Delicious Green Soup

Delicious Green Soup
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When my husband travels, it’s hard to make dinner for one.  Hence, my recent curiosity into soups. I have never been big on soups but the occasional french onion soup has piqued my interest. Yet I don’t think I’m ready to make my own! The last couple weeks I have made several soups and was surprised to find that they are actually really easy to make and a great to just have in the fridge. It’s also a nice warm treat during these cold Joburg winter days. My favorite so far has been this Alkalizing Green Detox Soup. Surprisingly, its filling and good for you! It’s absolutely delicious and if it’s not enough, a nice warm baguette would make this a complete meal!
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 bunch fresh kale leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, finely diced
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1&1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • Toasted nuts and seeds, to garnish
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat the coconut oil in a soup pot, add the onion, garlic, asparagus, fennel and celery stalks and cook for 5 minutes over low heat.
  2. Add the vegetable stock, bring to boil and simmer over low heat for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the kale leaves and spinach, and remove from the heat.
  4. Transfer into the blender, add lime juice and process to obtain a smooth cream. Add more vegetable stock to adjust the texture.
  5. Serve warm, topped with toasted nuts and seeds or in my case some garlic croutons.

Almond Flour Banana Bread 

Almond Flour Banana Bread 

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I am always on the lookout for the perfect healthy banana bread recipe. I have tried dozens as it’s a favorite for the whole family. I have found tons of banana bread recipes that are good but none that I could deem 100% healthy and good till now! Almond flour has always been tricky and most of the recipes I tried, the bread would either come out too dry or tasting like cardboard. I found this one last week and made muffins instead of a loaf but today decided to make it as a loaf and it’s absolutely delicious and moist. I usually change a little something in a recipe but with this one I didn’t change a thing. When making muffins though, I found they were ready within 20 minutes. Today the loaf did take almost an hour, I think it varies depending on our oven. I prefer this one with walnuts but when I made them for the kids last week I omitted them. I also used raw honey vs. honey and used Greek yogurt vs. plain yogurt. Again I think these are preferences. Give this one a try and I am sure it will become a family favorite! Would taste divine with ice cream! Lol

Almond Flour Banana Bread

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

3 eggs

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt (I used GREEK yogurt)

3 bananas ripe, mashed

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup walnuts chopped (optional)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Grease a large bread pan with butter or coconut oil.

In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients: almond flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda.

In a medium size bowl, whisk together the eggs. Add in the honey, yogurt, mashed bananas, and vanilla. Whisk together until combined.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined. Fold in the chopped walnuts.

Pour the batter into a large bread pan and bake for 50-60 minutes until the center is firm.

Allow to cool. Remove from pan.

 

Something Old into Something New

Something Old into Something New

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Who doesn’t love a bargain! One of my favorite pastimes in New York was to comb the vintage and second hand stores for a great find! It was always so fulfilling to find a great deal on a vintage bag! There were a couple right by our neighborhood so it was always a breeze to pop in.

I haven’t quite found the same in Joburg but I have discovered a hidden gem, New To You, in Bryanston. They sell new and second hand furniture and there’s always something you need! To say I was here once a week when I first discovered it would be an understatement! Lol My best friend and I would find some excuse to stop by and fortunately/unfortunately we would always find something we had to have. Coming from a NYC apartment, we just didn’t have enough furniture to fill a house. New to You helped furnished our new homes. Most people don’t know that our pieces are second hand!

There’s something for everyone and Tracey, the owner, is great. She could not be any easier to deal with. If you find something you like and it doesn’t fit in your car, she organizes delivery as soon as the next day! It made shopping for furniture less stressful and also instant gratification…no wait time! This became our quick fix as we don’t shop much here in Joburg but this certainly, satisfied our shopping needs! And I know many of you can relate…when you get that itch to just buy something! Another great thing is that prices are so good that you still had money to get pieces reupholstered if the color or fabric didn’t suit your needs. Tracey doesn’t house anything that isn’t up to par. Plus the quality of her pieces are better than what you get in stores these days! Sometimes older is better! You can find everything from headboards, coffee tables, desks, ottomans, sofas, pillows, nickknacks to furnish your home. Definitely worth a drive by if you’re in the area. You can also shop on their website but going in and browsing is half the fun!

Where: New to You

Address: 2 Brian Str, cnr Peter Place, Bryanston (1 block below Sandton Clinic)

Hours: Thurs & Fri: 9am – 4pm, Saturday: 9am – 1pm

Website: newtoyou.co.za