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Black Bean Soup for Foodies on Friday

Black Bean soup because beans DO NOT BELONG in dessert…. See previous posts. LOL

Ingredients:

3 cans rinsed Black beans

1/2 onion

3 cloves garlic

1 bell pepper

2 chopped celery stalks

salt, pepper

4 tomatoes

1-2 cups of chicken stock depending on how thick you like your soup

1tsp coriander or to taste

1tsp cumin or to taste

1 can green chiles

2 bay leaves

couple dashes of Hot Sauce

1/2 squeezed lime

Toppings:

Avocados, chips, sour cream, lime wedges, cheese, rice

Saute onion, pepper and garlic in olive oil. Mash or puree one can of beans and 4 tomatoes. Tomatoes can be chopped or pureed depending on your preference.  Once sauteed, add 2 cans of beans, the pureed mix, salt pepper, chicken stock, seasonings, chiles, bay leaves and Hot Sauce to the onion-pepper mix. Simmer 15-20 minutes. Add lime juice and serve! Don’t forget to remove the Bay leaves. Enjoy!

PS- If you decide to puree, your soup will be much thinner, you can always add more beans if needed.

 

 

"Foodies on Friday"

13 Bean Veggie Dump Soup (Because it’s so easy)

I recently made a post about my Top 8 Items for Post Thanksgiving Detox on Facebook and the response was great. So much in fact, you all wanted a bean soup recipe.

I created this recipe based on the fact the we are all so busy and have limited time to cook, chop and clean up. Look no further!

I call this “13 Bean Veggie Dump Soup”

1 Cup Bobs 13 Bean Soup Mix (I soaked them overnight)

1 Cup Bob’s Veggie Soup Mix

3-5 cups (Or more) Chicken Stock (depending on your favorite consistency)

2-3 Carrots Chopped

3 Celery stalks chopped

Dash Salt

1/2 tsp.pepper

palmful cumin

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

3 dried Bay leaves

Dump everything in a pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Add more seasonings to taste.  Serve over rice, pasta, quinoa, farro or as is. Remove Bay Leaves.

Mangia, Nicole

"Foodies on Friday"

Foodies On Friday- Lemon Bars

I had leftover lemons. Make Lemonade? No……we go Big. We tried Paleo Lemon Bars from the website posted at the end of this note.

The crust……amazing. Highly recommend it. I used Paleo flour by Bob’s, extra honey by accident and palm oil instead of coconut oil. The only change was that I had to cook the crust a bit longer. Awesome recipe, definitely can use for many other desserts!

The topping was easy or so I thought. Mine looked like her fail in the recipe. But it tasted really good so I will try again! And just like my monster said, it tastes like key lime pie!

Mangia!

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4 Tips To End Sugar Cravings

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1. Avoid Processed Foods. Here’s the skinny on this one: Food manufacturers spend massive amounts of money on resources on making their foods as “rewarding” as possible to the brain, which leads to over consumption. You know the saying, “You can’t eat just one?” This is true when eating processed foods. It seems as though most of you responded to my blog with sugar cravings as a problem in the evenings. It would be beneficial to you to not eat processed foods after 3pm.
2. Increase your Serotonin. What! Is! That! Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the body which is thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness. How does this relate to my sugar cravings, you ask? Studies have shown when levels of serotonin are elevated, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets. Serotonin can be elevated through exercise, diet and the right sleep schedule.
3. Drink plenty of water. Sometimes we mistake hunger for thirst. So you possibly may be dehydrated! Here’s a great tip for increasing your water AND have your sugar fix: 1. fill a glass with water 2. Squeeze 1/2 fresh lemon in water 3. add a little bit of Stevia. BAM! A refreshing healthy lemonade.
4. Make your plate mainly GREEN! Oh how my kids mock me when they fill their dinner plate. Eating greens helps boost energy and reduce your sugar cravings. What would be better than a huge green salad with a lemon vinaigrette and a large glass of refreshing fresh squeezed lemonade.
Bonus! Adding some protein to your meals also helps curb those cravings. Add some lentils or quinoa to your salad! YUM!
Please leave a comment, go ahead, leave one, let me know if this was helpful!!
Enjoy your week,

Nicole