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Beef Barley Soup with Toasted French Bread

Beef Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup with Toasted French Bread

Beef Barley Soup with Toasted French Bread

Homemade Soup Time!  Beef-Barley Soup

The Beef-Barley Soup the plan for  the day using some left over roast beef.  I like to “re-purpose”  meat into soups. better known as left-overs    The seasoning on the meat is additional seasoning and flavor for the soup. We like our soups thick and chunky, rather than pureed.  There are many delicious soups when using variety in the grains, pasta, and vegetables with or without meats/poultry.

This  beef had a rub of thyme, onion powder, course pepper and kosher salt when it was roasted.  Two cups of the cooked roast beef was cut into 1/2 inch thin pieces for.  the soup. Onion, celery and mushrooms provided the vegetables to the grain.  of barley.  In this soup,  rice  or vegetables could be used instead of the barley or stew meat

Beef Barley Soup

Thick and hearty beef and barley makes a filling soup for cold weather enjoyment. Mushrooms, celery and onion are the added vegetables.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soups
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked roast beef cut in 1/2 inch thin pieces
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons celery
  • 1 4 ounce can mushroom stems and pieces
  • 4 cups of water
  • 3/4 cup Quaker Quick Barley

Instructions

  • Put the roast beef into a Dutch Oven.
  • Add the onion, celery, mushrooms and barley.
  • Add 4 cups of water.
  • Cover, bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, simmer 10 -12 minutes until barley is tender.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • More water can be added if too thick.

Notes

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Beef Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup

 A word about barley…….

There is healing power in eating barley providing vitamin E, the trace mineral selenium and compounds that have antioxidant benefits to increase disease protection.  Eating barley can help lower cholesterol, reduce the formation of blood clots, improve digestion, and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.  (Selene Yeager and Editors of Prevention, The Doctors Book® of Food Remedies, Rodale Inc.   , 2007 p.73 ff.

   

 Two Menu Suggestions……. to serve with Beef-Barley Soup

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White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

Snow Days  are good days for hearty soups to warm you

such as  White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach  Vegetable Soup  is a good  to have on hand in the freezer or a full pint jar setting in the refrigerator with soup ready to heat for a lunch.

I like to have soup available for quick lunches, so when I make soup, I make 8 cups from the recipe.  It is usually very thick with vegetables or the main ingredients. Because it is extra thick, I will add extra 99% fat free natural chicken broth when I reheat 2 cups of White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup.

Home cooked White/Navy Beans

Home cooked White/Navy Beans

Preserving the extra soup

The pictures of the white beans illustrate my home cook and canning. After the kettle of soup has cooked, I put the White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup into clean pint jars, seal, let cool to room temperature and set the jars in my refrigerator.  It helps to have an extra refrigerator on hand. These jars of soups are usually used in 2 weeks or less. If frozen in freezer bags or plastic freezer containers,  the soups could be kept longer.

Benefits of eating White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

The choice of vegetables can vary with your likes or preferences.  This is an excellent way to meet the dietary requirements of 5-13 servings of vegetables and fruits each day.  Although fruit does not go in the soup, you have snacks and dessert with your meal.  The beans provide fiber and protein, carrots provide vitamin A, peppers contain vitamin C, potatoes are high in potassium and spinach if rich in folate.

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

Heart healthy soups are warming and nutritional addition to winter meals. An excellent way to meet protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals requirements.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion small chop
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper small chop
  • 1/4 cup celery 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/4 cup carrot 1/2 inch slicesl
  • 1-2 cups cooked white potato chopped 1/2 inch
  • 2 cups cooked white navy beans drained or 16 ounce can of white beans, drained
  • 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced or grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2/3 cups of water or more for thinner soup
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Prepare the white/navy beans or use canned beans.
  • Cook the white potato, chop
  • Chop the vegetables, onion garlic, pepper celery, carrot, ginger.
  • Heat oil in large Dutch Oven or kettle.
  • Add onion, garlic, celery, and carrots.
  • Cook until onion in tender.
  • Pour in the beans.
  • Add tomatoes and juice.
  • Add potatoes.
  • Add ginger and seasonings.
  • Pour in broth and water.
  • Add the frozen spinach.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer.
  • Cook until thoroughly heated.

