Creamy Nourishing Tomato Soup

Creamy Nourishing Tomato Soup- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

A creamy bowl of tomato soup. You raise the spoon to your mouth and watch the steam rise.

It’s deliciously hot, it might even melt a snowman into a boy! A fragrant blend of Italian spices makes it more than your ordinary bowl of tomato soup.

Growing up, I have to say I was not a tomato soup fan. I preferred to leave my tomatoes in salsa and pasta and nothing else thankyouverymuch. Plus it was always accompanied by my least favourite food, cheese!

I tried a tomato soup recipe a year or two ago since I don’t like to use a lot of cream in my soup (I save it all for ice cream and coffee) I used coconut milk. I have to say I was not pleased with the results.

Last spring when my dear friend Laura decided to have me help her make tomato soup with coconut milk in it I was a bit sceptical. It was a vegan recipe from Chole’s Vegan Italian Kitchen My friend gave me the recipe and I headed to my kitchen first thing when I got home.

The soup was delicious as is but since I love to use nourishing bone broth in as many meals as possible I swapped the broth. I also don’t keep Italian spice blend on hand so I created my own blend for the soup. I made a couple other changes and voila Katie’s tomato soup was born. (Am I the only one that refers to myself in the third person at times?)

This creamy nourishing tomato soup can most certainly be paired with the traditional grilled cheese sandwich. I prefer to choose a higher in protein pairing like my open-faced Spanish chorizo sandwich and a salad.

Creamy Tomato Soup
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups chicken stock (bone broth)
  • 2 18oz jars crushed tomatoes
  • 1¼ cups coconut milk (or heavy cream)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 2½ TBS sucanat
  • 2½ tsp unrefined salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp marjoram
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • ¼ tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
Instructions
  1. Saute the onion in the olive oil over medium heat, sprinkle with salt and cook until almost translucent.
  2. Add the garlic and dried herbs. Cook for one minute.
  3. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, salt, and sucanat.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes. Using an emersion blender blend until smooth. Or you can allow the soup to cool and blend in two to three batches in a blender.
  5. Add coconut milk (or cream) and stir to mix. Heat for about 2 more minutes or until hot.

What is your favourite food to pair with tomato soup?

My Favourite Things

Friendship MFT Jan3

Friendship, it is such a beautiful gift. There are those friends that you may not see frequently but you are bound to them the same as blood relations.

Last month I was blessed to celebrate the wedding of two dear people that are like family to me. They are part of my “Ranch Family”. Over the years, I spent in Mexico various staff came and went. Some stayed for 9 months and others for many years. Others only visited but were a part of my family none the same.

We have and continue to go through thick and thin together. We know one another’s struggles, joys, and triumphs. Once we lived within a few hundred yards of each other, now we are scattered throughout Mexico and the States.

I enjoy every wedding I attend or an a part of but this one, this one was special, it was like coming home. It was that feeling of “these are my people”, “my tribe”.  It’s true that we could survive without one another but it would be bleak and

It’s true that we could survive without one another but it would be bleak, and lonely existence where we each out barely be holding on to life by a thin thread. God knew what he was doing when we placed us in each other’s lives, in doing so he gave us such a precious gift.

Favourite Reads

Cinnamon Dandelion Tea with Milk and Honey @ The Nourishing Gourmet

Favourite Tunes/Podcasts

Get Inspired for Lent @ Fountains of Carrots

A Neighbor’s Table @ The Art of Simple

Relying on God

Relying On God- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Life, it always takes us on quite a journey doesn’t it? It’s been very quite on here for over a month now, I’m sure you noticed that I took an unofficial break. It was needed, very needed.

Where to even begin? If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may have seen me mention that over the past few months my family’s world has been turned upside down. Opening up about the deep situations in life has never been easy for me.

While I was visiting my dear ones in Mexico my brother was landed in the hospital for pneumonia. I was at peace because he was where he was supposed to be, he was treated and then went home a couple days later.

Fast forward a few days and my brother is in the ICU, he stops breathing, is intubated, has a series of MRIs, and is diagnosed with a brain-stem tumor.

It’s not operatable and is currently being treated.

We are praying our hearts out for 100% physical healing.

Late November and all of December were very good months. The rest of the time has been a series of trips to the ER and several long ICU stays.

As the first of January rolled around I knew I needed a break. A break to be with family, a break to refocus, and a time to just enjoy those around me.

I have plans to be around much more. There are many circumstances that could change those plans. We press on and celebrate each moment in life, a good day for my brother, an engagement for my sister, birth of dear friends’ babies, and the simple daily joys of the sun rising and the stars at night.

Daily we are relying on God.

4 Simple Goals for the New Year and the Tools to Help You Out

4 Simple Goals for the New Year and the Tools to Help You Out-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

The New Year is almost here. It’s the time of year that many of us figure out how we are going to remake ourselves for the new days ahead.

I have to be honest. I have never been one for setting New Year’s Resolutions. I scoffed a bit at those that did because, let’s be honest, most people don’t keep them, I figured why set myself up for failure? I would rather just add some things as I go.

