Cream of Celery Soup

I’m slowing moving all my recipes over from the old blog to here

Some of you may know that I’m not sure if I dig soups or not … I mean, yeah, I have quite a few awesome soup recipes but at the end of the day, do I crave soup? No.

I do know, however, that whenever I get that Whole30 bug and want to eat clean and healthy. And of course, trying to keep Mark has always been difficult when I go this route as he and Jamie are both firm believers that man needs carbs, processed carbs, which means bread and pasta … otherwise, they may just die.

Men.

So, are you following me on Instagram yet? I’m not normally all that active, but the Whole30 community has an overwhelming presence and of course, I’ve been stalking all the Whole30 ‘gramers out there and finding some pretty awesome bloggers with some pretty awesome recipes …

Just like this one!

This surprisingly easy and yummy recipe comes from Whole Fork … and I pretty much followed her recipe but made a few little tweeks, just because that’s the way I am ūüėČ

Here’s how I did it:

2 tbs ghee

pkg of celery, leaves and root removed, cleaned and chopped

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 white potato, peeled and chopped

4 cups of chicken broth

1 tsp lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

juice of half a lemon

dash of hot sauce or red pepper flakes

fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

bacon bits, for garnish

Melt the ghee in large pot. Not large, like soup pot large, just “large” We all know I’m notorious for going with a pot just a tad smaller than it should be.

Add the celery, onion, garlic and potato and saute til onions turn translucent. Add broth, 1 tsp lemon juice, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, till veggies are soft, stir occasionally.

Once the veggies are soft and cooked, add the broth and veggies to a blender and puree in batches. Careful of the hot liquid in the blender. You may want to take off the center portion of lid to allow steam to escape. Toss a washcloth over the opening if it starts to splatter.

    

Add the juice of the half lemon and give it a quick whirl.

Dish up, add a dash of hot sauce, garnish with parsley and bacon and enjoy!!

NOTE: I had my first bowl as is, straight out of the blender. Yumm. BUT there were them little fibrous celery strings that I just knew would turn Mark off. So I grabbed my fine mesh strainer and an 8 cup glass measuring cup and proceeded to strain the soup.

That’s one BEAUTIFUL jar of soup, don’t you think??

 

Looking forward to sharing with some of these¬†GREAT Parties¬†… go check them out!

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#Whole30      #Paleo       #CreamofCelerySoup      #Soup  

 

 

 

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Let’s Party #9

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

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There were a LOT of links last week and I appreciate all the love and sharing! Sadly, because this week is kind of crazy, I’m not going to share what I feel are the most interesting … we finally received a call from MD Anderson Tuesday morning: Mark is not a candidate for surgery so they transferred his records to another department who called that afternoon and would like to see him on Tuesday for 3 to 5 days. So rush, rush, rush, hurry, hurry, hurry and get all the real life stuff done and out of the way!

But I still want to PARTY!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!
We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

Let’s Party!



Meal Preppin’

I’m off on President’s Day (wheee!) and figured, what the heck, let’s get some meal prep stuff out of the way since I have THREE days instead of just two to get stuff done … I’ve been pretty Hangry lately because there’s been a real lack of motivation to really cook anything up with Mark being iffy on what he can and cannot tolerate … certainly a learning curve, that’s for sure!

Hangry   

[hang-gree] adj.  

Anger fueled by hunger.

My goal/plan is to have some grab and go meals in the freezer. Only problem is the freezers … well, they are rather full AND unorganized.

Yeah, that was NOT an exaggeration, was it? Yes, we have THREE refrigerators with freezers. More than any household should have under normal circumstances and trust me, I’m going to have an adjustment period when we downsize to a smaller house (and kitchen!)…

So first thing I had to do was pull out some beef from the main freezer for the Broccoli and Beef dish to make …

sirloin steaks food saver

Chicken thighs for the Mississippi Chicken (and yes, I had to sing the song to type that out)

chicken thighs food saver

It was a good thing that I had pulled out 2 steaks and box of spinach for Saturday night’s dinner … there’s some leftover creamed spinach that I’ll be incorporating somewhere …

I cooked up 3 large baked potatoes in the Instant Pot at 9:30am (they were done by 10am) …

potatoes cleaned and ready

And then I grabbed a bag of the General Tso Chicken from Trader Joe’s and a bag of fried rice, also from Trader Joe’s (both from the guest kitchen freezer) with the rest of my fresh broccoli to make me a few Take Out Fake Out Bowls … because I’ve been craving chinese take out lately …

And at the last minute, I decided I want to make a quick Unrolled Egg Roll in a Bowl dish …

EGG ROLL COOKING

I realize that I have not been keeping up very well with transferring my recipes over to this site … I promise, I’m working on it!!

