Butternut Squash soup

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. coconut oil (or olive oil)

2 butternut squash, peeled/seeded/cubed

1/2 large yellow onion, chopped

2 small Granny Smith apples (skin on), cored/chopped

3 box containers chicken stock, more if needed (Trader Joe's, Sprouts, etc) or Vegetable stock

Salt, pepper, ground cinnamon

In large dutch oven pot, sweat onions in coconut oil with a sprinkle of salt for 2 minutes.  Add in squash, onions, and apples. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss, and cook over medium heat 2 minutes.  Add in stock and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Bring to a boil then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer approximately 1.5-2 hours or until squash is fork tender.  Once vegetables are soft, remove soup from heat and let cool 10 minutes with lid off.  Blend soup with immersion blender or transfer to a blender and puree.  Adjust seasoning as necessary. YUM!!!

let's talk food!

 Who doesn't love to eat??  I have yet to encounter anyone that doesn't enjoy food and, personally, I crave a delicious meal. However, many people neglect the fact that maintaining good health is 80% NUTRITION and only

20% EXERCISE!  Our bodies need nutritionally sound food to fuel us through our busy lives.  Here are a few of my favorite recipes. 

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kale salad

Ingredients:

1 bunch organic green kale leaves, washed

1/2 fresh lemon

1 Tbsp honey

1/4 c. sliced almonds or chopped pecans/walnuts

1/4 c. dried cranberries

1/4 c. fresh shredded parmesan 

Optional add in:  chopped apple or substitute fresh pomegranate seeds for the cranberries


Working in batches, pulse your kale in the food processor until it forms small, chopped pieces. Set aside in large bowl.  In small bowl, juice lemon, whisk in the honey and set aside.  Grab your kale bowl and toss in your nuts, cranberries, and parmesan cheese. Toss well. Pour dressing over salad and season with salt and pepper.  The salad should be lightly coated and not swimming in dressing.  I never have any at the bottom of my bowl.  You may need to adjust your mix ins/dressing depending on the size of your kale bunch.  Let it sit covered in the fridge for a good hour if you can hold out!  It will taste better.  Enjoy!