Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ham, Green Bean, and Potato Soup!

I was recently introduced to ham, green bean, and potato soup by my mother in law and oh my goodness was I ever won over! It must be the taste of the ham I used, because it just made the 'broth' absolutely delicious. This is something Kristopher and Kailee ask me to make almost weekly, but I do not because I like to limit how much ham, bacon and basically pork that we all eat; but as a treat on a cold day or just a fast throw together this is amazing!

You Will Need:

Organic Green Beans
Organic Ham (I used Turkey Ham, YES! PLEASE!)
Organic Potatoes
Organic Pork Hawk

Add your ham hawk or ham butt to your pot, fill with water, salt it, and let it cook for 2 to 3 hours (the longer the better, but def watch the water level!)

After 2 hours, peel your potatoes, cut in chunks and place in COLD water until you need them (I did not use these for another hour because I did not want to cook the potatoes and then can them or they would become mushy! EWWY!)

Nicely cut...

Dice your turkey ham or regular ham, and place in the pot, also add green beans and let them cook for an hour more.

So much YUMMY soup!

After the hour, add in the potatoes and continue to cook for another 30 minutes or so; until they are fork tender (all depends on how big you cut your potatoes)

This soup has quickly become one of our favorites for sure. We will be making this EVERY winter or whenever someone is feeling 'icky'. 

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Best Green Smoothie Ever

Juicing and blending are different methods of turning solids and liquids. There are different machines for each one. For juicing, I have bought and sold my Jack LeLanne juicer because I realized how important the difference between juicing and blending is. Juicing is great, but creates an extra step. When you juice, you usually peel the fruit before putting it into the blender. The blender than separates the solids (pulp) from the liquids (natural liquids) within the fruit itself. The problem with juicing is half the nutrients are extracted from the fruit juice and in the disposed of department of the juicer. While the juice is healthy for you, you are not getting the full nutritional value of the fruit. Blending is a much better fit for myself and possible you. The blender I am in love with is the Vitamix. This blender has a great reputation and long history of service and maintenance. I first saw the love of my life at a Whole Foods Market in Dublin, Ohio. The lady that was doing the demonstration literally through everything in the blender and turned it on. The result was deliciousness. This blender did not require you to peel the fruit, it did not require anything but cleanliness, which is far better than most. Living a healthy life is not cheap and often requires expensive machinery. One must keep in mind that expensive machinery, such as a Vitamix, comes with a great warranty. That being said, the price range for a Vitamix is between $250-$500. Considering the price seems hefty, it is an amazing machines, plus it replaces a handful of other kitchen appliances. The Vitamix does a great job covering the areas of a blender, chopper, food processor, ice cream maker and juicer. Once you take into account the price of each appliances, you will see that a Vitamix is actually cheap, in comparison to $100, at minimum, for each quality appliance. One of my favorite results of the Vitamix was a "green smoothie" remix, I recreated when wanting something new, yet healthy and packed full of nutrients. I threw a little of this, a little of that, and bam the Incredible Hulk Favorite was born! The smoothie is named Incredible Hulk because my son loves Hulk and not only that, the smoothie provides a strong punch without being 'too' over powering! It packs a mean punch to keep you healthy and satisfied!

{Kristopher & Kailee have no idea what they are actually drinking! They just love this smoothie so much!}
(YUM! Needed to blend a little longer, but I do not mind a little junk)

The Incredible Hulks Favorite:

- 1 Peeled Organic Orange
- Handful of Organic Spinach
- 2 Cups Ice
- Quarter of a Organic Lime (with rhine)
- Quarter of a Organic Pineapple (with rhine)
- 1 Organic Kiwi (peeled)
- Half a Organic Banana (peeled)
- 4 tbsp of Organic Agave Or Organic Raw Honey
- Blend until it is smooth and enjoy (do not serve over ice, just drink as is)

Giving what the Vitamix can do, I am certainly pleased to have spent the money on one. Not only does it replace all the above appliances, plus some, it comes with a 7 year warranty. During a demonstration at Whole Foods Market Dublin, I asked the lady "how do you know these machines are worth what you are paying, how can you be sure they will last?" I have had, over the past 4 years, 7 different blenders, all of which break or die off within 7 months, because we use them too much. She told me that one lady who had bought one 20 years ago, still to this day uses her 20 year old Vitamix and actually decided to upgrade to a newer version, to see what more it offers compared to hers from 20 years ago. My jaw hit the floor when I found out she has used her machine for 20 years! Daily too! I could not believe it. I asked Daniel, 20 year machine or 7 months?!? Hmmm... That was too easy! So, we picked once up that day!

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