Anyone else using that extra day off for meal planning? It can be such a time, money AND life saver, trust me!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these¬†GREAT Parties¬†… go check them out!

#MealPrep    #MealPlan    #UsingWhatWeHave    #SavingMoney

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Creamy Potato & Cauliflower Soup

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Some of you may have picked up that we have some stuff going on around here, such as upcoming cancer treatments for Mark … I was hesitant to share to much as I wanted to be sure he told those folks that are close to us what was going on.

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Esophageal Cancer.

Don’t google it. Seriously, just don’t. I know 50% of you will. It’s scary stuff on the internet.¬† Probably is in real life too but right now we are in the “this isn’t the end” mode. I’ll stay there as long as we can!

Currently, we are waiting for MD Anderson to give us a call for our second opinion appointment. After all, when you are told chemo treatments every two weeks for 3 days each time for the¬†rest of your life you really¬†should seek a 2nd opinion. And yes, we are really traveling to Houston for this. My first response was “we can’t afford to do this” but then I realized, we are in the fight for his life so we CAN afford to do this. By the way, the hospital has since told us the insurance company approved the evaluation.

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So. When Mark made his trip up north to finish up some business since we don’t know when the next time he will be able to head up there, I wanted to make sure he had something yummy to fill his tummy when he came home late Saturday. This is what I made.

It has cauliflower, greek yogurt, potatoes, half and half and chicken broth.

ALL THE GOOD THINGS.

And he liked it.  So did Randi when they surprised us with a 24 hour visit (with baby Nolan!)

It’s easy, doesn’t take long so hey, you should really give this a try! Original recipe comes from The Skinnytaste Cookbook but I modified it quite a bit!

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1 bag of Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower (next time I’ll just use frozen florets)

2 large taters, about 1 1/2 pounds worth

1 carton chicken broth

2 cups half and half

1 cup milk

1 1/2 cups plain greek yogurt

Seasoning of choice. I used Mark’s Special Blend and that Trader Joe’s Onion Salt

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4 seasons

Peel those taters, cut them in quarters, toss in a microwave dish and microwave 5 minutes. Take them out, give them a quick stir and flip and nuke for another 3 minutes.

Grab a large pot. You can see mine was maybe a little on the small side. Story of my life. Toss in the cauliflower and saute for a few minutes. If using florets, add a little water to the pan and steam til soft.

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Cut up the taters in to smaller cubes. Careful, don’t burn yourself. I speak from experience.

Dump the taters, chicken broth, milk, half and half, and your seasoning of choice in to the pot with the cauliflower.  Give a quick stir and let them meet and greet over medium high heat. Allow to come to a  boil and let them bubble for about 10 minutes, giving a quick stir occasionally.

Reduce the heat, grab your nifty immersion blender and go to town blending til smooth. NOTE: Next time, I’ll scoop some stuff out so we have a little more texture. FYI … Mark’s mom had given us that same blender years ago for Christmas … one of my favorite kitchen wonder gadgets!

Stir in your greek yogurt and reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 more minutes.

Taste, add more seasoning if needed (I did) and then dish up!

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I topped ours with shredded cheese, bacon bits and green onions.

NOTE: The next day, when Mark and Randi had it for lunch, Mark added almost a whole carton of broth again as the soup became very thick. Again, I think if I hadn’t blended it all, it would have been fine. Either way, it was still delicious!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these¬†GREAT Parties¬†… go check them out!

Jan and Mark Lipinski are participants in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

 

Let’s Party #8

Hey, who’s ready to Party??

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I’m curious how many of you will be doing something special today, mid-week, to celebrate?

We won’t be … and tomorrow you will find out why when you come back to check out this awesome Potato & Cauliflower Soup I made over the weekend. The soup is great, the news, not so much.

Again, we had some awesome shares last week! Suzi at Just Simple Somethings shared her trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan … being a midwestern girl who has never crossed the bridge, I feel like I need to go now!

