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Chaz’s Nourishing Creamy Tomato Soup (super easy and possibly probiotic!)

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Chaz and I developed this amazing tomato soup when he expressed his desire for Campbell’s.
About our recipe, he says ” It tastes just like store bought but its good for me!”.

Chaz’s Creamy Nourishing Tomato Soup:

1 tomato paste 250 ml
2 cups of homemade broth (we use chicken)
1 cup of milk
1 cup of organic, grass-fed butter (yes!)
Sweetener (1-3 tbsp sucanat, coconut sugar, maple syrup or a few drops stevia)
Salt and pepper to taste.

1. Melt butter in saucepan.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and heat until hot.
3. Enjoy!

Try adding cheese! Or a dollop of homemade yogurt, sour cream, kefir or creme fraiche.
What about some herbs like fresh basil or rosemary? Garlic?

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Robbing The Hole.

I’ve been there, trying to stretch your money to make food last the longest. This often means going to a big cheap store and loading up on two dollar boxes of crackers, breads, cereals, granola bars and pasta. When you look at the entire picture, this is actually a very expensive way to eat. I know, I’ve been there, trying to fill the hole so the children don’t go hungry; So they always have snacks. But really, by filling up on cheap, processed foods you are really robbing the hole, not filling it. These foods deplete your body and force it to work overtime to deal with such inappropriate foods for humans. It takes energy, vitamins and minerals for it to pass through you. They also contribute to every known ailment ask Dr.Oz or Dr.Mercola. Hah!
Now, if you’ve been robbing the hole, let’s set aside guilt, it is of no use to us. You were doing your best and now you’re going to do better. What can you do? A lot, even on a tight budget. Think about Grandma or Great Grandma, what did they eat during extremely hard times?
You can watch your health and the health of your family increase dramatically as you replace processed foods with real foods. You all will get use to it, even your tastes will change. Here are some cheap nutrient dense foods to start adding in, you can get them for cheap or often free:

1. Eat eggs! They are good for you again (hehe). Even the little contradictory pamphlets at the doctors office tell me to eat eggs now. Egg yolks are full of Vitamins and good fats and when eaten slightly cooked or raw, your body barely has to digest it to get energy. They contain almost every nutrient we require, as an egg has all that it needs to create a baby chick.
2. Make lard. There’s an abundance of pig fat due to lard being given a bad name and rendering is not hard. But it’s actually a very high quality fat that your body needs; think about the animal fats that your ancestors survived and evolved on. Their brains grew larger on it. Try googling lard is bad for you and all it comes up with is “lard is no longer bad for you” and “lard is the new health food.” This is based on ancient wisdom combined with research. Please eat lard, it’s WAY cheaper than butter and margarine is evil. Evil!
3. Make bone broth now. Have soup once a day, or more. Source bones for free or cheap. Research all the good info on bone broth and ask my kids (or my poops) how Amazing it is. You can do it.
4. Buy lots of organic apples on sale they last and can be made into stuff. Apples are now what my kids (and children visiting us) go for when they want a sweet treat. Your children (or partner) will get use to it and love it eventually as they no longer feel like crap all the time. You can even fancy up your apples with cinnamon and vanilla!
5. Ok, now we are going to get a little more complicated, but we are still staying very inexpensive. Start Fermenting Foods. I can’t stress enough how Important it is to repopulate your gut with good bacteria everyday. E. Coli and Salmonella and Clostridia Dificile are all kept in check in your body by the good microbes, unless you don’t have enough… Good microbes inhabit space and use up available nutrients (prebiotics) before pathogens can, thus crowding them out. Fermenting (or culturing) foods can feel daunting at first, but it’s not hard and there’s a lot of hard working people out there (me included) who can guide you through it. You can start with something easy (and super cheap to make) like kombucha. You need to source a kombucha mother or SCOBY. You can pretty much ferment any real food. I love to make sauerkraut and kimchi and other fermented vegetables like cortido. There’s also dairy ferments like yogurt and kefir and cheese and sour cream and on and on. My family and I have come to crave these foods as has many people who have converted to real foods.
6. Eat organ meats!?!? Yes. Animals store vitamins (not toxins) in their organs especially the liver. Vitamin D ad A specifically, and in high amounts. If you don’t like organs, you can add small amounts into sauces and soups. I blend chicken liver from organic, grass fed chickens into beef stroganoff and it’s amazing. Use very small amounts to start, an ounce or less so you don’t ruin your meal. I cut up the liver and freeze on a cookie sheet to have small pieces to use at a time. We’ve been very fortunate lately and have been getting free liver from Deer. Sound scary? When my mother brought it to me, it was the most amazing and Healthy looking liver I had ever seen. Actually, the entire deer is that way. I stare in awe at feet that are never gnarly, broken or raw. Their hides are so full and thick and their flesh smells so clean that my mom can’t resist eating it raw. O.o

These foods I have mentioned are all inexpensive and will leave you feeling full longer. They are all nourishing and healing. They will also eliminate the cravings for bad foods when eaten for long enough. An apple a day…
By adding in good, nutrient dense foods you are protecting and strengthening generations to come! Hiya!

So, my last words: A box of something processed can buy a dozen eggs or maybe 5 or 10 lbs of pig fat or a head of cabbage to make a fermented, probiotic rich drink (called cabbage rejuvelac) or a whack load Of bones or a bag of apples. Stop robbing the hole and start nourishing it. You deserve it!

For more info on fermenting contact me or join my partner and I on fb at “Nadine and Keirsten’s Fermentation Station.”
Another great resource is Donna Schwenk’s site
http://www.culturedfoodlife.com

Mouth watering goodness. A meal complete with ferments (the jalapeños were fermented).

