Chicken Avocado Soup that is oh so simple

May 13, 2014 by

If you are looking for an awesome light soup that you can eat every day for the rest of your life, this is it.

I’ve made this so many times in the past few months that I can make it in less than 20 minutes.  It’s so simple and so good.  Also if you looking for good flavorful food while on a diet, this is a winner.  My wife won her biggest loser challenge at her work eating this soup.

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You will love it and want to make it over and over, so lets get making it.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups green onions
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 3 – 14.5oz cans chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped

lets get cooking

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Get a pan on the stove and get it hot.  First secret ingredient to making this awesome is bacon grease.  You can substitute with olive oil if you don’t have any, but you should have some.  Save that gold anytime you make bacon and use it.  I’ve been cooking everything in it lately and it is amazing.  Add some to the pan and heavily salt and pepper your chicken breasts and throw them in.

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In a separate pot add more bacon grease.  Yes its really that good.  Throw your garlic in there and stir.

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Second secret ingredient I’ve discovered lately is green onion.  Partly because I’m a lazy gardener, I let my green onions go to seed and that caused my garden to explode with a ton of green onions.  Happy mistake.  I LOVE GREEN ONIONS NOW!  Wow these are awesome and have so much flavor.

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Get your green onions and dice them up.  Throw them in a food processor for easy dicing.

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Throw the onion in the pot with the garlic and bacon grease and stir.  Cook until soft and a little translucent. (few minutes on medium heat)

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Chop up your tomato.  You can use canned tomatoes for this with no problems.  That is what I usually do for this soup, but just didn’t have any this time.

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Throw that in and cook for a minute or so.

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Add in your chicken stock.

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Cumin is what makes this soup smell and taste amazing.  Bring the soup to a boil and then let simmer for 10 minutes.

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When your chicken breasts are cooked, take them out and shred them with a couple forks.

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Add in the shredded chicken and stir.

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I also cut up the stems of the green onion for flavor and texture.  Also cut up your cilantro as well.

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Stir in green onion tops

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and cilantro

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voila

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When you are ready to eat, dice up your avocado and add to your bowl of soup.  I usually eat a half an avocado with a bowl.

It is simply amazing and my wife keeps asking me to make it, so it must be good.

Enjoy

Ben…

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Zucchini Pizza and Cheese Fried in Cheese (KETO)

Feb 11, 2014 by

Wow has it been a long time since I’ve posted a recipe.   I’ve been very busy with a lot of new projects and a new kid and thus I have not taken the time to get some new posts up.  I’ve been cooking a lot as usual, but in a new way.  I recently started on the KETO diet as a way to lose some weight, but really more to experiment with an entirely different way to eat and see how my body liked it.  I’ve been having some bad allergies and sinus issues where I couldn’t taste anything, hence the no new recipes for a while.  Allergy shots have been helping and the new diet is in full effect.  I’m still learning as I go as its a whole different paradigm, but the essentials are, low carbs, high fat.

With that, I’ve been cooking some fun low carb recipes lately and this was one of them.  You know I love zucchini and put it in everything from muffins, to waffles so I was happy to incorporate it into my low carb pizza.  This meal turned out amazing and I LOVE the marinara sauce.  It’s so simple and so tasty.

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Here’s the final product and it is good.  Now lets get making with the food.

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Here’s what you’ll need for the marinara sauce.  I modified the recipe from this one.

Ingredients:

  • 28 oz can Peeled San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

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Here’s the easiest part of this recipe.  Put all of that into a blender or Nutribullet and blend it up.  It’s just that simple.

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Now onto the pizza making parts.  You’ll need some zucchini, mozzarella cheese and pepperonis

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Slice the zucchini at 1/4 inch strips.  A mandolin slicer is the way to go for this.

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Grill them up on high heat for 30-45 seconds per side.  You just want them to have the nice little lines but still be firm.

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Line a baking sheet with tin foil and lay down your zucchini strips.  Add a little salt and pepper and spoon on your marinara sauce

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add your pepperonis

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and then the cheese and throw it in the oven at 350 until the cheese is melted (about 5 minutes).

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Viola, super yummy and low carb pizza.  Now onto the cheese fried in cheese

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To make these cheese sticks you will need…

Ingredients:

  • String cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • almond flour
  • oregano
  • basil
  • garlic powder
  • an egg or two
  • pork rinds

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basically you are going to dip the string cheese into the egg and then into your coating and deep fry them.  I experimented and tried out two different coatings.  The first was just Parmesan cheese and the spices.  Pour out your cheese onto a plate.

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add in your spices.  This was all by eye.  I used a good sprinkle of garlic powder and a nice dash of oregano and basil.

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for the other mixture experiment I crushed up some pork rinds

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and then added almond flour and the spices

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I got this nice consistency

again, just cut the string cheese in half to get more manageable pieces.  Dip them in the egg, then roll them in the mixes and set on a tray.

Before frying in oil, put the coated cheese pieces in the freezer for 20-30 minutes so they can chill out and be easier to work with when you are frying them up.

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Fry them in oil as you would deep fry anything else.  They only need to cook for a very short time until they are nice and golden brown.  Both mixtures turned out good, but I think the cheese only mixture was the slight favorite.  My friend who ate with us that night was blown away that you could fry cheese coated in cheese.  He was very happy.

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speaking of happy, here was my little helper for the evening and one of the reasons I’m not posting as much lately.  He’s worth it.

As always, let me know how it turns out when you make this

Ben…

 

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Cauliflower rice aka Oh my god why haven’t I made this before

Jun 7, 2013 by

I like cauliflower as much as the next guy.  We eat it every once in a while and have even made an awesome mashed cauliflower recipe from one we grew in the garden, but we probably don’t eat it that often.

My wife found a recipe for Cauliflower rice and has been asking me to make it.  Well I finally got around to it and dammit I wish I had been making this stuff every day for the past 10 years.  It is so freaking good and so simple to make.

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The recipe is basically this

1.  Chop/grate up your cauliflower into tiny little pieces.  2.  fry it up in a pan.  3.  add spices.   It really is that easy.

The really great thing about this recipe is that you can add whatever spices or flavors you want and they all taste great with the cauliflower

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So here’s what you’ll need.  Some cauliflower, onion, garlic and some spices.

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Cut up the cauliflower into smaller chunks.

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In a food process throw in several cauliflower florets and pulse.  It works better to do smaller batches at a time.

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You will end up with your cauliflower looking like this and that is what you want.  Put all your cauliflower in a bowl and set it aside

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now throw in the garlic and onion and chop it up as well.   I used 3 garlic cloves and maybe 1/2 cup of onion.

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Now in a pan, add some cooking oil of your choice, and the garlic and onion.  I used olive oil.  cook for a minute until the onion in translucent.

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Add your cauliflower and stir around.  I added 1 tablespoon of butter at this point to give it a little flavor.  Cook this for 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally.

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Then  just add your spices and stir for another minute.  The awesome thing about this recipe is you can add anything you like.   I made three separate batches.  One had garlic and salt spices, the other, red and black pepper with chili flakes (pictured above) and the other had just salt and pepper steak seasoning.  All were super tasty.

I am definitely making this again and going out right now to plant more cauliflower in my garden.  I could eat this every day.

If you are on a paleo or keto diet, this will be your new best friend.

Ben…

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