Zucchini Soup

Zucchini Soup I know kids can be hard to get veggies into, much less GREEN veggies but this soft and creamy soup had my kids licking their bowls and asking for seconds. I sometimes let them drink their soup through a straw, which 1. makes it more FUN and 2. gets them to actually eat the soup without making a huge mess.  Even though zucchini can seem like a bland veggie, this soup is full of flavor and is one of my personal favorites! Stock up by making lots of double batches in the summer and you can enjoy this tasty soup into the winter, long after the zucchini harvest is gone.       Save Print Zucchini Soup Author: Emilie Toups   Ingredients 1 large onion chopped 5-6 carrots chopped 3 stalks celery chopped 6 zucchini chopped (more if you have tiny ones) 6 cloves of garlic chopped 5-6 tbs butter or refined coconut oil a quart of good chicken stock Good sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste 2 tsp cajun seasoning Instructions In a ... [read more]

Mexican Quinoa

To think that just over a year ago, I didn't even know what quinoa was. Amazing little seeds of goodness, packed with protein...but more to come about that later. Today I really needed something quick for lunch.....the kids were getting hungry and I was busy watching the dump trucks come in and out of my back yard.....while making sure none of the littles went out. Always crazy things going on at the farm but LUNCH....LUNCH must go on! I let the kids out to play while the truck drivers took a lunch break and I started on something in the kitchen that came out so delicious.....Mexican Quinoa! Chopped up some onion, celery, carrot and garlic and sauteed in butter for 5 min at the bottom of my pot. Once the onions were clear and the carrots semi-soft, I added cooked black beans, diced tomatoes, QUINOA, and poured the broth on top. Stir it all up and add your seasonings. I used my favorite for mexican dishes, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt and ... [read more]

Sautéed Collard Greens with Garlic

Bright, green and fresh from the garden... winter greens are so beautifully welcome in my kitchen in the cold winter months. Collard greens seem to sometimes be the odd man out, taking a backseat to the highly popular kale. But they are sweet, tender and saute up easily for a delicious side to any meal. I shall declare it comfort food. Especially when your 7 months pregnant and inside with two toddlers because it's cold and rainy out. Something about bright fresh greens brings me to Spring.....which I am desperately waiting for! Spring will be a whole lot different at the Toups' house this year. We will have a baby calf from Belle, lambs from our sheep Merida and a garden I hope I can be PROUD of. Oh yea, and a beautiful new baby boy that I am very impatiently waiting for.   For now, though, I shall be patient with Belle, Merida, Spring and our sweet growing baby. And I will make sautéed collards, one of my favorite winter veggies.   Sautéed ... [read more]