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Curried Carrot Soup

You aren’t going to believe how delicious this soup is!  The best part is it took less than an hour to make it.

Ingredients:

1.5 pounds of carrots, chopped (helpful hint… the smaller you cut the carrots, the less time they take to cook)

1 small onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 avocado

1 tsp. yellow curry powder

1 tsp. red curry powder

raw pumpkin seeds ( I used a handful)

1 tbsp. fresh rosemary

4 basil leaves

Chives for garnish

4 cups water (you could use milk, cream, coconut milk if you wish)

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. lime juice

Put your pot on the stove over a medium-high heat.  When it is hot, add the olive oil.  When it gets shimmery it is ready.

Add the chopped carrots and onions. Stir them around so they get coated in olive oil.

Let them cook a couple of minutes then add your chopped garlic.

Let them cook until the onions and carrots start to caramelize.

Add the water and let it come to a boil.

Turn it down so it won’t boil over.

I added the herbs at this point.  I also added the curry powders.  Stir to mix in.

Let it simmer until the carrots are soft.

Once your carrots are soft, it is ready.  You can eat it like it is or your can blend it all together.

I chose to blend mine together.  I used a hand blender (you know, that boat motor looking thingy).  You could use food processor or blender.  Whatever you have handy.

Blend it up.

Stir in, by hand,  the lime juice and pumpkin seeds after you blend it.

Right before you serve it, add some sliced avocado to the bowl of soup and sprinkle it with some chives.

Curried carrot soup

Curried carrot soup

Salmon Pizza, Yes I said Salmon Pizza

I needed to use some mozzarella cheese I’ve had in the freezer.  What came to mind? Pizza!

I’d like to say I planned for my pizza to turn out this way, but I did not.  I used what I had on hand and it just so happened what I had on hand was perfect!

I started with a flax meal crust.  Click here to see my post for that recipe.  For the sauce I used a simple tomato basil sauce.

First I chopped some onion, kale, swiss chard, cayenne pepper, basil, rosemary and oregano

chop veggies

chop veggies

I have found it easiest to roll the rosemary and oregano in the basil leaves then chop them.

I sliced some salmon kind of thin.

Slice Salmon

Slice Salmon

You can see how unevenly I sliced it.  Man, I thought I did a better job than that! Oh well.

Next spread some tomato sauce on your flax meal crust.

Lay the Salmon on the pizza

Lay the Salmon on the pizza

Then add your veggies.

Add veggies

Add veggies

Add cheese

Add cheese

Add cheese

Bake it at 425 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until it reaches the desired amount of brown.  It took mine 12 minutes to reach perfection.

Browned Pizza

Browned Pizza

Plate it and eat it up!

Plated Pizza

Plated Pizza

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

A cold pasta salad is very refreshing on a hot summer day here in Texas.

Ingredients:

Whole wheat pasta, cooked

Grape tomatoes, halved

Basil, fresh

Green pepper, chopped

Parmesan cheese

Olive oil

Lemon juice

Cook the pasta then rinse it in cold water to stop the cooking process.

Chop the green pepper.

Halve the grape tomatoes

Finely chop the basil.  Keeping a few leaves whole for garnish.

Mix with the cooled pasta.

Toss with some olive oil and lemon juice.  You want it to be coated, but not drenched.

Add Parmesan cheese

Serve cold.

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad