Real Food Challenge Week #2

Jenny at The Nourished Kitchen has been sending us emails every day with great tips and ideas about eating nothing but real food. It’s been a great learning experience for me. I have not been able to do everything (this week was even worse than last week- I had a recurrence of strep with two of my kids & a snow day) but I was able to make three of Jenny’s recipes.

I have been using only turbinado sugar in my coffee, and even used it in a cookie recipe. I went to the grocery store and got some more of the real foods on the list & I’m thinking differently about all the foods we eat. I have been buying whole milk, which is HUGE for me. I will have to share my reasoning in another post.

Last night we had Jenny’s Black Bean Soup. Her’s was made with chipolte chili powder which sounded delicious, but I didn’t have it. Here is what I used:
1 tbsp butter
1 onion, chopped
2 quarts chicken broth (homemade)
1 tsp chili powder
1tsp cumin
2 tsp oregano
sea salt
2 cans black beans
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
1 cup salsa

I followed her directions:
In a soup pot, heat butter in a skillet over medium-high heat until melted, then add chopped onion and fry until translucent, about 4 minutes.
Stir in cumin, chili powder and oregano into the mixture of onions and butter, continuing to cook for about one to two minutes.
Add chicken broth and salsa to the onions, butter, cumin and oregano.
Add cooked chicken and black beans to the soup pot, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered for approximately ten to fifteen minutes.

We added fried corn tortilla slices and shredded Mexican cheese to the soup at the table. It was very similar to the other Mexican tortilla soup I made, only easier. Very yummy- I would highly recommend it!

I also made Quinoa Salad, which I just ate for dinner tonight. And Chicken Liver Pate which totally deserves it’s own post. So, go on over to the Nourished Kitchen, check out what everyone else learned this week, and come back here tomorrow to see my adventures with both chicken & beef liver! I have some crazy pictures as well- something else to add to the list of things I NEVER thought I would do!!