Creamy Sweet Potato & Asparagus Soup- Slow cooker

Creamy Sweet Potato & Asparagus Soup- Slow cooker
by Jennifer Gresham

I used two of my favorite kitchen tools to make this soup- My slow cooker/crockpot and blender wand.  However, you do not have to use a slow cooker.  This soup can be easily made on the stove top or even with a pressure cooker. Also it does not have to be creamy. I used my blender wand instead of my beloved blender because of the quantity of soup and to save time. This can be done in a Vitamix.

Feeds: 8-10 people
Slow Cooker on Low for 8hrs or high for 6hrs

Ingredients:

2 Large Sweet Potatoes
1 Bunch Asparagus
1 medium to large yellow or Spanish onion
4-5 Garlic cloves
1 TBS non MSG or chemical Chicken Broth Concentrate
6-8 C water
1 can Coconut Creme (if you do not have the creme- use coconut milk and reduce water by 1-2 cups)
2 TBS Butter or Olive Oil
1 tsp or to taste Curry powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions-

Clean Asparagus and drain. Peel and Chop Sweet potatoes and onion. Peel and dice or press the garlic. Cut dead ends off Asparagus and chop. Place all ingredients into slow cooker. Mix and Add Chicken Broth. Add Curry Powder, 2 Tbs butter and water. Let cook. 30- 1 hour before serving add Coconut Creme or Milk. Stir and then with Wand Blender in Crock (kept at bottom) blend until creamy and all large pieces are blended.
Serve hot and enjoy!

My entire family enjoyed this. Even my 3 yr old who just had to get over the green color, of which we told him was cool. 🙂 It helped that green is his favorite color at the moment.

Yummy Fall Treat – Paleo Pumkin Pie Energy Bites! 

Do you like Pumpkin? 

Do you eat clean? 

Love to snack? Than these seem the way to go! 

Have fun – add somethings! 

I am going to roll mine in PB2. 

What would you add? 

 
Enjoy!

Jennifer Gresham 

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Matcha Tea – why I drink it? Recipes

So I am new to Matcha.

I have quickly fallen in love with it! 

I have always loved black tea.  However, I am not a fan of the flavor of green tea. I like the nutrient benefits of green tea but truly dislike the flavor. 

I recently began drinking coffee and was finally enjoying it only to discover I have reflux and Gerd problems– so out went coffee! 

I wanted to find a replacement for the enjoyment of the caffeine yet not upset my throat and vocal cords. 

I found Matcha. I think because I love tea. 

I first tried a Matcha Latte using almond milk:

It was really yummy, but right off I noticed it smelled a lot like sea weed. This however,  did not bother me as I eat a fair amount of sea weed and enjoy it.  It will bother some people.

What really got me excited is that I got the health benefits, caffeine and without the jitters or shakes!!!!!!!

Coffee made me very jittery and black tea will always be my favorite but I would like a little more nutrition and well… to be honest caffeine .

Next,  I researched Matcha and which tea to get. I love this site Matcha brand reviews.  This gives a simple & honest review of brands. 

I bought my Matcha and then tried it for the first time made the traditional way. The flavor was powerful. I don’t hate it but I don’t like it. I’m working my way to drinking it like this. I feel it is the healthiest way. 

So here is how I am drinking it sometimes , and enjoying it very much!

I do not have the special bamboo brother or an electric frother.  To be honest Matcha was expensive and I will have to buy those another time. So I did what I do best and improvised.

Main Recipe:

  • 2 ounces hot water below 175°
  • 4 ounces unsweetened almond milk 
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp Cerimonial Matcha (depending how strong you want it)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
  • Shaker bottle
  • Whisk ball

Directions:

Place water and milk in shaker bottle.  Sprinkle Matcha powder on top. Then use same measuring spoon for syrup (saves a dish).

Place lid on tightly and shake shake shake….. shake shake shake….. shake that bottle owe….

Matcha Black Tea Latte- Jennifer Creation

Recipe:

  • 4 oz favorite black tea
  • 2 oz hot water (below 175°)
  • 4 oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp Matcha
  • 1 tsp Org Maple Syrup or Raw Honey

Directions:

Make favorite hot tea. 

Place hot tea, water, and milk in shaker bottle. Sprinkle Matcha powder on top. Then use same measuring spoon for syrup (saves a dish).

Place lid on tightly and shake shake shake….. shake shake shake….. shake that bottle owe….

Yummy, warm and has a nice thick froth on top!

 

Breakfast Quiches To Go

 Paleo- Healthy- Protein Packed- Portion Controlled- Breakfast 

Our family LOVES these easy to make yummy breakfast quiches.

Recipe Below!

