Eclipse Stout Chicken & Mushroom Soup

Eclipse Stout Chicken & Mushroom Soup

You’ll Need:

  • 1 22 ounce bottle of Eclipse Stout
  • 5 cups of cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 ½ red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 8 carrots, peeled and sliced thick
  • 2 32 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • 4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 4 pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for cooking

Method:

In a stock pot brown the chicken then remove and set aside. Add the onion and saute until soft, deglazing the pan with the stout as needed. Add in the mushrooms and saute until soft, continuing to deglaze the pan with the stout {about half or more of the stout should be used by now}. Stir in the carrots and celery and continue to stir to let the flavors meld together. Deglaze the pan again with the stout and then mix in the tomatoes, add the remainder of the stout, stir then add stock to cover the ingredients. Bring to a boil then turn down heat, add back in the chicken, cover and let simmer for about 45 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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*This can be Whole30 approved if you remove the stout and deglaze with stock.

 

Whole30 Almond Milk

I didn’t realize that I missed milk at all because I don’t really drink it much but making almond milk is kind of fun and it tastes great. It’s pretty simple, though it does take time and some effort.

I used 4 cups of raw almonds, soaked in water over night, then rinsed.

Blend 8 cups of water and the 4 cups of soaked, raw almonds in the vitamix {or break it up if it all will not fit at once because it will get chalky at first}. Blend until smooth. Take either a cheese cloth or a chinois and put the liquid into it, inside of a larger dish and let it strain. You can leave it over night to strain if it’s in a dish and is supported, or use a ladle and plunge the almond pulp in the chinois until none of the liquid is left {takes about 20 minutes}.

With these amounts, I ended up with 2 quarts of almond milk and 2 quarts of almond pulp. The pulp can be used in smoothies {yes, not whole30 approved but it’s healthy fat…} or added into a dip like pepper dip or an almond hummus.

 

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Moxie’s Whole30 Minestrone

Moxie’s Whole30 Minestrone

{Whole30 Approved}

I LOVE Minestrone, the Italian in me LOVES to make it with lots of the Parmesan cheese rind too to get that rich texture, but since I’m all about Whole30 I decided to get that amazing mouth feel and decadent flavors another way. This is definitely a winner and must for everyone who is looking for something healthy, delicious, and rich with flavors.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 ½ red onion chopped
  • 10-15 cremini mushrooms, cut in half then sliced
  • 5 carrots, peeled and sliced in rings
  • 7 stalks of celery, sliced semi thick
  • 3 cups red cabbage, roughly chopped
  • 2 turnips, peeled and chopped in 2cm cubes
  • 1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 quarts of vegetable broth {if store bought use low sodium organic}
  • 8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch of Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil for cooking

 

Method:

Cook sausage in a big stock pot, set aside. Add onion and stir continuously adding a little water to deglaze the pan as needed. Cook onions until nearly caramelized, about 20 minutes. Add in garlic, stir and cook for about 5 minutes, add in mushrooms, stir and add more water to deglaze as needed, continue to stir so the ingredients do not burn or stick. ONce mushrooms are soft, add in the carrots, celery, red cabbage, and turnips and repeat the same steps. Cook and stir for about 8-10 minutes to let the flavors all merry together. Once all the veggies look nice and glossy from the juices of the onions, add in the zucchini and mix up, let that cook for about another 5 minutes, then add the diced tomatoes and mix that up {this is building on all of the flavors allowing each of the ingredients to bring their full flavor to the soup for the best tasting finished product!} and let cook together for 2-3 minutes, then add the broth, enough to cover all of the veggies. Bring soup to a boil then add back in the sausage, stir and season with salt and pepper. Cover and let cook on low for about 40 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper {about 1 tbsp of salt and 1 ½ tbsp of pepper, or to taste} and add the parsley, cover again and let cook for another 30 minutes.

Makes about 4 quarts of deliciousness.

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Mix up the veggies so they can merry together and bring out all the awesome flavors.

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Fresh Fruit Cubes

Moxie’s Fresh Fruit Juice Cubes

{Whole30 Approved}

This is for those hot afternoons and evenings when all of my friends are sipping on Sauvignon Blanc and Rose’s or cool craft beers, I sip on this. Fill a glass with regular ice cubes, add one fresh fruit cube, and fill with mandarin orange bubble water. This is the perfect refreshing mock-tail! This is great for entertaining too, dinner party guests love these kinds of refreshing drinks!
You can be healthy and still enjoy delicious refreshing beverages without the booze!

 

Kid Tested :) Mother & Whole30 Approved! 

These are also great for kids- my son LOVES these, he could eat them without any bubble water! In fact, he likes to take one in his water bottle with him to baseball.

