Category: Dishes

Savory Organic Chicken and Gnocchi Soup in soothing Bone Broth

Savory Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Savory + Simple + Nourishing + Soup = The best dang meal anyone could ask for.

I mean seriously. Who doesn’t love a hearty, soothing bowl of soup? I think I can speak for all the chefs, at home chefs, chef enthusiasts, working parents, busy life-styler of any kind, backpacker, skier, outdoorsy folk, Californian, North Dakotan, Canadian or anyone else who lives in 70 degree below winter weather. So, everyone, am I right? If you like to cook or even if you don’t like to cook, soup is your best friend. It’s the one pot wonder that you can pretty much put anything that inspires you together in one bowl. It’s incredibly quick to make. And it’s pretty impossible to mess up. Did I mention the magnificence of poaching meat? You can literally put meat in hot water and let it cook in the warm water bath to not only make your broth super duper flavorful, but it comes out tender and juicy every darn time! You can’t dry out meat in water. It just doesn’t make sense. Well, okay, you can. I have. I am clearly not a scientist. Leave it to me to do the impossible when it comes to making mistakes. But I will explain a few tips on how to avoid this phenomena in a¬†second. For now, lets just relish in the awesomeness that is this soup.

 

Savory Chicken Gnocchi Soup

 

The savory chicken gnocchi soup is comprised of, you guessed it ūüôā chicken and gnocchi! That’s it. Really that’s basically the gist of it and it’s so delicious… I think I need some new descriptors other than delicious. I use “delicious”¬†in every post. But it’s just so perfect of a word, the word itself is delicious. I am at a loss for anything else. So I will stick with delicious for this one. I don’t want to even admit how many times I have eaten this soup since I created it, but I will anyway. My guess is probably 12 meals, give or take, in 3 weeks. So that’s means for breakfast too. I love soup for breakfast. The bone broth base in this one coats your tummy for ample nutrient absorption and happy digestion for the rest of the day. I am convinced, at this point in my bone broth journey, that bone broth is more awakening and satisfying than a cup of coffee. I know I know. All you coffee lovers are totally writing me off at this point and that’s fine! It sounds nuts. But at least make this soup for dinner and you can stick to your cup of coffee in the morning.

 

Savory Chicken Gnocchi Soup

 

At this point in my blogging experience, most of the recipes are vegan as I choose to eat mostly vegan. This is my 20th recipe to date. I remember a little over 3 months ago, back in September when I started this blog, I think I had all of about 5 recipes ready to post. I follow countless foodies, most of whom have blogs themselves. Some of my favorite:

init4thelongrun

Pinch of Yum

Minimalist Baker

Cookie and Kate

Deliciously Ella

Cravings in Amsterdam

If you haven’t heard any of these blogs or gone to their websites, you should do so after this post. First, make the soup THEN while eating said soup, read blogs. Trust me, you will want something to munch on while browsing these sites. The photographs alone will make your tummy grumble.

Anyway, this is my 20th recipe. I feel like giving myself a little pat on the back. I remember thinking there is no possible way I can have as many creative and perfect recipes as ones I find on some of the blogs I mentioned above. And I am by no means comparing my recipes to these stars of food bloggers, not to mention their talented food photography skills, but 20 recipes feels like an accomplishment to me. Especially, when just a few months ago, reaching 7 almost felt impossible. You can almost call my website a food blog at this point.

There is something for everyone. For every shape and diet alike. I try to create recipes of every kind. I feel that each one of us is wired differently. We each have our own food sensitivities, how our body processes foods for energy, nutrient absorption, and emotional connection to food. I do strongly believe there is an environmental impact on how we choose to eat, but I think this decision can be made responsibly. So as most of my recipes tend to be vegan, I wanted to share a dish that is totally not vegan. And this is one of my favorites.

The base is a bone broth which can be substituted for vegetable (if vegetarian) or chicken broth, homemade or store bought. Bay leaf, black pepper, garlic, fresh ginger, and turmeric root are the main seasonings. Once the broth starts to heat, you can simply add chicken to the broth (or skip the meat altogether), bring temperature down to a light simmer and allow the meat to slowly and evenly cook in the broth. This poaching allows the meat to be succulent and rich as well as adding a nice depth of flavor to the broth.

*Note: to keep from doing a Hannah and totally drying out chicken in water – make sure the chicken has been removed from refrigerator and brined (placed in a cold water bath with sea salt for about 15 to 20 minutes beforehand). The broth should not be a ragging boil but nice and hot. Place the meat into hot soup base and allow it to simmer on low heat for anywhere from 2 hours to 4 hours depending on size of meat used and if you are using bones.

