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Food on Friday ~ Soup

only the pure in heart can make a good soup

In many parts of England and the USA it’s cold, dark, and miserable.  At times like these I believe that we all need comfort food, and what better than a nourishing, warming, interesting soup?

And, if you are pure in heart, then you can make a decent soup over an open fire, if you have to.  Better still would be an unfashionable wood burning stove.  The people of Texas will tell you that relying on electricity is not always a good idea, nor mains gas either.  BTW, never, ever use petrol, (gasoline) to start a fire ~ not if you want to go on living.

First up this week, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have this Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup.  You know what?  If you don’t have a slow cooker, then get one.  At this time of year it will be a brilliant investment.

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb has a recipe for Easy Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup.  Tuscany is one of my favourite places in the entire world.

Easy Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup

Holly at Spend with Pennies has a wonderful looking recipe for Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon; how very American!  This really is a meal in a bowl.

Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon

Dana the Minimalist Baker has a collection; Healthy Winter Recipes for Cold People, and from that I’ve chosen to feature her very easy, very healthy, gluten free, one pot, Curried Potato and Lentil Soup, (with kale).

Curried Potato and Lentil Soup

Meanwhile, Jessica at How Sweet Eats offers us 20 of Her Favorite Soup Recipes for Winter; from which I give you this Easy Lemon Chicken Soup.  OK it’s the second lemon chicken recipe this week but they are very different.

Easy Lemon Chicken Soup

Finally for this week Country Living has a collection of 55+ Extra Comforting Soups and Stews to Warm You Up on Chilly Winter Nights.  How about this Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup for something very different?

Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

they even get snow in Arizona

I know, I was there

 

Food on Friday ~ Healthy Recipes

healthy eating is a way of life

Most Americans are unhealthy.  The USA spends twice as much on heathcare as the average OECD country, yet has the lowest life expectancy and highest suicide rate among the 11 OECD countries.  Almost half of adult Americans are obese, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the USA, and almost 35 million Americans have been diagnosed to have diabetes.  Most of these illnesses can be put down to unhealthy lifestyles ~ about one third of Americans are classified as ‘physically inactive’, and the US Department of Health says 80% do not take enough exercise to be even moderately fit and healthy.  Things are not much better here in England.

To eat a healthy diet, to live with a healthy lifestyle, isn’t difficult.  It does mean giving up a couple of things; drinking and smoking chief among them.  There are also some things we should consume a lot less of; refined sugar, caffeine, stuff made with white flour, dairy, canned food, fast food, processed food, take out meals, sugary carbonated drinks, and anything and everything with high fructose corn syrup in it, (HFCS).

Now that I have to control my recently diagnosed high blood pressure, the kinds of dishes I’ll be eating are shown here.

Petra at Food Eat Love has a great recipe for Beef with Ginger and Grapefruit.  Beef is more than just OK, and both ginger and grapefruit are great for keeping one’s blood pressure under control.

Beef with Ginger and Grapefruit

Oily fish is very good for our health and so are cilantro and citrus.  Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb combines these ingredients in her Baked Honey Cilantro Lime Salmon in Foil.  An easy and healthy 30 minute dish.  Supposedly, honey has some surprising health benefits.

Baked Honey Cilantro Lime Salmon in Foil

A good breakfast is important to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.  Jessica Merchant has a collection of her 10 Favorite Weekday Breakfasts.  From that I’m featuring these Pumpkin Protein Pancakes, so easy and so healthy.

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

A healthy hearty diet need not be lots and lots of salads, we can also eat comfort food and Holly at Spend With Pennies has a great side dish of Colcannon ~ mashed potatoes and cabbage, fabulous served with corned beef.  Potato and cruciferous vegetables are good for helping to control one’s blood pressure.  (there is the obvious farting issue when it comes to eating lots of cruciferous vegetables)

Colcannon

Joy the baker has this very interesting dish; Mushroom and Brussels Sprout Hash.  Brussel Sprouts are cruciferous vegetables and really good for us, and mushrooms have lots of potential benefits when it comes to preventing cardio vascular diseases.

Mushroom and Brussels Sprout Hash

Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has this very attractive recipe for Healthier 25 Minute Kung Pao Chicken.  I have just got to try this easy, healthy dish ~ using brown / wild rice.

