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I recently stumbled upon a Cozy Autumn Wild Rice Soup from Gimme Some Oven.

Have you ever had Wild Rice Soup? It’s the perfect fall meal with a loaf of fresh bread and a salad!

Here is Gimme Some Oven’s Recipe from her website:

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice*
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 large (about 1 pound) sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk (or see cream sauce option below*)
  • 2 large handfuls of kale, roughly chopped with thick stems removed
  • fine sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper

Instructions: 

  • Sauté the veggies. Heat (an extra) 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat.  Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent.  Stir in the garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.
  • Add base ingredients. Add in the vegetable stock, wild rice, mushrooms, carrots, celery, sweet potato, bay leaf and Old Bay seasoning.  Stir to combine.
  • Simmer. Continue cooking until the soup reaches a simmer.  Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until the rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Add final ingredients. Add the coconut milk and kale to the soup, and stir gently until combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper (plus any extra Old Bay seasoning, if you would like) as needed.
  • Serve. Serve warm and enjoy!

For more information on how to cook it in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker, check out her website! She has so many amazing tips and even more delicious recipes that she shares often!

 

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Have you been in the mood to make pumpkin baked goods? I know I have! I made these Flourless Pumpkin Muffins from Eating Bird Food this past week and they were so tasty - it was hard to eat just one!

Here is her recipe: 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ⅓ cups almond butter
  • ⅔ cup canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ⅔ cup chocolate chips, I used Lily's chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare muffin tin by spraying well with cooking spray, or line the tins with paper or silicone liners. Set aside.
  • In your blender add all ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and blend on high-speed until creamy, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
  • Fill each muffin cavity about 3/4 full with the muffin mixture.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops are set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean without any batter. (See below for cook time for mini muffins). Allow muffins to cool for 5-10 minutes or until they are firm enough and cool enough to handle. 
  • Allow muffins to cool for 5-10 minutes or until they are firm enough and cool enough to handle. Remove from tin and let cool completely on a wire rack. Muffins are always best fresh, but these will keep airtight at room temperature for about 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

 

I hope you make them and enjoy them! Tell me, was it hard to eat just one? 

 

Recipe and Picture from Eating Bird Food. https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/flourless-pumpkin-spice-chocolate-chip-mini-muffins/

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With the chillier temperatures in the air and it getting darker earlier, I have been wanting to find the perfect soup for dinner. After searching Pinterest, I found a recipe for Italian Wedding Soup and decided to give it a try!

This recipe is from The Cozy Cook and is a great soup for when you want to be warmed up and have a cozy meal at home. 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

Meatballs

  • 1/2lb. ground beef, 80% lean
  • 1/2lb. ground pork
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs, homemade is best
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated into a powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • salt & freshly ground pepper

Soup

  • 1 ¼ cups carrots, diced
  • 1 ¼ cups yellow onion, diced
  • ¾ cup celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth,
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • salt/pepper
  • ¾ cup acini de pepe pasta, , uncooked
  • 8 oz. fresh spinach

To Garnish

  • Fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Stove Top Method

  • Gently combine the meatball ingredients, don’t overwork the meat, we want tender meatballs.
  • Roll the meat into 1-inch balls.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Brown the meatballs in batches for 2-3 minutes. The inside of the meatball will finish cooking in the soup.
  • Remove the meatballs and set aside.
  • Add the onions, carrots, and celery and sauté for 5 minutes, until softened.
  • Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken broth, Italian seasoning, and season with salt and pepperif desired.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Add the meatballs and pasta.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Stir in the spinach.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese and serve!

Crock Pot Method

  • Gently combine the meatball ingredients. Don't overwork the meat.
  • Roll the meat into 1-inch balls.
  • This Crock Pot allows you to brown the meatballs on the stove top first. I recommend this as the brown bits left on the bottom of the pot transfer lots of flavor into the soup.
  • Add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, and browned meatballs.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  • Add the acini de pepe and cook on low for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in the Spinach.
  • Top with Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, and serve!

I hope you decide to give this a try and like it as much as our family did!

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I can’t believe that the boys will be back to school very soon! They are getting excited to see their friends and I’m getting excited for more structure!

I’ve been on Pinterest lately, looking for some new recipes to incorporate into our meal schedule! Here are a few that I’m going to be making as we head back to school - these look easy and delicious!

This first one is a make ahead breakfast idea, which I love for the busy mornings! 

Greenletes has made these Mushroom Freezer Breakfast Burritos that look amazing! They are packed full of nutrition, which is great! She offers ideas of what to sub out if you don’t like mushrooms, or the cheese she uses, etc! 

Photo from Greenletes 

I love trying new things! This next recipe that I found is Nut Free Cold Noodles from Chelsey Amer's Nutrition Blog. Again, this recipe is filled with protein and nutrition making it an excellent dinner option!

Photo from Chelsey Amer's Nutrition Blog

This final new recipe I’m trying is from Greenletes, again! :) She has so many amazing options, but this one looks especially delicious: Coconut Fried Rice! I can’t wait to try! 

Photo from Greenletes

Have you started thinking about back to school meal prep? If you know me, you know that I don’t meal prep a lot! But these are three recipes that I’m going to try this fall and add to the rotation! They look too good and easy not to try! 

 

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Are you looking for a new summer recipe? We have found an incredibly delicious watermelon and feta salad from Cooking for Keeps!
By this point in the summer, I am always looking for fresh inspiration - it's still too early to bring out the fall menu, but we are all tired of the same old summer dishes! This Grilled Watermelon and Feta Stacked Salad is an amazing new dish to try!
Ingredients: 
  • 8 ounces whole feta cheese, cut into four smaller squares (length wise, they should be about 3”x3”)
  • ½ large watermelon cut into 8 squares the same size as feta
  • 2 cups arugula
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  1. Prepare a grill or grill pan to a very high heat.
  2. Place balsamic in a small saucepan. Turn the heat on medium, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer until thickened and similar in texture to syrup, about five minutes. Let cool.
  3. Drizzle watermelon with a little bit of olive oil, season with a bit of salt and pepper. Grill VERY quickly, just getting a slight char, about ten seconds per side.
  4. Toss arugula with about a teaspoon or two of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place watermelon squares on platter, top with feta, and another watermelon. Place about ½ cup of arugula on top of watermelon and drizzle with reduced balsamic vinegar.

This recipe from Cooking for Keeps will be a winner for everyone at your dinner table - and we bet that they will be asking for the recipe!

Enjoy!

XO,

Nicole 

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