Herbs – Freeze them!!!

20140102-213346.jpgPerhaps I shouldn’t be admitting this, but it never occurred to me that I could freeze herbs. I went over to my mom’s for Christmas, and as I was helping her with dinner, I noticed in her freezer a ton of herbs frozen in separate Tupperware containers. When I took out the dill it was still bright green and had the same great taste!
Why didn’t anyone else tell me this sooner?!
I thought to myself, how many times have I purchased herbs, only to throw them out because they went bad in the fridge. Or how many times was I making a dish, and of course, I don’t have the herbs suggested in the recipe. Or most common scenario, I was too lazy to wash, dry and chop the herbs.
This tip will save you time and money.

Follow these simple steps to freeze and preserve your herbs.

Step 1
Wash your herbs and let dry completely

Step 2
Chop your herbs

Step 3
Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and spread your chopped herbs all over. Place the cookie sheet into the freezer for 10 minutes (this will help herbs stay separated and not freeze into one big chunk)

Step 4
Take out the cookie sheet from the freezer and place your herbs into Tupperware containers or ziplock bags.

Voila!

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Potato + Leek Soup

Baby it’s cold outside!
Super duper cold!!!!
While on my commute home, I instantly thought of a homemade soup. I instantly knew this would warm me right up. I wanted to make something that would be quick and easy, so then I could spend more time near the fire with a tea and/or hot chocolate the remainder of the evening.

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As such, I created a Potato + Leek soup.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 Yukon gold potatoes (washed and peeled)
3 leeks (sliced)
1 small onion (diced)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
4 cups of vegetable broth
Freshly ground pepper
Pinch of Sea salt
Parsley (optional)
Cayenne pepper (optional)

Method:
In a large pot, add olive oil, leeks, onions and garlic and let simmer for 7 minutes, then add potatoes and mix. Immediately thereafter add the vegetable broth and season with sea salt and pepper. Let simmer for 12 minutes.
Then transfer soup into a Vitamix blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Laddle into bowls and garnish with parsley and cayenne pepper.

Enjoy!

Verde Smoothie

We should all be trying to pack more vitamins into our body in order to strengthen our immune system. It is important all year round, but most importantly in the winter months. Perfect way to accomplish that is my drinking lots of smoothies and juices. Preparing a smoothie or juice is also a great way to ensure that we are consuming our recommended servings of greens per day!

This Verde Smoothie will be sure to give you just that. The ingredients all contain essential vitamins, they are as follows:

Parsley– is the world’s most popular herb. Nutritional and many healing properties. Excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K, and a good source of iron and folate.

Spinach– excellent source of other antioxidant nutrients — including vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and manganese — also it’s a very good source of the antioxidant zinc and a good source of the antioxidant selenium

Mint– mint has a refreshing taste and helps freshen breath. Mint leaves also have many uses and are able to overcome some health problems such as: digestive issue, headaches, oral health and relieves muscle pain

Celery– antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese

Apple– good source of fiber, including the soluble fiber pectin, and it’s also a good source of vitamin C

Spirulina– is a natural “algae” (cyanbacteria) powder that is incredible high in protein and nutrients, high in Chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system, Omega 3-,6 and 9s

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Ok, now how to create this vibrant green drink is by placing the following in your vitamix blender.

Ingredients:
-1/2 a cup of water
-1 granny smith chopped and cored apple
-2 stalks of chopped celery
-1/2 a cup of coarsely chopped parsley
-15 mint leaves
-1 cup of spinach
-1 teaspoon of spirulina
-5 ice cubes

Directions:
Place all of the above-noted ingredients in the order listed above. Blend on high. Once all blended you can pour the smoothie directly into a glass and enjoy. If you don’t like the foamy texture run the smoothie through a cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer and enjoy the juice!

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