 

Large Muffin Tins

 

Filled with Bell Pepper, Spinach, and Turkey

 

Enjoy

Makes 12 Large Muffin size Quiches / 24 regular muffin size

I make this many for the size of my family.  You can keep the amount and freeze these for quick meal prep breakfasts!

Prep Time: 5-10 Min

Cook Time: 20 min

Recipe:

  •  14 Eggs
  • 1/2- 1 C Raw Organic Spinach
  • 1 Whole red Bell Pepper
  • 4-6 Pieces Turkey Lunch Meat- nitrate and preservative free
  • 1/2 tsp Organic Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • several dashes onion powder
  • 2-3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • dash or two of Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Milk (almond milk also works)

Directions:

  • Pre Heat Oven to 350°
  • Whisk Eggs and Milk in bowl
  • Add spices and sauce. Mix well
  • Cut up bell pepper and turkey.  Add to egg mixture. Mix well
  • Add Spinach. Mix well
  • Oil Muffin Tins with Cold Pressed Organic Olive Oil or Cold Pressed Organic Coconut Oil
  • Pour into tins.  Fill only 1/2 to 3/4 full.  I do 1/2
  • Bake for 20 mins or until a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

This a great base recipe.  Feel free to add- mushrooms, onions or what ever you like!

Fluffy Protein Banana Pancakes

 Delicious Fluffy Protein Banana Pancakes

I came up with this recipe, because I was trying hard to make my kids happy while sticking to my meal plan.

I am doing Body Beast and trying to feed my muscle.

They came out great.  I liked the texture.  They are more dense than normal non protein pancakes however, they are not as dense as many other protein pancake recipes I have tried.  And I have tried a few.  So when I told my family I was making protein pancakes again- well- it was not received well.  So the pressure was on!  And these lived up to their picky expectations. They are great tasting, have a great flavor, and good texture!

My oldest son ate 4! He is in the picture below.  

Ingredients:

  • 1 Scoop or serving Vanilla Shakeology
  • 2 whole organic free range eggs
  • 1 C egg whites or 6 egg whites
  • 6 very ripe bananas
  • 1 to 11/2 C Rice Flour (any flour will work)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • organic butter or cold pressed coconut oil for griddle

Ripe Bananas

Cage Free Organic Eggs

Egg Whites

Vanilla Shakeology

Rice Flour

Cook on Hot Griddle

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Directions:

  • Turn on Medium High Heat for Griddle
  • Gather ingredients
  • Beat ripe banans
  • Add eggs, whites and mix well
  • Add Vanilla Shakeology and 1 cup of the rice flour.  Mix together well.
  • Add baking powder and mix
  • Check consistency.  It should be runny.  If you feel it needs more flour slowly add a bit more a little at a time.  You don’t want then to heavy.
  • Cook on hot griddle
  • Serve and enjoy with pure maple syrup.

You can add blueberries or any fruit to this base recipe.

Have fun and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Brown Rice

Slow Cooker Brown Rice- Simple with endless possibilities!

This is so easy.

I love this because it is a time saving classic!

You can used cooked rice for any meal!  Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

Rice for Breakfast????

Yep- but first lets look at this easy and simple base recipe!

Slow Cooker Brown Rice

Serves 8

Prep time: 5min

Cook Time: 3 hours on High / 5 hours on Low

Ingredients:

  • 5 C water
  • 2 C Organic Brown Rice
  • 2 Tbs Organic Coconut Oil/ Butter
  • 1-2 tsp salt (optional)
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Directions:

  • If your slow cooker boils then I would use the butter to line crock. (finding a slow cooker that cooks without boiling food is important for good tasting food that has it nutrients still in it)
  • Add water and clean organic brown rice to crock.  Stir in Salt.  add butter cubes to top.
  • Place Lid on and turn to desired temp.
  • If this is the first time. I suggest checking the rice periodically. As each slow cooker is different. Do not open lid if it can be helped.  This slows down cooking time and loses the valuable moisture. Once you’ve made this- note the time it took and you’ll know for future rice recipes.
  • Enjoy

 

Stay tuned for Slow Cooker Rice Breakfast Recipes!

Broccoli Beef/ Elk in the Slow Cooker Delicious & Simple

 Delicious, Simple,  & Tender Broccoli Beef.  Healthy and NO MSG

My family really enjoys this recipe!  I am very allergic to MSG and any of it’s relatives.  So Chinese Food Restaurants and I are in a love hate relationship.

I began making my own Chinese Food.  This is a Favorite.  Time is still something I need more of!!!  So the Slow Cooker just makes since.  Chinese Food & Time Saving marry perfectly for this recipe.  Enjoy!

