Tom Kha Gai Soup (Thai Chicken Soup)

It’s cold and flu season. My boys are not huge fans of chicken noodle soup. I keep trying recipes and they just don’t like the standard flavors. So I default to my successful Thai Chicken soup. This is full of healthy cold fighting powerhouses and since we have our first head cold of the school year it’s the perfect soup to make tonight.

Tom Kha Gai Soup

Tom Kha Gai Soup

I use my own chicken bone broth so we get the benefits of all the minerals from the bones that our bodies crave. If you don’t have that any organic chicken stock will do. For the Asian spices look in your grocery store in the “Asian food” section or order online at Amazon.

Tom Kha Gai Soup

2 quart bags frozen chicken broth
1 quart bag chicken shredded from whole chicken (about 3-4 cups)
12 Kaffir lime leaves 4 TBSP. lime juice
4 dried pieces of lemongrass (from the Thai Kitchen brand in the Asian food aisle)
4 TBSP. Fish sauce
2 cans full fat coconut milk
1 cup grape tomatoes minced
1 cup mushrooms sliced or minced
1 cup total red and orange bell pepper minced or chopped (depends on the kiddos)
2 tsp. ginger powder
2 tsp. onion powder (my kids are suspicious of onions)
3/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

minced cilantro and minced green onion for garnish before serving

This has so much packed into it! It’s gluten free. It’s gut healing. It’s cold fighting with the minerals, veggies, and spices. It settles stomaches with the ginger. But most of all it’s a twist on your average chicken soup for colds and a bit exotic. Enjoy!

Throwback Thursday: Strep Throat Smoothies

So in an attempt to slowly switch my content over you will see some old posts showing up on Thursdays. Here is one I like in the spirit of health and wellness. Enjoy!

We love smoothies here! We also love the way we sneak essential vegetables and even vitamins into the smoothies our kids drink. The key…have some strong tasting fruit or lemon juice in there with a little raw honey and you’re good to go.

Our boys are prone to strep throat. They had it 5 or 6 times last year. This school year they had it in September and then I heard about a naturopath that had some vitamin/mineral supplements that could help. I was skeptical. I do the natural and medical path for our family. I read up, research, try, and sometimes we’re successful…sometimes we’re not.

So we started taking Standard Process supplements and when my boys are taking “Congaplex” they don’t get strep. When they stop for awhile or refuse to drink the smoothies I make with it in them… Sure enough they get strep throat. The only problem is it’s a strong tasting supplement. So here’s a sample smoothie that I make which hides the flavor. I also sneak other Standard Process supplements in for nose bleeds (Cyruta Plus), severe runny noses (Antronex) as needed. I test on myself first and the stuff works! I do all of this under the guidance of the naturopath who recommends the correct dosage for their weight and age.

Strep Throat Smoothie

3 capsules of congaplex
3-4 Tbsp lemon juice
1 cup apple juice
4 frozen strawberries
4 chunks frozen mango
4 chunks frozen pineapple
2 Tbsp raw honey
water to the 2 cup line of blender

Blend to a smooth consistency and drink away! Enjoy!

Creamy Italian Soup with BACON! & Cheesy Biscuits!

imageSo for just a moment, I want you to wipe away the information that has been pushed on us that “low fat” and all animal fats are bad.  I want you to think back to how people used to live and how food used to be.  How animals used to eat and then pass on their healthy grass or free range diet to us.  To keep weight off…calorie intake must equal calorie output.  If you want to lose weight…calorie intake must be less than calorie output.

Now I want you to think about the low fat diets and how they leave you starving.  Wanting more.  Then bingeing on something available.  You didn’t see as many obese people 50-75 years ago.  You definitely didn’t see as many 100 years ago or more.  For one we were more active.  But our diets were different too.  I read a study reported by NPR that kids who drank whole milk versus skim milk actually stayed slimmer in the long term.  Fat keeps you full longer.  You crave less.  So you snack less and eat less.  This equals fewer calories and voîla…weight loss!

The quality of fat you take in is important.  We try to get grass fed or organic butter and cheese.  Luckily, we have a Costco here so we pay significantly less.  We also don’t go through it as quickly because we are full more quickly and eat less.  Grass fed dairy products and meat has a better ratio of Omega 3’s to Omega 6’s.  Dairy products help your kids in their synapse development.  It boosts their immune system.  In this Mayo Clinic article it says it also is higher in conjugated linoleic acid which can help in the prevention of heart disease.

So with that all being said.  I started out with the Zuppa Toscana recipe from the Olive Garden and as all recipes do in my kitchen…it morphed into cheesy, bacony goodness.  One bowl left me stuffed.  The Superheroes each gobbled it up.  My Handsome Hubby had a couple bowls.  So serve it up and let me know what you think!

