Ginger & Garlic Vegetarian Soup

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Ginger & Garlic Vegetarian Soup

Shopping List

  • 1 box of low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 Med Onion Diced
  • 4 Cloves of Chopped Garlic
  • 3 Stalks of Diced Celery
  • 2 Tablespoons of grated ginger, if you are using fresh throw in the freezer for a few minutes then grate!
  • 2 Cups of Fresh Spinach
  • 1 Large Sweet Potato Peeled and Chopped
  • 1 Med Sized Zucchini Cubed
  • 1 Med Red Pepper Dicerd
  • 3 Med Carrots Peeled and Cubed
  • 1/4 Cup Bean Sprouts
  • 1/4 Cup Frozen Corn
  • 1 Cup Mushroom, Chopped into Small Pieces
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Hot Chili Flakes
  • 1 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt and Cracked Pepper to taste

What to do…

In a large stock pot turned on Med 5-6 with Olive Oil.

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Add your Onion, Celery, Red Pepper, Chili Flakes, Garlic & Grated Ginger to Sautee. Add 1/4 Cup of Chicken Stock

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Add Mushroom

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Add Sweet Potato, Carrot & Turnip

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Add Zucchini

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Add Bean Sprouts & Spinach

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Add Vegetable  Stock, Strained Tomatoes & Water

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Let these ingredients cook out for an hour on low heat!

A piping hot bowl of healthy and hearty Garlic & Garlic Vegetable Soup!!

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Thanks for joining me once again.. I hope you enjoy this recipe!!

Until we meet again, Cheers and Happy Cooking!

If you have an recipe, an idea, a request or a comment I can be reached at schoonerpixie@hotmail.com and can also be found on facebook at Schooner Pixie’s Kitchen!! Hope to hear from you soon!

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Delicious on a cold day, Porter Beer Beef Stew!!

Delicious on a cold day, Porter Beer Beef Stew!!

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So yesterday I made a delicious Porter Beer Beef Stew for supper and want to share my recipe with you.. It is a little bit of work but it is worth it, the supper was delicious and so was todays lunch 🙂

I also made this in our Dutch Oven that we bought for a STEAL at the Super Store for only $14.94.. it was regular $59.99!! This dish is amazing and we have used it pretty much everyday since we bought it for roasting chicken, stews even and homemade goulash.. It is beautiful and we are so glad we found it for a song!

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Porter Beer Beef Stew!!

What  you need:

  • 1 roast chooped into chunks, the worst cut you can find the better for tenderizing
  • 1 large diced Onion
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • 2 stalks of celery diced
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 small cabbage- cut into rustic pieces
  • 1 med squash- peeled and cut into rustic pieces
  • 2 small turnips- peeled and cut into rustic pieces
  • 8 med size potatos- peeled and cut into rustic pieces
  • 1 medium parsnip- peeled chopped and cubed
  • 3 large carrots- peeled, chopped & cubed
  • 1 box Beef Stock, low sodium
  • 1 can of Porter Beer (Fuller’s)

In your pot add olive oil, brown your cubed beef. When browned remove & set aside in a bowl!

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Next pour in a 1/2 cup of beef stock & 1/2 of the beer, to remove all the browned bit. Then add your onions, celery, garlic and ginger (an easy way to get the ginger is to keep it in the freezer, when ready to use, take a piece of it, remove the skin and micro plan it into the dish, alot easier than mincing it) While sauting, chop your vegetables. Remember this a stew so they dont need to be cut perfect, the more rustic the better!

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Then add your veggies… Potatos, squash, turnip, cabbage, carrots & parsnip. When you add them do not add the stock right away let stand for 15 minutes stirring occassionally. This helps the vegatables keep whole when slow cooking.  Add the beef you set aside!

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Next add 3 bay leaves, the rest of your beef stock and beer. Then fill your stock box with water, add to the pot!

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Let cook at low to med heat for a few hours, slow cooking will tenderize the meat and cook the veggies through!

The final product should look like this!!

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Wished you could taste it don’t you!! 🙂

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Enjoy & Happy Cooking!!

Get your chop sticks ready.. today I am making an Asian Noodle Bowl!!

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“Asian Noodle Bowl”

 

 John and I have been really getting into the Asian inspired swing of things and if you are looking for an easy way to start out, the noodle bowl is the way to go.. it’s delicious, healthy, and I haven’t met a person yet who hasn’t totally loved this dish!! Again I really don’t have a recipe for this.I guess we both really know how flavours work together so a recipe isn’t required.. I also don’t have a play by play this time. It’s that easy you aren’t going to need it. 

With this dish you pretty much season to taste! You can use any type of noodles you want, I normally use udon or dan dan noodles.. but you can use rice noodles or even vermicelli. You can also use your favorite meat, seafood and vegetables. As for the seasoning sauces, you can get them at your local super market or asian market and they are all pretty cheap.

This is how I do it, remember the fun in this dish is making it yours.. just dont go outside of the Asian box and I guarantee it will turn out awesome!

You will need:

  • 1 carton of Chicken Stock
  • 2 cups of H20
  • 3 thinly cut steaks of pork *can be the pre cut, or any cut of pork
  • 2 cups of peeled and deveined raw shrimp
  • 4-5 stalks of baby bok choy chopped, you can use a large bok choy but they have alot more stem.
  • 1-2 med carrots, grated
  • 1 med onion diced
  • 4 cloves of diced garlic
  • Small piece of grated ginger
  • 1 cup of bean sprouts
  • 1 package of noodles of your choice
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Chili Oil
  • Fish Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil for frying

 

     To start cover the bottom of your pot with the E.V.O.O., heat and add your chopped pork. Fry until browned. Remove the pork from the pot and put in a dish. Sit aside.

 

Frying the pork

Frying the pork!!

 

     Add some of your chicked stock to the bottom of the pot for braising, to remove all of the dark bits from the bottom. Add fresh onion, garlic and ginger. Cook until traslucent.

     In the mean time prepare you noodles in a seperate pot.

     Then add your Shrimp, the remainder of your chicken stock, water, grated carrots, bok choy, bean sprouts and your cooked pork.  Add your cooked noodles.

     When you have all of this is together it is time to add your seasoning sauces. Soy, sesame oil, chili oil and fish sauce (dont omit the fish sauce, I know some of you are thinking that it is going to be just stinky, it isn’t at all. It adds a flavor called umami, that you can’t get from anything else), also add your salt and pepper to taste. If you are a big Japanese food fan like I am you can also add a little bit of wasabi to your broth for that extra kick…

     So thats all she wrote the dish is done quick, easy and ready to eat!  ENJOY!!

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From Chop Sticks to a Fork and Spoon, I am going all Italian on you with Homemade Spaghetti Sauce…. until then keep cooking and have fun!!

I would also love to hear your ideas or requests, if you have any feel free to leave a comment or drop me a line at schoonerpixie@hotmail.com