Easy, Healthy Chili

I’ve been craving chili like a madwoman for two weeks now, and only recently finally pulled all the ingredients together to make it. I was going to throw all the ingredients in my crock pot and let them simmer for a few hours, which is easy and you can definitely do. But I wanted to eat it as soon as possible, so I just simmered it on the stovetop. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:12]

Fiber-Rich Split Pea Soup

I’ve been trying to incorporate more fiber into my diet because I know I’m generally not eating enough of it. Which is basically why I’ve been binge eating this fiber-rich split pea soup, it’s soooo good. And split peas are one of the most fiber-rich foods, with one cup equaling about 16.3 grams of it. Fiber keeps you regular and improve overall gut health, but be careful about which forms of fiber you’re eating. People love to recommend wheat, corn, cereal and other grains for fiber, but these forms are fiber are actually very difficult on the digestive tract. When it comes to fiber, stick to vegetables – not grains. Vegetables are healthier, more nutrient and antioxidant dense and just taste better. Split pea soup > bread. Ingredients 2 cups split peas (soaked overnight in water to reduce phytic acid) 8 cups homemade chicken broth or you can buy this…

Gut Healing + Immune Boosting Chicken Soup

I love me some chicken soup, just not the kind you find pre-made in the grocery store. That isn’t real chicken soup and it has literally no medicinal value. It’s not going to help you get over a cold or boost your immune system. In fact, those soups are usually full of sketchy ingredients like MSG, which does no favors to your immune system. This chicken soup is actually homemade. The broth is full of gut healing collagen along with a ton of vitamins and minerals – the exact nutrients to boost the immune system. It’s actually really easy to make your own chicken broth, especially if you have a family. Simply buy a whole chicken (preferably organic) and roast it in the oven on 400 for about an hour to an hour and a half. Make sure to put butter under the skin and salt and pepper and maybe…

Paleo Cauliflower Chowder

We’ve been eating a lot of soup lately for two reasons: 1) DC is FREEZING and 2) Scott’s had an upset stomach lately that stemmed from what we think was food poisoning. Soups are not only easy to digest but are also healing to the gut, so I’ve basically been making soup every night for dinner. I’m currently working from Whole Foods and it’s even freezing in here. It’s 16 degrees out. My fingers are so cold that I can barely type. I really wish I had some soup right about now.  Paleo Cauliflower Chowder Ingredients: 4 cups homemade bone broth (recipe HERE) 1 head of cauliflower, broken up into small pieces 1 onion, diced 2 carrots, diced 2 celery stalks, diced 1 garlic clove, minced 2 tbsp butter Directions: Melt butter over medium high heat and sauté the carrots and onions until soft. Add the celery and sauté. Add…

Paleo Maryland Crab Soup

I grew up in Maryland, the suburbs of DC, in a city called Silver Spring. As far as I’m concerned, Maryland is the best state EVER. Which is why in eighth grade I wrote a book report entitled “Maryland: We’ve Got Much More Than Crabs.” We’re next to DC (where I technically live now), we’ve got mountains, we’ve got ocean, we’ve got the entire freaking Chesapeake Bay. Which is where the best crabs come from – Maryland crabs. Maryland crab meat is very sweet and I like the texture over other types of crab. I have been able to peel a crab since I was a kid and in the summer, crab feasts are an all day even in these here parts. One of my favorite activities when it’s crab season is to gather in a friend’s backyard, throw some newspaper over the tables, drink some dranks and pick some…

Paleo Spicy Mexican Chowder

I am REALLY digging soups lately. Maybe it’s because it’s freezing out. Maybe it’s because it snowed in DC yesterday. Maybe it’s because they’re so nutrient rich and gut healing. Maybe it’s because they’re just really effing good. Whatever it is, this soup was awesome. And it’s completely dairy-free and loaded with veggies. If I didn’t tell Scott I used cauliflower instead of cream, I honestly don’t think he would’ve even noticed. I know some people like to use coconut milk instead of milk to get a creamy soup, but let’s face it. Then your soup tastes like coconut. And is a bit sweet. I equate coconut with dessert, not soup. Using cauliflower as the creamy base was PERFECT. Paleo Spicy Mexican Chowder Ingredients: 6 cups chicken stock 1/2 head of cauliflower, steamed (or boiled in the stock) 2 tbsp butter 1 red onion, diced 1 large jalapeño, diced 1 yellow…

Primal Tomato Basil Soup

Ingredients: 5 large tomatoes, sliced in half and deseeded 1 large onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 10 basil leaves 1 cup organic spaghetti sauce 3 cups chicken broth 1 cup heavy cram (grass-fed, raw) Directions: Preheat your oven to 400. Roast the tomatoes for about 12 minutes. While the tomatoes are roasting, saute the onions in butter until soft. Add the garlic and give it a stir. Add the tomato, onion/garlic, 10 basil leaves and a little bit of broth to a blender. Blend until smooth. Add all ingredients to a pot and let it get a lil’ hot. Serve! In cool soup bowls.

Carrot Giner Soup (GAPS & Paleo)

Scott and I recently went to a baseball game (Nats, baby!) and afterward we went to one of his favorite Italian restaurants. He ordered the soup special, carrot and ginger, which sounded really gross to me for some reason. I was surprised he even ordered it, though the waiter did say it was really good. But like usual, my curiosity got the best of me and I tried it. And it was good. Like, really good. I tried to eat the rest but he wouldn’t let me. I’m one of those annoying girlfriends that tries to eat all of her boyfriend’s food and constantly eats off his plate. Joey Tribiani would have dumped me for sure (hopefully you understand this Friends reference). So the other day I’m debating what to make for dinner and I realize I have like, a 10 lb bag of carrots I have no idea what…

The Easiest Bone Broth Recipe Ever

Bone broth used to intimidate me. How much water do I need? How many onions? How many bones? What kind of bones? Here’s the thing: it really doesn’t matter. When I started making bone broth I followed all of these complicated recipes and it ended up tasting like crap. Simplest is always best and bone broth is one of the easiest things to make. This is my recipe for beef broth. Ingredients: 3 lbs of beef bones (including marrow bones) whatever spices you like water Yup. Pretty simple huh? Step 1 Put bones into crockpot (this is the one I use and I love it). Step 2 Cover bones with water. Step 3 Add any spices you like. I add a lot of Himalayan salt, garlic powder and celery seed. Step 4 Simmer on low for at least 8 hours or high on 3.