Healthier 25 Minute Kung Pao Chicken

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

alcohol is not part of a healthy diet

but a glass of good red wine is probably beneficial most evenings of the week

Food on Friday ~ Paleo

for most of human prehistory
carbohydrates were extremely scarce

The real birth of farming, and therefore an abundance of carbohydrates, was probably after the last ice age some 10,000 years ago.  Before that, and before mankind learned how to store grains and nuts, carbohydrates would only be readily available in the harvest season.  More than that, most carbohydrates would come from nuts rather than grains and seeds, and most nuts contain far more fat and protein than they do carbohydrates.

Some would say that eating carbohydrates is unnatural, and the number of wheat / gluten related illnesses would seem to prove that; celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, gluten ataxia, dermatitis, bloating, and wheat allergies.  Anyhow, modern wheat is so drenched in Roundup / Glyphosate that it’s poisonous over time.

A paleo diet is based on the food eaten by early humans; meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts ~ completely eschewing dairy products, cereals, and of course no processed foods at all.  And, that’s what I’m now following ~ So Help Me God.

First up this Friday, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have Easy Chimichurri Shrimp.  One benefit of a Paleo diet is that most dishes are quick, easy, and clean.  Chimichurri is a tangy quite hot dressing.

Easy Chimichurri Shrimp

Not everyone likes pork chops, but from Holly at Spend with Pennies I like the look of her recipe for Juicy Baked Pork Chops.  So many people cook pork chops until they’re dry and tasteless.

Juicy Baked Pork Chops

The usual extremely pretty dish from Jessica at How Sweet Eats; Garlic Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Chimichurri.  One of the good things about a paleo diet is that I can eat just as much steak as I want.  This is a super cilantro heavy chimichurri dressing, and another 30 minute recipe.  Fabulous!

Garlic Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Chimichurri

From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, how about this Pan Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon.  Not your same old dull salmon dinner at all.  Simple, quick, and very tasty in a different way.

Pan Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon

Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb also has a super 30 minute salmon recipe; Best Easy Healthy Baked Salmon.  Cooked just with lemon and garlic, what could be easier or better?

Best Easy Healthy Baked Salmon

The collection this week is from Delish magazine; 40 Paleo Recipes That Will Make You Forget You’re On A Diet.  Well a Paleo meal shouldn’t make you feel as though you’re on a diet, protein is very filling.  The dish I’ve chosen to feature is another fish recipe; Baked Swordfish Steak ~ and swordfish is fabulous served any way.

Baked Swordfish Steak

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Delicious Rabbit Stew

a true Paleo Diet should include game

 

Food on Friday ~ Californian Style

healthy eating is a way of life

Deep into lockdown and I am not feeling at my best.  The edict here is that we should stay at home, not going out at all except for ‘essential’ purposes.  Well, for me shopping for food is an essential reason to get out of the garret.  And face it, when one can’t go anywhere nor meet with friends, then cooking is one of the few real pleasures left in life.  Ergo, the dishes this week are things that look and sound good.  Maybe all these recipes are healthy and very nutritious, but this week that’s all secondary to simple pleasure.

Not only that ~ these recipes remind me of warmer and better times spent in California.

From Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest we have 30 Minute Creamy Thai Turmeric Chicken and Noodles.  I like easy thirty-minute recipes. Turmeric is supposed to have lots of interesting health benefits.

30 Minute Creamy Thai Turmeric Chicken and Noodles

Another 30 minute dish, this time from Dana at Minimalist Baker; Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella ~ how very Californian.  This is quick, nutritious, vegetarian comfort food.  Rosemary is another herb with lots of health benefits attached to it.

Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella

At Cooking with a Wallflower one of Andrea’s top ten recipes is this Korean Style Spinach Mushroom Glass Noodles.  I enjoy making a stir fry and this vegetarian dish looks so very easy for a lunch or dinner at any time.

Korean Style Spinach Mushroom Glass Noodles

Here in England, in the depths of winter, a hearty soup is always welcome on the dinner plate.  Holly at Spend with Pennies has something that would remind me of warmer and better times vacationing in California.  A Crock Pot Taco Soup ~ and almost everyone has a crock pot tucked away in a kitchen cupboard.  Allegedly this soup is so easy it practically cooks itself.

