Recipe: Healthy & Speedy Minestrone Soup

There are as many varieties of Minestrone (literally “BIG SOUP”) as there are people who cook it.

My version is is created with speedy preparation in mind and avoids using pasta substituting Pearl Barley as the thickener, though wholemeal pasta can be used if you prefer. Also avoided are the use of chicken stock or stock cubes instead adding salt and lots of ground pepper directly.

You can easily add/remove vegetables and pulses as availability and taste dictate.

4 large carrots
1 large onion
2 medium leeks
4 sticks celery

2x 400g tinned tomatoes
1x 400g tinned mixed beans

120g dried pearl barley

2 teaspoons sea salt flakes (or any salt)
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Any fresh vegetables you like (e.g. runner beans)
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Recipe: Honey Roasted Turkey

This is a simple holiday turkey recipe.

For the Brine:
2 cups of kosher salt
2 cups of honey
2 gallons of water
10 pound turkey, fresh or thawed
Roast Turkey:
2 whole carrots
2 stalks of celery
2 onions, skin on, cut in half
1 bulb of garlic, peeled
Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper
Gravy:
2 cups of red wine
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
2 tablespoons of water
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Recipe: Shepard's Pie with Mashed Potatoes/Squash

Shepard’s Pie consists of seasoned beef and vegetables that are topped with cheesy mashed potatoes and squash.

Meat and Vegetables
1 1/2 pounds (680 g) extra-lean ground beef
1 cup chopped yellow onions
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup frozen peas-and-carrots blend
1 cup frozen or canned corn
2/3 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons chili sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper
Potato/Squash topping
2 pounds (908 g) Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 cups (about 1/2 lb / 250 g) peeled and chopped butternut squash
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash nutmeg
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish, optional
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Recipe: Garden Summer Pasta Salad

This easy to make summer salad is great to take to a patio party, or to make as a cool side dish for the family!

1 (16 ounce) package uncooked pasta (of choice)
1/2 cup sliced carrots
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
2 large tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 (16 ounce) bottle Italian-style salad dressing (or other)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
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Recipe: Gluten-Free Lactose Free Cornbread

For those of you that have weak stomachs (like me that can’t have lactose or gluten), this is a perfect recipe.

1 cup cornmeal
200ml rice flour
3/4 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup lactose-free milk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
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