Creamy Italian Soup with Bacon

2 quarts chicken stock (I used my homemade bone broth from the freezer)

2 cups water

2 tsp. Chicken bouillion

2 cans Great Northern beans (drained and rinsed)

1 lb. italian sausage (fried up or baked)

1 1/2 lbs. bacon (crispy and crumbled)

1 yellow onion diced finely

2 tsp. minced garlic

2 cups diced russet potatoes

1 1/2 cups whole milk (ours was organic grass fed milk)

1 1/2  cup grass fed Kerrygold Irish dubliner cheese

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Baby kale *(The nutrients in kale are more easily absorbed by being consumed with the butter or cheese)

  1. Bake italian sausage at 350 F   for 30 minutes and grind up in food processor. Set aside.
  2. Bake bacon on foil lined pan for 20 minutes at 400 F.  Soak up grease with paper towel and crumble.  Set aside.
  3. Sauté onion and garlic in pan on low with Kerrygold Grassfed butter. Set aside.
  4. Sauté potatoes in pan until tender.
  5. Add broth, sausage, bacon, onions, boullion, water, garlic, and potatoes to crock pot.  Cook on low 4 hours.
  6. Add milk and shredded cheese and stir slowly until cheese is melted and mixed in.
  7. Serve with chopped greens sprinkled on top.

 

Cheesy Biscuits

1 egg

1/3 cup grass fed butter

2/3 cup grass fed whole milk

1/4  cup grass fed cheese ( used Kerrygold Dubliner to match the soup) (shredded)

1/4 cup mozzarella (shredded)

1 1/2 tsp. tapioca starch

1 tsp celtic sea salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

 

  1. Place ingredients in blender (wet ingredients first) and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into lined mini-muffin tins 2/3’s of the way full.
  3. Bake 15-20 minutes at 400 F until lightly browned.
  4. Serve warm.  They will be chewy biscuits and perfectly paired with the soup.

Enjoy!

 

 

Gut Healing Gummy Goodies!

So healing the gut is how we started this whole food journey.  Superhero #1 was on 7 antibiotics during his first 11 months of life.  As a result, he developed a leaky gut, weakened immune system and food intolerances.  It seemed I couldn’t keep him healthy and could feed him hardly anything!

Fast forward to today.  We’ve gone mostly Paleo, unprocessed, and only have the occasional chocolate bar (dark for my Handsome Hubby and milk or dark for the kiddos).  But gummy bears…ahhhh gummy bears.  Fruit snacks…ahhh fruit snacks.  Those are two things the kids miss.

Gelatin is one of my new favorite healing foods!  It supports the body in healing in so many ways.  To list just a few…

  • Gelatin supports thyroid function.
  • Supports the body during detox.
  • Supports the liver functioning.
  • Supports the biosynthesis of collagen (think less wrinkles!!!!)
  • Supports the digestion of milk products.
  • Soothes and heals the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract.
  • Aids in the prevention of brittle bones.
  • Promotes relaxation and deep sleep.
  • The list goes on and on…here’s the source for all of this data.

So here’s recipe number one.  We tried a couple different teas.  Our favorite so far is lemon if you’re only using tea and then strawberry when we’ve pureéd fruit in.  I’ll post more recipes as I adapt and create more.

Gut Healing Gummy Goodies

Gut Healing Gummy Goodies!

Lemon Gummies

1 cup water

3 bags of lemon tea

2 Tbsp. organic lemon juice

1/4 cup raw honey

3 Tbsp. grass fed gelatin (I use this kind)

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Steep tea 5 minutes, and mix in raw honey and lemon juice.
  3. Slowly whisk in gelatin (DO SLOWLY SO IT DOESN’T CLUMP UP!)
  4. Pour into molds and cool 2 hours.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

 

Strawberry Gummies

1 cup water

5 frozen strawberries

3 bags of strawberry tea

2 Tbsp. organic lemon juice

1/4 cup raw honey

3 Tbsp. grass fed gelatin (I use this kind)

  1. Pureé strawberries with water until smooth (try to pulverize the seeds)
  2. Bring water/strawberry pureé to a boil.
  3. Steep tea 5 minutes, and mix in raw honey and lemon juice.
  4. Slowly whisk in gelatin (DO SLOWLY SO IT DOESN’T CLUMP UP!)
  5. Pour into molds and cool 2 hours.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

We have tried other fruit teas as well and at this point…Lemon and strawberry are our favorites.  I’ll try more and get back to you.  Until then…Enjoy! and HEAL THAT GUT!

 

Strep Throat Smoothies

We love smoothies here!  We also love the way we sneak essential vegetables and even vitamins into the smoothies our kids drink.  The key…have some strong tasting fruit or lemon juice in there with a little raw honey and you’re good to go.

 

Our boys are prone to strep throat.  They had it 5 or 6 times last year.  This school year they had it in September and then I heard about a naturopath that had some vitamin/mineral supplements that could help.  I was skeptical.  I do the natural and medical path for our family.  I read up, research, try, and sometimes we’re successful…sometimes we’re not.

 

Image from mywisemom.com

 

 

 

 

So we started taking Standard Process supplements and when my boys are taking “Congaplex” they don’t get strep.  When they stop for awhile or refuse to drink the smoothies I make with it in them…  Sure enough they get strep throat.  The only problem is it’s a strong tasting supplement.  So here’s a sample smoothie that I make which hides the flavor.  I also sneak other Standard Process supplements in for nose bleeds (Cyruta Plus), severe runny noses (Antronex) as needed.  I test on myself first and the stuff works!  I do all of this under the guidance of the naturopath who recommends the correct dosage for their weight and age.

 

Strep Throat Smoothie

 

3 capsules of congaplex

3-4 Tbsp lemon juice

1 cup apple juice

4 frozen strawberries

4 chunks frozen mango

4 chunks frozen pineapple

2 Tbsp raw honey

water to the 2 cup line of blender

 

Blend to a smooth consistency and drink away!  Enjoy!

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