Beet and Cauliflower Soup

From time to time I get beets from my local organic club. Trying to figure out what to do with them besides roasting them has been challenging for me. Here I found a recipe online and I gave it a shot. I love soups so it was a nice change in our menu.

Ingredients
3 tablespoons water
1 1/2 cups chopped onion (from 1 medium)-** I did not have onion so I omitted this step.
6 cups chopped cauliflower (from 1 small head)
3 cups chopped peeled red beets (3 medium)
Coarse salt
6 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill-** I used 2 tsp of dry dill.

Method

Heat water in a medium pot over medium-high heat, and add onion; saute until just translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in cauliflower, beets, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until beets and cauliflower are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in dill. Let soup cool 10 minutes, then puree in batches until smooth, adding a little water if necessary to thin.

Return soup to pot, and bring to a simmer. Season with salt, and garnish with dill sprigs before serving. Here I put a teaspoon of Greek yogurt to compliment.

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Salmon with Lemon and Thyme

Getting our dose of Omega 3s is important and that’s why I try to cook fish at least once a week. Here’s another good simple way from the I Can’t Cook Book.

Slice some lemon wedges and and arrange on baking sheet. Top with thyme sprigs, just like in the picture.

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Place the salmon on top and bake. @350 for 20-25 mins or until fish is fully cooked.

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Grass Fed Veal Shoulder Clod Roast

I was lucky to have a friend give us this delicious roast. At first I was a bit hesitant as I like to stay away from Veal, but I was reassured that the farm where this came from was trustworthy so I decided to give this a try.

I have never cooked something like this so I went with something as simple as putting it in the crock pot on top of a layer of onions and carrots. Adding a bit of low sodium organic vegetable broth and the spices in the picture below.

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Sprinkle enough of each spice to cover the roast. Try adding salt according to taste. Cook on low for 8 hours.

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Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

Here’s a quick and healthy recipe I found online for hummus. This is my first attempt and I’m interested in making different variations of hummus so I’ll be posting more as I make them.

Ingredients

1 Can Chickpeas drained and rinsed
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Garlic Cloves
3 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes in oil
2 tbsp parsley
2 tbsp of Lemon Juice

Method

Puree all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

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Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes and Feta

Here’s a quick and easy recipe perfect for summer days. It can be an appetizer or paired with zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash or sweet potatoes for a complete meal.

Ingredients

3-5 large tomatoes
1.5 lbs shrimp peeled and deveined.
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh parsley I used dried parsley flakes to taste
1 cup feta cheese
Pepper to taste

Method

Preheat oven to 425. Place chopped tomatoes in baking dish. Add olive oil, garlic and pepper, toss. Bake for 20 mins on top rack.

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Take out and toss in shrimp, lemon juice, parsley and feta cheese.

I bought cooked shrimp so the dish was ready to serve. If you get uncooked shrimp, place back in oven for another 15-20 mins or until shrimp are fully cooked.

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Zucchini Noodles

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I can not believe I had not tried this before. What was I waiting for?!? Having some extra zucchini in my fridge gave me the idea of pairing it with some home made picadillo.

So good! All you have to do is scrape the zucchini with a julienne, avoiding the seeds. I placed the shredded zucchini on the skillet for a few minutes to soften up some. Serve with protein on top.

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