Notes

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White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup Menu Suggestions

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Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Quiche, France’s answer to Italy’s Pizza

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

They are both called pies, and are served in or on  a crust.  The quiche is a flaky pastry shell filled with an egg custard of  cheese, meats and/or vegetables..  The pizza is a yeast dough crust for savory toppings, hot and spicy also of cheese, meats and/or vegetables.  Introducing the Cheese-Bacon Quiche also referred to as a Quiche Lorraine.

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Quiche Lorriaine was first a custard base of few pieces of meat and poured into a hollowed out bread shell  Now the delicious Cheese-Bacon Quiche is poured into a pastry shell.  Some quiches have the meats, cheeses or vegetables on the bottom of the pastry shell with the egg custard poured on top. Quiches make a very good breakfast, brunch and small tart-like quiches make tasty appetizers or hors d/oeuvres.

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Savory pastry shells can be made by adding  egg yolks or Parmesan cheese.  The pastry for this particular quiche was made with coconut oil.  Coconut oil does not have a flavor of coconut and the pastry is very flaky making it somewhat hard to handle getting into the pie plate.  The flakiness of the pie dough adds texture to the custard filling.

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

An egg custard filling with cheese, bacon and onion baked in a crust, a classic French recipe for Quiche Lorraine.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Breakfast - Brunch
Cuisine: French
Servings: 6 serving
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1 unbaked 8-inch pie shell
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup onion sliced
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of nutmeg freshly grated
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Paprika

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350 F.
  • Chill pie shell before filling. Remember to warm a glass pie plate before putting into hot oven.
  • Fry the bacon in skillet until crisp.
  • Remove from skillet, drain on toweling and crumble.
  • Drain excess bacon grease from pan, save 1 teaspoon or enough to cook the onions until transparent.
  • In a large bowl, combine milk, eggs, 1/4 cup cheese, salt, pepper, sugar, nutmeg and hot sauce.
  • Stir in the bacon and onion.
  • Pour into the prepared pie shell.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  • Sprinkle with the paprika.
  • Bake 350 F for 35 minutes or until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Notes

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Menus and serving Recommendations

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiches served at a brunch could be made in to small pie like tarts, accompanied with bowls of fresh melon and mango and the Sour Cream Bundt Coffee Cake.   Lunchtime Cheese-Bacon Quiches would be enjoyed with a nice spring lettuce salad with oranges and pecans or tomatoes and green onions and walnuts.  Think quiche for that extra appetizer for your next dinner.

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Other sources of quiche recipes.

Simply Recipes

Spark Recipes®

 

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Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza

Cauliflower becomes an “in” vegetable.Cauliflower Pizza_852

It is interesting to see how vegetables that have gone unnoticed are now the trend.  Kale and collard greens are two that come to mind.  Cauliflower is another vegetable now seen with mashed potatoes, or mashed as a side dish, roasting  and stir-frying are  additional ways of cooking cauliflower. New recipes and preparations teaches us how versatile cauliflower can be.  Vegan and vegetarian diets have made a big difference in the way we eat and choose foods.  Also having world-wide food communities expands  the traditional thinking.

Friday Nights:  Pizza Night!

Vegeie Pizza_280Friday night has long been a pizza night at our house.  Traditionally it was ground beef or ground turkey, cheeses, mushrooms and onions. You know the pizza!  I began trying different vegetables which was usually zucchini, tomatoes, black olives, mushrooms and onions.  Recently I decided to try cauliflower, of course I added cheeses, mushrooms and onion and other stables of a pizza. I get limited in my own adventurousness.

 

I had  a small bag of semolina flour in the freezer I had gotten for pasta.  I thought it was time to be using it up.  I used semolina flour and all-purpose flour for the crust.  I was not impressed with this crust.  It was thinner and crispier than my wheat and all-purpose flour dough.  The pizza dough recipe I usually use makes a thicker bread-like crust. I have given the recipe for my regular Pizza Dough.

 

Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza

By the time  I was done dressing up the Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza you could not see the cauliflower.

