Sunday, January 17, 2016

Vegan Corn Chowder

Happy Sunday!!

This is what I left in the crockpot all day last Sunday. Corn Chowder!!! It's a great warm winter food and goes great with great bread or even a bread bowl.

Anything and everything I can I will turn a vegan. This is a dish that's great for beginners because the only thing you need to change is the milk. I used organic soy milk. You can use any non dairy milk you'd like for this. When I first started eating vegan I played around with a lot of non dairy milks to test their flavors in various foods. I find soy or rice milk will give you that good neutral taste in dishes where you really don't want the flavor to stand out.

So let's make some corn choweder. You can totally cook your own fresh corn up and even cream it yourself. I went for the easy cans here. Where I live during the winter finding some fresh fruits and veggies can be a challenge.

I used a few cans of creamed corn and a few cans sweet corn, so I can have that kind of crunch of the corn in every bite. I diced up an orange pepper, green zucchini, yellow onion, 3 red potatoes and cut up some kale. I tossed it all in the crock pot with about 2 1/2 cups soy milk and 3 cups of vegetable broth. I didn't do exact measurements on the liquids. So I would just eyeball how much you want. I added a TBSP of diced jarred jalapeños. Oh and we must not for get the fresh garlic

For herbs and spices I used Oregon, pepper, red pepper flakes, adobo, and a pinch of thyme.

Once the Corn Chowder cooked all day I took out about half the liquid, it's ok if some of the corn or other veggies get in it. I put it in my ninja with about a 3/4 cup of flour and blended, then add back to crock pot and stir well. I let it cook a few minutes longer it was the perfect creaminess I was looking for.

I served it with some fresh warm everything bread. I'm really loving all the natural and organic choices at Aldi's. The Simply Nature brand is what I try to only buy there. The new bake yourself breads are amazing.

Hope you enjoy. I really loved this recipe and so did hubby!!!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Potatoe & Cabbage with a side of Quinoa

Hello all and Welcome to my dinner table. I've been dying for some cabbage lately. The other day I did a quick run to the store for a few items and picked some up some cabbage. Today I was planning on going back to do my full shopping but lost my atm card and was a bit lazy today.
Anyways I decided to toss some things together .
So let's get started. Sorry for the fuzzy picture. I started with Coconut oil in my cast iron skillet Hubby hot me for Christmas, it's so gorgeous. Also excited to use my butcher block I got from Walmart, it's from the Pioneer Women's new line. Ughh I've been dying to get some of her stuff and the store barely had anything left. Cut up red potatoes and add to the skillet with some salt and pepper, or adoba like I like to use. Cook them for a few minutes and then add chopped onions and garlic and red pepper flakes. I took the skillet and put it in the oven at 400 degrees and let cook about 20 minutes.
After about 20 minutes or so I add cabbage, cabbage cooks way faster than potatoes so do this when they are about halfway done or more. Cook for about 10 minutes.

The last 10 minutes or so of cooking I added some green peppers. I like them to cook a bit but still have a crunch to them. Just a little soft. Also I added some cumin cause I felt like it needed something more. It did the trick and was perfect flavor for this dish.
Mmmm I just love cabbage and potatoes, I could eat this all the time. I'm really loving this new skillet too. The thing is so darn heavy though but that's ok I could use a workout anyways. I love that the handle has a silicon hot pad on it.

So here's my dish a few simple ingredients and yum.You could use butter or olive oil but I think coconut oil is what gives it such great taste.

I served it with some quinoa I cooked up with some onions, peppers and once again coconut oil and adobo and pepper. Also som avocado that wasn't going to make it another day. It was an easy and super delicious meal.

Have a great night.