Archive | May, 2011

veggie soup

15 May

I was craving soup (crazy, I know, it was like 96 degrees here yesterday!) and had a ton of veggies on hand so this just kinda came together. I cooked some onion and garlic in a little butter.

Added some chopped carrots and yellow bell pepper.

Poured in chicken broth and broccoli,

let simmer for a while before throwing in a few handfuls of spinach.

I blended batches of the soup and added a couple of tablespoons of flax seeds.

I returned the blended soup to heat and added a tablespoon of heavy cream.

Then came the fun part, I put the soup in ramekins and covered with a slice of provolone cheese.

After a couple of minutes under the broiler, this was the result:

The soup was so good, we each had a second serving (skipped the cheese). For dessert we each had half of this adorable mini watermelon.

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second backpacking trip

9 May
 

mmmahi mahi

1 May

Last week, Sunflower Market had mahi mahi for $3.99 / lb! I was all over that deal! We grilled the mahi mahi with a mango chipotle sauce I picked up at World Market earlier this week. We made the mango salsa by combining mango, minced onion, garlic and green bell peppers with avocado, cilantro, a little orange juice and few dashes of our favorite hot sauce. We served the fish with the salsa on top and grilled white corn on the side. We combined the leftovers to make a cold salad for the next day. This salsa really complimented the fish’s flavor and the whole meal was fresh and summery.

grilling

1 May

Summer is here! In southern Arizona a grill is a must have cooking untensil for the summer. It becomes waaaaay too hot to cook indoors and even though it’s hot outside it’s worth keeping your home cool. Also, if your lucky, your grill is near a pool and you can stay cool, too!

We marinated these chicken breast tenders with jamaican jerk and hot sauce and they came out spicy and crisp! We grilled the aspargus in foil with butter and lemon and garlic. Yum! We used the leftover chicken in spicy spinach salads!

JUICY

1 May

We made this juice from apples, carrots, cucumber, spincach, tomatoes, beets, ginger and a couple oranges. Vibrant color and taste!

Breakfast tostada

1 May

We made this tostada with some leftover black beans, zucchini, scrambled eggs, salsa, avocado and cilantro over a toasted corn tortilla. It was fresh and very satisfying. Yum!

White Bean, Chorizo & Kale Soup

1 May

This soup is one of my all-time favorites. It is soooo easy and quick but packs huge flavor from very few ingredients. I get rave reviews each time I make it.

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil, add chorizo and stir for a minute or so to brown. Throw in a can of rinsed white beans and stir around a little more to coat beans with chorizo flavor. Add chicken broth and bring to boil and then let simmer until the chorizo is cooked. Add the kale and turn off heat. This is seriously good! I’ve also made this soup before with red potatoes instead of the beans and it is also really good.