Once you have the chicken nice a cooked through and all the flavors have had time to meet each other and get comfortable, you can add your gnocchi. This is the best part. I make this recipe even easier on myself and purchase Cappello’s Gnocchi ¬†from our local Whole Foods. It’s in the freezer section. They are dairy free, gluten free, paleo, and scrumptious. Just add the gnocchi in and keep stirring for a few minutes to allow the gnocchi to cook through. If you do not stir, they will literally shrivel and shrink and just disappear. This has happened so fair warning. If you use your own homemade gnocchi, double high five to you. Remove your soup from heat and add the leafy greens. You can add any kind you have on hand. I love simple kale.

 

Savory Chicken Gnocchi Soup

 

There you have it. The actual physical labor of making this recipe will take you just about the same time as reading this post in it’s entirety.

Cheers.

 

Yields 4 hearty servings

Savory Chicken Gnocchi Soup

A savory and simple soup that's packed with buttery gnocchi, succulent chicken, and soothing spices like bay leaf, turmeric root, and ginger root. This one pot dish is hearty and nourishing down to the core.

20 minPrep Time

4 hrCook Time

4 hr, 20 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups of bone broth, chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium leek
  • 2 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon teaspoons black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh turmeric root, chopped
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chopped fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • 2 pounds chicken (I used drumsticks and wings with bone)
  • 2 cups kale chopped

Instructions

  1. Brine chicken in a bowl with cold water and sea salt. Let soak for 15-20 minutes while you prepare the broth.
  2. Saute leek in olive oil for 3 minutes or until fragrant. Add bay leaf, black pepper, garlic powder, turmeric, ginger, and sea salt.
  3. Continue to saute for 2 more minutes.
  4. Add the water and bone broth, chicken broth, or vegetable broth and bring to boil.
  5. Return broth to simmer on low heat and add your chicken.
  6. Let cook for 2 to 4 hours depending on size of meat used and if using bones. Bones will take longer to cook.
  7. Skim off the surface of broth every so often.
  8. Once chicken is cooked through, bring the broth back to a boil and add frozen gnocchi.
  9. Stir continuously for one minute to allow gnocchi to cook and not stick together or to sides of pot.
  10. After about two minutes or until gnocchi start to float, remove pot from heat and add leafy greens.
Cuisine: Soup |

Notes

Keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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Vegan Cottage Pie with Beet-Sweet Potato mash topping

Vegan Cottage Pie

 

Vegan Cottage Pie. It’s the lamb loving version of the traditional comfort¬†dish, Shepherd’s Pie.

Vegan Cottage Pie

 

I just got back from a California Christmas. I spent a little over a week in Carlsbad and San Diego. It was cold. Like trying to go for a run at 9 am and getting a brain freeze / lungs frost over cold. Okay, I know southern California is nothing like North Dakota on a sunny December morning but for me, it was cold. Mind you I am now an official Hawaiian. Tropic searching, sun seeking, sweater wearing on a 75 degree winter evening Hawaiian. I like to think that I would bounce back to my tough skinned mountaineering self, but this recent trip was not very reassuring. I was bundled in all sorts of layers from yoga pants… ūüôā yea I said it, to flannels, wool socks, jean jackets and puffy Patagonia wear. I loved it. I sound like I can’t handle the cold. I can’t, but I still love it.

 

California Christmas

 

The scenery was simply amazing. I loved getting to see vast open skies and brown meadows that lead to snowy mountains in the distance. I turn around and see grassy cliff sides towering over deep blue ocean. I felt a sense of being home. It was comforting, especially being Christmas time without my family. This was the second Christmas of my 26 years around the sun that I was not with the Vernon clan. It never quite feels like Christmas when you are playing grown up and not with your parents and siblings, but it was wonderful nonetheless. That feeling of homesick I take as a reminder of being appreciate of what you have in life. Of all the love that greets you every morning from near and far and the potential each of us holds to give back, to make the world a litter brighter.

O, and lest I forget, the Mexican food. So many tacos. Soooooooooooooo many. I had shrimp tacos, veggie tacos, rolled tacos, taquitos, ahi tacos, breaded mahi tacos, and lots of guacamole. It tasted out of this world, but man when you aren’t used to eating that many tacos at once, you feel a little weighed down. Those are heavy little suckers. So I am feeling happy to be home in my own kitchen and whipping up some cozy¬†meals packed with veggies of all kinds to recuperate from the Holidays. Can anyone else relate?