 

You’ll Need:

  • 4 Grapefruit, cut into quarters
  • 2 Oranges, cut into quarters
  • 1 ½ Limes, cut in half
  • 2 packages of fresh blackberries

 

Method:

Squeeze the juice out of each of the citrus’ {with a hand held juice press} into a container. Put all of the blackberries into vitamix along with the citrus juice and blend until smooth. Take another container along with a chinois on top of it and pour the liquid into the chinois. Use a spoon to help get the juice through the chinois around the seeds. Repeat until all of the liquid is filtered. Dispose of the seeds after each pour through the chinois so it will be easier to filter the liquid through.

Take the finished liquid and stir it, pour into ice trays, stirring in between to blend the juice together as needed. Freeze the cubes for at least 5 hours, or until firm. It’s all juice so the cubes will not pop out like normal ice cubes do, use a knife to help them out. I take all of my juice cubes out and place in a freezer bag for convenience.

If putting in a freezer bag then leave the cubes in the ice trays overnight to ensure they are frozen all the way through.

Makes 3 ice cube trays full.

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Moxie’s Fire Roasted Chili

Moxie’s Fire Roasted Chili

{Whole30 Approved}

 You’ll Need:

  •  1 pound ground medium spicy sausage
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • ½ red onion chopped
  • 2 roasted yellow peppers, de-seeded and chopped
  • 2 roasted jalapenos, de-seeded and chopped
  • 7 roasted red bell peppers, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 head roasted garlic, garlic squeezed out of husk
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped in 2 cm cubes {similar to a bean in size}
  • 1 tblsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup homemade chicken or vegetable stock {or store bought: Low Sodium Organic} to add liquid as needed
  • Salt & pepper to taste

 

 Method:

In a large stock pot: cook ground sausage, then remove and set aside. Cook ground beef, then remove and set aside. Add onions and cook 4-5 minutes {until soft} adding a little stock or water to deglaze the pan as needed. Once onions are soft, add back in the sausage and beef, and the 3 cans of diced tomatoes and stir. Let cook for about 10 minutes. Add all of the roasted peppers and sweet potato. Cook for another 30 minutes. If the chili is too chunky or needs more liquid, add in a little of the broth.

After about 30 minutes add in the paste from the garlic husk and stir, add salt and pepper {about 3 good pinches of each- or to taste}, and the balsamic, stir and let cook on low for another 10-15 minutes.

*adding more sweet potato will offset some of the heat if you prefer things less spicy.

This makes a big stock pot full and is great for freezing for lunches for the week!

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Moxie’s Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Moxie’s Chicken and Vegetable Soup

{Whole30 Approved}

Kid Tested :)

You’ll Need:

  • 4 medium sized chicken breast, cleaned of fat, and cut into thirds
  • 4-5 carrots, peeled and chopped in rounds
  • 7 stalks of celery, sliced thick
  • 2 turnips, peeled and chopped into 2cm cubes
  • 10-15 cremini mushrooms cut in halves then sliced
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 6 zucchini, cut in half then sliced thick
  • Vegetable broth to cover {I make homemade with the scraps of the veggies as I cook, but you can buy low sodium organic chicken or vegetable broth from the store too}
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • Olive oil for cooking

 

Method:

Put a stock pot over high heat and lightly coat with olive oil, add the chicken. Sear on each side about 2 minutes, just to add a bit of caramelization for flavor. Remove from pan and set aside.  Add in water or broth to deglaze the pan and pour that liquid into a bowl and set aside {to be added later to the soup because this is full of flavor}

Add in the onion, cook for about 2 minutes, then add the carrots, celery, mushrooms, and turnips- stir continuously for about 10 minutes, adding in a little broth to keep the pan deglazed and the veggies from sticking. Add in the broth, enough to cover all of the vegetables and add in the chicken, and canned diced tomatoes, stir and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste, and half of the sliced zucchini, then reduce heat to low and cover, let cook on low for an hour {until the chicken falls apart}. Add in the rest of the zucchini, stir and continue to let cook until all of the chicken is shredded.

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Serves 8, or makes enough to freeze for lunches and dinner for the week.


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Spiced Shrimp and Zoodles

Spiced Shrimp and Zoodles

{Whole30 Approved}

Kid Tested :) My little loves this. It’s good for them too! 

I have been pinning recipes with “Zoodles” {zucchini noodles} for the last couple of days and thought I’d better buy a spiral cutter and try them out! After seeing what all of the fuss is about, I wonder if I’ll ever need real pasta again!!

