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Chicken Soup

There’s something so comforting about a warm bowl of home made soup on a cold, rainy day. Especially chicken soup. Not only does it warm you up and make your house smell amazing, it’s super easy to make. With a bit of time and few ingredients, you can have a delicious pot of soup ready to feed those you love. Enjoy!

 Chicken Soup

1 chicken rack

Water to cover

 

Place your leftover chicken rack in a stock pot and just cover it with water. Simmer over low heat for about 4 hours until you have a lovely stock with which to make your soup. Remove the rack from the water and set aside to cool. Once the rack is cool enough to handle, pick all the remaining chicken meat off to be used in the soup.

 

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 Onion, diced

4 Carrots, diced

3 celery stalks, diced

2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped

1 Cup uncooked rice

12 Cups of chicken stock

Chicken from the leftover rack

2 tbsp thyme

1 tbsp sage

2 tbsp rosemary

3 bay leaves

salt to taste

 

Heat the oil in a large pot. Add in the onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes, until just beginning to soften. Stir in the chicken stock, thyme, sage, rosemary and bay and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes ,stirring occasionally. Stir in the uncooked rice and chicken and continue to simmer for about 20 more minutes until the rice is cooked. Add salt as you see fit.

 

Curry Turkey Sliders

Curried Turkey Sliders

Every recipe starts out as an experiment for me. Often, I’m trying to see how healthy and flavourful I can make something and still have my kids eat it. I’m fortunate to be blessed with children that are not too picky. Although they both have things they won’t eat, they will usually try at least one bite of whatever I make. I think these sliders are an example of a recipe that really turned out (that doesn’t always happen). As a result, they’ve become a fairly regular meal at our house. I usually mix them up in the morning, so at dinnertime I just need to form and bake them. My son also loves to have them in his lunch the next day (cold). You can top them with whatever you like, my favourite is the Mango topping recipe I’ve added below and a few baby spinach leaves.

 

Sliders:

1 Lbs Ground Turkey

1 Cup Apple, grated (about 1 large apple)

1 1/2 Cups Cooked Quinoa

1/2 Cup Onion, finely diced

1 Egg

1 Tbsp Madras Curry

2 tsp Ginger, grated

12 Slider buns

Mix together the first seven ingredients until well combined. Let rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Then form the mixture into 12 sliders and bake for 20 – 25 minutes at 375 degrees, until cooked through.

Mango topping:

1 Mango, finely diced

1 Tbsp honey

1 tsp Cardamom

1/3 Cup Water

Mix together all ingredients in a small sauce pan. Cook over low to medium heat for 5 – 10 minutes until thickened.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

As a parent of two children, I need to have healthy, grab-and-go snacks on hand.  Granola bars are often loaded with sugar and various other ingredients that I can’t pronounce, and the ones that aren’t are a tough sell to a 6 year old. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a little sugar and chocolate, but rice puffs and a few oats coated in corn syrup (and who knows what else), is a bit much. These muffins are my happy medium. The kids get a few chocolate chips and I get to know exactly what they’re eating.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 1/2 Cups Whole wheat flour

1/4 Cup Hemp hearts (or flax seeds)

1 tsp Baking powder

1 tsp Baking soda

1/2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 tsp Ground ginger

1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips

1/3 Cup Apple Sauce

1 Cup Cooked Pumpkin

1/2 Cup Milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit

Combine first 10 ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.

In a large bowl, beat the egg until frothy. Add in the sugar, apple sauce, pumpkin and milk. Mix well. Pour into the flour mixture and stir until combined. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake for 15 – 20 mins. Makes 12 muffins and two very happy kids.

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