Leanne’s Basic Vegetable Soup

Leanne’s Basic Vegetable Soup

Below is a recipe for a major crock cooker full of phytochemically rich veggie soup that you can tweak here and there with the variations I have added to keep you from getting bored. Once the soup has been initially cooked, put it in the fridge and heat up what you need in a small saucepan. The soup is vegetarian and low-carb friendly, too.

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Leanne's Basic Vegetable Soup
Veggie Soup in an earthenware bowl
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Veggie Soup in an earthenware bowl
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot, heat the one tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook till nearly translucent, now add the garlic. Don’t let the garlic brown and saute another couple of minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the chopped veggies, sauteing for just a minute or two; use extra olive oil if you need it for the rest of the veggies. Remember–you’re not cooking them– just sauteing them for the wonderful flavor this quick step will infuse in your soup.
  4. Add the thyme and salt and pepper while sauteing.
  5. Now put the veggies in the crock cooker, add the tomatoes and broth.
  6. Cook on low 7-9 hours (depending on your crock cooker) or high 4-6 hours.
  7. Just before serving, gently mash some of the potato chunks against the side of the crock-pot to thicken the soup, give it a stir and serve.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Per Serving: 94 Calories; 3g Fat; 7g Protein; 12g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 286mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat. Points: 2

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Grilled cheese sandwiches on whole grain bread and a spinach salad.

Quick Fixes for Variations on the Basic Veggie Soup
Now remember, don’t do these to the whole pot of soup! Just the little bit you pull out to fix yourself for lunch, etc. so that you can do all the Quick Fixes.

Quick Fix #1: Tex Mex Veggie Soup. Add some (eyeball it–how much do you want?) black beans (drained and rinsed), a little bit of cumin and chopped cilantro. Top with some tortilla chips and cheese, or serve with a quesadilla.

Quick Fix #2: Tuscan Veggie Soup. Add some (eyeball it again) cannellini (white kidney beans) or white beans (drained and rinsed), a little bit of Italian seasoning and some chopped kale. Cook till heated through and the kale is tender.

Quick Fix #3: Minestrone Veggie Soup. Add some cooked pasta, a little dried basil and top with a fresh grating of Parmesan cheese.

Quick Fix #4: Autumn Veggie Soup. Add some diced acorn squash or butternut squash, a handful of cooked brown rice, a sprinkling of nutmeg and some chopped parsley.

Roast Turkey Carcass Soup

Roast Turkey Carcass Soup

Hands up  if you plan to have a turkey in the oven at some point over the next couple of days.

I know you’re probably not thinking about what to do with that leftover turkey yet, but I want to catch you before you toss out that beautiful turkey carcass in the trash.

Instead of throwing the carcass away (please don’t throw it away!), you can use it to create wonderful, delicious and nutritious soup stock.

We absolutely love turkey soup in my house, and I know if you try this recipe, you’re going to love it, too!

The trick to making turkey soup is to roast the carcass.

If you are too tired after entertaining family for Thanksgiving Dinner, put the carcass in a freezer bag until you have a couple of hours to give it the proper treatment it deserves!

When you’re ready to get down to business, pull the carcass apart and put it in a roaster with some roughly chopped carrots, celery, onions, and 8 or 9 whole cloves of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil, and roast at 425 degrees for 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes, take the roaster out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Turn on one of your largest stovetop elements and place the roaster on top. Cover the carcass with cold water and boil uncovered for an hour. NOTE: METAL ROASTERS ONLY! If you’ve roasted your carcass in a different type of roasting pan, transfer the bones and vegetables to a stockpot for this step!

After an hour of boiling, strain the whole mess and pop it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, remove the layer of fat from the top and get ready to make a big pot of delicious Roast Turkey Carcass Soup!

