Honeychick Homestead

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Hearty Beet Soup

P1050073I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with beets! If someone else prepares them in a salad or soup, I usually love them. If I prepare them, I usually hate them!

My only experience using beets that I made and enjoyed was when I juiced them.

Until now!!

I found a great, flavorful, beet soup recipe in my Straight from the Earth cookbook. This is a vegan cookbook I got as a gift. I made a few important changes, like not using the canola oil, that makes it more real food friendly 🙂

If you want to know more about why I avoid canola, and other vegetable oils, click here and here.

Okay now for the recipe!

Serves: 4-6  Prep Time: 20 minutes  Cook time: 45-50 minutes

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Aloo Gobi Matar

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This recipe is to good not to share! It is the perfect warming veggie dish for fall. The only thing I did different was use butter, instead of ghee. This is one of my new favorites!

 

The Domestic Man

Gluten-Free, Paleo, Perfect Health Diet

Earlier this year I wrote a guest article for Paleo Magazine, emphasizing the importance of eating vegetables. Americans tend to give vegetables a lower priority than the rest of the world; when comparing the most economically developed areas of the United States (those with the most money to spend on food) to similarly developed regions in Europe and the Western Pacific, we only eat about 75% as many vegetables as the other regions. Comparing the lesser economically developed areas of the United States to their global counterparts is much worse: there, we eat only around 35% as many vegetables.

Vegetables are an important factor in overall health. While not as nutrient-heavy as organ meats, fish, seafood, and naturally raised ruminants, they are often superior to pork, poultry, and fruit in terms of nutrient density. Fermented vegetables, a food that has been consumed for thousands of winters, also provide unique…

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Turkey Pumpkin Chili

I knew with all the rain headed our way, I’d be craving a warming soup, or stew for dinner last night. I dug this oldie but goodie out of my recipe box.

It had been several years since I made it, and one thing I remembered is that while it had potential, it was also a bit bland. Since then, I’ve gained some experience in the kitchen so I tweaked it to make it more flavorful. I hope you enjoy this unique version of chili!

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Zucchini Chocolate Muffins (Dairy-Free/Egg-Free/Gluten-Free/Nut-free)

photo-7These muffins are a great way use the bounty of zucchini that’s available in the summer! They have just the right amount of sweetness without the “sugar overload” that often comes along with most muffin recipes.

I have lots of different types of flour left over from experimenting with gluten free sourdough. One of them is sorghum, so I decided to try a recipe with it. If you don’t have sorghum on hand, any gluten free flour mix, or almond flour should work as a substitute.

If you decide to use almond flour, I recommend using tapioca flour instead of the arrowroot flour. Keep in mind, if you use cacao powder these will be a tad less sweet 🙂

Makes 12 regular size muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grated zucchini (doesn’t need to be peeled)
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups sorghum flour
  • 1/4 arrowroot flour
  • 6 Tbsp of cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Put all dry ingredients into a medium size bowl and combine together.
  • Put the zucchini, bananas, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla, into a small bowl and combine together.
  • Combine the dry and wet ingredients and mix with a hand mixer until the batter is smooth.
  • Spoon batter into a muffin pan lined with baking cups, fill each until 3/4 full.
  • Cook for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes before eating.

 


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Tomato Cucumber Salad

P1030900This is one of my favorite summer salads, and this time of year, I could seriously eat it EVERY day! Another reason it’s a favorite is because only takes about 15 minutes to prepare. I use different types of tomatoes, depending on what’s available at the farmers market. This salad is especially tasty with heirloom tomatoes.

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Gluten Free Waffles

Coconut Flour Waffles

Coconut Flour Waffles

A couple of weeks ago, on a foggy Saturday morning and I was craving waffles! I think the cool morning made me want to eat something warm and comforting. I have two favorite “go to” gluten-free waffle recipes. Which one I make, depends on what ingredients I have in my house when I get the craving!

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Chicken Broth from Scratch – Picture Tutorial

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Chicken bone broth is one of my FAVORITE things to make! It’s very easy, and so, so, so good. It is a true healing food!

The bones provide your body with much needed minerals, amino acids, and gelatin. Gelatin is full of collagen, and can help reduce joint pain, heal digestive issues, and cavities.

Bone broth is definitely a superfood, that most of us rarely consume. Store bought stock cannot compare in taste or nutritional value to the homemade bone broth. I use bone broth instead of water when I cook legumes, or rice, then the minerals are absorbed into them, and it gives them great flavor.

Every time I make a whole chicken, I keep the carcass in the freezer, and when I collect a couple, I’ll make bone broth. I always have a stash in my freezer 🙂

In addition to the carcass, I use the neck, giblets, feet, and head of the chicken. Those parts are the most nutritious, and are sure to infuse the stock with lots of gelatin. I purchase those parts from local farmers, that pasture raise their animals.

It’s not necessary to include those parts, however, your stock may not have much gelatin. Even without the gelatin, your homemade bone broth is a nutritional powerhouse. I’ve included ingredients and instructions for chicken bone broth. Also, if you continue you scroll down there is a step by step picture “tutorial.” My first time making bone broth, I would have greatly appreciated some pictures of the process, I hope you find them helpful! View the pictures →

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