Pumpkin Thyme Chorizo Soup

It’s a tad bit chilly outside, so I’ve been on a soup kick.  Trying to warm my body from the inside out.  This said, I love the combination this soup has when all the chorizo spices and thyme blend together.  I want to say one thing on chorizo, make sure you do not get a brand with monosodium glutamate (msg). Many brands you find in the grocery stores have it.  Part of eating Paleo is knowing where your food comes from and the ingredients within it.  This said, we buy all our meat locally from farmers.  Our pork farmer sells their chorizo as part of an option when purchasing a pig or in single packs at our farmers market.  Check out your options and support your local farmers because they are a wealth of knowledge (rant over).

Pumpkin Thyme Chorizo Soup

Pumpkin Thyme Chorizo Soup

Yields: 4 bowls

Ingredients

1 can of pumpkin

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 lb of chorizo

2 cups chicken broth Continue reading

Pumpkin Curry Soup

Can you tell fall is here in Michigan?  I’m in love with a few things: apples, squash and pumpkin!  Then along with those three things come great spices.

This soup is great served right away or on another night.  I often make this soup on a Sunday afternoon and serve it for a meal on Tuesday/Wednesday.  It is great served the next day because the spices merge together longer.  I will let you in on a little secret of mine to having success in nightly meals, I look at our schedules and decide which days I have time to cook a meal and which days I will be walking in the door starving.  I allow my schedule to guide my weekly menu.  If a temptation occurs for me, it is often due to exhaustion, so I plan ahead to know when it will be occurring.

I have to laugh, I love soups and my husband is not on board for soups ALL THE TIME.  Well, he is going to have surgery this week on his ankle and his request to me is…a fridge stocked with soups.  He said he would love soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it must all be made with bone broth!  He knows bone broth heals and he is looking for a quick recovery (and me too…for my sanity purposes).

Curry Pumpkin Soup

Curried Pumpkin Soup

1 – 15oz can of pumpkin

1lb cooked breakfast sausage

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 cup sliced mushrooms

2 cups chicken broth

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tsp cinnamon

1.5 tsp curry

salt & pepper to taste Continue reading

Clam Chowder

This recipe is off the hook and it is dairy free!  I have created a dairy free chowder base using creamed cauliflower.  My husband was very impressed with how well this recipe turned out.  Now he wishes restaurants would sell it as a dairy free option!  This recipe is perfect for a cool fall day or a blustery winter day.

ClamChowder

Clam Chowder

Ingredients

4 cups chicken broth

1 head of cauliflower

2 cans of clams in water

1 large leek thinly sliced

5 strips of bacon

1 cup chopped carrots

2 cups chopped jicama

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp dry ginger

1/8 tsp ground cayenne

salt and pepper to taste

hot sauce if desired Continue reading

Paleo Tomato Soup

Yep, it’s that time of year….SOUP SEASON!  I find once summer disappears all I want is soup.  Soup warms me up from the inside out.  I grew up loving tomato soup from a can.  Yes, a can.  I would get very excited when I saw the can with the red label come out of the cupboard.  Needless to say, this recipe is all natural and I know all the ingredients I’m putting into my mouth.  I now can not say the same about my childhood favorite.

Tomato Soup

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Farmers Market Produce Recipes

I love Saturdays because I can go to our local farmers market.  I love how the food is laying on tables displaying all of earths natural colors.  At our farmers market the vendors have signs stating: grower, commercial seller or artisan.

Want to learn a little more about the farmer’s market? Mindful Meals has created a list of “5 Reasons Why I Shop at the Farmer’s Market“.  Or check out Happy Healthy nut post on “How to Make the Most of your Farmers Market.  Last but not least, check out Don’t Waste the Crumbs post “8 Strategies for Saving Money at the Farmers Market.” Her and I think alike!  I love asking questions to the vendors. Often, they inspire me to think outside the box with my recipe creations.  I love how they take pride in their farming and often teach me new information.  Food from a farmers market or CSA tastes different from the grocery store.  It tastes fresh, without a waxy taste.  I also love giving back to my community.  Going to the farmers market or belonging to a CSA helps local businesses succeed!

If you can not attend a farmers market, try finding a CSA near your house.  My husband and I belong to an amazing CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and this will help save money too!  We get a ton of fruits and vegetables and pay $25 for a weekly basket.  Conveying Awareness has written a great blog entry about her CSA box.

During the summer, we rarely venture to the grocery store, perhaps once a month because we get all our food needs through the farmers market or CSA.  Don’t forget, we buy our meat in bulk from a local farmer.

Farmers Market Produce Recipes

Fruit

Strawberry Salsa
Watermelon Jello
Watermelon Appetizer
Chilled Strawberry Watermelon Soup
Cherry Mint Lemonade
Lemon Blossom Spring Smoothie
Microgreens Fruit Salad
Pan Fried Apples with Dates
Cranberry Salad

vegetables2

Leeks
Tomato Candy
Purple Potatoes
Fava Beans
Garlic Brocolinni 
Spring In A Bowl
Radish and Leek Soup
Garlic Scapes
Grilled Garlic Scapes
Beet Greens
Chili-Lime Roasted Asparagus
Grilled Asparagus
Spring Asparagus and Fennel Saute
Chilled Gold Beet Soup
Salsa with Cucumbers
Curried Cream of Kale and Coconut Soup
Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint & Sea Salt
Kale Citrus Kale-salad
Lacto-Fermented Carrot Sticks
Baby Kale Salad with Nectarine Balsamic Dressing
Carrots with Rosemary and Thyme
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Beet Salad
Delicata Squash
Side Salad
Ratatouille 
Zoodles
 

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