Wednesday, March 18, 2015


I made another batch of granola today. It's so good!

3/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1/2 cup water (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
Zest from two oranges

Heat on stove just until syrup mixes in well. Pour over :

7 cups oats
1 cup walnut halves
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Anything else you want to add

Mix together and dump onto rimmed cookie sheet. Bake at 250° for 2~3 hours, or until dry, stirring every 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and add dehydrated blueberries or raisins.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Laker's Tortilla Soup

This was so good. Really yummy and filling. And a broth based soup that V likes - hurrah! Also, the veggies can easily be chopped ahead of time and frozen for a do ahead meal.

Go here for the link, or use my notes below:

Food process with the slicer:
2 onions
1 bunch celery
2 big handfuls of baby carrots
1 poblano pepper
2 garlic cloves

Saute for 5 minutes with:
2 TB butter
1.5 tsp salt
1.5 tsp cumin
4 sprigs thyme

6 cups chicken stock
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder (or more to taste)
2 TB tomato paste (or more to taste)
1 lb raw boneless chicken cut in 1/2 inch cubes (or leftover cooked chicken)

Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add:
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 TB lime juice (or more to taste)

Serve with grated cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and tortilla chips if desired. For our family, this was 2.5 meals. So, so good.