The Holidays definitely inspired this Vegan Cottage Pie. I have been craving the winter comfort foods and hearty vegetables but still wanting to have lighter meals as Christmas can mean a lot of pies and apparently, for me, tacos.

 

Vegan Cottage Pie

 

This one pot dish is packed with flavorful lentils, grounding vegetables, a little tangy zip of sumac, and deliciously creamy sweet potato on top. I even added roasted then pureed beet to the sweet potato mash to add that punch of color. I can’t help it. I love colors and beets. This has all the favorite parts of Shepherd’s Pie just a little more veggie friendly.

 

Yields 4-6 Servings

Vegan Cottage Pie

A comforting vegan friendly, one pot rendition of the traditional Shepherd's Pie. Loaded with vegetables and spiced lentils with a delicious sweet potato topping.

20 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups green lentils
  • 1 bunch of beets, quartered *optional
  • 2 lbs sweet potato (okinawan for color)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil or garlic oil + 2 Tablespoons
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 small leek
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon sumac seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degreed F.
  2. Boil sweet potatoes in a pot until fork tender. Set aside.
  3. *If you would like the pop of color with a little extra nutrients, roast beets in 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until very tender. Let cool then peel outer skin.
  4. Blend beets in a blender until pureed. Set aside.
  5. In a large saucepan, add the lentils and vegetable broth and bring to boil. Simmer on low heat until lentils are tender but not too soft, about 30 minutes. Check after 20 minutes to make sure they do not overcook.
  6. There will be extra liquid in the pan. Do not drain.
  7. While the lentils are cooking, sauté the vegetables in 3 Tablespoons olive oil or garlic oil for 3 minutes.
  8. Add the seasonings to veggies and continue to sauté for another 2 minutes. Continue to stir so as not to burn the sumac and garlic.
  9. Add the lentils and remaining broth into veggies.
  10. Stir in the tomato paste. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Remove pan from heat and pour into a lightly greased 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 4-6 ramekins depending on size.
  12. Mash sweet potatoes (don't worry about removing skin of potatoes) with 2 Tablespoons olive oil and optional beet puree until creamy. You can leave it slightly mashed if desired.
  13. Spoon mashed potato puree onto top of cottage pie filling then spread with spatula to completely cover. You can use a fork or knife to make a design on top.
  14. Place in oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until nice and bubbly.
Cuisine: Vegan Cottage Pie |
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Calories
382 cal
Fat
8 g
Carbs
57 g
Protein
23 g


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Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

 

When I first started this blog I wasn’t sure how it would go, what I would write about (well, food was the obvious motivator but I mean to say, what my writing would be like), or how into the blogging I would be. I had an idea that I would like to write about my passion¬†with all things food and maybe what I did on the weekend, but I was nervous to actually sit down and write something. I am not a writer. I mean I did rock the short stories in the third grade in my writing club and maybe won first place once or twice… but that was third grade. I think it was my wild imagination that got that shiny piece of paper saying, “Job Well Done,” and not my actual¬†skills on crafting a compelling premise or grammar at that. I always think who cares? I should just post the recipe and leave the writers and publishers to write and publish. But then I get a phone call from my Mom the next day saying she made my pumpkin granola or a comment on a post from my Dad. And I feel like that’s a win. So Mom, Dad,¬†this ones for you. And thanks for being my number one fan.

 

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

 

This recipe is actually for anyone who loves a comforting bowl of oatmeal for breakfast or a post workout snack. It puts a measly bowl of sloppy oatmeal to shame. It can be brought along as a powered protein snack opposed to the glorified candy bar that is CLIF Bar.

 

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

 

I imagine being back in Leavenworth, WA where my family has a house. Have you ever been? It’s one of the most beautiful and oddly (the only that I am aware of) German towns in the upper PNW you will find. Yea, it’s literally a Bavarian town, no exaggeration. Leavenworth was the Great North Railroad headquarters in the early 1900s. In the 1920s, (here’s a little Wiki search for you) the railroad was relocated to Wenatchee which was a detriment to Leavenworth’s economy. In the 1960s, two Seattle businessmen strategized how to rebuild and transform the struggling logging town. And the conclusion, Bavarian. It’s like stepping into Munich. It actually reminds me a lot of Innsbruck, Austria with the snowy peaks in the backdrop. As if the pretty building and snowy peaks aren’t enough for you – there’s beer, brats, and pretzels on every corner. And lederhosen.

