Creamy Spring Greens Soup (Dairy-Free)

Creamy Spring Greens Soup

When it comes to getting my kids to eat more green veggies, sometimes I feel like Sam-I-Am. You know the fuzzy little guy in the famous Dr. Seuss book.

I don’t know why most kids see anything green as a red alert. But alas, most kids do – mine included! And as much as I try to coax them into giving healthy greens a try, I’m often met with the same resistance that good ole Sam-I-Am experienced.

Of course, I haven’t tried offering them the opportunity to enjoy a meal with a mouse, fox or goat … but I have made it a point to continually offer a wide variety of veggies and to get my kids in the kitchen cooking with me, which has worked over time to open up their eyes to the fact that green things can be good! Surprise, surprise!

That’s where this soup comes in … it’s so incredibly simple to make and is just as incredibly delicious to eat. Those green-phobes out there just have to get past its verdant color and be adventurous enough give this tasty soup a try.

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What makes this creamy, dairy-free Spring Greens Soup “Mmm, Mmm Good?”
The combination of fresh seasonal asparagus, baby spinach and flat leaf parsley gently simmered in homemade bone broth with just the right touch of seasonings not only makes this soup have standout flavor, but also provides a healthy dose of important nutrients, such as magnesium, iron, folate and vitamins A, C, E and K.

As delicious as this soup is, I must admit that some of the more obstinate green-haters in my family have yet to give this savory soup a try, but I don’t give up easily. I’ll stay the course and keep quoting the wise ole adage of Dr. Seuss … You do not like green soup you say. Try it! Try it! And you may! Try it and you may, I Say!

Creamy Spring Greens Soup (Dairy-Free)

Yield: 5-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus (1 large bunch)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups diced leeks
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 6 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, tightly packed
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (or almond milk)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Clean asparagus, trimming off the woody ends. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Set aside.
  2. Heat a dutch oven (or large stock pot) over medium heat. Add the olive oil, leeks and onions. Sauté until onions and soft and translucent.
  3. Add the chicken stock, bay leaf and asparagus. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook asparagus until it begins to soften (about 10-12 minutes).
  4. Remove bay leaf. Add spinach and parsley. Continue to simmer until asparagus is tender (about 6-8 minutes).
  5. Puree soup in a high-powered blender, working in batches, if necessary, and return soup to the pot. Stir in milk and season generously with sea salt and pepper to taste.
http://thenourishinghome.com/2015/04/creamy-spring-greens-soup-dairy-free/

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Pantry Makeover Giveaway from MightyNest

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Having a well-stocked and organized pantry is a great way to stay on track with your healthy eating goals, and keep your budget in check too! That’s because being able to quickly identify what’s in your pantry will help you to avoid buying in excess. And we all know, this not only wastes space, but usually results in wasted money too when we have to toss out items that expire due to them getting “lost in the disorganized crowd.”

Another benefit of a well-organized pantry is that it helps save time by making it so much easier to quickly locate items needed for a recipe. And it’s especially easy to find what you’re looking for when your food staples are stored in glass, which is why I’m thrilled to share this exciting Pantry Storage Giveaway with you courtesy of my friends at MightyNest.

Now through April 7, 2015, you can enter the MightyNest Giveaway by clicking on the blue “Enter Giveaway” button above for a chance to WIN $200 in quality glass food storage products, including:

Plus, MightyNest will donate $100 to the winner’s school of choice!

That’s what I appreciate most about MightyNest – their generous spirit! Did you know that MightyNest donates 15% from every order to the school of your choice. Isn’t that awesome! Not only are they passionate about helping families live healthier, they’re also committed to helping our local schools too!

My Favorite Tips & Tricks to Makeover Any Pantry!

Okay, before I share my favorite pantry makeover tips and tricks, I have to be honest! Lest you think my pantry is always an organizational masterpiece, let me show you what it looked like before I decided enough is enough already … it’s time for some serious spring cleaning and reorganization!

Pantry Makeover Before!

