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Radish Soup

Working with a limited diet can be challenging at times. It can require creativity in the kitchen. Some days it’s fun, others days it’s not so fun. It also requires you to think about budget. A nourishing meal, that the kids will like, and doesn’t cost and arm and a leg….completely doable, right? Right!

That’s partly how radish soup made its way to our kitchen.  (And every time I say radish soup, I think I’m on Fraggle Rock…I am aging myself with that though…)

Radish Soup

I’m always looking for ways to get more veggies in our diets and this was easy.

I’ll be honest that I made my family the same soup…except they got potatoes and I got the radishes. Everyone was happy. It was a win/win situation without having to make two meals. (I’ve been doing the Trim Healthy Mama plan so I avoid potatoes.)

And I promise you….radishes cooked do not taste like raw radishes. This soup was actually sweeter than the one with potatoes. (And a bit more pink!)

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Radish Soup
 
A low carb, nightshade free, gluten free soup.
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Ingredients
  • 6 cups of chicken stock (Any stock would work)
  • 2-4 tbsp. of oil
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 2 stocks of sliced celery
  • 6 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 2 bunches of radishes, quartered (This number can vary to how much you like)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Saute onions, garlic and celery until soft
  2. Add stock and quartered radishes and simmer
  3. Allow to simmer until the radishes are soft (I like to do this nice and slow)
  4. Salt and pepper to taste according to your taste
Notes
This would be very easy to add some shredded chicken or beans for added protein.
You can also thicken if desired with the thickener of choice.

If you are doing THM, this can be an S if you use full fat stock, but if you keep the oil cut down and use fat-free stock it would be a fuel pull.

Radish SoupWhat’s your favorite way to cook radishes? 

 

 

 

This post is linked at Kelly the Kitchen Kopp‘s Real Food Wednesday.

 

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*

Nourishing Chicken Soup

A frequent family favorite is chicken soup. Not only is it nourishing but it is comforting. Chicken soup is always asked for when an illness comes around. Starting the soup with gut healing bone broth and loading it with onions and garlic, you are sure to cure what ails you!

Nourishing Chicken Soup

This is my quick version when we’ve had busy days. But, it is usually all about my freezer supply! I try to keep a few quarts of chicken broth in the freezer along with shredded chicken.

Then all I need to do is chop and cook the veggies, add the broth and meat, season it and we have a healthy meal.

We steer away from pasta here, but my kids love this over rice. I have come to enjoy it over roasted cabbage.

This also makes a great gravy. I’ve been using gluccamannan to thicken our gravy because it is on plan for Trim Healthy Mama and the Autoimmune Protocol. It is made from the konjac root, a starchy root vegetable, similar to a yam.

If you are following the THM plan, this is an S so you may want to scale back on the carrots or leave them out. If you use all white meat, a fat free broth and scant amount of olive oil to saute the veggies you can easily make this an E by serving with the carrots and rice.

Nourishing Chicken Soup

5.0 from 1 reviews

Nourishing Chicken Soup
 
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Ingredients
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • diced chicken
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 diced celery stalks
  • 2 diced carrots
  • 6 chopped cloves of garlic
  • 4-5 bay leaves
  • 1 cup spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tsp. gluccamannan
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. -Sautee onions, garlic, celery and carrots in olive oil until tender
  2. -Add chicken broth and bring to a boil
  3. -Sprinkle in gluccamannan and stir until the soup has thickened.
  4. -Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. -Stir in chicken and spinach right before servings, you just want them heated

This recipe is linked at Gwen’s Nest for Trim Healthy Tuesday, Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesdays, Phoenix Helix for AIP Recipe Roundtable, Whole Food Mom on a Budget for Savoring Saturdays and Richly Rooted for Wellness Wednesdays.

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*

Radishes…the new potato!

Potatoes! We eat a lot of them around here. Not only are they good for you but they are pretty cheap.  While I still serve them to my family, I avoid them because they are in the night shade family. Night shades should be avoided while doing the autoimmune protocol. Potatoes are off plan for Trim Healthy Mama plan because they are full of starch.

