Sunday, March 10, 2013

Parsnip Soup

I adore parsnips.  I love how sweet they are when roasted, but sometimes it's a soup day.  Today was one of those days.  I had a bunch of leeks in the fridge and nothing to do with them.  This recipe made 2.5 liters of soup.

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2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 bunch of sliced leeks (aprox. 1lb) - prepare them by slicing each leek in half and then slice them crosswise.  Soak them until the grit is gone.  You may need to change out the water a couple of times.

2 lbs parsnips, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces

2 apples, peeled and cored and cut into 1 inch pieces

1.5 cups chicken broth

3/4 cup coconut milk

salt and pepper

1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.  Add leeks and stir, cooking for about 5 minutes.

2.  Add parsnips, apples, broth and 4 cups of water.  Bring to a boil.  Simmer for approx. 25 minutes or until the parsnips are tender.

3. Puree the soup. Return to pot and add coconut milk.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Shredded Beet and Carrot Salad

I love greens, but once in a while I need something different.  I pulled out one of my favorite cookbooks, Everyday Food: Great food fast, for inspiration and found a recipe for beet and carrot salad.  With a handful of tweaks, omitting sweeteners and such, this salad was born.  And I love it. And it gets better with time.  Try it.  Just remember that you ate beets so you don't end up visiting me in the ER the following day thinking you're bleeding internally.  It's truly appreciated.

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1/4 cup Lemon Juice (would be great with orange juice as well)

1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

3/4 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp salt

1 pound raw beets, peeled

2 carrots, peeled

1/3 cup torn cilantro (or parsley, if you're a cilantro hater)

1. Whisk together the first seven ingredients.  Or toss them into a mason jar and shake if you're lazy like me.

2. Shred the carrots and beets.  Save yourself hours of your life and use a food processor. You can thank me later for this tip.

3.  Add the beets, carrots and dressing to a bowl and toss.  Add the cilantro.  Enjoy!

And seriously, please remember you ate beets.  Don't panic. Your poo will be dark. This is normal.