Then we had Sarah at Cook With Sara sharing how to make a Creme Brulee Cheesecake¬† in the Instant Pot! Uh, hello … I think I might need to give this a try!

And what about those 3 Workout Tips That Produce Results from Chris and Megan? Chris shares a lot of great tips and his preferred workout routine … I’ve bookmarked this to give a try with Mark in the near future!

I want to thank ALL OF YOU for sharing last week!

So this week … let’s see what YOU have to share!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

Let’s Party!

Pressure Cooked Chicken Wings

Want to make chicken wings without a mess?

Wings? In the Instant Pot?? Count me in!

Ok, up front and center:  These only cook for FIVE minutes, BUT they do take time to come to pressure AND do their natural release.  And then you should really toss them under the broiler to give them some color.

Instant Pot Chicken Wings
Instant Pot Chicken Wings

So, yeah, they cook “fast” but not 5 minutes, eat and be done, ok?

I just hate when I see something that says FIVE MINUTES and then you see all the extra time involved ūüėČ

Now, a little background on me … for years, I h. a. t. e. d. wings … like, ew, get those out of here.

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Now? I LOVE THEM! So much so that I’m always making them different ways to find the most efficient and best results!

I think the pressure cooking thing is it. I mean, heck, the clean up is minimal … they certainly will NOT be splattering all over your oven …

Ready to do this?

Grab yourself a cup of water. And your wings, however many you’d like … I did 15 (!)

Put water in the bottom of the pot and insert that trivet.  We covered this before, go find it!

Instant Pot Trivet
Instant Pot Trivet

Season up your wings with whatever seasoning you’d like. I opted to use Mark’s Special Seasoning Mix. Be generous!

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Add the wings on top of the trivet. The purpose of that there trivet is to keep the wings OUT of the water!  I did not stand them on end, and yes, they were touching each other, stacked up on each other. Whatever.

Put the lid on and lock it in place. Make sure your little knob is flipped back to “pressure”.

Hit manual and set for 5 minutes (high pressure).¬† Walk away and you’ll hear it beep in a few seconds and it will say “on”.

After about 10 minutes, you’ll hear it beep again and now the number 5 will be on the display and it will start counting down! Whee!!

After the 5 minutes are up, let it release on it’s own for about 10 minutes. NOW you can flip that knob forward and let the rest of the steam out.¬† Go ahead and turn on your broiler now (oh, hey, check open that oven door and look inside BEFORE you turn on the broiler, ok? I’ve had a pizza box smoking before! Whoops)

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Take the lid off carefully, it’s HOT!¬† Remove the wings to a parchment paper lined baking tray. I just re-used the tray that I had roasted some broccoli on earlier for meal prep work! No need to waste resources!

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See how pale they are? THAT’S why you want to broil them a little!

If you’d like, brush some sauce on those babies.

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I opted to broil mine naked and THEN added sauce on afterwards … I’m not a big sticky sauce kind of girl, you know?

These were really good and I think may be my new way to make them forever! There’s minimal fuss and mess to deal with!¬† Go ahead and give them a try! Up next will be the salt & vinegar wings … or maybe lemon pepper wings … or maybe ranch wings! The possibilities are endless!

Looking forward to sharing at some of these great parties … go check them out!

#ChickenWings   #InstantPot   #PressureCook   #Appetizers

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Let’s Party #7

Who’s ready to Party??!!

ready to eat wings

This week I’m sharing a pic of these awesome wings that I made in the Instant Pot on Super Bowl Sunday … it was just me and Jamie at the house as I really was not in the mood to be celebrating … can I just tell you how awesome these are? I’ll share how I did it on Thursday so come back and check it out!¬† Mark’s up in Indiana for the week and I’m excited to make them for him!

Again, we had some great shares last week! Becoming Alice shared her Vegan/Dairy Free Strawberry Muesli Parfait … I have everything except the sugar but can use coconut sugar if necessary because I¬†know how to improvise!

And then we had Trick and Treat sharing this awesome Easy Sour Cream Cake … I want to try this with plain greek yogurt! Yumm!!

And lastly, we all want to save a little more money, right? Saving Sarah shared 32 Awesome Ways to Save Money in the Kitchen. Uhm, with 32 tips, I’m sure there’s one or even two that would benefit all of us!

I want to thank ALL OF YOU for sharing last week!

So this week … let’s see what YOU have to share!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

Let’s Party!