The thing is I’m a list maker but I am also a slowly recovering procrastinator. I am slowly embracing the joys of setting goals for the new year. January really is a great time to start fresh despite the years I spent scoffing.

I’ve realized that if I set too high of goals I don’t accomplish them but if I set simple goals that are actually attainable I will be much more likely to accomplish them.

Here are 4 Simple Goals for the New Year and the Tools to Help You Out

1. Create a Morning Routine

I can not emphasize how important this is. I am a huge fan of routines. A lot of times people confuse routines and schedules. As a former dorm mom I 100% see the need for schedules at times. I lived by them, there are is a place for them but I tend to prefer routines instead when possible.

What I like about routines is that that they allow more flexibility and flow more naturally with the rhythms of life. Yoru routine can be the same on Friday morning as it is is on Sunday morning even though one day you may be at work or homeschooling the kids and the other you are relaxing a bit.

My goal is to always start my day right through spending time with God and a few simple things. Here is a glance at my morning routine.

A resource that I highly recommend in “Make Over Your Mornings” from The Money Saving Mom. The course is on sale right now for only $9, which is an awesome deal!

2. Take Baby Steps to Going Non-toxic

We are exposed to so many toxic products in our day to day lives. They are everywhere, in the shampoo we use, the candles we burn, the cream we put on our faces, and the cleaner use on the counters.

It has taken me a long time but I am happy to say that I no longer use any toxic cleaning or personal products. For most people it isn’t practical to just toss everything and start from scratch. A great way to get started is when you run out of a product to replace it with a non-toxic products whether it’s homemade or one you have purchased.

I am a huge DIYer when it comes to most beauty products and cleaners that being said making your own products isn’t for everyone. Ava Anderson Non Toxic is one of the best one-stop shops I have found for replacing a large majority of the toxic products in your home.

 

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3. Eat More Real Food

Transitioning to real food is a journey. It doesn’t happen all at once. I have yet to “arrive”. It’s a process that take time and the longer you are at it the easier it becomes. I actually contemplated my jump into real food back in 2008/2009 for about 6 months and then through myself in full force (or so I thought). It’s not exactly how I would suggest doing it but that being said it worked for me.

Your Grace Filled Journey to Real Food by my friend Diana of My Humble Kitchen is one of my favourite books I suggest to people as they transition to real food.

 

4. Commit to Exercising

My general choice for getting exercise is taking a walk or hike. When I go a few days without exercise I tend to feel unmotivated and sluggish. I get that it is hard to make time to exercise. Set attainable goals and have someone hold you accountable. Don’t commit to going to the gym 7 days a week if you aren’t already in the habit. Take it slowly. Commit to one or two days and take it from there.

If I just take a brisk 20-minute walk I feel better and am more motivated to accomplish the rest of my tasks for the day. Fit2B is my favourite online program. It is easy to do and very attainable.

Remember that simple, attainable goals are the best way to aim for success! If you accomplish the few you set, you can always set more later in the year.

 

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? What are goals you have for this next year?

 

Real Food Peppermint Mocha Creamer

 

Real Food Peppermint Mocha Creamer-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Peppermint, cocoa, cream, and a bit of sugar in a steaming cup of coffee, what’s not to love? Peppermint mocha creamer is everywhere on the dairy section this time of year, with good reason, it is a tantalizing combination.

Unfortunately, the ones at the store don’t seem to have cream, peppermint, or cocoa in them at all. It would be too logical to use the actual ingredients, right? Here is the ingredient list off of a popular brand found in most stores:

INGREDIENTS: WATER, SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL, AND LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE)**, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, CELLULOSE GEL, COLOR ADDED, CELLULOSE GUM, CARRAGEENAN.

Thankfully, making your own real food peppermint mocha creamer at home is not hard. It has actual cream, peppermint, and cocoa, who would have thought? I chose to make this a sugar-free version by using liquid stevia, but you can substitute sugar or raw honey to taste if you prefer. If you have raw milk and cream  on hand

If you have raw milk and cream  on hand you can blend them together to make your own half and half. If not, go ahead and buy organic half and half from the store. I chose not to use just cream because the creamer becomes too thick. I haven’t tried but I am sure almond milk and homemade coconut milk would work wonderfully as well.

More Real Food Creamers: 

Real Food Peppermint Mocha Creamer

1 pint half and half
3 TBS cocoa powder
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
40 drops stevia extract (you could also sub sugar or raw honey to taste)

1. Add all the ingredients to a quart jar or large glass measuring cup. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. You can also use a use a regular blender.

2. Pour into a small glass jar to store.

3. The creamer should last for one week.

Real Food Peppermint Mocha Creamer
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pint half and half
  • 3 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 40 drops stevia extract (you could also sub sugar or raw honey)
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a quart jar or large glass measuring cup. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. You can also use a use a regular blender.
  2. Pour into a small glass jar to store.
  3. The creamer should last for one week in the fridge.

 What is your favourite flavor of creamer?

For more real food recipes check out Tradishen, a real food menu planning site I partner with. 

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