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Liver on a cookie sheet.

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Soaked Oatmeal.

Me.

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Our newest investment… A new baby! Little Aayla Olive.

What You Have All Been Wondering… WHAT WE ATE TODAY:

Many people have been asking me what we eat. I presume we are kinda known as weird food people . But the health of our foods must be respected or people would not be asking me for advice. And so here it is, our fascinating and glorious Monday;
foods that we ate today:

It’s Monday and I am a bit tired and sore. I wake with that familiar stiffness and remind myself “I need to do yoga.” I don’t feel like spending the day in my kitchen today. But without pre-packaged and processed foods, what will we eat!?!? Thankfully, I soaked some steel cut oats last night and I have leftovers and a huge pot of broth in my downstairs fridge. I also canned my ass off this summer which makes for quick and easy good eatin’.

Morning:
-Soaked Oatmeal from steel cut oats (5 minutes prep. Soaked the night before. Recipe below)
-Bacon (1 min. Prep. I always cook up a big batch of bacon to have in fridge ready to use)
-homemade yogurt from my neighbor (1 min. Prep, for me )
-Homemade canned spiced pears

Lunch and afternoon:
-Leftover Kimchi stew with sprouted rice (1 min. Prep)
-Miso soup (2 min. Prep)
-Homemade canned saskatoons
-Pieces of organic dark chocolate

Supper:
-Hamburger soup (our hamburger consists of 20% organ meat) with sauerkraut added to bowls (20 min. Prep time)

Late night snacks:
Apples and real food caramel with hemp seed
probiotic jello

Drinks:
WATER
Grape soda from ginger beer plant
Grape water kefir

We made it another day eating only real food. The kids have been particularly sugar obsessed since Halloweens nastiness (Never again, I swear.) and that has been a huge challenge. There’s been lots of yelling and crying infused with the squeals “CANDY!!”. Yesterday, they cooked up Sucanat, honey and maple syrup with cocoa and pomegranates just to fill their sugar induced cravings. Good luck to ya.

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Simple soaked oatmeal:

I like steel cut oats as they stay chewy even after soaking. Soak equal parts oats to kefir or yogurt or lemon juice/water overnight. In the morning add more water, a cup or two and cook until it’s at it’s desired tenderness which is five or ten minutes for me. You can add raisins, fruit, cinnamon, maple syrup, rapadura, honey, soaked nuts. This is really good
cold as well!
* I used two cups steel oats, two cups kefir and two cups water.

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Breaking out of the box, using what is already available to me.

I had made up my mind. I was serious about making chili. I had tomatoes, onions, spices and a ground beef organ mixture to use. I had a dilemma though. No kidney beans. I started planning a grocery trip with all four children in tow to acquire the required ingredient. Out we would go and there would be shopping cart car rides, questions, games of chase me and much laughter. It could take an hour, or more for one can of beans. And then I had a thought..
Why do I need what I don’t already have?
I slowed down and took some mindful breaths. I remembered what I have learned so far about life…
So I opened my fridge and discovered garden fresh peppers and purple beans. I decided I would use them instead of the common kidney bean.
I must remember to always look deep inside first. Inside My fridge.

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Nourishing Hamburgers on Pancake Buns!

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These taste better than they look!

For six burger “buns”:

3/4 cup water
2 TBSP virgin olive oil
2 eggs
1 cup of sprouted flour or whole wheat flour.
1/4 cup sour cream, plain yogurt or kefir.
1 TBSP baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder

Extra spices I added: black pepper, rosemary, cayenne pepper.

Mix it all up.

Fry up on medium like pancakes till they are a bit brown and crispy.

Assemble with homemade burgers:

A pound or so of ground meat
An egg
Salt
Pepper

Optional:
Mustard seed
Chopped onion
Ketchup
Mustard
Garlic powder
Grated carrot

Mix up and form into patties. I poke holes in the middle so they are sure to cook all the way through.

I made baby burgers for the kids, they loves them!

Nourishing Pierogi Casserole, grain-free!

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I boiled potatoes (about 14 small ones), I left skins on for added nutrients. You can use fermented potatoes for this!
I mashed them and added a few spoons of non-virgin coconut oil and butter, like 1/4 cup, ok it was really more than 1/2 a cup. Then I added sour cream about half a cup. You could also use kefir, yogurt or a
Non-dairy replacement.
I mixed in old organic cheddar like a cup, ok it was two!
This made up the bottom layer.
I topped it
withchives actually they were actually the tops of shallots (my mom doesn’t know what chives look like).
I also put cooked bacon and sautéed onions on top.
I baked it in the oven for 30 min at 350, but I don’t think this is necessary. We ate it with sour cream and pickled peppers.
It felt indulgent, like when you eat spoonfuls of cookie dough.
Michael said “I’ve been waiting for this all my life.”

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Super nutrient dense QUICHE (crustless)

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Transformable Crustless Quiche:

I don’t often measure ingredients, and with this recipe we are going to guess a bit. Here’s what I did:

Sautée in grass-fed butter (I did them all separately):

-Onions *tip* I start my onions in the afternoon and cook them on low over a longer period of time. This GREATLY enhances the flavour.
-Bacon
-Mushrooms
-Anything else!!! Possibilities are endless.

Once the sauteed ingredients are cooled a bit mix with 4 eggs beaten plus 2 yolks for extra goodness. Add one cup of milk or cream, rice milk, almond…whatever you fancy.
I added pepper and parsley to the mix.
Pour into pie dish and top with cheese.(about one cup, but more is better)

Bake at 350 for about 25-30 min.