Spiced seared shrimp, steamed broccoli, and zucchini noodles tossed in olive oil, lemon, and parsley. It’s so good you won’t even know it’s healthy and even the toughest critics {the teenagers} will love it! Mine sure did!

You’ll Need:

  • 4 zucchini, spiraled
  • 2 heads of broccoli, cleaned and cut into bite size pieces
  • 20 shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • half a bunch of parsley chopped
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes (2 shakes)
  • Uncle Timmy’s Spice Rub {or use paprika and a little cayenne}

 

Method:

Drizzle olive oil over the shrimp and season, flip and season the other side.

Lightly coat a pan with olive oil and add red pepper flakes. Add the broccoli,mix up and cover. Cook on medium heat until dark green and al dente {3/4 of the way cooked}, then set aside.

Heat another pan with olive oil, add the shrimp, cook on one side for a couple of minutes to get some caramelization, then flip and cook for about 30 seconds. Take shrimp out of the pan and set aside. Add a touch more olive oil and throw in the noodles, toss, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft, then add in the broccoli, and shrimp, mix up and then squeeze the lemon over and chopped parsley and mix again, then serve.

Serves 4 hungry people.

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A Cruciferous Salad

Ever since I was a teenager I loved this salad. It’s super simple to make, it lasts about a week in the fridge, and tastes great. It’s really good for you too. It’s chalk full of iron.

You’ll Need:

  • 4 Broccoli heads with some stem
  • 1 cauliflower head, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 head red cabbage sliced thinly and about 1.5 inch long
  • White wine or apple cider vinegar for drizzling
  • Salt & pepper to taste

The amounts of the ingredients will depend on how much you really want to make.

Method:

Boil water then throw in the cauliflower for a minute, add the broccoli, let those boil for about 3 minutes or until al dente. Remove with a strainer spoon or chinois so you get all of the little pieces. Add the red cabbage for 20 seconds and remove. Put all of the veggies together in a big bowl and drizzle the vinegar over add salt and pepper to taste and mix.

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Moxie’s Whole30 Chicken and Veggie Sauté

It’s definitely an advantage being married to a chef who can order me produce and help me with how long certain things will last after they’re chopped. He does NOT cook healthy though- or at home… But the family certainly eats whatever I cook with no substitutions so that’s helpful.

This chicken sesame sauté with fresh veggies was full of flavor and all Whole 30.
This recipe can be adjusted with more of each of the veggies depending on how you feel, that’s why I love this! Plus I just like to cook with a little bit of this and a little bit of that…
Here’s what’s in it:

You’ll Need: 

  • 2 Rocky Farms Chicken breasts butterflied and then sliced in long slices
  • 3 zucchini cut in half and sliced
  • 5 leaves of Bok Choy chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 red onion sliced thick
  • 1 cup of chopped rainbow chard stems
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • Sesame oil for cooking
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Method:

Use sesame oil in a hot cast iron skillet- lightly cook chicken until slightly colored and remove.
Throw in onions, sauté until soft. Add in the bok choy and chard stems, stirring so it doesn’t burn for about 4-5 minutes then add the zucchini and red pepper and cook until zucchini is soft. Add chicken back in stir and cover for a couple of minutes to ensure the chickens cooked.

Squeeze the lemon over and half of the chopped cilantro, season with salt and pepper and mix.

Serve up in a pretty bowl and garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro.

It certainly satisfied my want for an Asian flare cuisine but it’s all healthy.

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Peloton Savory Bread Pudding

Peloton Savory Bread Pudding

  • 1 pound loaf multi grain or sourdough bread
  • 2 ounces olive oil
  • 1 cup bacon, thick cut, ¼” dice
  • 1 cup yellow onion, peeled, small diced
  • 1½ tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 2 each bay leaf
  • As needed kosher salt
  • As needed black pepper, fresh ground
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • 9 each eggs, whisked

 

Method:

Cut the bread into ½” size cubes, lay out on a sheet tray for an about an hour to air dry. In a heavy bottom sauce pot add the oil and the bacon. Slowly render out the fat of the bacon until crispy. Add the onion & garlic, sweat until translucent.  Add the heavy cream & Bay leaf, season with salt & pepper.  Let the mixture simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove bay leaf and add chopped parsley and thyme.  Temper in the eggs to the cream mixture. In a large bowl pour the egg cream mixture over the bread cubes.  Season again with salt and pepper as needed. Place mixture into a baking dish sprayed with non stick spray and cover. Bake in a 350 degree oven in a water bath. Cook until the center of the pudding is firm, Estimated cooking time is 1 hour.

Yields: 12 10 ounce portions (roughly 1 gallon)

NOTE: You can add any braised meats to the top to make this heartier. 

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