Yikes! Just look at that jumbled mess (embarrassed blushing happening here)! It’s no wonder I couldn’t find anything! Sadly, I discovered that I had more than one bag of the same kind of dried fruits open; over a dozen cans of coconut milk spread out in various locations; and unfortunately I had to toss several bags of nuts that were stale from not being properly sealed. Boo, I hate wasting food!

If you can relate to my disorganized dilemma above, I want to encourage you that it only takes a little bit of time and a few handy storage containers to transform your pantry into a well-organized and well-stocked haven of real foods.

Below are the beautiful results (can you hear me breathing a sigh of relief) after I spent a little time reorganizing my pantry using some of my favorites glass food storage containers from MightyNest.

Pantry Makeover After!

So what’s the best way to get started with your own pantry makeover?

1) First, pull out everything in your pantry and take inventory. Be sure to toss out anything that’s expired. (P.S. This is also a good time to get rid of those secret stashes of unhealthy foods – just sayin’!)

2) Transfer packaged foods such as nuts, flours, dried fruits, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, etc. into airtight storage containers to ensure freshness and also maximize storage space in your pantry.

When it comes to food storage, nothing beats glass storage containers! They’re the perfect eco-friendly solution because they are …

  • Safe – glass doesn’t leach harmful chemicals.
  • Easy to clean – glass is nonporous so food particles, oils and odors are easily washed away.
  • Cost effective – glass does not discolor or trap odors, so it can be used over and over again for safe food storage.
  • Versatile – glass food containers come in a variety of sizes and shapes making it easy to find a safe solution for all of your food storage needs.

Pantry Makeover Kilner Flour JarsAs you can see, I absolutely adore Kilner jars for storing grain-free flour. They have a nice wide-mouth top, which makes it easy to scoop out what you need. Best of all, their super-tight seal and lock-down clip ensures that ingredients are kept airtight, which is especially important for keeping flour fresh.

Speaking of which, I recommend storing about a 1-2 week supply of grain-free flour in your pantry so you have it on hand ready to go. The remainder should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. It’s important that your flour is room temperature before using it for baking, as cold flour can negatively impact the outcome of baking recipes.

Pantry Makeover Slmax JarsWhen it comes to storing nuts, dried fruits, shredded coconut, chocolate chips and other real food pantry staples, I highly recommend removing them from their packages and storing them in a glass container fitted with an airtight lid.

I’ve found that most foods stay fresher, and therefore last much longer when stored in glass. Simax glass containers are one of my favorites because they’re lightweight and have an easy-on, easy-off lid. Plus, they’re vertical so they make use of height, rather than taking up valuable “floor space” in your pantry.

3)  Reorganize with Rhyme & Reason. To make it easier to quickly locate items in your pantry, I recommend grouping pantry items by type, such as baking staples, canned goods, nuts, condiments, etc. By placing items together by category, it will make it much easier to keep your pantry orderly and quickly find what you’re looking for.

Pantry Makeover Use Counters4) Small pantry? Consider using your countertops. It not only saves space in your pantry, but it’s also convenient to relocate the staples that you use most often to your kitchen countertops. You may also wish to invest in a raised shelf since they make use of vertical space, which will allow you to store more items in a small area on your counter.

5) No pantry? No problem! Some kitchens don’t have pantries. If that’s your challenge, be encouraged. You can still use the tips above to organize your cabinet space and countertops to make the most efficient use of the space you have available. You may also want to shop yard sales for a kitchen buffet that can be used to free-up extra cabinet space for use as a pantry.

P.S. I don’t use fancy stickers to label my glass storage containers. They make it difficult to wash since the labels peel off and leave a sticky residue. Instead, I use a sharpie. That’s right. It’s simple, cost-effective and can easily be removed from glass with just a touch of lemon essential oil.

What are your favorite ways to keep your pantry well organized? Please share your tips & tricks in the comments below!