Crock Pot Taco Soup

I’ve realised that the recipes this week all have some kind of Californian connection.  So, how could I not include something like these Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Chipotle Slaw and Roasted Pineapple Sauce.  From epicurious.

Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

Our collection this week comes from Jessica at How Sweet Eats; 20 of My Favorite Soup Recipes for Winter.  From this fabulous list I’ve chosen to feature this great looking Chicken Tortellini Soup.  If you buy a rotisserie chicken this dish is so quick and easy.

Chicken Tortellini Soup

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Santa Monica, CA

Food on Friday ~ In the Bleak Midwinter

when water is like a stone, drink hot rum punch

Cool salads and iced tea might be fine during the heat of a Californian summer afternoon, or maybe a glass of chilled chardonnay is your tipple of choice?  But in the bleak midwinter’s darkness you are going to want something more calorific, something that will warm the cockles of your heart and put a fire in your belly.  Well these recipes may just fit the bill.

It’s a cold winter’s evening and you want something easy, warming, tasty, nutritious…..  Tieghan Gerard from Half Baked Harvest has an idea for you; Smoky Potato and Kale Soup.  Just look at the photograph.

Smoky Potato and Kale Soup

Next up I can do no better than quote from Holly at Spend with Pennies; ‘Colder weather calls for hearty and healthy soups and stews, just like this satisfying 15 Bean Soup…..

15 Bean Soup

This is still very easy, but we gone upscale a little with this Crab Topped Salmon, from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats.  Allegedly this is The Perfect Holiday Meal ~ who could disagree as a change from all that turkey.

Crab Topped Salmon

I like one pot recipes, and I like Chungah at Damn Delicious, add the two and some chicken and we get One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo.  Chungah avers that this is quite possibly the easiest dinner one can ask for…..

One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo

Another chicken dish, this one from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb; Chicken and Potatoes with Dijon Cream Sauce.  This one pot recipe was posted in May this year, but what the hades, I like one pot dishes and I’d make this in the depths of even our North of England winters.

Chicken and Potatoes with Dijon Cream Sauce

After all that, something lighter for a snack to go with some hot cider perhaps.  From Popsicle Society; Savoury Cheese and Veggies Muffins.  Ribana says these would make a perfect appetiser for your Christmas table.  Who could disagree?

Savoury Cheese and Veggies Muffins

Well, I said it at the top of this post, now is the time to enjoy a hot toddy or three, and what could be better than a hot rum punch.  This powerful recipe, (rum, cognac, and sherry), is from Delicious magazine.  Or you could go for a hot spiced buttered rum…..  You can even buy your Woods Navy Rum from Amazon.

Hot Rum Punch

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

a classic hot toddy

from Cookie + kate

Food on Friday ~ Weeknights

after a long day at work cooking is probably the last thing on your mind

Even though I am a gentleman of leisure there are times when I’m rushed for time and don’t feel like cooking anything complicated nor time-consuming for dinner.  And for most people, I know there is much more pressure on your time.  So this Friday I’m concentrating on easy recipes that are perfect for weeknights.

Even tough you might be tired and under time pressure after a hard day at work, please take the time to enjoy cooking and eating your meals.  Be mindful of your food.

First up, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have these weeknight style Crockpot BBQ  Beer Chicken Taquitos ~ with Street Corn Salas and Lime Crema.

Crockpot BBQ  Beer Chicken Taquitos

From Holly at Spend with Pennies, how about this Easy Tuna Casserole?

Easy Tuna Casserole

This is really easy from Ali at Gimmie Some Oven; Brown Butter Lemon Pasta.  And, I agree with Ali here, buy the very best ingredients you can afford, especially for  simple dishes such as this.

Brown Butter Lemon Pasta

For a side dish, or just something healthy on its own, from Cookie + kate we have this Easy Tomato Salad ~ how wonderful if you have tomatoes growing in your own garden.

Easy Tomato Salad

This is not the first time I’ve blogged about weeknight dinners.  Back in May 2018 there was another post entitled Weeknight Dinners.  Among the recipes I covered there is this Prosciutto and Balsamic Greens Flatbread.  From Averie Cooks.  Looks delicious.

Prosciutto and Balsamic Greens Flatbread

Our collection this Friday is from Delish magazine; 80 Easiest Weeknight Meals Ever, and I’ve chosen to feature this fabulous looking Spinach Lasagna.