Remember to adapt size for your family.

Complete Healthy Slow Cooker Broccoli Elk / Beef

Makes 8-10 servings

Prep time: 20 min Cook Time 6-8 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs Flank Stake or Beef Chuck Roast or Elk Flank Stake
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic (more if you like)
  • 1-2 Tbs Red Chili Flakes
  • 2/3 Cup Brown Sugar or 1/2 Cup Honey (honey can have a strong flavor- consider this in amount you use)
  • 2 cups water with 1 heaping Tbs Organic Better than Beef Bouillon or Beef Broth
  • 1 Cup Natural Brew Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbs Sesame Oil (optional)
  • 2-3 lb Frozen or Fresh Broccoli Florets

 

Minced Garlic

Spices Mixed

Beef Broth and Sesame Oil Mixed

Spices, Sugar & Broth Mixed Well

 

 

Frozen Elk Stakes

Directions:

  • Mix Minced Garlic, Chili Flakes, & Brown Sugar
  • Mix Broth, Soy & oil in separate container
  • Add dry and wet ingredients. Mix well
  • Place meet in slow cooker on High for 3-4hrs or low for 6-7hrs
  • If meat is frozen slice into strips after it’s cooked.  Add back to sauce.  If meat was already thawed ( I personally never remember the night before- never lol) you can slice it before cooking – remember the needed cook time will be shorter!
  • Pour Frozen Organic Broccoli  OnTop of sliced cooked meet and sauce.
  • Cover with lid and cook for another Hour on Low
  • Serve with Organic Brown Rice made in another slow cooker- Recipe Here

    Slice Cooked Meat

 

 

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Cooked & sliced meat, placed bak into yummy sauce

Frozen Broccoli Placed on top

Brown Rice in Slow Cooker – Before it’s cooked

Finished Tender and Yummy Broccoli Beef

 

Chocolate Strawberry Coffee Shakeology

This is my very most favorite Shakeology recipe- EVER!

It’s a Jennifer Creation. But let’s face it Shakeology is way easy to use and experiment with!

So I love love love dark chocolate and Strawberries! Put them together and well- it’s a little bit of heaven!

And so this recipe was born. The coffee is added for extra energy for this active mama of 6.

Ingredients:

  • 8oz brewed and cooled organic coffee
  • 1 Scoop Vegan Chocolate Shakeology 
  • 1 Cup Frozen Organic Strawberries
  • 1 Tbs Organic Cocoa (mine has a little chili powder added) I am a dark chocolate connoisseur

Directions:

  • Add cooled coffee, Shakeology, cocoa, & frozen strawberries and blend until smooth.
  • Pour over ice and Enjoy.
  • You can add a cup of ice if you like the ice cream texture.

 

That’s it!  A real treat. So yummy. So easy.

Organic Soaked Raw Cereal 

This Overnight Organic Soaked Raw Cereal is so easy!

It’s a Family favorite.  It’s a time saver and nutrition your body needs first thing in the morning.

This is a base recipe!  

Feel free to be creative and adventurous!

Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1 1/3 Cup Raw Organic Steel Cut Oats (Thick Oats)
  • 3-4 Tbs Organic Chia Seeds
  • 2 C Organic Unflavored Yogurt (flavored yogurts are filled with unhealthy and unnecessary sweeteners)
  • 2 Cups Unsweetened Organic Almond Milk
  • A little Raw Honey to taste (I use 1-2 Tbs)

Directions:

If your home is cool – I turn on my Slow Cooker to low. I mix all the ingredients in my 4 qt Slow Cooker Crock.  I then TURN OFF the slow cooker and unplug.  I only want the mixture to get slightly warm to activate the natural enzymes and Probiotics.  We are not cooking this.

Mixture of Raw Ingredients In Crock

 

Once ingredients are mixed and crock is turned off.  Place lid on crock and let sit overnight!

This is the Cereal after soaking over night!

 

This picture is too show you the thickness of the Cereal after overnight soaking!

Showing the thickness of the soaked mixture

Showing the thickness of the soaked mixture

 

Serve Cereal straight from soaking overnight into your dish!

Pour Raw Soaked Cereal into your bowl

Pour Raw Soaked Cereal into your bowl

 

If you desire- and I always do!  Add frozen or fresh fruit, raw unsweetened coconut and nuts.  Cashews are in this mixture!

ENJOY

Soaked Raw Cereal with Fruit and Cashews

Soaked Raw Cereal with Fruit and Cashews

This Hearty, Healthy and Yummy!

Kid Tested and Mom Approved.  But even Better Picky Texture Challenged Husband Approved!

Share what you add to this!  I’d love to hear new ideas!