Baked Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza

Baked Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza                                                                                                                                                     

Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza

Versatile cauliflower is used as the base for a pizza. Serve it as an appetizer, snack or start a Pizza night.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time1 hr 3 mins
Course: Pizza
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 slices
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • PIZZA DOUGH
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast room temperature
  • 1 cup of water at 105-113F
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour or 2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • Extra flour for rolling out the crust.
  • FILLING
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1-2 cups cauliflower 1/4 inch slices and small florets.
  • 1 red pepper 1/4 inch slices or rings
  • 1/4 cup onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup crimini mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino-Romano cheese
  • Chopped parsley
  • Red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • PIZZA DOUGH
  • Put water in a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle with the yeast.
  • Add the honey and olive oil, stir and let set until the mixture becomes foamy on top.
  • Add the flour and stir until thick dough and sticky.
  • Pour our on a floured bread board and knead until smooth and elastic.
  • Roll into a ball, put the dough into a greased bowl and let set for 30-45 minutes, until double.
  • Roll out into a pizza pan.
  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • FILLING:
  • Spread tomato sauce over the pizza dough.
  • Sprinkle the 1 cup of mozzarella cheese evenly over sauce.
  • Lay the cauliflower slices and florets evenly on top of the cheese.
  • Spread with the onion and garlic.
  • Spread the mushroom slices evenly on top.
  • Add the cheeses.
  • Add chopped parsley and red pepper flakes to taste

Notes

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CAULIFLOWER BENEFITS

1 cup of cauliflower has 29 calories.
Cauliflower is high in Vitamin C
Vitamin K provides anti-inflammatory benefits.
Inhibits tumor growth
Boosts the immune system.
The fiber content  provides digestive system support.

CHOOSING THE BEST CAULIFLOWER AND PREPARATION

Select creamy white, clean and solid clusters of florets.
Leaves protect the head of cauliflower and will be fresher.
Size is not related to the quality, choose what you need.
Store in the refrigerator in a paper or plastic bag, it will be good up to a week.
Store the head of cauliflower stem down to prevent moisture forming in the floret clusters.
The florets are most often eaten, the stem and leaves are edible too, or add to soup stock.
Sauteing in water, vegetable or chicken broth is healthiest way of cooking.

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Chuckwagon Turkey Stew

Chuckwagon Stew

There is a long history behind the Chuckwagon.  They were used by the cowboys working on the Texas cattle drives as early as 1867.  Each had their own cook, often called “Cookie” and was king of his chuckwagon.  The chuckwagon was the social center for the cowboys out on a drive.  He determined when, what to eat and sometimes, how much. 

Turkey Chuckwagon Stew  Chuckwagon Turkey Stew

Not much different than the  home “Cookies”   However, I doubt turkey was very the main meat in the stew, not when moving beef across the land.  There are some very interesting stories of the chuckwagon history.

Every ready baked potatoes.

My real intention of taking about this stew was the use of prebaked potatoes to have in the refrigerator to add to soups, stews, or for stir frying without the waiting for the potato to bake.  I bake four russet potatoes, wrapped in foil for 1 hour at 400 F.  They are cooled to room temperature in the foil, and stored until ready for addition to a recipe.  That was the beginning of the Chuckwagon Turkey Stew.

Chuckwagon Turkey Stew

A savory stew to enjoy around a camp fire or picnic. Just as great to have for a quick evening week day dinner.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Stew
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1 cloves garlic minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons of jalapeno pepper diced (more if preferred hotter)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2-3/4 cup cooked or canned navy beans drained (other canned beans if preferred)
  • 14.5 ounces of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1-2 cups baked potatoes diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • Netta Belle's Choice Sea Salt
  • Netta Belle's Choice Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Brown the ground turkey in the olive oil, drain on paper towels, set aside.
  • Brown the onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper in olive oil until soft.
  • Add the browned turkey to the skillet.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the turkey, stir to blend. This is to thicken the juices.
  • Add beans, tomatoes and potatoes.
  • Stir to blend together.
  • Add the seasonings.
  • Simmer for 25 minutes.

Notes

This recipe is versatile to prepare to your family's taste. Ground beef or sausage could be used in place of the turkey, as well as your choice of beans and seasonings. Enjoy for a quick supper/dinner.-----------------------------------
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Chuckwagon Turkey Stew

Stone Ground Corn Bread

Stone Ground Corn Bread                                                                                                       

 

Enjoy Stone Ground Cornbread
with Chuckwagon Turkey Stew.

 

 

 

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