Spinach Lasagna

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the simplest meal ever

just add cheese

Food on Friday

our caveman ancestors didn’t have combine harvesters

My healthier living plan involves something like the Paleo diet, although not in a strict nor fashionable way.  However, it does mean that there are some types of food that I’m not going to tuck into on a regular basis; dairy, eggs, and most especially wheat / grains and their products like bread, noodles, and pasta.  (I love pasta.)  However, my food guru tells me that long grain and wild rice as well as quinoa are good on even my pretty strict Paleo diet.

First up this week from Erin Clarke at Well Plated by Erin I’d like to show you this Korean beef bowl recipe.  This looks super delicious, and I would serve it with long grain and wild rice.

Korean Beef Bowl

I am really going to make this blackened shrimp kale caesar salad next week.  One of the things I like about this dish is that it’s complete with so few ingredients.  You can usually rely on Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats to have some very healthy, tasty, yet simple recipes.

Blackened Shrimp Kale Caesar Salad

Earlier this week I made salmon and asparagus in a garlic lemon butter sauce, cooked in a foil pack, the recipe from eatwell101.  Let me tell you, it was simple to prepare and absolutely delicious.  I can recommend this to you all.  (That’ not my picture, but my dish came out looking exactly as per.)

Salmon and Asparagus in Garlic Lemon Butter

From Holly at Spend with Pennies I like this recipe for instant pot chicken and vegetables.  I don’t have an instant pot, (we call them a pressure cooker), but I’m pretty certain I can make this dish in my little combination microwave / fan oven.

Instant Pot Chicken and Vegetables

This is a different take on a staple vegetable; from Dianes Kitchen why not try these herbed carrots?  As a ‘wonder food’ carrots are a brilliant source of beta carotene, fibre, vitamins, potassium, and antioxidants.

Herbed Carrots

Despite that I’m in England in winter I’m eating a lot of salad, and I am attracted to this brussels, butternut, and edamame salad with orange sesame sauce by Heather Christo.  Her dishes always look so fabulous.

Brussels Butternut Edamame Salad

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

no longer on my menu

and I liked both

Food on Friday ~ Healthier Eating

life is not merely being alive, but being well

It still behoves me to search out recipes which will help me to live a healthier life ~ to be fit and well.  And in all honesty, that isn’t hard, there are plenty of very tasty, good-looking, and very healthy recipes out there, including on many of the cookery blogs I have been following for ages.  Not only that, some of the cooks I follow feature mostly very healthy, allergen-free, and gluten-free dishes.

For me, the three main things I need to concentrate on are to eat much leaner meats, eat a lot more fruits and vegetables, and use much less salt.  That shouldn’t be too hard, should it?  Actually, I’m finding the much less salt thing quite difficult.  Oh well, nothing worthwhile is ever that easy.

First this week we have Diane’s recipe for vegetable rice soup ~ and if you ask me this dish is fantastic.  This looks easy, nutritious, and very healthy, perfect for a weekend lunch or a light dinner.

Vegetable Rice Soup

Next, from that specialist in wholesome food, Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest there is this citrus avocado salad with orange tahini vinaigrette.  This is a very simple recipe, but so good looking that I’m prepared to bet good money that it’s delicious.

Citrus Avocado Salad with Orange Tahini Vinaigrette

From Erin Clarke, at Well Plated by Erin we have an easy, healthy, and juicy crockpot Mexican chicken. You can make this with chicken breasts or thighs, depending what’s good in your supermarket today.  Looks great.

Crockpot Mexican Chicken

Another chicken dish, this time classic chicken noodle soup from Holly at Spend with Pennies.  Easily made from scratch Holly says it’s cozy, comforting and delicious ~ it looks it.

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

From Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats, how about this smoky butternut kale salad with goat cheese and apricot vinaigrette ~ and it’s not just another boring butternut squash kale salad either.  (except I might be tempted to use Wensleydale instead of goat cheese)

Smoky Butternut Kale Salad with Goat Cheese and Apricot Vinaigrette

Our collection this week is from Good Housekeeping; 16 healthy salmon recipes that are beyond tasty.  These are all fabulous dinner recipes, and not just midweek either.  From the list I’ve chosen to feature this very easy roasted salmon and beets with herb vinaigrette.  I must try this recipe this weekend.