Please Note: The MightyNest Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Enter now through April 7, 2015 by clicking on the entry form above. One winner will receive a Food Storage Prize Package from MightyNest ($200 value), plus the winner’s school of choice will receive a $100 donation. See full rules in entry form above. Yep, this awesome giveaway is sponsored by Mighty Nest. But remember y’all, I only share my honest opinions about the products and brands that I personally use and enjoy!

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Broiled Cod with Parsley Almond Pesto

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Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to a sweet friend of mine – Michele at Thriving on Paleo. Michele not only creates delicious recipes, she also photographs them beautifully, and includes a short how-to video demonstrating just how quick and easy her recipes are to prepare. So be sure to pop over to see her helpful video of this scrumptious broiled cod recipe she’s sharing with us today. And most of all, I appreciate Michele’s heart for inspiring others, so I encourage you to subscribe to her beautiful blog and download her free eBook for even more delicious recipes and inspiration!

Guest post by Michele at Thriving on Paleo

How exciting to be guest posting on my dear friend Kelly’s blog! I think Kelly is such an inspiration to us all, and throughout my journey of healing from Hashimoto’s and Celiac Disease, inspiration is one thing I can never overdose on.

That’s why I’m so happy to be able to share a little inspiration with you today with a recipe that will help you get more fish on your family’s plate.

Fish is one of those things we’re constantly told we should eat more of, and with good reason. Cold-water fatty fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like cod and salmon can help protect us against a whole host of ailments, from Alzheimer’s to heart attacks. It can also help to lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels. I mean, you read about the health benefits of fish and it sounds like it can do pretty much everything but wash the dishes for you! So naturally, I try to incorporate fish into our diets as much as we can.

A lot of times, I tend to “bread” cod or salmon with an almond flour breading mixture and bake it. But now that spring is coming, I wanted to freshen things up a bit. This Broiled Cod with Parsley Almond Pesto uses one of the first herbs to pop out of the ground each spring and with it comes a welcome reminder that the summer-fresh vegetable abundance is nearly here!

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Of course, as a busy mom, I understand the importance of getting a healthy, nutritious meal on the table QUICKLY! That’s why this recipe is very quick and easy to make. Simply throw the ingredients in the food processor, spread over the cod and bake for 5-10 minutes. It takes maybe 20 minutes max – easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but elegant enough for guests.

Bonus! Both of my kids absolutely go bonkers over this recipe. So based on their opinion, I think it’s pretty kid-friendly too! (Especially since cod typically doesn’t have the 1000’s of teeny tiny annoying bones that other fish – salmon, I’m looking at you – does).

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P.S. As Kelly mentioned above, we’d love for you to watch my short how-to video so you can see firsthand how easy this recipe is to put together! Then, be sure to print or pin the recipe below, so you can enjoy it again and again!

Broiled Cod with Parsley Almond Pesto

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs cod (fresh or thawed, if using frozen fish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the cod on it.
  2. Combine the parsley, garlic, almonds, lemon juice and zest, paprika, and sea salt in a food processor or blender. Process until everything is approximately the same size.
  3. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil and puree until the pesto is just slightly chunky.
  4. Using a spatula or your hands, apply the pesto to both sides of the fish and place back on baking sheet.
  5. Broil the fish for 5-10 minutes (depending on the thickness of your fish) or until opaque and the fish flakes when cut with fork. Enjoy!
http://thenourishinghome.com/2015/03/broiled-cod-with-parsley-almond-pesto/

2013Spring0174 Cropped (1)Michele Spring is a mom of 2 young boys, suffers from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Celiac Disease, and is an expert on using the Paleo diet to feel your absolute best. Through her blog posts and short how-to videos, she’s here to help teach and inspire you to live a Paleo lifestyle while having the time of your life doing it. When she’s not blogging, you can find her sewing up a new outfit, reading a great book, or desperately trying to keep her kids from making her house look like a tornado hit it. You can also find Michele on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Be sure to subscribe to Thriving on Paleo and download her free eBook for even more delicious recipes and inspiration!

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