Okay. I am redirecting myself back to my point. I imagine eating a big slice of this Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal square after a long mountain bike ride near the Ski Hill in Leavenworth. In Washington, riding is straight up then straight down. You get the killer workout with views of German town and the rewarding downhills.¬†I don’t have a mountain bike in Hawaii, and while I miss the hard climbs and awesome downhill burns, hiking has been a great alternative. This recipe is the all around meal or snack alternative. I wish I had this recipe after a tough climb to the top of some ridge back in Washington. It’s the everything that can be flavored and made with anything.

 

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

(That’s my little beach cruiser in background with the bell on the handle bar. Not your standard mountain bike but it’s the perfect Kailua get around.)

This recipe was originally inspired by Cookie and Kate¬†and her Blueberry Baked Oatmeal. I¬†was brainstorming ways to make oatmeal a little more interesting. So I thought casserole. I mean the word casserole is the essence of either hiding an ingredient or spicing up a simple green bean. Am I right? So, fancy oatmeal you say? Oats in a casserole. And try not to automatically jump to your Grandmother’s Tuna Noodle Casserole like I do (Confession. Sorry mom. I was never really in love with that one). This is not your basic and bland casserole. It’s just like everything you hoped a bowl of oatmeal would be. So, search no longer.

And y’all, it’s so easy. I feel like I have to include that word into every recipe that fits the “in under an hour” description with limited ingredients or even better, one that is versatile and can be modified to pretty much anything you have on hand. When it’s baking in the oven, it smells out of this world good. You can eat with almond or peanut butter, add a little coconut cream and maple syrup on top for some extra sweet, hot or cold, at home or on the go.

So grab a baking dish, some oats, a banana, some spice, fruit, a bowl, and hop to it.

 

Yields 4-8 Servings

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

10 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups gluten free rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup nuts,seeds (I used pecans and pepita seeds)
  • 1 ripe banana, about 1 cup
  • 1 green apple, sliced and chopped (leave a few slices to decorate top)
  • 1 cup dried fig, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon - all spice, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon - baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1.5 cups nut milk
  • 2 flax eggs (2 Tablespoons flax meal + 4 Tablespoons water)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • Raw Sugar *optional
  • *Optional toppings - coconut cream, almond butter, additional maple syrup or honey to drizzle on top, yogurt, additional fruit.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and toast nuts and seeds for about 10 minutes or until fragrant. All ovens are different so keep an eye on them as to not burn them.
  2. In a mixing bowl, use a fork and mash banana. Add another banana if it is under a half cup.
  3. Add wet ingredients to mashed banana - oil, nut milk, maple syrup.
  4. In a separate small bowl, mix together the flax egg and let sit for 5 minutes to coagulate.
  5. In another mixing bowl - mix dry ingredients - oats, vanilla extract, spices, baking powder, salt, chopped apple, toasted nuts and seeds.
  6. Add flax egg to wet mixture and stir well to combine.
  7. Lightly grease a 9 inch square baking dish for deep oatmeal slices OR a 9x13 inch dish for thinner slices.
  8. Scatter chopped fig on bottom of baking dish then cover with dry oat mixture.
  9. Pour the wet mixture overtop of oats in baking dish.
  10. Place sliced apple on top of dish to decorate. Sprinkle raw sugar on top to add a little more crunch.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes until set and the entire house smells like pie.
  12. Top with coconut cream or your favorite yogurt, dollop of almond butter or some extra maple syrup on top.
Recipe Type: Breakfast , Snack

Notes

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. If taking on the go - tightly wrap in foil (especially if planning to put in your bike jersey pocket).

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Calories
430 cal
Fat
8 g
Carbs
82 g
Protein
13 g


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Light Egg Drop Soup with lime from the Homecooked with Love food blog

Egg Drop Soup

I recently had a dear friend of mine request some homecooked with love recipes that were easily packable, great for¬†on the go, nutrient rich with lots of digestive happy ingredients, and of course, satisfying in every which way. Before she even finished her thought, the words silky eggs, ginger, lemon, and soup popped into my head. Well, not exactly those words or in that particular order. But I love the idea of all these words. And if you know me even just a little, I have food brain. And I always have food on hand. Call it compulsive, addictive, unstable, whatever you wish. I call it smart. I am rarely tempted or feeling like I don’t have a choice between eating clean and choosing things that will not make me feel so great. So that simple conversation led to my new blog post. A delectable soup that is just about the easiest, quickest, nutrient dense, satiating, soothing, immune boosting recipe that you can find. I will just stop there and cut to the chase – the recipe and uick tutorial of how to get the perfect silky egg drop in your soup. read more