Radishes....the new potato

In the winter, we have roasts in the oven frequently. They are great to help heat up the house and the leftovers are perfect for soups and stews. A good way to stretch out meat.

I do have to say I miss potatoes. I read on the Trim Healthy Mama boards that radishes make a good potato substitute. Really? That just sounded wrong.

But, while looking over the weekly sale flyers I saw radishes were on sale…and I decided to try it.

And for real, I threw a handful in with our pork roast and they really were just like potatoes!

Awesome!

Radishes...the new potato!

I plan on playing with them a bit in recipes but they were great after being simmered with the roast for a few hours. I just cleaned them, trimmed the edges and in they went!

*I’ve gotten a few questions since posting, so I’ll add a bit. The radishes lose their spicy flavor when cooked. They had a nice texture as well. Perfect with a sprinkle of salt and pepper after being simmered with the roast.

 

This post is linked at Phoenix Helix for the Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable, Gwen’s Nest for Trim Healthy Tuesdays, Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesdays and Purposeful Nutrition for Healing with Foods Friday.

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*

AutoImmune Protocol: Guacamole

One of my biggest challenges for the autoimmune protocol is giving up night shades…mostly tomatoes. Sigh.

AutoImmune Protocol: Guacamole

Condiments are kind of slim picking too.

Because of this, guacamole is becoming my go to condiment. Not only is it full of good, healthy fats, it adds a bit of creaminess to the meal.

It makes a great topping for burgers, I don’t even miss the cheese. It also gives me something to have when we are doing taco night here. Heck, I even eat it by the spoon full!

I like the tartness of the lime and make this a bit salty, it makes up for leaving out the tomatoes. We are big fans of Redmond Sea Salt here. Keeping salt in your diet, when its’ full of minerals, is great for your adrenals!

I have also used fresh onions and garlic but my kids complained it was ‘hot’. Using the powders spices also always for the flavors to mingle a bit better. I love Mountain Rose Herbs (affiliate link) for fresh spices. They taste so much better than the grocery store. Find a couple of friends to order with you because believe me when I tell you a pound of garlic powder is a lot!

If you are doing the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this is for sure an S!

AutoImmune Protocol: Guacamole
 
A nightshade free guacamole.
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Ingredients
  • 3 medium avocados
  • Juice of quarter of lime
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. of sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Peel and mash avocados.
  2. Add spices and lime juice and mix with a fork.

 

Recipe linked at Gwen’s Nest for Trim Healthy Tuesday and Phoenix Helix for Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable.

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*

Molasses Spice Cookies (Gluten Free/Low Carb)

It is typical winter day here….

Sugar Free Molasses Spice Cookies

When I see a view like that out my door, I know it’s time to have something baking in my oven. Major dilemma though, I was out of eggs! What’s a mama to bake?

I decide to try my hand at some molasses spice cookies! They were pretty fast to make and they are kid approved. Soft, kind of crumbly with a nice amount of spice. Perfect on a cold day with a cup of coffee!

If you are a Trim Healthy Mama this is an S cookie. I know molasses is not a legal ingredient in the THM world, but for this you use 1/2 tsp. (1 tsp is about 5 grams of carbs) that is for the entire batch. This makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies so you should be in the clear unless you eat the entire batch…which I don’t recommend. :)

Molasses Spice Cookies-Low carb/gluten free

Sugar Free Molasses Spice Cookies (Low carb)
 
A spicey soft cookie, that is low carb and sugar free.
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Ingredients
  • ½ stick of salted butter
  • ¼ cup xylitol
  • ½ tsp. molasses
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. heavy cream
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ½ tbsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp of cloves
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter, xylitol, molasses, vanilla and cream
  2. Stir together dry ingredients
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture until well mixed.
  4. Roll into balls and flatten lightly on parchment paper
  5. Bake at 350 for 12-18 minutes
  6. Makes about 1½ dozen cookies

This post is linked at Gwen’s Nest for Trim Healthy Tuesday.

 

 

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*