Roasted Salmon and Beets with Herb Vinaigrette

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

poor Marmaduke only has healthy eggs for his dinner tonight

Food on Friday ~ Better than Take-Out

One cannot think well, sleep well, love well, if one has not dined well.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part in maintaining good health.  Along with plenty of fresh air and exercise it can help you look and feel your best.

This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the optimal amount of food and drink to maintain a healthy body weight.  You also need all of the essential vitamins and minerals, else you could get quite sick.

Maybe the hardest part of a healthy diet is the sheer quantity of water we should really drink, and for the average person this works out to 8 x 8 ounce glasses of water, (green tea, fruit tea, herbal tea, coffee without sugar), which is half a US gallon every day, more if you’ve been boozing.  In European terms this is 2 litres.

But today we are going to look at some great recipes for fabulous dishes ~ as a much healthier alternative than even the very best take-out.

First up this week we have hamburger steaks with a mushroom sauce from Holly at Spend With Pennies.  While there is no way on this God’s Earth that I would buy a hamburger at a fast-food outlet such as McDonalds, I think a home-made burger can be fabulous.

Hamburger Steaks with a Mushroom Sauce

Another home-made alternative to unhealthy take-out; egg roll in a bowl from Well Plated by Erin Clarke.  At one time I loved Chinese and Thai take out, but the muck is full of gluten and MSG, and I’ve seen out back of a takeout kitchen and hygiene is in a far country.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Something that you certainly wouldn’t get from the average take-out; chinese mushroom dumplings with sweet chili ginger sesame sauce.  Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has very descriptive names for her recipes.  Good for her!

Chinese Mushroom Dumplings

Now Heather Christo always makes her food look fabulous, and this green thai currey with vegetables is no exception.  Get yourself some lemon rice and a bottle of Tiger beer to go with it.  Heather’s recipes are all allergy free, (for all I know they’re gluten free too).

Green Thai Curry with Vegetables

The Minimalist Baker’s recipes are definitely gluten free, and this easy 1 pot tikka masala looks far, far better than anything you’d get from any Indian take-out place.

Easy 1-Pot Tikka Masala

Our collection this week is from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats; 25 weeks of my favorite healthier weeknight dinners.  From this 175 recipe collection I’ve chosen to feature baked parmesan chicken with lemon arugula.  You can get Parmesan chicken as a take-out, but I wouldn’t.

Baked Parmesan Chicken with Lemon Arugula

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

egg-drop chicken soup

Food on Friday ~ Sweet Potato

sweet potatoes are ideal for lazy days

I have a confession in that I’ve never really come to terms with the sweet potato.  It’s not something we ever had in England when I was in my formative years.  Also, I have no idea if what I’m looking at is a sweet potato, or a yam.  What’s the difference anyway?  I do know that a yam is not a sweet potato, the two root vegetables are completely different.

At least I can help with the difference between sweet potatoes and yams, courtesy of Holly at Spend with Pennies who has a post called sweet potato vs yam: what is the difference?

Holly also has some cool sweet potato recipes, including this very easy sweet potato casserole.  Seems it’s delicious and nutritious.  I’m guessing that Holly is very American as she has added pecan nuts to the dish.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Next, from Erin Clarke at Well Plated by Erin we have this old fashioned sweet potato pie.  Actually, this looks delicious.  Erin says this is much better than a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving ~ personally I can think of no good reason to eat pumpkin at all.

Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie

Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats has a very cool recipe for twice baked sweet potatoes with pumpkin and sage.  I really want to try this ~ so perhaps there is a good reason to eat pumpkin after all.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pumpkin and Sage

Heidi at Foodie Crush also has a recipe for twice baked sweet potatoes, this time with maple syrup, white cheddar, and brown sugar bacon.  I think it would be very cool to serve both of these twice baked sweet potatoes at a party.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Maple Syrup, White Cheddar, and Bacon

This utterly brilliant vegan / vegetarian recipe collection is from Cookie + kate; what to cook this November.  The sweet potato recipe is sweet potato & black bean tacos with avocado-pepita dip.  These do look good.

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos with Avocado- Pepita Dip

 

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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