Remember that Spicy Baked Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce I posted yesterday? Let's take a step back with this Simple Meat Sauce - the base for that sauce. I pretty much never buy jarred marinara. I keep some reliable cans in my cupboard and add a few other magic ingredients for this quick but yummy sauce. Link to recipe in profile!⠀
This week on the menu, just in time for fall, comfort foods! Barbecue meatloaf, stuffed mushrooms, twice baked potatoes and fudge brownies. Delish!! This Saturday from 10-11:30am @egmarketcafe @lespetitcuisineaz Call 602.331.3383 to reserve your spot, ages 8-16! 👩🏻🍳👨🍳👩🏻🍳👨🍳
One of last weekend's many baking experiments - S'mores pies 😇 biscuitty pastry base, fudgy chocolate chip filling and a marshmallow topping 😅 swiiiipe for inside shots 🙄🤗
Today has felt like the longest day EVER. Got in early to work and had boredom eaten my through enough snacks to feed a small village by mid morning 😩🙄 finally left and on my way for dinner - so excited for a catch up and hoping I'm not too much of a zombie 🤣🙈
Best soup ever - shchi, or Russian cabbage soup. Slowly simmered in the base of beef bone broth, it's delicious, tangy and nourishing. Rub some garlic on a slice of rye bread, dip, slurp, and you'll know why this soup has been Russia's staple for over 10 centuries 😉 #Recipe is #ontheblog
Creamy Potato Soup with a Tofu Twist
Trust me on this one - you won't notice the tofu, but you will appreciate the additional calcium and protein it provides.
For me, potato soup is the ultimate comfort food. Considering I forgot to bring towels (towels!🤦) to my toddlers' weekly swim lesson (I used a sweatshirt to dry them off...), it feels like a day when I am needing some comforting basics. Potatoes tend to get a bad rap, but it is usually because they are fried, salted, and served as fast food - don't be afraid of this healthy carbohydrate!
With just 3-6 ingredients depending on your variation, this recipe is about as easy and flexible as it gets.
The basic ingredients:
Potatoes, chopped (I have used everything from Russet or Yukon gold - leave the peel on for ease and nutrition, or peel to make it prettier)
Onion, white or yellow, chopped
Salt and Pepper
(Maybe a splash of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to perk up the flavor)
Half & Half
Chicken broth or chicken base for flavoring
Tofu, soft is ideal, but extra firm works too!
Mild vegetables, such as summer squash or cauliflower
Place potatoes and onion in large pot and *barely* cover with salted water, chicken broth, or a combination. If you are adding tofu or extra vegetables, blend them up with a little bit of water and add them to the potatoes. I would probably start with half a package of tofu, although a whole package can be added without being noticed, as long as you season well. Bring water to boil and cook till potatoes are soft. Use an immersion blender to puree most of the potatoes and onions, leaving some chunks. You can also puree it in batches in a blender. Add just enough half and half for creaminess and richness (you need significantly less with the tofu). Adjust to taste.
Shredded cheddar cheese is a must on top! Chives are good too. (My quantities for this large batch: 3 lbs russet potatoes, 2 white onions, one zucchini, one package extra firm tofu - I usually buy @sprouts brand - it is inexpensive and quality, 1.5 c half and half, lots of pepper, salt, chicken base, and a splash of apple cider vinegar)
These *adorbs* Purple People Eater treats are homemade hostess Sno Balls 🍰❄️swapping out the signature pink coconut for purple (because Halloween duh) 💜👁 and a fluffy marshmallow cream center make them just like those two packs!
Do you even HUMMUS!?
For all my hummus lovers 😍out there, a NEW BLOG POST and recipe has landed on my site 🙌🏻!
—> Roasted Pumpkin 🎃🍂 Hummus!
You get the lowdown on why I’ve created a tasty chickpea-free hummus (say what 😲!?) that is full of all things pumpkin spice and nice 🎃.
Oh we also talk about farts 💨 ...did I mention that?!
Head over to betoblossom.com 🐝or find the link in my profile ☝🏻!