Easy Asian Beef & Noodle Soup
This past year, Pho has become a staple in The Rogers household. At least twice a month after church, Pho is consumed. The broth is like no other soup. It truly is craved by everyone in my family. One night during the week my daughter asked for it, and I didn't want to leave the house again, so I went to my #1 resource, Pinterest. This gem of a recipe popped up, so I decided to go for it. OMG! Easy to make and absolutely delicious! It isn't Pho, per se, but the flavors are fantastic! Smiles, full tummies, and requests to make it again make this recipe blog worthy!
I did make a few changes. One of them is big - I doubled the beef stock suggested. To me, it is necessary so that your soup isn't noodles with a bit of broth. I like the broth, and as you can see from my pictures, I feel it's the right proportion. I also doubled the mushrooms suggested. We love mushrooms in this house, but you do what makes you happy. I also subbed 4 shallots for the 1 large onion suggested. I added a big squeeze of lime juice and a dash of hoison sauce at the end. We love a lot of acid in our family, so on just about everything we add lemon or lime juice! Again, this is personal preference. I hope you make this and enjoy it during these cold winter months!
For the full recipe, go to www.jennaseverythingblog.com/2011/03/30/easy-asian-beef-noodle-soup/
In the Rogers house, it's always #yumyumtime
Almond Joy Granola
I have a new obsession. Honestly, it's an old obsession rekindled! I have always loved granola, but this recipe takes it to a whole other heavenly level! It's crunchy, nutty, slightly sweet, and full of that yummy coconut flavor. Oh my word, it's good! My dear friend made this granola for an essential oil extravaganza we hold called OilyPalooza, and I couldn't seem to stop eating it! I actually texted her from the event asking her for the recipe. She added some Cinnamon Bark Vitality oil to the mix, which was an absolutely lovely addition. Totally optional, but incredibly delicious! My younger daughter loves the Love Crunch brand of granola that is similar to this recipe, but not as good. Plus, you can make much more for less money. Just being honest. We've been enjoying this on top of plain greek yogurt, ice cream, straight out of the container, and today I had it with some unsweetened almond milk. You can't go wrong! Yum yum!
When my friend told me she got the recipe from the Minimalist Baker, I wasn't surprised. She is one of my all time favorite bloggers. Talk about amazing recipes, she is top notch! Follow the recipe exactly as she says, and you'll be enjoying this granola in no time! Use high quality ingredients and you'll get a high quality product! Toasting the almonds is critical to get that toasty, nutty crunch! The recipe gives you options to use, so I'll tell you what I tried because it turned out perfectly. I used coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure maple syrup, homemade almond butter, and Enjoy Life mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. Perfection!!! minimalistbaker.com/almond-joy-granola/
Moroccan Lemon and Cardamom Meatballs
I love to try new combinations of flavors, so when I ran across this recipe, I had to try it. I've had it sitting in my recipe folder for over a year. I new it wouldn't be a super fast dinner, but it didn't take as long as I expected. Other than ground lamb, almost all other ingredients I have as staples in my kitchen, so this didn't take extra trips to the store either. My girls are open to trying new foods, so I will just say that if your kid has texture issues, this may not be the meatball for them. There are chunks of red onion, herbs, pine nuts and feta, so it's not a smooth meatball. Having said that, I liked the variation in texture. It was interesting and exploded with flavor in your mouth! My girls loved it (even my cheese hater)! I didn't have many options in my pantry to serve the meatballs with, so I opted to go with quinoa pasta, which turned out great! Next time, I may choose couscous, quinoa, or orzo to serve it over. I'm so excited that I have some leftovers because it's going in my belly for lunch today! For the recipe, please visit https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/moroccan-lemon-cardamom-meatballs
Lemon Cranberry & Pistachio Cashew Cheese Ball
During the holidays, there are an abundance of opportunities to bring an appetizer to share with friends and family. I was getting ready to go to a New Year's Eve party, and a dear friend had emailed me a recipe she knew I would love. Well, she was right! I love trying new things, and since I was already given a raving review on this recipe, I felt comfortable taking it! I love to surprise friends with tastes they wouldn't normally enjoy on their own. A cashew cheese ball is one of those items. I am not vegan, but I appreciate the incredible flavors that can be combined to create lovely textures and flavors. What I love most about this cheese ball is that it can lean both sweet and savory depending on what you serve it with. It is mild and absolutely delicious. It is creamy, lemony, and because it has some nutritional yeast in it, it has a very slight cheesy flavor. Rolling it in pistachios and cranberries lends itself to be served with something sweet like apple slices or figs. Or, if you'd rather it be more on the savory side, serve it with some veggie sticks or crackers. Either way, this recipe is a win! For the recipe, please visit https://theplantphilosophy.com/lemon-cranberry-pistachio-cashew-cheese-ball/. ENJOY!