Thursday, October 23, 2014

Veggie Chowder

It's soup season!! I had this at cousin Shirley's baby shower last year and had to have the recipe. Aunt LaDawn was nice enough to share it. The bacon in it is of course delicious and I really like the fresh green beans which I'd never added to a soup before.

Vegetable Chowder

1⁄4 lb bacon
2 c water
1 c diced potatoes
1 can whole kernel corn
2 t salt
1 c diced celery
1 c sliced carrots
1⁄4 t garlic powder
1⁄2 c diced onion
1 c cut green beans
1 bay leaf
2 c half and half cream
2 T chopped pimento (optional)

Combine water, vegetables, and seasonings. Simmer until tender. Remove bay
leaf. Stir in cream. Mix 2 Tablespoons flour with 1⁄4 cup water in a small bowl
or cup. Stir into soup. Fry bacon. Break into small pieces and add to soup.

My soup didn't thicken very much, which was fine, but I'll try adding a little more flour next time.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cumin Avacado Salad

This recipe came from my neighbor, Susan. She's great at sharing healthy, easy recipes with me that don't require crazy ingredients.

2 avocados
2 tsp. lemon/lime juice (to keep avocados from browning)
1 Cucumber
1 Tomato
Chopped cilantro to taste (or parsley is that's all you have)
2 Tbsp. red onion (optional)
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. coarse salt
Dash of ground black pepper
A little olive oil - to taste

The cumin really gives it a nice, unique taste. These measurements don't have to be followed exactly. Maybe that's obvious and I don't need to say it, but I'm just learning that!
And how about that sweet kale salad at costco?? MMM I love salad.