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Roast Turkey Carcass Soup
Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine Paleo
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Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine Paleo
Servings
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Instructions
  1. In a soup pot, heat the olive oil till hot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook 5 minutes till soft and translucent.
  3. Add the carrots and celery, and cook another five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Salt and pepper well to taste.
  5. Now add the Roast Turkey Carcass broth.
  6. Bring everything to a rolling boil; don’t cover the soup.
  7. Add the thyme and enjoy!
Hot Melt Meatloaf

Hot Melt Meatloaf

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Hot Melt Meatloaf
two hands in oven mitts holding a stoneware loaf pan of meatloaf
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Keto
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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loaf
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Keto
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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loaf
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two hands in oven mitts holding a stoneware loaf pan of meatloaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a skillet, heat the ghee and saute the onions.
  3. In a large bowl, with your very clean hands mix all ingredients--add the sauteed onions.
  4. Once everything is thoroughly mixed, put it in a loaf pan or muffin tin for smaller portions.
  5. Bake for an hour or until cooked thoroughly. Enjoy!
Pan Seared Butter Braised Pork Chops with Herb White Wine Reduction

Pan Seared Butter Braised Pork Chops with Herb White Wine Reduction


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Pan Seared Butter Braised Pork Chops with Herb White Wine Reduction
This recipe is every inch as mouth watering as it sounds. "pan seared" - "butter braised" - "pork chops" - "herb white wine reduction" - what we didn't include in the recipe name (since it was already crazy lengthy) was we topped it with FRIED SAGE. Oh mama. Everything good exists in this scrumptious recipe. Pork chops can be real buggers to cook - often becoming tough or flavorless or both - not these beauties. The right combo of the right methods makes these pork chops perfectly juicy and flavorful.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together first 4 ingredients (vinegar through rosemary), then set aside.
  2. Season both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper, then place in large zipper topped plastic bag. Pour garlic mixture over the top, make sure chops are evenly saturated, let out excess air, seal and place in refrigerator to marinate for at least 1 hour (up to 48 hours).
  3. At time of cooking, heat ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove pork chops from refrigerator and marinade, and once ghee begins to sizzle, add pork to skillet.
  4. Sear for 5 minutes, not touching the pork chops, then flip and sear for another 5 minutes, again, not fidgeting with them.
  5. After you've seared them on both sides, add the butter to the pan, along with a pinch of the minced herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage) - only a pinch, set the rest aside.
  6. Using tongs, flip the pork chops, and then baste (with a basting brush) with ghee/butter/herbs in the skillet. Repeat this process for 5 minutes. Continuously flipping and basting as you go.
  7. Then remove pork chops from skillet, and add the shallot. Sauté for about 2 minutes or until shallot is fragrant and translucent.
  8. Deglaze pan with splash of the wine. Using a whisk to get all the good bits off the bottom of the pan, continue whisking for about 2 minutes, then add remaining wine, herbs, and broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Bring to a boil, and allow to boil until liquid has reduced by half, then reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 10 minutes.
  10. Serve pork with a generous ladle of sauce and a couple fried sage leaves.
Recipe Notes

To fry sage:

Heat 1/3 cup olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Once it begins to pop, add a handful of sage leaves. Fry for 3 to 5 seconds (seriously, it fries crazy fast), then immediately remove and place on a paper towel covered plate. Continue until you have as much as you need. Season with a sprinkle of sea salt and you're good to go!

Spring Herb Salmon with Roasted Cabbage and Dijon Reduction

Spring Herb Salmon with Roasted Cabbage and Dijon Reduction


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Spring Herb Salmon with Roasted Cabbage and Dijon Reduction
A delicious flavorful recipe that's not only easy, but sure to impress! Full of seasonal taste explosions, and salmon chalk full of good fats!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet, arrange cabbage medallions, drizzle with melted ghee, season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Place in oven and roast for 30 to 40 minutes, or until tender and lightly charred.
  3. Season salmon filets with salt, pepper, thyme, and rosemary. Melt remaining ghee in a large skillet, over medium high heat. Add salmon filets, skin side down. Then add 1/2 cup of the broth, and cover.
  4. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes covered, or until salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
  5. Remove salmon from skillet and set aside.
  6. Add remaining broth, butter, and wine to skillet with cooking juices. Heat over high heat until mixture boils, then whisk in dijon mustard and season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to medium, and cook until mixture reduces by 1/2.
  7. Serve salmon on top of cabbage with a generous helping of dijon sauce, and enjoy!

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