising in glass & clay 9x13

Rolls Rising in glass & clay 9×13

 

 

 

 

 

3. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and let the dough balls rise in a warm place until they’re doubled in size, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 350°F  (325°F high elevations) and arrange a rack in the middle.
4. Bake until the bottoms and tops of the rolls are golden brown, rotating the dish halfway through the baking time, about 22 to 25 minutes total. Transfer the dish to a wire rack and let the rolls cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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Here is my 1st Round of PiYo program Before and Afters

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Chinese Food Ruined My Sex Life!

I love Chinese Food!

However, being someone who try’s to eat Clean as much as possible eating out can be a real challenge.

I must also mention I am very allergic to MSG of any form.  Unfortunately it has become renamed so many things ( here is a list ) it is a real challenge to stay away from MSG.

We often ask restaurants if they uses MSG.   We always hear  a resounding “no”.  To which we ask again adding, “I am highly allergic”.  70% of the time we here something like, “well we only have it in some of our dishes……”

It has been a recurring story that we find one or two Chinese Food restaurants who do not use MSG.  Things begin fine but within a year or so something changes(the cook or management)  and I begin to get sick.

My husband and I have a healthy and active sex life.  But this past week had been more than hectic and we had not had the time to be together in a couple days.  This is hard on me (us).  So we planned to make tonight the night no matter what……..  It would be perfect!  We had plans to eat out which makes the evening easier. Come home do our stuff get the 6 kids to bed and the night was ours.

We went to one of our commonly visited Chinese food restaurants.  I enjoyed my food and was very satisfied.   I did not over eat, I wanted to be ready for the night with my hubby.

We left the restaurant and began heading home.  It takes about 35 mins to get home.  However, within about 5 mins of my husbands driving I began to have gas.  It was horrible painful cramping gas.  Gas you just couldn’t wait to release.  We have been married 18 years.  So farting really is no big deal.  So I let go……

OH MY GOSH  I almost died from my own fart.  The entire family began gagging and crying out for the windows to be opened.  Mind you- it is December at night and about 20 degrees outside.  However freezing to death seemed to be a fantastic option to dying from suffocation by this chemical warfare I had just produced.

The cramping was so bad ……farting felt soooo good.

I had to fart again or I would explode.

My poor husband was tearing up and gagging so bad and he could barely drive.  Kids where screaming, “Mom NOOOOOO.”  But I just had too.  Each time I farted it was silent yet freeing and (sigh) yes there where several and constant farts – Each time I warned my family of the oncoming doom.  It seemed like the least I should do.  Especially since my previous chemical warfare had not yet even cleared.  Nor ever did.   I felt so bad, but so good at the same time.  I was so guilty, so embarrassed, and I yet had to laugh in my shame.  The entire car of 8 tightly fitting people, myself included, were gagging and gasping.

We finally got home and I unloaded in the restroom.  Even with the fan on, my house became a nauseous Armageddon.  My entire family was begging me to stop.  Asking what in the world I had eaten.  Even my sweet little 20 month old son looked at me in horror and shame.

The entire house was now contaminated and blanketed in a nauseous heavy gas.  Afraid to light a candle in fear of a massive explosion.  We all just accepted it.  I was exhausted from the battle my body had just delivered to the innocent toilet.  I sat there looking at my horrified husband.  In 18 years I have never had such a battle.  I  sadly and quietly stated, “there is no way we will be able to have sex tonight.  I was truly disappointed, but so grossed out, so tired and still a little gassy.  There was just no way I could even imagine feeling sexy.

All I could say is, ” Chinese Food Ruined My Sex Life.”

Clean Eater

 

This my friends is one of my many Jennifer Moments.